2020 Speakers

  • Andres Escobar
    Andres Escobar General Manager, Metro de Bogota

    Andres Escobar is a civil engineer who graduated from Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia with a masters degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes.

    Mr. Escobar is a former President of Pedro Gómez & Cía who has held various senior state project management positions. He was a manager at Empresa Nacional de Renovación y Desarrollo Urbano, head of urban development for Planeación Nacional, director of Planeación Distrital and a manager of Metrovivienda.

    Andres Escobar was appointed general manager of Metro de Bogota, the most important transport project in Colombia

  • Omar Hoyos Agudelo
    Omar Hoyos Agudelo Manager, Ferrocarril de Antioquia

    Omar Hoyos Agudelo is a law graduate from the Universidad de Medellin with a specialization in administrative law and a diploma in state contracts.

    Mr. Hoyos is a former manager of the Road Development Project in the North of Aburrá, Director of Metropolitan Area of ​​the Aburrá Valley and Executive Director of the Association of Metropolitan Areas of Colombia.

    He is also a former Secretary of Mobility for the city of Medellin and in 2018 he was named the general manager of the Ferrocarril de Antioquia project.

  • Francisco Gomez
    Francisco Gomez VP Structuring & Project Financing, FDN

    Francisco Gomez is a business administration graduate from the Universidad de EAFIT with specializations in stategic management from Universidad de los Andes and Universidad de la Sabana.

    Mr. Gomez has more than 25 years of experience as President of Suleasing International, Vice President of Leasing Bancolombia, Financiera de Desarrolla Nacional and Andean Regional Manager at CSI Leasing.

    He is currently Vice President of Strategy and Development of the National Development Financial (FDN), where he oversees the development, financing and execution of key transport projects.

  • Ricardo Garcia
    Ricardo Garcia Transport Manager, Línea Mitre

    Ricardo Garcia is a graduate from Universidad de la Marina Marcante who worked for Metrovias from 1994 to 2012 when he became the transport manager for Línea Mitre.

    Línea Mitre provides commuter services in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires and Mr. Garcia will discuss operations and upgrades on the network at this year’s Metro Latin America event.

  • Pedro Paulo Souza
    Pedro Paulo Souza Planning Manager, SuperVia

    Pedro Paulo Souza is a civil engineer from Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro with an MSc in Transportation Engineering from COPPE and a certificate in Rail and Metro Management Systems from DB Rail Academy.

    He is a former Transport Consultant at FGV, a transport engineer at Fetransport and a parner at Leop Engineering.

    He joined SuperVia in 2014, where he has worked as a Transportation Specialist, Operational Performance Coordinator and Planning Manager.

  • Jose Eduardo Ribeiro Copello
    Jose Eduardo Ribeiro Copello Director President, CTB

    Jose Ribeiro Copello is an Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Administration from the Federal University of Bahia. He has experience in the areas of industry, sanitation and transportation, in the public and private sectors.

    He is a former Chief of Staff at the Bahia State Department of Urban Development, responsible for the private public partnership of the Salvador and Lauro de Freitas metro system.

    He is the CEO of Transport Company of the State of Bahia and advisor of the ANP Trilhos.

  • Maria Isabel Ulloa
    Maria Isabel Ulloa Executive Director, ProPacífico

    Maria Isabel Ulloa is a Lawyer from the University of Los Andes with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New York.

    She was Vice Minister of Mines of Colombia between October 2014 and June 2016.

    She previously she served as coordinator of the Royalty group in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, implementing the functions designated to that Ministry related to the General System of Royalties.

    Ms. Ulloa will discuss new urban and rail projects in the Pacific region to support development.

  • Luis Cardenas
    Luis Cardenas Manager - Barranquilla Light Rail

    Luis Cardenas is the CEO of A Todo Tren and the general manager of the light rail project in the Colombian city of Barranquilla.

    The project under developmet will serve 15 stations and is estimated to transport over 100,000 passengers per day.

    Luis Cardenas will discuss the development of the project and transport upgrades on Colombia’s Caribbean coast at this year’s event.

  • Diego Sanchez
    Diego Sanchez Director, Instituto de Desarrollo Urbano

    Diego Sanchez is a civil engineer with graduate qualifications in engineering project management. He has previously worked for CAF, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Insitute of Urban Development (IDU).

    Mr. Sanchez was responsible for the structuring and contract process for Colombia’s Metro de Bogota project before returning to work for the IDU where he was named Director in January 2020.

  • Pablo Martorelli
    Pablo Martorelli President, Instituto Argentino de Ferrocarriles

    Pablo Martorelli has over 40 years experience working on the development of around 4,600 railway projects across Argentina, including work with Linea Mitre, Ferrocarriles Metropolitanos and the Comisión Nacional de Regulación del Transporte (CNRT).

    He holds a number of senior positions in the Argentine rail industry including President of IAF, Director of RDI, Rail Operations Manager of Proyecto del Consorcio de Cooperación Ferrocarril Deseado and Coordinator of the Rail Study Group for Facultad Regional Buenos Aires.

    Mr. Martorelli is the project coordinator for the Cooperación Ferrocarril Unión Pacífico consortium and he will discuss the development of the project at this year’s event.

  • Liu Ming
    Liu Ming President CRRC Latin America Corp

    Mr. Liu Ming is the President of CRRC Latin America Corp, a major Chinese company which is rapidly becoming a key partner in major transportation projects all over Latin America.

    CRRC have established themselves as a vital part of the development of urban and regional rail infrastructure upgrades in the region.

    Mr. Liu Ming will discuss some of the innovations the company is bringing to the region.

  • Pablo Rocha
    Pablo Rocha Global Key Account Manager, Damm

    Pablo Rocha is an Argentine graduate engineer with a masters degree in Telecommunications Management.

    Pablo Rocha has worked in the telecommunications field for close to 15 years, working with some of the industries most important companies. In 2018 he joined DAMM Cellular Systems as the companies LATAM regional manager and global account manager.

    At Metro 2019 Mr. Rocha will discuss the companies work on the Cochabamba Light Train in Bolivia and solutions they provide in the region.

  • Verónica Zambrano Copello
    Verónica Zambrano Copello President, Ositran

    Verónica Zambrano has held a number of senior positions in her native Peru, including senior advisor to state telecommunications regulator OSIPTEL and General Manager of the national port authority.

    In July 2017 she was name president of Ositran (Supervisory body for investment in public transport infrastruture) and she will be discussing some of the key projects under development at Metro 2020.

  • Roberto Vitali
    Roberto Vitali Project Director, Hitachi Rail STS SpA

    Roberto Vitali is Project Director at Ansaldo STS and director of the Lima Metro Board (Linea 2).

    He was born in Italy, where he reached the civil engineering degree specializing in Transportation Systems. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida, USA. He then moved to Washington DC to manage the integration of systems for the International Space Station to NASA’s Futron Coporation. During these years he also obtained an MBA from the University of Maryland.

    He joined as Ansaldo STS executive in 2004 and worked on the Copenhagen driverless subway for two years.

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