Graduate in law with a specialisation in administrative law. Acted as delegate for the Colombian government in technical committee meetings on rules of origin for the World Customs Organization; has participated in working groups on customs procedures and rules of origin for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), as well as on specific issues in meetings of the board of the Cartagena Agreement.
Collaborated on the first edition of the Colombia Customs Code with Dr Martin Gustavo Ibarra Pardo (1990 and 1991). Has held a number of roles in the Colombian Institute for Foreign Trade, INCOMEX, including adviser to the Director General, Head of the Legal Dept. Deputy Director of Operations, General Secretary and Director General.
While in INCOMEX, duties and responsibilities included, among others, advising and coordinating the regional offices of INCOMEX located in border cities, as well as responsibility for trade procedures with Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru. Has acted as adviser to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the GTZ on trade facilitation projects and institutional restructuring.
Has worked on projects that required the legal analysis of doctrine on matters related to transport; logistics; foreign trade; free trade agreements; regional integration agreements and bilateral agreements on trade for border cities. Currently a partner at Araújo Ibarra.