I was born in Barranquilla, the fourth largest city of Colombia and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. After college, I accepted a position in one of the largest Colombian retail groups. Over the years, I held different positions before being appointed CEO of Carulla. I held this position for over seven years. After selling the company, I decided to enroll in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where I received an MPA in 2007. I have also attended several academic executive programs which have proven key for my professional, academic and personal life. After graduation, I returned to Colombia and decided to dedicate to social projects. I am currently the Chairman of the Board of Futbol con Corazon, a community based initiative which uses soccer as a tool for social development.