Juan Carlos Varela

Panama  |  President, Republic of Panama


Juan Carlos Varela is the current president of Panama.

He has served in many important political posts in his country over the past decade, including as Vice President (2009-2014) and Minister of Foreign Relations (2009-2011). He was president of the Panameñistas party from 2006 to 2016. Prior to entering politics, Varela was Director and Executive Vice President of Varela Hermanos, a family enterprise. He studied engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Varela was an event speaker at the Dialogue.

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