Chief of Civil Affairs from the Brigade G5
I was born in the province of Las Villas on June 17, 1936. Attended primary and secondary schooling at Colegio Baldor in Havana, graduating in 1952.
In 1952-53 spent a year studying philosophy at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
From 1953 through 1959:
- From 1953 to 1954: studied first two years of Law at the University of Villanueva in Havana. Had to interrupt these studies because of being imprisoned by the Batista police and exiled abroad.
- Traveled to Europe and obtained a masters' degree in philosophy at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
- traveled to England and obtained a certificate in administration and management of cooperatives at the Cooperative College in Loughborough.
-from early 1958 through 1959 completed my studies of law and obtained a Law degree at the university of Madrid.
In early 1960 returned to Cuba and became editor of Villanueva University’s newspaper. Perhaps attracted by my editorials criticizing the orientation given by Castro and the communists to the revolution was contacted by an intelligence officer at the U.S. embassy and invited to participate in actions against the regime to be conducted from abroad. In march became the first volunteer to join the infiltration teams (my registration number was 2501) that were trained at the island of Useppa (in Florida), and in Guatemala, transferring to the just created 2506 Brigade, first as chief of personnel; and subsequently as Brigade deputy commander, disembarking in Playa Giron as the G-5 (Brigade's chief of civilian and political affairs).
In early 1963 moved to Washington D.C. to complete my economics degree (started at Harvard university during several summers in the 1950s), which I did, obtaining a masters degree at American university in 1964.
Joined the World Bank as a trainee in 1964 and worked there for 27 years as task manager leading sector reviews, and identifying, preparing, appraising and supervising projects in several fields (agriculture, education, industry, agricultural banks; and population, health and nutrition) in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.
During that period, took two years off to work on my own and with a mutual fund in construction, real estate and real estate financing in Miami, London, Rome and Madrid.
Returned to the Bank, retiring eventually in early 1992. Spent the next 8 years in Washington, DC as an independent analyst for initial public offerings.
Moved to Miami in 2002. Two years later became vice- chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee in charge of reviewing Miami Dade's $2.2-billion, ten-year investment program, resigning after a year and a half.