When your name is Escobar

Ximena Escobar de Nogales
6 min readAug 13, 2021
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It happened again yesterday. I had been invited to give a lecture on Impact Management at a business school in Geneva, Switzerland, where I live. After the session, one of the students approached me and, with a roguish smile, asked me if I was related to Pablo Escobar. “Here we go again,” I thought. In the thirty years that I’ve been living outside of my home country, Colombia, I have heard this question more often than I care to count.

Ximena Escobar de Nogales

I write, to try to understand. I volunteer in prison, advice on impact investments and I run the Casa Taller El Boga, an arts residency in Mompox, Colombia