The Business Leaders Who Visited Cuba with President Obama

The giant delegation (official and unofficial) that accompanied President Obama to Cuba last week included an impressive group of U.S. business leaders. They included:

  • Ursula Burns, CEO, Xero 
  • Arne Sorenson, President & CEO, Marriott
  • Julie Hanna, CEO, Kiva 
  • Brian Chesky, CEO and Founder, Airbnb
  • Sheel Tyle, Venture Capitalist, New Enterprise Associates 
  • Daniel Schulman, CEO, PayPal 
  • Ken Siegel, General Counsel, Starwood 
  • Rob Manfred, Commissioner, Major League Baseball 
  • Soledad O'Brien, CEO, Starfish Media 
  • Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival 
  • Daymond John, CEO, Fubu
  • Saul Berenthal, Partner, CleBer
  • Jose Andres, Chef/Entrepreneur, Think Food Group
  • Brett Perlmutter, Head of Cuba, Google 
  • Jorge Perez, Founder - Chairman and CEO, The Related Companies 
  • Mike Fernandez, Chairman, MBF Healthcare Partners 
  • Patrick Collison, CEO, Stripe 

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Theodore Ward

Theodore Ward,  is a Partner with Novam Portam. Prior to Novam Portam he was the Editorial Director responsible for Special Projects and the Director of Asia at LatinFinance in New York and Miami. Preceding LatinFinance Ward worked as the Interim-Executive Director of The Common Good, a 501(c)3 based in New York; as a Field Director in Miami-Dade County during Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign; and as a Program Manager responsible for The Caribbean and Latin America at the Inter-American Economic Council, a 501(c)3 based in Washington, D.C.

Ward has a B.A. from the Elliot School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is conversant in French. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Rachel, and son, Sebastian.