Dr. Roberto Salinas León holds a B.A. in political economy, history and philosophy from Hillsdale College, Michigan; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University, Indiana. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Visiting Professor of Political Economy at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (1989-2002), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1989-1992) and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in Mexico City (since 2004). He was also a Visiting Professor of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala (1997). He is currently Senior Debate Fellow and Debate Lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute. He has organized a number of the most important policy and academic forums in the past 25 years in Mexico, including the annual Mexico roundtable of The Economist Group, which he directed from 1997 until 2009. He has published more than 2,000 editorials (English and Spanish) on public policy topics, including op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Commerce, Investor’s Business Daily, Barrons, and others. He was a weekly editorial columnist in El Economista, from 1993 to 2011 and now published occasional op-ed’s in different media outlets. He is an occasional commentator for CNN, CNN Latinamerica, CNCB, BBC, and others; and is a weekly commentator on economics and global finance in AND 40, in Mexico City. He has delivered over 900 lectures in Mexico and the U.S., Canada, several countries in Central and South America, and throughout Europe and Asia. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on three occasions – on NAFTA and free trade, structural reform in Mexico, and monetary and exchange rate policy.
Rocio Guijarro is the General Manager of CEDICE. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master’s Degree in Enterprise Management from the Central University of Venezuela. She also has course specialization in Think Tank Management, from Atlas Economic Research Foundation; Advanced Management Program, from Instituto de Estudios Avanzados IESA; Business Organization Management (ILGO), from Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE); and Management of Non-Profit Organizations, from International Visitors Programs, from United States Information Agency (USIA).
Moderator: Rómulo López is an economist from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and holds a M.A. in business from ITESM Monterrey (Mexico). Originally from Guayaquil, he is a proud husband and father. A technology enthusiast, Rómulo has held several positions at Atlas Network since 2001. Rómulo is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.