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.
Mr. Naprawa brings extensive institutional capital markets experience to the Company. Prior to joining Khiron, Mr. Naprawa was Partner at Sprott Capital Partners, Head of Equity Sales at Macquarie Canada, Head of Equity Sales and Trading at Dundee Securities, and Managing Director at Primary Capital. He was also previously founder and CEO of Startcast Solutions, a company successfully sold to a large telecommunications company. Mr. Naprawa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.
Wendy Kaufman, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Kaufman, a Chartered Professional Accountant, is a finance executive with over 20 years of international financial experience. She has served in a variety of senior executive positions and has obtained significant experience with Latin American and European operations, gained during her tenure as CFO at Pasinex Resources Limited, CFO at Primero Mining Corporation, and previous to that in her role as Vice President, Finance and Treasury at Inmet Mining Corporation. She brings broad management and corporate finance experience, including financial management and reporting, strategy development, and corporate and project development funding. Wendy started her career with Arthur Andersen.
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.
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.
Vice President of 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.
Martha Edith Oyuela
Health Vice President
Medical Doctor specialized in Diagnostic Images and Magister in Health Economics and Pharma Economics. She has over 20 years of experience in the implementation, positioning and development of services in health care institutions. She has also conducted clinical research with emphasis on Epidemiology and has managed diagnostics teams. She led business development projects including the positioning strategy of products and services in the health industry while working as Institutional Development Director for the Instituto Roosevelt and as Marketing Manager in Bayer S.A.
Operations Vice President
Manuel is an Industrial Engineer and holds a master’s degree in Finance. He has over 15 years of experience in administrative areas and corporative finance management, creating and executing strategic plans, the management of resources and budgets to achieve the company’s goals. He previously worked as Financial and Administrative Assitant Manager at Clinica Vascular Navarra and Gomez Cajiao & Asociados.
Maria-Fernanda Arboleda MD
Dr. Maria Fernanda Arboleda is an Anesthesiologist, Pain and Palliative Care Physician. She also completed a Spine-Regional Anesthesia Fellowship at the McGill University Health Center and most recently, she completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Supportive Cancer Care and Medical Cannabis, at the Department of Oncology, McGill University, and at Santé Cannabis, a leading specialized cannabis clinic in Canada.
Presently, Dr. Arboleda is the Medical Director of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. Likewise, she is a co-investigator on several research projects that are being developed in Canada, including the deployment of a phase II study on the use of cannabis oil capsules for chronic pain, as well as the first phase III study for the use of inhaled cannabis to improve health-related quality of life in advanced cancer patients.
Vice President of Corporate Development
John is an experienced leader who has been at the forefront of the Canadian and global cannabis sector with 25 years of senior capital markets experience, working as Managing Director and Partner at Beacon Securities. Mr. Cooke has also served as a Senior Managing Partner at Paradigm Capital. In his role as VP of Corporate Development at Khiron, John brings a valuable network to the Company and the ability to build fruitful commercial and capital markets relationships. Based in Toronto, John is a chartered financial analyst and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Country Manager, Mexico
Luis is a senior executive in the pharmaceutical and health care sector with more than two decades of market experience across Latin America, Luis has an extensive track record with global brands that operate in the region, which include Pfizer and Wyeth. Mr. Chavas also served as a Business Unit head for Novartis Mexico.
Country Manager, Chile
An experienced pharmaceutical industry specialist, Rodrigo Azocar has played an important role in marketing, brand positioning, management, and corporate development for leading pharma organizations in Chile, over a career span of 20+ year. Rodrigo is also current member of the board of ASILFSA, the Chile-based industrial association of pharmaceutical laboratories.
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 Manager Uruguay
Marco Algorta, with dual Uruguayan/Brazilian nationality, has been in the cannabis industry since 2013. He promotes, together with the University of the Republic, medical scientific research projects. He is a Co-Founder of the Associação CANNAB in Brazil which main focus is to perform R&D of medical cannabis and also works with SmartHemp, an accelerator for startups. He founded CannaPur in 2016 as a biotechnological project to develop hemp strains that adjust to the Uruguayan regulatory framework. Mr. Algorta has participated in several cannabis-focused scientific investigations in Uruguay and Brazil with medical associations including Institut Pasteur, Hospital Maciel and Fundação de Neurologia e Instituto do Cérebro among others.
Country Manager Perú
Biologist, Marketing specialist and MBA from International University of La Rioja with over 28 years of successful experience in multinational pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Aventis, and Rhône-Poulenc filling in the position of Country Manager and Business Unit leader. Mr. Marquez last experience was at Pfizer as Country Manager for Peru and Bolivia. There he was responsible for sales and expenses budget of the Essential Products Business Unit, through the definition and excetution of the strategic vision in both countries, generating outstanding business results.
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.
President, Khiron 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.
Chief Legal Officer, Khiron Europe
Franziska Katterbach is an accomplished business executive and legal expert 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.