For nearly 40 years, the Institute of the Americas has promoted sound public policy and fostered cooperation between public and private sector stakeholders across the hemisphere.
To be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well being of the people of the Americas.
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Chairman and CEO of Ron Santa Teresa – founded in 1796 – producer of Venezuela´s oldest rum brand. He is the founder of Project Alcatraz, a rehabilitation program for criminal gangs in the County of Revenga in the state of Aragua, which has succeeded in dismantling eleven notorious gangs, dramatically reducing the incidence of violent crime. This initiative has become a benchmark for similar organizations in Colombia and El Salvador. Vollmer took part in the Police Reform Commission in Venezuela in 2006-2007 and has also played a role in various negotiations aimed at promoting the country’s exports and a more open economy. Since May 2017 he has chaired CONAPRI – the privately steered national investment promotion agency – members of which include most multinational and key national corporations.
Mr. Vollmer is Honorary Consul for South Korea in Venezuela since 2017, he sits on the boards of the Institute of the Americas in San Diego California, Domegas – natural gas distribution company, among others. Mr. Vollmer is also a fellow at Ashoka, a fellow YGL of the World Economic Forum, he’s a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and has been a member of YPO since 2007.
In 2013 he was awarded Best of Best worldwide for risk taking – “Paths to Freedom”. Vollmer is a Civil Engineer and has received executive training at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Chicago Booth School of Business, IMD, the Kellogg School of Management, IESA and the THNK School for Creative Design.
Ron Santa Teresa is the leading rum producer in Venezuela, with a heritage of 225 years with the purpose of being a tool for social transformation and a source of inspiration. Its products, manufactured at the Hacienda Santa Teresa, can be found in over 80 countries.
Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon Jr.
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. brings more than three decades of government service and diplomatic experience to his practice, providing strategic counsel to clients across a range of legislative, foreign policy, and national security issues.
Most recently, Ambassador Shannon served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest ranking position at the State Department. Holding the personal rank of Career Ambassador, he was the highest-ranking member of the United States Foreign Service, the country’s professional diplomatic corps.
During his tenure as Under Secretary, Ambassador Shannon was in charge of bilateral and multilateral foreign policymaking and implementation and oversaw diplomatic activity globally and in our missions to international organizations.
He managed the State Department during the presidential transition, led bilateral and strategic stability talks with the Russian Federation, worked with our allies to oversee Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and expanded US engagement in Central Asia, among other things.
Prior to that appointment, he served as Counselor of the Department, where he acted as a troubleshooter and roving envoy for Secretary of State John Kerry. In that capacity, he focused on Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and led US support for the UN-sponsored peace processes in Yemen and South Sudan. Ambassador Shannon spent nearly 35 years in the Foreign Service and has served 6 US presidents and 11 secretaries of state.
Prior to his 2016 appointment by President Obama as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador Shannon was the United States Ambassador to Brazil. Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005-2009. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council (2003-2005), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State (2002-2003), and Director of Andean Affairs (2001-2002).
From 2000-2001, he was US Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador. During his career, Ambassador Shannon served in the US Foreign Service at embassies in Guatemala, Brazil, South Africa, and Venezuela
Andres Chambouleyron is non-resident fellow at the Institute of the Americas. He has worked extensively in the private sector as an economist and consultant for public utilities (electricity, natural gas, water and sanitation, and telecommunications) and other regulated and non-regulated businesses. His work involves economic analysis, pricing and rate setting, valuation, business advisory, regulatory design and analysis mostly in the energy sector.
In the public sector, Dr. Chambouleyron has been economic advisor to Argentina’s Secretary of Communications (2000), where he helped design and implement the country’s new regulatory framework (i.e., interconnection, spectrum management, universal service, and licensing regimes); and advisor to Argentina’s Minister of Economy (2001) on regulatory and energy issues.
Before joining the Institute of the Americas Dr. Chambouleyron was Chairman of the Board of Argentina’s National Electricity Regulator (ENRE, 2018-2020) that regulates rates and quality of service for two electricity distribution companies in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (six million users), one 500 KV electricity transmission company (fifteen million users), and seven 132 KV regional transmission companies. He has also been Undersecretary of Tariff Policy at Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining (2015-2017), where he designed and implemented a subsidy reduction program to both electricity generation and natural gas production and a social tariff regime for low-income families.
Dr. Chambouleyron has provided written or oral testimony as an expert in more than twenty arbitration cases in sectors ranging from electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas production, transportation and distribution, to water and sanitation services, telecommunications and satellite services. He has provided consulting services to both private companies and regulatory authorities throughout Latin America on regulatory issues such as interconnection rates and tariffs for both fixed and mobile telecommunication operators, X factors, and tariff calculation for price-cap regimes in telecoms; natural gas distribution companies and electricity and natural gas distribution and transportation companies.
Dr. Chambouleyron holds MA (1992) and PhD (1995) degrees in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and his research on pricing and regulatory issues has been published in several professional journals. He has collaborated in writing two chapters in two books related to the economics of crime and price and quality discrimination practices by unregulated monopolies. He has taught courses in microeconomics, industrial organization, and regulation at both undergraduate and graduate levels in local universities.
Prior to his current position at the Institute, Carlos did freelance work as Web Developer, Graphic Designer and Multimedia consultant. He also worked for JVC Electronics and for the marketing department at The LandAmerica Financial Group the third largest title insurance group in the US, where he worked as Junior Web Developer and Graphic Artist. A native of Spain, Carlos moved to San Diego, California in 1999. In 2001 he graduated as Web Designer at the North Media Center. From 2001-2004 he attended San Diego City College at the Graphic and Multimedia Design Department.
Catalina López-Sagástegui is a Marine Biologist from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (2001) in La Paz, Mexico, and obtained a Masters degree on marine biodiversity and conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2006). Although her initial interests focused on marine mammal ecology, her focused shifted to understanding how coastal communities adapt to changes in their socio-economic realities when public policies aimed at protecting and managing species are implemented.
From 2006-2010 she worked at NOS Noroeste Sustentable A.C., where she coordinated an effort to create a common vision for the Upper Gulf of California with scientists, conservationists, and the fishing sector. Catalina joined UCMEXUS at the University of California Riverside in 2010 as a scholar in residence where she began to develop multidisciplinary research programs that incorporate resource users’ participation in collaboration with the Gulf of California Marine Program (GCMP). Together with the Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación A.C., she developed a fisheries monitoring program that has generated data for the last 11 years, contributing to fisheries management on both, local and regional scales throughout the Gulf of California and Mexican Pacific.
Catalina’s experience with conflict resolution helps her create opportunities for multistakeholder collaborations and has reinforced the importance of access to information to build trust and empower communities. In 2014, Catalina helped launch dataMares, GCMP’s initiative to promote transparency in scientific research and provide a space where access to scientific data is possible.
In 2017, Catalina became the GCMP’s director and, while she continues to do research related to small-scale fisheries in Mexico, she dedicates a significant portion of her time to promote binational research collaborations.
Cecilia Aguillon is the Director of the Energy Transition Initiative at the Institute of the Americas, an impartial and independent non-profit organization promoting dialogue and collaboration across the Western Hemisphere to foster sound public policies and to advance sustainable inclusive economic growth and prosperity. She enables public-private dialogues to develop sustainable renewable energy markets.
Cecilia worked at Kyocera Solar, Inc. in California on Business Development and Government Relations for 18 years. She worked with policy makers on designing solar energy programs and renewable portfolio standards for implementation across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She developed these initiatives in cooperation with several trade associations throughout the United States.
She served on the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA) and participated in the design and implementation of the California Solar Initiative. She is currently on the board of the Climate Action Campaign working to implement sustainable energy programs for San Diego, California.
Charles J. Wortman
Chair, Endowment & Finance Committee, Institute of the Americas
Mr. Wortman has over 30 years of banking experience. He is Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Securities based in New York. He has been a part of the Global Corporate Bank responsible for coverage of large cap utilities and pipelines, as well as coverage of Canadian corporates. He assumed that position in July 2006, when a Corporate Banking Team was created within the Investment Bank.
Prior to that, Mr. Wortman was the Senior Country Officer for JPMorganChase in Brazil from late 2002 until mid-2006. Before this, he was responsible for JPMorganChase’s activities in the Energy sector in Latin America. He has significant experience working on power, gas and pipeline transactions ranging from acquisitions and privatizations to restructurings, project finance and other forms of capital raising.
He has been affiliated with the Institute of the Americas for many years and has been active in its Energy Program since its inception in 1991. He has served on the Institute’s board of directors since 2003.
Mr. Wortman received his B.A. degree in Economics from Yale College in 1980 and holds M.A. and M. Phil. degrees in Economics from Yale University. He was born in Cuba and grew up in Puerto Rico and London, England.
Chris is an advocate for better energy solutions than the ones we have used so far!
Chris is well known across the energy sector, particularly for laying a framework for co-investment between public and private sector energy companies, whilst explaining the different elements of project, contract and country risk. He has a track record of helping governments and regulators to optimise private and co-investment.
His focus as a non-resident fellow at the Institute includes low carbon and zero carbon policies and energy technologies, particularly geothermal and hydrogen, being implemented across the globe, especially in Latin America, Europe/UK and Australasia.
Chris is author of the widely read ‘Energy Matters’ op-ed that tackles big energy issues using real-life personal experiences, extensive research and verification. Chris contributes to numerous media articles and research pieces, and is frequently quoted on energy and climate issues by both the energy press and mainstream media. His articles reflect his passion for the energy sector and how to achieve better outcomes. He has published extensively over five decades.
Chris also has experience acquired on Boards of companies, advisory boards, and business chambers, including the Board of Directors of the Institute of Americas from 2014 through 2021. He has a doctorate in geoscience from the University of Reading and has researched lake systems and their economic importance for over 40 years. His contributions to energy and education have been recognised by the UK Government with both an MBE and CBE, and also the Aztec Eagle from the Mexican Government – the first foreigner in the energy sector to receive this.
Christian Chavez is Systems Administrator at the Institute of the Americas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego. His passion for computers from a very young age drew him to work in the field since 2003. His experience ranges from computer sales and repair, to network and telecomm cabling installation, to systems and network administration and security. After trying out a partnership for a couple of years, he decided to start his own company in 2011 providing a wide range of IT services to businesses throughout San Diego.
Robert C. (Clay) Neff, Jr., is president of Chevron Middle East, Africa, South America Exploration and Production Company, a position he assumed July 1, 2020. He is responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in the region.
Since joining Chevron in 1985, key roles have included: president, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company; managing director of Chevron’s Nigeria/Mid-Africa business unit; Production Operations manager and Asset Development general manager for the Southern Africa strategic business unit; Operations general manager for the Gulf of Mexico business unit; general manager, Asset Development for the San Joaquin Valley business unit; and manager of Chevron’s North American Midstream business.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University. He serves on the boards of the Houston Zoo, the Council of the Americas and the Corporate Council on Africa, among others. He is a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and the Louisiana State University, College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council.
David R. Weaver
Diana Rodríguez has been Energy & Sustainability Program Associate for over nine years. Diana also is the Institute’s Facilities Manager. Prior to joining the Institute, Diana worked assisting the DCM at the Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C., for seven years. She holds a BA on International Trade from Los Libertadores University in Colombia.
Jesus Ernesto Grijalva has been a student of U.S.-Latin American legal and political interactions for over 30 years. A U.C.S.D graduate with a B.A. in Political Science and with a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, his entire professional career has been focused on U.S.-Latin America business interactions.
The Law Offices of J. Ernesto Grijalva served clients with U.S.-Mexico cross-border business transactions and litigation. In the early 1990’s he became the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s principal spokesperson on NAFTA and International trade issues. In the mid-1990’s he joined the Chamber as VP Legal/International Trade.
In 1998, Ernie was invited to join PriceSmart, Inc., a progeny of Price-Costco. As Sr. VP Legal Affairs Latin America/Caribbean and Chief FCPA Compliance Officer, he was charged with shepherding the legal aspects of PriceSmart’s expansion throughout Central America and then supervising legal matters throughout the Latin America/Caribbean region. In his 20 years with PriceSmart, it grew from operations in 1 country to 13, about 300 employees to 9,000 and about $60 million in annual revenues to over $3 billion. He personally trained thousands of employees on a variety of legal compliance related matters. He served as the Legal Representative of over 30 corporations, serving as President of over 20 PriceSmart subsidiaries and as Secretary or General Manager of a dozen more. He was regularly responsible for subsidiaries corporate/government relations. His work led to being recognized as a GC Powerlist – The Legal 500 – Most Influential Corporate Counsel in Central America. He is also rated Pre-eminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and a certified a Corporate Ethics and Compliance Professional – International.
Francesca Carrillo Diaz
Francesca Carrillo-Díaz graduated from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies. Upon graduating, she worked for the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education (JI), a nonprofit on the USD campus. During her time at JI she helped coordinate various STEAM camps and events for elementary school children.
In 2019, Francesca joined the Institute of the Americas (IOA) as a STEAM Program Associate. She has helped organize various in person and virtual events for local and Latin American students such as the annual residential summer Science Camp and nonresidential day camps called STEAM Labs. She has also worked with the STEAM Team to coordinate professional development workshops for Latin American STEAM teachers at the IOA headquarters in La Jolla, California, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and most recently through virtual platforms. In 2021, Francesca also plans to help IOA re-engage with the broader San Diego/Tijuana community by restart their arts & culture program.
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano
Francisco Xavier Salazar Diez de Sollano is a partner at Gadex, Enix and Trust Mexico. Gadex is a consulting firm specialized in the natural gas market in Mexico, Enix is devoted to energy regulation while Trust Mexico analyses socio political risks for infrastructure projects in the country.
Francisco is also the Coordinator of the International Confederation of Regulators (ICER).
In 2016, he was appointed as the first “Institute of the Americas Regional Energy Integration Non-Resident Fellow” and as executive fellow at the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary.
During 2015-2017, he was Chair of the Mexican Chapter of the World Energy Council (WEC). In 2017 he became a member of COMEXI, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations
From 2005 to 2015, he served as Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) time during which he was an active promoter of energy reform in Mexico. During 2011-2015 he chaired the Ibero-American Energy Regulators Association (ARIAE).
Prior to being a regulator, he was a congressman for two terms. In Congress he served as a Chairman of the Energy Committee at the Chamber of Deputies.
At the beginning of his professional career, he also was involved in the Chemical Sector.
Mr. Salazar holds an MSc in Public Financial Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, and Diploma studies in Law and Economics from other universities.
He has taught courses on Public Finance and Monetary Economics at local universities in San Luis Potosi and written on the use of economic instruments in environmental public policy, as well as on energy policy and regulation. Mr. Salazar has also participated as member of editorial boards from major newspapers and business magazines in Mexico.
Gustavo Riestra Albericci
Gustavo Riestra Albericci, M.Sc. is our in-house expert instructor in project-based learning and multidisciplinary teaching pedagogy. Mr. Riestra is Director of the Science and Culture Department at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay, head of the Museum of Natural History’s Science Education Center and agent for the Center of Higher Education for University Studies of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture.
He conducts teacher training in multiple Latin American countries, Spain, and the USA. He has over 20 years of experience as a marine biology researcher with the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources having published more than 20 articles, and dozens of abstracts presented at national and international scientific events.
James C. Clark
Clark is a native of Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana with a B.S. in Marketing. After military service in New York, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Würzburg, Germany, he began his professional career in San Diego as an advertising account executive. Among his clients at the time were the San Diego Padres, Caliente Racecourse and various real estate developments.
With a partner, he moved north and founded a Los Angeles-based magazine company to publish airline in-flight and hotel in-room magazines. Clark was Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of all the publications. When he left that company—East/West Network—ten years later, more than 60 percent of all commercial flights in the United States carried the company’s magazines. These included such carriers as Continental, Delta, Eastern, Pan American and United. Hotels included Westin, Holiday Inn, and Inter Continental. Following publishing ventures included serving as President/Publisher of San Francisco Magazine, the city magazine for the Bay Area, and Publisher of The Executive, a business magazine that profiled Los Angeles and Orange County companies through the eyes of those companies’ chief executive officers. Clark was also Director of Magazine Development at Freedom Communications in Irvine, and interim publisher of both World Trade and Latin Trade magazines, based in Irvine and Miami, respectively.
Clark was the Founding Executive Director of the San Diego/Tijuana Smart Border Coalition. The Coalition is the leading bi-national organization working to ease border wait times between California and Baja California. It is the only regional organization with board members equally from both San Diego and Tijuana. The Coalition also helps promote the San Diego-Tijuana Region for investment and is an advocacy group for bi-national border efficiency issues in Mexico City and Washington.
Clark was also the Founding Director of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Mexico Business Center and led the organization for 11 years. Before joining the SDRCC, he was Director for the Californias of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, based in Los Angeles. The United States-Mexico Chamber is headquartered in Washington, D. C. He also helped lead public policy trips to Washington and Mexico City.
Clark was the Coordinator for the Tri-lateral North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conferences held annually in San Diego 2010-2013 under the auspices of the United States Department of Commerce and its Canada and Mexico counterparts.
He has been on the Board of Directors of Mainly Mozart/Promotora de Bellas Artes, South County Economic Development Council, and the German American Foundation where he was the binational chair. He was an International Friendship Commissioner for the City of Chula Vista and has served on the Advisory Boards of San Diego Citizen’s Diplomacy Council, XLNC1 Classical Radio, LEAD San Diego and Tijuana Innovadora.
He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Community Foundation serving the people of Baja California Sur and Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center as well as having served as the U.S. California Regional Team Leader for FUMEC’s BIMI (Border Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative). He has been a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
He continues as an Honorary Board Member of the San Diego/Tijuana Smart Border Coalition. He was inducted into the Tijuana Paseo de la Fama in 2015. Clark has been honored by the Congress of the United States, California State Senate, the State of Baja California, the Consulates General of Canada, Mexico and the United States, Tijuana Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayors of San Diego and Tijuana for his service to the region. Clark currently works on projects between San Diego/Tijuana and the Bajio Region of Mexico.
Co-Chair Nominations & Governance Committee, Institute of the Americas
Javade Chaudhri is a Washington-based international transactional lawyer, who has worldwide experience in helping private and public-sector companies transact business and undertake projects in a range of industry sectors and geographies. He advises companies and state-owned enterprises on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. He also advises companies with corporate governance, ethics, compliance, and internal investigations. He also handles complex international litigation and arbitration under the rules of many major arbitral institutions.
Javade is a member of the law firm of Jones Day, where he has served as the head of the Jones Day’s Middle East and Africa Practice. Javade rejoined Jones Day in 2013 after serving for 10 years as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief environmental officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil-fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas, and LNG businesses and a worldwide commodities and energy trading business. Prior to joining Sempra, Javade was the general counsel and corporate secretary of Gateway, a $10 billion global technology company, where he also managed the contracts department and compliance activities.
Javade has structured and negotiated infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, education, and healthcare transactions in many parts of the world on behalf of major multinational companies and state-owned enterprises. He regularly advises companies on regulatory and compliance matters, including governance and ethics investigations. He also advises governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions, public-private partnerships and investor-state arbitration. He has been involved in numerous major international arbitrations conducted under the rules of the major arbitral organizations, such as ICSID, ICC, AAA, and the LCIA. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards working on education, development, and the rule of law, including the University of California’s Global Policy & Strategy School, the Institute of the Americas, the Yale International Alliance, the US-Asia Institute, the San Diego Zoo Global, The Rumie Initiative, and Rule of Law for Development Program, Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Javade serves as a faculty member at the Loyola School of Law and the International Law Institute’s South Africa Centre for Legal Excellence. Javade received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. He has received numerous awards from various legal organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award and the National Asian Pacific American Association’s Trailblazer award.
Jeremy M. Martin is Vice President, Energy & Sustainability at the Institute of the Americas, an inter-American public policy think-tank located at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). The Institute of the Americas Energy & Sustainability Program works to foster a deeper understanding of the most critical energy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. Jeremy spends his time delving into the geopolitics of energy and closely following energy industry trends and policy issues across the Americas, and is a frequent commentator and writer on Latin American and energy issues.
Jeremy has testified before the US Congress on energy issues in Latin America, teaches a graduate course in Latin American Energy Policy at UCSD and the University of San Diego (USD) and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Energy Advisor newsletter. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Diplomacy Council and is a member of the host committee for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation San Diego Chapter annual Bet on Cures event. Thanks to his upbringing, he is a diehard Red Sox fan, Civil War buff, and news junkie. Jeremy graduated with honors in History from The Citadel in Charleston, SC and a Masters in International Affairs/International Development from the American University in Washington, DC. He has yet to achieve his lifelong dream of being a Stand-Up Comic.
After working for decades as an executive leader in private industry and government, Mr. Jorge Rosenblut now works as an independent consultant to help clients incubate growth, encourage evolution from legacy practice, and transform business models to manage disruption and re-emerge in their industries. From 2000 to 2015, Mr. Rosenblut acted as president and held Chairman of the Board roles within Enel Group (Endesa Spain), a global energy leader.
One of his key accomplishments was helping to direct the $16 billion split of Enersis into two separate entities –Enersis America and Enersis Chile, the largest corporate split ever executed in Latin America. Prior to joining the ranks of corporate executives, Mr. Rosenblut held leadership roles in the Chilean government in the 1990s. He received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1985, and that year joined the World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr. Rosenblut has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Americas since 2014 and since November 2018 is serving as the Chairman of the Board. He is based in Miami, Florida, and is the proud parent of a daughter working in Miami and a son who is now exploring his early roots in Chile
José Fimbres Mendoza
Mr. José B. Fimbres, is a member of the Board of Grupo Calimax S.A. de C.V. and also Member of the Executive Committee of Grupo Calimax. A privately held corporation that operates supermarkets. With more than 120 points of sale in Northwest México. Grupo Calimax also celebrates a joint venture agreement with Smart & Final Stores, a U.S. based retailer. Mr. Fimbres also owns and operates Sojo Construction, a commercial and industrial real state development firm. Focused primarily on the development of grocery anchored retail shopping centers and Industrial Buildings to support the growth in the manufacturing industry.
Mr. Fimbres was born in Tijuana, B.C., México and was educated most of his life in the United States. He hold a B.A. in International Affairs from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. He has participated in many higher education programs, like “Leading The Family Business Program” at International Institute of Management Development School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Fimbres, believes strongly in his native country, and he has been instilled from a young age, that along with economic responsibility there is a social responsibility. With this in mind, he continues his economic support of CETYS University, a WASC certified University in Tijuana, which has founded by his late father Jose Fimbres M.
He strongly believes in the Cali-Baja region, its economic, social and cultural potential is without a doubt the most dynamic in the world, this is why he participates with the Smart Border Coalition, a Coalition made up of business men from both the San Diego, CA and Tijuana, B.C. region, specializing on border issues. Mr. Fimbres lives in Tijuana, B.C., México with his wife Sandra and three boys José, Diego and Alex Fimbres.
José Luis Manzano
José Luis Manzano is an Argentine businessman with a deep understanding of Latin American public policy and global emerging markets. He possesses significant experience in the investment, media, energy and distress industries. He speaks frequently across the world on these issues. He founded the international firm Integra Capital, a private equity and merchant banking firm and together with his family, they are relevant shareholders of Phoenix Global Resources, a company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed in the London Stock Exchange, AIM Market, and the Stock Exchange of Buenos Aires, produces 10.000 barrels of oil per day and has more than 60 million barrels of proven reserves and 300 million barrels of unconventional resources. Dr Manzano is also a relevant investor in Interoil, an exploration and production company listed in the Oslo stock exchange that produces 3600bopd in Colombia.
Dr. Manzano is the major shareholder of Integra Oil & Gas, an oil production company that produces 4000 bopd in Venezuela. He is also a major shareholder in Integra Gas Distribution in partnership with Mercuria Energy Trading. Integra Gas Distribution is a significant shareholder of Metrogas, the gas distribution company of Buenos Aires serving more than 10 million people. He is also a relevant shareholder of Edemsa, the distribution electricity company of the province of Mendoza, HIDROELECTRICA AMEGHINO, a hidroplant producing 60 megas.
Dr. Manzano is the co-controling shareholder of Stoneway 500 megas electricity generation company in partnership with Grammercy. Dr. Manzano and his family own Gualtallary Wines, a winery producer of premium wines in Argentina, under the brands Altus and Gualtallary. In mining, Integra has invested extensively in uranium exploration in the province of Chubut in Argentina and in lithium in Jujuy and Catamarca, at the lithium triangle where it is developing over 400.000 has. Integra is also an investor in copper exploration in San Juan in the José María Project.
He has developed activities with the climate change organization of Novel Awards Al Gore and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also active with the UK Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and the Cámara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana. He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires. He was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society. Since 2019, he is also the Chairman of the European Chapter of the Eisenhower Fellowships. Dr Manzano is a member of the Institute of the Americas’ Energy Steering Committee, and a board member of the Institute’s Board of Directors.
Juan Martín Bulgheroni
Juan Martín Bulgheroni is currently the VP Upstream Strategy & Planning for Argentina at Pan American Energy. Since 2012, he has also held other VP positions. Between 2003 and 2011, he has worked at Beusa Energy LLC, an E&P company based in Houston where he developed Tight and Shale gas plays as Resource Development Manager; from 2008 on, he was the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
During 1998 and 2000, he held positions in Partner Relations, Merger and Acquisitions at DLSArgentina Limited an Oil & Gas drilling and well services Company. He is a member and past Director of IAPGH, Argentine Oil and Gas Institute of Houston and of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Member. Juan Martín is Board Member of Institute of America and he became a founding Board member of STEAM Sin Fronteras. He graduated as Bachelor of Science and obtained a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Also obtained an MBA at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, USA.
Leonardo Beltran was Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition en the Administration of President Peña Nieto (2012-2018). As part of his responsibilities he was appointed non-executive director of CFE and Pemex. He was the Chief Planning Officer and the Chief Technology Officer in the Mexican Energy Sector. He studied a Master´s in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and studied Law in the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México.
In 2005, Mr. Beltran joined Secretaria de Energia (SENER) as Director for International Negotiations, participating in high level meetings of the Energy Working Group of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Mechanism (APEC), the International Energy Agency, the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, and in bilateral and multilateral negotiations with the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, India, New Zealand, Spain, and United States of America.
In 2010, Mr. Beltran was appointed Director-General for Information and Energy Studies at SENER, where he took part in the National System of Science and Technology and collaborated in the Technology and Science Research Information System of the National Science and Technology Council, as well as the Special Program on Science and Technology. He also coordinated the interdepartmental working group on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage, and the working group to develop the Sustainable Building Mexican Voluntary Standard.
Leonardo Beltran has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He was part of the International Affairs division of the campaign and transition team of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Leonardo Beltran has been part of the World Economic Forum´s Council of the Future of Electricity (2014-2016), and the Council of the Future of Energy (2016-2018). Currently he is a member of the Advisory Council of the Partnering to Accelerate Sustainable Energy Innovation Project. Since 2017 is a member of the Administrative Board of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), and in 2018 he joined the Board of Fundacion por Mexico. He is also a consultant to the World Bank.
Malin was born, raised and has lived in San Diego his entire life. He graduated from Point Loma High School, then received his B.S. Degree from Stanford in Industrial Engineering in 1949. He joined his father’s Real Estate Brokerage firm as employee number fourteen. Upon his father’s retirement in 1961, Malin purchased the business and lead it until he sold it to his managers in 1986.
During his ownership, the firm grew to over 350 personnel, including a Real Estate Investment Trust on the New York Stock Exchange and a Real Estate Partnership on the American Stock Exchange. After pivoting full-time into the Non-Profit world, his principle endeavors have included leadership roles with the U.S.S. Midway Museum, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, Sanford Consortium for Stem Cell Research and Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at USD. Just last year, he established the Burnham Center for Community Advancement to be headquartered in UCSD’s ‘new downtown San Diego center. He has been active in several different sports, but most notably in the international sailing community. His victories include nine International Championships and returning the America’s Cup from Perth, Australia to San Diego in 1987.
Marta Jara Otero
Ex President of ANCAP (Administración Nacional de Combustibles, Alcohol y Portland), Uruguay • After more than 20 years international experience at Royal Dutch Shell, Marta left her position as President of the Shell companies in Mexico to join the energy industry in her native Uruguay • Chemical Engineer graduated from the University of Buenos Aires • MA in Strategic Financial Management at Kingston University, UK, executive education programs at IMD in Lausanne and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has accepted an invitation to the upcoming Georgetown Leadership Seminar 2019 at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service
Chair, Audit Committee, Institute of the Americas
Mary Walshok is a thought leader and subject-matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored more than 100 articles, reports, and book chapters on regional innovation, workforce development and the role of research institutions in regional economies. As an industrial social scientist focused on the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America. She has evaluated 13 WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, studied three innovative regions for a National Science Foundation-funded project and assessed one region’s efforts to grow an industry for a Lilly Foundation-funded endeavor.
As head of the continuing education and public programs arm of UC San Diego since 1981, Walshok oversees programs that educate more than 120,000 enrollees annually, which translates to more than 30,000 students in over 4,400 courses. Walshok has developed outreach efforts to help accelerate the San Diego region’s economic vitality, grow the region’s globally competitive talent pool and help college graduates transition to high-demand employment areas. She also helps provide access to a vast array of regional intellectual resources through the award-winning UCSD-TV and nationwide through UCTV.
During her tenure at UCSD, Walshok has played an active role in helping the University expand its local impact, national reputation and global reach. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kellogg Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship and was inducted into Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star. She currently serves on the boards of San Diego Connect (which she helped found in 1985), the La Jolla Playhouse, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the San Diego Opera, the Smart Border Coalition and the Girard Foundation.
Walshok is a native of Palm Springs, California, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College in 1964, her master’s degree in sociology in 1966 and her Ph.D. in sociology in 1969 from Indiana University. She has been a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics for many years and in 2004 held an international appointment in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University in England.
Nelly Molina is vice president of investor relations for Sempra Energy. In this role, Molina is responsible for communicating with the investment community about Sempra Energy’s disciplined focus on delivering long-term sustainable value. Previously, Molina served as chief financial officer for Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), managing the company’s corporate finances, business planning, financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, risk management, and information technology, among other areas. Prior to that, she served as vice president of finance for IEnova. Since 2013, Molina has led and completed a range of financing initiatives for IEnova, totaling $10.1 billion, including the company’s initial public offering. Before joining IEnova in 2010, she spent 13 years working in the energy industry at Kinder Morgan and El Paso Corporation in Mexico.
In 2020, Molina was recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine as the best overall chief financial officer among Latin America energy companies in the publication’s list of “Latin America’s Most Resilient Executives and Companies.” Molina is currently the chairman of the Issuers Committee of the Mexican Stock Exchange and vice president of the International Chamber of Commerce Mexico. She also is a board member and founding investor of NatGas Querétaro, a company developing compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Mexico. Molina holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Universidad de Sonora and a master’s degree in finance from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Nelson Narciso Filho
Nelson Narciso Filho holds graduate degrees in Industrial Administration and Economic Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an undergraduate degree in Mechanic Engineering from Souza Marques University. He has held multiple senior executive positions at Exploration and Production (E&P) companies and service providers in the oil and gas industry, such as HRT Africa, Halliburton, ABB, Vetco Gray and Hughes WKM. He has accumulated over 35 years of solid experience and extensive knowledge of management and business development in E&P, as well as start-up operations in Brazil, Angola and Namibia. In addition, he was Director of the Brazilian regulatory agency for oil, natural gas, and biofuels (ANP) from 2006 to 2010, when developed a broad vision of the sector’s regulation, having participated in numerous international forums where he was responsible for introducing the Brazilian market dynamics and promoting investment in the country. During his term, he led the creation of the Local Content Coordinating Body, led the Gas Flaring Reduction program, Improvement of Production Fiscal Metering program, Bidding Rounds and Integrated System for products movement.
Nelson W. Cunningham
Co-Chair Nominations & Governance Committee, Institute of the Americas
Under Mr. Cunningham’s leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and over one hundred employees and advisors in 21 countries around the world. Mr. Cunningham is responsible for guiding our service to clients and is a skilled strategist on national and international policy issues. He travels extensively on firm business, helping ensure that we bring to our clients the broadest range of regional expertise and transnational perspectives.
Prior to co-founding McLarty Associates in 1998, Mr. Cunningham served in the White House as Special Advisor to President Clinton on Western Hemisphere affairs and as General Counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He previously served as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Cunningham served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1988 until 1994, having been hired by Rudolph Giuliani, and in 1984 he was a staffer on the successful Senate campaign of John Kerry. Mr. Cunningham is active on foreign policy and political matters and frequently speaks to audiences in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent commentator on legal and political issues, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, NPR and other news programs, and he has written for The Washington Post, POLITICO, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. He is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, a past member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and past Chairman of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee.
He served as a volunteer advisor to the Biden For President campaign, and was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team and a foreign policy and trade advisor to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, as well as to several other Senate and political campaigns. Additionally, Mr. Cunningham serves as Acting Chair of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). He is a member of the boards of Yale-NUS College in Singapore, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the American Security Project, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, and the Institute of the Americas. He is a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, the Council of the Americas, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also on the national leadership council of the News Literacy Project. A lawyer by training, Mr. Cunningham is a member of the DC, New York, and Massachusetts bars. Mr. Cunningham is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, where he served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review. He was raised in Latin America and has lived in seven different countries throughout the region. Mr. Cunningham speaks Spanish fluently and French passably.
Nora K. Livesay
Nora Livesay is currently the Director of Finance for the Institute of the Americas, a not for profit organization located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.
Ms. Livesay graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radford University, Radford, Virginia, with a BS degree in business, emphasis accounting. She has over 30 years of work experience for three not for profit organizations and has been responsible for the proper allocation and accounting of restricted donor, foundation and grant funds, along with the required financial reporting for government grant awards. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, movies, and sporting events.
Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla is an internationally renowned electrical and computer engineer recognized for his seminal contributions in secure software, intelligent robot systems, and design. As UC San Diego’s chief executive officer, Khosla provides vision and strategy, leading a campus of more than 40,000 students within seven undergraduate colleges and 12 academic divisions and graduate schools; a preeminent health system; and the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Khosla has positioned UC San Diego to define the future of the public research university by activating the institution’s first-ever Strategic Plan and launching the Campaign for UC San Diego, an ambitious 10-year, $2 billion endeavor aimed at transforming the university physically, intellectually and culturally. $2.4 billion has been raised in eight years. The campus is currently undergoing a $2 billion-construction boom to expand classroom and research space and double the number of on-campus housing units. Under Chancellor Khosla’s leadership, UC San Diego has expanded college access and affordability for underserved students, initiated campus-wide interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and solve societal challenges, created bench-to-bedside patient care, and strengthened research and community partnerships to drive regional impact.
Rebecca (Becky) Hernandez serves as the Assistant Director of the STEAM Program for the Institute of the Americas, a not for profit organization located on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.
Becky graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (formerly the University of Texas – Pan American), Edinburg, Texas, with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In addition, she spent her last two years as an undergraduate working on a research project involving a brain parasite that manipulates its fish host behavior. Ultimately, this undergraduate research project culminated in her first publication, in the Journal of Parasitology.
After graduating, she worked as a high school Pre-AP chemistry teacher at IDEA College Preparatory in Mission, Texas. Given her interest in STEM, she served as a mentor for students participating in the science fair competition and participated in both the annual STEM event hosted by her campus as well as the one hosted by her undergraduate institution.
Later, her passion for marine biology (and parasites) led her to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, where she first worked as a Laboratory Technician and subsequently received her M.S. in Marine Biology. There, she focused on examining how California Killifish used their behavior as a defense against parasites.
Rene Roger Tissot
Rene Roger Tissot is an economist, MBA and a CPA with deep experience in international energy policy and geopolitics. Roger started his career at the Canadian Energy Research InsƟtute (CERI), where he led the Institute’s international research, particularly in Latin America. He also worked as international government relations for a large Canadian oil company with largely focused on Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Later at Washington based consultancy he advised energy corporaƟons on LaƟn America’s energy policy issues. More recently, Roger led program at Kapsarc, a Saudi energy economic think-tank research on policy evaluation and design on in-country value addition and local content in the oil sector. His research focused on East Africa, parƟcularly Uganda and Mozambique. Since completing his assignment in Saudi Arabia, Roger has advised different organizations and recently completed a study for the Sultanate of Oman on the In-Country Value-added and local content policies. Roger is also engaged in work on a PhD in Global Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).
Richard C. Hojel
Richard Hojel has been with Corporacion Frigus Therme since 1993 and in 1996 became its President and CEO. Corporacion is a group of companies based in Mexico, including the following business units: a manufacturing process equipment company that services the petroleum and petrochemical industry (Zeeco-Therme), a commercial refrigeration equipment company (Frigus-Bohn) and a business that rents capacity to transport and market natural gas (Igasamex). He is President and CEO of Algas Industries (a US company), a designer and manufacturer of liquid vaporizers and gas mixing solutions.
Richard began his career at Andersen Consulting and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He has been a member of YPO since 1995. As a Partner of HM International, Richard works closely with and serves on the Board of Directors of Quality Sausage Company and American Innovations. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Algas-SDI, Frigus Bohn de Mexico, and Igasamex. Additionally, he participates as a Board Member of Corporación Zapata and Monte Xanic. Richard also serves as a board observer on the Essentium Board.
Richard Kiy was appointed as President & CEO of the Institute of the Americas on August 3, 2020. Kiy was formerly General Partner with Alumbra Advisors, a consulting firm with clients in the U.S, Mexico and Central America. Prior to that, Kiy served for nearly 14 years as President & CEO of the International Community Foundation (ICF) where he expanded the foundation’s grantmaking throughout Mexico and 11 other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. While at ICF, Kiy served as Chairman and a founding board member of the US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership.
Previous to his work at ICF, Kiy spent two years with PriceSmart, Inc. as Senior Vice President, Business Development expanding its business reach into 6 countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Earlier on, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Technical Director at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) in Washington, D.C. as well as the Acting Environmental Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
Kiy’s other private sector experience includes having served as Vice President for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)’s Mexican subsidiary, expanding the company’s environmental technology solutions and services business in Mexico following NAFTA’s passage. Later, he helped SAIC secure a multi-year $1.2 billion contract leading to a joint venture company with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) where he was Director of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) Information Systems.
Kiy is a graduate of Stanford (A.B. Economics, 1984) and Harvard’s JFK School of Government (MPA, 1986). Kiy is co-author of the book Environmental Management along North America’s Borders. He serves on the Binational Advisory Board of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Rita Oliveira is a Program Associate for the Energy and Sustainability Program. She is also the Office and HR Manager as well as Assistant to the President. Rita holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Portugal and MBA from National University, in San Diego. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked as a collector at Chase Home Finance in San Diego and as an Assistant Manager for F. Abecassis in Portugal.
Rolando González Bunster
Rolando founded the business in 1988 and has over 40 years of experience in project management and business development. He began his career at Gulf & Western Industries where he started out as a special assistant to chairman and founder Charles Bluhdorn, eventually becoming its youngest corporate Vice President and Head of International Operations. After Gulf & Western, Rolando went on to establish his own companies to acquire and operate assets in the region.
Rolando, Georgetown University College Class 1968, serves on many of his alma mater’s boards. He was Chair of the International Initiatives Board and is currently a trustee on the Board of Advisers of the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Latin American Board.
He is a Director and Trustee of the William, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. He is also a member of the Energy Committee of the Clinton Global Initiative, focusing on the development of clean and renewable energy. Rolando is proud to be a founding member of the Walkabout Foundation which has distributed 21,000 wheelchairs to date.
Santiago T. Soldati
Date and Place of Birth: February 11. 1943 – Buenos Aires
Degree: Doctor in Economics, Fribourg University – Switzerland
Junior Achievement Argentina
AEA (Argentine Business Association)
CEAL (Latin American Business Council)
Academia Argentina de Ciencias de la Empresa
Chevalier Legion D’Honneur, France
Comendador Orden Rio Branco, Brasil
Comendador Orden de San Carlos, Colombia.
Comendador Orden de Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile
Isabel la Católica, España
Ms. White has been an integral member of the staff of the Institute of the Americas having served in a number of capacities; Community Program Director, Board Secretary, Director Special Projects and Development, Innovation Program Director (Biotech, Health and Science), and now as Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives while continuing as Board Secretary to the Institute’s international Board of Directors. In her time with the Institute, she has organized and implemented a plethora of events and programs including small, private gatherings and board meetings throughout the hemisphere, seminars, workshops, and large-scale events such as fundraising events, Institute anniversary events, and black-tie award galas for current and former Latin American heads of state.
She organized a series of events bringing Latin American entrepreneurs and innovation intermediaries, to learn about San Diego’s innovation ecosystem; design thinking; tech transfer; and, other key elements for a successful innovation ecosystem. Currently, she is a member of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I &E) Program team seeking partnerships with various entities to launch new activities and expand existing ones. Her primary focus is on biotech, health, and science programming for a range of audiences, private sector leaders, academia, journalists, and entrepreneurs in the form of visiting delegation missions, workshops, seminars, and customized programming.
Siobhan MacDermott is Global Managing Partner at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Previously, she served as vice chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America as well as head of the Global Cyber Public Policy team, responsible for Bank of America’s participation in programs dedicated to improving cyber resiliency of the global financial system including thought leadership, engagement, geostrategic risk analysis and contingency planning.
Siobhan joined Bank of America in July 2016 after leading the Cyber Economics Practice at EY (Ernst & Young), and consulting to Fortune 500 boards on geopolitics and cybersecurity. Prior to EY, she was Chief Investment Officer for AVG Technologies in the Czech Republic, London and Netherlands and spent over 20 years working in Silicon Valley, running several IPOs and M&A deals. Siobhan helped direct strategy for a number of financial services and technology companies across the globe. In addition, she’s an accomplished author, having just published her sixth book. She has a degree in German Language and Literature from Temple University, an MBA from Thunderbird and a Masters Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She speaks five languages and has worked in eight countries.
Current Board Seats/Appointments:
Board Member, Institute of the Americas, La Jolla CA
Vice Chair, Fund for Peace, Washington DC
Associate Fellow, Global Fellowship Initiative, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva Switzerland
Board Member, Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World, Tufts University, Boston MA
Member, Advisory Council, Global Master of Arts Program, Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy, Boston MA
Fellow, 2018 class, Finance Leaders Fellowship, Aspen CO
Member, Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), Aspen CO
Tania Miranda is the Director of Policy & Stakeholder Engagement for the Institute of the Americas’ Environment & Climate Change Program. This initiative strives to catalyze climate leadership amongst the private sector and sub-national governments in Latin America, to promote sustainable growth, tackle climate change and minimize environmental impacts in the region.
She has over 6 years of experience with multiple Mexican government agencies at the federal level, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ProMexico, and the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. Prior to the Institute, Tania worked as an Investment and Economic Analyst at the Consulate of Mexico in New York, focusing on the promotion of the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement as well as energy, infrastructure, and tourism-related projects. She also has experience working as an energy liaison for the Kuwaiti government in Mexico.
Tania studied a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in International Relations at the University of Southern California, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Master’s of Science in Energy Policy & Climate from the Johns Hopkins University. She has published an array of research and opinion pieces on the energy sector in Mexico, and co-authored a published book titled We Are North America. She was born and raised in Mexico City, loves to scuba-dive, and is a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Theodore Gildred III
Theodore E. Gildred III was appointed by the Institute’s Board of Directors to be Institute President in 2018 serving until 2020 when the current President & CEO Richard Kiy was hired. Mr. Gildred, a long-time Board Member of the Institute is also the President and CEO of The Lomas Santa Fe Group, a commercial real estate development company based in San Diego, CA and a Founding Partner of BV Resorts, LLC, a luxury hotel and residential development company with projects in Mexico and the Marshall Islands.
Mr. Gildred has worked in the commercial real estate development industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Lomas Santa Fe Group, Mr. Gildred worked at Morgan Stanley in New York and London as a member of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) where he worked on commercial real estate transactions in Latin America and Europe. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Gildred was an Associate at ING Barings working in the Latin American Corporate Finance Group.
Mr. Gildred is also a partner at North of Now, a film production company based in Los Angeles, CA.Mr. Gildred has lived, studied and worked in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Gildred served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and was based in Okinawa, Japan for 3 years. In addition to being a member of the Institute’s Board, he has served on the San Diego Aerospace Museum’s Board and is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO). Mr. Gildred is conversant in Spanish, French and English as well as Italian, Portuguese and some Japanese.