New Perspectives from the Cuban-American Business Community

April 24, 2007 - 5:00 pm

Carlos Saladrigas, Cuba Study Group

Mauricio Font, BildnerCenter for Western Hemisphere Studies

Ted Henken, Baruch College, CUNY

Carlos Saladrigas is Chairman of Premier American Bank. He was a co-founder and CEO of The Vincam Group, which in 1998 was listed as the largest Hispanic-owned company in the U.S. He is also a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for PepsiCo. Saladrigas holds an MBA with honors from Harvard University and a BBA, cum laude, from the University of Miami. Active in community affairs, Mr. Saladrigas is a Vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, a director of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Miami, and a trustee at Belen Jesuit School.

About The New Cuba Debate:

The recent past has posed new questions and perspectives about what type of society Cuba will or should be in the years to come. Within Cuba, fresh thinking has emanated from processes of adaptation, reform, renewal, and contestation following the closing of the ‘Periodo Especial.’ The aging of the historical leadership of the revolution has raised new questions about what path the country will follow in the future. In the US, the increasing pluralism within the Cuban-American community, the emergence of new actors interested in Cuba, and growing criticism of the stiff legal framework governing Cuba policy have led to calls for increasing flexibility or even change in policy toward the island. The Cuba Project’s New Cuba Debate is a series of symposia that seek to clarify the characteristics and implications of these new arguments and positions. It convenes different stakeholders to focus on US policy toward Cuba, as well as debates within Cuba, across the Cuban diaspora, and within the international community. The results will be assessed and published as a scholarly policy-oriented book.