Executive Director, ACI Medellín
He studied law at the Javeriana University and is graduated from the university Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Diplomacy and International Relations. He has a specialization in Finance and European Union International Studies in Colombia and Italy, respectively. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Diplomatic Itamaraty in Brazil. During the time he trained himself and served as public officer, he learned Portuguese, Italian and English and also has basic knowledge of French.
He has held various positions in the public sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and the embassies of Colombia in Italy, Costa Rica, Brazil and Mexico. He has also been Director of PROEXPORT / ProColombia in Costa Rica and Mexico. In the private sector, he has been Vice President of Fedemetal in Colombia; senior partner of Candiani Mining, and advisor to several companies in Colombia. Former member of some corporate executive boards in Colombia, Mexico and international organizations in the United States, he has also been university professor teaching international trade and international affairs in countries like Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. His articles have been published by magazines and books in Brazil and Colombia. He has also worked as an economic, political and commercial analyst in television and radio stations such as Radio 1020, CNN in Spanish, Telemundo and Mega TV, among others. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellin and the Metropolitan Area – ACI.
ACI Medellin is the agency in charge of promoting international investment in Medellin. Considered the world’s most innovative City in 2013 by the Citi Group and the Wall Street Journal, Medellin also hosts 8 of the 15 main companies with greater capitalization in the Colombia Stock Exchange. The GDP of Medellin represents 7% of the national GDP and is a city with a constant business, technological, cultural and social development. Recently Medellín has been laureate with the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, recognizing its innovative urban development.