Who We Are

Liberty And Development Foundation

 

LIBERTY AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

Headquartered in Guatemala City, the Liberty and Development Foundation is a private and proactive, independent thinking center which is dedicated to the study and analysis of social, financial and political topics aimed to promote values and principles for a free society.

 

OUR TEAM

 

Dionisio Gutiérrez   

Latin-American businessman, activist and communicator with a Ph.D. in Sociology and Political Science. President of the Central American think-tank Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo and host of the weekly television show Razón de Estado. Dionisio Gutiérrez is a member of the Latin American board of Georgetown University and member of the Dean’s Council at The Harvard Kennedy School. In February of 2021 he became the only Latin American on the Freedom House Board of Trustees. For more than 32 years, Dr. Gutiérrez was corporate president of CMI, a multilatina Company with more than 50,000 employees. For 7 years he was president of the regional Chamber of Free Enterprise and for 20 years directed and hosted the well-liked and controversial political TV show Libre Encuentro. Since his 20s, Dr. Gutiérrez has been active and committed to expanding freedom, democracy and Rule of Law in Latin America. 

Paul Boteo      

Paul Boteo studied Economics with specialization in Finances at Franscisco Marroquín University. Additionally, he studied a Master in Economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and completed the seminar on Management in Business Organizations from INCAE. Paul is a college professor and his fields of interest are economic growth, inequality and poverty, as well as, Central Banking and public finances. He is a columnist at El Periódico, as a member of the Sociedad de Plumas and he is a contributor at The Economist's Intelligence Unit. 

Luis Miguel Reyes      

Luis Miguel Reyes graduated as a social communicator with specialization in Communication for Development from Rafael Landívar University. He has a Master's Degree on Development with specialization in Local Development from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Master’s Degree on Public Administration and Leadership from Escuela de Gobierno Guatemala. He has worked as a college professor and in development projects for non-governmental organizations, external cooperation and public institutions. He is interested in politics, human development and the production of audiovisual material as educational tools.

Edgar Ortiz      

From a very early age, Edgar Ortiz became interested in law. This motivated him to start a journey from his birthplace, Cobán, to the Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City where he obtained a degree in Legal and Social Sciences. His curiosity for the convergence between politics and economy took him to Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain where he obtained a Master's Degree in Economy from the Austrian School. Currently, he is engaged in a multidisciplinary routine that involves political analysis in mass media, lectures and university teaching.

Phillip Chicola      

Phillip Chicola has a degree in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in Management of Entrepreneurial Organizations from the INCAE Business School in San José, Costa Rica. He obtained a Diploma in Strategic Intelligence from Secretaría de Análisis Estratégico in Guatemala. He has worked as director at Unidad de Gestión Pública (Public Management Unit) of CACIF and as a head professor in Instituto de Estudios Políticos at Francisco Marroquín University.  He is a columnist in El Periodico and a political analyst in mass media.

Alejandra Martínez   

 

Graduated in History from the Central University of Venezuela, with studies in the Austrian School of Economics from the Monteávila University (Caracas, Venezuela). She is currently studying a Master's Degree in History at Francisco Marroquín University. She is interested in studying the historical-institutional development of Latin America, democracy and the rule of law in the region; in addition to the study of the authoritarian left after the emergence of the populist phenomenon called "Socialism of the Twenty First Century".

Daphne Posadas      

 

She studied International Relations with a specialization in Foreign Trade at the Institute of Political Studies of the Francisco Marroquín University. She has participated in international debate competitions where he has stood out for his skills in public speaking. Her interest in politics has allowed her to obtain spaces for public opinion and political analysis on radio, television and digital media. She is committed to building a world of freer and more responsible individuals.

Alfredo Castellanos      

Alfredo Castellanos is a producer and editor. He has studied digital television and media production at Universidad Galileo. His experience involves working as a transmission operator, creative editor, and editing chief. Subsequently, he participated in the Caos Media film production company. His interests include animation, production, and audiovisual material management. He believes that his passion for the production of audiovisuals is strategic in the educational efforts in Guatemala.