Armando Samper Gnecco (1920-2010)
First director of Cenicaña. He was born in Bogotá on April 9, 1920. Agricultural Engineer with a specialization in Agricultural Economics (1943) at Cornell University, United States.
He served as Director General of the Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences (current, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture - IICA) in San José, Costa Rica, in 1960-1966, Director Emeritus; Minister of Agriculture of Colombia in 1966-1967 and 1969-1970; Rector of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in 1971; Deputy Director General of FAO, Santiago de Chile (Representative for Latin America) in 1972-1974; President and founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture - CIAT in 1973-1976, Honorary President; President of the National Corporation for Forestry Research and Development - CONIF, in 1974-1978; President and CEO of Cenicaña in 1978-1990, Director Emeritus.