- Angelos Angelou
- Samara Barend
- Dana C. Christensen
- Robert S Ford
- Andrew Herrmann
- Jim Hunt
- Susana Martinez
- Francisco J. Monaldi
- Mary E. Peters
Angelos Angelou (@aga57) is the founder and principal executive officer of AngelouEconomics, an economic development and site-selection consultancy based in Austin, Texas, that is working with the Borderplex Alliance on a regional strategic plan for southern New Mexico, El Paso and Cuidad Juarez.
A highly visible leader in the field of economic development for more than 30 years, Angelou is widely regarded as an expert on technology-based economic development, public policy, investment attraction and marketing.
Prior to forming AngelouEconomics, Angelou was vice president of economic development at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where he served for nearly 12 years. During his tenure, the chamber attracted over 800 new companies employing 70,000 people and representing a capital investment of over $20 billion.
Angelou is also founder, president and chairman of the board of the International Accelerator, a private accelerator focused exclusively on bringing foreign-born entrepreneurs to the U.S.
Susana Martinez (@Gov_Martinez) is New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in the history of the United States.
She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2013. As governor, Martinez has worked with the Legislature to implement reforms to the New Mexico tax code, public education system and business regulation.
Prior to being elected governor, Martinez was the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District in Doña Ana County, a position she held for 14 years. As district attorney, Martinez successfully prosecuted and convicted the killer of NMSU student Katie Sepich, later fighting to pass “Katie’s Law,” which requires a DNA sample to be taken from anyone arrested for a violent felony in New Mexico. As governor, she prioritized expanding “Katie’s Law” to require a DNA sample for all felony arrests, signing the expansion into law in 2011.
Francisco J. Monaldi
Francisco J. Monaldi (@fmonaldi) is a leading scholar on the politics and economics of the oil industry and oil wealth management in Latin America and developing countries. A fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute, he’s also an adjunct professor of political economy of oil at Rice University.
He is an associate in the geopolitics of energy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty associate in energy policy at the School of Government at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Monaldi has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Harvard, Tufts and Stanford universities and a visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota and at the Universidad ESAN in Lima. He is also the founding director and a professor at the Center for Energy and the Environment at IESA in Venezuela.