Professionals

Advisory Board

Paloma Adams-Allen
Ms. Adams-Allen is advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), with responsibility for the OAS' development and technical cooperation programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as policy formulation on Caribbean issues. Prior to joining the SG's cabinet, she worked for the OAS' Development Agency, the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD), where she served as Special Advisor to the Director General and later as Manager of the IACD's portfolio of projects in the Caribbean (US$3 million per annum). Before moving to the OAS, Adams-Allen managed finance programs at Caribbean/Latin American Action (C/LAA). There she worked with banks and finance companies to improve the business environment in the sub-region and to develop relationships between the private sector and developing countries. She has a law degree from Georgetown University, where she specialized in international law, a Masters in International Affairs from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University.

Anton E. Edmunds
Mr. Edmunds is the Executive Director of Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA). He has worked throughout the region for over 15 years and has experience in strategic planning, political/economic risk analysis, corporate communications, government affairs and business development. Edmunds is also currently Chief of Party for the organization’s two year US$3,000,000 maritime security initiative in Haiti and is developing Caribbean specific public-private sector initiatives in energy, customs and disaster mitigation.
Before joining CCAA, Edmunds served as a consultant for private sector clients with business interests in the Caribbean. From 1995-1997 he was the senior manager of business development for the economic development agency of St. Lucia. Based in New York, he directed investment missions in hospitality development, information processing and agribusiness and acted as team lead for activities in North America, the Americas and the Far East. Prior to that, Edmunds worked with the Eastern Caribbean Investment Promotion Service (ECIPS), a business development organization of the Eastern Caribbean based in Washington, D.C. At ECIPS, Anton developed and managed marketing and investment campaigns for public and private sector clients in the Caribbean and North America. He currently serves on the Board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Caribbean Association of Industry & Commerce. Anton has a Bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America and a Masters Degree from the American University.

Dr. David Lewis
Dr. Lewis is vice president of Manchester Trade, is an international trade and investment expert with over 15 years professional experience advising and working with governments, businesses, and international organizations in the Caribbean and Latin America. His areas of expertise include trade liberalization and free trade agreements (FTAs), regional integration, investment regimes and investment promotion, export promotion, services sector, and manufacturing and free trade zone (FTZ) sectors, especially textile and apparel manufacturing in CBI countries. He has been involved in providing technical support to governments and business in trade negotiations and integration processes such as CARICOM, NAFTA, FTAA, bilateral FTA's, and the WTO. Dr. Lewis has served as Assistant Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, Director of the USAID/OECS Caribbean Policy Project in Antigua, and Deputy Executive Director of Caribbean/Latin American Action (C/LAA).

Eric D. Lundell
Mr. Lundell is president and COO of the Washington, D.C. firm International Technology and Trade Associates. He is an international market research and business development specialist with expertise in telecommunications, robotics, information technology, automotive components, transportation, and environmental technology. His firm closely monitors government programs and policy development and provides extensive consulting services in areas such as export regulation, trade policy, research & development programs, and technology transfer. Mr. Lundell received his MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He received his BA in Political Science from Calvin College. Mr. Lundell is a member of the Washington International Trade Association and the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals.

Jeremy M. Martin
As the director of the Institute of the Americas' Energy Program, Mr. Martin is responsible for researching, writing about and tracking industry trends and policy issues across Latin America, as well as developing the content and agendas for Institute of the Americas Energy Program roundtables and conferences. He
is a frequent commentator on Latin American and energy issues speaking at conferences and appearing in both print and broadcast media. He recently did several interviews on NPR in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas commenting on President Bush's visit to Latin America. Mr. Martin has also published several of his own essays and articles in the San Diego Union-Tribune, The National Journal's Hotline, Energy Central, Latin Business Chronicle, Innovation Mexico, and other online and print media sources. He has worked for several years in international economic development with an emphasis on Latin America. Prior to joining the Institute of the Americas, Jeremy spent four years as a Latin American Country manager at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) where he focused on infrastructure projects and trade in Latin America. Before his work at TDA, Mr. Martin worked for two years at Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) on economic development projects in Latin America. He has an undergraduate degree from The Citadel and a master's degree in International Affairs/International Development from American University in Washington, DC.

Sam Newman
Mr. Newman is a member of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Business Restructuring and Reorganization Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. His practice involves representing debtors, creditors' committees, and secured creditors in chapter 11 cases as well as advising buyers and sellers of the assets of financially distressed companies. Mr. Newman's clients also include lenders and borrowers in financing transactions involving distressed companies.  
Mr. Newman played key roles in a variety of international and cross-border insolvency matters, including:

Mr. Newman earned his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Newman is a member of the board of the Turnaround Management Association's Southern California Chapter. He is also an active member of the  American and L.A. County Bar Associations, the Financial Lawyers Conference and the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum.

Mari Stull
Ms. Stull is KSN's trade and regulatory specialist and agribusiness advisor. She has over 15 years of practical experience with international trade and regulatory issues with an emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Stull has been accredited as head of delegation before the United Nations’ Codex Alimentarius, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Pan American Health Organization (Ministerial Summit), and the World Trade Organization. Her international trade and regulatory expertise has earned her numerous speaking engagements around the world along and she has authored numerous publications on issues ranging from food labeling requirements to her position on the EU’s “Precautionary Principle.” She was founder and executive director of the Caribbean’s first agribusiness trade association, the Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA), and also served as executive director of the International Council of Grocery Manufacturers Associations (ICGMA). During her tenure leading ICGMA, Ms. Stull earned accreditation before the World Health Organization, Codex Alimentarius, and International Atomic Energy Association of the United Nations. She has degrees from Arizona State University, INCAE Business School in Nicaragua (under the technical supervision of the Harvard Business School). Ms. Stull is professionally media trained and conversant in French and Spanish.

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