CEO, Corporación Castillo Hermanos

Jose Guillermo Castillo has decades of experience in government, financial management, international trade negotiations and strengthening relations between the private sector, governments and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Castillo is currently CEO of Corporación Castillo Hermanos, an industrial conglomerate founded in 1886, with more than 22,000 employees in wholly-owned and related businesses; President of the 2020 Foundation, a technical institution providing analysis and proposals for legislation to strengthen the long-term governance of the country; a member of the International Commission of the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF); Director of the School of Government; and Director of the Executive Committee of the G&T Continental Financial Group. Mr. Castillo served Guatemala as Ambassador to the United States (2004 to 2008), Minister of Economy (1999 and 2000), and Deputy Minister of Economy (1997 to 1999), responsible for foreign trade affairs, the Central American Integration process and the project to create the National Quality System and the National Competitiveness Program. Prior to his government service, Mr. Castillo held senior financial positions at Export Bank (Banex) and G&T Financial Group.