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2016 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 28, 2016


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In collaboration with Agencia de Promoción de la Inversión Extranjera, AmCham Chile, Columbia Global Center, Endeavor Chile, Fundación Imagen de Chile, Grupo Liderazgo, Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Sociedad de Fomento Fabril (SOFOFA).

AS/COA and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Finance will host the eleventh annual Latin American Cities Conference in Santiago on April 28. Speakers from the private and public sectors will address Chile's economic forecast at the end of the commodities super cycle, prospects for growth across a variety of sectors, and the country's strategic alliances with regional and global trade partners. Please join us as we explore the challenges and opportunities facing Chile within a global context.


  • Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile @HeraldoMunoz                       
  • Rodrigo Valdés, Minister of Finance, Chile @Min_Hacienda (Download his presentation)
  • Rodrigo Vergara, Preisdent, Central Bank, Chile 
  • Judy Brown, Head of External Affiars, Rio Tinto
  • Oliver Flögel, General Manager, Microsoft Chile @oaflogel
  • Patricio Jottar, General Manager, CCU 
  • Kathleen Barclay, Principal, KCB Ltda. 
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/ Council of the Americas @s_segal

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

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Event Information: Cara Caponi | | 1-212-277-8368
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | | 1-212-277-8358
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AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin || 1-212-277-8342
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Kathleen Barclay

Principal, Asesorías KCB, Ltda.

Kathleen Barclay is the principal of Asesorías KCB Ltda., and also serves as chairman of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile (AmCham Chile). She is a member of the boards of directors of Bicecorp, Banco Bice, Geomar S.A., and Austral Capital, in addition to the board of Banco Caja Social in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Judy Brown

Chief Advisor, External Affairs for Asia Pacific and Latin America, Rio Tinto

Judy Brown is chief advisor on external affairs for Asia Pacific and Latin America at Rio Tinto. In this role, she leads a team that develops and manages external affairs strategies to support Rio Tinto’s commercial goals in the regions. Prior to this role, Brown was the chief advisor on stakeholder engagement for the Rio Tinto Group. In 2004, she became head of Rio Tinto Minerals’ Government Affairs and Communities team where she directed political strategy and policy development at the local and national levels in the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

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Oliver Flögel

General Country Manager for Microsoft Chile

Oliver Flögel has been the general country manager for Microsoft Chile since 2014. He is also a founding partner of IS Capital, a fund focused on venture capital investing in innovation and business management. Flögel was executive secretary of digital development for the Chilean government during the Sebastián Piñera administration and was responsible for the digital agenda. Previously, he was general manager of Telefónica in Chile where he worked for 16 years and had responsibilities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Spain.

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Patricio Jottar

CEO, Cervecerías Unidas

Patricio Jottar has been the CEO of Cervecerías Unidas (CCU) since 1998. In addition to his responsibilities at CCU, he sits on the boards of several CCU subsidiaries and has been the director of Fundación Teletón since 2010. Previously, Jottar worked at Grupo Santander where he was instrumental in creating and leading Santander's life insurance company. He later moved to Mexico to direct Santander's life insurance operations there until moving back to Chile to become the general manager of Bansander AFP.

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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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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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Rodrigo Valdés

Minister of Finance of Chile

Rodrigo Valdés is the minister of finance of Chile. Previously, he was chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of BancoEstado. Valdés worked as chief economist for the Andean Region and Argentina at BTG Pactual investment bank from 2013 to 2014. He also worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as deputy director of the European Department and the Americas Department from 2009 to 2012, where he was also head of Mission for the United States.

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Rodrigo Vergara

Governor of the Central Bank of Chile

Rodrigo Vergara has been the governor of the Central Bank of Chile since December 2011 and was appointed as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Chile in December 2009 for a ten-year term. Before his position at the Central Bank, he was a professor of economics at the Catholic University of Chile, worked as an economic consultant, and sat on the board of several companies. In 1995, Vergara became the coordinator of the Macroeconomics Department at the Center for Public Studies, an independent Chilean think tank.

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The Main Idea: Santiago 2016 – Chile's Economy within a Global Context

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Watch highlights of an AS/COA conference discussing Chile's economy in a new global context....

Video: Santiago 2016 – Heraldo Muñoz y Chile en el contexto global

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El Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile habló del país ...

Video: Santiago 2016 – Rodrigo Valdés y la estrategia económica de Chile

April 27, 2016

El Ministro de Hacienda de Chile explicó el plan del governo para retomar el crescimento económico a corto y largo plazo....

Video: La economía de Chile en el contexto global – Santiago 2016

April 27, 2016

Un panel de expertos discutió cómo Chile se puede insertar en el cambio económico internacional de la actualidad. ...


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Baje la agenda en español.

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

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.: Opening Remarks

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

9:10 – 9:25 a.m.: Keynote

  • Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs

9:25 – 9:40 a.m.: Keynote

9:40 – 10:40 a.m. Panel: Chile’s Economy within a Global Context

  • Judy Brown, ‎Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto
  • Oliver Flögel, General Manager, Microsoft Chile
  • Patricio Jottar, General Manager, CCU
  • Kathleen Barclay, Principal, Asesorías KCB Ltda. (moderator)

10:40 – 11:00 a.m.: Keynote

  • Rodrigo Vergara, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.: Closing Remarks 

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

11:10 – 12:30 p.m.: Coffee and Networking