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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences - São Paulo

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 5, 2016
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COMPETITIVENESS AND THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IN BRAZIL

In a globalized world, countries compete with each other for business and foreign investment. Brazil faces many challenges when it comes to competitiveness. It ranks below other emerging markets, including China, India, and South Africa, as well as other Latin American nations such as Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Fostering sustainable economic growth, employment, and the standard of living requires becoming more competitive vis-à-vis other countries.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Amcham Brasil, will hold a half-day conference in São Paulo focused on competitiveness in Brazil and its impact on the economy. The conference will convene leaders from the private sector for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities in making the Brazilian economy a more competitive one.

 

COMPETITIVIDADE E O AMBIENTE DE NEGÓCIOS NO BRASIL

Num mundo globalizado, países competem entre si por negócios e investimentos estrangeiros. O Brasil enfrenta muitos desafios quando se trata de competitividade. Ele fica atrás de outros mercados emergentes, incluindo China, Índia e África do Sul, assim como outras nações da América Latina, tais como Chile, Colômbia, México e Peru. A promoção do crescimento econômico sustentável, emprego e qualidade de vida de um país requer que ele se torne mais competitivo vis-à-vis outros países.

A Americas Society/Council of the Americas, em parceria com a Amcham Brasil, organizará uma conferência em São Paulo com foco na competitividade do Brasil e em seu impacto sobre a economia brasileira. A conferência irá congregar líderes do setor privado para uma discussão sobre os desafios e as oportunidades para aumentar a competitividade da economia brasileira.

Speakers:

  • Jorge Arbache, Head, Economic Department, Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, Brazil @JorgeArbache
  • Paula Bellizia, General Manager, Microsoft Brasil @MicrosoftBr
  • Otaviano Canuto, Executive Director, International Monetary Fund @ocanuto
  • Flavio Cotini, President and CEO, Walmart Brasil
  • Marcelo Kfoury Muinhos, Head, Economic Research Department, Citi Brazil @CitiBrasil
  • Julia Leite, São Paulo Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News @julialeite
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Julian J. Nebreda, CEO, Grupo AES Brasil
  • Deborah Stern Vieitas, CEO, Amcham Brasil @amchambr
  • Brian Winter, Vice President, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly @BrazilBrian

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Rebeca Brown | rbrown@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8378
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | cangulo@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Jorge Arbache

Head, Economic Department, Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, Brazil

Jorge Arbache is the chief economist for Brazil's Ministry of Planning, Budget, and Management. He is also a professor of economics at the Universidade de Brasília. His previous appointments include economic adviser to the president of Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES) and senior economist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He is the author of four books and has published more than eighty articles in academic journals. Arbache has a PhD in economics and a bachelor’s in economics and law.

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Paula Bellizia

General Manager, Microsoft Brazil

Paula Bellizia is the general manager for Microsoft Brazil, the largest subsidiary in Latin America. Bellizia has over 22 years of experience in the market. She started her career in marketing at Whirlpool and after seven years joined Telefonica as product group manager. She left Telefonica to join the technology industry at Microsoft as small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) sales manager. After 10 years at Microsoft, Bellizia occupied different roles, her last being Brazil management and operations lead.

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Otaviano Canuto

Executive Director, International Monetary Fund

Otaviano Canuto is the executive director at the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Brazil, Cabo Verde, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Timor-Leste, and Trinidad and Tobago. Canuto has previously served as vice president, executive director, and senior advisor on BRICS economies at the World Bank, as well as vice president at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also served on the government of Brazil where he was state secretary for international affairs at the Ministry of Finance.

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Flavio Cotini

President and CEO, Walmart Brazil

Flavio Cotini is the president and CEO of Walmart in Brazil and has twenty nine years of professional experience, thanks to the efforts made in several important companies in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and across Central America, working with a diversity of cultures, languages, and business situations. As part of his solid academic education, he holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and an executive MBA from São Paulo University (USP).

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Marcelo Kfoury Muinhos

Head of Economic Research Department, Citi Brazil

Marcelo Kfoury Muinhos is the head of the economic research department of Citi Brazil. Based out of São Paulo, he also contributes to the Citi Research team with the coverage of economic and political developments in Brazil. Prior to that, Kfoury Muinhos had been at Central Bank for 13 years, where in the last three and half years he was the head of the Economic Research Department.

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Julia Leite

São Paulo Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Julia Leite is Bloomberg São Paulo's bureau chief, returning to her native Brazil after three years covering emerging markets for Bloomberg News at the company's headquarters in New York. She helps oversee a team of about thirty journalists covering several topics, including markets, commodities, finance, and deals, besides their real-time services in English and Portuguese. She joined Bloomberg after graduating with a master’s degree in economic journalism from Columbia University in New York.

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Ragnhild Melzi

Vice President, Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Ragnhild Melzi is Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ vice president of Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations. She provides leadership for the organizations’ international programming, which attracts top government officials, global business leaders, and prominent policy analysts to confront matters of critical hemispheric importance at discussions that take place across the Americas. Melzi has extensive experience in Latin American corporate finance and wealth management.

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Julian Nebreda

CEO, Grupo AES Brasil

Julian Nebreda has been appointed CEO of AES Brasil as of April 1, 2016. Before, he held the position of president for the Europe Strategic Business of the AES Corporation. Nebreda has a broad experience in the energy, legal, and financial sectors. At AES, Nebreda has held several senior positions, such as vice president for Central America and Caribbean, CEO of La Electricidad de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela and president of AES Dominicana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Deborah Stern Vieitas

CEO, Amcham Brasil

Deborah Stern Vieitas is the CEO at the American Chamber for Brazil. First woman in this position in 96 years of Amcham’s history, Stern Vieitas was also elected Top Ten Business Women in Brazil in 2014 by Valor Econômico, a leading Brazilian economic newspaper. With a solid executive career in large financial institutions, she also held the presidency of the International Banks Association in Brazil.

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Brian Winter

Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly

Brian Winter is vice president of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and serves as the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Americas Quarterly. Throughout a decade in Latin America as a correspondent for Reuters, he covered politics and economics in virtually every country in the region and lived in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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7:30 – 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.: Opening Remarks

  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Public Policy Programs & Corporate Relations, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Deborah Stern Vieitas, CEO, Amcham Brasil

8:40 – 9:30 a.m.: Panel: The Impact of Competitiveness on the Economy

  • Jorge Arbache, Head, Economic Department, Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, Brazil 
  • Marcelo Kfoury Muinhos, Head, Economic Research Department, Citi Brazil
  • Julia Leite, São Paulo Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.: Coffee Break

9:50 – 11:00 a.m.: Panel: Competitiveness and Its Challenges to Businesses in Brazil

  • Paula Bellizia, General Manager, Microsoft Brasil
  • Flavio Cotini, President and CEO, Walmart Brasil
  • Julian J. Nebreda, CEO, Grupo AES Brasil
  • Brian Winter, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Keynote speaker: Competitiveness in Brazil and Latin America

  • Otaviano Canuto, Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)