Rosanna Ramos Velita
Chairman of the Board, Caja Rural Los Andes
Ms. Ramos-Velita currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Caja Rural Los Andes in Peru. Caja Rural Los Andes provides banking products such as savings, insurance and working capital loans to rural entrepreneurs in Andean Peru. In 2010, she led the acquisition of Caja Los Andes, bringing together US private equity groups and social impact minded individual investors.
Ms. Ramos-Velita has over twenty years of Wall Street and consumer banking experience. She has held senior positions in investment banking and Mergers and Acquisitions at UBS and Bankers Trust. At Citigroup, she was CFO of Global Marketing for the Global Consumer Group, Citigroup’s largest business. She started her career in technology, as a microcircuits designer at AT&T Microelectronics.
Since 2005, Ms. Ramos-Velita has served as Member of the Board at the Grameen Foundation, a leading microfinance global organization founded by Muhammad Yunus. She also serves at the Wharton School Executive Board for Latin America and the Board of Governors of The Lauder Institute.
Ms. Ramos-Velita holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. She also earned an MS in Microelectronics from Lehigh University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota.
Ms. Ramos-Velita lives with her husband Hans Levin in New York City.
Global Portfolio Manager, Verde Asset Management
Mr. Wichmann started his career as an analyst at Banco Icatu S.A. in 1994. Since then, he has held other positions such as portfolio manager at Pactual Asset Management, and he also worked for 10 years at UBS Global Asset Management in Rio de Janeiro, Zurich and Toronto.
Wichmann graduated in Economics. He has a postgraduate in Finance from PUC – Rio.
Former U.S. executive director for the IDB; Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Gustavo Arnavat is a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of Americas Quarterly’s editorial board. Gustavo Arnavat joined the Obama administration to represent the United States on the Executive Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and on the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund, both affiliates of the IDB. As the former U.S. executive director for the IDB, he was a senior member of the Treasury Department’s international affairs team. He led the negotiations within the IDB’s Board that secured the largest capital increase in the bank’s history, nearly doubling of the bank’s annual lending capacity and adoption of fundamental operational and financial management reforms.