Ric Herrero

Ric is an experienced public policy advocate and communications strategist who, prior to MANO, led two successful campaigns to strengthen socio-economic ties between the United States and Cuba. He served as Executive Director of #CubaNow, a 501c4 advocacy organization recognized by both the Obama Administration and national media outlets for its pivotal role in shaping public opinion in advance of the President’s bold new course on Cuba policy in 2014. Mr. Herrero also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization comprised of Cuban-American business and professional leaders dedicated to promoting civil society development in Cuba. His views and articles have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, USA Today, The Miami Herald and Huffington Post, and he has appeared as a guest commentator on NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Noticias Univision and Telemundo. Mr. Herrero has a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida International University. 

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Danny Lafuente

Danny is the Assistant Director at the W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab (NYU Stern) where he manages communications, instructional design and operations for the Lab's entrepreneurial programs in addition to providing strategic consulting for more than 200 startups at NYU (undergraduate, graduate, and alumni companies). Prior to NYU, Danny was the co-founder and COO/CFO of The LAB Miami – a collaborative workspace and incubator that provides mentorship and educational programming as a means of catalyzing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida. Working primarily with technology and social impact startups, he has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs through the startup process.  He is passionate about disruptive technologies and helping people realize their own entrepreneurial potential. He currently sits on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations in the youth and STEAM education space. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. in International Relations.


James Brazil

James Brazil is an architecturally-trained, Australian designer, master builder, researcher and city curator of urban and public architecture, with extensive construction and design experience across a variety of high-profile projects for international clients, competitions and university institutions throughout Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Russia.

James has a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Western Australia (2007) and in 2009 was invited as a full-time Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. He delivered the award-winning FabLab House completed for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010, as a project team leader, Master Builder.

James is the founding principal of the international collaborative studio uAbureau, directing a portfolio of art and architecture projects across Europe, Africa and Latin America. Based between Barcelona, Spain and Miami, James leads uAbureau research into unsolicited urban practices and its development of digital fabrication, assembly and construction processes. Consulting with industry, academic and cultural partners, he works to develop innovative and holistic strategies on how digital tools and fabrication can become accessible to artists, designers and local citizens alike. James co-founded Barcelona's first community ‘makerspace’, MADE, and consults on similar ‘productive’ space concepts, including fabrication laboratories (FabLabs) in relationship to city development in Miami and Latin America.

Formerly, James was the creative director of London-Barcelona based art production house Fluorescent Smogg and co-directed the international INSITU research program and FabLab Flotante (Floating FabLab) Amazonas in partnership with the Latin American Association of FabLabs.

James is the inaugural winner of the emerging practitioner teaching fellowship at the University Of Miami School Of Architecture (U-SoA) 2016/17. The research agenda he explores at U-SoA is entitled; Fabricating Food, A Micro-Urban Infrastructure Towards a Neighbourhood Metabolism. His appointment continues at U-SoA as Visiting Professor, instructing upper level design studios and leading the design/curation of public space initiatives at the Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism graduate program.