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Ferdinand Herrera Consultants (FHC)

Ferdinand Herrera Consultants (FHC), is a government relations, public policy and strategy consulting firm located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with clients based in Latin America and the United States.

Our mission is to help our clients achieve their business objectives in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean through our governmental and institutional relations services. We develop strategies to continuously obtain timely information, which can be used to make concrete decisions that target specific results. Through our active and collaborative participation in the development of public policies that are aligned to our clients’ goals, we offer comprehensive support to ensure a stable, predictable business environment that allows for sustainable growth over time. We regularly analyze the political landscape and any changes to the state of play to advise our clients accordingly.

In our role as a liaison between the companies that we represent and the public sector, we seek to translate our clients’ needs into legally, politically and socially viable proposals and initiatives.

Carlos l. Ferdinand

The founder of Ferdinand Herrera Consultants, Carlos I. Ferdinand is an experienced government relations advocate, attorney and economist with more than 15 years of experience providing strategic direction and advice to some of the most globally recognized multinational companies across various sectors and industries.

With clients in areas such as construction, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), medical devices, port services and logistics, technology and sharing economy, telecommunications, tourism and real estate, and transportation, he has a timely perspective and a strong grasp on emerging policy trends and political developments. Mr. Ferdinand has established a record of success anticipating issues that have the potential to impact the firm’s clients, and in leading effective campaigns to align legislation and policy initiatives to his client’s objectives in complex political and economic environments.

 

Prior to founding Ferdinand Herrera Consultants, Mr. Ferdinand began his career as an attorney, working at Squire Patton Boggs and Hogan Lovells in their respective international transactional groups, focusing on mergers & acquisitions, and playing an instrumental role in the successful closing of multiple transactions in Latin America and the United States in sectors as varied as the retail, renewable energy and the airport services sector. He subsequently joined a Fortune 100 company, where he served as the Corporate Affairs Director for the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, engaging stakeholders, influencers and decision-makers to address issues of local and regional relevance. His success in this region led Mr. Ferdinand to a position in the Company’s global headquarters, managing a cross-section of corporate affairs and corporate social responsibility campaigns from PMI’s offices in Switzerland.

 

He graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations. He also holds a law degree, cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law.

Paulette Ricart Objío

Paulette Ricart Objío serves as a Government Relations Manager at Ferdinand Herrera Consultants. She is an attorney with a combined experience of a decade in the fields of government relations and law.

Mrs. Ricart advises multinationals and locally based companies on a range of matters regarding legislative bills and public policy initiatives. In addition, she serves as a liaison between clients and key business associations, collaborating in the development of positions for the private sector regarding relevant policy initiatives under discussion.

 

Having graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra Law School, Mrs. Ricart later obtained a master’s degree in Diplomacy and Consular Service from the Institute of Higher Education in Diplomatic and Consular Training “Dr. Eduardo Latorre Rodríguez “, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2020, she also obtained a master’s degree in Advanced Political Communications from the University of Lleida and Next Business School, in Spain.

 

Mrs. Ricart is a certified legal interpreter (English language) accredited by the Council of Judicial Power of the Dominican Republic. She was a member of the drafting committee of the Journal of Legal Sciences of the PUCMM; participated in the Visiting Leaders program in Washington, D.C. with the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United States.

 

Since 2014, she has served as the Executive Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of “Best Buddies Dominican Republic” (BBRD), an international non-profit organization that seeks social and labor inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. She is also an active member of the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE).

Alfie Abad Betances

Alfie Abad Betances serves as a Legislative and Political Analyst at Ferdinand Herrera Consultants.

He is responsible for monitoring political and economic developments to structure forward-looking strategic analysis for clients doing business in the country. Besides, he keeps track of Congressional activity and the emergence of Executive Branch policy initiatives relevant to the firm’s clients, as well as participating in business association meetings to provide insights on government initiatives for stakeholder mapping purposes.

 

Prior to joining FHC, Mr. Abad worked in both public and private sectors in various analytical roles, having collaborated in social programs evaluation and business intelligence roles. Having as main objectives the causal identification of atypical behaviors with the use of data visualization programs to improve decision-making in companies.

 

Mr. Abad graduated summa cum laude from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, with a bachelor´s degree in economics. Subsequently, Mr. Abad is completing a master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. Additionally, he has further coursework in Data Science and Quantitative Economics.

John Ogando

John Jairo Ogando serves as a Legislative and Political Analyst at Ferdinand Herrera Consultants, responsible for monitoring and analyzing public policy initiatives arising from the Executive and Legislative branches, to calibrate their impact on the office’s clients.

In addition, he collaborates in developing engagement strategies and mapping key stakeholders for clients in various sectors.

 

Mr. Ogando graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) with a degree in Political Science, is a Magna Cum Laude, and holds a professional certification in Public Management for Development from the Inter-American Institute for Economic and Social Development (INDES), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  While attending UASD, he was named as a student delegate to the university joint student-faculty government for the School of Political Sciences and the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences.

 

He is currently the National Coordinator of “Students for Liberty”, Dominican Republic chapter, and is pursuing a professional certificate in Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships at the New York Institute of Finance, and a technical course in Analytics and Data Science at Las Americas Institute of Technology (ITLA).

Mayra Bacha de Reyes

Mayra Bacha de Reyes has been the Office Manager at Ferdinand Herrera Consultants since March 2015. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning and effective daily workflow of the office. 

Ms. Bacha oversees the overall coordination of the office, to address and manage all administrative matters.

 

Mrs. Bacha prepares documents, performs translations, coordinates the office’s meeting calendars, and schedules business meetings, interviews, appointments, corporate events, and other related activities. She also supervises the billing and accounting department.

 

Ms. Bacha graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Santiago campus, as a Bilingual Executive Secretary in 1980, with Outstanding Qualifications.

 

She served as a teacher in secretarial studies at PUCMM for several years, teaching Typing and Shorthand in Spanish and English, in the four (4) levels offered in that career.

 

An experienced Office Manager, Ms. Bacha has provided administrative support at companies in the banking sector, as well as to multinational corporations for more than 30 years, both in Santiago and Santo Domingo.