Antonio O. Sánchez Díaz

- Tourism and Economic Affairs -

Graduate in Economics from the Universidad del Salvador, with post-graduate studies in Management from the Argentinean Institute for Enterprise Development (IDEA) and Enterprise Anthropology from the University of Belgrano, Argentina.

During the past 30 years he performed in large private companies from the service industry (tourism, hospitality, entertainment, high technology) where he held operating, development, and business strategy managerial positions. Since 2004 he has been offering strategic and business consultancy services in the transport, logistics, port, and infrastructure areas, with note-worthy roles in major projects for Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador and Colombia. He has also been Director for Banco de Rio Negro, Director of the CREAR Economic Development Agency, and Secretary for Economic Development in the city of Bariloche, a major touristic and technological hub in Argentina. He is a Social Investment-specialized consultant for the Value, CSR + Competitiveness Programme (Programa Valor, RCE + Competitividad) by AMIA - IDB/MIF. He is also a Professor in the Rural Tourism Post-Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Buenos Aires, as well as in the Institute of Superior Technical and Professional Education in Rio Negro, for the following subjects: Touristic Marketing, Commercialization, Business Project, Economic Development and Hospitality. From 2012, he has been presiding Talasonomica S.A.

 

 

 

 

Alan Harding

- Port and Maritime Affairs -

Industrial engineer specialized in port, intermodal, maritime and river transport planning. Port authorities, their economy, and environmental, trade and financing aspects. He has also completed a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, United Kingdom, a postgraduate degree in Statistics from the University of London, United Kingdom, and an MSc in Making Environmental Decisions from Open University, United Kingdom. University professor and author of several published works.

Throughout his 50 years’ track record, he has developed global expertise in projects such as the following:

Direct involvement in port reform processes through concession in Latin America (Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Panama), the Caribbean, Middle East (Saudi Arabia) and Africa (Nigeria and Sierra Leona). Freetown (Ministry of Transport and Communications, Sierra Leona). El Callao, Peru (Chemonics, US AID). Iquique, Chile (IPS Ltda.) Centro Logístico Multimodal [Multi-modal Logistics Cluster] in Colon, Panama. Programme for the concession of Belize ports. Port concessions in Dominican Republic. Concession of the container terminal in the port of Montevideo. Administering of the Jose industrial port in Venezuela, alongside Port of Rotterdam (Bechtel Consulting, SA). Drafting of the terms of reference for developing the Buenaventura city-port (with P.I.V., consulting engineers in Cali and Bogota), among others.

Conducted the drafting of the Strategic Plan for Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and the Development Plan for San Antonio, Chile, including urban and environmental aspects.

Manager of the 2635-CO credit Project for the Ports of Colombia Modernization. Technical and economic studies of river ports in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, Bangladesh, Colombia, Venezuela and Europe.

Director of the COCATRAM studies of Central American cabotage. Project assessment and marketing studies for the International Finance Corporation in Panama and Buenos Aires. Financing options for Argelia ports. Has also delivered consulting services to various private companies.

 

 

 

Rodolfo Sabonge

- Planning and Business Development -

Engineer specialized in strategic planning, who has until recently held the position of Executive Vice President for Planning and Business Development in the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). Led the planning process for transferring the Canal to the Republic of Panama, and later conducted the demand, market and economic impact studies that justified the Panama Canal expansion project. He was also responsible for the development of the Canal’s demand, traffic and income projections. He oversaw the market segmentation and price strategy processes in the ACP, which in quantitative terms multiplied the Canal’s annual income three-fold. In terms of business development, he managed the Canal’s diversification strategy and the development of new businesses.

He completed a Mechanic Engineering degree in the University of Notre Dame, post-graduate studies in Business Administration in the University of Miami, Florida, and holds a Master’s Degree in Maritime Development from the University of Panama’s Faculty of Law. He has also completed an executive programme in Stanford University in Singapore, and a programme on competitiveness in Harvard University. Throughout his career he has achieved global-scale experience, developing personal links with CEOs from leading shipping companies and ports. He represented ACP before international maritime organizations, such as ICS, INTERTANKO, Intercargo, World Shipping Council, AAPA, IAPH, Transportation Research Forum, Transportation Research Board, among others. One of his most prominent studies was presented before the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), and was awarded the best paper in Latin America in 2012. He led the establishment of the National Maritime Authority and promoted Panama’s National Maritime Strategy, the backbone of which was the privatization Panama ports, as well as the Panama Railway.

 

 

 

 

Oscar Medina Mora

- Maritime and Port Administration -

He graduated as Maritime Manager from the Universidad Escuela Naval de Cadetes, Cartagena, Colombia. He obtained his MBA from the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota DC. He has a degree in Commercial Law from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota DC. He completed the Maritime Transport and Port Policies Training Programme carried out by the Korean International Cooperation Agency and the Korean Maritime Institute in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

In his home country, he has carried out tasks in the Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena S.A. as Advisor for Special Investment Projects and as Operation Coordinator. In the Ministry of Transport, he was General Director for Maritime Transport and Ports, and Advisor to the Deputy Minister in matters such as contract management in port concessions and state contracting of survey and construction services for ports. He was Advisor to the Colombian General Superintendence for Ports and represented the area in various national and international forums.

As a consultant, he has assisted several regional organisms such as CEPA (Comisión Ejecutiva Portuaria Autónoma) in El Salvador, an Executive Branch institution in charge of administering and developing Port, Airport and Railway infrastructure. Cost and Social Benefit Analysis of Puerto La Union Centroamericana. For the Nippon Koei NK Consortium – NKLAC –, he is part of the team of experts currently updating the Infrastructure and Transport Services Master Plan for the Government of Paraguay.

 

 

 

 

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