Mr. Jaime Roberto Diaz Palacios
Executive Vice President, Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)
Since November 2020, Mr. Jaime Roberto Diaz Palacios has been serving as the Executive Vice President of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI). He has a solid professional career with more than 15 years in the field of Economics and Finance for Development. He was the Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Program (Pronacom) and an Economist at the Center for National Economic Research in the Republic of Guatemala (2012 - 2015). He most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of World Bank (2015 - 2019).
Senior Advisor, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID
Eric Jacobstein is a senior advisor at the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at USAID. Prior to that role, he was a senior policy advisor on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs managing the Western Hemisphere portfolio for Chairman Eliot Engel and Committee Democrats. In this role, he was the lead Democratic advisor handling issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean in the House of Representatives. Jacobstein previously served as the staff director of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control working for Senator Dianne Feinstein. Before that, he worked for the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and for Representative Jim Kolbe.
Program Leader, Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, The World Bank
Taimur Samad is a Program Leader for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure for The World Bank in Colombia and Venezuela Office. He joined the Bank as a Consultant in 2001 working in the Transport and Urban development unit. His most recent position has been as a Program leader for sustainable development in the Jakarta Country office. Previously, he coordinated the Urban program in the Indonesia Office, leading complex multisector loan- and advisory projects. He has an extensive experience in Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR), even as a project leader in Colombia for about five years.
Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances, Head of KNOMAD
Dilip Ratha is the head of KNOMAD and lead economist, Migration and Remittances, Social Protection, and Jobs Global Practice at the World Bank. In a career spanning three decades, he has done pioneering work on remittances, migration, and innovative financing (diaspora bonds, future-flow securitization, shadow sovereign ratings). His TED talk, with over 1.4 million views, has inspired many fintech start-ups. He is the Founder of KNOMAD, Migrating out of Poverty Research Program Consortium, and the African Institute of Remittances. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute.