Luis Almagro is the secretary general of the Organization of American States, and was the minister of foreign affairs of Uruguay from 2010 until March 2015. He also served as ambassador to China from 2007 until 2010 and represented Uruguay in UNESCO in 1998.
Leonardo Arízaga is the vice minister of foreign affairs and political integration of Ecuador, and previously the ambassador of Ecuador to China. He also served as the representative of Ecuador for the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the UN Office based in Vienna.
Sergio Berensztein is founder and president of Berensztein, a political and strategy consulting firm, and co-founder and former CEO of Poliarquía Consultores. He has served as an advisor to CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Program, and the World Bank. He also acted as the special advisor to the Institute for Business Development in Argentina (IDEA).
Mario Bergara is president of the Central Bank of Uruguay, a position he also held from 2008 to 2013. He was previously minister of economy and finance from 2013 to 2015, deputy minister of economy and finance from 2005 to 2008, and director of Uruguay’s Communications Services Regulatory Unit from 2001 to 2005.
Andrea Bernal, an Ecuadorian journalist and news anchor, is director of the opinion and debate program Zoom on NTN24.
Nancy Birdsall is founding president of the Center for Global Development. From 1993 to 1998, she was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, and previously served as senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining the IDB, she spent 14 years working at the World Bank.
Carlos Casanova is an economist at BBVA in Hong Kong. His areas of expertise include economic developments in the Asia Pacific region and China, as well as the energy and commodity sectors. Previously, Casanova worked for the European Commission and as a senior consultant for an energy firm in Beijing.
Luis Miguel Castilla
Luis Miguel Castilla is ambassador of Peru to the United States. From 2011 to 2014, he served as minister of economy and finance. Castilla was previously vice minister of finance, chief economist and vice president of public policies and competitiveness at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, and an adviser at the World Bank.
Jorge Familiar is vice president of the World Bank for Latin America and the Caribbean. Familiar has served as vice president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group, CEO of Mexico’s Instituto del Fondo Nacional para el Consumo de los Trabajadores (Instituto FONACOT), and executive director and alternative executive director for the World Bank Group.
Gustavo Fernández is a Bolivian lawyer and diplomat who served as minister of foreign affairs. He was also minister of the presidency from 1989 to 1993 and Bolivia’s ambassador to Brazil from 1983 to 1984.
João Carlos Ferraz
João Carlos Ferraz is managing director of the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES). He served as director of the Production and Corporate Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2003 to 2007. He is also a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he was director of the Economics Institute from 1998 to 2003.
Alejandro Foxley is a Chilean economist and politician currently serving as president of Corporación de Estudios para Latinoamérica (CIEPLAN) in Santiago. Previously, he served as minister of finance, minister of foreign relations, and national senator. Foxley was also a senior associate of the international economics program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a governor of the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.
Enrique García has served as president and CEO of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America since 1991 and is co-vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Dialogue. Previously, he was Bolivia’s minister of planning and coordination, head of the economic and social cabinet, and has also served as treasurer of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Marco Aurélio Garcia
Marco Aurélio Garcia is foreign policy advisor to President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, a position he also held during the Lula administration from 2007 to 2010. Previously, he was interim president and international secretary of the Workers Party (PT). Garcia is also a professor at the State University of Campinas.
Rebeca Grynspan is secretary general of SEGIB, the Ibero-American General Secretariat. She was previously United Nations undersecretary general and associate administrator of UNDP. Before serving in the United Nations, Grynspan was vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. She was also a director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Nicola Harrington-Buhay is deputy director of the Development Centre at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Before joining OECD, she was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova. She previously held the positions of Deputy Director for Policy and Communications in the UN/UNDP Brussels Office, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Serbia and Montenegro, and UNDP Director of Resources Mobilization.
Biliang Hu is professor of economics at Beijing Normal University, dean of the School of Economics and Resource Management, and president of the Emerging Markets Institute. Previously, he co-founded DoubleBridge Technologies, Inc. and was vice president and chief China economist for SC Securities Asia Ltd., as well as chief representative for the company’s Beijing office.
Enrique V. Iglesias
Enrique V. Iglesias was secretary-general of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) from 2005 to 2014. Previously, he served as president of the Inter-American Development Bank from 1988 to 2005 and as Uruguay’s minister of foreign relations from 1985 to 1988. Iglesias was executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from 1972 to 1985 and president of the Central Bank of Uruguay from 1966 to 1968.
Roberta Jacobson is assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs at the US Department of State. Her prior appointments include deputy assistant secretary for Canada, Mexico, and NAFTA issues; director of the office of Mexican affairs; deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in Lima, Peru; and coordinator for Cuban affairs. In June 2015, Jacobson was nominated US ambassador to Mexico; her appointment is pending US Senate confirmation.
Patricia Janiot is a senior anchor for CNN en Español, and anchors the Emmy award winning evening newscast Panorama Mundial. She is also president of the Colombianitos Foundation, which helps children who are victims of the Colombian armed conflict.
Harinder Kohli is president and CEO of Centennial Group International and the founding director and chief executive of the Emerging Markets Forum. Prior to joining Centennial Group, he spent 25 years at the World Bank in a series of senior positions. Kohli is also on the advisory board of the Asian Institute of Technology.
Santiago Levy is vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank, and previously served as general manager and chief economist for the organization’s research department. He was also general director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), the deputy minister at the ministry of finance and public credit of Mexico, and the president of the FCC in Mexico.
Eladio Loizaga is a Paraguayan lawyer and diplomat currently serving as minister of foreign affairs. From 2001 to 2009, he served as Paraguay’s permanent representative to the United Nations and has also represented his country before the World Trade Organization.
Luis-Felipe López-Calva is director of the World Development Report 2017 at the World Bank. Previously, he was lead economist and regional poverty advisor in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region. Prior to this, he was lead economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Bank’s Latin America and the Caribbean region. He has served as the chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Program.
Nora Lustig is the Samuel Z. Stone professor of Latin American economics at Tulane University, a member and non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. At the Dialogue, she directs the Commitment to Equity Project, a joint initiative of the Dialogue and Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and Department of Economics.
Carlos Malamud is a senior analyst for Latin America at the Elcano Royal Institute and professor at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. He was director of the Latin America department at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, where he also heads the Latin American Security and Defense Observatory (OSAL).
Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Dialogue, the chief international columnist for El País and La República, a contributor to the Financial Times “A-List,” and a contributing editor to The Atlantic. He is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím, a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas.
José Antonio Ocampo
José Antonio Ocampo is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the School of International and Public Affairs’ economic and political development concentration. Ocampo has served as United Nations undersecretary general for economic and social affairs and executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). He has also headed three national executive ministries in the government of Colombia.
Rosa María Palacios
Rosa María Palacios is a Peruvian lawyer and journalist. She is a columnist for La República, runs an independent political blog, and hosts the program En el mismo punto on Espacio360. Previously, Palacios was director and host of the television show Prensa Libre from 2004 to 2011.
Félix Peña is director of the Masters in International Trade Relations Program at the National University of Tres de Febrero in Argentina and the director of the ICBC Foundation. He has previously served as undersecretary of foreign trade in the Ministry of Economy, undersecretary of economic integration and undersecretary of economic international relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and manager for integration at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Guillermo Perry is a professor at the School of Economics at the University of the Andes in Colombia, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, and a senior external advisor to the president of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. From 1996 to 2007, he was chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank and has also served as both minister of finance and public credit and minister of mining and energy of Colombia.
Ted Piconne is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. During the Clinton administration, he held senior positions in the National Security Council, State Department, and Department of Defense. Piccone was also co-founder and served as executive director of the Democracy Coalition Project.
Alfonso Quiñónez is former secretary of external relations of the Organization of American States. During his tenure at the OAS, he also served as executive secretary of the Summit of the Americas and executive secretary for integral development, as well as permanent representative of Guatemala. He currently chairs the finance committee of the UN Institute for Training and Research and is a professor at Francisco Marroquin University of Guatemala.
Marta Lucía Ramírez
Marta Lucía Ramírez is a Colombian lawyer and politician. She has served as minister of defense, minister of foreign trade, and senator, and was a presidential candidate for the Conservative party. Ramírez has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2004 and sits on its Board of Directors. She has also served as CEO of multiple private sector companies and private associations, including ANIF (Financial Institutions Association), FEDELEASING, and the Coalition for Colombian Manufacturers Development.
Dan Restrepo is founder and managing director of Restrepo Strategies LLC, an international strategic consulting firm. He is also an independent director for MasTec, special counsel with Jones Walker LLP, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and member of the board of the National Security Initiative. Previously, Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, serving as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from March 2009 to July 2012.
Germán Ríos is director of strategic affairs for CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and a professor of macroeconomics at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas. Previously, he served as the director of public investment in Venezuela’s Ministry of Planning and Development. He has consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the World Bank.
Jacques Rogozinski is director of Mexico’s Nacional Financiera (Nafinsa) Development Banking Institution. Previously, he was a special adviser for private sector issues in the Office of the Executive Vice President at the Inter-American Development and director of the IDB’s Inter-American Investment Corporation. Rogozinski also served as chief director of the Office of Privatization of State Industries and general manager of the National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras) and the National Fund for Tourism Development in Mexico.
Pablo Sanguinetti is chief economist at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and professor of economics at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and CAF, and also served as a member of the board of the International Trade Commission of Argentina from 1996 to 2000.
Michael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue and adjunct professor of Latin American politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Before joining the Dialogue, he directed the Latin American and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ford Foundation’s governance and human rights program in the Andean region and the Southern Cone, where he was based in Lima, Peru and then Santiago, Chile.
Alberto Trejos is a Costa Rican economist and professor at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, where he has also served as dean and general director of the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development. Previously, he was minister of foreign trade and president of the Costa Rican Investment Board (CINDE).
Martín Torrijos served as president of Panama from 2004 to 2009. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2010 and sits on its Board of Directors. As president of Panama, Torrijos oversaw the passing of a USD $5 billion expansion plan of the Panama Canal and negotiated the Panama-US Trade Promotion Agreement.
Juan Triana is a graduate professor at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy (CEEC) at the University of Havana. He speaks internationally at conferences on the Cuban economy, as well as at academic, government, nongovernmental and foreign institutions.
Vladimir Villegas is a Venezuelan journalist and politician currently serving as the news director of Globovisión. From 2003 to 2004, he was president of Venezolana de Televisión. Villegas has also served as Venezuela’s ambassador to Brazil and Mexico, and deputy foreign minister for Asia, the Middle East, and Oceana.
Hiroshi Watanabe is CEO and governor of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. Previously, he served as Japan’s vice minister of finance for international affairs. After leaving the ministry of finance, Watanabe became a professor at the graduate school of Hitotsubashi University.
Alejandro Werner is director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. He previously served as undersecretary of finance and public credit of Mexico, head of corporate and investment banking at BBVA-Bancomer, and director of economic studies at the Bank of Mexico.