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Aníbal Gaviria

Medellin, January 16, 1966
Governor of Antioquia

Work Experience

Committed to the ethical principles instilled in his family, and to the political ideology he received from his brother, Governor Guillermo Gaviria Correa, who was assassinated by the FARC, this EAFIT business administrator has been a protagonist in the social and economic development of Antioquia.

Married to Claudia Márquez Cadavid, with whom he has four children. He had an outstanding performance in the private sector before entering politics, in entities such as Banco Ganadero; Unión de Bananeros de Colombia, Unibán; Cooperativa Lechera de Antioquia, Colanta, and the newspaper El Mundo.

After the assassination of his brother, who in a letter to the public asked Aníbal to pick up his flags, he became the fifth governor by popular election in Antioquia, a position he held from 2004 to 2007, being recognized as the Best Governor of Colombia by the Colombia Líder program.

In 2009, he participated in the Colombian Liberal Party's consultation for the Presidency of the Republic, came in second place and then accompanied the aspiration of Rafael Pardo Rueda as his vice-presidential candidate.

In 2012, after winning the local elections, he became Mayor of Medellín with the endorsement of the Liberal Party and with the support of a coalition of several political parties and movements. He governed Medellín with the Cities for Life model, based on five pillars: sustainable city, employment city, school city, healthy city and safe city, on which he focused the exercise of his administration and obtained important achievements in all areas. His performance once again earned him the Colombia Líder award, this time as the best mayor in the country.

He is currently serving, for the second time, as Governor of Antioquia, a position he reached after winning the 2019 elections with a proposal framed in unity, the defense of life and the search for equity.


Aníbal Gaviria Correa was born in Medellín in January 1966. After graduating as an administrator in 1988, he studied at the Harvard Extension School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Berkeley. He is currently the president of the Cities Alliance Assembly, the global alliance of cities promoted by the World Bank and UN-Habitat, in conjunction with other multilateral development agencies.