Advisory Council

Caimán Journalism Training’s Advisory Council is a group of accomplished media professionals who have committed to offering their professional perspective and expertise to CJT leadership and volunteers. Although they are not in decision-making roles on CJT direction and programming, we benefit greatly from their contributions.

Carlos Alberto Montaner

Montaner was born in Havana in 1943. He is a Madrid-based political columnist and author of over 20 books. His sharp political commentary has earned him a newspaper readership of over 6 million (in Spanish, English, and Portuguese). His books include “Libertad, La Clave de la Prosperidad,” and “Las Raíces Torcidas de América Latina.” Most recently, he was among the authors of the book “El Regreso del Idiota” (The Return of the Idiot).
Montaner is also a vice president of Liberal International.
Verónica Nur Valdés

Valdés is a Miami-based independent consultant who develops and implements multi-platform communications plans for international corporations, institutions and organizations. She was previously the associate director of strategic communications for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Valdés also serves as director of communications at Raíces de Esperanza.
Yoani Sánchez

Sánchez is a Havana-based blogger. Her blog, Generación Y, gives readers a unique, personal, and unprecedentedly independent glimpse at life in Cuba. Generación Y is translated into 17 languages and was the only Spanish-language blog on TIME Magazine’s list of the 25 Best Blogs of 2009.
Sánchez was also listed by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People In the World in 2008. She is a recipient of the 2008 Ortega y Gasset prize for digital journalism.