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Jaime Pumarejo was elected Mayor of Barranquilla in October 2019 and started his mandate in January 2020. He previously served as Secretary of Economic Development for the Atlántico state and as Counselor for Competitiveness and City Manager in Barranquilla. He was President of Puerta de Oro Caribbean Events Center. In 2017, he was appointed Minister of Housing of Colombia. Prior to his political career, he was selected by the multinational Ingersoll Rand to be part of its Leadership Development Program, where he held positions in the United States and Singapore. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Management at Purdue University, with a minor in management of information systems. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from IE Business School, Madrid. Mr. Pumarejo is an advocate for the socioeconomic inclusion of migrants and a proponent of high-impact public investments and large-scale urban regeneration projects. One of his flagship initiatives is to transform Barranquilla into a “BiodiverCity,” aiming to restore the city’s ecosystem by placing people at the center.