California Digital Trade Mission – COLOMBIA

trade mission agenda

Wednesday, September 9

09:45 – 3:40 PDT

09:45 – 10:00 Event log in Registration / Troubleshooting

10:00 – 10:05 Call to Order / Delegate Instructions
Jamaela Malhotra, Project Coordinator, Kallman Worldwide

10:05 – 10:10 Event Inauguration
Carlos Valderrama, Latin American Trade and Investment Representative, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

10:10 – 10:14 California State Welcome Remarks
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California

10:14 – 10:18 U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Welcome Remarks
Jeff Geiger, Deputy Commercial Counselor, US Commercial Service, US Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Jason Sproule, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center Los Angeles, US Department of Commerce

10:18 – 10:22 Kallman Worldwide, Inc. Welcome Remarks
Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide
Peter McKenna, Vice President, Business Development, Kallman Worldwide

10:22 – 10:35 Colombia Aerospace and Defense Market Briefing
Jeff Geiger, Deputy Commercial Counselor, US Commercial Service, US Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

10:35 – 10:45 Q&A

10:45 – 11:05 Opportunity: Colombia – “Insider Insights” 
Gen (Ret.) Flavio Ulloa, President of Lead Consulting Group, Former Manager of CIAC and Former Chief of Joint Staff of the Colombian Military Forces
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

11:05 – 11:15 Q&A

11:15 – 11:55 Plans, Priorities and Process, Ministry of Defense of Colombia
Hilda Lopez Gomez, Director Science, Technology and Innovation
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

11:55 – 12:15 Q&A

12:15 – 12:45 Priorities, Plans and Process, Viva Air
Francisco Lalinde, COO
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

12:45 – 1:00 Q&A

1:00 – 1:30 Plans, Priorities and Process, National Infrastructure Agency, ANI
Diana Cardona, Structuring Vice President
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

1:30 – 1:40 Q&A

1:40 – 2:10 Plans, Priorities and Process, Aeronáutica Civil
Juan Carlos Salazar, General Director Jorge Saltarin, Project Assessment Group Coordinator
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

2:10 – 2:20 Q&A

2:20 – 2:50 Plans, Priorities and Process, Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana – CIAC
Diego Obando, Sales and Marketing Representative
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

2:50 – 3:00 Q&A

3:00 – 3:20 Plans, Priorities and Process, Central Aerospace (FBO/MRO)
Juliana Ferreira, Regional Sales Director and VP of America’s Solutions
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

3:20 – 3:30 Q&A

3:30 – 3:35 Ongoing Business Support from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
Diana Dominguez, Special Advisor for Export Development, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

3:35 – 3:40 Closing Remarks
Peter McKenna, Vice President, Business Development, Kallman Worldwide

Thursday, September 10

09:00 – 3:00 PDT Break-Out Sessions
One-on-One Business Discussions
Pre-arranged by appointment

Friday, September 11

09:00 – 12:00 PDT Break-Out Sessions
One-on-One Business Discussions
Pre-arranged by appointment


participating companies


Based in San Diego, California, VMS Aircraft Company is an international supplier of aviation and aerospace consumables. Serving the military and commercial sectors, our clients include aircraft and satellite production facilities along with their subcontractors. As a large supplier of structural materials, our comprehensive product portfolio facilitates convenient delivery of Structural Material, Film Adhesive, Bond Primer, Spray Adhesive and Prepreg. Pressure Sensitive Tapes: For exterior, interior, and high temperature bonding. Finishing Products: For abrasion, clean-sanding, metalworking, and tooling, and Chemicals including Adhesives, Cleaning Compounds, Greases, Coatings, Corrosion Preventatives, Hydraulic Fluids, Lubricants, and Sealants.

Mehul Sheth, CEO
(760) 419-1254
9755 Birch Canyon Place
San Diego, CA 92126

ADS Aero Distribution Service

Aero Distribution Services(ADS) have been in the business for more than 10 years. With Experience and Efficiency our company has become one of the top competitors of sales, overhauls, repairs, and exchanges of all aircraft and rotor wing parts. We stock from nuts and bolts to servos and FCU’s and governors to even landing gear for aircrafts. Our company strides to give great customer service.

We sell parts for Bell, Airbus, Sirkorsky, and MD etc. We work closely with our parent companies who help us distribute loads of quantity for great customer satisfaction and maintaining a high return volume for repairs to exchanges and outright sales with FAA Certification Repair Stations. We sell and overhaul a mass quantity of parts for Latin America and around the world. Anything you need we are here at ADS striving to help and achieve your goals. We lend a hand to anyone who needs it. Your one stop shop!

Maria de Armero, Sales and Marketing
(661) 295-2064
25510 Avenue Stanford #105
Valencia, CA 91355

AerialZeus, LLC

1. Aerial technology (drones and high-definition cameras) and software for the detection of illegal plants.
2. Drones and infrared cameras for 24/7 surveillance of Banks, Commercial Centers, Government Buildings and Sensitive Infrastructure.
3. Anti-drone equipment for Prisons and Airports.

Luis Robles, CEO
(916) 768-4109
1333 Howe Avenue, Suite 211
Sacramento, CA 95825

Aero Pro

Painting, Modifications, Interiors, Customs Tooling, Helicopter Rotor painting. We paint all aircraft with emphasis on VIP and wide-body jets

Ovi Popescu, Business Development Manager
(909) 382-0080
255 S. Leland Norton Way, Suite 4
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Aero Turbine, Inc.

Aero Turbine, Inc. (ATI) is a small business with a CAGE Code of 0T790. ATI is a repair/overhaul station for jet turbine engines, engine accessories, and engine components. As an additional service, we perform engine testing. We currently perform engine work for the USAF, USN, US Army, and many commercial customers, including Boeing. (Valium) ATI is approved by the USAF and USN for J85 engine work. Our primary engine lines are J69 (used in the T37) and all variants of the J85 engine, including the J85-17A (used to power the A-37 Dragonfly flown by the Colombian Air Force.

John Jones, V.P. Business Development
(925) 724-6226
6800 S. Lindbergh Street
Stockton, CA 95206

Anduril Industries

Defense and security technology

Nick Phoutrides, Head of Energy
(817) 271-5138
909 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Antikythera Technologies

We provide a fully digital ECO system for Airport. *Help ADA/PRM passengers request a wheelchair. *Wayfinding so passengers can navigate within the airport, find points of interest and more. *Order food within the airport while waiting in the boarding area. *Tracking staff within the airport to increase efficiency and provide a better passenger experience

Ruben Kazantsev, CEO
(310) 626-7005
324 S Beverly Boulevard #367
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Arrgh Manufacturing Inc.

Hazardous gas explosion prevention equipment.

Al Coddington, VP
(415) 897-0220
831 Vallejo Avenue
Novato, CA 94945

Blue Sky Network

Blue Sky Network is a pioneer in the development of satellite tracking and two-way voice and data communications for commercial, government, and privately held fleets working in remote areas around the world. Our state-of-the-art tracking and communication solutions leverage the power of the Iridium satellite constellation to seamlessly integrate with our industry-leading command center – SkyRouter.

Nick Tucky, Vice President of Sales
(858) 551-3894
5333 Mission Center Road, Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92108

Caylym Technologies International LLC

1) The “Guardian” Container Aerial FireFighting System (CAFFS), consisting of corrugated container with 2-ply bladder, for deployment from standard rear-ramp transport aircraft (rotary and fixed wing), using existing Container Delivery System (CDS) aerial protocols. Contains no metal or pyrotechnics. Capacity 264 Gallons of water or fire retardant. Assembly and fill training provided
2) The “Fontana” portable potable water system, consisting of corrugated container with replaceable bladder, for deployment from standard pick-up truck. Capacity up to 330 Gallons of water.
3) Corrugated boxes for packaging – agricultural and food industry.

Toni Przybylski, Client Services Manager
(559) 967-6161
5336 E. Home Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727

Celestial Aviation, Inc.

Aircraft parts supplier for commercial airlines, MRO facilities & other aerospace companies.

Carol Calderon, President
(818) 477-0575
2140 Eastman Avenue, Suite 110
Ventura, CA 93003

Datron World Communications, Inc.

Tactical Military HF & VHF Two Way Radio Systems, related accessories, operator, maintenance / depot level repair training, field service support.

Roger Gillespie, Manager Sales Support​
(760) 597-3767
3055 Enterprise Court
Vista, CA 92081 


ePAVE manufactures innovative and environmentally friendly asphalt and concrete resurfacing material. Our patent pending product is a pavement preservation solution that extends pavement lifecycle, is cost effective, and addresses the challenge of lowering the Urban Heat Island and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sarkis Noray, Managing Director, International
(818) 653-0503
9439 Haines Canyon Avenue
Tujunga, CA 91042

Hill Flight Support

We provide high quality parts and accessories to support fixed and rotary wing US Military aircrafts. We provide procurement, repair and support for nonstandard aircraft parts; specializing in locating and overhauling rare and scarce parts. These products and services are for local and international Armed Forces that operate US Military fixed and rotor wing aircraft worldwide; as well as naval and ground defense military equipment and hardware. Our aviation logistics specialists are experienced in maintenance and support requirements and will locate parts, systems and equipment quickly, and at competitive prices. We are committed to providing outstanding customer service and our logistics experts understand the needs and requirements of all our clients. We have a network of Regional Offices, as well as consultants and representatives who readily available to assist with our clients’ logistical procurement and support programs.

Terry Lee, COO
(818) 785-4242
9400 Eaton Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Intellisense Systems Inc.

Intellisense Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced sensing and display solutions supporting a data continuum from acquisition to visualization. We enhance our hardware with software that adds intelligence to our systems and can turn raw data into useful information for improved decision-making and process automation. We are a technology innovator and advanced systems integrator that solves some of our customers’ toughest challenges by designing, developing, and manufacturing, solutions that sense, transmit, process, and display information. Our innovative technologies include integrated sensor systems, wearable technologies, visualization and display systems, and augmented intelligence software solutions.

Intellisense creates value for customers by providing a variety of capabilities like advanced intelligence solutions that improve awareness, decision-making, and safety. We offer both off-the-shelf products and custom development services. These services include research and development, requirements analysis, design, systems integration, prototyping, production, testing, field support, and training.

Headquartered in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, we occupy over 100,000 square feet across two facilities. Our manufacturing capabilities include electronics fabrication, unit qualification testing, systems integration, and volume production with full quality assurance to serve both government and commercial customers. There is a deeply embedded culture of continuous improvement here at Intellisense, and it is the driving force that makes our company agile and helps ensure our continued high performance. We have the agility of a small business that can provide timely and innovative solutions to our customers, with the stability of an established corporation that can support the entire technology and product development life cycle.

Michael Burke, Director, Business Development
(310) 320-1827
21041 S. Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

IXI Technology

IXI is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been providing advanced electronics and software solutions for MilAero and Industrial applications worldwide for over 36 years. Products and technology include: Ruggedized Electronic Systems, Counter-UAS Technology, Software Defined Radio Technology, Frequency Modulation Low Power Consumption 3U VPX General Purpose Processors, ARM Processors, Embedded Computers, Time Synchronization, Custom Chip Sets, Wavelength Division Multiplexers, Video Processors, Test Systems, and Software for Hardware Virtualization. IXI provides data I/O management and converter solutions for NTDS, Ethernet, 1553, RS-232, RS-422, STANAG, ARINC-429 and other protocols. IXI also designs hardware and software to emulate legacy systems to enable their elimination.

Amy Broschak, Account Executive
(714) 221-5011
22705 Savi Ranch Parkway, Suite 200
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Kelar / x-Spatial

Software and associated consulting services for: GIS Asset Tracking Lease Management Aviation Statistics Laser scanning and 3D modeling BIM

Kambiz Taleghani, Founder
(310) 693-2048
5777 West Century Boulevard Suite 1575
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Mackenzie Laboratories Inc.

High Fidelity Digital Audio Playback systems with Visual Display Signage for Commercial Applications.

Joe Vitale, Business Development Manager
(909) 394-9007
1163 Nicole Court
Glendora, CA 91740

Mag Instrument, Inc.

Manufacturer of Flashlights and Accessories

Jurgen Oliver
2001 South Hellman Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761

Maxxess Systems

Software based security systems for coordinated response to unplanned events.

Alex Ayala
(714) 772-1000
22661 Old Canal Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Optic Clear Solutions

We designed ruggedized material revolutionizing – light plate cover, lens for electromechanical switches, placards, signs, case covers, optical filters, shields and ballistic protectors, to exist in environments that are not possible in today market. Our product has virtually limitless applications. Our revolutionary material is unique from present-day acrylic polymer. KleArmor(TM) was developed to give the polymer chemistry a molecular cross link (patented). KleArmor is a high-tech, state-of-the-art material performing in areas including optical, mechanical strength, durability and pliability.

Sam Truong, Co-Owner/Founder
(949) 546-7842
462 S Paseo Real
Anaheim, CA 92807

Pelican Products Inc.

Pelican Products, Inc. continues to reign as the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Our products are depended on by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire/safety, law enforcement, life sciences, defense/military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and outdoor industries. Pelican products are designed and built to last a lifetime.

The company’s 200,000 square feet corporate headquarters located in Torrance, California serves as the home office for nearly 1,300 employees. Pelican has expanded across the globe and now operates in 26 countries, 24 international sales offices and seven manufacturing facilities. In Europe, Pelican operates under the name Peli Products. Pelican’s seven manufacturing locations are in North America, Europe and Australasia: Torrance, California (Corporate) – South Deerfield, Massachusetts – Plymouth, Minnesota – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Crottendorf, Germany – Leighton Buzzard, UK – Melbourne, Australia.

Roberto Ramirez Director of Sales Latin America
(310) 326-4700
23215 Early Avenue
Torrance, CA 90505

Rogerson Kratos

Rogerson Kratos (RK) provides turnkey solutions for electronics, electromech, mission systems integration, C4i products, and cockpit sensing through advanced technology features and lower cost. Products: Fixed-wing and Rotorcraft Integrated Turnkey Avionic Solutions, Aircraft Systems, Cockpit Displays, Sensors & Imaging, Cyber Solutions, Modernizations and Monitoring Systems.

Michael Finnegan, Director of Business Development
(949) 660-0666
16940 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92606

SPM Sales and Solution, LLC

SPM Sales and Solution, is a worldwide supplier of aircraft parts to aircraft operators, airframe manufacturers and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) operations. SPM Sales and Solution is a reseller of Computers and Peripherals, Lenovo, CyberPower, Seagate SPM Sales and Solution also supply raw materials such as Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Nickel Alloy and Super Alloy in all forms of sheet, plate, rod, tube, extrusion, forged block and also non-metal materials like Phenolic, Rubber, Plastic, Neoprene.

Manoj Patel, President
(925) 397-1610
3155 Half Dome Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94566


West-Mark produces world class stainless steel and aluminum tank mobile transportation equipment – truck tanks, trailers and flatracks for on-and-off road applications. Our equipment hauls bulk petroleum, chemical, water and food grade products for both commercial and military customers around the world. West-Mark offers quality designed products customized to meet every customers specialized needs.

We meet or exceed the following applicable specifications and certifications:
• ISO (International Order for Standardization) 9001:2008
• NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 1901, 1906, 407, 385
• ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
• National Board of Pressure Vessel Inspectors “U” and “R” stamps.
• AWS (American Welding Standards) D14.3/D14.3M:2010-AMD1
• 3A Sanitary Standards
• DOT (Department of Transportation) West-Mark’s customers include Major Oil Companies, common carriers, airport operators (FBO – aircraft refuelers), and each branch of the US Military, as well as many Foreign Military customers.

Bill Harris, Foreign Military and International Sales, Business Development Manager
(209) 343-3111
2704 Railroad Avenue
Ceres, CA 95307


Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis | Lieutenant Governor of California, State of California

Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign.

From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43 one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest” (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute (NDI) “Ambassadors Circle” advisor.

Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. She is married to Dr. Markos Kounalakis and the couple has two teenage sons, Neo and Eon.

Jeff Geiger | Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Jeff Geiger joined the Foreign Service in 2013 and is currently the Commercial Attaché in Bogota, Colombia. His portfolio in Colombia includes SelectUSA, IPR, defense and security, infrastructure, energy, and automotive. Prior to Bogota he served in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for two years where he covered defense, infrastructure, automotive, transportation, and SelectUSA.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Geiger worked as an International Marketing Specialist for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership in Richmond, Virginia. He has also worked as a consultant with a management consultancy in Northern Virginia, a policy analyst with the Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, and a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter.

Mr. Geiger earned a BA from Earlham College, an MA from the University of TexasAustin, and studied Economics and Mathematics at George Mason University. While an undergraduate, he studied for two semesters in Mexico and one semester in Brazil. In graduate school he spent two semesters at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. He is a resident of Virginia and speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and basic Arabic.

Gen (Ret.) Flavio Ulloa | President of Lead Consulting Group, Former Manager of CIAC, Former Chief of Joint Staff of the Colombian Military Forces

General (Ret.) Flavio Ulloa is graduated as Pilot Officer and Aeronautical Administrator from the Military School of Aviation, with a specialization in Strategic Planning, Academic and Flight Instructor, Aeronautical Maintenance Officer, Director of Air Defense Battle, Master in Security and National Defense of the Higher School of War and graduated from the INALDE Senior Business Management Program.

Combat and transport pilot in Mirage, Kfir, Avro and C-130 Hercules aircraft, with more than 7000 flight hours.

During his military career, he held the positions of Commander of the Combat Squad, Commander of the Flight Training Group and Cadets, Director of the Air Force Command and Control Center, Commander of the Military Transport Air Command, Commander of the Air Command of Combat No. 2, Chief of Aeronautical Logistics Operations, Chief of Air Operations, Second Commander and Chief of the Air Force General Staff and his last position was Chief of Joint Staff of the Colombian Military Forces.

After his retirement from the COLAF, he served as manager of the Colombian Aeronautical Industry Corporation for about 5 and a half years. During this time, I lead the implementation of the AS9100 / 9110, ISO 14001, BASC, ISO 28000, SMS (Operational Safety Management System), certification in maintenance of Boeing 737, ATR-42 aircraft and NDT before the FAA from the United States, certification as an MRO from AIRBUS and EMBRAER and the implementation of SAP’s ERP. During his administration, the manufacture of 25 T-90 Calima training aircraft was completed, the major maintenance of four C-130s and the modernization and extension of the useful life of thirteen T-27s and two UH-60s.

Francisco Lalinde | Vice President of Operations – COO & Vice President of People – CPO, Viva Air

Francisco Lalinde is the Vice President of Operations – COO – and the Vice President of People – CPO.

Francisco is a Mechanical Engineer from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and a Specialist in Production and Service Management from the Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia. He has more than 20 years of experience in the aeronautical industry, leading areas of planning of personnel requirements both in flight and on the ground, optimization of operation, compliance, design of itineraries and maintenance processes.

Francisco is passionate about aviation, a close leader and has a great orientation to achieve a reliable, sustainable operation with excellent productivity.

Diana Cardona | Structuring Vice President, National Infrastructure Agency – ANI

Diana Cardona has an Economics degree from the Gran Colombia University an a Master’s degree in environmental economics and natural resources from Los Andes University.

She is from Armenia (Colombia) and she has been providing her expertise in the infrastructure sector as advisor in the President’s office of the National Infrastructure Agency, specially, in subjects related to structuring PPP transport projects.

Cardona has participated in several researches related to strengthening the quality of assessments in the environmental licensing process, using economic assessment approach and environmental public policy analysis. Additionally, she has participated in several studies related to economic valuation methods for nonmarket goods through statistical and econometric analysis in order to assess the changes in social and environmental welfare.

She has been professor at several universities, including Los Andes and Sabana University on issues of microeconomics and economic theory.

Currently, Cardona is the ANI structuring vice president, where she has taken forward several processes, including the first 5G project Malla Vial del Valle Del Cauca – Accesos Cali Palmira- Magdalena River PPP, Canal del Dique and La Dorada – Chiriguaná railway

Juan Carlos Salazar | General Director Of The Colombian Civil Aviation Authority

Juan Carlos Salazar Gómez is a lawyer from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín, with specializations in Commercial Law and Tax Law, also he has a master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Space Law from McGill University in Canada and in Public Administration from Harvard University. He has more than 23 years of experience in the aeronautical sector and extensive knowledge of the air industry.

He began his professional career as general secretary and legal director of Tampa Airlines, he was general director of Air Transport in the Ministry of Transport, head of the Air Transport Office and secretary of the Civil Aeronautics Board of Directors, in addition to serving as Transport advisor Air of the General Authority of Civil Aviation of the United Arab Emirates (GCAA) in Dubai. Mr. Salazar is fluent in English and French, he was a Colfuturo fellow and rated one of the 100 most outstanding Colombians abroad in 2014 by Procolombia.

Colonel Arnaud Penent D’Izarn | Deputy Director Of The Colombian Civil Aviation Authority

Colonel Arnaud François Gerard Penent D’Izarn Benavides, is Aeronautical Administrator of the Marco Fidel Suárez Military Aviation School (Cali), Specialist in National Security and Defense, also Specialist in Command and General Staff of the Higher School of War, Master in Rights Fundamentals of the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), with an experience in military life and as a Pilot with 24 years of service in the FAC.

He has served as Director of the Presidential Program for Colombian Space Development, Commander of the Aeronautical Education Group of the School of NCOs of the Air Force (ESUFA) and of the Military Transport Air Command (CATAM). Before being appointed Vice Principal Director General, he served as Director of Air Navigation Services of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority – UAEAC

Jorge Enrique Saltarin Sanchez | Telecommunications Advisor, Manager Of The National System Of Air Space Project Sinea

Colonel Arnaud François Gerard Penent D’Izarn Benavides, is Aeronautical Administrator of the Marco Fidel Suárez Military Aviation School (Cali), Specialist in National Security and Defense, also Specialist in Command and General Staff of the Higher School of War, Master in Rights Fundamentals of the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), with an experience in military life and as a Pilot with 24 years of service in the FAC. He has served as Director of the Presidential Program for Colombian Space Development, Commander of the Aeronautical Education Group of the School of NCOs of the Air Force (ESUFA) and of the Military Transport Air Command (CATAM). Before being appointed Vice Principal Director General, he served as Director of Air Navigation Services of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority – UAEAC

Diego Obando | Sales and Marketing Representative, CIAC

Diego Obando was appointed CIAC sales and marketing representative in September 2018, responsible for defining the market entrance strategy and commercial sales, he contributes the sales operations in commercial aircraft, as well as its international expansion.

Prior to this, Diego was Corporate Business rep at Johnson&Johnson, a company lead on medical devices products based in Bogotá , where he started his professional career in 2015, he held strategic private accounts related to the three business units.

Diego Obando holds a Master degree from the EUDE Business School in Madrid and a Management degree in international business from Universidad de la Sabana in Colombia.


Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate

Speaker: Hilda Lopez Gomez, Director

The Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate’s main function is to define the strategic line in science, technology, and innovation (CTeI) of the Defense Sector, within the framework of the modernization program of the Comprehensive
Defense and Security Policy for Prosperity. For this, this Directorate interacts between the Sector and the other actors, in order to promote a close University-Company-State relationship.

In order to comply with the foregoing, the Directorate is aware of all the sectorial initiatives in matters of CTeI and is leveraged on intellectual property and industrial and social cooperation – offset as tools that allow to contribute to the technological development of the sector and ultimately from the country.

The Ministry of National Defense (MDN) has decided to concentrate its efforts on some technological areas that must meet the following characteristics: represent needs of the Sector and support the war plan, become technological areas that are transversal to all the Forces, have a potential application dual (i.e. in society, outside the military sphere), and be sustainable in the long term. These technological areas have been called Betting or Strategic Programs and their development will ensure a national technological independence, which will lead to turn them into a development pole of the Nation once they have been appropriated by society. The first programs that the Ministry of National Defense will focus on are  modeling and simulation, radars, and operational health, and will have the support of local authorities, academia and Colciencias through the Science and Technology for Defense and Security Program. Likewise, in more general terms, the MDN will seek to encourage research and development both in the Forces and in the Sector’s companies, expand the Sector’s technological base, improve the management of Intellectual Property and achieve that technological responses are generated that provide sustainable solutions both to the Forces and to society.

The National Infrastructure Agency – ANI

Speaker: Diana Cardona, Structuring Vice President

The National Infrastructure Agency – ANI, is a National State Agency of a Special Nature, of the decentralized sector of the Executive Branch of the National Order, with legal status, its own patrimony and administrative, financial and technical
autonomy, attached to the Ministry of Transportation, according to decree 4165 of November 03, 2011. 

The National Infrastructure Agency – ANI, aims to plan, coordinate, structure,contract, execute, administer and evaluate concession projects and other forms of Public Private Association – APP, for the design, construction, maintenance,
operation, administration and / or exploitation of public transport infrastructure in all its modes and related or related services and the development of public-private partnership projects for other types of public infrastructure when expressly
determined by the National Government regarding infrastructures similar to those set forth in this article. Within the respect of the norms that regulate the distribution of functions and competences and their assignment. Its address is the city of Bogotá D.C.

Viva Air

Speaker: Susana Mantilla, CLO

Viva Air is an airline that delivers a consistent and accessible service to our customers, promoting the low-cost model in the region with sustainability and efficiency. Viva Air is a pioneer group of low-cost carriers in the region, created by Irelandia
Aviation, a leading developer of low-cost airlines. This year we have added 14 out of 50 new aircraft to our fleet of Airbus A320 that will arrive until 2023. During 2019 we will move more than 6.3 million passengers.

As a Group:
More than 3,100 flights per month
Around 40,000 flights a year

Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana

Speaker: Diego Obando, Sales and Marketing Representative

The Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana S.A. (CIAC S.A.) is the leading company in the Colombian aerospace industry based on its status as a manufacturer of aeronautical products and as a certified repair station for the provision of aviation MRO services. It is a Mixed Economy Company under the State Industrial and Commercial Company regime linked to the Ministry of National Defense for economic management in accordance with the rules of Private Law and administrative and financial autonomy. CIAC secured certification for its quality management system under standard AS/EN 9100 and AS/EN 9110 for the manufacture of aeronautical products and the rendering of MRO services,  respectively, and so became the first organization in Colombia to obtain these certifications.CIAC is in the Strategic Leap Forward phase of the 2013 institutional strategic plan, which seeks to continue to satisfy the needs of the Colombian armed forces, and to export goods and services such as Calima T-90 aircraft, and metal and compound materials for aeronautical parts, UAV systems, aeronautical armoring, and electric cabling, amongst other things. The company also has broad installed capacity and knowledge to attend to the needs of commercial aviation companies growing with ATR-42/72, A-320 and B-737 aircraft.

Central Aerospace

Speaker: Juliana Ferreira, Regional Sales Director and VP of America’s Solutions

Central Aerospace is a company with a history and experience of almost 40 years in the aeronautical sector. It is owned by Gabriel and José Antonio Echavarría. Gabriel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Central Aerospace, is a well-known
businessman and shareholder of one of the 10 most important private industrial groups in the country. Its purpose is to be a leading company in the comprehensive development of executive aviation at a national and international level, with an
emphasis on aircraft and helicopter maintenance. The company has manuals, tools and technicians trained by the manufacturer for the Citation 500, Citation I, Citation II, Citation SII, Citation V, Citation Bravo, Citation Encore, Citation Encore +, Citation Ultra, Cessna Single Engine (all models) lines , Cessna Caravan (all models), King Air 90 Series, King Air 200/250 Series, King Air 300/350 Series. Certified with the following authorities: FAA Repair Station 2C2Y, (USA); TAR UAEAC-CDF No. 057 (Colombia); CMAE – No. E515 (Chile). And with a formalized domestic and international strategic alliances that allow to meet 100% of the maintenance needs for Cessna and Beechcraft (Military-Civil) aircraft.