Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Karen Smith Rotabi

Karen Smith Rotabi is an assistant professor at the Virgina Commonwealth University School of Social Work and a Hague Evaluator for the Council on Accreditation of inter-country adoption agencies.


Jorge Werthein

Jorge Werthein is the Executive Director of LATIN and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Stephen Kurczy

Stephen Kurczy is a special correspondent for Americas Quarterly. Previously, he was Brazil correspondent for Monitor Global Outlook, a business publication of The Christian Science Monitor, where he was formerly desk editor. He also freelances for Fusion and has contributed to The New Yorker and VICE. He graduated from Calvin College in 2005.    


Sasha Chavkin

Sasha Chavkin is a Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism.  A 2005-2006 U.S. Fullbright Fellow in Lima, Peru, he was a regular contributor to the Peruvian news magazine Caretas, and his work has appeared in The Nation, Latinamerica Press and Quehacer.


Regina Scharf

Regina Scharf is a Brazilian journalist and has worked on environmental issues for 20 years.  She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Reuters-IUCN Press award for Latin America and the Premio Ethos.


Sylvia Maxfield

Sylvia Maxfield is associate professor of management at the Simmons School of Management and the author of numerous books and articles on political economy.


Bill Gates

Bill Gates is chairman and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.  Since 2000, he has been co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, dedicated to reducing inequities in health and education in the United States and around the world.


Lee Casey

Lee Casey is a partner of Baker & Hostetler LLP and a former member of the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Promotion of Human Rights from 2004-2006.  The views expressed are his own.


Joanne Mariner

Joanne Mariner is director of Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program. She is based in New York.


Pablo Bachelet

Pablo Bachelet is the Latin American diplomatic correspondent for The Miami Herald in Washington.


Luiz Mello, Anna Paula Uziel and Miriam Grossi

Luiz Mello is a sociologist at the Universidade Federal de Goias, Anna Paula Uziel is a psychologist at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and Miriam Grossi is an anthropologist at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.


Gary Hufbauer and Barbara Kotschwar

Gary Hufbauer is the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow and Barbara Kotschwar is a research associate at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics.


Lisa M. Schineller

Lisa M. Schineller is Director of Sovereign Ratings at Standard & Poor’s and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University.


Dennis Barbosa

Dennis Barbosa is an independent journalist based in Sao Paulo.


Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat

Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat teaches Political Theory at Florida International University and is the National Secretary of the Cuban Democratic Directorate.

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