Andres Escobar is the Colombia country analyst at GlobalSource Partners. He is a leading authority on Colombia’s economic cycle, infrastructure and development, and fiscal and taxation issues. Based in Bogota, Mr. Escobar is a partner of Econcept, a financial consulting firm. He recently finished a term as Colombia’s deputy finance minister. In this role, he was crucial in the formulation and approval of one of the country’s deepest overhauls of the tax code, which included strengthening revenue while simplifying the tax regime for corporations and individuals. He also served as undersecretary of the Department of National Planning, where he was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of public investment programs. Prior to that, Escobar was technical secretary of Consejo Nacional de Política Económica y Social (Conpes), in charge of coordinating and approving the documentation for the government’s economic and social development strategy. He designed the framework for the current model of fiscal evaluation and forecasts for the Finance Ministry, and he recently served on the board of the country’s oil company, Ecopetrol. Escobar holds a Ph.D. (ABD) and an M.A. from New York University and an undergraduate degree and master’s degree from Universidad de los Andes.