Juan Sebastian Gomez Lopez was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Journalism. He joined the Observa Initiative as a researcher on Latin American Mass Media in Mexico and Colombia. In 2008 he studied Conflict resolution at the Institute of Gandhian Studies in India. He has also worked as a reporter for TV and magazines and from 2010 to 2012 he served as communications officer at the District Secretary of Economic Development in Bogotá.