Fellows

PAÍS
GENERACIÓN
SECTOR
  • Sabrina Bacal

     

    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.

  • Salvador Biguria

    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.

  • Sergio Mena

     

    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.

  • Shannon Music

     

    Shannon Music is director of operations and strategic partnerships of VIVA Idea, a think-action tank that contributes to solving the key sustainability issues in Latin America through research, capacity building, and knowledge management. She is co-chair of the Plataforma de Inversión de Impacto Centroamericana (PiiC), the Central American chapter of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG). Shannon also serves on the boards of VIVA Trust, FIFCO, the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), Water for People, and her family’s roller-skating rink. She also sits on the innovation and entrepreneurship committee of the Lincoln School board. She was interim COO for the Social Progress Imperative (SPI), where she helped develop the methodology for measuring social and environmental progress around the world. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group and was Program Manager at New Sector Alliance. She has an MBA, MPA, and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University. Shannon lives in Costa Rica with her husband and three children, ages 12, 10, and 8. Shannon is a Fellow of the16th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Simon Rodriguez

     

    Simón Rodríguez is resident teacher and co-director at La Montaña Azul, an international retreat center in the south of Costa Rica. He is also cofounder and consultant in Micelio, an organization that supports high impact leaders in the creation and implementation of dynamics for conscious collective action.
    For more than 15 years, he has supported thousands of people in different countries through diverse talks, retreats, virtual programs and coaching sessions. His work has been featured in CNN en español’s prime time and in the documentary “What if”.
    In 2008 he founded Alaya Camp, an international program that provides tools to enhance the capacity of children and teenagers to build joy in their lives and be a source of conscious change in the world, up to this date he has been involved in diverse innovative education projects with the private and public sector. He is at the moment a board member at True North School.

    In 2006 he earned a Bachelor’s degree in environmental management at the National University of Costa Rica and is a certified Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has received knowledge, practices and inspiration from various teachers and masters in Asia and America.
    Simón is a Fellow of the16th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Sonia Domínguez

    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

     
    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 Molina

    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 Martínez

     

    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.

  • Víctor Vial

     

    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.

  • Vika Martell

     

    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.

  • Vivian Liberman

    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.

  • Walbin Sánchez

     

    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.

  • Yanancy Noguera

     

    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

     
    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

     
    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.