Senior Leadership Fellows

The Senior Leadership Fellows program brings distinguished public sector leaders who have worked at the highest levels of government and promoted, during their time in office, creative and innovative public policies that strengthened the free enterprise system and enhanced individual freedom and human prosperity. These fellows will be in residence at FIU for one semester and will lead not-for-credit seminars and study groups on salient topics based on their experience. They will also participate in talks and other events, be available to meet with and mentor students, and serve as a resource for the entire University community.

The following distinguished public servants will be the Senior Leadership Fellows for the Fall term, 2022.

Spring 2023 Senior Leadership Fellows

Iván Duque Márquez

His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez is a Colombian politician, statesman, and author. He served as President of the Republic of Colombia from 2018 to 2022. He also served as Senator from 2014 to 2018. Previously, he was a senior advisor for Colombia at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked in Colombia’s Finance and Public Credit Ministry.

President Duque is a distinguished thought leader who led his country in defending democracy, protecting biodiversity, facing the pandemic, and offering safe haven to millions of displaced people escaping the regime in Venezuela. He is recognized around the world as a great promoter of climate action and sustainable development.

He is the author of several books: IndignAcción, Ideas for the Colombia of the Future; Monetary Sins; Machiavelli in Colombia; Orange Effect; The Future is in the Center; My Father’s Archeology; Humanism Matters; Road to Zero; and Es con Hechos (a balance of his government).

He holds a law degree from the University of Sergio Arboleda, a master’s degree in international economic law from American University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgetown University.

Ava Rossana Guevara

Her Excellency Ava Rossana Guevara is a Honduran former politician, diplomat, and journalist. She served as Vice President of the Republic of Honduras from 2014 to 2018. She also served as the first Ambassador of Honduras in Italy (2010 -2011) and in Brazil (2011- 2012).

Before she graduated as a journalist from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, she worked at La Tribuna Newspaper. She then entered the world of international journalism and worked at ABC News, NBC News, and Univision. She was also news Director, Producer, and Anchor of several television media outlets in Honduras, where she known as a loyal and firm defender of the rights of the silent Honduran majorities and the indigenous and Afro-descendant groups, as well as for her constant criticism of corruption and impunity in her country. She was recognized in 2007 with the highest award in National Journalism in Honduras and with UNICEF’s National Press Awards (1991 and 1993).

Her greatest desire is the transformation of Honduras so that all citizens can enjoy social justice, equity, peace, true democracy, and freedom.

Paula J. Dobriansky

The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky is an American former diplomat and national security expert with over 30 years of government and international experience across senior levels of diplomacy, business, and defense. She served as United States Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 2001 to 2009. She was also head of delegation and lead negotiator on U.S. climate change policy and the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland. Her previous senior government positions include Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

Ambassador Dobriansky is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (Atlantic Council). From 2010 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she was appointed the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 1997 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, and has served on the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and as Chair of EXIM Bank’s Chairman’s Council on China Competition (C4). She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.

Fall 2022 Senior Leadership Fellows

Iván Duque Márquez

His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez is a Colombian politician, statesman, and author. He served as President of the Republic of Colombia from 2018 to 2022. He also served as Senator from 2014 to 2018. Previously, he was a senior advisor for Colombia at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked in Colombia’s Finance and Public Credit Ministry.

President Duque is a distinguished thought leader who led his country in defending democracy, protecting biodiversity, facing the pandemic, and offering safe haven to millions of displaced people escaping the regime in Venezuela. He is recognized around the world as a great promoter of climate action and sustainable development.

He is the author of several books: IndignAcción, Ideas for the Colombia of the Future; Monetary Sins; Machiavelli in Colombia; Orange Effect; The Future is in the Center; My Father’s Archeology; Humanism Matters; Road to Zero; and Es con Hechos (a balance of his government).

He holds a law degree from the University of Sergio Arboleda, a master’s degree in international economic law from American University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgetown University.

Ava Rossana Guevara

Her Excellency Ava Rossana Guevara is a Honduran former politician, diplomat, and journalist. She served as Vice President of the Republic of Honduras from 2014 to 2018. She also served as the first Ambassador of Honduras in Italy (2010 -2011) and in Brazil (2011- 2012).

Before she graduated as a journalist from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, she worked at La Tribuna Newspaper. She then entered the world of international journalism and worked at ABC News, NBC News, and Univision. She was also news Director, Producer, and Anchor of several television media outlets in Honduras, where she known as a loyal and firm defender of the rights of the silent Honduran majorities and the indigenous and Afro-descendant groups, as well as for her constant criticism of corruption and impunity in her country. She was recognized in 2007 with the highest award in National Journalism in Honduras and with UNICEF’s National Press Awards (1991 and 1993).

Her greatest desire is the transformation of Honduras so that all citizens can enjoy social justice, equity, peace, true democracy, and freedom.

Paula J. Dobriansky

The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky is an American former diplomat and national security expert with over 30 years of government and international experience across senior levels of diplomacy, business, and defense. She served as United States Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs from 2001 to 2009. She was also head of delegation and lead negotiator on U.S. climate change policy and the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland. Her previous senior government positions include Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

Ambassador Dobriansky is currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (Atlantic Council). From 2010 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters. During this time, she was appointed the Distinguished National Security Chair at the U.S. Naval Academy. From 1997 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, and has served on the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and as Chair of EXIM Bank’s Chairman’s Council on China Competition (C4). She received a B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Soviet political/military affairs from Harvard University.

Spring 2022 Senior Leadership Fellows

Mauricio Macri

His Excellency Mauricio Macri served as President of the Argentine Republic from 2015 to 2019. He was also twice the mayor of the City of Buenos Aires and served as the city’s national deputy, as well as president of the Boca Juniors Soccer Club. He was twice named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, in 2016 and in 2018.

In 2015, breaking with 70 years of two-party dominance in Argentina, Macri became President of a country on the verge of economic collapse. Despite not having a majority in Congress, he worked towards Argentina’s institutional transformation by implementing several measures to strengthen the country’s institutions, guarantee the independence of the different branches of government, and ensure transparency in governmental affairs. His government also carried out an ambitious transformation of the country’s infrastructure and energy matrix, connecting the country physically and virtually, and prioritizing solar and wind power. He also strengthened Argentina’s integration into the world and the opening of international markets.

Macri is currently the Executive Chairman of the FIFA Foundation, where he combines his three passions: education, football, and working to forge a brighter future for young people. Author of Primer Tiempo, a book that shares his reflections on the presidency, he also leads the Macri Foundation, where he works on issues for the future of Argentina: education, innovation with social impact; and the environment.

Macri has received the Collar of the Order of Isabel la Católica, granted by King Felipe VI of Spain; the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, awarded by France; Knight with Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; and the Grand Cross of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, among other international distinctions. In 2019, he was awarded the “Living Football Award” by FIFA, given to outstanding figures for their actions in the development of soccer. He holds a degree in civil engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and attended Columbia University for business school.

Raúl Melara Morán

His Excellency Raúl Melara Morán served as Attorney General of the Republic of El Salvador from 2019 to 2021.  In that role, he was constitutionally charged with defending the interests of the state and society.  Prior to that, he served as Alternate Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice (one of the highest judicial positions in the country) and Executive Director of the National Association of Private Enterprise (the largest and most prestigious business association in El Salvador).

Melara’s experiences in the public and private sectors have allowed him to understand the social and political panorama of Central America in a comprehensive manner, with a particular emphasis on the importance of the rule of law in the region.  During his time as Attorney General, he focused on the development of sustainable projects with high national impact, such as the fight against organized crime, disappearances, and corruption; the mitigation of forced migration; and the attention to vulnerable sectors of society.  He also has worked on the development of programs for micro, small, and medium entrepreneurs; violence prevention; and the elimination of child labor, among other social programs.

Melara holds multiple degrees in law, including a Doctorate in Law and Masters in Legal Research from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), a Masters in Telecommunications Law and Information Technology from Comillas Pontifical University, ICADE (Spain), and a Doctorate in Private Law and Bachelor in Law from Dr. José Matías Delgado University (El Salvador).

Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz

His Excellency Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz began his political career at the age of 22 when he was elected Councilor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Santiago.  He later served as Congressman for sixteen years in the Chilean National Congress and became President of the Chamber of Deputies.  Most recently, he served as Minister of Labor and Social Security (2018-2019) and Ambassador of Chile in Argentina (2019-2022).

Monckeberg is the author of several bills, including one that extended maternity protection to women in Chile and one that implemented regulations for working hours in commerce.  As Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, he promoted educational programs and lectures in Chilean prisons, and championed several inclusion initiatives, such as the integration of people with down syndrome into the Chamber.

Monckeberg was recognized by his peers in Congress as the best prosecutor, and was nominated as one of the 100 Global Young Leaders by the World Economic Forum.  He has published three books: La Niña del Carretón, Parliamentary Annotations of Labor Reform and most recently, the social novel 25 years and One day.

Monckeberg holds a Doctorate in Public Governance from the University of Salamanca, Spain.  He is married to journalist and singer Isabel Margarita Cruz. They have three daughters and one son, with whom he shares his hobby for singing, the outdoor sports, and soccer.

Loretta Sánchez

The Honorable Loretta Sánchez served for two decades, from 1997 until 2017, as a member of the United States Congress, representing Orange County, CA.  She was a member of several key Congressional Committees, including Armed Services, Homeland Security, Education and Labor, and the Joint Economic Committee of the Senate and House.  She also served as Chairwoman of several subcommittees, including Border and Maritime Security, Land and Air Tactical, Strategic Forces, and Emerging Threats and Capabilities.  In those roles, she negotiated budgets, provided oversight of agencies and programs, and assisted in developing policies associated with treaties.  She is a recognized leader in international affairs, national security, counterterrorism, and nuclear proliferation/nonproliferation matters.

Sanchez led efforts on educational attainment for all, small business regulatory reform, healthcare initiatives, and technology innovation.  She funded the expansion of preschool programs for children, championed the construction of the largest water recycling project in the world (in Orange County), and directed research funding to universities in her area to help develop a BioMed industry.  As a 2018 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, she developed a business model to increase the supply of affordable housing in Southern California through vocational training of “second chance” young adults to build Auxiliary Dwelling Units.

Sanchez holds a BSBA in Economics from Chapman University, where she is a Trustee, and an MBA from The Kogod Business School at American University.  She sits on various corporate and non-profit boards and consults to many international clients.  She speaks several languages and has lived in different countries around the world.

Fall 2021 Senior Leadership Fellows

Lenín Moreno Garcés

Lenín Moreno GarcésHis Excellency Lenín Moreno Garcés is an Ecuadorian politician, disabilities advocate, and author. He served as the 46th President of the Republic of Ecuador from May 2017 to May 2021. Prior to his election as President, he served as Vice President from 2007 to 2013, receiving international recognition for his support of policies that improved the lives of people with disabilities in Ecuador. For that work, he was nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize and was appointed in 2013 as Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility by the United Nations Secretary General.

An avowed Democratic Socialist for most of his life, Moreno drastically shifted his political and policy outlook when he became President and faced the realities of governing, distancing himself from his predecessor’s Socialist legacy and making neoliberal changes to both domestic and foreign policy and implementing free market reforms.

Moreno is a prolific writer, commentator, and author of several books on the theory of humor. He has won numerous national and international awards for his advocacy work. He holds a degree in Public Administration from the Central University of Ecuador and various honorary degrees from universities around the world.

Francisco Santos Calderón

Francisco Santos CalderónHis Excellency Francisco Santos Calderón is a Colombian politician, human rights advocate, and journalist. He was elected Vice President of the Republic of Colombia in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. As Vice President, Santos led Colombia’s international promotion of trade, investment, and tourism, and promoted policies to combat corruption, extortion, and kidnapping. He also served as Colombian Ambassador to the United States from September 2018 until July 2021.

In 1990, Santos was kidnapped by the Medellín Cartel. He was released after eight months in captivity and went on to become an effective advocate for human rights in Colombia, creating the world’s first NGO dedicated to fighting kidnapping, Fundación País Libre (Free Country Foundation). Santos promoted the Anti-Kidnapping Statute, the only law enacted by public petition via signature collection in Colombia. He is also an outspoken advocate for democracy and civic engagement in Latin America and is the founder of Fundación Confianza Colombia (Trust Colombia Foundation).

Santos has held several editorial positions at major newspapers in Colombia and Spain. He completed studies at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies. He also completed a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-LehtinenThe Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is an American politician, consultant, and educator. She served for almost three decades, from 1989 until 2019, as a member of the United States Congress, representing South Florida. She was the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. She also served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was a member of the CIA Subcommittee and the National Security Agency and Cybersecurity Subcommittee.

In these roles, she led on pressing foreign policy issues, including championing the advancement of freedom, democracy, and capitalism around the world; fighting against tyranny and oppression, particularly in her native Cuba; combatting Islamist extremism and strengthening the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership; imposing sanctions on human rights violators; and supporting free trade agreements.

Ros-Lehtinen holds multiple degrees in Education, including a doctorate from the University of Miami, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Florida International University, and an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College. She began her career as a Florida certified teacher, and then founded and served as the principal of a private bilingual elementary school. She was the first Latina elected to the U.S. Congress, as well as to the State of Florida House of Representatives and Senate.