Clever Leaves

JULIAN WILCHES

Chief Regulatory Officer

Julián Wilches is Clever Leaves’ co-founder. Julian is in charge of structuring and maintaining the company’s relationship strategies and policies with different stakeholders of interest, including governments, regulators and communities. Prior to Clever Leaves, Julian acted as Director of Drug Policy for the Colombian Ministry of Justice and Law and was Advisor on the Presidential Programme against Illicit Crops. He was also the Deputy Director of Interinstitutional Articulation at the Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, he served as a Consultant and Advisor to the Ministry of Culture, the Colombian Institute for Rural Development – Incoder, and the “Coordination of the Culture of Law” Project – NSIC. Julian earned a B.A. in Political Science from Los Andes University and a Master’s in journalism from Alcalá de Henares University.

ANDRES FAJARDO

Chief Executive Officer

Andrés is co-founder of Clever Leaves and has previously served as Managing Director, President and Chairman of the Board. He has led the development of its first 18 Hectares of GACP and EU-GMP certified cultivation and post-harvest facilities, the design and construction of a GMP certified extraction and formulation plant, and the development of a robust pipeline of clients and brands. Andres oversees the development, expansion, and marketing plans globally. Prior to Clever Leaves, Andres was a Founding Partner of Mojo Ventures, a unique late-stage company builder focused on working with startups and small companies to achieve unprecedented growth and profitability. Before being an entrepreneur, Andrés was President/CEO at IQ Outsourcing, a leading Colombian business process outsourcing firm that is part of the Sanford Group of Companies. Prior to joining IQ, Andres was a Principal Member at Booz & Company, a management consulting firm, based in Mexico City. Sponsored by Booz Allen, Andres obtained an MBA at Harvard Business School. He earned aB.S. Industrial Engineering and B.S. Economics, with honors, from Los Andes University in Colombia.

GUSTAVO ESCOBAR

Chief Operating Officer

Gustavo Escobar is Co-Founder of Clever Leaves, in charge of global operations including production in Colombia and Portugal. Gustavo is responsible for the successful integration of management and product development to ensure the operational excellence of the organization.
Gustavo was responsible for the creation and construction process of the company in the first 3 initial years and was able to establish the operational footprint of Clever Leaves in Colombia. He then led the innovation projects, the development of the first products, and the genetic developments that guaranteed the initial offering of the company’s portfolio.
With a professional career of over 18 years, Gustavo combines his corporate experience with his entrepreneurship skills. For 12 years he was part of the IQ team, Sanford Group in Colombia, executing management functions, contributing to international expansion, leading commercial management, and implementing technology-based projects primarily in the health sector. Additionally, he has experience in providing services to the financial, telecommunications, agrobusiness, and pharmaceutical sectors.
Gustavo holds an MBA from Universidad de los Andes and a B.E. degree in Information Technology Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

ANDREW MILLER

Head of Business Development

Andrew has more than 20+ years of experience advising executives and companies on accelerating financial and operational growth in industries such as Cannabis, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Banking, and Not-for-profit organizations. Before joining Clever Leaves, Andrew advised more than 100 companies around the world, including 3M, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, The Bank of Nova Scotia, Philips, Becton Dickinson, and the YMCA on developing and implementing successful growth strategies. Miller has written two commercially published books as a key player in operational excellence: “Redefining Operational Excellence” (AMACOM, 2014), and “The Unified Theory of Profitability” (Business Expert Press, 2016).

HANK HAGUE

Chief Financial Officer

Hank has extensive experience in providing financial leadership to various public and private entities in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and cannabis industries. Most recently, Hank served as CEO at Aidance Scientific, an FDA-registered manufacturer of branded and private-label OTC topical medications. Prior to this role, Hank was CFO of Abacus Health Products where he led the company’s public listing and the acquisition and integration of Harmony Hemp. Hank also managed the due diligence and sale process of Abacus to hemp-derived wellness product producer and distributor, Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. Additionally, Hank has held CFO roles at Foster Corporation and Scott Brass. He graduated from Bentley University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.” (Business Expert Press, 2016).

DAVID KASTIN

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

David leads the company’s global legal and compliance function. Previously, David served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Vitamin Shoppe, an omni-channel specialty retailer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the legal profession with experience in representing companies in all facets of their business. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., a leading owner and operator of health and fitness clubs in the Northeast, United States, Deputy General Counsel at Toys “R” Us, Inc., and he worked at several prominent New York law firms, including Bryan Cave LLP. He began his career as Staff Attorney in the Northeast Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
David graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Finance and graduated from The Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, with a J.D. degree. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar.

CAMILO BOHORQUEZ

Head of Colombia

Camilo is in charge of the local operations in Colombia, including cultivation facilities, extraction plant, product development, quality, supply chain and local regulatory matters. Previously, Camilo served as Global Head of Product of Clever Leaves where he coordinated all the product development efforts for the company.
Before Clever Leaves, Camilo worked for more than 10 years in management consulting working with clients in the U.S. and Latin America in the consumer goods, industrial, energy and financial sectors. After his career as a consultant, Camilo joined the cannabis industry as part of the investment team of Northern Swan Holdings (Clever Leaves´ financial sponsor) where he acted as VP for Latin America in charge of sourcing and structuring new investment opportunities.
Camilo holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in NY and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University in Colombia where he obtained a Cum Laude degree (top 3% of the class in the last 5 years).

IVANSHU SHANTILAL

Head of Portugal

Ivanshu started his career at McKinsey & Co., having spent 6 years at the management consulting firm, advising clients in industrial sectors (energy, manufacturing, infrastructure, and others), having led projects on growth strategy, marketing & sales, operational efficiency, and restructuring. He then joined Clever Leaves as VP of Business Development in Portugal, leading the design of the company's asset and product strategy, before transitioning into Head of Portugal. Ivanshu graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics and Economics, and holds an MBA from London Business School. In his free time he loves to surf, search for the perfect dirty martini, and eat strawberry jello (0 calorie)..

CLARA MARTINEZ

Business director

Clara began her career in the confectionery industry, where she spent almost 7 years managing the operations area of one of the largest confectionery companies in Colombia. She then went on to different sectors such as BPO and consulting services. She joined Clever Leaves in 2018 as a Project Manager, leading the design and implementation of different projects, such as the construction and commissioning of the extraction plant in Colombia. She was also responsible for developing new organizational capabilities within the company, before moving on to Business director. Clara graduated from the National University as a Chemical Engineer and Operations Specialist and is currently an MBA candidate at Inalde Business School.

CLARA MARTINEZ

Jefe de staff

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CAMILO BOHORQUEZ

Head of Colombia

Camilo Bohorquez es el Gerente General de Clever Leaves Colombia, responsable de las operaciones locales en el país, incluidas las instalaciones de cultivo, la planta de extracción, el desarrollo de productos, la calidad, la cadena de suministro y los asuntos regulatorios locales. Previo a este puesto, se desempeñó como Director Global de Producto de Clever Leaves, donde coordinó todos los esfuerzos de desarrollo de productos para la empresa.
Antes de Clever Leaves, trabajó por más de 10 años en consultoría, apoyando clientes en Estados Unidos y en América Latina en los sectores de consumo, industrial, energético y financiero. Luego de su carrera como consultor, se unió a la industria del cannabis como parte del equipo de inversión de Northern Swan Holdings (aliado financiero de Clever Leaves) donde actuó como VP para América Latina siendo el responsable de buscar y estructurar nuevas oportunidades de inversión para el fondo en la región.