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2018 Elections in Latin America: Americas Quarterly Launch Event

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 13, 2018


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Two out of three Latin Americans will choose a new president in 2018. At the launch of Americas Quarterly’s new issue, experts and investors will dissect the risks and opportunities that the elections will bring in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and elsewhere. Corruption will be the defining issue everywhere. Will voters seek to blow up the establishment and join the rising nationalist trend seen worldwide? Join us for a discussion on the most important and volatile electoral year in recent Latin American history, and its potential impact on the region’s economies.


  • Luisa Palacios, Managing Director for Latin America, Medley Global Advisors
  • Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director of Emerging Markets group, BlackRock, Inc. @g_rodriguez_r
  • Roberto Simon, Director for Latin America, FTI Consulting @robertosimon
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief of Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy at AS/COA @BrazilBrian
  • Vivianne Rodrigues, Latin America Managing Editor, Economic & Political coverage, Bloomberg News (moderator) @Viv_Rod13

Online registration is now closed. You may still register at AS/COA, on Tuesday, Februray 13, starting at 8:00 a.m.—space permitting. 
Any other questions, contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at

Entry is complimentary for AS, COA members and current Americas Quarterly subscribers, who should email to RSVP.
For others, admission is $20, which includes a special discounted one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly.

Event Information: Emilie Sweigart | | 1-212-277-8390
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Luisa Palacios

Head of Latin America macro and energy research, Medley Global Advisors

Luisa Palacios is the head of Latin America Macro and Energy Research at Medley Global Advisors. She is also a visiting professor at the Center for Energy Studies at the MBA School of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas, Venezuela. Previously, Palacios was a Latin America macro strategist in the emerging markets research group at Barclays Capital. She was a senior economist for the Japan Bank of International Cooperation, where she focused on Latin American energy and Chinese-Latin American economic relations.

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Vivianne Rodrigues

Latin America Managing Editor, Economic & Political coverage, Bloomberg News

Vivianne Rodrigues is the Bloomberg News managing editor for economic and political coverage in Latin America, a position she has held since 2015. She is responsible for overseeing a team of fifteen reporters and editors across the region; directs and organizes coverage of major economic and government events; and commissions, writes, and edits stories. Rodrigues started her journalism career at Bloomberg in 1997, as an emerging markets and U.S. treasuries reporter. In 2005, she moved to Thomson Reuters as a U.S.

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Gerardo Rodriguez

Managing Director, Emerging Markets Strategy, BlackRock, Inc.

Gerardo Rodriguez is the managing director of BlackRock's Emerging Markets group. Rodriguez joined BlackRock in 2013 after more than fourteen years in the Mexican Ministry of Finance, where he last served as undersecretary of finance and public credit. As undersecretary, he oversaw all aspects related to the development of the local financial system and international affairs of the Ministry of Finance. When Mexico hosted the G20 Summit in 2012, Rodriguez led the process to increase the resources available for the International Monetary Fund by more than $450 billion.

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Roberto Simon

Lead Analyst, Political Risk in Latin America, FTI Consulting

Roberto Simon is FTI Consulting's lead analyst for political risk in Latin America. He is a director, located in New York in the Global Risk & Investigations Practice (GRIP) and strategic communications segments. Simon provides political risk analysis on key Latin American countries—including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico—both at the macro and micro level for retainer clients and as bespoke project work for consulting clients.

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Brian Winter

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

Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and vice president of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, columnist, and analyst, he is a leading expert on Latin America and a frequent speaker for international media, events, and conferences. Based in New York City since 2015, Winter has led the relaunch of Americas Quarterly, more than doubling its online readership and expanding its coverage of politics, business, and culture in the Western Hemisphere.

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