Juan is a legal and policy consultant. Juan has advised on trade, investment law, competition law, economic development and intellectual property. He has worked for the Colombian Competition Authority where he advised policymakers by identifying unnecessary laws and regulations that restrict competition in the marketplace and propose developing alternative less restrictive policies that still achieve government objectives. Also, given his trade law background he adviced the Colombian Deputy Superintendent for Competition Protection in the Committee on Customs, Tariffs and Foreign Trade and in the Commercial Practices Committee where it is decided the Colombian trade policy.
He has helped develop special economic zone (SEZ) programs for countries in Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Also, he worked in a consulting project related to Sudan’s Accession to World Trade Organization (WTO) where he proposed amends to the Sudanese laws and administrative decrees that cover intellectual property rights and geographical indications. Also, he participated as a research assistant on a paper about the Coffee Value Chain the Intangibles involved in the trade dynamics of the coffee for the WIPO fourth Report in 2017.
Juan holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics, from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia and an LL.M. of International Economics Laws and Policy from University of Barcelona, Spain. Juan speaks Spanish (Native), English (Fluent) French (Fluent) and Portuguese (Good working Knowledge). He is a member of the Centro de Estudios Regulatorios Latam and the Think tank Al Centro. He is also licensed to practice law in Colombia.
With competitive digital economy, Colombia will be able to plan for post-pandemic recovery and strengthen regional economies to adopt smart solutions linked to the Internet of Things that allow them to compete in global value chains.