Vice President (Latin American Affairs)
Tomas Peribonio is a formally trained engineer with over 20 years of professional experience in private and public sector in Latin America. His personal experience as a Manager, Director, Business Owner and Shareholder have enriched his areas of expertise which include: commercial banking, investment and promotion of exports, market analysis, international negotiation, and due diligence. Tomas also served under Ecuadorian President, Dr. Alfredo Palacios as Minister of Commerce and Industry of Ecuador.
He has gained vast experience in international negotiations working as a consultant for entities such as the Ecuadorian Ministry of Transportation and Public Works, CIFAL (United Nations Office for the Training of Public Authorities), The Port Authority of Manta, Ecuador and The Andean Development Corporation (CAF).
As Minister of Commerce and Industry he worked as the Chief Negotiator for diverse commercial agreements with Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, U.S.A., Chile and others. Tomas headed the Official Delegations on ATPDEA, FTA to the WTO, European Union, CEPAL, U.S. Congress and the Commission to the Andean Community of Nations.
Tomas also worked for CORPEI for over seven years as the Commercial Director for Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. His main focus during this time was to promote exports and investments in productive sectors. At the same time he was also assigned the duties of Commercial Advisor of the Embassy of Ecuador in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Tomas has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Santiago of Chile. He also graduated as in Industrial Civil Engineer from the same University. He also gained a degree in Corporate Management from University of Adolfo Ibanez, Chile and completed courses in CEDDET of Spain focusing on international finance, financial analysis, accounting for management, strategic planning, international trade, international logistics, corporate management, and international politics.
Additionally, Tomas has been a guest lecturer in various international forums on foreign trade, commercial promotion, commercial negotiations, promotion of investments, and integration. He has also authored or co-authored several publications on foreign trade. He served as a Director for the Chilean/Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce for over six years and was also the Director of the Council of Accredited Commercial Attaches in Santiago de Chile.