President & CEO: Barry S. Featherman

is Founder, President and CEO of the Inter-American Economic Council. In this capacity Mr. Featherman has collaborated with Heads of State, Heads of Government, MultiLateral Institutions and Business Leaders on fashioning programs to provide the private sector with direct input during multilateral meetings. Mr. Featherman was also instrumental in the establishment of the BiPartisan 30 Member United States Congressional Caribbean Caucus, an entity dedicated to strengthing the relationship between the United States of America and the Countries of the Caribbean Basin. During the Summer of 2005 Mr. Featherman served as Director of the Transition Team for the Assistant Secretary General elect of the Organization of American States.

From the period 1999 to 2000 he was in charge of the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Queretaro, Mexico working on behalf of a major U.S.vertically integrated switch manufacturing company, CW Industries.

In 1998 Mr. Featherman helped administer the International Leadership Programme for the United Nations University in Amman, Jordan. He co-led United Nations University delegations to Cyprus for meetings with Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot representatives. He also co-led a UNU delegation to Turkey and moderated discussions in Amman with Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, Oscar Arias, Shimon Peres and many other present and former World Leaders. In 1997 an International Committee Chaired by Her Majesty Queen Noor selected him to be part of the Inaugural Program of the International Leadership Academy. He completed comprehensive leadership training at the United Nations University International Leadership Academy in Amman, Jordan and traveled with UNU delegations for meetings with His Majesty King Hussein, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Egyption Foreign MInister Amir Moussa, and many other international leaders. He also traveled with UNU delegations to Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and Egypt.

From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Featherman served as President of the U.S. and Canadian Divisions of the Center for Research and Technological Development of the State of Queretaro, Mexico(CIATEQ), one of Mexico's largest government owned engineering companies. The company is at the forefront of Latin American Institutions developing high technology programs and products in Mexico.

From 1992 to 1995 Mr. Featherman served as Executive Vice President of an International Trade Consulting Firm headed by the former U.S. Military Attache in Mexico Coronel Alden M. Cunningham, the former Director of Business and Export Affairs at the U.S. State Department, John J. St. John, and the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Ambassador Richard Holwill. The Firm assisted U.S. and Latin American Corporations in establishing Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances primarily in Mexico.

Mr. Featherman has spoken widely throughout the Hemisphere on U.S., Latin America and Caribbean relations. He has been an advocate for free and fair trade liberalization. He represented Business Interests at a White House Meeting on the GATT and has spoken throughout the United States to promote Trade Liberalization and Economic Integration with Latin America. Mr. Featherman has helped administer the Future World Leaders Summit for the Presidential Classroom in Washington, DC. and served as a guest professor (Business Law and Multi-National Corporate Finance) at the State University of New Jersey.

Mr. Featherman is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Temple University where he completed his degree Magna Cum Laude in 3 years, he earned his law degree from American University in Washington, DC where he served on the American University Law Review and has a Masters degree in Inter-American Law from the University of Miami. His thesis, "Mexican Privatization: The Country Prepares for Full Fledged Capitalism" was published in the 1991 edition of the Yearbook of International Law. Mr. Featherman serves on the Boards of the American Jewish Committee Latin America and Latino Institute, the Unesco Global Leadership Forum Advisory Board at Bahcesehir University and along with Senator John McCain and former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp serves on the advisory Board of the United States Virgin Islands Military and Veterans Memorial Complex.

He has been quoted in major publications including the Miami Herald, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the AP, the Capital Press, Newhouse Newswire Service, the Philadelphia Inquirer, El Mercurio and many others. He has appeared on television and radio including CNN, ABC, CBS, National Public Radio's Marketplace and major media outlets in Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is fluent in Spanish. He is active with numerous civic, political and charitable organizations.

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