April 25 2022


On April 13, 2022, the Latin America Regional Committee (LARC) held its first in-person events since 2019 at the Graham Center at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. FIU has been a longtime host of the LARC .

More than 140 participants representing 100-plus organizations enjoyed the robust conference, which began on April 12 with a welcome reception at The Doral Yard. The program included an array of security experts from across OSAC’s global public-private partnerships and examined timely issues.


Welcome remarks by Eduardo Jany, CSO – SVP Global Security, Newscorp; Pete Kapoukakis, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of State; and James Weston, Deputy Executive Director, U.S. Department of State

Confessions of a CIA Spy – The Art of Human Hacking presented by Peter Warmka, Founder, Counterintelligence Institute

Improving Personal and Travel Risk Judgment and Decision Making presented by Filippo Marino, Founder and CEO, Safe-esteem

Foreign State Actors’ (Russia and China) Influence in Latin America panel discussion with Evan Ellis, Research Professor, U.S. Army War College; Brian Fonseca, Director, FIU; Cynthia Merchant, Associate Director; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Tradecraft During a Crisis: How Do We Collaborate? Panel discussion with Christopher Broomfield, Manager Global Intelligence and Security, Royal Caribbean Group; Claire Campbell, Principal Security Intelligence Analyst, Mayo Clinic; Wayne Hunt, Regional Security Manager Americas, Shell; and Alex Solorzano, Director, Latin America Division, LDS Church

Regional Presidential Elections and Security panel discussion with Fernando Matus, Senior Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy Bogota; and President Luis Guillermo Solis, Former President of Costa Rica and Interim Director, FIU

Cryptocurrency panel discussion with Claire Campbell, Principal Security Intelligence Analyst, Mayo Clinic; Lisbeth Carley, Special Agent, Secret Service; Jeremy Kennelly, Senior Manager, Mandiant

LARC Activities and Regional Matters with Michael Ferguson, Mexico Analyst, U.S. Department of State/OSAC and Andie Tuemmler, Analyst, OSAC

FIU Student Presentations under guidance of Mark Mooney, FIU Professor

Closing Remarks given by Cynthia Merchant, Associate Director, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation


Thank you to Florida International University for hosting this event. The ISF extends its deep gratitude to the following sponsors. Their generous gifts made the LARC Spring 2022 Conference possible:

Global Guardian

Allied Universal®
Genric Security

Helmerich & Payne
News Corp

Muscogee International

Impossible Foods

To sponsor a LARC event or another Common Interest Committee program, visit or contact Siobhan Clune, ISF Director of Development.