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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Brasília

Council of the Americas

September 5, 2019



In collaboration with: Amcham Brasil, 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:*

*Additional speakers to be announced soon.

Registration is subject to our approval.

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.

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Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil

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Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas

Infrastructure Minister, Brazil

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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

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Minister of Justice and Public Security, Brazil

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Roberto Campos Neto

Governor of Brazil's Central Bank

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Eduardo Leite

Governor, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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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

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Claudio Muruzábal

President, SAP Latin America & the Caribbean

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

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