Nicolás Echavarría Mesa

Mr. Echavarría is a seasoned expert in export, logistics and marketing, having devoted his career to promoting Colombian agricultural products to the world. Currently, he is general manager of C.I. Banafrut S.A., an international marketer of bananas and plantains. He served as Head of Mission of Colombia to the European Union in Brussels and Ambassador of Colombia to Belgium and Luxembourg in 2003-2006, and was previously general manager of Trópica Ltda. and Zúñiga Bananeras, commercial manager of C.I. Uniban S.A. and manager of Roldán y Cía Ltda., a cargo management logistics company.

He has served on the boards of numerous companies including Isagen, Corpouraba, the City of Medellin, Metroplus, the Museum of Antioquia, Agrícola Montecristo S.A., Agrícola Bahíagrande S.A., Simesa S.A., C.I. Valley Farms and Augura, the association of Colombian banana producers.

Mr. Echavarría holds a MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in England, where his thesis focused on the promotion of Colombian exports. As an undergraduate, he studied at Paris-Sorbonne University, then earned a BA in Economics with honors from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He is a native of Medellin, Colombia.