Description of project team

Head of International Technical Assistance

Katelyne Ghemar

Mrs. Katelyne Ghémar is a Trade Expert specialised in regulatory market access issues (access requirements and their implementation), with a specific experience in the countries covered by the project. Over the last 15 years, she has worked in various EU funded projects on bilateral and regional level, related to trade issues and aiming at supporting EU companies to improve their access and business conditions in Latin American markets.

Expert in Chile

Carlos Stark Rausseo

Mr. Stark is an Economist and Master of Science in Macroeconomics and Development specialized in international economics, public finances, institutional development and public policies. More than 30 years of experience in designing, implementing and assessing policies, incentives and financial support programs for international business and economic development.

Expert in Perù

Maria Rosa Moran Macedo

Mrs. Morán is a Lawyer specialized in corporate law. She has worked as an advisor to various Ministers of Industry and Foreign Trade as a Government Policy-Maker. She was the Chief of the Trade Capacity Building Table and Member of the Peruvian Negotiating Team for the Free Trade Agreement with U.S., among other negotiation´s process. 

Expert in Costa Rica

Gabriela Couto

Mrs. Couto has combined backgrounds in biotechnology and business professions, together with a broad international coverage. She serves as an alliance manager and innovation management consultant for governments, academia and enterprises in high-tech industries. Mrs. Couto promotes collaboration between Latin American and European companies supporting business development in life science sectors.

Expert in Argentina

Ricardo Bisso

Mr. Bisso obtained his first degree on Labor Relations at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, a Master on International Economic Relations from the University of Denver in the U.S. and a Master on SME innovation from the University of Bologna in Italy. Since 1992 he works in international programmes aimed at SME promotion and Trade development.

Expert in Colombia

Hélène Dezoteux de Perdomo

Mrs. Dezoteux de Perdomo is a lawyer specialized in International Trade and Foreign Invest Law, in International and European Law and in Tax Law. She has been in charge of the legal and macroeconomic affairs at the Economic Department of the French Embassy in Bogota handling trade matters and following Colombian market access barriers for French companies. 

Expert in Brazil

Vanessa Tacchi

Mrs. Tacchi is a veterinary with more than 10 years of experience with audits for qualification to export on the food industries and coordination on quality management and regulatory affairs, with a sanitary, phytosanitary and trade focus. She is an expert in International Relations, focused on promoting trade between European Union and Brazilian companies.

Expert in Mexico

Sergio Rubio

Mr. Rubio is specialized in Innovation Services, oriented to the internationalization of companies. He has more than 8 years of experience in professional consultancy to companies in matters of commercial intelligence, management and identification of opportunities in International Cooperation projects, as well as the integration of National and International consortia.

Communication Expert

Ulrica Nagle

Mrs. Nagle is graduated in International Relations and Political Science and specialised in Political Communication. Over the last 10 years she worked as a communication expert in United Nations agencies in Europe, as a political adviser in Foreign Affairs and Trade and in international projects in the ACP countries and Latin America.

LAC Expert

Javier Sanchez

Mr. Sanchez has a degree in Law and Political Science and a Master´s Degree in Business Administration and Project Management. For more than 15 years, he has worked in projects aimed to support EU SMEs access to Latin American markets, including the identification of business opportunities and the development of marketing strategies.



Project Consortium

AESA is a renowned European consulting firm offering worldwide high-quality technical assistance and management services in the field of international development. During its 20 years of activity, AESA built its reputation on the successful implementation of more than 300 multi-disciplinary projects for a wide variety of clients across the private and public sectors, such as Governments, Ministries, International Organisations and private clients. As a multidisciplinary company, AESA provides comprehensive technical advice services, from monitoring and evaluation to feasibility studies and training, across its main areas of activities: economic development, social and policy development, institutional support, environment, agricultural and rural development. In Elan program AESA represents the leading firm of the consortium that deals with the COMPONENT 1: European and Latin America Business Services.

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ICE-Italian Trade Agency is the Italian government trade promotion organization that works to develop, facilitate and promote economic and commercial relationships abroad, and to market Italian goods and services internationally. ICE Agency provides information, business advisory assistance, training and promotional services to Italian companies and institutions to expand their presence on international markets. The ICE Agency also assists government bodies and institutions in Italy and abroad to improve the business environment, fosters technology transfer and know-how exchanges, and help the innovation process, both in the private and the public sectors. Every year, ICE Agency edits and updates publications and a market report focused on business opportunities in each country served by its network, organize country presentations, provides general and customized market researches, information on contracts, trade barriers, customs, tax, financial and currency regulations and statistics. ICE Agency’s experience in designing promotional plans, at sectorial, regional and national level, and in implementing actions aimed at fostering trade and investments all around the world could be of great help for Latin American countries economic development.

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BUSINESS FRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development, is an industry and trade public institution dedicated to SMEs (3.2 million in France). The Agency reports to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well Ministry of Economy and Finance and Ministry of Foreign Trade. It is thus at the very heart of governmental export support framework. The Agency promotes technologies, products, services and know-how from France, and puts French-based professionals in contact with their international counterparts. With a network of 85 agencies in 70 different countries, and 1400 employees UBIFRANCE can offer a comprehensive range of services to facilitate the development of companies in foreign markets:  Information, advice and intelligence to draw up an international expansion strategy and promotional actions to foster partnerships with foreign companies.

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JAVALAND is a technical assistance and international consulting company, specialized in SME internationalisation and Export Promotion. JAVALAND is particularly active in projects funded by Multilateral Institutions and Development Agencies. We work with the Institutions that work in the promotion of SMEs internationalisation, both at a regional and national level.  The company is specialized in the internationalization of SME, Promotion of Foreign Trade and enterprise competitiveness, to design methodologies and programmes aiming at implement strategic plans and internationalization projects, Guidance, consultancy and technical assistance for Foreign Trade Promotion Agencies and Trade Promotion Organizations.

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PBLH International Consulting SPRL is a top-level worldwide provider of consulting and technical assistance services, working in partnership with clients worldwide, especially in ACP countries. Its large network and permanent capacity to implement projects have placed PBLH among the best international development-consulting firms. Since its establishment in 2009, the company has developed a full set of references and partnerships, working with and for international organisations and private companies in and from Europe, ACP countries and Latin America. The main services provided by PBLH are: provision of technical assistance to international organizations, private company internationalization, access to EU funds, Organization and event management.

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