Dr. Salas has been active in the area of agribusiness startups, mergers, and acquisitions. He was instrumental in directing technical, commercial, and financial evaluations of over 200 medium and large size projects and companies in the food and agribusiness sector in the world, participating in projects sponsored by international donors and funding related to CAF, FAO, UNDP, WB, IDB, KFW, OECD, IFC, AECI, JICA, GIZ and USAID.
He is an expert in agribusiness strategy and considered a very influential person in modern Latin American agricultural trends and has been former Board Member of the International Potato Center (CIP), and Director General of the National Ag-R&D Institute (ranked as Vice-Minister of Agriculture). Dr. Salas has served in many national and international committees and boards, gathering professional experience in over 25 countries in Latin America, the US, the EU and Africa. He is currently the Director of the Masters Program in Agribusiness Management offered jointly by the Universidad del Pacífico – Peru and the Universidad de Almería – Spain. Until July 2015 he served as Business Development Officer at ACM Perú, and currently he is a Board Member at ACM Perú.
Dr. Salas is a Biologists graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru), holds an MS in Plant Breeding & Genetics (minor in Statistics) and a PhD in Crop Science, both degrees from North Carolina State University, and a joint MBA from Wageningen Universiteit – Netherlands and the Krannet School at Purdue University in Food and Agribusiness Management. He has experience consulting in 25 countries. Mr. Salas earned MS and PhD degrees in Crop Science from North Carolina State University, and an MBA in Food & Agribusiness Management from Purdue University.