LAM 2015-2016 BOARD
Manuel Aragonés (Deputy Secretary)
Manuel Aragonés Mora is a Master of Public Policy Student at the University of Chicago (Harris School of Public Policy) where he was awarded the Chicago Fellowship Mexico. Manuel holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Before joining Harris, he was Manager for Strategic Initiatives at Infonavit. Infonavit is the largest social mortgage issuer in Latin America and the largest pension fund manager in Mexico. There, he conducted a review of housing policy in Mexico in conjunction with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and participated in the design of Infonavit’s new strategy to promote a more sustainable housing policy and increase the return to the workers’ pension fund. Prior to Infonavit, Mr. Aragonés was a Sr. Consultant at De la Calle Madrazo Mancera (CMM) a boutique consultancy firm in public issues and economic affairs where he led the efforts to determine the strategy for successful implementation of the largest infrastructure project in Mexican history, he also conducted economic analysis for high impact antitrust and merger cases in Mexico and performed quantitative, qualitative and data analysis for Federal and State level governments. Finally, Manuel also served as Head of Research for Hill and Knowlton in Latin America while CMM oversaw the firm's operations in that region.
Daniel is a second year MPP student, focusing on Local Finances and Economic Development. He is a Lawyer from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, admitted to Bar in Colombia since 2006, and also holds a Post Graduate degree in Political Marketing and Public Opinion. He has worked with his country's Government and the Private Sector. During his work with the government he was the Main Political Advisor for the Minister of Economic Development and had previously worked as an Advisor for the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. He was in charge also of a Lobby Company that helped private companies to learn how to be part of the development of Colombia, while carrying out their economic purpose. He has experience in public relations, and the promotion and design of public policies.
Carolina is a Peruvian Fulbright and JJ/World Bank Scholar at Harris. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). She has focused her career on antitrust and competition analysis, economic and social regulation of markets, and WTO issues (technical barriers to trade, trade remedies and FTA negotiations); from the private, public and non-profit sectors. In particular, since 2012 until she joined Harris, she worked as a Public Policy Analyst at the General Directorate of International Economic Affairs, Competition and Productivity of the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Peru, in charge, among others, of the Peruvian regulatory reform process, introducing Good Regulatory Practices in the Peruvian public sector.
Career and Alumni Relations
Diego Castillo is a Mexican economist with international work experience in the energy and environment sectors. Having completed his bachelor’s degree at Tec de Monterrey, he moved to Madrid to work for a German Business Consulting firm exclusively dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Following his time in Madrid, he joined a non-profit in Washington DC to work on energy and environmental policy for Latin American governments. Diego currently co-owns a Solar Project development company in Mexico focused on utility-scale Photovoltaic projects and seeks to specialize his Public Policy Degree at University of Chicago in Energy and Environmental Policy.
Internal Relations, Media & Communications
Sebastián Rivas is a Chilean journalist that has covered politics, education, transparency and international issues. He has worked the last four years in Qué Pasa, the leading weekly magazine in Chile, and prior to that he was at El Mercurio newspaper. Recently, he covered the Chilean presidential election of 2013, but his interests are wider than just politics: he came to Harris because he thinks that journalism has a pretty good intersection with public policy, and that knowledge can improve the rigor and the level of analysis at the media. He is a LAM board member because he really thinks that Latin America has an enormous potential and that we all should work together to achieve better things for our countries.