Economist from the Universidad de los Andes with studies in Urban and Regional Planning at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and International Relations at Harvard University (USA).
In 1986 he served as Secretary of Popular Integration and Director of the National Rehabilitation Plan (PNR) for the Government of President Virgilio Barco. He established social policies that generated great development issues to hundreds of municipalities across the country.
Two years later, as Minister of Peace (1988-1990), he led the demobilization of the M-19 and other guerrillas who were represented in the National Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1991 Constitution.
Pardo was the first civilian Defense Minister who had the country (1991-1994) after four decades. In his ministerial management he implemented the military training in human rights and promoted the adoption of the Geneva accords on international humanitarian law, while he created the Search Unit to fight the drug cartels.
Between 1996 and 1997 he served as a consultant to the Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), César Gaviria in Washington.
In his parliamentary activity (2002-2006), Pardo was honored as one of the best Senators by the seriousness of his proposals and his discussions of political control.
In late 2009, the Liberal National Congress proclaimed him as the new Director of the Colombian Liberal Party, having won the internal consultation which elected him as the candidate of that party for the elections of May 2010.
As Director of the Party, he led the integration of liberal initiatives as the First Employment Law, Law of Victims and Land Law, and the creation of a pension fund for informal workers, among other proposals within the National Unity Agreement called by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos.
He has been professor and researcher at the Universidad de los Andes and has written books such as 'First Hand', 'Between Conflict and Hope', 'New Security for Latin America', 'The last century: the history of war' and 'End of the paramilitary is it possible to dismantle them?