Belisario Contreras is the Cyber Security Program Manager at the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS). As Program Manger he provides programmatic and management support to the CICTE Secretariat in the planning, organization and execution of cyber security initiatives in the Americas including the Creation and Development of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs); Provision of Technical Training; Implementation of Crisis Management Exercises; Capacity building on Industrial Control Systems (ICS), and coordinating outreach and collaboration with other international and regional organizations working on cyber issues.


Since 2007, Mr. Contreras has played a part in the growth and improvement of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in the Americas, and has worked closely with Latin American and Caribbean governments on the development and adoption of National Cyber Security Strategies and Policies. He has spearheaded liaison and promoted strategic partnerships between the OAS and key international actors. Mr. Contreras is a Colombian citizen, and prior to joining the CICTE Secretariat worked at the Young American Business Trust (YABT), and he was a fellow of the Department of National Planning of Colombia in 2011. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander, and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 

Kerry-Ann Barrett, is the CyberSecurity Policy Specialist at the Cyber Security Program at the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), Secretariat for Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States.  In her capacity she offers technical assistance to member states on the development and implementation of their national cyber security strategies. She is also an attorney-at-law with over twelve (12) years of experience in both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.  Included in her legal professional experience have been appointments within the Ministries of National Security and Trade and Industry and Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, including legal consultant to the CARICOM Secretariat and the ILO Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.
Mrs. Barrett holds a Post Graduate Diploma in International Arbitration, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in International Business, an LLB and Certification in Legal Frameworks for ICTs. In more recent years Mrs. Barrett has gained considerable knowledge and experience in the area of electronic commerce, internet governance and cyber security. She has been the legal advisor for the development of the legal framework for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago Single Electronic Window for Electronic Commerce Project known as TTBizLink and a member of the Inter-ministerial Committee for the development of a national cyber-security policy and legislation for Trinidad and Tobago

Emmanuelle Pelletier joined the CICTE team as a Project Development Officer in March 2015. In her functions, she provides support to the Cyber Security Program and other CICTE initiatives in project proposal development, monitoring and evaluation, and other aspects of results-based management. Emmanuelle has over 10 years of experience in project management in the Americas region, with a focus on conflict resolution, parliamentary cooperation, and security issues. Prior to joining CICTE, she worked for the Policy and Mediation Division of UN Department of Political Affairs (2013-14), the Department of Sustainable Democracy and Special Missions of the OAS Secretariat for Political Affairs (2010-13), the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas (2004-10) and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS (2003-04). Emmanuelle is a Canadian citizen and holds an M.A. in International Relations from Laval University, a B.A. Honours in Psychology from McGill University and a Graduate Diploma in Latin American Studies from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. 

Gonzalo García - Belenguer, Project Officer 

Barbara Marchiori de Assis is a Cyber Security Project Officer at the Organization of American States. Her work at the OAS is twofold. First, she supports the OAS in the formulation and implementation of cyber security policies, such as the development of National Cyber Security Strategies, research and preparation of cyber security documentation, and cyber security awareness policies. Second, she assists the Cyber Security Program in the planning of a variety of projects, such as the organization of technical training and workshops in the region, preparation of technical reports (e.g., critical infrastructure protection, international security and diplomacy in cyberspace) and the promotion of partnerships between the OAS and key actors. Contact with strategic areas of Law and Public Policy comprises her professional experience. She previously worked at a prestigious Brazilian Law Firm, where she engaged in regulatory and public law issues from different infrastructure sectors, particularly telecommunications. She worked on issues related to net neutrality, broadband quality, quality and universal access of telecommunications and information services, and telecom infrastructure sharing. She also provided antitrust assistance to private companies before the Brazilian Council for Economic Defense (CADE). She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where she contributed to technical reports related to E-Government, Infrastructure projects, Social Services and Private Sector Development. Barbara was awarded the 2012 Prize organized by Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School for her paper on the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet and the 2009 Prize of the Secretariat for Economic Monitoring (SEAE) of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance for her paper on economic regulation.

Barbara earned her Masters of Public Administration with concentration in Science, Technology and Infrastructure Policy from Cornell University (2014), her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sao Paulo (2009) and her Bachelor of Public Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (2009) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Diego Subero, Technical Specialist

Catalina Lillo, Project Officer

Geraldine Vivanco, Graphic Designer