Alvaro Torres

Alvaro Torres

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mr. Torres has over 15 years of experience in the Latin American market, including infrastructure projects and project finance, management strategy, team development, and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Torres was previously head of business development for SNC-Lavalin, Colombia, and was instrumental in growing the company from two people to more than 2,000 people in Colombia over the course of three years. Mr. Torres has overseen the development of projects totaling over $1 billion in capital expenditure, including the development and construction of Colombia’s tallest skyscraper. Mr. Torres holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Joel Friedman

Joel Friedman

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Friedman, a Chartered Professional Accountant, began his career at Deloitte. He brings over 10 years of international financial experience, including in the cannabis and mining industries, having previously served as Vice President, Finance at CannTrust Inc., Director of Finance at Primero Mining Corp., in addition to progressively senior finance roles at Banro Corp. and Iamgold Corporation.

Livia M. Maduri

Livia M. Maduri

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Ms. Maduri brings a broad range of legal experience gained in private practice and in-house at a multinational life sciences company. Prior to joining Khiron, Ms. Maduri was the Director of Legal Services at Patheon Inc., part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, and previously, an Associate at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (now Gowling WLG) in Toronto. In addition, Ms. Maduri brings over ten years’ experience in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance roles at several multinational pharmaceutical companies in Canada. Ms. Maduri obtained her B.Sc. (Pharmacology Specialist) degree from the University of Toronto, and her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. Maduri was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007.

Regulatory, Compliance and Operations

Juan Diego Alvarez

Juan Diego Alvarez

Vice President Regulatory

Mr. Alvarez has 10 years of legal experience in Colombia and is an authority on Colombian medicinal cannabis regulation. He was previously a public policy advisor to the Ministry of Health in Colombia. In the last five years, Mr. Alvarez has been a consultant for Payson Center for International Development and USAID, a Professor of Law at the University of Los Andes, and VP Regulatory of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. Mr. Alvarez holds an LL.B from the University of Los Andes, a JD from Tulane University, an LL.M from Columbia University and is a PhD law candidate.

Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy

Vice President, Compliance

Mr. Murphy is an executive leader with broad based domestic and international expertise in both the federal and private sectors. As a Career Special Agent (25 years) with the DEA, he served in a multitude of positions prior to founding the Pharma Compliance Group (PCG). Mr. Murphy is an internationally recognized security expert in the fields of drug law enforcement, risk assessment and system development, regulatory compliance, and training. Mr. Murphy will support the Company by implementing closed loop systems to prevent product diversion and to enhance protocols across Khiron's plant-to-patient value chain.

Business Development, Sales and Marketing

Andres Galofre

Andres Galofre

Vice President of Business Developments

Andrés Galofre has 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical marketing, brand management and distribution of prescription drugs and consumer products in Latin America. Mr. Galofre was integral in leading the launch of Advil in the Colombian market, which reached a 28% domestic market share. In the last five years, Mr. Galofre has been Marketing Manager for Alpina, Founder of VeggiesBox and VP of Business Development of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. Mr. Galofre has a Bachelor of Business Administration from CESA and an MBA from La Trobe University.

Elsa Navarro

Elsa Navarro

Vice President, Well-being Unit

Ms. Navarro holds a degree in International Business Administration from Sabana University, with ten years of professional experience developing and executing marketing and sales strategies and attracting foreign investment across multiple industries, including cosmetics, agro-industry, bio-fuel, events and food & beverages companies.

Ms. Navarro was responsible for launching the first CBD skincare brand in Colombia in October 2018. Ms. Navarro is passionate about establishing creative and innovative marketing, sales and communication strategies to educate consumers about the benefits of the use of cannabis on the skin. She is responsible for developing both national and international markets for the company’s Skincare business unit and building relationships with strategic partners.

Healthcare and Medical

Rodrigo Durán

Rodrigo Durán

Vice President, Pharma

Highly skilled marketing and sales executive, Rodrigo has over 17 years of experience in the consumer goods and pharma industry. His wealth of experience covers directing go-to-market strategies, managing teams, and bringing brands to the consumer market across Latin America. As Consumer Brands Director for Team Foods, Rodrigo was responsible for $70 Million in US sales through retail and digital channels.

Country and Regional General Managers

Europe

Tejinder Virk

Tejinder Virk

Managing Director and President, Europe

Tejinder is a proven leader with over 15 years of executive-level experience in the capital markets and cannabis industry. Tejinder previously served as Deputy Managing Director, Europe, for Canopy Growth Corporation, where he was responsible for driving the multinational expansion of Canopy's European operations. He was also formerly Managing Director of Global Equity Products for BMO Capital Markets, a role which saw him developing and managing major client relationships across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. 

Franziska Katterbach

Franziska Katterbach

Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer, Europe

Franziska Katterbach is an accomplished business executive and legal expert (zugelassene Rechtsanwältin) who brings extensive experience working within Europe's emerging cannabis industry. After completing her legal studies at Universität Leipzig and Landgericht Darmstadt, Franziska joined corporate law firm Dentons, where she was involved high-profile deals in the cannabis sector across multiple jurisdictions. Franziska later served as Director of Legal for Canopy's European operations, prior to joining Khiron.