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2015 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 21, 2015
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MEXICO: A LOOK AT CLIMATE CHANGE,
CYBERSECURITY, AND ENERGY IN NORTH AMERICA

Click on the VIDEO tab to watch the conference panels.

At the recent North American trilateral ministerial meeting, the foreign ministers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico met to advance an agenda that expands the region’s leadership in energy, supports sustainable economic growth, and combines strengths to face climate change and cybersecurity challenges. North America is fast becoming one of the most economically competitive regions in the world, and Mexico will play a critical role in fulfilling North America’s potential. Upgrading infrastructure and building strategic logistical corridors will benefit the inter-American community.

For its eighth consecutive year, Americas Society/Council of the Americas will host a Latin American Cities Conference in Mexico City. Join AS/COA, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), and ProMéxico for a conference that will address Mexico’s role in these issues.     

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (Download his presentation.)
  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary, Secretariat of Economy
  • Carlos Álvarez,  Managing Director, Mexico Infrastructure, BlackRock
  • Beatriz Bugeda, General Director of Climate Change Policy, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)
  • Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group
  • Nur Cristiani, Head of Mexico Equity Research & Strategy, J.P. Morgan
  • Patricia Florissi, Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Francisco N. González, CEO, ProMéxico
  • Oliver González Barrales, General Director of the Specialized Center for Technological Response, Federal Police
  • Daniel Enrique Guerrero Rodríguez, General Director of Natural Gas and Petrochemicals, Secretariat of Energy (SENER)
  • Joe Keenan, Executive Vicepresident for Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
  • Rubén Kraiem, Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Arturo Martínez, General Director, ACE Fianzas Monterrey
  • Lina Ornelas, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean, Google
  • Saúl Padrón Estrada, Deputy Director for Cybersecurity, Telefónica México
  • Andrés Rengifo, Director for Latin America of the Computer Crime Unit and Intellectual Property Issues, Microsoft
  • Rolf Schmitz, Managing Director & Head Latin America Energy Finance, Scotiabank
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Registration fee: This event is complimentary for all registrants. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Ernesto Aguilar | eaguilar@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8393
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Gilligan | agilligan@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364 
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Mexico City 2015 Blog: A Look at Climate Change, Cybersecurity, and Energy in North America

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Keynote by Finance Secretary Luis Videgaray

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | By Carin Zissis

The secretary's final remarks focused on Mexico's strides and remaining challenges as a regional leader. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Panel on Developing Infrastructure and Human Capital for the Energy Sector

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Experts analyzed next steps for Mexico's National Infrastructure Plan, the effects of falling oil prices, and collaboration on U.S. and Canadian energy developments. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Panel on Cybersecurity and Confidence for Businesses

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

How can businesses build customer confidence, while maintaining a balance between sharing information with the government and safeguarding customers’ privacy? ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Michael Chertoff on How Businesses Can Manage Cyber Attacks

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

The former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security said that businesses should not expect to eliminate or avoid all risk, but instead to manage and reduce it. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Keynote by Secretary of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015

The secretary spoke about the outlook for trade, innovation, and integration in North America. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Climate Change Panel on Financing Sustainable Growth in North America

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | By Carin Zissis

The panel discussed Mexico's carbon tax, along with other initiatives to mitigate climate change. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: SRE's Sergio Alcocer on North American Integration

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Mexico's economic ties to the United States and Canada are stronger than ever, but the region needs a long-term agenda to combat climate change and cyber threats. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Welcoming Remarks by ProMéxico's Francisco Gonzalez and Susan Segal

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | By Carin Zissis

The CEOs of ProMéxico and AS/COA kicked off conference with points on Mexico's growing competitiveness. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: What's in Store for Renewable Energy Development in Mexico?

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2015 | By Christian Gómez, Jr.

With oil prices dropping, Mexico should build its renewable energy sector, writes COA Energy Director Christian Gomez, Jr. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: The State of Cybersecurity

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

Over half of all software installed in Mexico—which amounts to a commercial value of $1.2 billion—is pirated. ... Read More

Mexico City 2015 Blog: Clearing the Air in Mexico

Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

While more world leaders join in the discussion on climate change, the Mexican government is addressing air quality head on through ambitious and yet pragmatic goals. ... Read More

Luis Videgaray Caso

Secretary, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs

Luis Videgaray Caso has been Secretary of Foreign Affairs since January 2017. He previously served as Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, role in which he managed the federal government’s economic policy in financial, fiscal, expenditure, revenues, and public debt matters. Following the 2012 presidential elections in Mexico, Videgaray Caso was the director general for president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s transitional government.

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Ildefonso Guajardo

Secretary of Economy, Mexico

Ildefonso Guajardo has been Mexico’s Secretary of Economy since 2012. He has previously held the posts of chief of the Executive Office of the Governorship of Nuevo León; technical secretary of Planning, Communication, and liaison with the Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development; chief administrative officer of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997; and undersecretary of tourism development in the Secretariat of Tourism. Guajardo has been a federal congressman in two instances for the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI).

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Sergio Alcocer

Undersecretary for North America, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs

Sergio M. Alcocer is undersecretary for North American Affairs at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE). In the public sector, he has previously served as undersecretary for Energy Planning and Technology Development at the Secretariat of Energy and as research director of the National Center for Disaster Prevention at the Secretariat of the Interior.

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Carlos Álvarez

Managing Director, Mexico Infrastructure, BlackRock

Carlos Álvarez is managing director of Mexico Infrastructure at BlackRock. Before joining BlackRock in May 2015, Álvarez worked for 15 years at InterGen Mexico in roles ranging from regional manager to vice president, where he led regional strategy and managed a $2.5 billion portfolio of power plants, compression stations, renewable sources, and gas pipelines.

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Beatriz Bugeda

General Director of Climate Change Policy, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources

Beatriz Bugeda is general director of Climate Change Policy at the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). Bugeda has been a consultant on environmental law and policy and president of the Citizen Observatory for Environmental Monitoring. She was director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Bugeda served as legal advisor and head of the Mexican Liaison Office of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of NAFTA, and advisor to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

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Michael Chertoff

Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group

Michael Chertoff is the founder and executive chairman of The Chertoff Group and is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP. As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Chertoff developed and implemented border security and immigration policy, promulgated homeland security regulations, and spearheaded a national cyber security strategy. He also served periodically on the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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Nur Cristiani

Head of Mexico Equity Research & Strategy, J.P. Morgan

Nur Cristiani is J.P. Morgan's Mexico equity strategist. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she worked at Credit Suisse where she was Emerging Market strategist for the on-shore private bank, with a particular focus on Mexican equities and fixed income. Previously, Cristiani was at BBVA for five years acting as portfolio manager of Latin American equity and fixed income funds. She holds a bachelor’s degree in actuarial sciences from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and is a CFA charter holder since 2009.

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Patricia Florissi

Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation

Patricia Florissi is vice president and global chief technology officer for EMC's Americas sales organization. She holds the honorary title of EMC distinguished engineer. Florissi was formerly the vice president of advanced solutions at Smarts. After EMC acquired Smarts in 2005, she became CTO of the entire Ionix business unit and was also appointed strategic initiative leader for governance, risk, and compliance. Florissi holds multiple patents and has written for publications including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.

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Francisco González

CEO, ProMéxico

Francisco González is the CEO of ProMéxico. Previously, he served as ambassador of Mexico in Germany. González was also regional director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa of ProMéxico and commercial counselor for Germany, Central, and Eastern Europe of the National Bank of Foreign Trade (Bancomext) in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Oliver González Barrales

General Director of the Specialized Center for Technological Response, Federal Police

Oliver González Barrales is the general director of the Specialized Center for Technological Response of the Federal Police of Mexico. Previously, he served as director of Information Technology Infrastructure and Communications at the National Center of Information at the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System from 2010 to 2013.

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Daniel Enrique Guerrero Rodríguez

General Director of Natural Gas and Petrochemicals, Secretariat of Energy

Daniel Enrique Guerrero Rodríguez is general director of Natural Gas and Petrochemicals at the Secretariat of Energy, where he oversees and regulates the processing and transportation of natural gas, as well as issues related to the petrochemical industry. He was one of the nominees for the office of commissioner within the Energy Regulatory Commission in September 2014.

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Joe Keenan

Executive Vicepresident for Latin America, The Nature Conservancy

Joe Keenan is executive vice president and managing director of The Nature Conservancy's Latin America Region where he leads a staff of more than 320 people based in sixteen countries. Under his direction, the Conservancy engages in high-leverage conservation efforts, including designing innovative strategies for water security, sustainable food security, and smart infrastructure, collaborating with indigenous communities, strengthening protected areas, and establishing creative partnerships with the private sector.

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Rubén Kraiem

Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Rubén Kraiem is a corporate partner at Covington & Burling LLP. He is also a trustee and chair of the legal committee of the board of trustees of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before joining Covington & Burling LLP, Kraiem was a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. He has been a distinguished scholar in residence at the New York University Law School, an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Business School, and a teaching fellow at Harvard College.

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Arturo Martínez

General Director, ACE Fianzas Monterrey

Arturo Martínez is the general director of ACE Seguros and ACE Fianzas Monterrey, which specializes in administrative (contract/performance bonds) and fidelity bonds. Before his current appointment, Martínez was the deputy general director at ACE Fianzas. He joined the firm in 2002 as national director of Operations and Enrollment. Previously, Martínez held positions at Kemper Mexico, Seguros Monterrey Aetna, Asesores en Previsión de Riesgos, and Caixa de Pensiones in Barcelona, Spain.

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Lina Ornelas

Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean, Google

Lina Ornelas is the director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean at Google. Of the twelve years she spent in the public sector in Mexico and Europe, she spent nine at Instituto Federal de Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos working as the general director of Classification and Personal Data and later as the general director of Self-Regulation.

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Saúl Padrón Estrada

Deputy Director for Cybersecurity, Telefónica México

Saúl Padrón Estrada is deputy director for Cybersecurity at Telefónica México. In this role, he is responsible for the development of Telefónica México’s cybersecurity strategy. Padrón earned a degree in computer science from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MBA from Universidad Europea in Madrid. He received his Certified Information Security Manager credentials from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

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Andrés Rengifo

Director for Latin America of the Computer Crime Unit and Intellectual Property Issues, Microsoft

Andrés Rengifo is the director of the Digital Crime Unit and Intellectual Property Matters for Microsoft Latin America. He oversees the company’s regional efforts to protect its IP and enhance the trust and security in the cloud by reducing digital risks resulting from all forms of cybercrime. Before moving to this regional position at Microsoft, Rengifo was the legal director for Intellectual Property Matters at Microsoft Mexico beginning in November 2008. Previously he held the same role for the Andean Region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela).

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Rolf Schmitz

Managing Director & Head Latin America Energy Finance, Scotiabank

Rolf Schmitz is a managing director with Scotiabank's Energy Group in Houston where he is responsible for the institution's Energy Portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has over 15 years of experience in structuring corporate and project finance solutions across the region. During this term Schmitz has arranged transactions totaling over $10 billion. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the Vienna University of Economics.

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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. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. 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.

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Video Q&A: Joe Keenan on How to Reconcile the Economy with Ecology

June 05, 2015

Latin America is proving developing countries are committed to fighting climate change, but the region can make easy agricultural changes that help the economy without hurting the environment....

Video - Mexico City 2015: Luis Videgaray Caso's Closing Remarks

May 21, 2015

Mexico's secretary of Finance and Public Credit closed the 2015 Latin American Cities conference in Mexico City by speaking on economic prospects for the country....

Video - Mexico City 2015: Developing Infrastructure and Human Capital for the Energy Sector

May 20, 2015

Experts analyze the state of Mexico energy reforms, lacking infrastructure, and energy investment opportunities....

Video - Mexico City 2015: Keynote Remarks by Ildefonso Guajardo and Michael Chertoff

May 21, 2015

Watch the participations of the Mexican secretary of economy and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. ...

Video - Mexico City 2015: Cybersecurity and the Cost to North American Businesses

May 20, 2015

How can businesses maintain a balance between sharing information with the government and safeguarding their customers’ privacy?...

Video Mexico - City 2015: Climate Change Panel on Financing Sustainable Growth in North America

May 20, 2015

The panel discussed Mexico's carbon tax, along with other initiatives to mitigate climate change....

Video - Mexico City 2015: Welcoming Remarks and a Keynote by SRE's Sergio Alcocer

May 21, 2015

North America has made strides in terms of economic integration, but it also needs a common agenda to combat climate change and the growing threats of cybersecurity....

LatAm Minute: James Bosworth on the State of Cybersecurity in Latin America

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The risk analyst, better known as Boz, talked to AS/COA Online about where Latin America’s networks are vulnerable, and which governments are making progress....

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Agenda

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Baje la agenda en español.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  Registration

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
  • Francisco N. González, CEO, ProMéxico

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.  Keynote Remarks

  • Sergio Alcocer, Undersecretary for North America, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE)

9:50 – 10:30 a.m. Climate Change — Financing for Sustainable Growth in North America

  • Rubén Kraiem, Corporate Partner, Covington & Burling LLP (moderator)
  • Beatriz Bugeda, General Director of Climate Change Policy, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)
  • Joe Keenan, Executive Vicepresident for Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
  • Patricia Florissi, Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation 

Questions for discussion: What are the initiatives being taken in Mexico to finance sustainable growth? What are the effects of Mexico’s carbon tax on fossil fuels? What are the benefits of public-private partnerships as a tool to mitigate climate change? How can economic policy be affected by climate change? What are the hazards that can be effected by climate change and what can be done to diminish their costs?  

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.  Keynote Remarks

  • Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary, Secretariat of Economy (SE)

10:50 – 11:15 a.m.  Keynote Remarks

  • Michael Chertoff, Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group (former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security)  

11:15 – 11:55 a.m.  Cybersecurity: The Cost to Businesses — Building Public Trust

  • Andrés Rengifo, Director for Latin America of the Computer Crime Unit and Intellectual Property Issues, Microsoft (moderator)
  • Lina Ornelas, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs for Mexico, Central America and The Caribbean, Google
  • Saúl Padrón Estrada, Deputy Director for Cybersecurity, Telefónica México 
  • Oliver González Barrales, General Director for the Specialized Center for Technological Response (CERT), Federal Police

Questions for discussion: How are digital transformation and technological advances increasing the businesses vulnerability to cyberattacks? What are companies doing to protect their most valuable assets: intellectual property, financial data and customer information? How can businesses maintain a proper balance between sharing information to the government and safeguarding their customers’ privacy? What are the challenges and solutions required to protect critical infrastructure shared by Canada, Mexico and the U.S. against increasing threats such as energy grid lines or water distribution? How can public-private partnerships work together to improve security and safeguard networks of critical infrastructure?

11:55 – 12:10 p.m. Coffee Break

12:10 – 12:50 p.m.  Energy, Developing Infrastructure, and Human Capital in North America

  • Nur Cristiani, Head of Mexico Equity Research & Strategy. J.P. Morgan (moderator)
  • Arturo Martínez, General Director, ACE Fianzas Monterrey
  • Carlos Álvarez,  Director General, Infraestructura México, BlackRock
  • Rolf Schmitz, Managing Director & Head Latin America Energy Finance, Scotiabank
  • Daniel Enrique Guerrero Rodríguez, General Director of Natural Gas and Petrochemicals, Secretariat of Energy (SENER)

Questions for discussion: What are the opportunities of the National Infrastructure Plan in terms of energy investments? How does the decline in oil prices affect the anticipated energy investments in Mexico? How can Mexico develop a labor force to meet the increasing demand of the energy sector? What is Mexico’s role in achieving energy security in North America? How can Mexico contribute to Central America’s energy integration?  

12:50 – 1:20 p.m.  Closing Session 

  • Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP)