Invited Speakers

S. FITZGERALD HANEY

U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica

S. Fitzgerald Haney, an international businessman with many years of experience serving in senior-level marketing, financial services and manufacturing positions across Latin America, is a Principal and Director of Business Development and Client Service (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Pzena Investment Management, in New York City, a position he has held since 2007. Previously, Mr. Haney served as Senior Vice President of Ethnic Consumer Products at International Discount Telecommunications (IDT) in Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2007, Director of Strategic Planning at Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation in New York City from 2002 to 2006, Senior Associate at Israel Seed Partners in Jerusalem from 1999 to 2001 and Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning at Citibank in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico from 1997 to 1999.  He held various positions with PepsiCo Restaurants International from 1993 to 1997, including Marketing Director in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Senior Marketing Manager for Mexico and Central America in Mexico City, Mexico and Marketing Manager in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He was also Assistant Brand Manager at Procter and Gamble in San Juan, Puerto Rico and served as Appointed Member of the City of Englewood Planning Board and Board of Adjustment in Englewood, New Jersey. 

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ANA GABRIEL ZÚÑIGA APONTE

Viceministra of Costa Rica

Ana is the staff chief of the Presidential House of Costa Rica. In 2014 she became the President of the Board of Costa Rican Institute of Drugs and she represents the Ministry of the Presidency on the Board of the Council of Young People. She is in charge of indigenous agenda elaboration with indigenous groups and territories.

She is the official representative of Costa Rica in the Open Government Partnership and she leads the implementation of the Open Government National Strategy. As a Vice Minister in Citizen Dialogue her priority is to build an inclusive dynamic between Costa Rican Government and social groups, vulnerable populations, communal forces and active citizenship.

Before being Vice Minister she was an activist in different social groups such as student movements, human rights and she also participated in environmental organizations.
Graduated in Law, with emphasis in Environmental Law at Universidad de Costa Rica. She is also a student of Social Public Policies Master at Instituto Centroamericano de Administración Pública.

Monserrat Solano carboni

Ombudswoman of Costa Rica

Montserrat Solano Carboni, is the current Ombudswoman of Costa Rica, she has had a combined career in journalism and international law. After working for five years as a journalist in Grupo Nación S.A., mainly as lead judicial reporter in La Nación newspaper, she worked for the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (San José) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington, D.C.) on freedom of expression and democracy issues in Latin America. She has worked for the promotion of judicial independence for the International Bar Association (London), and as coordinator of the Judicial Accountability and Transparency program of Due Process of Law Foundation (Washington, D.C.). She served as Associate Situation Analyst of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (The Hague). She worked as an International expert on judicial matters for the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. She later worked as Permanent representative to the ICC for the International Federation for Himan Rights. On 9 September 201;, she was appointed National Ombudsperson of Costa Rica. Montserrat holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex (UK), and has participated in advanced courses on International Criminal, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard and Leiden. She has authored several publications on freedom of expression and the fight against judicial corruption.

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ANTONIO JIMÉNEZ

Founder of DataBaseAR.com, Former Executive Editor of AmeliaRueda.com

Antonio Jiménez runs DataBaseAR.com, a project focused on data-driven journalism, transparency and investigative reporting that was part of the more than one hundred news outlets that worked on #PanamaPapers, history’s biggest investigative journalistic effort.  Between 2008 and 2016 he was the top editor at AmeliaRueda.com, a multiplatform venture that has broken ground in digital storytelling and convergence across media platforms. In 2011 he was a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism, where he studied new uses of mobile technology for news innovation, production and distribution. In 2012 Mr. Jiménez was a Visiting Writer at the prestigious Nieman Journalism Lab (link) at Harvard University. He also has studied social media and English at Columbia University in New York. He started his career as a reporter at Costa Rica's daily La Nación.

Alberto mora RomÁN

Coordinator of the Informe Estado de la RegÍon. He holds a Masters in Development Policy from the University of Bremen (Germany) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Costa Rica. Since 1996, he has participated in the preparation and editing of Informe Estado de la RegÍon in Costa Rica.