Board of Trustees

Alejandro Chafuen, Chairman

Dr. Alejandro Antonio Chafuen has been president and CEO of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation since 1991 and founder trustee of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research. Chafuen serves as trustee and on the advisory boards of several European and Latin American institutes.

He is a frequent commentator on economics, security, and strategic threats in Latin America, as well as on the relationship between economics and ethics, such as corporate social responsibility and corruption. He is the author of Faith and Liberty (Lexington Books, 2003) (Economía y Ética, RIALP), which has been published in different editions in Spain, Poland and Italy.

Chafuen serves on the board of the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, on the board of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also member of the advisory board of the Social Affairs Unit (U.K.) and since 1980, member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Chafuen is a Graduate of the Argentina Catholic University. He was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, the University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA.

Curriculum Vitae

Barry Conner

Barry Conner has championed a variety of think tank projects in different continents: from promoting Hernando de Soto’s The Mistery of Capital, to sponsoring international visits of institute leaders, to providing in-kind Web development assistance to think tanks.

A trustee of the Acton Institute and the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, Conner founded the succesful housing business, America’s Home Place. A comitted Christian, he seeks to use his talents and philanthropy to revolutionize education in the poorest regions of the world.

Valeriano Garcia

Dr. Valeriano F. Garcia resides both in Washington DC and in Santa Fe, Argentina. He studied at the National University of Tucuman and later graduated at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. Economics.) He is a specialist in monetary policy, exchange rates, capital markets and micro-finance.

He taught at the universities of Tucuman and Chile and at the “Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinomericanos”, Mexico. Founded and presided “Fundacion del Tucuman” contributing to the dissemination of ideas related to freedom. He was Principal Economists for the World Bank and later held the position of Executive Director representing Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Currently, he is a consultant with private corporations, the US Treasury, the World Bank and the Inter-American Bank. He provided economic counsel to most Latin American countries and worked on projects related to Liberia, Algiers, Sudan, Oman, Seychelles, Azerbaijan, and Lebanon. He has participated in numerous international conferences and published profusely in specialized journals.

His most important books include “El ABC de la Economia” and “Understanding Economic Policy and Political Economy”. Time permitting he enjoys his “Hobby Farm” in Santa Fe, Argentina.

Short Bio in Spanish

Curriculum Vitae

Giancarlo Ibargüen

Giancarlo Ibárgüen S. is an entrepreneur and educator. Born in 1963. Married for 25 years with Isabel Dougherty de Ibárguen. Three children: Sofía (20), Sebastián (19), and Cristóbal (16).

B.S. in Electrical Engineering with honors from Texas A&M University (1985). Secretary General of Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM-Guatemala) from 1995 until 2003. President of UFM from 2003 to present. Member of the Board of Directors of UFM since 1992. Director of Centro Henry Hazlitt since 2005. Professor of economics at UFM. Member of the Board of Directors of Think Tank Centro de Estudios Económicos Sociales (CEES-Guatemala) from 1990 to date. Vice President (2005-2006) and President (2006-2007) of The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE-USA). Member of the Board of Directors (2007- ) of Liberty Fund (Indianapolis, Indiana). Trustee-elect of The Philadelphia Society (2008). Chairman of the 2006 Organizing Committee for the General Meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society in Guatemala. Member of the Board of Advisors of the student organization AIESEC from 2005 to present. Financial advisor to various industrial, commercial and software companies. Advisor to Microsoft’s Partners in Learning CCA (2006-2008). Currently serves in the Board of Directors of Samboro, S.A. (a ceramic tile manufacturer), Glifos (a library, media and enterprise content management software developer), Belluno, S.A. (a restaurant franchisor), and Algodón Superior (a manufacturer of absorbent cotton).

His articles on economics and telecommunications have been published by Review of Law & Economics (US), Libertas (Argentina), Telecommunications Policy (Great Britain), the website of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) eLibrary. Contributor to the book “¡La Privatización: una oportunidad!” (CEES, 1992). Occasional collaborator for the monthly pamphlet Tópicos de Actualidad published by CEES. Occasional columnist MONEDA. His editorials have been published Siglo XXI, The Wall Street Journal and other international publications. Author of the basic memorandum used for the elaboration of Title IV of Guatemala’s 1996 Telecommunications Law concerning radio spectrum allocation and markets. Published the book in 2000 Los ensayos de Warren Buffett: Lecciones para inversionistas y gerentes by Lawerence A. Cunningham. Has organized colloquiums in Guatemala for Liberty Fund (Indianapolis, Indiana) about technology, patents, private property, Don Quixote, Robert Nozick, and Adam Smith.

Member of the Mont Pelerin Society, The Philadelphia Society, the Board of Trustees of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and the Advisory Board of the Society for Philosophical Inquiry.

Jon Basil Utley, Treasurer / Secretary

Mr. Jon Basil Utley is a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Mises Institute. He is the Chairman and editor of Americans Against Bombing.

He is listed in Who’s Who in the World & Who’s Who in America. He was for 20 years a commentator on the Voice of America about 3rd world economic issues. He has served on the advisory board or Board of Directors of many conservative organizations including Reason Foundation, Accuracy in Media, Council for Inter-American Security, Conservative Caucus, etc.

He has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Washington Times, Insight, National Review, Human Events, Miami Herald, etc. He lived for 15 years in South America and was a foreign correspondent for the Journal of Commerce and Knight Ridder Newspapers. Later in Washington he was Associate Editor of THE TIMES OF THE AMERICAS, covering Latin America. He also had wide experience in the business world, having started out with American International Group (insurance) working in Cuba and Colombia; then in the investment business in Peru, in oil well development in Pennsylvania, and real estate development in Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, also with language studies at the University of Munich, University of Freiburg, and Alliance Francaise, Paris, and New School in N.Y. (Spanish), and Norwich University (Russian). He speaks 4 languages.

Recent writings by Jon B. Utley: