Moises Rendon is the founder and former director of the Future of Venezuela Initiative (FVI) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Under Mr. Rendon’s leadership, FVI became a preeminent platform for international policy dialogue on Venezuela through forward-looking research and analysis and strategic convening of experts. Prior to his work at FVI, he was an associate director and fellow with the CSIS Americas Program, where his focus included Latin American states in transition, trade and investment, governance and transparency, and U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America. During his time at CSIS, he was a frequent speaker, moderator, and author on issues ranging from “day after” scenarios in Venezuela; global response priorities toward Venezuela and the region, including humanitarian aid and security assistance; and ways of implementing blockchain applications to circumvent censorship and limit the suffering of repressed societies. Mr. Rendon's current research focuses on new technologies, such as decentralized applications built on open blockchains and the use of cryptocurrencies, to mitigate human suffering while enhancing freedom and empowerment of refugees and marginalized communities in countries in crisis, like Venezuela, his native country. Mr. Rendon holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, with a concentration in international business and economic law, and a bachelor’s of laws (J.D. equivalent) from Andres Bello Catholic University in Caracas. Mr. Rendon has been a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, CNN, France24, CNBC, Voice of America, Univision, and El Nacional (Venezuela). Moises has published in the Huffington Post and has served as a witness expert in U.S. congressional testimonies.