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2014 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 27, 2014
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CHILE: OPPORTUNITY AND GROWTH

In collaboration with Adolfo Ibañez School of Management, AmCham Chile, Bolsa de Comercio de Santiago, Cámara de Comercio de Santiago, Columbia Global Centers - Latin America (Santiago), ComunidadMujer, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies - Harvard University, Endeavor Chile, Fundación Chile, and Grupo Liderazgo

AS/COA and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the ninth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Santiago. Speakers will address Chile's economic forecast, growth prospects, and the country's increasingly important role in regional trade networks. As President Michelle Bachelet finishes the first 100 days of her second term, panelists will consider the challenges and opportunities that face the new administration in regards to fiscal and economic policies, education, and the energy sector.

Speakers:

  • Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile
  • Alberto Arenas de Mesa, Minister of Finance of Chile (Download his presentation)
  • Luis Felipe Céspedes, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile (Download his presentation)
  • Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile
  • Carlos Barrera, Vice President and Managing Director, SunEdison Latin America
  • Víctor Hassi Sabal, Country Head, MetLife Chile Holding and Chairman, ProVida AFP
  • Cristián Maturana, General Director and Founder, Portalinmobiliario.com
  • Nicolás Paut Vicuña, Economy Editor and Presenter of Agenda Económica, CNN Chile
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO of Americas Society Council of the Americas

Note: This event is free of charge. Prior registration is required.
Registration is NOT required to view the webcast.

Event Information: Mercedes Laxague | mlaxague@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8382
COA Corporate Membership: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Gilligan | agilligan@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

 

Santiago 2014 Blog: Opportunities and Growth

The conference will address Chile's economic forecast, growth prospects, and the country's increasingly important role in regional trade networks.

2014 Santiago Blog: Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Muñoz and Opening Remarks

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 | By David Gacs

Chile must deepen ties with Latin America and continue to fight inequality, said Muñoz. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Chile's Finance Minister Alberto Arenas

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 | By David Gacs

The government is creating a $1.5 billion productivity fund to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and competitiveness, the minister said. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Chile's Energy Minister Máximo Pacheco

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 | By David Gacs

The minister explained how Chile faces challenges in bringing down energy costs. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Chile's Minister of the Economy, Development, and Tourism Luis Felipe Céspedes

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 | By David Gacs

Céspedes' spoke about the country’s growth strategy with a focus on reducing inequality and elevating the economy to developed-country status. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Panel – The New Chilean Agenda on Growth and Social Change: A Private Sector Perspective

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 | By David Gacs

Private-sector leaders shared their views on what's next for Chile's economy. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Amid Dampening Growth, Chile's Government Seeks Reforms

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 | By David Gacs

The new president hopes tax changes will help fund education reforms and boost the slowing economy in the long term. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Pacific Alliance Deepens Integration, Announces Mercosur Meeting

Posted on Monday, June 23, 2014 | By David Gacs

At the group’s ninth summit, presidents decided to look to another Latin American trade bloc for new opportunities. ... Read More

2014 Santiago Blog: Chile Aims to Stave off Energy Strain with Renewables, Regulation

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | By David Gacs

As part of a broader reform strategy, President Michelle Bachelet delivered a four-year energy plan to encourage industry diversification. ... Read More

Alberto Arenas de Mesa

Minister of Finance of Chile

Alberto Arenas de Mesa is the minister of Finance of Chile. Before assuming his current responsibilities, he was a researcher in the Micro Data Center at the University of Chile’s Department of Economics from March 2010 until June 2013. Arenas de Mesa was also a professor within the Department of Economics’ Public Policy Masters program. During President Michelle Bachelet’s first term from 2006 to 2010, he served as director of Budgets and he later joined the leadership of the state mining company, Codelco.

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Carlos Barrera

Vice President and Managing Director, SunEdison Latin America

Carlos Barrera is vice president and general director of Latin America at SunEdison Latin America. In this role, Barrera is responsible for SunEdison’s Solar Division in addition to leading the commercial and operational strategies for the Latin America region. He has held a variety of positions at Sun Edison including general director of South America, regional director of business development, and director of development for “Large Scale Plants” in Europe, Latin America, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.

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Víctor Hassi Sabal

Country Head, MetLife Chile Holding and Chairman, ProVida AFP

Víctor Hassi Sabal is country head for MetLife Chile Holding and chairman of ProVida AFP. He was the general manager for MetLife Chile Seguros de Vida S.A. from 2001 to 2013 when the company acquired Provida AFP from the BBVA Group. Hassi Sabal also led the acquisition of ALICO Inc. from AIG in 2010. During his time at MetLife, he has led major projects including the creation of the Compañía de Mutuos Hipotecarios and a strengthened alliance with Banco Estado. Previously, Hassi Sabal was the general manager of the life insurance company, Santander S.A. from 1998 to 2001.

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Cristián Maturana

General Director and Founder, Portalinmobiliario.com

Cristián Maturana is co-founder of Portalinmobiliario.com and served as general manager from the site's founding in 1999 until March 2010. With the company's expansion into Mexico, he was executive director until 2013 when Portalinmobiliario.com was acquired by MercadoLibre. Maturana has since reassumed his role as general manager after the acquisition. Before founding Portalinmobiliario.com, he worked as a freelance real estate professional.

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Heraldo Muñoz

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile

Heraldo Muñoz is the minister of foreign affairs of Chile. Before assuming his current responsibilities in March 2014, he was assistant secretary general of the United Nations (UN) as well as assistant administrator and regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United Nations Development Programme from May 2010 to February 2014. Muñoz served as ambassador-permanent representative of Chile to the UN from 2003 to 2010.

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Máximo Pacheco

Minister of Energy of Chile

Máximo Pacheco is the minister of energy of Chile. Previously, he was senior vice president of International Paper from 2004 to 2013 where he also served as their regional president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. Pacheco led International Paper’s operations in Brazil from 2004 until 2009. Before joining International Paper, he was executive vice president for Chile and Latin America at Carter Holt Harvey. Pacheco was appointed executive vice president of operations at the Corporación del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) in 1990.

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Nicolás Paut Vicuña

Economy Editor and Presenter of Agenda Económica, CNN Chile

Nicolás Paut Vicuña is economy editor and anchor of Agenda Económica at CNN Chile. He has been with CNN Chile since its launch in 2008 as a reporter and assumed his current responsibilities in February 2012. During his four years of reporting, Mr. Paut Vicuña covered economics and in 2009 received a SERCOTEC award from the Ministry of Economics, Development, and Tourism. He received his degree in Journalism from the Universidad Católica in Chile.

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Jorge Rodríguez-Grossi

Executive President, Alto Maipo, AES Gener

Jorge Rodríguez-Grossi is executive president of Alto Maipo, AES Gener and president of Grupo Costanera. He also serves as dean of the Economics and Business Department at the Jesuit University Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. Rodríguez-Grossi previously sat on the boards of AES Gener, BAT Chile, Australis S.A., the state-owned rail company EFE, EDYCE, and the Banco Estado. In the public sector, he served as minister of Economy, Mining, and Energy from 2001 to 2006.

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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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Video - Santiago 2014: Chile's Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Muñoz and Welcoming Remarks

June 27, 2014

Muñoz explained Chile's foreign policy priorities and its evolving relationship with the United States....

Video - Santiago 2014: Chile's Minister of the Economy, Development, and Tourism Luis Felipe Céspedes

June 27, 2014

Watch the minister's assessment of Chile's economic outlook and the country's policies to promote productivity and growth....

Video - Santiago 2014: Panel – The New Chilean Agenda on Growth and Social Change: A Private Sector Perspective

June 27, 2014

Private-sector leaders discussed next steps for the country....

Agenda

Download a PDF of the agenda.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.       Coffee and Registration

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.       Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/ Council of the Americas

9:05 – 9:25 a.m.       Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile

9:25 – 9:45 a.m.       Luis Felipe Céspedes, Minister of Economy of Chile (Download his presentation)

9:45 – 10:50 a.m.      Panel - The New Agenda for Growth and Social Change in Chile: The Private Sector’s Vision

  • Carlos Barrera, Vice President and Managing Director, SunEdison Latin America
  • Víctor Hassi Sabal, Country Head, MetLife Chile Holding and Chairman, ProVida AFP
  • Cristián Maturana, Managing Director and Founder, Portalinmobiliario.com
  • Jorge Rodríguez-Grossi, Executive President, Alto Maipo, AES Gener
  • Nicolás Paut Vicuña, Economy Editor and Presenter of Agenda Económica, CNN Chile

10:50 – 11:10 a.m.     Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.     Alberto Arenas de Mesa, Minister of Finance of Chile (Download his presentation)                              

11:30 – 11:35 a.m.     Closing Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

11:35 – 12:00 p.m.     Coffee and Networking Session