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Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
Juárez 20, Centro
Mexico City
Mexico
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2015 Latin American Cities Conferences: Mexico City

For its eighth consecutive year, AS/COA will host a Latin American Cities Conference in Mexico City.

Registration: 8:00 a.m to 9:00 a.m.

Conference: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m....

Secretariat of Foreign Affairs
Juárez 20, Centro
Mexico City
Mexico
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Overview

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

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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

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Agenda

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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)  

Speakers

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Nur Cristiani
Head of Latin America Investment Strategy, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Nur Cristiani is currently head of Latin America investment strategy for international private banking at J.P. Morgan. Her main responsibility is to direct the narrative of the strategy and communication to clients and investors for Latin America of Private Banking. Prior to this...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 &...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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