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About the Dialogue



Policy and program direction of the Inter-American Dialogue resides with the Board of Directors, which also provides financial and administrative oversight. Board members have prime responsibility for defining the substantive agenda of issues that the Dialogue addresses, selecting candidates for Dialogue membership, and shaping our institutional development strategies. On occasion, Board members decide to engage an important or urgent policy issue and make public their recommendations for action.

Directors are also members of the Inter-American Dialogue and participate in our work to build productive ties among Western Hemisphere nations. Our Board is drawn largely from Latin American and Caribbean nations as well as the United States and Canada. The group incorporates a diversity of political and professional perspectives, but all share a commitment to democratic rule, social equity, and economic cooperation in the Americas.



Ernesto Zedillo, Co-Chair, Mexico

Carla A. Hills, Co-Chair, United States

L. Enrique García, Co-Vice Chair, Bolivia

Thomas F. McLarty III, Co-Vice Chair, United States

David de Ferranti, Treasurer, United States

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Chair Emeritus, Brazil

Ricardo Lagos, Chair Emeritus, Chile

Enrique Iglesias, Vice Chair Emeritus, Uruguay

Roberto Baquerizo, Ecuador

Brian O'Neill, United States

Alicia Bárcena, Mexico

Pierre Pettigrew, Canada

Francis Fukuyama, United States

Marta Lucía Ramírez, Colombia

Marcos Jank, Brazil

Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico

Jessie J. Knight, Jr., United States

Eduardo Stein, Guatemala

Jim Kolbe, United States

Martín Torrijos, Panama

Thomas J. Mackell, Jr., United States

Roberto Teixeira da Costa, Brazil


Michael Shifter, President

Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico
Director, Yale University Center for the Study of Globalization
Former President of Mexico
Carla Hills, United States
CEO, Hills and Company
Former US Trade Representative
L. Enrique Garcia, Bolivia
Co-Vice Chair
President and CEO, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America
Former Planning and Coordination Minister of Bolivia

Thomas McLarty, United States
Vice Chair
Chairman, McLarty Associates
Former White House Chief of Staff

David de Ferranti, United States
CEO, Results for Development Institute
Former Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazil
Chair Emeritus
Former President of Brazil

Ricardo Lagos, Chile
Chair Emeritus
President, Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo
Former President of Chile

Enrique Iglesias, Uruguay
Vice Chair Emeritus
Secretary General, Iberoamerican General Secretariat

Roberto Baquerizo, Ecuador
Managing Director, Pro Ventures

Alicia Bárcena, Mexico
Executive Secretary, UN Economic Comission for Latin America and the Carribean
Former UN Undersecretary General for Management

  Frank Fukuyama, United States
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute



Marcos Jank, Brazil
Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Affairs - Asia, BRF

  Jessie J. Knight, Jr.
  Executive Vice President of External Affairs,    
  Sempra Energy

Jim Kolbe, United States
Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund
Former US Representative (R-AR)

Thomas J. Mackell Jr., United States
Chairman, United Benefits and Pension Services
President, Association of Benefit Administrators
Former Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Brian O'Neill, United States
Vice-Chair, Lazard International
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Treasury

Pierre Pettigrew, Canada
Executive Advisor, Deloitte and Touche
Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Canada
Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico
 Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States

Marta Lucía Ramírez, Colombia
Former Defense and Foreign Affairs Minister of Colombia

Martín Torrijos, Panama
Former President of Panama
Eduardo Stein, Guatemala
Coordinator, Honduran Truth Commission
Former Vice President of Guatemala
Roberto Teixeira da Costa, Brazil
Board Member, SulAmérica