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Degree in Business Administration and Economics, Florida Atlantic University (United States of America) (1975); Master in Business Administration (MBA), Thunderbird School of Global Management (United States of America) (1977)
Executive Producer of an award-winning news programme (1982-1990); Colombian Minister of Economic Development (1992-1994); President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial (1991-1992); Senior Advisor to the Luis Carlos Sarmiento Organisation (1994 -1997); Ambassador of Colombia to the United States of America (1998-2005); President of the Inter-American Development Bank (2005-); Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (2005-); Chairman of the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (2005-); Foundation Board Member of the World Economic Forum (2011-); member of the Latin American Conservation Council –The Nature Conservancy (2011-)
Regular publications on politics, economics and world affairs in international and regional media; participation in various forums, some of which belong to the system of global and intraregional coordination and cooperation
Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University (1990-1991); Honorary degrees of Humaniorum Litterarum Doctorem, Georgetown University; Doctorem in Letters, Baruch College; Honoris Causa in Business Administration, Icesi University; Recipient of numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including Colombia’s highest honour, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain’s highest honour to a foreign national), the Order of the Jaguar (Guatemala); the “Eagle of the Americas” award of the Associations of Latin American Chambers of Commerce, the Gold Medal of the Societies of the Americas, the Honorary Distinction Juscelino Kubistecheck (Brazil); the Grand Cross of Gold Plate of the Order of José Cecilio del Valle(Honduras), the Bravo Business Award for Outstanding Service, the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service
Member of the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission (2015-)