As a Harvard and Oxford trained Governance and Private Sector Development practitioner, Mr. Vargas has over 19 years of work experience managing and advising bilateral and multilateral Technical Cooperation and capacity-building for Corporate Affairs, public administration reform, enterprise/industrial/trade development, local economic development, CSR and SME development programs in post-conflict and Transition states, including Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico, Panama and the United States.
Among important accomplishments:
- Prior to joining UAC, Mr. Vargas lead the United Kingdom's (DFID) advising of Afghanistan's Ministry of Commerce and Industry on institutional arrangements required to promote SME development
- Mr. Vargas background also involves:
- Leading the United Nations Development Programme Private Sector Improvement Program in Iraq, an initiative implemented along with six other UN agencies, USAID, and the World Bank.
- Executive Director for the Colombian Association of Small and Medium-Sized Industries, where he dealt with public-private partnerships, technical assistance and investment climate related initiatives
- SME Special Projects Coordinator for USAID's largest competiveness and alternative development program in the Americas (MIDAS), which was setup to enable local producers to respond to the challenges of Free Trade Agreements signed with the United States.