Henrique F. Salas-Römer

Henrique F. Salas-Römer

President; Assistant Chairman
Proyecto Venezuela; International Democratic Union

Henrique is President of Proyecto Venezuela, one of the political parties that make up the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, a coalition of opposition parties in Venezuela. Henrique is also Assistant Chairman of the International Democratic Union, a working association of over 80 Conservative, Christian Democrat and other parties of the center and center-right from over 60 countries. Elected to the National Congress at age 32, Henrique served for two years before being elected Governor of Carabobo, the third largest state in Venezuela. He was elected to four terms as Governor of Carabobo, serving from 1995 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012. As Governor, Henrique worked to create a solid infrastructure for Carabobo, concentrating on public services and housing for its marginalized citizens. He also improved the state’s educational system by dedicating funds to and gathering international corporate support for the development of strong schools. He served as President of the National Governor’s Association of Venezuela from 2001 to 2004, where he advocated for decentralized government and greater local control. From 2002 to 2007 Henrique was also Vice President of the UPLA, a union of Latin American political parties. Prior to his political career, he worked in the private sector for Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM International, and was head of Strategyon, a Venezuelan think-tank.

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