Andrew Otazo is the Executive Director of the Cuba Study Group. In that capacity, he manages the organization’s initiatives, such as setting strategic objectives and educating policymakers on how to create more effective policies toward Cuba.
Andrew previously served as the Miami Director of QuikForce, a Harvard Innovation Lab startup, where he designed and implemented the company’s South Florida customer acquisition, business development, and marketing programs. Prior to joining QuikForce, he was a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, where he analyzed diverse companies’ business models, finances, supply chains, operations, and management teams. He has written case studies that have been used in some of the world’s top academic institutions, on topics including the Cuban agricultural sector; Brazilian mobile broadband, retail, and healthcare; Mexican utilities reform; and Peruvian consumer spending, among many others.
As the principal assistant of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Andrew managed the President’s personal and professional schedules and acted as a liaison with other international and U.S. policymakers. He earlier interned at the State Department, where he implemented U.S. government initiatives with Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia.
Andrew attended the United States Military Academy for two years before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in International Administration from the University of Miami. He also studied at la Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Fast Forward Language Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.