Twenty-Three Latin American And Caribbean Leaders Selected As 2019 Eisenhower Fellows

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Eisenhower Fellowships has selected 23 ascendant leaders for its Fall 2019 Latin American and Caribbean Fellowship program. These trailblazing Fellows hail from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, and represent a broad range of public, private and nonprofit fields.


These Fellows from across the Western Hemisphere include a best-selling children’s book author building an online resource for social and emotional learning, a professor of structural engineering designing dynamic disaster response plans and a start-up co-founder investing in sustainable Jamaican small businesses.


“These innovative leaders are committed to effecting real change and making a positive impact in their countries and across the region. I’m delighted to welcome them into the influential global network of Eisenhower Fellowships,” said Dr. Robert M. Gates, chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships.


The nearly two dozen new Fellows will gather in Philadelphia for an opening seminar this October before fanning out across the country to each visit 8-10 American cities and meet with scores of experts in their chosen fields. They will then return to Philadelphia for a closing seminar of events in November before returning to their home countries to carry out concrete projects with a real-world impact on their societies.


The program is Eisenhower Fellowships’ first to focus exclusively on Latin America and the Caribbean in more than a decade. A similar program in 2008 brought 21 Fellows to the United States.


Since then, the organization has deepened its engagement in the region. In 2017 Eisenhower Fellows in Chile organized Next Challenges for Latin America, a regional conference held in Santiago, and the eighth Latin America regional gathering since 1994.


Following on this specialized regional program this fall, EF will convene thought leaders from around world in Cartagena, Colombia, in February 2020 for a three-day global conference on the Future of Education, to explore this vital subject of intense importance in every corner of the globe.


“These exceptional leaders from across the hemisphere are coming to the United States at a time of great political, economic and social disruption across the region and around the world,” said Eisenhower Fellowships President George de Lama.  “We are excited to help them expand their professional and personal horizons and apply what they learn on fellowship to better their societies.”



The 2019 Latin America and Caribbean Fellows are:


Francisco Buchara | Argentina

Secretary of Productive Development, Municipality of San Nicolas


Ramiro Lopez Saubidet | Argentina

Architect, General Administration of Ports


Gabriela Oliván| Argentina

Communications Senior Manager for Hispanic South America, Accenture


César Zarrabeitia| Argentina

Manager, The Development Agency of the City of Corrientes


Gustavo Almeida | Brazil

Chief Planning Officer, State Secretariat for Social Development of Minas Gerais


Tonia Casarin | Brazil

Founder, Fireworks Education


Bruna Silva dos Santos| Brazil

Knowledge & Innovation Director, Comunitas


Luiz Carlos Vieira, Jr. | Brazil

Professor of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Campinas


Andrés Barriga | Chile

Managing Partner, Portola Growth Partners


Eugenio Rengifo | Chile

Executive Director, Corporación Amigos de los Parques de la Patagonia


Nadya Blel Scaff | Colombia

Senator, Republic of Colombia


Camilo Fonseca Velásquez | Colombia

Director Advisor for Public Policy, Private Company Supervisor (PCS)


Saffrey Brown | Jamaica

Co-founder and Head of Innovation, The Leap Co.


Javier González Gómez | Mexico

National Officer for Effective Governance and Democracy, United Nations Development Program


Daniela Segovia | Mexico



Jorge Gross Brown | Paraguay

Managing Partner ∙ Estudio Juridico Gross Brown


Carolina Luzardi | Paraguay

Innovation Analyst, Presidential Delivery Unit Office of Paraguay


Federico Nelson Mora Peralta | Paraguay

General Coordinator, National Scholarship Program for Study Abroad (BECAL)


Juan Carlos Pane | Paraguay

Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Development Studies, the University of Sussex


Jonathan Castro | Peru

Co-founder, Lima Emprende


Ursula Harman | Peru

District Councilwoman, Municipal Council of San Bartolo


Clarissa Rios Rojas | Peru

Founder and Director, Ekpa’palek


Angel Cardenas Sosa | Venezuela

Director of Infrastructure, Corporacion Andina de Fomento 

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