Robert C. Helander

Helander is an international lawyer and development executive. He has lived and worked in the Middle East (Lebanon and Iran) and Latin America. For many years he chaired the Latin America/Emerging Markets departments at leading international law firms. Earlier in his career he served as a senior executive at International Basic Economy Corporation (“IBEC”). He currently is managing partner at InterConsult LLP, where he focuses on issues of corporate governance/restructuring and is involved in international dispute resolution for the New York and London insurance and reinsurance markets. He has advised companies in connection with merger and acquisition opportunities and led teams that pioneered access to international capital markets for initial offerors. He has worked in Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Malaysia and every country in North, Central and South America, with the exception of Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. He is currently working on matters in Venezuela, Dubai, Belgium and Italy.

Helander served as president of the American Chambers of Commerce in both Iran and Peru and has been associated with the Council of the Americas since 1965. He is a founding member of the board of the Americas Society where he serves as secretary, chairman of the audit committee and counsel. He is chairman of the international council of the Escuela Superior de Administracion de Negocios (“ESAN” in Peru), chairman of the Americas Fund for Independent Universities, and is a director of Accion International, the Near East Foundation, The International Center, IESA Foundation, the University of the Andes Foundation and the Institute for the Study of the Americas. In 1971 he was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an honors graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Law School and of the executive management program PMD of the Graduate School of Business at Harvard. He is fluent in Spanish and has a reading knowledge of French and Italian.

The government of Peru conferred its highest distinction on him, El Orden del Sol.