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2017 Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 3, 2017


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Please join us on Friday, November 3, for the 2017 Council of the Americas Symposium and 23rd BRAVO Business Awards. The Symposium gathers more than 400 CEOs, senior government officials, and high-level decision makers from business, government, multilateral institutions, and NGOs for our annual conference focused on the key issues transforming the Americas. 

Following the Symposium, leaders from the private and public sectors will be honored at the 23rd BRAVO Business Awards. For more than two decades the BRAVO Business Awards have recognized excellence and leadership in the Americas, and in 2017 we will shine light on the innovative leaders who are impacting business and policy in the region.

Symposium Panel Discussions:

  • Achieving Sustainable Growth in the Americas
  • Corporate Leadership in the Digital Era
  • Facilitating Cross Border Trade and Investment in the Hemisphere
  • The Future of Travel in the Americas
  • Corporate Sustainability in the Hemisphere
  • Looking to the Future: Artificial Intelligence

2017 BRAVO Business Award Honorees and Symposium Speakers Include:

  • José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (BRAVO Legacy Award)
  • Horst Paulmann, Chairman of Board and Founder, Cencosud (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX (CEO of the Year)
  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines (Visionary CEO leadership Award)
  • Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico (Visionary CEO Leadership Award)
  • Jorge Pérez, Chairman and CEO, Related Group (Transformational Leader of the Year
  • Jorge Apaez, COO, Mexico and Latin America, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Rogerio Basso, Principal Investment Officer and Head of Tourism, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF
  • Tyler Bryson, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Latin America and Caribbean
  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Luisa García, Partner and COO Latin America, Llorente y Cuenca
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, AS/COA and President and CEO, The AES Corporation
  • Bernardo Guillamon, Manager, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Luciano Macagno, Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta Air Lines
  • Damián Scokin, CEO,
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Xavier Serbiá, Host, CNN Dinero
  • Woods Staton, Executive Chairman, Arcos Dorados

For more information on the Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards nominations, please visit

Event Information and Registration: 
Cyndi Balladares | | 305-779-4994

Maria Lourdes Gallo | | 305-779-4986
Mercedes Fernandez  | | 305-779-4987

Press Inquiries:
Yndira Marin | | 646-386-6523
AS/COA Media Relations | | 212-277-8384 | 212-277-8333

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