L. Ronald Scheman


L. Ronald Scheman

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Educated at Dartmouth (BA) and Yale (JD), L. Ronald Scheman has earned a reputation both in the United States and in Latin America as one of the leading Americanists and proponents of Greater America.

For over 40 years, he held prominent positions in finance, law and education in which he shaped policy and thought on Latin American issues. Between 2000 and 2004, he was Director General of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development, the technical cooperation agency of the Organization of American States. While Director General, he was instrumental in creating new forms of private-public sector partnerships that helped promote the development of the Americas and strengthen its infra-structure.

From 1993-1998, he was the U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank, a presidential appointee position under the Clinton Administration. In his leadership role, Mr. Scheman spearheaded the bank's efforts to raise its capital base $60 to $101 billion, to speed up the processing for development loans, to strengthen management education, and to engage the private sector in implementing high-technology programs in Latin America.

Mr. Scheman began his public career in the 1960's as the first United States staff member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. His book, The Foundations of Freedom, which he co-authored with Durwood Sandifer, was widely acclaimed as an important contribution in promoting the fight for human rights in the Americas. As a result of this work, he began to play an increasingly important role in social-development efforts to address problems of poverty in the Americas.

He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese and is married to Lucy Duncan-Scheman.


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