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Presentación de CALI

La Iniciativa de Liderazgo para América Central (CALI por sus siglas en inglés) es una red para líderes, que tiene el n de fortalecer sus capacidades de liderazgo frente a los desafíos sociales de la región centroamericana.

En el 2004 varios empresarios conscientes de los problemas de corrupción, pobreza y desigualdad, entre otros que han afectado a la región centroamericana, tuvieron la visión de consolidar un programa de liderazgo, similar al Henry Crown Fellowship de The Aspen Institute.

La idea de desarrollar la iniciativa en la región era que quienes estuvieran a cargo de las empresas e instituciones más importantes de la región enriquecieran su visión y capacidades de liderazgo, con el n de mejorar la situación de Centroamérica y el mundo.

Durante los últimos diez años CALI ha sido un espacio en donde los Fellows han podido compartir experiencias, re exionar, cuestionarse y escuchar a los demás. La red CALI logra inspirar, comprometer y facilitar ser líderes.

Además CALI ha logrado articular a los líderes de Centroamérica a la red global de The Aspen Institute, que ha permitido generar sinergias y compartir una visión global con líderes de otras partes del mundo. Actualmente más de 200 líderes centroamericanos han formado parte de esta experiencia.

La Fundación CALI

La Fundación de la iniciativa del Central American Leadership es creada en el 2007, como entidad que gestiona y administra a la comunidad CALI.

Misión

Invertir en transformar líderes, como una manera de apoyar el desarrollo inclusivo de Centroamérica.

Visión

Crear una comunidad de 462 líderes en el 2025, quienes estarán profundamente comprometidos con la región. Los líderes serán, en última instancia, quienes podrán atacar la raíz de los problemas y ser agentes de cambio para nuestra sociedad.

Modelo de trabajo

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CALI selecciona a 24 líderes centroamericanos.

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Los líderes forman parte de un 18 programa de 18 meses.

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Para promover un ambiente de igualdad entre los participantes, CALI otorga becas completas a cada uno, sin importar su condición socioeconómica.

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El programa se divide en seminarios y el desarrollo de un proyecto de impacto social o ambiental.

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Tienen como estructura el diálogo basado en texto moderado.

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Son cuatro seminarios de una semana de duración.

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Los moderadores de los seminarios son personas capacitadas por el Aspen Institute.

THE CHALLENGE OF LEADERSHIP

Es un viaje retrospectivo para estudiar a los grandes líderes de la humanidad, así como las cualidades y desafíos del liderazgo necesarias para canalizar las fuerzas del cambio.

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GLOBALIZATION SEMINAR

Aborda como tema central los retos a los que se enfrentan los Fellows en la era de la globalización, explorando los desafíos del liderazgo en un mundo cada vez más complejo y entrelazado.

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THE ASPEN SEMINAR

Busca fomentar la discusión sobre el concepto de la “Buena Sociedad”.

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THE PROMISE OF LEADERSHIP

Busca que los Fellows de nan cuál es la sociedad que se quiere dejar para la próxima generación, explorando los conceptos de legado y balance de la vida.

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Efecto de los Seminarios en los Fellows

Adquieren una mejor comprensión del rol e impacto que pueden tener en el desarrollo de su comunidad y una visión más amplia frente a los retos del desarrollo de la región.

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Rea rmen su compromiso con una vida ética.

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Estén preparados para aprovechar sus redes y círculos de in uencia para asegurar el éxito de sus proyectos e iniciativas.

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Aprovechen su etapa de máxima capacidad y responsabilidad para unirse al esfuerzo de desarrollar Centroamérica.

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Estén motivados para actuar frente a los problemas sociales de su comunidad mediante proyectos, iniciativas y más participación ciudadana.

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Debe tener por objetivo resolver alguno de los problemas profundos que aquejan a nuestros países.

ACCESO A CAPITAL

AGRICULTURA Y ALIMENTACIÓN

ARTE Y CULTURA

PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA

MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN

RESOLUCIÓN DE CONFLICTOS Y DIPLOMACIA

DESARROLLO ECONÓMICO

EDUCACIÓN

EMPRENDIMIENTO

MEDIO AMBIENTE

SALUD

DERECHOS HUMANOS

LIDERAZGO

MENTORÍA

FILANTROPÍA

TECNOLOGÍA Y ACCESO A LA INFORMACIÓN

Proceso de Selección

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NOMINACIÓN

Se da por la vía de nominación de candidatos cali cados para el programa.

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CRITERIOS

Diversidad de sectores y experiencias, paridad de género, las prioridades para esa generación, entre otros.

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PROCEDENCIA

Busca que los líderes provengan de los sectores empresarial, público y sociedad civil, para que sus conocimientos y experiencias se complementen.

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Los Fellows

  • Emprendedores
  • Edades entre los 30 y 45 años
  • Líderes consolidados en el sector público, privado o en organizaciones de la sociedad civil
  • Sentirse preparados para asumir nuevos retos
  • Necesitan un empujón para aplicar más de sus talentos en acciones para mejorar el mundo
  • Entender el requisito de hacer un proyecto
  • Resiliencia y determinación
  • Altos estándares morales y éticos.
  • Voluntad para escuchar diferentes puntos de vista con una mentalidad abierta
  • Compromiso (100% de participación en las actividades y seminarios)
  • Diversidad: género, procedencia, industria, tamaño de la empresa, política, religión, estado civil, edad
  • Fluidez oral y escrita en el idioma Inglés

EN PROMEDIO LA COMUNIDAD CUENTA CON:

  • LÍDERES DEL SECTOR PRIVADO
  • SOCIEDAD CIVIL
  • LÍDERES DEL SECTOR PÚBLICO
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Mujeres

Y tenemos desde líderes empresariales, hasta líderes indígenas, religiosos y políticos de Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panamá.

La Junta Directiva

Peter Reiling
The Aspen Institute

Peter A. Reiling is Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminar Programs, and Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute. In these roles, he oversees the Institute’s growing portfolio of leadership initiatives (the Aspen Global Leadership Network) and seminars (including The Aspen Seminar, offered at the Institute since 1950) as well as its flagship leadership program. Peter is a trustee, officer, and senior moderator of the Aspen Institute, a Henry Crown Fellow (Class of 1998), and the founder of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), a joint venture between the Aspen Institute and five African business leaders. ALI has since been replicated in Central America (CALI), India (ILI), the Middle East (MELI), and China, with plans to expand into Southeast Asia and Brazil. Similar programs have also been launched in the fields of politics, education and the environment. The goal of all these ventures is to stimulate a new generation of accomplished, entrepreneurial leaders to play a greater role in the social and political development of their communities and countries. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, from 1996 to 2004, Peter was President and CEO of TechnoServe, an international organization helping entrepreneurs across Africa, Latin America, India and Central Europe to build businesses in their communities. He is co-founder of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and currently serves as chairman of the board of the CALI Foundation as well as on the boards of ALI/East Africa, ALI/West Africa, ALI/South Africa, and the Energy Access Foundation. He is also a member of the board of Pegasus Tower Holdings, LLC. Peter is a former adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and guest lecturer at the Institute for Developing Economies in Tokyo. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Bretton Woods Committee, and was named “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur” by the Schwab Foundation in Geneva. A graduate of Georgetown University (BSFS) and the University of California/Berkeley (MBA), with additional studies at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Peter is married to Denise Byrne and is the father of two children, Dylan and Eva Luna.

Enrique Bolaños
INCAE

Enrique Bolaños is the current rector of INCAE, following a distinguished career in international business. He is the first non-academic rector in the history of the institution and the second Nicaraguan rector. Enrique has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the INCAE MBA. Enrique joined INCAE in 2012 as Executive Vice-president to lead the institution’s organizational and financial transformation. In two years he put together an excellent executive team, who helped him to increase financial sustainability of the institution, as well as to initiate other important projects. Before his return to INCAE, Enrique was President and CEO of Flexsys in Brussels, Belgium. He successfully led the company in a challenging business environment, substantially increasing its market share. Under Enrique’s direction, Flexsys generated a great deal of value for shareholders, improved its relation with stakeholders and achieved excellent financial results. These strategic and financial successes eventually helped the company achieve a high price. Before this, Enrique was Vice-president of Flexsys for the Americas, a post he held while based in the U.S.A. Currently, as well as leading INCAE, he collaborates with the Enrique Bolaños Foundation, an initiative started by his father who was President of Nicaragua until 2007. The aim of the foundation is the creation and maintenance of a virtual library open to the public, which holds the largest archive of documents on Nicaraguan history and politics. At the same time, Enrique is a board member of FUNIDES, the Nicaraguan foundation for social and economic development. Enrique is married to Lourdes Chamorro César; he has five children and seven grandchildren.

Stace Lindsay
The Aspen Institute

Stace Lindsay is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a role he assumed in 2014 to help broaden and deepen the collective impact of the work being done by its 1700 alumni. He was most recently president of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: People of great vision that inspire change, engender trust and are moved deeply to make a difference; Insights that have the power to improve our quality of life, protect that which is in danger or to fix that which is broken in our world; Capital that can be deployed with foresight, patience and commitment to finding ways to be leveraged for economic and social good. He has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world, having held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group, where he worked closely with Michael Porter to adapt his work to emerging markets. He also has significant start-up, turnaround and operating experience with companies, having been CEO of New England Portable Storage and VP Business Development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a Managing Partner in the Latin American focused venture capital firm, Explorador.net . Stace is the co-founder the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Stace has served on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs as well as the Board of Directors of TechnoServe, a non-profit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School as well as the University of Adolpho Ibanez Business School in Chile. He is the co-author of Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World. He is also author of “Culture, Strategy and Prosperity” in Culture Matters. Stace earned his degrees in International Relations from Georgetown University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He and his family make their home in Cambridge, MA. Stace is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute as well as a member of and a Senior Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Mauricio Vivero
Seattle International Foundation

Mauricio Vivero is the founding Executive Director of the Seattle International Foundation, a private institution working to alleviate global poverty through grantmaking and special initiatives. Under his leadership, the foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants to 110 organizations working in 38 countries, with a strategic focus on Latin America. He has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, grantmaking, policy advocacy and project management. His professional experience includes serving as Executive Director of Ayuda, Director of Government Relations for Independent Sector, Vice President of the Legal Services Corporation, and Director of Grassroots Lobbying for the American Bar Association. Mauricio is a board member of Global Impact and the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI). Mauricio was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1970. Mauricio holds a law degree from Creighton University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Florida International University.

Thomas McCloskey
Cornerstone Holdings

Thomas McCloskey is Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Holdings (Colorado) and McCloskey and Company (Hawaii). Tom has served as general partner in over 50 partnerships and been involved in a variety of diverse business activities, and high-level strategic development of technology companies and wireless communications markets for the past twenty years. He served as Chairman of Horizon Organic Holdings (HCOW) the world’s largest organic dairy company, a director of Summit Energy Corporation, (Louisville, Kentucky), and Chairman of San Francisco based Kona Blue Water Farms, the world’s premier open ocean aquaculture company. He is the largest shareholder in MAGNA ENERGY, and PEGASUS TOWER Corp. and is Chairman of San Francisco based Urban Green Investments. Along with his wife, Bonnie, Tom founded the McCloskey Business Plan Competition at the University of Notre Dame. He was past Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Thacher School of Ojai, California. Tom volunteers with the Aspen Institute, the Advisory Council of University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies where he has lectured on business ethics. He serves on the Board of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), and is the Founder and Chairman of the National Music Day Foundation. Tom holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a MBA from the Wharton School. He lives in Aspen, and San Francisco with his wife, Bonnie, of 41 years. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Andrés Botrán Briz
Guatemala

José Andrés Botrán Briz is the chairman of the board of Compañía Agrícola Industrial Santa Ana. He was born in Guatemala City on July 7, 1962. He earned a degree in Industrial Engineering from Boston University. He participated in the Center for National Strategic Studies (ESTNA), where he took courses with members of the various sectors of Guatemalan society to generate a shared vision of the country. Andrés worked in Paris and New York as a sugar merchandising specialist worldwide for French and American companies and later founded his own marketing/merchandising company as the agent of Amerop Sugar Corporation and later Czarnikow Rionda. He has developed real estate projects for different segments, ranging from popular low-income housing, to subdivision of land, to industrial, commercial and residential condominiums. Andrés introduced the subject of hunger at the private sector level in 2001 as a member of the Chamber of Industry, and he represented such entity in the Guatemalan Forum from 2001 to 2004. He worked for the public sector starting in 2004 as Commissioner of the National Front Against Hunger. In this role, with the aim of institutionalizing food and nutrition security and encouraging sustainability, he began the process of creation, consultation and approval of the National Policy and the Law on Food Security and Nutrition which was unanimously approved by the Congress in May 2005, being the first law that addresses the issue systemically in Latin America. He then was appointed Secretary of Food Security and Nutrition. Andrés is a Fellow from the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

María Eugenia Brizuela
El Salvador

María Eugenia “Mayu” Brizuela was appointed Regional Head for the non-existing Corporate Sustainability function in Latin America for HSBC in 2007. On August 11, 2004 she had been elected President of Banco Salvadoreño becoming the first woman president of a private bank in El Salvador. When Banco Salvadoreño and Banistmo, the biggest regional bank, forged a strategic alliance, she was elected CEO and Board member, keeping those positions also when HSBC acquired a controlling majority in 2006, becoming one of the few female CEO´s in HSBC. She has actively participated in socially oriented service institutions such as Patronato del Hogar del Niño; FUDEM, Junior Achievement Americas, Vital Voices for women development, FEPADE foundation of the private sector for education and FUSADES the most prestigious private sector think tank in El Salvador. She is the first Latin American member of the International Board of PLAN, an NGO with presence in 70 countries. She has a solid academic background in Law, Insurance, and Art, with a Master in Business Administration. She loves teaching and has done so in Universities in El Salvador, and INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. She´s always been breaking female glass ceilings, for example in 1999 she became the first woman to be designated Minister of Foreign Affairs in her country El Salvador. She had been the first female president of an Insurance company too. She received La Palma de Oro, the most prestigious private sector recognition for her lifetime achievements.

Ricardo Maduro
Honduras

Ricardo Maduro Joest graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He was elected President of Honduras and served his term from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Maduro, a noted reformer, promoted many improvements in the judicial system, worked toward increased transparency and reducing crime. During his term, the economy showed an increasing growth trend, while inflation was reduced and the exchange rate remained stable for the first time in many years. Sound economic and social policies set the groundwork for an unprecedented 57% reduction of the nation’s foreign indebtedness. The newly available resources will help accelerate implementation of the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. As a public servant he previously held the offices of President of the Central Bank of Honduras, Economic Cabinet Coordinator and Governor for Honduras before the International Monetary Fund, the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank and the Central American Bank of Economic Integration. Additionally, he was elected to the Central American Parliament. He has also been significantly involved in the political arena. His political career includes several positions held within the National Party of Honduras. He successfully led his party as campaign director on two occasions and occupied the position of President of this political organization. Mr. Maduro has an outstanding entrepreneurial track record beginning in 1967 as General Manager in Xerox Honduras, and as Executive Director for “Inversiones La Paz”, an investment company which has substantial holding in the shrimp farming, automotive, appliance, retail and hotel industries. He has obtained various awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year” from the Honduras-American Chamber of Commerce; “Outstanding Entrepreneur” from GEMAH (a major business organization); “Man of the Year” from “El Heraldo”, a leading national newspaper and the Ruben Dario Grand Collar Ordainment – Nicaragua’s highest honor for a dignitary, national or foreign. He is also founder and former president of FEREMA, an educational non-profit foundation which seeks to improve the quality of and access to public education in Honduras. Mr. Maduro is a permanent member of the Advisory Board of the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Mr. Maduro’s track record in both the public and private sector make a frequent speaker at many conferences in Honduras and abroad.

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TECHNOSERVE
Jaime Montealegre
Nicaragua

Jaime Montealegre was born in Nicaragua and has been living in Costa Rica since 1992. He formed the Sigma Group in 1992, and he is the managing partner of several offshore funds specializing in emerging markets investments. He is very passionate about the investment world, is an avid reader, and uses a very strict conceptual and intellectual framework for his investment decisions. Jaime is also very active in real estate investments with important projects in: 1) Costa Rica, where he is one of the lead investors in Genesis Investment Fund. Genesis has developed over 1,500,000 square feet of Commercial and Residential development with another 3.000,000 square feet of commercial and ocean front resort – residential developments both in construction and in the planning stage, and 2) the Dominican Republic, where he is the lead investor in Renaissance Development Corporation, developer of the Acropolis Plaza and Citicorp Building. Mr. Montealegre lived from 1981 to 1991 in NYC. While in NYC he worked five years for Citicorp. He was a Vice President in the Specialized Finance Division of the Investment Bank, in charge of structuring large deals for corporate clients, taking advantage of deep secondary market discounts. Prior to that he was a Deputy Head of the Loan Syndication Department, and was deeply involved in restructuring negotiations of the debt of the biggest Latin American countries. In 1987 Mr. Montealegre decided to leave Citibank and worked closely with several banks, as an independent trader and a principal, helping large Latin American companies manage their offshore liabilities, and helping investors participate in the secondary debt market for Latin American obligations. From 1975 to 1981 Jaime lived and worked in Nicaragua. He was Deputy Director of Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nicaragua, and then Director of the Venture Capital Unit of Banco de America. Subsequently he was General Manager of Caribe Motors de Nicaragua, and Co-General Manager of Electroquímica Pennwalt. After the Sandinista Revolution of 1979, in order to protect private businesses from confiscation, he became Executive Director of COSEP, an umbrella organization representative of Nicaraguan Private Enterprise. He was heavily involved in difficult negotiations with the leftist revolutionary government. Mr. Montealegre has a B.S. in Economics Cum Laude from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania; an M.B.A. with Honors from the Graduate School of Business of The University of Chicago, and is a Ph. D. candidate in Business Economics from the Graduate School of Business of The University of Chicago. He has been married since 1983 to Margarita Herdocia, and they are the parents of three boys. Jaime is on the board of several companies located throughout Central America, and several philanthropic and educational organizations.

Harry Strachan
Costa Rica

Harry Strachan is Managing Director of Mesoamerica Investments (1998-Present) whose three divisions serve the major business groups of Central America and Panama. Harry was a partner of Bain & Co from 1979 to 1998 and continues active part time with Bain and Bain Capital in their New Partner training and Mexico / C.A. activities. Harry was a business school professor at INCAE and the Harvard Business School from 1970-1979 and Rector of INCAE in the 1981/2 transition. A significant portion of Harry’s time is devoted to pro bono boards, activities and teaching. He is President of the Strachan Foundation he established in honor of his parents and grandparents. Harry has a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1972), a J.D. Harvard Law School (1966), and a B.A. Wheaton College, Ill. (1963).

Luis Javier Castro
Costa Rica

“Mr. Luis Javier Castro is a Founding Partner and current President at Mesoamerica, a firm that invests consciously for an abundant Latin America by transforming businesses in the region and creating value for investors and society alike. He is also director of several companies in Mesoamerica’s portfolio, such as Mesofoods, Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, Zuma Energía, among others.

Luis Javier began his career as associate in Bain and Company; working in strategic cases for several of the region’s largest companies. In 1996, 3 partners and himself founded Mesoamerica and raised the region’s largest private equity fund at the time.

His experience in Bain and Mesoamerica include a large variety of sectors, such as financial services, retail, beverages, airlines, hotels, tourism, and agribusiness. In 2015, Mesoamerica partnered with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a Canadian leading pension fund, to invest in spanish-speaking Latin America.

He devotes a significant amount of time to social impact initiatives through several foundations, education institutions and associations. He instituted the Mesoamerica Foundation, which invests in four strategic areas, all of which he is greatly involved, including quality education, advocacy of Sustainabilty in the region through United Way and Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (AED), entrepreneurship, through Yo Emprendedor and regional leadership and institutionalism, through the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and the Aspen Institute.

Luis Javier is the President of AED and also sits on the board of directors of United Way Worldwide, the largest non-profit organization of the world that seeks to mobilize communities to advance the common good. He is a member of the G-50, a select group of business leaders of the Americas, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO), among others.”

Stanley Motta
Panamá

Stanley Motta is president of the Board of Copa Holding (NYSE CPA), Grupo ASSA, and Inversiones Bahia, Ltd., diversified holding company with investments in finance, media, trade and distribution sectors in Central America. He is director of Banco General, Televisora Nacional, and several other companies. During the last three decades has expanded its organization throughout Latin America with emphasis on corporate social responsibility. He is president of Sumarse, an organization that promotes CSR. Founding member of ANCON, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity, and the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge) in Panama. Founder and trustee of Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI). Member of the Advisory Board of EGADE Business School (ITESM) and IESE Business School (Barcelona, Spain). He is a member of the Board of the Trust for the Americas, associated with the Organization of American States, and distinguished by the Americas Society Gold Medal in 2010. Mr. Motta was President of the Autoridad de la Región Interoceánica (Inter-Oceanic Region Authority), the government body responsible for receiving and managing the assets of the Panama Canal as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties between the United States and Panama. Stanley completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Gisela Álvarez de Porras
Panamá

Gisela Alvarez de Porras held several positions in the Executive Cabinet (2004-2009), from Director General of the Internal Revenue Services and Vice Minister of Finance in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, to Minister of Trade and Industry. Whilst in government, she represented the Republic before the Interamerican Center of Tax Administration and led the negotiation of International Treaties to Avoid Double Taxation. She has been a member of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering, representing the private sector.
As a lawyer specialized in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and international finance, she was partner of Patton Moreno & Asvat and later founded the Panamanian office of Arias & Muñoz, leading it for its first 5 years. As a tax and estate practitioner, she was managing director of Assets Trust & Corporate Services. She has now established G. Porras & Associates, a boutique law firm specializing in taxation, cross border finance and M&A’s.
Mrs. Porras has received several recognitions for her practice – especially that of promoting women at law (2015) and in 2009 was granted The National Order of the Legion of Honor (France).
Gisela is the current Chairwoman of Vital Voices Panama, an NGO working to empower women, especially teen mothers. She is one of the 7 experts appointed by the President of the Republic of Panama to advise on the adoption of best practices to strengthen the financial plataform. She is also a member of the Panamanian Association of Executives and a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
A native of Panama, of Cuban ascend, Gisela is a Sigma Lambda graduate of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Panama and holds a master of science from the Swiss Business School (SBS).

Luis Atala
Honduras

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. 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.

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.

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.

Mercedes M. Deshon

Mercedes Deshon is director of Deshon & Cia, a Nicaraguan automobile distributor, as well as a Nominee Director of the International Finance Corporation in commercial banks in Honduras and Costa Rica. She previously worked at Grupo Financiero Uno, where she served as executive director and general manager of Banco Uno (Nicaragua) and was involved in new product development, investments in the energy industry, and social responsibility programs. She began her career at the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. as a financial analyst in Latin American capital markets. Mercedes is also co-founder and director of Vital Voices Nicaragua, an organization that identifies emerging women leaders and empowers them with training, mentorships and access to networks. Mercedes earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mercedes is a member of INCAE s National Committee in Nicaragua and is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Staff

Claudia A. Salmerón

Claudia is the Executive Director of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, with the mission to invest in leadership as a way to foster inclusive development through the transformation of leaders as social agents of change in the region. Claudia is an AGLN Fellow from the eight class.

Her professional career has provided her the opportunity to move between different industries. She specializes in business start-ups and marketing strategy. In the Outsourcing sector as Executive Director of pioneer call centers, where she has spent over 15 years committed to the task of developing and promoting the industry in Nicaragua and region, involved in the launch of various operations, working hand in hand with government, corporations and business leaders. Claudia was also immersed in the education sector, providing marketing and program development consulting for the School of Graduate Studies of Universidad Americana (UAM) in Nicaragua for over six years and as member of the University´s Strategic Planning Team. Previous to this, Claudia worked in the U.S. non-profit sector as Fundraising and P.R. Director for The Lannin-Tunstall Society for Children, an NGO committed to the development of at risk youth in Western North Carolina, collaborating closely with local government and community leaders.

Currently serves as Vice President on the Board of IBEX Global Solutions Nicaragua. A Goodwill Industries Employer of the Year, providing over 15,000 jobs in seven different countries. She also serves as Secretary and member of the Finance Committee on the Board of Directors of the American Nicaraguan School since 2014. She is a member of The Nicaraguan Women Cancer Association and founder of “Zapatos para Todos” (Shoes for All), a social venture inspired by her CALI experience which provides footwear to low income children and youth in Nicaragua. Claudia is also an Alumni of the Stars leadership program (http://www.the-stars.ch).

In 2003, she had the honor of holding the Miss Nicaragua – Miss Universe Title.

Claudia holds a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Political Science from UNC-Asheville and has a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the University of Valladolid, Spain and Universidad Americana (UAM). She was also awarded a scholarship from The Sisters of Mercy for studies in Non-Profit Organizations Management from Duke University. Claudia received a Distinction from the Nicaraguan Society of Professional Journalists (2006-2008), and the “Success, Quality and Excellence” Distinction Award from Universidad Hispanoamericana (2003). She also Served as President of the Special Olympics Organization Committee (2004) and on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels, Western North Carolina (2002-2003).

She resides in Nicaragua, is married and the mother of two wonderful boys.

Alejandra Fonseca

is Program Coordinator for the Central America Leadership Initiative. She is a Social Communicator specializing in Public Relations In 2013 she served as Personal Assistant for Mrs. Laura Chinchilla Miranda, first Costa Rican woman to become President of the Republic, as part of her executive staff. Prior to joining the role of assistant to former Mrs. President, she worked as an officer with the Presidential Protocol team during the whole Chinchilla constitutional term (2010-2014). She has specialized in protocol assessment for high-level institutions, as well as planning, organization and execution of high-level events, in both national and international instances. As an executive consultant she has been part of a number of initiatives to promote programs in social, human rights and sustainable nature conservation for different international and regional organisms, including the Protocol Office at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters in Washington D.C. She has also performed as advisor to women in the political arena. Her expertise and professional passion is facilitating and implementing strategic communications processes at organizations with a purpose. Alejandra earned an International Masters degree in Communication and Public Relations from the EAE Business School in Barcelona. She is passionate about holistic human health and personal empowerment. She loves music and nature. She practices yoga and swimming.

Verónica Vasquez

Development Executive Assistant

Moderadores

Harry Strachan

is Managing Director of Mesoamerica Investments (1998-Present) whose three divisions serve the major business groups of Central America and Panama. Mesoamerica Capital Partners is involved in scale private equity investments. Mesoamerica M&A provides advisory services on mergers and acquisitions. Mesoamerica Consulting provides strategy and profit improving consulting.  Harry was a partner of Bain & Co from 1979 to 1998 and continues active part time with Bain and Bain Capital in their New Partner training and Mexico / C.A. activities.  Harry was a business school professor at INCAE and the Harvard Business School from 1970-1979 and Rector of INCAE in the 1981/2 transition.  A significant portion of Harry’s time is devoted to pro bono boards, activities and teaching.  He is President of the Strachan Foundation he established in honor of his parents and grandparents.  Harry has a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1972), a J.D. Harvard Law School (1966), and a B.A. Wheaton College, Ill. (1963).

Stace Lindsay

is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a role he assumed in 2014 to help broaden and deepen the collective impact of the work being done by its 1800 alumni. He was most recently president of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: People of great vision that inspire change, engender trust and are moved deeply to make a difference; insights that have the power to improve our quality of life, protect that which is in danger or to fix that which is broken in our world; and capital that can be deployed with foresight, patience and commitment to finding ways to be leveraged for economic and social good. He has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world, having held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group, where he worked closely with Michael Porter to adapt his work to emerging markets. He also has significant start-up, turnaround, and operating experience with companies, having been CEO of New England Portable Storage and vice president of business development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a managing partner in the Latin American focused venture capital firm, Explorador.net. Stace is the co-founder the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Stace has served on the executive committee of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs and on the board of directors of TechnoServe, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has also been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School as well as the University of Adolpho Ibanez Business School in Chile. He is the co-author of Plowing the Sea: Nurturing the Hidden Sources of Growth in the Developing World and author of the chapter “Culture, Strategy and Prosperity” in the book Culture Matters. Stace earned his degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He and his family make their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stace is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, as well as a member of and a Senior Moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Hildegard Vasquez

has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts School from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture in Historic Restoration from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She has led the architectural office Hache Uve, which she created, since 1998, concentrating mostly on preservation and renovation of historic sites such as San Felipe, Panama´s Historic District and the city of Granada, Nicaragua. Her office has worked on major restoration projects such as the National Theater of Panama, Santo Domingo Convent, Las Clementinas Hotel, Benedetti Building (recognized with the Architectural Restoration First Prize: Society of Panamanian Architects, November 9, 2011) and the American Trade Hotel and Hall currently under construction. She is a founding member and president of Fundación Calicanto, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and conserving the historic and human heritage of Casco Antiguo (San Felipe). Fundación Calicanto projects include the re-socialization of local gangs, educational programs for single mothers, leadership in the arts program for kids and multi-cultural events and many direct battles for the conservation of historical heritage. She also serves on the Board of the Interoceanic Canal Museum since its inception in 1997 and was part of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Arts from 2001 to 2005. She was named finalist Avon Woman of the Year 2011, Hero for Panama 2011 and recognized as “Light in the Community” by the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Panama 2011. She is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and 2011 Finalist for the McNulty Prize.

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.

Margarita Herdocia

is President & CEO of Genesis Desarrolladores, which develops, invests in, and manages projects in residential and commercial real estate in Central America and the Caribbean; among them the Citibank Tower and Plaza at Acropolis in the Dominican Republic, and Forum Office Parks in Costa Rica. She heads Caribbean Viernes International, which operates TGIFridays, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in the area. She is also a franchisee of Mango clothing. Margarita is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. She is very involved in several philanthropic initiatives and NGOs, including: The Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress; ADA or Amigos del Aprendizaje; InBio, Costa Rica’s premier Bio diversity center; AMARTE (Asociación de Amigos del Museo de Arte Costarricense; “Ticos y Nicas: Somos Hermanos”. Margarita attended Duke University and Columbia University’s Barnard College, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Political Science and Psychology, and a Minor in Economics; she is currently a study group leader at the HBS/YPO MBA program. Margarita is a member of the 2005 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and is a Moderator for CALI (Central American Leadership Initiative).