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Jon Farmer is editor of our Latin American Weekly Report, the company’s flagship publication. He was previously editor of our regional reports. Just as comfortable sitting in front of a camera as a computer, he has made numerous media appearances on news networks such as the BBC and CNN – e.g. BBC World Service Ecuador’s police uprising in October 2010. Jon has also participated in panel discussions for Canning House on key political developments in Latin America (the Honduran coup d’état in June 2009 produced a particularly lively debate), he provided briefings for British ambassadors at Canning House before their departure for Latin America and breakfast briefings with Latin American ambassadors assuming their posts in London. Jon has worked in Central America, covering elections in Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama, and has travelled extensively across the entire region. A prodigious reader on and off topic, Jon’s special interests include governance and democracy; caudillismo and political leadership; and the challenge of national and indigenous identities. Jon has an MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute of Latin American Studies (later re-named Institute for the Study of the Americas), School of Advanced Studies, University of London, where he majored in the International Politics of Latin America and Economics of Latin America. Jon started his career in journalism at the New Statesman. He has written annual country reports for Jane’s Information Group.

Gunther Baumgarten is the editor of LatinNews Daily, the Regional Report: Mexico & Nafta, and the Regional Report: Brazil & Southern Cone. Gunther was born in Paraguay and lived in Mexico and Colombia before attending university in the US, and has visited nearly every country in South America. Gunther holds a BSc. in Economics and a BA in Political Science from Virginia Tech. After working in the US for year, Gunther obtained an MSc. in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics. Upon graduation he volunteered with Anti-Slavery International’s Child Domestic Worker Research Project, where he provided assistance to partner organisations from Peru and Costa Rica, before joining LatinNews in 2010. Gunther is particularly interested in economic developments affecting the region, especially economic and political integration projects; Mercosur, the Andean Community and Unasur are all entities which hold an important interest. In addition, after eight years of living, studying and travelling throughout Mexico, Nafta is another important subject of interest.

Sarah Sheldon joined the LatinNews team in July 2007 and is the editor of the Caribbean & Central America Report. A literature graduate from Leeds University with a Master’s degree from University College London, Sarah spent two and a half years working in Guatemala for the regional analysis weekly InforpressCentroamericana. She also undertook investigations, worked in an editorial capacity for local human rights groups, and compiled the Nicaragua country commercial reports for the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU). Sarah has travelled widely in Central America and Bolivia, her other area of focus. Her interests include political transition and democracy, social change, and human rights.