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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.

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.