Advisory Council

Muni Figueres (Co-Chair)
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.

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.

Alexander Watson (Co-Chair)
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.

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.

Peter Bryant
Peter was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum in 2006 after having served as Chief Financial Officer since 2000. He brings over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and his expertise includes financial and operations management and institutional planning and implementation. His previously held leadership positions at Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Outward Bound and the Laspau Board of Trustees as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.

Jeffrey Davidow
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.

Julio Frenk
Julio Frenk is the President of the University of Miami and holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the School of Business Administration. He previously served as Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and as Minister of Health of Mexico, he reformed the nation’s health system, introducing a program of comprehensive universal coverage, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans. He is the founding Director-General of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and has held top positions at the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. He is on numerous boards, including the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Felipe Larraín
Felipe Larraín is the current Minister of Finance in Chile. He served in the role previously from 2010-2014. He is a Professor of Economics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of its Center for Economic and Social Policies (Clapes UC), and a member of the UN´s Leadership Council for Sustainable Development.

Charles MacCormack
Charles (Charlie) MacCormack is Executive in Residence of The Jackson Institute For Global Affairs at Yale University. For 18 years Charlie was President of Save the Children International, and prior to that served for 15 years as President of World Learning / School for International Training and the Experiment for International Living. He has been Executive in Residence at Middlebury College and spent 2018 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.

Beatriz Merino
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
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.

Benjamín Ortiz
Benjamín Ortiz is the President of the Board of BOA Estrategia y Comunicación. Mr. Ortiz has been Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Ecuador and has held prominent positions in several newspapers and tv news channels.  He is also an accomplished writer and has co-authored books on journalism, communications, and foreign policy and has taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Jurisprudence Doctorate from the same institution and also has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Alfonso Romo Garza
Alfonso Romo Garza is currently Chairman of the Board and CEO of Grupo Plenus, a corporation that focuses its business activities in the agrobiotechnology, synthetic biology, education, financial services, and real estate sectors. Jointly with his management team, they have worked for over three decades with great success in the acquisition, creation, and transformation of great companies, developing a special skill in value creation in diverse industrial companies, even during turbulent macroeconomic periods. Mr. Romo has been appointed as a member of the Board of the Atlantic Institute of Government, an institution founded and chaired by former President of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, and he is also on the Board of Directors of Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Synthetic Genomics, J. Craig Venter Institute and Agracast, among others.

Christopher Sabatini
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, bringing an important capability to the Advisory Council. He has extensive experience with prominent newspapers and news media throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.