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2018 Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards

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November 2, 2018
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Transforming Latin America: New Strategies, New Leaders, New Markets

Please join us on Friday, November 2, for the 2018 Council of the Americas Symposium and 24th BRAVO Business Awards. The Council of the Americas Symposium convenes global decision makers each year in Miami to discuss the most important trends in business and society. The forum has become one of the most trusted sources of debate, insights, and ideas for leaders from Latin America. The Symposium has consistently showcased the transformational leadership steering Latin America’s private sector into the global economy, as well as regional governments, multilateral institutions and civil society. Click here to view the agenda.

Following the Symposium, leaders from the private and public sectors will be honored at the 24th BRAVO Business Awards. The BRAVO Business Awards have been recognizing excellence and leadership in the Americas for more than two decades. Each year the awards ceremony highlights the leaders who are improving standards in both the private and public spheres throughout the region. Now in its twenty-fourth year, the BRAVO Business Awards have honored more than 180 individuals for their contributions to the hemisphere, and continuously inspire new generations of leaders to positively impact and shape Latin America.


Isabel de Saint Malo de
Alvarado
, VP & Foreign
Affairs Minister of Panama


Fabio Schvartsman, Vale


Eduardo Tricio Haro
Grupo Lala   

Eugenio von Chrismar,
Banco de Crédito 
e Inversiones 

Carlos Mario Giraldo
Moreno
, Grupo Éxito  

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó
Greenberg Traurig 

Ana Paula Assis, IBM
Latin America

Jorge Becerra, The Boston 
Consulting Group

Png Cheong Boon,
Enterprise Singapore

Katia Bouazza, HSBC

Cesar Cernuda, Microsoft
Latin America

Gabriela FríasPortafolio
Global
, CNN en Español

Francisco Garza Egloff,
Arca Continental

Andres Gluski, The AES
Corporation

Fernando Gonzalez,
CEMEX

Jerry Haar, Florida
International University

Fernando Iraola, Bank of
America Merrill Lynch

Gerardo Mato, HSBC

João Miranda, Votorantim
S.A.

Vernon Murray, Emerson

Claudio Muruzábal, SAP

Susan Segal, AS/COA

Blanca Treviño, Softtek

Wendy Woods, The Boston
Consulting Group

 

2018 BRAVO Business Award Honorees

  • Innovative Leader of the YearIsabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama
  • CEO of the Year: Fabio Schvartsman, CEO, Vale
  • Transformation Leader of the YearEduardo Tricio Haro, Chairman, Grupo Lala  
  • Financier of the YearEugenio von Chrismar, CEO, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI)
  • Dynamic CEO of the YearCarlos Mario Giraldo Moreno, CEO, Grupo Exito 
  • Visionary Leader of the YearPatricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig

Additional Speakers & Special Guests

  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Png Cheong Boon, CEO, Enterprise Singapore
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Global Banking, HSBC
  • Cesar Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Gabriela Frías, Anchor, Portafolio Global, CNN en Español
  • Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO, Arca Continental
  • Andres Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman AS/COA
  • Fernando Gonzalez, CEO, CEMEX
  • Jerry Haar, PhD, Professor and Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education, College of Business, Florida International University
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking and Markets – Americas, HSBC
  • João Miranda, CEO, Votorantim S.A.
  • Vernon Murray, President of Latin America, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Claudio Muruzábal, President, SAP Latin America and The Caribbean
  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
  • Susan Segal, CEO & President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Wendy Woods, Senior Partner and Global Leader - Social Impact Practice, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Ignacio Yarur, Head of Innovation and Digital Transformation, Banco de Credito e Inversiones (BCI)

 

For more information on the Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards nominations, please visit as-coa.org/bravo. Watch videos from last year's conference.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #BRAVObiz | @ASCOA

Event Information and Registration: 
Cyndi Balladares | cballadares@as-coa.org | 305-779-4994

Enhace your visibility at the Conference:
To create a visible platform for your business at our event or to learn more about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please contact us:
Maria Lourdes Gallo | mgallo@as-coa.org | 305-779-4986
Mercedes Fernandez  | mfernandez@as-coa.org | 305-779-4987


 

Agenda*

Download a pdf of the agenda.

8 a.m.  9 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast 

9 a.m.   Welcome Remarks

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

Panel I: Beyond Latin America  CEOs Leading Global Growth, Transformation and Expansion
A number of companies from Latin America have expanded far beyond regional borders, developing growth and expansion strategies in both highly competitive developed and developing markets. Whether operating in established markets of North America and Europe, or emerging economies of Asia and Africa, these companies are true global players. CEOs will discuss how to promote growth and leadership across borders, new market entry, managing diverse stakeholders, and the opportunities and challenges associated with business expansion.

  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
  • João Miranda, CEO, Votorantim S.A
  • Fabio Schvartsman, CEO, Vale
  • Blanca Treviño, President & CEO, Softtek
  • Andres Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman AS/COA (moderator)

10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.   Panel II: Managing Digital Culture  A Balancing Act
Success in today’s complex global business environment will depend on building an internal culture that aligns with the increased use of disruptive technologies across all industries. Corporate and tech thought leaders will discuss how striking a balance between integrating technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, and big data analytics with an agile work environment is pivotal in fueling innovation, adaptiveness, and efficiency in their organizations.

  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Cesar Cernuda, President, Microsoft Latin America
  • Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO, Arca Continental
  • Fernando Iraola, MD/Head of Latin America Corporate Banking & Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Gabriela Frías, Anchor, Portafolio Global, CNN en Español (moderator)

10:50 a.m.  11:20 a.m.   Networking Coffee Break

11:20 a.m.  12:10 p.m.   Panel III: The Power of Purpose  Creating Shared Value
As the needs and interests of customers, clients, and consumers transform, business models must change to reflect the values of society. Companies are moving beyond corporate social responsibility programs and assuring that value chains reflect the organization’s overall mission and values, resulting in both positive financial and societal impact.

  • Carlos Mario Giraldo Moreno, CEO, Grupo Éxito
  • Claudio Muruzábal, President, SAP Latin America & The Caribbean
  • Wendy Woods, Global Leader – Social Impact Practice, The Boston Consulting Group (moderator)

12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.   A Conversation on Gender Equality and Inclusion

  • Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Global Banking, HSBC 
  • Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig
  • Susan Segal, CEO & President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Lunch

BRAVO Business Award Presentation: Innovative Leader of the Year to Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President & Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.   Session I: Change Agents at the Forefront of Innovation
As more and more companies implement digital strategies within their organizations, new roles have been created to strategize and support chief executives. Chief digital transformation officers have emerged as the drivers of innovation and are crucial to the modernization of a business. This afternoon session will convene digital transformation officers and chief innovation officers to share their insights on the opportunities created by accelerated change and explore the risks of not moving at lightning speed. 

  • Ignacio Yarur, Chief Innovation and Transformation Officer, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI)

2:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.   Session II: Investing in Panama  More Than Trade
Panama has enjoyed the distinction of being one of the fastest growing economies in the world during the past 10 years. Its dynamic and steady economic growth, averaging 5.5 percent in 2017 and projected to rise to 5.6 percent in the next couple of years, is the highest in Latin America according to The World Bank. Panama’s strategic position as a global logistics and financial hub makes it an attractive destination for foreign direct investment, boosted by the increased traffic generated by the expansion of the Canal. The Panama roundtable will explore regional implications of its position along with future investment opportunities in key areas such as infrastructure, finance, logistics, trade, and air transportation, among others.   

2:45 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.   Session III: Strategic Talent Development in the New Economy
Achieving sustainable talent development is one of the foremost challenges facing multinationals, SMEs and start-ups in advancing innovation and increasing competitiveness in today’s globalized economy. This is further compounded by the rapid pace of technological advances that are transforming the nature of work. Indeed, human capital is one of the most critical investments made by the private and public sectors to ensure relevance, competitiveness and growth. In building competitive ecosystems that promote innovation, growth, partnership and entrepreneurship, it is imperative that business, government, academia, multilaterals, and NGOs collaborate to build a sustainable workforce.

  • Jerry Haar, PhD, Professor & Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education, Florida International University (moderator)

*More speakers to be confirmed.

OUR VENUE
Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami 
305-358-3535   

Please note that the Four Seasons Hotel often sells out for this event, so we encourage you to make your reservations early. A special discounted rate for delegates attending the Symposium/BRAVO Business Awards is available: $279/night for city view; $319/night for deluxe city view room; offer available only until room block sells out. (Reserve early!) The Four Seasons’ seven-day cancellation policy applies.

TO RESERVE
Call hotel directly, and request the “COA Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards” room block: (305-358-3535)
or
Reserve using this link, and apply Promo Code CI1018LT (type, do not copy code): https://www.fourseasons.com/miami/

TO REGISTER
To register for the COA Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, please click here.