Leonel Fernández

Leonel Fernández

President, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE); and Former President of the Dominican Republic

Former Head of State of the Dominican Republic during three terms (1996 – 2000);(2004 – 2012). In 1996, he became the youngest democratically elected president of the Dominican Republic and the first of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) that he currently presides. His administration focused on the modernization of the State, institutional strengthening and transparency, public services and economic and social development. Additionally, he is also president of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE). He graduated with honors from law school at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) in 1978, where he later became a faculty member of that institution. He also taught several generations at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO). For his contributions to political science, he was honored with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by several renowned universities. In addition to his local responsibilities, he is a member of various international institutions such as the Montevideo Circle, Council of Freely Elected Heads of Government, Inter-American Dialogue and Club of Madrid. Since the year 2000 he chairs the Executives Club USA-Caribbean organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Leonel Fernandez is vice-president of the Eminent Persons Group of ACP Countries and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Georgetown University.


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