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 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.
Domingo Amuchástegui es Profesor de Conflictos Regionales, investigador independiente y especialista en Estudios Cubanos.
Ricardo Bofill es Presidente del Comité Cubano Pro Derechos Humanos.
Joel Brito, economista de profesión, ha dirigido el proyecto sobre Sindicalismo Independiente en Cuba por los últimos cinco años. También ha trabajado de investigador auxiliar en el Center for Labor Studies de Florida International University. Fue Jefe del Departamento de Auditoría de la CTC Nacional y miembro del Comité Central de la CTC, atendiendo la esfera económica y laboral.
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.
Alejandro A. Chafuen, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation (Fairfax, VA), President of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (Fairfax, VA) and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Research into Post-Communist Economies (London, United Kingdom). He has written and lectured on numerous topics including economics, religion and ethics. He is the author of Faith and Liberty: The Economic Thought of the Late Scholastics (Lexington Books, 2003).
Isaac Cohen is President, INVERWAY LLC, and former director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
Nicolás Crespo is President, The Phoenix Hospitality and Consulting Corporation, Miami, Florida.
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.
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 is focused on the Cuban economy, hemispheric security issues, and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Prior to the Dialogue he was a Fulbright scholar to Mexico and research associate at Harvard Business School.
María Antonia Fernández Mayo is a Research Associate with GECYT, a Government of Cuba consulting enterprise in Havana. Her work focuses on marketing, trade and foreign investment. Prior to joining GECYT in 2001, she was an economist with the government’s Center for Research on the World Economy (CIEM).
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.
Jennifer Gauck is a Program Associate at the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI), where she works on anti-corruption issues and provides technical assistance to programs in Bosnia, Bulgaria and Slovakia. In 2002, she received a MSc in European Political Economy of Transition from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also studied Cuban politics and economics at the University of Havana in January 1999.
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.
Armando M. Lago has both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University. Among other publications, he co-authored the landmark study The Politics of Psychiatry in Revolutionary Cuba (1991). After a distinguished career as owner of a firm dedicated to econometrics and international transportation issues, he is finishing a book on the victims of the Cuban Revolution and is Vice-President of the Free Society Project, Inc.
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.
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. Last year, after a near death experience, he gave up corporate job security, converting his avocation for environmental preservation into a vocation by accepting an assignment as a Senior Fellow with the World Wildlife Fund. Recently, he left WWF and is currently organizing a Cuban Conservation Trust Fund.
Armando F. Mastrapa III is the editor and publisher of the Cuban Armed Forces Review Internet Site. He received his M.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University.
George Plinio Montalván es Analista Gerencial Principal en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrrollo.
Armando A. Musa, Esq., holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (2003) and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania (2000).
Art Padilla is Associate Professor, Department of Business Management, North Carolina State University.
Daniel J. Perez-Lopez is a graduate student in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech. He earned a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from the College of William and Mary.
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.
Ricardo A. Puerta is a Sociologist with 30 years of experience in development projects in Latin America. He holds a Ph.D degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University. He served as Chief of the Pan American Agricultural School´s Rural Development Program and as Assistant Director of the Latin American Program at Private Agencies Collaborating Together (PACT), an international NGO consortium based in New York. He has been a trainer in project design for the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE) and also in project evaluation for the Inter-American Development Bank (BID). Currently he is the principal Advisor to the Remittances Group in Honduras and a Consultant to several international development agencies.
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.
Joaquin Pérez Rodríguez fue Vice Ministro de Información y Turismo del gobierno de Venezuela y presidente del Consorcio Azucarero de ese país. Hizo un Master en Administración Pública en la Escuela Kennedy, de la Universidad de Harvard e hizo un MSM en el MEI de Arthur D. Little. Fue por quince años profesor en la Escuela de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Es socio y Vicepresidente de Bendixen and Associates, empresa de Miami especializada en el universo hispano de Norte, Centro y Suramérica. Desde hace dos años coordina una investigación sobre las remesas para el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo y Pew Hispanic Center.
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 under a PASA until his retirement in 1986
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.
Christopher Sabatini is the Senior Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy, a position he has held since 1997. Mr. Sabatini has written and published articles on a number of themes concerning Latin America, democratization, security and defense, political parties, and the effectiveness of international programs to support democratic development. His most recent work includes “Lost Illusions: Decentralization and Political Parties” (Journal of Democracy, April 2003) and “The Decline of Ideology and the Rise of ‘Quality of Politics’ Parties in Latin America” (World Affairs, Fall 2002). Mr. Sabatini has testified before the House Sub Committee on the Western Hemisphere on the status of democracy in Latin America and before the House International Relations Committee on human rights in Cuba and has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.
Juan Tomás Sánchez es Secretario General de la Asociación de Colonos de Cuba, en el exilio.
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.
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.
María 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.
Alfie Antonio Ulloa Urrutia es cubano residente en Chile, Economista de la Universidad de Chile, donde además es Profesor. Adicionalmente se desempeña como Asesor Económico del Ministerio de Hacienda de Chile.