Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


Alvear Palace Hotel
Av. Alvear 1891
Buenos Aires
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast


2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Buenos Aires

AS/COA will hold its annual conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.


Alvear Palace Hotel
Av. Alvear 1891
Buenos Aires
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast




In collaboration with: Argencon, Asociación de Bancos de la Argentina (ABA), Asociación de Bancos Públicos y Privados de la República Argentina (ABAPPRA), Asociación de Bancos Argentinos (ADEBA), Asociación Empresaria Argentina (AEA), Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (BCBA), Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos en Argentina (AmCham), Endeavor Argentina (EA), Sector Privado de las Américas (SPA), Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA).

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Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC), will host the thirteenth annual conference in Buenos Aires, “Argentina: Economic and Political Perspectives."

AS/COA’s Buenos Aires conference will bring together key government officials, local governors, and private sector leaders to address the political and economic outlook as well as challenges and opportunities for the Macri administration.

Registration: Prior registration is required.

Registration Fee: US$165.00 for AS, COA, Argencon, ABA, ABAPPRA, ADEBA, AEA, AmCham, BCBA, CAC, EA, SPA, UIA members;
US$220.00 for non-members. Prior registration is required.
Complete this form to register.

Registration: Please email the registration form to and/or

Payment Options: In advance, in cash, or with Pago Fácil.

Confirmed Speakers: *

  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina @marquitospena
  • Juan José Aranguren, Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina
  • Francisco Cabrera, Minister of Production, Argentina @cabrerafran
  • Andrés Ibarra, Minister of Modernization, Argentina @andreshibarra
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires @horaciorlarreta
  • Juan Manuel Urtubey, Governor of the Province of Salta, Argentina @urtubeyJM
  • María Eugenia Vidal, Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina @mariuvidal
  • Federico Pinedo, Provisional President of the Senate of Argentina @PinedoFederico
  • Julio Cobos, National Senator (Union Cívica Radical) @juliocobos
  • Omar Perotti, National Senator (PJ Frente para la Victoria) @omarperotti
  • Graciela Camaño, National Deputy (Frente Renovador) @GracielaCamano
  • Jorge Argüello, President, Fundación Embajada Abierta @JorArguello
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman of Global Banking - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. @HSBC_US
  • Rubén Ramírez, Director Representative, Argentina, CAF Development Bank of Latin America @AgendaCAF
  • Roberto Sifón Arévalo, Managing Director, Lead Analytical Manager of Sovereigns & Public Finance Ratings in Latin America, S&P Global Ratings @SPGRatingsLatAm
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, President, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios @CACteinforma

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Event Information: Virginia Guevara | | 1-212-277-8376
Sponsorship Opportunities: Natalia Novak-Williamson | | 1-212-277-8374
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | | 1-212-277-8342
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8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Registro y Desayuno 

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Ceremonia de Apertura

  • Susan Segal, Presidenta & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, Presidente, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Jefe de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
  • Marcos Peña, Jefe de Gabinete de Ministros de la Nación, Argentina 

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. 

  • Francisco Cabrera, Ministro de Producción, Argentina

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Perspectivas Económicas y Financieras 

  • Roberto Sifón Arévalo, Director Ejecutivo y Líder de Calificaciones Soberanas y de Finanzas Públicas Internacionales para las Américas, S&P Global Ratings
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking - Americas, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
  • Susan Segal, Presidenta & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (Moderadora)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Receso

10:30 – 11:15 p.m.  Sesión Gobernadores

  • Juan Manuel Urtubey, Gobernador de la Provincia de Salta
  • Maria Eugenia Vidal, Gobernadora de la Provincia de Buenos Aires
  • Ruben Ramírez, Director Representante, Argentina, CAF - Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (Moderador)

11:15– 11:30 p.m. 

  • Andrés Ibarra, Ministro de Modernización, Argentina

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.  Agenda Legislativa para el Futuro de Argentina

  • Graciela Camaño, Diputada de la Nación (Federal Unidos por una Nueva Argentina)
  • Julio Cobos, Senador de la Nación (Unión Cívica Radical)
  • Federico Pinedo, Senador de la Nación y Presidente Provisional del Honorable Senado de la Nación (Frente Pro)
  • Omar Perotti, Senador de la Nación (Partido Justicialista - Frente para la Victoria)
  • Jorge Argüello, Presidente, Fundación Embajada Abierta (Moderador)

12:30– 12:45 p.m. 

  • Juan José Aranguren, Ministro de Energía y Minería, Argentina

12:45 p.m.  Clausura


Juan José Aranguren
Minister of Energy and Mining, Argentina

Juan José Aranguren has been Argentina’s minister of energy and mining since December 2015. Previously, he served as president of Shell Argentina. He held several positions in Shell, from technical auditor in the Dock Sud refinery to economist at the Shell refinery in Geelong...

Jorge Argüello
Argentine Ambassador to the United States

Ambassador Jorge Argüello assumed the position of Ambassador of Argentina to the United States on February 6, 2020, and is a lawyer and politician. Argüello began his political career in 1987 as a member, then chairman, of the City Council of Buenos Aires. He served twice as a...

Graciela Camaño
National Deputy, Argentina (Frente Renovador)

Graciela Camaño is the national deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires within the party Federal Unidos por una Nueva Argentina. In 2013, she joined the Frente Renovador party headed by Sergio Massa. In 2011, she ran for governor of the province of Buenos Aires, and later as...

Julio Cobos
National Senator, Argentina (Union Cívica Radical)

Julio Cobos is a national senator from the Union Cívica Radical. He previously served as vice president of Argentina, from December 2007 to 2011. He was also governor of the province of Mendoza between December 2003 and December 2007. Prior to that, Cobos was elected dean of the...

Gerardo Mato
Chairman, HSBC Global Banking & Markets – Americas

Gerardo Mato is chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s leading and largest banking and financial services organizations. Mato has more than 25 years of experience in...

Marcos Peña
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

Marcos Peña has been Argentina’s chief of the cabinet of ministers since December 2015. Previously, he served as secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires. Peña was also a deputy in the City of Buenos Aires legislature between 2003 and 2007, representing the...

Federico Pinedo
Provisional President of the Senate, Argentina

Federico Pinedo is the provisional president of the Senate of Argentina, a position he has held since December 10, 2015. He previously served as a congressman for two consecutive terms: from 2003 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2015. Pinedo worked in the private sector for 25 years as...

Ruben Ramírez
Director Representative, Argentine, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America

Ruben Ramírez is the director representative of the Argentine office of  CAF - Development Bank of Latin America. He previously served as minister of foreign affairs of Paraguay, deputy minister of economic relations and integration, deputy permanent representative to the United...

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...

Juan Manuel Urtubey
Governor of Salta, Argentina

Juan Manuel Urtubey is serving his third term as governor of the province of Salta in Argentina, a position he assumed in 2007. Previously, he served for two terms in the Argentine National Congress from 1999 to 2007. During that time, Urtubey was the president of the Bloque...

María Eugenia Vidal
National Deputy Pre-Candidate for the City of Buenos Aires

María Eugenia Vidal was the first female governor of Buenos Aires province, a position she held from October 2015 to December 2019. Previously, she held various roles in the Buenos Aires city government, including as deputy mayor during then-Mayor Mauricio Macri’s second term and...