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THE TEAM

Luis Fernando Maria

General Manager

Luis Fernando is an experienced manager and administrator with over 20 years of experience starting as a consultant for Arthur Andersen in the Business Consulting division, and becoming the General Manager of Petrocorp S.A and General Manager of Trasco de Colombia S.A. He has been part of the board of directors of important public and private organizations in Colombia, was Secretary of Competitiveness and Economic Development of Cundinamarca and director of FTI Consulting Colombia. He has recently been the General Manager of Enaex Sucursal Colombia.

Luis Fernando has a degree in Finance and International Relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, with postgraduate degrees in Finance and Business Law.

Dr. Eduardo Covo

Research & Development Director

Eduardo has over 25 years of experience as a researcher and educator. He teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the medical school of the University of Cartagena since 1994. He graduated as a dentist with a specialty in Endodontics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and holds a Master’s Degree in Microbiology which has allowed him to participate in a number of scientific investigations related to basic sciences and microbiology. He is an active member of diverse academic and scientific associations and has been published in peer-reviewed journals in multiple languages.

Dr. Ricardo Vivas-Reyes

Technical Director

Ricardo is an experienced researcher and chemist in the areas of chemical composition and pharmaceuticals. He obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree from Universidad del Valle (Cali-Colombia) and his Ph.D. from Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications in International peer-reviewed Journals including multiple book chapters. His fundamental work has been on the development of density functional theory-based descriptors of molecular charge distribution and reactivity (e.g. local hardness, shapefunction, (nuclear) Fukui functions, spin polarized extensions, linear response function) and on the development and testing related or testing related principles (the Hard and Soft Acids and Basis Concept, the Maximum Hardness Principle). In recent years he has focused on applications in organic and inorganic chemistry, in catalysis, biochemistry, and medicinal chemistry. He has received multiple academic awards such as national chemistry prize and the prize for the life and work of a chemist in Colombia among many others. He is now dedicated to researching practical applications for cannabis extracts and promoting its evidence-based medicinal use and all other potentially unknown uses of cannabis phytochemicals.

Yadira Bedoya

Field Agronomist and Grow Operations

Yadira is an Agronomy Engineer with 10+ years of experience focused on grow operations and best practices and agricultural protection and sustainability. She is Qualcann’s lead agronomist for Agricultural Best Practices. Yadira graduated as an Agronomy Engineer from the Universidad de Caldas.

Carlos Pastrana

Field Agronomist

Carlos is an Agronomy Engineer with 10+ years of experience focused on vegetable seed physiology, seed genotypes and seed bio-spaces. He is an expert in crop development and genetics, grow operations and breeding best practices. Carlos has experience on import and export management. Carlos graduated as an Agronomy Engineer from the Universidad de Cordoba.

Meira San Juan Blanco

Pharmaceutical Chemist

Meira is a Pharmaceutical Chemist with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Cartagena. She has vast experience as a medicine laboratory analyst and a seed researcher with a focus on microbiology, sanitary microbiology and biotechnology. Meira taught Microbiology and Biotechnology Laboratories in the University of Cartagena.

Camilo Andrés Sastoque Cañón, Esq.

Compliance Officer – Colombia

Camilo has worked for over 5 years as an attorney focusing on civil, commercial and environmental law in the private sector in Colombia. He has also worked in the Senate of Colombia doing legal consulting work. Camilo studied Political Science and earned his law degree from the Universidad Libre de Colombia.

Sindy Devia

Accounting & Bookkeeping

A registered accountant, Sindy is well versed of all areas of accounting and bookkeeping. She has more than 11 years of experience running the accounting departments of various organizations. She takes a proactive approach in her work by organizing financial data in an easy to retrieve and analyze form. She obtained her degree in accounting from the Universidad Central de Bogota.

Dr. Igor Shumskiy

Advisor

Igor is a Harvard-trained pediatrician. He received his MD from the University of Colorado with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction and a Bachelors of Arts in Biochemistry and Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently practices part-time at Boston Children’s Hospital while serving full-time as the Chief Medical Officer of an innovative digital health startup increasing access to medical advice. He has a wide range of prior experiences including running a Peruvian based non-profit focused on community health, conducting biochemical bench research in the world-renowned Falke laboratory, and leading medical student education and innovation. He is an advocate of natural and holistic medicine and believes futuristic technologies will help all humans attain cleaner, healthier lives. He is a strong proponent of the vegetarian lifestyle and the use of CBD products as natural ways that all humans can attain human longevity.

Harold Gómez-Estrada

Advisor

Harold is the Dean of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department and founder of the Research Group in Chemistry of Medicines of the University of Cartagena. Harold is a Pharmaceutical Chemist (Universidad de Cartagena), Doctor in Chemistry of Medicines (Universidad Central de Venezuela) and PhD in Chemistry (IVIC-Venezuela). His research focus has been on Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Ethnopharmacology, and Chemistry of Natural Products. He is a member of TRAMIL (Programa de investigación aplicada a la medicina popular del Caribe). He is the co-author of a book that references the multiple species of flowers in various sub-regions of Colombia and their medical benefits. He is currently focused on exploring new therapeutic applications of Cannabis and leveraging existing ones to promote a viable new agro-industry.

Robert Hoban, Esq.

Advisor

Bob is the Managing Partner at Hoban Law Group, a cannabusiness law firm, with attorneys in over a dozen states and abroad. Bob is recognized as one of the leading commercial cannabis practitioners in the United States; representing private and publicly-held clients in numerous states and abroad. He has litigated nearly every aspect of Colorado’s Marijuana Code and has closed over 300 marijuana-related business transactions. Marijuana and hemp-based business operations, related litigation and regulatory counsel are a specialty. He is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney and seasoned full-service commercial practitioner.