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2017 Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards

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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.

COA Symposium & 23rd Annual BRAVO Business Awards
Friday, November 3, 2017  - Four Seasons Hotel Miami

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 Symposium Speakers Include

  • Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, IDB
  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
  • Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico
  • Horst Paulmann, Chairman and Founder, Cencosud
  • Maria Fernanda Mejia, Senior Vice President, Kellogg and President, Kellogg Latin America
  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Damián Scokin, CEO, Despegar.com 
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, AS/COA and President and CEO, The AES Corporation
  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA
  • Thilo Mannhardt, CEO, Ultrapar
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Capital Financing, HSBC Securities Inc
  • James P. Scriven, CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Claudio Muruzábal, President, SAP Latin America & The Caribbean
  • Xavier Serbiá, Host, CNN Dinero
  • Guillermo Güémez Sarre, Chief Technology Officer, Grupo Financiero Banorte
  • Luciano Macagno, Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta Air Lines
  • Leo Rodriguez, President, Emerson Latin America
  • Jorge Apaez, COO, Mexico and Latin America & The Caribbean, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Luisa García, Partner and COO Latin America, LLORENTE & CUENCA
  • Ricardo Sánchez Barker, CFO, Aeromexico
  • Flavio Carrillo, Director of Capital Markets Lab, Florida International University
  • Daniel Alarcón, CEO and Co-Founder, Logiety
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Tyler Bryson, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Latin America
  • Bernardo Guillamon, Manager, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, IDB
  • Rogerio Basso, Principal Investment Officer and Head of Tourism, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF
  • Stephen Stefani, Head of Oncology, Hospital do Câncer Mãe de Deus

2017 BRAVO Business Award Honorees

  • BRAVO Legacy Award: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Horst Paulmann, Chairman and Founder, Cencosud
  • CEO of the Year: Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
  • Visionary CEO Leadership Award: Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico, and Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
  • Dynamic CEO of the Year: Maria Fernanda Mejia, Senior Vice President, Kellogg and President, Kellogg Latin America
  • Transformational Leader of the Year: Jorge Pérez, Chairman and CEO, Related Group

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

Event Information and Registration: 
Cyndi Balladares | cballadares@as-coa.org | 305-779-4994

Sponsorships:
Maria Lourdes Gallo | mgallo@as-coa.org | 305-779-4986
Mercedes Fernandez  | mfernandez@as-coa.org | 305-779-4987

Press Inquiries:
Yndira Marin | ymarin@llorenteycuenca.com | 646-386-6523
AS/COA Media Relations | mediarelations@as-coa.org | 212-277-8384 | 212-277-8333


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Agenda

Download a PDF of the agenda.

8:00 a.m.  9:00 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.  9:05 a.m.   Welcome Remarks (webcast)

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA)

9:05 a.m.  10:00 a.m.   Panel I: Achieving Sustainable Growth in the Americas (webcast)

  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD (2017 BRAVO Legacy Award)
  • Alexander Mora, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation; Chairman, AS/COA (moderator)

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.  Panel II:  Corporate Leadership in the Digital Era (webcast)

  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX (2017 BRAVO CEO of the Year)
  • Damián Scokin, CEO, Despegar.com
  • César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America (moderator)

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.   Networking Coffee Break

11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.   Panel III: Facilitating Cross Border Trade and Investment in the Hemisphere (webcast)

  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Capital Financing HSBC Securities Inc. 
  • Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico (2017 BRAVO Visionary Leadership Award)
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • James P. Scriven, CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Xavier Serbiá, Host, CNN Dinero (moderator)

12:10 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.   Keynote Address (webcast)

  •    Luis Alberto Moreno, President, IDB

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.   A conversation with Horst Paulmann, Chairman and Founder, Cencosud (2017 BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award) and Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA (no webcast)

1:15 p.m.  2:45 p.m.   Lunch

 

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions (no webcast)

3:00 p.m.  4:30 p.m.   Session I: Connectivity and Competitiveness  The Future of Travel in the Americas

  • Jorge Apaez, COO, Mexico, Latin America, & The Caribbean, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • Andrés Conesa, CEO, Aeromexico (2017 BRAVO Visionary Leadership Award)
  • Luciano Macagno, Managing Director, Latin America & the Caribbean, Delta Air Lines
  • Damián Scokin, CEO, Despegar.com
  • Rogerio Basso, Principal Investment Officer and Head of Tourism, Inter-American Investment Corporation (moderator)

3:00 p.m.  4:30 p.m.   Session II: Sustainability in the Hemisphere — A Holistic Approach

  • Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF - Latin American Development Bank
  • Tyler Bryson, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Latin America
  • Flavio Carrillo, Director of Capital Markets Lab, Florida International University 
  • Luisa García, Partner and COO Latin America, LLORENTE & CUENCA
  • Maria Fernanda Mejia, Senior Vice President, The Kellogg Company and President, Kellogg Latin America (2017 BRAVO Dynamic CEO of the Year)
  • Leo Rodriguez, President, Emerson Latin America
  • James P. Scriven, CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation
  • Bernardo Guillamon, Manager, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, IDB (moderator)

3:00 p.m.  4:30 p.m.   Session III: Looking to the Future  Artificial Intelligence

  • Daniel Alarcón, CEO and Cofounder, Logiety Technology
  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Guillermo Güémez Sarre, Chief Technology Officer, Grupo Financiero Banorte
  • Stephen Stefani, Head of Oncology, Hospital do Câncer Mãe de Deus
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group