Mauricio Antonio Maza
Dr. Mauricio Maza is the Executive Director of Basic Health International. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Dr. Jose Matías Delgado in El Salvador, and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Management and Policy.
As a medical doctor, public health practitioner and researcher, Dr. Maza’s focus is on cervical cancer prevention in limited resource settings, specifically with the use of novel technologies and treatment paradigms. Currently, Dr. Maza is an advisor and co-investigator in NIH funded research in El Salvador, Mexico, China, and Colombia.
Dr. Maza led a 3-phase demonstration project in El Salvador that screened over 25,000 women with careHPV®, an HPV-testing device developed specifically for use in limited resource settings. Due to the success of this project the program is being scaled by the public health sector nationally.
In 2015 Dr. Maza was named as a Young Leader by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and in 2016 was chosen to be part of the International Agency for Research in Cancer of the World Health Organization (IARC) “50 for 50” initiative which goal was to identify 50 future leaders in cancer research from low- and middle-income countries. He works closely with stakeholders in the decision/policy process to implement public health and policy changes.
Dr. Maza has presented program results and implementation strategies at international conferences and meetings held in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, India, China and the United States. He believes in the need to advocate for more advocacy, clinical research and evidence-based policies in the region.
Mey Lang Hung
Honduran who joined Walmart in 2007, actual Trade Facilitation Under Director for Central America and Corporate Affairs Manager for Guatemala and Honduras. Facilitator of the Walton Institute program to promote Leaders within the company in Walmart Culture. Graduated in third place of International Relations and Diplomacy, in the Honduras Catholic University.
From a young age, she has identified with diverse social causes, acting as volunteer for various charities. As for 2020 she is Board Member of various private sector organization as: Honduras Business Council COHEP (since 2015); National Association of Industries ANDI (since 2008), Advisory Committee of the Panamerican Agriculture University “Zamorano” (since 2019) and Founding President of the Association of Supermarkets ASUPERH (since 2019). She is former President of the AMCHAM Honduras (2014-2019); ViceChair ACCLA/UsChamber (2016-2019), President of Young Industrials JOVIN (2009-2011); Founding President of the Honduras Food Bank BAH (from 2012-2013) and Founding Curator in Honduras of the Global Shapers Community/WEF (2016).
Mey is a natural connector of people and is learning to practice yoga & chi kung
She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Central America Leadership Program, member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Mike Dieckmann es emprendedor en la industria de tecnología y mercadeo digital. Participa activamente en iniciativas para mejorar y cambiar el sistema de educación publica en Honduras e impulsar el progreso económico a través de la transformación digital de los negocios y el estado. Es el fundador de la agencia de mercadeo digital WSIMetrix. Previo a crear su agencia, se desempeñó durante 19 años como Gerente Corporativo de Electrónica y Nuevos Negocios para el Grupo Inversiones La Paz. Entre sus funciones estaba dirigir JETSTEREO SA la cadena de tiendas de electrónica mas grande de Honduras. También tenia como responsabilidad la dirección de la cadena de tiendas ALDO y Call It Spring para centro américa. Mike funge desde el 2011 como presidente de la Fundación para la Educación Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu (FEREMA), una organización enfocada en políticas publicas y en proyectos de educación temprana para comunidades pobres. Mike es el Cónsul Honorario del Reino de los Países Bajos, miembro de la junta directiva de la Fundación Hondufuturo, pertenece al programa Central America Leadership Initiative CALI del Aspen Institute, es miembro Young Presidents oganization YPO y ha sido asesor a la junta directiva de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Tegucigalpa. Es apasionado por la naturaleza y el mar, dedica su tiempo libre a la lectura, meditación, ciclismo de montaña, buceo, kitesurf, y deportes de vela. Mike habla Español, Ingles, y Alemán; es graduado de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida con licenciatura en administración de empresas con concentración en negocios internacionales y mercadeo.
Michelle is a social policy and global development specialist with national and international experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she is Director of Global Strategy of Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and SOPHIA at the University of Oxford and professor of Social Development, and Social and Political Innovation of the School of Government at ADEN University. She serves as Senior Policy Advisor of The Fourth Sector Group and Leaders on Purpose.
Michelle is former Vice minister and Minister of Social Development of Panama and Technical Coordinator of the Social Cabinet. She also chaired the National Concertation for Development Council, a legally recognized participatory body for social dialogue comprising 23 sectors of society.
She has master’s degrees in Public Administration from Cornell University, Management of Cultural Projects and Heritage from Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro Palazzo Spinelli, and Commercial Law from Externado University in Colombia. She has a degree in Laws and Political Science from Santa Maria La Antigua University in Panama.
Michelle is fellow of the VIII class of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She lives in Panama with her husband Cesar and their daughter Paloma.
Miguel Ángel Siman
is Chairman of Inversiones Simco, a division of the Simán Group, and has had a significant career in the private and public sectors. In 2014, as the General Coordinator of Plan País”, he led a broad and diverse team of experts to develop a national plan intended to serve as the governments platform to address social, economic, and political issues, and recommend public policy initiatives and programs, for the local and national levels. Miguel Angel has served as Vice-President of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES), and is active in various non-profit foundations and organizations. From 1999-2004, he served in El Salvador’s Government as the Presidential Commissioner for Public Investment, a ministry level position to oversee government s investment programs; and as the President of the Social Investment Fund for Local Development (FISDL). From 2005-2009, he served as the Salvadoran Director for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE). Miguel Ángel has been a member of the International Council of the Harris School for Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and has taught at Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado, and Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN). He holds an undergraduate degree from Loyola University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Marlene are parents to Miguel and Santiago. Miguel Angel is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Miguel Fábrega is the president and creative director of NEO!, a creative consulting firm that specializes in business strategy and creative solutions for all types of business. He is also the founding partner of Diablo Rosso, a think-tank space and launching pad for emerging artists and creators of all types and partner for the Daily Senet, an insiders guide to 32 cities in the world. In 2006 his international art career began with the help of Dean Project gallery in NYC. In the past, he has worked as the Creative Director for staples as Oglivy, JWT and Young and Rubicam. During his 9 years with the WPP group he worked in various countries including Argentina, Mexico and New York and was part of global creative teams for Samsung and Colgate. Miguel also co-founded MOGO magazine, the first Intelecto-cultural publication in the region. Miguel has shown his work across Latin America, the U.S., Europe, the middle east and Japan. He won first prize in the Central American emerging artist Triennal at the Museo de Arte y Diseño de Costa Rica, has represented his country in the Bienalle de Centro America and has been nominated twice for the prestigious CIFO (Cisnero-Fontanals) grant. He has been a columnist for AGENDA magazine and a Ted Talker and fellowship finalist. He graduated in marketing and advertising with additional studies in photography and cinema.
He is the Executive Director of Real Estate Development in Grupo IDC, Guatemala. In this role, he leads the developing group for Condado Naranjo, an innovative project that will create a community based on a comprehensive master plan. At IDC, Miguel has also worked in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions on a regional level. Prior to IDC, Miguel worked as manager at Protego Asesores (presently Evercore), an investment banking advice firm in Monterrey, Mexico. Miguel is a board member of the American School of Guatemala, a trustee of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and an active member and former president of the Young Presidents Organization, YPO-Chapter Guatemala. Miguel obtained his degree in industrial engineering from Rafael Landivar University and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University. He is a Fulbright scholar. Miguel has run several marathons and he lives in Guatemala City with is wife and three children.
Mirei Endara de Heras
Mirei Endara de Heras served as Minister of Environment (2014-2017) and as Administrator of the Panama Environmental Authority (1994-1999), leading important institutional transformation in each term, most recently elevating the environment to a cabinet level position. The legislation passed in each of those terms allowed not only for the increased institutional capacity and authority, but also allowed an integrated and holistic approach to environment and natural resource management, pushing forward a sustainable development vision and agenda for the country. Mirei was the first Executive Director of the Fundación CALI (Central America Leadership Initiative), helping create the Central American portion of AGLN with the region’s founders in 2005. She is a board member of Fundación Smithsonian, a local not-for-profit created to support and divulge the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s work in Panama and Latin America, a position she has held since 2000. She has also held board positions in ANCON (Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza) the oldest conservation organization in Panama, Fundación NATURA and Fundación Centro de Ciencias y Arte. From 2000 to 2003 she established and directed the Nature Conservancy’s Panama Program. Mirei is now investing a lot of her time in addressing marine and coastal trash, as well as water management issues, focusing on how can private sector and civil society be more proactive and involved. She holds an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management. She is married to Miguel Heras and has 2 children, Miguel and Sofia. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is the founder of MAS Solutions, an independent consulting firm that specializes in financial planning and strategic advisory focusing on small and medium size companies. In 2016, she started the set up and management of a single-family office, advising them in establishing governance mechanisms, tax and estate planning, philanthropic initiatives, and the evaluation of new business opportunities. That same year, Mitzi executed the first nationally broadcasted edition of the now-annual Contest for Education and Excellence, where standardized testing in math, science, and languages was provided to several public schools in Panama. In 2013, she left her position as assistant vice president for treasury and investment in Banco General, after over 15 years working on the banking sector. During 2007, Mitzi lead the treasury and financial institution fronts during the merger of Banco General and Banco Continental, the two largest Panamanian banks at the time. She currently serves as an International Finance Corporation board nominee for Banco la Hipotecaria and a board member for Grupo Power Club fitnesss gyms. Mitzi is a board member in various nonprofit organizations such as Pro Niñez, Fundación para la Promoción de la Excelencia Educativa, and Fundación Escuela San Pedro Nolasco all in which the quality of education is promoted through several initiatives. Mitzi was valedictorian from INCAE EMBA class of 2009 and earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and international business graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 2002. A proud mother of three children, Alessandra, Miguel, and Diego, Mitzi enjoys spending time with her family, serving at her church, running, reading and working on social projects involving children that will leave a positive footprint in remote communities. She is also a member of the Comité Nacional de INCAE, the Georgetown Alumni Association and associate member of Women Corporate Directors. Mitzi is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is partner director at Audienz, a corporate communications consulting firm. She has been communications specialist for over 20 years and it has developed communication strategies and crisis management plans for industries such as banking, energy, real estate, technology, and personal care. Nadina was Director at Ogilvy Public Relations El Salvador and worked at the Communications Secretariat of Salvadoran government. She was editor at La Prensa Gráfica; and Director of Communications of the Secretariat of Central American Integration, SICA and the Salvadoran Banking Association, ABANSA. Her areas of expertise are: strategic communications planning, spokesperson’s training, personal and corporate reputation, and crisis communications. She has a degree in Communications Sciences and has studies in psychology and political sciences; and serves as a Board Member of the non-profit Vital Voices El Salvador Chapter. She is a Fellow of the eighth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Nery Ramón Granados
currently serves as Legal Adviser to the Vice President of the country and since 2015 is also a member of the City Council of Santa Tecla, on behalf of the political party FMLN. Nery has extensive experience in the public sector, especially in the municipal area. From 2004 to 2014 he worked for the Municipality of Santa Tecla , playing several positions, most notably as Legal Adviser to the Mayor, Head of the Legal Department, City Clerk. Nery earned a Bachelor’s degree in Laws, from Universidad Evangélica de El Salvador in 2005, and was authorized as a Lawyer in 2006. In 2008, he earned a Master’s in International Business Law, graduating with honors from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. He did long term studies on Business English and Translation. Then, in 2013, Nery was authorized as a Public Notary by the Supreme Court of Justice. Nery lives in San Salvador and he enjoys the theater and outdoor activities. Nery is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Nilson Ariel Espino
Nilson Ariel Espino is president of SUMA Architects and Urban Planners, a private firm specializing in urban-scale projects including public-private partnernships and social-environmental components. He was previously executive director of the Office of the Old City, an agency administered through the United Nations Development Program and whose mission is the renovation of the colonial neighborhood of Panama City, a World Heritage Site. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University in Panama, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Rice University. He is married and has two sons. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is a visiting professor and researcher, University of Arizona; and Senior Fellow, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. Octavio has been working for the past three years on several initiatives to better the legal infrastructure used for trade between the United States and Latin American countries. Prior to this, he was Minister of Culture and Presidential Advisor for Property Reform under the Maduro Administration in Honduras. Before entering government he practice as a private lawyer and advise several financial institutions in his home country. He is the author and translator of several books on history and property. He is a lawyer from the National University of Honduras (Summa Cum Laude); and holds an LLM with concentration in International Finance from the Harvard Law School (Landon H. Gammon Fellow, 2000). Octavio is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Pablo de la Guardia
Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Alliances, Copa Airlines, Panamá.
Pablo de la Guardia is the Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Alliances for Copa Airlines, one of Latin America´s leading airline groups with service to 70 destinations in 30 countries.
His responsibilities include strategic alliance development, international affairs, regulatory affairs, and analysis of legislative policy. He serves as principle liaison of the company with multiple governmental agencies throughout Latin America. He represents the company in local and regional business and industry groups.
Prior to joining Copa Airlines, Pablo de la Guardia worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as Legislative Aide to Hon. Xavier Becerra, Member of Congress from California. He has also held several posts in Panama’s private and non-profit sector.
Pablo earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Business Administration from Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio).
Pablo is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Pablo Jenkins is Co-Founder and President of Ideas en Acción, a donor-advised fund and co-creation platform that implements regionally scalable projects combining technology, social innovation, and youth leadership. He is also an active investor focusing on sustainable development through impact investing in wellbeing, education and technology. Pablo is co-founder of the Costa Rica Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. Pablo has served as an advisor to four Ministers of Science and Technology of Costa Rica on topics related to broadband and innovation policy. He was Intel Capital’s youngest strategic investment manager, Director of International Expansion for Endeavor Global during its expansion into the Middle East and Asia, and the co-creator of the Sustainable Investments Group in Brazil, with leading local family offices. Pablo has been co-organizer of TEDxPuraVidaJoven since 2011 and the first Do Lectures in Latin America.
Pablo graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA and an MPA from Harvard University. Pablo is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a 2015 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. He is on the board of directors of Estrategia Siglo XXI, Fundación Gente, and Cenfotec University.
President of the Castro Carazo Metropolitan University (UMCA), the second largest private university in Costa Rica established in 1936. In this role, Ms. Villalobos is accountable for the formulation and implementation of strategic and budgetary plans to advance the University s goals and for the definition of priorities in all departments. She is also on the executive board of La Marta Wildlife Refuge, a tropical rainforest with more than 1500 acres located in Turrialba, Costa Rica, where she helps execute conservation and sustainable development strategies with the local community and experts in the field. Previously, Ms. Villalobos was president of the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT). Ms. Villalobos was also responsible for developing consulting services for Hispanic-owned businesses in Southern California through the Small Business Administration (SBA). She received her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) in Costa Rica and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne in California.
Pamela Ayuso is co-founder and CEO of Celaque. She is a real estate entrepreneur and developer who has executive leadership experience in two of the most successful real estate developers in Honduras — managing operations at Alianza and leading Celaque. Celaque develops office and residential buildings in Tegucigalpa and also manages a broad portfolio of properties. Pamela’s focus is on growing Celaque into a model for the 21st-century company, including creating the first-of-its-kind online system for managing daily to-do’s and operating work, overseeing the selected movement of all of Celaque’s systems to the cloud, actively removing barriers to communication, and designing a highly inclusive design process.
During her time at Alianza, Pamela was responsible for the commercial management of its real estate properties. She designed and implemented Alianza’s operational structure, oversaw company operations and processes, and collaborated in the design and development of new residential, office and retail commercial projects throughout Tegucigalpa.
Pamela earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in finance and accounting from Ithaca College and went on to earn a Master of International Affairs in international finance from Columbia University. She is a certified public accountant in the state of New York. Pamela writes entrepreneurial articles on La Tribuna as well as Medium and LinkedIn. She serves as secretary of the Board of Directors at Asociación Creciendo Juntos and is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Board’s Finance Committee at FEREMA. Pamela published her first children’s book recently, Alicia and Bunnie Paint a Mural. She is married and is the proud mother of three daughters. Pamela is a Fellow of the fifteenth class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network
Pamela Molina is Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Agrolibano. She also holds a place on the Board of Director and serves as the President of Fundación Agrolibano and Fundación Pro Improvement of the Hospital of San Lorenzo. She began her professional career in 1993 for Agrolíbano starting in the area of Marketing and Exports, from 2000 to 2010 she served as the VP of Finance and Treasury and since mid-2008 she has been responsible for establishing the division of Social Responsibility of Agrolíbano. It was under her management that Agrolíbano first achieved in 2013 the title of a social responsible company. As president of the Foundation for support of HSL she lead and achieved a physical transformation of the Public Hospital of San Lorenzo, promoting since 2014 a model of: decentralized Hospital Management for results with systemic approach whose main axis the patient. She is currently seeking for this model to be replicated in other hospitals in Honduras. Pamela holds a degree in Industrial Business and Administration from the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana UNITEC. She has continued her education through, seminars and professional graduate certificates from universities such as Yale, Harvard, INCAE, Universidad de Los Andes, among others.
Paola Bondy is currently Bu President of Honduras (Cerveceria Hondureña) and El Salvador (La Constancia) part of AB-InBev. Joined SABMiller in 2003 as Brand Manager, promoted to different marketing directions before taking VP Marketing role in 2012. In 2016 after SABMiller acquisition from AB-InbBev, Paola was appointed Country head for Honduras and responsible for the integration, business results, corporate social responsibility and reputation. And in 2018 she was promoted to BU president of the two operations leading the BU dream (bringing people together for a better world) and business growth with the best talent.
She is a Honduran citizen, Industrial Engineer and received an MBA Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. She is married and has 3 Kids (Fiorella-12, Valentina-6 and Gael-1).
Patricia Planells de Rengifo currently heads the Corporate Lending team at BAC Panama, a GrupoAval affiliate, which incorporates banking operations throughout Central America. Since 1998, Mrs. Rengifo has been involved in higher education through instructional posts at the USMA – Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua, distinguished as the top private center for higher education in Panama, and the International Banking Institute, academic branch for the Panamanian Bankers Association, leading the instruction of different finance and bank related topics. Mrs. Rengifo has published articles in the Banca y Mercado Magazine, the official magazine of the Panamanian Bankers Association. Mrs. Rengifo has given pro bono efforts as financial advisor for several non for profit organizations such as the Fundación de Amigos del Niño con Leucemia y Cancer, and the orphanage house Malambo. Before joining BAC in 1997, Mrs. Rengifo served as Credit Officer at Bank Boston Panama Branch, and Production Plant Engineer for Kraft Foods Panama. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Rengifo is a Magna Cum Laude Engineer from the USMA, and a Master in Business Administration with honors from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnologia – ULACIT.
Pedro José Barquero Tercero has been the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Cortés Industries (CCIC) since 2014. This is a corporate organization that brings together the private sector of the northern area of Honduras. Pedro is responsible for the financial sustainability of that institution, increasing the profits from 2014 to 2018 in more than 300%.
Previously, he worked as a consultant in Strategy, Finance and Administration. Pedro held various executive positions in the private industry, including his role as the General Manager of Citibank Seguros Cuscatlán from 2007 to 2013, company where he was also a member of the Board of Directors.
He is currently the representative of the private sector within the Board of Directors of the Private Contributions Regime (RAP), a second-tier financial institution with assets of 800 million dollars. He is also the representative and spokesperson for the National Minimum Wage Commission.
Pedro holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from INCAE and is an Industrial and Systems Engineer graduate from Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (Unitec). On a personal level he is passionate about travel and extreme sports such as diving, parachuting, tactical shooting, motorcycling and he is a private pilot of single-engine aircrafts.
is CEO of Costa Rica Trade Promotion Authority PROCOMER. This government agency is responsible for country exports and free trade zones. Pedro also serves as president of Costa Rica Country Brand and as president of the Latin America Trade Promotion Agencies Council. He leads Costa Rica country brand strategy to attract tourists, investors and buyers. During the last four years, PROCOMER has been awarded as the “Best Trade Promotion Organization in the World” by International Trade Centre, and Costa Rica was ranked the “happiest country on earth” by Happy Planet Index.
Prior to his public service, Pedro worked 15 years for Intel Corp, progressing from finance clerk in Costa Rica to chief of staff of Intel Global Head of Sales, in Silicon Valley. He became the latin-american with the highest position on Intel global organization chart. Pedro lived in Madrid, London, México and San Francisco before returning to his native Costa Rica to join the public service.
Pedro has 4 children and has completed 7 Ironman triathlons. Pedro is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik
Rabbi Gustavo Kraselnik is the spiritual leader of the Congregation KolShearith Israel in Panama since 2002, and is the Executive Director of the Panamanian Jewish Congress. It is also a member of the Interfaith Committee of Panama. He is coauthor of the book Parashah Commentaries (Notes from the weekly Torah readings), and published in major newspapers several articles on current topics related to Judaism. Gustavo was ordained by the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, in 1996 and served as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of El Salvador from 1996 until 2002. He graduated in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Gustavo participated in the program “Senior Educators” at The Melton Centre for Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been Professor of Rabbinical Literature at the University Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the University Santa Maria La Antigua (USMA) in Panama. Gustavo is from Argentina, is married and has one son.
Rafael is CEO of Banco Agrícola, one of Central America’s largest banks and part of Grupo Bancolombia. An economist by training, he served eight years as provost of the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), the leading undergraduate institution of El Salvador in the business, economics, engineering and law fields. He was president of the country’s Central Bank from 1999 to 2002 during the country’s successful move towards dollarization. Former governor at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, IADB and CABEI. He holds a BA from Rice University in computer science and a Licenciatura and master’s degrees in economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His interests lie in economics, financial inclusion, banking, education and politics and he enjoys gastronomy and technology. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Raisa Banfield is director of the Environmental Advocacy Center. She offers conferences on civil participation, conservation, and development in order to provide information access to communities. She has created workshops and expert exchanges on urban and environmental topics as well as published diverse opinion articles in various news organs. In 2007, she won a scholarship from the US government to train in topics related to urbanism and the environment. Recently, she was invited by the Environmental Leadership Training Initiative, a program of the Smithsonian Institute of Tropical Research and the Yale University School of Forestry to take part in the conference “Financing for the Conservation of Nature in the Americas.” She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ramiro Alfaro is General Manager of Spectrum. Spectrum is a real estate company with operations in Central America and Colombia. Ramiro loves adventure and is an active runner, triathlete and adventure racer. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA, both from Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He is married and has three children.
Regina Wong de Eyl, 44, Directora de Desarrollo Comercial, Sercano Inc., EEUU
Es responsable del desarrollo comercial de Sercano, proveedor de contenido de televisión producido en Honduras para el segmento centroamericano que vive en EEUU. Esta es una iniciativa de su grupo familiar con el que ha desarrollado su carrera. Inició en Editorial Hablemos Claro donde se involucró en la conceptualización y evolución de las revistas Hablemos Claro, As Deportiva, Hablemos Claro Financiera, Cromos, y la revista “Come to Honduras,”. Además participó en la creación y desarrollo de TEN Canal 10, el primer canal de televisión en Honduras orientado a promoción de la educación y desarrollo del país. Fue Presidenta y Fundadora del capítulo de Voces Vitales Honduras y co-fundadora de United Way Honduras. Actualmente es miembro de la red de Vital Voices Miami. Cuenta con un MBA de la Univerisdad de Loyola, New Orleans y Licenciatura en Administración Industrial y de Negocios de Unitec. Está felizmente casada con Rudi Eyl y tiene 3 hijos, Rudi, Antonella y Roderick. Actualmente vive en Weston, Florida.
Renata Villers is founder and Executive Director of Amigos del Aprendizaje, ADA (http://www.ada.or.cr/), a leading NGO that works with multi-sector stakeholders (teachers, children, researchers and policy makers) to transform the way children learn to read and write to support their active participation in the knowledge society. To achieve its mission: ADA facilitates online teacher professional development- for over 1000 teachers a year; sponsors a national children’s writing contest – with more than 15,000 annual children participants; and convenes the ProLEER conference at Harvard University annually, to strengthen educational policy and practice across Latin America. Prior to living in Costa Rica, Renata worked as a consultant with J.E. Austin Associates – the consulting group of Harvard Business School professor James E. Austin – where she developed case studies, training materials and strategic analysis for developing country NGOs and institutional clients, such as the Woman’s World Banking, the Asian Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation. As a resident of Costa Rica, before forming ADA, she worked as an independent consultant for non-profit organizations, to support their development of social enterprise business plans, among them INBio and the Fundación Omar Dengo. Renata serves on the board and advisory committees of several prominent educational organizations including: the United World College Costa Rica, Estado de la Educación and Fundación Monge. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the Central American Leadership Network (CALI), an alumni interviewer for Harvard College, and a founding member of the Steering Committe of ProLEER at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Renata holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a resident of Costa Rica since 1991.
Ricardo A. Pardomo
is Managing Partner at The Network Company, a boutique Investment Banking & Private Equity Firm. During his time at The Network Co, Ricardo has been able to advise clients in equity raising, capital market transactions, M&A and private equity investments. One of the main objectives Ricardo is currently facing, as the President of an energy developer, is the development and launching of the first energy project 100% destined to the SEIPAC, as he believes strongly in the integration of the region. Ricardo serves as external board member in various companies and different industries such as: BBP Bank in Panamá, Estadios Deportivos de El Salvador (Estadio Cuscatlán in El Salvador) and an Outdoor Advertising Company in the Central American region. In addition, Ricardo ventured in other minor initiatives such as a global grain trading company and a food services company. He has a B.A. in Economics from Emory University, Atlanta, GA., and an Executive MBA from INCAE, San Salvador, El Salvador.
is CEO of Aseguradora Suiza Salvadoreña, S.A. He is also the director of YAK PAK EL SALVADOR, S.A. DE C.V., a manufacturing concern focused on exports to the U.S. and Europe (since 1995), the director of MEDIDENT, S.A. DE C.V. a distributor of pharmaceutical products and dental equipment and products (since 1994); as well as the Director of CURTIS INDUSTRIAL S.A. (since1994). In 2002 he became the director of Fundación Hogares Providencia for Street Children and since 2003 he has been the president of the Salvadorian Association of Insurance Companies and since 2005 the advisor for the national Association of Private Enterprises (ANEP). He holds a BS degree from Lehigh University and a specialization certificate from the Swiss Insurance Training Center (SITC), Zurich, Switzerland. He is married with three children. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Ricardo Ernesto Augspurg
is Director for real estate operations at Grupo Agrisal. He previously cofounded a program called Plastic’s Eco-Friends, which won the 2004 National Environmental Award from the Ministry of Environment. Before that, he worked at the Salvadoran Foundation for Social and Economic Development, where he helped develop the first private free trade zones in El Salvador with funds from USAID. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from a university in the United States and a master’s degree in industrial management and technology from INCAE. Ricardo is a board member at the Salvadorian Entrepreneurial Foundation for Education Development. He has been married for 17 years and has four children: Ricardo, Gabriela, Fernando, and Santiago. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is the CEO and president of SER Chumbagua, part of a regional operation dedicated to the production of sugar, molasses, renewable energy, and rum in Central America. Ricardo is also president of Energía Chumbagua, board member of the Honduran Sugar Producers Association (APAH), its Corporate Social Responsibility foundation (FUNAZUCAR), and Honduras Sugar Estates, S. A. de C. V. Ricardo has accrued experience with Grupo Pellas and Dole Food Company operations in Honduras and Guatemala in several key fields, such as agricultural operations, industrial sales, logistics, fruit packaging materials, corporate social responsibility, and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in business administration from The Catholic University of Honduras, a master’s in commercial management and marketing from Carlos III of Madrid University, and a master’s in international agribusiness management from INCAE Business School. Ricardo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rigoberto Cuéllar is the Adjacent Attorney General for Honduras. Rigoberto has a long career in public service, holding the following positions: Chief Prosecutor for the Technical Advisory Department, Deputy Director and Chief Prosecutor by Law and Secretary of State for Natural Resources and Environmental Matters. He has served as prosecutor for more than 10 years and has been advisor of several governments and international cooperation programs in matters of justice, law enforcement, violence and corruption prevention. Rigoberto is a founding member of Asociación de Estudios Penales y Sociales de Honduras (ASEPESH), a member of FACED-Justicia (Comisión de Derecho Procesal del Colegio de Abogados de Honduras, Federación Centroamericana de Asociaciones para el Fortalecimiento del Estado de Derecho), Colegio de Abogados de Honduras, Comisión Científica, Asociación de Ciudadanos and ASERjusticia – Juristas Para el Servicio y Apoyo al Estado de Derecho de Guatemala. Rigoberto obtained a law degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras and a Masters certificate from Spain. He obtained his Ph.D from Universidad Jaume I, de Castelló de la Plana in 2001, completing his thesis on “La Reforma Procesal Penal y el Ministerio Público de Honduras: Justificación y Perspectiva”. He received a scholarship from the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies in Florence, Italy for a masters program on International Criminal Law. He has published many books and articles on criminal procedures and has been a contributor for many legislative projects. He has also been a professor for legal subjects in national and international universities (Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, Spain). He is married and has three children.
Rita Vásquez is the sub-director of the newspaper La Prensa. This is her second stint for the newspaper, having returned in March 2015 after spending three-and-a-half years as a human resources manager for the Panama office of VF Corporation. Rita first joined La Prensa in 2007, where she held the title of junior sub-director before leaving for VF in 2011. Prior to entering the newspaper industry, Rita worked as managing director of the BVI office for the law firm Sucre, Arias and Reyes, and later as an associate for the firm’s office in Panama. While in the BVI, Rita was a board member of the Association of Registered Agents, the leading advocacy group for the financial services industry. In 2015, Rita was elected vice president of the National Journalism Council, an organization founded to protect the right to freedom of expression and information in Panama. In 2016, she was elected president of that organization. Rita was also the leader of La Prensa’s team that was part of the global investigation that became known as “The Panama Papers.” Rita is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is founder and managing partner of Versata Capital, a boutique investment bank based out of Panama, serving clients with corporate finance and M&A advisory services. He also serves as Chairman of Executive Forums (Panama Chapter), a President/CEO peer group advisory board. Robbie’s previous experience includes leadership positions at Valor Capital, Dell, Grupo Financiero Uno, and Visa Latin America. He began early in his career as a management consultant for Bain & Company serving mainly Latin American clients in a diverse set of industries. Robbie earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He serves on the board of directors of Cochez & Cia., CM Realty (REIT), and the Harvard Club of Panama; Also a member of the Biodiversity Museum’s Development Committee and a member of the advisory board of FranklinCovey Latin America North. Robbie lives in Panama with his wife Claudia and his two boys, Roberto and Sebastian. In his free time he enjoys running, biking, swimming and playing soccer. Robbie is a Fellow of the eleventh class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
He is the Executive Director of CACIF, the representative body of the Guatemalan private sector, since 1994. He’s an attorney at law from Universidad Rafael Landívar. He’s currently serving as one the permanent members of the Security Affairs Council (CAS) in Guatemala and during his law practice he has served as Director of the Gaceta in Corte de Constitucionalidad, and as an associate to Cervantes, Medrano & Villacorta Law Firm. He is member of several of the working committees of the business organization (security, strategic and political affairs), and is co founder and director of the “business training in political leadership Seminar”. Roberto has been a permanent keynote speaker in art, culture, law and politics in the Guatemalan academic community and has studies in crisis management, intelligence and political analysis. He lives in Guatemala City with his wife and three children.
Roberto González Diaz-Duran is an independent consultant and professor at Francisco Marroquín University in the faculty of economic and business administration. He ran for mayor of Guatemala City in 2007 and placed second. Prior to that, he was manager of the presidency of the republic from 2005 until 2007. He was previously minister of energy and mines and president of the National Institute of Electrification. He has been a city councilman in Guatemala City, manager and founder of the Regulating Organization of the Metropolitan Transport and Transit Authority, and assistant director of the Municipal Company of Water of Guatemala City. In the private sector, he has worked in the agro-industrial and power fields, as well as directed consulting. Roberto has a masters degree in economics with a specialization in social evaluation of projects from Pontíficia Universidad Católica of Chile and degrees in economics and sociology from Francisco Marroquín University, as well as various postgraduate executive courses from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, the London School of Economics, INCAE, and others. He is married and has 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.
Roberto Motta III
Roberto Motta III is president and CEO of Agencias Motta, S.A., Envasadora Comercial, S.A. and FAMOSA GROUP, S.A., companies dedicated to the manufacturing and distribution of fragrances, health and beauty products, in local and international markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning for development of new markets and product management. He also has interests in real estate projects. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Panama, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (APEDE), and Entrepreneurs Organization, (EO) and was the president of AEROCLUB. He is a member of the board of directors of Novey, SA, Cochez, FETESA, and Euroautos Group of Centroamérica. Roberto Motta graduated from Babson College in Massachusetts and obtained an MBA from INCAE, as well as participated in high-performance managers program. In his leisure time, he is an avid airplane pilot. He is married and has 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.
Roberto Paiz is the managing director of TV Azteca Guatemala since 2011. Between 2003 and 2010 he was managing director for INMACO, also in Guatemala. Beforehand, Roberto worked in the Netherlands as a management trainee and, later, as a black belt in change management within the different businesses in Royal Philips Electronics. He returned to Guatemala motivated by the need to improve his country. Today he is president of Azteca Foundation, in Guatemala, where he started successful projects in drug prevention, environmental awareness, and cultural development for youngsters. He serves as a board member in FUNDESA (Fundación para el Desarrollo), where he is leading the Guatemala s alliance for nutrition. Within GuateAmala, he founded a youth volunteer project called Weavers aimed at accelerating cultural change. For two years he volunteered, as the attitude coach for the multiple national football teams, helping them qualify Guatemala for its first world cup in Colombia 2011. Roberto holds an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Idaho, both cum laude. He is a fellow of the 11th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.
Roberto Rosenberg: Founder and Managing Director of Aprisa, Acabados y Procesos Industriales, S.A., a manufacturing company of steel wire products that serves the commercial and industrial refrigeration industry and other lines of wire products such as POP displays, shelving, fences, etc. Has participated in different community projects, including his involvement with Sumpango, an indigenous community in Guatemala, helping them improve their famous Giant Kite Festival celebrated every year. Has been part of Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global organization with more than 7400 members around the world, since 2000. Served in different leadership positions, becoming the Guatemala Chapter President in 2005 and currently he is part of the EO LAC Regional Board. Roberto is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rodrigo Gonzalez Paniza is currently the Operations AVP for the LATAM Region in EGS, private multinational BPO Company, part of the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. His responsibilities are to ensure lean, optimum and profitable operations, generate corporate stability and standardization, business performance innovation, as well as strategic planning and ensuring attainment of corporate financial and operational objective. He has also worked as a consultant in the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank as counterpart to various governments in the region on loans given by these institutions for economic development programs, on a period of approximately 6 years. After the banks he moved over to 3M as Lean Six Sigma Director and Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs Regional Manager, then promoted to Commercialization Manager and Strategic Planner for the region as well. He then moved to independent private consulting after almost 6 years in 3M, advising clients on process optimization, change management, etc., such as Tetra-Pak, HSBC, Halliburton, Suzuki, Generali, as well as other national and regional enterprises. He sold the business to another consulting firm. He is a Lawyer, specialized in Economy and certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
is a Salvadoran social entrepreneur and international development professional, passionate about the intersection of social impact, innovation and technology. He currently serves as technology and innovation liaison for CREA Consultores, the first Creative Associates International subsidiary in Central America, with the mission of catalyzing local Central American innovations to a regional and global scale. Prior to this, Rodrigo lived in the United States for 3 years, where he attended Brandeis University’s Heller School for social policy and management as a Fulbright scholar to complete his master of arts in sustainable international development (Waltham, Massachusetts) and first joined Creative Associates International as technology for communities in transition liaison (2016) working in project design and implementation focusing on the Central American region, supporting technology for development initiatives in Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Eastern Caribbean. Rodrigo’s passion for social innovation started when he co-founded the Youth Against Violence Movement of El Salvador, a group advocating for the adoption of youth violence prevention policies at a local and national level. His work as coordinator of the YAV movement in El Salvador, and subsequent role as a signator in the YAV movement-Central America led him to being appointed as the first executive director of the Municipal Youth Institute of the City of San Salvador, where he was in charge of designing the administrative, financial and programmatic structure of the first decentralized municipal authority focusing on youth development, in the City of San Salvador. During his service with the City, he implemented projects that emphasized technology, creativity and entrepreneurship as a tool for positive youth development. Rodrigo is a member of global networks such as the American Council of Young Political Leaders, One Young World’s Peace Ambassadors program, the Millennial Trains Project and the Fulbright program. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is a pediatrician, Founder and Director of Hogares Providencia a heaven for children of the streets, and consultant for Cicatelli Associated Inc. For nine years he was Head of El Salvador AIDS program of the Secretary of Health, ambassador and member of board of directors of ONUSIDA – the United Nations program for AIDS. From 2006 to 2009 he was the children and youth advisor to the First Lady Ms. Saca. Simán founded the clinic for children with immunodeficiency for the Children’s Hospital of El Salvador, which was later christened under his name. Simán was awarded the Dr. Luis Edmundo Vázquez National Award of Medicine in 2002, and named Outstanding Salvadorian Physician by the Congress of El Salvador in 2009, being voted unanimously by all congressmen. Simán was born in El Salvador, studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas in Costa Rica and in Universidad Nacional de Chile.
leads Grupo TERMO, a Flexible Packaging Supplier and Plastic Recycler based out of El Salvador, with over 2,000 employees and operations in Central and North America and South-East Asia. He has a BS in industrial engineering and a master’s in science of management. Grupo TERMO has been awarded Largest Plastics Industry Exporter for four consecutive years 18,17,16 and 15) by the ASI (Industrial Association of El Salvador), it ranks # 18 Great Place to Work in Central America (for companies of over 1,000 employees). The group has now become the largest plastic recycler in Central America, recycling over 30 million pounds per year and has set very aggressive sustainability goals, including becoming the first Central American Company in the Packaging Sector to be Carbon Positive and Zero Waste to Landfill by 2020. Rodrigo enjoys traveling and food! A perfect combination that allows for business and pleasure trips to be more enjoyable. He has traveled the Americas, Europe and Asia, understanding global customer’s needs and global packaging manufacturing and distribution capabilities. He enjoys learning about other cultures, customs and traditions and how flexible packaging and recycling plays an important role in the progress of many evolving economies. Rodrigo is an active member of YPO El Salvador, participates in academic and business board of governors and has co-created ALMA, an entrepreneurial venture that supports young women and men in their university studies, while creating and selling fashion items. Rodrigo lives in El Salvador, Central America and is happily married, has 3 wonderful boys, whom he loves spending quality time with. Some of his favorite hobbies are reading, playing tennis, running and spending the weekends on outdoor activities with family and friends. Rodrigo is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Roger Valladares is the vice president of Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras (U.T.H.), the largest private university in the country and the first university in Honduras to open a campus in the United States. Roger was the international relations director for U.T.H. until 2014 where he succeeded in establishing alliances with universities around the globe. In 2009 Roger successfully signed a contract with Harvard Business Publishing to implement the Harvard Case Methodology for the 17,000 students currently enrolled in U.T.H.. In 2004 he was responsible for opening and managing a carbonated and non carbonated beverage company, competing with Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola in the local market. Roger also has a passion for athletics, he has successfully finished several marathons and is one of the few people in Honduras who has completed an Ironman triathlon. He holds a Masters degree in International Business from EADA Business School in Barcelona and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Roger lives in Honduras with his wife Isabella and his baby boy Benjamin.
General Manager of Hacienda Juan Viñas S.A., an agro-industrial company located in the Atlantic region of Costa Rica, specializing in production, processing and marketing of sugar cane, coffee, macadamia nuts, forestry and vegetables. He joined the company in 1996 and has held a range of positions from production and finance to general manager. He also works with Fundación Juan Viñas RSE to improve the quality of life for the company’s employees; the foundation recently launched a teacher education program for all nine community schools expected to directly benefit over 500 children. He holds a BS in agriculture from EARTH University in Costa Rica and an MBA from the University of Costa Rica. He is an alumnus of INCAE’s PAG executive management program. Rolando is married to Marisol, and they have three sons: Antonio, Alberto, and Alexandro. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rolando Kattan is a poet, bibliophile, editor and cultural activist. He has published five poetry books and received honorable mention at the Ruben Dario Poetry Award. His work has been partially translated into French, English, Italian and Arabic and has been considered in many magazines and anthologies published in America, Europe and Asia. Recently he was accepted as a member of the Academia Hondureña de la Lengua. He is currently president of the Comité Iberoamericano de Poesía Juegos Florales de Tegucigalpa and the Comité Promonumentos Juan Ramón Molina. He is also member of the Board of Directors of The Museo del Hombre Hondureño. Rolando is host of the national television talk show Economía y Cultura. He was the founder and co-editor of the project Leer es Fiesta, which consisted in the free massive distribution of one million books. He also co-founded one of the most relevant cultural projects of the beginning of the 20th century in Honduras, PaisPoesible. Rolando owns the most important collection of Honduran literary and history books of Honduras, and recently founded the itinerant museum Honduras Ex-Libris, based on his collection. In 2011, he received the Premio al Voluntariado Cultural collectively awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Sports, the Embassy of Spain in Honduras, the Volunteer Program of the United Nations, and United Nations Developmental Program. Aside from his main role as poet and cultural activist, he is a consultant to the Secretary of State in the Finance Office where he focuses on improving public administration performance related to programs run by the World Bank, IDB and IMF. Also Rolando has worked for Promerica Financial Group for the last fourteen years, responsible for Informations Security Office for the banks members in nine countries.
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States of America. Román Macaya is a scientist and businessman who served as Vice-President of Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC, S.A., a crop-protection company based in Costa Rica, and as President of AgroCare, a global association based in Brussels, Belgium, representing 865 manufacturers and distributers of generic crop protection products. Macaya is a Director of the Latin American Association of National Agrochemical Industries (ALINA) and of Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Generic Products. He served as President of both organizations, in 2006-2008 and 2004-2008, respectively. Macaya regularly represents the industry in international forums at the WHO, FAO and WTO. Macaya has also held positions as Senior Scientist at a biotechnology start-up firm in New Jersey, and Business Development Director at a pharmaceutical contract research organization, Investment Officer at a private equity firm, and Managing Partner at a health care consulting firm in Costa Rica. Macaya ran in the Citizen’s Action Party’s first primary election in May 2009 and currently serves on the Political Commission of the Party. Macaya holds an MBA in Health Systems Management from Wharton Business School, a doctorate in Biochemistry from UCLA and a B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College.
Ruy Merriam is a seasoned CFO with Wall Street training (worked in leverage finance division of SG Cowen Securities and in the private equity Latin America division of Deutsche Bank) and has ample experience in entrepreneurial ventures in real estate, financial advisory and other industries. He is comanager and financial director in Macris School, one of the largest and leading bilingual schools in Honduras and a familyowned business. Concurrently, he is cofounder and CFO of Raíz Capital, a real estate development company with the mission of catalyzing the sustainable transformation of Tegucigalpa’s historic downtown and generating positive social impact. He has also provided financial advisory to various companies in Honduras in areas such as M&A, valuation, debt origination and shareholder agreement negotiations.
Ruy is an active board member of the company operating AVIS in Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize, concentrating efforts in establishing corporate practices at regional level. He is a board member of Museo de Identidad Nacional, Honduras’ most active and successful museum. He has been part of the board of YPO Honduras Chapter and currently its Chapter Chair, as well as spearheading an initiative to foment greater integration and synergy amongst the Central America chapters. Ruy holds a finance degree from Babson College.
Sabrina Bacal es politóloga de formación y periodista con 19 años de experiencia en Panamá. Actualmente es la Vicepresidenta de Asuntos Informativos y Asesora Ejecutiva de RSE en TVN Media. Además dirige el programa Radar y el especial anual Héroes por Panamá. Entre los años 2004 y 2010 fue Directora de TVN Noticias y condujo al canal televisivo a los primeros lugares de credibilidad y audiencia.
La trayectoria periodística de Sabrina también incluye su paso por el diario La Prensa (donde fue analista, columnista y miembro de la Junta Directiva), por la emisora radial Omega Stereo (como panelista de Infoanalisis y creadora del programa Sal y Pimienta) y el ejercicio de la docencia en Periodismo y Opinión Pública en la Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA).
Sabrina Bacal también ha sido consultora del Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF), partícipe de la Iniciativa de Liderazgo de Centroamérica del Aspen Institute (CALI), miembro del Consejo de Relaciones Exteriores (CONAREX) y de las Juntas Directivas de la Fundación PROED y la Fundación Amador.
After a 17 year career with Grupo Pantaleon, Salvador has joined Grupo IDC, a leading private equity group in the Central American region. The group works on multiple platforms, including M&A and structured finance, real estate, energy & infrastructure, and private equity funds. During his time at Pantaleon, Salvador held multiple roles, including M&A, business development, country manager for the Group’s Brazilian operation, head of sales & trading and Chief Sustainability Officer. Beyond the work space, Salvador has been appointed President of the Electoral Board for the State of Guatemala by the Supreme Electoral Court during several general elections (2007, 2011, 2015), and has held several other positions on the Electoral Board during six previous electoral processes. He currently is a member of the board of trustees of Grupo Educativo del Valle, a leading private education group which operates several universities and private schools around the country. He is also a member of board of trustees, and current Vice President of FUNDESA, the main Guatemalan private sector development think tank. Salvador was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. He received a BS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative.
is the founder and president of New Generation Party (Nueva Generación), a nationwide political organization which promotes participation in solving the problems of the country throughout the civil society and Costa Rican youth. Sergio participated in February 2014 as a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic of Costa Rica with New Generation Party. Prior founding and participating in New Generation, Sergio established IBL Attorneys a legal firm where he has worked as a lawyer. In 2006-2008, Sergio worked as business manager and consul in Trinidad and Tobago. He served as consul and director of Costa Rica in France and he represented the country at organizations such as UNESCO and the Association of Caribbean States for the Ministry and Department of International Cooperation, 2002-2005. Representing Costa Rica is one of his commitments as a leader nationally and internationally. He represented his local country in 1998 as municipal council for the period 1999-2001. Sergio wrote the Status of Constitution of the Political Party in 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in laws and notary, and his Master’s degree in European Law. Sergio is the fellow and president of New Generation political party and an active member of this organization.
Sonia Domínguez is the Food Security Advisor for the US Agency for International Development in Guatemala. She has been working for USAID since she finished her high-school in 1998. Her undergraduate degree is in Organizational Psychology from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, and her master’s degree in Development and Local Power from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. She is responsible of ensuring the effective contribution of resources to attain the improvement of nutritional status of thousands of vulnerable families living in rural communities of Guatemala. Sonia is also the founder of Orejitas de Amor/Ears of Love, a foundation to support children born with congenital malformations. She is married and has two daughters. Sonia is a fellow of the Martin J. Foreman fellowship program at the Global Health Bureau/USAID Washington Nutrition Division, and fellow of the eight class of the Central American Leadership Initiative.
Sylvia Gereda began the first investigative television program in Guatemala, called Informe Especial (Special Report) in 2011. In 1996 she the Guatemalan newspaper el Periódico, created the first journalistic research team in the country and wrote one of the most read opinion columns in recent times. For 15 years she worked as director of el Periódico. She teaches journalism at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. She is the president of Vital Voices’ Guatemala chapter and VP of the Guatemalan Chamber of Journalism. In 2004, she was recognized by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger and was appointed to the National Council against Corruption to implement laws in favor of transparency. In 2006, she was appointed as regional VP of the Free Press Commission under the Inter-American Press Society. She holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Salamanca in Spain, a degree in literature from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, and a degree in technical journalism from Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala. Sylvia is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Tania is Executive Director of Travel Mall Company, a tourism enterprise and an expert in international relations, public administration and private initiatives. Graduated in International Relations from the University of El Salvador with a Master’s degree in Political Management from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and conducting studies on business management and entrepreneurship at Algonquin College, Canada. Her first professional experience was in the field of hospitality and tourism giving, with his training and leadership, a leap of quality to the family business Travel Mall. In 2009 she began her career in the Public Administration as Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador from where she coordinated the activities of the ministerial branch and acted as a liaison between the chancellery and the diplomatic corps. In 2013 she took over as an Advisor to the office of the Secretary-General of the Central American Integration System from where she conscripted important initiatives on regional cooperation, institutional communications and women’s empowerments. In 2017 she was appointed as El Salvador’s Ambassador to Canada, where she promoted three key initiatives: the revival of the temporary worker’s program, the air navigation agreement, and the return of Canada’s bilateral cooperation to El Salvador. He currently provides advice in his field of action and is developing a private project to achieve more significant tourism, brotherhood, and cooperation between Canada and El Salvador.
Tethey Martinez de Murillo is the Executive Director of The Honduran Chamber of Insurance Companies. As executive director she has to ensure the objectives of the Chamber of Insurance Companies are met, keeping the necessary impartiality for the benefit of the entire Insurance Sector, monitoring the proper progress of the organization, ensuring strict compliance with the instructions of its General Assembly and its Board of Directors, representing the Chamber before other organozation, such as regulatory entities in accordance with the guidelines of the Board of Directors.
Tethey was named President of el Regimen de Aportaciones Privadas Rap in representation of the Private Sector. RAP is the largest Pension Fund with a Social Interest, managed by a Tripartite Board of Directors. Define the content of the agenda and the dates of meetings of the General Assemblies and the Board of Directors of the Institution, leading the meetings of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors, directing the debates of the directors representing the business, labor and government sectors. Ensure compliance of the agreements adopted by the General Assemblies and the Board of Directors.
Tethey is also the Vice President of Vital Voices Honduras. She has a bachelor’s degree in financial planning and counseling from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and an MBA from Texas Christian University. She was a Fulbright Scholar. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Vali Maduro de Gateno
Vali Maduro de Gateño: Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice, Panama, Republic of Panama. For the past 16 years Vali has treated individuals, couples and families. She is part of the faculty of the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, DC and Panama and is the current Director of the IPI – Panama. She is a member of the Fundación Relaciones Sanas where she was the Coordinator and Developer of Teen Screen Panama, a Program that seeks to prevent adolescent suicide and is still acts as liaison with Columbia University’s TeenScreen Program. Vali is one of two Spanish Speaking Master Trainers for the American Association of Suicidology where she trains Mental Health professionals to evaluate and treat patients at risk. She is a volunteer with different associations and is always involved in the promotion and education of mental health issues in the public and private sectors in Panama. Vali earned her B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, her Masters in Psychology from Miami Institute of Psychology, her Post Graduate Studies in Object Relations Theory and Therapy from the International Psychology Institute and her Ph.D. from California Southern University. Vali is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Victor Vial is chief financial officer for Copa Airlines, which provides service to 31 destinations in 20 countries in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the United States from its “Hub of the Americas” at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama. Victor joined Copa Airlines in October 1995 as director of planning. During his tenure, Victor was involved in negotiations for Copa’s affiliation and strategic alliance with Continental Airlines. During the past four years, Victor has overseen the second phase of the airline’s fleet renovation. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in international business administration. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Victoria Gamboa Ross
Victoria Gamboa Ross is a public figure in Costa Rica. She recently ran for Vice President on the social Democratic Party’s presidential ticket. She has been in media for over 25 years and was the president of the Anna Ross Foundation for over 10 years, a nonprofit dedicated to cancer in Costa Rica. She has also served as Academic Director of Advertising & Marketing programs in the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT). She has worked in broadcast media for over 20 years and is currently the producer and host of Contexto 360, a daily radio show on politics and news.
Her academic achievements include Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. She finished coursework on a PhD in Public Administration and Business at ICAP, a B.Sc. in Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis on television production from Florida International University, a B.Sc., in Political Science from the University of Costa Rica and a Masters in Communication with an emphasis in Television Management from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She holds a post graduate degree as Project Manager from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Victoria is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is a Politician, Member of the Liberal Party of Honduras. Initiated her political activity in the Liberal Youth Party eight years ago, since then participating actively in the party working in several management positions. Was Secretary of Planning for the Liberal Youth and Vice-President of the Central Executive Counsel of the Institution. Has collaborated with the Naumann Fundation as the moderator in topics of political formation, especially for young people. Earned her Bachelor degree in Law at the National University of Honduras and Master’s degree in financial economics from the University of Sevilla in Spain. Vika is a Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is a partner of BLP, a Central American law firm, in which she coheads the Banking and Finance practice. Vivian is as partner at BLP since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as an international associate for Greenberg Traurig in New York. Vivian has been widely recognized by world renown publications and guides such as Latin Lawyer, where she is distinguished as Inspiring Women in Law and has been named Leading Lawyer since 2009; Chambers & Partners qualifies her as a Recommended Attorney and has given her the Leading Individual distinction since 2010; likewise, IFLR has named her Leading Lawyer since 2009. At BLP, besides being co-director of the Banking and Finance Practice, Vivian oversees the sustainability efforts of the law firm. She is president of the BLP Foundation, founder and director of the BLP Gender Equality Commission, the BLP Environmental Commission and the BLP LGBTI Commission. Vivian is a founding member of the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas and of the Steering Committee of Women in the Profession (WIP) of the Vance Center in New York since 2016, and she is also founder and coordinator of the WIP chapter in Costa Rica. Vivian serves as a board member for Asociación Amigos del Aprendizaje and Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo. She earned her Licentiate in Law degree, graduating summa cum laude, from the Universidad de Costa Rica and has an LLM degree from Harvard University School of Law. Vivian is a Fellow of the fourteenth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
President of San Rafael Arcangel Medical Center SA, a private clinic in Liberia, Guanacaste. It periodically conducts health fairs, which offer consultation and medical tests at cost to reach lower-income families. The hospital is also building a private hospital in Liberia, the first of its kind outside the capital of Costa Rica. Walbin previously worked for 15 years for the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, helping it invest in private medicine with a high social commitment and support for lower-income constituents. He is also involved with the development of breast cancer early-detection devices using thermography. Walbin earned his MD in Kiev, Ukraine, and his specialty in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Costa Rica. He has a postgraduate certificate in ultrasound at the University of Medical Sciences in Costa Rica. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
is a Media independent consultant. She was previously the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper La Nación and newspaper El Financiero. She is also a university professor in the School of Collective Communication at Universidad de Costa Rica and in the Journalism School at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She has 19 years of experience with economic journalism and 14 years of experience conducting a news media project. Yanancy is a founding member and treasurer of The Institute for the Press & Freedom of Expression and participates in synchronized swimming and other aquatic sports. She received a degree in journalism from Universidad de Costa Rica and an MBA with emphasis in finance from National University of San Diego, California, at its Costa Rican campus. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Yara Argueta is president of Lapco -Grupo Solid, S.A., a paint company leading the market with operations from Guatemala to Panama. She was previously regional director of the Paleta stores (2001-2005). She was director of industrial engineering at Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL), her alma mater, where she was previously a professor of business administration and marketing. Before that, she was the student representative at the University Board Committee of URL. She has been an electoral coordinator appointed by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal for the 2007 presidential elections, and she was a delegate for the 1999 and 2004 presidential elections. She received her MBA from INCAE (2005) with honors and her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) summa cum laude (1999). She is a Fellow of the third class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Yolanda Mayora de Gavidia is the Corporate Sustainability Manager at AGEXPORT since August 2019. During the last seven years she was the Executive Director of Novella Foundation, where she oversaw the social investment initiatives of PROGRESO group, which was tied to their sustainability strategy. Yolanda was born in El Salvador and moved to Guatemala in 2009 to become the secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SIECA). Beforehand, she had a two-decade public service career, where she laid the groundwork for sound economic development policies culminating with her service during 2004-2008 as Minister of Economy of El Salvador. Yolanda also led the implementation of CAFTA and the VI Population and Housing Census in El Salvador. She is very passionate on social issues such as the elements of competitiveness and is the founder of Infocentros, an NGO charged with massifying information technology in the early 90s, she is part of the Board of Directors for Alliance for Nutrition since its foundation and a director of Vital Voices.