H.E. MR. Andres Pastrana
Mr. Pastrana was President of Colombia from 1998 to 2002. He began his career as a journalist, later co-founding the Guion magazine and directing TV Hoy, twice

winning the King of Spain journalism award, the Spanish equivalent of the Pulitzer Price. In 1982, he formally began his political career gaining a seat on the local Bogotá council and became Mayor of Bogota in 1988. Mr. Pastrana founded the New Democratic Force movement in 1991 and was elected President of Colombia in 1998, following in the footsteps of his father, Misael Pastrana, who was President from 1970 to 1974. During his presidency, Mr. Pastrana made important steps towards negotiating a peace process with the FARC and the ELN guerrilla groups.

Mr. Pastrana obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Public Law from Our Lady of the Rosary University, Bogota and completed a Fellowship at the Center of International Affairs of Harvard University, United States. Mr. Pastrana is also Honorary President of the Unión de Partidos Latinoamericanos (UPLA) and member of the Club of Madrid and the InterAction Council.