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2015 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 7, 2015



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In collaboration with AmCham Chile; Bolsa de Santiago; Cámara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de Chile (CNC); Comité de Inversiones Extranjeras (CIEChile); ComunidadMujer; Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (CORFO); Endeavor Chile; Fundación Imagen de Chile; Grupo Liderazgo & Foro Liderazgo; Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; ProChile and Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA) 

2014 was significant for Chile, marked by political, educational, social, and fiscal reforms amid decelerating economic growth rates linked to falling commodity prices and decreasing private consumption. However, as one of Latin America’s consistently fastest-growing economies, Chile saw positive economic signals in the first quarter of 2015, with GDP growth estimated to reach 2.5 percent this year. This recovery can be attributed to expansive monetary and fiscal policies, along with rising private investment and domestic demand. The markets and private sector view recent changes in President Michelle Bachelet’s cabinet as a positive step towards a pro-growth agenda.

With an eye to these issues, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will hold a half-day conference in Santiago on August 7. Convening key government officials and private-sector leaders spanning various industries, the conference's speakers will address Chile’s trade agenda, business outlook, economic growth forecast, and energy sector.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Luis Felipe Céspedes, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile (Download his presentation)
  • Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Relations of Chile
  • Máximo Pacheco, Minister of Energy of Chile (Download his presentation)
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Luis Felipe Cerón, CEO, AES Gener S.A.
  • Luca D'Agnese, CEO, Enersis S.A.
  • Eduardo Gutiérrez Gómez, General Manager, IBM Chile
  • Fernando Larrain Aninat, Director of Development, Diego Portales University
  • Fernando Lopez Iervasi, Country Director, Google Chile
  • Hamilton Moss de Souza, Vice President of Energy, CAF
  • Carlos Murillo, Country Manager, Pfizer Chile S.A.
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Carlos Vargas, Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets Origination, Mizuho Securities USA

Note: This event is free of charge. Prior registration is required.

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Santiago 2015 Blog

After a period of deceleration and political reforms, what policies is Chile pursuing to improve its economic outlook? AS/COA’s Santiago conference will explore steps toward a pro-growth agenda and investment opportunities.

Santiago 2015 Blog: Heraldo Muñoz and Carlos Gutierrez on Chilean Confidence and Opportunity

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015 | By Holly K. Sonneland

The Chilean foreign affairs minister and former U.S. secretary of commerce spoke about opportunities in trade, energy, and regional cooperation. ... Read More

Santiago 2015 Blog: Opportunities and Challenges in Chile's Energy Sector

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

Minister Pacheco gave updates on the government’s energy policies, and panelists discussed the opportunities in the sector.  ... Read More

Santiago 2015 Blog: The Role of Technology in Chile's Business Climate

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

The economy minister and a panel discussed ways to increase Chile's competitiveness and boost productivity, especially among small- and medium-sized businesses. ... Read More

Santiago 2015 Blog: Chile Keeps Investment Up Amid Regional Slowdown

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | By Elizabeth Gonzalez

Renewable energies and some of Latin America’s largest mergers meant a boost in 2014 foreign direct investment. ... Read More

Santiago 2015 Blog: Solving Chile's Electrical Gridlock

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

Connecting electrical grids and reducing prices may be one of the country’s top challenges to grow its economy. ... Read More

Santiago 2015 Blog: Five Facts about Chile's Open Market

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | By Luisa Leme

As the Pacific Alliance implements massive tariffs reductions, Chile’s foreign trade experience stands out.  ... Read More

Luis Felipe Cerón

CEO, AES Gener S.A.

Luis Felipe Cerón is currently CEO of AES Gener S.A., the second largest generating company in Chile. He is also president of the Andes SBU, which includes AES businesses in Chile, Colombia, and Argentina. Cerón has been in AES since it acquired Gener in late 2000. He joined Gener in 1993 as CEO of Guacolda and then moved to Argentina to run Central Puerto before going back to Chile to run Gener’s operations in this country.

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Luca D'Agnese

CEO, Enersis S.A.

Luca D'Agnese is the CEO of Enersis S.A., part of the Enel Group. He assumed his current responsibilities and became the head of Latin America in January 2015. Prior to his current position, D'Agnese was Enel Group’s head of Eastern Europe. He joined Enel as its country manager in Romania in 2011. From 2007 to 2010, D'Agnese was CEO of Ergycapital, an investment company specializing in renewable energy. He was named CEO of GTRN, Italy’s national energy network management company, in 2003.

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Carlos Gutierrez

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

Carlos Gutierrez is currently a chair of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a premier strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm. Gutierrez joined ASG from Citibank, where he served as vice chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and as a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group. He also served as U.S. secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush. As the 35th secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports.

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Eduardo Gutiérrez Gómez

General Manager, IBM Chile

Eduardo Gutiérrez Gómez has been the general manager of IBM Chile since May 2015. With over 20 years of experience working at IBM, Gutiérrez Gómez has occupied various positions within the company. Previously, he was the commercial director of IBM Mexico where he initiated a geographic expansion in 2011 to cover 28 cities. Between 2006 and 2011, Gutiérrez Gómez directed the Software Department for IBM Mexico and Central America. He served as director of Business Partnerships and Alliances in 2005.

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Fernando Larraín Aninat

Director of Development, Diego Portales University

Fernando Larraín Aninat is currently director of Development for Diego Portales University. He is also a guest professor for IDE (Ecuador) and ESEN (El Salvador). Larraín Aninat’s area of expertise focuses on understanding a firm’s social political environment, public-private interactions and the ongoing changes in the public as well as the private sector.

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Fernando López Iervasi

Country Director, Google Chile

Fernando López Iervasi is the country director of Google Chile. An Argentine national, he worked as the sales director for Google Argentina from 2012 to 2014. Previously, López Iervasi was the regional head responsible for securing new large customers for Google, managing teams located in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia. Over the course of his career at Google, he managed Spain, Italy, and was part of the management team of South and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

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Hamilton Moss de Souza

Vice President of Energy, CAF

Hamilton Moss de Souza is vice president of Energy at CAF - Latin American Development Bank. Of Brazilian nationality, Moss de Souza joined CAF after an extensive career at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil, where he directed the Energy Development Department and coordinated the development of the National Plan for Energy Efficiency.

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Heraldo Muñoz

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile

Heraldo Muñoz is the minister of foreign affairs of Chile. Before assuming his current responsibilities in March 2014, he was assistant secretary general of the United Nations (UN) as well as assistant administrator and regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United Nations Development Programme from May 2010 to February 2014. Muñoz served as ambassador-permanent representative of Chile to the UN from 2003 to 2010.

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Carlos Murillo

Country Manager, Pfizer Chile S.A.

Carlos Murillo is country manager of Pfizer Chile S.A. He is a senior executive with extensive experience in the national and international pharmaceutical industry, having spent a significant part of his professional career at Pfizer. Murillo served as chief of staff for Latin America at Pfizer’s headquarters in New York. In this capacity, he promoted the growth of Pfizer Chile at a high rate, positioning it as the subsidiary with the best performance in Latin America.

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Máximo Pacheco

Minister of Energy of Chile

Máximo Pacheco is the minister of energy of Chile. Previously, he was senior vice president of International Paper from 2004 to 2013 where he also served as their regional president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia. Pacheco led International Paper’s operations in Brazil from 2004 until 2009. Before joining International Paper, he was executive vice president for Chile and Latin America at Carter Holt Harvey. Pacheco was appointed executive vice president of operations at the Corporación del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) in 1990.

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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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Carlos Vargas

Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets Origination, Mizuho Securities USA

Carlos Vargas is managing director and head of Emerging Markets Origination for Mizuho Securities USA. He has over 20 years of experience in finance, most of which has been dedicated to the Emerging Markets, with particular emphasis on Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this assignment, Vargas was managing director of Debt Capital Markets at ABN AMRO (subsequently Royal Bank of Scotland) and associate director of Emerging Markets Capital Markets at Bear Stearns & Co.

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Video: Santiago 2015 - Chile's Expanding Trade Agenda

August 07, 2015

AS/COA's president and Chile's foreign affairs minister discuss the country's economic prospects and growing trade portfolio....

Video: Santiago 2015 - Carlos Gutierrez on the Americas' Trade and Energy Potential

August 07, 2015

With its vast trade experience and energy potential, Chile could help transform the Americas into the world's most dynamic region....

Video: Santiago 2015 - Minister Céspedes on Chile's Economy

August 07, 2015

Chile's economy minister gives an analysis of the country's competitive progress and areas for improvement....

Video: Santiago 2015 - The Role of Technology in Chile's Business Climate

August 07, 2015

Google, IBM, and Pfizer representatives explain how Chilean companies can benefit from more research and innovation....

Video: Santiago 2015 - Opportunities and Challenges in Chile's Energy Sector

August 07, 2015

Minister Máximo Pacheco gave an update on Chilean energy policy, and an expert panel discussed financing, the environment, and investment opportunities....


Download a PDF of the agenda.
Baje la agenda en español.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Coffee and Registration

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.  Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

9:05 – 9:20 a.m.  Featured Speaker

  • Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile  

9:20 – 9:35 a.m.  Featured Speaker

  • Carlos Gutierrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce

9:35 – 9:50 a.m.  Featured Speaker

9:50 – 10:30 a.m.  Panel: Business Environment in Chile

  • Eduardo Gutiérrez Gómez, General Manager, IBM Chile
  • Fernando López Iervasi, Country Director, Google Chile
  • Carlos Murillo, Country Manager, Pfizer Chile S.A.
  • Fernando Larrain Aninat, Director of Development, Diego Portales University (moderator)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Featured Speaker

10:45 – 11:25 a.m.  Panel: Opportunities and Challenges in Chile’s Energy Sector

  • Luis Felipe Cerón, CEO, AES Gener S.A.
  • Luca D'Agnese, Head of Latin America Region, Enel
  • Carlos Vargas, Managing Director and head of Emerging Markets, Mizuho Securities USA
  • Hamilton Moss de Souza, Vice President of Energy, CAF (moderator)

11:25 – 11:30 a.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Coffee and Networking Session