President Andrés Pastrana

Former President of Colombia

 

President Andrés Pastrana was the President of Colombia from 1998 to 2002.

He was a student in Colegio San Carlos and got a degree in law at the Our Lady of the Rosary University in 1977. He then attended Harvard University as a 1978 Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Fellow. He founded the magazine Guión and a programadora known as Datos y Mensajes, whose flagship program was the newscast Noticiero TV Hoy. As a regular news anchor he became a nationally known figure.

In 1982 he formally began his political career, gaining a seat on the local Bogotá council. He also specialized in press articles on the production and trafficking of cocaine, for which he gained many journalistic awards. In 1991 he was elected Senator.

More recently, he was Colombian ambassador to the USA, honorary President of the Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA) and a member of the Club de Madrid.