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2012 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 30, 2012
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Esta conferencia será llevada acabo en español. Baje la agenda en español (PDF).

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance of Chile
  • Carolina Schmidt, Minister Director, National Service for Women of Chile
  • Hernán de Solminihac, Minister of Mining of Chile
  • Mauricio Bustamante, Anchor, TVN
  • Susana Carey Claro, President, Supermercados de Chile, A.G.
  • Javier Giorgio, Vice President of Operations, AES Gener
  • Sebastián Claro Edwards, Advisor, Banco Central de Chile
  • Thomas Keller, President, CODELCO
  • Nelson Pizarro Contador, Vice President and CEO, SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile
  • Jonathan Pressdee, Vice President and Director of Mining, Black & Veatch
  • Melissa Sanderson, Vice President, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Jude Webber, Journalist, Financial Times

Event Information: Mercedes Laxague at mlaxague@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8382.
Sponsorship: Ana Gilligan at agilligan@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8364.
Press: Adriana La Rotta at alarotta@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8384.

 

Chile on the Path to Development

With a group of leading public and private sector officials, AS/COA's Santiago conference will analyze how Chile is harboring innovation and sustainability in the mining sector and addressing the challenges facing woman empowerment in the country.

Santiago 2012: Panel: Empoderamiento Económico de la Mujer: Clave para el Desarrollo

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 | By Paloma Baytelman

Este panel abordó temas relacionados con la inequidad de género en cuanto al acceso al mundo de trabajo remunerado, en el caso de los sectores desfavorecidos, y a cargos de toma de decisión, para las mujeres del grupo socioeconómico medio y alto. ... Read More

Santiago 2012: Hernán de Solminihac, Minister of Mines of Chile

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Chilean Minister of Mines gave keynote remarks at AS/COA's 2012 Santiago conference, discussing the country's resource-exploitation scenario as well as government plans to drive development of the mining sector. ... Read More

Women Seek Greater Economic Empowerment

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2012 | By Kariela Almonte

 Women's economic and political empowerment is essential towards forging a path of inclusion and development in Latin America.   ... Read More

Chile's Economy Maintains Buoyant Path

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | By David Gacs, Daniela Bazan

Chile's economy remains strong and steady, though a sagging global economy and lessening demand in copper will require careful management. ... Read More

Slideshow: A Tour of Mining in Chile

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 | By David Gacs

In this slideshow, AS/COA takes you on a tour of Chile's mining operations, as well as plans for how to increase the country's stretched labor capacity in the coming years. ... Read More

Chile Pushes for More Equal Mines

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2012 | By David Gacs

In a drive to increase gender equality and labor capacity in the booming mining sector, the Chilean government is launching a mining training program for unemployed women. ... Read More

Mauricio Bustamente Postel

Anchor, TVN

Mauricio Bustamante Postel is news editor and host of the news 24 hours on National Television of Chile (TVN). Mauricio also leads the weekly "The Sunday Interview" in TVN. He has interviewed over 600 people, including Hispanic leaders, economists, athletes and artists. Since 1997, Bustamante has also been working at Infinity Radio, where he created and led the show “Panorama en Infinita", and produced and currently leads the evening show "Sera Noticia".

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Susana Carey Claro

President, Supermercados de Chile, A.G.

Susana Carey Claro is the chief executive of the Chilean Association of Supermarkets (ASACH), chairman of the board of Correos de Chile and sits in the executive committee of SOFOFA. Susan was previously the executive director of Comunidad Mujer, an organization she still works for as a consultant. Carey was also in Seminarium Head Hunting and The Newfield Network. For 11 years, she held various positions in Finance, Management Control, Planning and Evaluation of Projects in Disputed Mining Company of Las Condes.

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Sebastián Claro Edwards

Advisor, Banco Central de Chile

Sebastián Claro Edwards has been a member of the Central Bank of Chile since December 2007. His tenure will last for ten years. Sebastian is an associate professor at the Institute of Economics of the Catholic University of Chile, where he teaches international economics, macroeconomics and real business. He previously worked as an assistant professor. Mr. Claro has published extensively in international academic journals about the process of economic transformation in China and the role of intermediaries in international trade patterns.

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Hernán de Solminihac Tampier

Minister of Mining of Chile

H.E. Hernán de Solminihac was appointed minister of Mining on July 18, 2011. He previously served as the minister of Public Works, a position he took March 11, 2010 when he was appointed by the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera. Hernán has an extensive academic career as a professor of the School of Engineering from Catholic University of Chile and a Director of DICTUC, center that seeks to offer the community the knowledge acquired in school. De Solminihac was also the Dean of the Catholic University of Chile’s Faculty of Engineering.

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Javier Giorgio

Vice President of Operations, AES Gener

Javier Giorgio came to AES Gener in October, 2009 after extensive experience in the Latin American electricity sector. He began his career at Empresa de Servicio Eléctrico de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (ESEBA, 1989-1997) until 1997 before joing AES. At AES Giorgio first served as  Commercial Manager of Andean Distribution, and later as General Manager of Argentine Generation. In 2006 he served as General Manager of La Electricidad de Caracas, a vertically integrated electricity company with more than 1 million clients.

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Thomas Keller Lippold

President, CODELCO

Thomas Keller Lippold is the executive president of CODELCO since June 1st, 2012. Until then, Keller served as vice president of administration and finance at the same company. He worked for over ten years in various capacities in the Shell Group, where he held the position of Assistant Regional Treasurer in London. He also worked for twelve years at Compania Minera Dona Ines de Collahuasi, company where he served initially as Vice President of Administration and Finance and then as Chief Executive Officer.

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Felipe Larraín Bascuñán

Minister of Finance of Chile

Felipe Larraín Bascuñán is the Minister of Finance of Chile. Prior to being appointed Minister by President Sebastian Piñera, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Robert Kennedy’s Chair for Latin American Studies and a professor at Catholic University of Chile’s Institute of Economics. Throughout his career, he has published over 10 books and 120 articles on Chile, Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia.

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Nelson Pizarro Contador

Vice President and CEO, SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile

Nelson Pizarro Contador is the Vice President of Minera Lumina Copper Chile SCM, and CEO of Caserones Mine. From 2003 to 2006, Nelson was the corporate vice president of CODELCO’s north division. Previously, Mr. Pizarro took over as vice president of Antofagasta Minerals and was General Manager of Los Pelambres mine, which also belongs to Luksic family group. From 1990 to 1997, Nelson Pizarro was General Manager of Andina Division and Chuquicamata Division, mines owned by CODELCO. Nelson holds a Civil Engineer of Mines degree from the University of Chile.

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Jonathan Pressdee

Vice President and Director of Mining, Black & Veatch

Jonathan Pressdee is vice president and managing director of mining at Black & Veatch. He began his career in the UK, working in Research and Development solutions to improve drinking water quality due to chemical and biological contamination such as pesticides and cryptosporidium. He then progressed through various project implementation roles from designer to project manager and through various project delivery models from feasibility through EPC. He then led various growth initiatives with Black & Veatch.

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Melissa Sanderson

Vice President, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold

Melissa Sanderson is vice president for Africa at Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, covering community relations. Sanderson was previously a political counselor at the United States’ Department of State, where she was a Political Officer and Charge d'Affairs at the US Embassy in the Congo. She also worked as a corporate investment advisor at Fifth Third Bank. She has a B.A. in Economics, a B.A. in English Literature and an MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar

Minister Director, National Service for Women of Chile

H.E. Carolina Schmidt Zaldívar is currently the National Women’s Service Minister. Prior to that, Carolina was general manager at Capital magazine, counselor at Women's Community and president of the Magazine Association of Newspapers. Schmidt was also the coordinator of the working group that examined the association between work and family in the show Women's Voice, where she conducted research on child care alternatives that facilitate women employment. The Minister was also the general manager at the company Calaf, director at Viña Tabali and at the distributor Digraf.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her appointment, Segal was a partner at Chase Capital Partners/J.P. Morgan Partners focusing on private equity in Latin America and pioneering early stage venture capital investing in the region.

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Jude Webber

Journalist, Financial Times

Jude Webber has been the Financial Time’s correspondent for Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay for the last five years. Before that, she worked for fifteen years as a correspondent for Reuters news agency, with postings in London, Madrid, Dublin, Rome and Lima; and assignments in Albania, Macedonia, Venezuela, covering a broad spectrum of corporate, economic and political stories. Ms. Webber studied Spanish and French at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford during which time she co-authored a book on Catalan sociolinguistics.

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Video: Santiago 2012: Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance of Chile

August 30, 2012

Chile's finance minister discussed steps the country is taking to continue economic growth, spur investor confidence, and achieve full development....

Video: Santiago 2012: Hernán de Solminihac, Minister of Mines of Chile

August 30, 2012

The Chilean Minister of Mines gave keynote remarks at AS/COA's 2012 Santiago conference, discussing the country's resource-exploitation scenario as well as government plans to drive development of the mining sector....

Video: Santiago 2012: Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment: Key for Development

August 30, 2012

As part of it's 2012 Chile conference, AS/COA hosted a roundtable to discuss the path for female empowerment in emerging economies....

Esta conferencia será llevada acabo en español.
Baje la agenda en español (PDF)

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks: Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA

9:05 a.m. Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance of Chile
                                           
9:20 a.m. Panel: Investment Opportunities and Innovative Steps Forward in Chile’s Mining Industry

In early March, the Chilean government increased its forecast for total investments in the mining sector through 2020 by 37 percent to $91.46 billion. Chile, the world’s biggest copper-producing nation, is expected to produce about 7.5 million tons of copper annually over the next eight years, which is an exponential increase from the 5.2 million tons produced in 2011. Yet how can Chile ensure this continued growth while promoting sustainability? How is Chile fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the mining sector? How is Chile promoting mining exploration and development for small- and medium-sized companies? What are the environmental, water, and energy challenges in the mining industry? How is the country addressing those issues?

Keynote Opening Speaker: Hernán de Solminihac, Minister of Mines of Chile

  • Thomas Keller, President, CODELCO
  • Javier Giorgio, Vice President of Operations, AES Gener
  • Nelson Pizarro Contador, Vice President and CEO, SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile, Minera Caserones
  • Jonathan Pressdee, Vice President and Director of Mining, Black & Veatch
  • Panel Moderator: Jude Webber, Journalist, Financial Times

10:40 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. Panel: Women's Economic Empowerment: Key for Development

What are the implications of greater economic empowerment for women in Chile? How can gender equality contribute to sustainable economic growth and development? What concrete measures can be taken to close the economic gender gap and to improve women’s participation and opportunities in the country? What must business and government do to ensure that women are placed at the forefront of the regional and national development agenda?

Keynote Opening Speaker: Carolina Schmidt, Minister Director, National Service for Women of Chile

  • Susana Carey, President Supermercados de Chile A.G.
  • Melissa Sanderson, Vice President Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Panel Moderator: Mauricio Bustamante, Anchor, TVN

12:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Sebastian Claro Edwards, Banco Central de Chile
 
12:20 p.m. Closing Remarks: Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA