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2017 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasilia

Council of the Americas hosts President Michel Temer on March 21 at its first Latin American Cities conference in Brasília.

Registration: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 

Conference: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (7...

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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.


Event Information: Rebeca Brown | | 1-212-277-8378
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership: Mila Fontana | | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20.

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*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


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...

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...

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...

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...

Ilan Goldfajn
President, Inter-American Development Bank

Ilan Goldfajn was elected IDB president on November 20, 2022.

Mr. Goldfajn served as Director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund in 2022, where he helped countries implement IMF-supported programs to address an unprecedented array of challenges...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. Prior to her appointment, Susan was a partner at Chase Capital Partners...

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 &...

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...