Latin American and Caribbean Advisory Council


The purpose of the Latin American and Caribbean Advisory Council (LAAC) is to: (1) advise the AACSB Board of Directors and staff on key issues and challenges, and assist in setting priorities related to business education and AACSB’s activities and engagement in the Latin American and Caribbean context; (2) enhance AACSB’s ability to understand and serve the quality improvement needs of business schools in Latin America and the Caribbean; (3) provide guidance to the Board of Directors and staff in designing and implementing a strategic plan for AACSB’s mission in the region, and in creating metrics to evaluate progress; (4) assist the staff in the identification and planning of AACSB programming and new service development to meet the needs of Latin American and Caribbean business schools; and (5) recommend candidates for AACSB governance roles thereby increasing the representation and engagement of schools from Latin America and Caribbean.

LAAC’s work will be driven by the five opportunities of the Collective Vision for Business Education:

  • Catalysts for Innovation: Powering business creation and economic development through entrepreneurship and management innovation
  • Co-creators of Knowledge: Convening and partnering at the intersection of academe and practice to reveal new insights
  • Hubs of Lifelong Learning: Connecting expertise and experiences to create opportunities across career life cycles
  • Leaders on Leadership: Discovering new insights into effective leadership, and creating environments that train and nurture leaders
  • Enablers of Global Prosperity: Driving positive impact and encouraging students to use management skills for the greater good

Council members are invited to bring their perspectives, expertise and insights to discussions as LAAC seeks to improve business education worldwide and to engage with the AACSB network in matters of mutual interest for mutual advantage.


No later than May 1, the Vice Chair-Chair Elect (who shall preside as Board Chair during the year for which the appointments are made), or his or her designated representative, invites suggestions for members of LAAC for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. Members of the Board of Directors, current LAAC members, and AACSB staff are encouraged to submit names of possible candidates. Recommendations are due to the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect within 14 days of the request.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect, in consultation with the current LAAC Chair and the AACSB staff liaison, as appropriate, appoints the members of LAAC no later than June 1 with council members taking office July 1.

LAAC is composed of a Chair and up to eleven members appointed by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect. Of the twelve members, at least five are deans or those holding similar roles representing AACSB accredited institutions located in Latin America or the Caribbean. The remainder may be deans or those holding senior leadership roles representing Latin American or Caribbean institutions that, at the time of appointment, are either member Organizations, member Organizations formally accepted into the AACSB initial accreditation process, or representatives from business organizations or business practice. LAAC may, on occasion, include members from outside the region who possess expertise on, or have experience in, the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Each LAAC member serves a one-year term and may be reappointed, subject to the approval of the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect and the current LAAC Chair. LAAC members may not serve more than a total of three consecutive years on the Council, although the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect of the AACSB may extend terms as deemed necessary to fulfill the charge of the Council. Service as the LAAC Chair may extend the total service beyond three years while occupying the Chair position.

The Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect appoints an LAAC Chair who represents an AACSB accredited Organization. The LAAC Chair serves a one-year term as Chair and may be reappointed as Chair for a second year by the Board Vice Chair-Chair Elect.

The composition of LAAC reflects AACSB’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The LAAC Chair and the LAAC staff liaison ensure that LAAC membership includes diversity in gender, country representation, job functions/roles, etc. as represented within Latin American and Caribbean business schools and the communities they serve.


Irineu G. N. Gianesi, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa

Vice Chair

Fernando Jose Fragueiro, Universidad Austral


Manuel Agosin, University of Chile
Octavio Ibarra Consuegra, Universidad del Norte 
Fernando Antonio D'Alessio, CENTRUM Católica Graduate Business School 
Francisco Perez-Gonzalez, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM)
María Helena Jaén, Universidad de los Andes 
María Virginia Lasio Morello, ESPAE-Graduate School of Management-ESPOL 
Rafael Gómez Nava, Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)
Eric F. Rodríguez, Universidad de los Andes
Yeda Swirski de Souza, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS

Staff Liaisons

Maria Baltar, Senior Director, Accreditation Services, AACSB International
Michael Wiemer, Senior Vice President and Chief Officer Americas, AACSB International
Javier Maymi-Perez, Manager Membership, Latin America and the Caribbean