Vintner and Proprietor of Veramonte Vineyard, in Chile and Huneeus Vineyard, in California....Read Bio
Agustin HuneeusVintner and Proprietor of Veramonte Vineyard, in Chile and Huneeus Vineyard, in California.
Mr. Huneeus has dedicated the past fifty years to the wine industry as Vintner and Proprietor of Veramonte Vineyard in Chile and Huneeus Vineyard in California, Additionally, Agustin has managed wine companies in Chile, Argentina, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, New Zealand and U.S. Today, the family company, Huneeus Vintners is comprised of several innovative and lush vineyards: Quintessa, Faust and Illumination in Napa Valley, Flowers in Sonoma coast and Veramonte, Neyen and Primus in Chile. He founded the Chile California Council, in 2011 and acted as its president until 2013. Recently, Agustin has been “liberated” from the management responsibilities of his estates by his son, Agustin Francisco, who, after many years working in support of his father, has taken over management of the company. Today, the family company, Huneeus Vintners, is comprised of several innovative and lush vineyards: Quintessa, Faust and Illumination, in Napa Valley; Flowers, in Sonoma coast; and Veramonte, Neyen, and Primus, in Chile. His present activities include participating on the Board of the Center for Latin American Studies of University of California at Berkeley, Friends of the Catholic University of Chile, and President of the Chile-California Council. He lives with his wife, Valeria, in San Francisco; although, he spends much time in Napa, and in Chile, as well.
Provost, University of Chile...Read Bio
Rosa DevesProvost, University of Chile
Rosa has a Biochemistry degree from the University of Chile, a Ph. D. in Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario, Canada and has Postdoctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Since 2003, she is a Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences and has served as Director of Graduate and Postgraduate degree from the University of Chile.
Ricardo San Martin
Professor, Universidad Catolica de Chile; Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley...Read Bio
Ricardo San MartinProfessor, Universidad Catolica de Chile; Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley
Ricardo San Martin is an Industrial Civil engineer with a minor in Chemical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has Master´s Degree in Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Biotechnology from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, UK. He is co-founder and member of the board of directores of Natural Response, has published more than 30 scientific articles in international journals and is full time professor of the UC School of Engineering. Last year he came to California as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Technology Venture Program. Ricardo is currently a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley and PUC’s Ambassador in the Bay Area. Ricardo was also a entrepreneur himself, founding a successful company that process chemical substances from the Chilean native tree, the “quillay”. He sold then company to a San Diego’ based group. He currently is advisor of Cristal Lagoons, one of he most innovative and successful Chilean companies.
Real estate developer, SF...Read Bio
Oz EriksonReal estate developer, SF
Mr. Erickson is the Chairman of Emerald Fund. He has 30 years experience developing and managing residential and commercial projects. He identifies new projects, is involved with the initial design, financing, securing of governmental approvals and sales and marketing. Mr. Erickson has significant experience in the community project approval process. He was a licensed real estate broker. Mr. Erickson received a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Rafael Friedmann is an expert strategic analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company where he develops evaluation policy and manages research on energy efficiency programs. He holds a BS degree in Energy Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Machon Technologi Le´Israel, and a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2014, Rafael has led the group of experts in energy at the Chile-California Council in California, and has been invited to Chile many times to discuss the proposed legislation in energy efficiency. Rafael lives in Oakland, CA.
Bing Professor in Environmental Science...Read Bio
Rodolfo DirzoBing Professor in Environmental Science
Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, and director of the Center for Latin America Studies, teaches ecology courses and leads the Dirzo Lab in the Department of Biology. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in ecology from the University of Wales (UK), and a B.S. in biology from the Universidad de Morelos. He has published numerous articles and scientific chapters in books mostly on tropical ecology, plant-animal interactions and on botanical diversity, and written or edited ten books, as well as a great number of research reports and publications for wider publics. He joined Stanford University after a distinguished career at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and he has held visiting lecturer positions in many universities in Latin America and beyond. His field work has focused in particular on tropical forest ecosystems of Mexico, Costa Rica, Amazonia and Kenya. Besides his ecological research, he is also doing research on biodiversity conservation, and he leads a series of science educational programs for children from underserved populations in the Bay Area. Awarded the Presidential Medal in Ecology in Mexico in 2003 and other honors, he has been the Chair of the Biology Section of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the California Academy of Sciences. Rodolfo lives in Stanford, California.
Regional Sustainable Design Leader at Gensler, SF....Read Bio
Erin CubbisonRegional Sustainable Design Leader at Gensler, SF.
As an architect and Regional Design Performance Director at Gensler, Erin works collaboratively with teams to translate an organization’s culture into performance goals and measure design impact, focusing on social, economic, and environmental factors. Gensler is the world’s leading design and consulting firm with approximately 5,000 professionals and over 40 offices worldwide. Erin has worked with a variety of organizations - including businesses, public agencies, community groups, and educational organizations - to engage with users and develop strategies for maximizing design impact. Her expertise includes ethnographic research, real estate analysis, and environmental performance frameworks, such as LEED and Living Building Challenge. In 2012, Erin was named one of the “Forty under Forty” by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2013, she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. Erin holds Masters in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She is known as a leader in the Bay Area of California and has been invited to speak at many design performance events, both locally and internationally.
Executive Director, UC Davis Chile...Read Bio
Alan BennettExecutive Director, UC Davis Chile
Alan Bennett is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis where he has been an active researcher, educator, policy advisor and technology transfer advocate. Alan also serves as the founding Executive Director of the UC Davis-Chile Life Science Innovation Center as well as the founding Executive Director of the “Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture” (PIPRA), a not-for-profit organization that provides commercialization strategy advice and intellectual property rights analysis to support the commercialization of public sector innovations. He previously oversaw the central technology transfer program for the UC System which managed a portfolio of over 5000 patented inventions and generated revenue in excess of $350MM during his tenure. Bennett earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Biology at UC Davis and Cornell University, respectively, and has published over 170 scientific research papers in the area of plant molecular biology and is recognized as an “ISI Most Cited Author”. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Senior Fellow of the California Council for Science and Technology (CCST), a science policy advisory council for the State of California.
Executive Director, Institute for Business Innovation, and Lecturer Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley...Read Bio
Maria CarkovicExecutive Director, Institute for Business Innovation, and Lecturer Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Maria Carkovic currently serves as the Executive Director at the Institute for Business Innovation at the Haas School of Business in the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, she also teaches global macroeconomics to master students in business administration. Prior to joining Berkeley, Ms, Carkovic directed an undergraduate program at Brown University and taught advanced courses in macroeconomics and international trade. Ms Carkovic had a 12-year career at the IMF before reentering academia. Her work at the IMF spanned many policy and geographical areas. She participated in the design, negotiation and evaluation of adjustment programs in Latin America and Africa. She also worked on advising mature economies in Europe, and continues to teach and help design courses for the IMF. She holds a BA in economics from the Catholic University of Chile, and a PhD in Economics from UCLA
Executive Director, Ashoka Chile...Read Bio
Alexandra EdwardsExecutive Director, Ashoka Chile
Since 1996, Alexandra was responsible for the re-launching of Paula, Chile’s leading women’s magazine, as Editor-in-Chief and later as Chair of the Editorial Committee, she focused on strengthening the magazine’s contents. Bringing together a new team of talented young professionals, she shifted the magazine’s emphasis to social and cultural issues by creating a platform for emerging local talent. As a marine biologist, Alexandra’s interest in the environment led her to co-found an underwater film production company which produced the audio visuals for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photography has been a constant thread throughout her life. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Chile, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Currently, as Executive Director of Ashoka Chile, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs, Alexandra works to develop social innovation and change-makers in Chile.
President, Fundación Ciencia & Vida...Read Bio
Bernardita MendezPresident, Fundación Ciencia & Vida
Bernardita Méndez is B.S. and M.S. in Biology at the Universidad de Chile and Ph.D. in Cell Biology at the Universidad Católica de Chile, also she has postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of California Berkeley. Her strong biotechnology background includes more than a decade with Chiron Corporation as Vice President, Regulatory and Quality Affairs, Corporate Officer and member of the Executive Committee. In this capacity, Dr. Mendez was responsible for the regulatory approval of many biotech-derived diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics by health authorities on a world-wide basis, as well as for the filing and prosecution of patents in USA and abroad. Currently Bernardita is Professor at the Universidad Andrés Bello and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She serves as a board member in several profit and non-profit organizations, including Fundación Chile. From 2006 to 2010 she was a member of the National Council for Innovation and Competitiveness, a national advisory board on innovation, convened by President Michelle Bachelet.
Chief of Innovation, Microsystem, Chile...Read Bio
Victoria HurtadoChief of Innovation, Microsystem, Chile
Victoria Hurtado, a lawyer from the University of Chile holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has ample experience working in the public sector, academia, private foundations and the private sector. She currently serves as Director and Chief Innovation officer of Microsystem SA. Victoria resides in Santiago, Chile.
Designer, L.A....Read Bio
Francisco LetelierDesigner, L.A.
Francisco Letelier is an award-winning marketing professional with more than 20 years experience building brands for domestic and international markets. He is an independent design consultant providing strategy and creative development capabilities to his clients. Francisco holds a BA degree in Graphic Design from the School of Architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile. He resides in Pacific Palisades, California.
Founder, Kingston Family Vineyards...Read Bio
Courtney KingstonFounder, Kingston Family Vineyards
Planting their first grapevines in 1998, the Kingstons bet on pinot noir and syrah in a valley known exclusively for white wines. Inspired by California vineyard leaders like David Hirsch and Gary Pisoni, they planted a vineyard up in the hills and gambled on the future of cool climate reds. Today, Kingston Family Vineyards has been recognized as among the best wineries in Chile and for making some of Chile's best pinots. Kingston Family has distinguished itself in part by combining expertise from both Chile and California, including creating harvest & winemaking internships for Chileans in California, and by bringing experienced California winemakers and viticulturalists to work with the Kingston team in Casablanca. Courtney graduated from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs (writing her thesis on late 20th century politics in Chile), and developed the business plan for their vineyard while at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Prior to founding Kingston Family Vineyards, Courtney worked for NBC Internet and Deloitte Consulting. She lives with her husband Andy Pflaum and their 3 daughters in Portola Valley, near Stanford University. In 2014 they lived in Chile, where they enjoyed hosting events at their home in Santiago and at the winery for California groups such as the inaugural Stanford Ignite program of Stanford's business school, Startup Chile, and the Stanford Alumni Group of Chile.
Rector Universidad Diego Portales...Read Bio
Carlos PeñaRector Universidad Diego Portales
Carlos is the current President of the Universidad Diego Portales, and an Associate Professor at the University of Chile. He serves as director of both CIPER (Center for Investigative Journalism), and of the the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, and he is also a contributing columnist for the newspaper El Mercurio. The magazine, Power, has voted him the most influential columnist in Santiago. He has collaborated on various public policies topics, but is especially focused on legal, educational and indigenous political policy issues. Carlos is a lawyer by profession,and he holds a Ph.D. of Philosophy. He has written many books and articles. His last published book is Ideas de Perfil ( Profile Ideas, Santiago: Hueders, 2015, 600 páginas). Carlos lives in Santiago, Chile
CEO, ENAP (Empresa Nacional del Petróleo)...Read Bio
Marcelo TokmanCEO, ENAP (Empresa Nacional del Petróleo)
Marcelo Tokman is Economist at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Ph.D in Economics at the University of California Berkeley. Between 1991 and 1993 he was Macroeconomics Advisor for the Ministry of Finance then, from 1997 to 1998, he was Head of Research of the Budget Office of the Ministry of Finance. In 2002 until 2006 he was Economic Policy Coordinator for the Ministry of Finance and the following year he was General Coordinator of Advisors for the same Ministry. In 2010, Marcelo was appointed as Ministry of Energy and currently is Chief Executive Officer for the state owned National Oil Company (ENAP). In addition to his experience in the public sector, Marcelo has taught Economics at the Institute of Economics and for the Master of Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Public Finance for the Master of Public Policy at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and also Health Economics at the Universidad Andrés Bello’s MBA. He has published several academic papers for the Center for Public Studies (CEP), Expansiva, Journal of Chilean Economic for the Central Bank of Chile and the OECD’s Journal on Budgeting.
US Ambassador to Chile...Read Bio
Carol PerezUS Ambassador to Chile
Carol Z. Perez, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State, a position she has held since January, 2015. Having served twice as PDAS and twice as a Principal Officer, Ms. Perez has demonstrated the extensive policy experience and management skills needed to advance important relationships with partners in Washington and abroad. That background and her ability to successfully lead multi-agency missions make her an excellent candidate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Chile. Ms. Perez previously served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as PDAS (2013-2015) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary (2011-2013). Prior to that, she served as Principal Officer/Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy (2009-2011), Executive Director /Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department (2003-2009), and Principal Officer/Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Barcelona, Spain (2001-2003). She also served as Deputy Executive Secretary (2000-2002), Office Director in the Department’s Secretariat Staff Office (1999-2000), and Deputy Executive Director in the Executive Secretariat (1998-1999). Ms. Perez also served in the Executive Secretariat as Supervisory General Services Officer (1997-1998), and as Administrative Officer and Human Resources Officer at U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy (1994-1997). Her other assignments since joining the Foreign Service in 1987 included serving as Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary of Management, as an Operations Officer in the Department’s Operations Center, and as Consular Officer at U.S. Embassy Madrid. Ms. Perez earned a B.A. from Hiram College in Ohio and an M.A. from George Washington University. She has won numerous performance awards. Her languages are Italian and Spanish.
Lovell (Tu) Jarvis
Chairman of the Chile-California Council; UC Davis Professor, and Director of the Richard Blum Center for...Read Bio
Lovell (Tu) JarvisChairman of the Chile-California Council; UC Davis Professor, and Director of the Richard Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Davis
Lovell S. “Tu” Jarvis received a B.A in economics with the highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1964 where he is originally from, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1969. Jarvis taught economics at UC Berkeley from 1969 to 1983, and worked as an international consultant before becoming a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, in 1984. He was Divisional Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1999-2009. Jarvis conducts research on agricultural development and agricultural policy in less-developed countries, particularly in Latin America. His research includes theoretical and empirical analysis of livestock production; prevention, control and eradication of animal disease; the adoption and effect of new technologies; the allocation of water resources; agricultural labor markets; international trade; biotechnology; nutrition policy; and the historical development of Chile's agricultural sector, including the effect of its land and economic reforms. He has consulted extensively for the U.S. government, international agencies such as the World Bank, foreign governments and private firms and is the recipient of grants and awards from NSF, USDA, the Fulbright Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He has published four books and numerous peer-reviewed professional journal articles. He is married to Marisita Rivas-Hurtado.
President Amcham Chile...Read Bio
Kathleen BarclayPresident Amcham Chile
Kathleen C. Barclay provides international strategic advisory services, focused on cross-border business opportunities between the United States and Chile and arising in Chile and extending elsewhere in the Americas. She is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Bicecorp, Banco Bice, Geomar S.A., and Alimentos Nutrabien, among other Chilean companies. In the past, Ms. Barclay served on the boards of Entel S.A., Ripley S.A., SAESA, Inversiones Pathfinder, and Luz del Sur (Peru). Additionally, Ms. Barclay is active in cultural and academic affairs including participation as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centro de Estudios Públicos, a member of the Advisory Editorial committee of El Diario Financiero, a member of the Board of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, member of the Advisory Boards of Endeavor-Chile, and member of the Board of Chile Global Angels. She is a member of the Council of the Americas and the US Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Advisory Council to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for its Karukinka project in Chile. Ms. Barclay is Chairman of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile - AmCham Chile. From 2005 to 2007 she was elected Chair of AACCLA (the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America). From 2003 through 2005 she served as AACCLA’s Treasurer and member of its Executive Committee. Today she serves as AACCLA’s Past President. Prior to 2001, Ms. Barclay had a 23-year career in J. P. Morgan Chase including assignments in New York, London and Santiago. She ran the Latin American Corporate Credit Area in the early 1980s, was Director of Investment Banking in London covering Latin American multinational advisory and capital markets from 1988-1992. From 1992 through 2000, Ms. Barclay was responsible for the Bank’s business in Chile with an emphasis on cross-border transactions and investment banking services. As Senior Country Officer, she represented the firm on various boards of directors in representation of the Bank’s private equity sister company. Under her direction the Bank obtained a top-three leadership position for international M&A, capital markets and syndicated loan transactions. She has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C
Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center...Read Bio
Eduardo BendekScientist, NASA Ames Research Center
Eduardo works at NASA Ames Research Center developing new technologies to detect exoplanets from ground and space. He has more that 10 years of experience in advanced astronomical instrumentation development, such as Laser Adaptive Optics, Infrared optics and opto-mechanics. He worked for 3 years at the MMT observatory in Arizona and for five years at the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. He also is co-founder of Yx ltda (Yx Wireless). He graduated with a PhD in Optical Sciences and he is a Fulbright Science and Technology Alumni. He would like to foster the development of the astronomical instrumentation and solar energy communities in Chile. Originally from Chile, Eduardo currently lives in Palo Alto.
President of Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS)...Read Bio
Charlie CaseyPresident of Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS)
Charlie Casey is the President of Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS), a professional services business that manages the philanthropic activities of over twenty family foundations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since joining the family business in 2003, Charlie has overseen the firm’s continued growth and commitment to a personalized approach to philanthropy. Charlie oversees the day-to-day operations of PFS, including financial management and human resources. Along with the management team, he also leads business development for the firm. Under his leadership, PFS has experienced substantial expansion of staff and clientele, while keeping pace with new technologies to ensure efficient delivery of services.Charlie also works extensively in the philanthropic field as a program officer for several client foundations. He has particular interests and expertise in youth development, affordable housing, and sustainable agriculture. He is actively involved in the community, including service on multiple nonprofit boards. He is currently a board member of Pie Ranch, an agricultural education program in San Mateo County. As board president for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), Charlie supported the work of the organization’s leadership and provided guidance on issues such as board governance and leadership development. He has also served on the boards of Families on Track and the Presidio Child Development Center, both San Francisco-based community organizations. Prior to joining PFS, Charlie worked in international transactions (M&A) for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Santiago, Chile, where he consulted with U.S. and European companies that targeted Chilean companies for acquisition. Charlie has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. A native San Franciscan, Charlie lives in the city with his wife, Paola, and three daughters.
International Economist; Professor, UCLA...Read Bio
Sebastian EdwardsInternational Economist; Professor, UCLA
Sebastián Edwards is currently the Henry Ford II Professor of International Business Economics at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1993 to April 1996, he was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the advisory board of Transnational Research Corporation and co-chairman of the Inter American Seminar on Economics (IASE). He is the former President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), an international professional association of economists with academic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean region. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany. Mr. Edwards lives in Los Angeles.
President, EcoScience Foundation Chile Venture Capitalist...Read Bio
Eduardo ErgasPresident, EcoScience Foundation Chile Venture Capitalist
Eduardo Ergas in an Entrepreneur with broad experience in the financial sector, especially in banks, venture capital funds, and topics related to entrepreneurship. He belongs to several boards in Chile and the USA. He created a venture capital fund as a seed capital in the Silicon Valley. Between 1998 and 2001, Ergas was the President of Endeavor Chile, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship. He was also part of the council for Endeavor Global, based in Boston Massachusetts. Later, he was the director of the Council of the Production Development Corporation (CORFO) in Chile. In 2004, he started the EcoScience Foundation to create a bridge between the scientific community and the rest of Chilean society. This foundation seeks to rescue the cultural, natural and scientific heritage of Chile.
Entrepreneur, Politician ...Read Bio
Fernando FloresEntrepreneur, Politician
Fernando Flores’ engagement in Chile’s political stage spans several decades, originating in the cabinet of President Salvador Allende and, bookended, more recently, by terms as Senator for the Arica, Parinacota, and Tarapacá regions, between 2001 and 2009. Mr. Flores’ current area of focus came when he was designated President of the Chilean National Innovation Council for Competitiveness by President Sebastián Piñera. Outside of his political activities in Chile, and in part due to his political exile, Mr. Flores has developed a vibrant and prosperous life in Palo Alto, California where he has worked at Stanford University and founded several companies with foci ranging from education and management consulting to software design. These companies include Hermenet, Logonet, Business Design Associates, and Action Technologies. While at Action Technologies, Mr. Flores, in association with Terry Winograd, introduced new distinctions in workflow analysis, groupware, software design and business process analysis. He has also founded an Internet-based movement called Atina Chile. His newest project is Pluralistic Networks, a company that plans to develop leadership and communication abilities in virtual business teams using multi-player online games. Fernando Flores currently lives in San Francisco; although, he spends much time in Chile.
Attorney and Founder of Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia...Read Bio
Michael GrastyAttorney and Founder of Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia
Grasty is a Chilean Attorney, graduate from Universidad Catolica’s Law School (1981) and Stanford University (B.A. History ’74). He started the law firm Grasty Quintana Majis & Cia in 1987 and is currently its senior partner. Mr. Grasty specializes in corporate matters, counseling foreign companies looking to do business in Chile, designing their foreign investment strategy and providing general legal counsel for their local subsidiaries. Mr. Grasty has a strong commitment with environmental issues and works closely with WWF, TNC and the Global Ocean Legacy project of the Pew Foundation. Mr. Grasty is Director of numerous companies, including Empresas Tattersall S.A., Sparta Deportes, David del Curto S.A. and Discovery Air, a Canadian company traded in the Toronto Stock Exchange. He is ex President of AMCHAM Chile, member of the Circulo Legal de Icare, Advisor of Fundación Pais Digital, and Councilor of the Beacheads Advisory Council of the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Secretary of the Board of Councillors, Chile-California Council; Partner at Gunderson Dettmer...Read Bio
Dan GreenSecretary of the Board of Councillors, Chile-California Council; Partner at Gunderson Dettmer
Prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer, Dan was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and has also worked in London and as an Associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati law firm in Palo Alto, California and as Counsel at Goodwin Procter law firm in Menlo Park, California Through his involvement with the global non-profit Endeavor, Dan has played an active role in supporting the continued growth of Latin American entrepreneurs. Daniel was invited to serve as a panelist at two Endeavor International Selection Panels in Uruguay (December 2011) and Colombia (May 2012). Dan was educated at Harvard Law School and Stanford University. He also studied as an exchange student at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in the mid 1990s where he met his future wife Francisca. Dan currently lives with his wife Francisca and their two children – both dual Chile-US citizens, he is proud to report—in Los Altos, California.
Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford University; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer...Read Bio
Charles HollowayDirector of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford University; Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Management, Emeritus; Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford University
Professor Holloway’s research interests span two areas. The first focuses on the creation of competitive advantage in supply networks. These networks are characterized by the extensive outsourcing, domestically and internationally, that increasingly forms the economic model for global firms. They include networks in both factor markets and product markets where positioning of firms and products is key to competitive offerings. The work involves analyzing strategic as well as managerial options. The second interest involves the problems of small, rapidly growing, entrepreneurial companies that face a different set of challenges than established firms. Charles Holloway is the holder of the Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers Professorship in Management Emeritus. Professor Holloway has become a leader in the study and teaching of entrepreneurship, supply networks, and technology management. He has recently developed two new courses in this area, Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities and Strategy and Management in Supply Networks. He also teaches courses on the formation of new ventures. He is one of the directors of the Stanford Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business aimed at curriculum development and research on smaller, rapidly growing companies. He was the founding co-chair of the Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association—a coöperative effort between the Graduate School of Business and the School of Engineering—which focuses on research and curriculum development in technology and manufacturing, and helped develop a joint program to prepare doctoral students in this area. Professor Holloway has a BS in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in nuclear engineering and PhD in business administration at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 1968, where he has served in a variety of positions at the GSB, including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, from 1980-87 and 1990-91, as well as in the University, most recently as chair of the University Commission on Graduate Education. Prior to coming to Stanford, Professor Holloway served as assistant to the Technical Director at Naval Reactors, a joint organization of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Bureau of Ships, where he worked closely with Admiral H.G. Rickover on the development of nuclear powered-ships. He also worked as a senior engineer for Bechtel Corporation's Scientific Development Department. Professor Holloway has served as a board member for more than 10 start-up companies in a range of industries. He is currently on the board of SRI International as well as several smaller companies. He is the author of Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: Models and Choices, co-editor of The Perpetual Enterprise Machine--Seven Keys to Corporate Renewal Through Successful Product and Process Development, and many articles in the field of management
Academic Director of the Evidence-based Policy and Innovation Research Lab and Assistant Professor of Inn...Read Bio
Michael LeatherbeeAcademic Director of the Evidence-based Policy and Innovation Research Lab and Assistant Professor of Innovation and Strategy, Universidad Católica de Chile
Mike Leatherbee, obtained his Ph.D. in strategy, organizations, technology and entrepreneurship at Stanford University. He is Academic Director of the EPIC Lab, Advisory Board Member of Start-Up Chile, and Partner of Aukan Innovation Management. He has been involved in innovation from the vantage point of entrepreneur, professor, public-policy designer, and researcher, earning him and his companies multiple prizes and recognitions. At the School of Engineering of Universidad Católica de Chile, he developed a Technological Entrepreneurship course, a Minor of Innovation, co-designed an executive Masters of Innovation, and led the creation of a strategic alliance between Universidad Católica, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Ministerio de Economía de Chile. He is actively running experiments to determine the causal effects of innovation policies on organizational outcomes.
International Liaison for the International Affairs Office ...Read Bio
Helen LopezInternational Liaison for the International Affairs Office
Helen Lopez is the International Liaison for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She leads the International Affairs Office where she works with the international community on emergency response efforts and coordinates delegation visits for countries from all over the world. She has been instrumental in developing Memorandums of Understanding on emergency management with various countries including Chile, Mexico, Australia, and the Aga Khan Development Network. Ms. Lopez has a long history in public service. In 2008, she was appointed Assistant Director and later, in 2009, Deputy Chief of Staff to the newly created California Emergency Management Agency. In 2010, she was promoted to Chief of Staff. During 1991 to 2007, Ms. Lopez served at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) as the Executive Director of the State Board of Food and Agriculture, Director of the Grant Management Program and Audit Director of the Internal Audit Office, as well as the Mexico liaison. In 1991, Ms. Lopez graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy.
CEO, Amcham Chile...Read Bio
Roberto MatusCEO, Amcham Chile
Mr. Matus graduated from Universidad Andres Bello with a degree in International relations and from Universidad de Santiago de Chile with a degree in Business Administration and Management. Roberto Matus in the General Manager and CEO of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham-Chile). Prior to working for AmCham, Mr. Matus was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy of Chile in Washington DC. He also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile as Chief of Staff, Head of the department for the Implementation of Free Trade Agreements and Head of the Department of Trade Defense.
José Luis Nazar
Businessman, Land of the Free L.P....Read Bio
José Luis NazarBusinessman, Land of the Free L.P.
A born entrepreneur, José Luis Nazar began his business career in 1966 at the young age of 17. In 1972, following the unstable economic situation in Chile, Mr. Nazar emigrated to Miami. By 1976, he became a salesman at a small Miami publishing house that, due to money shortage, he renamed Lexicon. Based on his experience as a new immigrant, Mr. Nazar developed a self-taught English course that became an international bestseller: today, Inglés sin Barreras is a household name in the Hispanic world, as well known as Coca Cola or McDonald's. By that time, Lexicon employed more than 1,000 people, generating about US$140 million a year in revenues. Nowadays, Mr. Nazar, an opera and wine buff, attends to what he finds "interesting," mostly non-profit children's causes -- his offspring, museums for young people, and charities such as United Way and Cystic Fibrosis -- and not-so-profitable causes -- restoring the Houdini mansion in Los Angeles or the Antarctic Dream, a former Chilean naval icebreaker berthed in Antarctica-. José Luis Nazar currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Chile...Read Bio
Barbara SaavedraDirector of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Chile
Since April 2005, Bárbara Saavedra is the Director of Wildlife Conservation Society –Chile. She is a biologist, specialized in Ecology and Conservation. She got her PhD at the Universidad de Chile, with additional training Universities in USA. During her career she addressed the question on the human impact on natural populations at different scales, publishing her results in scientific in local and international Journals, and in Chilean and International Congresses. She directed scientific projects financed by the Chilean National Science Foundation. She taught ecology in different Universities, and worked as private consultant for Biodiversity Conservation. Currently she is involved in all conservation projects WCS is developing in Chile, including the implementation of the Karukinka Park, the largest private reserve in Tierra del Fuego Island, and leveraging these experiences to public policies, and corporate engagement. She is member of different scientific societies, being especially active in Ecological Society of Chile since 2006, acting as Secretary, Vice-President, President and now Past President. She is Member of the Consultancy Council of the Ministry of Environment, Counselor of the Network of Alta Dirección from Universidad de Desarrollo.
Treasurer, Chile-California Council; Director and Treasurer, COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation. Past V...Read Bio
Carolyn SchuetzTreasurer, Chile-California Council; Director and Treasurer, COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation. Past Vice President, Rotary International Strategic Planning Committee
Carolyn Schuetz is a retired educator residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Past District Governor of Rotary District 5170, having served as one of the first females in that position in 1996-97. She was one of six members of the International Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International, serving from July 2005 to June 2011. Her current Rotary work includes training in strategic planning for Rotary Clubs. Carolyn has been a Director of COANIQUEM Burned Children Foundation since 1998 and its Treasurer since 1999. In addition, Carolyn’s work involves seeking corporate and foundation support, as well as organizing fund-raising events and activities. She has traveled extensively throughout Chile in connection with her COANIQUEM responsibilities and contacts, often accompanied by her husband Lloyd Baysdorfer, also a retired educator. Carolyn Schuetz lives in Alameda, California.
Professor of Education and Geography and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley...Read Bio
Harley ShaikenProfessor of Education and Geography and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley
Currently, Harley Shaiken is the Professor of the courses: The Southern Border, an undergraduate course that looks at the US-Mexico border in particular and the relation of the US and Latin America more generally; and a graduate seminar on Labor and the Global Economy that looks at the process of globalization and its social implications. For the last three years, Mr. Shaiken has been Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies. The Center has a wide-ranging research and programmatic focus in the humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on economic integration and democratization in the Americas. His role at the center reflects not simply a set of research interests but a passion, excitement, and love for Latin America. Mr. Shaiken also shares an appointment with the program in Social and Cultural Studies in the Graduate School of Education which reflects a strong set of interests related to the role of schools and skills in the process of globalization.
Founder & CEO at Start Up Chile, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisor at Chilean Ministry of Economy, Fo...Read Bio
Nicolás SheaFounder & CEO at Start Up Chile, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advisor at Chilean Ministry of Economy, Founder & Chair at eClass.
Nicolas Shea is a Chilean entrepreneur who served as senior advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to the Chilean Minister of Economy in 2010–2011. Recipient of two National Innovation Awards for Start-Up Chile (2011) and Cumplo (2012). Founder of Start-Up Chile, Cumplo, eClass and the Chilean Association of Entrepreneurs (ASECH). He serves on theboard of Start-Up Chile, Socialab and Fundación Avonni. Holds a B.A. in Business and Economics from Universidad Católica, a MSc in Education from Columbia University and a MSc in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Teaches High Potential Entrepreneurship in Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez School of Business and Universidad Católica’s School of Design. Nico lives in Santiago with his wife Josefa and their amazing kids: Josefa, Sofía, Nico, Bernardo, and Baby Max.
Vice President of International Affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce...Read Bio
Susanne StirlingVice President of International Affairs for the California Chamber of Commerce
Mrs. Stirling was appointed by the Governor to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council, and serves on the Northern California District Export Council (appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce), as well as, the National Export Council Steering Committee. Mrs. Stirling is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce International Committee and the Chile-California Council, in addition to serving as an alternate Board member to the California International Relations Foundation. Prior to her affiliation with the California Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Stirling was employed in Copenhagen by Burmeister and Wain A/S, a Danish ship-building company, in their public relations and finance/legal departments. Mrs. Stirling received her Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1976. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Copenhagen and the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 1975, and currently serves as a Regent.
Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives, Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles....Read Bio
Carlos ValderramaSenior Vice President for Global Initiatives, Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles.
Carlos J. Valderrama is the Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs to create employment and economic growth by fostering global trade and investment for Los Angeles Metropolitan Area businesses. Since 1993, Carlos has served as the Director of Latin American Operations for two prominent law firms in Los Angeles. He was responsible for structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, exporting, importing and investment business relationships between U.S., European, Pacific Rim and Latin American firms. Mr. Valderrama was appointed by and represented Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson as the California Trade Representative in Mexico and Latin America. He was assigned with the opening and organization of the California Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City where he promoted state exports and joint ventures between California and Mexico. He also served as the Director of the Office of Export Development, managing programs promoting California products and services worldwide, in addition to overseeing the operational activities of the state’s overseas trade and investment offices. He has held executive positions with General Telephone Electronics, GTE Overseas Groups in Brazil and Panama, as the Marketing Manager and General Manager respectively.
Chilean Biochemist; Co-founder of Chiron Corporation and Fundación Ciencia & Vida...Read Bio
Pablo ValenzuelaChilean Biochemist; Co-founder of Chiron Corporation and Fundación Ciencia & Vida
Pablo Valenzuela earned his Ph.D. degree (1970) in Chemistry at Northwestern University, did a postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco and held a position as Professor in the Biochemistry Department of that institution. In 1981, together with W. Rutter and E. Penhoet, founded Chiron Corporation, which a decade later was the second-largest biotechnology company in the world. As Vice President of R & D, Valenzuela was responsible for the development of biotech products with a market value of nearly 8 billion dollars and inventor in more than 50 patents in Chile and abroad. Valenzuela founded GrupoBios S.A., the first biotech company in Chile and in 1997 he cofounded Fundación Ciencia & Vida. He is professor of Universidad Católica and Universidad Andrés Bello and Chairman of the Board of GrupoBios and Andes Biotechnologies S.A. He is a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. In 2002, he was given the Chilean National Award for Applied Sciences. Recently he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the BayBio Association of California.
Vice President of the Chile-California Council; Entrepreneur, Isabel Valdés Consulting....Read Bio
Isabel ValdésVice President of the Chile-California Council; Entrepreneur, Isabel Valdés Consulting.
Isabel Valdés is a pioneer in Integrated Multi-Cultural marketing strategies. For more than 15 years, Ms. Valdés was the CEO of an award winning marketing research and consulting company that she founded: Hispanic Market Connections, Inc. (HMC.) Her clients include Fortune 500, non-profits and government in the US and abroad. She published five books and received numerous awards. For a decade Ms. Valdes was a member of PepsiCO/Frito-Lay’s Ethnic Advisory Board,(Purchase, NY) and NCLR, The National Council of La Raza (Washington, D.C.). Presently she is a Member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony and heads its Marketing Committee. For many years, Ms. Valdés was a lecturer for the Summer Executive Series and the Business School at Stanford University, her Alma Mater. She is a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker at numerous professional and academic organizations, as well as in corporate private programs. Isabel Valdés lives in San Francisco, California.