José Manuel Restrepo
Economist and Finance Specialist from the Universidad del Rosario, with a Master in Economics from the 'London School of Economics' (LSE), Senior Management from INALDE and a Doctor in Management of Higher Education Institutions from Bath University.
He was the former Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism. As well he served as rector of the Universidad del Rosario and, also, for the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA). Before, he held the rectory of the Business Foundation of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, he was Manager of Financial Planning and Budget at Fonade.
He belonged to the Institutional Chamber of the National Council for Quality Assurance in Higher Education of the Ministry of National Education. He has also served as a business consultant and as an adviser on quality issues and accreditation of higher education institutions.
He was a professor of macroeconomics, microeconomics, economics introduction and planning and management control in the faculties of Economics, Jurisprudence, Business Administration and in the postgraduate course in Finance at the Universidad del Rosario.
He is the author of a significant number of writings including books, meritorious dissertations, research drafts and academic articles published nationally and internationally. On the other hand, he has been a columnist for the newspapers El Nuevo Siglo, La República and El Espectador.