Educated in the United Kingdom, Japan, United States and Brazil, Egda Page holds a B.S. in International Relations from American University and a Master’s in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex. With extensive experience in public sector and multilateral organizations, Egda brings a global and governmental relations perspective to business development, as well as experience conducting research and leading outreach programs. With language skills in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Egda leverages an expansive network across the Americas which she developed during engagement with foreign diplomatic service, the World Bank and non-profit organizations. Egda has extensive experience managing grant and research documentation, international business development and governmental relations.

Egda is the co-founder of the Nicaraguan chapter of Vital Voices, an NGO that works with women leaders in the areas of economic empowerment, women’s political participation, and human rights.

Egda is a British Council Scholar, Fellow of the Aspen Leadership Global Network, Fellow of Central American Leadership Initiative and former member of Nicaragua’s Women’s Basketball National Team. Egda currently works for California Bank and Trust and lives in Dana Point, California with her husband Greg and their son Joe.

Javier is the Founder and Executive Director of COGx, a Washington DC based research and development firm in applied cognitive science. In partnership with leading academic researchers and scientists, COGx translates scientific discoveries in human learning to clinical programs that target cognition in order to enhance learning ability alongside professional development for educators on the science of learning.

Prior to creating COGx, Javier served as the founding Executive Director of FUNIDES (Nicaraguan Foundation for Socio-Economic Development), a leading think-tank in Nicaragua, which he launched in 2006 and managed until 2007. Since then, Javier has published dozens of essays and articles on US foreign policy, the role of bilateral and multilateral aid agencies in fostering socio-economic development, as well as analysis of the political economy and governance in Central America. In relation to his ongoing interest and analysis on socio-economic development in Central America, Javier has also been interviewed by CNN (Washington DC), Council of the Americas (NYC), Globo TV (Brazil), and other media outlets in Central America.

Previously, Javier was an Executive with Citigroup, where he was hired as one of five graduate students recruited to form part of a global leadership program for rising business leaders and country managers. During his tenure, Javier spearheaded financial literacy programs in the US and Latin America, introduced innovations to risk management to foster responsible democratization of credit to underserved populations, and turned around a fledgling mortgage business in Chile. Javier also earned Volunteer of the Year and the Presidential Award for his volunteerism and contributions to the field of Education.

Javier was born in Nicaragua and currently lives in Washington D.C. He has also resided and worked in each Central American country as well as in Chile and India. Javier holds an MPA from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale University, a BBA in Psychology & Finance from George Washington University and was a graduate research fellow at MIT.

Carlos E. Harding is CEO and founding partner in GH Factor LLC; a factoring company in Miami dedicated to transportation industry in the USA and international commercial factoring (International Trade Financing) in LAC. Carlos is certified in: Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti Money Laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act, and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury. From 1998 to 2005, he held several positions in the Nicaraguan Government included Investment Promotion Officer in the Free Trades Zones and Legal Director in the Housing Bank. Notably, he was on the Free Trade Agreement negotiation team.

Carlos currently serves as Executive Director of the NACD and has been frequently invited to comment on the political and socioeconomic crisis in Nicaragua by The British Broadcast Company (BBC), National Public Radio (NPR), Telemundo (Comcast), Univision, Univision Radio, Mega TV, Radio Caracol (Colombia), Radio y television Marti.

Carlos was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and lives in Miami, Florida. He holds an MBA and Certificates in “Cross Cultural Negotiation” and “Enhanced Decision Making” from University of Miami; Certificate in “Understanding the European Union” from IE (Instituto de Empresa) Madrid; Certificate “Multilateral Negotiations at WTO” from European Institute of Public Administration (Netherlands); Certificate “Textile Management” at China Textile Institute (Taiwan); and holds a Juris Doctor and Social Science degree from Universidad Catolica (Nicaragua).

Verónica Arana has been a Real Estate Agent since 2013, guiding and connecting sellers, buyers and investors to achieve a successful transaction in the area of Miami, Florida. In the past she has worked for Wholesale Tour operators in sales and accounting in Toronto, Canada where she obtained her Travel and Tourism degree. In the 1990’s as a member of the marketing team for the Ministry of Tourism in Nicaragua, she coordinated logistics and participated in Tourism Fairs around Europe, United States and Latin America with the support of local tour operators and hoteliers with the objective to position Nicaragua as a major tourist destination in Central America. Thorough out her life she has donated her time to non-profit organizations catering to homeless and also serving as an interpreter to new immigrants to the United States. Since 2018, She is NACD ‘s treasurer.

Kristen Woo graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a research assistant in child psychology labs and became interested in studying the development of cognitive and reasoning skills in school-age children.

After graduating, she worked for three years with COGx as a cognitive skills trainer, working one-on-one with children ages 5-14 to help them develop their memory, reasoning, and attention skills, as well as identify and promote their personal strengths. In addition, Kristen was a post-baccalaureate research fellow for two years at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, where she was involved in projects that explored family relationships and the impact of maternal depression on child neurological functioning.

In 2015, Kristen began pursuing her graduate studies in school psychology at Tufts University, where she also worked as a time management and study strategies consultant for undergraduate and graduate students. As part of her graduate studies, she completed a practicum internship at an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this position, Kristen administered and interpreted academic, cognitive, and social-emotional assessments, provided counseling services to students, and engaged in consultation with teachers and staff. She has worked with students with diverse educational strengths and needs, including specific learning disabilities and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Kristen obtained her M.A. in school psychology in 2016 and is excited to be returning to work with COGx.

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