Marcio Veloz Maggiolo

He was born on August 13, 1936 in Santo Domingo, he is an archaeologist, anthropologist and writer. Productive author of academic and literary topics. He has developed a prolific work as a writer of poetry, novels, short stories and essays on historical and anthropological themes. Several of his works have been translated into French, English, German and Italian, highlighting especially “Prehistoric Archeology of Santo Domingo”, considered the most complete compendium of pre-Columbian archeology on the island. He attended elementary and secondary schools in Santo Domingo. He obtained a degree in 1962 in Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. In 1970, he received a Doctorate in History of America from the Complutense University of Madrid, and also studied journalism in Ecuador. Parallel to his life as a writer and researcher he has held public positions, among which are the Director of the Department of Anthropology and History of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Undersecretary of State for Culture, Director of Research at the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, and at the Museum of Las Casas Reales, both in Santo Domingo, and in addition, he was Ambassador of the Republic in Mexico, Peru and Italy. Throughout his long career he has received different awards such as the National Poetry Prize in 1961 and National Novel Prize in 1962, 1981 and 1992 and in 1981 he received the National Short Story Award.

Hugo Tolentino Dipp

Historian, politician, lawyer and educator, born in Santiago de los Caballeros on August 28, 1930, he attended school in Santo Domingo, then graduated as a doctor of law at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in 1953. He was exiled to Europe, where he graduated as a doctor in Law and Public Law. On his return to the country in 1963 he was appointed professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, occupying different positions and becoming an important pillar of the academic and administrative reform of such institution. He is a prominent figure in the political ambit. He has held different positions in the public sphere, as Deputy for the National District before the National Congress in the periods of 1982-1986 and 1986-1990, and later Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and National Deputy of the Dominican Republic. He was an active militant of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, assuming important positions as member of the Executive Committee and the Political Committee, and as Vice-president and acting President. He left that organization in 2014 to be part of the Modern Revolutionary Party, where he is currently active. As a writer and historian of Dominican social reality, he has written a dozen titles on various topics, in addition to giving numerous lectures in educational institutions in the country and abroad. His hard work and contributions to political and intellectual development has been recognized with awards granted by various institutions.

Dagoberto Tejeda Ortiz

Sociologist, writer and academic, born in Bani. He is “Emeritus Professor” of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, as well as a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic and Casa del Caribe International Award of Santiago de Cuba. He has been a national folklore advisor to the Ministry of Culture, President of the National Commission of Carnival, Executive Director of the Office of Education and Planning of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the Department of Sociology of the Universidad Autónoma de of Santo Domingo. He founded the Convite group in 1972 and later the Dominican Folklore Institute Foundation, which he presides and directs. As a researcher, he has carried out important studies and publications that include themes on folklore, popular culture, religiosity, among others, in which he records his great knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of the Dominican people. For his great contributions as a scholar of the customs, identity and traditions of the Dominican people, he has been recognized by various national and international institutions such as the Senate of Puerto Rico, the City Council of Lamartine, Guadalupe, the House of Africa Fernando Ortiz of Havana, the Pan American Health Office, as well as the Chamber of Deputies and the Ministries of Tourism and Culture of our country. Also, at the local level, different city halls have honored his commendable work as a tireless promoter of local carnivals.

Luis Ros

Born in Santiago de Cuba and of Dominican nationality. He began his studies at The College of Insurance of New York, where he obtained a degree in Business Administration with a specialty in General Insurance. During the period from 1974 to 1979 he completed his career, which included two years of work experience in the important international insurance broker firm, Johnson & Higgins. In that period he also obtained an accounting and finance certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1979 he joined the firm of insurance brokers Ros & Asociados, S.A., a company of which he is one of the main shareholders, and in May 2008 he completed a Master in Management and Technique in Insurance at the Pontificia Universidad de Salamanca. During his career in the field of insurance, he was President of the Dominican Association of Insurance Brokers, President of the Pan American Confederation of Insurance Producers and President of the World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries (WFII, for its acronym in English). In the area of gastronomy, he was coowner of Café St. Michel and Grand Café restaurants, both in Santo Domingo, during the years 1982-1994. He is also a member and Conseiller Culinaire of the Dominican chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, and president of the Dominican Academy of Gastronomy.

Bolívar Troncoso Morales

Dominican, studied education at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and took postgraduate courses in Human Geography, Seismic Risks in Human Settlements, Regional Planning and Tourism in Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, and a Master’s Degree in Ecotourism in Costa Rica. Professor at the UASD and of the Batalla de Las Carreras Military Academy, founding professor and director of the Tourism Schools of the UNAPEC, Dominican-American, UNIBE and Dominican O & M universities. He was an advisor and former Director of the Department of Ecotourism and Environment of the Ministry of Tourism. Former Vice President of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism of the Association of Caribbean States, former Vice President for Central America, former Secretary General, former Coordinator of Tourism and the Environment and former President of the Pan American Confederation of Hotel, Gastronomy and Tourism Schools, former President of the Dominican National Pan American Institute of Geography and History of the OAS, and former president and advisor of the Dominican Chapter of CONPEHT. He has given lectures and courses nationally and internationally. He is Director of the School of Tourism of the Dominican University O & M, member of the Council of Honor of the CONPEHT, advisor of the permanent commissions of the Senate; consultant in Sustainable Tourism, Ecotourism, Environment and Geography, Vice president of the Ecotourism Development Council of Hato Mayor, ecotourism advisor of Monte Plata and Monseñor Nouel, Director of the Dominican Sustainable Tourism Organization and Director of the Dominican Tourist Cooperative, member of the Council Consultant of the Professional School of Hospitality, Tourism and Gastronomy of the Ricardo Palma University of Peru and President of the Sabores Dominicanos Foundation.

Berniza Milagros Calderón Pineda

Born on March 16, 1986 in Monte Plata; Dominican Republic. She studied basic and secondary studies at the Fray Pedro de Córdoba primary school and at the Liceo San Martín de Porres, respectively, in her hometown from 1990 to 2001. For her performance, she was awarded several times with the Student Merit Award. During the period 2001-2007. She studied general medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 2008, she traveled to Spain to continue with her training. There she did a specialty in Endocrinology and Nutrition, at the University Hospital Ramón y Cajal, a subspecialty in Endocrinology of Reproduction and her Doctorate in Obesity and Male Infertility at the University of Alcalá de Henares, obtaining the Mention Cum Laude. She has received training in seminology at Fundaciò Puigvert and participated at the rotational program Diabetes initiative for latinos at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, a Harvard affiliated institution. Currently, she is a research professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo. Gastronomy is one of her great passions, from the scientific and culinary points of view, currently, she is doing scientific research in this area.