Advisory Board

Frederic Emam-Zadé

Frederic Emam-Zadé is currently the Chief Economist of Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), a multidisciplinary think tank founded in October 2000 and chaired by Dr. Leonel Fernández, who is presently the President of the Dominican Republic.
Formerly, from August 2004 to August 2009, Frederic was the Director General of FUNGLODE. He has lately been managing several social networks at FUNGLODE and collaborating in the R&D of 3D visualization of economic and social data tools in virtual worlds, such as Linden Lab’s Second Life and similar virtual technologies. He is much involved with the use of web 2.0, web 3.0, and web 3D tools for NGOs and businesses.
In November 2009, he was one of the first 18 world class graduates from the Singularity University (NASA & Google) Executive Program at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley. Later on, during the summer of 2010, he completed a course about Singularity Studies at Rutgers University at Camden.
Frederic is a highly qualified professional economist, investment promoter, and negotiator who has provided remarkable results for many businesses, governments, and international organizations, during the last 25 years. He is a successful businessman who has also worked in government twice, both times as Deputy Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs, and therefore knows very well how to do business in the Dominican Republic and how to deal with the Dominican business community and its Government, in compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”).
Some of his recent clients and tasks include:

  • Barrick Gold Corporation (gold mining) Pueblo Viejo Dominican Corporation – Mediation of a dispute with local Government
  • Paul Hastings (law firm), TCW and Societe Generale – BIT Arbitration & Settlement Negotiations with the DR Government
  • Ege Haina (electric generation) – Energy policy evaluation, design, and advocacy of anti-theft legislative reforms
  • FERSAN (fertilizers) – Negotiations with Jamaican and French (Martinique & Guadalupe) governments
  • Centennial Puerto Rico (telecomm.) – Assistance in evaluating possible buy-out of Tricom (telecomm.) in the DR
  • Dickinson & Landmeier (law firm) & Zurich (debt default insurance) – Dominican External Debt Rescheduling
  • Kmart International Division (before bankruptcy) – Relations with the previous DR Government
  • Empresas León Jimenez (Beer and Marlboro (Phillip Morris)) – Policy monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy
As the nation’s Chief Negotiator during 1996 – 2000, Frederic coordinated the Free Trade Area negotiations of the Dominican Republic with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Central America, providing the producers of goods and services of the Dominican Republic with free market access to 19 countries that contain more than 40 million consumers. He has a profound knowledge of the most important markets in the region and has developed a very wide network of business and government relationships in these countries.
Previously, during 1989 – 1992, he directed the Investment Promotion Council of the Dominican Republic that promoted the establishment of more than 140 foreign businesses, mostly in the Free Zones of the Dominican Republic and mainly from the United States and Europe. He therefore knows very well what foreigners need when starting up their business in the country and how to solve many of the problems they can confront.
Frederic also helped design and promote many of DR’s economic policies and reforms during 1990 – 1996. He worked for SRI international’s (formerly Stanford Research Institute) International Policy Center, directing international financial and technical assistance toward 32 of the most influential Dominican business associations and other nongovernmental organizations involved in policy dialogue, reform promotion, and public opinion formation.
Also, he incubated and founded the Dominican Republic’s Securities Exchange and was a Member of its Board of Directors for many years. He has been on the Board of Directors of several companies and some nonprofit organizations, as well as in many Government Councils and Commissions.
Frederic studied economics at the University of Chicago, with renown professors such as Arnold Harberger, Frederick Mishkin, George Stigler, Gary Becker, and Robert Lucas; the last three Nobel Prize Laureates in Economics. Previously, he had graduated as an economist from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña where he was professor of economics for many years.