José Alvarez is Adjunct and Emeritus Professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center, Belle Glade, Florida.
José Azel is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami. Dr. Azel was one of the founders of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s leading provider of pediatric specialty services and served as its first Chief Financial Officer. He co-founded and serves as Board Chairman of Children’s Center for Development and Behavior, an organization dedicated to providing therapies for children with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. He holds undergraduate and masters degrees in business administration and a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami.
Larry Catá Backer is Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University.
Juan A.B. Belt is Director, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Roger Betancourt is Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Alberto S. Bustamante, Jr., a retired physician, lives in Orlando, Florida. He has been for many years an avid collector and researcher in chromolithography, illustrated books, maps and engravings. He is also the founder and President of Cuban Cultural Heritage.
Lorena Buzón is a doctoral candidate in Government at Georgetown University.
Ed Canler emigrated from Cuba in 1961. He received a doctorate in economics in 1983 from the University of Florida. Since that time, he has been employed by Textile Rubber & Chemical Company of Dalton, Georgia, where he serves as Vice President for Latin America. In the 1990s, Ed published Cubanalysis, an Internet newsletter on the Cuban economy. He made his first return trip to Cuba in 1994 and traveled to the island frequently. He occasionally steals time from business to put on his economist hat and write for ASCE.
Alnunfo L. Carrandi is a former official of the Inter- American Development Bank. He holds an MA in Development Banking from The American University, Washington, D.C.
Joan Carreras Timoneda is a Political Science and Philosophy major and a Latin American History minor at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Rolando Castañeda es un consultor en economía internacional con 27 años de experiencia en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.
Eudel Cepero, BS in Geography and MS in Environmental Studies. Director of Geoidea Inc., a professional GIS and Remote Sensing consulting firm. Mr. Cepero’s research focus is on the interaction between soil, water, forest cover and human activity, including policies, which can be reflected on digital maps as an alternative for environmental evaluation, management, and planning.
Manuel Cereijo is Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Miami.
Graciella Cruz-Taura is Associate Professor of History at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida. Her presentation for ASCE 2008 was cosponsored by the National Association of Cuban- American Educators (NACAE).
Pablo De Cuba es graduado en Derecho (1982) y Economía (1989) y ha cursado varios estudios de especializacion en Derecho, Finanzas y Créditos Internacionales. Ha sido Abogado consultor y litigante en materia Civil y Comercial internacional de varias instituciones tanto en Cuba como en el extranjero. Laboró como Asesor de los Ministros de Justicia, Comercio Exterior y la Vicepresidencia de Cuba.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is a Northern Virginia-based international consultant focusing on governance issues.
Gabriel DiBella is an economist in the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Daniel P. Erikson is senior associate for U.S. policy and director of Caribbean programs at the Inter- American Dialogue, Washington, D.C. He is author of The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution.
María Dolores Espino is Professor of Business Management, St. Thomas University, Miami, Florida.
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.
Ileana Fuentes. Licenciada en Historia de Fordham University (1973) y en Liderazgo y Género del Hispanic Women Leadership Institute (Rutgers University, 1990). Dirigió el proyecto Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba (1984-1989) y es co-autora de Outside Cuba/ Fuera de Cuba: Artistas Cubanos Contemporáneos (Rutgers & University of Miami, 1989). Su Cuba sin caudillos: Un enfoque feminista para el siglo 21 (Princeton, Linden Lane Press, 1994) enfoca Cuba desde una óptica de género. Una “Wendy” de la generación Pedro Pan, reside en EEUU desde 1961.
Karina Gálvez, Licenciada en Economía, Profesora de Finanzas en el IPE Rafael Ferro. Fue responsable del Grupo de Economistas del Centro de Formación Cívica y Religiosa. Miembro del Consejo de Redacción de Convivencia. Vive y trabaja en Pinar del Río.
Laura García Freyre es candidata a Doctora en Estudios Latinoamericanos por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, en donde también cursó estudios de licenciatura y maestría en Estudios Latinoamericanos, graduada con honores. Se especializa en Estudios Cubanos con hincapié en historiografía de la revolución, usos políticos de la historia, movimientos sociales y de resistencia y su relación con el espacio publico. Ha hecho estancias de investigación para tesis de maestría y doctorado en el Cuba Research Institute de la Florida International University. Es colaboradora del portal Encuentro en la Red.
Antonio Gayoso is an Adjunct Professor, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Andy S. Gomez is Assistant Provost, University of Miami, and Senior Fellow, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami.
Henry Luis Gómez is Managing Director, Babalú Blog.
Mario A. González-Corzo, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY).
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).
Ted Henken, Ph.D., Departments of Sociology and Black and Hispanic Studies, Baruch College, City University of New York.
Ernesto Hernández-Catá, is Professorial Lecturer in International Economics, School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Michael J. Kelly, Professor of Law, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska.
Scott Larson, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).
Joan Martínez-Evora, Licenciado en Derecho por la Facultad de Derecho “Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz” de la Universidad de la Habana. Profesor de la Cátedra de Derecho Civil y Patrimonial de Familia de dicha Facultad de Leyes hasta noviembre de 2005, fecha en que estableció residencia en los Estados Unidos de América.
Antonio E. Morales-Pita, Adjunct Faculty of Economics at DePaul University, Chicago. Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award 2007 at DePaul University, the Cátedra Patrimonial de CONACYT, Mexico (1995), and other pedagogic and research awards in Cuba (1982-1990). Author of 7 books and 140 articles.
Eusebio Mujal-León is a professor of political science and director of the Cuba XXI Project at Georgetown University.
Roberto Orro Fernández graduated as an economist from the University of Havana and received a Master’s in Economics from El Colegio de México. Mr. Orro has accumulated a vast professional experience in different countries. He worked in the military construction sector in Cuba, as a lecturer/researcher at the University of Havana, the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and as an economic consultant for private firms in Puerto Rico. Currently he works as an independent economic and financial consultant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a member 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.
Lorenzo L. Pérez is Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department, International Monetary Fund. He worked previously in the Western Hemisphere Department of the Fund, leading missions to several countries including to 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. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Armando I. Perez, PhD, PE, DEE, is currently with Camp Dresser and McKee Inc., Miami, Florida. He is a member of the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers.
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.
Joaquín P. Pujol is a retired official of the International Monetary Fund.
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.
Rafael Romeu holds a PhD in International Finance and is currently the desk economist on Venezuela at the International Monetary Fund, and has in the past also covered Uruguay, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama for the Western Hemisphere Department, as well as worked in the Monetary and Capital Markets department covering international capital markets, and the IMF Research Department. Prior to joining the IMF Dr. Romeu consulted for the Central Bank of Venezuela, visited the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and was visiting faculty at the Department of Economics, Yale University.
Juan Tomás Sánchez es Secretario General de la Asociación de Colonos de Cuba, en el Exilio.
Jorge A. Sanguinetty is President of DevTech Systems, Inc., a consulting firm headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area. He is President of ASCE for 2008-2010.
Yulexis Solís, Licenciado en Derecho por la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de La Habana. Ex Profesor Adjunto de Derecho Civil de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de La Habana (2002-2005) y Ex Juez de la Sala de lo Económico del Tribunal Popular Provincial de Ciudad de La Habana (2004-2005).
Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, PhD, PE, is currently with the Department of Civil, Arch., and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. She is a member of the Association of Cuban Engineers.
Paul Wander is program assistant at the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C.
Richard C. Witmer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
Andy Wolfe is an Advisor in the Front Office of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. He has taught at Bowdoin College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
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