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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 31, 2019


In partnership with:

The Path to a Diversified Economy

 In collaboration with Cámara Chilena Norteamericana de Comercio, Columbia Global Center/Santiago, ComunidadMujer, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Endeavor Chile, Grupo Liderazgo, Invest Chile, La Bolsa de Santiago and ProChile

Save the date for our annual conference in Santiago, to be held in partnership with the Ministry of Finance. This fourteenth Latin American Cities Conference in Chile will look at the country's economic diversification. Business leaders from a variety of sectors, together with the government officials, will address the challenges and opportunities for investment and growth. Moreover, as Chile prepares to host the APEC Summit and COP25 later this year, the conference will discuss some of the top common themes: sustainable and inclusive growth, digital transformation, and the future of labor.

Registration: This event is open to the public and complimentary. Prior registration is required.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #ChileCOA @ASCOA

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

Confirmed Speakers:*

  • Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance, Chile
  • Susana Jiménez, Minister of Energy, Chile
  • Carolina Schmidt, Minister of the Environment, Chile
  • Rodrigo Yáñez, Vice Minister of Trade at the General Directorate of International Economic Relations
  • Francisco Costabal, Vice President South America, Freeport-McMoRan South America
  • Fernando González, Chief Executive Officer, Cerro Dominador
  • Charles Kimber, Senior Vice President, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.
  • George Lasek, Chief Operating Officer, SMEC
  • Matías Spagui, Executive Director, Mercado Pago Chile
  • Andrés Varas, Executive Director, APEC CEO Summit
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Event Information: Alexia Braun | | 212-277-8364
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: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30.

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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Susana Jiménez

Energy Minister, Chile

Susana Jiménez is currently the minister of energy of Chile. Previously, Jiménez was the team macrocoordinator of President Sebastián Piñera’s Program of Government from 2018 to 2022. In May 2010, she joined Libertad & Desarrollo as a senior economist, responsible for leading studies related to energy, environment, regulation and free competition, and hydro resources. She was named deputy director of L&D in January 2017.

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Carolina Schmidt

Environment Minister, Chile

Carolina Schmidt is currently the minister of the environment of Chile. From 2013 to 2014, she was the minister of education. Prior to that, she was the National Women’s Service minister, general manager at Capital magazine, counselor at Women's Community and president of the Magazine Association of Newspapers. Schmidt was also the coordinator of the working group that examined the association between work and family in the show Women's Voice, where she conducted research on child care alternatives that facilitate women employment.

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Rodrigo Yañez

Trade Vice Minister at the General Directorate of International Economic Relations, Chile

Rodrigo Yañez is currently the vice minister of trade. During President Piñera’s previous administration, from 2010 to 2014, Rodrigo served as senior advisor on international and regulatory affairs to the Presidency of the Republic, where among his duties, he developed foreign policy proposals and oversaw the implementation of domestic policy initiatives for different ministries. Prior to this, he worked as director of financial advisory services at Deloitte where he led the Business Intelligence and Anticorruption, Compliance & Regulatory Advisory service lines.

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Fernando González

Chief Executive Officer, Cerro Dominador

Fernando González is the CEO of EIG Atacama Management LLC, which is developing the Cerro Dominador 210MW solar project in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He has over 20 years of executive experience in the energy industry having worked on Big Four Accounting Firms, Fortune 500, and private equity backed start-up companies. His senior executive expertise was built on complex transactions, financing, and operations focused in the global power sector, both in the traditional (gas, coal, hydro) as well as renewable energy (solar, wind, ocean thermal energy).

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Francisco Sardón

Executive Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Chile

Francisco Sardón has held the position of CEO and country head of Scotiabank Chile since August 2013 and was appointed to executive vice president in November 2017. As the bank's senior executive in Chile, Francisco is responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth, and sustainability for all personal, small business, and wholesale banking activities in the country.

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Matías Spagui

Executive Director, Mercado Pago Chile

Matías Spagui is the executive director of Mercado Pago Chile. He is leading the local operations of the Latin American company, which is the main payment processor in the region, with $13.7 billion on payment processed. Before joining Mercado Pago, Spagui worked during six years at Google as industry manager leading commercial initiatives. Before Google, he worked at LATAM Airlines, in areas of customer intelligence and loyalty.

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Andrés Varas

Executive Director, APEC CEO Summit

Andrés Varas is executive director of the APEC CEO Summit Chile 2019, the most influential meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific, which provides opportunities for CEOs and top business executives to engage in dialogue with heads of government and forge connections with business and thought leaders from around the world. Previously, Varas was CEO of Bupa Chile (formerly Cruz Blanca Salud) for 10 years, one of the leading companies in the health care industry in Chile and Peru, with more than $1 billion in revenues and 8,000 employees.

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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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