Fellows - Diego Eleta

Diego Eleta

Diego Eleta is president of the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, where he served as director of the communications sector for six years, treasurer, and vice president. During his time in the Chamber of Commerce, he has been actively involved in the negotiations to restructure the social security system and took a leadership position in promoting the “SI” vote in the recent referendum on the expansion of the Panama Canal, among other issues. Outside the Chamber, Diego is director of operations of Cable Onda, S.A., Panama’s leading cable TV MSO. Diego was also a founding partner of one of Panama’s first ISPs, and of INTERED, Panama’s ISP association and Peering point, and a model for similar associations in the region. He is currently president of Electron Investments; a renewable energy company generating hydroelectric energy in Panama. Diego obtained his BS in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from Columbia University where he also became member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Trial for Performance Education

“Trial for Performance” is based on compensation in public schools. It consists of creating a pilot project of three to five public schools (to grow as it is successful) that have been “adopted” by the private sector. We would administer standardized tests to two or three key grades in each school and reward monetarily those teachers, directors and the school (the kids would be compensated some other way) involved in improving the children’s scores from year to year.

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Cable Onda; Camara de Comercio, Industrias y Agricultura


Operations Director


Fellow CALI 2