Advisory Boards

Margaret Crahan

Dr. Margaret E. Crahan is a Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Cuba Program at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University.   Until September2009 she was the Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University. From 1982-1994 she was the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Power and Political Process at Occidental College and from 1994-2008 the Dorothy Epstein Professor of the City University of New York. She is Vice President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and a member of the Boards of St. Edward’s University and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In 2013 she was recognized by the government of Brazil for her work on human rights. Dr. Crahan has published over one hundred articles and books including Human Rights and Basic Needs in the Americas; Religion, Culture and Society: The Case of Cuba; The City and the World: New York’s Global Future and The Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism, and US Foreign Policy (with Thomas G. Weiss and John Goering).

Fernando Donayre

Mr. Donayre is the Chief Investment Officer and founder of INCA Investments, LLC, a Latin American investment management firm based in Miami. Prior to founding INCA Investments in 2004, Mr. Donayre was employed by Zephyr Management, L.P. from 1996 through 2003 where he managed their portfolios of Latin American listed securities. He continues to manage them via INCA Investments’ sub-advisory role. From 1994 through 1996, Mr. Donayre was the Director of Research at Globalvest Management, which at the time was the largest Latin American focused investment management firm in the world. From 1988 through 1994 he was in charge of international and emerging market equity investments for the Investments Department of FPL Group. He is the current chair of the ILAS Advisory Board and was a member of the Board between 2001-2005. He is the founder of the Center for Mexican Studies at Columbia University.

Javier Elguea

Javier Elguea is General Coordinator of Social Wealth in Telmex, President of the Education Institute of the Carlos Slim Foundation, President of Instituto Tecnológico de Teléfonos de México, and Director of the Telmex Lab at MIT’s Media Lab. His professional interests include economic, social, and technological aspects of international development.

Jose Gonzales

Jose E. Gonzales is Director of ECG Asset Management, Panamá and Director of EMC Managers, NY, both financial consulting firms specializing in developed and emerging global markets. He is also Managing Partner in GCG Advisors, a firm specializing in corporate finance in NY, Venezuela and Panama. He has been recognized as a leader in the field of finance and has served in many senior financial capacities at LW Asset Management (NY), Credit Lyonnnais (NY), ING-Barings (NY) Nomura Research Institute (NY) and Econoinvest, Venezuela, among others. He currently produces a weekly televised column from the NYCE, and is a frequent collaborator for Capital Radio (Spain), Fox Latino, Univisión, Telemundo, and CNN. He is a published journalist and served correspondent for various outfits in Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, United States, Spain, and Italy between 1982-1990. He served as Chair of the ILAS Advisory Board between 2001-2005 and is one of the founders of the Greater Caribbean Studies Center at Columbia University.

Patricia Lara Salibe

Patricia Lara is a prominent Colombian writer and journalist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and two Master’s Degrees in Journalism, one obtained in Paris and the other one at Columbia University in New York. She worked as a correspondent in Europe, the United States and Colombia throughout her journalistic career and founded various journals and magazines in Colombia throughout the 1970s and1990s. In 1994 she won the National Journalism Award of the Circle of Journalists in Bogota and in 2000 she won the Premio Planeta for her journalistic career and for her book The Women of War.

Gray Newman

Gray Newman was Managing Director and Chief Latin America Economist at Morgan Stanley for 14 years until his retirement last year. He was one of the longest tenured and most respected followers of Latin America on Wall Street. He covered Latin America for two decades, first from Mexico City and then from New York. As Morgan Stanley’s chief economist for the region since 2000, he was a well-known figure in central banks and finance ministries and enjoyed unusual access for a foreigner. In late 2002, as markets in Brazil worried over the imminent inauguration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a onetime radical leftist, Newman not only correctly predicted that the economy would prosper but that the currency would sharply strengthen. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

Ernesto Rangel

Ernesto Rangel is the current Director of ECG Brokerage in Panama, Director of the Caracas Chamber of Commerce, and Director of Golds Gym Venezuela. He is also the Director of Guataca, a non-profit music production company in Venezuela. Previously he was the Director of Econoinvest Brokerage house and Director of Seguros Carabobo Insurance both in Caracas Venezuela. He also served as Vice President at Morgan Stanley New York, Equity Trader at Bear Stearns New York, and Senior Trader in Capital Markets at Citibank Caracas. Rangel is one of the founders of the Greater Caribbean Studies Center at Columbia University.

Herman Sifontes

Herman Sifontes Tovar was a founding partner of Econoinvest, the first Venezuelan capital market financial group, and one of the founders of the Foundation for Urban Culture, an institution dedicated to research and the dissemination of culture in urban areas, which includes publishing, photography, art, and music. Herman is a member of the ILAS Advisory Board and one of the founders of the Greater Caribbean Studies Center at Columbia University.