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2018 Latin American Cities Conferences: Quito

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 30, 2018


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Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with the government of Ecuador, will bring the Latin American Cities Conferences series to Quito for the first time in a decade. As President Lenín Moreno completes his first year in office, his administration remains committed to attracting new investments and cooperating in regional integration. AS/COA’s Quito conference will bring together key government officials and private-sector leaders to discuss investment opportunities in Ecuador under the new administration.

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Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Javier at We invite everyone to follow the webcast.

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Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29.


Lenín Moreno

President of Ecuador

Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garcés was elected president of Ecuador in 2017. In his early professional life, he was a high school professor, later dedicating himself to the promotion of tourism in Ecuador with his own company, to then in the creation of the Ecuadoran Chamber of Tourism. After an assault with a point-blank shot, he lost the mobility of his legs. Following a long and painful recovery, he became a professional motivational speaker through conferences that carry a message of joy, solidarity, love, kindness, and humor.

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Pablo Campana

Foreign Trade and Investment Minister, Ecuador

Pablo Campana was appointed the minister of production, foreign trade, investment, and fisheries in January 2019 after the consolidation of various ministries. In this role, he prioritizes public policy development, improved productivity, competitiveness, and job growth. Previously, Campana served as the minister of foreign trade and investment, a position he assumed in May 2017. In this role he led Ecuador’s commercial policy, strengthening ties with major trading partners.

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Richard Martínez

Economy and Finance Minister, Ecuador

Richard Martínez was appointed Ecuador’s minister of economy and finance in May 2018. Prior to his appointment, Martínez promoted the Ecuador 2030 Productive and Sustainable Agenda and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Productive and Tax Advisory Council in 2017. Previously, he was president of the Ecuadorian Business Committee (2015–2018), president of the Federation National Chambers of Industries of Ecuador (2015) and executive president of the Chamber of Industries and Production (2014–2018).

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Carlos Pérez

Hydrocarbons Minister, Ecuador

Carlos Pérez became Ecuador’s minister of hydrocarbons in May 2017. Pérez has had a long career in the oil industry, and since 1976 has carried out technical, commercial, and managerial functions in more than a dozen countries in various continents. Throughout his career, he has sought to generate employment and attract investment for Ecuador. His work in the ministry has been characterized by strong principles of environment protection and community cooperation. Pérez obtained his bachelor’s in electronic engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Rolando Suárez

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ecuador

Rolando Suárez was appointed vice minister of foreign affairs, political integration, and international cooperation of Ecuador in May 2017. He has served in several senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, particularly as director general for international trade, advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and in the Permanent Missions of Ecuador to the WTO and to the European Union. Suárez holds a law degree and master’s in diplomatic studies from the University of Westminster, London.

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Patricio Alarcón

President, Ecuadorian Business Committee

Patricio Alarcón currently serves as president of the Ecuadorian Business Committee, the National Federation of Chambers of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, and the Ecuador chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce – ICC Ecuador. He is also part of the supervisory committee of the public debt of Ecuador, created by the Office of the Comptroller General. Under his leadership, he has promoted commercial missions to Peru and Panama, as well as signed agreements of inter-institutional cooperation between Chambers of Commerce of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

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Monica Contreras

Head of Andean Region, PepsiCo

Monica Contreras has been the president of PepsiCo Foods for the Andean Region since 2013. The first woman to reach a leadership position in sales in Latin America, her professional career at PepsiCo started in 2000 in the areas of marketing, sales, and trade marketing; she was later responsible for the Colombia operation (2009-2011) and general manager of Colombia (2011–2013). Contreras has a strong commitment to women’s inclusion in the labor force and has worked to increase the number of women working in the company.

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María Gabriela Gallardo

General Manager, Microsoft Latin America South Region

María Gabriela Gallardo is the general manager of Microsoft Latin America’s South Region. In this role, she works with governments and partners to build a more inclusive world through digital transformation. Before joining Microsoft in 2017, Gallardo worked for Intel as a general manager and country manager, among other positions. Throughout her career, she has worked for increased digital inclusion across Latin American markets, with special attention given to SMEs.

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Alvaro Jaramillo

Colombia Country Officer and Latin America North Region Head, Citi

Alvaro Jaramillo is Citi’s country officer for Colombia and Latin America North Region head since January 2017. Previously, Jaramillo was Central America & Caribbean Cluster head, with 14 countries under his responsibility. He also served as chief administrative officer and treasurer for Latin America, where he managed several functions including compliance, efficiency, strategy, as well as public affairs and government relations.

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Gideon Long

Andean Correspondent, Financial Times

Gideon Long is the Andean correspondent for the Financial Times (FT), covering Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Long has worked at the FT since May 2017 and is currently based in Bogotá. For the previous decade, he was based in Chile, covering the country on a freelance basis for The Economist, the BBC, and other major media outlets. He started as a journalist at Reuters in 1993 as a graduate trainee and for 14 years he worked as a correspondent in Dublin, London, Madrid, Rome, and Santiago.

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Javier Robalino Orellana

Partner, FERRERE

Javier Robalino Orellana is a partner at FERRERE in Ecuador and a member of the firm’s global executive committee. He also co-chairs the arbitration practice and acts as managing partner for Ecuador, representing various multinationals in multiple local and international commercial and investment disputes. Previously, he served as chair of the ALArb State Relations Committee, director of the Ibero-American Forum on Administrative Law (2007–2013), representative of Club Español de Arbitraje CEA, and director of the Chamber of Industries (2003–2005).

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Carlos Sarmiento

LAN Geomarket Manager, Schlumberger

Carlos Sarmiento Rivadeneira is LAN Geomarket manager for Schlumberger. He has held various positions in the oilfield industry, ranging from field engineer to general manager, leading several areas including human resources, sales, commercial, training, and operations. Throughout his career, Sarmiento has been posted in several locations in the hemisphere, from Alaska to Patagonia.

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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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#EcuadorASCOA Video: Ministro Pablo Campana sobre la inversión y el comercio exterior

May 30, 2018

Ecuador tiene como enfoque mejorar la seguridad jurídica y aumentar la cantidad de acuerdos de comercios que tiene....

#EcuadorASCOA Video: Presidente Lenín Moreno habla sobre la transformación y la apertura de Ecuador

May 30, 2018

A un año de haber asumido la presidencia, Lenín Moreno expuso en la primera conferencia de AS/COA en Quito en más de 10 años....

#EcuadorASCOA Video: Panel sobre competitividad y desarrollo

May 30, 2018

El gobierno de Lenín Moreno está dedicado a a la seguridad jurídica para atraer más inversión internacional y igual que nacional, dijeron panelistas....

#EcuadorASCOA Video: El Potencial Energético del Ecuador

May 30, 2018

Cómo exportador de 60 por ciento de su producción petrolera, Ecuador es un líder energético en la región....

#EcuadorASCOA Video: Ministro de la Economía y las Finanzas Richard Martínez

May 30, 2018

El ministro de economía dice que Ecuador tiene como prioridad fortalecer las relaciones con los Estados Unidos, el socio principal de comercio del país andino....

#EcuadorASCOA Video: Álvaro Jaramillo y Susan Segal sobre oportunidades de negocios

May 30, 2018

El ejecutivo de Citi habló con la CEO de AS/COA sobre las perspectivas del mercado de capitales en Ecuador....


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All times are in local Quito time (UTC -5), one hour behind New York.

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Lenín Moreno, President of Ecuador
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the America

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Keynote

  • Pablo Campana, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment

11:45 – 12:40 p.m. Panel: "Competitiveness and Growth"
Main questions for discussion: How can Ecuador attract new investors in the current economic climate? Which sectors present the greatest short-term and long-term opportunities? What concerns and obstacles do investors see in doing business in the country?

  • Patricio Alarcón, President, Cámara de Comercio de Quito
  • Monica Contreras, Head of Andean Region, PepsiCo
  • Ezequiel Barrenechea, Ecuador Director, Corporación América
  • María Gabriela Gallardo, General Manager, Microsoft Latin America South Region
  • Gideon Long, Andean Correspondent, Financial Times (moderator)

12:40 – 1:00 p.m. Fireside Chat
A brief interview with a senior executive of a foreign company with continued investments and future plans in Ecuador.

  • Alvaro Jaramillo, Citi Country Officer Colombia and Latin America North Region Head, Citi
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the America (interviewer)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote (Note: The webcast will be offline during the beginning of this lunch, picking up again around 1:40 p.m. with the minister's remarks.)
Lunch sponsored by FERRERE.

  • Richard Martínez, Minister of the Economy and Finance

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Keynote

  • Carlos Pérez, Minister of Hydrocarbons

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Panel: Ecuador’s Energy Potential
Main questions for discussion: What role does Ecuador play in regional energy production?

  • Carlos Pérez, Minister of Hydrocarbons
  • Carlos Sarmiento, LAN Geomarket Manager, Schlumberger
  • Javier Robalino Orellana, Partner, FERRERE (moderator)

2:45 – 2:50 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Rolando Suárez, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs