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Bernardo Vargas Gibsone

 

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In July 2015 Mr. Vargas became the CEO of ISA, a leading multi-latin company focusing on three different businesses: Electric Power Transmission, Road Concessions and Information and Communications Technology. Founded in 1967, ISA operates through 43 affiliated companies in 7 countries in Latin America.

Until 2015, Mr. Vargas was founding partner of Nogal Asesorias Financieras, an investment banking advisory boutique in Colombia specializing in local and cross-border M&A. 

Previously was managing director at ING Barings where he headed the corporate and investment banking operations in Colombia. Mr. Vargas joined Baring Securities in 1994 as Head of Colombia and was subsequently appointed as President and CEO for the merged operations of Barings and ING Colombia on January 1997.

Before Barings, Mr. Vargas was founding CEO of Proexport Colombia (www.procolombia.co); also acted as Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Trade.

He started his professional career at the Colombian Central Bank (Banco de la República) where through his nine year tenure in different positions was in charge, among other responsibilities, of the management of Colombia’s foreign reserves portfolio.

As board member he acts as Chairman of ISA affiliates in Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Peru; Chairman (2017 to 2019) and presently director at ANDESCO, the Colombian association which groups energy, water, telecoms and sanitation companies (www.andesco.org.co). And of various nonprofits: International advisory council at Fundação Dom Cabral, (www.fdc.org.br); Fundación Santafe de Bogota (www.fsfb.org.co); and the Medellin Philarmonic Orchestra (www.filarmed.org).    

He is an Endeavor mentor for young entreprenuers.

More than 20 years YPO member (www.ypo.org) and member of the G50 since 2016 (www.G50.org)

Mr. Vargas obtained an MBA from Columbia University and an Economics BA and MS candidate from Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia.​