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Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow

La Jolla, CA, USA

Ambassador Davidow served both in Washington D.C. and overseas. He was the U.S. ambassador to Zambia, Venezuela and Mexico, and the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. His years in Mexico coincided with the advent of a functioning multiparty system. He wrote about his experiences there and the nature of the U.S.-Mexico relationship in The Bear and the Porcupine, the U.S. and Mexico which highlights the complex and often difficult interaction of the two countries. After leaving the Foreign Service, he served as President of the Institute of the Americas for eight years. He is currently a Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group, a consultancy involved in international business strategies, headed by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

President Council of International Relations of Latin America (RIAL)

Enrique García

La Paz, Bolivia

Mr. García serves as President Council of International Relations of Latin America (RIAL). He aims to ensure compliance with the objectives that the Council states: to prepare proposals and recommendations to improve the ability to analyze and provide relevant inputs for discussion and implementation of foeign policy in the region.
Former Executive President CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) Bolivia. He joined this role in 1991 and is currently a visiting professor in practice of the Department of International Relations at London School of Economics. Prior to his position with CAF, he was head of Bolivia’s economic and social cabinet, acting on behalf of his country as governor at the World Bank. He has also served as a member of the development committee of the IBRD and the IMF.

Distinguished Fellow and Former Director Brazil Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2006-2020)

Paulo Sotero

Washington DC

Mr. Sotero is a Distinguished Fellow and Former Director Brazil Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2006-2020). He is a current member of the Board of Directors at the Institute of the Americas. Mr. Sotero is an award-winning journalist, from 1989 to 2006 he was the Washington correspondent for Estado de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. Sotero began his career at Veja in the late 1960s and worked for the magazine in São Paulo, Recife, Brasília, and Paris. He has been in Washington, D.C., since 1980, where he has been a correspondent for Istoé weekly magazine and the financial newspaper Gazeta Mercantil. He is a frequent guest commentator for the BBC, CNN, AlJazeera, Voice of America, National Public Radio, Globo News Television, and the Brazilian Radio Network – CBN. He is originally from the state of São Paulo. Mr. Sotero holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the Catholic University of Pernambuco, and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University, in Washington, D.C.

TCK Global Advisors, LLC

Tara C. Kenney

Boston, MA

Tara Kenney is a senior finance executive with extensive experience as a banker and investor in the Emerging Markets. Areas of expertise include Emerging Markets Equities, ESG/Sustainable Investing and Latin American Debt Restructuring.

Kenney is bilingual, having lived in Latin America and worked with Latin American companies and government entities for nearly 4 decades. During her career, Tara has also served on non-profit boards furthering the mission of economic empowerment, financial inclusion, education and health care for the underserved, in the US and in Latin America. Kenney formed TCK Global Advisors in September, 2020 to bring sustainable investment solutions to the institutional marketplace.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, teaching “Sustainable Accounting, Reporting and Impact Investing.

“ She is also acting as an advisor to Impact Capital Funds, for the launch of a Social Impact Vehicle.

Prior to this consultancy, Tara was a Senior Vice President for Boston Common Asset Management, a leader in ESG/Impact Investing. Earlier, Kenney was a Managing Director with Deutsche Asset Management, where she directed the Institutional business for Latin America, and served as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Emerging Markets and Latin American Equities for nearly 2 decades.

In her 30 + year career, Tara was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Scudder Investments, as well as working for Bankers Trust’s Latin American Merchant Bank, where she led the Brady Plan debt negotiations for the bank. Her early career included work for the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Tara has extensive Corporate Governance experience having served on boards of numerous non-profits and academic institutions for the past 20 years.

She is one of the longest serving board members of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and is deeply committed to building the Impact Investing ecosystem at her alma mater.

Kenney currently co-heads the Finance and Investment Committee and has served as Treasurer for Accion International, a leader in Financial Inclusion for the Emerging Markets, as well as Catholic Charities USA, where she also serves on the Investment Committee.

Tara was a founding board member for EcoEnterprises Fund in 2000, investing in eco-friendly small businesses in Latin America.

Tara’s dedication to improving lives in Latin America also extends to her work with Educando and Andean Health and Development, two NGOs working in the areas of STEM education and health care delivery to the underserved.

She received a BA in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and later studied Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. She earned an MBA in Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Senior Medical Director Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Samuel Dychter

La Jolla, CA

Dr. Dychter is a physician/scientist who has dedicated his career and personal mission to help advance the global development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of life-threatening diseases and social programs to enable positive and meaningful change within communities in both the United States and Mexico. Trained as a general medical practitioner at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he has worked as a leader in different biopharmaceutical companies in clinical development, drug safety/risk management, and medical affairs. He is currently a Senior Medical Director at Pfizer. His involvement to create positive social change is reflected in activities such as past Chair of the binational International Community Foundation (ICF) and Olivewood Garden and Learning Center. In his role as chair of ICF, Dr. Dychter was involved with multiple health programs that have made impactful binational changes to disease management in areas such as diabetes (Project Dulce) and tuberculosis (Puentes Program), in addition to consultation in numerous other activities.

Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California

Abe Lowenthal

Los Angeles, CA.

Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, is a widely published scholar on Latin American politics, democratic governance and transitions, U.S. foreign policy, and California’s global role. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including eight essays in Foreign Affairs. A serial institution-builder, he is the founding director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Pacific Council on International Policy, as well as an influential policy analyst and advisor.

Senior Advisor, De la Calle, Madrazo & Mancera

Rodrigo Gallegos Toussaint

Mexico City, Mexico

Rodrigo Gallego is currently a Senior Advisor with the Mexico City-based business strategy consulting firm De la Calle, Madrazo & Mancera.  Rodrigo brings decades of strategic leadership experience across government, non-profits and the private sectors focusing on sustainable economic growth and social commitment. As the first Executive Director at Consejo Mexicano de Negocios (CMN), he was in charge of building the first long term strategy for Mexico’s most influential business organization (Mexico’s Fortune 60). Other achievements include creating, financing, and strengthening the first social inclusion initiative of the Council and building new strategic alliances with civil society, governments, and other business organizations across Mexico and the US.

During his 11 years at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, (IMCO), one of Mexico´s leading think tanks, Rodrigo designed Mexico’s Federal Government Climate Change Program and carried out the first independent evaluation of Mexico’s climate change strategy. He became the first associate of the organization by building a green growth practice where he designed policies for Mexico´s energy reform as the Clean Energy Certificates market, incentives for renewable energy investment and Mexico´s first Rodrigo is a Board Member of the US Mexico Foundation, Sistema B (B-Lab), Fundemex (a business initiative to foster growth in poor areas), and Causa Natura (an Environmental NGO). He has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Atul Patel

San Diego, CA

Atul Patel has over decades of international Treasury Management Experience. Prior to joining PriceSmart, he served as Assistant Treasurer for a private investment management firm in Bahrain and Geneva. Before that he spent 7 years with Imperial Chemical Industries in London focusing on managing foreign exchange and interest rate risk and day-to-day treasury operations. Atul Patel is a graduate of the University of Wales-UK where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Materials Science.   Atul serves as a Board of Directors and Board Investment Committees of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and the International Community Foundation.

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow

La Jolla, CA, USA

Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow

Ambassador Davidow served both in Washington D.C. and overseas. He was the U.S. ambassador to Zambia, Venezuela and Mexico, and the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. His years in Mexico coincided with the advent of a functioning multiparty system. He wrote about his experiences there and the nature of the U.S.-Mexico relationship in The Bear and the Porcupine, the U.S. and Mexico which highlights the complex and often difficult interaction of the two countries. After leaving the Foreign Service, he served as President of the Institute of the Americas for eight years. He is currently a Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group, a consultancy involved in international business strategies, headed by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

Enrique García

Boston, MA

President Council of International Relations of Latin America (RIAL)

Enrique García

Mr. García serves as President Council of International Relations of Latin America (RIAL). He aims to ensure compliance with the objectives that the Council states: to prepare proposals and recommendations to improve the ability to analyze and provide relevant inputs for discussion and implementation of foeign policy in the region.
Former Executive President CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) Bolivia. He joined this role in 1991 and is currently a visiting professor in practice of the Department of International Relations at London School of Economics. Prior to his position with CAF, he was head of Bolivia’s economic and social cabinet, acting on behalf of his country as governor at the World Bank. He has also served as a member of the development committee of the IBRD and the IMF.

Paulo Sotero

Washington DC

Distinguished Fellow and Former Director Brazil Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2006-2020)

Paulo Sotero

Mr. Sotero is a Distinguished Fellow and Former Director Brazil Institute Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2006-2020). He is a current member of the Board of Directors at the Institute of the Americas. Mr. Sotero is an award-winning journalist, from 1989 to 2006 he was the Washington correspondent for Estado de S.Paulo, a leading Brazilian daily newspaper. Sotero began his career at Veja in the late 1960s and worked for the magazine in São Paulo, Recife, Brasília, and Paris. He has been in Washington, D.C., since 1980, where he has been a correspondent for Istoé weekly magazine and the financial newspaper Gazeta Mercantil. He is a frequent guest commentator for the BBC, CNN, AlJazeera, Voice of America, National Public Radio, Globo News Television, and the Brazilian Radio Network – CBN. He is originally from the state of São Paulo. Mr. Sotero holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the Catholic University of Pernambuco, and a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University, in Washington, D.C.

Tara C. Kenney

Boston, MA

TCK Global Advisors, LLC

Tara C. Kenney

Tara Kenney is a senior finance executive with extensive experience as a banker and investor in the Emerging Markets. Areas of expertise include Emerging Markets Equities, ESG/Sustainable Investing and Latin American Debt Restructuring.

Kenney is bilingual, having lived in Latin America and worked with Latin American companies and government entities for nearly 4 decades. During her career, Tara has also served on non-profit boards furthering the mission of economic empowerment, financial inclusion, education and health care for the underserved, in the US and in Latin America. Kenney formed TCK Global Advisors in September, 2020 to bring sustainable investment solutions to the institutional marketplace.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame, teaching “Sustainable Accounting, Reporting and Impact Investing.

“ She is also acting as an advisor to Impact Capital Funds, for the launch of a Social Impact Vehicle.

Prior to this consultancy, Tara was a Senior Vice President for Boston Common Asset Management, a leader in ESG/Impact Investing. Earlier, Kenney was a Managing Director with Deutsche Asset Management, where she directed the Institutional business for Latin America, and served as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Emerging Markets and Latin American Equities for nearly 2 decades.

In her 30 + year career, Tara was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Scudder Investments, as well as working for Bankers Trust’s Latin American Merchant Bank, where she led the Brady Plan debt negotiations for the bank. Her early career included work for the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the InterAmerican Development Bank.

Tara has extensive Corporate Governance experience having served on boards of numerous non-profits and academic institutions for the past 20 years.

She is one of the longest serving board members of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and is deeply committed to building the Impact Investing ecosystem at her alma mater.

Kenney currently co-heads the Finance and Investment Committee and has served as Treasurer for Accion International, a leader in Financial Inclusion for the Emerging Markets, as well as Catholic Charities USA, where she also serves on the Investment Committee.

Tara was a founding board member for EcoEnterprises Fund in 2000, investing in eco-friendly small businesses in Latin America.

Tara’s dedication to improving lives in Latin America also extends to her work with Educando and Andean Health and Development, two NGOs working in the areas of STEM education and health care delivery to the underserved.

She received a BA in Government and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and later studied Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. She earned an MBA in Finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Dr. Samuel Dychter

La Jolla, CA

Senior Medical Director Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Samuel Dychter

Dr. Dychter is a physician/scientist who has dedicated his career and personal mission to help advance the global development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of life-threatening diseases and social programs to enable positive and meaningful change within communities in both the United States and Mexico. Trained as a general medical practitioner at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he has worked as a leader in different biopharmaceutical companies in clinical development, drug safety/risk management, and medical affairs. He is currently a Senior Medical Director at Pfizer. His involvement to create positive social change is reflected in activities such as past Chair of the binational International Community Foundation (ICF) and Olivewood Garden and Learning Center. In his role as chair of ICF, Dr. Dychter was involved with multiple health programs that have made impactful binational changes to disease management in areas such as diabetes (Project Dulce) and tuberculosis (Puentes Program), in addition to consultation in numerous other activities.

Abe Lowenthal

Los Angeles, CA.

Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California

​Abe Lowenthal

Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, is a widely published scholar on Latin American politics, democratic governance and transitions, U.S. foreign policy, and California’s global role. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including eight essays in Foreign Affairs. A serial institution-builder, he is the founding director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Pacific Council on International Policy, as well as an influential policy analyst and advisor.

Rodrigo Gallegos Toussaint

Mexico City, Mexico

​Senior Advisor, De la Calle, Madrazo & Mancera

​​Rodrigo Gallegos Toussaint

Rodrigo Gallego is currently a Senior Advisor with the Mexico City-based business strategy consulting firm De la Calle, Madrazo & Mancera. Rodrigo brings decades of strategic leadership experience across government, non-profits and the private sectors focusing on sustainable economic growth and social commitment. As the first Executive Director at Consejo Mexicano de Negocios (CMN), he was in charge of building the first long term strategy for Mexico’s most influential business organization (Mexico’s Fortune 60). Other achievements include creating, financing, and strengthening the first social inclusion initiative of the Council and building new strategic alliances with civil society, governments, and other business organizations across Mexico and the US.

During his 11 years at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, (IMCO), one of Mexico´s leading think tanks, Rodrigo designed Mexico’s Federal Government Climate Change Program and carried out the first independent evaluation of Mexico’s climate change strategy. He became the first associate of the organization by building a green growth practice where he designed policies for Mexico´s energy reform as the Clean Energy Certificates market, incentives for renewable energy investment and Mexico´s first Rodrigo is a Board Member of the US Mexico Foundation, Sistema B (B-Lab), Fundemex (a business initiative to foster growth in poor areas), and Causa Natura (an Environmental NGO). He has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Atul Patel

San Diego, CA

​Senior Vice President, Treasurer

​​Atul Patel

Atul Patel has over decades of international Treasury Management Experience. Prior to joining PriceSmart, he served as Assistant Treasurer for a private investment management firm in Bahrain and Geneva. Before that he spent 7 years with Imperial Chemical Industries in London focusing on managing foreign exchange and interest rate risk and day-to-day treasury operations. Atul Patel is a graduate of the University of Wales-UK where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Materials Science. Atul serves as a Board of Directors and Board Investment Committees of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation and the International Community Foundation.