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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasília

Council of the Americas

September 5, 2019



In collaboration with: Amcham Brasil, ICC Brasil, Global Compact Network Brazil, Georgetown University Alumni Club of Brazil, University of Notre Dame Sao Paulo Global Center, Notre Dame Club of Brazil.


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This year, Council of the Americas brings its Latin American Cities Conference series to Brasília for the second time. During this half-day event, high-level investors and business executives will have a unique opportunity to engage with key cabinet members from Brazil. Among the topics to be discussed are the country’s economic outlook, the investment agenda, infrastructure, and trade. The conference will be webcast live to a global audience via our website. The Brazilian and foreign press will be invited to cover the event.


Este ano, o Council of the Americas leva pela segunda vez a sua série Latin American Cities Conference a Brasília. Durante esta manhã, investidores e executivos de alto nível terão uma oportunidade única de interagir com algumas das principais autoridades do governo brasileiro. Entre os tópicos a serem discutidos estão as perspectivas econômicas para o país, agenda de investimentos, infraestrutura e comércio. A conferência será transmitida ao vivo para um público global através do nosso site. A imprensa brasileira e estrangeira será convidada para cobrir o evento.

Confirmed Speakers:

Learn more about the LACC series and see other upcoming events.

Event Information: Marcelo Barretta | | 1-212-277-8378
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership: 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 Wednesday, September 4.

Marcos Pontes

Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil

Marcos Cesar Pontes was born in the city of Bauru in São Paulo on March 11, 1963. He has an aeronautical engineering degree graduated from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), a master in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in California (United States), is a Lieutenant Colonel Aviator R1 of the Brazilian Air Force and a fighter aircraft test pilot with over 2,000 flight hours on 25 aircraft types, including F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, F-18 Hornet and Mig-29 Fulcrum.

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Ernesto Araújo

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Ambassador Ernesto Henrique Fraga Araújo holds a degree in Language Studies from the University of Brasília. In 1990, he joined the Rio Branco Institute (Brazilian Diplomatic Academy). In the early years of his career, he worked on regional integration and Mercosur affairs. Between 1995 and 2003, he served at the Mission to the European Communities in Brussels and at the Embassy of Brazil in Germany. Upon his return to Brazil, in 2003, he worked at the Services, Investments and Financial Affairs Division, which he chaired as of 2004.

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Tereza Cristina

Minister of Agriculture, Brazil

Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias is the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil since January 2019. Tereza Cristina received one of the greatest acknowledgements of her work as a legislator in 2018, when she won in the category "Best Congressperson" during the 11th Edition of the Congress in Focus Award, an accolade bestowed by a media agency dedicated to covering the National Congress.

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Sérgio Moro

Minister of Justice and Public Security, Brazil

Sérgio Fernando Moro is a former magistrate, writer, university professor and current Minister of Justice and Public Security of Brazil. He was federal judge of the 13th Federal Criminal Court of Curitiba and professor of criminal procedural law at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). He's a specialist in the fight against financial crimes, money laundering and criminal organization. In 22 years in the career of the federal magistrate, he served at Lava Jato, at Banestado case and was an instructor judge at the Federal Supreme Court in 2012.

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Roberto Campos Neto

Governor of Brazil's Central Bank

Roberto Campos Neto is the governor of Banco Central do Brasil since February 28th, 2019, after presidential nomination and Senate approval. Governor Campos Neto has an extensive professional background with 22 years working in varied roles at financial institutions in Brazil and abroad. In the early stages of his career, he held positions at Bozano Simonsen Bank and Claritas in financial roles related to FX and interest rate derivatives, external debt, equities, and international fixed income.

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Eduardo Leite

Governor, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Eduardo Leite is the governor of Brazil's state of Rio Grande do Sul. He was elected with 3.128.317 votes, equivalent to 53.62 percent of the valid votes in the 2018 elections. Born in Pelotas on March 10, 1985, his term of office ends in 2022. He reached the position of governor when he was 33 years old, becoming the youngest governor in Brazil. Leite began his career path in politics early. He was mayor of Pelotas, a city in the South of Rio Grande do Sul, from 2013 to 2016, after being elected with approximately 110,000 votes.

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Flávio Dino

Governor, State of Maranhão, Brazil

Flávio Dino was a federal judge, professor and lawyer before being elected governor of Maranhão in 2014. He holds a law degree from the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), where he is a professor of constitutional law, currently licensed. Dino served as federal judge for 12 years, holding prominent national functions. He was president of the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil (Ajufe) and secretary general of the National Council of Justice (CNJ). In 2006, he left his career as a judge to pursue the challenge to change Maranhão.

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Naty Barak

Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim

Naty Barak is Chief Sustainability Officer of Netafim, the pioneer and global leader in drip irrigation solutions. Mr. Barak has been with Netafim since 1975. Prior to his current post, he served in several positions including director of marketing and treasurer of Netafim, executive VP of Netafim USA, and president of Netafim South Africa. As chief sustainability officer, Mr.

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Alberto Raich

Vice President and General Manager, Kellogg Mercosur

Alberto Raich is the vice president and general manager of Kellogg Mercosur since June 1, 2019. Previously he was vice president and general manager, Breakfast and Snacks Categories, Marketing, and Innovation, Kellogg Latin America since October 2016. As part of this role, he also led Customer Development from 2016 to 2018. He is a member of the Latin America Leadership Team. Mr. Raich joined Kellogg de Colombia in 1996 as marketing services assistant.

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Cristina Palmaka

Managing Director & President, SAP Brazil

Cristina Palmaka is the managing director & president of SAP Brazil since October 2013, and a thought-leader in the IT Industry for more than 30 years, known for her strategic approach in leading teams and companies to successful results through innovation and business focus. Prior to joining SAP, Cristina has served in senior executive roles with major tech players, including Microsoft, HP and Philips.

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Marc Reichardt

CEO of Bayer Group Brazil

Marc Reichardt has been president of the Bayer Brazil Group since September 2018. Born in Barcelona, Marc is Spanish and naturalized as Brazilian, he is married and has three daughters. Graduated in Agronomic Engineering at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agraria (Spain), at the same place where he also completed his master's degree. He began his activities at Bayer in 1985 as a Sales Representative at Bayer Hispania AS.

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Basilia Rodrigues

Reporter, Rádio CBN

Basilia Rodrigues is the winner of the 2018 Troféu Mulher Imprensa award for radio reporters. She was also a nominee for Prêmio Comunique-se in the spoken media reporter category in 2018 and 2019. Rodrigues graduated with a journalism degree from the Centro Universitário de Brasília (UNICEUB) in 2009. Currently, she’s a reporter for CBN Radio and the editor-in-chief of Evoke magazine. She writes about Brazilian politics and the judiciary for publications such as Metropoles, Congresso em Foco, Jota, and Gazeta do Povo.

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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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#CouncilBR Video: Susan Segal sobre a agenda de crescimento econômico e desenvolvimento do Brasil

September 05, 2019

A Presidente e CEO da AS/COA abriu a conferência em Brasília falando da importância do encontro entre os setores público e privado no Brasil. ...

#CouncilBR Video: Tereza Cristina sobre oportunidades de investimento e o agronegócio

September 05, 2019

Ministra de Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento Tereza Cristina começa a conferência falando sobre modos de desenvolver a indústria agropecuária do Brasil, e sobre planos econômicos neste setor....

#CouncilBR Video: Sérgio Moro sobre planos e oportunidades para melhorar a segurança pública no Brasil

September 05, 2019

Ministro de Segurança Pública e Justiça Sérgio Moro falou na conferência da AS/COA sobre como melhorar os indicadores da violência no Brasil....

#CouncilBR Video: Roberto Campos Neto sobre a economia do Brasil e oportunidades de desenvolvimento

September 05, 2019

Presidente do Banco Central Roberto Campos Neto falou na #CouncilBR sobre a agenda econômica do Brasil, e quais são os planos de desenvolvimento do país nesta área....

#CouncilBR Video: Investindo no Brasil – Uma Conversa com Investidores

September 05, 2019

Líderes do setor privado investindo hoje no Brasil falaram sobre investimento no país e sustentabilidade na conferência da AS/COA....

#CouncilBR Video: Ernesto Araújo on the direction of Brazil's foreign relations

September 05, 2019

At AS/COA's conference in Brasília, Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araújo spoke on Brazil's place in the global arena....

#CouncilBR Video: Lideranças Regionais no Brasil - Nova Gestāo e Oportunidades de Investimento

September 05, 2019

Governadores do Rio Grande do Sul e do Maranhão Eduardo Leite e Flávio Dino, e a moderadora do painel Basilia Rodrigues, falam sobre oportunidades de investimento....

#CouncilBR Video: Marcos Pontes sobre os avanços e inovações tecnológicas do país

September 05, 2019

Ministro da Ciência, Technologia, Inovações e Comunicações falou sobre os avanços do Brasil nesta área na conferência....

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All times are in local Brasília time, which is one hour ahead of New York.

8:00–8:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast
                           A VIP Holding Room will be available for high-level government officials throughout the conference so that they can engage with international investors and executives.

8:30–8:35 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

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

8:35–9:00 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Tereza Cristina, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock

9:00–9:20 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Sergio Moro, Minister of Justice and Public Security 

9:20–9:40 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Roberto Campos Neto, Governor of the Central Bank

9:40–10:40 a.m.  Investing in Brazil – A Conversation with Investors
                             This panel will bring together international investors to discuss the latest developments in Brazil’s investment outlook. The executives will share their views on different sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, energy and science & technology.

  • Cristina Palmaka, Managing Director and President, SAP Brazil
  • Naty Barak, Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim
  • Alberto Raich, General Manager and Vice President for Mercosur, Kellogg
  • Marc Reichardt, President and Senior Representative, Bayer Group in Brazil
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Council of the Americas (moderator)

10:40–11:00 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Ernesto Araújo, Minister of Foreign Affairs

11:00 – 11:35 a.m. Coffee Break provided by AES Tietê

11:35–12:35 p.m.  Brazil’s Rising Class of Political Leaders 
                               This panel will bring together a group of promising governors from different regions to discuss new practices and advancements in state administration, fiscal management and investment opportunities. The governors will also share their views on their region’s political and economic outlook.

  • Eduardo Leite, Governor, State of Rio Grande do Sul
  • Flávio Dino de Castro e Costa, Governor, State of Maranhão
  • Basilia Rodrigues, Reporter, Rádio CBN (moderador)

12:35–12:55 p.m.  Keynote Address

  • Marcos Cesar Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications

12:55–2:00 p.m.  Lunch