The Colombian politician, Ernesto Samper Pizano, was president of the Republic of Colombia in the period of 1994-1998. He studied economy and law in the Pontifical Xavierian University.
Samper served as General Secretary of the Liberal Party. Belisario Betancur, president of the Republic (1982-1986), named him extraordinary ambassador before the Assembly of the United Nations, in New York.
He was elected representative in 1984 and senator in 1986. He also founded and directed the Institute of Liberal Studies.