LLILAS Advisory Council
The Mission of the LLILAS Advisory Council is to strengthen the core activities of the institute and to amplify their effectiveness. This mission is achieved through three principal contributions.
- To provide advice on the scholarly and educational program of the institute, drawing on council members’ extensive experience and expertise related to Latin America.
- To serve as a bridge between LLILAS and the broader communities to which the Advisory Council members belong. LLILAS has much to offer to business, government, cultural, and civil society sectors in both the U.S. and Latin America, and has much to learn from such interactions beyond the university. These sectors, in turn, have much to gain from greater involvement with LLILAS. The Advisory Council connects us with these communities and, in so doing, helps these mutual benefits to be realized.
- To provide strategic advice and practical assistance in our development goals. The institute is already well endowed, but needs to develop further in a number of key areas if we are to maintain and strengthen our stellar reputation. The Advisory Council helps the LLILAS Director and staff formulate effective fundraising strategies, identify potential donors, and conceive specific fundraising activities.
The Advisory Council meets twice a year to receive a report on past activities, and to make plans toward the achievement of these goals.
Sergio Alcocer is one of the most progressive multicultural marketers in the U.S. From 1999 until October 2015, he led LatinWorks a Cultural Branding Agency that was named five times Multicultural Agency of the Year in the United States and one of the Top Ten advertising agencies in the country according to Advertising Age. With an advertising career that expands more than 25 years Sergio has worked in Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and New York before making his home in Austin in 1999. During his career Sergio has won every national and international award there is including eight Cannes Lions, he has been a Jury in dozens of international advertising festivals and is a constant speaker in the main creative stages around the world. He holds an EMBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and sits on the Board of the Art Directors Club in New York and the Advisory Council of the Ransom Center.
Dr. Sergio M. Alcocer
Professor, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Alcocer is a research professor at the Institute of Engineering at UNAM. In the public sector, he has served as Under-Secretary for North American Affairs at the Secretariat of Foreign Relations, as Under-secretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development at the Secretariat of Energy, an as a Research Director for the National Center for Disasters Prevention at the Secretariat of Interior. Dr. Alcocer has also been Secretary General-Provost-, Coordinator for Innovation and Development, and Director of the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an academic, Dr. Alcocer is a member to the National System of Researchers since 1994. He is Past President of the Academy of Engineering of Mexico and member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and various technical societies. He is currently Vice President for Prospective and Governmental Relations of the Mexican Society of Civil Engineers.
Miguel Alemán Velasco
President, Fundación Miguel Alemán
Mexico City, Mexico
Miguel Alemán Velasco is a well-known Mexican politician, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and journalist. He graduated in law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Mr. Alemán has been Senator, forty-fourth Governor of the State of Veracruz (PRI), and Vice-President and CEO of Televisa SA de CV. At present he is Chairman of the Board of Interjet-ABC, President of the Board and President of the Executive Committee of the Miguel Alemán Foundation, President of the Mexico Business Summit, CEO of Alemán Velasco y Asociados AC, President of the Board of Trustees of the National San Carlos Museum, Trustee of the Dolores Olmedo Museum, and Board Member of the National Prado Museum in Spain. Mr. Alemán also has had a successful journalistic career with Siempre and Visión Latinoamericana magazines. He has been a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) since 1953 and has held important positions within it. He has written twenty-one books, seven of which are historical novels. At present, Mr. Alemán is a columnist for El Universal newspaper. He has received decorations of honor from the governments of Spain and Panama. In 2007 he was elected President of the Société d’Entraide des Membres de la Légion d´Honneur of France.
The Honorable Antônio Herman Benjamin
Justice, High Court of Brazil (Superior Tribunal de Justiça)
Antônio Benjamin was appointed Justice of the High Court of Brazil in 2006 by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. He was Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo for more than twenty years, heading its Environmental Protection Division for four years. Justice Benjamin was founding president of the Brazilian Consumer Law and Policy Institute and the Law for a Green Planet Institute. He is currently chair of the Brazil-U.S. Law Society and co-president of INECE (International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement). Justice Benjamin also is former president of the Brazilian Fulbright Alumni Association, a member of the UN Secretary General Legal Expert Groups on Crimes against the Environment, and for many years a member of CONAMA, the National Environmental Council of Brazil. He received his LLB from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, his LLM from the University of Illinois, and his PhD from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He is emeritus editor-in-chief of the Brazilian Consumer Law Review and the Brazilian Environmental Law Review, and has been a Visiting Professor at the UT School of Law for the past two decades.
Larry R. Faulkner
President Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Larry R. Faulkner is President Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin and a retired President of Houston Endowment, a private philanthropy established by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones. Over four decades, Dr. Faulkner served on the chemistry faculties of Harvard University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Texas. At Illinois, he was also department head, dean, and provost. From 1998 into 2006, he served the University of Texas as its 27th president, after which he led Houston Endowment for six years. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and chaired both the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-2008) and the recent National Academies Committee on Federal Regulation of Research (2015-2016). He now serves on the boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation, Southern Methodist University, Discovery Green Conservancy, Houston Grand Opera, the Philosophical Society of Texas, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, and Covenant Presbyterian Foundation. He was previously on the boards of Temple-Inland, Sandia National Laboratories, Internet2, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, and Reasoning Mind.
Founder and Managing Director, Black Dutch Management, LLC
In addition to Black Dutch Management, Fleming is also Founder and Managing Director of Tactical Energy Partners, LLC. He also served as Senior Vice President at Noble Royalties, Inc. with roles in investor relations, acquisitions, communications, government affairs and fund management. Fleming is a noted specialist in oil and natural gas regulatory and policy issues. He is particularly active in state and Federal tax issues affecting the oil and gas industry and water policy issues at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency including hydraulic fracturing, underground injection control and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. In Texas, he has been particularly active in regulatory matters related to the development of the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale at the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Council on Environmental Quality. Fleming holds a Bachiller from the Instituto Austral de Enseñanza in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is a Ph.D. Candidate in History from Tulane University. He is a past fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities where he collaborated with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia and the Universidad Nacional Autónomo de México with a research specialty in Franciscan millennial eschatology and church/state polity in sixteenth-century New Spain.
Juliet V. García
Senior Advisor, University of Texas System
Dr. Juliet V. García is a national thought leader who has devoted her life’s work to higher education, focused on sustaining the democracy of our nation by empowering first generation college students. In her new position as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of the University of Texas System, she leads the Office of Community, National and Global Engagement. As the Chancellor’s ambassador, she is an advocate for the University of Texas System mission, which is to improve the human condition, the nation and the world, by leveraging the collective size, diversity, and expertise of the 14 institutions. Dr. García was born in Brownsville, Texas, where her father and his family immigrated when fleeing the Mexican Revolution. She is a fifth-generation Texan on her mother’s side and a first-generation college graduate, earning two degrees from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in communication from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been married to Oscar E. Garcia for 47 years. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Pamela M. Giblin
Attorney at Law and Partner, Baker Botts LLP
Pam Giblin is a partner in the Austin office of Baker Botts. She received her JD from the University of Texas School of Law in 1970. Ms. Giblin has practiced environmental law since then and has had extensive experience in advising clients on a broad array of environmental issues, particularly in the area of energy projects. She has served on the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and is listed in the environmental law section of The Best Lawyers in America. She is the first woman to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award from the Travis County Bar Association. She is past-president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Her practice focuses on helping multi-national companies navigate complex environmental regulations, including working successfully with regulatory agencies and NGOs.
Attorney at Law, City of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
Robert “Robbie” Greenblum serves as Senior Policy Advisor to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro. As part of his duties, he helps lead ConnectHome, a public-private collaboration to narrow the digital divide for children and their families living in HUD-assisted housing. Prior to his position with HUD, Robbie worked for the City of San Antonio from 2009-2014. He most recently served as City Attorney for the City of San Antonio where he supervised a team of approximately 58 attorneys working on a range of legal issues including complex litigation, municipal prosecution, energy and water utilities, real estate development and transactions, city charter and municipal ordinances, ethics law, and the budget. Robbie began his employment with the City of San Antonio as Chief of Staff to then Mayor Julián Castro where he served as the mayor’s top advisor, as well as the chief liaison for the mayor’s office with city staff and the community. Robbie entered the ranks of municipal government following a successful 18-year legal career during which he handled immigration issues, including federal class-action impact litigation and political asylum cases, as well as domestic and international business matters. Robbie was a partner at Matthews and Branscomb, PC, San Antonio’s then oldest law firm, in the corporate section. Prior to that, he served as the staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of Texas, and as staff attorney at the Refugee Assistance Council in his hometown, Laredo, Texas. Robbie earned a JD and a BA (Plan II) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Managing Partner, Group CMK LLP
San Antonio, Texas
George Kauss was born in Chicago, raised in Mexico City, and raised in what he considers to be the best state in the U.S.: Texas. He has been in as diverse environments as his professional career; he studied journalism, where he discovered his passion for marketing. At the end of the 80s, thanks to his experience in the hospitality industry, he was invited to join President Ronald Reagan’s government working as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in charge of tourism. When the Free Trade Agreement began strengthening, he decided to conduct business between the U.S. and Mexico. He started to explore the technology innovation area, from its development and registry to its marketing. George was founding partner of Actium Biosystems, a company dedicated to develop one of the most important projects of his life: a treatment that fights cancer through hyperthermia. Although George is native of the U.S., having been raised in Mexico has awakened in him an enormous attraction to this culture and a natural affinity towards Mexicans, both at the personal and professional levels. Proof of this is that today he is a member of the board of the AEM.
Elio E. King
President, King Global Investments LLC
Elio King is President of King Global Investments LLC, an international investment firm counseling clients in both Latin America and the United States. With more than thirty years of experience, Mr. King brings broad expertise in asset management and financial planning to his role managing private investment portfolios for high net worth estates. Prior to founding King Global Investments in 2010, Mr. King served as Senior Vice President for Southwest Securities, Smith Barney/Citigroup Capital Markets, and Prudential Securities. Mr. King received a bachelor's degree in economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976 and a master's degree in economics and international business from LLILAS in 1978. He recognizes the invaluable opportunity that LLILAS provides its students, and as a member of the LLILAS Advisory Council, he is strongly committed to the program's continued success. Mr. King was born in Lima, Peru, and has called Austin home for forty years. A lifelong soccer player, he is a former member of the UT soccer team and continues to play soccer weekly.
Myra L. Leo
Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates LLP
Myra Leo is a government affairs advisor at K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm with 48 fully integrated offices located in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. With a successful Texas-based legislative consulting career spanning over 25 years, Ms. Leo has worked on a variety of issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. She has advised corporate clients, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations in areas such as energy, pharmaceuticals, higher education, financial services, and vehicle franchise matters. Ms. Leo currently sits on the Board of the Senate Hispanic Research Council (SHRC), the Zach Theatre Emeritus Board; the KLRU-PBS Board and is a founding member of The Seton Angels Group. She also serves on the Public Affairs Committee and the Hispanic Alumni Advisory Committee of Texas Exes, the alumni association of The University of Texas.
Joe R. Long
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Foundation
Joe R. Long, born in San Antonio, Texas, is a well-known Austin lawyer and banker. He received his BA in 1951 from the University of Texas, with a major in government and a minor in history and anthropology. He also completed his ROTC training there, and upon graduation was called immediately into the service during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in August 1958 with a JD degree. Over the next twenty years, he worked as a sole practitioner and as a member of several partnerships, ultimately organizing his own firm. In 1968, he began working in the banking industry as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First State Bank. He served in that position until 1998, when the bank was sold to Norwest Corporation. Since then, he has overseen his private business affairs and has spent much of his time in philanthropic activities with several colleges and universities in Texas, as well as with several nonprofit corporations. He has been married to Teresa Lozano Long since 1958, and they currently make their home in Austin, where they are both heavily involved in community activities and philanthropic endeavors.
Teresa Lozano Long
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Foundation
Teresa Lozano Long was born in Premont, Texas, to Arturo V. and Elvira D. Lozano. She completed a BS in 1948 and MEd in 1951 at the University of Texas at Austin, where she later became the first Mexican American to earn a doctorate in physical education. Dr. Lozano Long has earned a reputation as an inspiring role model for women through her continuous dedication to the improvement of public education in Texas and through her philanthropic spirit supporting arts programs in Austin. As a distinguished alumna, she supports the university through donations of time and funds to its schools and colleges. She and her husband, Mr. Joe R. Long, have a keen interest in Latin America and Latin American affairs. In 2000, they endowed the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas with a $10 million gift, the income of which is used principally for scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students and supplemental pay for faculty members who specialize in Latin American history, politics, government, art, and history.
Chairman of the Board, Fundación Avina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sean McKaughan has over 20 years’ experience in the field of sustainable development. He chairs the board of directors of Fundación Avina, a Latin American philanthropic organization dedicated to sustainable development with activities in 18 countries of the region. He has been with Avina since 1998, and led the organization as chief executive officer from 2006 to 2012. At Avina, Mr. McKaughan has been a champion and global advocate for inclusive business, efforts to combat deforestation, social innovation networks, and the promotion of sustainability in Latin America and throughout the world. He also chairs the board of Avina Americas, an affiliated organization in the United States, as well as the board of WTT (World-Transforming Technologies), an innovation-oriented social business incubator. Mr. McKaughan holds master’s degrees in Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP) and Latin American Studies (MA) from The University of Texas at Austin. Before beginning his work with Avina, he collaborated with Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. Mr. McKaughan is married with two children. He divides his time between Austin and Rio de Janeiro.
Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello
Chairman of the Board, Cosan and Raízen
São Paulo, Brazil
Mr. Rubens Ometto Silveira Mello is Chairman of the Board of Cosan and Raízen and a leading voice in Brazil on energy policy. Cosan is one of the principal ethanol and sugar producers in Brazil, and recently formed a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell to create Raízen, the world's largest bioenergy company. Mr. Mello holds a degree in mechanical production engineering from the Polytechnic School of the Universidade de São Paulo (1972), and has more than thirty years of experience in managing large companies. He has served as managing director and chairman of the Board of Directors of Costa Pinto SA since 1980, vice-president of Pedro Ometto SA since 1980, executive officer and board member of Cosan Operadora Portuária SA since 1998, chairman of the Board of Directors of FBA–Franco Operadora Portuária SA since 2001, and CEO and board member at Da Barra since 2002. Additionally, he has served as a board member at UNICA, the Federation of Sugarcane Industries of São Paulo State. Mr. Mello served on the Board of Directors of UNIBANCO, União de Bancos Brasileiros SA from 1971 to 1973; from 1973 to 1980, he was the finance director for Indústrias Votorantim SA.
Hector E. Morales, MD
President, Devenir Aesthetics
Dr. Hector Morales has extensive experience in the field of health care for the Hispanic community. He is currently president and principal shareholder of Devenir Aesthetics in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the School of Medicine of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in Mexico and performed his residency in general and vascular surgery in New York City, Washington, D.C., Utrecht (The Netherlands), and Detroit. He served as professor of surgery and anatomy in San Luis Potosí. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. Dr. Morales is the author of numerous scientific papers published in the United States and Europe, and speaks on medical, surgical, and educational topics in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. He has served as chairman of the board of the Central Texas Medical Foundation and as president of the Travis County Medical Society, and is a current member of the Institutional Review Board of The University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Governmental Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
Muñoz has over 20 years of experience in politics, public policy and campaigns. Currently, Leo is the Director of Governmental Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal. In this role, he is responsible for shaping Comcast NBCUniversal’s positions on legislative and regulatory matters impacting all lines off business including telecommunications, broadcast, internet, theme parks and the Spanish language network Telemundo. Leo also serves on the Comcast NBCUniversal Hispanic Partnerships Council which is a working group of executives across the company’s brands focused on promoting and enhancing products and services developed for the Hispanic community and engaging Hispanic advocacy groups including NCLR, LULAC and the US Hispanic Chamber. Prior to his position with Comcast NBCUniversal, Leo served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Charlie Gonzalez in Washington D.C. at a time when Gonzalez was Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Before his time in D.C., he spent ten years working in the Texas Legislature on a variety of issues but took a keen interest in Higher Education and Economic Development issues.
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Univision Local Media, Univision Communications Inc.
Luis Patiño is the senior vice president and general manager of Univision Local Media (formerly known as Univision Television Group (UTG)), at Univision Communications Inc, the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Univision Local Media owns and/or operates 128 local television and radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. Mr. Patiño is responsible for the day-to-day management of station operations, ad sales, news, marketing, digital platforms and promotions. Along with management of station operations, Mr. Patiño also oversees strategic planning and business development for Univision and it’s host of linear and digital media assets. Mr. Patiño divides his time between Texas and California. Mr. Patiño is very active in both communities serving on several boards including LLILAS, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, California State University at Los Angeles Business School, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, and the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs (AEM). Luis lives in Austin, TX with his wife of 16 years, Liliana Patiño, and their two children, Daniela and Andres.
Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Transnetwork
Mr. Raull has ample experience in the financial services markets, having worked for Citigroup and Banamex for more than 13 years in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the USA. He obtained his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish, German and English. He is a founding partner and CEO of Transnetwork Corp, the most diversified B2B electronic domestic and cross-border processing and payment platform in Latin America for money remittances with over 19,500 locations through the largest retailers and banks in 12 countries. Jorge was born in Mexico City and moved to the US in 1989 to pursue his MBA at UT Austin. He is married to Lorena Chavez-Peon with whom he has 4 children, Paola (UT Austin Graduate), Lorena (UT Austin Senior), Andrea and Jorge Jr.
Gordon Dee Smith
Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Insight Group (SIG)
Fort Worth, Texas
Dee Smith is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Insight Group (SIG), a private intelligence agency based in Fort Worth, Texas, that he founded in 1995. He has over 30 years of experience in multiple research and analytical disciplines and has directed thousands of intelligence projects in over 90 countries and in dozens of industries. With expertise and connections in the intelligence, international business, investment, and international relations arenas, he is associated with national think tanks and research institutions in the foreign policy establishment. He has served as advisor for over US$40 billion in investment transactions. From 1992 to 1995, he was president of Cima International, a venture capital group based in Europe and active in Latin America. Before that, he was president of InterCultura, an NGO based in Texas and the UK that worked with the US Department of State, US embassies, and foreign governments and institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. He has conduced intelligence projects for the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), and the US National Research Council (NRC). He is currently: a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York; immediate past president of the board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations (DCFR); a member of the advisory board of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations (HCFR); a member of the advisory board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; a member of the board of directors of the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas; a member of the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, and a member of the anthropology committee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
New York, New York
David is part of the management team in Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division. He joined the firm as a managing director in September 2010 running media relations in the Americas. Prior to joining the firm, David was head of marketing and communications for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at J.P. Morgan from 2008 to 2010. Before joining the banking industry, he was a journalist. David was the editor of international company news, deputy world news editor and senior Wall Street correspondent for the Financial Times, where he worked from 2003 until 2008. During that time, he was also a commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace and a frequent contributor to programs on CNBC, CNN, the BBC and other television networks. From 1998 to 2003, David covered Wall Street and the energy industry for Bloomberg News. During the 1990s, he wrote for news outlets in Texas, including Petroleum Argus, an energy industry trade publication, and the Fort Worth Star- Telegram. David earned an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and a BA from Texas Christian University.