School of Business Alumnus Returns to Miami as President of a Nation
April 28, 2010
Alumnus Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo, the Honduran
Lobo was hosted by his alma mater as the featured speaker for the Annual Latin America Conference, sponsored by the University’s Center for Hemispheric Policy. In his first trip to the U.S. since he was elected, Lobo said he is focused on stabilizing the economy of Honduras and resolving the nation’s political divisions.
When asked how his education at the School of Business helped prepare him to one day lead a nation, Lobo referred to the people skills he developed.
“You learn something very important,” said Lobo. “You learn how to have relationships with other people and that’s a very important part - the most important part - [of leadership]. “If you don’t know how to manage relations with other people, you’re in trouble.”
President Lobo (second from right), with the
Lobo is among several School of Business alumni to hold top government posts in Latin America and the Caribbean. In December, Mercedes Araoz, who graduated from the School with a master of economics in 1991, was sworn in as Peru's first female minister of finance. And in January, Ellison Greenslade, MBA ‘98, took the post of commissioner of police in the Bahamas, where Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, MBA ’80 is the minister of tourism and aviation.
Read more about Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo’s visit in The Miami Herald.