L. Ronald Scheman
Ronald Scheman is the Director General of the recently created
Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development.
Mr. Scheman, who has worked extensively in
inter-American affairs, served as Executive Director of the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from 1993 to 1999. His
relationship with the Organization of American States began
in the 1960s as a staff member of the Department of Legal Affairs.
He later served as a Planning Specialist during the administration
of Galo Plaza from 1968 to 1970. Five years later he became
Assistant Secretary of Management, a post he held for 9 years
during the administration of Alejandro Orfila.
In the academic field, Mr. Scheman played
a leading role in creating new patterns of financial and technical
to small businesses and low income communities. This concept
evolved into the creation of the Pan American Development Foundation
(PADF), of which Mr. Scheman served as Executive Director from
1964-1968. He also served as board member from 1968 to 1993
and president of the board from 1977 to 1982.
In addition to having held important posts in the private sector,
Mr. Scheman has authored several books, including The Inter-American
Dilemma (1988) and The Alliance for Progress in Retrospect (1989).
He is also the author of numerous articles and editorials in
different international publications.
The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development was
created in January of this year in order to formulate strategies,
attract external resources and promote the development of the
member states of the OAS. Ron Scheman was U.S. Executive Director
of the Inter-American Development Bank from late 1993 until
April 1998. He has more than 40 years of experience working
throughout the Western Hemisphere.
- Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December, 1993, as
President Clintons appointee to serve as Executive Director
of the Inter-American Development Bank, where
he was instrumental in raising the banks capital base
to $101 billion. President Clinton also appointed him to represent
the United States on the Board of the Inter-American
Investment Corporation, for private sector lending
and equity investment.
- Led efforts to develop Inter-American Development Bank programs
for direct private sector lending without government guarantees,
venture capital funds for small and medium enterprise, and to
expand bank programs to address the modernization of the state.
- Served as an advisor to the Latin American Integration
Association on its restructuring.
- President of Porter International Co., where
he advised numerous Latin American governments and corporations
on financial and public affairs.
- Served in the Organization of American States
as Assistant Secretary for Management (1975-83); as planning
officer (1968-70); and as a member of the Department of Legal
- President of the Uruguayan-American
Chamber of Commerce in the USA 1999-2000.
- Served as the first U.S. staff member to the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights.
- Founded the Pan American Development Foundation
in 1964, where he pioneered programs in micro-enterprise lending.
- Founding Executive Director of the Center for the
Advanced Studies of the Americas.
- Adjunct Professor in international relations at George
Proffessional and Community
- Washington Foreign Law Society, Former President
- American Foreign Law Association, former Vice President
- From 1990 to 1993, President of the Fund for Democracy and
Development, with former President Nixon and Vice-President
Mondale, the major U.S. program to provide humanitarian assistance
to the nations of the former Soviet Union.
- Chairman, Board Directors, Museum of the Americas Foundation.
- Advisory Board, Council of the Americas.
- Board of Directors, Greater America Business Coalition and
the Caribbean-Latin America Action Committee.
- Trustee, Federal City Council of Washington, D.C.
- Recipient, Order of Bernardo OHiggins, Government of
Chile, for outstanding work to assist in earthquake relief
- Recipient of decoration from the Government of Russia for
humanitarian relief efforts
- Served on the Boards of the Pan American Development Foundation,
the Inter-American Bar Foundation, the Inter-American Management
Education Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation for Electoral
Systems, the Americas Fund for Independent Universities, and
Articles, Publications &
- The Alliance for Progress in Retrospect, 1989
- The Inter-American Dilemma, 1988
- The Foundations of Freedom, 1965
- Numerous journal and op-ed pieces on U.S.-Latin American relations
- J.D., Yale Law School
- B.A., with distinction, Dartmouth College; Rufus Choate Scholar;
Member of Phi Beta Kappa
Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia
- New York
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