What Is the World View of South Florida?

June 7, 2012 

South Florida has become increasingly attractive to foreign countries for tourism, commercial and capital ventures, and as a gateway for South and Latin America.

How does the world perceive us? Learn from consul generals how South Florida could be more influential and competitive in the global marketplace.

Hon. Chaim Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico

Prior to his appointment in Miami, Mr. Shacham served as Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information & Internet Department. He directed Israel’s digital diplomacy program through Israel’s official social media channels and the network
of Israeli diplomatic mission websites throughout the world.

Hon. Cristina Maria BarriosConsul General of Spain in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

Ms. Barrios’ diplomatic career spans more than 40 years. She was Ambassador-at-Large for the Reconstruction of Haiti; Ambassador-at-Large for Climate Change and the Ambassador of Spain in Mexico. She was posted as the Ambassador of Spain to the Kingdom of Sweden, and later appointed as the Ambassador of Spain in Latvia; Ambassador General Director for Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid and Deputy Consul in Düsseldorf.

Hon. Juan Miguel Gutiérrez Tinoco, Consul General of Mexico in Miami

Mr. Tinoco previously served as Director General for Consular Affairs, preceded by various positions at the Mexican Foreign Ministry where he served in various positions in the Direction General for Europe, the Chief Administrative Office and the Under Secretary for North America. He was Consul General of Mexico in Guatemala from 1996 to 2001.

MODERATOR: Antonio Fins, Sr. Editor, Sun-Sentinel

SPONSOR: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance