Eduardo Salcedo-Albarán, Chief Executive Officer

Philosopher and MsC in Political Science. Profiled by OZY Magazine (US) and Philosophy Now (UK) as “The Crime-Fighting Philosopher”, and by El Mundo (Spain) as a "Modern Sherlock Holmes". Eduardo has researched in the areas of organized crime, corruption, State Capture and various trafficking and criminal markets. He has collaborated for books and magazines published in various languages, as a researcher and also as activist on science and empirical knowledge.Eduardo has taught in the areas of Scientific Thought, Evolution, Genetics and Artificial Intelligence for Social Scientists and Philosophers. As partner, advisor or consultant, he researches on the structure and impact of Transnational Criminal Networks worldwide. Publishers, such as TASCHEN and Thames & Hudson, and galleries, such as the Serpentine Gallery, London, have presented his visual work on criminal networks.

Luis Jorge Garay, Chief Scientist

Industrial Engineer and Magister in Economics. Ph. D. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, U.S. Visiting Scholar at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge (U.K.). Visiting Scholar and Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the National Planning Department and Ministries of Finance, Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs in Colombia. Director of the National Process of Verification of Human, Social and Economic Rights of the forced displaced population in Colombia. Luis has authored more than 70 books, numerous essays and scientific articles, in topics such as international migration and remittances, international trade and economic integration, foreign debt management, industrial development and international competitiveness, globalization, corruption and capture of State, and transnational criminal networks.

José Arturo Cano, Developer

Senior Software Engineer with 13 years of experience in web application development with a strong passion for Application Frameworks that encourage simplicity and Rapid Development for Publicity, Information Management, E-commerce, Gaming or Entertainment. Interested especially in law and pure sciences like mathematics and physics.

Ashley Na, intern

Ashley Na is a South Korean and a bilingual undergraduate at San Diego State University. She works at "The Daily Aztec," San Diego State University's student-run campus newspaper as a news writer. With articles published on "The Daily Aztec" and an article published on "The San Diego Union-Tribune," a local and metropolitan daily print newspaper, she aspires to work as an investigative reporter.

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_adjunct researchers

Vortex operates with researchers around the world. Below, some of the most permanent collaborators.

Andrea M. Kuszewski, Adjunct researcher.

Researcher, Science Writer and Communicator. Education: (i) Psychology, Southern Illinois University; (ii) Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; (iii) Experimental Psychology-Cognitive Neuroscience, Case Western Reserve University; (iv) Biomedical Art/Scientific and Medical Illustration, Cleveland Institute of Art.

Interested in: (i) Creativity, Intelligence, and Exceptional Ability; (ii) Autism Spectrum Disorders; (iii) Sociopathy, (iv) X-Altruism; (v) Emotion Regulation.

Andrea is a Behavior Therapist and Consultant, treating children on the Autism Spectrum, specializing in Asperger’s Syndrome. She has worked as a research assistant in the field of psychology studying various topics including intelligence, fear conditioning, cognition, childhood anxiety, and emotion. She is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies), a Brain Awareness Fellow at the GGI (George Greenstein Institute), and on the Board of Advisors at BetterBio.

        She is herself a fine artist, trained in various visual communication medium ranging from traditional drawing to digital painting, graphic design, and 3D modeling/animation for the medical and behavioral sciences, as well as educational science exhibit design and installation for museums.

        Andrea is also a science writer and science communication activist. She blogs as The Rogue Neuron at Scientific Blogging, addressing a variety of scientific topics, but focuses mainly on cognitive neuroscience and psychology, creativity, and autism. She writes for  her own scientific blog site.  She has written papers on the genetics and neuroscience of creativity, and intelligence.

Also find me in: Blog / Twitter / Facebook / IEETScience Writing / G+

John P. Sullivan, Adjunct researcher.

Doctor of Information and Knowledge Society and Career Police Officer. He is an adjunct researcher at the Vortex Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia. In addition, he currently serves as a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is also a senior research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST); and a senior fellow at Small Wars Journal-El Centro. He is co-editor of Countering Terrorism and WMD: Creating a Global Counter-Terrorism Network (Routledge, 2006) and Global Biosecurity: Threats and Responses (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency: A Small Wars Journal-El Centro Anthology (iUniverse, 2011) and Studies in Gangs and Cartels (Routledge, 2013). He completed the CREATE Executive Program in Counter-Terrorism at the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research, and a PhD, doctorate in Information and Knowledge Society, from the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. His doctoral thesis was ‘Mexico’s Drug War: Cartels, Gangs, Sovereignty and the Network State.” His current research focus includes terrorism early warning, counterinsurgency, global cities, and the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries

Luis Astorga, Adjunct researcher.

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Paris I. He is a researcher at the Institute of Social Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; coordinator of the UNESCO Chair “Economic and social transformations connected with the international drug problem”; member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) and the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC); Author of: Seguridad, traficantes y militares (Security, drug traffickers and the military), México, Tusquets, 2007; Drogas sin fronteras (Drugs without borders), México, Grijalbo, 2003; El siglo de las drogas (The drugs century), México, Plaza y Janés, 2005 (Espasa-Calpe, 1996); and Mitología del ‘narcotraficante’ en México (Drug trafficker’s mythology in Mexico), México, UNAM/Plaza y Valdés, 1995. He has also published chapters in books, and articles about drug trafficking in Mexico in scientific journals from Mexico, The United States of America, Colombia, France, Italy, India, Great Britain, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and The Netherlands.

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