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Global Development Council

The CID Global Development Council seeks to bring together a diverse and select international group of leaders to help advance the mission of the Center. We envision a small but vibrant leadership community that enthusiastically supports our vision for global impact and draws on their regional and collective expertise to provide real-world connectivity and perspective on global development issues. 

Alejandro Santo Domingo, GDC ChairAlejandro Santo Domingo Portrait

Mr. Alejandro Santo Domingo is a Senior Managing Director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc. in New York City. He is a member of the board of Anheuser-Busch Inbev (ABI). He was a member of the Board of Directors of SABMiller Plc, where he was also Vice-Chairman of SABMiller Plc. for Latin America. Mr. Santo Domingo is Chairman of the Board of Bavaria S.A. in Colombia. He is Chairman of the Board of Valorem, a company which manages a diverse portfolio industrial & media assets in Latin America. Mr. Santo Domingo is also a director of JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts), ContourGlobal plc, Florida Crystals, the world's largest sugar refiner, Caracol TV, Colombia's leading broadcaster, El Espectador, a leading Colombian Daily, and Cine Colombia, Colombia's leading film distribution and movie theater company. In the non-profit sector, he is Chairman of the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a Member of the Board of Channel Thirteen/WNET (PBS), a Member of the Board of DKMS; a foundation dedicated to finding donors for leukemia patients, and he is a Member of the Board of Fundacion Pies Descalzos. Mr. Santo Domingo is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System.

Mr. Santo Domingo is a graduate of Harvard College.


Abdullah AlrakhisAbdullah Alrakhis

Abdullah Alrakhis is a Saudi Arabian industrialist, investor, venture capitalist, public policy expert, and philanthropist. He studied in Oxford and MIT, obtaining degrees in Civil Engineering, project management, public policy, and an MBA. In addition, he completed the 2015 and 2016 Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education programs on Leading Economic Growth.

He is the chairman of the National Development Program, the Health Transformation Cluster Board, the Regional Development Program, the Vision Leadership Development Program in Saudi Arabia, and board chair and member of several public and private institutions, universities, think tanks, and NGOs, including Oxford International Advisory Board and Singapore National University Council. He was previously a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council as well.

He serves as chief strategist, public policy expert, transformation lead, and advisor in several programs and institutions. He has been active as an investor, entrepreneur and venture capitalist in a portfolio that exceeded ten billion USD across telecommunications, IT, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and infrastructure.


Armando Garza SadaArmando Garza Sada

Chairman of the Board of Directors of ALFA, S.A.B. of C.V.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, 1957.

Chairman of the Boards of Alpek and Nemak. Member of the Boards of Axtel, BBVA Mexico, CEMEX, FEMSA, Lamosa, Liverpool and Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Joined ALFA in 1978. Prior to his current position, he was Vice Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President of Development of ALFA. Former President of Versax and Sigma Alimentos. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Planning of ALFA and President of Polioles and Selther.

Former President of the Nuevo León State Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CAINTRA) and of the Business Economic Council of the Private Sector (CEESP).

Undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Master’s degree from Stanford University.


Silvia GoldSilvia Gold

Silvia Gold is the President of the Mundo Sano Foundation, whose vision is to change people's lives affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), promoting field research in strategic locations throughout Latin America, Europe, and Africa, producing evidence that can contribute to public health policies. The Foundation works with multidisciplinary work developing management models focused on preventing and controlling neglected tropical diseases with public‐private cooperation achieving vast experience in sustainable partnerships. 

Dr. Gold holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Dr. Gold is a member of the National Academy of Pharmacy and Biochemistry of Argentina. In 2019, she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Murcia, Spain. Gold leads the Consortium for Research, Development, and Innovation (R&D+i) on innovative oncology therapies, whose accomplishments include the launch of Vaxira© in 2013, the first therapeutic vaccine designed to treat lung cancer in Argentina. 

Gold has contributed to numerous scientific publications and has actively participated in international meetings and conferences related to the NTDs and Global Public Health. Besides, Dr. Gold is a member of several boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation Board, Uniting to Combat Executive Board, Advisory Council of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Board of Trustees of the Reina Sofia Foundation in Spain, and Economic and Social Council of Universidad Torcuato di Tella 

Together with Hugo Sigman, she founded Grupo Insud and Insud Pharma, a multinational pharmaceutical company with a direct presence in 45 countries across four continents. 


Iqbal Ahmad KhanIqbal Khan

Mr. Iqbal Ahmad Khan is the Chief Executive Officer of Fajr Capital. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Cravia Group, Jadwa Investment and MENA Infrastructure. Prior to Fajr Capital, he was the founding CEO of HSBC Amanah, where he built the business and team over eight years into one of the fastest growing and most successful emerging businesses in the HSBC Group. He is a long-time advocate of the Islamic financial services industry, serving as an advisor to government initiatives in Brunei, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics and Chemistry, both from Aligarh Muslim University. He is the recipient of several industry and global accolades, including the Royal Award for Islamic Finance, a biannual prize presented by HM the King of Malaysia, and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE. 


Vikram MittalVikram Mittal

Vikram Mittal is an entrepreneur, angel investor, banker and philanthropist.  He is currently a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University.  Prior to ALI, Vikram co-founded a healthcare services company that was subsequently acquired by private equity firm, Salt Creek Capital.  He started a foundation to provide free medical care to migrant workers in California. 

 Before that, Vikram held various positions of increasing responsibility at HSBC culminating as the Global Head of Enhancement Services, Insurance.  Prior to HSBC, Vikram was the Chief Technical Officer at GE Supply. 

 Vikram has had stints in private equity, strategy consulting and as Chief Technical Officer at a Benchmark Capital backed startup. 

 Vikram was born in Mumbai, India.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  


Carlos A. Pérez-Dávila Carlos Perez

Mr. Carlos A. Pérez-Dávila is a Senior Managing Director at Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc. in New York City. Mr. Pérez-Dávila is a Member of the Board of Bavaria S.A in Colombia. He is also a Member of the Board of Valorem, a company which manages a diverse portfolio of industrial & media assets in Latin America. Mr. Pérez-Dávila is also a Member of the Board of Central European Petroleum. Mr. Pérez-Dávila is also a director of Caracol TV, Colombia's leading broadcaster, El Espectador, a leading Colombian Daily, and Cine Colombia, Colombia's leading film distribution and movie theater company. Mr. Pérez-Dávila was a member of the Board of Directors of SABMiller Plc. In the non-profit sector, Mr. Pérez-Dávila is on the Board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute and Fundacion Cardio-Infantil. Mr. Pérez-Dávila is on the Board of Trustees of The Hotchkiss School. Mr. Pérez-Dávila is a graduate of Harvard College and he has an M. Phil degree from Cambridge University in the U.K.


Jesus Viejo Jesus Viejo

Dr. Viejo is the founder and Chairman of Trefilia Capital, a Family Office launched in 2013. Trefilia has a portfolio of both direct investments and investments in VC and P/E funds. Sectorial interests include, but is not limited to, Consumer Products, Financial Institutions and Hospitality.

Since 2007, Dr. Viejo has been a Member of the Board of Arca Continental, Coca Cola’s third-largest bottling franchise worldwide. He is also the Technical Secretary of Consejo Nuevo León, an advisory council to the Governor of the State of Nuevo León in charge, by constitutional mandate, of the state´s long term strategic planning. Dr. Viejo was deeply involved in the Council’s design and creation.

In the nonprofit / philanthropic sector he has focused his time to Higher Education, as such he is a member of the Board of Directors of Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), he is a member of the Advisory Board in Mexico of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, he is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, and he is a member of the CID’s Global Development Council at Harvard University.

As a professional economist, Dr. Viejo served as Vice President of Economic Research for Emerging Markets in Goldman Sachs in New York and as the Chief Economist in Grupo Alfa in Monterrey.

He holds an Economics Degree from ITESM, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University.

Jesús enjoys the outdoors and is a veteran marathon runner; he lives in Monterrey with his wife Cristina, and their three daughters Ana Sofia, Marifer and Carolina.