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2019 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

May 31, 2019
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 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.

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

Speakers:

  • Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance, Chile @felipelarrain @Min_Hacienda
  • Rodrigo Yáñez, Vice Minister of Trade, General Directorate of International Economic Relations @DIRECON_CHILE
  • Fernando González, Chief Executive Officer, Cerro Dominador @fgonzalez_cd @CerroDominador
  • Stephen Guthrie, Senior Vice President, Wholesale Banking, Scotiabank Chile @Scotiabank_CL
  • Charles Kimber, Senior Vice President, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. @Arauco_cl
  • George Lasek, Chief Operating Officer, SMEC
  • Eleonora Rabinovich, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Google @eleorabinovich
  • Philip Sanders, Editor, Emerging Markets America, Bloomberg 
  • Matías Spagui, Executive Director, Mercado Pago Chile @mercadopago
  • Andrés Varas, Executive Director, APEC CEO Summit @AndresVarasG @APECCEOSummitCL
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

Event Information: Alexia Braun | abraun@as-coa.org | 212-277-8364
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | acalderon@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org 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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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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Stephen Guthrie

Senior Vice President, Wholesale Banking, Scotiabank Chile

Stephen Guthrie has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 18 years with Scotiabank. He is responsible for leading the bank’s growth in corporate, commercial, real estate banking, global capital markets, and brokerage. Most recently, he was responsible for corporate banking in Central America. He also led the integration of the corporate business line in Colombia following two acquisitions.

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Charles Kimber

Senior Vice President, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución

Charles Kimber is the senior vice president of Celulosa Arauco y Constitución. Arauco one of the largest forestry companies in Latin America in terms of area and yield of its plantations, pulp production, and production of sawn timber and panels. Kimber joined Arauco in 1986.

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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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AGENDA

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

9:10–9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

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

9:15–9:30 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Felipe Larraín, Minister of Finance

9:30–10:30 a.m.  Diversifying Chile's Economy

  • Fernando González, Chief Executive Officer, Cerro Dominador
  • Stephen Guthrie, Senior Vice President, Wholesale Banking, Scotiabank Chile
  • Eleonora Rabinovich, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Google
  • Matías Spagui, Executive Director, Mercado Pago Chile
  • Philip Sanders, Editor, Emerging Markets America, Bloomberg (moderator)

10:30–11:30 a.m.  The Road to APEC

  • Charles Kimber, Senior Vice President, Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.
  • George Lasek, Chief Operating Officer, SMEC
  • Rodrigo Yañez, Vice Minister of Trade, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Andrés Varas, Executive Director, APEC CEO Summit (moderator)

11:30–12:00 p.m. Reception