Cate Ambrose

President and executive director, lavca

Cate Ambrose is President and Executive Director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). She speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America, and is a regular commentator on CNN En Español, Bloomberg, and Fox Business and a guest lecturer at The Wharton School. Cate is also a member of the Board of Directors of Youth Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of New York City's youth, and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a nonpartisan network of prominent global citizens, which works to demonstrate the value of international economic cooperation.

Prior to joining LAVCA, Cate was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, where she directed research projects on business regulation and property rights in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Until 2005, Cate was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist, where she founded The Global Agenda, a high-level panel of economists, policymakers, and business leaders, and chaired conferences on finance, business strategy, and public policy in the US and Latin America. These included annual roundtables with the Presidents of Mexico and Colombia.

Cate began her career as a journalist in Spain. She holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her BA in Latin American studies from St Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.