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2018 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago 

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

August 9, 2018


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Perspectives on Chile: Reforms, the Economy, and the New Administration

In collaboration with: La Bolsa de Santiago, Columbia Global Center/Santiago, ComunidadMujer, CORFO, Endeavor, Grupo Liderazgo and InvestChile

As President Sebastián Piñera reassumes power after Chile's recent presidential elections, constituents are optimistic about the business and financial outlook for the country, driven by a strong economy, a unified and experienced governing coalition, and legislative reform. To discuss what comes next for President Piñera's administration, AS/COA, in partnership with Chile's Ministry of Finance, will host the thirteenth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Santiago. Leaders from both the private and public sectors will address opportunities and challenges arising from Chile's economic outlook, potential for foreign investment, and the ongoing efforts to bring about gender equality in the country. 


  • Felipe Larraín, Finance Minister, Chile @felipelarrain
  • Carolina Cuevas Merino, Undersecretary, Ministry of Women and Gender Equality, Chile @carola_cuevasm
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group @JorgeBecerraBCG
  • Ricardo Falú, CEO, AES Gener @TheAESCorp
  • Elizabeth Nieto, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, MetLife @MetLife
  • Victor Rico, Secretary General, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, CAF @AgendaCAF
  • Esteban Rodríguez, Country Managing Director, Accenture Chile @Accenture_CL
  • Claudia Manuela Sánchez Muñoz, Director, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones @manola_sanchez
  • Luis Valdés, President, Principal International @principal
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

Registration: This event free to attend, though prior registration is required. 

Event Information: Cara Caponi |1-212-277-8368
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 coporate members, please click here.
AS Individual Membership Information: Mila Fontana | 1-212-277-8331
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Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8.



Felipe Larraín

Finance Minister, Chile

Felipe Larraín is the minister of finance of Chile. He held the same position during President Sebastián Piñera’s first administration between March 2010 and March 2014. Larraín was also vice president of Chile in February 2014. He has experience as an international consultant, academic, editor, and has authored 14 books and over 120 professional articles. Larraín was director of the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies and professor of economics at Universidad Católica de Chile between March 2014 and March 2018. Previously, he was the Robert F.

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Jorge Becerra

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Jorge Becerra is managing director & senior partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has led the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice in South America since he opened BCG’s first office in the region in 1995. He is today a core member of this practice and a leader of the digital transformation, organization, and the family business practices.  Mr. Becerra serves on the Board of Techo, the advisory board of Endeavor Chile, and previously on the IAE Business School International Advisory Board.

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Carolina Cuevas Merino

Carolina Cuevas Merino is the undersecretary of the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality. During 2017, she worked as a researcher at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) Business School, and as a visiting professor at the UAI’s Corporate Development Center. In addition, she was vice president of the Board of Directors of RedMad, Women in Senior Management, a non-profit corporation that seeks to add value to public and private organizations, through the incorporation of female talent in senior management.

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Ricardo Manuel Falú

CEO, AES Gener

Ricardo Manuel Falú is the chief executive officer of AES Gener. He previously worked as the chief financial officer with operations in Chile, Argentina, and Colombia. Falú led the finance area, including accounting and statutory reporting in IFRS and US GAAP, tax compliance and planning, corporate and project finance, and strategic and financial planning and analysis.

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Elizabeth Nieto

Global Chief Officer of Diversity & Inclusion, MetLife

Elizabeth Nieto is the global chief officer of Diversity & Inclusion at MetLife. When she assumed the position in 2012, the company implemented their first global D&I strategy focused on regional initiatives and the development of women globally. Since March 2017, Nieto has also been responsible for the senior talent review process, the GLDP program, and executive coaching.

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Victor Rico

Secretary General, CAF

Victor Rico is the secretary general of CAF. Previously, he was CAF’s director-representative in Brazil. Rico joined CAF in 2012 as special advisor to the Executive Presidency, leading several projects in​​ institutional development and special affairs. He has held several positions in the international arena, including secretary of political affairs for the Organization of American States, where he was responsible for issues related to democratic governance, public management, institutional development, political analysis, and electoral observation.

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Claudia Manuela Sánchez Muñoz

Director, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones

Claudia Manuela Sánchez Muñoz is the director of Banco de Crédito e Inversiones (BCI). She began her career as an analyst in McKinsey in Buenos Aires, where she worked in business development and strategy projects in Argentina, Peru, and Chile. In 2000 she settled in London and worked in various projects in Europe as a business consultant, focusing on advising private equity companies. She is the first female dean of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) Business School.

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Esteban Rodríguez

Country Managing Director, Accenture Chile

Esteban Rodríguez is country manager of Accenture Chile. Esteban has more than 25 years of professional experience at Accenture, where he has previously held executive positions such as managing director and mananging director of natural resources. Rodríguez has led organizational transformations and implementations of new technologies in the oil and gas, utilities and mining industries, mainly in Latin America and the United States. At Accenture, he is an active sponsor in diversity and inclusion programs in Argentina and Chile.

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Luis Valdés

President and CEO, Principal International, Inc.

Luis Valdés is the president and chief executive officer of Principal International, Inc. Previously he was president of Principal Financial Group Latin America, supervising operations in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Valdés also served as regional vice president of Latin America and Spain for Principal International from 1998 through March 2010. Prior to joining Principal, he served in several positions as a public servant for the Chilean Government, including his last appointment as insurance commissioner for Chile.

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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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All times are in local Santiago time, which is in the same time zone as New York (UTC -4).

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

9:10 – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address

  • Felipe Larraín, Finance Minister of Chile

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Panel, “The Business Climate in Chile: An International Perspective”

A conversation with private sector leaders and foreign investors on challenges and opportunities for growth and investment in key industries in Chile

  • Ricardo Falú, CEO, AES Gener
  • Victor Rico, Secretary General, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, CAF
  • Luis Valdés, President, Principal International
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Panel, “Working Toward Gender Parity”

A multisector conversation on the participation of women in the public and private sectors in Chile and the region. What can be done to bring about greater gender parity?

  • Carolina Cuevas Merino, Undersecretary, Chilean Ministry of Women and Gender Equality
  • Elizabeth Nieto, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, MetLife
  • Esteban Rodríguez, Country Managing Director, Accenture Chile
  • Claudia Manuela Sánchez Muñoz, Director, Banco BCI
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group (moderator)

11:30 – 11:35 a.m. Closing Remarks