Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Editorial Board

Mauricio Cárdenas, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Javier Corrales, Monica de Bolle, Ricardo Lagos, Richard Lapper, Stephanie Leutert, Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Valeria Moy, Moisés Naím, Patricio Navia, Gray Newman, Shannon K. O’Neil, Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Thomas Shannon, Ilona Szabó, Eugene Zapata-Garesché, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León

Mauricio Cárdenas is a senior research fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He was the finance minister of Colombia from 2012 to 2018, and previously served in four other cabinet positions. Cárdenas was the director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to 2011. Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo (Fedesarrollo) in Bogotá from 1996 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2008.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso is a sociologist, professor and politician who served as president of Brazil from 1995 to 2002. He is also the former chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy (2011- 2016). He is currently the president of the Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso and the honorary president of the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB). 

Javier Corrales is a professor of political science at Amherst College. His research focuses on democratization, presidential powers, democratic backsliding, political economy of development, ruling parties, the incumbent’s advantage, foreign policies and sexuality. Corrales’ latest book, Fixing Democracy: Why Constitutional Change Often Fails to Enhance Democracy in Latin America, was published by Oxford University Press in mid-2018.

Monica de Bolle holds the Riordan Roett Chair in Latin American Studies and is the director of the Johns Hopkins University Latin American Studies Program and Emerging Markets Specialization. She is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Ricardo Lagos served as the president of Chile between 2000 and 2006. Prior to becoming president, he held positions within the government as minister of education (1990) and minister of public works (1994). He is currently the president of Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo and has served as a special envoy on climate change for the United Nations. He is the president of the Club de Madrid and a member of The Elders.

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Richard Lapper is an independent journalist and consultant. He worked at the Financial Times between 1990 and 2015. Lapper was the newspaper’s Latin America editor between 1998 and 2008 and led the FT’s investment research service on Latin America from 2010 until 2015 and the emerging market research service between 2014 and 2015. He was also the Southern Africa bureau chief (2008-2010), capital markets editor (1994-1997) and financial news editor (1997-1998).

Stephanie Leutert is the director of the Central America & Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the lead writer for “Beyond the Border” on the Lawfare Blog and is the instructor for a year-long public policy class on Central American migration and Mexico’s migration policy at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.

Eduardo Levy Yeyati is the dean of the School of Government at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and founder and academic director of its Center for Evidence-based Policy. He is also the principal researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), non-resident senior fellow at Brookings and an affiliate at Harvard’s Center for International Development. Prior to that, Levy Yeyati was an adviser to the Office of the Chief of Cabinet in Argentina, chief economist at the Central Bank of Argentina and head of Latin American Research and Emerging Market Strategy at Barclays Capital.

Valeria Moy is the director of Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO). Previously, she was the director of policy think tank México, ¿cómo vamos? and worked at Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission. Moy was also the treasury director at National Provincial Group, Mexico’s largest insurance company. Since 2001, she has taught macroeconomics at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and the Interactive Museum of Economics (MIDE). 

Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist, author, and the host and producer of the Emmy award-winning television program Efecto Naím. He previously served as Venezuela’s Minister of Development, director of its Central Bank and an executive director at the World Bank. Naím was the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine between 1996 and 2010. Naím is the author of over 14 books on international affairs, economics and politics; including “Illicit” and “The End of Power” and recently published his first novel, “Dos Espías en Caracas”. He holds a PhD from MIT.

Patricio Navia is a professor in liberal studies and assistant professor at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He is also a professor of political science at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales at Universidad Diego Portales, where is director of the Magíster en Opinión Pública. He is also founding director of Diego Portales’ Observatorio Electoral, where he has been the head researcher in two Fondecyt projects.

Gray Newman is adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He retired in 2014 from Morgan Stanley, where he was a managing director and chief economist for Latin America. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Newman was the senior Latin America economist at Merrill Lynch. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent and practiced law in Washington, DC, where he is admitted to the bar.

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Shannon K. O’Neil is vice president, deputy director of studies and senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Latin America, U.S.-Mexico relations, global trade, corruption, democracy, and immigration and the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013). O’Neil also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation.

Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado served as vice president of Panama and minister of foreign affairs from 2014 to 2019. She has worked extensively on the development and implementation of public policies. Saint Malo de Alvarado was a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2019.

Thomas Shannon spent over 30 years in the foreign service, most recently as under-secretary of state for political affairs in the U.S. Department of State from 2016 to 2018. He previously served as counselor and senior adviser to the secretary following a four-year term as U.S. ambassador to Brazil. Shannon served as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs from 2005 to 2009 and as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council from 2003 to 2005.

Ilona Szabó is a civic entrepreneur, author, columnist, podcast anchor, and TV commentator. She is the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute. Szabó also co-founded the AGORA civic movement and was the executive coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. Szabó was nominated as one of the world’s top 50 thinkers for the COVID-19 age by Prospect magazine in 2020, and as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015.

Eugene Zapata-Garesché is the global director of strategic partnerships and head of Latin America and the Caribbean at the Global Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to joining R-Cities, he served as senior international adviser to the mayor of Mexico City. Zapata-Garesché also served as Latin America’s regional director of the World Fund for City Development and was named one of the 30 Future Leaders of Latin America by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF).

Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León was the president of Mexico between 1994 and 2000, having previously served as deputy director at the Central Bank, undersecretary of the budget, secretary of economic programming and the budget, and secretary of education. At Yale University since 2002, he is the Frederick Iseman ’74 director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, professor of International Economics and Politics; International and Area Studies and adjunct professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Zedillo is a member of The Elders.

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