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.
Sergio Alcocer is one of the most progressive multicultural marketers in the United States. From 1999 until October 2015, he led LatinWorks, a cultural branding agency that was five-time winner of Multicultural Agency of the Year in the United States and one of the Top Ten advertising agencies in the country according to Advertising Age. With an advertising career that spans more than 25 years, Alcocer has worked in Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, and New York before making his home in Austin in 1999. During his career, Alcocer has won numerous national and international awards, including eight Cannes Lions, and has juried dozens of international advertising festivals. He is a constant speaker on the main creative stages around the world. Sergio holds an EMBA 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.
Dr. Sergio Alcocer de Martínez
Civil Engineer, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Alcocer served as Under-Secretary for North American Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations. In the public sector, he has previously served as Under-Secretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy, and as a research director for the National Center for Disasters Prevention at the Ministry of Interior. Dr. Alcocer has also been Secretary-General-Provost, Coordinator for Innovation and Development, and Director of the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an academic, he is a member to the National System of Researchers since 1994. He is the president of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences as well as various technical societies.
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.
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, Bill 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. Since 2009 he has been Professor in the Practice of Energy Management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. 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. He was a governor of the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., for fifteen years; 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. He previously served on the boards of directors of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, University of Texas Health Science Center, American Turkish Council, American Red Cross (Houston Chapter), and the Houston World Affairs Council.
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.
Larry R. Faulkner
President Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Larry R. Faulkner served as the 27th president of The University of Texas at Austin from 1998 until 2006. He is recently retired as president of Houston Endowment Inc., a private foundation established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, where he served from 2006 until early 2012. Dr. Faulkner served on the chemistry faculties of Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and The University of Texas. At Illinois he was also head of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the board of ExxonMobil Corporation and was previously a member of the boards of Temple-Inland, Inc, Sandia National Laboratories, and Internet2. From 2006 into 2008, he chaired the National Mathematics Advisory Panel by designation of the President and the Secretary of Education.
Founder and Managing Director, Black Dutch Management, LLC
In addition to Black Dutch Management, Fleming is also Founder and Managing Director of Tactical Energy Partners, LLC. He also served as Senior Vice President at Noble Royalties, Inc. He is a noted specialist in oil and natural gas regulatory and policy issues, and is active in state and federal tax issues affecting the oil and gas industry and water policy issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In Texas, he has been active in regulatory matters related to the development of the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale at the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Council on Environmental Quality. Fleming holds a Bachiller from the Instituto Austral de Enseñanza in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina; a BA in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin; MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University; and is a Ph.D. Candidate in History from Tulane University. He is a past fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where he collaborated with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with a research specialty in Franciscan millennial eschatology and church/state polity in sixteenth-century New Spain.
Pamela M. Giblin
Attorney at Law and Partner, Baker Botts LLP
Pam Giblin is a partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts. 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. She is the immediate past-president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. 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.
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.
Chairman of the Board, Fundación Avina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sean McKaughan has over 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainable development. He chairs the board of directors of Fundación Avina, a Latin American philanthropic organization dedicated to sustainable development with activities in 18 countries of the region. He has been with Avina since 1998, and led the organization as chief executive officer from 2006 to 2012. At Avina, Mr. McKaughan has been a champion and global advocate for inclusive business, efforts to combat deforestation, social innovation networks, and the promotion of sustainability in Latin America and throughout the world. He also chairs the board of Avina Americas, an affiliated organization in the United States, as well as the board of WTT (World-Transforming Technologies), an innovation-oriented social business incubator. Mr. McKaughan holds master’s degrees in Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP) and Latin American Studies (MA) from The University of Texas at Austin. Before beginning his work with Avina, he collaborated with Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. Mr. McKaughan is married with two children. He divides his time between Austin and Rio de Janeiro.
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.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Univision Local Media, Univision Communications Inc.
Los Angeles, California
Luis Patiño is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Univision Local Media Los Angeles at Univision Communications Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Univision Local Media owns and/or operates 128 local television and radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. Mr. Patiño is responsible for the day-to-day management of station operations, sales, news, marketing and promotions for Univision Los Angeles. Prior to his current position, he served as senior vice president of Univision Television Group, where he led operations, sales, news, marketing and promotions for Univision’s owned and operated TV stations in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Phoenix, Tucson, San Antonio and Austin. Before that, he was vice president and general manager for Univision’s San Antonio and Austin stations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Patiño worked for Univision flagship stations in Los Angeles in several positions including national sales manager and local sales manager.
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Transnetwork
Mr. Raull has ample experience in the financial services markets, having worked for Citigroup and Banamex for more than 13 years in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the USA. He earned his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish, German, and English. Raull is a founding partner and CEO of Transnetwork Corp., the most diversified B2B electronic domestic and cross-border processing and payment platform in Latin America for money remittances with over 19,500 locations through the largest retailers and Banks in 12 countries. He was born in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. in 1989 to pursue his MBA at UT Austin. He is married to Lorena Chavez-Peon with whom he has 4 children, Paola (UT Austin Graduate), Lorena (UT Austin Senior), Andrea, and Jorge Jr.
Gordon Dee Smith
Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Insight Group (SIG)
Fort Worth, Texas
Dee Smith is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Insight Group (SIG), a private intelligence agency based in Fort Worth, Texas, that he founded in 1995. He has over 30 years’ experience in multiple research and analytical disciplines and has directed thousands of intelligence projects in over 90 countries and in dozens of industries. From 1992 to 1995, he was President of Cima International, a venture capital group based in Europe and active in Latin America. Before that, he was President of InterCultura, an NGO based in Texas and the UK that worked with the US Department of State, U.S. embassies, and foreign governments and institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He is currently a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York; immediate past president of the board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR); a member of the advisory boards of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations (HCFR), Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; a member of the board of directors of the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas; a member of the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth; and a member of the anthropology committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
David M. Wells
Managing Director, Media Relations in the Americas, Goldman Sachs
New York, New York
David Wells is part of the management team in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division. He joined the firm as a managing director in September 2010, running media relations in the Americas. Prior to joining the firm, he was head of marketing and communications for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at JPMorgan, from 2008 to 2010. Before joining the banking industry, he was a journalist. His journalism career included editor of international company news, deputy world news editor, and senior Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times; commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace; and a frequent contributor to programs on CNBC, CNN, the BBC and other television networks. He covered Wall Street and the energy industry for Bloomberg News from 1998 to 2003. During the 1990s, he wrote for news outlets in Texas, including Petroleum Argus, an energy industry trade publication, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Wells earned an MA in Latin American Studies from The University of Texas and a BA from Texas Christian University.