Bernardo Calzadilla Sarmiento

Before becoming the director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Department at UNIDO, Dr. Calzadilla was the Director of Trade Capacity Building Branch at UNIDO as well as a Senior Quality and Standards expert. He also served as a former UNIDO Deputy Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations at UNIDO office in Geneva. Dr. Calzadilla was Director for the Technical Assistance and Training Services at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as well as the Secretary of the ISO Policy Committee on Developing countries matters (ISO DEVCO). At this position, in collaboration with ITC, he coordinated the development of the ‘ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems’ which is a training tool for setting-up, implementation and certification of a food safety management system in small businesses according to ISO 22000:2005.

Born in Bolivia, Dr. Calzadilla holds a Masters Degree in industrial and process organization and a Ph.D. in economics, from the University of Business Management and Economics of Vienna (Austria). He has followed IRCA certified auditor’s courses on ISO management systems standards, specialized quality management courses at AOTS Japan and specialized training on trade policies at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.