Juan Guillermo Espinosa, is the Chief Executive Officer of Cuba Strategies, Inc., a company established to provide American companies interested in doing business in Cuba with a clear strategic plan for entering the Cuban marketplace and with guidance and mechanisms for implementing the plan on the island.
Juan, who left Cuba in 1961 as part of the fabled Operation Peter Pan, has been involved in Cuba issues his entire life. After a successful career as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Juan, together with his father, founded Espinosa & Espinosa, Esqs., in Hudson County, New Jersey, an area which has the second largest Cuban-American population in the United States. His father, Jose Miguel, was a renowned trial attorney in pre-Castro Cuba, and his reputation allowed the law firm to rapidly become one of the premier law firms representing Cuban-Americans in the New York metropolitan area. Eventually the firm formed a first-of-its-kind joint venture with a majority firm, and became the first Hispanic law firm with a national footprint.
For several years Juan was a Board Member of the Cuba Study Group, a highly-respected group of Cuban-American executives, credited with forging many of the openings which eventually led the Obama administration’s decision to change U.S. policy towards Cuba.
In 2011, Juan returned to Cuba for the first time to assist in the establishment of the Cuba Emprende Foundation. The Foundation is a US-based 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports the Catholic Church of Cuba’s Project Cuba Emprende, whose mission is to offer training and advisory services to Cuban entrepreneurs who wish to start or improve a small business. Project Cuba Emprende entrepreneurs seek the development of an entrepreneurial culture, social progress and to improve the quality of their lives.
Juan founded Cuba Strategies, Inc. in 2012, based on the principles of the aforementioned organizations. It is Cuba Strategies’ intent to act as a conduit for American companies desirous to enter the Cuban marketplace as good corporate citizens, conscious and respectful of the Cuban people and their natural environment.
Bachelor of Engineering- Stevens Institute of Technology, 1972
Master of Management Science- Stevens Institute of Technology, 1973
Juris Doctorate- New York Law School, 1985
As CSC of Cuba Strategies, Inc. (“CSI”) Carlos is responsible for prospectively designing CSI´s development, furthering quality, outreach and competitiveness.
Carlos is a Cuban entrepreneur and academic. In Cuba he founded and presided the Non Agricultural Cooperative (NAC) “Cooperativa Industrias Purita”, the only agro-industrial NAC, dedicated to the production of dehydrated foods, specializing in spices and fruits. He worked at the Research Center for Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) in the Higher Polytechnic Institute Jose Antonio Echevería and at the Higher Institute of Industrial Design (ISDi).
He has been the founding member of multiple organizations in Cuba, these include:
He was on the organizing committee of Cuba’s International Conference for Renewable Energy (CIER), the 2013 World Wind Energy Conference, and the Mother Earth Festival, a nation wide cultural event to promote a culture of balance, sustainability and respect.
His academic research has been in the development of technologies for harnessing renewable energy sources and generating business models that can drive sustainable development.
Carlos studied Engineering Design at the University of Bristol (Masters), specializing in aero-mechanical systems and dynamical systems modelling. There, he was the founding Vice-President of Engineers Without Borders (Bristol Branch) and was awarded the Albert Fry Price for his extraordinary contribution to the life of the University. He obtained his PhD at Habana´s Higher Polytechnic Institute with studies at the University of Gent, identifying a new thermodynamic cycle corresponding to the Thermal Lag Engine. Carlos earned a James Madison Fellowship in 2013, granted by the James Madison Summer Institute on the Constitution at Georgetown University, dedicated to the study of the principles, framing, ratification and implementation of the Constitution of the United States of America. As a Cuban national with extensive experience in the burgeoning entrepreneurial movement on the Island, Carlos provides expert guidance on navigating the cultural, societal and business cultures particular to this newly emerging market.
Silvia Garrigo has broad experience advising multinational corporations on legal, policy, sustainability, risk management, and public affairs issues arising from complex domestic and international matters, particularly the legal and business implications of energy and natural resources issues related to sustainability and global governance standards. Throughout her career, Silvia has provided companies with practical and strategic advice on the development of policies, management systems, and reporting frameworks that integrate relevant sustainability standards; on current and emerging global governance standards on environmental and social issues that impact a client’s license to operate; and on legal frameworks that protect companies’ investments.
In particular, Silvia is widely known for her skills in building consensus and finding common ground among a diverse group of stakeholders in adversarial and high profile matters, and has first hand experience on the role of business, government and civil society in shaping local and global social and environmental issues, particularly in emerging markets.
Prior to joining Morrison, Foerster, Silvia was the Chief Sustainability Officer of Cuba Strategies Inc. where she was responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing business strategies, projects, and programs that supported the company’s mission to drive sustainable development, conservation and responsible socioeconomic progress in Cuba.
Silvia also held various executive and senior legal positions at Chevron Corporation. She led Chevron’s corporate responsibility policy and strategy team, and guided the company towards a best-in-class CSR policies, programs and goals, including strategic advocacy and multi-stakeholder engagement. Silvia also oversaw the development and implementation of an enterprise-wide human rights policy, as well as a corporate issue and stakeholder management process, and a shareholder engagement process on environmental, social and governance issues, and the publication of Chevron’s Annual Corporate Responsibility Report. In addition, she represented Chevron in major international transactions for the exploration, production and commercialization of oil and gas, and major international litigation, including a significant global environmental litigation seeking restoration and remediation of land used by a former oil-producing consortium in the Ecuador Amazon. In this role, Silvia managed legal teams and the development of fieldwork and expert reports on operational standards, environmental performance, and health, ecological, cultural and socioeconomic impacts in the Amazon. She also served as company spokesperson on Tier One media, Cable, Radio.
Prior to joining Chevron, Silvia had a distinguished legal career as an in-house counsel for other multinational corporations and as a lawyer for a couple of international law firms.
Silvia currently serves as a Senior Fellow at Florida International University School of Law, where her research focuses on law, sustainable development, and human rights and as a member of the Advisory Board for Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment at the Fuqua School of Business. She also serves as a board member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labour Group and the International Mediation Institute. She is a member of a consortium of Chief Sustainability Officers of Fortune 500 companies and has served on the Senior Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Center for Responsible Business, as Vice Chair of United States Council for International Business, Corporate Responsibility Committee and as a member of Harvard Kennedy School, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. A native of Miami, Florida, of Cuban heritage, Silvia received her J.D. from The University of Miami in 1987, where she was a member of the Law Review, and her B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, from Boston College in 1983.
Silvia is admitted in Florida. She is resident in our Washington D.C. office and her practice is supervised by principals of the firm admitted to the District of Columbia bar.
Gennady is a Cuban academic and MBA. As Chief Business Officer, Guennady is responsible for CSI’s business development. In addition, he contributes with his practical experience in dealing with Cuban entrepreneurs, civil society and his knowledge of the Island's legal system.
Guennady attended the first MBA program organized by the Father Félix Varela Cultural Center of the Archdiocese of Havana, and the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM) with the collaboration of professors from the University of Havana. This program was designed to train business professionals to work under the new economic measures implemented by the Cuban government in 2010.
Prior to his work as a business consultant, Guennady served for several years as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Havana teaching courses in The Theory of State and Law and Philosophy of Law.
Guennady was part of a team of from the Center for Legal Research of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Cuba, where he conducted analysis on the regulation of domestic trade in Cuba, among other legal and social topics.
Guennady graduated cum laude from the School of Law of the University of Havana.
As the COO for CSI, Jose is responsible for managing and advancing the company’s domestic and Cuban based operations.
Prior to joining CSI, Jose was an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling; the CEO and co-founder of Connect Marketing & Entertainment Group, a NYC marketing and events company; co-founder and Chief Product Officer for Tillr.com, a cloud based project management platform and, most recently, the Chief Diversity Officer for The Espinosa Group, Inc., an award-winning Construction and Engineering company.
As a first generation Cuban-American, Jose has always been interested in Cuban affairs and in the mid-nineties, had multiple stints living in Cuba teaching english in Palma Soriano, a small town in the eastern part of the island. Jose remains deeply committed to identifying and scaling sustainable development solutions in an effort to preserve the rich resources and beauty of Cuba.
In 2009 Jose participated in the landmark Cuba IT & Social Media Initiative and was named the Chairperson of the Initiative’s Social Media Committee.
Jose is an honors graduate from Tufts University (B.A.) and holds a law degree from Tulane University (J.D.) where he was a member of the Moot Court.