Alan Jara

Alan Edmundo Jara Urzola (born 17 July 1957) is a Colombian civil engineer, and current Governor of the Department of Meta. He was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on July 15, 2001, and remained in captivity until he was released on February 3, 2009.[1]

Alan Edmundo Jara Urzola
35th Governor of Meta Department
Assumed office
1 January 2012
Preceded byDarío Vásquez Sánchez
29th Governor of Meta Department
In office
1 January 1998 – 31 December 2000
Preceded byAlfonso Ortiz Bautista
Succeeded byLuis Carlos Torres Rueda
25th Governor of Meta Department
In office
1 May 1990 – 9 June 1990
Preceded byPlinio Hernán Castro Castro
Succeeded byEduardo Fernández
Personal details
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 63)
Bogotá, Colombia
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Claudia Rugeles
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts
Alma materKyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (BESc, MESc)
ProfessionCivil Engineer


  1. ^ "Colombia's Farc free ex-governor". BBC. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2010-09-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)