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Presidency of Republic of Colombia
High Presidential Advisor for Public and Private Affairs

Catalina Crane Arango

Mrs. Crane graduated with a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Itam) and with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University in Bogotá. She also completed a Master's degree in Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Before being chairwoman for Procafecol (Juan Valdéz shops), she served as Financial Manager for the National Coffee-Growers Federation where, among other responsibilities, she led the financial restructuring of the National Coffee Fund and of the Federation itself.

Mrs. Crane also served as Technical Vice Minister for the Ministry of Treasury and Public Credit, as Director for Institutional Communications at the Bank of the Republic, as Researcher for the Foundation Buen Gobierno, and as Consultant to the National Planning Department in the implementation of the Management Evaluation System that was then applied to several state entities.

On top of this, Mrs. Crane served as Junior Advisor at The Ministry of Treasury and Public Credit and at The Ministry of External Trade. In the latter, she also served as Technical Director for Planning, Coordination and Policy. She also worked at Fedesarrollo, where she was Researcher and Coordinator of the Opinion Poll, as well as Editor of the institutional journal "Coyuntura Económica."

Among her distinctions are the John F. Kennedy School of Government Lucius Littauer Fellow Award, which she received for demonstrating outstanding performance and leadership potential. Her work as contributor in specialized publications has also been very prolific.

Mrs. Crane has been part of the following Boards of Directors: Avianca, Banco Agrario, Bancafé, Compañía Agrícola de Seguros, Contecar, Teatro Libre, Parque Nacional del Café, Los Andes University, Fedesarrollo.