Fellows

PAÍS
GENERACIÓN
SECTOR
  • Pedro Beirute

    is CEO of Costa Rica Trade Promotion Authority PROCOMER. This government agency is responsible for country exports and free trade zones. Pedro also serves as president of Costa Rica Country Brand and as president of the Latin America Trade Promotion Agencies Council. He leads Costa Rica country brand strategy to attract tourists, investors and buyers. During the last four years, PROCOMER has been awarded as the “Best Trade Promotion Organization in the World” by International Trade Centre, and Costa Rica was ranked the “happiest country on earth” by Happy Planet Index.
    Prior to his public service, Pedro worked 15 years for Intel Corp, progressing from finance clerk in Costa Rica to chief of staff of Intel Global Head of Sales, in Silicon Valley. He became the latin-american with the highest position on Intel global organization chart. Pedro lived in Madrid, London, México and San Francisco before returning to his native Costa Rica to join the public service.
    Pedro has 4 children and has completed 7 Ironman triathlons. Pedro is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik

     

    Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik is the spiritual leader of the Congregation KolShearith Israel in Panama since 2002, and is the Executive Director of the Panamanian Jewish Congress. It is also a member of the Interfaith Committee of Panama. He is coauthor of the book Parashah Commentaries (Notes from the weekly Torah readings), and published in major newspapers several articles on current topics related to Judaism. Gustavo was ordained by the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, in 1996 and served as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of El Salvador from 1996 until 2002. He graduated in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Gustavo participated in the program “Senior Educators” at The Melton Centre for Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been Professor of Rabbinical Literature at the University Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the University Santa Maria La Antigua (USMA) in Panama. Gustavo is from Argentina, is married and has one son.

  • Rafael Barraza

     
    is CEO of Banco Agrícola, one of Central America’s largest banks and part of Grupo Bancolombia, where he had previously been on the Board of Directors. An economist by training, he served eight years as provost of the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), the leading undergraduate institution of El Salvador in the business, economics, engineering and law fields. He was president of the country’s Central Bank from 1999 to 2002 during the country’s successful move towards dollarization. Former governor at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, IADB and CABEI, he is currently on the board of directors for FUSADES (the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Growth). He holds a BA from Rice University in computer science and a Licenciatura and Master’s degrees in Economics from Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile. His interests lie in economics, banking, education and politics and he enjoys gastronomy and technology. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Raisa Bainfield

     

    Raisa Banfield is director of the Environmental Advocacy Center. She offers conferences on civil participation, conservation, and development in order to provide information access to communities. She has created workshops and expert exchanges on urban and environmental topics as well as published diverse opinion articles in various news organs. In 2007, she won a scholarship from the US government to train in topics related to urbanism and the environment. Recently, she was invited by the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative, a program of the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research and the Yale University School of Forestry to take part in the conference “Financing for the Conservation of Nature in the Americas.” She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Ramiro Alfaro

     
    Ramiro Alfaro is General Manager of Spectrum. Spectrum is a real estate company with operations in Central America and Colombia. Ramiro loves adventure and is an active runner, triathlete and adventure racer. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA, both from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He is married and has three children.

  • Regina Wong

     

    Regina Wong de Eyl, 44, Directora de Desarrollo Comercial, Sercano Inc., EEUU

    Es responsable del desarrollo comercial de Sercano, proveedor de contenido de televisión producido en Honduras para el segmento centroamericano que vive en EEUU. Esta es una iniciativa de su grupo familiar con el que ha desarrollado su carrera. Inició en Editorial Hablemos Claro donde se involucró en la conceptualización y evolución de las revistas Hablemos Claro, As Deportiva, Hablemos Claro Financiera, Cromos, y la revista “Come to Honduras,”. Además participó en la creación y desarrollo de TEN Canal 10, el primer canal de televisión en Honduras orientado a promoción de la educación y desarrollo del país. Fue Presidenta y Fundadora del capítulo de Voces Vitales Honduras y co-fundadora de United Way Honduras. Actualmente es miembro de la red de Vital Voices Miami. Cuenta con un MBA de la Univerisdad de Loyola, New Orleans y Licenciatura en Administración Industrial y de Negocios de Unitec. Está felizmente casada con Rudi Eyl y tiene 3 hijos, Rudi, Antonella y Roderick. Actualmente vive en Weston, Florida.

  • Renata Villers

     

    Renata Villers is founder and Executive Director of Amigos del Aprendizaje, ADA (http://www.ada.or.cr/), a leading NGO that works with multi-sector stakeholders (teachers, children, researchers and policy makers) to transform the way children learn to read and write to support their active participation in the knowledge society. To achieve its mission: ADA facilitates online teacher professional development- for over 1000 teachers a year; sponsors a national children’s writing contest – with more than 15,000 annual children participants; and convenes the ProLEER conference at Harvard University annually, to strengthen educational policy and practice across Latin America. Prior to living in Costa Rica, Renata worked as a consultant with J.E. Austin Associates – the consulting group of Harvard Business School professor James E. Austin – where she developed case studies, training materials and strategic analysis for developing country NGOs and institutional clients, such as the Woman’s World Banking, the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. As a resident of Costa Rica, before forming ADA, she worked as an independent consultant for non-profit organizations, to support their development of social enterprise business plans, among them INBio and the Fundación Omar Dengo. Renata serves on the board and advisory committees of several prominent educational organizations including: the United World College Costa Rica, Estado de la Educación and Fundación Monge. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the Central American Leadership Network (CALI), an alumni interviewer for Harvard College, and a founding member of the Steering Committe of ProLEER at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renata holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a resident of Costa Rica since 1991.

  • Ricardo A. Pardomo

    is Managing Partner at The Network Company, a boutique Investment Banking & Private Equity Firm. During his time at The Network Co, Ricardo has been able to advise clients in equity raising, capital market transactions, M&A and private equity investments. One of the main objectives Ricardo is currently facing, as the President of an energy developer, is the development and launching of the first energy project 100% destined to the SEIPAC, as he believes strongly in the integration of the region. Ricardo serves as external board member in various companies and different industries such as: BBP Bank in Panamá, Estadios Deportivos de El Salvador (Estadio Cuscatlán in El Salvador) and an Outdoor Advertising Company in the Central American region. In addition, Ricardo ventured in other minor initiatives such as a global grain trading company and a food services company. He has a B.A. in Economics from Emory University, Atlanta, GA., and an Executive MBA from INCAE, San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Ricardo Cohen

     
    is CEO of Aseguradora Suiza Salvadoreña, S.A. He is also the director of YAK PAK EL SALVADOR, S.A. DE C.V., a manufacturing concern focused on exports to the U.S. and Europe (since 1995), the director of MEDIDENT, S.A. DE C.V. a distributor of pharmaceutical products and dental equipment and products (since 1994); as well as the Director of CURTIS INDUSTRIAL S.A. (since1994). In 2002 he became the director of Fundación Hogares Providencia for Street Children and since 2003 he has been the president of the Salvadorian Association of Insurance Companies and since 2005 the advisor for the national Association of Private Enterprises (ANEP). He holds a BS degree from Lehigh University and a specialization certificate from the Swiss Insurance Training Center (SITC), Zurich, Switzerland. He is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Ricardo Ernesto Augspurg

     
    is Director for real estate operations at Grupo Agrisal. He previously cofounded a program called Plastic’s Eco-Friends, which won the 2004 National Environmental Award from the Ministry of Environment. Before that, he worked at the Salvadoran Foundation for Social and Economic Development, where he helped develop the first private free trade zones in El Salvador with funds from USAID. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from a university in the United States and a master’s degree in industrial management and technology from INCAE. Ricardo is a board member at the Salvadorian Entrepreneurial Foundation for Education Development. He has been married for 17 years and has four children: Ricardo, Gabriela, Fernando, and Santiago. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Ricardo Fasquelle

    is the CEO and president of SER Chumbagua, part of a regional operation dedicated to the production of sugar, molasses, renewable energy, and rum in Central America. Ricardo is also president of Energía Chumbagua, board member of the Honduran Sugar Producers Association (APAH), its Corporate Social Responsibility foundation (FUNAZUCAR), and Honduras Sugar Estates, S. A. de C. V. Ricardo has accrued experience with Grupo Pellas and Dole Food Company operations in Honduras and Guatemala in several key fields, such as agricultural operations, industrial sales, logistics, fruit packaging materials, corporate social responsibility, and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in business administration from The Catholic University of Honduras, a master’s in commercial management and marketing from Carlos III of Madrid University, and a master’s in international agribusiness management from INCAE Business School. Ricardo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Rigoberto Cuéllar

     

    Rigoberto Cuéllar is the Adjacent Attorney General for Honduras. Rigoberto has a long career in public service, holding the following positions: Chief Prosecutor for the Technical Advisory Department, Deputy Director and Chief Prosecutor by Law and Secretary of State for Natural Resources and Environmental Matters. He has served as prosecutor for more than 10 years and has been advisor of several governments and international cooperation programs in matters of justice, law enforcement, violence and corruption prevention. Rigoberto is a founding member of Asociación de Estudios Penales y Sociales de Honduras (ASEPESH), a member of FACED-Justicia (Comisión de Derecho Procesal del Colegio de Abogados de Honduras, Federación Centroamericana de Asociaciones para el Fortalecimiento del Estado de Derecho), Colegio de Abogados de Honduras, Comisión Científica, Asociación de Ciudadanos and ASERjusticia – Juristas Para el Servicio y Apoyo al Estado de Derecho de Guatemala. Rigoberto obtained a law degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and a Masters certificate from Spain. He obtained his Ph.D from Universidad Jaume I, de Castelló de la Plana in 2001, completing his thesis on “La Reforma Procesal Penal y el Ministerio Público de Honduras: Justificación y Perspectiva”. He received a scholarship from the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy for a masters program on International Criminal Law. He has published many books and articles on criminal procedures and has been a contributor for many legislative projects. He has also been a professor for legal subjects in national and international universities (Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Spain). He is married and has three children.

  • Rita Vásquez

    Rita Vásquez is the sub-director of the newspaper La Prensa. This is her second stint for the newspaper, having returned in March 2015 after spending three-and-a-half years as a human resources manager for the Panama office of VF Corporation. Rita first joined La Prensa in 2007, where she held the title of junior sub-director before leaving for VF in 2011. Prior to entering the newspaper industry, Rita worked as managing director of the BVI office for the law firm Sucre, Arias and Reyes, and later as an associate for the firm’s office in Panama. While in the BVI, Rita was a board member of the Association of Registered Agents, the leading advocacy group for the financial services industry. In 2015, Rita was elected vice president of the National Journalism Council, an organization founded to protect the right to freedom of expression and information in Panama. In 2016, she was elected president of that organization. Rita was also the leader of La Prensa’s team that was part of the global investigation that became known as “The Panama Papers.” Rita is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Robbie García

     

    is founder and managing partner of Versata Capital, a boutique investment bank based out of Panama, serving clients with corporate finance and M&A advisory services. He also serves as Chairman of Executive Forums (Panama Chapter), a President/CEO peer group advisory board. Robbie’s previous experience includes leadership positions at Valor Capital, Dell, Grupo Financiero Uno, and Visa Latin America. He began early in his career as a management consultant for Bain & Company serving mainly Latin American clients in a diverse set of industries. Robbie earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He serves on the board of directors of Cochez & Cia., CM Realty (REIT), and the Harvard Club of Panama; Also a member of the Biodiversity Museum’s Development Committee and a member of the advisory board of FranklinCovey Latin America North. Robbie lives in Panama with his wife Claudia and his two boys, Roberto and Sebastian. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, swimming and playing soccer. Robbie is a Fellow of the eleventh class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Roberto Ardón

     
    He is the Executive Director of CACIF, the representative body of the Guatemalan private sector, since 1994. He’s an attorney at law from Universidad Rafael Landívar. He’s currently serving as one the permanent members of the Security Affairs Council (CAS) in Guatemala and during his law practice he has served as Director of the Gaceta in Corte de Constitucionalidad, and as an associate to Cervantes, Medrano & Villacorta Law Firm. He is member of several of the working committees of the business organization (security, strategic and political affairs), and is co founder and director of the “business training in political leadership Seminar”. Roberto has been a permanent keynote speaker in art, culture, law and politics in the Guatemalan academic community and has studies in crisis management, intelligence and political analysis. He lives in Guatemala City with his wife and three children.

  • Roberto González-Díaz-Durán

     
    Roberto González Diaz-Duran is an independent consultant and professor at Francisco Marroquín University in the faculty of economic and business administration. He ran for mayor of Guatemala City in 2007 and placed second. Prior to that, he was manager of the presidency of the republic from 2005 until 2007. He was previously minister of energy and mines and president of the National Institute of Electrification. He has been a city councilman in Guatemala City, manager and founder of the Regulating Organization of the Metropolitan Transport and Transit Authority, and assistant director of the Municipal Company of Water of Guatemala City. In the private sector, he has worked in the agro-industrial and power fields, as well as directed consulting. Roberto has a masters degree in economics with a specialization in social evaluation of projects from Pontíficia Universidad Católica of Chile and degrees in economics and sociology from Francisco Marroquín University, as well as various postgraduate executive courses from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, the London School of Economics, INCAE, and others. He is married and has three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Roberto Motta III

     

    Roberto Motta III is president and CEO of Agencias Motta, S.A., Envasadora Comercial, S.A. and FAMOSA GROUP, S.A., companies dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of fragrances, health and beauty products, in local and international markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning for development of new markets and product management. He also has interests in real estate projects. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Panama, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE), and Entrepreneurs Organization, (EO) and was the president of AEROCLUB. He is a member of the board of directors of Novey, SA, Cochez, FETESA, and Euroautos Group of Centroamérica. Roberto Motta graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts and obtained an MBA from INCAE, as well as participated in high-performance managers program. In his leisure time, he is an avid airplane pilot. He is married and has four children. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Roberto Paiz

     
    Roberto Paiz is the managing director of TV Azteca Guatemala since 2011. Between 2003 and 2010 he was managing director for INMACO, also in Guatemala. Beforehand, Roberto worked in the Netherlands as a management trainee and, later, as a black belt in change management within the different businesses in Royal Philips Electronics. He returned to Guatemala motivated by the need to improve his country. Today he is president of Azteca Foundation, in Guatemala, where he started successful projects in drug prevention, environmental awareness, and cultural development for youngsters. He serves as a board member in FUNDESA (Fundación para el Desarrollo), where he is leading the Guatemala s alliance for nutrition. Within GuateAmala, he founded a youth volunteer project called Weavers aimed at accelerating cultural change. For two years he volunteered, as the attitude coach for the multiple national football teams, helping them qualify Guatemala for its first world cup in Colombia 2011. Roberto holds an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Idaho, both cum laude. He is a fellow of the 11th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.

  • Roberto Rosenberg

     
    Roberto Rosenberg: Founder and Managing Director of Aprisa, Acabados y Procesos Industriales, S.A., a manufacturing company of steel wire products that serves the commercial and industrial refrigeration industry and other lines of wire products such as POP displays, shelving, fences, etc. Has participated in different community projects, including his involvement with Sumpango, an indigenous community in Guatemala, helping them improve their famous Giant Kite Festival celebrated every year. Has been part of Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global organization with more than 7400 members around the world, since 2000. Served in different leadership positions, becoming the Guatemala Chapter President in 2005 and currently he is part of the EO LAC Regional Board. Roberto is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Rodrigo González

     

    Rodrigo Gonzalez Paniza is currently the Operations AVP for the LATAM Region in EGS, private multinational BPO Company, part of the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. His responsibilities are to ensure lean, optimum and profitable operations, generate corporate stability and standardization, business performance innovation, as well as strategic planning and ensuring attainment of corporate financial and operational objective. He has also worked as a consultant in the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank as counterpart to various governments in the region on loans given by these institutions for economic development programs, on a period of approximately 6 years. After the banks he moved over to 3M as Lean Six Sigma Director and Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs Regional Manager, then promoted to Commercialization Manager and Strategic Planner for the region as well. He then moved to independent private consulting after almost 6 years in 3M, advising clients on process optimization, change management, etc., such as Tetra-Pak, HSBC, Halliburton, Suzuki, Generali, as well as other national and regional enterprises. He sold the business to another consulting firm. He is a Lawyer, specialized in Economy and certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

  • Rodrigo Moran

    is a Salvadoran social entrepreneur and international development professional, passionate about the intersection of social impact, innovation and technology. He currently serves as technology and innovation liaison for CREA Consultores, the first Creative Associates International subsidiary in Central America, with the mission of catalyzing local Central American innovations to a regional and global scale. Prior to this, Rodrigo lived in the United States for 3 years, where he attended Brandeis University’s Heller School for social policy and management as a Fulbright scholar to complete his master of arts in sustainable international development (Waltham, Massachusetts) and first joined Creative Associates International as technology for communities in transition liaison (2016) working in project design and implementation focusing on the Central American region, supporting technology for development initiatives in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Eastern Caribbean. Rodrigo’s passion for social innovation started when he co-founded the Youth Against Violence Movement of El Salvador, a group advocating for the adoption of youth violence prevention policies at a local and national level. His work as coordinator of the YAV movement in El Salvador, and subsequent role as a signator in the YAV movement-Central America led him to being appointed as the first executive director of the Municipal Youth Institute of the City of San Salvador, where he was in charge of designing the administrative, financial and programmatic structure of the first decentralized municipal authority focusing on youth development, in the City of San Salvador. During his service with the City, he implemented projects that emphasized technology, creativity and entrepreneurship as a tool for positive youth development. Rodrigo is a member of global networks such as the American Council of Young Political Leaders, One Young World’s Peace Ambassadors program, the Millennial Trains Project and the Fulbright program. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Rodrigo Siman-Siri

     
    is a pediatrician, Founder and Director of Hogares Providencia a heaven for children of the streets, and consultant for Cicatelli Associated Inc. For nine years he was Head of El Salvador AIDS program of the Secretary of Health, ambassador and member of board of directors of ONUSIDA – the United Nations program for AIDS. From 2006 to 2009 he was the children and youth advisor to the First Lady Ms. Saca. Simán founded the clinic for children with immunodeficiency for the Children’s Hospital of El Salvador, which was later christened under his name. Simán was awarded the Dr. Luis Edmundo Vázquez National Award of Medicine in 2002, and named Outstanding Salvadorian Physician by the Congress of El Salvador in 2009, being voted unanimously by all congressmen. Simán was born in El Salvador, studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas in Costa Rica and in Universidad Nacional de Chile.

  • Rodrigo Tona

    leads Grupo TERMO, a Flexible Packaging Supplier and Plastic Recycler based out of El Salvador, with over 2,000 employees and operations in Central and North America and South-East Asia. He has a BS in industrial engineering and a master’s in science of management. Grupo TERMO has been awarded Largest Plastics Industry Exporter for four consecutive years 18,17,16 and 15) by the ASI (Industrial Association of El Salvador), it ranks # 18 Great Place to Work in Central America (for companies of over 1,000 employees). The group has now become the largest plastic recycler in Central America, recycling over 30 million pounds per year and has set very aggressive sustainability goals, including becoming the first Central American Company in the Packaging Sector to be Carbon Positive and Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020. Rodrigo enjoys traveling and food! A perfect combination that allows for business and pleasure trips to be more enjoyable. He has traveled the Americas, Europe and Asia, understanding global customer’s needs and global packaging manufacturing and distribution capabilities. He enjoys learning about other cultures, customs and traditions and how flexible packaging and recycling plays an important role in the progress of many evolving economies. Rodrigo is an active member of YPO El Salvador, participates in academic and business board of governors and has co-created ALMA, an entrepreneurial venture that supports young women and men in their university studies, while creating and selling fashion items. Rodrigo lives in El Salvador, Central America and is happily married, has 3 wonderful boys, whom he loves spending quality time with. Some of his favorite hobbies are reading, playing tennis, running and spending the weekends on outdoor activities with family and friends. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Roger Valladares

     

    Roger Valladares is the vice president of Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras (U.T.H.), the largest private university in the country and the first university in Honduras to open a campus in the United States. Roger was the international relations director for U.T.H. until 2014 where he succeeded in establishing alliances with universities around the globe. In 2009 Roger successfully signed a contract with Harvard Business Publishing to implement the Harvard Case Methodology for the 17,000 students currently enrolled in U.T.H.. In 2004 he was responsible for opening and managing a carbonated and non carbonated beverage company, competing with Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola in the local market. Roger also has a passion for athletics, he has successfully finished several marathons and is one of the few people in Honduras who has completed an Ironman triathlon. He holds a Masters degree in International Business from EADA Business School in Barcelona and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Roger lives in Honduras with his wife Isabella and his baby boy Benjamin.

  • Rolando Guardia

     

    General Manager of Hacienda Juan Viñas S.A., an agro-industrial company located in the Atlantic region of Costa Rica, specializing in production, processing and marketing of sugar cane, coffee, macadamia nuts, forestry and vegetables. He joined the company in 1996 and has held a range of positions from production and finance to general manager. He also works with Fundación Juan Viñas RSE to improve the quality of life for the company’s employees; the foundation recently launched a teacher education program for all nine community schools expected to directly benefit over 500 children. He holds a BS in agriculture from EARTH University in Costa Rica and an MBA from the University of Costa Rica. He is an alumnus of INCAE’s PAG executive management program. Rolando is married to Marisol, and they have three sons: Antonio, Alberto, and Alexandro. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Rolando Kattan

     

    Rolando Kattan is a poet, bibliophile, editor and cultural activist. He has published five poetry books and received honorable mention at the Ruben Dario Poetry Award. His work has been partially translated into French, English, Italian and Arabic and has been considered in many magazines and anthologies published in America, Europe and Asia. Recently he was accepted as a member of the Academia Hondureña de la Lengua. He is currently president of the Comité Iberoamericano de Poesía Juegos Florales de Tegucigalpa and the Comité Promonumentos Juan Ramón Molina. He is also member of the Board of Directors of The Museo del Hombre Hondureño. Rolando is host of the national television talk show Economía y Cultura. He was the founder and co-editor of the project Leer es Fiesta, which consisted in the free massive distribution of one million books. He also co-founded one of the most relevant cultural projects of the beginning of the 20th century in Honduras, PaisPoesible. Rolando owns the most important collection of Honduran literary and history books of Honduras, and recently founded the itinerant museum Honduras Ex-Libris, based on his collection. In 2011, he received the Premio al Voluntariado Cultural collectively awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports, the Embassy of Spain in Honduras, the Volunteer Program of the United Nations, and United Nations Developmental Program. Aside from his main role as poet and cultural activist, he is a consultant to the Secretary of State in the Finance Office where he focuses on improving public administration performance related to programs run by the World Bank, IDB and IMF. Also Rolando has worked for Promerica Financial Group for the last fourteen years, responsible for Informations Security Office for the banks members in nine countries.

  • Román Macaya

     

    Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America. Román Macaya is a scientist and businessman who served as Vice-President of Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC, S.A., a crop-protection company based in Costa Rica, and as President of AgroCare, a global association based in Brussels, Belgium, representing 865 manufacturers and distributers of generic crop protection products. Macaya is a Director of the Latin American Association of National Agrochemical Industries (ALINA) and of Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Generic Products. He served as President of both organizations, in 2006-2008 and 2004-2008, respectively. Macaya regularly represents the industry in international forums at the WHO, FAO and WTO. Macaya has also held positions as Senior Scientist at a biotechnology start-up firm in New Jersey, and Business Development Director at a pharmaceutical contract research organization, Investment Officer at a private equity firm, and Managing Partner at a health care consulting firm in Costa Rica. Macaya ran in the Citizen’s Action Party’s first primary election in May 2009 and currently serves on the Political Commission of the Party. Macaya holds an MBA in Health Systems Management from Wharton Business School, a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College.

  • Sabrina Bacal

     

    Sabrina Bacal es politóloga de formación y periodista con 19 años de experiencia en Panamá. Actualmente es la Vicepresidenta de Asuntos Informativos y Asesora Ejecutiva de RSE en TVN Media. Además dirige el programa Radar  y el especial anual Héroes por Panamá.  Entre los años 2004 y 2010 fue Directora de TVN Noticias y condujo al canal televisivo a los primeros lugares de credibilidad y audiencia.
    La trayectoria periodística de Sabrina también incluye su paso por el diario La Prensa (donde fue analista, columnista y miembro de la Junta Directiva), por la emisora radial Omega Stereo (como panelista de Infoanalisis y creadora del programa Sal y Pimienta) y el ejercicio de la docencia en Periodismo y Opinión Pública en la Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA).
    Sabrina Bacal también ha sido consultora del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF), partícipe de la Iniciativa de Liderazgo de Centroamérica del Aspen Institute (CALI), miembro del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores (CONAREX) y de  las Juntas Directivas de la Fundación PROED y  la Fundación Amador.

  • Salvador Biguria

     
    Salvador Biguria is currently the Head of Sales & Trading for Grupo Pantaleon, where he has previously been the Brazil Country Manager and the Business Development Manager. He has been appointed as president of the Electoral Board for the District of Guatemala by the Supreme Electoral Court (Tribunal Supremo Electoral) during the country’s 2015 general elections, and has been appointed to this and other positions in Electoral Boards during six previous electoral processes. He was a pro bono advisor to the Guatemalan minister of education during the 2003-2007 government period, working to promote projects and policies for the use of technology in public education. He sits on the Board of Trustees of Grupo Educativo del Valle, one of the leading private educational groups in the country, and has also been a board member of Empresarios por la Educación, which is a private sector entity promoting educational development and policymaking. He sits on the board of trustees of FUNDESA, the main Guatemalan private sector Development Association, and worked in the development of Fundesa s country development agenda named “Mejoremos Guate”. He received a BS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has also been named part of the Young Global Leader program by the World Economic Forum, and has been a member of one of its Global Agenda Councils.

  • Sergio Mena

     

    is the founder and president of New Generation Party (Nueva Generación), a nationwide political organization which promotes participation in solving the problems of the country throughout the civil society and Costa Rican youth. Sergio participated in February 2014 as a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Costa Rica with New Generation Party. Prior founding and participating in New Generation, Sergio established IBL Attorneys a legal firm where he has worked as a lawyer. In 2006-2008, Sergio worked as business manager and consul in Trinidad and Tobago. He served as consul and director of Costa Rica in France and he represented the country at organizations such as UNESCO and the Association of Caribbean States for the Ministry and Department of International Cooperation, 2002-2005. Representing Costa Rica is one of his commitments as a leader nationally and internationally. He represented his local country in 1998 as municipal council for the period 1999-2001. Sergio wrote the Status of Constitution of the Political Party in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in laws and notary, and his Master’s degree in European Law. Sergio is the fellow and president of New Generation political party and an active member of this organization.

  • Sonia Domínguez

    Sonia Domínguez is the Food Security Advisor for the US Agency for International Development in Guatemala. She has been working for USAID since she finished her high-school in 1998. Her undergraduate degree is in Organizational Psychology from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, and her master’s degree in Development and Local Power from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. She is responsible of ensuring the effective contribution of resources to attain the improvement of nutritional status of thousands of vulnerable families living in rural communities of Guatemala.  Sonia is also the founder of Orejitas de Amor/Ears of Love, a foundation to support children born with congenital malformations. She is married and has two daughters. Sonia is a fellow of the Martin J. Foreman fellowship program at the Global Health Bureau/USAID Washington Nutrition Division, and fellow of the eight class of the Central American Leadership Initiative.

  • Sylvia Gereda

     
    Sylvia Gereda began the first investigative television program in Guatemala, called Informe Especial (Special Report) in 2011. In 1996 she the Guatemalan newspaper el Periódico, created the first journalistic research team in the country and wrote one of the most read opinion columns in recent times. For 15 years she worked as director of el Periódico. She teaches journalism at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. She is the president of Vital Voices’ Guatemala chapter and VP of the Guatemalan Chamber of Journalism. In 2004, she was recognized by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger and was appointed to the National Council against Corruption to implement laws in favor of transparency. In 2006, she was appointed as regional VP of the Free Press Commission under the Inter-American Press Society. She holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Salamanca in Spain, a degree in literature from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and a degree in technical journalism from Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala. Sylvia is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Tania Molina

     
    is Chief of Staff of the Foreign Affairs Ministry since June 2009. Before being named in her current position, Ms. Molina lead the Travel Mall Company where she worked as the Commercial Officer and Executive Director during the periods of 2000-2005 and 2005-2009, this has allowed her to form a broad bargaining and implementation of trade agreements, especially in air transport and tourism area. Currently, Ms. Molina is the Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, where she provides essential support in a variety of areas; she facilitates proper coordination between different organizational units and a harmonious institutional performance. Besides this, she is responsible in monitoring and strengthening strategic political relations with other governments and both national and international institution

  • Tethey Martínez

     

    is the Executive Director of the Honduran Chamber of Insurance Companies. She is currently President of the Fulbright Association of Honduras. She previously worked in the insurance industry for more than 15 years, in different positions, underwriting and commercial manager in different insurance companies. She is currently of the Fulbright Association of Honduras, Treasurer of Vital Voices Honduras, Vice Curator Global Shapers Hub Tegucigalpa. She is also an active member in different organizations of Civil Society, advisor to the Board of Directors of The Honduras Business Council, Secretary of the Board of Fondos de Garantias Reciprocas. She has a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and counseling from Purdue University in Indiana and an MBA from Texas Christian University, through the Fulbright Scholarship program. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Vali Maduro de Gateno

     

    Vali Maduro de Gateño: Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Panama, Republic of Panama. For the past 16 years Vali has treated individuals, couples and families. She is part of the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and Panama and is the current Director of the IPI – Panama. She is a member of the Fundación Relaciones Sanas where she was the Coordinator and Developer of Teen Screen Panama, a Program that seeks to prevent adolescent suicide and is still acts as liaison with Columbia University’s TeenScreen Program. Vali is one of two Spanish Speaking Master Trainers for the American Association of Suicidology where she trains Mental Health professionals to evaluate and treat patients at risk. She is a volunteer with different associations and is always involved in the promotion and education of mental health issues in the public and private sectors in Panama. Vali earned her B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, her Masters in Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology, her Post Graduate Studies in Object Relations Theory and Therapy from the International Psychology Institute and her Ph.D. from California Southern University. Vali is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Víctor Vial

     

    Victor Vial is chief financial officer for Copa Airlines, which provides service to 31 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States from its “Hub of the Americas” at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. Victor joined Copa Airlines in October 1995 as director of planning. During his tenure, Victor was involved in negotiations for Copa’s affiliation and strategic alliance with Continental Airlines. During the past four years, Victor has overseen the second phase of the airline’s fleet renovation. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in international business administration. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Victoria Gamboa Ross

     

    President of the Anna Ross Foundation, the most important NGO dedicated to the fight against cancer in Costa Rica, and one of the most recognized in Latin America. She is also the Academic Director of Advertising and Marketing Schools at the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) -ranked as the best private university in the country. Victoria is a communications and non-profit ventures expert, with seventeen years of experience, who specializes in business intelligence, effective project management and consulting services to public and private sectors. She has been recognized by the weekly El Financiero, as one of the 40 most outstanding young people in Costa Rica. She finished coursework for the PhD in Public Administration and Business Administration from Instituto Centroamericano de Administración Pública, has a Bachelors in Mass Communication and Journalism from Florida International University and a Masters in Communication with an emphasis in Television Management from Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She also has a degree as Project Manager from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica and finished four years at the School of Political Science at the University of Costa Rica. Victoria is currently working on her doctoral thesis.

  • Vika Martell

     

    is a Politician, Member of the Liberal Party of Honduras. Initiated her political activity in the Liberal Youth Party eight years ago, since then participating actively in the party working in several management positions. Was Secretary of Planning for the Liberal Youth and Vice-President of the Central Executive Counsel of the Institution. Has collaborated with the Naumann Fundation as the moderator in topics of political formation, especially for young people. Earned her Bachelor degree in Law at the National University of Honduras and Master’s degree in financial economics from the University of Sevilla in Spain. Vika is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Vivian Liberman

    is a partner of BLP, a Central American law firm, in which she coheads the Banking and Finance practice. Vivian is as partner at BLP since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as an international associate for Greenberg Traurig in New York. Vivian has been widely recognized by world renown publications and guides such as Latin Lawyer, where she is distinguished as Inspiring Women in Law and has been named Leading Lawyer since 2009; Chambers & Partners qualifies her as a Recommended Attorney and has given her the Leading Individual distinction since 2010; likewise, IFLR has named her Leading Lawyer since 2009. At BLP, besides being co-director of the Banking and Finance Practice, Vivian oversees the sustainability efforts of the law firm. She is president of the BLP Foundation, founder and director of the BLP Gender Equality Commission, the BLP Environmental Commission and the BLP LGBTI Commission. Vivian is a founding member of the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas and of the Steering Committee of Women in the Profession (WIP) of the Vance Center in New York since 2016, and she is also founder and coordinator of the WIP chapter in Costa Rica. Vivian serves as a board member for Asociación Amigos del Aprendizaje and Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo. She earned her Licentiate in Law degree, graduating summa cum laude, from the Universidad de Costa Rica and has an LLM degree from Harvard University School of Law. Vivian is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Walbin Sánchez

     

    President of San Rafael Arcangel Medical Center SA, a private clinic in Liberia, Guanacaste. It periodically conducts health fairs, which offer consultation and medical tests at cost to reach lower-income families. The hospital is also building a private hospital in Liberia, the first of its kind outside the capital of Costa Rica. Walbin previously worked for 15 years for the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, helping it invest in private medicine with a high social commitment and support for lower-income constituents. He is also involved with the development of breast cancer early-detection devices using thermography. Walbin earned his MD in Kiev, Ukraine, and his specialty in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Costa Rica. He has a postgraduate certificate in ultrasound at the University of Medical Sciences in Costa Rica. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Yanancy Noguera

     

    is a Media independent consultant. She was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper La Nación and newspaper El Financiero. She is also a university professor in the School of Collective Communication at Universidad de Costa Rica and in the Journalism School at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She has 19 years of experience with economic journalism and 14 years of experience conducting a news media project. Yanancy is a founding member and treasurer of The Institute for the Press & Freedom of Expression and participates in synchronized swimming and other aquatic sports. She received a degree in journalism from Universidad de Costa Rica and an MBA with emphasis in finance from National University of San Diego, California, at its Costa Rican campus. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Yara Argueta

     
    Yara Argueta is president of Lapco -Grupo Solid, S.A., a paint company leading the market with operations from Guatemala to Panama. She was previously regional director of the Paleta stores (2001-2005). She was director of industrial engineering at Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL), her alma mater, where she was previously a professor of business administration and marketing. Before that, she was the student representative at the University Board Committee of URL. She has been an electoral coordinator appointed by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for the 2007 presidential elections, and she was a delegate for the 1999 and 2004 presidential elections. She received her MBA from INCAE (2005) with honors and her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) summa cum laude (1999). She is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Yolanda Mayora

     
    is Executive Director of the Carlos F. Novella Foundation. She served as secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SIECA). She previously served as minister of economics of El Salvador in President Saca’s cabinet, leading the implementation of CAFTA. She also directed the first census in 15 years. Throughout her two-decade public service career, she has laid the groundwork for sound economic development policies and regional integration efforts. She has given emphasis to small-to-medium enterprise-led economic growth and export development. Yolanda was a founder of Infocentros, an NGO charged with developing information technology in El Salvador. She has also served as director of Banco Multisectorial de Inversions and governor of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. She was given the honor of “Distinguished Professional” by University Jose Matías Delgado, from which she graduated with honors in 1989. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.