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Latin American Business Conference 2018

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 23, 2018


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Every year, Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA), Columbia Business School (CBS), and New York University (NYU) come together to organize the Latin American Business Conference. For over ten years, the Latin American Business Associations (LABA) at CBS and NYU Stern 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 2018 edition, LABA organizations join forces with YPA—an initiative of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas—to organize the Latin American Business Conference 2018. 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.


  • Alberto Bernal, Chief Strategist, XP Securities @AlbertoBernalLe
  • Alessandro Carlucci, Former CEO, Natura @naturanet
  • Robert Kartheiser, Partner, Paul Hastings @Paul_Hastings
  • Mark McCombe, Head of Americas Region, BlackRock @blackrock
  • Marilene Ramos, Director, BNDES @bndes
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador from Mexico to USA @Arturo_Sarukhan
  • Claudia Sender, President, LATAM Airlines Brazil @LATAM_BRA
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Roberto Egydio Setubal, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A.
  • Roberto Simon, Brazilian Strategist, FTI Consulting @robertosimon
  • Camila Zuluaga, Program Director and Journalist, Claro, Caracol Radio @ZuluagaCamila

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

This event is $40 for members and $75 for non-members. Member tickets are exclusively available to YPA, CBS LABA, and NYU LABA.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: @ascoaYPA | #LABC18

Learn and watch videos from last year's conference.

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Press Inquiries:
YPA Membership: Beckie Bintrim | | 1-212-277-8372
Sponsorship Opportunities: Rodrigo Riaza | | 1-212-277-8376


8:00 to 9:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 9:10 a.m.   Opening Remarks

9:10 to 9:35 a.m.   Keynote: Investments to the region

9:35 to 10:25 a.m.   Panel I: Made in LatAm
Panelists will discuss how Latin American companies have succeeded across various industries, competing on a global scale with technology, human capital and R&D.

10:25 to 10:45 a.m.   Coffee and Networking Break

10:45 to 11:10 a.m.   Keynote: Entrepreneurship in Latin America
The speaker will share the key success factors of his entrepreneurial story in starting some of the most successful companies in LatAm, how the entrepreneurial landscape has changed over the last years, and how he sees it going forward.

11:10 to 12:00 p.m.   Panel II: Infrastructure bottlenecks in Latin America
Panelists will discuss Latin America’s infrastructure challenges, the economic and social impact that the recent corruption scandals have had in the development of projects in the region, and provide insights as to the next steps that the different stakeholders can take to reactivate project financing.

12:00 to 13:05 p.m.   Lunch & table leader session

13:05 to 13:30 p.m.   Keynote: Empowering female leaders in Latin America

13:30 to 2:20 p.m.   Panel III: Elections, will the pendulum swing again?
Panelists will discuss the regional electoral calendar as three major economies, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia go to the polls to choose a new president and a new direction.

2:20 to 2:35 p.m.   Closing remarks

*To be confirmed