José Alvarez is adjunct and emeritus professor at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center.
Timothy Ashby, JD, is a Special Counsel with the Miami office of Duane Morris LLP. A former senior official with the U.S. Commerce Department, he also holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees.
Eric N. Baklanoff is Research Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Alabama, where he served as a McNair Faculty Mentor (2003/04). He directed the Graduate Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University (1962-65) and was Dean for International Studies and Programs at the University of Alabama (1969-73). His publications include Expropriation of U.S. Investments in Cuba, Mexico, and Chile (1975) and The Economic Transformation of Spain and Portugal (1978).
Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Political Science, and Assistant Director of Latino/Latin American Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Roger R. Betancourt is Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland-College Park.
Ed Canler is vice president for Latin America, Textile Rubber and Chemical Company in Dalton, Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. 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 Cepero is an Environmental Scientist at the Applied Research Center, Florida International University. He has published several scientific papers as well as numerous articles on environmental issues in newspapers and magazines.
Gustavo Coronel, an Oil Geologist, holds M.A. degrees in Public Policy from Harvard University and from the University of Tulsa. He was a researcher at Harvard University (1981-1983), member of the first Governing Board of Petróleos de Venezuela (1976-1979), Chief of the Section on Evaluation of Hydrocarbon Projects, Inter-American Development Bank (1983-1987), Coordinator of the Presidential Program of Henrique Salas Romer (1998), and President of the port of Puerto Cabello (1999-2000). He is currently an international oil consultant.
Larry Daley 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.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is Vice President of Casals & Associates, Inc., a Washington area-based consulting firm.
Daniel P. Erikson is director of Caribbean programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, 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, and was a Fulbright fellow in Mexico.
María Antonia Fernández Mayo is a Research Associate. She resides in La Habana.
Manuel García Díaz is Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, Universidad de Granada, Spain. He holds a Licenciatura in Economics from the Universidad de la Habana and a Doctorate in Economic Sciences from Moscow State University, M. V. Lomonosov.
Mario A. González Corzo holds a Ph.D. in International Relations with a concentration in Economics from Rutgers University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Lehman College of The City University of New York, CUNY.
Dominga González Suárez is Professor in the Department of Social Psychology and Methodology of the Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, Universidad de Granada, Spain. She received a Licenciatura in History from the Universidad de la Habana and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Universidad de Granada.
G. B. Hagelberg is an international sugar industry consultant residing in Canterbury, England.
Ted Henken is an Assistant Professor in the Black and Hispanic Studies and the Sociology and Anthropology Departments at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is currently working on the reference work, Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook, for ABC-CLIO, collaborating on a book on micro-enterprise in socialist Cuba, and conducting a transnational study of the Mexican indigenous communities in the U.S. South. He has published articles in Cuban Studies, Latino Studies, Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, and previous volumes of Cuba in Transition.
LaShondra Jones is Associate Auditor for Wallmart Corporation, Los Angeles Regional Office. A Mc- Nair Scholar, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 2004 with a major in Finance and a minor in Spanish. Her article entitled “Canada’s Economic Relations with Cuba” was published in the University of Alabama McNair Journal, Vol. 4 (Spring 2004).
Tamara Kneese is a senior anthropology major and history minor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She is interested in continuing her study of Cuban culture and is currently working on an honors project comparing Cuba’s Special Period with the Soviet Union’s Perestroika.
Alberto Luzárraga es Doctor en Derecho Civil Summa Cum Laude por la Universidad de Villanueva. Estudió Ciencias Comerciales en la Universidad de la Habana y obtuvo un MBA en The University of Miami. Como banquero internacional fungió como Chairman de Continental Bank International en New York. Hoy dirige su propia empresa.
Terry L. Maris, Ph.D, is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Cuban Business Studies and Professor of Management at Ohio Northern University. Prior to entering academe, Dr. Maris served as a U.S. Army officer and as a management consultant. He has traveled to nearly 70 countries as a speaker, lecturer, and advisor. Under license from the U.S. Treasury Department, he has visited Cuba frequently to meet with Cuban faculty, administrators, and students; Cuban and U.S. government officials; enterprise managers; and foreign government and commercial executives.
Tania Mastrapa is a principal with Mastrapa Consultants in Miami. She holds a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami in the Summer of 2005.
Carmelo Mesa-Lago is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Armando Musa is an Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Miami, Florida. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2003) and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2000).
José Manuel Pallí, a member of the Florida Bar, was trained as a lawyer in Argentina. For the past twenty years he has worked in the field of international real property rights and registral law, in association with the title insurance industry. He is Of Counsel to Rasco, Reininger, Perez, Esquenazi & Vigil, in Coral Gables, and advisor to the Lima, Peru, based Instituto Libertad y Democracia and to the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, in Tucson, Arizona.
Silvia Pedraza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jorge F. Pérez-López is an international economist who resides in Falls Church, Virgina. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Jorge R. Piñón Cervera is an international energy consultant based in Miami, Florida, and a Research Associate at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. He has over twenty five years of international downstream oil and gas experience with companies such as Shell, Transworld Oil, and Amoco-British Petroleum BP. He holds a degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida.
Beatrice E. Rangel es Analista Internacional graduada en las Universidades de Boston y de Harvard; ex Ministro de la Secretaría de la Presidencia de Venezuela; y ex Jefe de Estrategia del Grupo Cisneros. Actualmente Preside la empresa de consultoría AMLA Consulting LLC basada en Miami, Florida.
Archibald Ritter is Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada,
Enrique Romero studied International Relations at El Colegio de México, in Mexico City. He is currently working at the Diplomatic Advisor’s Office in the Official Residence of the Mexican President.
Jorge L. Romeu is Research Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Syracuse University, and director of the Juarez Lincoln Marti International Education Project. He has been a Fulbright Senior Speaker Specialist, with three tours in Mexico, and two in the Dominican Republic, and a consultant to Fundayacucho in Venezuela.
James E. Ross is Courtesy Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
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.
Jorge A. Sanguinetty is President of DevTech Systems, Inc., a consulting company headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area.
Felipe Sixto is Chief of Staff of the Center for a Free Cuba. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. in International Relations from Florida International University and a J.D. in International Law from American University. He has published various chapters and articles in academic journals and books and opinion pieces in national newspapers.
Matías Travieso-Díaz is a Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Columbia University (1976), a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1971), and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Miami (1967, 1966).
Soren Triff, escritor y activista de la sociedad civil, es profesor de español y culturas hispánicas en Bristol Comunity College, Massachusetts.
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.
Hernán Yanes earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He taught social sciences and conducted researched on Latin American issues in Cuba for many years. He has written extensively on governance and democracy in Latin America, civil-military relations in Cuba, and Cuba-Venezuela relations.
Ryszard Zukowski holds a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the University of Gdansk, Poland (1971). He also holds an M.A. in History from the University A. Mickiewicz, Poznan, Polond (1968) and studied at the Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes, Paris (1970-71). Since 1987 he has been a Professor in the Department of Economics, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico.