Paola Gutierrez Velandia is the Regional Head of Board Services for Iberia & Latin America at Pedersen & Partners. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia has over sixteen years of market leading expertise in working with a wide range of clients and key stakeholders in the areas of corporate governance, board services, shareholder engagement, and public affairs across Latin America, US, MENA and Central Europe. Moreover, she has extensive experience in emerging markets, where she has led board assessments, due diligences and corporate governance advisory projects for listed and privately owned entities. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia participated actively in the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations between the US Government and Colombia, specifically on the issues of intellectual property, procurement and foreign investment for the pharmaceutical sector. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gutierrez Velandia led and developed the corporate governance units and departments for the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and for a corporate consulting firm from Spain. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Ms. Gutierrez Velandia served as Spain & Latin America Director for Georgeson, a world leader in shareholder services and proxy solicitation. At Georgeson, she established the company’s regional strategy to develop corporate governance advisory services for top-level publicly listed corporations and investors. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia is a renowned author of research papers in the fields of corporate governance, board evaluation, shareholder engagement and governance risk management published in international and national journals and magazines.
Ms. Gutierrez Velandia holds a Law degree from Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario from Bogota. She has completed the “Women & Leadership to lead women to Boards of Directors” course at the Aliter Escuela Internacional de Negocios and the “Leadership Program on Corporate Governance and Director Training” offered by the Institute for Corporate Governance at Yale University and the World Bank. She is a visiting Professor at Instituto Empresa and at ESADE in Spain. Apart from her native Spanish, she speaks fluent English.