Speakers

The Central America Donors Forum features speakers from around the world. Leaders from business, philanthropy, government, media and civil society convene at the Forum to discuss priority issues, successful models of development, and the most recent research impacting Central America.

2017 Speakers

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Arturo Aguilar

Political Advisor to the Commissioner of the CICIG, International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

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Shivaugn Ahern

Interim Executive Director, The Central American Healthcare Initiative, Inc.

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Perla Alvarado Reyes

Program Manager, PASMO Honduras, Pan American Social Marketing Organization

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Carlos A. Araúz G.

Chief Executive Officer, AllBank Corp.

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Elmer Arias

President and Founder, Foundation for Social, Economic and Cultural Education

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Samuel Azout

Executive Director, Fútbol con Corazón

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Ernesto Baltodano

General Manager, Cisa Agro Group

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Dr. Ramatu Bangura

Program Officer, Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights, NoVo Foundation

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Dr. Alcibíades Batista González

Medical Subdirector of the Regional Health System of Chiriquí, Ministry of Health, Panama

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Adriana Beltrán

Senior Associate for Citizen Security, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

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Gender and Youth Technical Regional Advisor, Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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Fernando Bolaños Valle

CEO, AgroAmerica

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Juan Carlos Botero

Executive Director, World Justice Project

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Ruth Braithwaite

Kindergarten Teacher and Community Leader, Santa Ana Community

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Vivian Bronsoler

Senior Manager for Mexico and Central America, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

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Luiza Carvalho

Regional Director, UN Women for the Americas and the Caribbean

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Mireya Cisneros

Co-Founder, Unidos en Red

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Bill Clapp

President and Co-Founder, Seattle International Foundation

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Juan Carlos Córdoba

Founder and President, Sinergia Development

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Steve Cox

Managing Director for Networks and Strategic Initiatives, Inter-American Foundation (IAF)

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Meg Cushing

Associate Director, Tinker Foundation Inc.

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Teresa de Alfaro

Executive Director, Sumarse

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Ambassador Georges de La Roche

Director General for Bilateral Affaires, Guatemala

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Ana Dubón

University Student, National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (MNFM)

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Mercedes Eleta (Baty)

President, Women Corporate Directors Panama and President, Stratego Communications

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Javier Elguea

Director of Education and Productive Skill, The Carlos Slim Foundation

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Carlos Alberto Escotet

CEO/Executive President, Banesco, S.A

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Carlos Alberto Faerron Guzmán

Director, Inter American Center for Global Health

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John D. Feeley

U.S. Ambassador to Panama

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Marco Tulio Figueroa Romero

General Manager, MATUFIRO

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Margareth Flores

Executive Director, RedEAmérica (REA)

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Diego Fonseca

Editor, Journalist and Writer, Freelancer

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Michele Frix

Interim CEO, Seattle International Foundation

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Alberto Fumo

Commercial Manager, Jebagro, a division of Jebsen & Jessen

Monica Genet Guerrero

Director of Educational Technology, Nicaraguan Ministry of Education

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Laura Gonzalez

Impact Manager, Conservatorio S.A

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Kathy Hall

Director of Empowering Girls Program, The Summit Foundation

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John (Mike) Hardin

Regional Social Franchise Technical Advisor, Population Services International / PASMO (Pan American Social Marketing Organization)

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Johanna Hill Dutriz

CATRADE Consulting Group, Salvadoran Exports

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Emma Margarita Iriarte

MD, MPH, Executive Secretary, Salud Mesoamérica Initiative (SMI)

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Don Jacobson

Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

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Saratiel Karica

Country Manager, Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO)

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Andreas Lehnhoff

Director, Guatemala and Mesoamerica, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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Ana Luisa Liguori

Senior Program Officer Responsible for Investigative Journalism, Office for Mexico and Central America, Ford Foundation

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Cynthia Loría Picado

Head of Avina’s Strategy in Guatemala and Responsible for the Regional Migration Program, Avina Foundation

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Pedro Rafael Maldonado Flores

Legal Director, The Guatemalan Center for Legal Environmental and Social Action (CALAS)

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Salomé Martinez

Advisor for the Technical and Planning Secretary, The Presidency, El Salvador

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Mike McDonald

Reporter, Bloomberg News

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Jurriaan Middelhoff

Deputy-Ambassador and Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Panama

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Alberto Mora Román

Research Coordinator, State of the Region Report

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Eric Olson

Deputy Director of the Latin American Program and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Diana Pacheco Montoya

Doctoral Student, University of California, Berkeley

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Salvador Paiz

Vice President, Guatemalan Development Foundation (FUNDESA)

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Lourdes Palacios

Undersecretary of Participation, Transparency and Anti-Corruption, Presidency of the Republic, El Salvador

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Omar Palacios

Honduras Country Manager, Solidaridad Network – Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

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Diego Ponce

Vice President of Digital Innovation and Transformation, Banistmo

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Emma Puig de la Bella Casa

Head of Gender Transformative Programming and Influencing, Plan International

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Daney Ramirez

Director, Las Claras Center, Vital Voices Panama

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Mauricio Ramos

CEO, Millicom (TIGO)

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Rosa Rivas

Executive Director, Seeds for Progress Foundation

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Wendy Rodríguez

Director of Institutional Advancement, LATAM, INCAE Business School

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Bernhard Roehrs

Corporate Director, Agroamérica

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Maria Teresa Rojas

Director of Programs at the Open Society International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Erlin Rugama

General Manager, Soluciones de Vida S.A. – Acción Médica Cristiana

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David Pérez Rulfo Torres

General Director, Corporativa de Fundaciones A.C. (Guadalajara, Jalisco, México)

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Claudia Salmerón

Executive Director, The Central America Leadership Initiative Foundation (CALI)

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Rachel Samrén

EVP Chief External Affairs Officer, Millicom (TIGO)

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José Luis Sanz

Director, El Faro

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Karen Estefany Serrano

Nurse, Participant in Migrant Reintegration Pilot Program in El Salvador

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Omar Arnulfo Serrano Crespín

Vice-rector of Social Protection, Central American University José Simeón Cañas (UCA), El Salvador

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Keith Slack

Global Program Director, Extractive Industries, Oxfam America

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Marlon Ramsses Tábora Muñoz

Ambassador of Honduras to the United States

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Maritza Trejo

Regional Education & Youth Director, Glasswing International

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Perla Vázquez

Project Manager, Central America and México Youth Fund (CAMY Fund)

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Lissette Vásquez Rojas

Executive Director, Myrna Mack Foundation – Guatemala

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Joseline Esteffanía Velásquez Morales

Project Leader, Policy Advocacy, Association GOJoven Guatemala

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly and Vice President of Americas Society/Council of the Americas

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Edith Zavala

Executive Director, Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA)

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Darko Zuazo

Chairman, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz S.A.