Isidoro Hodara


Isidoro Hodara graduated as an economist from the Uruguayan University at Montevideo and undertook further studies in Geneva at the Graduate Institute for International Studies.


Since 1972 he has been active in the field of foreign trade in positions of increasing responsibility.  From 1976 to 1982 he was head of the Uruguayan Economic and Commercial Office in Geneva. From 1985 to 1990 he held the post of Director General for Foreign Trade with vice-ministerial rank.


Since 1990 he acts as senior consultant on foreign trade matters to a number of firms and institutions, both local and international.  His practice includes advising some of the leading firms and sectors on matters related to foreign trade. Since 1995 he has become associated with the MERCOSUR and Foreign Trade unit at Price Waterhouse Uruguay. In this capacity he has provided thorough advice to clients of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Uruguay and abroad.


Since 1990 he has held the Chair on Foreign Trade at the School of Management and Social Sciences of the largest private university in Uruguay, with courses at both the graduate and postgraduate level. He has lectured on foreign trade and international business in several universities, chambers of commerce and similar institutions throughout the world. In addition he has been lecturer, moderator and discussant in several regional events organized by The World Economic Forum.


From 2002 to 2004 he has coordinated, on behalf of the President of Uruguay,  the Uruguayan delegation’s work of the Joint Commission of Trade and Investment established between the US and Uruguay.


In respect to Free Zones, Mr. Hodara has been lecturer in more than half a dozen annual conferences of the Association of Free Zones of America. Under contract with ALADI he was retained to examine the conditions for the development of the Tacna Free Zone, in Peru, and recommend the relevant changes in regulations.  Under a UNDP contract he led the team that designed and implemented the terms of reference for the establishment of free zones in Paraguay.


Since 1997 he has acted as Vice President of Zonamerica, a Business and Technology Park operating under the free zone regime near the Montevideo Airport.  Zonamerica has been awarded the prize as Best Free Zone in America by fDi in 2014.


Mr. Hodara has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee of Free Trade Zones of the Americas since 1999.


Mr. Hodara has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the World Free Zones Organization since its creation in 2013 and has been elected as President of its Committee on Knowledge and Research.


Mr. Hodara is speaking in:

Latin America Super Session