Charles M. Adams is Professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida and Extension Economist/Marine Economics Specialist with the Florida Sea Grant Program. Since 1995, Dr. Adams has been conducting research on fisheries with the University of Havana and the Cuban Ministry of Fisheries as part of the International Agricultural Trade and Development Center’s collaborative research project.
Benigno Aguirre is Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.
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 past few years as one of the principal investigators in two grants from the 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 the lifting of 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 all from the University of Florida.
Nelson Amaro is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Masters Program on Development at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. For more than 30 years, he has been a consultant to international agencies on community development, social participation and education issues.
Domingo Amuchastegui is a former Political Officer of the General Staff and Intelligence Officer in Cuba’s DGI. He is also a former Professor at the Higher Institute of International Relations and Guest Professor at the National Defense College. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations, School of International Studies, University of Miami and an independent researcher on Cuban affairs, established in Miami.
Juan A. B. Belt has been a Senior Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank since 1998. He works on infrastructure and financial sector programs in the Andean countries and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB, he was the Chief Economist of the Global Bureau of USAID, and also served in USAID missions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. Prior to his work at USAID, he worked for the World Bank and for the World Bank/ FAO Program, mostly in Latin America, Europe and Africa. He studied economics at Georgetown, American and Cornell universities.
Ernesto Betancourt is a consultant on government reform. Has an MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh and studied Advertising and Marketing at American University. He was the first Director and organizer of Radio Marti and represented Castro in Washington in 1957-58. Has written extensively on the Cuban Revolution.
Hans-Jürgen Burchardt is a Professor and Researcher at the University of Hannover, Germany. The holder of a Doctorate in Economic Sciences and Sociology, Dr. Burchardt specializes on the study of transition economies, regional integration and agrarian issues, among others. His best known publications in Germany are the monographs Cuba — El largo adiós de un mito (Stuttgart, 1996) and Cuba — En el otoño del patriarca (Stuttgart, 1999) and his edited collection La última reforma agraria del siglo (Caracas, 2000).
Evaldo A. Cabarrouy is professor of economics and finance at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. He previously served as faculty and director of the MBA Program at the Universidad del Turabo. From 1990 to 1991 he was Program Economic Advisor for the USAID in El Salvador and in 1992 adviser to the governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on economic development. Dr. Cabarrouy has been a Latin American Teaching Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia and has participated in the USIA Overseas Speakers Program.
Rolando H. Castañeda is currently Principal Project Specialist for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), based in Santiago, Chile, an organization in which he has held different positions since 1974. Before joining the IDB, he worked as an economist at the Organization of American States; the Rockefeller Foundation at the University of Cali, Colombia; the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras; and the Puerto Rico Planning Board. He holds an M.A. and is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University, concentrating in monetary policy and econometrics.
Eudel Eduardo Cepero, geographer and environmentalist, is currently at the South Florida Environmental Center, Florida International University. In 1996 he founded the Agencia Ambiental Entorno Cubano (AAMEC) in Camagüey, an NGO devoted to protecting the Cuban environment. He has continued AAMEC’s work in Miami, where he resides since 1999.
Nicolas Crespo is a hotel industry and tourism specialist, President of Phoenix Hospitality and Consulting Corporation and Latin America Hospitality and Consulting, a consulting firm based in Key Biscayne, Florida. He also presides the Cuban Society of Tourism Professionals, a research organization specialized on Cuban tourism and a depository of vast information on the Island’s tourism industry. Mr. Crespo is a graduate of the School of Commercial Sciences of Havana University.
Alfred G. Cuzán is Professor of Political Science at The University of West Florida, where he teaches and writes in the areas of American Politics, Latin American Politics, and Political Economy. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation and a Reuben Askew Fellow of the Florida Institute of Government. His published bibliography includes over forty items appearing in such journals as Behavioral Science, Latin American Research Review, Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Public Choice. He holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Miami and and M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University.
Larry Daley (García-Iñiguez Enamorado) is professor in the Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. His interests are the biophysics and biochemistry of plant germplasm. Professor Daley comes from an old and rural Cuban family, rooted in the forested hills and mountains of Guamá, Sierra Maestra, Oriente province.
Sergio Díaz-Briquets is Vice President of Casals & Associates, Inc. (C&A), a Washington area-based consulting firm. For the last six 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.
María Dolores Espino is Associate Professor of Business Administration at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. She received a Ph. D. in Economics from Florida State University, where her dissertation dealt with the economic impact of tourism on Florida’s economy. She has written a number of articles on the Cuban tourism industry and other economic issues.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe is an independent economist residing in La Habana.
José Antonio Font is an activist, entrepreneur and strategic advisor in finance and development. He has assisted in the establishment of several institutions promoting private enterprise and political democracy. Mr. Font received his B.A. in International Business and Economics from the School of International Service, The American University (1969) and did graduate work in Development Banking and International Finance also at The American University (1973-1975).
Ted Henken is a Ph.D. candidate at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies of Tulane University. Trained as a sociologist, his research interests include Cuban and Mexican immigration to the United States and Cuba’s “second economy.” He has been to Cuba to carry out research on these issues on four different occasions. He has also worked with Cuban balseros and Mexican migrant workers in southern Alabama.
Ernesto Hernández-Catá is Associate Director of the African Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Previously, he served as Deputy Director of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department and of the European II Department (in charge of relations with Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union) and held other positions at the IMF and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He received a License from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (1967) and M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) in economics from Yale University.
Stephen J. Kimmerling is an attorney who researches and writes about legal issues surrounding U.S.-Cuban relations. He served the New York University School of Law as Cuba Conferences Director, organizing symposia at the Law School on vanguard legal issues in U.S.-Cuban affairs. Mr. Kimmerling holds a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and is a member of the New York and Florida Bars, the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the American Society of International Law, and the Cuban-American Bar Association.
William E. Kost is a senior economist in the Asia/ Western Hemisphere Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is currently focusing a portion of his time on Cuban agriculture.
Aldo M. Leiva is an attorney, writer, and public speaker in Miami, Florida. Mr. Leiva has researched and published articles and papers addressing Cuban policy issues. He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, Cuban American Bar Association, and the Florida Bar.
Armando Linde is Deputy Secretary of the International Monetary Fund. Previously, he has served in a number of senior positions at the IMF, including that of Senior Advisor in the Western Hemisphere Department, Senior Resident Representative in India, and Chief of the River Plate Division in the Western Hemisphere Department. He did his graduate work in Economics at the University of Maryland.
Manuel Madrid-Aris is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s Department of Economics and an international consultant on economic and public policy issues in developing countries. His areas of specialization include economic development, economics of regulation and antitrust and environmental economics. He has provided economic, environmental and public policy consulting services on a variety of subjects to private enterprises, governments, and international organizations. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from UTFSMChile and a Master of Arts degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.
Armando F. Mastrapa, III is the publisher of the Cuban Armed Forces Review Internet Web Site and a graduate of Government and Politics from St. John’s University in New York City.
Emily Morris is a Senior Editor/Economist with the Country Analysis and Forecasting Division, Latin American Region, The Economist Intelligence Unit, London.
Manuel David Orrio is an independent economist residing in La Habana.
Roberto Orro Fernández is a Lecturer-Researcher at the Escuela de Economía, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, a position he has held since 1995. He held a similar position at the Escuela de Economía, Universidad de la Habana, from 1989 to 1993. He received an M.A. in Economics from El Colegio de México in 1995 and a degree in economic planning from the Universidad de la Habana in 1986.
Silvia Pedraza is an 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 Destinies: Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in America (Wadsworth, 1996), co-edited with Ruben 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.
Lorenzo L. Pérez is Senior Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Brazil. Previously, he served in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs, Western Hemisphere, Exchange and Trade Relations and European Departments and held positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 Pespectives 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.
Joseph M. Perry is Professor of Economics and Chairperson of the Department of Economics and Geography at the University of North Florida, where he has been a faculty member since 1971. He was previously a member of the economics faculty of the University of Florida. Dr. Perry received his Ph. D in Economics from Northwestern University in 1966, after completing undergraduate studies at Emory University and Georgia State University. His recent research has focussed on regional economic development, with specific reference to Central American and Caribbean nations, and their trade relationships with the United States.
Federico Poey is a Cuban born agronomist with intimate knowledge of Cuba’s agricultural and natural resources while living in Cuba until 1963 and more recently through the preparation of research papers on agricultural and economic issues for the US-Cuba Business Council. He is currently President of Agricultural Development Consultants, Inc.—AGRIDEC— in Miami, Florida.
Carmen M. Rinehart is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and the Department of Economics. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economics, the Review of International Economics and the World Bank Economic Review. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Mario A. Rivera, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Public Administration, School of Public Administration, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico. Current research interests center on network economics, including the political economy of the Internet.
Jorge Luis Romeu is a Senior Engineer with IIT Research Institute’s (IITRI) Assurance Technology Center in Rome, NY. He was a member of the mathematics faculty at SUNY-Cortland, from which he retired Emeritus after fourteen years and is an Adjunct Professor in the Engineering Program at Syracuse University. He is the lead author of the book A Practical Guide to Statistical Analysis of Materials Property Data. Romeu holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research, is a Chartered Statistician Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE).
Marta Beatriz Roque is Director of the Instituto Cubano de Economistas Independientes and a member of the Grupo de Trabajo de la Disidencia Interna para el Análisis de la Situación Socio-Económica. She is one of the authors of La Patria es de Todos, for which she was jailed by the Cuban Government. She resides in La Habana.
James E. Ross is Courtesy Professor and Program Adviser, International Agricultural Trade and Development Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. He has served in his present position since retiring from the Foreign Agricultural Service in 1992. He served as Agricultural Counselor in Venezuela, Egypt, Italy and Korea. With the University of Florida, he served as Chief of Party in Costa Rica and Ghana.
Joaquín Roy is Professor of International Studies and Senior Research Associate of the North-South Center of the University of Miami. He was previously on the faculty of the School of International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and Emory University. His research and teaching areas are the history of political ideas, Latin American thought, intellectual history and literature, contemporary ideologies, regional integration, transitions to democracy, and human rights policies. Among his recent books are La siempre fiel (University of Madrid, 1998) and Cuba, the U.S. and the Helms-Burton Doctrine (University of Florida Press, 2000).
Joseph L. Scarpaci is a Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. New editions of his co-authored book, Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis are fortchoming by the University of North Carolina Press and the Casa de las Américas. His forthcoming book, Plazas and Skyscrapers: The Transformation of the Latin American Historic District will be published by the University of Arizona Press in late 2001.
Stephen L. Shapiro is Professor of Economics at the University of North Florida, where he has been a faculty member since 1972. Dr. Shapiro received his Ph. D. Degree in Economics from the University of South Carolina in 1972, after prior graduate study at the University of Utah. He has published extensively on the impact of state lotteries on education and taxes. His most recent research has been focussed on regional economic development.
Jeffrey W. Steagall is Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the International Studies in Business Program at the University of North Florida. Dr. Steagall received his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990. His undergraduate studies were completed at St. Norbert College. Dr. Steagall is an international trade and finance specialist, with a particular interest in the trade relationships of developing countries.
Charles Suddaby is a consultant specializing in the hospitality and tourism sectors. He has been working on projects in Cuba since 1994, and is currently evaluating the potential for a 3,000-room resort to be developed in the Jardines del Rey region.
Matías F. Travieso-Díaz is a partner in Shaw Pittman, a 250-lawyer law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York City 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 hold 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 Colombia Law School.
Charles Trumbull is currently a third year student at Dartmouth College majoring in philosophy.
Alberto Vega is a senior environmental planner with more than twenty years of professional, worldwide experience in environmental impact assessments, watershed management, water and soil resources, wetlands and institutional development and environmental policy. He is currently Associate Environmental Planner at Dames & Moore, a URS corporation firm in Miami, Florida.
Sidney Weintraub holds the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. He is also Dean Rusk Professor Emeritus at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. A member of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1949 to 1975, Dr. Weintraub held the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development from 1969 to 1974 and Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1975. His most recent books include Financial Decision-Making in Mexico: To Bet A Nation (Macmillan and University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000) and Development and Democracy in the Southern Cone: Imperatives for Policy in South America (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000).
Louis A. Woods is Professor of Geography and Economics at the University of North Florida, where he has been a faculty member since 1972. Dr. Woods received his Ph. D. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972, after completing undergraduate studies in Geography at Jacksonville University. He completed postgraduate work in Economics at East Carolina University. His recent research has focussed on the determinants of regional economic development, and the constraints imposed by environmental concerns.