Frank Pearl

Plenipotentiary Negotiator of the Colombian Government's delegation during the Peace Process with FARC-EP

Mr. Frank Pearl worked for more than twenty years in the private sector as CFO and President of various companies such as Valorem SA. He was also a consultant for McKinsey and Co. and worked in Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela, among other countries.

In 2006, Mr. Pearl began working in the Colombian government. He set up the reintegration process for former combatants from paramilitary and guerrilla groups. In 2009 Mr. Pearl initiated the secret contacts that led to the peace processes with FARC and ELN.

He acted as a member of the Colombian government´s team that achieved the peace agreement with FARC and was Lead Negotiator with the ELN guerrilla in the secret phase. He reached an agenda with this group for the first time in more than fifty years.

As Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Pearl co led the Colombian group that presented to the UN the creation of the SDG´s (Sustainable Development Goals) system, which was approved in the 2012 Rio Summit, and is now being implemented in more than 190 countries around the world.

Mr. Pearl earned his Undergraduate Degree in Economics at Los Andes University, where he obtained a Graduate Degree in Finance at the Faculty of Business Administration, and a Graduate Degree in Financial Law at the Law School. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada and obtained a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he is also a Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management. In 2017 he received the Public Service Award from JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

Frank Pearl was a professor at Los Andes University and a scholar from Colfuturo, The Ivey School of Business and the Colombia - Harvard Fund.

He and his wife live in Bogotá with their three daughters.