About Carola Mittrany

Regional Information Analyst, Americas, Travel Security Services, a joint venture between International SOS and Control Risks

Based in the São Paolo office, Carola is Travel Security Services Analyst for Latin America. As a member of the team since 4 January 2011, Carola has significantly enhanced our reporting coverage of Latin America with a special focus on Brazil and other South American countries.

Before joining TSS, Carola completed Doctorate studies in International Law and International Relations to accompany her Master in International Cooperation and Project Management (both from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain) with undergraduate study in Journalism and International Relations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Carola’s working experience on the ground is as thorough as her scholastic achievements. She began her career as an editor for the international news wire EFE but was quickly driven to the field having spent 7 years working for diverse projects run by NGOs in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (shanty towns) where she acquired important professional contacts with the police, municipal authorities and communities’ associations.

In addition, Carola has produced a number of documentaries including ‘Coca’ in 2003, featuring an interview with Evo Morales Ayma, the then leader of the ‘cocaleros’. ‘Coca’ premiered at a drugs policy conference in Mexico (2003), was selected by the World Social Forum for exhibition in India in 2004, and was broadcast by Globo Online after Morales became president of Bolivia in 2006.

She also completed an internship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with the Studies and Threat Analysis Section where she researched firearms trafficking across the Mexico-USA border and cocaine trafficking from Bolivia to other South American countries. Her work was included in the 2010 Transnational Organized Crime UN risk assessment.

Raised in a number of countries in Latin America, Carola is familiar with the expatriate environment and is an experienced traveler. She is bi-lingual in Spanish and Portuguese and speaks English fluently while is functional in French and Italian.

Brazil in the Headlines: How Travelers Can Stay Safe

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As Brazil gears up for the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016, many organizations are asking if the country will be ready for the influx of travelers. They are also taking a close look at the risks and benefits of sending travelers to these events. Read full blog post »

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Golden Rules to Travel By: Advice for Women, Part 2

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Last week, Megan Carr, Director of Nursing, Operations at International SOS took you through some health issues that women need to be mindful of when traveling. This week, I’ll share with you 5 Golden Rules that we covered in a recent webinar: “Safe and Savvy Summer Traveler: Promoting Security Awareness for Women.” Read full blog post »

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Safe and Savvy Summer Traveler: Promoting Security Awareness for Women

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We’ve all seen and cringed at the headlines over the past six months where female travelers have been assaulted. It happened to an American riding a minibus together with her boyfriend in Rio de Janeiro. And it’s been happening in Egypt during the most recent uprisings. Read full blog post »

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Brazil on the World Stage – Risks and Realities

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Brazil has taken the world stage when it comes to locations where organizations are expanding operations. With fast-growing mining and energy opportunities, Brazil is an attractive location for multi-national companies. The upcoming sporting events position this South American nation squarely in the spotlight. During this webinar, experts discussed health and security concerns for organizations doing business in Brazil. Read full blog post »

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