My time as Luksic Visiting Scholar in the beloved DRCLAS in 2001, as one of the first two in this program, represented a very special stage for me in various ways, and somehow marked a “before” and an “after” in my career professional.
In the first place, it responded to an old desire to experience the extraordinary Harvard University, having a very broad access to its courses, at HBS and KSG in my case, to doctoral seminars with several Nobel prize winners, talks, workshops, libraries, and services. This opened up a world of interests, new criteria for me and new perspectives that continue to accompany me almost 20 years later. For example, my current specialization and doctoral thesis in corporate governance – I feel that I was born intellectually there; and responded to the implicit challenge of creating impact in society, which I received from that experience in 2001.
DRCLAS and the Luksic family gave us a very rich community of colleagues, friends and close – all the Luksic Scholars – with whom we continue to share until today.”
Secondly, I must emphasize the tremendous warmth, openness and extraordinary disposition with which I was received in Kirkland, the old house of DRCLAS, by the entire team, including Steve Reifenberg, Marcela Rentería, and many others that would be too long to list; among whom we should mention fellow Visiting Scholars: the Rockefeller Scholars of Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Ecuador, etc., who represented a true family in Cambridge; besides giving me new and lasting perspectives on their own countries, mine, and the USA. I could even venture to say that this scholarship made me rediscover Latin America, when I visualized it from Harvard, with the novel elements of judgment that gave me these experiences.
Third, and on a more personal level, DRCLAS represented a professional respite; an opportunity for reflection, self-questioning, and rethinking my professional projection. In my case, I believe that from this experience I went from being a practitioner to a scholar-practitioner, changing my orientation, focus and my own objectives in my work world.
Finally, DRCLAS and the Luksic family gave us a very rich community of colleagues, friends and close – all the Luksic Scholars – with whom we continue to share until today; and feeling in each encounter a special empathy and union for having had the privilege of living this extraordinary experience.