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2018 Latin American Cities Conferences: Buenos Aires 

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 30, 2018
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ARGENTINA: ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES

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In collaboration with: Asociación de Bancos de la Argentina (ABA), Asociación de Bancos Públicos y Privados de la República Argentina (ABAPPRA), Asociación de Bancos Argentinos (ADEBA), Asociación Empresaria Argentina (AEA), ARGENCON, Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires (BCBA), Business 20 Argentina (B20), Camara Argentina de la Construcción (CAMARCO), Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI), Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos en Argentina (AmCham), Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC), Endeavor Argentina (EA), Fundación de Investigaciones Económicas Latinoamericanas (FIEL), Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial de la Argentina (IDEA), Think 20 Argentina (T20), Unión Industrial Argentina (UIA) and Women 20 Argentina (W20)

Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, will host its fifteenth annual conference in Buenos Aires. The conference will bring together key government officials, legislators, and private-sector leaders to address Argentina's economic outlook, as well as the country's political prospects. This event will be held in Spanish.

Speakers:*

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Registration Fee: USD $120.00 for AS/COA and other collaborating organization; USD $170.00 for nonmembers.

Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Alexia Braun | abraun@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | acalderon@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
AS Individual Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

Alfredo Cornejo

Governor of the Province of Mendoza

Alfredo Cornejo is the governor of the province of Mendoza in Argentina. Previously, he served as mayor of Godoy Cruz for two consecutive periods. He served as deputy in the Argentine National Congress between 2005 and 2009 and as senator for the province of Mendoza from 2002 to 2003. Cornejo was minister of justice and security as well as minister of government under Julio Cobos. Cornejo obtained his bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCuyo).

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Jorge Luis Di Fiori

President, Chamber of Commerce and Services of Argentina

Jorge Luis Di Fiori is president of the Chamber of Commerce and Services of Argentina (CAC). He is also a consultant member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI) and vice president of the Ibero-American Association of Chambers of Commerce (AICO) for the Southern Cone. In 2008 he was named regional secretary of AICO. In 2001 he was part of the Consulting Commission of Strategies for the Promotion of Foreign Trade by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Commerce, and Cult.

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Rogelio Frigerio

Minister of Interior Affairs, Public Works and Housing

Rogelio Frigerio is the Argentina’s minister of interior, public works, and housing. From 2013 to 2015 he was the president of Banco Ciudad. In 2011, he was elected deputy in the City of Buenos Aires legislature, representing the political party Propuesta Republicana (PRO). (PRO).

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Javier Iguacel

Minister of Energy, Argentina

Javier Iguacel has been Argentina´s minister of energy since June of 2018. He was general administrator of the National Direction of Roads from 2015 to 2018. In 2015, he began his political career as candidate for mayor in Capitán Sarmiento alongside the political party Propuesta Republicana (PRO). Previously, Iguacel held technical positions at YPF and Petrobras Energia S.A., contributing his knowledge in the oil industry. Until 2015, he was vice president at Plus Petrol, and earlier, Iguacel worked at the state oil company, YPF, from 1997 to 1999.

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Andrés Ibarra

Modernization Minister, Argentina

Andrés Ibarra has served as Argentina’s minister of modernization since December 2015. Recently, in July 2017, his ministry took over the responsibilities of the Ministry of Communications. He has held various government positions including deputy secretary of economic, financial, and resource management, secretary of education, and secretary of human resources. He previously worked in the private sector including the sports club Boca Juniors, and held several positions at Correo Argentino (the argentine post office).

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is vice chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, where she primarily advises companies and private equity firms on the legal implementation of their business growth strategies throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America, and emerging markets around the world. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, banking, retail, and energy.

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Raúl Padilla

President South America and Sugar & Bioenergy, Bunge

Raúl Padilla is the president of South America and Sugar & Bioenergy at Bunge. Previously, he was CEO of Bunge Brazil starting in 2014, having served as managing director of Bunge Global Agribusiness and CEO of Bunge Product Lines since 2010. He had been CEO of Bunge Argentina since 1999, having joined the company in 1997 as commercial director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the oilseed processing and grain handling industries in Argentina, having started his career with La Plata Cereal in 1977.

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Marcos Peña

Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

Marcos Peña has been Argentina’s chief of the cabinet of ministers since December 2015. Previously, he served as secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires. Peña was also a deputy in the City of Buenos Aires legislature between 2003 and 2007, representing the political party Propuesta Republicana (PRO), and was secretary general of the government of the City of Buenos Aires between 2007 and 2015. He is a founding member of the PRO’s National Council.

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Julia Pomares

Executive Director, CIPPEC (Center for the Implementation of Public Policy for Equity and Growth)

Julia Pomares is the executive director of the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) since December 2015. Previously, she was the director of the organization’s institutional politics program.

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Gustavo Rincón

Vice President and General Manager, Kellogg Mercosur

Gustavo Rincón has been the vice president and general manager of Mercosur at Kellog Company since September 2011. As part of the company´s acquisition in 2016, Rincón also took over leadership of Parati. Rincón joined Kellogg de Colombia in 2000 as financial director. He was promoted in 2002 to director of Latin American Financial Service Center (LAFSC) in Queretaro, México. In 2004, he became general manager for Kellogg de Colombia. In 2008, he was promoted to general manager of Kellogg Venezuela and in 2010 to general manager of Kellogg Venezuela and Mercosur.

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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hon. Horacio Rodríguez Larreta has been the mayor of Buenos Aires since 2015. Along with President Mauricio Macri, he co-founded the political party Compromiso para el Cambio, which was renamed Propuesta Republicana (PRO) in 2005. When Macri was elected as a national legislator in 2005, Rodríguez Larreta was the general girector of the PRO electoral campaign. Later on, in 2007 and in 2011, he held the same position and Macri was appointed mayor of the City of Buenos Aires. He also worked alongside Macri as chief of the cabinet of ministers of the City of Buenos Aires.

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Juan Manuel Urtubey

Governor of Salta, Argentina

Juan Manuel Urtubey is serving his third term as governor of the province of Salta in Argentina, a position he assumed in 2007. Previously, he served for two terms in the Argentine National Congress from 1999 to 2007. During that time, Urtubey was the president of the Bloque Justicialista and president of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

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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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Dante Sica

Minister of Energy, Argentina

Dante Sica is the minister of production in the republic of Argentina. In 2002, Sica was the secretary of industry, commerce, and mining of the nation. Also, as a permanent consultant to businesses, chambers, and international companies, he developed experiences in the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations Organizations for Industrial Development.

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Carlos Zarlenga

President, General Motors Mercosur

Carlos Zarlenga has been the president of General Motors (GM) Mercosur since January 2017, an operation that integrates all of GM's activities in Brazil and Argentina. Previously, Zarlenga served as president of GM do Brasil (2016) and prior to that as CFO of GM South America (2013–2016). He also served as vice president and CFO of GM Korea (2012–2013) and was on the Board of Directors of GM Uzbekistan, a GM joint venture with the government of Uzbekistan.

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Agenda

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

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.   Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jorge Luis Di Fiori, President, Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios
  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires
  • Marcos Peña, Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Argentina

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   KeynoteDante Sica, Minister of Production, Argentina

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Argentina’s Investment Outlook – A View from the Top

  • Raúl Padilla, President South America and Sugar & Bioenergy, Bunge
  • Gustavo Rincón, Vice President and General Manager, Kellogg Mercosur
  • Carlos Zarlenga, President, General Motors Mercosur
  • Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig, LLP (moderator)

11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Keynote: Javier Iguacel, Minister of Energy, Argentina

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Keynote: Andrés Ibarra, Minister of Modernization, Argentina

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.    Keynote: Rogelio Frigerio, Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing, Argentina

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Panel Discussion: A Conversation with Argentine Governors

  • Alfredo Cornejo, Governor of the Province of Mendoza
  • Juan Manuel Urtubey, Governor of the Province of Salta
  • Julia Pomares, Executive Director, Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (moderator)

12:30 p.m.   Closing Remarks