Key Board Members

Christian Toro

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

40+ years of experience. Mr. Toro began his professional career at Publicidad Toro in 1978, a leading Colombian marketing and advertising firm where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1982. Mr. Toro is also the founder of Manning Selvage & Lee, a public relations firm, and Arena, a media buying company. Mr. Toro has worked in advertising and marketing for the National Coffee Growers Association in Colombia for more than 25 years. He is a university professor and reputation consultant for presidents, senators and other politicians. He is also member of the board of directors of Corporación Matamoros (the Ministry of National Defense of Colombia).

Fabio Valencia Cossio


Mr. Valencia’s distinguished political career spanned 40 years over which time he was an integral member of numerous significant political accomplishments. As Minister of the Interior and Justice of Colombia, Mr. Valencia designed a comprehensive policy against the world drug problem and redesigned the national narcotics program. Mr. Valencia has been very active in the private sector where he currently provides legal and commercial consulting services to an extensive group of large multinational companies looking to grow their operations in South America. He is currently engaged with consumer product companies including Diageo plc, Pernod Ricard S.A. and Bacardi Limited. Mr. Valencia has also advised Ribera Salud Spain, a leading provider of health insurance services and Indra Sistemas S.A., Grupo Tradeco, Gilat Satellite Networks, Pacific Rubiales and Gran Colombia Gold.

Francisco Sole

Independent Director

Mr. Sole is currently a member of the board of directors of Mapfre Seguros Generales de Colombia and has served in various capacities with Grupo Planeta, a Colombian publishing and media company, since 1989 and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Planeta in Colombia and the Hispano-Colombian Chamber of Commerce. He has also been General Director for America of Grupo Planeta, Corporate President for the Andean Area of Grupo Planeta, Vice President of El Tiempo Publishing House and Member of the Board of Directors for CEET TV, El Tiempo Publishing House and Canal 3 Television in Colombia. Mr. Sole has been Department Head, Accountant and Section Chief in the department of cost accounting at Novartis, a chemical and pharmaceutical company. 

Dr. Andres Vidal


Surgeon, Master in Pharmacology. Over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector. Product development and registration of medicines before the government authorities. Mr. Vidal practice the conventional medicine, and the best of alternative and complementary treatments, convinced that this combination guarantees the best results in patients ́ health. Mr. Vidal only practice the Medicines Alternatives or Complementary scientifically proven and approved by the Colombian Ministry of Health.

Patricio Villalba

Independent Director

Mr. Villalba has over 20 years of experience in Latin America in the mining, exploration, logistics and trading of hydrocarbons, notably in Colombia and Mexico, and he has developed an extensive network in governmental and private organizations at both the local and international levels. Mr. Villalba has an active presence in up-mid and downstream projects with important achievements in the development of integral logistics, achieving economic efficiencies, delivery times and commercialization, specifically in Mexico. 

Paola Castañeda


Mrs. Castañeda has developed exceptional management and board skills and has a strong knowledge of the international oil and gas sector as well as financial reporting requirements. Mrs. Castañeda obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Masters of Banking and Finance from La Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, with a focus on international trade and marketing.