Inter-American Dialogue Announces Newly Appointed Fellows

January 16, 2019
Contact: Denisse Yanovich

Washington, DC – The Inter-American Dialogue is pleased to announce the appointment of Mateo Samper, Héctor Castro, Julia Dias Leite, Xiaoyu Pu, Rebecca Bill Chavez and Ben Raderstorf as the newest non- resident fellows to join the institution. Fellows will contribute expertise in 4 programmatic areas: Education; Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries; Asia and Latin America; and Rule of Law.  

Mateo Samper, a management specialist in education with a focus on the future of learning in the digital age, will work closely with Ariel Fiszbein, the director of the Education Program, on the relationship between education and innovation.

Héctor Castro Vizcarra, a former high-level official with the Mexican Energy Secretariat, will collaborate with Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, and contribute his expertise on energy sector reforms in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Julia Dias Leite and Xiaoyu Pu will join the Asia and Latin America Program directed by Margaret Myers. Dias Leite, executive director of the Brazilian Center for Foreign Affairs, and expert on Brazilian foreign affairs, and Pu, associate professor and director of graduate studies at University of Nevada, Reno, will work with Myers to examine China’s evolving engagement with Brazil and other countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, directed by Michael Camilleri will welcome Rebecca Bill Chavez and Ben Raderstorf as its newest fellows. Chavez, who currently serves as principal advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses, will strengthen the program’s focus on democratic institutions and citizen security. Raderstorf, a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, will contribute to the program’s ongoing work on combating corruption and addressing disinformation in electoral processes.

“I am enormously excited about these additions to our organization,” said Dialogue president Michael Shifter. “Each of the newly appointed fellows brings impressive experience and expertise in their fields and will certainly contribute greatly to our work.”

Over the course of their tenure fellows will support the Dialogue by engaging in program research, organizing events, and publishing work in their area of expertise.

Notes to Editors

The Inter-American Dialogue engages our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions, and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere.