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Semillas para el Futuro
Board Members

Daniel de Leon
is the Executive Director of Semillas. He is an economic analyst and program manager with the Secretariat for Social Programs of the Wife of the President, which specializes in education and development programs for rural women in Guatemala. Previously Daniel was with the Guatemalan business association, AGEXPORT which supports programs aimed at diversifying and enhancing Guatemala’s export sector. At AGEXPORT, he specialized in matching Guatemalan producers to both local and international markets.


Enrique Mateau
Head of the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture & Sports; founder of El Sitio Cultural in Antigua Guatemala, an organization which promotes cultural development based in creativity and participation throughout Guatemala and which teaches leadership, innovation and the value of diversity in community-based cultural development.


Derek Steele
President of Centro de Ideas, a Guatemala think tank and conflict resolution center. Derek is also a founder of the CentroGSI, one of the leading research companies in Central America.


Suzanne de Berge
Suzanne de Berge is Treasurer of and a founding board member of Semillas para el Futuro. Suzanne's interest in traditional culture and women's issues finds expression in her work within the context of rural Guatemala. Although Suzanne and her husband have been visiting Guatemala regularly since the late 1970s, volunteer work in Chocolá in 2004 inspired their current work with the town.


Fabiana Florez
of Guatemala City is a specialist in education. She consults with and develops educational and cultural programs for the Museo Ixchel, situated on the campus of the Universidad Francisco Marroquin and world famous for its collection of Maya textiles.


Erick Egar
is member of the Presidential Commission for Local Redevelopment of Guatemala and heads the Cacao division. He is a specialist in helping rural agricultural communities develop added-value cacao farming, fermentation, drying and marketing. He recently headed up the very successful modernization of the cacao industry in the Cahabon area of Alta Verapaz. He is also an expert in agricultural exportation and runs a division of his family’s business in that field.


Anne Kraemer
Fulbright scholar in Anthropology and Archaeology working in Chocola to investigate the relationship between rural communities and NGOs and other outside groups, including archaeologists. Community and program coordinator for Semillas para el Futuro.


Earl de Berge
Chairman of and one of the founders of Semillas Para El Futuro. A veteran of 25 years in Guatemala, Earl is Research Director of the Behavior Research Center and brings experience in marketing, business development and urban planning to the challenges of sustainable development in rural Guatemala.


Patricia Hamstead
One of the founding members of Semillas and began working with the organization even before it entered its formularize stages. A member of one of Guatemala's oldest and most respected families, "Patty" is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in art history. Patty manages her own public relations and communications company and prior to that was with Burson-Marsteller one of Guatemala's top PR firms. She shares the Board's interest of sustainable development through education, tourism and promotion.

 



Daniel de Leon

Enrique Mateau

Derek Steele

Suzanne de Berge

Fabiana Florez

Erich Egar

Anne Kraemer

Earl de Berge

Patricia Hamstead