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Global Supply Chains in a Post-Pandemic World: A Conversation With Colombia’s Ambassador on Investment and Reshoring Trends

June 24, 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a virtual conversation with Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States on investment and reshoring trends and the shakeout of global supply chains in a post-pandemic world:

Sponsored by Emory Executive Education:

We are only starting to understand the ways the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping our world. On the trade front, multinationals managing complex supply chains can no longer assume a return to business as usual. Some are eyeing factories in the Americas to shorten lead times and hedge against uncertainty.

Colombia is positioning itself as a key partner for firms considering a move closer to home, boasting an established free-trade agreement with the U.S., healthy manufacturing and ag sectors and nonstop flights to the Southeast U.S.

Join Global Atlanta and Emory Executive Education, in partnership with ProColombia, for a conversation with Francisco Santos, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, on the country’s advantages (and incentives) for potential investors in various sectors far beyond its traditional commodities like coffee, flowers and oil.

During a Zoom interview with Global Atlanta Managing Editor Trevor Williams, Ambassador Santos will highlight opportunities in automotive, apparel, fintech and other areas while providing background on the state of the peace process, the geopolitical environment and the country’s response to COVID-19.

The ProColombia team, which promotes trade, investment and tourism, will be on hand to answer specific questions about engaging with Colombia.

Who should attend:

  • Purchasing managers seeking diversification
  • Manufacturing executives
  • Individual traders or sourcing outfits
  • Economic development officials
  • Latin America watchers
  • International affairs students

About the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States:

Francisco Santos Calderón was born October 14, 1961 in Bogota; Santos is married to Maria Victoria García and together they have four children: Benjamin, Gabriel, Carmen and Pedro.

He is the Former Vice President of Colombia (2002-2010) under Alvaro Uribe Velez’s administration. As Vice President of Colombia, he put in place policies against corruption, extortion and kidnapping. He led Colombia’s international promotion of trade, investment and tourism.

Ambassador Santos ran in the 2015 mayoral race for Bogota on the Democratic Center Party ticket. He promoted democracy and citizen participation in public affairs by the creation of Fundación Confianza Colombia. Santos was also the Democratic Center Party’s head of debate in 2017.

Between 2000 and 2002 he was forced to leave the country, due to threats from the guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He lived in Madrid, Spain, for two years where he worked at El País, the most important spanish newspaper.

In 1990 Santos was kidnapped by narcotrafficker Pablo Escobar. After 8 months of captivity he was released and created the world’s first NGO to fight kidnapping. Fundación País Libre promoted the Anti-Kidnapping Statute, the only law tabled by public petition via signature collection in Colombia.

In the 1980’s he held several editorial positions in the major newspaper of Colombia, El Tiempo, including night Editor-in-Chief. Santos also taught journalism and international relations at Universidad Central, Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, among others.

Santos completed his studies in the United States at the University of Kansas and at the University of Texas, earning degrees in Journalism and Latin-American Studies. He was awarded as a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University and won the Paul Harris Medal in 1993, the highest distinction given by Rotary International.

The event is free and open, though advanced registration is required. You will receive Zoom login information via email upon registration. 


June 24, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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