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2013 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 16, 2013
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MEXICO: OPPORTUNITY AND GROWTH

In collaboration with: Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI)

 

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The Mexican president begins his term at a time of growing international buzz about Mexico’s burgeoning economy. Given that the government is already carrying out a far-reaching reform package—covering areas such as energy, telecommunications, and education—it is Mexico’s moment to seize the opportunity. With over 40 free-trade pacts signed and membership in the Pacific Alliance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Mexico is poised to take a bigger global economic and political leadership role. If Mexico can build on greater North American integration in fields such as energy and catalyze productivity through innovation and entrepreneurship, it has the potential to reach its goal of 6 percent GDP growth.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with ProMéxico, held a half-day conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs focused on Mexico as a global leader; the North American energy landscape; and how Mexico can innovate in the areas of science, technology, and the entrepreneurship program.

Speakers:

  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy
  • Jose Antonio Meade, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Pilar Aguilar, CEO, Endeavor Mexico
  • Marcus Dantus, Director, Wayra Mexico
  • Gerardo Gutierrez, President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial
  • Enrique Hidalgo, President, ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico
  • Emilio Lozoya, CEO, PEMEX
  • Ernesto de Lucas Hopkins, CEO, ProMéxico
  • Amb. Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States
  • Tania Ortiz, Vicepresident, Sempra Energy Mexico
  • Carlos M. Rodríguez, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Pablo Slough, CEO, Google México
  • Luis Tellez, President, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores
  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
  • Juan Pablo del Valle, Chairman, Mexichem
  • Jaime Zabludovsky, President, Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI)
 

Mexico City 2013

Amid growing international buzz about Mexico’s burgeoning economy, AS/COA held its annual conference in the country's capital on April 16, exploring Mexico's role as a global leader, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the North American energy landscape.

Mexico 2013 Blog: Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo on Mexico's Economic Scenario

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

The economy secretary shared his perspective on the evolving nature of Mexico's global trade partnership, as well as the importance of production integration. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Panel - Mexico as a Global Leader

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

In a panel moderated by COMEXI President Dr. Jaime Zabludovsky, Amassador of Singapore to the U.S. Ashok Mirpuri, CCE President Gerardo Gutierrez, and Bolsa Mexicana de Valores President Luis Tellez shared their opinions on Mexico's role on the global stage. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Secretary of Foreign Relations José Antonio Meade on Mexico's Global Role

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

The secretary outlined Mexico's strategy to strengthen its role on the international stage. ... Read More

Blog México 2013: Innovación, emprendimiento y tecnología

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | By Mariel García

En nuestra conferencia anual en la Ciudad de México, se discutió la gran oportunidad con que cuenta México hoy en día: en una época de estabilidad macroeconómica, México podría consolidarse como líder global. Para lograr esto, los papeles de la innovación y el emprendimiento son indispensables. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Panel - Innovating with Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

Panelists explored topics ranging from challenges for innovation in Latin America to questions on how to foment talent in Mexico. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Pemex Director General Emilio Lozoya on Modernizing Pemex

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

What steps is Mexico's state energy firm taking to become more competitive? Pemex Director General Emilio Lozoya provided an overview at our 2013 Mexico City conference. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Panel - The North American Energy Landscape

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

During the final panel of AS/COA's 2013 Mexico City conference, participants discussed challenges in Mexico's energy sector, and how energy reforms should drive economic growth and competitiveness in Mexico. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Crecimiento y Oportunidades

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 | By Mariel García

Para México, llegó el momento de aprovechar la gran oportunidad. La conferencia anual de AS/COA explorará temas como innovación mexicana, el panorama energético norteamericano y el liderazgo del país en el mundo. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Mexico's WTO Candidate and the Country's Global Role

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | By Carin Zissis

What would having a Mexican leading the top trade multilateral mean for the country on the international stage? Mexico's WTO candidate shared his perspective in remarks and an interview at AS/COA. ... Read More

Mexico 2013 Blog: Backing Small Business in Mexico

Posted on Monday, April 1, 2013 | By Nneka Etoniru

Mexico ranks well in Latin America for starting businesses, and new government initiatives aim to increase credit access for small- and medium-sized businesses. ... Read More

Pilar M. Aguilar

General Director, Endeavor Mexico AC

Pilar M. Aguilar is the general director of Endeavor Mexico AC. She was previously the director of human resources for Bain & Company, Mexico Inc. Before joining Bain, Aguilar headed business intelligence for Telefónica Móviles México, where she was responsible for market research, market intelligence, and store information, and served on the board of directors. She was also a consultant for McKinsey & Company, focusing on the energy and transportation sectors and was director of corporate development for Satélites Mexicanos between 1998 and 2000.

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Marcus Dantus

Director, Wayra

Marcus Dantus is the director of Wayra. He is also a technology and innovation entrepreneur with a background in operations, business development, finance, and corporate governance. Prior to joining Wayra, he was a professor and director of the project CENTRO, a university leader of instruction in design and creative disciplines. Dantus was the founder and director of Simitel, Mexico.com, Latin American Telecom, and Peerant, the first Mexican “spin-off” of a Silicon Valley model. He was also the director of Abdeo Medical/Innovamedica.

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Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani

President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial in Mexico

Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani is the president of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial in Mexico. The main objective of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial is to coordinate actions and politics of business agencies and to identify strategic solutions that contribute to the design of public policies to promote economic growth and increase competitiveness in Mexico. He was previously president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana. Gutiérrez received a BA in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

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Enrique Hidalgo

President, ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico

Enrique Hidalgo is the president of ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico. Previously, he held other assignments at Exxon Mobil Corporation, including director for the Americas of international government relations, public and government affairs manager for Americas and Asia for the ExxonMobil Exploration Company, and vice president for corporate relations for ExxonMobil Mexico. Prior to joining Exxon Mobil, Hidalgo was the director of the Latin American Practice at the Eurasia Group.

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Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

Singapore Ambassador to the United States of America

Ashok Kumar Mirpuri is Singapore's ambassador to the United States of America. Prior to his current appointment, he served as ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, high commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006, and high commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002. He was appointed director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia) in 1994, and in 1997, he was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as corporate advisor (Asia Pacific).

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Emilio Lozoya Austin

Chief Executive Officer, PEMEX

Emilio Lozoya Austin is the chief executive officer of PEMEX. He headed the International Affairs Office for the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto from January to November 2012 and was a member of his transition team. He co-founded and was an executive board member of several investment funds between 2009 and 2012 and specialized in international private capital investments, including restructuring and international transactions.

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Ernesto De Lucas Hopkins

General Director, ProMéxico

Ernesto De Lucas Hopkins is the chief executive officer of ProMéxico. Previously, he served as a federal congressman, where he was a member of the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino), the Commission for Tourism and Ecology, and the Commission on Public Safety. De Lucas was the general director for government affairs for the governor of Sonora, Eduardo Bours, and president of the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Committee for Border Security. He also served as the secretary of public safety of the state and secretary for the Commission on the Environment and Natural Resources.

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Carlos Manuel Rodríguez

Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is Mexico bureau chief for Bloomberg News. He joined Bloomberg in 2006 as a Latin America reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York, and became a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico in 2009, covering energy and commodities. Rodríguez was promoted to Mexico bureau chief in 2013. He has interviewed influential leaders in the Americas, from U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto to then-Latin American heads of state Felipe Calderón, Vicente Fox, Álvaro Uribe, and Óscar Arias.

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Tania Ortiz Mena

Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development, IEnova

Tania Ortiz Mena is vice president of external affairs and business development, IEnova. In her current position, she is in charge of external affairs of the company in Mexico, including government, regulatory, and government affairs as well as commercial and business development. Ortiz Mena joined IEnova in 2000 and held positions such as general manager, director of projects, and director of government and regulatory affairs.

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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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Pablo Slough

Country Manager, Google México

Pablo Slough is the country manager at Google México. Before assuming the position as country manager, he worked as the commercial director for Google México. Previously, he was director of OCESA Digital at CIE México, the regional director of digital communications at Universal McCann México, and worked in Emerging Markets at West Merchant Bank and Banco do Brasil Securities.

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Luis Téllez Kuenzler

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and General Director, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

Luis Téllez Kuenzler is the chief executive officer, chairman, and general director of the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores. He previously served as managing director for the Carlyle Group. Before joining Carlyle, Téllez was the executive vice president and chief executive officer of DESC. He served as a director of Fomento Económico Mexicano, Global Industries Ltd. and Grupo Kuo, Southern Copper Corp., and as director of Petroleos Mexicanos.

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Blanca Treviño

President and CEO, Softtek

Blanca Treviño is the president and CEO of Softtek. As president, she has positioned Softtek as a key part of Mexico, opening its doors to the United States as a provider of IT services and shaping what is known today as Nearshore, Softtek’s trademarked delivery model. Treviño has served on the Board of Directors for Walmart Mexico since 2006 and was recently appointed as a board member of Goldcorp. She has participated in forums at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Kellogg School of Management, Harvard Business School, and London Business School.

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Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena

President, Mexichem

Juan Pablo del Valle Perochena is the president of Mexichem. He started his career working for Telmex in 1996. He led the implementation of the first fiber optics sea cable between the U.S.A, Mexico, Central, and South America. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Del Valle founded Grupo Modulo Progresivo, a low income housing developer in Mexico. He joined his family business Grupo Empresarial Kaluz in 2002, where he was responsible for real estate investments/operations and the chemical business.

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Jaime Zabludovsky Kuper

President, Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI)

Jaime Zabludovsky Kuper is the president of Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI). He is also founding partner and vice president of IQOM Inteligencia Comercial and president of The Mexican Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He sits on the boards for Información Digital VERTICE, Cala de Ulloa, Servicios Panamericanos de Seguridad, Aseguradora Peña Verde, México Evalua, the Mexican Institute for Competitiviness, and on the Advisory Board of Accenture Mexico.

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Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conference Mexico City - Inaugural Address

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Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo connected the country's global, outward approach to making progress on the domestic front, exploring how trade pacts have evolved from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently in negotiation. ...

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City - Mexico as a Global Leader

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Top public officials and an expert panel discussed Mexico's global leadership role and growing economy....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conference Mexico City - Keynote Talk

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The secretary shared a number of reasons why Mexico plays a crucial global role, including the fact that it has the world's fourteenth biggest economy in terms of GDP and ranks eighteenth in terms of foreign investment received, eleventh in tourism, sixth in terms of sites of human patrimony, and...

Video: 2013 Mexico City Conference - Innovating with Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship

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Panelists explored topics ranging from challenges for innovation in Latin America to questions on how to foment talent in Mexico....

Video: 2013 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City -The North American Energy Landscape

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Panelists discussed Mexico's energy reforms, challenges for oil production, and energy investments....

Baje la agenda en español.

8:00 – 8:45                  Registration

8:45 – 9:00                  Welcoming Remarks

  • Ernesto de Lucas Hopkins, CEO, ProMéxico (confirmed)
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA (confirmed)

9:00 – 9:20                  Inaugural Address:

  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of the Economy (confirmed)

9:20 – 10:30                Panel: Mexico as a Global Leader

Panelists:

  • Amb. Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States (confirmed)
  • Gerardo Gutierrez, President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (confirmed)
  • Luis Tellez, President, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (confirmed)
  • Moderator: Jaime Zabludovsky, President, Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI) (confirmed)

Topics:

  • What does Mexico’s economic moment mean for the country’s place in the region and the world?
  • How is Mexico viewed from the perspective of the foreign investor? What does the rise in IPO’s and that fact that companies like Sempra are joining the public markets mean for Mexico?
  • What progress will be made in free trade? With the TPP?
  • How can Mexico take political and economic leadership globally and regionally?
  • How can Mexico increase its presence in South America, Central America, and Asia?
  • How can the Mexican private sector to extend and take leadership in the country, region, and the world? What role does the Pact for Mexico play in this?

10:30 – 11:00              Keynote Speaker

  • José Antonio Meade, Secretary of Foreign Affairs (confirmed)

11:00 – 11:30              Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:40              Panel: Innovating with Science, Technology and the Entrepreneurship Program

Panelists:

  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek (confirmed)
  • Marcus Dantus, Director, Wayra Mexico (confirmed)
  • Pablo Slough, CEO, Google México (confirmed)
  • Moderator: Pilar Aguilar, CEO, Endeavor Mexico (confirmed)

Topics:

  • How can more formal entrepreneurship be motivated?
  • What can technology companies do to motivate greater entrepreneurship in and with new technology?
  • What will be the role of the federal government? Of local governments? Of universities?
  • What advances will occur in the telecom agenda?
  • How can Mexico catalyze productivity in its small and medium enterprises through science, technology, and entrepreneurship?
  • How do you connect Mexico’s small and medium enterprises to markets abroad?
  • What role does access to formal banking play?

12:40 – 1:00                Special Keynote: Modernizing Pemex

  • Emilio Lozoya, CEO, PEMEX (confirmed)

1:00 – 2:10                  Panel: The North American Energy Landscape

Panelists:

  • Juan Pablo del Valle, Chairman, Mexichem (confirmed)
  • Enrique Hidalgo, President, ExxonMobil Ventures Mexico (confirmed)
  • Tania Ortiz, Vice President, Sempra Energy Mexico (confirmed)
  • Moderator: Carlos M. Rodríguez, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News (confirmed)

Topics:

  • What progress will be made on the regional energy agenda?
  • How does the panorama change if North America achieves energy self-sufficiency? How will the region change?
  • How will clean energy and climate change be considered?
  • What opportunities does the private sector see in the regional energy agenda?
  • What are your firms regional strategies?
  • What changes with transnational pipelines?

2:10 – 2:30                  Closing Remarks