Chantal Agarwal received her MA in Latin American Studies with a concentration in political science from The George Washington University and a B.A. also in Latin American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She also received a certificate in International Studies from the College Park Scholars Program. She has studied in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. Her research interests are Caribbean Basin, particularly Cuba, as well as international trade and economic development. She is currently a Research Associate at the Lexington Institute in Arlington, VA.
B. E. Aguirre is Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware.
José Alvarez is Professor, Food and Research Economics Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, where he works as the Area Economist at the Everglades Research and Education Center, Belle Glade, Florida. He earned a B.A. in economics (1971) and M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. (1977) in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida.
Rolando H. Castañeda es consultor económico. Se retiró del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo donde fue funcionario por 27 años, siendo su última asignación como Especialista Principal de Proyectos en Santiago, Chile, en 1996-2001.
Eudel Eduardo Cepero is a Geographer. He has published several scientific papers as well as numerous articles on environmental issues. In 1996 he founded in Cuba La Agencia Ambiental Entorno Cubano. He currently works as project manager at the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology, Florida International University.
Andrea Colantonio is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Reading, UK, completing a research thesis titled “Urban Tourism and the Socialist State: The Case of Havana in the Special Period.” He earned a degree in Economics from the University of Rome in 1997 and an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.
Larry Daley (García-Iñiguez Enamorado) holds BSA and MSA degrees from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He is currently Professor of Biophysics and Biochemistry of Plant Germplasm at the Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
Guarioné M. Díaz is currently President and CEO of the Cuban American National Council, Inc., a human services organization, based in Miami, Florida and with offices in Washington, DC and Orlando, FL. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Díaz held management positions in the city of New York. He holds a BA from Saint Francis College and a Masters Degree from Columbia University.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is Vice President of Casals & Associates, Inc., a Washington area-based consulting firm.
Eric Driggs is the Humanitarian Aid Coordinator for the Cuba Transition Project at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) at the University of Miami. Mr. Driggs is a Brown University graduate with a dual degree in International Relations and Development Studies. He received advanced training in disaster management and humanitarian response in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining ICCAS, he was part of an in-field competitiveness study of the Dominican Republic for the Center for International Development at Harvard University.
Pamela Elfenbein, PhD, MSW, is Director of Education and Training, The Center on Aging, Florida International University.
Daniel P. Erikson is director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, a leading policy forum on Western Hemisphere affairs in Washington, D.C. His current work focuses on the Cuban economy, the political and economic situation in Haiti, and broader challenges facing U.S. foreign policy in the Americas. Prior to joining the Dialogue, he earned a Masters in Public Policy as a Dean’s Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School,d was a Fulbright fellow in Mexico.
Gastón A. Fernández is Associate Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the International Affairs Center at Indiana State University. He is the author of several books and articles on Hispanic immigation to the United States.
Jennifer Gauck is a Program Officer and serves as the Deputy Program Coordinator, Anti-Corruption, at the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative.
Andy S. Gomez, Ph.D., is the former Dean of the School of International Studies, University of Miami. He is currently Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Provost, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami.
Antonio Jorge is Professor of Political Economy and International Relations at Florida International University and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.
William E. Kost is an agricultural economist in the Specialty Crop Branch, Market & Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Argelio Maldonado, a graduate of the University of Florida and Columbia University, has enjoyed a multi-industry international business career with Procter & Gamble, Citibank, IBM, and Charles Schwab. He has been a Senior Fellow with the World Wildlife Fund and is currently organizing a Cuban Conservation Trust Fund and consulting on climate change matters relating to the Kyoto Protocol.
Armando A. Musa is an attorney with the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP. He practices in the areas of banking and finance, international, and corporate law. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Matthew McPherson is an economics Ph.D. student at West Virginia University doing work on international trade issues. He spent part of the summer of 2003 in Cuba working with an economist at the University of Havana on a trade-related project.
Roberto Orro is an economist based in Puerto Rico. He currently works for H. Calero Consulting Group, Inc. Mr. Orro holds a master degree in economics from El Colegio de Mexico. He has worked as lecturer and researcher in Cuba, at the University of Havana, and in Mexico, at the University of Guanajuato. His fields of research are monetary and exchange rate policy and transition in former socialist countries.
Art Padilla is Professor, Department of Management, North Carolina State University.
Silvia Pedraza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
David Penny is a DPhil candidate in political science at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, concentrating on the effects of leadership strategy and ideology upon regime practice in Cuba. He is also a college lecturer in politics at Keble College, Oxford University.
Jorge F. Pérez-López is an international economist. He is the author of Cuba’s Second Economy: From Behind the Scenes to Center Stage (Transaction Publishers, 1995), co-editor of Perspectives on Cuban Economic Reforms (Arizona State University Press, 1998), and co-author of Conquering Nature: The Environmental Legacy of Socialism in Cuba (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000).
Frank Resillez is a Wilderness Specialist for the Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental Area, where he works with problems pertaining to fauna and flora. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.S. in International Law and Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
José M. Ricardo earned the degree of Ingeniero Agrónomo from the Universidad de la Habana in 1948. He also earned the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Mayland in 1967 and 1976, respectively. From 1955 to 1960, he was the local assistant to the Agricultural Attache, U.S. Embassy, La Habana. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service during 1961-70 and for the Census Bureau, assigned to the U.S. Agency for International Development.
James E. Ross, Courtesy Professor at the University of Florida and retired foreign service officer, has over 40 years’ experience in international agricultural trade, agribusiness investment, and economic development. Since 1993, he has specialized on studies of Cuba’s food and agricultural situation and the potential market for U.S. agribusiness.
Eugenio Rothe, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine, and Research Associate, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami.
Frederick S. Royce received an AS degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics from San Jose City College, in California. Between 1981 and 1992, he managed rural training and development projects in Nicaragua for several organizations, including CARE International. He earned BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, where he is currently an Assistant Research Scientist.
Juan Tomás Sánchez es Secretario General de la Asociación de Colonos de Cuba, en el exilio. La Asociación era la representante patronal de Cuba a la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) de las Naciones Unidas, por ser la mayor representación patronal de Cuba. La Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Azucareros (FNTA) era la representación laboral.
Dave Schmeling received his Ph.D. in Communications from Florida State University in 1981. He cocreated the one-of-a-kind FAVACA – Florida International Volunteer Corps in 1985. He is a founding director of the Caribbean Community Foundation (2003).
Paolo Spadoni is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. He holds a Master in Latin American Studies from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.
Jorge A. Sanguinetty is President of DevTech Systems, Inc. a consulting firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area.
Matías F. Travieso-Díaz is a partner in Shaw Pittman LLP, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., London, New York City, Los Angeles and Northern Virginia. He is the author of The Laws and Legal System of a Free-Market Cuba (Quorum Books, 1996) and numerous law review articles, papers and newspaper columns on matters related to Cuba’s transition to a free-market, democratic society. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University. He earned a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.
William N. Trumbull is Director, Division of Economics and Finance, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of North Carolina and his BBA at the University of Miami. His teaching and research interests include comparative economic systems and he teaches a course on the economics of Cuba that includes a field trip to Cuba.
Julieta N. Valls is president of the Florida Association for Voluntary Action, Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). Before joining FAVACA in Florida, she worked with DevTech Systems, Inc., the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), Partners of the Americas, and the Pan American.
Cooperative at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C., and as a consultant to the IDB in Paraguay.
Maria C. Werlau is a consultant residing in the greater New York city area and author of numerous papers on Cuban affairs. She is also President of the Free Society Project, Inc., a non profit organization dedicated to human rights’ research that is currently archiving the loss of life during the Cuban revolutionary process.