After 13 years in office, President Hugo Chávez is seeking re-election. He faces perhaps his strongest contender yet, Henrique Capriles Radonski, the 40-year-old candidate of the opposition’s Democratic Unity coalition and former governor of Miranda state. At the same time, questions remain about the president’s health and the evenness of the electoral playing field.
Panelists will analyze popular support for the candidates and citizen demands and interests, the effect of the president’s health on the campaign, access to the media and freedom of expression, and the likely economic impact of the October 7 elections whoever wins.
- Luis Christiansen - President, Consultores 21
- Alejandro Grisanti - Head of Research and Strategy for Latin America, Barclays Capital Inc.
- Carlos Lauría - Senior Americas Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
- David Papadopoulos - Latin America Markets Team Leader, Bloomberg News (Moderator)
President, Consultores 21
Luis Christiansen is president of Consultores 21, a top polling firm in Venezuela. He has a communications degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and 25 years of experience in scenario planning and analysis. Christiansen is a member of the European Society for Opinion and Market Research (ESOMAR) and an experienced speaker in the academic and private sectors.
Head of Research and Strategy for Latin America, Barclays Capital Inc
Alejandro Grisanti is the head of research and strategy for Latin America at Barclays Capital Inc. In 2005, Alejandro founded his own company, Ecoanalítica, which he directed until 2007. The company was an important source of information to understand the economy and politics of Venezuela. Previous to Ecoanalítica, Grisanti was the chief economist of Banco de Venezuela, Grupo Santander from 2000 to 2004. He has a Ph.D.
Senior Americas Program Coordinator, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
Carlos Lauría is the senior Americas program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) since November 2002. Originally from Argentina, Lauría began his journalistic career in Buenos Aires in 1986. In 1994, Lauría settled in New York as U.S. bureau chief correspondent for the country’s largest magazine publisher, Editorial Perfil. At CPJ, he is responsible for monitoring, documenting, and developing responses to press freedom violations in Latin America.
Latin America Markets Team Leader, Bloomberg News
David Papadopoulos is the Latin America markets team leader at Bloomberg News. He is the head of Latin American markets coverage, overseeing a group of 24 reporters and editors in New York and throughout the region. He began covering emerging markets in 1994 and started his career at Bloomberg four years later as a reporter in Caracas, Venezuela.