SOURCE: Vidanta Foundation

Vidanta Foundation

September 26, 2011 09:00 ET

Daniel Chavez Moran of Vidanta Foundation Announces Gov. Bill Richardson as Keynote Speaker

Former Two-Term Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson Will Speak at Philanthropic Event October 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Daniel Chavez Moran, a philanthropist and founder of Grupo Vidanta, is pleased to announce former two-term governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson's decision to speak at "Constructing Democratic Governance," a symposium featuring scholars and politicians involved in developing democratic governance in Latin America focused on fair and free elections and the supreme rule of law.

The event, co-sponsored by the non-profit Vidanta Foundation and the Inter American Dialogue of Washington D.C., will take place on October 6-7, 2011 in Washington, D.C., where the main findings of the project will be discussed.

Despite recent progress, most Latin American countries still face difficulties in constructing and achieving democratic governance. To address these critical issues, the seminar will take a systematic look at regional trends in governance in order to illuminate current challenges and to make practical lessons available to key decision makers in Latin America.

Gov. Richardson previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary, Chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and a U.S. Congressman. Since 1996, Richardson has been a prominent American diplomat, visiting Nicaragua, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, India, North Korea, Bangladesh, Sudan, and Nigeria, where he has played a major role in protecting U.S. interests and securing the release of political hostages. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

The primary mission of the Vidanta Foundation is the promotion of social sciences and culture with a focus on Latin America to the benefit of all with a special interest in academia and policymaking. The Foundation is entirely self-financed with resources contributed by the member shareholders of the companies comprising the Grupo Vidanta. Founded by Daniel Chavez Moran as the Daniel Chavez Moran Foundation, then renamed the Grupo Mayan Foundation, in 2005, the institution adopted the name Grupo Vidanta Foundation in 2008, and simplified it to the Vidanta Foundation in 2010.

To find out more about the Vidanta Foundation, please visit www.vidantafoundation.com.

About Daniel Chavez Moran
Daniel Chavez Moran, now retired from the development of hotels and resorts, founded Grupo Vidanta in 1974 after graduating from The University of Guadalajara with a degree in Civil Engineering. He retired in 2005 to found Fundación Vidanta (originally named Fundación Grupo Mayan) and focus on philanthropy. Fundación Vidanta is a non-profit institution with a mission to promote social sciences and culture for the common good. Moran is also the founder of Fundación Delia Moran A.C., which is focused on helping children grow up in a healthy environment. While no longer active in Grupo Vidanta itself, Moran's efforts in the non-profit sector help promote the name of the companies he originally founded.

About the Vidanta Foundation
The Vidanta Foundation is a non-profit institution whose primary aim is the promotion of social sciences and culture with a focus on Latin America to the benefit of all with a special interest in academia and policymaking. The Foundation began its activities as the Daniel Chavez Moran Foundation, then renamed the Grupo Mayan Foundation, in 2005. As of May 1, 2008, the foundation adopted the Grupo Vidanta Foundation name in order to better reflect the numerous institutions comprising the Grupo Vidanta. The name was simplified in November 2010 to the Vidanta Foundation.

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