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Marta Lucía Ramírez de Rincón

Vice President of the Republic of Colombia and Minister of Foreign Affairs

COLOMBIA INVESTMENT SUMMIT 2019 - Marta Lucía Ramírez de Rincón
  • The Vice President and Chancellor of the Republic of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of business development, trade, international negotiations, foreign investment, security, democracy, governance and regional development.

  • During Her professional career, she has been primarily concerned with the fight against corruption, security, job creation, competitiveness, strengthening the judiciary system, and has promoted and implemented public policies for the political, social and economic empowerment of women across the country.

  • Mrs. Ramírez was a Conservative Party presidential candidate for the 2014 presidential elections, obtaining the third largest share of the vote. Since August 7, 2018, she became the first woman to hold the position of Vice President in the history of Colombia.

  • From the Vice Presidency, she is focused on issues such as transparency, the fight against corruption, gender equality, infrastructure and transport policies. She is also in charge of promoting science, technology and innovation, as well as advising the president on competitiveness and business development issues. She chairs the Colombian Ocean Commission and the Colombian Space Commission.

  • She simultaneously works as Chancellor of the Republic, a position in which she deepens actions to position Colombia as a world reference, building bridges that strengthen institutions, close social gaps and strengthen democracy.

  • Marta Lucía Ramírez's public career began in the Banking Superintendency and she continued as Director of the Colombian Institute of Foreign Trade (INCOMEX). She was Colombia's Minister of Commerce in 1998. From this position, she led the Group of Young Exporting Entrepreneurs. In 2002, she was Colombia's ambassador to France and later, she was appointed Defense Minister; As the first and only woman to hold that position in Colombia, she created the Human Rights School of the Armed Forces and promoted women in service, which will lead them to become generals.

  • In 2006, she was elected senator with almost 70,000 votes. She was president of the Second Commission of the Senate, in charge of foreign relations, where she created the Borders Committee to develop, promote and supervise the border areas of Colombia.

  • Mrs. Ramírez studied Law at Universidad Javeriana and specialized in Commercial and Financial Law. She has studies in Senior Business Management at the Instituto de Alta Dirección Empresarial –INALDE– of the Universidad de la Sabana and was a fellow in international relations at Harvard University. She has been too, law professor at the universities of Los Andes and Javeriana.

  • She is married to Álvaro Rincón, with whom she has a daughter: María Alejandra Rincón Ramírez.