LLILAS Advisory Council
The Mission of the LLILAS Advisory Council is to strengthen the core activities of the institute and to amplify their effectiveness. This mission is achieved through three principal contributions.
- To provide advice on the scholarly and educational program of the institute, drawing on council members’ extensive experience and expertise related to Latin America.
- To serve as a bridge between LLILAS and the broader communities to which the Advisory Council members belong. LLILAS has much to offer to business, government, cultural, and civil society sectors in both the U.S. and Latin America, and has much to learn from such interactions beyond the university. These sectors, in turn, have much to gain from greater involvement with LLILAS. The Advisory Council connects us with these communities and, in so doing, helps these mutual benefits to be realized.
- To provide strategic advice and practical assistance in our development goals. The institute is already well endowed, but needs to develop further in a number of key areas if we are to maintain and strengthen our stellar reputation. The Advisory Council helps the LLILAS Director and staff formulate effective fundraising strategies, identify potential donors, and conceive specific fundraising activities.
The Advisory Council meets twice a year to receive a report on past activities, and to make plans toward the achievement of these goals.
President and Chief Creative Officer, LatinWorks
Sergio Alcocer, a multicultural marketer, leads LatinWorks, an award-winning, cultural branding agency. With an advertising career that spans more than 25 years, Sergio worked in Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and New York before making his home in Austin in 1999. During his career, Sergio has won many national and international awards. He has been a jury member for several international advertising festivals and is a regular speaker on creative stages around the world. He holds an Executive MBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and sits on the board of the Art Directors Club in New York and the advisory council of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas.
Miguel Alemán Velasco
President, Fundación Miguel Alemán
Mexico City, Mexico
Miguel Alemán Velasco is a well-known Mexican politician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and journalist. He graduated in law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Mr. Alemán has been Senator, forty-fourth Governor of the State of Veracruz (PRI), and Vice-President and CEO of Televisa SA de CV. At present he is Chairman of the Board of Interjet-ABC, President of the Board and President of the Executive Committee of the Miguel Alemán Foundation, President of the Mexico Business Summit, CEO of Alemán Velasco y Asociados AC, President of the Board of Trustees of the National San Carlos Museum, Trustee of the Dolores Olmedo Museum, and Board Member of the National Prado Museum in Spain. Mr. Alemán also has had a successful journalistic career with Siempre and Visión Latinoamericana magazines. He has been a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) since 1953 and has held important positions within it. He has written twenty-one books, seven of which are historical novels. At present, Mr. Alemán is a columnist for El Universal newspaper. He has received decorations of honor from the governments of Spain and Panama. In 2007 he was elected President of the Société d’Entraide des Membres de la Légion d´Honneur of France.
Executive Chairman of the Board, Altos Hornos de México
Mexico City, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas
Alonso Ancira has served since April 2004 as president of the Mexican industrial consortium of Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA) and its affiliates. He is current president of Mexico’s National Committee of Iron and Steel (CANACERO) and has promoted environmental initiatives in Mexico through CESPEDES, the Commission for the Private Sector Study of for Sustainable Development. Ancira also serves as chairman of the board of Mexican and Americans Thinking Together (MATT), a bi-national nonpartisan and nonprofit organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Anáhuac University, Mexico City. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Mining from the University of Guanajuato (UG) and an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, Texas, in recognition of his contribution to bilateral relations.
William M. Arnold
Professor in the Practice of Energy Management, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
As a senior executive in energy, government, and banking, William Arnold has engaged in the highest levels of government in the United States and abroad to provide geopolitical insights on business strategies and advance billion-dollar projects. He earned a BA in economics at Cornell University and an MA in Latin American studies and MBA in international finance from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Arnold served as director of International Government Relations of Royal Dutch Shell for more than a decade. He has been an international commercial banker as well as senior vice president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and a governor of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.; a director of the Asia Society in Houston; and a member of the Executive Committees of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations and of the Mexican Center of LLILAS Benson.
The Honorable Antônio Herman Benjamin
Justice, High Court of Brazil (Superior Tribunal de Justiça)
Antônio Benjamin was appointed Justice of the High Court of Brazil in 2006 by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He was Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo for more than twenty years, heading its Environmental Protection Division for four years. Justice Benjamin was founding president of the Brazilian Consumer Law and Policy Institute and the Law for a Green Planet Institute. He is currently chair of the Brazil-U.S. Law Society and co-president of INECE (International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement). Justice Benjamin also is former president of the Brazilian Fulbright Alumni Association, a member of the UN Secretary General Legal Expert Groups on Crimes against the Environment, and for many years a member of CONAMA, the National Environmental Council of Brazil. He received his LLB from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, his LLM from the University of Illinois, and his PhD from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He is emeritus editor-in-chief of the Brazilian Consumer Law Review and the Brazilian Environmental Law Review, and has been a Visiting Professor at the UT School of Law for the past two decades.
Pamela M. Giblin
Attorney at Law and Partner, Baker Botts LLP
Pam Giblin is a senior partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts and chairs the firm's environmental department. She received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970. Ms. Giblin has practiced environmental law since then and has had extensive experience in advising clients on a broad array of environmental issues, particularly in the area of air quality. She has served on the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and is listed in the environmental law section of The Best Lawyers in America. She is the first woman to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Travis County Bar Association. Her areas of practice include air and water quality; waste and remediation; industry solutions; and toxic tort and environmental litigation.
San Antonio, Texas
Robert “Robbie” Greenblum became city attorney for the City of San Antonio in December 2013, and serves as chief legal adviser to the City Council, City Manager and all city departments, offices, and agencies. Prior to that, Mr. Greenblum served Mayor Julián Castro as chief of staff from June 2009 to December 2013, functioning as the mayor’s top adviser. He received his bachelor of arts and doctor of jurisprudence degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and has been licensed to practice by the State Bar of Texas since 1988. He has worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas and the Refugee Assistance Council. For over 20 years, his law practice addressed business, litigation, nonprofits, property tax issues, and legal representation regarding immigration and international law matters.
Chris G. Jordan
President, Intercity Investments
Chris Jordan is a principal and president of Intercity Investments, a Dallas real estate company managing its own commercial and residential properties as well as providing third-party management for many others. He brings a broad range of experience in development, construction, and asset management to this role. Jordan received his BA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and is proud to support LLILAS Benson and its role in providing interdisciplinary resources and service learning programs for Latin American studies.
Elio E. King
President, King Global Investments LLC
Elio King is President of King Global Investments LLC, an international investment firm counseling clients in both Latin America and the United States. With more than thirty years of experience, Mr. King brings broad expertise in asset management and financial planning to his role managing private investment portfolios for high net worth estates. Prior to founding King Global Investments in 2010, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President for Southwest Securities, Smith Barney/Citigroup Capital Markets, and Prudential Securities. Mr. King received a bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and a master's degree in economics and international business from LLILAS in 1978. He recognizes the invaluable opportunity that LLILAS provides its students, and as a member of the LLILAS Advisory Council, he is strongly committed to the program's continued success. Mr. King was born in Lima, Peru, and has called Austin home for forty years. A lifelong soccer player, he is a former member of the UT soccer team and continues to play soccer weekly.
Myra C. Leo
Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP
Myra Leo is a government affairs advisor at K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm with 48 fully integrated offices located in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. With a successful Texas-based legislative consulting career spanning over 25 years, Ms. Leo has worked on a variety of issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. She has advised corporate clients, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations in areas such as energy, pharmaceuticals, higher education, financial services, and vehicle franchise matters. Ms. Leo currently sits on the Board of the Senate Hispanic Research Council (SHRC) and the Zach Theatre Emeritus Board. She also serves on the Public Affairs Committee and the Hispanic Alumni Advisory Committee of Texas Exes, the alumni association of The University of Texas.
Joe R. Long
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Foundation
Joe R. Long, born in San Antonio, Texas, is a well-known Austin lawyer and banker. He received his BA in 1951 from the University of Texas, with a major in government and a minor in history and anthropology. He also completed his ROTC training there, and upon graduation was called immediately into the service during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in August 1958 with a JD degree. Over the next twenty years, he worked as a sole practitioner and as a member of several partnerships, ultimately organizing his own firm. In 1968, he began working in the banking industry as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First State Bank. He served in that position until 1998, when the bank was sold to Norwest Corporation. Since then, he has overseen his private business affairs and has spent much of his time in philanthropic activities with several colleges and universities in Texas, as well as with several nonprofit corporations. He has been married to Teresa Lozano Long since 1958, and they currently make their home in Austin, where they are both heavily involved in community activities and philanthropic endeavors.
Teresa Lozano Long
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Foundation
Teresa Lozano Long was born in Premont, Texas, to Arturo V. and Elvira D. Lozano. She completed a BS in 1948 and MEd in 1951 at the University of Texas at Austin, where she later became the first Mexican American to earn a doctorate in physical education. Dr. Lozano Long has earned a reputation as an inspiring role model for women through her continuous dedication to the improvement of public education in Texas and through her philanthropic spirit supporting arts programs in Austin. As a distinguished alumna, she supports the university through donations of time and funds to its schools and colleges. She and her husband, Mr. Joe R. Long, have a keen interest in Latin America and Latin American affairs. In 2000, they endowed the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas with a $10 million gift, the income of which is used principally for scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students and supplemental pay for faculty members who specialize in Latin American history, politics, government, art, and history.
Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello
Chairman of the Board, Cosan and Raízen
São Paulo, Brazil
Mr. Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello is Chairman of the Board of Cosan and Raízen and a leading voice in Brazil on energy policy. Cosan is one of the principal ethanol and sugar producers in Brazil, and recently formed a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell to create Raízen, the world's largest bioenergy company. Mr. Mello holds a degree in mechanical production engineering from the Polytechnic School of the Universidade de São Paulo (1972), and has more than thirty years of experience in managing large companies. He has served as managing director and chairman of the Board of Directors of Costa Pinto SA since 1980, vice-president of Pedro Ometto SA since 1980, executive officer and board member of Cosan Operadora Portuária SA since 1998, chairman of the Board of Directors of FBA–Franco Operadora Portuária SA since 2001, and CEO and board member at Da Barra since 2002. Additionally, he has served as a board member at UNICA, the Federation of Sugarcane Industries of São Paulo State. Mr. Mello served on the Board of Directors of UNIBANCO, União de Bancos Brasileiros SA from 1971 to 1973; from 1973 to 1980, he was the finance director for Indústrias Votorantim SA.
Hector E. Morales, MD
President, Devenir Aesthetics
Dr. Hector Morales has extensive experience in the field of health care for the Hispanic community. He is currently president and principal shareholder of Devenir Aesthetics in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the School of Medicine of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in Mexico and performed his residency in general and vascular surgery in New York City, Washington, D.C., Utrecht (The Netherlands), and Detroit. He served as professor of surgery and anatomy in San Luis Potosí. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. Dr. Morales is the author of numerous scientific papers published in the United States and Europe, and speaks on medical, surgical, and educational topics in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. He has served as chairman of the board of the Central Texas Medical Foundation and as president of the Travis County Medical Society, and is a current member of the Institutional Review Board of The University of Texas at Austin.
Martha E. Smiley
Enoch Kever PLLC
Martha Smiley is Counsel to the firm of Enoch Kever PLLC’s administrative, energy, public law, and appellate practice. She has extensive regulatory, legislative, and administrative experience in public utility law. Prior to joining Enoch Kever, Ms. Smiley was of counsel at the Austin office of Winstead PC. She also served as founder and executive vice president at Grande Communications, was a named partner for fourteen years in the Austin-based law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, and Smiley, and was a regional counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency. Honored many times for her service to the legal profession and to the improvement of our society, Ms. Smiley has a long history of community service, including on boards of the Austin Community Foundation, KLRU Public Television, Capital IDEA, SafePlace Foundation, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). Ms. Smiley, a former member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, where she served as Vice Chair, 1995–1997, is a Founding Member of The Center for Women in Law at the UT School of Law. She received her JD from the UT School of Law in 1972 and her BA from Baylor University in 1969.
Gordon Dee Smith
Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Insight Group (SIG)
Fort Worth, Texas
Gordon Dee Smith is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Insight Group (SIG), a global private intelligence agency he founded in 1995. He is also a principal of Raven Global Strategies, a company specializing in international market entry. Mr. Smith has led intelligence and research projects in more than eighty countries for clients in dozens of industries and areas ranging from transactional intelligence to geopolitical analysis. He has served as advisor for over twenty billion dollars in investment transactions. Between 1992 and 1995, Mr. Smith headed Cima International, a venture capital group that brought European investment into Latin America for media and infrastructure projects. Previously, he co-founded and served for eleven years as President of InterCultura, an international museum exhibitions organization active in fourteen countries. Mr. Smith is currently President of the Board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR), a member of the anthropology committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and an honorary member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations. He has served as a trustee or advisor to many cultural, research, and educational institutions, including the Maya Research Program, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, Dallas Chamber Music, the Fort Worth Opera, and Texas Health Resources.
Executive Office, Goldman Sachs
New York, New York
David Wells oversees media relations in the Americas for Goldman Sachs, which he joined as a managing director in September 2010. Prior to joining Goldman, he was head of marketing and communications for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at JPMorgan from 2008 to 2010. He worked as a journalist before joining the banking industry, working as editor of international company news, deputy world news editor, and senior Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times. During that time, he was also a commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace and a frequent contributor to programs on CNBC, CNN, the BBC, and other television networks. David earned an MA in Latin American studies from The University of Texas and a BA from Texas Christian University.