Rolando Anillo-Badia is a counsel at the law firm Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli. He specializes in U.S.-Cuba Federal Regulations, Cuban Law and International Law and is President of the Cuban Claims Owners Association. Mr. Anilllo-Badia acts as a mediator in civil disputes. He has practiced law in Cuba as well as in the United States. Born in Santiago de Cuba, he graduated cum laude from University of Havana law school in 1988, and received his MBA from Barry University in 1997.
Larry Catá Backer is Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. He is also Founding Director, Coalition for Peace & Ethics, Washington, D.C.
Juan F. Benemelis (Manzanillo, 1942). Historiador, cubanólogo, analista político, experto en Africa y Medio Oriente. Autor de más de 20 libros e innumerables textos sobre historia, ciencia, filosofía y política, algunos galardonados en Cuba y en el extranjero. Fundador del Ceiba Institute of Afro-Cuban Studies. Su más reciente obra, El miedo al negro, se presentará en la Feria Internacional del Libro en Miami, noviembre 2011.
John Cairncross wrote “Raúl’s Plan” while studying political science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He hails from Calgary, in Alberta province, and is currently teaching English in Shenzhen, China.
Rolando H. Castañeda, macroeconomist, retired senior official from the Inter-American Development Bank and a member of the ASCE Board.
Pablo DeCuba Abogado y Economista cubano. Trabajó como Abogado en las direcciones jurídicas de Organismos del Estado cubano como el Ministerio de Justicia y el Ministerio de Comercio Exterior. Participó en múltiples negociaciones y litigios internacionales del Estado cubano como de organismos y empresas. Fue Abogado de la Consultaría Jurídica Internacional de la Corporación CIMEX, SA. Trabajó en el sector externo cubano en varios países. Radica actualmente en Miami.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is a Northern Virginiabased international consultant focusing on governance issues.
Oscar A. Echevarría is a businessman, economic consultant and academic. He is the founder and current President of Global Expand LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based company devoted to helping small and medium size firms in Spain, Latin America and the United States to establish cross-border and national strategic alliances. From 1992 to 1995 he was Chairman and CEO of Czarnikov-Rionda Company of New York, a company that he turned into the largest Hispanic-owned business in the U.S. He has been a Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Georgetown University, the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Wharton Management Science Institute and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has published extensively on foreign debt and foreign exchange policies and on the economies of Cuba and Venezuela. Dr. Echevarría holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgetown University.
Alfredo Echeverría, AIA, studied architecture at the University of Havana, completing his Bachelor of Architecture at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he also obtained a Master’s Degree on City and Regional Planning. Echeverría served as the Associate Director of the DC Office of Planning overseeing the formulation of the first Comprehensive Plan for the Nation’s Capital. During his tenure he served as Commissioner on the National Capital Planning Commission. He has lectured extensively and provided professional services to federal and local governments, international organizations and private clients in the USA, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Echeverría has been the recipient of numerous awards from government, professional peer and civic organizations.
Ilan Ehrlich is an assistant professor of history at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American history in September of 2009 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His forthcoming book, entitled, Eduardo Chibás: The Incorrigible Man of Cuban Politics is a political biography that explores the role of messianism and charisma in defending democratic institutions. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Dr. Ehrlich was a dissertation fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe se graduó como economista en 1967 en la Universidad de La Habana. Trabajó en varias agencias del gobierno y fue víctima de juicio político y expulsado de su trabajo en el Banco Nacional en 1992. Fue condenado a 20 años de prisión en abril de 2003 por sus actividades como analista económico y periodista independiente. Recibió Licencia Extrapenal desde el 29 de noviembre de 2004 “hasta que se considere que ha recuperado su salud.” A partir de su libertad condicional ha continuado analizando la situación de Cuba, fundamentalmente en lo económico, escribiendo, y publicando. En 2003 se publicó su libro Crónica de un Desastre, por la Editorial Hispano-Cubana, Madrid y en 2007, Cuba: revolución o involución, Aduana Vieja Editorial, Sevilla. Su más reciente libro, publicado en 2011, es Cambios en Cuba: Pocos, Limitados y Tardíos.
Max Fitzpatrick is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. His areas of academic interest are social movements and political institutions in Latin America.
Marc Frank who resides in Havana, is Reuters economic correspondent and Financial Times Cuba correspondent.
Ileana Fuentes (La Habana, 1948). Analista y autora feminista. Salió de Cuba en la Operación Pedro Pan (1961). Su libro Cuba sin caudillos: Un enfoque feminista para el Siglo 21 (Linden Lane Press, 1994) replanteó el debate sobre Cuba en términos de género. Su Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba (Rutgers University y University of Miami, 1989) es referencia obligatoria sobre las artes del exilio cubano.
Mario A González Corzo is Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Business, Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY).
Gerardo González Núñez es Profesor de Economía y Finanzas de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Recinto Metropolitano, desde 1996 e investigador académico. Ha realizado diversas investigaciones sobre temas económicos y de relaciones internacionales referidos tanto a Cuba como al Caribe. Sus artículos han sido publicados en revistas especializadas de América Latina, el Caribe, Estados Unidos y Europa. Es autor del libro El Caribe en la política exterior de Cuba, publicado en República Dominicana en 1991 y coautor de los libros Participación popular y desarrollo en los municipios cubanos, publicado en Cuba en 1993, ¿Intelectuales vs Revolución? publicado en Canadá en 2001 y Oportunidades de negocios en Cuba. ¿Qué puede esperar Puerto Rico?, publicado en San Juan, Puerto Rico en octubre del 2009. Coeditor del libro El Caribe en la era de la Globalización publicado en Puerto Rico en 2002. Ha impartido conferencias y cursos en varias universidades de Estados Unidos y de América Latina y el Caribe.
G. B. Hagelberg had an intimate view of Cuba’s sugar industry and economy as a journalist on the island from 1960 to 1968 and is the author of numerous publications, including a book-length study, The Caribbean Sugar Industries: Constraints and Opportunities (1974). From 1980 to 1986, he served as the resident sugar adviser of the government of Barbados and was decorated for his services with an Honorary Silver Crown of Merit in the Order of Barbados. More recently, he contributed to Reinventing the Cuban Sugar Agroindustry, edited by Jorge Pérez-López and José Alvarez (2005).
Katrin Hansing is Associate Professor of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).
Ted Henken is Associate Professor and Chair of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Ernesto Hernández-Catá, Associate Director, Retired, International Monetary Fund.
Miriam Leiva se graduó como Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales en el Instituto Superior ISRI, La Habana, en el que luego fue profesora invitada. Tabajó más de 20 años en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, llegando a alta funcionaria hasta 1992, cuando fue expulsada por pérdida de la confiabilidad política. Laboró hasta 2003 como profesora particular de inglés y desde 1996 es periodista independiente. Fue una de las fundadoras de Damas de Blanco, permaneciendo hasta 2008, y continua el activismo en defensa de los derechos hmanos.
Arturo López Levy is PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He was a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East (ISIME). Lopez Levy has taught courses about American politics, Comparative Politics, Problems of International Relations, and Latin American Politics at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a consultant for the New America Foundation and the Inter-American Dialogue.
Luis R. Luis is an international economist in Massachusetts specializing in international finance and investments. He has long been involved with international finance and investments as an officer of international organizations, commercial banks and investment management companies.
Mallorie E. Marino is a graduate of The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, where she received her Master’s degree in National Security and Statecraft. She received a certificate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Salamanca while living abroad for a year in Spain and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Colorado. Her field of expertise is Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare, with extensive experience in the study of Communism and post-Communism.
Gary Maybarduk is a PhD economist, a retired Foreign Service Officer and a member of the ASCE Board. He has been writing on the Cuban economy since 1999 when he was Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs in the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.
Erin Flynn McKenna is a doctoral student in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has conducted field research in Mexico City and in Cuba, and her research interests include cultural immersion tourism and representations and perceptions of travel destinations.
Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Manuel Orozco is Senior Associate and Director of Remittances and Development at the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.
Roberto Orro Fernández graduated as an economist from the University of Havana, Cuba. He holds a Master in Economics from el Colegio de México, one of the top institutions in the teaching of Economics in Latin America. Mr. Orro has accumulated a vast professional experience in different countries. He worked in the military construction sector in Cuba, as a lecturer researcher in the University of Havana, the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and as an economic consultant for private firms in Puerto Rico. He currently works as an independent economic and financial consultant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a member of the Board of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy since 1997 and has made contributions in the fields of monetary policy, dollarization in Cuba and economic and political transition in former socialist countries.
José Manuel Pallí nació en Cuba, se crió en la Argentina— lo que lo convierte en un Cubargie—y vive en Miami desde hace más de treinta años. Es abogado en la Argentina desde 1975 y en el estado de la Florida desde 1985, especializándose en el Derecho Registral y Notarial y en asesorar inversiones y desarrollos inmobiliarios trans-nacionales a través de su compañía, World Wide Title y de Coto & Pallí LLC, firma de la cual es socio fundador.
Silvia Pedraza is Professor of Sociology and American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Lorenzo L. Pérez, macroeconomist, retired from the International Monetary Fund where he was Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department. He worked previously in the Western Hemisphere Department of the Fund, leading missions to several countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama and in the Fiscal Affairs Department. Earlier in his career he worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Treasury. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jorge F. Pérez-López is an international economist residing in Falls Church, Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Larry Press is a Professor of Information Systems at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He and his colleagues have conducted studies of the Internet in many developing nations. His first studies in Cuba were during the mid-1990s, and he has recently updated that work.
Joaquín P. Pujol is a retired official of the International Monetary Fund.
Carlos A. Romero. Venezolano. Politólogo. Maestría y doctorado en Ciencias Políticas. Profesor titular en el Instituto de Estudios Políticos de la Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). Ex-director del Centro de Estudios de Postgrado de la Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas de la UCV. Autor de libros y artículos en su especialidad. Se ha desempeño como profesor e investigador invitado en varias universidades nacionales y extranjeras.
Jorge Luis Romeu is a Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University. He studied Mathematical Statistics in the University of Havana, and worked as statistician in Cuba until 1980, when he moved to the U.S. Romeu holds a PhD. in operations research, is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Senior Member of ASQ. He founded the Juarez Lincoln Marti International Education Project (http:// web.cortland.edu/matresearch) and has published and presented extensively about Cuba, its human rights, and its socio-economic, educational and political problems.
Juan Tomás Sánchez es Secretario General de la Asociación Nacional de Colonos de Cuba, en el Exilio.
Jorge A. Sanguinetty, Ph.D. in Economics, worked in economic planning in Cuba in the 1960s. He is the author of Cuba, Realidad y Destino: Presente y Futuro de la Economía y la Realidad Cubanas, and numerous papers and articles on the Cuban economy.
Elaine Scheye, President, The Scheye Group Ltd, provides international advisory services to academic medical centers and the biotechnology sector with emphasis on Latin America. Her advisory services are predicated upon a career’s worth of experience working in major academic medical centers with their physician leaders, senior executives, board members, an international accounting firm, and with investment banking firms. She also serves as adjunct faculty. She is frequently invited to speak at major international conferences and is researching, writing, and speaking about the healthcare and biotechnology sector in Cuba.
Joseph L. Scarpaci is Associate Professor of Marketing at the West College of Business, West Liberty University, West Liberty, West Virginia.
Rodolfo J. Stusser, M.D. has had a 42-year career as consultant, professor and researcher at the University of Havana. He was a pioneer in Cuba on primary health care general medicine research and on global health policy and system research. A former cardiovascular physiologist, general internist and practitioner, he specialized on clinical biostatistics/epidemiology, pioneering multi-factorial analysis of Cuba’s primary health care and the execution of the first Cuban clinical and population cancer and heart trials. He coordinated cancer research with East European COMECON nations, advised Nicaragua’s Ministry of Public Health on infant mortality reduction and scientific/technological programs during 1988-90 and taught in Managua Universities under a cooperation agreement with WHO and UNESCO. While in Cuba, he collaborated with professors at Wake Forest, Minnesota and Washington Universities. In 2006, he had to retire as MD, because from 1994- 2009 the Cuban Ministry of Public Health denied exit permission for 33 invitations from U.S. universities/ societies to lecture and collaborate.
Jose Vazquez was born in La Habana and migrated to the United States at the age of eleven. He is a senior at Georgetown University, pursuing studies in government and planning on attending law school. Prior to Georgetown University, he attended Miami- Dade Honors College, where he earned an Associates in Arts degree. He is an active member in the Georgetown Cuban American Student Association and Roots of Hope/Raices de Esperanza.
Maria Werlau is an international consultant based in northern New Jersey and co-founder/director of the non-profit “Cuba Archive” project.