Latin American & Caribbean Business and Studies Center
Latin American & Caribbean Business and Studies Center (LAC-Center) is a study, research, and business center founded by Lourdes Daza Aramayo and Anglo-American University. This institution was established in Prague where it has its headquarters. The Center participates in scientific and research activities focused on economic, social, and regional areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as on relations between the European Union, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Additionally, it focuses on the internationalization of education, training, consulting, and publishing.
- Spread awareness – Spread awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean in Europe as well as Europe in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Strengthen and promote EU-LAC relations – Strengthen and promote relations between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union at different levels.
- Become a reference tool for the analysis of Latin American economies and future trends.
- Research – Work closely with universities, institutions, companies, research centers, and other organizations.
- Business and consulting – Collaborate with the private sector in the provision of advisory and consulting services for companies that wish to establish commercial relations with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Promoting economic and development opportunities between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union.
- Academic integration – Promote the academic integration of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union by promoting the creation of a common space for higher education, science, technology, and innovation.
- Promote mobility and training of students, teachers, and managers from the Czech Republic, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Lourdes Gabriela Daza Aramayo, Ph.D. is a founder of Anglo-American University and Founder and Director of the Latin American and the Caribbean Business and Studies Center in Prague (LAC-Center).
She holds a Ph.D. in Economic Policy (her Ph.D. thesis specializes in the relations between Latin America and the European Union). She holds an Ing. in Political Economics with a specialization in Analysis of Socio-Economic Data from the Prague University of Economics and Business at the Faculty of Economics. She was a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of International Relations at this University.
Her research interests include EU, Latin America and Caribbean relations, International Trade, Trade Gender, Economy Policy, and Economic Analysis.
She is a member of the Bi-Regional Academic Council of the Permanent Academic Forum Latin America and Caribbean-European Union. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Economics, Prague in the Czech Republic from 2008 until 2018. She was also a lecturer in the Department of Economics and International Trade at this University.
Ing. Marek Vokoun, Ph.D.
Freddy Valverde Stevanovich
Mgr. Michaela Proskočilová
Mgr. Veronika Johanovská
The International Council of LAC-Center contributes to the development and internationalization of the Center, as well as fostering the growth of the network of others research centers, universities, institutions and Latin American academics that focus on social and economic problems of the region.
The current members of the International Board are:
H.E. Mr. Roberto Alejandro Salafia
Ambassador of Argentina to the Czech Republic
H.E. Mr. Patricio Alejandro Utreras Díaz
Chilean Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Chargé d’affaires a.i. Kurt Davis
H.E. Mrs. Leonora Rueda Gutierrez
Ambassador of Mexico in the Czech Republic
H.E. Mr. Danilo Francisco Alonso Mederos
Ambassador of Cuba in the Czech Republic
H.E. Ms. Florencia Eugenia Vilanova De Von Oehsen
Ambassador of El Salvador in Germany with concurrence in the Czech Republic
H.E. Ms. Christa Castro Varela
Ambassador of Honduras in Germany with concurrence in the Czech Republic
Mr. Francisco José Santana Acevedo
Consul from Dominican Republic in Czech Republic
Mr. Eduardo Rivoldi Nicolini
Minister, Deputy Head of Mission, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Peru in the Czech Republic
The mission of the Academic Board is to promote the development of all the LAC-Center’s academic and research-related activities.
The Academic Board assists the Latin American & Caribbean Business and Studies Center in working with local, regional, national, European and other institutions to promote research, facilitate the creation of networks, consortia, and attract resources to support its mission within the University.
The Board of Academic Advisors of LAC-Center is made up of distinguished personalities from around the world, both from governmental and international organizations, similar centers, universities and the community that has a strong interest in the Latin American and Caribbean region.
The LAC-Center Director recommends candidates for membership on the Board of Academic Advisors. The Board meets formally twice a year (generally in May and September). In addition, the Board may have other meetings as recommended by the Chairman of the Board of Advisors and the Director of LAC-Center. The current members of the LAC-Center Academic Council are:
Former Ambassador of Chile in Geneva (2014-2018) before the World Trade Organization and other OO.II. from Geneva. He has also been Chile’s Ambassador to ALADI and MERCOSUR. He is Vice President of the Chilean Council for Foresight and Strategy. He currently resides in Spain, where he is professor-researcher of the Master in Strategic Cooperation European Union-Latin America of the University Institute for Research in Latin American Studies (IELAT) of the University of Alcalá, Spain, of the University of Political Studies and Administration of Romania and from the Miguel de Cervantes University of Chile. He is also vice president of the Permanent Academic Forum for Latin America, the Caribbean, and the European Union (FAP ALC-EU).
President of IRELAC, Professor of International Economics at ICHEC-Brussels Management School, President of the Belgo-Chilean Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of the Robert Triffin International Foundation. From 1986 to 2012, he was Counselor in Economic and Financial Affairs for the National Bank of Belgium (1978-1986), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) in Chile (2000-2004) and The European Commission (1986-2012).
Prof. Dr. Mario Torres Jarrín
Director of the Institute of European Studies and Human Rights at the Pontifical Univerisity of Salamanca (Spain). Previously, he was the director of the European Institute of International Studies (Sweden). He holds a PhD in History, a Master in European Union Studies, and a BA in Business Studies from the University of Salamanca (Spain). He is Executive Secretary Consortium of Universities IBERO-EURO-AMERICA, Council Academic Member EU-LAC Academic Forum; Task Force Member “The future of work and education for the digital age” and Task Force Member “The Multilateralism and Global Governance Future” in the G20/T20 Summits system.
Ph.D. Mónica Velasco
Director of the European Union – Latin America and Caribbean Chair at the European Institute for International Studies (EIIS) (Salamanca / Stockholm). She holds a PhD in Law – International Studies from the University of Barcelona and has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Luxembourg. Her current research is focused on the political dimension of European Union relations towards Latin America and Caribbean countries, especially concerning the promotion of human rights in Mexico through political conditionality under the so-called ‘human rights clause’.
Program for Companies
Courses and business Trips
Advice and consultancy
Program for Students
Supervision of thesis
Supervision of bachelor’s and diploma thesis on topics related to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Summer Schools 2021
- Relaciones comerciales entre la Unión Europea y América Latina
- Derechos Humanos, Argumentación, Debate y el Arte de hablar en Público
- Global Health Leadership, Wellbeing and Sustainability
- Imagen y Comunicación
- The Power of Music
- Ecologia, Tecnologia y Desarrollo Social
- The Threshold of Global Leadership
- The Jewish Summer Experience in Prague
Winter Schools 2022
- Ecología, Tecnología y Desarrollo Humano
- Derecho e Instituciones de la UE
- Derechos Humanos
- El Poder de la Música
- Inovación, Procesos Creativos, Cuidadanía y Tecnología
- The proposal from the LAC-Center from Anglo American University (Czech Republic) has been selected by the European Union Programme EUROsociAL+ and the EU-LAC Foundation as part of the Call for the study “Progress and Challenges of Policies Promoting Women´s Labour Participation in Latin America, The Caribbean and Europe in the Context of Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery”.
- The study “PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES OF LABOR PARTICIPATION POLICIES FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY POST-PANDEMIC COVID-19” will be published at the end of August 2021.
- In October 2021 the book: EU-MERCOSUR Interregionalism – Diplomatic and Trade Relations will be published through the Springer publishing house.
- Global Policy Perspective Report
Digital Economy: Potential Cooperation Area Between the Czech Republic and Pacific Alliance Towards better integration of regional policies and international cooperation
Latin American & Caribbean Business and Studies Center
Jungmannova 26/15, 110 00 Praha 1
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Phone: (+420) 272 048 488