Board of Directors
Ingrid GreggChairman of the Board, Archbridge Institute
Ingrid Gregg has been active in research, scholarly and philanthropic organizations for over 25 years. She served as president and a trustee of Earhart Foundation for 11 years, which completed a successful sunset process in 2015. From 2015-2016 she was president of The Philadelphia Society, also serving terms as one of its trustees. She is a member of the boards of the Foundation for Economic Education, Ethics and Economics Education (E3NE), the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and the Philanthropic Enterprise. Dr. Gregg has multidisciplinary interests in the humanities and public policy. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in history from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.), a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (U.K.)
Gonzalo SchwarzPresident and CEO, Archbridge Institute
Growing up around the world in Uruguay, Israel, Ecuador, and Bolivia, Gonzalo saw poverty firsthand and wondered how to get individuals on the path to prosperity. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Bolivia and his master’s in economics from George Mason University, he began his life’s work of reducing poverty. This led Gonzalo to found the Archbridge Institute, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that prevent individuals across the globe from bettering their lives. While forming the idea to start the Archbridge Institute, Gonzalo Schwarz was working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlas Network. During his six years at Atlas, he managed key projects including the Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Reform program, the Templeton Freedom Award, the Latin American program, and the Sound Money Project. He also participated as an instructor in various Atlas Network training programs such as the Think Tank MBA and the Think Tank Leadership Training, focusing on outcome measurement and best practices. To read Gonzalo’s recent writing, click here
Juan Jose Daboub, PhDChairman and CEO, The Daboub Partnership
Dr. Juan José Daboub is the Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, an initiative of ARCIS, LLC, dedicated to delivering results for public and private organizations around the world. He is also the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Global Adaptation Institute (www.gain.org). He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Board of Directors, including in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. As Managing Director of the World Bank from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, and the Department of Institutional Integrity. Internationally recognized as a thought leader, Dr. Daboub has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and many other international publications. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, EWTN, TCS, and many other broadcast media outlets. He has spoken extensively at high-level international conferences on economic freedom, prosperity and development issues, including the World Economic Forum, the Union for the Mediterranean, the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, OECD, Transparency International, the BOAO Forum, and the Atlantic Basin Initiative.Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub lead the expansion of his family owned businesses and worked for non-for-profits on public policies to promote liberty, stability and growth throughout Latin America. From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to the President. In these high-profile, dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001. Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies. Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he re-structured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also de-monopolized that strategic sector. He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004), working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party. Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Mort TaylorChief Executive Officer, Signal Power and Light, Inc.
Mort Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer of Signal, Power and Light based in Alabama. He is a practicing attorney with long experience in the energy industry. His personal background includes managing a fourth generation private land and energy holdings, which have supplied coal for industry for over 80 years. He founded Signal, Power and Light out of a belief that, given the opportunity, innovative technologies could be applied such that people could have greater access to energy throughout the world. Mort is native to the state of Alabama, where he attended Birmingham – Southern college, receiving his B.A degree in history and his law degree from the University of Alabama.
Andreas WidmerDirector of Entrepreneurship Programs, Catholic University of America
Andreas Widmer is the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of Americas’ Busch School of Business & Economics. His experience spans the fields of high-tech, international business strategy consulting and economic development. A frequent speaker around the world on issues related to entrepreneurship, business leadership, productivity, business ethics, and the challenges of executive management, Widmer appears frequently in the media. Andreas is a Research Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Acton Institute and an advisor to the Zermatt Summit, an annual business leadership event in Switzerland that strives to humanize globalization. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Catholics Come Home, a Catholic TV evangelization campaign, and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame University alongside several other non-profit organizations. Prior to his work in these areas, Andreas co-founded the SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization focused on enterprise solutions to poverty. He has held numerous executive roles over the last 25 years, helping to build up and lead various successful companies. Andreas’s publications include In the River They Swim, Free Markets and the Culture of Common Good, and Faithful Measure, as well as The Pope & The CEO: Pope John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope Saint John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive. Andreas is a graduate of Merrimack College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business, and from St. John’s Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts as well as two business degrees (sales management and general business management) from Switzerland.