• Elizabeth Huertemate


    Elizabeth is currently a partner at Lopez, Villanueva & Huertematte (LOVILL) Attorneys at Law, named by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Firm in Latin America. She is a Board member and shareholder of Lovill Assets S.A., a corporate services company, and Lovill Trust, S.A., a trust and estate services company. She is also a member of the International Bar Association and the Panamanian Bar Association. She began her career as a lawyer at Morgan & Morgan, Attorneys at Law, as an Associate, from 2006-2011. She is Chairman of the Board of G.H. Management (Equity Fund with investments in real estate and financial products in Panama and abroad), Chairman of the Board of Hacienda San Jose, S.A., a 7,000 acre cattle ranch, agricultural and forestry operation in Pacora, Panama, Owner and Director of Campo Marzio Design Panama and brand representative in Panama (retail), Member of the Board of Directors of Sunstar Development, S.A., (Sheraton Bijao Hotel) and Metropolitan Hotels S.A., (Hilton Garden Inn Panama City), Member of the Board of ADESVA, a nonprofit organization working for the sustainable development of El Valle de Anton, Member of the Board of the Contemporary Museum of Panama (MAC), and Chairman of Fundación Heurtematte, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the arts, education and social support to underprivileged communities in Panama, and most recently, a Founding Member and Board Member of Women Corporate Directors, Panama Chapter. She has a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American Studies of Georgetown University, Washington D.C., with concentrations in East Asian Studies, International Development and International Politics. Elizabeth has also a Minor in History, Summa Cum Laude and Distinguished Scholar, of Elliott School of International Affairs. She has a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, a B.A. in Law form Columbus Univsersity, Panama City, Panama, and a LLM in Law and Management from INIDEM Business Law School, Panama City, Panama. She is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.

  • Emilio López

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

  • 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.

  • Emmanuel Seidner


    Como parte de su formación universitaria es graduado con alta distinción de Máster en Administración Pública en la Kennedy School de la Universidad de Harvard (2001). Obtuvo también el Máster en Administración de Empresas en INCAE Costa Rica (1995) con Alta Distinción y  se graduó Summa Cum Laude como Economista de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

    Cuenta con amplia experiencia pública y privada en el área de la competitividad y el desarrollo sostenible. En 1997 fundó y fue el primer Director Ejecutivo del Programa Nacional de Competitividad PRONACOM. Del 2004 al 2007 fue Comisionado Presidencial Adjunto para la Promoción de Inversión, la Agenda de Competitividad y el Plan Puebla Panamá –PPP-. Fundó y creó la Agencia de Promoción de Inversiones “Invest in Guatemala” en el 2004.  Fue Diputado (2012-2016) periodo en el que fungió como  Presidente de la Comisión de Economía y Vice-Presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores del Congreso de la República de Guatemala.

    Desde el 2014 funda y dirige el Instituto de Progreso Social de Guatemala – IPS – socio aliado del SOCIAL PROGRESS IMPERATIVE con sede en Washington D.C. y del Centro de Intercambio de Conocimientos de VIVA Trust y la Fundación AVINA con sede en Costa Rica.

    Desde febrero de 2016 es nombrado  Director por Guatemala en el Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica –BCIE-

    En el mundo empresarial ha sido Gerente General y Director de varias empresas familiares así como también es miembro activo y ha sido  Coordinador del Capítulo de Guatemala del Consejo Empresario de América Latina –CEAL-.  Desde el año 2001 funge como Vicepresidente del Comité Nacional de INCAE en Guatemala, es Presidente Fundador de la Asociación de Egresados de la Universidad de Harvard en Guatemala así como también es miembro activo de la Fundación para el Desarrollo –FUNDESA-, la Asociación de Gerentes de Guatemala –AGG- y de la Asociación Gremial de Exportadores de Guatemala –AGEXPORT-.  Desde 2012 es socio del Club  Rotario Guatemala del Este, fue por 10 años Consul Honorario de Nueva Zelandia en Guatemala y desde abril del 2016 es Consul Honorario de Jamaica en Guatemala.

    En el ámbito académico, desde el año 1996 ha sido Catedrático de la Facultad de Economía y Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín. También fue investigador asociado del tanque de pensamiento CIEN – Centro de Investigaciones Económicas Nacionales- y fundador del Programa de Apoyo al Organismo Legislativo –PAL- en el período 1990-1993 y ha publicado en diversos medios de comunicación escrita artículos de opinión en materia de desarrollo sostenible y competitividad. Es fellow de la primera promoción de la iniciativa regional de liderazgo “CALI” promovida por el Aspen Institute y el INCAE.  También ha cursado diversos diplomados en la ENA -Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique- con sede en Paris en el 2012 y el 2014, en la Universidad de Boston en 2002, en la Fundación Friedrich Ebert en 1999, la Fundación Niemann en 1998 y el United States Information Agency en 1997 entre otros.

  • Enrique Arturo de Obarrio


    Enrique Arturo de Obarrio is a founding partner of de Obarrio, Carles and Associates. Since he co-founded his practice, he has also been general counsel to Panama’s Superintendency of Banks and worked for the International Banking Center there. From 1990 to 1993 Enrique worked for the Organization of American States as political counselor and alternate ambassador of Panama. He is president of the board of directors of Elektra Panama, SA, counselor to the vice president of Banco Azteca for Latin America, founding vice president of the Organization of the Private Sector of the Americas, head representative of the NGO sector to Panama’s Consejo de la ConcertaciónNacionalpara el Desarrollo, alternate general coordinator of the Latin-American Network for Democracy, and founding member of Panama’s National Council for Ethical Culture. He presided over the United States-Panama Business Council Panama Chapter from 2007 until 2008 and the Panamanian Association of Business Executives from 2004 until 2006. He was the founding president of the National Center for Competitiveness, where he is also a trustee, and was the representative of the Panamanian private sector to the Mesoamerican Council for Competitiveness. He has been instrumental in passing the Panamanian Law on Transparency, the Panama Business Ethics Compact, the National Justice Compact, the Panama Canal expansion project, and the National Development Strategy for Panama. Enrique obtained his BA in law and political science from Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, in Panama, in 1986; a year later, he did postgraduate studies in international and common law at the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C. Enrique is fluent in English and Spanish and is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Eric Poncon


    Director of the office of strategy management for the coffee division of EcomAgroindustrial Corporation, a private company dedicated to the origination, processing, and merchandising of agricultural commodities worldwide. He has held trading and management positions inside Ecom in New York, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Costa Rica. He has been responsible for the development of several public-private partnerships that have played a catalytic role in bringing large numbers of small farmers and large global buyers together. He has a BS in agricultural economics and finance from Cornell University and comes from a family tradition of farming both in Central America and in Southern France, with ownership interests in sustainable coffee, forestry and tourism small-to-medium enterprises. He is married to Carolina, a psychologist, and has three sons. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Eva Rodríguez

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

  • Fabián Segura


    VP of corporate development for ITS Infocom, a leading remote infrastructure management (RIM) and managed service company in the Americas. He is chairman of BioInnovar, an entrepreneurship center within the Costa Rican Biodiversity Institute, and an honorary member of the Omar Dengo Foundation for Education in Digital Technologies. He is a member of the Malta Order Association. He has completed the Chicago, New York, Berlin, and Washington DC International Marathons. Fabian has a degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica Law School and a MBA from INCAE Business School, where he did a semester abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. He also studied product development and innovation at MIT and financial instruments and markets at Harvard University. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Mariela and his three children, Catalina, Fabian, and Julian. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of 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 Barquero

    is the CEO of Grupo ANC, a Latin American company dedicated to the leasing of vehicles and representative of the brands Enterprise, National and Alamo for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Peru, recognized as the franchisee model for the region. His leadership has been essential to obtain great achievements: in 2002, it was the first car rental company in the world with ISO 9001/ISO 14001 certifications; in 2010, received the National Award of Excellence and in 2015, it was the first franchisee in Latin America to obtain the Enterprise brand. Currently Grupo ANC is one of the largest companies in Latin America with a fleet of four thousand vehicles. Since 2008, Federico is President of the Costa Rican Association of Car Rental Companies (ACAR) and member of the Board of Directors of the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR). In 1997, he earned his Business Administration degree at the University of Costa Rica thanks to an academic scholarship and in 1999, he received his MBA degree with honors at INCAE. Federico lives in Santa Ana, Costa Rica where he and Susana, his wife of 17 years have raised their children Julian and Fabiola. Federico is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Federico Cartín

    Federico Cartín  is cofounder of SUM Consulting -a boutique strategic, urban planning and management practice-. After ten years in Canada and having worked in academic, private and public sectors, Federico returned to his homeland to effect change in his home region. This led him to found Fundación Rutas Naturbanas aimed at creating shared-use paths and environmentally restoring 25 km of riverbanks in the capital region of San José. He is currently President and Director General of the initiative and is committed to fundraise over US$8 million to allow over one million people to walk, bike and roll throughout the five municipalities it connects. He’s been involved in LGBT activism in both Canada and Costa Rica. Because of his passion for innovation and impact, he was recognized as one of Greater Toronto’s 27 emerging leaders when selected as a DiverseCity Fellow by CivicAction GTA in 2013. Federico earned his bachelor in economics from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and a Master’s in Urban Planning from McGill University, graduating as Class President and as a Centre for Developing Area Studies. Federico is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • 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.

  • Federico Zoufaly


    Co-founder of Mobilize.Net/ArtinSoft and has been a leader in application legacy modernization for nearly 20 years. In addition to working on thousands of migration projects, Federico was product manager for the migration tools that shipped with multiple versions of Microsoft Visual Studio.NET. Federico has researched extensively into alternative ways of upgrading legacy applications. He is a regular presenter on legacy application migration at top technology events including Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft BUILD, VSLive! and others. He is also a prolific writer of many papers, articles, blog posts, and is co-author of a book on automatic software migration. With a technical background (Ph.D.c. from the University of Florida) combined with hands-on management in real world legacy migration projects, Federico is passionate about the intersection of the technical challenges and the business need for automated transformation.

  • Fermina Cárdenas

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

  • Fernando Alvarado


    Development Investment Banker with 25 years of international credit and investment experience and 15 years of direct experience assessing diversified renewable energy portfolios in Latin America & the Caribbean for more than $100MM consisting of more than 40 investments. His financial, credit and investment experience includes working with financing from IFC, IDB, Citibank, Finnfund, BIO, Triodos, CABEI, MIF, and several commercial banks in Central America.

    He has participated in numerous syndicated credit and investment transactions for renewable energy projects. Mr. Alvarado led the creation, structuring, fundraising, legal closing and portfolio construction of the $17MM CAREC specialized renewable energy Venture Capital fund in Central America. Has 5 years of direct project development/construction experience in Honduras developing in depth understanding of all legal, regulatory and market aspects that govern the energy sector in the country and assets of $100MM+. Until December 2014, F. Alvarado formed part of the Flex Energy Group, developing generation assets in Honduras and Costa Rica; since then, Mr. Alvarado has no business relationship with that group. Mr. Alvarado has held board seats in several Central American companies mostly working in the energy sector, as well as for a US company in the bathing industry. His international work experience includes opening a renewable energy investment office in Brazil, as a branch of a regional investment operation. High-level consultant on financial mechanisms for energy markets and investment portfolios has performed studies and consultancies for USAID, IDB, MIF, World Bank, USAID, Enclude, HIVOS, etc.

    In 2012, he launched the Private Financing Advisory Network program in Central America and the Caribbean, sponsored by USAID, first as Regional Director and more recently working as mentor of clean energy enterprises. He authored a training course for bankers and financiers on the assessment of hydroelectric projects that provided capacity building and investment skills for more than 50 bank officers in 5 countries in Central America and in 1 country in Africa. Between 2001-2005, during his initial tenure at E+Co he worked as program lead manager of the USAID-sponsored Financing of Renewable Energy Enterprises in Central America (FENERCA), identifying a pipeline of more than 20 renewable energy projects, arranging financing and providing enterprise development services and working with policy makers on the removal of barriers to clean energy investing in the region. The FENERCA program helped on the revision of incentives laws for the renewable energy sector in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. He has developed an extensive network of key stakeholders in the Latin American region, including project developers, especially in Central America. Mr. Alvarado was one of the founding members of the Honduran association of renewable energy producers (AHPER).

    He serves in the Board of Veragua Foundation of Costa Rica and as Advisor of Cleantech Methods of the US, a consortium that develops, incubates, invests and Works on policy of clean energies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Costa Rican, based in San Jose, Mr. Alvarado has an MBA in Banking and Finance cum laude from Universidad de Costa Rica. His passions include diving (PADI Rescue Diver) and mountain biking.

  • Francisco Contreras

    Francisco Contreras, entrepreneur and CEO of Oh My Card, the first payment platform company to sell Supermarket and Drugstore Gift Cards from the United States to Central America innovating the way in which immigrants send financial support to their families. Youngest Congressman in Guatemala (2008-2012), he introduced Act 4323 for electronic vote in Congress, eliminating the anonymous voting. He promoted technology, competitiveness, transparency, and security, including initiatives to reduce extortion and lock stolen cellphones. Lecturer in Haiti by the National Democratic Institute (NDI); supported the release of political prisoners in Venezuela; participant of the Inter-American Dialogue on Security; alumni of the Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies (FAES in Spanish) in Spain, “Strategy and Defense Politics” (SDP) at the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. In 2003, he founded the first work-ready office center in Guatemala; Co-Founder of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs (AJE in Spanish) and the Association of Guatemalan Franchises (AGF in Spanish). BS in Economics with Financial Application at Southern Methodist University (SMU), 2002, Dallas, Texas.

  • Gabriel Biguria


    Gabriel is V.P. Sales and Marketing at Acuamaya, Guatemala’s leading producer and exporter of farm raised shrimp (sustainable aquaculture) to key global markets. He also contributes his time as a Board member of AGEXPORT (the Guatemalan Exporters Association) and as President of the Board of Empresarios por la Educacion.

    Previously he was Founder & CEO of AmigoLatino, a leading technology company, establishing a network of high-end video conferencing centers between the U.S. and Latin America, helping to reunite thousands of distant migrant families, community groups and organizations, in real-time and at a low cost.

    Gabriel has over 25 years of professional experience dealing with the Latin American, Asian, European and U.S. markets, managing key categories in industries including consumer packaged goods, hardware and software, online payments, banking and e-commerce services. Gabriel has held a number of senior management positions with top Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble and Hewlett Packard, where he led and is credited for the successful and profitable introduction of the Pavilion line of Home PC’s into the highly competitive Latin American market. In the U.S. he has also contributed to the development of leading start-up technology companies like E2open (B2B Marketplace), Achex (Online Payments), and Ramp Networks (Networking Solutions).

    Gabriel holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University (1996) and a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University (1991). He is married and has three lovely kids. On his spare time, he is an avid triathlete and ultra-marathoner, having now completed 4 full Ironman triathlons, 5 marathons and just a few weeks ago, the famous Marathon Des Sables (a 257km Ultra-marathon in the Sahara desert), considered by many as one of the toughest races on the planet.

  • Gabriel Delgado-Ayau

    He is Executive Director at Widefense Latin America, a managed security services firm doing business in Central America and Chile. He is also CEO of InteractuaMovil, a start up that develops applications in the mobile space for latinamerican markets. He also serves as a board member of Wau, the largest mobile aggregator in Latinamerica and Reflexión a hosted IT security services firm doing business around the world. Previously, Gabriel was CEO of Bysupport Central America, an IT security firm representing McAfee in the region, which was acquired by McAfee in 2002. Gabriel also participated in the ProReforma movement of Guatemala, which aimed to change the constitution of the country to strengthen the rule of law, the judicial system and the checks and balances needed for a successful government and society. Gabriel is an adventurer in spirit and enjoys the great outdoors. He is happily married and has three daughters.

  • Gabriela Aued


    Gaby Aued comenzó sus funciones en la empresa desde el año 2000, donde ha desarrollado su carrera en diferentes posiciones, incluyendo Especialista de Soluciones Financieras, y Gerente Regional de Soluciones Financieras. A lo largo de su carrera profesional ha participado y dirigido diferentes organizaciones sociales y empresariales. Gaby ha sido líder en la expansión de las operaciones de TECNASA en toda la región. En El Salvador, se destacó como Gerente General desde 2006 hasta 2011, para luego ser promovida a Gerente General de la sede de TECNASA en Panamá y CEO de Grupo TECNASA. Gaby es graduada de Brown University, con especialización en estrategia de las escuelas de negocio de Harvard y Stanford. Ella también es miembro de la Junta Directiva de TECNASA.

    Actualmente, es becaria del Instituto Aspen, becaria de Iniciativa de Liderazgo de Centroamérica (CALI) y parte de la Red Global de Liderazgo de Aspen. También es miembro de la Junta Asesora de NCR Corporation.

  • Gabriela Etchelecu


    Gabriela Etchelecu is a dedicated advocate for responsible environmental development with work experience in scientific institutions, NGO and the private sector. Etchelecu directed MarViva Foundation dedicated to protecting ocean resources. She was also the President of the Environmental Committee of the Business Association of Panama and is currently a member of their Board of Directors. She worked as a researcher at the Smithsonian Institute in Panama and is a SCUBA Diver Instructor Trainer. A Marine Docent since 1994, Gabriela has broad experience in Volunteer work and has been a commissioner in several environmental Committees. Gabriela was declared Daughter of David in 2010 for her community work with fishers. Was honored with the Keys of the City of Panama in 2008 and the Young Values Prize in 2007. Born in Panama. Earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Panamá in 1995 and has post graduate studies in Ecology and Biotechnology.

  • Gabriela Víquez

    Gabriela Víquez is Cuestamoras’ Business Development Director at Cuestamoras, a multi-business, family-owned Costa Rican Corporation. She is accountable for business development for all of all Business Units, including Real Estate, Hospitality, Health and Energy. She leads the M&A negotiations for the company. Before joining Cuestamoras in 2011, she had an extensive experience in brokerage houses and investment banking in Costa Rica. She has also experience in merges and acquisitions, as well as international business structuration. She served as Commercial Director of Premier Banking at Banco Nacional de Costa Rica. She also worked as Sales Manager for local and international stock markets at BN Valores Puesto de Bolsa, as well as an independent financial consultant. Mrs. Víquez holds an MBA from the University of Costa Rica. She lives in Costa Rica and she is married with two children. Gabriela is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • George Grant

    is founder and general director of G&E Chocolate Adventure Company, an agro industrial company that adds value to cacao production and offers more than 20 different products like cacao caramel roasted seeds, cacao butter creams and oils. He recently launched an innovative line of ice cream. George retired in December 2013 from being Marketing Manager in Costa Rica for cinemas and Hollywood movie studios for more than 15 years. George has characterized himself for being a fearless entrepreneur, moving from radio programming director, promotional director for youth tourism programs, founding a retail and entertainment website, to opening his cacao line business. George has a degree in marketing and advertising. George is a living voice for small farmers in Costa Rica, dedicating his time and resources to promoting economic development in Limón, one of the poorest cities in Costa Rica. He is currently leading a very ambitious program to help farmers improve their incomes and quality of life. George is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gerardo Sánchez


    Chief financial officer of Clínica Bíblica Hospital. Gerardo has worked extensively in the formulation and execution of the strategic plan for the next 5-10 years at the Clínica Bíblica, and his leadership has led the organization to find new opportunities for the future of healthcare in Costa Rica. Outside the hospital Gerardo is on the board of various local companies in a variety of fields such as information technology, printing, health-pharmacy and the Costa Rican stock market. Gerardo holds a MBA degree with honors from INCAE, where he was class valedictorian. He also holds a business administration degree in finance from the University of Costa Rica. He is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gian Castillero


    Gian Castillero is part of the Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega team of lawyers since 1994. His principal areas of practice include corporate and commercial law, state organization, and maritime law. Castillero was attorney resident in the London office of Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega from 1994 to 2000 and coordinator of the Maritime Finance Department and Ship Registry from 2000 to 2006, actively engaged in transactions of the sale and financing of ships. Currently, Castillero directs the international corporate services department of Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega. He is responsible for administrative oversight of its network of offices in the British Virgin Islands, Belize, London, Geneva, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. Castillero is actively involved in advising private clients on a wide range of topics covering estate planning, structuring and administration of foundations and trusts, private companies advising various foreign jurisdictions (including Panama, British Virgin Islands, Belize and Hong Kong), philanthropic and tax planning and advising clients in institutional and commercial clients in corporate matters. Castillero is president of the International Lawyers Association and a member of the Comisión Alto Nivel designed by the National Government for the protection of international services in Panama. Previously, he presided the commission put forth by Maritime Authority of Panama to draft the actual General Law of the Marina Mercante Panameña.

  • Gisela Alvarez de Porras


    Gisela Alvarez de Porras is a managing partner with Arias & Muñoz, Panama. She launched Albacrome, a large commercial printing company, in Panama back in 2009. She is the former Minister of Trade and Industry in Panama. In government, she has been Director General of the Internal Revenue Services and Vice Minister of Finance. She has represented Panama before the Interamerican Center of Tax Administration and has been the head negotiator of the International Treaties to Avoid Double Taxation. She specialized in tax and estate planning as partner in the firm of Patton, Moreno &Asvat and was managing director of Assets Trust & Corporate Services. From 2004 to 2005, she was a member of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering, representing the private sector. She studied at the London School of Economics (LLM) and has a postgraduate degree from Stetson University in real estate, and a master of science from the Swiss Business School (SBS). She completed her MBA in 2009. Gisela is certified as a trust and estate practitioner by The Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (London) and is founding partner of the Panama branch. She is president of Vital Voices Panama and a member of the Panamanian Association of Exeuctives, where she was a member of the board. She is a member of the board of directors of the Panamanian Stock Exchange and Special Olympics. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Gisela Sánchez


    Director of Corporate Affairs at Florida Ice & Farm Co. Before joining this company she worked as a consultant for governments, NGOs and companies in Central America in the areas of competitiveness and corporate social responsibility. In 2006, she published 10 Cases on Corporate Social Responsibility Good Practices, and The Competitiveness Potential of Guatemala. Between 2001 and 2003, she worked for the AVINA Foundation in Latin America as strategic initiatives manager supporting the development of social and environmental leaders in the region. Before joining AVINA, she worked as a researcher and project coordinator for the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development at INCAE. A native of San José, Costa Rica, Sánchez attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, majoring in strategy and marketing.

  • 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)

  • Gustavo Segura


    General Manager for Cuestamoras Hospitality Division. It operates leading international brands on four properties, known for their amazing architecture, location, service and value. Cuestamoras is a multi-business organization with operations in Latin America headquartered in San José, Costa Rica. He is Vice-president of the board of ICT (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo) and several NPOs focused in sustainable development and inclusiveness on vulnerable populations. He is founder of a firm that has advised international organizations as well as governments throughout the Latin America Region in matters of sustainable tourism. He became a father 2 years ago after several years of trying with his wife to have children and this has lead him to a more intensive quest on how to leave a better world.

  • Héctor Dada-Sánchez


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

  • 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.

  • Hildegard Vásquez


    Hildegard Vasquez is head of the architecture office, HacheUve, which she founded in 1998. Her office has concentrated mostly on preservation and renovation of historic sites such as San Felipe Historic District in Panama or the city of Granada, Nicaragua. She served as head of Fundación Calicanto, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cultural, historic, and human restoration of San Felipe. Its projects include the re-socialization of local gangs, educational programs for single mothers, multiple cultural events, and plans for the restoration of colonial churches. She has also been a member of the Inter Oceanic Canal Museum Board since its creation in 1997 and was part of the Contemporary Arts Museum Board from 2001 to 2005. Her office has worked on restoration projects such as Panama’s National Theater and Santo Domingo Convent and is currently working on a proposal for a contemporary arts center in the transitional area of San Felipe and Chorrillo. Hildegard has a BA and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s in historic restoration from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Hugo Martínez

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

  • Hugo Roberto Díaz


    Hugo is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience delivering interactive services and software solutions that leverage cloud computing and mobile telephony. Before co-founding Vital Interaction, he was founder and CEO of Celumanix, one of the leading providers of Mobile Content and Mobile Marketing in Latin America, with operations in eight countries and more than 3 million customers. Previously Hugo was the Commercial Director for Terra Lycos in Central America and the Caribbean, where he and his team achieved an all time record in sales growth. His first international role was as the Vice President of Information Systems for AIESEC International, headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at the young age of 23. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and has supported several initiatives to help educate and equip other entrepreneurs, including the implementation of the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship at his Alma Matter, UFM in Guatemala. He has a passion for traveling, having visited over 140 cities in 45 countries. He loves to swim, scuba dive, read and enjoy quality time with his family. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Ignacio Sánchez


    Works as director of ISC Productions. He has worked as Special Advisor to President Oscar Arias and Ministry of Transport, Karla Gonzalez in issues related from image and communications to road safety and traffic police operations (2006-2010). As former chief of traffic police and executive director of the Road Safety Council (2002-2004) he coordinated various initiatives such as the mandatory safety belt law and media campaigns creating new police strategies that led to a 30% decrease in accident related fatalities (2002-2005). He has an extensive and prize winning career as a television anchor and reporter and press journalist for various networks as Channel 7 and La Nación in Costa Rica, and CNN Latin America and Tele 5 and Television Española abroad. He spent three years as an itinerant correspondent reporting from Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australia. He is now writing a script with the intention of producing and directing his first film. He has a degree in advertising, journalism, and audiovisual production. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado


    Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado was elected Vice President of Panama in 2014. Formerlty, she was an independent development consultant at Stratego Consultores, SA, with particular expertise in governance, consensus building, state modernization, and civil society engagement in development. She was previously assistant resident representative for the United Nations Development Program in the Panama country office. She was responsible for projects and interventions in the areas of state modernization, governance, poverty, the environment, and other development areas. Isabel designed and led several democratic dialogue processes in Panama, such as the Bambito Process, Panama 2000, Vision 2020 and most recently the National Consensus Building Process for Development. She has been Ambassador of Panama to the United Nations at its New York City headquarters, as well as member of several Panamanian delegations for the negotiation of political and commercial agreements at the regional level. She is a member of the National Council of Foreign Affairs of Panama and of the Advisory Council of the Central American Institute for Research on Fiscal Policy. She holds a degree in international relations from St. Joseph’s University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. She is married to Omar Alvarado and has three children Alberto, Carolina Isabel and Julio Raúl. She is a Fellow of the fourth 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.

  • Jaime Zablah

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

  • Javier Bru

    is the founder and CEO of IME Marine Group of Companies, one of the largest marine surveying and consultancy companies in Latin America, which also has regional offices in United Arab Emirates, China, Paraguay, Spain (Canary Islands), Nigeria and Colombia, and representative offices in more than 25 countries worldwide. He has been invited as a speaker at the national and international maritime forums, and has been awarded several recognitions. Javier earned a bachelor’s degree in science, graduating cum laude, from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point and specializes in maritime safety, consultancy and logistics. He has completed three master’s degree in Marine, Naval and business management, from prestigious universities in Panama, Canada, Belgium and France. Javier has exerted his leadership with a strong human sensibility and vocation for social integration and equality. He is a member of the Rotary Club where he has been able to collectively address and support some of the basic needs of the Panamanian society. Javier is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • 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.

  • Jerónimo Lancerio


    Jerónimo Lancerio has been minister of culture and sports of Guatemala since 2008. He was vice president of the Latin American Indigenous Fund until 2010. Before government, he was general manager for CORSA Group/PBL Tropical Plant SA in Guatemala, an agricultural export group. He is the national secretary of the political party UnidadNacional de la Esperanza for Mayan, Garifuna, and Xinka populations. He advises indigenous populations as part of a movement that helps families recuperate form the internal conflict in Guatemala. In 2005, Jerónimo was mentioned in the business magazine “Estrategia y Negocios” as one of the 120 most innovative businessmen in the region because of the development and commercialization of “air plants.” He majored in business administration at the Atlantic International University in Miami, Florida. He speaks the Mayan language K’iche, English, Italian, and German. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Jessica Hammer

    is the executive director of FUNSEPA, an organization that improves the quality of education in Guatemala through technology. FUNSEPA has benefited over 400,000 children, trained 80,000 teachers, and equipped more than 1,300 schools with computers and educational software. Jessica is co-creator of Programa Valentina, a program that accelerates through a disruptive model, the insertion of at risk youth in technology jobs. Before joining FUNSEPA in 2008, Jessica was director of Guatemala SANA Foundation, which focuses on education, health, nutrition and environment in Sacatepéquez. As director of Guatemala SANA, Jessica created an alliance with TOMS Shoes, bringing more than 300,000 pairs of shoes to the country. Jessica has more than 15 years of experience working with social causes, from children with disabilities in Tibet, to children with HIV in Gambia, sexual workers in Curacao, at risk adolescents in Venezuela, and orchestral music in Guatemala. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and health: science, society and policy from Brandeis University, where she received the Outstanding Senior Award, and a master’s degree in international health from the University of Copenhagen. Jessica was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently lives in Guatemala with her husband and two children. Jessica is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Johanna Hill

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

  • 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.

  • Jorge Patiño


    Jorge Patiño is a Financial Advisor at Mercado de Valores de Costa Rica, with $202Million of assets under administration, producing in average 25% of the firms’ income. Recently is part of the Wealth Management team, which has the responsibility of the investments of the highest net worth individual clients of the firm; also newly added to the Strategic Planning Team.  Jorge publishes bimonthly an article of finance investment related topic in Forbes Centroamérica magazine.  Has been an active member of several non-profit organizations, member of the Financial Committee of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), currently member of the board of Asociación de Amigos de Sor María Romero, organization dedicated to fund raise the institute that provides education, housing and meals to over 200 female teenagers in social risk.  He was involved with the Costa Rican Government in the process of developing the Carbon Bond Market of Costa Rica in order to have them tradable in the local Stock Exchange, important milestone in order for the country to obtain carbon neutrality in 2021.  He earned his bachelor degree in Universidad de Costa Rica and his Master in Business Administration degree at The Pennsylvania State University, graduating with honors with the second highest grade point average (GPA).

  • José Aguilar


    Holds a BA in Psychology, a Masters on Project Management and Masters on Development Management from London School of Economics, as a Chevening Scholar. José Aguilar is currently the Executive Director of Horizonte Positivo, a private sector Think and Do Tank that promotes intersectoral agreements to reestablish governability and collaborates with public policy reforms, focusing on Costa Rica s human development. Since March 2013, he started and leads a social business called La Esquina that canalizes gang members creativity and energy into designing clothes, caps, backpacks and other products for young people. At the same time, he works with high-ranking government officials, media owners and key stakeholders in order to redesign at risk youth public policies. The first phase of this project takes place in La Cueva del Sapo in La Carpio Community (one of the most violent neighborhood in the Capital. He worked as Social Development Advisor for local governments and as consultant for the EU in Central American Border Zones. He then founded the NGO Fundación Acción Joven (FAJ) using his own savings. FAJ uses participatory methodology to prevent school dropouts of at-risk students in public high schools. It has developed alliances with the Costa Rican Ministries of Education, Welfare, Culture, Security, and private firms. The Government recently declared it as “Organization of Public National Interest.” He is an Ashoka, a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Alberto Rivera

    José Alberto Rivera is General Manager at Aceros Arquitectónicos, a construction company started by his grandfather. Before starting to work in the family business he worked at Kessler, a solid waste and recycling consulting company in Tampa, Florida where he worked for a year. José Alberto studied Industrial Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. He did an internship at Heine Recycling GmbH where he worked as the manager’s assistant in Weissenberg, Germany. In 2014 he got a degree in Effective Negotiation on Electrical Energy from the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala and he was an active member of Empresarios por la Educación from 2011 to 2015. José speaks Spanish, English and German. José lives in Guatemala recently married to Ana Cecilia Asenso. José is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Andrés Botrán-Briz

    He 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.

  • José Antonio Sauma

    is a partner and managing director at Mesoamerica, a leading private equity investment company focused on building long-term partnerships and purpose-driven businesses across Spanish Speaking Latin America. José Antonio is convinced that many of the region’s pressing needs and aspirations in areas such as renewable power generation, health and wellness, can be addressed by mobilizing capital, talent, and resources to build sustainable businesses, that can in turn collaborate with governments and local communities to find innovative solutions. Over the last 20 years, he has lead teams that invest and advise companies in sectors such as renewable power generation, telecom, banking, construction, and consumer goods. José Antonio is currently the Chairman of Yo Emprendedor, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship as a pillar of social and economic development. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the Boards of Mesoamerica’s portfolio companies, as well as in IMAP, a global network of investment banks. José Antonio has an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore and a business degree from Ithaca College in New York, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is dedicated to his family, and passionate about music, photography, entrepreneurship, and continuous learning. José Antonio is a Fellow of the 13th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Augusto Toledo

    José Augusto Toledo is managing partner at Arias & Muñoz law firm in Guatemala since 2007. José is currently the president of Fundación Educativa Guatemala of which he has been a member of since 2010. He is also vice-president of Fundación Fondo Unido de Guatemala and vice president of Fundación Emprende. Since José entered law school at Universidad Rafael Landivar in 1990 he started being more active in social and community matters, serving as volunteer in Guatemalan general elections and being part of the faculty’s Student Council. Once he was more settled into his career he started participating more in institutions investing back into the Guatemalan community, especially in education and the needs of children. José has a Master’s in Mercantile Law and Business Administration from the Escuela Superior de Economía y Adminstración de Empresas (ESEADE), Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala and a Juris Doctor Law Degree from Universidad Rafael Landívar. José lives in Guatemala with his wife and three children and enjoys marathon running and triathlons. José is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • 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 Martí Jiménez Figueres


    Founder and Managing Partner of Noveza. As an entrepreneur since 2004 he has led or co-led the creation, capital structuring, and management of four companies so far with about $20M raised and more than 150 direct jobs created in ecotourism, hospitals, and assisted living. Investors in his projects include renowned local business leaders, commercial banks, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International. Previously, Jiménez worked at Mesoamerica Investments in project management and M&A mandates in Central America for over four years, and as an intern at Bain & Company in Colombia and Ramius Capital Group in New York. He has served on several boards of directors in the private sector and at a cabinet-level board in the public sector. Mr. Jiménez is currently on the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies, on the Costa Rica National Committee of INCAE Business School, and in the Investment Committee of the $35M EcoEnterprises Fund focused on impact investing. He is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Costa Rica and an MBA from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • José Miguel Torrebiarte

    Jose Miguel Torrebiarte is vice president of Grupo Progreso, a company primarily dedicated to the cement industry and the commercialization of building materials in Central America. Throughout his 20-year career within the family business, he has occupied different important executive positions, and in 2004 he was the first of his generation to be the president of the board of directors of the company. During this period, the company’s corporate government was restructured and a ten-year strategic growth plan was implemented. Jose Miguel serves as a director of Fundación para el Desarrollo (FUNDESA), is a member of Young Presidents Organization, member of Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL), president of the Inter-American Cement Federation (FICEM-APCAC) and president of the Foundation of the Cultural and Natural Mayan Heritage (PACUNAM). José Miguel has a BS in industrial engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica. He lives in Guatemala with his wife and four children. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • 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.

  • José Roberto Paredes

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

  • José Tomás Calderón-González

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

  • José Tomás Regalado

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

  • Juan Carlos Hasbun

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

  • Juan Carlos Molina

    Juan Carlos Molina is the founder of Guatemaltecos Extraordinarios, a program that develops and implements a methodology to identify and heal the root problems of at risk youth. The program started with 15 beneficiaries three years ago, and now has more than 250. Juan Carlos previously worked with ex-gang members in a reintegration-to-society program at USAID and in a Rotary Association. He has also worked in youth prisons, first as a volunteer and then as the Director of Rehabilitation of the prison system. His interest in helping youth started at age 21 when he began visiting kids who lived in the streets of Guatemala City. He is passionate about interacting and understanding human behavior, and he believes in God and in having an integrated and loving family. He is a psychologist and has a master in family education.

  • Juan Carlos Paíz

    Juan Carlos Paiz is co-founder and CEO of Panifresh, a baking company with 450 employees which exports bakery products to Latin America from Guatemala and Costa Rica. Panifresh has earned the Best Exporter of Guatemala award, and the Best Manufacturing Company prize in October 2011 and has achieved recently the ISO 14000 certification. Juan Carlos has been Ad Honorem Presidential Commissioner for the Competitiveness, Investment, Millennium Objective Corporation (MCC) and the North Triangle Prosperity Plan in Guatemala for eight years. Has supported the national strategy for attraction of investors, the Competitiveness Agenda for the last 12 years and has promoted a concrete development proposal to increase the economic-inclusive growth to reduce the poverty levels. Among the achievements of this programs in the last three years are, the increase of the IED in $800M, the formulation of the public and private investments portfolio of $10M, the increase of 120,000 formal jobs, the improvement of Guatemala climbing 24 positions in the Business Climate and being acknowledged as one of the ten most reformers in the world and the top reformer in Latin America on 2014. Has developed a Presidential agenda for competitiveness that includes investment on infrastructure, energy, education and health, besides improving the efficiency of the financial, commerce, labor systems and institutions in general. Facilitate access to technology, the widening of the internal market and the creation of new engines of development applying innovation. Right now he is taking to practice a model of economic development with territorial vision which involves geographic position, productive sectors, large scale investments and the incorporation of SMEs in the process. Nowadays he is worldwide director of Global Alliance for Clean Stoves (GACC). Juan Carlos has been college professor at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), Ex-Director of the Dutch Cooperation (ICCO) and Fundesa; Also he has been CEO of several Private Sector Institutions including CACIF, AGEXPORT and FECAEXCA. He is co-founder of GuateAmala. Juan Carlos is married with three sons, was born in Guatemala, he is 50 years old and has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M university, as well as a Master in Business Administration from INCAE and a Masters in Productiveness from UFM.

  • Juan Carlos Rojas


    President of Deportivo Saprissa, the largest football club in Costa Rica. For 14 years, he worked at Mesoamerica Investments, a Central American M&A and private equity firm. During this time, Rojas worked on acquisitions and strategy projects throughout the region, the previous four as partner in the firm. A native of Costa Rica, Rojas attended Georgetown University where he completed a joint degree with a Masters in International Finance and undergrad Business Administration.

  • 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 Francisco de Sola

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

  • Juan 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.

  • Juan Marco Álvarez Gallardo


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

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

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

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

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

  • Juan Mauricio Bonifasi

    Juanma Bonifasi co-founded several entrepreneurial ventures, which are now growing together interdependently as Grupo Entero. The companies serve in diverse industries: Real Estate, Financial Services, Wellness, and Dental Services; and are located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Perú. Mr. Bonifasi loves to learn and create value. He is married and a blessed father of three. With his wife Ana, he recently founded The Acton Academy Guatemala. Juanma is striving to live a life of meaning, integrated to principles and enabling growth while staying true to his essence.

  • Juan Pablo Mata

    is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. Skilled in market planning, business planning, entrepreneurship, market analysis, and team leadership. Strong professional with an MBA focused in strategic management from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. Juan Pablo studied finance & conomics at Babson College where he graduated in 2008. After college, he joined Anheuser Busch InBev as a global management trainee in Brazil. There, he started his career as sales rep, sales supervisor, and sales manager in Sao Paulo. In 2012, Juan Pablo had the opportunity to manage the premium imported brands. In 2013, left ABI to do an MBA at the Wharton School of business in the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2015. He worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Mexico as an associate during the summer in 2014. After graduating from Wharton, he joined CBC as the chief human resources officer heading the HR division with a headcount of more than 8,000 employees, 15 manufacturing plants, and 10 countries. As the CHRO he would design and execute the HR strategy. In September 2016, Juan Pablo became the chief strategy officer, supporting the executive president and ensuring a cohesive corporate strategy with both short term and long-term vision. At the same time heading the M&A activity for the group. In February of 2018 he assumed the role of CEO for CBC for Guatemala and Jamaica. He is currently launching a nutrition and health program to be certified by FOSHU; A project to put out a nourishing water called GROW, with the intent to address malnutrition – with different formulas for breast feeding mothers, newborn, first age. Juan Pablo is Guatemalan, married and a father of 3: Mikaela, Catalina, and Ivannia, he loves running marathons and playing golf. Juan Pablo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.