Alejandro Gaviria Uribe

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Alejandro Gaviria Uribe
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Rector of the University of Los Andes
In office
22 May 2019 – 27 August 2021
Preceded byPablo Navas Sanz de Santamaría
Succeeded byRaquel Bernal Salazar
Minister of Health and Social Protection
In office
3 September 2012 – 7 August 2018
PresidentJuan Manuel Santos
Preceded byBeatriz Londoño Soto
Succeeded byFernando Ruiz Gomez
Deputy Director of the National Planning Department
In office
7 August 2002 – 6 February 2004
PresidentÁlvaro Uribe
Preceded byTomás González Estrada
Succeeded byJosé Leibovich Goldenberg
Personal details
Born1965 (age 56–57)
Santiago, Chile
Spouse(s)Carolina Soto Losada
EducationAntioquia School of Engineering (BS)
University of the Andes (MEcon)
University of California, San Diego (PhD)

Alejandro Gaviria Uribe (born 1965) is a Colombian economist and engineer, who served as Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia from 2012 to 2018. He is the former Rector of the University of Los Andes (Colombia), where he served from 2019 to August of 2021. He was Dean of the School of Economics at University of los Andes in 2006, until his appointment as Minister in 2012. Prior to his academic career, Gaviria served as Deputy Director of the National Planning Department of Colombia, as well as Deputy Director of the Foundation for the Higher Education and Development (Fedesarrollo), a private non-profit policy research centre, and as a Researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank. A published author of several books and scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, in 2019 he was appointed Rector of University of the Andes for a four-year period.[1]


Minister of Health and Social Protection[edit]

On 30 August 2012 President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón announced the designation of Gaviria as Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia.[2] Gaviria was sworn in on 3 September 2012 succeeding Beatriz Londoño Soto. On 7 August 2018, he was succeeded by the medical doctor and surgeon Juan Pablo Uribe Restrepo under the government of president Iván Duque Márquez.

Personal life[edit]

Gaviria was born in 1966 in Santiago, Chile, to Juan Felipe Gaviria Gutiérrez and Cecilia Uribe Flórez.[3] He is married to Carolina Soto Losada, former High Presidential Counsellor for Government, Private Sector and Competitiveness of Colombia. He has two children, Mariana Gaviria and Tomas Gaviria. On 6 September 2017, it was announced he was being treated for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[4] Gaviria identifies as an atheist.[5]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ "CV of Alejandro Gaviria" (PDF). University of the Andes. Retrieved 29 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Presidente designó a Alejandro Gaviria como Ministro de Salud" (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Office of the President of. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  3. ^ García Vásquez, Julio César. "Álvaro Uribe Vélez y su Parentesco con los Dirigentes del País Económico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Bogotá: Interconexion Colombia. pp. 142–143. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Alejandro Gaviria comenzó tratamiento contra el cáncer". 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ ""No cambio mi convicción de que no hay vida después de la muerte": Alejandro Gaviria" (in Spanish). Semana. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2019.

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