Juan Carlos Cappello is chairman and managing partner of Contemporanea LLC, an investment consulting and communications consulting firm incorporated in Delaware and based in New York City. He is also a partner and chairman of the board of ICC CRISIS in Santiago de Chile. Until 2007, Mr. Cappello was CEO and managing partner of Hill & Knowlton Latin America. In this capacity, he expanded its operations in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Mr. Cappello is the past-President of the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce USA; a member of the board of directors at Fundación Chile; a member of an advisory committee for the Catholic University in Santiago de Chile; and a board member at Repertorio Español. Mr. Cappello is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The President’s Circle of the Americas Society.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso is a former president of Brazil (1995-2003). He earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of São Paulo. While Minister of Finance, Cardoso implemented the Plan Real in 1993 credited with stabilizing the Brazilian economy. Presently, he is a professor at the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute of International Studies of Brown Universtiy and lectures at other renowed universities, including the University of Cambridge and Stanford University. He also serves as President of the Club of Madrid. Cardoso has written numerous books including Dependency and Development in Latin America (1979), Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation (2001), and The Accidental President of Brazil (2006).
Javier Corrales is an associate professor and chair of political science at Amherst College. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and has published on the politics of economic policy reform in leading international policy journals. He is also the author of Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (2002). He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has consulted for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ricardo Lagos is a former president of Chile (2000-2006). As president, he aggressively pursued free-trade agreements and improved health and education, among other accomplishments. Previously, Lagos served as Minister of Education under the government of Patricio Aylwin (1990-1994) and as Minister of Public Works under President Eduardo Frei (1994-2000). He served at the United Nations as an ambassador, consultant, and chief economist throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Lagos is well-respected for his stance against the Pinochet military government. He holds a law degree from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University.
Sylvia Maxfield is a professor at Simmons College and an expert on international political economy. Previously, she taught at Yale University for 10 years and evaluated emerging economies and markets on Wall Street for three years. Her recent publications examine women business leaders in Latin America and cross-national variations in entrepreneurial activity. Maxfield holds a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University.
Moisés Naím is the editor and publisher of Foreign Policy. He specializes in the political economy of international trade and investment, multilateral organizations, economic reforms, and globalization. In Venezuela, he served as Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s and as a professor and dean at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IEASA). Naím is the author or editor of eight books, numerous essays, and his opinion columns are regularly published in leading newspapers. At The World Bank, he held the positions of executive director and as a senior advisor to the president. He has also directed projects on economic reform and on Latin America at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Naím holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Patricio Navia is a master teacher of global cultures in the General Studies Program and adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a researcher and professor at the Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. He holds a Ph.D. in politics from New York University and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. A regular columnist at La Tercera newspaper and Capital magazine in Chile, he has also written two books, Las grandes alamedas: El Chile post Pinochet (2004), and Que gane el más mejor. Merito y competencia en le Chile de hoy (2006).
Jorge Pinto is a professor of International Business at the Pace University Lubin School of Business. He is also honorary president of the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and owns a publishing company. In the Mexican government, Pinto has served as the Ambassador of Mexico in Sweden (1991-1994), Undersecretary for International Cooperation at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations (1994-1995), and Consul General in New York. Prior to his government service, he was an executive director at The World Bank and a professor at the Universidad National Autónoma de México (UNAM). Pinto has a law degree from UNAM, and specializes in economics and political science.
Jeffrey Schott is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (IIE) where he focuses on international trade policy and economic sanctions. Since joining the IIE in 1983, he has been a visiting lecturer at Princeton University (1994) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University (1986-1988). Schott also serves as a member of the U.S. Trade and Environment Policy Committee. He has written extensively on trade and U.S. trade policy. Some of his recent books include: Trade Relations Between Colombia and the United States (2005); NAFTA Revisited: Achievements and Challenges (2005); Free Trade Agreements: US Strategies and Priorities (2004); and Prospects for Free Trade in the Americas (2001). Schott holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Edward Schumacher-Matos is CEO, Editorial Director and Founder of Meximerica Media Inc., and has more than 25 years of newspaper experience. Before founding Meximerica Media, he was the founding editor and associate publisher of The Wall Street Journal Americas. He began his career as a reporter at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, and then moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was part of a team that in 1979 won the Pulitzer Prize for public service. For nearly a decade afterwards, Schumacher Matos worked at The New York Times, first as the York City economic development reporter and later as bureau chief in Buenos Aires and in Madrid. He has written extensively for The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs and other publications.
Ken Shadlen is a lecturer in Development Studies at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also an associate fellow at the University of London Institute of Latin American Studies. Previously, he taught at the University of Miami, Brown University, and the University of Connecticut. Shadlen specializes in comparative and international political economy and has written numerous book chapters and articles on democratization and government-business relations in Latin America. He is the author of Democratization Without Representation: The Politics of Small Industry in Mexico (2004) and a forthcoming book that examines the politics of intellectual property in Latin America. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Federico Sturzenegger is a visiting professor of public affairs at Harvard University. From 1998-2004, he was Dean of the Business School at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina, with the exception of his yearlong appointment as Secretary of Economic Policy. As Secretary, he negotiated Argentina’s 2001 package of reforms with the International Monetary Fund. In 2004, the World Economic Forum at Davos chose Sturzenegger as a Young Global Leader. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of several books and nearly 30 refereed articles.
Ernesto Zedillo is a former president of Mexico (1994-2000). As president, he led the nation out of the 1994 Peso crisis and ushered in broad democratic and electoral reforms, most notably the transition to a pluralistic party system. From 1987-1993, he held various senior and ministerial level government positions including Undersecretary of the Budget, Secretary of Budget and Economic Planning, and Secretary of Education. After leaving office, he has held several influential posts at the United Nations and has been recognized by various institutions for his contributions to democracy promotion and global development. Currently, Zedillo is the Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and a professor of international economics and politics at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and is the recipient of various honorary degrees and awards.