Technical Program Committee

Dr. Carlos Aguirre
President
National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia

Dr. Marcelo Alonso
Chairman, Academic Advisory Board
World University Federation

Dr. Noel Brown
Former North American Regional Director, UNEP
President, Friends of the United Nations

Dr. Juan Maria Carrón
Director
Center for Conservation and Environmental 
Education, Paraguay

Dr. Thomas Crisman
Director 
Center for Wetlands, University of Florida

Dr. Mario Dantas
Director
Embrapa-CPAP, Brazil

Ms. Ana Lucia Dolabella
Former National Coordinator
Pantanal-Project - National Environment Program
Responsible for Brazil's Upper Paraguay River Conservation Plan

Dr. Frederick A. Swarts
Secretary General
World Conference on Preservation and Sustainable
Development in the Pantanal

Dr. Thomas J. Ward
Vice President and Dean of the International College
University of Bridgeport
 
 

Conference Speakers


 
(Partial list of conference speakers)


Professor Carlos B. Aguirre 

Professor Carlos Aguirre is President of the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia. He is also Vice President of the League for the Defense of the Environment. Dr. Aguirre serves as a Member of the Board of the Bolivian Ecology Foundation and as a member of the National Council for Science and Technology. Trained as a Prof. Carlos Aguirrephysicist, he is a Professor of Science and Technology Management and Policy at the Universidad Mayor de San Andres in La Paz. Professor Aguirre’s distinguished career includes service as Executive Secretary of the National Council for Science and Technology, Project Director of  Andean University, National Director of Science and Technology of the Bolivian Ministry of Planning, President of the National Committee for the Man and Biosphere Program, Director of the Physical Research Institute and the Research Planning Office of the University of La Paz, and other distinguished positions in national and international organizations. He has published more than 200 papers, books and monographs in the fields of environment, physics, science technology, innovation energy and higher education.
 

Dr. Marcelo Alonso

Dr. Marcelo Alonso is Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board for the World University Federation, as well as a trustee of the University of Bridgeport.  He also served as  Chairman of the first World Conference on Preservation and Sustainable Development in the Pantanal.  Dr. Alonso’s distinguished careerDr. Marcelo Alonso includes a number of significant posts in the academic world and in international organizations.  He has served as Director of Science and Technology for the Organization of American States (OAS),  Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Nuclear Energy Commission, and Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he has taught at Georgetown University, was UNESCO Visiting Professor in Central America and, from 1956-1960, was Chairman of the Department of Physics at the University of Havana, Cuba. For a number of years, Dr. Alonso also served as Editor of the International Journal on the Unity of the Sciences. Dr. Alonso received his Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Havana, and completed additional graduate education in the United States at Yale University.  His works have been translated into 13 different languages, with more than one million copies in print.
 

Mario Bernalt Ovelar

Mr. Mario Bernalt Ovelar serves as General Director of the Environment for the Ministry of Foreign Relations.  He is also the author of two books on transboundary issues: Aqui Sin Fronteras: Supranacionalidad, Globalization y Derecho Communitario en el Mercosur (1999) and Karaku del Chaco: Territorio Humano del Milenio (2001). Mr. Bernalt also serves as a consultant on Social Science and the Environment.  He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, PNUD, OEA, and other international and intergovernmental organizations. Mr. Bernalt completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Católica and the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, and has completed post-graduate studies in Sociology and other fields as well. 
 

Mr. Gregory Breland 

Mr. Gregory Breland is Secretary-General of the World University Federation, where he coordinates the conferences and various activities of this international association of colleges and universities and network of scholars. Since 1984, he has also worked with the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS), presently serving as the Executive Director. ICUS provides a forum for scientists from around the world to reflect on the direction of science and how its various disciplines and specialities can be better integrated to improve human welfare. The conference and its publications deal not only with issues related to science but also to the values related to specific issues. Mr. Breland also served as an Associate Editor, under Dr. Marcelo Alonso, of the International Journal on the Unity of the Sciences, a quarterly interdisciplinary journal, which published original manuscripts dealing with the various branches of knowledge and related ethics questions. Mr. Breland holds a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia).
 

Dr. Enrique H. Bucher

Dr. Enrique H. Bucher is Director of the Center for Applied Zoology at the University of Córdoba, Argentina.  He also serves as Principal Investigator for CONICET (National Research Council for Science and Technology, Argentina).  Dr. Bucher has had a long-term involvement in research and development of the Gran Chaco region of South America, including development of sustainable restoration and production models.  He has also participated in environmental impact assessments of large-scale projects in South America, including the Yacireta dam (Argentina and Paraguay), the Paraná Medio dam (Argentina), and the Hidrovia waterway project (Paraguay and Paraná rivers, including the Pantanal region).  Dr. Bucher also served as organizer and director of the International Graduate Program in Wildlife Management at the University of Córdoba, Argentina, and has been a consultant to several international institutions including FAO, World Health Organization, UNDP, the World Bank, the MacArthur Foundation, Wetlands for the Americas, World Wildlife Fund, among others. He is a member of the IUCN Specialist Group on Sustainable Use of Wild Species.  Dr. Bucher has over 100 scientific and technical publications.  Dr. Bucher received his Doctorate in Biology from the University of Córdoba.  For his contributions to science, Dr. Bucher is the recipient of numerous honors, from organizations such as the Zoological Society of London, the American Ornithologists Union, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Ecological Society, the Pew Foundation, and the Argentinean National Academy of Sciences.
 

Dr. Juan Maria Carron

Dr. Juan Maria Carron is Director of the Center for Conservation and Environmental Education in Asunción, Paraguay. He has served as a Senator for the Republic of Paraguay, as well as Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Population and Ecology. Dr. Carron holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, with special emphasis on issues of population and sustainable development. He has served as a technical advisor and consultant for a number of years for UNESCO and CEPAL. Dr. Carron is also the former director of the Paraguayan team that studied the social and environmental impact of proposed damming projects.
 

Pedro Chaves dos Santos Filho

Mr. Pedro Chaves is Chancellor  of the Universidade para o Desenvolvimento do Estado e da Regiâo do Pantanal, a university with 18,000 students located in Campo Grande, Brazil.  He also serves as Vice President of the Pantanal Protection Society and as Chairman of the Manoel de Barros Foundation.  Furthermore, Chancellor Chaves is a member of the State Education Council for the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, a member of the Brazilian Universities Chancellors Council, and a member of the Presidential Board of the Brazilian Association of Maintainers for Superior Education, among other posts.  From 1974 to 1996, he served as General Director of CESUP -- the Superior Education Centre of Campo Grande. Chancellor Chaves has also served on the Regional Economy Council and the Science and Technology Council of the State of Mato Grosso do Sul. Chancellor Chaves completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Campinas, and completed a Masters Degree Course in Economics at the Foundation Institute of Economical Researches at the University of São Paulo.  He has a number of publications in both education and economics.
 

Dr. Barry Chernoff

Dr. Barry Chernoff is Associate Curator and Head of the Division of Fishes for the Department of Zoology of The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History. He also serves as lecturer on the committee of evolutionary biology for the University of Chicago and as Adjunct Professor of Neotropical Zoology for the Universidad Central de Venezuela.  Dr. Chernoff served as AquaRAP team leader and chief ichthyologist for the AquaRAP Pantanal and AquaRAP Paraguay expeditions. AquaRAP (Aquatic Rapid Assessment Program) is a multinational, multidisciplinary, collaborative program managed by Conservation International and The Field Museum.  This program is devoted to identifying conservation priorities and sustainable management opportunities in freshwater ecosystems in Latin America. Dr. Chernoff’s work at the Chicago Field Museum involves coordination of scientific research which will lead to a better understanding of the state of Latin America’s wetlands.  He specializes in the systematic biology of South American freshwater fishes and the evolution and biogeography of the world’s silverside fishes.  Dr. Barry completed his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan.
 

Dr. Thomas L. Crisman

Dr. Thomas Crisman is Director of the Center for Wetlands at the University of Florida, and a Professor with the University’s Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. Previously, he held the position of Associate Director for Environmental Programs with the Center for African Studies of the University of Florida. Dr. Crisman’s distinguished career includes serving as a Visiting Professor, Research Scientist or Instructor at universities in Uganda, Finland, Denmark, and Zimbabwe. In addition, Dr. Crisman held the post of President of the Florida Academy of Sciences. He is on the International Cooperation Committee for the Society of Wetland Scientists, and he serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Freshwater Ecology, among others. Dr. Crisman received his Ph.D. in Zoology-Limnology from Indiana University.  He has authored or co-authored more than 140 journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and other scientific publications. Dr. Crisman’s expertise has been sought by various governmental and intergovernmental bodies. For his outstanding contributions to the fields of limnology, wetland science and environmental engineering, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. 
 

Dr. Mário Dantas

Dr. Mário Dantas is Director (Chefe Geral) of the Center for Agricultural Research on the Pantanal (CPAP), the research unit of EMBRAPA in the Pantanal (Corumbá, MS). EMBRAPA (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Dr. Mario DantasAgropecuária), which is linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply,is a major research institution, with 37 research units, 15 central units, and over 8,500 employees and 2,000 researchers. In addition to his responsibilities with CPAP, Dr. Dantas serves as a Visiting Professor for the Post-Graduate Course in Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (Cuiabá, MT), and as a Professor with the Universidade Federal do Pará (Belém, PA). Previous to these positions, Dr. Dantas served as International Coordinator of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture Sub-Program with PROCISUR (Montevideo); Technical Director of CPAF/ACRE with EMBRAPA (Rio Branco, AC); and as a  researcher with EMBRAPA/CPATU (Belém, PA), EMBRAPA/CPAF ACRE (Rio Branco, AC) and EMBRAPA/CNPMA (Jaguariúna, SP). Dr. Dantas received his doctorate from the University of Oxford (Oxford, England). He has numerous research publications to his credit.
 

Ronaldo Eno Dietze Junghanns

Professor Ronaldo E. Dietze currently serves as the President of the Council of CEPADES (Centro Paraguayo de Desarrollo Económico y Social).  He previously held positions as Vice Minister of Agriculture, Director General of Planning at MAG, Director General of Cooperation at MAG, and Assessor of MAG.  He further serves as Professor at Universidad Nacional de Asunción, at the Unviersidad de la Católica, in the American University, and in CEPADES, in the fields of Agronomy and Forestry.  Professor Dietze is a specialist in Agricultural and Environmental Economy, and has numerous publications to his credit.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, and has pursued postgraduate studies in Israel, Venezuela, Colombia, Germany, Jpaan, and Mexico.  He holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economy from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
 

Ms. Ana Lucia Lima Barros Dolabella

Ms. Ana Lucia Dolabella served from 1994 through 1996 as the Coordinator of the Pantanal Project—National Environmental Program (PNMA). She has been involved in the coordination of the project since its inception in 1990. This multi-million dollar project to protect the Pantanal ecosystem, coordinate state environmental agencies and develop a conservation plan in cooperation with professionals from several institutions is carried Ms. Ana Lucia Dolabellaout under the auspices of Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Legal Amazon. Currently, Ms. Dolabella serves on the consultant team to elaborate Phase II of the National Environmental Program and is the representative of the Ministry of Environment to the Upper Paraguay—  Pantanal Hydrological Basin Committee. This later committee, created as an indirect result of the Pantanal Project—National Environmental Program, involves representation by diverse governmental and non-governmental sectors of the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, and the Federal Government. Prior to serving in the Ministry of the Environment, Ms. Dolabella held positions with the Brazilian Environmental and Natural Resources Institute (IBAMA), where she coordinated the initial stages of the Pantanal Project, and with the Special Secretariat for the Environment (SEMA). Among other responsibilities, Ms. Dolabella has served on the consultant teams regarding environmental impact studies of the Paraguay-Parana Water-Way, and the Bolivia-Brazil Pipeline. Ms. Dolabella was trained as a Forest Engineer at the University of Viçosa and the University of Brasilia.
 

Pedro Gerardo González González

Mr. Pedro González serves as Chairman of the Department of Agrarian Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción.  He has also served as a full professor in the departments of Veterinary Sciences, Agrarian Sciences, and Economic Sciences at the University.  He is  a full-time member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Association of Higher Agricultural Education, and as Coordinator of the Council of Agrarian Deans and Agricultural Engineers of Paraguay.  Mr. González received his degree in Agronomical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, where he also received a Masters in Planning and Projects.  Mr. González has studied and taught in Japan, Taiwan, Italy, the United States, Israel, Spain, Germany, Canada, Mexico and Chile.
 

Dr. Dong Il Jin

Dr. Dong Il Jin is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Biological Science at Sun Moon University, Korea. Dr. Jin received his Ph.D. in Animal Biotechnology from North Carolina State University in the United States. He also holds a M.S. in Animal Reproductive Physiology and a B.S. in Animal Science from Seoul National University.  Dr. Jin has also held the positions of Assistant Professor at Sun Moon University, Senior Researcher with the Cancer Research Center of Seoul National University, and Research Associate with the Duke University Medical Center.
 

Dr. Robert P. Langstroth

Dr. Robert Langstroth is Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.  He also serves as a Consultant to the Livestock-Natural Resource Interfaces Project with the USAID Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program, with responsibilities including research and consulting on rangeland and forest ecology in Mexico, Ecuador, and Bolivia and design of a research program to assess livestock impacts on landscape, biodiversity, and productivity. Furthermore, Dr. Langstroth serves as Scientific Advisor to the Fundación Cipriano Barace para la Ganaderia del Beni, developing an applied research and extension program to address environmental aspects of cattle ranching systems in the Llanos de Moxos ecoregion of Bolivia.  In addition, Dr. Langstroth serves as Consultant to AATA International on OPIC subcontract for Environmental Monitoring of the Cuiabá Energy Project.  Dr. Langstroth received his Ph.D. in Geography, with a specialization in biogeography and minor in Latin American and Iberian  Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, researching forest islands in an Amazonian savanna of northeastern Bolivia. He also holds a M.S. in Range and Wildlands Science from the University of California at Davis.  Dr. Langstroth has taught courses in geography, botany, and ecology/conservation biology at the University of Wisconsin.
 

Helio de Macedo Soares

Mr. Helio de Macedo Soares is the Southern Regional Director of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).  The IICA is the specialized agency for agriculture of the inter-American system of the Organization of American States.  The Southern Regional Director plays an important role in developing cooperation projects in agriculture through its five Cooperation Agencies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.  Mr. Soares’s main professional fields include coordination of agriculture and cattle raising projects; advisory in agriculture and industry policies and financing; and elaboration, planning, and monitoring of agricultural and industrial projects.  Previous to becoming Southern Regional Director, he served in such positions as Special Advisor of IICA’s General Director, the Director of Rural Financing and Industrial Development in the Bank of Brasilia, and the Presidency of the National Goods Market of the National Coordination of Irrigation and Basic Food Production at the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, among others.  During his professional career, Mr. Soares has taken part in negotiations with several international organizations, such as the UNDP, OAF, BIRD and the IDB. Mr. Soares holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Georgetown University. 
 

Dr. Maria Fatima Mereles

Dr. Fatima Mereles is a professor of taxonomy and plant ecology in the botany department of the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay.  During the AquaRAP expedition to Paraguay, Professor Mereles  served as both the leader for the aquatic botanical team and as field director for the expedition.  Her Ph.D. thesis involved cataloging the ecology and properties of the vegetation in Paraguay’s Chaco region, and she is currently involved in a project to manage the natural resources of the Chaco, as well as reviewing the genus Eleocharis (Cyperaceae) for the “Flora of Paraguay.”Dr. Mereles also plans to publish a manual on the aquatic plants of Paraguay with her colleagues at the University.
 

Maria Esther Montaño Cuchallo

Ms. Maria Montaño Cuchallo is Chief of the Area of Zoology for the Regional Collection of Wildlife for the Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History (Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, Ms. Maria Esther MontanoMHNNKM) in Bolivia. She also serves as Coordinator of the Steering Committee for the Protected Areas of the Pantanal for the Museum of Natural History in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).  Furthermore, Ms. Montaño Cuchallo serves as the Coordinator responsible for the biological studies of the project “Evaluation and Identification of Ecosystems and Species for the Conservation of the Protected Areas of the Bolivian Pantanal,” which is being conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Museum of Natural History.  Previously, Ms. Montaño Cuchallo served as General Coordinator for Biological Studies for the project “Diagnosis of the San Matias and Otuquis Protected Areas of the Bolivian Pantanal” conducted through several national and international agencies.  She has likewise held several other responsible positions with respect to the Pantanal, scientific collections, and various biological studies, and has played an instrumental role in the creation of protected areas in the Bolivian Pantanal. 
 

Michael Murray-Hudson

Mr. Michael Murray-Hudson is a Ph.D. Candidate with the Center for Wetlands of the University of Florida.  He also is actively involved in development of a wetlands policy for the country of Botswana, providing technical input to a team (IUCN/Ecosurv) engaged to develop a National Wetlands Policy and Implementation Strategy.  In 1998, Mr. Murray-Hudson  also served as Botswana Country Coordinator and Resource Use Specialist for the Diagnostic Assessment Okavango River Basin Study conducted for the Tri-Partite Okavango River Basin Permanent Commission and Global Environment Facility, and in 1997 he served as Botswana Country Consultant for the Zambezi Basin State of the Environment Reporting Programme Inception Mission (IUCN/SARDC/IMERCSA).  Furthermore, Mr. Murray-Hudson served as Physical Ecologist and Wetland Specialist for the Zambezi River Basin Action Plan Wildlife and Tourism Sector Studies, as well as numerous other positions relative to studies of various ecosystems in Botswana. Mr. Murray-Hudson is editor of Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment - A Course Book (University of Botswana and Ecosurv 1995) and a co-author of The Swamp Book (Southern Book Publishers 1989). 
 

Koo Bae Park

Mr. Koo Bae Park is the President of Atenil, S.A., a management and holding company involved in the areas of communications, transportation, agriculture, fishing and processing, and which is constructing a new international port in Montevideo, as well as managing 900,000 hectares of land in Paraguay.  Mr. Park is also President of the Latin America - Asia Forum, and international  educational organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate East-West interchange through technological, cultural, and commercial avenues.  Mr. Park further serves as President of Top Ocean, Inc., an Antarctic fishing company involved in the production of high protein food.  Mr. Park is also a adjunct professor of applied biological sciences at Sun Moon University in South Korea.
 

Dr. Guido Pincheira

Dr. Guido Pincheira is a Professor of Ecological Science at the University of Chile. He has also served as Chairman of the Department of Biology and Chairman of the Department of Ecological Sciences at the University of Chile, as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Director of Research at the same university.  Previously, he served as a Professor at the University of Concepción, and  as a Research Associate at Rockefeller University in the United States.  Furthermore, Dr. Pincheira is an Honorary Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay.  Dr. Pincheira has been involved in consulting activities with the Inter-American Development Bank for the development of the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, and has also been an advisor of the Instituto Antártico de Chile and Centro Nacional del Medio Ambiente (National Environmental Center).  He has published numerous papers and books in relation to genetics and the environment.  Dr. Pincheira obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics, Cytology and Biochemistry at Cornell University in the United States. 
 

Ambassador Phillip V. Sanchez

Phillip Sanchez is Publisher of Tiempos del Mundo, an international weekly newspaper published in most nations of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, with the goal of becoming a hemispheric daily newspaper. Ambassador Sanchez also serves as Vice President of the Washington Times Corporation, the Amb. Phillip Sanchezparent company of Tiempos del Mundo, and is Chairman of the Board of Nostalgia Good-TV, a cable television network. Ambassador Sanchez also holds various high-level positions in academia and business and has held key diplomatic and government posts. He serves as Chairman of the Board of National Hispanic University (San Jose CA), as a trustee of the University of Bridgeport (CT), and as President of the Educational Foundation of the Americas. In 1971, he received the first of four presidential appointments, being named as Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Later, his appointment as National Director of OEO (War on Poverty) made him the highest- ranking Hispanic appointee in the history of the U.S. government. He was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Colombia in 1973 and to Honduras in 1976. Ambassador Sanchez has been recognized with numerous honorary doctorates and awards, including being chosen “Man of the Year” in 1975 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, and being elected to the prestigious Congressional Awards Board.
 

Professor Marcos Domingo Sanjurjo Kerdal

Professor Marcos Sanjurjo has held various posts at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción over the past 43 years.  He is currently Head of Practical Works in Microbiology and Botany with the Department of Agronomy and Veterinary at the University, as well as Professor of Forestry, Professor of Ecology, and Professor of Administration of Forests in various University departments.  He also serves as Director of the Center of Natural Resources for the Department of Science and Technology with the Universidad Católica “Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (U.C.A.).  Professor Sanjurjo  has also served as a professor in the Department of Natural Sciences with the Institute of Basic Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, and has served in various leadership roles for academic departments at that University. Professor Sanjurjo studied agricultural engineering and civil engineering  at universities in Argentina, Spain, Paraguay, France, and Brazil. Among projects on which he has consulted was a study for the Fundación “Moisés Bertoni” regarding  the environmental impact of the National Plan for rural roads in Paraguay.
 

Dr. Angela Santiago

Dr. Angela Santiago is currently the Chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Bridgeport. A graduate from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción in Industrial Chemistry, Dr. Santiago earned her Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, PR,  and later her PhD in Chemistry from Syracuse University, New York. Dr. Santiago's main line of work is in electrochemistry, the characterization of ultramicroelectrodes and biosensors, chemical instrumentation and the study of chemical profiles of opposed flow difussion flames. She also teaches  a seminar in environmental science.
 

Dr. Frederick A. Swarts

Dr. Frederick Swarts serves as Secretary-General of the World Conference on Preservation and Sustainable Development in the Pantanal. Dr. Swarts is Senior Research Scientist for Aquatic Ecology with the Waterland Research Institute; in this capacity he is responsible for the Institute’s water resources projects in the Pantanal Dr. Frederick Swartsarea of Brazil. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University, with a B.S. in Biology, Dr. Swarts received his M.S. in Zoology from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his doctoral studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College and the Graduate School of the Union Institute, graduating with a Ph.D. in Biology and Education. Dr. Swarts has published widely in the fields of aquatic ecology, education,and environmental biology. His environmental research endeavors include an extensive field study of brook trout in streams affected by acid-mine drainage in Pennsylvania and an exceptional tolerance of some tropical blackwater fish to low pH. His professional credentials include serving as Book Review Editor for the International Journal on the Unity of the Sciences, and serving on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations. Dr. Swarts is the editor of The Pantanal: Understanding and Preserving the World's Largest Wetland (Paragon House 2000).
 

Ambassador Timothy L. Towell

Amb. Timothy Towell served as U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay from 1988-1991.  Currently, he serves as President of the Foreign Policy Group in Washington, D.C.  Amb. Towell also serves as  Chairman of the Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce as well as Chairman of the Uruguay-U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Among other positions held by Amb. Towell during his distinguished career were Director for Africa for the Peace Corps; Deputy Chief of Protocol for the U.S. Department of State; Legislative Management Officer for Europe; Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Interests Section in Cuba; Political Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Belgium; and U.S. Consul in Porte Alegre, Brazil.  Amb. Towell has also held posts in Bolivia and Spain.  Furthermore, Amb. Towell has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President for the Council of American Ambassadors and on the Board of Directors for Population Action International. He also was Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Lab School of Washington, a school for dyslexic children.  Amb. Towell holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, as well as a M.A. in  European History from Case-Western Reserve University.
 

Dr. Thomas J. Ward

Dr. Thomas Ward is Vice President for International Program and Dean of the International College of the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Ward has formulated and conducted symposia on comparative political economy for legislators in all six of the member and associate member states of MERCOSUR and he writes for and serves on the editorial board of Universario, a new Latin American journal of social thought. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Ward earned his Master degree in the humanities at the California State University and did his doctoral studies at the Catholic Institute of Paris and De La Salle University in the Philippines. He has worked as an economic and political analyst for several public and private institutions. Dr. Ward has been a guest lecturer at a number of institutions of higher learning in Latin America and Asia, and currently serves on the board of several non-profit organizations.