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Latin American Business Conference 2017

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 24, 2017
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For over ten years, the Latin American Business Associations (LABA) at NYU Stern and Columbia Business School have positioned their Latin American Business Conference as one of the most anticipated forums to discuss the pressing issues, challenges, and achievements of the region. 

For its 2017 edition, LABA organizations join forces with the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA)—an initiative of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas—to organize the 2017 Latin American Business Conference on Friday, February 24. The event will bring together current and rising leaders from Latin America for a full-day conference. Experts and rising game changers in public policy, tech, and social entrepreneurship will speak in a series of panels about the current reality of social change and business in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with these leaders, dive into regional and global trends, and be part of an ongoing dialogue.

This event is $35 for members and $65 for non-members.

Confirmed Speakers*:

  • Manuel Jose Balbontin, Founding Partner and Senior Investment Strategist, Compass Group LLC
  • Bernardo Bonjean, Founder, Avante 
  • Dubie Cunningham, VP, Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking, Scotiabank @Scotiabank
  • Jose Fernandez, Partner, Gibson Dunn; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs under President Obama @gibsondunn 
  • Sebastian Gomez, Co-founder and COO, Reservamos @reservamosmx 
  • Renato Grandmont, Chief Investment Officer for Latin America, UBS @UBS
  • Jose Renato Hopf, Founder, GetNet; CEO, 4all Tecnologia
  • Sabrina T. Howell, Assistant Professor of Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking - Americas, HSBC @HSBC
  • Alonso Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School.
  • João Ricardo Mendes, Founder and CEO, Hotel Urbano @Hotel_Urbano
  • Flavio Pripas, Managing Director, Cubo @fpripas 
  • Linda Rottenberg, Founder/CEO, Endeavor @lindarottenberg
  • Diego Saez-Gil, Co-Founder and Chairman, Bluesmart @Dsaezgil   
  • James Stranko, CMO, McKinsey Growth Tech @extranjero
  • Heberto Taracena, Founder and Managing Partner, Invent Capital
  • Ryan Toohey, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications and Head of Crisis and Issues Specialty Management, FTI Consulting
  • Marcos Troyjo, Co-Director, BRICLab, Columbia University @MarcosTroyjo
  • Dirk Willer, Head of Emerging Markets Strategy, Citi @Citi
  • Susan Segal, President/CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

*More speakers to confirm

Follow the discussion on Twitter: @ascoaYPA | #LABC17

After the conference, join us for our YPA Carnival party "A Night in Rio"!

Questions? E-mail us at ypany@as-coa.org

Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

YPA Membership & Sponsorship Opportunities: Felipe Marin | fmarin@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8342

Not a member yet and want FREE access to #LABC17 and the after party

Become a YPA member at $100 for complimentary access to the Carnival party OR the conference.

Become a YPA Silver member at $500 for complimentary access to the Carnival party AND the conference.

Dubie Cunningham

Vice President of Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking, Scotiabank

Dubie Cunningham is vice president of Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking at Scotiabank. With over twenty years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors, she has held several leadership roles in Scotiabank. In IT&S, Cunningham managed the bank’s relationships with its strategic technology partners, and most recently, led the Innovation Team at the Digital Factory.

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Jose W. Fernandez

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Co-Chair at Gibson Dunn's Latin America Practice Group

Jose W. Fernandez is partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and co-chair at Gibson Dunn's Latin America Practice Group.

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Sebastián Gómez

Co-Founder and COO, Reservamos.mx

Sebastián Gómez is co-founder and COO of Reservamos.mx, a multi-modal travel booking platform based in Mexico. He started his career in New York working for the strategy consulting team at Accenture. Gómez has a double degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan School of Management).

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Renato Grandmont

Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Latin America, UBS Wealth Management

Renato Grandmont is managing director and chief investment officer for Latin America for UBS Wealth Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing intellectual capital to UBS clients in Latin America. Prior to joining UBS, Grandmont spent 10 years at Citigroup as chief investment officer for Citi Private Bank Latin America and since 2009 for Citi Wealth Management Latin America.

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José Renato Hopf

Founder/CEO, 4all

José Renato Hopf is founder and CEO of 4all, a technology firm launched in 2015 to transform people’s experience in the digital world. In 2003, he founded GetNet, which became one of the largest payment companies in Latin America with over 2,700 employees. GetNet was sold in 2014 to Santander for USD495 million. Hopf started his career at Banrisul and led the creation of Banricompras. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from PUC-RS, a specialization in Information Systems and Telecommunications from UFRGS, and an MBA in Business Management from FGV. 

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Gerardo Mato

Chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.

Gerardo Mato is chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC). In his role, Mato leads client engagement for leading companies across the United States, Canada, and Latin America. He is based in New York City. Mato has more than 20 years of loan origination experience, acting as a strategic capital-raising advisor to governments and large-cap companies across the Americas. He joined HSBC in 2002 from Merrill Lynch.

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Flavio Pripas

Managing Director, CUBO

Flavio Pripas is managing director of CUBO - a transformational project aimed at fostering entrepreneurship in Brazil, founded by Itau and RedPoint eVentures. Prior to this, he launched and sold two companies, and was nominated as one of 2012's "Most Creative People in Business" by FastCompany. Earlier in his career, Pripas acquired extensive experience in the corporate environment as JPMorgan’s IT head in Brazil, Credit-Suisse Hedging-Griffo’s development head and JPMorgan Chase Vastera’s Latin America IT head.

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Linda Rottenberg

Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor Global

Linda Rottenberg is co-founder and CEO of Endeavor Global. She is was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” and is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector. Previously, Segal was a partner and Latin American Group head at J.P.

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Ryan Toohey

Senior Managing Director in the Strategic Communications Segment, FTI Consulting

Ryan Toohey is senior managing director in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting. He is also part of the segment’s Corporate Communications practice, and serves as head of its Crisis & Issues Management specialty practice in the Americas. Toohey specializes in providing strategic counsel to companies and executives facing complex communications, government relations and regulatory challenges.

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Marcos Troyjo

Director of the BRICLab, Columbia University

Marcos Troyjo is the Co-Director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, a SIPA special forum on Brazil, Russia, India and China. He teaches The Rise of BRIC at SIPA.

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Dirk Willer

Managing Director and Head of Emerging Market Strategy, Citi Research

Dirk Willer is managing director and head of emerging market strategy at Citi Research. He joined the firm in 2004 and was the head of Latin American Strategy working as a market commentator until assuming his current role as an independent research analyst. Willer specializes in FX, local rates and credit in Latin America and on market analysis relating to emerging markets globally. His expertise extends to the analysis of developments in G3 markets and its impact on emerging markets.

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Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.   Registration & Breakfast

9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.   Opening Remarks

  • YPA Chair
  • NYU LABA President
  • Columbia LABA President

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.   Keynote Remarks

  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking – Americas, HSBC

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.   Panel: Disruptions in Finance – Experts will discuss what the digital revolution means for the finance industry and broader economy.

  • Dubie Cunningham,VP, Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking, Scotiabank
  • Bernardo Bonjean, Founder & CEO, Avante
  • Jose Renato Hopf, Founder & CEO, GetNet; Founder & CEO, 4all Tecnologia
  • Edgar Perez, Author, The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street
  • Moderated by Sabrina T. Howell, Assistant Professor of Finance, NYU Stern School of Business

11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Coffee and Networking Break

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.   Talk on Political Economy of Deglobalization

  • Marcos Troyjo, Co-Director, BRICLab, Columbia University will talk about the effect of Brexit, trade protectionism, tariffs, and a new U.S. administration and their impact on Latin America.

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.   Lunch Conversation with Table Leaders – Informal and interactive lunch conversation facilitated and guided by conference speakers and other business leaders from various sectors. 

1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   A Conversation with Linda Rottenberg, champion of high-impact entrepreneurship – The founder of the cutting-edge non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide will talk about getting started and entrepreneurship today both globally and in Latin America.

  • Hosted by Diego Saez-Gil, Co-Founder & Chairman, Bluesmart

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Panel: Entrepreneurship in Latin America – Rising entrepreneurs from the region will explore the challenges and opportunities for starting, growing, and managing a venture in Latin America.

  • Sebastian Gomez, Co-Founder & COO, Reservamos
  • Flavio Pripas, Managing Director, Cubo
  • Heberto Taracena, Founder and Managing Partner, Invent Capital
  • João Ricardo Mendes, Co-Founder & CEO, Hotel Urbano
  • Moderated by James Stranko, CMO, McKinsey Growth Tech; YPA Steering Committee Chairman

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.   Coffee and Networking Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.   Panel: Macroeconomics 

  • Renato Grandmont, Chief Investment Officer for Latin America, UBS
  • Manuel Jose Balbontin, Founding Partner and Senior Investment Strategist, Compass Group LLC
  • Dirk Willer, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets Strategy, Citi Research
  • Moderated by Alonso Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School 

4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.   Fireside Chat: Management in the Face of Challenges 

  • Jose Fernandez, Partner, Gibson Dunn; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs under President Obama
  • Hosted by Ryan Toohey, Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications and Head of Crisis and Issues Specialty Management, FTI Consulting 

4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.   Keynote and Closing Remarks 

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

5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.   Skurnik Wines Reception with LABA Alumni