Our Team

Bringing together leaders from industry, education, science and technology

William C. Harris, Chair of the Board

President & CEO of Science Foundation Arizona, William C. Harris previously served as founding Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, VP for Research at the University of South Carolina, and founding President & Executive Director of Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 Center. 

Sylvia Hernandez, Vice-Chair of the Board

Former Secretary of Tourism and three-term Mexican Senator, Silvia Hernández served as Chairwoman of the Senate’s Committee of Foreign Affairs for North America. She was a founding partner of Estrategia Publica Consultores.

Guillermo Fernández, Chief Executive Officer

Guillermo Fernández is former Deputy Director of Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology and former Executive Director of Mexico’s Electrical Research Institute. He has served as Advisor to UNESCO and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Francisco Barnés, Board of Directors

Former President of National Autonomous University of Mexico, Francisco Barnés is Commissioner on the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission, Vice Chair at the World Energy Council and Chair of the Mexican Association of Energy Economics.

Lars R. Christianson, Board of Directors

Former CEO of Christianson, a leading Mexican surfactants manufacturer, Lars Christianson was president of the National Association of Chemical Industry of Mexico and has consulted with organizations ranging from the National Bank of Mexico to Union Carbide.

Susan Hackwood, Board of Directors

Susan Hackwood is Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology, which advises on issues from biotechnology to disaster prevention. She is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.

Nestor Montoy, Board of Directors

Nestor Montoya is a Wealth Management Advisor at the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), a wealth management group that builds complex financial portfolios.

Cristina Loyo Varela, Board of Directors

Cristina Loyo Varela is General Director of Mexico’s National Laboratory on Advanced Computer Science. She helped launch national and international academic groups such as the Informatics French-Mexican Laboratory and the Mexican Society of Computer Science.

Keith Patridge, Board of Directors

Over 30 years of service with the McAllen Economic Development Corporation and McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, Keith Patridge has gained a great deal of experience in assisting companies with their start-up operations in McAllen, TX, and Reynosa, MX. 

Pedro Romero Torres-Torija, Board of Directors

Pedro Romero Torres-Torija is CEO of the Border Economic Zone. He has long record of success in trade, industry, tourism and urban development. Based in Baja, California, he has representative offices in China and Hong Kong.

Cipriano Santos, Board of Directors

Cipriano Santos is a scientist at Hewlett Packard Laboratories and is widely known for his work on optimization through mathematical models. He has registered 17 patents and received the Award of Excellence from the Office of the President of Mexico

Juan Silanes, Board of Directors

President of the Bioclon Institute and Vice President for Research and Development at Silanes Laboratories, Juan Silanes leads major business organizations, including the Mexican National Association of Medicine Manufacturers and the Latin American Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Mary Walshok, Board of Directors

Mary Walshok is Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California, San Diego, which serves more than 65,000 enrollees and reaches more than 22 million households.