B. E. Aguirre is Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware.
Pablo Alfonso is a journalist with El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Florida, where he writes the column “Cuba por Dentro.”
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 has traveled to Cuba in the last few years as one of the principal investigators in two grants from John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study Cuban agriculture and the potential economic impact on the agricultural economies of Florida and Cuba after lifting the U.S. economic embargo. 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.
Juan A. B. Belt is a Senior economist with the Inter- American Development Bank. He works on finance and infrastructure projects, with particular emphasis on telecommunications and information technology. Before joining the IDB, he was the Chief Economist of the Global Bureau of USAID, Deputy Director of USAID Guatemala, and Chief economist of USAID Missions in Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Before working for USAID he was an economist at the World Bank.
Ernesto Betancourt is a consultant on government reforms. He has an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh and studied Advertising and Marketing at American University. He was the first Director of Radio Martí and represented Castro in Washington in 1957-58. He has written extensively on the Cuban Revolution.
Pablo A. Carreño is Vice President of the National Association of Sugar Mill Owners of Cuba (Asociación Nacional de Hacendados de Cuba, ANDHAC). He holds a degree in agricultural engineering and sugar chemistry from the Univeridad de la Habana and has done graduate work in this field at Louisiana State University and in business administration at the Alexander Hamilton Institute in New York. He has worked for several corporations in technical and administrative positions and is currently an engineering consultant.
Gloria Casal, M.D., is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is presently working for Leon Medical Centers, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Rolando H. Castañeda is an economic consultant. He retired from the Inter-American Development Bank, where he worked for 27 years. His last assignment with the IDB was as Principal Project Specialist in Santiago, Chile, in 1996-2001.
Javier Corrales specializes in comparative and international politics of Latin America. He is the author of Presidents Without Parties: Economic Reforms in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press, 2002) and several articles in academic journals. In 2000-01, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University awarded in 1996.
Nicolás Crespo is President, The Phoenix Hospitality and Consulting Corporation, Miami, Florida.
Graciella Cruz-Taura is Associate Professor of History at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University. Her presentation during ASCE’s 12th Annual Meeting is part of the study she prepared on Cuban education for the Cuba Transition Project based at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies.
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.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is Vice President of Casals & Associates, Inc. (C&A), a Washington area-based consulting firm. For the seven years, C&A has conducted, under contract to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the America’s Accountability and Anti-Corruption (AAA) project. Other C&A projects address similar concerns in specific countries and on a global basis.
Erin Ennis holds a Masters degree in International Affairs from The Catholic University of America. She currently works for Kissinger McLarty Associates in Washington, D.C.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe is an independent journalist residing in Cuba.
Antonio A. Fernández, M.D., is Associate Professor of Barry University, Miami-Dade County and Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
María Antonia Fernández Mayo is Co-Researcher, International Agricultural Trade and Development Center, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Joel Cirilo Font is the founder and President of Envision Technologies, a New Jersey based software and Internet applications development company. Insurance companies, third party administrators and labor unions throughout the United States use his software products. His interests outside the technology sector are in business development and mass communications. He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, and Executive Director of the Cuban-American Technology Group. He is a native of Holguín, Cuba.
Manuel García Díaz is Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, Universidd 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.
Andy S. Gomez is Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Miami. He is also Senior Fellow at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at UM. From 2000-2002 he served as Dean of the School of International Studies at UM.
Pedro Melchor González, M.D., is a Psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Miami Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at Albizú University, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
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.
Ted Henken worked in Cuba for Tulane University’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute as the incountry liaison and program coordinator during the spring of 2001. He successfully defended his dissertation in March 2002, and received his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University in May. He is currently an adjunct professor of Latin American Studies at Tulane. His research on Cuba’s “second economy” has been published in Cuba in Transition and in an article forthcoming in volume 33 (2003) of Cuban Studies.
Amy Myers Jaffe is Energy Research Coordinator, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.
Francisco León is a consultant to CEPAL and to the University of Giessen project “Relations between the European Union and Latin America: Bi-regionalism in a Changing Global System,” in the framework of Volkskwagen-Stiftung’s Priority Area “Global Structures and Governance.” He was a Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute for European-Latin American Relations, Madrid, during 2000. From 1971 to 2000, he was Social Research Officer, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). He earned degrees in Economic Sociology from the University of Louvain, Belgium.
Roberto Orro is an economist with the H. Calero Consulting Group, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Silvia Pedraza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of numerous articles in professional journals and two books, Origins and Destinations: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in America (Wadsworth, 1996), co-edited with Rubén G. Rumbaut, and Political and Economic Migrants in America: Cubans and Mexicans (University of Texas Press, 1985). Her research interests are in the areas of the sociology of immigration, race and ethnicity in America, as well as the sociology of Cuba’s revolution and exodus. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
Pedro F. Pellet, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics and Statistics at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Jorge F. Pérez-López is an international economist with the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor. 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). He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.
Guy Pfeffermann is Director and Chief Economist at the International Finance Corporation.
Enrique S. Pumar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he teaches courses on research methods, comparative national development, and economic sociology and is the Director of the university’s MOST Program.
Dorothy Robyn is a Senior Advisor to The Brattle Group, a Boston-based economic research and consulting firm, where she focuses on aviation, transportation and trade. She was a senior economic adviser to President Clinton, on the staff of the White House National Economic Council. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.
Marta Beatriz Roque is President of the Instituto Cubano de Economistas Independientes, La Habana, Cuba.
James E. Ross is Courtesy Professor and Program Advisor, International Agricultural Trade and Development Center, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Jesús (Jay) Sanchelima is an attorney and the founder of Sanchelima & Associates, P.A., a law firm specializing in intellectual property, commercial law, and international business law. Mr. Sanchelima is an expert on Cuban intellectual property law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Trade Association.
Joseph L. Scarpaci is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
Miguel Schloss is Executive Director of Transparency International.
Gary Shiffman is Adjunct Senior Fellow, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami (2001-2002), Adjunct Faculty, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Security Studies Program, and Director, Governmental Affairs, Greenberg Traurig.
Ronald Soligo is Professor of Economics, Rice University.
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.
Mary Speck, a former correspondent in Latin America, is completing a dissertation on business and bureaucracy in the Republic of Cuba for Stanford University.
Alan C. Swan, is Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law. He teaches international business transactions, international economic law, federal courts, administrative law, commercial law, constitutional law, and contracts. He currently serves as director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Master of Laws in International Law program. Professor Swan served as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, as assistant general counsel of the Agency for International Development, and as assistant vicepresident, programs and projects, at the University of Chicago.
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.
Charles Trumbull is a recent graduate of Dartmouth College. He has traveled to Cuba several times to conduct research on Cuban economic reforms and their impact on society.