Speakers


Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Brendan McCahill – CEO, Datamyne

Brendan McCahill – CEO, Datamyne

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Brendan R. McCahill has nearly three decades of experience in maritime transportation and international trade. Since 2009, Mr. McCahill has been the Chief Executive Officer of Datamyne, a leading provider of global market intelligence based on the importexport data covering the cross-border commerce of the US and some 50 trading nations in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Main Speakers and Roundtable

Ted Henken – Professor at Baruch College and author of Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape

Ted Henken – Professor at Baruch College and author of Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape

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Ted Henken, PhD, is President ex-officio of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE). He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Baruch College – CUNY, and the co-author with Archibald R.M. Ritter of “Entrepreneurial Cuba: The Changing Policy Landscape” (Lynne Rienner, 2015).

Peter Quinter – GrayRobinson, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale

Peter Quinter – GrayRobinson, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale

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Shareholder at GrayRobinson, Peter Quinter is a recognized expert in global trade law. He is chair of the Customs and International Trade Law Group of GrayRobinson P.A., and a member of the Florida District Export Council. Mr. Quinter is also a contributor to the recently published “Cuba: A Legal Guide to Business,” which is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Judy Kruger – Principal, Kruger International, LLC

Judy Kruger – Principal, Kruger International, LLC

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Judy Kruger has extensive experience working with US companies to help implement expansion strategies in Asia, Europe, South America and Central America. Formerly with Grupo Prodensa, she brings a wealth of knowledge about start-up operations and the driving factors that shape local investment and emerging opportunities.

Ralph L. Gazitúa – President & CEO of WTDC FTZ Warehousing and Distribution

Ralph L. Gazitúa – President & CEO of WTDC FTZ Warehousing and Distribution

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Ralph Gazitúa has been participating in business exploration opportunities on the island of Cuba since announcements were made by President Obama in December 2014 that relations between the two countries would begin to normalize. His company provides consulting and transportation management to businesses looking to ship state-approved commodities to Cuba from the United States.

Lee Ann Evans – Senior Policy Advisor for Engage Cuba

Lee Ann Evans – Senior Policy Advisor for Engage Cuba

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Lee Ann Evans draws on years of experience monitoring the markets, economies and politics of Latin America. Prior to Engage Cuba, she was in charge of political risk assessment for Latin America at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Ms. Evans covered both sides of Latin American-US foreign relations, conducting research and providing clients in the Americas and Asia with analysis as part of the Bank’s risk management and global planning strategies.

John Kavulich – President, US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council

John Kavulich – President, US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council

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Headquartered in New York City, the US-Cuba Trade and Economic Council remains the most widely sourced business organization within the United States focused on the Republic of Cuba. Mr. Kavulich also serves as Editor-In-Chief of the organization’s publication, Economic Eye on Cuba.

Simons Chase – Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, Cuba Journal

Simons Chase – Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, Cuba Journal

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Simons Chase has over 20 years of media, technology and principal investing experience. In the last five years, he has been CEO of Instra Corporation (New Zealand), a digital marketing company, and has held leadership positions in a variety of technology startups.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk – Senior policy advisor at Akin Gump LLP

Devry Boughner Vorwerk – Senior policy advisor at Akin Gump LLP

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Devry Boughner Vorwerk specializes in trade, investment, and food and agriculture policy. She spearheads advocacy issues related to the TPP and chairs the US Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, working to normalize trade between the United States and Cuba. Prior to Akin Gump, Ms. Vorwerk spent 12 years at Cargill where she served as vice president for corporate affairs.

Saul Berenthal – Entrepreneur & Co-Founder – Cleber LLC

Saul Berenthal – Entrepreneur & Co-Founder – Cleber LLC

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Saul Berenthal is an entrepreneur born and raised in Cuba who moved to the United States shortly after the Cuban Revolution. In 1966, Mr. Berenthal began his 18-year employment at IBM, then went on to partner with Horace Clemmons: together they have successfully established and sold three global software development companies. Cleber’s tractor plant will be the first US factory in Cuba in half a century.

Michael T. Moore – Sponsored Speaker – Founder and Chairman of Moore & Co.

Michael T. Moore – Sponsored Speaker – Founder and Chairman of Moore & Co.

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Mr. Moore’s law firm specializes in marine, aviation and art law. He is chairman of the International Seakeepers Society. He has repeatedly been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, The Best Lawyers In America by U.S. News & World Report, Top Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida’s Elite Lawyers by Florida Trend magazine.

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