Annual Democracy Forum speakers bios
Walter Albán, Executive Director of Proética (Peru)
Albán was Peru’s Ombudsman between 2000 and 2005 and the Minister of the Interior during the government of Ollanta Humala. Previously, he served as the Ambassador of Peru before the Organization of American States. Between 1992 and 1995, Albán worked as a lawyer and researcher of the Andean Commission of Jurists, where he also held the position of Deputy Director. The National Coordinator of Human Rights of Peru, the Peruvian Section of Amnesty International and the Congress of the Republic, among others, have recognized Albán for his career in the defense of human rights in Peru.
Roque Benavides, President of the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (Peru)
Benavides has been Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Manager of the Mining Company Buenaventura since 2001. From 1992–1995, he was President of the National Mining, Petroleum and Energy Society, Director of Banco de Credito del Peru, Director of Sociedad Minera El Brocal S.A.A. and Director of Unión Andina de Cementos, among other companies.
Eduardo Engel, Former President of the Presidential Advisory Council against conflicts of interest, influence peddling and corruption (Chile)
As well the Presidential Advisory Council, Eduardo was the President of the Public Space Foundation, where he now directs the Anti-Corruption Program. After finishing these two presidencies, Engel has contributed to promote the probity and transparency agenda that followed the Council's report and that has resulted in the promulgation of a dozen projects of law. For this work he won the Chile Transparente, Monetary Club and Defense of Liberties awards during 2015 and 2016. Engel is a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences and chaired the Association of Latin American and Caribbean Economists between 2014 and 2015. He has also published extensively in the areas of macroeconomics, public finance and regulation.
Daniel Freund, Head of Promotion of Integrity of Transparency International in the European Union. (Belgium)
Freund is responsible for EU Integrity Watch, as well as work on legislative transparency, conflicts of interest, lobbying, revolving doors and the legislative footprint. He also oversees the work of European Economic Governance. Prior to this, Freund was a political adviser on constitutional and legal issues in the European Parliament. He has held positions in the German Foreign Ministry, the EU Delegation in Hong Kong, Deloitte Consulting and the French National School of Management. He has specializations in Public Affairs, Political Sciences, Economics and Law, and International Relations.
Carmen Masías, Director of the Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Peru)
Masías has more than 30 years of experience in anti-drug issues at the Center for Information and Education for the Prevention of Drug Abuse. Among other positions, she was a member of the Coordinating Board of the Ibero-American Network of NGOs that work in Drug Addiction and in charge of the Andean Node (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). She has conducted studies for USAID and the Outreach Program among NGOs of the Americas and the Caribbean (in Lima and Havana). She was also a Consultant in the Curricular Development Program in Population Education in Peru (with the Ministry of Education).
Jorge Medina, President of Proética (Peru)
Medina is a member of the Civil Association Transparencia and of the advisory councils of the Graduate School of the University of the Pacific, the Faculty of Management and Senior Management of the Catholic University, and the School of Administration and Finance of the UPC. He was Chairman and CEO of EY and Regional Managing Partner of EY for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. He has been president of the Peruvian Institute of Independent Auditors, member of the executive councils of the National Confederation of Private Business INstitutions, Business Action from the Peruvian Institute for Business Administration, and Peru 2021, among other organizations. He was part of the Presidential Integrity Commission, appointed by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. In addition, he is a columnist for the newspaper El Comercio and other media outlets.
Yván Montoya, Former Head of the Extradition Unit of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office (Peru)
A Doctor of Criminal Law, Montoya is a specialist in crimes against public administration and crimes against human rights. He is also an advisor to the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a professor at the Law Department of the same university.
Andrea Murta, Director of JOTA Business US (Brazil)
Murta is a certified specialist in financial crimes and the director of JOTA Business US, leading the North America portfolio of the Brazilian media & research company. Prior to this, she spent two years as the Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Latin America at the Atlantic Council, a think tank from Washington, D.C. She joined the Atlantic Council Risk from Advisory Group, where she headed the Business Intelligence Division of the Americas. In the private sector, she also worked in the corporate intelligence unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, DC. Murta also has a decade of experience as a journalist, writing about political and economic issues in the US and emerging markets, most recently as a correspondent of Brazil's leading newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, in Washington and New York.
Pepi Patrón, Vice-Rector of Research of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and principal investigator of Agenda Peru. (Peru)
Patrón has a Doctor and Master of Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). She is also an international consultant on gender issues and citizen participation in development projects and a member of the Council of Eminent Persons of the Chief Economist of the World Bank. From 2002–2010, Patrón was the President of the Civil Association Transparencia. From 1999–2001, she was a World Bank official in the Resident Mission in Asunción. She has published several articles in specialized academic journals on topics of hermeneutics, practical philosophy, political philosophy, human development and gender.
Ambassador Antonio García Revilla, General Director of the Directorate for Multilateral and Global Affairs (Peru)
Revilla is a professional diplomat, currently working as General Director of the Directorate for Multilateral and Global Affairs. He is the National Coordinator for the VIII Summit of the Americas which will take place in Lima, on next year’s April. Revilla is also a temporary Titular Representative for the Multisector Work Group, in charge of generating technical information to guide the implementation of the contributions determined and planned on a national level before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Rafael Roncagliolo, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru (Peru)
Between 2015 and 2016, Roncagliolo was the Ambassador of Peru in Spain. Prior to this, he was a consultant for the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, UNESCO, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Cartagena Agreement Board, the Latin American Economic System, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and the National Democratic Institute. He was also the Head of Mission for Peru of International IDEA and co-founder of the Civil Association Transparencia. Between 1995 and 1998, Roncagliolo was the President of the Christian Democratic Youth of America and of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Michael Alexander Speiser,Director of Citizen Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the General Directorate of Internal Policies of the European Parliament (Belgium)
Speiser oversees the work of five parliamentary committees: the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), the Petitions Committee (PETI) and the Committee on women's rights and gender equality (FEMM). Until 2014, he worked for the secretariat of the European People's Party as an advisor to the LIBE commission. He has also been the Head of the Unit for the Working Group, "Legal and Internal Affairs". His areas of expertise are the fights against terrorism, corruption and money laundering, and data protection.
José Ugaz, Former president of Transparency International(Peru)
Ugaz was an Ad-Hoc Attorney for cases of Corruption and since 2008, has been a member of the Council of the International Anti-Corruption Conference, and an individual member of Transparency International. Between 2009 and 2010, he was one of the experts consulted for the preparation of the "Manual for the recovery of Assets: A guide oriented to professionals", which was published under the auspices of the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011. In addition, he has published two books: Prensa Juzgada and Caiga Quien Caiga.
Eduardo Vega, Director of the Ethics Institute of the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University (Peru)
Vega held the office of Ombudsman and President of the Presidential Integrity Commission in 2016. He has a proven track record in human rights, public management and the fight against corruption. He has extensive experience in the treatment of social conflict, the rights of indigenous peoples, vulnerable populations and the environment and has directed numerous investigations and publications. He was also a lawyer for the Episcopal Commission for Social Action and the Legal Defense Institute.
Iván Velásquez, Commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) (Guatemala)
Velásquez has participated decisively in the investigations and defense of the civilian population in cases of violation of human rights by the anti-guerrilla troops. He also promoted the Interinstitutional Committee on Human Rights (the first in Guatemala). He coordinated the Commission of Investigative Support of the Criminal Chamber, which has led the Supreme Court to order the investigation for crimes against humanity against elected politicians, revealing, in addition, the criminal structures linked to the so-called "narco-politicians". As commissioner of CICIG, Velásquez investigated the case of La Línea and the case of Redes in 2015—both were corruption cases involving several senior government officials of retired General Otto Pérez Molina.
Allan Wagner, President of the Civil Association Transparencia (Peru)
Since 2008 Wagner has held the position of Diplomatic Agent of the Peruvian State before the International Court of Justice in The Hague for the case of the Demand for Maritime Delimitation, given the controversy on this issue between Peru and Chile. That same year, he was also appointed Ambassador of Peru to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2006 Wagner was Secretary-General of the Andean Community. He then became Minister of Defense of Peru during the second government of Alan García. He served twice as Minister of Foreign Affairs, both during the first government of Alan Garcia and Alejandro Toledo./p>