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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Guayaquil

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 9, 2019



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How can Ecuador continue to attract new investment and make it easier to conduct business in the country? Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in partnership with Ecuador’s Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment, and Fisheries, will host its Latin American Cities Conference in Guayaquil on Thursday, May 9. This year’s conference will bring together key government officials and private-sector leaders to discuss Ecuador’s investment climate and opportunities.

Confirmed Speakers*:

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

This event is complimentary. Prior registration is required.

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

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Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 212-277-8374
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Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

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Otto Sonnenholzner

Vice President, Ecuador

Otto Sonnenholzner was elected to be the vice president of Ecuador in December 2018. For 12 years, he was a radio personality with his own talk show and was the general manager of Radio Tropicana in Guayaquil. Sonnenholzner also served as the president of Asociación Ecuatoriana de Radiodifusores in Guayas. He has also served on the faculty of the Universidad Católica de Guayaquil where he taught courses on business.

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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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Rosi Prado de Holguín

Minister of Tourism, Ecuador

Rosi Prado de Holguín is the minister of tourism of Ecuador. Before assuming her current role, she was the manager and legal representative of AWT SA Group Cinco Continentes Agencia de Viajes y Turismo, general manager at AWT SA Group Ecuador, and general manager of Ecuador: Ocio, viajes y turismo. Prado de Holguín also has experience in the airline industry as a sales manager for American Airlines, manager of Passenger Sales and Cargo at Eastern Airlines, manager of Reservations and Tickets at Braniff International, and commercial manager of TAME, the Airline of Ecuador.

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Fernando Benalcázar

Vice Minister of Mining, Ecuador

Fernando Benalcázar has been Ecuador’s vice minister of mining since September 2018. He approaches his role with a vision of transparency and institutional efficiency, promoting the development of economically profitable, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable projects. Benalcázar has over 26 years of experience as a civil engineer in the national and international oil industry. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in Ecuador.

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Jaime Nebot

Mayor, Guayaquil

Jaime Nebot has been the mayor of Guayaquil since 2000, having been reelected three times. Both a lawyer and a politician, he is a two-time presidential candidate. Previously, Nebot represented the province of Guayas in Congress and in 1991 assumed national leadership of the Partido Social Cristiano. He began his career in the public sector when he was elected governor of the province of Guayas in 1984. Nebot holds a degree in social sciences and politics from the Universidad Católica de Guayaquil.

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Carlos Alaña Pine

Country Manager, Mexichem Ecuador

Carlos Alaña Pine is the country manager for Mexichem Ecuador. He joined Plastigama in 1997 when it was still owned by the Swiss group Amanco. After Mexichem aquired Amanco in 2008, Alaña Pine was transferred to Mexico where he became a commercial director. After two years of successfully implementing strategies for a business consolidation, he returned to Ecuador as a commercial director and assumed his current role as country manager in 2013. Alaña Pine studied mechanical engineering and holds an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from EPSOL in Ecuador.

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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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Bernardo Requena

Director-Representative, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Bernardo Requena is the director-representative of CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, in their Ecuador office. Previously, he was the director of Social Development of CAF. In his native Bolivia, Requena served as deputy minister of Public Investment and Financing at the Ministry of Finance, was the executive director of the Economic and Social Policy Analysis Unit, and has served on the boards of several private companies.

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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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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked 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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8:00–9:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration

9:00–9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Jaime Nebot, Mayor of Guayaquil

9:30–9:50 a.m.  Keynote: Doing Business in Ecuador

  • Pablo Campana, Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of Ecuador

9:50–10:50 a.m.  Panel: Investment Climate and Opportunities in Ecuador

  • Carlos Alaña Pine, Country Manager, Mexichem Ecuador
  • Bernardo Requena, Director Representative, CAF
  • Patricio Alarcón, President, Comité Empresarial Ecuatoriana (moderator)

10:50–11:05 a.m. Keynote: Growth in Ecuador’s Tourism Sector

  • Rosi Prado de Holguín, Minister of Tourism

11:05–11:30 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:30–11:45 a.m. Keynote: Ecuador’s Fiscal Outlook

  • Richard Martinez, Minister of Finance

11:45–12:15 p.m.  Conversation: The Future of Mining in Ecuador

  • Fernando Benalcazar, Vice Minister of Mining
  • Javier Robalino, Partner, FERRERE (interviewer)

12:15–12:30 p.m.  Closing Keynote

  • Otto Sonnenholzner, Vice President of Ecuador