LIBERTY AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Headquartered in Guatemala City, the Liberty and Development Foundation is a private and proactive, independent thinking center which is dedicated to the study and analysis of social, financial and political topics aimed to promote values and principles for a free society.
Businessman, sociologist and communicator with a Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Science. Dionisio Gutiérrez is a member of various worldwide academic committees such as the Latin American Council of Georgetown University and the Board of the Kennedy School of Harvard. An important part of his trajectory includes having been president of Cámara de Libre Empresa and general manager of the well-known analysis, proposal and debate television program, Libre Encuentro (Free Encounter). Dr. Gutiérrez was also corporate president of Corporación Multi-Inversiones for more than 30 years and is firmly committed with the development of Guatemala and the region.
Paul Boteo studied Economics with specialization in Finances at Franscisco Marroquín University. Additionally, he studied a Master in Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and completed the seminar on Management in Business Organizations from INCAE. Paul is a college professor and his fields of interest are economic growth, inequality and poverty, as well as, Central Banking and public finances. He is a columnist at El Periódico, as a member of the Sociedad de Plumas. He believes that the exercise of debating has the power to transform countries.
Luis Miguel Reyes graduated as a social communicator with specialization in Communication for Development from Rafael Landívar University. He has a Master´s Degree on Development with specialization in Local Development from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Master’s Degree on Public Administration and Leadership from Escuela de Gobierno Guatemala. He has worked as a college professor and in development projects for non-governmental organizations, external cooperation and public institutions. He is interested in politics, human development and the production of audiovisual material as educational tools.
From a very early age, Edgar Ortiz became interested in law. This motivated him to start a journey from his birthplace, Cobán, to the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City where he obtained a degree in Legal and Social Sciences. His curiosity for the convergence between politics and economy took him to Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain where he obtained a Master's Degree in Economy from the Austrian School. Currently, he is engaged in a multidisciplinary routine that involves political analysis in mass media, lectures and university teaching.
Laysa Palomo is a social communicator graduated from Universidad Rafael Landívar. Her work experience has focused in digital communication, public relations, institutional communication and multimedia production. She is aware of the challenges that her generation faces to make changes in her country, therefore, she actively participates in youth organizations, such as the Global Shapers and Red Guatemalteca para Ciudades Sustentables (Guatemalan Network for Sustainable Cities).
Phillip Chicola has a degree in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in Management of Entrepreneurial Organizations from the INCAE Business School in San José, Costa Rica. He obtained a Diploma in Strategic Intelligence from Secretaría de Análisis Estratégico in Guatemala. He has worked as director at Unidad de Gestión Pública (Public Management Unit) of CACIF and as a head professor in Instituto de Estudios Políticos at Francisco Marroquín University. He is a columnist in El Periodico and a political analyst in mass media.
Hugo Bacilio is in love with Guatemala. He has been an editor and a television cameraman since 1997. He has worked as theme coordinator in the radio, participated in various news broadcasts, in the TV program Libre Encuentro (Free Encounter) and as an independent audiovisual producer
Alfredo Castellanos is a producer and editor. He has studied digital television and media production at Universidad Galileo. His experience involves working as a transmission operator, creative editor, and editing chief. Subsequently, he participated in the Caos Media film production company. His interests include animation, production, and audiovisual material management. He believes that his passion for the production of audiovisuals is strategic in the educational efforts in Guatemala.