ABOUT LATIN TRADE SYMPOSIUM
The Latin Trade Symposium, the premier forum in the Western Hemisphere focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, brings together each year the private and public sectors, in addition to non-governmental organizations, to discuss key issues facing the region. The Symposium hosts heads of state, top CEOs, and high-level decision makers for a one day gathering on the importance of business and government in building sustainable economic, as well as social development. The conference offers participants valuable access and opportunities to forge relationships, insights, and ideas.
The 2014 Latin Trade Symposium and 20th Annual BRAVO Business Awards drew more than 600 senior government officials, top CEOs and social development leaders to Miami to attend the one day conference and gala. The events started on Thursday, November 6, with a private dinner ceremony honoring the recipient of the inaugural BRAVO Legacy Award. On Friday, November 7, high level decision makers from both the private and public sectors shared ideas, insights and perspectives on the future of Latin America and the Caribbean in the global economy. Following the Symposium, the BRAVO Business Awards celebrated 20 years of recognizing the leaders who are shaping and transforming the region. To commemorate two decades of excellence and leadership in the Americas, a record number of past recipients of the Awards attended the ceremony, which this year honored 10 individuals for their tremendous contributions to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Please assist Latin Trade in the nomination process! 2015 BRAVO Business Awards nominations are currently open!
ABOUT BRAVO BUSINESS AWARDS
The BRAVO Business Awards, widely regarded as the ‘’Oscars of Latin American Business,’’ has been recognizing leadership and excellence in the Americas for more than two decades. Each year, the Awards honor heads of state, CEOs and the decision makers that are shaping Latin America’s business and policy stance in the world. With more than 150 honorees spanning 20 years, the Awards consistently recognize the region’s most influential leaders for their achievements and contributions to the Americas.
Latin Trade’s inaugural Young Leaders Program will unite young, innovative leaders from the Americas with established CEOs from multilatinas and multinational corporations. Leaders from a wide range of industries, representing startups and young companies experiencing high growth will discuss their experiences navigating through a complex business environment, and discuss the future of Latin America. Both young leaders and established CEOs will share the best practices for developing and growing their respective businesses in the face of challenges, and how to strengthen the decision making process at an executive level.
The program will take place on Wednesday October 28 at the Greenberg Traurig, Miami Office, 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400 Miami, Florida 33131
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:05 AM Welcoming Remarks
9:05 AM - 10:00 AM Navigating through Uncertainty: The Next Decade for Latin Trade Economies
2015 has been less than optimal for many countries in LAC. A slowdown in the demand of global commodities combined with a rebounding United States economy has complicated growth estimates for the region in the short term. LAC’s trade relationships are going through changes as well, specifically in regards to South-South trade as China recalibrates growth strategies. As the region witnesses growth levels among the lowest in the last 15 years, social tensions have also increased, with a now expanded middle class calling for greater access to quality services from their governments. Panelists will discuss LAC’s short term challenges and how the region can realign trade and investment for sustainable growth.
Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
José Juan Ruiz, Chief Economist and Manager of the Research Department, IDB
Pablo Sanguinetti, Chief Economist, CAF
Alejandro Werner, Head of the Western Hemisphere Department, IMF
Chaired by Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin America Program, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Regional and Global Strategies for Sustained Growth
Over the course of the last 20 years LAC multinational corporations have solidified a regional presence in a number of highly competitive, sought after markets. Companies ranging from extractive industries, consumer goods and retail, to finance and telecommunications saw impressive growth during the global financial crisis. Globalization, and the presence of Asian companies, among others, not only in local economies but world markets have heightened competition for multilatinas. LAC’s leading CEOs will discuss operating in developed versus developing economies, and how to create sustainable growth in an uncertain and highly competitive global market.
Gustavo Grobocopatel, CEO, Grupo Los Grobo
Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
Armando Senra, Managing Director, BlackRock
Chaired by Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Networking Break
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM Success through Innovation
Innovation will play a pivotal role in strengthening markets and economic growth in LAC’s short term. The region has been slow to implement diversified, new ways of doing business, but trends are developing which give optimism to the economic future. Such innovation has come from the ground up, with online platforms and collective consumption driving middle class purchasing habits. In addition, governments have been incorporating new ways of communicating through technology and in many instances partnering with the private sector to introduce new policies and initiatives. Panelists will discuss the current state of innovation and major trends which have the potential to transform business in the region.
Juan Domingo Beckmann, CEO, José Cuervo
José Miguel Benavente, Division Chief, Competitiveness and Innovation, IDB
Germán Efromovich, CEO, Synergy Group
Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
José Antonio Ríos, CEO, Celistics
Chaired by Xavier Serbiá, Anchor, CNN Dinero
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Keynote Address
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Closing Remarks
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Networking Lunches
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session I Deciphering Latin America’s Energy Future
2015 has been a tumultuous year for the global energy market. With oil prices plummeting 50% in a matter of weeks, and the increased production of United States shale oil, an abundant supply of cheap energy has flooded the global market. LAC, rich in both conventional and renewable resources has had to reassess short term regional production and development. Despite such slowdown, developing markets, principally China, have a long term need for foreign energy as it attempts to become a developed nation by 2040. Specialists will discuss recent economic externalities, and the challenges and opportunities they create for LAC’s energy industry in a local and global context.
Steve Crowell, CEO, PlusPetrol
Manuel Estrella, CEO, Grupo Estrella
Ricardo Gutierrez, CEO, CP Latina (former CEO, Grupo Kaluz)
Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
Harold Trinkunas, Director Latin America, The Brookings Institution
Chaired by Santiago Gutiérrez, Executive Editor, Latin Trade Group
Ricaurte Vásquez Morales, Executive Director, Latin America Gas Vertical, GE
Session II Latin America Philanthropy Initiative - Evaluating Effectiveness and Impact
One of the most challenging issues facing foundations, not only in LAC, but globally, is evaluating the effectiveness of specific initiatives focused on access to quality education, healthcare and poverty alleviation. Ensuring widespread benefits from high impact social programs can be a daunting task, and foundations with finite resources must take that into account when implementing their initiatives. Creating detailed strategies and indicators is one way in which organizations can measure the effectiveness and impact on society. Experts on education and public health will discuss the best practices for implementing social programs in the Americas, and bring to the table new highly efficient ways of measuring impact.
Gustavo Arnavat, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Henk de Jong, CEO, Philips Latin America
Antonio Bara Bresolin, Evaluation Director, Itaú Social Foundation
Angélica Ocampo, Executive Director, Worldfund
Premal Shah, President and Co-Founder, Kiva
Woods Staton, Executive Chairman, Arcos Dorados
Stefan Stefansson, Regional Chief for Partnerships, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, UNICEF
Chaired by Bernardo Guillamon, Manager of the Office of Outreach, IDB
Session III Closing the Gap: Social Inclusion and the Value of Talent
Women in Latin America and the Caribbean have made great strides in recent years, but much more needs to be done to close the equality gap in the workforce. Politically, over the course of the last decade the region has elected a number of female leaders, such as President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, President Michelle Bachelet in Chile and President Laura Chinchilla in Costa Rica. While impressive, the private sector has lagged behind this trend of incorporating diversity at the highest levels. Women are still significantly underrepresented in top management throughout the region. Panelists will discuss policies that major multilatinas and multinationals are introducing to close the gender gap and give ample opportunity for advancement.
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Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Pedro Malo, Vice President of Strategy and Finance, Belcorp
Cheryl McDowell, Vice President of Finance and Business Operations, Latin America, Oracle
Albina Ruiz, President and Founder, Ciudad Saludable
Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Chaired by Katia Bouazza, Head, Latin America and Capital Financing, HSBC
For queries about the LATIN TRADE SYMPOSIUM or the BRAVO BUSINESS AWARDS, please contact the following team members: