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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Monterrey

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

September 12, 2016


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Monterrey has been known for its favorable business climate and large industrial base. However, as Nuevo León moves toward a knowledge-based economy marked by high technology development and innovation, the region is undergoing major changes in both its political and economic environment. Furthermore, the state has experienced exponential population growth and its urban territory has expanded dramatically, increasing the need for urban and infrastructure planning that addresses these challenges.

For the second time, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, in partnership with ProMéxico, will bring its Latin American Cities Conference to Monterrey to focus on the region's growth and development, convening government officials of the new governor's administration and companies who span various industries to discuss their perspective for the region.


Monterrey se destaca por su clima de negocios favorable y por su sector industrial. Sin embargo, Nuevo León se está convirtiendo en una economía basada en el conocimiento gracias al desarrollo de alta tecnología e innovación. La región está experimentando cambios importantes en su entorno político y económico. Además, el estado ha experimentado un crecimiento exponencial de su población y su territorio urbano se ha expandido dramáticamente. Esta situación genera la necesidad de una planeación urbana y desarrollo de infraestructura que aborde estos desafíos.

Por segunda ocasión, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, en colaboración con ProMéxico, lleva su serie de conferencias Latin American Cities a Monterrey que se enfocará en el crecimiento y desarrollo de la región, a la cual asistirán funcionarios de gobierno de la presente administración y empresas de diferentes sectores para discutir su perspectiva para la región.

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants.

Prior registration is required.



  • Andrés Albo Márquez, Director of Social Commitment, Citi/Banamex @Citi @Banamex
  • Marcelo Carvalho, Head of Latin America Economic Research, BNP Paribas @BNPPamericas (Download his presentation.)
  • Alberto Chaia, Partner, McKinsey & Company Mexico @alberto_chaia
  • Fernando Turner Dávila, Economy and Labor State Secretary, Nuevo León @FTurnerDavila (Download his presentation.)
  • Antonio Elosua, Sustainable Development Commission President, Council of Nuevo León @ConsejoNL
  • Eduardo Garza T. Junco, President, Transformation Industry Chamber (CAINTRA) @caintra_nl
  • Francisco N. González, CEO, ProMéxico @ProMexico
  • Jaime Holguín, Southern Region Social Development Projects Director, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America @AgendaCAF
  • Juan Miró, Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin; Architect, Miró Rivera Architects @MiroRiveraArch
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News @carlos_rgz
  • Vicente Saiso Alva, Director of Sustainability, CEMEX @CEMEX
  • Máximo Vedoya, Executive President, Ternium @MaximoVedoya @TerniumMexico
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

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Andrés Albo Márquez

Director of Social Commitment, Citi/Banamex

Andrés Albo Márquez is director of social commitment at Citi/Banamex. He also serves as president of the Mexican chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES). He previously served as president of the Federal Electoral Institute, and as an electoral advisor to the Federal District. Mr. Albo Márquez also worked at the National Bank of Mexico and taught at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Universidad Iberoamericana. He has a master’s degree in social sciences and another in political science from Syracuse University. Mr.

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Marcelo Carvalho

Head of Latin America Economic Research, BNP Paribas

Marcelo Carvalho is head of Latin America economic research at BNP Paribas. He coordinates a team of economists based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and New York and provides forecasts, analysis, and views on the economy, while supporting the trading desk and interacting with investors and the press in Brazil and abroad. Carvalho is president of the Macroeconomic Committee of Brazil’s National Association of Financial institutions (ANBIMA).

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Alberto Chaia

Partner, McKinsey & Company Mexico

Alberto Chaia is partner of McKinsey & Company, Mexico. Previously, he served in the Ministry of Finance for Mexico as the program leader for establishing rural banks from 1995 to 1997. Since joining McKinsey in 2002, Chaia has led economic development and financial inclusion projects in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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Fernando Turner Dávila

Economy and Labor State Secretary, Nuevo León

Fernando Turner Dávila is secretary of economy and labor of the state government of Nuevo León. Prior to this position, he was chairman of the board and CEO at Katcon, S.A from 2009 to 2015. Turner was elected president of the National Association of Independent Businessmen, A.C. from 2006 to 2015. He was appointed as minister of economy in the probable presidential cabinet of the Movimiento Progresista in 2012. Turner was chairman and CEO at Bienes Turgón and Food Solutions from 1983 to 2009.

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Antonio Elosua

Sustainable Development Commission President, Council of Nuevo León

Antonio Elosua is president of the sustainable development commission for the Council of Nuevo León. He is CEO and partner of Ucalli, a real estate development firm located in Monterrey, with a presence throughout Mexico, which focuses on the development of houses, lots, resorts, and commercial and business offices. Elousa is also an adviser to several institutions.

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Eduardo Garza T. Junco

President, Transformation Industry Chamber (CAINTRA)

Eduardo Garza T. Junco is president of the Transformation Industry Chamber (CAINTRA) of Nuevo León. Previously, he was vice president of the board of directors and president and founder of the board of the Center of Technology for CAINTRA. Before that, Junco was adviser of the Executive Committee of the Forging Industry Association in the United States. Prior to this, he was president and founder of Monterrey Aerocluster, the Aerospace Cluster of the State of Nuevo León.

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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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Jaime Holguín

Southern Region Social Development Projects Director, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Jaime Holguín is the southern region social development projects director for CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. He has been a part of CAF since 2007 and is currently responsible for the design and implementation of actionable projects in different areas of social development with an emphasis on potable water, basic sanitation, education and urban development.

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Juan Miró

Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

Juan Miró is associate dean for undergraduate programs and distinguished professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as founder of Miró Rivera Architects. Prior to founding Miró Rivera Architects, he worked at Gwathmey Siegel & Associates in New York City from 1991 to 1996. Miró has been a licensed architect in Spain since 1988 and is a registered architect in the states of Texas and New York.

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Carlos Manuel Rodríguez

Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Carlos Manuel Rodríguez is Mexico bureau chief for Bloomberg News. He joined Bloomberg in 2006 as a Latin America reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York, and became a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico in 2009, covering energy and commodities. Rodríguez was promoted to Mexico bureau chief in 2013. He has interviewed influential leaders in the Americas, from U.S. president Barack Obama and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto to then-Latin American heads of state Felipe Calderón, Vicente Fox, Álvaro Uribe, and Óscar Arias.

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Vicente Saisó Alva

Director of Sustainability, CEMEX

Vicente Saisó Alva is director of Sustainability for CEMEX. In his current role, he coordinates the execution of sustainability initiatives implemented in all operations within CEMEX and tracks key performance indicators and the attainment of goals that CEMEX has defined for the long and short term. Saisó Alva is the representative of CEMEX in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, in the Board of CESPEDES, and the Board of Fondo de Agua Metropolitano de Monterrey.

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Máximo Vedoya

Executive President, Ternium

Máximo Vedoya is executive president of Ternium Mexico. He was the executive president of Ternium in the Andean region from 2010 to 2012. Vedoya was appointed international and steel purchases director for the northern region at Ternium in 2008. He headed the commercial division of Ternium Sidor in Venezuela from 2004 to 2008. Previously, Vedoya held different positions in the planning, sales, and exports areas at Propulsora Siderúrgica, Ternium Sidor in Venezuela, and Ternium Siderar in Argentina.

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Ragnhild Melzi

Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Ragnhild Melzi is Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ vice president of Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations. She provides leadership for the organizations’ international programming, which attracts top government officials, global business leaders, and prominent policy analysts to confront matters of critical hemispheric importance at discussions that take place across the Americas. Melzi has extensive experience in Latin American corporate finance and wealth management.

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The Main Idea: Monterrey 2016 – Investment Opportunities and Urban Innovation in Nuevo León

September 15, 2016

Watch highlights of our conference, where experts discussed Nuevo León's economic development....

Video: Monterrey 2016 – Fernando Turner sobre el rol de Monterrey en la economía mexicana

September 12, 2016

El secretario de economía de Nuevo León habló cómo beneficiar a la gente con el crecimiento económico....

Video: Monterrey 2016 – Marcelo Carvalho on Mexico's Economic Outlook

September 12, 2016

The head of Latin America economic research for BNP Paribas gave a presentation on the country's prospects in a global context....

Video: Monterrey 2016 – Desarrollo Económico en Nuevo León

September 12, 2016

Un panel de expertos discutió los principales aspectos de la economía local para el crecimiento económico de México....

Video: Monterrey 2016 – Desarrollo e Innovación Urbana

September 12, 2016

Expertos discutieron estrategias para el crecimiento urbano y económico en Nuevo León....


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All times are in local Monterrey time (GMT -5), one hour behind New York.

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.   Registration

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.   Welcoming Remarks

  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Francisco N. Gonzalez, CEO, ProMéxico

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.   Keynote Speech

  • Fernando Turner Dávila, Economy and Labor State Secretary, Nuevo León

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.   Introduction: Mexico's Economic Outlook

  • Marcelo Carvalho, Head of Latin America Economic Research, BNP Paribas 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Panel: Economic Development in Nuevo León

  • Eduardo Garza T. Junco, President, Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CAINTRA)
  • Máximo Vedoya, Executive President, Ternium
  • Alberto Chaia, Partner, McKinsey & Company Mexico
  • Moderator: Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Mexico Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News 

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.   Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Panel: Innovation and Urban Development

  • Andres Albo Márquez, Director of Social Commitment, Citi/Banamex
  • Antonio Elosua, President of the Sustainable Development Commission, Council of Nuevo León 
  • Juan Miró, Distinguished Professor, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin; Architect, Miró Rivera Architects
  • Vicente Saiso Alva, Sustainability Director, Cemex
  • Moderator: Jaime Holguín, Director, Southern Region Social Development Projects, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America (moderator)

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks