Juan Esteban Orduz is President of the Colombian Coffee Federation, Inc., which heads the North American subsidiaries of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC). The FNC is a non-profit association that represents more than 560,000 Colombian coffee growing families both domestically and internationally in trade, promotion, economic development policy, and government relations matters. In 2003, after ending a year as fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2002-2003), he started his work at the FNC. Mr. Orduz serves or has served on many boards-of-directors in different countries, such as the Coffee Quality Institute.
Among Mr. Orduz's vast international experience in the public and private sectors, he was Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Colombia to the United States in Washington, D.C. (1998-2002), where he was deeply involved in a leadership role in the design and implementation of Plan Colombia -the most ambitious U.S.-Colombia bilateral program for security and development- and the extension of trade preferences through the Andean Trade Preferences and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA). An attorney and specialist in finance, he has been Legal Vice President of Cemex, S.A. in Colombia and associate attorney at Consultores Jurídicos y Económicos (legal and economic counselors), working on international trade and investment issues. He was advisor to Mr. Andres Pastrana (President of Colombia, 1998-2002) during his presidential campaign and before that he was Consul General of Colombia in Frankfurt, with jurisdiction in Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, as well as advisor to the Minister of Economic Development.
Mr. Orduz serves or has served in many boards of directors in different countries, such as the Coffee Quality Institute CQI (California), the Global Coffee Platform (Vice-chairman) (Germany / Netherlands), UTZ Certified (Netherlands), American Friends of Fundación Cardio-Infantil 501(c) 3 (Chairman) (New York), the National Coffee Association of the United States (NCA USA, New York) and the Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Latin American Program (Co/Vicechair) (Washington D.C.). Mr. Orduz is also the Chairman of the Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance of the International Coffee Organization (ICO, London) and is a member of the International Relations Committee of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
He earned a law degree (J.D.) from El Rosario University in Bogotá, where he received the highest distinction “Colegial de Número” for his academic excellence; he also earned a postgraduate degree in Finance at Los Andes University in Bogotá and is fluent in Spanish (native), English and German.