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2018 Latin American Cities Conferences: Lima

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 6, 2018


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Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with Peru's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will host their thirteenth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Lima. In addition to exploring the economic outlook of Peru and the region, this year's conference will focus on how governments can collaborate with the private sector in promoting transparency and rebuilding trust. Panelists will discuss immediate and long-term strategies to strengthen institutions and promote accountability in the wake of regional corruption scandals.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #PeruCOA | @ASCOA

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants.
Prior registration is required.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: 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 Tuesday, December 4.

Martín Vizcarra

President of Peru

Martín Alberto Vizcarra Cornejo became president of the Republic of Peru on March 23, 2018. In the general elections in 2016, he was elected to be first vice president and was also appointed minister of Transportation and Communications. In September 2017, Vizcarra became Peru’s ambassador to Canada. Before assuming his federal responsibilities, he was the governor of Moquegua from 2011 to 2014. In the private sector, Vizcarra led operations at CyM Vizcarra from 1992 to 2010.

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Néstor Popolizio

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Néstor Popolizio Bardales is the minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru. A career diplomat with 37 years of experience, Popolizio earned a degree in international relations from the Peruvian Diplomatic Academy, as well as a bachelor’s in law from the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has held the roles of undersecretary for American Affairs (2006–2009) and viceminister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions from 2009 to 2011 and from 2016 to 2018. Abroad he has held the posts of ambassador of Peru to Portugal and Colombia.

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Roque Benavides

President, National Confederation of Private Business Institutions

Roque Benavides is the president of Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. He also serves as director of the Sociedad Nacional de Minería, Petróleo y Energía and president of the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (CONFIEP). Benavides received a BS in engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima and an MBA from Henley Management College at Reading University (UK).

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Alberto Ñecco

Executive Director, ProInversión

Alberto Ñecco is the executive director for ProInversión. He has vast experience in investment banking, corporate finance, financial management, and project management, both in Peru and abroad. Before assuming his current position, he worked as a special projects manager for the Retail Banking Collection at BCP. In 2001, he joined the Credicorp group and actively participated in the creation of Credicorp Capital, where he oversaw the purchase of leading investment banks in Colombia and Chile.

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Carlos Santiso

Director of Institutional Development, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, CAF

Carlos Santiso has been the director for Institutional Development at the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) since September 2018. He was the head of Institutional Capacity of the State Division at the Inter-American Development Bank, based in Washington from 2011 to 2018.

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Susana Silva

Secretary of Public Integrity, Office of the Prime Minister

Susana Silva is the general coordinator for the High-Level Anticorruption Commission, part of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. She is also Peru’s chief expert for the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC)—an anticorruption mechanism of the OAS in Washington, DC.

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Francis Stenning

CEO, Bolsa de Valores de Lima

Francis Stenning has more than 20 years of experience in the Peruvian capital markets. He joined the Lima Stock Exchange (BVL) as CEO in 2009, after spending almost ten years as Chairman and CEO of CAVALI, the Peruvian CSD. Among other important initiatives, under his leadership the BVL founded MILA (Integrated Latin American Market) together with the Chilean, Colombian, and Mexican exchanges.

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Miguel Uccelli

CEO, Scotiabank Perú

Miguel Uccelli was appointed CEO and country head of Peru at Scotiabank Perú. He also currently serves as vice chairman of the Board of CrediScotia Financiera, Profuturo AFP, Scotia Perú Holdings, and other Scotiabank subsidiaries in Peru. Uccelli joined Scotiabank in 2014 as senior vice president and head of Retail Banking. In 2015, Uccelli was appointed as CEO and country head of Scotiabank Perú. In his current role he oversees all of Peru’s retail, small business and commercial banking operations.

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Julio Velarde

Governor of the Central Bank of Peru

Julio Velarde has served as the governor of Peru’s Central Bank since October 2006. He’s held important positions in the public and private sectors and has collaborated in publications and research related projects related to monetary and financial issues. Velarde was the CEO of the Latin American Reserve Fund from 2004 to 2006. Also, he served as director for the Peru’s Central Bank from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2001 to 2003.

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Ragnhild Melzi

Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Ragnhild Melzi is Americas Society/Council of the Americas’ vice president of Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations. She provides leadership for the organizations’ international programming, which attracts top government officials, global business leaders, and prominent policy analysts to confront matters of critical hemispheric importance at discussions that take place across the Americas. Melzi has extensive experience in Latin American corporate finance and wealth management.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and 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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#PeruCOA Video: Néstor Popolizio y Ragnhild Melzi sobre el rol del sector privado en la transparencia

December 06, 2018

El ministro de relaciones exteriores del Perú y la vicepresidenta de AS/COA iniciaron la conferencia anual en Lima....

#PeruCOA Video: Julio Velarde y la economía peruana frente al contexto global

December 06, 2018

El presidente del banco central del Perú hizo una exposición de la situación económica del país en comparación con otros países de Latinoamérica....

#PeruCOA Video: Roque Benavides sobre cómo poner en práctica la transparencia en Perú

December 06, 2018

"Estamos absolutamente comprometidos a la lucha contra la corrupción en Perú", dijo el presidente de CONFIEP en la conferencia de AS/COA....

#PeruCOA Video: El rol del sector privado en la lucha por la transparencia

December 06, 2018

Panelistas intercambiaron estrategias efectivas para mejorar la transparencia en los sectores públicos y privados, con énfasis en la digitalización....

#PeruCOA Video: Martín Vizcarra, Presidente de la República del Perú

December 06, 2018

"El referendo de este domingo debe ser una apuesta de los peruanos para un país integro, transparente y libre de corrupción", dijo el presidente....

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All times in local Lima time (GMT -5), which is in the same time zone as New York.

8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee

8:30–9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Néstor Popolizio, Minister of Foreign Relations, Republic of Peru

9:00–9:45 a.m. Keynote Address: Economic Perspectives on Peru and the Region

  • Julio Velarde, President, Central Bank of Peru

9:45–10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: Peru’s Fight against Corruption

  • Roque Benavides, President, National Confederation of Private Business Institutions

10:30–11:00 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00–12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Role of the Private Sector in the Quest for Transparency

What are effective, long-term strategies that can strengthen institutions and promote transparency? How can the private sector be more involved? Are there best practices from the corporate world that can be applied in a broader context?

  • Alberto Ñecco, Executive Director, ProInversión
  • Carlos Santiso, Director of Intitutional Development, CAF - Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina
  • Susana Silva, Secretary of Public Integrity, Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros
  • Miguel Ucelli, CEO, Scotiabank Perú
  • Brian Winter, Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly
  • Francis Stenning, CEO, Bolsa de Valores de Lima (moderator)

12:30–12:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Martín Vizcarra, President of Peru