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Enrique Sanchez was born in the Gorgas Hospital in Panama City in 1951. He grew up in Paraíso and Pedro Miguel with his mother, father, three brothers, and a sister. Always a good student, Enrique was given a scholarship and the chance to go to college at Columbia University, returning to Panama at the age of 24 with a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. In addition to working as the manager of the Contracting Division of the Panama Canal Authority, Enrique has also served his community as the coordinator of the Presidential Commission of Inclusion in an effort to eliminate racial discrimination in Panama. While at Columbia, Enrique met his future wife and they have now been married for 30 years. They have a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Taking into account the heritage of his Jamaican and Cuban grandparents, Enrique defines himself as a Panamanian of Caribbean ancestry.