Juan Verde is a renowned international strategist in both the private and public sectors. As a professional, he designs innovative solutions to attract foreign investments, establish strategic alliances, and specializes in sustainable economics.
He is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for President Biden (President’s Export Council), an advisory body to the White House on issues related to foreign trade and the competitiveness of the United States in international markets. During the Obama administration, Juan Verde served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As a White House appointee, he led the department’s efforts to address trade policy and market access issues faced by American companies. Additionally, he was responsible for developing policies and programs to foster economic and trade relations with 52 countries in the region.
He also worked during Bill Clinton’s second term as an International Trade Advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce, initially in the Office of Latin America and later in the Minority Business Development Agency.
In the political sphere, he has supported various Democratic candidates for several decades. Recently, he contributed to the Biden-Harris presidential campaign as an advisor and participated in numerous fundraising campaigns. He served as the president of Americans Abroad for Biden. He has also worked with prominent figures such as former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
In the private sector, he has consulted for various prestigious companies and institutions, including Google, Cisco, SAS, American Express, Banco Santander Investments US, Inter-American Development Bank, Harvard University, and the World Bank. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HISPASAT, the leading satellite communications operator in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, and a member of the Advisory Board of Airbus. In the public sector, he has worked with the governments of the United States, Lithuania, and Gibraltar, as well as numerous presidents, governors, and mayors in Latin America.
Furthermore, he collaborated with former Vice President Al Gore to establish and lead branches of his foundation, the “Climate Reality Project,” in Spain and Argentina, and he was invited to participate in the UN Climate Conferences, COP25 and COP26.
Currently, he presides over the Advanced Leadership Foundation, a non-profit American institution whose mission is to empower the next generation of leaders through the development of professional skills to enhance their competitiveness as agents of change in society.
Among other recognitions, he has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanic leaders in the fight against climate change for two consecutive years and one of the TOP100 Disruptive Executives and Leaders of 2021.
Juan Verde holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University and graduated Cum Laude in Political Science and International Relations from Boston University. Additionally, he has completed additional studies at Georgetown University and Tufts University.