• Alejandro Abufele


    Alejandro A. Abufele is President and founder of REALFA, an industrial and automotive products distribution company, and International Motors, a motorcycle distributor. He is currently on the board of directors of IVIHSA, the FIAT dealer for Honduras, FHIT (Fondo Hondureno de Inversion Turistica), EXA, a transportation and logistics company and INMAX, a real estate investment group. He oversees the management of four sugar cane plantations and has held the position of president over the last six years of FEHPROCA, the federation of Honduran sugar cane growers. He is also a member of the board of directors of the family founded non-profit organization CEPUDO which began training single mothers in various fields so that they may support their families and has expanded its projects to include housing, food for the needy, self-sustainable tilapia farms and agricultural projects, and aids many other non-profits. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

  • Aline Flores


    is president of the Honduran Business Council (Consejo Hondureno de la Empresa Privada, or COHEP). Before elected to this role, she was deputy chairwoman and executive VP at the Flores Corporation. She is chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa, chairwoman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Central America, member of the Latin America Business Council, Honduras Chapter, board member of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise, Business Entrepreneur of the Year by the Colombian Chamber of Construction, member of the Young Presidents Organization, and a member of the Central American Leadership Initiative of The Aspen Institute. Socially, Aline is a member of FUNDAHRSE, a nonprofit organization for corporate social responsibility, chairwoman of the Honduran Junior Achievement Association, chairwoman of the Honduran Association of Automotive Distributors, director of the Honduran American Chamber of Commerce, and representative of Honduras at the First Meeting of Leadership for Social Cohesion in Latin America. She was awarded the Golden “Hoja de Liquidambar” medal by the mayor of Tegucigalpa. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Anaís Henriquez


    Anaís Henríquez is the development economist and monitoring and evaluation specialist for USAID/Honduras. As the monitoring and evaluation specialist, Anaís provides leadership to USAID/Honduras in measuring and documenting high level results and impact resulting from USAID programs. She designed an innovative performance management system to track USAID/Honduras results, for which she received a meritorious honor award for innovation and performance. As the development economist, she is responsible for research and analysis of sectors in which USAID/Honduras invests. Anais has worked at USAID for three years and she has received two meritorious honors awards, one meritorious honor group award, and one on-the spot award for superior performance. Prior to joining USAID, Anaís worked for five years in coffee farm Montaña Santa Elisa. At Montaña Santa Elisa, she led the stringent and demanding process to achieve the ecological and social certification, Rainforest Alliance. While working in Montaña Santa Elisa, Anaís volunteered in social and environmental activities. For three years she directed the Fundación de Respaldo a la Infancia Rural, a children’s development foundation and was the foundation’s president since its creation in 2004 until 2008. She led reforestation efforts in a primary tropical rainforest and watershed surrounding Montaña Santa Elisa coffee farms. Under her leadership more than 20,000 trees have been planted. Anaís graduated from Whitman College magna Cum Laude in economics and received her Masters degree in economics from Washington University.

  • Basilio Fuschich


    Basilio Fuschich is the general manager of Compañía Hondureña del Café S.A., the largest coffee export company in Honduras and Central America. He is also the vice-president of the COHONDUCAFE Foundation a non-profit organization that focuses on education for coffee producers. Rearing both organizations on the road to success, with clear, simple and defined criteria. Outstanding in his two previous positions, he is also the president of the coffee exporters association of Honduras (ADECAFEH) and president of the Caribbean Fishing Club of Honduras, a non-profit organization. Basilio also serves as vice-president of the Honduran-Chinese Chamber for Central America. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from el Zamorano University.

  • Carlos Acosta


    Carlos Acosta is founder, producer and speaker at La Hora del Té a top-rating, prime time live radio talk show in Tegucigalpa. His show targets a young population with pop culture productions, combined with social awareness notes. He has interviewed very important and influential personalities of Honduras, such as President Juan Orlando Hernández, and provides a space for Honduran youth to express their concerns about different topics. Carlos is also Sales Manager for HUAWEI, where he received in 2010 an international award as the best sales manager in Latin America. He has relevant commercial experience in the Telecom industry. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration.

  • Christopher Haughey

    is founder and chief innovation officer of Tegu, an award-winning toy design, manufacturing and distribution company created to bring employment and prosperity to the country and people of Honduras. Chris runs Manufactura Tegu, the Company’s manufacturing operation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is the primary inventor listed on Tegu’s manufacturing-focused patents and has been an instrumental contributor to bringing Tegu’s unique line of magnetic wooden building blocks to market. Prior to starting Tegu, Chris was a consultant with the Los Angeles practice of The Boston Consulting Group, from 2004 to 2007. He was a missionary working with university students with Campus Crusade for Christ in Mexico City in 2002-2003. Chris is a Praxis Fellow (Christian entrepreneurship network) and an Agora Fellow (Latin American social entrepreneurship network), and he was a member of the founding classes of both accelerator programs. He serves on the board of directors of Inversiones La Paz, a Honduran family owned business with diverse investments and retail operations. Chris speaks Spanish and German fluently, loves sports and the outdoors and lives in the mountains above Tegucigalpa with his wife Cindy, their sons Corin and Callan and four labradors. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Chris is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Denise Vargas


    Denise Vargas es poeta, gestora cultural y consultora independiente.  Estudió literatura, lenguas romances y psicología en la universidad de Dartmouth, al norte de Estados Unidos, y posteriormente obtuvo un MBA con énfasis en Finanzas.  Su libro de poesía, Martes como toda vida, fue publicado en Costa Rica en agosto de 2016 por Ediciones Perro Azul.  Denise pertenece al taller de poesía Alicanto.  En el ámbito laboral, Denise fundó recientemente la empresa Impact Strategy, cuya misión es aplicar su experiencia corporativa de más de 15 años en puestos ejecutivos con el fin de apoyar el desarrollo de la región mediante consultorías y talleres de estrategia, desarrollo de marca, crecimiento personal y liderazgo basado en fortalezas.   Impact Strategy dedicará un porcentaje de sus utilidades para apoyar proyectos culturales y sociales específicos en Honduras. Adicionalmente, Denise es miembro de la Junta Directiva de la empresa Sanitas desde el 2008.  Aparte de su experiencia en la empresa privada, Denise fue Consejero de la Misión de Honduras ante las Naciones Unidas, donde se especializó en temas de desarrollo social, sobre los cuales se pronunció frente a la Asamblea General y el Consejo de Seguridad.  Denise habla español, inglés, francés  y tiene dominio básico del italiano.  Es fellow del Central American Leadership Initiative y miembro del Aspen Global Leadership Network. Actualmente reside en Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

  • Emin Jorge Abufele


    is President of Sociedad Eléctrica Mesoamericana, S.A. (SEMSA). As President of SEMSA, Emin defines future developments and investments of the Company in renewable energies and represents the company in policy matters affecting the renewable energy sector. Before founding SEMSA, Emin was General Manager for sixteen years of IMSA, a wheat and corn flour mill located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which is among the top five flour mills in Central America. Additionally, Emin currently occupies the Board of Directors of Hermacasa (a steel file manufacturing company with sales in the USA and Central America). He is currently the Treasurer of Nutrehogar, a non for profit organization that houses and cares for mal nourished children ages 6 months – 6 years old, a Board Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Cortes, as well as of the National Association of Industry of Honduras. Emin earned his Management Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts. Emin is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Fátima Mena


    Fátima Patricia Mena Baide is currently the Chief of the anticorruption Party in Honduras. She discovered that the application of laws in her country was a big problem, and that corruption and impunity were taking many lives away, but most important, their peace. Because of this, she joined the Anticorruption Party as a Volunteer because she believed it was time to get involved in the changes and implement anticorruption policies. She coordinated first her neighborhood, then her city, her department, and finally made it to National Counsel. On the elections of November 2013, she was elected Congresswoman, as the most voted women in her department. She obtained her Law degree in Honduras while working for the Supreme Court, and in 2006 she obtained a Scholarship to get a Masters Degree in Justice Administration in the National University of Costa Rica (UNA).

  • Federico Nasser


    Fredy Nasser is the Executive Vice President of UNO, member of Grupo Terra, a conglomerate of Central American and Colombian companies specialized in downstream oil businesses. Since 2006 Federico has achieved substantial growth for UNO, mostly through M&A s (Shell, Copena, Biomax) and solid partnerships with global players such as Philips, Shell and Puma (Trafigura). He has guided the company into a leading Central American and Colombian downstream oil conglomerate that imports and distributes oil derivatives through the largest network of retail sites and industrial clients in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica). Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Finance and Director of Projects for Grupo Terra, where he successfully restructured Grupo Terras sources of funds and created value-adding projects. Federico obtained a degree in finance from Suffolk University.

  • Guillermo Pereira


    is a lawyer and notary public with Bufete Pereira Soto in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He previously served as in-house counsel with GrupoInconhsa, S.A. He assisted the Minister of Industry and Commerce in cooperation with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) in setting up a compensation measures plan for Honduras in preparation for CAFTA; during that time, he was the youngest member of the Legal Council of the Chamber of Commerce. Guillermo earned his law degrees from Universidad NacionalAutónoma de Honduras and Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law. He clerked with the United States District Court in the Northern District of Dallas. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gustavo León Gómez


    Gustavo Leon Gomez started his private practice after graduating from his Juris Doctor degree from the National Autonomous University in Honduras in 1994 at the law firm León-Gómez & Associates; in 1999 he became a partner at J.R. Paz & Asociados where he lead the international practice; in 2005, he was one of the founding partners of the regional firm Consortium Centroamérica Abogados, based in the Tegucigalpa office, where he currently develops his practice in banking law, with a special emphasis on corporate and personal credit agreement structuring, counseling local financial institutions, specially credit card companies and international credit transactions, including the structuring of guarantees for syndicated loans. He has also developed his practice in litigation and arbitration, forming part of the first generation of arbitrators certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Tegucigalpa and is currently arbitrator for Honduras of the Inter American Commercial Arbitration Commission. He has appeared as lead counsel in two cases before the Central American Court of Justice, in Managua Nicaragua as part of his practice in Central American Communitarian Law. Gustavo holds a LLM in Global Business Law from Suffolk Law School, Boston Massachusetts and has completed Postgraduate studies in International Business Law at Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C. and Central American Institute for Business Administration (INCAE). Gustavo obtained his Juris Doctor from the National Autonomous University of Honduras Law School (1994)

  • Héctor Ferrera

    is general manager for Dole Food Company operations in Honduras and Guatemala, where he previously held various roles in finance and logistics. He is currently involved in several organizations, as president of the board of Hospital Vicente D’Antoni (NGO), board member of Almacenes y Depósitos, S.A., board member of The Robinson Foundation and board member of MUSA BREEDING, a consortium created with the objective of developing banana varieties resistant to the new worldwide threat that Foc-TR4 represents. Héctor’s experience includes finance and logistics in the beverage industry with Cervecería Hondure–a, S.A. and in investment promotion for Honduras working for the Foundation for Investment and Development of Exports (FIDE). Héctor has also participated as board member and advisor to Fundación para el Desarrollo Turístico de La Ceiba (FUNDETUR), of which he is a founding member. Other past experiences include board member at the Cámara de Comercio Industrias de Atlántida, college professor at UNITEC, member of the Consejo Municipal de Desarrollo of La Ceiba, and member of the family selection committee of Habitat for Humanity-La Ceiba. Héctor holds an agronomy degree from Zamorano and an MBA from INCAE. Héctor is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jacobo Kattan

    is general manager of Protexsa, a 100-year-old family company that manufactures and sells apparel to some of the best known brands in the United States and other countries. Before his current role at Protexsa, Jacobo was also involved in running other apparel businesses that he helped develop and grow. Some of his main achievements have been the restructuring of the business and forging key alliances that have paved the way for the company to successfully compete and adapt considering the changing face of retail in one of the worldís most globalized industries. Commitment to corporate social responsibility has always been part of Jacoboís philosophy and he contributes part of his time in supporting two centers that care for underprivileged youth in Honduras. He lives in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Auburn and two masterís degrees from the Universities of San Pedro Sula and from INCAE Business School. Jacobo is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jacobo Regalado


    Jacobo Regalado W. is the secretary of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras since February of 2010. He is the former director of the Paz y Convivencia project, from 2007 to 2010; this IADB’s social reinsertion project was designed to prevent crime and violence in the Sulla Valley region of the country. In the private sector, he was elected President of the Honduras Business Council (COHEP) for 2002 to 2004, period in which he was elected president of the Central American, Panama and Dominican Republic Federation of Private Entities in 2003. He was appointed general manager of the Honduras state phone company HONDUTEL in 2006. He served as president of the Honduran Federation of Agriculture and Livestock Producers from 2001 to 2004. A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Regalado attended the Escuela Agricola Panamericana El Zamorano and Mississippi State University majoring in Dairy Science and Animal Science.

  • Jacqueline Foglia


    Jacqueline Foglia Sandoval, a CALI 3 Fellow, is Corporate Affairs Director at Tigo Honduras, (Millicom telecommunications) responsible for developing and executing the local strategy for Government Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility programs. Jackie served as an officer in the Honduran Army and held senior management positions at Cargill Corporation. She was Sub-Secretary of State for Tourism in Honduras and owned a consulting firm that provided guidance in international business focusing on attracting foreign investment. She was a negotiator in the free trade agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the U.S. (DR- CAFTA). She also served as Director of External Relations at Zamorano University, Honduras and as University Outreach Officer at American University of Afghanistan She is the first foreign female graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She earned a Fulbright Scholarship to obtain a M.A. in International Relations and Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She has a certificate degree in Trade Policy and Commercial Law from Carleton University, Canada and an Executive MBA from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria of Spain.

  • Javier Simán


    Javier Antonio Simán has been, since 2008, CEO of Grupo Farsiman, one of the top pharmaceutical groups in Honduras composed of three vertically integrated units: manufacture, wholesale and retail. Javier is director of the local chamber of commerce, Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Cortes where he is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Javier is also a member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Obras Sociales Vicentinas, and President of Programa Puerta Abierta which provides support to more than 200 HIV-positive women and men, and their families. Since 2007, Javier has been a volunteer for Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that helps young students understand the meaning of entrepreneurship and the importance of staying in school. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in San Pedro Sula with this wife and three children.

  • Jorge Aguilar


    Jorge Aguilar is CEO of Desarrollos Jaguar, S.A., a real estate management and development company. Currently, Desarrollos Jaguar, S.A. is developing the eco-touristic project Villas Ecológicas Los Mazapanes, a project consisting of beach villas with strong environmental components located in the town of Tela on the Honduran Caribbean. He is also an independent consultant and contractor and founding partner of Inmobiliaria Cinco Estrellas, S.A. de C.V. (ICINESA), a family business dedicated to management and development of real estate in Tegucigalpa. He is chairman of the Innovation and Unity Social Democrat Party (PINU). Previously, he was an elected representative to the Honduran National Congress, national youth coordinator for the party, and a 1997 congressional candidate. Jorge is former president of the Honduran Fulbright Association, a member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Honduran Civil Engineers Association, and founder of the EVA Foundation. He received a degree in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus in entrepreneurial real estate. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jorge Antonio García


    Jorge is Partner & Lead Engineer at Icoms Technologies where he leads the software development team focusing on new technologies, mobile apps and game development. With his team they have developed worldwide successful apps like The Walking Dead Dead Yourself with more than 15 million users worldwide and worked with fortune 500 companies like Disney, Netflix, NBC Universal and Comcast. In 2015, he won the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award with special award as social innovator for his project VotoSocial.org. He holds a M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems Design from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and a B.Eng. in Computer Science from UNITEC Honduras. He has more than 15 years of experience in software development and 10 years of experience as university lecturer. Before joining Icoms Technologies he was the Head of the Computer Science program at UNITEC Honduras for 5 years. Jorge is an active member and leader of the technology entrepreneurship and innovation community in Honduras being a speaker at different events such as TEDx and Pecha Kucha, plus sponsoring several conferences, Barcamps and hackathons and mentoring younger entrepreneurs. He is a former Honduran national swimmer participating in the XIII Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. He is married and has a 13 year-old daughter. Jorge is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jorge Manuel Zelaya


    Jorge Manuel Zelaya Fajardo has been a professor at the Catholic University of Honduras during the past 14 years. He has taught eight different courses in the masters program. Jorge Manuel served as the Executive Director of United Way Honduras and worked for Portafolio Inmobiliario for over 10 years. He co-founded SOLIDARIDAD, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing malnutrition in his home country of Honduras. He is a member of the Honduras Food Bank Board of Directors. He also given conferences in the United States, Cuba, Nicaragua and Panamá and served as guest speaker at the First Edition of  TEDxTegucigalpa in 2012. He holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA from INCAE. Jorge Manuel is married and is the father of two young boys.

  • José Jesús Mora


    Jose Mora is a former Catholic priest and the Academic Director at Universidad Tecnologica de Honduras, since 2014. He was the General Manager of the Catholic Foundation for Education and Social Communication, which includes the Catholic Church’s newspaper, a radio station, a television station, and an audiovisual producer. He participates in diverse forums for civic participation, representing to the conference of Bishops: Coalition for Improvement of the Justice, National Forum of Convergence, Commission of Notables, etc. He was in charge of the Press Office of the Bishops Conference in Honduras and he was the spokesman of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa until December 2006. He has been a Professor of Ethics at the Mayor Seminary (Preparatory Institution for future priests), Superior Institute of Police Education and the Honduran Catholic University. He has participated in many courses and workshops of journalism and social communications in Latin America, USA, and Europe. He received the Sacred Order from Cardinal Rodríguez in the Suyapa Basilica in 1994. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network

  • José Rafael Rivera


    Jose Rafael Rivera Ferrari is a partner at Consortium Centroamérica Abogados, Honduras. He has been a contact attorney for various local and multinational companies and institutions, regarding mainly corporate and commercial law matters. His practice areas also include Commercial Law, Insurance Law, Agency and Distributorship, Franchise Law, Trademarks, Patents, Antitrust, Copyright, Civil Litigation, and Administrative Law. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Board of Directors of several Honduran companies and of Consortium Centroamérica Abogados, a regional law firm formed by five of the top law firms from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and specializes in Corporate Law. He graduated with highest honors from the National University of Honduras School of Law in 1994, joined his law firm and was admitted to the Honduran bar that same year. He holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the University of Chicago School of Law, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar and specialized in Economic Analysis of Law with a background in Corporate Finance. Mr. Rivera and his wife and three children live in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Jose designed PADRE, acronym for Paternidad Responsable para Vivir Mejor (Paternal Responsibility to Live Better). It provides ideological and educational background and support for the institution(s) already in the field working for family planning in Honduras.

  • Juan Carlos Sabillón


    Juan Carlos Sabillón: President, SECCAZSA and INVALLE, first Company to provide a complete agricultural and harvest service to Sugar Mills and BioMass industries in Honduras. INVALLE started as a small housing development company that now has Real State projects all over the country. Member of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent de Paul Foundation, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana. He is focused on improving education as the most basic need of Third World Countries. Earned an M.B.A. from INCAE in Costa Rica and a B.S. from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. Juan Carlos is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Juan Diego Zelaya


    Juan Diego Zelaya Aguilar is the vice mayor of the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. He was elected to office in November 2009 and was sworn in on January 25th 2010 for a four-year term. Before being elected, he served as General Manager of the municipality for 3 years. Zelaya was directly involved in recovering a vital public area that had been crowded by informal vendors for more than 30 years. He led the city’s effort to design a 20-year city plan launching it in September 2008. He also managed the implementation of simplification policies and practices; ultimately being recognized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as one of Latin America leading cities in eliminating bureaucracy and enabling business environment. Recently, he successfully coordinated actions to obtain a structured infrastructure loan for 40 Million Dollars, which has been guaranteed by the IFC. Before working for the city Zelaya was the National Coordinator of a Joint Project with UNDP and the national Telco where he managed a 225 Million Dollar portfolio of projects intended to bridge the digital divide and modernize the country’s network. Zelaya also serves on the board of Directors of the San Juancito Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of San Juancito, a small town close to the capital. Born in Honduras in 1975, Juan Diego has also lived in Canada, Boston and attended Loyola University in New Orleans where he majored in Marketing.

  • Juan Hernández


    is the current president of Honduras. Juan Orlando was a congressman to the National Congress of Honduras for the department of Lempira. He has also been the general secretary of the National Party of Honduras. Juan is a member of the legislative committees for competitiveness, telecommunications, budget, and follow-up of the reform of the Universidad Autónoma de Honduras. He served as the first secretary of the National Congress from 2002 until 2006. He has also been a legal consultant and notary and has worked in the tourism, radio, and television industries, as well as a professor of law. Juan has a law degree from the UNAH and an MPA specializing in legislative administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He is married and has four children. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Karim Faraj


    Karim Faraj is a member of the board of directors of the Tegucigalpa’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Tegucigalpa), where he heads efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation through the flagship project Honduras Emprende, which he directs. As acting General Manager of Farmacéutica Internacional S.A. (Farinter), Medilab S.A., Cosmética Internacional S.A. (COINSA), and member of the board of directors Grupo Farinter, he is an active business leader with a long term vision, focused on continuous growth through strengthening of the group’s core businesses. Strong believers in corporate social responsibility, Grupo Farinter personnel created Fundación Kielsa, an initiative that Karim currently helps lead to promote the healthy development of more than 1,500 children in their first 1,000 days of life. Karim attended the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in chemical engineering and later obtained his M.B.A. He is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Kathia Yacamán


    is Corporate Marketing and Sales Manager at Grupo Karim’s a multinational corporation with core business in textiles and real estate with operations in Central America, Dominican Republic, Mexico, United Sated and Pakistan. Before joining Grupo Karim’s, Kathia worked for 10 years in the textile industry holding key positions in company’s like Jockey International Inc. were she headed there western hemisphere sourcing department, and managed all the companies operations from their start up. Since 2010, Kathia heads the Marketing and Sales division for all of Grupo Karim’s companies both in the textile and real estate division including projects like Altia Smart City and Altara Shopping and Life Style Center, projects she helped develop from their start up. She is part of the executive committee and corporate governance for the group. Kathia has been responsible for the attraction of world-renowned BPO and call center companies that have started operations for the first time in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and which are expanding into Tegucigalpa and the rest of the region. She has promoted and placed Honduras as a world wide outsourcing destination, which has generated more than 7000 direct jobs in the country. Kathia was chosen as a delegate from the private sector in a government project in association with the international consulting firm Mckinsey to create a country road map to attract foreign investment to Honduras. Kathia has been ranked in the top 15 marketing leaders for Honduras and she was also ranked in the top 100 Marketing leaders for Central American and the Caribbean by the magazine Estrategia y Negocios, she has also been ranked in the Who is Who in the region edition of Summa magazine. Kathia graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University New Orleans with a double major in International Business and Marketing, and also graduated first from her marketing class receiving the Outstanding Marketing Graduate Award. She then completed her studies in arts and languages in Paris, France. She is an active member of Grupo Karim’s social responsibility programs, and member of the executive committee of Fundacion Grupo Karim’s, which works in three main focus areas, education, health, and environment. One of there main projects in the education area is converting public schools to a bilingual school system. Kathia is working to help expand and incorporate more schools under this project. She is also an active member of Voces Vitales, organization that mentors women. She was born In San Pedro Sula, Honduras and has been married for 8 years, with 2 children, and has been able to balance work and family life. She enjoys running marathons, and she tries to complete one marathon a year. Kathia is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Leonardo Rivera

    is currently head of national entrepreneurship of UNITEC Honduras. He earned his certificate of entrepreneurship facilitator from the International Entrepreneurship Institute in South Carolina in 2015. Leonardo won first place at the 2012 ÒYo Emprendo AwardÓ for creating his project Una Razón Para Despertar (A Reason to Wake Up), benefiting around 126 of the poorest families in Honduras, who once lived with less than $3.00 a day. His project allowed them to open up businesses, offering low interest loans sponsored by the CSR of private businesses, which also provided training, thus creating a new financial model for progress. Leonardo«s goal is to promote economic development and innovation, he believes in entrepreneurship and education focused on generating professionals who can have a positive impact in society. He was named fellow member of the International Youth Foundation. He earned his bachelor«s degree in business management from UNITEC Honduras and afterwards a master’s degree in business administration, graduating magna cum laude. He is married and has a daughter. Leonardo is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Lizzeth Villatoro

    is general manager of Banco Lafise Honduras since June 2017, the seventh largest bank in Honduras. Lawyer of profession from 2002 to 2010 Lizzeth became general council of HSBC Honduras Bank. Lizzeth was the legal director of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) from 2010 to 2011, she became partner of the legal firm Casco-Fortin, Cruz & Associates in 2012 to strengthen its regulatory, commercial, banking, project finance, litigation practice. Her experience in regulatory and commercial matters has led her to be the advisor for various local and multinational companies and institutions. She holds an LLM in Intellectual Property from Turín, Italy University and WIPO, a master’s degree in commercial law from Honduras School of Law, graduating summa cum laude, has completed postgraduate studies in international business law at Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C., and an advanced management (AMP) from INCAE Business School. She is married and a proud mother of twins. Lizzeth is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Lorena Maduro


    Lorena Maduro is the Special Programs Manager at Inversiones La Paz, a family owned holding company in Honduras with diversified investments. She is an active member of non-profit organizations in the areas of education, culture, arts, and urban parks. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum for National Identity (Museo Para la Identidad Nacional – MIN) and the Tegucigalpa’s Ecologic Foundation (Fundación Ecológica de Tegucigalpa – FET). Prior to joining the family business, Lorena worked as Community Program Manager and as Marketing Director at a mobile healthcare company in the United States. During the 2002-2006 presidential administration in Honduras, Lorena served on the President’s communications strategy advisory committee. She also directed community service initiatives focusing on children, education, and public parks causes. During the 2001 presidential campaign, Lorena travelled extensively throughout Honduras and actively participated in the party’s youth organization. Lorena holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Lucía Melara


    has been the director of the Instituto Nacional de la Juventud de Honduras (INJ) since 2006. Previously, she was the executive director at Logistic Integrated Services Group, a customs agency and distribution agent of raw materials and packaging in Central America. Prior to that, from 2000-2002, she was the marketing manager for Family Care Latin America and Brazil for Kimberly Clark Corporation. From 1995-1997, she held various positions at Corporación Cressida a consumer goods and manufacturing and distribution company in Central America. She holds a BS in industrial engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and an MBA focusing on global marketing from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Luis Atala


    Luis Atala is Executive Vice President of Ficohsa Financial Group (GRUPO FINANCIERO FICOHSA), which provides banking, insurance, and credit cards services in Central America. He joined the Group in 1996 as General Manager for the insurance branch of the group: Interamericana de Seguros, now Ficohsa Seguros. Under his guidance and administration Ficohsa Seguros has significantly grown its market share to become the current leader in the insurance market in Honduras, and among the largest in the region. Luis is currently President of the local Board of Insurance Companies (Cámara Hondureña de Aseguradores, CAHDA), member of the Board of Directors of COHEP (Honduran Council of Private Company ) Additionally, he serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Assets Business Holding Company, a group of businesses in the commercial, real estate development, and health services industries. He participates in various foundations as a board member, most importantly: Fundación Ficohsa para la Educación Infantil, dedicated to providing access to preschool education to underprivileged children, HonduFuturo: Credit Program – Scholarship, it allows to study master’s, doctoral and specialization in the field of Health and Fundación Amigos del Hospital Maria, a public Children’s Hospital. He is also an active Member of the young president organization (YPO) chapter for Honduras. Luis is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, TX, with a degree in Business Administration, 1993. He lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with his wife and three daughters.

  • Luis Jose Kafie

    is an active member of the board of directors of Grupo Luz y Fuerza (GLF), a Central American independent power producer with over 750 MW of installed capacity. The group has operations in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia and is comprised of more than 1,000 team members operating 15 power plants. Luis José has more than 16 years of experience in the energy industry, directly involved in the development, financing, construction and operation of greenfield energy projects, ranging from hydro, solar, wind and thermal electric power plants. He has a strong commitment with corporate social responsibility, environmental conservation, sustainability, safety and operational excellence. He graduated from Babson College, with a degree in business administration and concentrations on entrepreneurship, finance and real estate. He lives in Honduras with his wife, three daughters and son. He enjoys running and outdoor activities. Luis José is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Marcia Facussé


    Congresswoman Marcia Facusse de Villeda is the Alternate Second Vice President of the Honduran National Congress. She also presides over the Family and Children Commission of Congress. She is a member of the Telecommunications, Finance, and Women’s Commissions. She served as director of the First Lady’s Office at the Family and Children’s Institution (INFHA). When Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1997, she was named the official government liaison to the World Food Program. She was also a close collaborator with then President of Honduras, Carlos Roberto Flores de Facusse. She obtained a business administration degree from (UNITEL) Universidad Tecnologica at Honduras while raising her children. Her professional background is in business administration and media communications. She is the business manager for her family owned television production enterprise. Her voluntary activities include the Teleton Foundation focused on handicapped children, the Torax Hospital’s Advisory Committee. She was born and raised in Honduras and is of Arab descent. She is married and has 4 American children. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Marco Gómez


    Marco Gómez is a Jesuit priest and anthropologist with an interest in education, social research, and youth culture. He has worked in the education sector of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in different countries. Marco is president of Instituto San José, a Jesuit high school in Honduras, where he currently resides. In Nicaragua he coordinated a pastoral program for the schools of Fe y Alegría, an international movement for integral popular education and social promotion. In the United States he has been a high school teacher and Director of Admissions at Arrupe Jesuit High School, a school offering college prep education and a Corporate Work Study Program for inner-city youth in Denver, CO. In El Salvador he coordinated a School of Political Education and was an instructor at the School of Pastoral Theology of the Universidad Centro Americana (UCA), providing political education and theological reflection for people in rural and marginalized areas. Marco also serves on the Board of Fe y Alegría Honduras and besides education he relates with the microfinance sector by serving on the Board of the Local Development Fund (FDL), leader entity in providing credit services to the disadvantaged rural and urban sectors in Nicaragua. He is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Maria del Rosario Selman-Housein


    Maria del Rosario Selman-Housein has been, since 2008, CEO of Grupo Financiero del Pais, S.A. a honduran financial group formed by Banco del Pais, S.A. , the fifth largest bank in the country , and Seguros del Pais, S.A. , an insurance company. GrupoFinanciero del Pais, S.A. is, since December 2007, a member of CorporacionBanco Industrial of Guatemala. Banco del Pais, S.A., tending both the corporate, and commercial as well as the retail markets, operates nationwide with more than 140 service points. Banco del Pais, S.A. has been selected by The Bankers magazine as Bank of the Year on six occasions, and consecutively for the past four years. Prior to joining GrupoFinanciero del Pais, S.A., she worked for 15 years with GrupoFinancieroCuscatlan , her last position being General Manager of their operation in Honduras, BancoCuscatlan de Honduras, S.A.. She has a Law degree, with a major in Commercial Law, from the Universidad NacionalAutonoma de Honduras, and a MBA in Marketing, and International Commerce. She lives with her husband and three children in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

  • María. Alejandra Ramos


    Maria Alejandra works full time as a doctor (endocrinologist) in both public and private hospitals. She is the Head of services of the Hospital Escuela Universitario and a Professor ad-honorem of postgraduate in Internal Medicine. She has done research on Diabetes Mellitus, thyroid cancer and hypoglycemia. She is also a thesis advisor to graduates aspiring for Internal Medicine Degree. She considers herself an extremely determined, energetic, caring individual who enjoys reading, traveling and learning about new places, spending time with her family and doing her job with passion. She has lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for most of her 37 years- 11 of which she has been happily married to an amazing man with whom she has two incredible children; a boy and a girl. Maria Alejandra loves to go to museums and do outdoor hiking. Maria Alejandra is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Mateo Yibrin


    Mateo M. Yibrin is CEO of Grupo Cadelga. Grupo Cadelga produces sugar, renewable energy, molasses, trades and distributes agricultural supplies including seeds, crop protection products employing more than 2,000 people. Mateo is member of the board and contributor of social responsible organizations such as CEHDES, and FUNDHARSE (Fundación Hondureña de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial). Also actively participates as member of the board of APAH (Honduras Sugar Producers Association), member of AICA (Central America Sugar Producers Association), president of FUNAZUCAR (Honduras Sugar Producers’ Social Foundation), and as comitte member of Honduras soccer national team. He is a former President of Real Club Deportivo España (Honduras most important Soccer Club). Mateo has a degree in management and finance as well as a MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans. Mateo is a CALI fellow (Central America Leadership Initiative) and a member AGLN (Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network).

  • Mey Lang Hung


    Mey Hung Honduran, she is the corporate affairs manager of Walmart in Honduras since 2007, a significant part of her functions is focused on issues of corporate social responsibility, gender, sustainability, SME development, management of institutional and community relationships as well as the corporate communications of the company. She is the president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Honduras since 2014; member of the board of the Honduran National Business Council (COHEP) since 2015, and of the National Industrial Association (ANDI) since 2008.

    Mey has vast experience working in the public and private sector and with international cooperation: she served for six years in the Ministry of the Presidency (SDP) on issues related to the poverty reduction Strategy, international cooperation, citizen participation and governance. She has also worked in the area of governance and corporate management of the Economic and Social Research Center (CIES) of the COHEP and with the ASDI-BID Partnership the InterAmerican Development Bank in Honduras.

    From a young age, she has identified with diverse social causes, acting as volunteer for various charities and business organizations: founding curator in Honduras of the Global Shapers Hub / World Economic Forum (WEF); former coordinator of the Gender Committee of COHEP; Funding President of the Honduras Food Bank (BAH); president of the Association of Young Industrials (JOVIN); and actual member of the Women Committee for the Tegucigalpa Chamber of Commerce (CCIT).

    In 2001, she obtained her MBA in international business administration from Schiller International University, Florida, United Sates; and in 1998, graduated in third place within her major in international relations and diplomacy from the Catholic University of Honduras. Mey is a high school graduate from the Elvel School in 1994.

    Mey is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Michael Dieckman


    Michael Dieckmann is the commercial director for Jetstereo SA, the largest retail electronics chain in the Honduras. He is also the president of Fundación Para la Eduación Ricardo Ernesto MaduroAndreu FEREMA the leading education NGO in the country. FEREMA seeks to coordinate efforts with other NGOs and international aid agencies in order to ensure that governments have consistent education policies focused on long term objectives. The foundation also developed an alternate method for delivering preschool content to poor and rural communities. The program is used in over 6,300 centers benefiting almost 90,000 children every year. Michael is a board member of Hondufuturo Foundation and is a member of Young Presidents Organization YPO. Fluent in German, English and Spanish, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and international business from Florida International University.

  • Octavio Sánchez


    is a visiting professor and researcher, University of Arizona; and Senior Fellow, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. Octavio has been working for the past three years on several initiatives to better the legal infrastructure used for trade between the United States and Latin American countries. Prior to this, he was Minister of Culture and Presidential Advisor for Property Reform under the Maduro Administration in Honduras. Before entering government he practice as a private lawyer and advise several financial institutions in his home country. He is the author and translator of several books on history and property. He is a lawyer from the National University of Honduras (Summa Cum Laude); and holds an LLM with concentration in International Finance from the Harvard Law School (Landon H. Gammon Fellow, 2000). Octavio is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Pamela Molina


    Pamela Molina is Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Agrolibano. She also holds a place on the Board of Director and serves as the President of Fundación Agrolibano and Fundación Pro Improvement of the Hospital of San Lorenzo. She began her professional career in 1993 for Agrolíbano starting in the area of Marketing and Exports, from 2000 to 2010 she served as the VP of Finance and Treasury and since mid-2008 she has been responsible for establishing the division of Social Responsibility of Agrolíbano. It was under her management that Agrolíbano first achieved in 2013 the title of a social responsible company. As president of the Foundation for support of HSL she lead and achieved a physical transformation of the Public Hospital of San Lorenzo, promoting since 2014 a model of: decentralized Hospital Management for results with systemic approach whose main axis the patient. She is currently seeking for this model to be replicated in other hospitals in Honduras. Pamela holds a degree in Industrial Business and Administration from the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana UNITEC. She has continued her education through, seminars and professional graduate certificates from universities such as Yale, Harvard, INCAE, Universidad de Los Andes, among others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.