Our People


Calle 66 No. 11-50
Oficina 302
Bogota D.C.
T: +571 310 867 91 22
E:  colombia@advantaglobal.com
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    Germán E. Pedraza Alais

    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. Garces Motavita

    Law Degree (Catholic University of Colombia), Master’s Degree - 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 ten years of experience in the Colombian insurance and legal market. In recent years he has held senior management positions in claims handling at one of the leading international insurance companies. He has developed his expertise in the Property, Casualty & Motor insurance risks. Carlos specializes in losses related predominantly to Civil Liability and Financial Risks. At present, Carlos is working on the development of Advanta Colombia in the local and international markets. 

    Languages: English and Spanish. 
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    Oscar A. Bernal Garces

    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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    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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    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.