Jorge Hernán Cárdenas is the managing director of Oportunidad Estratègica, a business consulting firm based in Bogota, Colombia, that provides a range of services for both public and private clients, business organizations, and multilateral agencies. As director, Mr. Cárdenas is responsible for formulating and implementing business strategies; managing growth; and providing organizational support to those looking to break into the market place.

Prior to his work with Oportunidad Estratègica, Mr. Cárdenas served as Executive Director of the Corona Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s work in its 4 core areas: education, health, local and community development, and business development and approved 50 projects in these fields in 2004. Among his various activities there, he designed a $2.1 million IDB-MIF project on business development. He also participated in the Finance Committee of RedAmerica International, a network of 53 Latin American Business Foundations supported by the IAF in Washington.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Mr. Cárdenas was a professor of Industrial Engineering and Management and Dean of the Faculty of Administration at the University of the Andes, he taught business strategy and worked to reform the MBA program. In 2003, under his leadership, the College received the international EQUIS accreditation. Prior to that he served as Presidential Advisor for State Modernization under President Cèsar Gavíria and advised the governments of Álvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana on issues of the reform of state institutions and has served as an adviser to DNP, Fonade, USAID, UNDP, IDB and World Bank and as Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the OAS in Washington.

Mr. Cárdenas earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Management from the Sloan School at MIT. He has received the following grants: Fulbright (1984-1986), Dow Chemical (1982), Teaching Assistant in Microeconomics, University of Minnesota (1986), and the Aspen Institute (2002).

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