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2015 Latin American Cities Conferences: São Paulo

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 27, 2015
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BRAZIL'S ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS OUTLOOK

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In 2014, Brazil dealt with sluggish economic growth, above-target inflation, a growing budget deficit, and corruption scandals. 2015 is the year for reforms. The new economic team is in the process of implementing policies to strengthen the economy, generating sustainable growth and restoring investor confidence. The private sector will have a very important role to play in resuming growth in Brazil.

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Amcham Brasil, will hold a half-day conference in Sao Paulo on May 27th. The conference will focus on the economic and business outlook for Brazil, convening private-sector leaders spanning various industries.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • José Décurnex, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Patrice Etlin, Managing Partner, Advent International Corporation
  • Ricardo Gandour, Editor-in-Chief, Estado de São Paulo
  • Ilan Goldfajn, Chief Economist, Itaú Unibanco
  • Rafael Guedes, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings Brasil Ltda.
  • Gustavo Loyola, Partner/Director, Tendencias Consultoria
  • Hélio Magalhães, Citi Country Officer, Brazil
  • Gilberto Peralta, President & CEO, GE Brazil
  • Gabriel Rico, CEO, Amcham Brasil
  • Rodrigo Santos, President, Monsanto Brazil
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

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

Event Information: Diogo Ide | dide@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8352
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

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Brazil's Economic and Business Outlook

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Panel on the Business Environment in Brazil

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | By Kariela Almonte

Experts discussed which industries have the greatest potential for growth, such as technology and railway transportation. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Setor privado vê grandes oportunidades no Brasil

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Panelistas da IBM, Monsanto, GE e Advent afirmam que continuarão investindo no país. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Panel on Brazil's Economic Outlook

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

How can Brazil reverse its slowing economy? ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Brasil precisa de reformas estruturais para retomar crescimento

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

A economia do Brasil deve ter decréscimo de 1,5% em 2015, com recuperação a partir de 2016, dizem analistas. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Opening Remarks by Amcham's Gabriel Rico and Susan Segal

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

The CEOs of Amcham Brasil and AS/COA highlighted Brazil's complex economic agenda and President Dilma Rousseff's upcoming visit to Washington. ... Read More

São Paulo Blog 2015: Abertura com Gabriel Rico da Amcham Brasil e Susan Segal da AS/COA

Posted on Friday, May 29, 2015

Brasil é um dos países mais conectados do mundo, destaca Susan Segal. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: A Breakdown of Brazil's Latest Budget Cuts

Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

Brazil is tightening its belt by $22.6 billion. Learn how the federal government plans to get out of the red.  ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Who's Investing in Brazil Right Now? The Bold and the Chinese

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

It takes a certain type of investor to be drawn to the country right now, say analysts. Beijing is among them. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Fast Facts on Brazil's Economy

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 | By Rachel Glickhouse

While GDP growth slows, the government expects foreign direct investment and infrastructure investments to rise. ... Read More

São Paulo 2015 Blog: Brazil's Venture Capital Investments Endure in Spite of Slowing Economy

Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | By Rachel Glickhouse

Even while inflation and unemployment rise, investors see value in the country’s Internet-hungry consumers. ... Read More

Patrice Etlin

Managing Partner, Advent International Corporation

Patrice Etlin joined Advent in 1997 in São Paulo and established the firm’s investment operations in Brazil. From 1994 to 1997, he was a partner at International Venture Partners in São Paulo, where he was responsible for the operations of a media and communications fund focused on Brazil. Previously, Mr. Etlin spent five years with Matra Marconi Space, initially as a systems engineer on a project to develop a European military observation satellite.

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Ricardo Gandour

Editor-in-Chief, Estado de São Paulo

Ricardo Gandour is the chief of content at Estado Group, which includes print, digital and radio platforms, and the editor-in-chief of O Estado de S.Paulo. From 2002 to 2006 he was the executive director and editor for the Diário de S.Paulo while it was under Globo’s leadership. At Editora Globo, he managed book/print publications and the weekly magazine Época.

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Ilan Goldfajn

Governor, Brazil's Central Bank

Ilan Goldfajn is the governor of Brazil's Central Bank and a member of the BIS Board of Directors. Previously, Goldfajn was chief economist at Itaú Unibanco from April 2009 to May 2016. He was deputy governor for economic policy at Brazil's Central Bank from September 2000 to July 2003. Goldfajn was partner at Gavea Investimentos and founding partner at Ciano Investimentos.

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Rafael Guedes

Managing Director, Fitch Ratings

Rafael Guedes is Fitch Ratings’ country business leader for Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He is responsible for managing and overseeing Fitch’s operations in these countries. Prior to joining Fitch in 1999, Guedes worked for nine years for UBS both in Zurich and in the São Paulo Representative Office as the deputy representative. During those years, he worked in the sovereign debt and asset redeployment department and as the relationship manager for Brazilian financial institutions and corporates.

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Gustavo Loyola

Partner/Director, Tendencias Consultoria

Gustavo Loyola is currently a partner at Tendências Consultoria Integrada, a leading São Paulo-based consulting firm. His main areas of focus include macroeconomic policy and financial markets. Previously, Dr. Loyola was chosen to head Brazil’s Central Bank between 1995 and 1997, where he also served as director of Banking Regulation and as president in 1992-3. Since the unstable period of the late 1980s, he has played an active role in shaping and conducting Brazil’s economic policies. While president of the Central Bank, Dr.

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Hélio Magalhães

CEO, Citi Brazil

Hélio Magalhães was named Citi country officer of Brazil in July 2012. Before re-joining Citi Brazil, Magalhães worked at American Express for 11 years as executive vice president of Global Networks Services for the Americas and as president in Brasil and Mexico. He first joined Citi between 1984 and 2001, during which time he occupied various positions, such as head of O&T and head of Marketing and Products for the Consumer Bank in Brasil, head of Global O&T for the Private Bank, and regional head of Marketing and Products for the Consumer Bank in Latin America.

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Gilberto Peralta

President & CEO, GE Brazil

Gilberto Peralta is president and CEO of General Electric (GE) Brazil, focusing on key initiatives strategic to the firm’s growth and expanding its long-lasting relationship with the country. He is also general manager of Latin America and the Caribbean for GE’s Capital Aviation Services, a position he has held since 2006. Peralta has worked for GE since 1980, joining GE Celma in Petrópolis as an engineer. Over the course of his career at GE, he has occupied various positions such as vice president for the Airbus program.

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Gabriel Rico

CEO, Amcham Brasil

Gabriel Rico has been the CEO of Amcham Brazil—the largest international Amcham among 114 in the world—since February 2008. Throughout his career, Mr. Rico has served as CEO in companies such as Editora Abril, Listel, Totalcom and Dow Chemical. Previously, Mr. Rico held various marketing and sales positions including vice president of Seagram Brazil, marketing director of Kellogg’s Brazil and marketing manager of Kibon (Kraft Foods).

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Rodrigo Santos

President, Monsanto Brazil

Rodrigo Santos is president of Monsanto Brazil. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of Commercial after leading the Product Management and Technology Development teams. In 2007, Mr. Santos was appointed commercial lead for Romania and Bulgaria in EMEA organization. Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of roles across sales, marketing and strategy positions mainly focused on seed and trait business. Mr. Santos has been a manager since 2000 and has led multifunctional teams with the Crop Team and Steering Team.

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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 - São Paulo 2015: Opening Remarks by Amcham's Gabriel Rico and Susan Segal

May 26, 2015

The CEOs of Amcham Brasil and AS/COA highlight the main challenges confronting the hemisphere's second-largest economy....

Video - São Paulo 2015: Panel on Brazil's Economic Outlook

May 26, 2015

How can Brazil reverse its slowing economy?...

Video - São Paulo 2015: Panel on the Business Environment in Brazil

May 26, 2015

Experts discussed the Brazilian industries with the greatest potential for growth, among them technology and railway transportation....

Video Q&A: Gustavo Loyola sobre o crescimento econômico do Brasil

June 09, 2015

Para o ex-presidente do Banco Central do Brasil, o país deve preparar reformas estruturais para recuperar sua economia. ...

Agenda

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8:00 –  8:30 a.m.  Registration & Welcome Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Gabriel Rico, CEO, Amcham Brazil

8:40 – 9:30 a.m.  Panel 1: Economic Outlook for Brazil

  • Ilan Goldfajn, Chief Economist, Itaú Unibanco
  • Rafael Guedes, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings Brazil
  • Gustavo Loyola, Partner/Director, Tendências Consultoria
  • Ricardo Gandour, Editor-in-Chief, O Estadao de São Paulo (moderator)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.  Coffee Break

9:45 – 10:35 a.m.  Panel 2: Business Environment in Brazil

  • José Décurnex, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Patrice Etlin, Managing Partner, Advent International Corporation
  • Gilberto Peralta, President & CEO, GE Brazil
  • Rodrigo Santos, President, Monsanto Brazil
  • Hélio Magalhães, City Country Officer, Brazil (moderator)