Current Team

Executive Team

Wayne Leighton, USA Executive Director and CEO Senior economist at the United States Federal Communications Commission; adjunct professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín; former senior economist at the United States Senate

Wayne Leighton, USA
Executive Director and CEO

Senior economist at the United States Federal Communications Commission; adjunct professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín; former senior economist at the United States Senate

Ramón Parellada, Guatemala President of Antigua Forum 2018 Entrepreneur; director of Exploraciones sobre la libertad, a joint colloquia program between Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM); treasurer of UFM

Ramón Parellada, Guatemala
President of Antigua Forum 2018

Entrepreneur; director of Exploraciones sobre la libertad, a joint colloquia program between Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM); treasurer of UFM

Hermina "Mina" Merkel, USA Lead Facilitator Consultant and designer of events/processes that increase leader effectiveness in educational institutions and corporations; expert in experiential problem-solving methods; experience in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas

Hermina "Mina" Merkel, USA
Lead Facilitator

Consultant and designer of events/processes that increase leader effectiveness in educational institutions and corporations; expert in experiential problem-solving methods; experience in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas

Advisory Board

Lawson Bader USA President and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, which help philanthropists promote liberty; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network and State Policy Network

Lawson Bader
USA
President and CEO of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund, which help philanthropists promote liberty; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network and State Policy Network

Arthur Chait USA President of Antigua Forum 2016; founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former senior vice president at Stanford Research Institute, principal at Booz Allen, and senior vice president at Solectron/Flextronics; adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University; mentor at Stanford’s StartX accelerator

Arthur Chait
USA
President of Antigua Forum 2016; founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former senior vice president at Stanford Research Institute, principal at Booz Allen, and senior vice president at Solectron/Flextronics; adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University; mentor at Stanford’s StartX accelerator

Daniel Austin Green USA Director of the Templeton Religion Trust in the Bahamas and former director of the Individual Freedom and Free Markets program at John Templeton Foundation; former resident scholar and fellow at Liberty Fund

Daniel Austin Green
USA
Director of the Templeton Religion Trust in the Bahamas and former director of the Individual Freedom and Free Markets program at John Templeton Foundation; former resident scholar and fellow at Liberty Fund

Vidar Jorgensen USA and Mexico Founding president of Grameen America, a microfinance entity; founding director of Grameen Health, a primary care program for low-income immigrant women and families; majority owner of Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Corporate Research Group, and World Health Care Congress

Vidar Jorgensen
USA and Mexico
Founding president of Grameen America, a microfinance entity; founding director of Grameen Health, a primary care program for low-income immigrant women and families; majority owner of Cambridge Healthtech Institute, Corporate Research Group, and World Health Care Congress

Matías de Tezanos Guatemala and United States Internet entrepreneur and investor; named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; founder of Hoteles.com, the most visited hotel reservation site in Spanish (acquired by Expedia); founding CEO and chairman of PeopleFund, which invests in tech startups

Matías de Tezanos
Guatemala and United States
Internet entrepreneur and investor; named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; founder of Hoteles.com, the most visited hotel reservation site in Spanish (acquired by Expedia); founding CEO and chairman of PeopleFund, which invests in tech startups

Alfredo Timermans Spain CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA; former secretary of state for communications and former deputy chief of staff under President José María Aznar; former director of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES)

Alfredo Timermans
Spain

CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA; former secretary of state for communications and former deputy chief of staff under President José María Aznar; former director of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES)

Administrative Team

 
Cristina Tott, Guatemala Administrator

Cristina Tott, Guatemala
Administrator

Ana Lucía Solórzano, Guatemala Administrative Assistant

Ana Lucía Solórzano, Guatemala
Administrative Assistant

 
 

Former Team Members

 

Founder

Giancarlo Ibárgüen (1963–2016), Guatemala Founding chairman Entrepreneur and former president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Giancarlo Ibárgüen (1963–2016), Guatemala
Founding chairman

Entrepreneur and former president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Lead Facilitator

Christiane Schneider, Germany Lead Facilitator 2012–2016 Entrepreneur and business partner at organizational consultancy cidpartners GmbH; specialist in planning and implementing complex change processes; researcher in self-organizing systems theory

Christiane Schneider, Germany
Lead Facilitator 2012–2016

Entrepreneur and business partner at organizational consultancy cidpartners GmbH; specialist in planning and implementing complex change processes; researcher in self-organizing systems theory

 

Past Presidents, 2012-2017

Alfredo Timermans, Spain President of Antigua Forum 2017 CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA; former secretary of state for communications and former deputy chief of staff under President José María Aznar; former director of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES)

Alfredo Timermans, Spain
President of Antigua Forum 2017

CEO of Telefónica Internacional USA; former secretary of state for communications and former deputy chief of staff under President José María Aznar; former director of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES)

Arthur Chait, USA President of Antigua Forum 2016 President of Antigua Forum 2016; founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former senior vice president at Stanford Research Institute, principal at Booz Allen, and senior vice president at Solectron/Flextronics; adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University; mentor at Stanford’s StartX accelerator

Arthur Chait, USA
President of Antigua Forum 2016

President of Antigua Forum 2016; founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former senior vice president at Stanford Research Institute, principal at Booz Allen, and senior vice president at Solectron/Flextronics; adjunct professor at Notre Dame de Namur University; mentor at Stanford’s StartX accelerator

Mónica Zelaya, Guatemala President of Antigua Forum 2015 Dean of the School of Economic Sciences at Universidad Francisco Marroquín; director of UFM's business administration and entrepreneurship programs; director of the Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center; senior consultant for Franklin Covey

Mónica Zelaya, Guatemala
President of Antigua Forum 2015

Dean of the School of Economic Sciences at Universidad Francisco Marroquín; director of UFM's business administration and entrepreneurship programs; director of the Kirzner Entrepreneurship Center; senior consultant for Franklin Covey

Fred Kofman, USA President of Antigua Forum 2014 Executive coach and vice-president of leadership and organizational development at LinkedIn; author of Conscious Business

Fred Kofman, USA
President of Antigua Forum 2014

Executive coach and vice-president of leadership and organizational development at LinkedIn; author of Conscious Business

Jeff Sandefer, USA President of Antigua Forum 2013 Conceptualizer and promoter of reform in Texas state universities; co-founder of Acton School of Business and Acton Academy (K-12); founder of Sandefer Capital Partners; Socratic teacher

Jeff Sandefer, USA
President of Antigua Forum 2013

Conceptualizer and promoter of reform in Texas state universities; co-founder of Acton School of Business and Acton Academy (K-12); founder of Sandefer Capital Partners; Socratic teacher

Roberto Salinas, Mexico President of Antigua Forum 2012 President of The Economist’s Mexico Business Forum; director of Alamos Alliance conferences

Roberto Salinas, Mexico
President of Antigua Forum 2012

President of The Economist’s Mexico Business Forum; director of Alamos Alliance conferences

Past Advisory Board Members

John Chisholm USA Entrepreneur in technology; president of MIT Worldwide Alumni Association; founder and former CEO of Decisive Technology (acquired by Google) and CustomerSat (acquired by Confirmit)

John Chisholm
USA

Entrepreneur in technology; president of MIT Worldwide Alumni Association; founder and former CEO of Decisive Technology (acquired by Google) and CustomerSat (acquired by Confirmit)

Juan José Daboub El Salvador Former Managing Director of the World Bank; former Minister of Finance; Founder of the non-profit Global Adaptation Institute which helps businesses and the public sector respond to climate change and other global issues

Juan José Daboub
El Salvador

Former Managing Director of the World Bank; former Minister of Finance; Founder of the non-profit Global Adaptation Institute which helps businesses and the public sector respond to climate change and other global issues

Tom Hazlett USA Former chief economist of US Federal Communications Commission; Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics, Clemson University and Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University

Tom Hazlett
USA

Former chief economist of US Federal Communications Commission; Macaulay Endowed Chair in Economics, Clemson University and Professor of Law & Economics, George Mason University

Leonidas Montes Chile Dean of School of Government at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; former chairman of the board at Televisión Nacional de Chile                                                                                                                                      

Leonidas Montes
Chile

Dean of School of Government at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez; former chairman of the board at Televisión Nacional de Chile                                                                                                                                      

Tom Palmer USA Vice president for international programs at Atlas Economic Research Foundation; general director of Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity; senior fellow at Cato Institute

Tom Palmer
USA

Vice president for international programs at Atlas Economic Research Foundation; general director of Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity; senior fellow at Cato Institute

 
Ruth Richardson New Zealand Former Minister of Finance; pioneer of first code of fiscal responsibility; architect of widespread reforms in 1990s

Ruth Richardson
New Zealand

Former Minister of Finance; pioneer of first code of fiscal responsibility; architect of widespread reforms in 1990s

Roberto Salinas Mexico President of The Economist’s Mexico Business Forum; director of Alamos Alliance conferences; President of the Antigua Forum 2012

Roberto Salinas
Mexico

President of The Economist’s Mexico Business Forum; director of Alamos Alliance conferences; President of the Antigua Forum 2012

Ian Vásquez USA and Peru Director of Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at Cato Institute; area of expertise in Latin America, especially in economic development

Ian Vásquez
USA and Peru

Director of Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at Cato Institute; area of expertise in Latin America, especially in economic development

Mike Walker Canada Founding CEO of Fraser Institute, a market-liberal think tank; co-founder, with Milton and Rose Friedman, of the Economic Freedom of the World project, which is now a collaboration of 80 institutes worldwide

Mike Walker
Canada

Founding CEO of Fraser Institute, a market-liberal think tank; co-founder, with Milton and Rose Friedman, of the Economic Freedom of the World project, which is now a collaboration of 80 institutes worldwide

Linda Whetstone United Kingdom Chairman of Network for a Free Society; former chairman of International Policy Network; board member of Institute of Economic Affairs and Atlas Network

Linda Whetstone
United Kingdom

Chairman of Network for a Free Society; former chairman of International Policy Network; board member of Institute of Economic Affairs and Atlas Network