Presentación de CALI
La Iniciativa de Liderazgo para América Central (CALI por sus siglas en inglés) es una red para líderes, que tiene el fin 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 fin de mejorar la situación de Centroamérica y el mundo.
Durante los últimos trece años CALI ha sido un espacio en donde los Fellows han podido compartir experiencias, reflexionar, 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 300 líderes centroamericanos han formado parte de esta experiencia.
La Fundación CALI
La Fundación de la iniciativa del Central America Leadership es creada en el 2005, como entidad que gestiona y administra a la comunidad CALI.
Invertir en transformar líderes, como una manera de apoyar el desarrollo inclusivo de Centroamérica.
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
CALI selecciona a 24 líderes centroamericanos.
Los líderes forman parte de un programa de 2 años.
Para promover un ambiente de igualdad entre los participantes, CALI otorga becas completas a cada uno, sin importar su condición socioeconómica.
El programa se divide en seminarios y el desarrollo de un proyecto de impacto social o ambiental.
Tienen como estructura el diálogo basado en texto moderado.
Son cuatro seminarios de una semana de duración.
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.
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.
THE ASPEN SEMINAR
Busca fomentar la discusión sobre el concepto de la “Buena Sociedad”.
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.
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.
Rea rmen su compromiso con una vida ética.
Estén preparados para aprovechar sus redes y círculos de in uencia para asegurar el éxito de sus proyectos e iniciativas.
Aprovechen su etapa de máxima capacidad y responsabilidad para unirse al esfuerzo de desarrollar Centroamérica.
Estén motivados para actuar frente a los problemas sociales de su comunidad mediante proyectos, iniciativas y más participación ciudadana.
Debe tener por objetivo resolver alguno de los problemas profundos que aquejan a nuestros países.
ACCESO A CAPITAL
AGRICULTURA Y ALIMENTACIÓN
ARTE Y CULTURA
MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN
RESOLUCIÓN DE CONFLICTOS Y DIPLOMACIA
TECNOLOGÍA Y ACCESO A LA INFORMACIÓN
Proceso de Selección
Se da por la vía de nominación de candidatos cali cados para el programa.
Diversidad de sectores y experiencias, paridad de género, las prioridades para esa generación, entre otros.
Busca que los líderes provengan de los sectores empresarial, público y sociedad civil, para que sus conocimientos y experiencias se complementen.
- Edades entre los 35 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
Y tenemos desde líderes empresariales, hasta líderes indígenas, religiosos y políticos de Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panamá.
La Junta Directiva
Seattle International Foundation
Jose Arturo Aguilar is an internationally-renown human rights’ defender, investigator and political strategist with over 20 years championing justice and democracy in Latin America.
Most recently, he served as Senior Political Officer to Commissioner Ivan Velasquez, head of the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The commission has been a driving force in a series of investigations against top government officials, and it even helped inspire a nationwide protest movement in 2015 that led to the resignation and eventual imprisonment of president Otto Perez Molina and at least 40 others for public corruption.
Prior to his work at CICIG, Aguilar was Secretary of Strategic and Private Affairs to Guatemala’s first woman Attorney General, Claudia Paz y Paz, named by Forbes as one of the “five most powerful women changing the world” and a leading candidate for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. A key member during her tenure, Aguilar built key alliances with regional governments in Latin America, Europe and across all levels of the U.S. government. He was also instrumental in developing a large network of political contacts and allies across different sectors of society. The team made strides in the prosecution of organized crime resulting in a significant drop in impunity rates. They also made world history in the prosecution of Efrain Rios Montt, the first former head of state to be convicted of genocide by a court in his own country.
His passion for service began while his home country of Guatemala was still at war. At just 18 years old, Arturo was instrumental in solving the murder of Bishop Gerardi in Guatemala—one of the first landmark cases against the military in the post-civil war era, as an investigator and later Coordinator of the Legal Area of the Office of Human Rights the Archbishop of Guatemala (ODHAG). The case was immortalized by American novelist and New Yorker contributing writer Francisco Goldman in “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?” Aguilar went on to champion other cases, eventually landing a key position as the coordinator for strategic litigation at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala (OHCHR), where he trained and advised large groups of indigenous peoples’ NGOs on strategic constitutional litigation before being recruited by Attorney General Paz y Paz in 2011.
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.
Fusion Venture Partners
Stace Lindsay is president of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together: people of great vision who 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 what 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. In 2014 and 2015 he was 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 1,800 alumni. He has also been a strategic advisor to senior business, government, and nonprofit 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 of 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 and 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.
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 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.
Originally from El Salvador, but living in Chile and Nicaragua for the last 10 years, Oscar Artiga is the Entrepreneurship Program Director for TechnoServe’s Central American programs, which includes business accelerators in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama. He has more than 9 years of experience working in the development sector. In this role, he oversees entrepreneurship programs implementation across Central America, runs fundraising activities and keeps a constant communication with donors, entrepreneurship and SME developing stakeholders in the region. He also leads the entrepreneurship practice in Central America representing TechnoServe´s work in important conferences and events such as ANDE Annual meeting, SOCAP and FLII. Since 2015, serves as an ANDE´s CAM Chapter board member providing advice for the development of the SME and entrepreneurship environment in the region. Oscar has managed projects in West Africa (Burkina Faso) and Chile where he started his work with TechnoServe in 2008. Previous to his work with TechnoServe, Oscar worked in Banco Salvadoreño as process analyst and Operational Risk Officer working in organizational processes, fraud prevention and project evaluation. Between 2016 and 2017 he worked as Project Leader/MIS in Grupo Financiero Uno where he developed commercial projects and market analysis strategies for the operation in El Salvador. He is a passionate educator and has worked as main professor and instructor in DUOC-UC and UAI (both in Chile) and Universidad Thomas More in Nicaragua. He holds an MBA from the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Chile, and a BS in industrial engineering from the Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador.
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 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).
“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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
is Development Executive Assistant of Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), a program of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Prior to joining the CALI team she worked as program assistant for USAID’s Democracy Strengthening Program – El Salvador, her mains duties were: provide technical and protocol assistance to private and public sector activities and follow up the Program’s Monitoring and Evaluation Plan indicators. She also worked for the Cultural Affairs Secretariat of the Presidency – El Salvador as a Head of Public Relations and Protocol.
On 2010, she worked at Hermano Pedro Foundation as a fundraising coordinator, She has a deep experience on fundraising activities focused on institutional objectives and goals. Verónica earned a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations and Advertising at Leonardo Da’vinci University . She is passionate about humanitarian animal, and environment causes.
She loves Football, music, and nature. She´s mother of a lovely teenage daughter
Fabiola Narváez is a business administrator majoring in marketing. She has a wide experience in customer service. The scope of work in which she has performed has been in outsourcing. Fabiola is passionate about improving processes and problem solving, she is a fan of technology and believes many good things can be done with the proper use of it; although she does not put it ahead of the time she devotes to her daughter Fabiana Maria. While her working years have been mainly in the private sector, she also has experience in the public service in the area of telecommunications, where she had the opportunity to work on projects for the promotion and implementation of the broadband. She currently works as executive assistant at The CALI Foundation to the executive director. Fabiola is altruistic, self-taught, empathetic and organized.
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).
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.
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.