Team

Ricardo Castillo A.

Guatemala

President of Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Helmuth Chávez

Guatemala

President of Antigua Forum 2023
Lead Facilitator 2020
Entrepreneur and dean of UFM School of Business; cofounder and general partner of Invariantes Fund; consultant in business valuation and investment portfolio management

Lenore T. Ealy

United States and Guatemala

International vice president of UFM; Former senior fellow for communities at Charles Koch Institute; founding president of Philanthropic Enterprise; founder of Thinktecture, Inc.; executive director of the Philadelphia Society

Wayne Leighton

United States

Executive Director and CEO
Former chief of Office of Strategic Planning at US Federal Communications Commission; former senior policy director at Office of American Innovation in the White House

Hugo Díaz

United States and Guatemala

Angel investor, technology entrepreneur, and founder of five businesses serving more than three million customers in seven countries; specialist in business-to-business sales, health-care technology, software as a service (SaaS), and mobile applications; director of Acton MBA program at UFM

Will Dowell

United States

Director of Poverty Initiative at Stand Together, a philanthropic community that works to remove barriers in education, business, communities, and government; CEO of Behind Every Door, an organization that provides services to improve life in underserved neighborhoods

Rajesh Jain

India

Serial tech entrepreneur; founder and managing director of Netcore Solutions, a global marketing technology firm; founder of IndiaWorld Communications, one of India’s first Internet portals; founder of Free a Billion, a nonprofit designed to mobilize popular support for market-liberal reforms

Daniel M. Rothschild

United States

Executive director of Mercatus Center at George Mason University; former senior fellow and director of state projects at R Street Institute, a policy research organization; former director of external affairs at American Enterprise Institute; strategist, writer, and policy analyst.

Sean Sheppard

United States

Founding partner of GrowthX, a seed-stage venture capital company; co-founder and lead instructor at GrowthX Academy, a school that trains growth talent for tech companies; Huffington Post contributor; sales influencer and serial entrepreneur who has successfully grown dozens of companies

Bridgett Wagner

United States

Vice president for policy promotion at Heritage Foundation, oversees coalition relations, lecture and seminar series, young leader development, and strategic outreach; trustee at University of Dallas and Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Marcela Bonilla

Guatemala

Coordinator at Events Department at UFM

Krista Gonzalez

Guatemala

Director at Events Department at UFM

Sharon Monzón

Guatemala

Coordinator at Events Department at UFM

Giancarlo Ibárgüen

(1963–2016) Guatemala

Founding chairman
Entrepreneur and former president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Carmen Rodríguez

Guatemala

Lead Facilitator 2022
Director of the Learning Innovation Center at UFM, a development and training program for teachers; former facilitator at Acton Academy Guatemala; researcher of active learning environments; former Peterson Fellow at the Acton School of Business

Karen Maeyens

Guatemala

Lead Facilitator 2021
Designer and facilitator of learning experiences and events that foster co-creation; facilitator trainer; former director of the Ongoing Learning program for UFM faculty and Michael Polanyi College at UFM; founding member of Juan de Mariana Institute in Spain; linguist and economist

Helmuth Chávez

Guatemala

Lead Facilitator 2020
President of Antigua Forum 2023
Entrepreneur and dean of UFM School of Business; cofounder and general partner of Invariantes Fund; consultant in business valuation and investment portfolio management

Lissa Hanckel

Guatemala

Lead Facilitator 2019
Director of development at UFM; member of UFM Board of Trustees

Hermina “Mina” Merkel

United States

Lead Facilitator 2017-2018
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

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

James Jones

United States

President of Antigua Forum 2022

Co-founder of Local Voice Solutions, a consulting firm that assists political candidates who support accountable, representative, and transparent government; co-founder of Accountability First, a political action committee; entrepreneur and investor in oil and gas industry

Ricardo Castillo A.

Guatemala

President of Antigua Forum 2021

Provost and Secretary General of Universidad Francisco Marroquín Member of the Board of Directors of Center for Economic-Social Studies

Andrew Morriss

United States

President of Antigua Forum 2020

Dean of School of Innovation at Texas A&M University; vice president for entrepreneurship and economic development at Texas A&M School of Law

Lawson Bader

United States

President of Antigua Forum 2019

President and CEO of DonorsTrust, a community foundation that works with libertarian and conservative philanthropists; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former executive vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Solers, Inc.

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

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

United States

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

Fred Kofman

United States

President of Antigua Forum 2014

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

Jeff Sandefer

United States

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

Lawson Bader

United States

President and CEO of DonorsTrust, a community foundation that works with libertarian and conservative philanthropists; former president of Competitive Enterprise Institute; former executive vice president of Mercatus Center; board member at Atlas Network, State Policy Network, Solers, Inc.

Arthur Chait

United States

Founder of EoPlex semiconductor; former head of Stanford Research Institute’s consulting division; principal at Booz Allen and SVP at Solectron/Flextronics; adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Notre Dame and Menlo College; mentor at Stanford’s accelerator and Draper University; president of Antigua Forum 2016

John Chisholm

United States

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

Daniel Austin Green

United States

Program director of Templeton Religion Trust; former director of Individual Freedom and Free Markets program at John Templeton Foundation; former fellow and resident scholar at Liberty Fund;
lawyer, CPA, economist, theologian, and musician

Tom Hazlett

United States

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

Vidar Jorgensen

United States 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

Leonidas Montes

Chile

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

Asra Nadeem

United States and Pakistan

Managing partner at Draper University Ventures; director of entrepreneurial programs at Draper University; expert in product strategy for emerging markets; interested in building technologies that skyrocket human potential

Tom Palmer

United States

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

Roberto Salinas

Mexico

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

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)

Chris Ullman

United States

Founder and president of Ullman Communications, a strategic advisory firm; former director and managing director of global communications for Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms; former director of communications for US Office of Management and Budget and House of Representatives Commerce Committee; expert in strategy and crisis management

Ian Vásquez

United States 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

Linda Whetstone

(1942–2021) 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