Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Camilo moved to the United States in 2011 at the age of 18. He became a dual citizen of the US and Colombia in 2017. He is currently based in Madrid, Spain, where he splits his time teaching, writing, and freelancing.
Before, he was a digital editor and multimedia producer at the National Geographic Society, mainly managing an array of digital projects for its world-renowned impact programs and initiatives like Pristine Seas, the Okavango Wilderness Project, the Photo Ark, among others. During his time at the Society he also moonlighted by writing about the 2018 National Geographic’s Explorers Festival, the untold story of the Titanic, conducted interviews, spotlights, and Q&A’s with Explorers, and was the lead writer for an expedition journal on the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to Mount Everest to date.
From 2016 through 2018 he was producing and occasionally reporting and writing meaningful stories at National Public Radio (NPR). While at NPR, he was the Fall 2016 production intern for the TED Radio Hour, a radio show and podcast that takes the listener on a journey through fascinating ideas, with Guy Raz. After his internship, Camilo worked as a radio producer with some of the most-listened to news programs in the nation: NPR’s All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Morning Edition. On these programs he scripted, gathered voices, and produced segments and coverage about DACA being rescinded by the Trump administration; the respective effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Eastern Americas and the Caribbean; the 2017 Mexico earthquake; as well as breaking news about the 2017 Manchester and Barcelona attacks, among other major stories.
He helped book conversations and bring a variety of voices to NPR's air including Jodie Foster, William Ury, Yanis Varoufakis, Irina Bokova, Alli Webb, Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others. He also served as the field producer, and has tape synced, for interviews with David Petraeus, the late Zbigniew Brzezinski, and other guests. Sometimes he also provided voice-overs in audio stories.
While at NPR, Camilo also reported and produced stories with some of its podcasts. He did digital and post-production work with the team of Radio Ambulante and contributed to NPR's Alt.Latino by writing, reporting, and producing for the program, mainly in the form of audio and digital stories.
His writing, reporting, and interviews have been featured at National Geographic, NPR, and The Creative Independent. Camilo has been able to interview Jorge Drexler, Draco Rosa, Liniers, Paul Rose, Andrés Ruzo, Gabby Rivera, Asha Stuart, Juliana Machado Ferreira, among others.
Along with news and human interest stories, Camilo also writes proetry. No, you did not misread that nor was it a typo. He likes blurring the lines in his writing: between poems and prose, between philosophy and literature, and between Spanish and English.
Camilo has edited research guides for international non-governmental organizations such as Associazione Diplomatici, an Italian entity in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations that is committed to a multicultural education of students from all over the world. He has also served as Diplomatici’s Vice-Director of Studies, and its Representative in the Americas. For Diplomatici’s conference Change the World MUN in New York City, he led as its Chief of Dais — a group of staff comprised of 50 team-members from 20 countries. The 2016 conference that he led was the first of its kind to be entirely held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, drawing more than 2000 students from 100 countries.
Camilo is a graduate from Rollins College, with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, Cum Laude. He has been an invited speaker to international conferences on education and philosophy. He was invited to give his first TEDx Talk in April 2015 in his hometown of Bogotá headlining TEDxYouth@GLM 2015. He gave a praise-oriented presentation on the Liberal Arts in Dublin, Ireland in June 2015. He has given papers and presentations in Orlando, FL, and in Washington, DC. He also presented a paper in Eugene, OR on July 2016 vindicating Nicolás Gómez Dávila as a philosopher and his body of work as scholia.
Camilo is committed to the values and power found in journalism, meaningful storytelling, exploration, science, humanitarian aid, social justice, human rights, conservation, international affairs, international education, teaching, comparative literature, music, art, semiotics, philosophy, and religions.
Camilo is also available for freelance writing, reporting, editing, audio production, digital production, interpretation, and translation services. If you are interested in any of these, please reach out to him here.