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Swissotel Quito
Avenida 12 de Octubre 1820
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2018 Latin American Cities Conferences: Quito

Join AS/COA on May 30 in Quito for the 2018 Latin American Cities Conferences series.

Registration: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Conference: 11:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m...

Swissotel Quito
Avenida 12 de Octubre 1820
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast




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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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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


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...

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...

Richard Martínez
Vice President for Countries, Inter-American Development Bank

Richard Martínez Alvarado was appointed Vice President for Countries on November 16, 2020.

Prior to joining the IDB, he served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Ecuador since May 2018. In that role, he led the design and implementation of the Prosperity Plan, which supports...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...