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. Members are asked to serve on the Council for a period of three years and to make an annual financial commitment.

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.


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.


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.