Theodore Ward
Co-Founder & Secretary

Theodore Ward is a Co-Founder of the Cuba IWG and a Partner with Novam Portam. Prior 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 worked extensively throughout Latin America and Asia. He holds 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.


Carlos Gutierrez, Jr
Co-Founder & President

Carlos Gutierrez, Jr. is a Co-Founder of the Cuba IWG. Prior to Cuba IWG Carlos was an associate in Clark Hill's Government Affairs Practice. Carlos worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Trade and Integration Sector where he focused on Latin America-Asia trade relations and global trade promotion practices. Carlos has worked in various capacities in the U.S. House of Representatives both in the GOP House Policy Committee and as a legislative aide for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) where he focused on immigration, finance, banking and trade.

Since 2006 Carlos has been named to Washington Life Magazine's annual list of D.C.'s most influential people under 40. He has also been named by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of 2014’s most influential young professionals in Washington D.C. Carlos is fluent in Spanish.


Michael Derham
Co-Founder & Treasurer

Michael Derham is a Co-Founder of the Cuba IWG and a Partner with Novam Portam. Derham first traveled to Cuba in conjunction with the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to the island in 1998.  He has previously covered Emerging Markets at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as well as on Wall Street, and began his career as a journalist with LatinFinance magazine. Additionally, Derham has advised political campaigns in the US and the Emerging Markets on economic policy and strategy.  Derham is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. 

Derham has a Masters of Arts degree in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University. Derham has studied at the SAIS Bologna Center in Italy and additionally lived in Brazil and Argentina; he currently lives in New York City. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and conversant in Italian.

Reginald Boisrond Canal
Director of Development 

Reginald Boisrond Canal is the Director of Development at Cuba IWG. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Les Cayes Partners and the Executive Director of Development for at Novam Portam. Reginald is a founding member of the Sapphire Management & Group Alliance and a Strategic Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration African-American Plan for Lending in Underserved Markets (PLUM).

Prior to his current roles, Reginald was the Head of Global Business Development with The Medici Group. Preceding The Medici Group, Reginald excelled in a variety of roles at HSBC over a 15 years banking career including: a two-year overseas assignment with HSBC’s Consulting Group in Hong Kong, managed HSBC’s New York City flagship Premier Affluent Center to record sales results and started the Affluent African American Segment targeting High Net Worth Individuals and Commercial Clients.

Reginald is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association, a recipient of the National Eagle Leadership Institute Award, and was named one of the Network Journal Magazine’s 40 Under Forty Black Achievers. Reginald received the Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award from The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies. He
is also the recipient of the Community Service Award from the Greater New York Chapter of the Links Inc. Organization.

Reginald is a founding board member of the Haitian Roundtable; member of the Board of Directors of Valley Arts; and the Multicultural Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reginald holds a Bachelors of Arts in French and a Master in Business Administration in International Business from Binghamton University. He is fluent in French, English and Kreyol.


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