Camilo Galvis is the Executive Director of the ABC* foundation. Prior to joining ABC*, Mr Galvis worked as Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Colombia in London where he promoted the negotiation and ratification of the Free Trade Agreement between the Community of Andean Nations and the European Union.
Before his work in London, Mr Galvis was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where he conducted research on applied mathematics to finance and economics with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Columbia Business School.
He is a previous Director of Information of Fortune International, a Florida based Real Estate development and investment firm, and a former Integrated Technology Specialist with IBM.
Camilo holds a BS degree in Economics from the University of Los Andes in Colombia and the University of Sydney in Australia and a MS in Operations Research from Columbia University. He remains a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, actively contributing to research on applied mathematics to finance and economics.
Nicolas Ibargüen is the Publisher of PODER Magazine, a division of Grupo Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world and the Director of the Planet Initiative at the abc*. Under Ibargüen’s tenure, PODER launched its Miami and Peru editions to complete the portfolio of five editions that also include Mexico, Colombia and the US Hispanic Market. He also created strategic alliances with Natural Resources Defense Council, National Geographic Society which have served as the platform to further ABC initiatives and educational efforts. Ibargüen’s passion for the environment and desire to influence regional leaders to create a cleaner, healthier, more efficient way to live has been the engine for the development of the ABC* Planet initiatives.
In 2007, Nicolás presided the Green Forum in Miami, the first environmental Forum dedicated to the Hispanic community in the US with the participation of Al Gore and in association with National Geographic, Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense. In 2010 he organized the Green Forum: Oceans, with the mission of expanding knowledge about the current state of the oceans and providing resources to media, politicians and business leaders in the region to implement sustainable practices that lead to a more environmental-consciousness and sustainable society. In 2010 he created The Expeditions program, with the idea of providing hands on inspiration to those leaders who have the potential to implement change.
In 2011, Nicolas will focus his efforts on generating awareness on forests. He produced two documentaries: “Amazon Gold”, a look at the devastation of the Amazon seen through the lenses of two war correspondents and “From threes and Stars” an overview of the state of Mexico’s protected areas. Both documentaries were presented during the COP 16 meetings by president Felipe Calderon. with the objective of calling the attention of world wide leaders, environmentalists and conservationists to the fact that forest protection offers one of the most effective, practical, and immediate strategies to combat climate change. He is also currently working, in association with National Geographic and the Government of Colombia, in a project to expand Colombia’s marine protected areas.
Alexia Sagemuller is in charge of the Americas Business Council Foundation on Global Programs in Washington D.C.
Alexia Sagemuller has strong expertise working for a wide variety of international organizations. From 2005 to 2010, she was Foreign Policy magazine’s Director of Global Programs, where she lead and developed several initiatives like the Ibero-American Business Forum and the Dominican Express, and edited a wide variety of publications on the Americas. During her tenure, she also acted as Executive Director of the Latin American Social Forum which gathers, in Washington D.C., select senior corporate executives, foundation and civil society leaders and academics from the Western Hemisphere and Spain, to discuss how to improve social conditions in the region. At the magazine, she developed long-lasting partnerships with over 100 organizations in Europe and the Americas including the Inter-American Development Bank, the Andean Corporation, the United Nations Development Program, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Investment Corporation, Ministry of Economy of Spain, Femsa Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, BBVA, AES, Repsol, UBS, Shell, Chevron, Polar Group, Camargo Correa, Ardila Llule Group, Vale Do Rio Doce, Cemex, Iberdrola, Empresas Publicas de Medellin and Rafael del Pino Foundation, amongst others. She has collaborated actively with the magazine’s overall institutional relations, communications and advertising strategies as well.
In 2003, Ms. Sagemuller joined AFA Press in Madrid, Spain, a pioneer communications agency that produces publications on international affairs for media outlets like Le Monde, The New York Times, Capital, Forbes, USA Today and The Independent.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alexia has lived and directed projects for AFA in Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Kenya, Mexico and Ecuador and has interviewed more than 200 leaders in the Americas, Europe and Africa within public office, private and social sectors, including Heads of State and prominent business man.
In Argentina, she has produced more than 60 weekly international news-magazine TV programs (Mundo.ar) and over 150 daily news shows (Mundo.diario) for Channel 7, Argentina’s public channel. Ms. Sagemuller has also been TV producer and host of 3 television shows (Educacion.21, Salud21. and Reactivacion.21) on P&E; cable channel, which broadcasted to 11 countries in Latin America. She has produced radio featured stories on political issues, immigration, education, tourism and sports for BBC’s Radio World Service and Radio One News.
Ms. Sagemuller has advised the Red Nacional de ONGs in México (Network of 1000+ NGOs) and Ashoka’s Latin America regional department. She holds a B.B.A from Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE) and has taken several communications and field related workshops and classes at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
As liason for the abcFellows, Adrian Saravia coordinates all communication efforts with the project initiatives and the Fellows. Adrian also co-produces the annual abcFellows meeting, synchronizing all logistical efforts and agenda.
Currently he serves as the Creative Director of Content 18, an incubator for digital ventures focused on producing content-centered online platforms and experiences.
Seasoned in the editorial world, Adrian Saravia spent the greater part of the last 9 years creatively directing publications ranging from an international men’s lifestyle title (LOFT), to B2B publications such as Hispanic Trends, the cultural HISPANIC Magazine and business titles like PODER. While at LOFT, the publication grew from a regional title to having multiple editions across the Americas; in the US, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Through his direction this lifestyle lad mag received the highly coveted Eddie Award from Folio as well as a Charlie from the FMA in 2005.
While at Page One Media, an editorial content company working in strategically partnership with Editorial Televisa, he produced Hispanic Enterprise, Tu Dinero, HISPANIC Magazine and the US editions of PODER. These all went through major design overhauls as to compete in the contemporary print world and new online platforms were designed and created for each to become the digital counterparts to the magazines.
He is a graduate of the Film & TV program of New York University in 2000 and of the Stanford University Professional Publishing Course.