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Faces of the Americas


Previous Speakers

Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello
Chairman of the Board, Cosan and Raízen
Energy Security in the Americas
October 20, 2011
Austin, Texas

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 join 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, chair 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.


Raúl Rodríguez
International Business Consultant
Former CEO, North American Development Bank
Creating Your Path to 2012
June 15, 2011
Houston, Texas

Raúl Rodríguez has been actively involved in U.S.–Mexico policy issues for 35 years.  He has held leadership positions in business, government, academia, and philanthropic and civic organizations in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.  He holds the Tom Benson Chair in Finance at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and serves as the founding chairman of the board of the North American Center at Arizona State University.  He is a board member of a number of public policy institutes and business and philanthropic organizations in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mr. Rodríguez is a business consultant and investor based in San Antonio.  He has served as CEO of the North American Development Bank (NADBank); Executive Director of the Mexican Foreign Trade Bank; Mexico's Trade Commissioner in Canada; Secretary of Economic Development for the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas; and chairman of marketing and business consulting firms in Mexico.

Mr. Rodríguez is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico and of Harvard University, where he was recognized as a Littauer Fellow for his "committment to excellence, academic achievement, and public service."  Born in Mexico, he has lived with his family in the U.S. and Canada for 19 years, 16 of those in San Antonio.


Ambassador Hector E. Morales, Jr.
Vice Chairman, Global Strategic Associates
Former U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States
Former U.S. Executive Director to the Inter-American Development Bank
Of Counsel, Baker and McKenzie
Current Economic and Political Developments in Latin America and the Investment Environment
May 6, 2010
Houston, Texas

Hector Morales, Jr. is a Vice Chairman of the investment firm Global Strategic Associates. He is involved in all areas of GSA’s business development and investor relations throughout the Americas. Ambassador Morales has more than 20 years of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean as a businessman, lawyer, and U.S. diplomat. Prior to joining GSA, he served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), the premier multilateral political forum in the Western Hemisphere. In his role at the OAS, he was the lead negotiator for Presidents Bush and Obama in preparations for the Fifth Summit of the Americas in 2009. Ambassador Morales also has served as U.S. Executive Director to the Inter-American Development Bank.


Néstor Osorio

Executive Director, International Coffee Organization
Coffee and Sustainability
July 14, 2009
Austin, Texas

A native of Colombia, Osorio has served since 2002 as Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), the United Nations agency that develops policy for the world coffee trade. He has a distinguished career in trade affairs and worked as adviser on the coffee and sugar trades for the Colombian government, representing Colombia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 1994 to 1999. After leaving the WTO, he assisted developing countries with trade negotiations as international consultant to UN development organizations FAO and UNCTAD.


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