Team

Our experienced management and scientific team combine more than 40 years of successful experience in several industries related to medical, pharmaceutical, research, financial and agricultural initiative, adding numerous advantages to the management approach required to excel at the fast-growing cannabis industry.
 
 

Juan Carlos Palacio – President & CEO

Country Manager for Cargill for 15 years. More than 30 years of experience in the banking industry and the financial markets.
  • Bing, Los Andes University, PgD, Los Andes University

Marisol Duque - Chief Medical Officer

20 Years of experience in alternative medicine in Colombia. Surgeon with specialties in hemotoxicology, neuronal therapy, naturopathy, biological fertility, bioregenerative medicine.
  • BSc, Universidad Manuel Mejia, BSc, (Marketing) Politecnico Grancolombiano, CCI, Certification in medical cannabis Cultivation

Kevin Everingham – Executive Director

Private equity investor, worked as Managing Director of a Canadian investment bank focusing on cannabis and diversified industries.
  • BSc, Commerce, University of Toronto. MBA, Harvard Business School.

 

Laura Cardeño – Chief Legal Counsel

Lawyer with 13 years of knowledge in Contract, Commercial Law and Negotiations. Broad experience in Oil, Gas, Agribusiness and Cannabis projects. Expertise in Colombian Cannabis regulations.
  • LLM (Commercial Law), Universidad Externado, PgD (Contracts), Universidad Externado, MPL, Universidad Autónoma.

Manuel Olivera – Chief Sustainability Officer

35 years of professional experience at national and international level leading interdisciplinary teams. Currently C40 Cities Regional Director for Latin America.
  • BSc, (Biology) Los Andes University, MSc, UEA Norwich GB, D.E.A, École de Hautes Études

Mark Minelli – Chief Compliance Officer

Supervisory Special Agent Unit Chief with 34-years of Federal Law Enforcement experience with the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the United States Customs Service (USCS). Diversified work- related activities include foreign and domestic field operations, specialized tactical initiatives in South and Central America, clandestine counter-narcotics activities in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and high-level maritime operations throughout the Caribbean.
  • BSc (Accounting/Finance) Montclair Sate College New Jersey USA.

 

Andres Santa - Project Manager

Logistic and Financial specialist with 5 years of experience in business value creation and project management. Has participated in several infrastructure projects (Logistics & Energy),
  • BSc, (Economics) Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, MSc, (IBM with Logistics) Heriot Watt University.

Andres Garzon – Agricultural Specialist

Agricultural Technician with 15 years of scientific research and development of 100% organic crops. Pioneer in the experimentation of indoor and outdoor Cannabis sativa Crops production.
  • BSc, Universidad Manuel Mejia, BSc, (Marketing) Politecnico Grancolombiano, CCI, Certification in medical cannabis Cultivation
  • U. Tadeo Diplomado
  • Programa de Investigación Científica. Centro Nacional de Investigaciones de Café - Cenicafé.

Dean Callaway CPA, MBA, BComm – Chief Financial Officer

Finance professional with 25 years of experience in corporate finance, international business development, accounting, project finance, mergers and acquisition and banking. For the past 12 years he has been the Chief Financial Officer of public and private oil and gas companies with operations in various international jurisdictions. A certified public accountant who has in-depth experience with financial reporting and corporate compliance, public market operations including raising several billion dollars of financing and developing international businesses from early stage to fully operational companies.