Symposium/BRAVO Awards

Friday, October 28th, The Four Seasons, Miami


The 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.


Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) announced in January 2016 that it is assuming control of the Latin Trade Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards and the CFO Forum Series. Learn more here:

The 2015 Symposium and 21st Annual BRAVO Business Awards drew more than 500 delegates, representing more than 200 organizations, from across 20 countries around the world. Keeping in line with the themes of innovation and looking towards future generations, the series of programs spanned over two days in 2015, and began on Wednesday, October 28, where we held the inaugural ‘’Agents of Change: The New Face of Innovation and Talent’’ forum. On Thursday, October 29, global thought leaders and decision makers from major corporations, governments and multilateral institutions shared their insights and perspectives on innovation, at the 2015 Symposium entitled ‘’Success through Innovation.’’

Following the Symposium, the BRAVO Business Awards celebrated 21 years of recognizing the leaders who are shaping and transforming the region. In 2015, Latin Trade honored 10 individuals for their tremendous contributions to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Please assist us in the nomination process! 2016 BRAVO Business Awards nominations are currently open!


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, entitled ‘’Agents of Change: The New Face of Innovation and Talent’’ united more than 100 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 discussed their experiences navigating through a complex business environment, and also discussed the future of Latin America.

Both young leaders and established CEOs shared 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.

Bravo Business Awards Nominations

In 2016, we will celebrate 22 years of recognizing the region’s most influential leaders through its BRAVO Business Awards, widely regarded as the “Oscars” of Latin American Business.

Every year, we nominate a broad array of Latin American and Caribbean leaders from government and business, as well as mavericks in the non-governmental, environmental and humanitarian fields. We narrow the list of candidates, consulting with past honorees of the prestigious Award, international executives, government officials and leading academics.

Finally, we narrow down the list of finalists and select the recipients of the BRAVO Business Awards for their leadership and their contributions to progress in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Winners selected will be honored at the gala awards ceremony, taking place in Miami.

We invite you to influence the nomination process and help shape the 2016 BRAVO Business Awards by nominating outstanding leaders in various categories.

2015 BRAVO Honorees

H.E. Horacio Cartes Jara
Innovative Leader of the Year
H.E. Horacio Cartes Jara
Innovative CEO of the Year
Juan-Domingo Beckmann
Social Sustainability CEO of the Year
Eduardo Belmont
Transformational Leader of the Year
Pedro Joaquín Coldwell
Dynamic CEO of the Year
Rodrigo Galindo
Young Leader of the Year
Tallis Gomes
Transformational CEO of the Year
Alberto Bailléres González
CEO of the Year
Thilo Mannhardt
Bravo Legacy Award
Guillermo Ortiz
Investor of the Year
José Alberto Vélez

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast

Ballroom Foyer
9:00 AM - 9:15 AMWelcoming Remarks

Richard Burns, Chairman, Latin Trade Group
Bernardo Guillamon, Manager, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, IDB

Salon 2-3
9:15 AM - 10:15 AMNavigating 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.

Salon 2-3

Welcome Remarks
Juan Pablo Cuevas
, Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Services, Latin America and the Caribbean, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, AES
José Juan Ruiz, Chief Economist and Manager of the Research Department, IDB
Álvaro Santos Pereira, Director of the Country Studies Branch, OECD
Pablo Sanguinetti, Corporate Director, CAF
Krishna Srinivasan, Deputy Director, The Western Hemisphere Department, IMF
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
10:15 AM - 11:00 AMRegional 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.

Salon 2-3

Gustavo Grobocopatel, CEO, Grupo Los Grobo
Guillermo Ortiz, Chairman, Advisory Board, Grupo Financiero Banorte
Armando Senra, Head of Latin America and Iberia Region, BlackRock
Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
Chaired by Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
11:00 AM - 11:20 AMKeynote Address
New Strategies: Pioneering Paths and Mexico’s New Energy Landscape

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell
, Secretary of Energy, Mexico

Salon 2-3
11:20 AM - 11:40 AMNetworking Break

Ballroom Foyer
11:40 AM - 12:30 PMSuccess 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.

Salon 2-3

Juan Domingo Beckmann, CEO, José Cuervo
José Miguel Benavente, Division Chief, Competitiveness and Innovation, IDB
Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
José Antonio Ríos, CEO, Celistics
Chaired by Xavier Serbiá, Host, CNN Dinero
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMPresidential Keynote

New Opportunities: Paraguay’s Future and the Road Ahead

A conversation with H.E. Horacio Cartes Jara , President, Republic of Paraguay, and Mario López Estrada , Partner, Tigo Guatemala
With Introduction by Conor McEnroy , Chairman, Sudameris Bank
1:00 PM - 1:15 PMClosing Remarks
Santiago Gutierrez, Executive Editor, Latin Trade Group
1:15 PM - 2:45 PMNetworking Lunches
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMAfternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session IInvestor’s Roundtable (Private-By invitation only)
Mexico’s Energy Revolution: A Private Conversation with Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary of Energy, Mexico

Mexico has taken historic steps over the last two years towards a path of energy independence. Recent energy reforms passed in August of 2014 have created an environment for private investment in upstream oil and gas exploration, as well as the electricity market. While the global energy sector focuses on the tremendous potential and opportunities as a result, the country is actively promoting technological innovation and the development of skilled industry labor to provide sustainable economic growth. Mexico’s Secretary Pedro Joaquín Coldwell will discuss his role leading the country’s energy sector, as well as the opportunities and challenges moving forward.

Bangkok Room

Welcoming Remarks
Leo Rodriguez
, President, Emerson Latin America

Special Guests
Steve Crowell
, CEO, PlusPetrol Resources
Sylvia Escovar, President, Organización Terpel
Manuel Estrella, CEO, Grupo Estrella
Ricardo Gutierrez, CEO, CP Latina (former CEO, Grupo Kaluz)
Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
Carlos Morales Gil, CEO, Petrobal
Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, President and General Manager, AES Mexico
Chaired by Santiago Gutierrez, Executive Editor, Latin Trade Group
Session IILatin 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.

Hong Kong Room

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 Matias Bendersky, Chief, Partnership and Resource Mobilization Unit, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, IDB
Session IIIClosing 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.

Salon 1

Camilo Abello, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Grupo Argos
Juan Acosta, Executive Vice President and COO, Viacom International Media Networks Americas
Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Angela María Camacho, Vice President, Newlink Communications
Pedro Malo, CFO, Belcorp
Cheryl McDowell, Vice President of Finance and Business Operations, Latin America, Oracle
Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Chaired by Katia Bouazza, Head, Latin America and Capital Financing, HSBC


Why Attend?

Interact With Leaders

Business Government and social leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation encouraging a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas.

Global Insights

Experts from the public and private sectors will form working groups to discuss industry specific trends impacting Latin America.

International Speakers

Latin America’s most innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

Business Partnerships

Access Latin America’s leaders in one day, in one place to forge new business relationships.

Remain Competitive

Learn from experienced business and social entrepreneurs what it takes to stay competitive in today’s global marketplace.


Four Seasons, Miami
1435 Brickell Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
Tel +1 (305) 338 – 3535

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Plenary Sessions

Business, government and public leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation, focusing on macro views on the global and regional landscape for the private and public sectors. Moderators will encourage a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas and will accept questions from the audience. The format will be Davos Style, with an estimated audience of 400 participants. Panelists will be comprised of CEOs, Senior Government Officials, and Young Leaders.

Community Conversations

Issue area experts on key themes of this year’s Latin Trade Symposium will discuss a variety of issues, ranging from gender equality, the role of philanthropy in the region, to the next generation of leaders, in a roundtable style format. The main focus will be on private sector engagement, and participants will gain a regional view on these issues. The format will be roundtable, with an estimated audience of 75-125 participants. Panelists will be comprised of Senior Executives, Government Officials and Young Leaders.

Industry/Country Roundtables

Industry experts will discuss in detail the current state of their respective sectors, involving key stake holders as well as government officials and regulatory agencies. Industry leaders will have access to influential players and hear from thought leaders. The format will be in roundtable, with an estimated audience of 50-75 participants. Participants will be comprised of Industry Experts, Senior Executives and Government Officials.

Keynote Addresses

Innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying the key themes of the 2016 Latin Trade Symposium. Speakers will present their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

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For queries about the LATIN TRADE SYMPOSIUM or the BRAVO BUSINESS AWARDS, please contact the following team members:

Partnerships & Delegations

Maria Lourdes Gallo
Tel. +1-305-779-4986

Partnerships & Delegations

Mercedes Fernandez
Tel. +1-305-779-4987

Partnerships & Delegations

Drew Westervelt, Senior Manager
Tel. +1-305-357-6707