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President, Pereira Chamber of Commerce

Born in Pereira, the heart of the Cultural Coffee Landscape, a region declared by the UNESCO as a human cultural heritage since 2011.

Lawyer, specialist in administrative law and magister in business administration. He was selected by Universidad de los Andes, Korn Ferry International and Dinero Magazine as one of the winners of the competition CEO OF THE FUTURE in the year 2004, and he has received many other important acknowledgments such as ONE OF THE TOP TEN OUTSTANDING YOUNG LEADERS OF COLOMBIA by the Junior Chamber International in the year 2013.

Leader in entrepreneurial and civic entrepreneurship processes, and economic development as well as job creation strategies, such as the Investment Promotion Agency, both in the local and in the national context. From the positions he has ocuppied in the private sector and as CEO of multinational companies, he managed to install operations in Colombia for the Latinamerican market bringing foreing direct investment to the territory.

Mauricio Vega Lemus has served as President of the Pereira Chamber of Commerce in two occasions. The first period was between 2001 and 2005, in which he led the construction of the EXPOFUTURO Exhibition and Events Center and the second period, he currently plays since 2012, where he led the civic campaign “El Primer Ladrillo” and the construction of the city’s Convention Center.

He served to the country voluntarily through his direct involvement, as CEO, in the government’s campaign that promoted the signature of the peace treaty with the illegal armed forces in Colombia in 2016, until the final agreement for the peace was signed on november of the same year, being the most important achievement for Colombia in its recent history.

Actually, Mauricio Vega Lemus leads the construction of the World Trade Center in Pereira, a project that brings more than USD 30 million of foreign direct investment and boosts the ecosystem of knowledge and technology towards global market.

Vega Lemus speaks Spanish and English. He is married and has a 10 year old daughter.

Mauricio Vega Lemus spoke in the session “Best unconventional project“.

Download his presentation here.


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