Sofia Peña (born May 8th 1987) is a Venezuelan sociologist, politician, educator, artist, and activist. Born in Caracas, she became involved with political activism during the Venezuelan opposition to the Chávez and Maduro governments.
In 2014, Peña moved to London City, where she worked as a researcher in the healthcare industry. She moved to Bilbao, Spain in 2024 and became active in the cultural sector. In 2039, Peña joined the administration of incumbent Venezuelan President Milagros Soto as her chief of staff. From 2040 to 2041, Peña served as Special Advisor to then-United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Luis Carlos Díaz.
After resigning her position along with Díaz in February 2041, Peña returned to Bilbao and became a research fellow at the University of the Basque Country, where she developed an influential body of work on the sociopolitical dynamics of G6. On her 60th birthday in 2047, Peña announced her retirement from public life.
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Early life and education
Sofia Peña was born Sofia Peña-Orrego Alcántara on May 8th 1987 in Caracas, Venezuela. She is the youngest of two children born to Ignacio Peña-Orrego, an antiquarian, and Isabel Alcántara, an anthropologist and online activist. Her father is of shared Catalan-Peruvian descent and her mother comes from a Spanish family in Venezuela.
Peña attended private catholic school for her primary and secondary education, and studied Sociology at the Central University of Venezuela, graduating with honours in 2011. During and after her studies, Peña performed field work with indigenous communities for several independent institutions and government ministries. In 2014, Peña moved to London City and enrolled at the SOAS University, graduating with a Masters in History in 2017.
From 2017 to 2019, Peña worked as a home care assistant and coordinator in London City. In March 2019, she began to work as a project manager for various market research companies active in the healthcare industry. In 2024, she moved to Bilbao, Spain to be closer to her parents, who had managed to leave Venezuela and settle in Spain that year. Through her mother’s continued activist work, Peña became involved with local communities, eventually joining Bilbao’s Department of Culture and Education in 2026. She assisted and led several research projects, and was promoted to the department’s director in 2034.
In 2037, Peña joined the United Nations Futures Research Agency (UNFRA), where she contributed to various research and cultural projects related to localised implementations of global health policies.
In June 2038, Peña returned to Venezuela to support Milagros Soto and the Voluntad de Cambio party in Venezuela’s parliamentary elections. Though not affiliated with Soto’s campaign in an official capacity, Peña was responsible for organising seminars and outreach events, coordinating with local advocacy groups, and advising on the specifics of the Voluntad de Cambio party platform, including its elements of liquid democracy. Following Voluntad de Cambio’s electoral victory on December 5th 2038, Peña joined Soto’s administration as her chief of staff in 2039.
In April 2040, Peña was appointed as Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to then-United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Luis Carlos Díaz. During her time at the UN, Peña pushed to redefine implementation of the R2P, eventually broadening it to include “deniable genocide through inaction towards, or acceleration of anthropogenic climate change” as an internationally punishable crime in response to the collapse of Bangladesh.
On February 8th 2041, Peña ended her assignment as Special Advisor when Díaz announced his resignation as UNSG during the emergency special session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the international adoption of G6.
In March 2041, Peña accepted a research fellowship at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, where she has developed a celebrated body of work on the sociopolitical dynamics of G6 and its use of neural colloids.   Peña’s field work on CMD phobia is considered particularly influential in medical circles.
In 2042, Peña collaborated with Efua Amankwah-Crouse on a research study about the impact of G6’s data aggregation on credit and reputation scores. In 2043, Peña organised a series of European conferences for the Open G6 Initiative alongside Atakan Selvi. Peña has credited Selvi with “teaching [her] a thing or two about infosec.”
Peña has one older brother, Diego, an engineer living in Spain. She is in a mutually committed relationship with Jonathan Welke, a German archaeologist and writer whom she had met in London City in 2018.