Umalia

Andrés Velez de la Calle

Andrés Velez De La Calle is a successful business man, passionate, visionary and enthusiastic; a leader in the field of socio-economic interchanges worldwide with emphasis on building business liaisons and partnerships between companies in the various economic sectors of Canada and Latin America.

Andrés is a strong believer and supporter of the leading role that corporate social responsibility plays in improving the living conditions of populations through the implementation of business driven strategies that provide clear and sustainable business and social value.

His skills related to international negotiation, cultural interpretation, development of strategies and key alliances have allowed him to successfully lead the liaison of an important number of Canadian companies and institutions towards Latin America, in particular with his native Colombia.

Andrés joins the team of Umalia to follow the path of business growth in Latin America. He is based in Medellin, Colombia, the world's most innovative city in 2013 according to the Wall Street Journal contest, Citigroup and Urban Land Institute. His keen knowledge of the challenges and opportunities faced by Latin American businesses coupled with his understanding of the culture position him well to represent Umalia on the continent.

He wholeheartedly believes there is a paradigm shift occurring in the private sector and that Umalia’s services will contribute to help businesses adapt, contribute and position themselves on the world stage for maximum business and social impact.