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Luis Javier Castro

At-Large Board Member Worldwide Board of Trustees
President, Founding Partner and Managing Partner Mesoamerica Investments
Escazú, Costa Rica

Mr. Luis Javier Lachner Castro has been the President, Founding Partner and Managing Partner at Mesoamerica Investments since 1998, a firm that transforms businesses in the Central American and Andean Region by creating value for investors and society. He is also director of several companies in Mesoamerica's portfolio, such as Mesofoods, and Mesopower, among others.

Luis Javier began his career as associate in Bain and Company working in strategic cases for several of the region’s largest companies. In 1996, he was one of the founding partners of Central America’s first private equity fund, Mesoamerica fund I, L.P. From 1998 to 2003, he was the CEO for Mesoamerica Telecom LTD, organizing and supervising this fund - the region’s largest private equity fund at the time. In 1998, along with three other partners, he founded Mesoamerica Investments.

His experience in Bain and Mesoamerica includes a large variety of sectors, such as financial services, retail, beverages, airlines, hotels, tourism, and agribusiness. In 2015, Mesoamerica partnered with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, a Canadian leading pension fund, to invest in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

He devotes a significant amount of time to social impact initiatives through several foundations, education institutions and associations. He founded the Mesoamerica Foundation, which invests in four strategic areas all of which he is greatly involved including quality education, advocacy of sustainabilty in the region through his presidency in Asociación Empresarial para el Desarrollo (United Way Costa Rica), entrepreneurship through his presidency in Yo Emprendedor, and regional leadership and institutionalism through his commitment to the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI) and the Aspen Institute.

Luis Javier sits on the board of directors of Paniamor and Parque de la Libertad. He is a member of the G-50, a select group of business leaders of the Americas, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is also a member of the Latin American Regional Committee of United Way and Emeritus president of AMARTE (Asociación de Amigos del Museo del Arte). He holds an MBA from Georgetown University, and a major in science and agricultural economics from Texas A&M.