About us

Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc. (“Friends”) formed in 1989, is a U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to promote higher education in Chile by providing assistance to the Catholic University of Chile, one of the most internationally recognized educational institutions in Latin America, in the development of Chile and to put the University at the forefront of progress in Latin America. Friends’ objective is to facilitate the transfer of resources, knowledge and experience from the U.S. to the
University to that end.

Over 30,000 students, distributed through 18 schools are currently studying at the Catholic University. These students will eventually join the 123,000 alumni who have studied at the University.

Friends has donated over US$10 million to the University for scholarships, earthquake recovery programs, J-Pal poverty program analysis, and the Center for Leadership in Education, among other initiatives.

The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, currently with 21 members, each with different backgrounds and experiences. The majority of the Directors live in the US. The Executive Committee of the Board is composed of the President, Mrs. Sava Thomas, the Treasurer, Mr. Patricio Donoso, and the Secretary, Mr. Roger W. Thomas.

Board of Directors

Sava-_ThomasMrs. Sava B. Thomas, President

President of the Board of Friends of the Catholic University in Chile, Inc., is a lawyer in Chile as well as the United States, where she received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law. She has broad-based experience in the corporate area in the United States.

Patricio-Donoso-IbanezPatricio Donoso, Treasurer

Provost for Institutional Managerial Affairs at the Catholic University. He graduated in Civil Engineering in this University and received his MSc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Roger-W.-ThomasRoger W. Thomas, Secretary

Senior Counsel at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, resident in the New York office. He is engaged in the general practice of law, with particular emphasis on international financial matters.


Rina_Alcalay_2Rina Alcalay

Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Health Sciences, UC Davis Medical School.
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juan-capelloJuan C. Cappello

Journalist and businessman, is the Chairman and CEO of Contemporanea LLC, and an editorial board member of Americas Quarterly.
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Cristobal-CondeCristóbal Conde

Executive chairman of True Office, a start-up technology company that uses gamification for regulatory compliance training.
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Enrique Jocelyn-HoltEnrique Jocelyn Holt

Senior Vice President and Director of Client Services at EFG Capital.
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Don FranciscoMario Kreutzberger

Mario Kreutzberger, better known as “Don Francisco,” is the creator and host of “Sábado Gigante”.
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Timothy-M.-KingstonTimothy M. Kingston

Head of the Santiago office of Goldman Sachs and senior advisor for Latin America.
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Vice Chairman of The Georgetown Company, a privately held real estate and financial services company with interests in real estate development, ownership, financing, and asset management.
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Camilo Justiniano Briones

Founding Partner of Neorentas, a Fund Management Company specializing in Real Estate
CEO of ALB Investments, Briones Family Office.

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Roberto Méndez

Roberto Méndez is a professor at Catholic University’s School of Government. He holds a Ph.D and an MBA from Stanford University with a specialization in Consumer Research.
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Loreto Massanés

Loreto Massanés is the Vice-President for Economic Affairs of the Catholic University, position she has held since 2015.
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Pura Ortiz

Pura Ortiz Borda received a BA degree in Sociology at the Catholic University of Chile and did postgraduate studies in Urban Planning at the Interdisciplinary Center of Urban Development.
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Pedro Rosso

Former President of the Catholic University and currently President of the Organization of Latin American and Caribbean Catholic Universities.
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Sebastiano Scarampi

Sebastiano Scarampi is a retired business executive and international management consultant living in San Francisco. He holds Commercial Engineer and Magister (maximum honors) degrees from Universidad Catolica de Chile and an MBA from Stanford University.
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Mario J. Valdivia

Mario has earned degrees from Universidad Católica de Chile (Civil Engineer), U. of Chicago (MBA), and Harvard (MPA). He started his professional career in Chile. In 1991 he co-founded “Excel Chile Servicios Financieros S.A.”.
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Tulio Vera

Portfolio Manager in global Emerging Markets (EM) in Millennium Management, LLC, and co-owner in Nolita Wine Merchants.
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Benjamin D. Wolf

Benjamin D. Wolf is a Senior Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he oversees the firm’s wealth management business in the Southern Cone of Latin America (Chile, Argentina and Uruguay).
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Fernando Burgos

Fernando Burgos is a financial advisor in both the US and Chile, with a successful career in the banking industry in those countries.
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Andres Echeverría

Andres Echeverría is founder, partner and portfolio manager of Frontal Trust, an investment fund manager specialized in alternative assets, and has extensive experience in the financial services industry.
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Honorary Board

Arnoldo C. Hax
Agustín Huneeus
Stewart Myers
Daniel Schidlow
Alfonso Swett