Ángel Cabrera, Julieta Castellanos, Arturo Condo, Denise Damiani, Julio Frenk, Gustavo Grobocopatel, Julissa Reynoso, Juan Manuel Urtubey, Roberto Veiga, and María Eugenia Vidal become Dialogue members
Washington, DC (February 23, 2016) - The Inter-American Dialogue welcomed 10 distinguished leaders representing eight countries to its group of more than 100 members. They include Gustavo Grobocopatel, Juan Manuel Urtubey, and María Eugenia Vidal of Argentina; Denise Damiani of Brazil; Roberto Veiga of Cuba; Arturo Condo of Ecuador; Julieta Castellanos of Honduras; Julio Frenk of Mexico; Ángel Cabrera of Spain; and Julissa Reynoso of the United States (complete biographies below).
Dialogue members represent views across the political spectrum and engage actively in the organization’s work, informing, advancing, and conferring credibility on its policy outputs. They share a commitment to democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity, and convene in plenary format every two years at the Sol M. Linowitz Forum to develop innovative, consensus solutions to the Western Hemisphere’s most pressing problems.
“Our members are our most valuable asset. While our members have long and well represented the 23 countries in the Western Hemisphere, we are particularly proud to welcome our first member from Spain this year, a testament to our inclusive and truly global network,” said Dialogue President Michael Shifter.
Members are nominated, vetted, and approved by the Dialogue’s Board of Directors. Eighteen have served as presidents of their countries and eight as heads of multilateral institutions, nine have served as governors, twenty-six have held seats in congress, and over three dozen have served at the cabinet level. Thirty percent are in the business or finance sectors, and seven are associated with the media. Members on leave serving in public office include Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, and Argentine Minister of the Economy Alfonso Prat-Gay. For a complete list of members, click here.
Dialogue members will convene again at the 11th Sol M. Linowitz Forum in June 2017.
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