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2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasilia

Council of the Americas

March 21, 2017


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Registration to participate in person is closed. Only people who have received the confirmation email will be allowed in the room. 

The Council of the Americas, in partnership with Apex-Brasil, is bringing its Latin American Cities Conferences series to Brasília for the first time. During this half-day conference, leading government officials from Brazil, high-level investors, and business executives will have an opportunity to exchange their views on the country’s economic outlook, trade, investment agenda, and infrastructure. The conference will be webcast live to a global audience, and the press will be invited to cover the event.


*Additional speakers to be confirmed.


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Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
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Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

Michel Temer

President of Brazil

Michel Temer is the president of the Federative Republic of Brazil. He took office as president of the Republic on August 31, 2016 after the Senate approved the proceeding to impeach and remove President Dilma Rousseff from the presidency. During the period Rousseff was suspended pending the result of the impeachment proceeding, Temer was acting president for 111 days. With the confirmation of Rousseff's impeachment by the Senate, Temer's current term lasts until December 31, 2018.

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Henrique Meirelles

Brazil's Minister of Finance

Henrique Meirelles is the minister of finance of Brazil. He was previously chairman of J&F, a holding of JBS and five other companies, and chairman of Lazard Americas. Minister Henrique Meirelles went on to become the longest serving president of the Central Bank of Brazil, a position held from 2003 to 2011. In 2002, he was elected as a congressman in Brazil. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Raytheon Corporation, Bestfoods and Champion International.

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Wellington Moreira Franco

Brazil's Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency

Wellington Moreira Franco is the minster of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil. He is a sociologist by trade and in this capacity was a sociology professor for the Economics and Administration School at the Fluminense Federal University. He has extensive experience in public administration and throughout his career has served in various elected positions. In 1974, he became a federal congressman and two years later was elected as mayor of Niterói.

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Aloysio Nunes Ferreira

Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs

Aloysio Nunes Ferreira is Brazil's minister of foreign affairs. He previously was secretary general of the presidency and justice minister. He also served as vice governor, congressman, and senator of São Paulo state. In the Senate, he was a party leader and also head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Commission and the Joint Commission on Intelligence Activities. Nunes Ferreira holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo. He also studied political economy at the University of Paris VII and political science at University of Paris I.

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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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Dyogo Oliveira

Brazil's Minister of Planning, Development, and Management

Dyogo Oliveira is Brazil’s minister of planning, development, and management. From January 2016 until May 2016, he was executive secretary of the Ministry of Finance. Oliveira was appointed executive secretary of the Ministry of Planning, Budget, and Management in January 2015. From 2008 to 2011, he was deputy secretary in the Department of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Finance. From 2011 to 2014, Oliveira served as deputy executive secretary and acting executive secretary of the Ministry of Finance.

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Marcos Pereira

Brazil's Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services

Marcos Pereira is the minister of Industry, Trade, and Services of Brazil. He is an expert in criminal law and a professor with a number of publications on the area. President of the Brazilian Republican Party, Pereira is currently on leave to carry out his duties as minister. He is a founding member of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Jurists. Pereira has lectured on criminal law at the Institute of Public Law in Brasília and has been a member of the Special Committee on Business Law of the Brazilian Bar Association.

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Bernerd Da Santos

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The AES Corporation

Bernerd Da Santos serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the AES Corporation. He is responsible for AES’ global operations including more than 35,000 MW and eight utilities serving tens of millions of people. Most recently, he served as chief financial office for AES’ Global Finance Operations. Da Santos was previously CFO for the Utilities group and for the Latin America and Africa group. He joined AES through its acquisition of La Electricidad de Caracas (EDC) where he held several leadership positions.

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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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Donna Hrinak

Latin America and Caribbean, Boeing Brazil

Donna Hrinak is corporate vice president at The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Latin America. With experience in both the private and public sectors, Donna Hrinak is an expert on doing business successfully in emerging markets. She has worked in highly regulated industries, overseen operations in complex, multicultural settings, and led coalitions to create positive environments for business.

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Roberto Jaguaribe

President, Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency - Apex-Brasil

Roberto Jaguaribe is president of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency - Apex-Brasil. He previously held posts at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving as under-secretary-general for political affairs II, director of the Trade Promotion Department, and head of the Intellectual Property and Sensitive Technologies Division, among others.

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Rogerio Mendonça

President and CEO, GE Oil & Gas Latin America

Rogerio Mendonça is president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Latin America. Previously, he held different leadership positions in the commercial, sales, services, and business operations divisions. In 2013, he was appointed president of GE Transportation in Latin America. Mendoça joined GE in 2000. He holds a bachelor's in economics and international trade from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a master's in marketing from University of California, Berkeley.

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Enrique Ostalé

President and CEO, Walmart Latin America, India, and Africa

Enrique Ostalé is executive vice president, president, and CEO of Walmart Latin America, India, and Africa as well as chairman of the board of directors of Walmart Mexico and Central America. He assumed this expanded role in February 2016 after serving as president and CEO of Walmart Mexico, Central America, and Latin America. From 2006 to February 2013, Enrique served as president and CEO of Walmart Chile.

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Samantha Pearson

Brazil Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

Samantha Pearson is a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Brazil and the former Financial Times correspondent in the country. After graduating from Cambridge University with a double-starred first in modern and medieval languages, she joined the FT in 2008 and won the Jones-Mauthner award in 2012 for international reporting. She has worked in London as the FT's UK retail correspondent and in New York as the U.S. equities correspondent. She joined the WSJ last year and now covers everything from politics to high frequency trading in Brazil.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked 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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Hugo F. Villegas

President of Latin America, Medtronic

Hugo F. Villegas has been president of Latin America for Medtronic since January 2015. He is responsible for the operations and business performance of the region with commercial operations in more than 35 countries. Villegas began his 28-year career in sales for Johnson & Johnson, after which he held positions of increasing responsibility, from marketing to general management. He was Country Manager for J&J Peru and J&J Venezuela and subsequently led regional marketing for the company’s Cordis division.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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Brasilia 2017 video: Michel Temer

March 21, 2017

O presidente do Brasil fez um discurso para abrir a conferência "Latin American Cities" da AS/COA em Brasilia....

Brasilia 2017 video: Henrique Meirelles, Ministro da Fazenda do Brasil

March 21, 2017

O ministro da Fazenda do Brasil fez um discurso a conferência "Latin American Cities" da AS/COA em Brasilia....

Brasilia 2017 video: Ministro Aloysio Nunes

March 21, 2017

O ministro das Relações Exteriores do Brasil fez um discurso a conferência "Latin American Cities" da AS/COA em Brasilia....

Brasilia 2017 video: Panel on Doing Business in Brazil - Challenges and Opportunities across Sectors

March 21, 2017

Experts explored the potential and risks for business in Brazil, with a focus on the health, finance, and retail sectors....

Brasilia 2017 Video: Panel on Investing in Brazil's Infrastructure

March 21, 2017

Executives discussed Brazil's room for growth when it comes to improving airports and sustainability in the oil and gas sectors....

Brasilia 2017 video: Ministros Wellington Moreira Franco e Dyogo de Oliveira

March 21, 2017


Brasilia 2017 Video: Brazil's Central Bank President Ilan Goldfajn

March 21, 2017

From interest rates to inflation targets, the Central Bank head shared projections for the country's economic growth. ...

Video: Michel Temer, Presidente do Brasil

September 21, 2016

Assista a apresentação do Presidente Michel Temer para representantes do setor privado no Conselho das Américas em Nova York....

Entrevista Coletiva: Michel Temer, Presidente do Brasil

September 22, 2016

Assista à entrevista coletiva com o presidente do Brasil em Nova York....


Download a PDF of the agenda.

*This agenda is subject to change.

All times are local for Brasilia (UTC-3), one hour ahead of ET.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.   Registration and Breakfast
A VIP Holding Room will be available for government officials throughout the conference so that they can engage with international investors and executives.

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.   Welcome Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Roberto Jaguaribe, President, Agência Brasileira de Promoção de Exportações e
    Investimentos (Apex-Brasil)

8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.   Opening Keynote Address  

  • Michel Temer, President of Brazil

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.   Presentation: International Trade and Investment Opportunities

  • Aloysio Nunes, Minister of Foreign Affairs 

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   Presentation: MDIC's Agenda and Policies to Foster Foreign Investment in Brazil

  • Marcos Pereira, Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade, and Services (MDIC)

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Panel: Doing Business in Brazil – Challenges and Opportunities across Sectors

  • Enrique Ostalé, President and CEO, Walmart Latin America, India, and Africa
  • Hugo Villegas, President, Latin America, Medtronic
  • Alexei Remizov, Managing Director & Co-Head of Debt Capital Markets Latin America, HSBC Securities
  • Brian Winter, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Presentation

  • Dyogo de Oliveira, Minister of Planning, Development, and Management

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Presentation: Infrastructure Investment & Economic Growth   

  • Wellington Moreira Franco, Minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Panel: Investing in Brazil’s Infrastructure

  • Rogerio Mendonça, President and CEO, GE Oil & Gas Latin America
  • Bernerd Da Santos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), The AES Corporation 
  • Donna Hrinak, President, Latin America and Caribbean, Boeing 
  • Rafael Guedes, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings (moderator)

1:00 – 1:40 p.m.   The State of the Brazilian Economy

  • Ilan Goldfajn, Governor of the Central Bank
  • Samantha Pearson, Correspondent in Brazil, Wall Street Journal (interviewer)

1:40 – 2:00 p.m.   Presentation: Key Reforms to Strengthen the Brazilian Economy

  • Henrique Meirelles, Minister of Finance

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Lunch and Networking Session