BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Zamorano’s Board of Trustees is composed of individuals from various nationalities and professions, all of whom have distinguished careers and share common altruistic ideas, commitments, and purposes for the benefit of Latin America, its youth, and the development of their countries. They possess a strong sense of philanthropy and are voluntary individuals who donate their time, knowledge, experience, image, and even their own financial resources. They have played a crucial role in driving and supporting the institution’s continuous progress, being responsible for the institution’s recent developments in recent years.
President/ CEO of Samuel Cabot, Inc.
Beverly Farms, Massachusetts, USA
President / CEO PRONACA, C.A.
Kate Semerad Bakker
Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Columbus, Ohio, USA
President Boston Andes Capital, LLC
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Manager – San Isidro
El Paraíso, Honduras
Hacienda La Esmeralda
Boquete, Chiriquí, Panamá
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Profesor y director MEPD, Universidad de Georgia
Diplomático retirado de Estados Unidos
Universidad de Cornell
Mr. Rodriguez is an Agricultural Engineer and Agricultural Economist graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, with an MBA from the University of Chile. With over 25 years of professional experience in the financial, agribusiness, and educational sectors, he has worked in commercial operations, marketing, digital transformation, and corporate strategy in multinational corporations, leading multidisciplinary teams at the global, regional (Latin America), and national (Chile) levels. Former Founder and CEO of AgroPartner and serves as a consultant for national and multinational entities in the B2B, B2C, and B2G sectors. He is also the Director of the Master’s in Agribusiness Management (MAGEA UC) and has more than 20 years of academic experience in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Mrs. Maier holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Business Administration from UNITEC, an MBA from INCAE Business School, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Purdue University. Currently, she serves as the Vice President and Academic Dean of the Pan-American School of Agriculture, Zamorano. She has also held the position of Associate Dean of Management and Academic Quality and Associate Professor at the same university. In her role at Zamorano, she leads a team responsible for undergraduate and graduate academic programs, student life, admissions processes, the library, registration, research, engagement, curriculum development, and faculty development. She also teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels and has experience in curriculum reform processes for various undergraduate programs, as well as designing and launching new programs. Prior to her current role, she worked as the Dean of the Faculty of Administrative and Social Sciences, Director of Faculty Development, and a full-time faculty member at UNITEC. She has also conducted research at INCAE and spent over 10 years in industry leadership roles, overseeing administrative and quality certification processes.
Mr. Gaekel has more than 20 years of solid experience in strategic business planning, finance, team leadership and administrative management. His experience includes having held the position of financial director at Supermercados La Colonia, Controller at BIMBO Honduras, financial director of Corporación MCC and financial director of Navega/Tigo Honduras. He completed a Master’s Degree in Finance at ISEAD University in Spain and a Master’s Degree in Projects at UNITEC. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and has specialized in Financial Management at the University of San Francisco, USA, as well as in Financial Management at Stetson University, USA. He also completed a legal career, doing his internship in various courts.
Mr. Rodriguez Vazquez is an Agricultural Engineer from Tec de Monterrey, with a Master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development and a specialization in Design Thinking and Systemic Innovation from Stanford University. He has over 15 years of international professional experience, promoting public-private partnerships for agri-food innovation and climate resilience. Before joining Zamorano, he held various leadership positions at the regional level, including Representative of the International Potato Center (CIP) in Ecuador, Operations Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at CIP, Family Farming Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as well as Rural Extension Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
A lawyer with a Master’s degree in Labor and Social Security Law from the National Autonomous University of Honduras and the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. With 30 years of professional experience in corporate legal consultancy, specializing in contract drafting and review, risk assessment and management, compliance, and handling legal proceedings. Heidy has a background in independent legal practice and has served as a legal consultant in regulatory and environmental law for national and regional agricultural, livestock, and forestry production companies. She has also worked in the public administration within the Executive and Legislative branches of the Republic of Honduras, gaining expertise in public policy development, territorial planning, decentralization, municipal legislation, and local development, among other areas.
Education changes lives! Has been the motto that has driven the professional career of Zamorano’s Institutional Effectiveness manager. A professional specializing in higher education. For more than 20 years, has provided guidance and support to universities in the country in the formulation, implementation, tracking, and monitoring of institutional strategies (accreditations, recruitment, admissions, and marketing), conduction of education-related research, formulation of institutional policies, and administration of processes with local and international entities. She holds an International MBA from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and is a member of the Alumni Debate Society of her alma mater (Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana).
Mr. Erazo graduated in Public Accounting and Finance and obtained a Master’s degree in Project Management, with more than 13 years of experience as an external/internal auditor and financial consultant for commercial companies, financial institutions and NGO’s (as well as other types of industries) oriented to the identification and resolution of problems, efficiency in internal controls implementing a methodology based on risks, assurance and control. Emphasizing strategic areas to ensure quality, efficiency and business continuity, he has natural leadership skills and positive influence for different teams, oriented to the achievement of strategic objectives. He adapted project management skills to streamline processes, standardize tasks, improve communication between stakeholders and teams, monitor financial, operational and compliance indicators through the design of KPIs, all to achieve the fulfillment of objectives and the operational and financial continuity, of the area to lead.
Mr. Zacarias is an agricultural engineer with a master’s degree in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, with over 20 years of experience in agricultural value chains and the management of agribusiness and export businesses. His experience covers a wide range of areas, with a focus on agribusiness chain management and agro-export promotion. Currently, he heads the Productive Units department, which is responsible for managing the production and commercialization of Zamorano’s value chains, including dairy, meat, and horticultural products.
A lawyer specialized in labor, union, and industrial law, graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, with an MBA from ADEN University. With 23 years of professional experience in the field of Human Resources and expertise in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma in various industrial sectors, including manufacturing (maquilas), transportation, shipping, agribusiness, education, and corporate environments within multinational corporations. Eduardo has led teams both at the local level (Honduras) and regionally (Central America and the Caribbean). He has extensive experience in consultancy processes, converting companies from basic procedures to optimal systems using the best multinational practices.
Address: PO Box 93, Km 30 Tegucigalpa to Danlí Road, Yeguare Valley, San Antonio de Oriente Municipality. Francisco Morazán, Honduras, C.A.
Phone Number: (504) 2287-2000
Address: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006
Phone Number: (202) 461-2242