Miguel Heras Castro Director of Bladex since 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2019. Mr. Heras is the Founder and Managing Partner of MKH Capital Partners in Florida, U.S.A. Since 1999, he has served as Managing Director and as a member of the Board of Directors of Inversiones Bahia, Ltd. in Panama, the largest investment group in Central America, focusing on the financial, infrastructure, energy, real estate, and communications markets. Mr. Heras currently leads the private equity and venture capital team of the group. Mr. Heras currently serves on the boards of Cable Onda, Gas Natural Atlántico, Sistemas de Generación S.A. (SIGSA), Televisora Nacional and Bahia Motors. He is also a member of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Executive Board for Latin America, Vice President of the Board of the Panama Food Bank Foundation and was a Director of the Biodiversity Museum. His knowledge and experience in the banking industry consolidated while he served as member of the Board of Directors and Asset-Liability Committee (ALCO) of Banco Continental de Panama for more than 5 years. Mr. Heras structured the acquisition of several companies and banking institutions, and in 2007 led the negotiation for the integration of the banking businesses of Banco Continental de Panamá and Banco General, which converted Banco General in one of the largest banks in Central America. In addition, Mr. Heras was also a member of the Board of Directors of Amnet Telecommunications Holdings, Cable and Wireless (Panama) Inc. and the Panamanian Stock Exchange. Mr. Heras was Minister of the Treasury of the Republic of Panama and President of the Council on Foreign Trade from 1996 to 1998. He served as Vice Minister of the Treasury from 1994 to 1996.
Mr. Heras holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Commerce and Finance of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Heras’ professional expertise in economics, finance and private equity and his experience as a board member of different companies qualifies him to serve on the Board.