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Hugo Wood

Alumnus, LLM in Development, Government of Panama
Hugo Wood

Hugo Wood is a Panamanian lawyer who completed an LLM (Master´s of Law) in Law and Development at Tulane University Law School & the Payson Center as a member of the inaugural cohort in 2013/14. In 2014, he became the Executive Assistant to the newly elected Panamanian Vice President Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.
Passionately involved in public service, Hugo is the founder and first President of the NGO, Jóvenes Unidos por el Diálogo (United Youth for Dialog), that seeks to promote solutions for domestic and global issues through the use of dialog and alternative dispute mechanisms. In 2009, he organized the biggest national debate competition in Panama that has now become an annual event.
Hugo is involved in the World Economic Forum - Global Shapers Community, a network of hubs developed and led by young people with exceptional potential, achievement and drive to contribute to their communities. Before coming to New Orleans, Hugo coordinated "Listening to the Community," a survey of Panamanian youth regarding their educational aspirations developed in partnership with United Way.  Additionally, Hugo was the host and administrator of a national political radio show gathering youth opinion. Recently recognized as Panama’s Ambassador to the One Young World Community, Hugo was also honored as an Outstanding Young Person by the Junior Chamber International (JCI).
Hugo is served as the President of the Graduate Lawyers at Tulane Association. His interests are Education, Sustainable Development, Law, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship.

Hugo Wood was the subject of a Paysonite Profile in the October 29, 2013 edition of the Payson Center eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Primary Classification: 
I chose to earn a LLM in Law & Development because I wanted to understand the complex relation between law and the international development challenges of our times and acquire the skills and abilities necessary to be part of the solutions to improve the state of my country, Panama and of the world.
Academic Experience: 
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Law, Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua, Panama, 2013
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Law and Development, Tulane University Law School Payson Center for International Development, 2014
Country Experience: 
South Africa

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