Blanca Llorente is the research director of Fundación Anáas, a think tank in Colombia. She has more than 10 years of experience in tobacco control and earlier work in market analysis for the financial sector. She has played a key role in advocacy to advance the tobacco tax agenda in Colombia and the Latin America region. Her background includes the promotion of policies and best practices in environmental and public health policies and human rights. Ms. Llorente received her BA in Economics from Universidad Javeriana, and an MSc in Public health from LSHTM University of London. She was previously a researcher, Vice Dean and Research director at the School of Economics in Universidad Sergio Arboleda. She is currently associate researcher at Fundación Salutia and CREER. Her recent work includes: illicit cigarette trade studies in Colombia, collaboration with illicit trade measurement initiatives in the region, and the design of a monitoring system for tax policy in Colombia.