"En 2012, la Fundación ECSIM de Medellín y Latin Intelligence Corporation realizaron, para la Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Servicios Públicos de Colombia, un estudio sobre los factores de entorno que estaban afectado las inversiones en proyectos de generación y transmisión de electricidad. Latin Intelligence Corporation contribuyó con una detalla investigación sobre la actividad de ciertas organizaciones no-gubernamentales que promueven acciones en contra del desarrollo de los proyectos hidroeléctricos en América Latina. Esta investigación puso en evidencia los vínculos existentes entre las organizaciones contrarias a los proyectos de los diversos países y los nexos entre éstas y los grupos armados ilegales que operan en Colombia. Muchas de las propuestas y conclusiones del estudio fueron tenidas en cuenta por el gobierno colombiano en el diseño de medidas de política superar los impedimentos al desarrollo de los proyectos de infraestructura. Fue grato y productivo colaborar con Latin Intelligence Corporation. Su trabajo fue completo, riguroso, pertinente y oportuno." Dr. Luis Guillermo Vélez ÁlvarezPresidente, Fundación ECSIM.
I have taught Latin American Politics at Lake Forest College for over twenty years and have had Dr. Berliner speak in my class several times on Colombian politics, drug cartels, U.S.-Latin American relations, and regional security issues. Her knowledge of Latin America is always informed and comprehensive, and she presents her ideas clearly and forcefully. If Dr. Berliner doesn't know something about Latin America, which is rare, she knows how to find it. She was one of this college's very best students during the 1980s, and she has gone to have a stellar career as an intelligence/risk analyst and teacher. I can't praise her enough!" W. Rand Smith, Irvin L. and Fern D. Young Presidential Professor of Politics, Emeritus, Lake Forest College
"Providing clients and other audiences with insightful and engaging information on the unreported political and economic environment of Latin America is the expertise of Maria Velez de Berliner. Her passion for learning and communicating cutting-edge topics is contagious as she serves the needs of business, government, NGOs, and academic institutions." Les Dlabay, Professor of Business, Lake Forest College; Teacher of Latin American Global Business Seminar; Author of International Business (Cengage Learning)
"La Dra. María Vélez de Berliner, como presidente de Latin Intelligence Corporation ha participado en varias ocasiones con la Universidad EAFIT de Medellín, en presentaciones y valiosos ejercicios sobre inteligencia y análisis estratégico con las principales empresas de la región. La extensa y profunda experiencia profesional de la Dra. Berliner se manifiesta de forma evidente en la capacidad inusual que ha desarrollado para entender las necesidades de sus clientes, para comprender las circunstancias y objetivos que quieren desarrollar, pero especialmente tiene la habilidad para dirigirlos a que comprendan los factores claves y estratégicos que no han considerado adecuadamente. Su método de pensamiento y de trabajo no solo responde a los interrogantes planteados de parte de sus clientes, sino que logra ampliar el panorama del análisis, de las variables a considerar y especialmente les otorga a sus clientes los elementos para que posteriormente puedan desarrollar ellos mismos las habilidades estratégicas y los métodos de análisis que requieren. Los consultores normalmente ayudan a resolver preguntas específicas, pero el método de la Dra. Berliner va más allá, pues no solo da respuestas, sino que enseña a plantearse las preguntas correctas, lo que convierte sus servicios en una inversión y no en un gasto, como ocurre normalmente con los servicios de consultoría." Dr. Juan David Escobar Valencia, Profesor de Geopolítica, Coordinador de la Especialización en Estudios Políticos y Director del Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico de la Universidad EAFIT.
“Maria Velez de Berliner brings deep expertise about Latin America and superior skills in communicating that knowledge. Her Risk Awareness Intelligence® course is highly effective, highly inter-active blending of intelligence and commercial insights that we have found to be very successful with both government and private sector clients who wish to improve their ability to perform risk assessments and intelligence forecasting.” Mark M. Lowenthal, President, The Intelligence & Security Academy; former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis & Production
"Maria has been supporting the US Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) for well over 5 years. She consistently captivates an audience of US Special Operators with her acute analysis of complex political and security issues. She has adeptly educated scores of "quiet professionals" and better prepared them to work hand in hand with partner nation forces. Maria is an integral part of our teaching team, providing an unmatched breadth of expertise on diverse topics throughout the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility." Lt Col Matt Imperial, Chief, Mobile Education Division, United States Air Force Special Operations Command, Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, Florida
"I have worked with Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corporation for the last 15 years. I have the highest regard for her as an expert research/analyst and trusted colleague. Maria has been accurate in her predictive analysis of security challenges to government and industry in Latin America. She has the uncommon ability of being a thorough analyst who can synthesize large amounts of raw data into clearly written analytical reports and recommendations, and present complex concepts convincingly. Her range of high-level contacts in business, industry, government, politics, and society throughout Latin America means she can get to the real core of an issue to produce verifiable intelligence products and recommend actionable solutions. Maria is a key participant in our Latin American work." Michael B. Marks, Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Decision Partners, Reston, VA.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corporation, for almost ten years. There are few in the community of defense and security analysis who are her peer in providing the first-hand knowledge, and unique insight that she provides, fusing an understanding of and access to leading players in the business community, security community, and elites across a range of Latin American countries. I have found that Dr. Velez consistently has a perspective that goes beyond the "prevailing knowledge" of the Washington think tank community, and the courage and tenacity to tell things as they are. I endorse Dr. Berliner without reservation." Dr. Evan Ellis, Professor of National Security Studies, and Author of "China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores," "The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement in Latin America," and the forthcoming book, "Chinese Companies on the Ground in Latin America" (Palgrave Macmillan 2014)
"During my time as a student at George Washington University, Professor Berliner was the most valuable mentor and instructor I studied under while attaining my master’s degree in Fundamentals of Strategic Security. Professor Berliner’s insights into Strategic Security were a beacon of wisdom to me, which was evident during her high-level lectures, classes, and feedback. On several occasions, Professor Berliner illustrated her superior intellect and competencies, as she willingly passed on significant analysis techniques and procedures. Professor Berliner’s guidance has undoubtedly prepared me to be a more effective analyst working in the Special Operations community and has inspired me to pursue a PhD in Strategic Studies." Timothy J Zlatich, SOF Military Analyst Lead
"He conocido a la doctora María Vélez de Berliner, presidenta de Latin Intelligence Corporation, a través de mi trabajo como periodista especializado en temas de crimen organizado regional y transnacional. Sus conceptos sobre los fenómenos que afectan la seguridad mundial son muy acertados y siempre llevan la semilla de la vanguardia, es decir, de un análisis prospectivo sobre cómo evolucionarán las situaciones en el futuro cercano. Es por eso que su conocimiento se ha convertido en un insumo valioso para compartirlo con la opinión pública a través del periodismo, pues el rigor de sus conceptos favorece la comprensión de los fenómenos de ilegalidad por parte de la comunidad, lo que ayuda a tomar mejores decisiones a los ciudadanos Nelson Matta Colorado, Editor del Área de Investigaciones, El Colombiano, Medellin, Colombia
“Latin Intelligence Corporation provided top-notch international intelligence research and analytical products when all other sources came up empty-handed. LIC has unparalleled international access which results in highly reliable, thorough and insightful reports.” Eliot Jardines, Former U.S. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source, The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence
"I have read your briefs and opinions about Latin America. You have one of the best pulses on Latin America, and thus my continued interest in your work." S. K. Swanson, Irregular Warfare Centre
“Maria Velez de Berliner has superior ability to secure business in Latin America where others have failed.” David C. Moulds, Former International Sales Manager, Industrial Scientific Corporation
“Your services and insights were invaluable for helping us to anticipate the needs and prepare for our meetings with Spain’s Gamesa. The preparation made our encounters more focused and relaxed, and allowed us to be ourselves and genuinely display how excited we were with the opportunity Gamesa brought to us.” Bob Shark, Director of Technology Development, JARI (Johnstown Area Regional Industries)
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Maria Velez de Berliner for about twenty years and have found her capabilities, contacts and professionalism above and beyond the call of duty. She is truly unique and would be a valuable participant in any project, from new ventures to Fortune 500.” Dr. Lawrence J. Udell, President and COO, Eye-Com Corporation
“Maria identified potential joint venture partners, provided interpretation and translation services, and assisted us in technology presentations at international industry trade shows. Without the assistance of Latin Intelligence Corporation, our company would not be developing export strategies for México, Canada, China, South Africa, and Latin America.” Robert Reed, President, Innovative Technologies Group
“The assistance and expertise we received from Latin Intelligence Corporation was invaluable in our efforts to export our technology to foreign countries, especially to Latin America. Latin Intelligence Corporation’s insights into markets in various countries and Maria’s knowledge of business procedures and political and cultural influences safeguarded us from making poor business decisions.” Mike Ruscitto, Vice President, Innovative Technologies Group
“Maria Velez de Berliner’s in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian market and her technical abilities were invaluable in our positioning a new technology product. Maria’s after-sale service and distributor support are excellent.” Ing. Mauricio Peres, President, Instronics Instrumentos de Testes, São Paulo, Brazil
“Maria Velez de Berliner’s in-depth knowledge of the Mexican market and her technical abilities were instrumental to us in the introduction of a new product line in Mexico. Our clients very much appreciated Maria’s ethical and direct approach to sales.” Ing. José Luis Kuri, Commercial Director, Vallen Proveedora de Seguridad, Tampico, México
“Maria Velez de Berliner has the most effective strategy for the positioning of high-technology products in the Colombian market. And she was fundamental in the establishment of our company.” Ing. Ricardo Vásquez S., General Manager, Safety Instruments Ltda., Bogotá, Colombia
“Maria Velez de Berliner’s technical product presentations and ability to assess and respond to clients’ needs and objectives are superior. Maria’s distributor support enabled us to position a new product in a highly competitive market.” Ing. Giovanni Patrizzo, Commercial Manager, Corporación Venezolana de Protección Integral, Caracas, Venezuela
“Maria Velez de Berliner’s ability to analyze and capitalize on opportunities in the Ecuadorian market was vital to the introduction of high-technology products to our petrochemical sector. Maria’s integrity and no-nonsense approach to marketing were very much appreciated by our clients.” Ing. Homero Zurita, General Manager, DEGSO LTDA., Quito, Ecuador
“Latin Intelligence Corporation helped us regain our intellectual property rights in Japan. I will not consider doing international business without the assistance of Maria and Latin Intelligence Corporation.” Anthony F. Figaretti, Owner, Figaretti Manufacturing & Distribution
“Latin Intelligence Corporation services and counsel were invaluable to us as a fledgling exporter. They helped us learn the nuances of dealing with Latin America and the export business in general They introduced us to a new, exciting, and open avenue of trade.” Eleanor T. Conlon, Owner, ThistleDew Farm, Inc.
“I was ready to give up attempting to market in Greece, and was sent to Maria. From our first meeting I felt I would be given the correct information to pursue my goal. Without Maria’s expertise and skillful use of contacts, I would not have been able to enter this first foreign market, let alone the new ones into which I am now moving.” Terrill Wood, Owner, Terre Wood Photography
“Maria guides and handholds new exporters, astutely monitoring, assessing, and responding to changing market conditions abroad. She delivers actionable advice and has the highest level of professional integrity. She goes the extra mile for the client, identifying leads worldwide and helping the client enter foreign markets profitable and safely.” Brett M. Blanton, Former Program Manager, U.S. National Technology Transfer Center
“Maria worked with me to lead the Center’s development of a program to prepare companies to export. She assisted individual companies with their export strategies, addressed problems that arose, and enabled the companies to become more self-sufficient and confident exporters. Her services were invaluable. She is a born mentor and without her, we would not have had an export program.” Jeananne Nicholls, Former Director e-Commerce, National Technology Transfer Center