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. Ambrose is also a special advisor to the board of the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AMEXCAP). Prior to joining LAVCA, Ambrose was chief of advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, where she directed research projects on business regulation and property rights in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Kenya, and Tanzania. Until 2005, she was the executive director of Programs at The Economist, where she founded The Global Agenda and chaired conferences on finance, business strategy, and public policy in the United States and Latin America. Ambrose holds an MPA in international economic policy from Columbia University, and received her BA from St Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.