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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Reception at 6:30 p.m.   
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131

At dinner ceremonies held throughout the United States and abroad, the Wilson Center honors those individuals who through generous philanthropy, thoughtful discussion, and selfless service have made the region and the world a better place for all.

The Wilson Center's Latin American Program honored four exceptional individuals from Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, and Venezuela, for their outstanding corporate citizenship and public service in the Western Hemisphere in Miami on April 30, 2019.


Woods Staton
Executive Chairman, Arcos Dorados
Award for Corporate Citizenship



María Helena Quiñonez
   Executive Director, VallenPaz Colombia
   Award for Public Service


Ricardo Poma
   CEO, Grupo Poma
   Award for Corporate Citizenship




Susana Raffalli
  Senior Advisor, Caritas Venezuela
   Award for Public Service


Honorary Host Committee

The Honorable Marisol Argueta de Barillas
Mr. Iván Chávez
Ms. Mireya Cisneros
Dr. Ricardo Ernst
Ambassador John Feeley
Ambassador Marlene Fernández del Granado

Ambassador Noah Mamet
Ms. Patricia Menéndez-Cambó
The Honorable Luis Alberto Moreno
Mr. Juan Esteban Orduz
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
The Honorable Donna Shalala


In 2018, for the second year in a row, the University of Pennsylvania ranked the Wilson Center as the number one regional studies think tank in the world. In addition, the Center was rated #1 for institutional collaboration.

The Latin American Program, founded in 1977, is dedicated to bridging the gap between scholarship and public policy. The Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America concerning critical policy issues facing the Western Hemisphere. It maintains strong relationships with institutions, companies, and individuals throughout the region aimed at deepening mutual understanding and improving policy outcomes.

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