Augusto Fernando Castellanos Cardenas

Augusto Cardenas

Senior Manager – International Operations
Abu Dhabi Investment Office


Augusto Cardenas is the Senior Manager of International Operations at the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO).

Augusto and his team focus on developing ADIO’s outreach activities and presence in international markets, helping to generate investment into the emirate and promoting its status as a global investment destination across various business sectors.

Augusto has more than 15 years of experience across both private and public sectors in the fields of policy making, analysis of free trade agreements, branding strategies and global export counselling.

Starting his career as a researcher and then economic advisor to the Colombian Senate, Augusto turned to the private sector and built his career in quantitative market research, foreign direct investment analysis and global business strategies in Colombia, India and South Korea.

Augusto has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. He earned a Global MBA from EAE Business School, subsequently obtaining an MBA from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

About the Abu Dhabi Investment Office

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is the government entity responsible for attracting and facilitating investment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ADIO enables opportunities for innovative investors and businesses of all sizes, facilitating connections across Abu Dhabi’s innovation ecosystem to help them establish and grow in the emirate. With a comprehensive range of tailored services and incentives, ADIO helps businesses achieve long-term, sustainable success in the market and across the region.

Events Associated With:

MEIS Oct'2022

Participated as Panelist
on Time to Invest in the Future – A Middle Eastern Perspective
With Rachel Pether as Moderator