LUIS HENRIQUE BALL
Mr. Ball was born in Caracas Venezuela. He attended high School in the United States and is an alumnus (B.S. in Managerial Economics) of Carnegie-Mellon University of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and holds an advanced degree from I.E.S.A. in Caracas.
Currently Mr. Ball is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GrupoCiencia and Allegheny Medical Systems LLC, Boca Raton, Florida based companies that are engaged in distribution of high-tech medical devices in a dozen Latin American countries. He is also the Founder, Publisher and Owner of panampost.com, an online bi-lingual publication dedicated to news and opinion about the Americas. The PanAm Post has been certified by Google and Alexa.com as one of the top websites of its kind worldwide.
Mr. Ball is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and of the Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Florida. He is also a long time member of the Latin American Business Council (CEAL). Mr. Ball also serves on the Board of Advisers of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington DC and on the Business Advisory Council of the Fundación Internacional para La Libertad (FIL), chaired by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Mr. Ball is also a Director of Telares de Palo Grande, a textile company listed in the Caracas exchange. He is a member of the World’s Presidents Organization (WPO) and was a member for 20 years of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He served on the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall, the prestigious secondary school in Connecticut, from 2006 to 2012.
Mr. Ball was until recently a regular columnist of Venezuela’s leading daily newspaper, El Universal, and his articles occasionally appeared at various newspapers in several Latin American countries.
During 1996-1999 Mr. Ball was also one of the four private sector members of the Tripartite Commission, with the Venezuelan government and the Labor Unions, that reformed the country’s labor and Social Security legislation along reforms inspired by Chile. Mr. Ball chaired the healthcare sub-committee. This legislation was later annulled by the Chavez Government.
Mr. Ball was amongst Venezuela’s most vocal public critics of the new Venezuelan Constitution proposed (and now in force) by Hugo Chávez in 1999. At the time, Venezuela’s leading daily newspaper “El Universal” described Mr. Ball as the “mastermind” of the campaign against the approval of the new constitution in the referendum of December 15, 1999.
During the fall of 2001, Mr. Ball was named Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the first national work stoppage organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce jointly with the Federation of Trades Unions to protest against the autocratic tendencies of Hugo Chavez. In 2004 Mr. Ball was formally accused of “Civil Rebellion” and “Treason” by the National Prosecutor in Venezuela
Mr. Ball is past President of the U. S. - Venezuela Business Council – CEVEU - (2001-2003), of the Latin American Industrial Association (AILA) 1999-2000, and of the Venezuelan Federation of Industrialists (CONINDUSTRIA) 1997-1999. He was also Vice-President of the Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FEDECAMARAS) during the period 1995-1997, President of the Caracas Industrialists Chamber (1990 –1995), Vice-President of CEDICE, a Venezuelan free market think tank (1991-2001), and member of the Board of Directors of various corporations, including Venezuela’s largest insurance company. He was also a member of the Joint Japan – Venezuela Economic Committee (JAVEC).
Mr. Ball was also for many years a supporter of various institutions run by the Catholic Church in Venezuela, serving as Board Member of the Museum at the 435 year-old Cathedral of Caracas and of the Foundation for Ecclesiastic Education. He has also served in the Advisory Boards of various institutions of higher education in Venezuela, including the Institute for Advanced Management Studies (IESA) in Caracas, Mr. Ball was also Chairman (1997 – 2000) of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Industrial Education (FUNDEI) in Venezuela.