IFIT Peace Treaty Initiative Expert Advisory Group
General Oscar Naranjo
General Oscar Naranjo has dedicated his life to the service of citizens. For 36 years, he served in the Colombian National Police, where his career was marked by great successes in the fight against crime, advances in institutional modernisation and the construction of high levels of trust amongst the citizenry.
Naranjo held positions of high responsibility in different regions of Colombia and was also part of several diplomatic delegations abroad. However, mainly his efforts were concentrated in the development of capabilities of the Colombian National Police in the areas of criminal investigation and intelligence. The levels of excellence achieved in these disciplines have been valued in diverse environments.
In 2007 he was appointed as General Director of the Police. His administration was characterised by the introduction of transformative concepts of organisational culture such as basing police service on humanism and strategic management.
Throughout his career he has received many recognitions, including the Tribute Magazine Week – Royal Salute for exemplary leadership and recognition as one of the 500 most influential people in the world by Foreign Policy magazine in its Power Issue.
Naranjo directed the Latin American Institute of Citizenship, at the Sistema Tecnológico y de Educación Superior de Monterrey (TEC), and advised the federal government in Mexico until 2014. That same year he was appointed as the Minister of the Presidency for Post-Conflict, Human Rights and Security, a position that he held until November 2015. In his role as Plenipotentiary Negotiator on behalf of the Government of Colombia at the peace talks with the FARC, he accompanied the construction of a Final Agreement between 2012-2016.
In late March 2017, he was elected by Congress to serve as Vice President of the Republic of Colombia, with the functions of coordinating development of the implementation of peace agreements; the fight against organised crime; citizen security; the integral policy for the promotion, defence and protection of human rights; and advising and coordinating the drafting, structuring and development of public policy for comprehensive attention to the fight against illicit drugs. He served as Vice President until August 7, 2018.