World Affairs Council of Greater Miami

Special Event ~ Latin American Presidential Dinner


World Affairs Council of Greater Miami is honored and privileged to host a delegation of former Presidents from Latin America for a cocktail reception and private dinner with our Board of Directors, leadership team, and prominent guests. This event fosters open dialogue on partnerships and cooperation between the United States and Latin America on issues of civic engagement, economic development and security.

The Presidential delegation is led by Mision Presidencial Latinoamericana in partnership with Global Peace Foundation, Esquipulas Foundation for the Integration of Central America, and includes the following Honored Guests:

  • H.E. Alvaro Colom Caballeros, Former President, Republica de Guatemala
  • H.E. Dr. Marco Vinicio Cerezo, Former President, Republica de Guatemala
  • H.E. Dr. Luis Alberto Lacalle de Herrera, Former President, Republica Oriental del Uruguay
  • H.E. Dr. Carlos Diego Mesa Gisbert, Former President, Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia
  • Dr. Michael J. Lenaghan, Mardee Jenrette Endowed Teaching Chair, Miami Dade College

Invited guests include diplomats from Latin America and Europe, leading scholars and heads of Miami area universities, and business leaders from South Florida and Washington DC.

By Invitation Only

Contact: Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed., Board Member,

With Appreciation To:



About the Organizations

World Affairs Council of Greater Miami provides educational and collaborative resources on global issues through prominent speaking events, networking events, and extended opportunities. The Council brings together government leaders, diplomats, academia, business leaders, and the media through these platforms. The Council was founded to operate in partnership with Miami-area organizations, and in collaboration with fellow World Affairs Council chapters in the U.S. and abroad, with a dedicated focus on Miami as an international center and bridge to Latin America. (interim website)

Latin-American Presidential Mission is an association of 20 former heads of state committed to greater regional integration, effective and transparent governance, and sustainable and equitable development. It was launched at the Global Peace Convention in Atlanta, USA in November 2012. The Mission was founded by the Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with the Paraguay Institute for Development of Thought, the Esquipulas Foundation of Guatemala and the Leadership Conference of Uruguay (LCU).

Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is a leading international non-profit organization that promotes a values-based approach to building sustainable peace and development at the community, national, and regional levels. Each year, GPF reaches more than 235,000 people through our projects and programs in 24 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, thanks to our strong field network. GPF convenes and implements development projects and conferences on grassroots peacebuilding, education, entrepreneurship, and youth leadership development.


Leadership Team ~ Planning Upcoming Events 

Event Planning Meetings, September 3 & 10, 2016

Leadership Team

  • Judge Cole Cartledge, Chairman and President
  • Dr. Amy Jarvis, Vice President
  • Velma Anne Ruth, Secretary & Executive Director
  • Dr. Volker Anding, Director
  • Brandi Kolosky, Chief Communications Officer
  • Cynthia Dillon, International Dialogues media program
  • Ivan Vanegas, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator

With Bangelist, for Mision Presidencial Latinoamericana y Global Peace Foundation

International Dialogues: Interview with Dr. Volker Anding, retired German Ambassador

International Dialogues: Interview with Dr. Volker Anding, German Ambassador (Ret.) Discussing Brexit & EU, Refugee Crisis and Chancellor Merkel, German-Jewish & German-Israeli Relations, and key events during his 40+ Years of Service – August 24, 2016

Cynthia Dillon, Host and Producer, and Velma Anne Ruth, Co-Host welcomed Dr. Volker Anding, German Ambassador (Retired) for a compelling series of discussions in four parts (15 min each):

  • Part 1: Reflection on key historical events during Dr. Anding’s 40+ years in international affairs, that includes his diplomatic service at German Permanent Mission to NATO, as German Ambassador to Panama and Uruguay, and Consul General at U.S. Consulates in Miami, San Francisco, and Detroit.
  • Part 2: Discussion of Brexit and the European Union
  • Part 3: Reflection on the Refugee Crisis and Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Part 4: Review of German-Israeli and German-Jewish relations, with consideration of the American Jewish Committee of Berlin, Jewish Museum in Berlin, and Chancellor Merkel’s relationship to Israel


Dr. Volker Anding, German Ambassador (Retired)fc5edfc6-9063-4d7e-b94d-debf17c28c58

Volker Anding, PhD is a former German Ambassador to Uruguay and Panama, Deputy Ambassador to Senegal, former General Consul to the United States in Miami, San Francisco, Detroit, and former German Mission to NATO.

Dr. Anding served in the Bundeswehr, Lieutenant of the Reserve in the German Air Force. In 1997 Dr. Anding became a Member of the Royal College of Defense Studies in London. He has a PhD in Law, studied at the Universities of Marburg and Freiburg in Germany, and served in the Legal Department at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Anding is currently a Trustee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of the Consular Corp for Miami, closely involved with Florida International University and University of Miami, American Jewish Committee of Miami, and Baptist Health. Dr. Anding is also among founding and leading directorate of the newly established World Affairs Council of Greater Miami.

Dr. Anding is based in Coral Gables, Florida with his lovely wife Erin.

International Dialogues: Cuban American Bar Association on U.S.-Cuba Relations

International Dialogues: Interview with Javier Lopez, President-Elect of the Cuban American Bar Association on U.S.-Cuba Relations – March 23, 2016

Javier Lopez, President-Elect of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)
discussed CABA’s recent Open Letter to President Barack Obama contesting his trip to the Cuban regime. CABA was established in Miami in 1974, has over 1,300 members, has programs in pro bono services and education, and has a special CABA on Cuba Committee.


Attorney Javier Lopez, President-Elect, Cuban American Bar Associatione2bf3b11df0b872112757f1c2fee6e32_M

CABA’s mission is to promote equality of our members; increase diversity in the judiciary and legal community; serve the public interest by increasing awareness to the study of jurisprudence; foster respect for the law; preserve high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among our peers; provide equal access to and adequate representation of all minorities before the courts; facilitate the administration of justice; build close relationships among our members; provide mentoring and scholarship to law students nationally; and support the indigent community through the funding and administration of an effective pro bono legal assistance project and other community programs.

Attorney Javier Lopez is a partner in Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and focuses his expertise in complex litigation. Javier has particular expertise in advising and representing international clients in matters brought in U.S. federal and state courts. He has represented many high-profile internationals individuals in entertainment contract dispute, commercial transactions, and intellectual property matters. Javier has a passion for civil rights and is frequently appointed by courts to represent the interests of the less fortunate against government entities and law enforcement.

Prior to joining Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, Javier was a legal intern in the White House Counsel’s Office for Alberto Gonzalez where he was very involved in the vetting process for the replacement of then Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Javier also worked at the United States House of Representatives for Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart serving as part of the legal review team for new policy and legislation.

Javier is very active in the South Florida Cuban community and charitable organizations such as the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. He is an avid baseball fan having been a four year letterman for Harvard University, and enjoys collecting fine art and international travel.

World Affairs Council of Greater Miami

World Affairs Council of Greater Miami, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) was established by Judge Cole Cartledge, Chairman in September 2015 with the support of founding directorate and members. The Council was founded to operate in partnership with Miami-based organizations in diplomacy and education, and to extend resource sharing to fellow World Affairs Council chapters across the country, with a dedicated focus on the Miami as a central international hub and bridge to Latin America. The Council was established to provide the Greater Miami area with high-level international engagement through academic and private educational forums and networking events, hosting leadership from abroad with the support of business leaders as cultural ambassadors, broadcasting educational content through media partnerships, and more.

  • Board Members
  • James Cole Cartledge, JD, U.S. Federal Judge, President
  • Dr. Amy Jarvis, Treasurer
  • Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed., Secretary
  • With appreciation also to founding member Dr. Volker Anding, former German Ambassador to Uruguay and Paraguay, and former Consul General to multiple U.S. Consulates 
  • Contact
  • Judge Cole Cartledge:
  • Velma Anne Ruth:

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