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2016 Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 28, 2016
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Please join us on Friday, October 28, for the 2016 Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards.

The Symposium will gather leaders from business, government, multilateral institutions, and non-governmental organizations for the annual conference focused on the key issues facing the Western Hemisphere. More than 400 CEOs, senior government officials, and other high-level decision makers will convene in Miami to discuss the economic and social issues which are transforming the Americas. From energy, innovation, and digital technology, to gender equality and social impact, the 2016 Council of the Americas Symposium will examine major challenges and opportunities in the region.

Following the Symposium, leaders from the private and public sectors will be honored at the 22nd BRAVO Business Awards. For more than two decades the BRAVO Business Awards have recognized excellence and leadership in the Americas, and in 2016 we will shine light on the innovative leaders who are impacting business and policy in the region.

2016 BRAVO Business Award Honorees and Symposium Speakers Include:

  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Brazil (BRAVO Legacy Award)
  • José Antonio Meade, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico (Innovative Leader of the Year)
  • Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO, Arca Continental (CEO of the Year)
  • Marcos Galperín, Founder, President and CEO, MercadoLibre, Inc. (Visionary CEO of the Year)
  • City of Medellín, Colombia - Accepted by Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Mayor of Medellín (Transformational City of the Year)
  • Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College (Civic Leader of the Year)
  • Patricia Villela Marino, President, Humanitas360 Institute (Humanitarian of the Year)
  • Scarlett Álvarez, Vice President and Chief Stakeholder and Sustainability Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Matias Bendersky, Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Unit, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Maria Blase, President of HVAC and Transport, Latin America Strategic Business Unit, Ingersoll Rand
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head, Latin America and Capital Financing, HSBC Securities, Inc.
  • Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF
  • Jack Broodo, Business President, Feedstocks & Energy, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Gilberto Caldart, President of Latin America and Caribbean Region, MasterCard
  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Jaime Garcia Alba, Principal, Advisory Services, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • David Gilarranz, Global Head of Digital, Millicom
  • Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation
  • Francisco N. González Díaz, CEO, ProMéxico
  • Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, Chairman, YPF
  • Donna Hrinak, President, Boeing Latin America
  • Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
  • Hamilton Moss de Souza, Vice President, Energy, CAF
  • Claudio Muruzábal, President, SAP Latin America & the Caribbean
  • Laxman Narasimhan, CEO, Latin America, PepsiCo
  • Ramiro Prudencio, President and CEO, Latin America, Burson-Marsteller
  • Leonardo Rodríguez, President, Emerson Latin America
  • Elena Romero, Vice President Finace, Visa
  • Luiz Ros, Special Advisor for Innovation - Digital Economy, IDB
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly/ Vice President for Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

For more information, please visit bravobusiness.com.
Learn more about our honorees under the Related Publications tab.

Speaking Engagements:
Drew Westervelt | dwestervelt@as-coa.org | 305-779-4816

Sponsorships:
Maria Lourdes Gallo | mgallo@as-coa.org | 305-779-4986
Mercedes Fernandez  | mfernandez@as-coa.org | 305-779-4987

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Agenda for COA Symposium

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8:00 – 9:00 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 –  9:20 a.m.   Conference Opening

  • Matias Bendersky, Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Unit, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

9:20 – 10:10 a.m.    Panel: Energy in the Americas

  • Jack Broodo, Business President, Feedstocks & Energy, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, Chairman, YPF
  • Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company (2016 BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Hamilton Moss de Souza, Vice President, Energy, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America
  • Leo Rodríguez, President, Emerson Latin America
  • Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation; Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

10:10 – 11:00 a.m.   Panel: Moving Beyond Borders  New Markets in an Uncertain Economic Landscape

  • Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO, Arca Continental (2016 BRAVO CEO of the Year)
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (moderator)

11:00  11:20 a.m.   Networking Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:10 p.m.  Panel: Going Digital  Latin America’s Innovation Challenge (In Partnership with CNN)

  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Claudio Muruzábal, President, SAP Latin America & The Caribbean
  • Laxman Narasimhan, CEO, Latin America, PepsiCo
  • Luiz Ros, Special Advisor for Innovation, Digital Economy, IDB
  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
  • Xavier Serbiá, Host, CNN Dinero (moderator)

12:10  12:35 p.m.   A Conversation with Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami Dade College (2016 BRAVO Civic Leader of the Year) and Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

12:45  1:15 p.m.   Urban Innovation: A Conversation with Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Mayor, City of Medellín

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Session I: Gender Inequality in the Americas

  • Maria Blase, President of HVAC and Transport, Latin America Strategic Business Unit, Ingersoll Rand
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head, Latin America and Capital Financing, HSBC
  • Jaime Garcia Alba, Principal, Advisory Services, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Donna Hrinak, President, Boeing Latin America 
  • Elena Romero, Vice President Finance, Visa
  • Scarlett Álvarez, Vice President and Chief Stakeholder and Sustainability Officer, The AES Corporation

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Session II: Social Impact in the Americas

  • Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF
  • Gilberto Caldart, President of Latin America and Caribbean Region, MasterCard
  • Matias Bendersky, Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Unit, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Patricia Villela Marino, President, Humanitas360 Institute (2016 BRAVO Humanitarian of the Year)
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President for Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Session III: Creating and Sustaining Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Americas 

  • Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Mayor, City of Medellín (2016 BRAVO Transformational City of the Year)
  • Marcos Galperín, Founder, President and CEO, MercadoLibre, Inc. (2016 BRAVO Visionary CEO of the Year)
  • David Gilarranz, Global Head of Digital, Millicom
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas