VII International Workshop: Leadership, Virtue & Citizen Participation

On April 8, 2012, HACER will welcome a unique selection of civil society leaders, activists and opinion makers from Latin America, who will take part in the seventh edition of our prestigious International Workshop on “Leadership, Virtue & Citizen Participation” in Washington DC.

During our 5-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

• Analyze and discuss the most current public policy issues in the Americas.

• Learn about the main challenges of the region’s relations with the United States and the world.

• Visit the main ally think tanks in Washington DC, to meet their representatives, learn about their main programs and the different ways that we contribute to the cause of freedom and democracy around the world.


A selection of prominent public policy analysts in Washington DC and the Americas, including:

Maria Eugenia Angarita-Troillard, owner and consultant of Angarita Consulting Services, LLC based in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1999 she has worked as a volunteer helping people in Venezuela restoring democracy and to that end she actively networks with approximately 68 journalists nationwide. She is the writer and owner of the blog Maru Angarita (www.maruangarita.blogspot.com) where she posts updates on the political situation in Venezuela. She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management at the University of Maryland University College and received her Bachelor of Arts in French and Photojournalism from the University of Kansas in 1984. Ms. Angarita-Troillard served in the 1990s as the volunteer VP of Fundacion Zooamigos in Venezuela. She was recognized in 2009 by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of civil rights advocacy.

Alejandro Arbeláez Arango, Ph.D in Constitutional Law, with post-graduate study in Economics, Finance, Public Administration and Political Science. Dr. Arbeláez is originally from Medellin, Colombia, and has previously served as Vice Minister of Defense, an Advisor to the Colombian President, and governor of the State of Arauca, among other positions. He is currently a professor on National Security Affairs at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) of the National Defense University in Washington DC. His investigative and teaching activities are centered on topics including Democratic Governance, Protection of Fundamental Human Rights, and the Design and Implementation of Public Policy.

Eneas Biglione, Executive Director of HACER in Washington DC. He is a CPA from Argentina, graduated at the Argentine Catholic University. He has an associate degree in liberal arts with a major in International Studies (Cum Laude) and an associate degree in sciences with a major in General Studies (Cum Laude) from the Northern Virginia Community College of Annandale, Virginia. He has a postgraduate degree on Latin American Law & Economics certified by Corporate Training and George Mason University of Virginia. On April 2011, Eneas Biglione was presented with the “Libertas 2011 Award” of the Centro para la Libertad y el Desarrollo (CLD) and the Club Empresarial of Lima, Peru. On April 2010 he was presented with the “Global Leadership Award” an award granted jointly by the Leadership Institute, the Bow Group and the World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society in Crowthorne, Berkshire, United Kingdom. On April 2009, he was presented with the “Leadership Award” of Fundación Jóvenes Líderes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Iván Duque Márquez is currently the Chief of the Cultural, Solidarity and Creative Affairs division of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been advisor of the Political Affairs Department at the United Nations for the Palmer-Uribe Commission (2010-2011), Senior Counselor for Colombia and Ecuador for the Inter-American Development Bank (2001-2010), Advisor of the Financial Minister of Colombia (2000-2001), private consultant and university professor, teaching Public Administration, Management and Constitutional Law. He is the author of “Maquiavelo en Colombia” and “Pecados Monetarios”, and a frequent columnist of the financial newspaper Portafolio since 2003. He studied Law at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda, he has a Master Degree in International Bussiness Law at the American University, a Master Degree in Public Administration at the Georgetown University and other executive degrees of the Harvard Bussiness School.

Bettina Horst Von Thadden, former deputy director of Libertad y Desarrollo, a leading Latin American free-market think tank based in Santiago, Chile. She was also the former Chief of the Monetary Area at the Research Department of the Central Bank in Chile. She has a Master of Arts in Economic/Public Policy from the Universidad Catolica de Chile. She is among the 100 most influential women in Chile. She is currently a Senior Fellow of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington DC.

Jon Basil Utley, President of the Freda Utley Foundation and a Trustee of HACER in Washington DC. He is a Senior Fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the Mises Institute. 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, and the Conservative Caucus. 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.

For more information:

Brochure in Spanish 

Event photo album: here