Kenneth N. Frankel is a Senior Advisor to Blue Star Strategies, LLC. Mr. Frankel currently serves as president of the Canadian Council for the Americas, the premier public and private sector forum for the Americas and link between Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University and a Visiting Professor of Law at Ghent University and Western University.
Previously, Mr. Frankel served in the Organization of American States as legal advisor to the Secretary General and the Director of the Department of Legal Services. He advised OAS political bodies, its General Secretariat, and special missions, including the Electoral Verification Mission in Haiti that reversed the results of the 2010 presidential election, the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission that investigated the 2009 coup, the Hemispheric Drug Study of 2013, and the ongoing Mission to Support the Colombian Peace Process. He also led successful efforts to adopt equal benefits for same sex couples and broaden parental leave benefits to include paternal and adoptive leave at the OAS.
Mr. Frankel’s private sector experience includes serving as chair of the Latin American Practice Group at Torys LLP, general counsel at Alcatel Canada, chief international counsel at Alcatel España, chief counsel at Alcatel Polska, and chief counsel, Latin America (wireless) at Alcatel Germany.
He is a frequent contributing columnist and commentator on Western hemispheric affairs for major international media. In 2013, the Governor General of Canada awarded Mr. Frankel the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts on behalf of hemispheric initiatives. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Global Americans.
Mr. Frankel was a Reynolds Fellow and a Dartmouth Public Affairs Fellow in Mexico and Central America and co-directed the earliest USAID/American Bar Association program on legal reform and the rule of law in Central America.