Meet The Advisory Council
Bill Richardson (Co-Chair)
Bill Richardson has led a distinguished public-service career as Governor of New Mexico, U.S. Congressman, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton. Richardson has also started two foundations: The Richardson Center for Global Engagement, focusing on conflict resolution and prisoner release, and the Foundation to Preserve New Mexico Wildlife, which has led the charge to protect wild horses and provide alternatives to horse slaughter.
Carolina Barco Isakson
Carolina Barco Isakson is a Colombian diplomat, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in Colombia and as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States.
Jeffrey Davidow was a career Foreign Service officer who served as Ambassador to Zambia, Venezuela and Mexico as well as Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. He is currently a Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group.
Muni Figueres is the President of Amigos de Costa Rica, based in Washington DC, and is on the board of the Tällberg Foundation based in New York and Stockholm. Formerly she was Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Minister and Ambassador to the United States, External Relations Advisor for the InterAmerican Development Bank and Chair of Laspau’s Board of Trustees.
Felipe Larraín is Professor of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of its Center for Economic and Social Policies (Clapes UC), member of the UN´s Leadership Council for Sustainable Development, and former Minister of Finance in Chile.
Beatriz Merino is the Executive President of César Vallejo University in Peru and served as National Ombudsman of Peru from 2005 to 2011.
Douglas Orane is a nonexecutive director of GraceKennedy Limited, a publicly traded food and financial services conglomerate based in Kingston, Jamaica. He previously served as both Chairman and CEO before retiring. He also served as President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, then as an Independent Senator, and was later appointed to Jamaica’s Privy Council.
Christopher Sabatini is the founder of Global Americans and editor of LatinAmericaGoesGlobal.org. He served as Senior Director of Policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas from 2005 to 2014 where he founded the journal Americas Quarterly. He is currently a Lecturer of International and Public Policy at Columbia University.
Edward L. Seaton
Ed has enjoyed a lifelong career in journalism and media, with a strong interest in Latin America, brining an important capability to the Advisory Council. He has extensive experience with prominent newspapers and news media throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Ambassador Watson is a career foreign service officer and has served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, as well as U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank of ambassador and Ambassador to Peru. Later, he served as Vice President and Executive Director for International Conservation at the Nature Conservancy. He is currently Managing Director of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm.