Our People

Colombia

Address
Carrera 9 No. 71-70 
Oficina 403 
Bogota D.C.
Colombia
T: +57 (1) 927 29 78
E:  colombia@advantaglobal.com
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    Germán E. Pedraza Alais - Director

    Civil Engineer (University of Santo Tomás), Engineering Insurance Course (Colombian College of Insurance Technicians), Course on BI, Basic Accounting and Legal Aspects of Contracts (Crawford Colombia), Course on Marine Insurance (National Insurance Institute), Diploma in Reinsurers (Colombian Association of Reinsurance Technicians).

    Germán has almost thirty years of experience in the Latin American insurance market, having held senior management positions for more than twenty years in well-known multinational companies. He has developed his career in both the insurance and loss adjusting sectors, where he has specialized in Life, Motor, Property & Casualty claims. Germán also has extensive experience working on losses related to civil engineering works, oil & gas and property. Currently, Germán is leading the development of Advanta’s office in Colombia.

    Languages: English and Spanish.
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    Carlos A. Garcés Motavita - Director

    LLB Law Degree (Universidad Católica de Colombia), Specialization in Insurance Law (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), Quantification of Loss Course (National Insurance Institute), Analysis of Guarantee Insurance Course (Colombian Association of Technicians in Reinsurance), Marine and General Average Course (National Insurance Institute).

    Carlos has over 13 years’ experience in the Colombian insurance and legal industry. Before joining Advanta, he held a senior management position where he was responsible for handling major and complex claims at one of the leading international insurance companies. Over the course of his career, he has developed his expertise in Property & Casualty insurance lines. In addition, he is recognised in the market for his speciality in losses related predominantly to Civil Liability and Financial Risks, together with his skills in litigation processes in complex and media-relevant claims. Currently, Carlos is responsible for the development of Advanta Colombia in the local and international markets. 

    Languages: English and Spanish.

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    Mario Villamizar Garcés

    Business Administration (ongoing, Universidad los Libertadores), Analysis Technologist, Professional technician in Risk Management (National Learning Service – SENA). Technician in assembly, maintenance and repair of electrical and electronic equipment (Aulas Amigas). Technician in assembly and maintenance of computer equipment and peripherals (Aulas Amigas). Diploma in General and Individuals Insurance (Seguros Sura).

    Mario has 13 years’ experience within the insurance industry. Over the course of his career, he has held several positions in technical and commercial areas in local insurers, having developed remarkable skills for claims’ resolution. He specialises in electronic equipment and machinery claims. Mario has also participated in seminars and training courses to further improve his technical capabilities in the field.

    Languages: Spanish.

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    Oscar A. Bernal Garcés

    Bachelor candidate in Business Administration (Polytechnic University Grancolombiano), Technologist in Comprehensive Risk Management (National Learning Service - SENA).

    Oscar has approximately 10 years of experience in the Colombian insurance market. He has recently held claims handling positions in one of the leading Colombian insurance companies. Oscar has developed his career in the insurance sector and specifically as a loss adjustor. He has valuable experience in property and casualty whist he also specializes in compliance and transport.

    Languages: Spanish.

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    Jonathan Enrique Flórez

    Civil Engineer (National University of Colombia), Specialist in Construction Project Management (Pontifical Xavierian University).

    Jonathan is an Engineer with 7 years’ experience within the Colombian insurance market. Throughout his career, he has worked as a Property and Engineering claims adjuster, undertaking claims surveys, policy analysis, customer support and claims settlement for individual and corporate accounts. In addition, he has held an underwriting position at an important insurance company in Colombia for Construction and Erection All Risks lines, where he was responsible for surveys, insurance reports for major projects, nationwide technical support for CAR & EAR lines and the underwriting of medical and reinsurance policies.

    Languages: Spanish.

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    Yuly Vanessa Rivero Rojas

    Lawyer (Cooperative University of Colombia), Insurance Specialist (Externado University of Colombia). 

    Vanessa is a specialist insurance lawyer, with five years’ experience in the insurance sector as a Claims Analyst within compensation and casualty & property. She is responsible for loss adjusting and conciliation procedures, document and claims validation, policies and claims analysis, customer services as well as settlement of losses. Vanessa has also been in charge of various conciliation processes. 

    Languages: Spanish.

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    Odair Espitia Hernández

    Lawyer (La Gran Colombia University), Diploma in Extrajudicial Conciliation in Law (La Gran Colombia University), Diploma in Insurance and Risks Administration (Politécnico Intercontinental).

    Odair is a lawyer with over five years’ experience within the financial sector. Odair has gained knowledge of the insurance industry working in the Liability and Compensations area, handling insurance analysis, loss adjusting, report preparation and legal counselling. In addition, he has managed claims analysis and conciliation processes. Odair joins the Advanta Colombia growing team to strengthen its capacity and add value to its clients.

    Languages: Spanish.

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    Walter Stiven Castañeda Duran

    Business Administration (Cooperative Colombian University), Dip. General Insurance (FASECOLDA). 

    Walter has over four years’ experience in loss adjusting. He combines formal insurance qualifications and first-hand industry experience acquired whilst working in the underwriting departments of various lead insurers in Colombia. More recently, Walter was responsible for inspections, policy analysis, report preparation and has actively participated in the improvement and optimisation of customer services’ procedures.

    Languages: Spanish.