Dr. Ronel S. Solis Castillero, President

Ronel holds a doctorate in International Business Law from the Economic University of Nagoya-Japan,and is Coordinator of the Law and Political Science Faculty in the regional Azuero branch of the University of Panama, President of the Las Tablas Red Cross committee, and researcher at the Institute of Medical Science. In 2011, he won first prize in the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ 6 th annual Ernesto Castillero Pimentel Essay contest on the theme of commercial diplomacy for national development. In recent years he has participated in seminars and experiences on diverse topics such as the solar energy sector development in developing countries (China), start-ups (Israel), European environmental management and legislation (Italy), and cities, culture and territory (Nicaragua). He was president of the 7 th annual regional Azuero scientific conference on “Multiculturalism: a path towards academic excellence and national development” at University of Panama-Azuero in 2017.

Luis Eduardo Varela Clement, Vice-president

Luis is a member of an industrious Panamanian family with Azuero roots. He obtained his civil engineering degree, with honors, from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., which he followed up with postgraduate studies there and in Stockholm. For 13 years he worked in the construction sector in Nicaragua, and upon his return to Panama joined the insurance sector in the area of technical insurance, securities and bonds, to which he dedicated the length of his career. In his retirement, he advises insurance companies in his areas of expertise and has acted as mediator, arbiter, and expert witness in disputes involving the insurance and construction sectors. He is an avid nature lover, birdwatcher and collector of historical Panamanian maps. Luis has been married over 50 years, and together with his wife Marta Cardenal, heads a family that to date includes 24 children and grandchildren.

Sandra Vásquez de Zambrano, Secretary

Sandra was born in El Salvador, and presently lives in Las Tablas with her husband and two children. Sandra studied psychology and business administration, and has over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources, business formation and entrepreneurship, market strategies, and project execution, etc. She initiated the operations of SEARCH INC.,a recruitment and talent selection firm, in Panama and Honduras, ppositioning the firm as one of the most important in the region. She has had the opportunity to work in several countries in Central America, and currently owns La Maestra restaurant in Las Tablas. She is also thefounder of the Festarte Las Tablas, the first art, cultural and gastronomy festival in the region.

Dennisse Jurado, Treasurer

Dennisse is an industrial engineer with a degree from Panama’s Technological Universityin industrial security, project management, green production, and elaboration of plans and guides for green productionin diverse sectors. She has more than ten years of experience in dealing with topics related to the environment. She has been an environmental evaluator in environmental audits, worked on education and environmental management programs from 2009 to 2013 in the integrated processing system of the Specialized Economic Agency of Panamá Pacific (quality control department), and as a consultant and technician for UN-Environment’s  department of chemicals and residues ; and a consultant for quality compliance in business processes. Currently she is dedicated to environmental advising (waste management, recycling plans), environmental impact studies, environmental monitoring and quality advising in the industrial, commercial and NGO sectors.

Vernon Scholey, Member

Vernon ScholeyVern has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington. He has worked in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, Washington State, Japan, Ecuador and since 1985 has been the Director of the Achotines Laboratory at the southern tip of the Azuero Peninsula. Investigations at the Achotines Laboratory, a field station of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, focus on the ecology and biology of tuna. Research is carried out at sea and on land where simulated ocean conditions allow scientists to work with eggs and larvae provided by captive spawning yellowfin tuna. Achotines Laboratory also hosts a number of research scientists in other marine and terrestrial disciplines as well as University short courses and field trips.