Who we are 

For over 75 years, Canning House’s Mission has been to build understanding and relationships between the UK, Latin America & Iberia.

Canning House is the UK’s leading think tank on Latin America. We are a global forum for thought-leadership and pragmatic debate on the region’s political, economic, social, health and environmental trends and issues - and their implications for business risks and opportunities.

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What we do

We publish newsletters and in-depth reports; and we convene insightful geopolitical, socioeconomic and business conferences and seminars to raise awareness and understanding, aid policy-making and disseminate best practice, and offer unrivalled networking opportunities.

We offer our corporate members opportunities to meet key players and decision-makers in the UK, Latin America and Iberia through a range of sector-focused trade and investment conferences, dinners with expert guest speakers and exclusive events such as high-level policy roundtables.

Canning House also acts as the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Latin America and its individual country APPGs. Through events and regular briefings with Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Canning House helps to raise the profile of Latin American affairs in UK Parliament.

Some of our members:

Shell
Hogan Lovells
GPS
Anglo American
Control Risks
Mott Macdonald
CEMEX
ChuteCourt Asesores

Some of our partners and associates:

  • Latin American and Iberian Embassies
  • Latin American and Iberian Chambers of Commerce
  • Latin American and Iberian Anglo Friendship Societies
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group for Latin America
  • The Department for International Trade
  • The Foreign & Commonwealth Office

  • The King’s Brazil Institute
  • LSE LACC - London School of Economics Latin America and Caribbean Centre 
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • ILAS - Institute for Latin American Studies

Our story

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Our People

Lord Mountevans

Lord Mountevans

Honorary President

Jeffrey Richard de Corban Evans is a London shipbroker and UK hereditary peer, who served as Lord Mayor of London from 2015 to 2016. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Cambridge-educated, he has worked in the City since 1972 when he joined Clarksons shipping as a graduate trainee. He is now a ship-broking executive and managing director at Clarksons, and has been a familiar figure in the City since he served as Sheriff of the City of London Corporation in from 2012-13. 

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Viscount Montgomery CMG CBE

Honorary President & Vice President 1987-2020

Lord Garel-Jones

Honorary President & Vice President 2002-2020

Baroness Hooper CMG
Lord Brennan QC
Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG

Viscount Montgomery CMG CBE

Honorary President & Vice President 1987-2020

Canning House regrets to announce the death of David Montgomery, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE, who passed away on 8th January 2020 at the age of 91.

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Lord Garel-Jones

Honorary President & Vice President 2002-2020

Canning House regrets to announce the death of Lord Garel-Jones, who passed away on 24th March 2020 at the age of 79.

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Baroness Hooper CMG

Lord Brennan QC

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart KCMG

Lord Clarke CH QC PC
Michael Portillo
Enrique García Rodríguez
Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE
Sally Unwin OBE FCIB

Lord Clarke CH QC PC

Michael Portillo

Enrique García Rodríguez

Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE

Sally Unwin OBE FCIB

Chris Bryant MP
Jeremy Browne
Horacio Rossi
Néstor Osorio
HE Ambassador Iván Romero Martinez

Chris Bryant MP

Jeremy Browne

Horacio Rossi

Néstor Osorio

HE Ambassador Iván Romero Martinez

Dean of GRULA and Ambassador of Honduras to the UK

Trustees

Nick McCall

Nick McCall

Chair

Our Chair, Nick McCall, has had a long history with Latin America having been raised in Argentina and Brazil followed by a BA in Hispanic Studies at Bristol University, Nick spent his early career in a number of Latin American countries working for Bank of London & South America (BOLSA) and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

In the UK Nick chairs the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) UK Chapter, an organisation dedicated to establishing links between senior financial executives across the globe and was most recently Head of a Wealth Management Firm in the City which was an independent wealth management platform catering to emerging market clients.

Trustees

Alan Charlton CMG CVO
Carla McRoberts
Ed Poulton
Ezequiel Weppler
Gui Silva

Alan Charlton CMG CVO

Alan Charlton was British Ambassador to Brazil from 2008-2013. He then founded the UK-Brazil Conversa, a bilateral discussion group, which has met in Cambridge, Rio de Janeiro, London and most recently in Sao Paulo in February 2019. He is the Robin Humphreys Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS). He is a member of the ILAS and the King’s College London Brazil Institute Advisory Boards.

Carla McRoberts

Carla McRoberts is a Managing Director at Nardello and Co, a global investigations firm.  Carla previously worked at Citibank where she helped companies and governments across Latin America access US equity markets, and later at JP Morgan, where she focused on US equity products across Western Europe and Emerging markets.

Ed Poulton

Ed Poulton is a partner of Baker McKenzie, the world’s most international law firm.  He is a member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team, based in London. A key name in the arbitration community, Ed acts as counsel and sits as an arbitrator in arbitrations under the rules of all the major institutions.  He has represented both investors and states in public international law cases, and is the consulting editor of a seminal text on the arbitration of M&A disputes.  Ed sits on the steering committee of Baker McKenzie’s Global International Arbitration Practice Group.

Ed has had a long-standing interest in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds and has travelled to, and worked on matters involving, Spain and many countries in Latin America. 

Ezequiel Weppler

Ezequiel Weppler is a Managing Director at Macquarie’s Bank London, where he leads the Syndication and Distribution efforts for the Commodities and Global Markets Division.

Born and raised in Argentina, he started his career in 1996 with Citibank Buenos Aires trading Fixed Income. In 2001, following Argentina’s default, he relocated to London with Credit Suisse working within the Emerging Markets Group where he traded Latam, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa credits and also covered Emerging Market Institutional investors.

Gui Silva

Managing Director of Three Keys Capital Advisors, Gui Silva has 20-year banking experience in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Former Board member of HSBC Spain, Portugal, and Thailand. Trustee of EDUCA Foundation. Chevening Scholar and Lemann Fellow.

Hugo Shorter
Irene Mia
Marcial Echenique
Rodolfo Milesi
Vitoria Nabas

Hugo Shorter

Hugo Shorter joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1990.  He has served at the UK Delegation to NATO (Brussels) and in senior positions at the British embassies in Brasilia and Paris.  He was Ambassador to Lebanon from 2015-18. 

Hugo grew up in Tokyo, Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, and took his first degree in Modern Languages at Oxford University.  He also attended the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris, obtaining a post-graduate diploma in Public Administration.

Irene Mia

Irene is Senior Fellow for Latin America and Conflict, Security and Development, leading the IISS research programme on Latin America security, governance and geo-economics, as well as directing the Conflict, Security and Development research programme. She is also the editor of the IISS “Armed Conflict Survey” publication. Previously, she held a number of different managerial roles focused on research and Latin America at the Economist Group and at the World Economic Forum.

Marcial Echenique

Marcial Echenique has spent over 30 years in industry as a consultant engineer. He has worked on many major infrastructure projects here in the United Kingdom, Latin America and South East Asia. Brought up in Cambridge, Marcial completed his first degree at the University of Bath in Engineering. At University he established the Latin American Society to promote and exchange cultural values. Marcial is a Chartered Engineer and has Masters in Business Administration.

Marcial has lived in Chile, Peru and Venezuela working on metro and other infrastructure projects. He has participated on numerous UK Government missions to many countries in Latin America. Marcial speaks fluent Spanish, and some Portuguese.

Rodolfo Milesi

Rodolfo is the founder of Branding Latin America, an independent global PR agency positioning Latin America's destinations, products, investment opportunities and arts. Since 2008, the agency has worked with Presidents, Ministers of Tourism, Trade and Investment, and at forums such as Davos, G20, the IMF Spring Summit, Pacific Alliance Summit, United Nations Week, and more.

Prior to the establishment of Branding Latin America, Rodolfo served as Press Attaché at the Embassy of Argentina in London, and undertook an illustrious radio and television career in Argentina, including as an Executive Producer of A dos Voces, the “Newsnight of Argentina,” during which time he won numerous awards.

Born in Argentina, he has lived in London since 2002.

Vitoria Nabas

Vitoria is the head of the Immigration team at Vitoria Nabas and the International team, part of the Gunnercooke group. Her work covers immigration for both businesses and international corporations in several jurisdictions who seek advice on how to move abroad, and once moved, work lawfully and effectively in the UK, EU and Americas. She is qualified in Brazil, Portugal and England & Wales. She has more than 25 years of experience working in law firms and financial institutions in Brazil, New York and London. Vitoria has an impressive network which keeps her at the forefront of international commerce. She is a director of Law in Britain, a co-founder and treasurer of Lex Anglo-Brasil, the Coordinator of the UK Brazilian Citizen Council, Counsellor of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in London and the President of the Legal Committee of the British Colombian Chamber of Commerce.

Vitoria is also involved in voluntary work including being Student Supervisor at Queen Mary University - Legal Advice Centre (having been honoured with a fellowship for this work) and helping vulnerable people in diverse communities in the UK in Casa do Brasil. Her aim in life is very simple: to help people daily.

Associate Fellows

Dr Alejandro Arenas-Pinto
Jon Farmer
Dr Jill Hedges
Professor Gareth Jones
Professor Antoni Kapcia

Dr Alejandro Arenas-Pinto

Principal Clinical Research Fellow at UCL's Institute for Global Health

Alejandro Arenas-Pinto is a Venezuelan physician with training in infectious and tropical diseases. Currently working at UCL as Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Institute for Global Health where he is involved with postgraduate teaching in Clinical Trials.

Jon Farmer

Editor of the Latin American Weekly Report, LatinNews

Jon Farmer is editor of the Latin American Weekly Report, LatinNews' flagship publication.

Dr Jill Hedges

Deputy Director of Analysis, Oxford Analytica

Jill Hedges is Deputy Director of Analysis and Senior Latin America Analyst at Oxford Analytica, which she joined in 2001. She leads Latin America analysis and is responsible for Daily Brief coverage of Southern Cone countries and Venezuela.

Professor Gareth Jones

Director of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre

Gareth Jones is Director of the London School of Economics Latin America and Caribbean Centre, and Professor of Urban Geography in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment.

Professor Antoni Kapcia

Professor of Latin American History, University of Nottingham

Antoni Kapcia is Professor of Latin American History in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham.

Dr Thomas Mills
Professor Maxine Molyneux
Dina Medland
Diego Moya Ocampos
Professor Anthony Pereira

Dr Thomas Mills

Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History, Lancaster University

Thomas C. Mills is Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History and Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Transatlantic Studies Association and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies.

Professor Maxine Molyneux

Professor of Sociology, UCL Institute of the Americas

Maxine Molyneux is Professor of Sociology at the UCL Institute of the Americas.

Dina Medland

Independent writer, editor and commentator

Dina Medland is an ex-Financial Times staff journalist who has covered corporate governance and business issues for a wide range of media outlets in print and online. She was early as an established journalist to call out the importance of sustainability and ESG - and the changing values of millennials - most notably in Forbes and on her own digital platform. She has written about responsible investment at length, and worked with think-tanks and organisations across public and private sectors looking to build a better relationship between business and society.

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Diego Moya Ocampos

Principal analyst, Americas Country Risk team, IHS Markit

Diego Moya Ocampos is a principal analyst with the Americas Country Risk team at IHS Markit.

Professor Anthony Pereira

Director of King's Brazil Institute and Professor of Brazilian Studies at KCL

Anthony Pereira is Director of King's Brazil Institute and Professor of Brazilian Studies at KCL. His current work concerns citizenship, human rights, public security, and state coercion in Brazil.

Andrew Thompson
Professor Rory Miller

Andrew Thompson

Freelance Journalist

Andrew Thompson is a freelance journalist also associated with organisations including the Oxford Business Group and LatinNews.

Professor Rory Miller

Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool Management School

Rory Miller was Reader in International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School until 2017, and is now Honorary Research fellow there. He was editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies for nine years, and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Liverpool.

Staff

Cristina Cortes

Cristina Cortes

Chief Executive Officer

Cristina Cortes is an Oxford and LSE politics and economics graduate. She has worked in government, banking and energy across a variety of commercial, business development and government relations roles in London, Houston, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. Cristina joined Canning House in 2015, taking over as CEO in 2018.

Ian Perrin

Head of Policy, Research & Operations

Angela Viola-Glapińska

Head of Stakeholder Engagement

Alex Cruz

Events Manager

Ian Perrin

Head of Policy, Research & Operations

Ian joined Canning House in 2015, and became the Head of Policy, Research, and Operations in 2019. He has a Master’s degree in Latin American Politics, and has extensive experience in the field of International Relations. Ian previously worked for the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House, and outside of Canning House he volunteers for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy group where he is the Director of Programming.

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Joe Brandon

Policy, Research and Operations Assistant

Imogen Crossland

Corporate Officer

Freddy Nevison-Andrews

Communications Officer

Elizabeth Garcia Tena

Global Affairs Officer

Sami Nawaz

Events Assistant

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