Amapola Risquez is the Chief Operations Officer at the Group of Fifty. She is responsible for strengthening the member relations and guaranteeing success of all our gatherings. Amapola brings over 14 years of experience in both the public and non-profit sectors in Venezuela and Washington, DC.

She started her career within the Municipality of Chacao in Venezuela and eventually became Chief of Staff to Mayor Leopoldo Lopez, where she was responsible for leading the demanding day-to-day operations of promoting and overseeing public policies. In the non-profit sector, she co-founded and managed operations for the Venezuelan social movement Voluntad Popular. For the last four years, Amapola has worked as an independent consultant, focusing on public and political affairs, diagnosing, designing and implementing strategic plans as well as working on strategy, project and reputation management.

She has a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela. Amapola completed an Executive Program in Public Management from IESA and a Masters in Policy Management from Georgetown University.