Jairo Clopatofsky-Ghisays

Jairo Raúl Clopatofsky Ghisays, Lecturer and former Consul General of Colombia in Vancouver (born 20 October 1961) is a Colombian politician. A Party of the U politician, Clopatofsky had served in the Congress of Colombia, as Senator and as Representative for the Capital District, and most recently as the 17th General Director of Coldeportes from 2010 to 2012.

In 1982 he suffered an automotive accident that left him paraplegic and bound to a wheelchair. In 2005 he went through an experimental stem cell transplant surgery procedure, using olfactory adult stem cells into the spinal cord. After 22 years of paraplegia, and loss of sensation from the waist down, Clopatofsky was able to regain sensation in his legs and successfully took his first steps thanks to physical therapy and the operation.

Clopatofsky studied at the Liceo de La Salle until 10th grade when he enrolled in the Cadet Naval Academy in Cartagena. He graduated from the Universidad de La Sabana with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and received a scholarship to study at Harvard University where he received a Master of Public Administration. He also realized specializations in Political Science from the Pontifical Xavierian University, and in Public Administration from the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University in the United States.

In 1988 Clopatofsky created the Independent Civic Movement, a Colombian political movement, aimed at countering the partisan political system of the time.


In 1991 he was elected to the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia for the term between 1991 and 1994 representing Bogotá. In 1994 Clopatofsky was elected to the Senate of Colombia for the period between 1994 and 1998. In 2002 he returned to the senate after winning in the legislative elections of 2002. His party then adhered to the Social National Unity Party which supported Álvaro Uribe to the presidency of Colombia.

In 2006 Clopatofsky was re-elected in the legislative elections of 2006. Clopatofsky is member of the Second Commission of the Senate which debates topics related to defense and international relations of Colombia, as well as participant in the Special Commission for Foreign Affairs.

Head of Consulate in Western Canada

In 2012 he assumed the role as head of the newly opened Colombian Consulate in Vancouver, Canada.


Clopatofsky is the founder and director of the Fundación Promover por Colombia which seeks to benefit people with physical disabilities.

To contact Jairo, you can email him at clopa@fdu.edu or call him at 604.682.8112 or our toll free number in North America 1.877.338.8002. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.


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