Mateo Ferrero was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984. He began his academic career in law and obtained his Law degree (2009) from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. While he was a law student he took part in an exchange programme in Strasbourg, France, where he studied International Public Law, Comparative Law and European Union Law and obtained the "Certificat Notions Fondamentales de Droit International, Européen et Comparé" (2006-2007) .
After returning from France he was selected as a part of the team that participated and won the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO (EMC2) representing the Universidad de los Andes (2008), in a case related to trade in services and telecommunications.
In 2008 he went to the World Trade Institute (WTI) Summer Academy where he got a general overview of the law and economics underlying the main agreements of the World Trade Organization
After graduating as a lawyer, Mateo worked during four months in Cavelier Abogados, a law firm in Bogotá, where he practiced Industrial Property Law and completed the Advanced Legal Writing course at Georgetown University Law Center (2009).
He joined the IELPO programme to further explore the field of international economic, due to the current and future importance of international trade regulations as a means for sustainable development, especially for third world countries.
Mateo is a native speaker in Spanish and speaks fluently English and French.