Gustavo Ripoll

President

Vice President of Sales for Central America and Caribbean at Dell - DELL 

With a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Universidad de Belgrano, Gustavo has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He began his career in Harteneck Lopez and Co. (Coopers & Lybrand) in the consulting department, becoming a partner of the firm in 1998. Following the merger with Price Waterhouse, he became partner of the firm PricewatrehouseCoopers. 

In 2003, he became Director of Public Sector for the South Cone (Cono Sur) at Microsoft. The following year he served as Country Manager for Argentina and Uruguay. Simultaneously, from 2007 he served as President of the Institute for Business Development of Argentina (IDEA) for 4 years and board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina (AmCham). He holds an Executive MBA from the University Torcuato Di Tella. 


He begins his career at Dell in 2008 when he joined the company as Country Manager for Argentina, Paraguay & Uruguay.

In 2013 he became General Manager for Dell Panama, which supports more than 40 business units, and the role of Executive Director for the NoLA region (North of Latin America).

Miguel Bolinaga

Vice President

President - AES Panamá

Miguel Bolinaga is responsible for the country’s largest electricity operation with 777 MW total installed capacity. Before his appointment in Panama, Miguel served as Commercial Corporate Director and later as Electric Market and External Relations Vice-president in AES El Salvador, which holds 80% market share. Previously, in La Electricidad de Caracas, from 2002 to 2007, Miguel managed 25 commercial offices with 300 points of purchase, online payments, and an in-house call center with more than 300,000 monthly calls and organized the infrastructure required for the ISO 9001-2000 certification. Miguel has been chairman of the Energy Committee of AMCHAM in El Salvador, Secretary Vicepresident for Central America and the Caribbean Regional Committee for the Regional Energy Integration Committee (CECACIER), and member of the board of the Energy Transactions Unit, El Salvador’s energy wholesale market administrator. Miguel served at the Venezuelan Armed Forces reaching the Lieutenant rank. He earned degrees in Administration and Logistics from the Venezuelan Naval School, Systems Engineering from the Venezuelan Armed Forces Institute and a master’s in Information Systems Development from Universidad Simón Bolívar, in Venezuela.

Dacil Acevedo

Secretary

Partner -Consultant - Sinergia Development, S.A.  

Senior Consultant on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). With 18 years of international and national experience advising private and public sector, as well as profit and nonprofit organizations. She helped to create the AMCHAM Good Corporate Citizen Award and was the AMCHAM CSR Committee Chairperson in year 2011. In USA, she has been invited as Latin American professor/researcher with Thunderbird Business School and the Washington University in St. Louis. She has been certified as CSR consultant by the Global Compact, INCAE Business School, The Cornell University and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She was the Director for Latin America at the global board of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the period 2011-2013 and is since 2014 the General Director (ad honorem) of the recently launched Latin American Centre for Volunteering based at the City of Knowledge.

Juan Antonio Fábrega

Treasurer

VP Corporate Affairs - Cervecería Nacional, S.A. 

Graduated from the University of Notre Dame. South Bend, Indiana USA, BS in Mechanical Engineering, 1975, Cervecería Nacional SA Vice President Corporate Affairs in 2010 Commercial Vice President since January 2004-2010 Commercial Vice President, Beers from January 2002 to January 2004 Marketing Manager, Beers from September 1996 to December 2002 Refreshments manager since January 1990 August 1996

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Board Member of the Union of Industrialists of Panama, Advisor to the President of Board of Apede and Board Member of ANDA (National Association of Advertisers)

Romy Karyna Aued

Director

Regional Marketing Manager - TECNASA 

With over 13 years of experience in the technology and telecommunication industries, Romy is part of the Board of Directors and the Regional Marketing Manager of TECNASA, a leading company in high tech solutions that specializes in the integration of computer systems, communication and networks solutions, and financial and commercial systems. Romy has been an active member of AmCham since 1999, and has been in the Board of Directors for more than five years, leading several committees.  Romy is an alumna of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States, and post graduate studies at INCAE Business School in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Aristides Chiriatti

Director

General Manager - Colon Import & Export, S.A. 

Aristides has recently joined Colon Import and Export after more than 17 years of experience working in the Petroleum Industry with Chevron.

Now Aristides is in charge of a family company with more than 100 years of operation in Panama. Presently it operates in the Colon Free Zone with more than 60,000 square meters of Distribution Centers with world-class infrastructure and technology. Their customers are Top Fortune 500 companies and are mainly focused in Pharmaceuticals, High Tech, Consumer Goods and Agrochemicals.  

Aristides graduated from Albert Einstein University in El Salvador in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and holds a Master of Business Administration from the ISEADE/Anahuac School of Economy of Mexico. 

Aristides has been on the Board of Directors of AmCham for two years, having served as Secretary in 2015.  He was re-elected to a second two-year term for the 2016-17 period.

Marcelo Gorrini

Director

Executive Director - Citi Panama

Marcelo Gorrini has served 23 years at Citi and has been Citi´s Country Officer and Executive Director of Citi Panama since 2015. He started his career at Citi Argentina in 1993 and was the Vice President of Sales and Services for the consumer banking area. In 2000, he took office as the Director of Consumer Banking in Bolivia, a position he also held in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia and Argentina. He was subsequently appointed Executive Director and Citi Country Officer for Citi Costa Rica and since January 2015, for Panama.

Marcelo has a CPA degree from Universidad Austral de Argentina, post-graduate studies of the Kellog Graduate School of Management of the North Western University, and a master's degree in Human Resources from Universidad Católica de Salta in Argentina.

Luis H. Moreno IV

Director

Associate Attorney - Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramirez (AFRA)

Specialized in Administrative, Transportation, Telecommunications, Construction and Energy Law. Bachelor´s Degree in Law and Political Science - USMA 2009, LL.M Master of Laws - Duke University 2010, Master´s Degree in Taxation and Fiscal Management - UNESCPA 2013, MBA for Laws Firms - ISDE 2015.

Luis H. Moreno IV served as the Chair of the Legislation and Tax Committee in 2015 and 2016, and was Vice Chair of the same Committee in 2014. He is also a member of the Amcham Membership Committee.

Roberto Pereira

Director

Commercial Manager - London & Regional Panama, S.A. 

Senior executive with 20 years of experience in sales and management positions.  In charge of Commercial Leasing for a $705 Million development project (Panama Pacifico).  Lead the commercial team responsible for contacting new leads, sales follow-ups, writing new proposals, financial analysis, contract negotiations and deal closings.  Support the Marketing Department with Project presentations to various types of businesses and industry organizations and expositions in Latin America. 

EDUCATION: Loyola University - New Orleans, LA Master in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance May 1999, Member of the National Jesuit Honor Society. Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY Bachelor in Science, Marketing, Minor in Technical Communications, Dean’s List.

Freddy Rodriguez

Director

General Manager - United Airlines Panama

Freddy Rodriguez was born in New York, USA, and has an engineering degree in Computer Science from APEC University and a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the INTEC University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

After having worked for Hewlett-Packard, he began his career in the aviation sector 20 years ago, as Sales Representative for Continental Airlines in the Dominican Republic.  He was later promoted to Sales Manager.

Freddy has been Sales Manager and General Manager for Continental Airlines covering the Caribbean, including Bermuda, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Saint Marteen, Antigua, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Trinidad and Haiti.

As of November, 2011, he has occupied the position of General Manager for Panama, of United Airlines as a result of the fusion of Continental and United Airlines.

Ramon Roux

Director

CEO - CBRE Panamá

Mr. Roux has over 30 years of experience in real estate, specializing in different areas of the industry ranging from effective management of corporate services, commercial, residential and industrial transactions. He is a key advisor in our company main business lines (Appraisals, Feasibility Studies, Real Estate Consulting, LEED Consulting and Project and Property Management), directing and generating new business opportunities locally, regionally and internationally.

Mr. Roux is an active member of the community, been part of several business and communities organizations, such as ACOBIR, CAPAC, CCIAP, APEDE, SIP and has been part of AMCHAM for over 15 years and was a founding member of the Real Estate committee.

EDUCATION: BS in Accounting and Economics, Tulane University, USA. and MBA, University of Louisville, USA.

Amanda Barraza de Wong

Director

Associate - Morgan & Morgan

Amanda Barraza de Wong is an Associate at Morgan & Morgan. She started career as Legal Counsel for the senior office of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and the Department of Revenue, later developing her practice as Tax and Legal Manager of major international audit firms.  She currently teaches at the Universidad Catolica Santa Maria La Antigua.  Amanda is member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and active member of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama where she has chaired the Tax & Legal Committee for several years.

Thomas Kenna

AACCLA Chair

President - Panama Canal Railway Company

Thomas Kenna served as the President of AmCham Panama in 2008-2009.  He is currently the President of the Panama Canal Railway Company and Chair of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA).  Thomas has 25 years of senior level experience in the management of activities related to the maritime and international multimodal transportation industries. He has worked in high-level managerial positions for Hapag-Lloyd; CMA-CGM; and other major shipping lines in Panama.  Thomas was President of the Maritime Chamber of Panama from 2003-2005.

Luis Laguerre

AACCLA VICE CHAIR

Tax Partner - KPMG Panama

For more than 30 years, he has provided advice in tax accounting to companies from various industries, as well as natural persons. He has gained experience in international transactions involving Panamanian tax structures. He has also participated in tax planning contracts for multinational clients as well as for local groups.

From 2009 to 2012 he served as Chief Negotiator for the Republic of Panama for the signing of double taxation agreements with Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Singapore, North Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, among others.

He is a member of the Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA) and of the Technical and Accounting Board, an entity attached to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. He was President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Certified Public Accountants of Panama for the years 2003 to 2005. He is also an individual member of the Interamerican Accounting Association (IAA). In 2015, the IAA awarded him the Diploma of Honor for Professional Merit. Currently, he is a member of the Interamerican Tax Commission of the IAA.

In 2012, he was president of AMCHAM.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Universidad Santa María La Antigua and holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología.

John Coronado

Senior Commercial Counselor

John Coronado is the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Panama, where his duties focus on promoting U.S. exports to the Panamanian market and serving as advisor to the Ambassador on trade-related issues.  Prior to Panama John completed a domestic assignment at the U.S. Department of Commerce office in Chicago.  His previous assignments include Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in London, UK (2007-2011) and Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel (2004-2007).  John began his career at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1998-2004.  

John is a native Californian. He completed his studies at the University of the Pacific in California and the University of Granada in Spain, as well coursework in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He speaks Spanish and French.