Speaker Bio

Smolansky was the mayor of El Hatillo Municipality in Caracas. He was removed by the Maduro´s regime, disqualified from any public administration role and has an arrest warrant. He was forced to leave Venezuela after 35 days in clandestinity where he faced 35 checkpoints until he got to Brazil. Elected as the youngest Mayor in Venezuela, his administration decreased the number of kidnappings in El Hatillo, making the municipality one of the most secure and transparent in the country. He is also a founding member and has served as the Deputy Secretary General of Voluntad Popular, one of the main opposition political party which is led led by Leopoldo López. A journalist from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, David is one of the most known young politicians in Venezuelan, and a vital member of the student movement which defeated Hugo Chávez’s constitutional reform proposal in 2007. He has a master’s degree in political science from Universidad Simón Bolívar and participated in the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. In 2015, he was recognized by Junior Chamber International as the outstanding young politician of the world. As a result of his exile, he is currently doing a visiting scholar at Georgetown University.

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