Rafael Pardo Rueda

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Rafael Pardo Rueda
Rafael Pardo en un encuentro con el CITPax en Madrid en 2017.jpg
Minister Pardo in 2017.
1st Minister of Labour of Colombia
Assumed office
10 November 2011
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Office created
Acting Mayor of Bogotá
In office
19 January 2014 – 21 April 2014
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Gustavo Petro Urrego
Succeeded by María Mercedes Maldonado Copello
Senator of Colombia
In office
20 July 2002 – 20 July 2006
Minister of National Defence of Colombia
In office
7 August 1991 – 7 August 1994
President César Gaviria Trujillo
Preceded by Oscar Botero Restrepo
Succeeded by Fernando Botero Zea
Personal details
Born (1953-11-26) 26 November 1953 (age 64)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Claudia de Francisco Zambrano (1980-present)
Children Laura Pardo de Francisco
Cristina Pardo de Francisco
Alejandra Pardo de Francisco
Alma mater University of the Andes (BA, 1977)
Profession Economist
Website www.rafaelpardo.com

Rafael Pardo Rueda (born 26 November 1953) is the 1st and current Minister of Labour of Colombia serving in the Administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. A Liberal party politician and economist, he has previously served as Minister of National Defence, and was elected Senator of Colombia from for the 2002-2006 legislative period.


a 1994-1995 Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts[1]

On 31 October 2011, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón announced the designation of Pardo as the head of the newly created Ministry of Labour, established as part of a wider Ministerial Cabinet Reform in order to fulfil some of his 2010 campaign promises.[2]

In January 2014, President Santos appointed Minister Pardo as acting Mayor of Bogotá, a position he held until April of that year.[3][4] Pardo is also a member of Washington D.C. based think tank The Inter-American Dialogue.[5]





  1. ^ "WCFIA Fellows, Listed By Class Year" (PDF). Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 2009. p. 45. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ Santos Caderón, Juan Manuel (2011-10-31). "Declaración del Presidente Juan Manuel Santos al anunciar la designación de Rafael Pardo como Ministro de Trabajo" [Declaration of President Juan Manuel Santos at the announcement of the designation of Rafael Pardo as Minister of Labour] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Press Office of the President of Colombia (SIG). Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Bogota mayor Gustavo Petro removed by president". BBC News. 19 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "María Mercedes Maldonado, alcaldesa (e) de Bogotá". Semana (in Spanish). Bogotá. 21 April 2014. ISSN 0124-5473. OCLC 7475329. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Rafael Pardo". www.thedialogue.org. Retrieved 2017-04-19.