How did your journey with Shell begin?
I was born in a small village in the Andes, surrounded by nature. My parents encouraged me to love nature, so I grew up very connected to it. After I left school I decided to study Biology at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, but after a year I realised I loved nature on a larger scale.
I’ve always been passionate about mountains; I could look at them for hours and analyse their forms and height. That’s when I realised studying Engineering Geology would give me the opportunity to combine the things I liked, so I moved first to The National University of Colombia, and then to Utrecht University in the Netherlands to do a Master’s in Exploration.
During my master’s I took an internship at The Geological Survey of the Netherlands and it’s there I first realised that working in geology and being surrounded by geologists was important to me. Then, in 2011, I joined the Shell Graduate Programme as an Exploration Geoscientist.