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Ms. Maria Ximena Lombana


Minister for Commerce, Industry and Tourism


María Ximena Lombana Villalba, is a lawyer from the Universidad del Rosario with a master's degree in International Business Law from the Washington College of Law, which in turn belongs to the American University, and a master's degree in Commercial Law from the University of Paris II-Panthéon-Assas. Likewise, the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism was a professor in Commercial Company Law at the Universities of Rosario and La Sabana for 10 years. She was also Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior for two years and of Bancóldex for three years. Her activities in the private sector include participation as a partner in the law firms Cremades & Calvo Sotelo and Lombana Villalba Abogados. Additionally, she has been an Arbitrator of the Center for Arbitration and Conciliation of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (Commercial Law and Administrative Law), since January 2006. In addition to her work experience she has been a researcher at the Legal Department of the Organization of American States (OAS ) and an advisor to the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The minister declares herself to be a person in love with our country, but with a heart from Santander, the land where she was born.

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