This fall, FIU’s Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom is welcoming its fifth cohort of Senior Leadership Fellows. The distinguished group will include national and international public servants.
The Senior Leadership Fellowship program is one of the center’s most prestigious and well-known programs, bringing students close to prominent leaders through exclusive off-the-record study groups. It allows participants to engage in exciting and candid discussions and mentorship opportunities.
“I am truly privileged to welcome to our center this exceptional class of Senior Leadership Fellows,” said Carlos Díaz-Rosillo, founding director of the Adam Smith Center. “Their remarkable achievements and dedication to public service will be a source of great inspiration for our students.”
The new cohort of Senior Leadership Fellows includes:
Jamil Mahuad, president of Ecuador from 1998 to 2000. Before becoming president, Mahuad served as mayor of Quito from 1992 to 1998. Mahuad played an instrumental role in negotiating and signing a definitive peace treaty with neighboring Peru, ending one of the longest territorial disputes in the region. He also earned the prestigious 1999 World Wildlife Fund’s Gift to the Earth award in recognition of his exemplary efforts in safeguarding the pristine tropical rainforests nestled in the Ecuadorian headwaters of the Amazon River. He also is responsible for dollarizing the Ecuadorian economy, a topic of great interest today.
Mahuad’s study group is titled “In the President’s Shoes: Leading in a Globalized and Angry World.”
“We will explore how the tools of decision-making, negotiation, and communication facilitate exercising leadership in situations where high values are at risk, uncertainty prevails, and decisions are urgent,” Mahuad said.
Juan Guaidó, interim president of Venezuela from 2019 to 2023. Prior to his appointment as interim President, Guaidó served as the president of the National Assembly and emerged as a prominent opposition figure to Nicolás Maduro’s government.