El Salvador

  • Alejandro Poma


    Alejandro Poma es vicepresidente corporativo de Grupo Poma, un grupo empresarial familiar que opera cinco divisiones de negocios y tiene presencia en nueve países de las Américas. Dentro de Grupo Poma, Alejandro dirige Autofácil, Solaire, la división de inversiones y la Fundación Poma, institución dedicada a promover programas sociales enfocados en educación, salud y cultura. Adicionalmente, Alejandro es director de la Fundación Salvadoreña para la Salud y el Desarrollo Humano (FUSAL), presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de Libras de Amor y director de Proyecto País; es director de la Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), presidente del Comité Nacional de INCAE El Salvador y miembro del Consejo Directivo de esta institución. Por muchos años, ha sido miembro del capítulo de Young Presidents Organization (YPO) en El Salvador y del Consejo Empresario de América Latina (CEAL). En el año 2010, fue reconocido por el World Economic Forum como un Young Global Leader. Alejandro obtuvo un MBA de Kellogg School of Management en la Northwestern University, y un BA en Historia del Boston College. Es miembro de la clase inaugural del Central America Leadership Iniciative (CALI) y pertenece al Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

  • Alexandra Alfaro

    is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cable & Wireless Panama, the leading telecommunications company in Panama. She oversees Marketing, Advertising and Brands Communications for consumer and corporate services of CWP. She was previously the Regional Manager of Miller Genuine Draft for Latin America and before that the Marketing Director of Global Beer Brands at SAB Miller Panama. Before moving to Panama, she worked in her native El Salvador as Regional Marketing Director for Tecoloco.com, an online recruiting site where she was also partner. In parallel, she consulted in beverage portfolio strategies in Costa Rica and Panama. Alexandra worked for SAB Miller in El Salvador from 1999 to 2005 as marketing director for the mainstream beer brands portfolio, as well as for the Coca-Cola Company. Her biggest achievement in her career in the beverage industry was leading Miller Lite’s launch in Panama. This was catalogued as the most successful brand launch SAB Miller has seen in Latin America since entering the region back in 2002. Miller Lite’s results led her to win a Mercatus award (SAB Miller’s top award at a country level for excellence in marketing strategy and execution). Alexandra has been married to Alfonso Molina for five years and has two children, Ariela and Alfonso. She is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Alfredo Atanacio

    is co-founder of Uassist.ME, a boutique firm of virtual assistants skilled in administrative support currently providing services to startups, executives and entrepreneurs all over the world. In 2015 he also co-founded POINT, the first business center in El Salvador dedicated to entrepreneurs and is currently developing LIVE, a new housing concept for young students in the center of San Salvador city. He also co-wrote the book El país que viene: Una generación comprometida and is currently an op-ed columnist at El Diario de Hoy newspaper in El Salvador. In 2013 Alfredo was named one of the 30 Under 30 by Inc. Magazine and his business Uassist.ME was honored with the People’s Choice in the Empact Showcase on 2011. Alfredo earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and has always had a passion for entrepreneurship, so since 2011 he has been a part time teacher at ESEN, his alma mater, to convey his passion for business ventures to the new generations. Alfredo is currently a member of The YEC, board member of the Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador and also a member of the local AMCHAM. Alfredo lives in El Salvador together with his married and two daughters: Elena, 6 and Lucia, 3. Alfredo is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Ariela Suster

    is founder and creative director of SEQUENCE, a vibrant and impactful accessories line handcrafted by local artists in El Salvador. Growing up during the Salvadoran Civil War, Ariela and her family experienced the country’s violence firsthand. It rocked her to her core, but also lit in her a desire to change it. With high-style sartorial skills honed over a decade in New York s fashion industry, holding senior editorial roles at InStyle, Lucky, and Harpers Bazaar, Ariela saw an opportunity to disrupt the sequence of events that lead to violence by employing and empowering at-risk youth to create artisanal products in their own community. Through SEQUENCE, Ariela currently employs 30 young artists, providing them with a positive alternative to a life of violence, and by leveraging her familiarity with the fashion and editorial realms, she and her team have established a signature style of knots and braiding with modern pops of color that reflect El Salvador s positive side: its passion, its energy, and its people. Ariela holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a double minor in dance and government from Skidmore College, and a graduate certificate in marketing management from Harvard University.

  • Arturo Sagrera


    Arturo is President of Empresas ADOC, a family business founded in 1953 with retail and shoe manufacturing divisions with presence throughout Central America. Additionally, he is VP of Grupo HILASAL, a family business founded in 1942 which operates a group of companies in the following industries: textiles, apparel, real estate and logistics.
    Arturo is Founder of Proyecto Pais, a community-based crime prevention and youth development model that focuses on promoting values, leadership and conflict resolution skills through sports and educational activities. He serves as Director General of Programa !Superate!, an educational social franchise focused on teaching English, computing, and values to underprivileged high school students in Central America. Additionally, he serves as a Director of Fundación Sagrera Palomo and Director of FUSAL.
    Arturo has an MBA from Babson College and a BA in Economics from Pepperdine University. He is a member of YPO El Salvador and a fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Carlos Avilés

    is the founder and general manager of Teleservicios de El Salvador, a logistics and delivery services company, which grew rapidly from 4 to 230 employees due to his vision and strategic outlook. Carlos is currently diversifying his line of business to a comprehensive outsourcing venture. He is also Director of Social Responsibility Initiatives. In 2014, Teleservicios de El Salvador was awarded ÒMARCA POSITIVA” by FUNDEMAS for its commitment to investing in and furthering the development of the local community. Previously, he worked as a private banking counselor at Banco de Madrid in Spain, and as a corporate advisor in Banco Cuscatlán, San Salvador. Carlos holds a law degree from Universidad de Navarra, Spain and a Masters degree in Private Banking by Escuela Superior de Economía in Madrid. He lives in El Salvador with his wife and 3 beautiful kids. Carlos is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Carlos Eduardo Borgonovo

    is Executive Director of BorgonovoPohl, S.A. de C.V, a leading coffee producer and export company in El Salvador. BorgonovoPohl has formed a partnership with ECOM COFFEE GROUP, which is a leading world coffee producer, exporter and trader. He is in the Board of Directors of Sacos Sintéticos Centroamericanos, a polypropylene production plant, Ingenio Taboga, a sugar mill in Costa Rica, Aquiares, a coffee producing and exporting farm in Costa Rica, and also a Director of the Chamber of Agriculture of El Salvador (CAMAGRO). For the past seven years, he has been President of Asociación Salvadoreña de Beneficiadores y Exportadores de Café (ABECAFE), which represents de private coffee export industry of El Salvador. Members of ABECAFE combine for over 60% of the country’s coffee exports. Earned a B.A. from Babson College and an M.B.A. from INCAE. Carlos is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network

  • Carmen Aída Lazo

    Since 2012, has been the Dean of the faculty of Business and Economics at Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios – ESEN. Prior to this role, Carmen worked at UNDP (United Nations Program for Development – El Salvador) first serving as the Human Development Specialist and then as a Program Analyst where she was in charge of the National Human Development Report and poverty programs. Carmen also served as an advisor for two government parties. Carmen received a Bachelor s Degree in Business and Economics from ESEN and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specialized in International Development from Harvard University. She also has a master’s degree in applied macroeconomics from Pontíficia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is a Fullbright Scholar and received other scholarships such as the Joint Japan/World Bank Scholarship. She is married and a mother of two.

  • Carmen Irene Alas


    Carmen Irene Alas is currently CEO and founder of CIA Consulting Group, a firm that specializes in providing clients from across various industries in Central America with innovative research, and with the development of communications, social media and corporate affairs strategies.
    She also works in the area of big data analysis as partner for Central America of Predictvia, a company that specializes in market research, public opinion surveys, and political polling through artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.
    Before founding CIA Consulting Group, Carmen Irene served two years as General Manager & Partner for Newlink Group Central America. This opportunity enabled her to work with clients in the region, focusing in public relations and strategic communications.
    In 1998, she co-founded Group E&N, an editorial group that specializes in business magazines and online products. By holding the Executive Director position until 2013, she was responsible for directing and coordinating the group’s editorial content, the creation of innovative editorial products, the business intelligence unit, and the development and promotion of vital and complementary online content. The group’s most recognized product is Estrategia & Negocios, a market leading business magazine tailored for the Central American business man.
    She has organized panels and round tables with Key Opinion Leaders from the academia, think tanks, government, business leaders and civil society, in an effort to identify challenges and solutions for the region. Her vast experience in working with local and foreign Corporations and Institutions in the region include regional and multinational companies, chambers, associations, the European Union, PAIRCA, The Central America Integration System (SICA), The Copenhagen Consensus Center, USAID, IDB, amongst others.
    Carmen Irene held the position of Executive Director for the Central American Leadership Initiative from 2010 to 2012. She also served as President and Co-Founder of the Vital Voices chapter for El Salvador, from 2008 to 2012.
    Her educational titles and experiences include two bachelor degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Economics from Dr. José Matías Delgado University in El Salvador. This same institution recognized her with the “Distinguished Professional” award in 2008 for her professional contribution on both local and regional level. She is also a Fellow of the second class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
    She currently holds several board positions, which include the Business Foundation for Education and Development (FEPADE), Vital Voices, The Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce, and INCAE Business School National Committee.

  • Carolina Alvarez-Mathies

    is a Salvadoran-born, New York-based, arts professional currently serving as director of external affairs at Creative Time, a longtime philanthropist, and El Salvador’s ambassador on special mission for cultural affairs. In 2016, she joined Creative Time, the public-arts nonprofit working with artists to produce large-scale socially engaged projects. Carolina’s role includes full oversight of fundraising, marketing, PR, social media and communications initiatives — leading a department she personally launched to seamlessly integrate the organization’s development and communications strategies. Previously, she served as head of communications at El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s leading Latin American cultural institution. Carolina’s parallel passion, philanthropy, has been central to her life since childhood, with an emphasis on Latin America. Currently she serves on the board of directors of Y.ES Contemporary, dedicated to supporting and developing contemporary art in El Salvador and beyond. While New York is Carolina’s primary residence, she maintains close personal and professional ties to El Salvador. She is co-owner and head of business development at Ceres Estates, her family’s specialty coffee operation dating back to 1895. In addition, she sits on the board of InnoGen Capital, an El Salvador based Venture Capital Fund. In 2017, El Salvador appointed her as its ambassador on special mission for cultural affairs, with the dual goals of strengthening and promoting her country’s culture worldwide (especially among the millions of Salvadorans abroad) and raising the visibility of Salvadoran artists by creating new opportunities for exposure and dialogue around their work. Carolina is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Christina Murray

    is a goal-oriented and passionate individual with an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, and 12 years of professional experience at Industrias La Constancia, a subsidiary of SABMiller and Coca-Cola bottler in El Salvador. Throughout her career in the commercial area, she has had the opportunity to develop a broad network base by leading multidisciplinary teams, and by working one-on-one with clients and customers alike. Throughout this journey she has gained an in-depth understanding of retailer, shopper, and consumer needs, barriers, and behavior, and how to succeed in a challenging and ever-changing environment. However, she is now ready to move on and apply her experience and knowledge to fulfill other personal interests. In this new phase of her life, she is exploring new projects which will enable her to dedicate quality time to her 2-year-old son, while also satiating her thirst for learning and giving back to her community.

  • Claudia Cristiani

    Claudia Cristiani is founder and executive director of Fundación AccesArte, a private non-profit dedicated to strengthening the role that culture plays in human development processes through research, dissemination, and debate. She is currently the public leader for Creative Commons El Salvador, local chapter of Creative Commons, a non-profit that enables the sharing and use of human creativity and strives for universal access to knowledge. Claudia is a board member of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development, FUSADES, the most important political, economical, and social think-tank in El Salvador. She is also responsible for overseeing the social investment strategies of her family’s businesses managed through Fundación Raíces. A Bachelor of Cultural Heritage Conservation from the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM) of the National Institute of History and Anthropology (INAH), Mexico, Claudia also holds Diplomas in Cultural Development from the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA), Mexico; Cultural Resources Management from the University of Victoria, Canada; and General Aspects of the Political System and Public Management from the Central American School of Government and Democracy (ECADE), El Salvador. She currently resides in San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Claudia Eunice Cruz

    Corporate Communications Manager, Cenérgica-Nejapa Power Company, a subsidiary of Inkia Energy (Israel Corporation), which operates a marine fuel terminal, and the Nejapa Power Plant, the first private thermal generator in the Salvadorian wholesale electricity market. She is responsible for the company’s public relations and corporate social responsibility, providing counsel in energy market, legal, labor and environmental issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions. An advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility, she acts as Chairwoman of the CSR committee in the American Chamber of Commerce and has collaborated with FUNDEMAS in the Ethics and Transparency Committee responsible for the Business Ethics Guide. Serves as a Board Member of the non-profit Glasswing International, participates in the Walton International Scholarship recruiting committee and volunteers through Crisálida as an English teacher for a program aimed at students from rural public schools in her community. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of the Ozarks and a Master in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Barcelona. Claudia is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Claudia Ramírez

    is deputy information manager at La Prensa Gráfica, the most important newspaper in El Salvador. Claudia has worked in the newspaper for 16 years and began when she was a university student, through an internship. Claudia has worked in many different positions at the newspaper, developing the ability to manage many roles in every section that is now under her leadership. Claudia has a special interest in the areas of education, youth, sexual education in schools and climate change. She regularly publishes editorial articles in the newspaper about various topics of relevance in her country, such as: politics, education, and other social issues. Claudia designed and launched the Education Section of the newspaper, and a theater program to keep young people out of the streets. She has received awards for her work in HIV Coverage, education Programs, environmental issues, and sports. She graduated in Journalism and Social Communication from Universidad José Simeón Ca–as in El Salvador, and has a certificate in Editorial Publishing in the Globalization Era of the Catholic University of Valparaiso Chile, and a certificate from ADEN International Business School in Women and Management. Claudia is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Claudia Romero de Ibañez

    is the Corporate Affairs Manager of Walmart – México y Centroamérica. She oversees community development, social corporate responsibility, volunteering and she promotes projects against hunger, natural disasters, environmental issues and sustainability. Since 2012 Claudia has been the President of AmCham (El Salvador’s Chamber of Commerce). She is an advisor to the executive committee of ANEP – Asociación Nacional de la Empresa Privada (National Association of Private Enterprise). Prior to working at Walmart, she worked for six years as the Communications Manager for the Asociación Salvadoreña de Industriales (Salvadoran Association of Industrialists), nonprofit dedicated to the economic and social development through strengthening the industrial sector. She was also an account executive in the advertising agency Molina Bianchi. Claudia is a committee member of Fundemas and a board member of ANEP and CASALCO- La Cámara Salvadoreña de la Industria de la Construcción (The Salvadoran Chamber of Construction Industry). Claudia received her bachelors degree in communications from Universidad José Matías Delgado and has an MBA from ISEADE / FEPADE in El Salvador with a specialization in International Negotiations, awarded by the Anahuac in Mexico. Claudia is married and mother of a teenager. She lives in San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Claudia Umaña

    Claudia Umaña Araujo is a lawyer, activist and legal researcher born in San Salvador, El Salvador. While studying for her law degree from the University Dr. Jose Matías Delgado, the country went through one of its most convulsive times. These circumstances had a great impact on her life and is what has lead her to devote most of her career to the pursuit of modernization of the State, search of opportunities through trade and the promotion of the importance of transparency and rule of law as the path to prosperity and peace.

    She is the current President of the NGO: Democracy – Transparency – Justice (DTJ), which promotes transparency and woman’s rights, and Vice President of FUSADES, which has been ranked among the top ten in Latin America according the “Think Tank Initiative.” She is also the Coordinator of the Political and Legal Studies of FUSADES. She also served as the Director of the Department of Legal Studies of FUSADES for almost ten years.

    Claudia was also a public servant for almost a decade working as the Director of Trade/Commercial Policy of the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador, with the rank of Special Ambassador for Trade Negotiations. During the years that she held office she coordinated the team that negotiated the WTO, CAFTA, Central America and Chile, among other trade treaties. She was also the head of the Central American Integration Treaty. In 2014, she was awarded the “Order of Bernardo O’Higgins” in rank of Officer, by the Government of Chile. She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • David Falkenstein

    is the managing and founding partner of Cadejo Brewing Company, the first craft-brewery of El Salvador and the first brewery of any kind to establish itself in the country in over 100 years. He is creating a different type of corporation than is common in his home country, focusing on empowering individuals and creating a culture of camaraderie, personal development and innovation. Mr. Falkenstein previously co-founded a financial research sales firm in New York, New York in 2002; a venture whose operations he later moved to his home country of El Salvador in 2008. He obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1995 and spent the next 7 years working for IBM Consulting Group in the Midwestern United States and in New York. He is a member of the Republican Party of El Salvador (ARENA) where he seeks to promote his libertarian ideals in the pursuit of a freer society. He has been very active in furthering transparency and democracy inside the party.

  • David Reyes

    is a congressman in El Salvador since 2009.He has demonstrated his leadership among the Salvadoran society by becoming the youngest congressman in history, and particularly the first disabled person becoming member of the Congress in El Salvador. He is a member of four legislative committees: Youth, tourism and sport Committee; Human Rights Committee; Environment Committee; and, Labor Committee. Reyes has established a special sense of responsibility and commitment to young people and the disabled person sector. He is currently Vice President of Special Olympics El Salvador, founder of “Fundación Sin Límites” and is also involved in many youth and people with disabilities organizations from all around the country. His life has been an inspiration to many since he has overcome to the attitudinal barriers society has placed in his way, and aims to inspire young people to get involved in politics, since he believes that changes can only be made by being where decision makers are.

  • Debra Gittler

    Debra Gittler is founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational NGO established in El Salvador and the USA. ConTextos’ mission is to transform the educational experience so students go beyond rote, mechanical learning to develop authentic literacy skills such as deep-thinking, interpretation, analysis and creativity. El Salvador is now the most violent country in the world; ConTextos works in schools, prisons and juvenile facilities throughout the country to improve education as a tool for peace and democratic principles. With a unique evaluation model that doesn’t just measure if youth get better at reading and writing—but measure how reading and writing make youth into better people, with increased tolerance, empathy, expression and life-projection. Debra has a master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on international policy and social entrepreneurship. Previously, she worked as the Coordinator and Lead Author of El Salvador’s national teacher training strategy in the area of literacy, and was a teacher in Honduras and the South Bronx. In 2013, Debra was recognized as a Global Fellow by the Echoing Green Foundation and in 2015 a CALI Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

  • Diego de Sola

    is a Central American committed to making a positive impact on the region through his business and non-profit endeavors. He is currently CEO of Inversiones Bolivar SA de CV, a 60-year-old real estate development firm specializing in multi-level housing and commercial projects. Previous to this, he served as CFO of UNEX SA de CV, a bi-national coffee exporter for El Salvador and Guatemala, and before that worked as an investment banker with Citicorp Securities / Salomon Smith Barney in New York City. In addition to his role as co-founder and chairman of Glasswing International, he participates actively on the board of the Salvadoran Chamber of Construction (CASALCO), and on INCAE Business School’s El Salvador National Committee. In 2012, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Diego attended the Hotchkiss School, received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. He currently resides in El Salvador with his wife, Alexandra, and his three boys, Diego Xavier, Herbert and Alejandro. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative, as well as a moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Diego Echegoyen

    is a Salvadoran leader and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and director of “El País Que Viene” Initiative, an initiative created to facilitate opportunities for training, promotion, research and self-realization of young people to turn them into full citizens and motor development of El Salvador’s future. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Municipal Institute of Youth of San Salvador, El Salvador. He has worked in the international, public and private setting. He has an outstanding track record of over ten years in the field of participation, leadership and youth organization. Diego wrote El País Que Viene: Una generación comprometida (The Country that is Coming: A Committed Generation) published in 2015. He received a special recognition by the President of the California State Senate for “Defense and Promotion of the Salvadoran People through the ‘The Country that is Coming’ Project in 2015. Diego also received awards by the Inter-American Development Bank (2004) and the Youth Global Network (2004). He is a recurrent columnist for different newspapers, and an influencer on youth related topics. In 2011 he was selected as one of the 34 more influential minds in Ibero-America regarding youth, collaborating with well known international personalities to publish the document “Iberoamérica Más Jóven que Nunca” Edited by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2014 and 2015 he was the Executive Director of the Municipal Youth Institute for the municipality of San Salvador where he supported important initiatives such as the international competition Innovators Under the Age of 35 (TR35) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the appointment of the Salvadoran capital to the Presidency of the Youth Sectoral Committee of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities, UCCI. In April 2015 as the President of the VII Youth Sectoral Committee of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), he presented a proposal so that the VII Committee would support the International Campaign for the General Assembly of the UN to declare the decade from 2016 to 2025 as “The Youth Employment Decade”, an international initiative, which main objective is to place youth employment in the Global Human Development Agenda. Diego has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing by the ESI School of Management. He lives in San Salvador and is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central America Leadership Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Eduardo Lovo

    is currently the Medical Director of the International Cancer Center at the Hospital de Diagnóstico in El Salvador, the Coordinator of the Brain Tumor Program of the Institute of Neurosciences of the Hospital de Diagnóstico and the Brain and Spine Radiosurgical Program, and a Medical and strategy advisor for Masep Inc. (Medical Technology Company). Since January 2007 he has worked in providing and making accessible advanced neurosurgical and cancer care solutions for patients of El Salvador and the region, he has developed and lead in a progressive manner, health related projects with different complexities and budgets culminating in the latest one that he currently directs which is the International Cancer Center, a 9 million dollar project that has benefited more than 160 patients with low economical resources that simply could have not afforded this sort of treatments elsewhere. He is a firm believer that advanced medical solutions not only in relation to brain or cancer but the rest of specialties can become accessible to developing countries under an adequate business model and recognition and enhancement of leadership skills among physicians in their communities. This ideal is currently one of his main motivations.

  • Emilio López

    is vice-president and managing director of Cuatro M Cafes, an agro-industrial organization based out of El Salvador, which together with three other sister companies in the United States and another one in El Salvador run a vertical integrated coffee business. He currently holds the second vice-chair position in the Roasters Guild, a trade guild of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. In 2008, Emilio earned his master’s degree in business administration from INCAE Business School. Having lived in Portland, Oregon, from 1997 to 2001, where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Portland, he was able to discover and live around a culture where the processing of coffee, beer, wine and food is treated as a craft. With that mind set, Emilio went back to his hometown, and founded Cuatro M Cafes, the most innovated, efficient and modern coffee operation in the country. Emilio, a seventh generation farmer, began his journey in coffee in 2001 when he began farming, processing and roasting his own beans to find new global markets for them. Currently Cuatro M Cafes processes coffees from 19 different farms in the country, and distributes them directly traded in 14 countries, to 45 different roasters who demand the highest quality Salvadoran beans. He is a Fellow of class eleven of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Program.

  • Eva Rodríguez

    is the Director of Transformando Conflictos Partners – El Salvador, a Salvadoran civil society organization dedicated to promoting a culture of dialogue, peace and democracy-building and a member of Partners for Democratic Change International in El Salvador. She has extensive experience in development, the Rule of Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and youth crime and violence prevention in El Salvador. Between 2008 and 2012 she led efforts to introduce mediation in the criminal area with the Attorney General’s Office and provided consulting services to introduce court-annexed mediation centers in juvenile, criminal and family cases among others. She helped build public-private alliances that strengthened the mediation in forty public schools and in several universities, and promoted violence prevention through annual national campaigns. During the period of 1999-2006, while serving as the rule of law specialist for USAID/El Salvador, she supported the design and supervision, monitoring and evaluation of a national network of mediation centers within the Public Defender’s Office and some municipalities to provide access to justice, prevent violence and promote a culture of peace in El Salvador. Eva was trained as a lawyer in the Jesuit University of San Salvador, specializing in human rights and eventually in negotiation in De Paul University. Eva was awarded a Fulbright research grant regarding mediation education university based clinics in mediation based at George Washington University. She is a member and pro-bono advisor to many international initiatives and organizations such as OINA, GAJE and OAS.

  • Fermina Cárdenas

    is the Corporate Affairs Manager at the CASSA group (Salvadorian Sugar Company). Among her main responsibilities are the development of the sustainability strategy as well as the implementation of the social corporate responsibility program. In 2010 she was key to the creation of “CASSA- Hand in Hand with Your Community,” a program with the objective of building sustainable sugar cane communities. Since 2008 Fermina has participated in the activities of Centro Supérate CASSA where she provides education to young people. Before joining CASSA, she worked in a government social violence prevention program in high-risk communities, where she focused on the reintegration of former gang members into society. Cárdenas also acted as Press Coordinator during Francisco Flores’ presidency and in important media companies in El Salvador. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeon Cañas and a master’s degree in Civil Society Engagement from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Héctor Dada-Sánchez


    Economista. Consultor internacional, empresario y emprendedor social. Casado con Maricarmen Rico y padre de 5 hijos. Graduado por la Universidad de Oxford, Inglaterra (M.Sc. in Economics for Development) y el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México-ITAM (Lic. en Economía).  Actualmente se dedica a asesorar a organismos multilaterales y regionales sobre desarrollo económico, competitividad, integración, y comercio e inversiones, con énfasis en el papel que juegan las cadenas de valor, la logística, la energía y los asocios público-privados en las nuevas economías (“economía naranja”, economía verde).
    Ha sido Asesor/Consultor de diversos organismos multilaterales y/o de cooperación, incluyendo el BID, OCDE, CEPAL, AECID, JBIC-JICA, KOICA, y la Unión Europea, entre otras, así como de la SGSICA, SIECA, CENPROMYPE y SITCA en Centroamérica. Fue Viceministro de Relaciones Exteriores de El Salvador entre 1999 y 2003, a cargo de la promoción de exportaciones e inversiones y la integración centroamericana. Fue el Primer Comisionado Presidencial de El Salvador del Plan Puebla Panamá (hoy Proyecto Mesoamérica). Tras su experiencia gubernamental, coordinó y administró el principal programa de la Cooperación Europea para la Integración Centroamericana: el PAIRCA. Su carrera profesional inició en México, en 1990, como Asesor de la compañía petrolera PEMEX –como parte del equipo que negoció el Capítulo de Energía del Tratado de Libre Comercio entre México-Estados Unidos y Canadá (NAFTA) y posteriormente en la re-ingeniería de Petróleos Mexicanos en el marco de la primera gran reforma energética de México.
    Es Presidente de Asoscia, empresa de consultoría y proyectos inmobiliarios. Es Directivo de Financiera Integral y de la empresa de intercambios Punto Transacciones. Y es Directivo de FESA, fundación privada sin fines de lucro dedicada a la prevención de violencia y generación de oportunidades a través del deporte y la educación. Ha sido además directivo en diversas instituciones públicas incluyendo el Banco Multisectorial de Inversiones (BMI), la Comisión Nacional de Promoción de Inversiones (PROESA), la Corporación Salvadoreña de Turismo (CORSATUR) y la Comisión Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).
    Es autor de los estudios “Elementos para una Agenda Pragmática de Integración Económica” (SIECA/UE, 2014); y de “Una Agenda Público-Privada para la Integración Centroamericana” (SGSICA/UE, 2014). Co-autor de la reconocida publicación “La Integración Centroamericana: Beneficios y Costos” (CEPAL, 2004).

  • Hugo Martínez

    has been El Salvador’s chancellor since June 1, 2009. When he was appointed Minister, he had been president of the Culture and Education Parliament Commission. In 2009, he was also elected chairman of the Legislative Commissions of Foreign Affairs, Central American Integration and Salvadorans Overseas. In addition, he was the associate coordinator of the FMLN Parliamentary group during the 2008-2009 terms. He worked as assistant to the Secretary General of the University Superior Council of Central America; director of External Cooperation of the University of El Salvador and, from 2000 until his appointment, was member of the Consultative Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of El Salvador.

  • Hugo Roberto Díaz


  • Jaime Zablah

    is currently an elected councilman at City Hall in Santa Tecla municipality, La Libertad, El Salvador. He is CEO and founder of Inversiones Caoba, a violence, drug abuse prevention and structural consulting company in El Salvador, he is also the Vice President for Central America for HARTSOOK Companies, a fundraising consulting companies for NGOs. He is the former CEO and actual board member of FUNDASALVA, an anti-drug foundation in El Salvador that strives for research, prevention, training, and rehabilitation from drugs and violence. An active member of the International Task Force for the Drug Free American Foundation. He is a national and international speaker and has lectured on various topics such as crime prevention and rehabilitation, drug prevention and rehabilitation, gang prevention and rehabilitation, and child abuse prevention. He is also the President of Asociación Salvadoreña de Cetreria y Aves de Presa (Salvadorian Association of Falconry and Birds of Pray), and Secretary of the board of Fundación Humanitaria (Humanitarian Foundation), organization that deals with pacification process of the gangs and their reinsertion into civil society. Jaime sits in the board of several other NGOs in El Salvador, such as Youth Entrepreneurs El Salvador. He has given lectures in El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile; and for the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities, CHIPRED/Drug Free American Foundation, and the XVIII Iberoamerican Summit in Mexico on Drug and violence related issues, among other venues. As expert in the areas of drug abuse, violence prevention and family education, he is an eventual consultant for the Congress of El Salvador, National Civil Police, Anti drug commission of El Salvador among others. He has been an art history teacher at a local high school as well as a blogger for a local web page of a radio station (Radio 102.nueve) with his anti-drug blog. His experience includes work in the private and political area. He is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Married for 22 years and a proud father of 4 daughters.

  • Johanna Hill

    Managing Partner, CA Trade Consulting Group, San Salvador, El Salvador, were she advises firms interested in taking advantage of trade agreements, as well as on issues regarding market access, compliance with rules of origin and customs procedures, trade defense instruments and economic integration. She is also Executive Director for El Salvador’s Chamber of Telecommunications. Prior to joining CA Trade, she served as Vice Minister of Economy of El Salvador; Chief Negotiator for the European Union – Central America Association Agreement, the Doha Round at the World Trade Organization, negotiations with Canada and the Central American Economic Integration Process; Trade Policy Director; and Chief Negotiator for the Labor and Environment groups of the US – Central America – Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA – DR). Johanna is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Roberto Paredes

    is the founder of Cincopatasalgato, an internationally recognized architecture, interior and furniture design studio. He co-founded Regional, an international architecture collaborative with bases in New York, Guatemala and San Salvador and The Carrot Concept, a gallery, workspace, shop, and a café which encourages and supports innovative Salvadoran design. Jose Roberto’s work has been featured in international publications including Dwell Magazine, Architectural Digest Mexico and Spain, Madame Figaro in France, and Ëvivre. In 2015, Alexa Magazine of the New York Post named Cincopatasalgato one of Òthe 4 edgiest architects designing around the world.Ó In 2014 and 2016, he was nominated for the Mies Crown Hall American Prize, and has been part of several exhibitions including Arquitectura Irreverente in Mexico City, POST POST POST Nueva Arquitectura Iberoamericana in Buenos Aires, and New Territories in The Museum of Art and Design in New York City. He received his architecture degree from Universidad Albert Einstein in El Salvador and post-graduate degree in interior design from Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. José Roberto is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Tomás Calderón-González

    is the Founder and Managing Director of Interlex, a law firm specializing in Strategic Law Planning and Coordination, as well as Corporate Law. He is also Co-Founder of Soluciones Laborales, a division of Interlex that focuses on labor solutions for companies. José Tomás is member of the Board of Directors of the National Representative Private Sector Commission for the political party ARENA, and participates directly in its Research and Development Division. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Proyecto País, a non-profit private initiative that focuses on the development of youth in El Salvador; Coatepeque Foundation, dedicated to environmental conservation of the Lake Coatepeque; Hilda Rothschild Foundation, dedicated to providing solutions for women to escape poverty and social disadvantage, and the Foundation for Democracy, Transparency and Justice (DTJ) focused on institutional strengthening of El Salvador. He is part of Entrepreneur´s Organization (EO), a global network of business owners. His commentaries are published regularly in La Prensa Gráfica, one of the newspapers with highest circulation in El Salvador. José Tomás is a native of San Salvador, El Salvador, were he happily resides with his family.

  • José Tomás Regalado

    is the President of the Board of Directors of Hidroexpo, an agricultural operation that grows and exports greenhouse-grown vegetables. He is Managing Director at REGPA, a family business which manages coffee farms and a coffee mill in Santa Ana, El Salvador. He sits on the board at CASSA (Compañía Azucarera Salvadoreña), which operates two sugar mills in El Salvador. Within his business endeavors, Tomás is committed to deepening the culture of social and environmental responsibility in the agricultural sector, and with this ideal in mind, he participates actively in civil society organizations, such as FUNDAZUCAR, the foundation of the Asociación Azucarera de El Salvador (Sugar Association of El Salvador), which is dedicated to strengthening the sustainability of the sugar industry’s value chain. He is also on the board of Directors of FUNDEMAS (Fundación Empresarial para la Acción Social), a nonprofit that disseminates the culture of social responsibility and sustainability in the Salvadoran private sector. For 10 years, he was the chef / owner of Alo Nuestro, a gourmet Salvadoran restaurant.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from The Edmund A. Walsh School at Georgetown University and an MBA from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is married and has three children.

  • Juan Carlos Hasbun

    is Senior Pastor at Kemuel Christian Church in El Salvador. Through this dynamic organization, up to date, he has led the celebration of 80 editions of Christian Concerts called “Noches de Alabanza”, creating a space to promote good fun and spiritual values among youth. Juan Carlos has helped establish the John Maxwell Leadership Center in El Salvador, LIDERE that annually holds conferences and distributes material to potentiate the leadership skills of pastors, entrepreneurs or anyone interested in the program. He is currently the President of the Alianza Evangélica de El Salvador (Evangelical Alliance of El Salvador), an organization that gathers an important number of churches, and religious and civic groups. Additionally, Juan Carlos participates in the Board of Directors of COICOM, a group that annually holds a Latin American conference for Christian Media and communicators. He has also served in the coordination of different projects of evangelistic nature such as crusades with Cash Luna, Oral Roberts, Franklin Graham, Benny Hinn among others. Juan Carlos holds a double major in Communications and Marketing from the Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado. He has a Masters in Asian History and Culture. He also attained a Masters and PhD in Theology. Juan Carlos has 3 children, Camila, Juan Carlos and Leah

  • Juan Francisco de Sola

    is the chief executive officer of Unión de Exportadoras S.A. de C.V. (UNEX El Salvador), the largest green coffee exporter in El Salvador. As CEO, Juan Francisco is in charge of all commercial, industrial, financial and agricultural activities regarding the sourcing of cherry and parchment from 4,200 coffee farmers in all of El Salvador’s four major coffee producing areas, its transformation into green bean at the two major mills, and eventual sale and exportation to over 50 traders and roasters around the globe. He received an MBA INCAE Business School in Nicaragua on November 2014, graduating with honors. He completed university studies at the University of Virginia in the United States. He graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Foreign Affairs, specializing in Latin America. In 2006, he began his professional career at Echostar Corporation (Dish Network) in Englewood, CO as a Programming Specialist for all “Dish Latino” programming packages, focusing on programming cost budgeting and contract negotiations for channel retransmission. Having moved back to his native El Salvador in late 2008, he begins working at CTE Telecom (Claro El Salvador/Claro Centro America) to oversee all “Claro TV” contract negotiations and product development decisions for all four Central American countries. In 2011, he gets promoted to Regional Manager, where he now oversees all product development for Claro’s fixed products. Amongst his major accomplishments during this period is taking part in the team that launched “Claro TV” in Costa Rica, and in helping Claro evolve its television platforms into high definition. In mid-2013, he decides to undertake new challenges by joining UNEX El Salvador as an operations manager, overseeing the technical department and the industrial department, until his eventual promotion to CEO in late 2015. He is a founding member of Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (FUSADES), a prominent think tank in El Salvador, and a member of the board of directors of the Asociación de Beneficiadores y Exportadores de Café (ABECAFE), El Salvador’s Coffee Exporter union. Juan Francisco is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Juan Marco Álvarez Gallardo


    Juan Marco has 25+ years experience in conservation management, corporate sustainability and green growth issues. He has an MBA focused on sustainable development from INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. His core competencies are Corporate Affairs, Communications, Public Relations, Sustainability Strategy, Project Management and Fund Raising.

    From 2009-2011 he worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Geneva, Switzerland, as Global Thematic Program Director and was also in charge of its Business and Biodiversity unit. There he focused on partnerships with multinationals such as Shell, Holcim, Rio Tinto and Nestlé Nespresso, as well as with the International Council for Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

    Prior to IUCN he served for 18 years as Executive Director of SalvaNATURA, El Salvador´s leading conservation NGO, known for its work on national park (protected areas) management, environmental education, watershed management, as well as the implementation of best practices and sustainable certification for the coffee, sugar and tourism industries.

    Juan Marco has served as Board Member in various international organizations such as IUCN (2004-2008), the Union for Ethical Bio Trade based in Amsterdam (2009-2011), the Green Economy Coalition based in London (2009-2011) and the joint IUCN-WWF Program known as TRAFFIC based in Cambridge (2009-2011). From 2010-2014 he served as member of the International Standards Committee of the Rainforest Alliance-Sustainable Agriculture Network.

    Most recently, Juan Marco worked as Executive Director of the Salvadoran Business Council for Sustainable Development, and since early 2016 moved to Guatemala to work for Grupo HAME-OLMECA as its first Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director. Juan Marco also represents the Republic of Ivory Coast in El Salvador as its Honorary Consul.

  • Julio Rank-Wright

    is currently Senior Business Strategy Specialist at RTI International, one of the world s largest independent, non-profit institutes that provides scientific research and technical solutions to governments and businesses worldwide. Julio is dedicating much of his time on Data Revolution for Development activities to support how RTI can become a thought leader and product development innovator in Data Revolution initiatives. Julio believes the nexus between data for development to better inform policy responses is the key to the future. Before rejoining RTI, Julio was the Senior Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. He was previously corporate director of Inversiones El Nacascolo, a family business in the real estate, tourism and agro industry sectors. Julio was also a member of the National Executive Council for ARENA, the main opposition political party in El Salvador. Previously he served as acting regional director for Central America and deputy director for the technical assistance provision program for El Salvador for RTI International. He has served as head of the research and policy division of the Social Investment Fund for Local Development (FISDL), where he coordinated local development projects with funding from World Bank, USAID and IADB. He worked for mayoral and presidential candidates and was the youngest city council candidate in recent history. Julio was recently chosen as a “Voice from the New Generation” by the Council of the Americas/Americas Society in New York City. He is a founding member of Fundación Juntos por la Ciudad and the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES). He is vice president of the National Council of the Scouts Association and on the Board of SalvaNATURA. He has a BS in economics and religious studies from Santa Clare University, an MA in community and rural development from Cornell University, and an MS in business and enterprise from Oxford Brookes University in England. He is married with two children. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Lilian Zelaya

    is a Partner and director at FA Arias & Munoz, where she specializes in corporate, commercial, and banking law in Central America, as well as mergers and acquisitions and international transactions. Lilian has assisted many of the largest local and international companies in transactions dealing with mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, project finance and tax planning. These transactions totaled excess of US $2 billion. She is also active in her community. Lilian was listed in the “Forty under Forty” at the Latin Lawyer.com Magazine (forty outstanding female lawyers under forty years of age). She is a founding member and executive president of the LIDERA Foundation, the first pro-ethics foundation of the private sector, with members including universities, companies, and top law firms. She is also director of the board of the Young Presidents Organization (El Salvador Chapter). She is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Maralu Vega de Torres

    is CEO and owner of Asesores Financieros Integrales, S. A., a financial and accounting outsourcing services and assessment provider for small and medium enterprises. Previously, she was chief financial officer for Digicel El Salvador. Before joining Digicel, Maralú was special projects manager at Multisectorial Investment Bank (BMI), a second tier bank that provides funding to development projects through the private banking sector. During her tenure, Maralú succeeded in forming the first mutual guarantee system in El Salvador, which allows people and small enterprises to borrow money without or with minimal collateral in the style of the Mutual Guarantee System of Spain. The mutual guarantee system in El Salvador has given access to capital to low-income entrepreneurs who previously had no source of funds and thus it has been an important driver in lifting people out of poverty. Maralú has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador and an MBA from INCAE Business School. She has participated in advanced training seminars for business executives at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Marcos Llach

    is the owner and CEO of OCTO, a new venture he started a few years ago specializing in corporate software sales, implementation and consulting. He is also the co-founder and President of CREO, an organization focused on teaching young Salvadorans classical liberal principals and motivating them to participate in areas of national development. Marcos is also a Board Member of the Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce and of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES) where he participates in the think-tank’s Political Committee. Previously, Marcos participated on the Board of the National Representative Private Sector Commission for the political party ARENA where he was the chairman of its Research and Development Division. He was also the Academic Director of ARENA’s Political Institute and a Board Member of the Economic and Business Administration Institute (ISEADE). As a native Salvadoran, Marcos is passionate about his country and aspires to create a more free society, which facilitates its citizen’s pursuit of happiness.

  • Marisol Argueta de Barillas

    is the senior director for Latin America for the World Economic Forum. She previously served as the Foreign Minister of El Salvador. Prior to that, she was senior advisor to the foreign minister, general director of foreign policy, minister counselor at the embassy of El Salvador in Washington, DC, and alternate representative of El Salvador to the United Nations. She was elected vice president of the Organization of American States’ National Authorities Meeting for the Development of Women and headed different Salvadoran official delegations in various international meetings. She represented her country in the Presidential Commission for the revision of the Central American Integration System and was the national coordinator of El Salvador’s participation in all international presidential summits. She has led an international initiative on financing for development to enhance international cooperation for middle-income country development. Marisol has also been an assistant professor of constitutional law and political law at a private university in El Salvador. She is a member of the board of directors of two private businesses and has been a member of Hogares CREA-El Salvador, The Salvadoran Foundation for the Elderly, and the International Institute for Women. Marisol has a postgraduate degree in diplomatic studies from the University of Oxford. She has also taken courses in international affairs, human rights, negotiations and conflict resolution, peacekeeping, and development at New York University, Harvard, and the International Peace Academy. She is an active member of the Oxford Union Society. She speaks Spanish, English, French, and Arabic. She is married to Carlos R. Barillas and has three daughters: Alexia, Florence and Gabriela. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Marjorie Chorro

    is an attorney and Senior Analyst of the Investment Climate Area at the Department of Legal Studies of FUSADES. She has participated in various national public -private dialogue spaces as a representative of the academic sector. Formerly participated in the Competitive Initiative, and at the Economic and Social Council, and is currently participating as Technical Panel of the Growth Council, under the Partnership for Growth between El Salvador and the United States of America, and also participates as technical panel in the Consultive Council under the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle. She was recently the first Salvadoran woman selected by the State Department of the United States and Fortune Magazine to represent El Salvador in the Fortune/US State Department Global Women´s Mentoring Partnership, a program that draws on the knowledge and expertise of America´s most accomplished leaders to empower aspiring women professionals across the globe. She is now working as an active member of Vital Voices El Salvador, which is an NGO that promotes female empowerment. Previously, she worked as Legal Advisor of PROESA, presided by El Salvador´s former Vice President, institution in charge of promoting FDI and exports. She worked in the Ministry of Economy as a member of the Salvadoran negotiating team of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, Dominican Republic and the United States, DR-CAFTA. She is the mother of two, Diego and Ariana. With her husband, Alvaro, they have recently started a family project focused on leadership and personal growth called a.m. Consulting & Coaching. Marjorie is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Marlon Hernández Anzora

    was an advisor to the Ministry of the Economy (2010-2011) and was a professor of political science and theory of government at the University of El Salvador and the Jesuit University of El Salvador, UCA. Was also the national youth coordinator of a political party in the government (2009 to 2011). He founds a youth social democrat movement call Juventudes Socialdemócratas de El Salvador (JSD) in 2007 and was his president until 2012. Marlon was also the director of the political science e-newsletter of the Faculty of Law at University of El Salvador (2007 to 2010). He earned his master’s degree from the International and Iberoamerican Foundation of Public Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), in Madrid, Spain. At this moment he is junior researcher for the IKG-Bielefeld University from Germany. Marlon is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Miguel Ángel Siman

    is Chairman of Inversiones Simco, a division of the Simán Group, and has had a significant career in the private and public sectors. In 2014, as the General Coordinator of Plan País”, he led a broad and diverse team of experts to develop a national plan intended to serve as the governments platform to address social, economic, and political issues, and recommend public policy initiatives and programs, for the local and national levels. Miguel Angel has served as Vice-President of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), and is active in various non-profit foundations and organizations. From 1999-2004, he served in El Salvador’s Government as the Presidential Commissioner for Public Investment, a ministry level position to oversee government s investment programs; and as the President of the Social Investment Fund for Local Development (FISDL). From 2005-2009, he served as the Salvadoran Director for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE). Miguel Ángel has been a member of the International Council of the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and has taught at Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado, and Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN). He holds an undergraduate degree from Loyola University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Marlene are parents to Miguel and Santiago. Miguel Angel is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Nadina Rivas

    is partner director at Audienz, a corporate communications consulting firm. She has been communications specialist for over 20 years and it has developed communication strategies and crisis management plans for industries such as banking, energy, real estate, technology, and personal care. Nadina was Director at Ogilvy Public Relations El Salvador and worked at the Communications Secretariat of Salvadoran government. She was editor at La Prensa Gráfica; and Director of Communications of the Secretariat of Central American Integration, SICA and the Salvadoran Banking Association, ABANSA. Her areas of expertise are: strategic communications planning, spokesperson’s training, personal and corporate reputation, and crisis communications. She has a degree in Communications Sciences and has studies in psychology and political sciences; and serves as a Board Member of the non-profit Vital Voices El Salvador Chapter. She is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Nery Ramón Granados

    currently serves as Legal Adviser to the Vice President of the country and since 2015 is also a member of the City Council of Santa Tecla, on behalf of the political party FMLN. Nery has extensive experience in the public sector, especially in the municipal area. From 2004 to 2014 he worked for the Municipality of Santa Tecla , playing several positions, most notably as Legal Adviser to the Mayor, Head of the Legal Department, City Clerk. Nery earned a Bachelor’s degree in Laws, from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador in 2005, and was authorized as a Lawyer in 2006. In 2008, he earned a Master’s in International Business Law, graduating with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. He did long term studies on Business English and Translation. Then, in 2013, Nery was authorized as a Public Notary by the Supreme Court of Justice. Nery lives in San Salvador and he enjoys the theater and outdoor activities. Nery is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.