2011 Journalists & Editors Workshop: Panelist Bios
David Adams is an award-winning, veteran reporter who currently serves as the editor of the U.S. and Miami editions of Poder Enterprise. Adams has more than 25 years of experience in print and online journalism. Prior to joining Poder, he worked for 15 years as the Miami-based Latin America correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. Before joining the St. Petersburg Times, Adams was a freelance writer based in Central America and contributed to several British and U.S. news outlets including The New York Times, BBC, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Economist, The Independent and Newsweek. He covered the Contra war in Nicaragua and the civil war in El Salvador; was in Panama in December 1989 when U.S. troops invaded to oust General Noriega. He has also covered the drug war in Colombia, the rise and fall of President Aristide in Haiti and has made more than 25 trips to Cuba since his first visit to the island in 1988. In 2002, Adams was awarded the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding reporting on Latin America and commitment to Inter-American understanding by Columbia University, and in 1999, he won the Paul Hansell Distinguished Journalism Award, presented by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He has also served as a director of the Inter-American Press Association. Adams has an honors degree in modern history from the University of Oxford and a post-graduate degree in journalism from the City University of London.
Ariel C. Armony is the Director of the University of Miami’s Latin Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and is also Professor of International Studies at UM’s College of Arts and Sciences and Weeks Professor in Latin American Studies. His areas of specialization include civil society, democratization, social innovation, human rights, military cooperation, and the role of China in Latin America. Armony began his academic career at the Universidad de Buenos Aires where he received degrees in philosophy and literature. He subsequently received his doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. While in Argentina he worked both as a print and television/radio journalist, writer and producer. His publications include Argentina, the United States, and the Anti-Communist Crusade in Central America, 1977-1984 (1997); Repression, Resistance, and Democratic Transition in Central America (2001); The Dubious Link: Civic Engagement and Democratization (2004); and The New Left in Latin America (2009), co-edited with Dr. Cynthia Aronson. Armony has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kellogg Foundation and Fulbright.
Genaro Arriagada was appointed Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue in January 2008. Arriagada has served as Minister of the Presidency of Chile, Chile’s Ambassador to the U.S., Chairman of the Board of Radio Cooperativa, and National Director of the “NO” Campaign, which defeated General Augusto Pinochet in the 1988 plebiscite. Arriagada was head of Ricardo Lagos’ 1999 presidential campaign and Eduardo Frei’s 1993 presidential campaign. Arriagada has published a dozen books and numerous articles focusing on the political, social, and economic issues facing the hemisphere including Pinochet: The Politics of Power (Boston: Unwin & Hyman, 1988) and with Carol Graham, “Chile: Sustaining Adjustment during Democratic Transition” in Voting for Reform. Democracy, Political Liberalization and Economic Adjustment (Oxford University Press, 1994). He has been a fellow of The Woodrow Wilson Center (1978-79) and The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1990).
Bleviss, Deborah Lynn
Deborah Lynn Bleviss is a professor and the former Acting Director of the Energy, Resources and Environment Program at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked in the energy and environment field for more than 30 years. From 2002-2009, she worked as an independent consultant focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable urban transportation. Bleviss also worked as an advisor (1996-1998) and a program director (1998-2001) for the Inter-American Development Bank’s “Sustainable Markets for Sustainable Energy” (SMSE) program. From 1995-1996 she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as an advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She was the founding director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation. Bleviss is the author of numerous articles and papers; she was the lead author of the transportation mitigation chapter of the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1995) and the author of the book, The New Oil Crisis and Fuel Economy Technologies: Preparing the Light Transportation Industry for the 1990s (1988). Trained as a physicist, she received her education from UCLA and Princeton University.
Isabel Clemente is a journalist with 16 years of reporting experience for some of Brazil’s leading media organizations. She is currently an assistant editor for Epoca (www.epoca.com.br), the national weekly magazine from Organizações Globo with a readership of 2 million. Clemente began her journalism career reporting on economics, infrastructure and energy. Today she covers a wide range of topics including the social and environmental impacts of infrastructure and energy projects, corruption, politics and international affairs. From 1998-1999, Clemente was the London correspondent for Folha de São Paulo and also contributed to Deepwater International, a British publication covering the oil and gas industry. As part of her work at Epoca, Clemente and six colleagues created the highly popular blog www.mulher7por7.com.br which examines issues related to gender and family. During her tenure at Epoca, Clemente has received two awards and an honorable mention from the National Organization of the Oil Industry in recognition of her outstanding reporting on energy.
Gustavo Coronel is a Venezuelan petroleum geologist with more than 30 years of experience in the international petroleum industry. He currently works as an energy and public policy consultant specializing on Latin America. Coronel was a founding member of the Board of Directors for Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and served there from 1976-1979. In 1988, he was elected as a member of the Venezuelan National Congress, representing the State of Carabobo, the most highly industrialized state in Venezuela. From 1990-2000, he served as the founding director of Pro Calidad de Vida, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization focusing on fighting corruption in Latin America and was the Venezuelan representative of Transparency International from 1995-1998. Coronel served as a professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas and was a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, Central University of Caracas and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Del Valle, Eduardo
Eduardo Del Valle holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University and joined Exxon Corporation upon completion of his degree. Del Valle worked for Exxon for 34 years, 20 of which were spent working in/on Latin America in various capacities, including refining operations and economics, supply and marine transportation optimization, product quality, strategic planning, power plant operations and marketing. While at Exxon's Latin American headquarters, he spent 10 years managing and coordinating supply and transportation. Prior to his retirement, Del Valle spent two years as New Business Development Manager for the Latin American region, and led several in-depth studies regarding the attractiveness and competitiveness of various markets in the region. Del Valle continues to serve as an industry consultant with particular expertise in terminal site selection, logistic optimization, and import parity pricing studies.
Roberto Dobles is the former Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica. He holds four university degrees in engineering, business and management, including a Ph.D. in Management of the University of Paris (Dauphine) in France. He has also served as Minister of Science and Technology of Costa Rica, CEO of ICE (Costa Rica’s electric power company) and RECOPE (Costa Rica’s oil company). Dobles represented Costa Rica as Ambassador and Special Envoy for Climate Change in 2009 and actively participated in the international negotiations for a new Climate Change agreement in Copenhagen in December 2009. In 2007 he created Costa Rica´s National Climate Change Strategy, which includes the Carbon Neutrality Strategy. In May 2009 he was elected Cochairman of the IWG IFR ("International Working Group on Interim Finance for REDD") meeting in the Oslo, Norway. He has been President of D&R International, a representative of Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) and a consultant with several firms. Dobles continues to be involved in the energy sector and is a consultant for Eco Solutions Worldwide (a firm specializing in sustainable energy solutions), Power Tech and Pacific West Group.
Cristina Eguizabal is the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) at Florida International University. Before joining FIU, she served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation working on Peace and Social Justice. She has held research and teaching positions at the University of Costa Rica, University of Bordeaux, University of Miami, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO. She serves on the boards of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) as vice chair, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and Fundación Amistad and is a member of the Latin American Security Network (RESDAL), the Latin American Studies Association, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and the Editorial Board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica. In 2010 she was elected as Treasurer for the Latin American Studies Association and was invited to serve on the Strategic Board of the United Nations Development Program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Eguizábal holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Paris-Sorbonne-Nouvelle and has written extensively on Central American Security issues and Latin American Foreign Policies.
Edward Glab is a professor of business and the co-director of the Global Energy Security Forum in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University with an extensive background in international business, education, media, and government service. Glab worked for Exxon-Mobil for more than 25 years and held a variety of positions in public affairs, including political risk; government and community relations; new business development; media relations; corporate and marketing advertising, and emergency response, among others. He has consulted for USAID, U.S. intelligence agencies and the U.S. military in the area of political risk analysis, and has participated in high-level crisis management scenarios, as well as scenario building, for countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Glab holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.
Peter Hakim is President Emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based center for policy analysis and exchange on Western Hemisphere affairs. Hakim writes and speaks widely on hemispheric issues, is regularly interviewed on radio and television, and has testified more than a dozen times before Congress. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times, and in many Latin American newspapers and journals. He was a vice president of the Inter-American Foundation and worked for the Ford Foundation in both New York and Latin America. He has taught at MIT and Columbia University. He has served on boards and advisory committees for the World Bank, Council on Competitiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, Foreign Affairs en Español, Partners for Democratic Change, and Human Rights Watch. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Hakim earned a B.A. at Cornell University, an M.S. in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
Sallie Hughes is an associate professor at the University of Miami where she holds a joint appointment in Journalism and Latin American Studies. Following a career working as both a U.S. and international journalist, she received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University with a specialization in the politics and media of the region. She is the author of eight peer-reviewed academic articles on the media and democracy in Latin America, numerous book chapters, as well as the book Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and the Democratization of Mexico (Pittsburgh: Latin America Series, University of Pittsburgh Press), with the updated Spanish edition – Redacciones en conflicto: Periodismo y democratización en México -from the University of Guadalajara and M.A. Porrua Publishers. She is a co-author of the book Multi-Ethnic Miami (Lynne Reinner, forthcoming) with Elizabeth Aranda and Elena Sabogal, as well as the co-author of a study on Haitian media and audiences in Miami, with Yves Colon and Tsitsi Wakhisi. In addition to her academic work, Hughes has written about media and policy for the Inter-American Development Bank and since 2005, has participated in the Freedom House annual global survey of press freedom; she is also a member of the international advisory committee of the non-partisan Mexican media observatory Ciudadanos en medios.
Anthony Maingot is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Florida International University in Miami and a Smithsonian Study Leader. In addition to his tenure at FIU, Maingot has taught at Yale University and the University of the West Indies. He has been the recipient of Carnegie Corporation Grants in Caribbean Studies, a Rockefeller Fellowship in Caribbean Studies and a Mellon Foundation grant. He has lectured widely on Caribbean history, culture, and politics and is a co-author of A Short History of the West Indies, now in a fourth edition; Small Country Development and International Labor Flows: Experiences in the Caribbean; The United States and the Caribbean; Trends in U.S. – Caribbean Relations; and The U.S. and the Caribbean in the Post-Cold War Era. Maingot, a native of Trinidad also served as a member of the Constitutional Reform Commission of Trinidad.
Meira da Rosa, Alexandre
Alexandre Meira da Rosa, a Brazilian citizen, took office as Manager of the Infrastructure and Environment Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank in July 2010. During the decade prior to his joining the IDB, Rosa held different positions in Brazil’s federal government. Until May 2010, he served as Vice-Minister of International Affairs at the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, a position through which he represented his country on the IDB Board of Governors and other multilateral development institutions. Before becoming Vice-Minister, he also served as Deputy Vice-Minister and Economic Advisor to the Minister of Planning. During this period, he participated in the development of the Brazilian legislation for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a Master's degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York.
Olga Nazario is a senior social scientist at the Applied Research Center (ARC) at Florida International University with expertise in the area of political and social development in Latin America and Africa. Previously, she was a senior researcher for the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in Washington, D.C. For more than ten years, she has implemented USAID-funded projects that mobilize civil society in an effort to promote government reform. Nazario has conducted training seminars on anti-corruption for government institutions and grassroots organizations in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe, and has carried out corruption assessments in Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nigeria and Mongolia. Nazario holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Miami.
George Philippidis is Associate Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Co-Director of the Energy Business Forum (EBF) at Florida International University. He has 18 years of experience leading strategic business units in the areas of biofuels, energy, and biotechnology. Before joining FIU, he worked in the private sector as the business director at a subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corp., a Fortune 500 company, and in the public sector at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he directed a joint venture between the U.S. Department of Energy and Amoco Corporation. His areas of expertise include biofuels (sugarcane and cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel) and renewable power generation. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MBA. Additionally, Philippidis has authored and co-authored numerous publications and holds 9 U.S. patents.
Jorge R. Piñón is a visiting research fellow with FIU’s Latin American and Caribbean Center Cuban Research Institute. He is a leading expert on Cuba’s energy sector and an advisor and member of Cuba task forces at The Brookings Institution and The Council of the Americas. Piñón began his thirty-two year career in the energy sector when he joined Shell Oil Company, after which he served as President and CEO of Transworld Oil USA. In 1991 he joined Amoco Corporation as President of Amoco Corporate Development Company Latin America. In 1994 he was transferred to the downstream oil sector to serve as President of Amoco Oil de México and President of Amoco Oil Latin America, based in Mexico City. As a vice-president and member of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce he was the recipient of its 1997 “Yiacatecutli” award for distinguished service in the promotion of U.S.-Mexico business relations. After the 1999 merger between Amoco and BP, Piñón was transferred to Madrid to manage BP Europe’s Western Mediterranean Petroleum Supply and Logistics Operations. Piñón retired from BP in 2003 and currently works as an emerging market consultant. He is a frequent contributor to CNN en Español, CNN International, Bloomberg Financial News Services and other news organizations. Born in Cuba, he is a graduate from the University of Florida where he majored in Economics and Latin American Studies.
Sánchez, Ismael Antonio
Since 1997 Ismael Antonio Sánchez has served as Head of the Energy and Fluidics Sciences Department at Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Cañas (UCA) in El Salvador. Additionally, he has served as Senior Advisor for the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America-an initiative of the Government of Finland, Austria and European Union to promote the use of renewable energy in the region-since 1993. He got his Master’s degree in Energy Resources from University of Pittsburgh and his Mechanical Engineering degree from UCA. He is member of the Consultative Committee of the National Energy Council and member of the Executive Board for the Global Environment Facility's Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) in El Salvador.
Patricia Vásquez works on hemispheric energy-related issues, including oil and gas. She is currently investigating conflicts related to oil and gas exploration and development in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia and how the recent increase in hydrocarbon development is exacerbating local unresolved conflicts and challenging democratic stability. Vásquez has worked as an independent consultant for a variety of organizations, including the UNDP and the U.S. Institute of Peace where she was a JR Senior Fellow during 2010. A member of the energy policy working group of the Inter-American Dialogue, she also served for eleven years as the head of the Latin America Team at Energy Intelligence, a leading world information and research company specializing in energy issues. She contributes regularly to the Economist Intelligence Unit, CNN en Español, Bloomberg and BBC.
Duncan Wood is Professor, Director of the Program in International Relations, and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. He is also a researcher in the Centro de Derecho Económico Internacional (CDEI) at ITAM. Wood received his Ph.D. in political studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1996. He is a member of the Mexican National Research System (Level 2), a member of the editorial board of Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, and has been an editorial advisor at Reforma. In 2007, he was a non-resident Fulbright fellow and between 2007 and 2009, he was the technical secretary of the Red Mexicana de Energía, a group of energy policy experts in Mexico. His current research focuses on Mexican and Latin American energy policy, including renewable energy; North American relations; and banking supervision and the political economy of international finance.
Simin Yu is a senior associate at Wenya Group Inc., an Edmonton-based energy research and consulting firm. His work is related to China’s outbound energy investment and the government’s energy security policies. He has written several papers on topics related to China’s overseas oil and gas investment activities. From 2009 to early 2011, Simin practiced law with an Edmonton law firm with emphases on oil and gas and commercial real estate. His professional experience includes advising Canadian energy companies on joint-venture negotiations with major Chinese national oil companies.
Jorge Zanelli was born in Santiago, Chile and studied physics at the Universidad de Chile. He later attended New York State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1982. After completing his Ph.D., he traveled to Italy on a post-doctoral fellowship at the International Center of Physics of Trieste (ICTP). In 1984 he returned to Chile to teach at the University of Santiago and more recently at the Centro de Estudios Científicos de Santiago (CECS). In 2007, President Michelle Bachelet appointed him to preside over a commission dedicated to the study of nuclear energy production in Chile. He currently lives Valdivia, Chile and has published extensively over the course of his career.