Dr. Roberto Artavia Chairman of VIVA Trust Roberto Artavia is the Chairman of VIVA Trust, a fund which strives to contribute to sustainable economic, environmental, and social development in Latin America by fostering the cooperation between business groups and philanthropic foundations. He is also the President of Fundación Latinoamérica Posible and the President of the Board of the INCAE Business School. In the past, Mr. Artavia has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Social Competitiveness Index initiative and has also worked as an academic researcher for the Harvard Business School from 1987 to 2001. Currently, Mr. Artavia is also an active strategic advisor to the Interamerican Development Bank, various profit and non-profit organizations, as well as to the government of 9 countries in Latin America—the latter has earned him the highest civilian merit orders from their respective governments in 2007. Mr. Artavia holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University’s Business School, a master’s degree from INCAE, and a naval engineering degree.
Álvaro Salas Executive Director of The Democracy Lab Alvaro Salas is the Executive Director of The Democracy Lab, a small citizen-oriented think tank based in Costa Rica. His current research in Public Administration and International Affairs focuses on the role of technology to foster innovation in collaborative governance, public and private partnerships, and civic participation in Latin America. He currently works at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Mr. Salas has worked as a Special Advisor to the Government of Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras. He has also served as an academic consultant, legal advisor and researcher at the Interamerican Development Bank, the Grameen Creative Lab, the Youth Action Foundation, Gallaudet University, and the United Nations. Mr. Salas holds an MBA from INCAE Business School, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Administration at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York.
Soledad Núñez Minister of Housing and Urban Development in Paraguay Soledad Núñez is the current Minister of the National Secretariat for Housing and Habitat in Paraguay. At the age of 31, she became the youngest Minister of the Executive Branch and served as the Coordinator of the Plan for Poverty Reduction in urban and rural areas in her country. Ms. Nuñez is the former National Director of the NGO TECHO, in Paraguay, with an intervention of more than 150 human settlements that promoted the active participation of thousands of young adults in the social policy of the country. She is also a former member of the Advisory Council of several other NGOs such as Sumando, CIRD (Center for Information and Resources for Development) and The Global Shapers Assumption Hub (initiative of the World Economic Forum). Ms. Nuñez is a civil engineer from the National University of Asunción, and has a postgraduate degree in Project Management from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as well as a graduate degree from Georgetown University.
Javier Sanchez Lamelas Founder & CEO Top Line Marketing Consulting Javier Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Topline Marketing Consulting Group, an organization focused on elevating the standards of marketing departments worldwide through optimal marketing strategy and execution. Mr. Sanchez has over 30 years of global marketing experience. He started his marketing career at P&G in Madrid before joining the Coca-Cola Company in 1996, where he would remain for 20 years and eventually assume the position of Marketing Head in Europe. During his tenure, Mr. Sanchez led the strategic thinking team that launched Coca-Cola Zero worldwide and spearheaded the implementation of one of Coca Cola’s most renowned campaigns—the Choose Happiness campaign. Mr. Sanchez graduated from the University of Navarra with a degree in law and obtained an MBA from IESE in Barcelona.
Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg Founder and Chairman of the Strategic Investment Group Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg is the Founder and Chairman of the Strategic Investment Group, an American investment firm that has pioneered dedicated Outsourced CIO solutions since 1987. She also serves on the Board of Directors of General Mills, Inc., as well as the S&P Global Inc. Ms. Ochoa-Brillembourg is a long time member of the World Economic Forum and has been featured in PODER magazine as one of the “50 most successful women in the US”. From 1976 to 1987, Ms. Ochoa- Brillembourg took on the role of Chief Investment Officer of the Pension Investment Division at the World Bank and continued as manager of the World Bank Pension assets until 1996. She was an investment committee member of the Rockefeller Family Fund from 1982 to 2008, and also served as the asset and liability advisor to the Venezuelan government. Ms. Ochoa-Brillembourg completed her PhD program in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, received a master’s degree in Public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a bachelor’s degree in Science in Economics at the Universidad Andres Bello, located in Caracas.
Ricardo Maduro Founder and President of Inversiones La Paz, Former President of Honduras President Maduro is the Founder and President of Inversiones La Paz, a multinational conglomerate focused on the retail of commercial technology, white goods, motor vehicles, and clothing through its numerous subsidiaries. Mr. Maduro is also the Founder of the non-profit organization La Fundación para la Educación Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu, which focuses on the promotion and improvement of education in Honduras. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Maduro became the President of the Honduran Central Bank before serving as the President of Honduras from 2002 to 2006. During his time in office, Honduras received debt relief and ratified the implementation of the Central AmericaDominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) with the United States. Mr. Maduro also substantially mitigated crime during his Presidency, contributing to a more stable Honduran economy. Mr. Maduro holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and graduated from The Lawrenceville School, where he received the Lawrenceville Medal, the highest award awarded to alumni. the US”.
Charles P. Garcia Chief Executive Officer ALPFA Inc Charles Garcia is currently the CEO of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), a leading non-profit organization with the mission to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation. Under his tenure since 2014, ALPFA’s membership has grown from 12,000 to 76,000 students and professionals. In the past, Mr. Garcia founded Sterling Financial, managing over $2 billion in assets before selling it in 2005. He has worked for four different Presidents in the United States and has served on high profile federal and state government boards. From 2006 to 2011, he became the Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy, appointed by both President Bush and President Obama to oversee all operations at the Air Force Academy. Mr. Garcia has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy. In 2016, he was ranked #75 on the Power 500— the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the world with the most inspiring social media accounts.
Chrystal Kornegay Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay is the Undersecretary of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and strives to create projects and programs that result in stronger communities for modest income working families. She has designed and implemented housing and community development policies including affordable housing development, public housing, and federal housing for the commonwealth. Before her current position, Ms. Kornegay was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Edge, one of New England’s largest community development corporations. Currently, she serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and the National Housing Trust. Ms. Kornegay is a 2012 graduate of the Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College.
Antonio Carrillo CEO of Mexichem Antonio Carrillo is currently the CEO of Mexichem, the worldwide leader of plastic pipes and one of the largest chemical and petrochemical companies in Latin America. Mr. Carrillo has extensive international experience in the industrial, energy, transportation and construction sectors in countries such as Mexico, Brazil and the United States. Mr. Carrillo has coordinated mergers and acquisitions of various sizes and complexities throughout his career, and has served as Group President of the Energy Equipment Group at Trinity Industries Inc. since 2009. He was also a Professor of Finance at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, one of the most prestigious universities in finance and accounting in Mexico. Mr. Carrillo holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico City.
Michael Duncan CEO Global Consumer Unit of Telefonica Michael Duncan is the CEO of the Global Consumer Unit of Telefonica, a Spanish multinational broadband and telecommunications provider with operations in Europe, Asia, and North, Central and South America. His responsibilities range from the development of new products and services to relationship management with various players in the digital field. Mr. Duncan has filled various positions during his over 20 years of experience in Telefonica. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the CEO of Telefonica Peru before transferring to Colombia and serving as the CEO there for two years. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Head of Europe of Telefonica in 2012, Chief Marketing Officer of Telefonica in 2014, and CEO of the Global Video Unit of Telefonica in 2015 before finally assuming his current role. Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Northampton, England. Prior to launching his career in the Telefonica Group, he worked in the communications sector in Britain.