Jorge Durán, Jefe de la Secretaría de la CIP
For over 25 years, Jorge Duran has worked with the governments and private sector of the Americas in the design and implementation of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2003 Mr. Duran has served at the Organization of American States (OAS) as Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Senior Manager for Municipal Development and Capacity Building, in 2012 as Chief of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation and, since 2013, as Chief of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (S/CIP).
He has been responsible for projects such as entrepreneurship strategies for MSMEs, innovation for competitiveness, micro business promotion through ICTs; on-line training; municipal development in e-government and cadastre; scientific journalism, university curricular improvement, maritime and port environmental protection programs and improved supply chain management logistics for increased competitiveness. Additionally, Mr. Duran has a proven record of establishing successful strategic alliances with the private sector.
Previously, Mr. Duran was Director of Regional Cooperation (1995-2000) and then Vice-President of International Affairs (2000-2002) at the Latin American Institute of Educational Communication (ILCE) in Mexico City. Other positions include Advisor in Science and Technology Policy for the Presidency of Mexico (1990-1992) and Special Assistant to the Mexican Ambassador at the U.N. (1994).
Mr. Duran has also been an Associate Professor at the Tecnológico of Monterrey (1997-2000) and the Universidad Iberoamericana (1995-1997) where he designed and taught courses in Latin America’s Political Economy and History. Mr. Duran has Masters’ Degrees, in International Affairs and Science and Technology Policy, from The George Washington University and double B.A. in Psychology and Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington DC where he currently resides.
Ernesto Fernández is an international trade specialist. He is currently working as a senior trade consultant at the S/CIP of the OAS and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Since July 2011 he has been working as a consultant working for INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He began his career as a commercial lawyer with the law firm Pacheco Coto in Costa Rica, and then joined the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica as a legal advisor and negotiator. In 2002, he moved to Geneva and worked for nine years at the Mission of Costa Rica to the World Trade Organization where he handled trade negotiations and disputes on a range of issues, including trade facilitation, market access, regional trade agreements, trade remedies, e-commerce and intellectual property rights. Ernesto Fernández has been arbitrator in disputes at the WTO and served as Chairman of the WTO’s Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices. He obtained a LL.B. at the Escuela Libre de Derecho, San José, Costa Rica and a LL.M. (International Trade Law and European Union Law) at the University of Amsterdam.
Since 2014, Mona Swoboda is Project Coordinator at the S/CIP and facilitates the implementation of programs, projects and activities in line with CIP/OAS mandates with special emphasis on gender equality, inclusive policies, as well as maritime security. In coordination with CIP/OAS Member Countries, she creates synergies with strategic public and private partner institutions for the inclusive and sustainable development of the Maritime and Port Sector of the Western Hemisphere. Mona is also responsible for private sector outreach initiatives.
Before Mona began her work at the Organization of American States in 2013, as an intern for the Technical Cooperation Section at the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), and later joined the S/CIP, she gained relevant experience in International Development with the German Development Agency (GIZ) in Asunción, Paraguay.
Mona graduated from the Free University of Berlin, Germany, with a Master´s Degree in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies with a Major in Sociology and Gender Studies. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology and a BA in North American Studies from WWU Münster University, Germany. She is fluent in German, English, and Spanish, with a working knowledge in French.
Cristina Rechy is Projects Coordinator for the S/CIP of the OAS. Ms. Rechy coordinates capacity building activities with CIP partner institutions in the Americas and Europe. She also provides support in project development and implementation of programs that contain mandates from the ministerial process in the framework of the OAS. Ms. Rechy coordinates communications of the S/CIP including the dissemination of the Associate Members e-Bulletin and the CIP Magazine that are distributed to targeted regional Port Authorities in Latin-America and the Caribbean.
Ms. Rechy has collaborated with the OAS since 2012 in the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation, and since 2015 at the CIP Secretariat. Previously, she was Field Marketing Specialist for information technology (IT) company Symantec Corporation (2008-2012). Other positions include Media and Public Relations Coordinator for IT companies such as SAP and APC-Schneider Electric (2004-2006).
Ms. Cristina Rechy has a Master´s Degree in Marketing from the University of Stirling, Scotland (2007-208), where she also volunteers as Mentor for the School of Management. She holds a bachelor degree in Communication Sciences by Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico City, with a Diploma in Corporate Communications by the University of Westminster, in London, England (2004).
Kayanna Parson Sinclair is a Consultant of the S/CIP Project Coordination, where she gives technical assistance to the Port Authorities of the OAS Member States with the updating of their communication platforms, as well as in the organization and logistics of hemispheric conferences with focus on Competitiveness and Logistics, ISPS Code and Sustainable Port Management.
Kayanna began working at the OAS as an intern of the Secretariat of the CIP in 2015 and joined as a consultant in 2016. Previously, she gained experience in the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and implementation of public policies as an intern of the Secretariat for Caribbean Coast Development (SDCC) in Managua, Nicaragua.
Kayanna has a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a specialization in International Cooperation for the Development from the Universidad Americana (UAM) in Managua, Nicaragua (2011-2015). She also holds a diploma in Leadership and Political Management from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), Universidad Americana (UAM), Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense (URACCAN), and the Institute for Development and Democracy (IPADE).