Speakers

Come join the conversation! Meet world-renowned leaders as they share the most innovative practices in democracy

Dr. Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert

Former President of Bolivia

Dr.George L. Hanbury II

The sixth president of Nova Southeastern University, the nation’s eighth largest private not-for-profit university

Dr. Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera

Lawyer and politician. Has held responsabilities as Congressman, Senator and President of Uruguay   1990-1995 

Prof. Bruce Bagley

Professor Bagley has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

Ricardo Ubiraci Sennes

He has been engaged in project related to South America Regional Integration, Energy and Infrastructural Market and Regulation, Aerospace and Defense Industry, International Trade in Services, Political and Economic Scenarios of Brazil and latin America.

Federico Gutierrez Zuluaga

Civil engineer, specialist in management and political studies. Participated actively during many years in groups of political participation with students from different universities.

Dr. Elizabeth J. Zechmeister

Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University

Nathan E. Burrell

A person with passion, drive and vision would best describe Mr. Nathan Burrell.

Ryan Carlin

Dr. Ryan Carlin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Dr. Michael W. G. Gaffley

Dr. Michael W. G. Gaffley CYC-P is a program professor and graduate of Nova Southeastern University. He teaches courses in leadership, diversity, ethics, and social justice in education and is a certified clinical educator.

Dr. Leonardo Vivas

Leonardo Vivas is the director of the Latin America Program in the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jose Vicente Salcedo

He Graduated from Miami senior high school in 2009 and went to the Honors College at Miami Dade College. While attending MDC, he became the Student Government Association President of the Interamerican Campus

Michael Vanderbeek

Director of Business Development at Port Everglades, the world’s third busiest cruise port and the busiest container port in the State of Florida.

Claudio Paolillo

Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA)

Jaime Mantilla

Mr. Mantilla holds a B.S. in Information Science and Economy from the Catholic University of Ecuador and an advanced degree from Stanford Graduate Business School at Stanford University.

Belen Mendoza

With over fifteen years of experience designing, executing and providing successful strategic counsel to political clients, non-profits, foundations and corporations.

Jorge Canahuati Larach

Jorge Canahuati Larach heads one of Honduras’s leading business groups, active in the country’s media, soft drinks, pharmaceutical and fast-food sectors.

Alix Cantave, Ph.D.

Alix Cantave is a program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, leading our work in Haiti.

Ana Lucia Marquez

Currently, she is Development Director for the Tarahumara Foundation (Fundación Tarahumara José A. Llaguno- www.tarahumara.net.)

Regine Theodat

Local National Coordinator for the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative. Regine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and managerial marketing at Simmons College and her law degree at Northeastern University, both in Boston.

Cean Reginald

Cean Reginald is the director of the agriculture program at Centre de Formation Fritz Lafontant (CFFL). He works as consultant for MercyCorps and FONKOZE on agriculture and development.

Moderators

Alix Cantave, Ph.D.

Alix Cantave is a program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, leading our work in Haiti.

John P. Hart

John Hart has a distinguished career in public service, serving two terms on the Broward County Commission and three terms as Mayor of the City of North Lauderdale.

Beatrice E. Rangel

An accomplished International Business Executive with broad based expertise in analyzing, developing negotiating and implementing short and long-term corporate investment strategies and acquisitions throughout the Latin American and Caribbean communities.

Earl Maucker

BA Degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University after serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War.  Was with the Sun-Sentinel for 30 years.

Lifetime Achievement Democracy Award

Enrique V. Iglesias

Ibero-American Secretary General

Since May 28th 2005 Mr. Iglesias has been elected as the first Ibero-American Secretary General, based in Madrid, Spain. The Ibero-American Secretary General reports to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the 22 Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Europe and Latin America.
Between 1988 and 2005 he was President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the oldest and largest regional development Bank.

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Álvaro Uribe Vélez

Dr. Uribe was Colombian President for two periods, 2002-2006 and 2006-2010.
Born in Medellin in 1954, Uribe is the son of farmer and landowner Alberto Uribe Sierra, and Laura Uribe Velez, a local councilor in Salgar, Antioquia.
While at the University of Antioquia reading law and political science, Uribe joined the Young Liberals.

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The Event

Program - Day 1 November 14th

Time

Description

Location

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast Sponsored by NSU Entrance at Miniaci Theater
8:45 – 9:25 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies

Margaret Delmont-Sanchez
Chief Executive Officer
Zambrano Foundation, Inc.
Welcome Remarks

Devorah Sasha
International Solidarity for Human Rights
Singing God Bless America Along with the American States Flag Presentation Hispanic Unity of Florida After School Program Unity 4 Teens Operation Proclamation Program Supported by Zambrano Foundation

Dr. George Hanbury
President/CEO
Nova Southeastern University

Welcoming Remarks

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness
Pledge of Allegiance

Jose Zambrano
Chairman
Zambrano Foundation, Inc.

Welcoming Remarks

Miniaci Theater NSU/td>
9:30 -10:50 a.m.

Topic: Dialogues in Democracy

Moderator:  Mr. John Hart
Founder of Dialogues in Democracy Organization

Panelists:
Jose Vicente Salcedo
Co-Founder Students Working for Equal Rights
Presentation Title:
“Young Leaders Making Impact in The Community”

Nathan E. Burrel
Founder Honey Project
Presentation Title:
"Inclusive Development: Addressing Poverty and Youth Unemployment"

Dr. Michael W. G. Gaffley
CYC, Fischler School of Education
Nova Southeastern University
Presentation Title:
“Social Justice Impacts Sustainability”

Belen Mendoza
VP for Campaign at AARP
Presentation Title:
"The Art of Campaigning"

Miniaci Theater NSU
11:00 - 11:15 p.m.

Break

 
11:15 - 12:00 p.m.

“NEW GENERATION IN DEMOCRACY”
Students address their viewson Democracy

Moderator: Alix Cantave
Founder of Dialogues in Democracy

Miniaci Theater NSU
12:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Margaret Delmont-Sanchez
Welcomes DITAS Committee Members, recognizes Zambrano Foundation Board Members, Dignitaries, Prosperity Champions, Colombian and Martinique Delegations and Sponsors

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness - Proclamation

Dr. George Hanbury
President of Nova Southeastern University

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Carlos D Mesa Gisbert

Former President of Bolivia
Presentation Title:
“One or various Latin Americas?”

Miniaci Theater NSU
2:10 - 3:15 p.m.

“THE ENEMIES OF DEMOCRACY”
Based on the needs of
EDUCATION, LONGTERM EQUITY AND HEALTH

Moderator: Dr. Alix Cantave

Panelists:
Regine Theodat

Miniaci Theater NSU
3:30 – 5:00p.m.

Development Barriers: Corruption and Dwindling Observance of Human Rights

Moderator: Beatrice Rangel
President of CODERE México

Panelists:
Dr. Leonardo Vivas
Director LATAM Initiative, Carr Center for Human Rights
at Harvard Kennedy School Boston
Presentation Title:
"The Backlash Against Human Rights
in Latin America's Democracy"

Dr. Elizabeth J. Zechmeister
Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University
Presentation Title:
"Corruption as a Challenge for Democracy in the Americas: Evidence from LAPOP’s Americas Barometer”

Dr. Ryan Edward Carlin
Professor of Political Science
Georgia State University
Affiliate of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP)
at Vanderbilt University
Presentation Title:
“Weak Rule of Law and Toleration of Bribery in the Americas.”

Dr. Bruce Bagley
University of Miami Professor and Director of International Studies
Presentation Title:
"Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Latin America: Assessing the Threat to National Security and Democratic Consolidation in the Hemisphere."

Miniaci Theater NSU
5:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Networking & Social Event
Everyone is invited

NSU

Program - Day 2 November 15th

Time

Description

Location

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by NSU

Entrance of Miniaci Theater
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

President Alvaro Uribe Velez
Keynote Speaker
Lifetime Achievement Democracy Award Recognition

Miniaci Theater NSU
9:50 - 10:50 a.m.

Capitalism, Trade & Entrepreneurship

Moderator: TBD

Panelists:
Dr. Ricardo Sennes
Director of Prospectiva in Brasil, Economic Development
Presentation Title:
”Recent Dynamic of the Latin America Integration”

Federico Gutierrez
Fundacion Medellin A La Cabeza
Chairman
President of Angel Total Solutions
Medellin Counsel President 2008
Presentation Title:
“Social Innovation for a Better Economy”

Michael Vanderbeek
Port Everglades – Director of Business
Presentation Title:
“Development and the Americas”

Miniaci Theater
10:50 - 11:00 p.m. Break -
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Topic: THE CHALLENGES OF FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
The Interamerican Press Association

Moderator: Mr. Earl Maucker
Member of the Interamerican Press Association

Panelists:
Jaime Mantilla
HOY - Ecuador
Presentation Title:
“The Press Laws in Ecuador and its Impact in the Americas.”

Jorge Canahuati
President
Organización Publicitaria, S.A.
Honduras
Presentation Title:
“Violence and Press Without Protection, weakens Central American Democracies”

Claudio Paolillo
Regional Director
Interamerican Press Association
Presentation Title:
“Espionage, Violence, Trivialization and False Democracies, The Main Threats for Free Journalism in the Three Americas”

Miniaci Theater NSU
12:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Key note Speaker

Dr. Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera
Current Senator and Former President of Uruguay
Presentation Title:
“Los Enemigos de la Democracia”

Lunch Award Ceremony

Life Time Achievement Democracy Award

The Honorable Ibero American General Secretary Enrique Iglesias

Dan Taft University Center NSU

Address:

Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, USA

Getting there:

Located just 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and close to I-95, I-75, and Florida's Turnpike.
At the heart of it all is the five story Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center and the Don Taft University Center, our state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and recreation complex. You'll also find the Carl DeSantis building, which houses the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. Just a few steps away are Leo Goodwin Sr. Hall, home to the Shepard Broad Law Center; and the Maltz Building for the Center for Psychological Studies and the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Make sure to check with the US embassy in your country for all the requirements that may apply for coming into the country.


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Accommodation info

There is a wide variety of accommodation options in this magic city for you to choose from. Please take a look below to the suggested hotel that is located near the Nova Southeastern University campus. Some of the hotels may offer a discounted rate for DITA Symposium attendees.


2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304-3206, USA
Tel: +1-954-565-3800 Fax: +1-954-561-0387
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