Santiago Sedaca has served as the president of Empower Consulting in Virginia since August 2022, and he is a senior associate (non-resident) for the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to his current position, he served as the chief investment officer and global economic growth practice lead at DT Global (2021–2022), as managing partner to the Americas at Palladium (2016–2020), and as president of CARANA Corporation from 2010 to 2016. He is a specialist in private sector development, development finance, public-private partnerships, national competitiveness, corporate development, and business growth strategies. Thanks to his experiences, he has worked in 40 countries and has collaborated with major corporations, donors, and financial institutions. He has a BA in economics and political studies from Gordon College and an MS in foreign service with a certificate in international business diplomacy from Georgetown University.