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25th Anniversary COA Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 25, 2019


This year Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards celebrate 25 years at the forefront of transformations taking place in Latin America by honoring the region’s most inspiring visionaries.

The annual Symposium is the Western Hemisphere’s premiere full-day business conference, convening 500 private-sector and government influencers, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and industry pioneers. Following the Symposium, the BRAVO Business Awards' black-tie gala recognizes the exemplary leadership of individuals and organizations that improve lives across the Americas and inspire generations of changemakers.

Read a summary and watch videos of the 2018 Symposium.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #BRAVObiz | @ASCOA


Legacy Award
Luis Alberto Moreno
President, Inter-American
Development Bank

CEO of the Year
João Miranda
CEO, Votorantim

Investor of the Year
André El-Mann
CEO, Fibra Uno

Technology Leader
of the Year

Claudio Muruzabal
CEO, SAP Latin America
and Caribbean

Social Impact
Leadership Award

Carlos Vives
Founder, Tras la Perla
& Grammy Award-
Winning Artist

Visionary Entrepreneur 
of the Year
Cristina Junqueira 
Co-founder, Nubank


Lifetime Achievement
Susana Balbo
Susana Balbo Wines



Additional Speakers & Special Guests

  • Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman, AS/COA
  • Ali Moshiri, Chairman and President, Amos Global Energy
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
  • Fernando Iraola, Global co-head of Large Corporates GTS, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Erika Herrero, CEO, Belcorp
  • Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
  • Enrique García, President of the Board, Council of Foreign Relations of Latin America and the Caribbean (RIAL)
  • Kathy Lai, Deputy CEO, Enterprise Singapore
  • Roberto Wagmaister, Founder and CEO, gA
  • David Bojanini, CEO, Grupo SURA
  • Sunil Gupta, Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy at Harvard Business School
  • Katia Bouazza, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Global Banking, HSBC
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking and Markets – Americas, HSBC
  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • Carlo Enrico, President, Mastercard Latin America & Caribbean
  • Osvaldo Gimenez, CEO MercadoPago, EVP MercadoLibre
  • Paula Bellizia, Vice President – Sales, Marketing and Operations for Latin America, Microsoft
  • Federico Gómez Schumacher, General Manager, Mexico and Brazil, PayPal
  • Paula Santilli, CEO of Latin America, PepsiCo
  • Gonzalo Binello, Head of Latin America, Schroders
  • Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek

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Luis Alberto Moreno

President, the Inter-American Development Bank

Luis Alberto Moreno is president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the leading source of long-term financing for Latin America and the Caribbean. He also chairs the boards of IDB Invest – the IDB Group’s private sector arm – and the Multilateral Investment Fund, a development innovation lab. Since taking office in 2005, Moreno has led reforms to make the IDB more results-driven, securing the largest capital increase in its history and consolidating its private sector operations under IDB Invest.

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João Miranda


João Miranda has been the chief executive officer of Votorantim S.A. since 2014 and served as its chief financial officer and chief investor relations officer from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Miranda is currently the chairperson of Votorantim Cimentos Board of Directors, where he has been serving since 2013, a member of the board of Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio, and Votorantim Energia. Prior to Votorantim, he was the executive vice-president of Banco Citibank S.A. in Brazil from 2006 until 2009. Mr. Miranda served as CEO of Citibank N.A.

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André El-Mann

CEO of Fibra Uno

André El-Mann is one of the founding members of E-Group and has more than 30 years of experience in real estate development and management. His experience also includes the acquisition, development, and raising capital to fund real estate projects in various real estate segments, including joint ventures. Mr. El-Mann is also member of the Board of Directors of BBVA Metropolitan Board, as well as an advisor to each of E-Group’s portfolio companies.

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Claudio Muruzabal

President, Latin America & Caribbean, SAP

Claudio Muruzabal has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. He leads SAP Latin America in helping businesses across the region thrive through digital innovation. Prior to joining SAP in 2015, he was CEO of SAP Partner NEORIS, and previously, VP of Teradata/NCR in Latin America. Claudio is Junior Achievement Americas Vice-Chair and serves on the Council of the Americas Board. He is an advocate of education and entrepreneurship.

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Carlos Vives

Founder, Tras la Perla & Grammy Award- Winning Artist

Carlos Vives is one of the most important figures of Latin music and is known as the pioneer of the Colombian and Latin American sound. Singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur, Vives is recognized and acclaimed for merging traditional vallenato with pop and rock elements and expanding the genre to an international audience.

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Cristina Junqueira

Co-founder, Nubank

Cristina Junqueira started her career in strategic consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Prior to Nubank, she worked for many years at Itaú Unibanco, dealing with product and marketing for the bank’s consumer loan and credit card businesses. Cristina holds an Engineering Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Susana Balbo

Founder, Susana Balbo Wines

Susana Balbo studied enology at university and graduated cum laude in 1981, becoming the first qualified female enologist in Argentina. With a career in the wine industry of over 30 years, Susana Balbo is certainly the most well-known Argentinian female winemaker. She was elected to be president of ‘Wines of Argentina’ for three terms, and the British magazine Drinks Business included her as one of the ‘50 Most Powerful Women in the Wine World’ in 2012, as well as naming her ‘Woman of the Year’ in 2015.

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Andrés Gluski

President and CEO, The AES Corporation

Andrés Gluski has served as president and CEO since 2011, after serving as COO for five years. Previously, he served as CEO of AES in Chile and Venezuela. Before joining AES in 2000, Mr. Gluski held senior positions in banking, telecom, the IMF and the public sector. During his tenure as CEO, he has led AES through a dramatic transformation by focusing on simplification, risk improvement, and innovation. Under his leadership, AES has also become a world leader in clean energy technologies. Mr.

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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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Fernando Iraola

Global Co-head of Large Corporates GTS, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Fernando Iraola was appointed global co-head of Large Corporates Global Transaction Services (GTS) in December 2018. Alongside his colleague, Matthew Davies, he leads the origination, sales and delivery of the firm’s transaction services solutions to global corporate clients across the United States, LATAM and EMEA. He is responsible for taking the Latin America CBK franchise to a new level of responsible growth with a focus on multi-product client relationships at both the parent and subsidiary level.

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Jorge Becerra

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Jorge Becerra is managing director & senior partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has led the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice in South America since he opened BCG’s first office in the region in 1995. He is today a core member of this practice and a leader of the digital transformation, organization, and the family business practices.  Mr. Becerra serves on the Board of Techo, the advisory board of Endeavor Chile, and previously on the IAE Business School International Advisory Board.

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Fernando González


Fernando A. González was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of CEMEX in 2014, a leading global building materials company with presence in four continents. CEMEX is dedicated to the production and commercialization of cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates, as well as related solutions for the building industry. Mr. González joined CEMEX in 1989, when the company was starting its international expansion.

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Roberto Wagmaister


Roberto Wagmaister is CEO and founder of gA (Grupo ASSA), a global technology company that uses digital platforms and transformation services to empower companies. He started gA in 1992 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, together with 16 entrepreneurial consultants, leaving behind his position as consulting practice partner at Ernst & Young. Mr. Wagmaister has been the driving force behind the international expansion of gA, which now has 1300 consultants in 11 offices across the Americas.

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Sunil Gupta

Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy at Harvard Business School

Sunil Gupta is the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy at Harvard Business School. Sunil’s current research is in the area of digital technology and its impact on consumer behavior and firm strategy. The primarily goal of his research is to understand how digital technology is disrupting existing industries and how incumbents should transform their businesses in this new environment. Sunil has published three books and over 100 articles, book chapters, cases, and notes.

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Gerardo Mato

HSBC Global Banking & Markets – Americas

Gerardo Mato is chairman of Global Banking & Markets - Americas at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (NYSE:HSBC), one of the world’s leading and largest banking and financial services organizations. Mato has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, markets, and in the corporate banking business across the Americas. He joined HSBC in 2002 from Merrill Lynch. Mato’s postgraduate studies include the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School.

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Ana Paula Assis

General Manager, IBM Latin America

Ana Paula Assis is the general manager for IBM Latin America since July 2017. Within her 20+ years of international experience in the IT industry, Ana has devoted her career to strategic business development, change management of large and multicultural organizations, and innovative leadership. She is recognized in the market as a thought leader on topics such as artificial intelligence and data responsibility. She is also committed to building an increasingly inclusive and diverse workplace as well as advancing education that boost skills of the professions of the future.

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Carlo Enrico

President, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)

Carlo Enrico is president of Mastercard’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region and a member of the company’s management committee. He is responsible for leading Mastercard’s strategy and operations across 45 countries and territories, and driving transformational efforts across digital payments, financial and social inclusion, products and services.  After joining Mastercard in 2012, Mr. Enrico served in several senior roles.

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Osvaldo Gimenez

CEO Mercado Pago, Executive Vice President Mercado Libre

Osvaldo Gimenez has been responsible for leading Mercado Pago since 2004, Mercado Libre’s digital payments solution, which is available in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, and Peru. He is in charge of setting Mercado Pago’s strategy, defining product priorities, and overseeing its development to enable access to digital payments for millions of consumers and merchants. Mr. Gimenez joined MercadoLibre in 2000 as country manager for Argentina and was also responsible for launching Mercado Libre in Chile, Uruguay, and Peru.

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Paula Bellizia

Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Operations Microsoft, Latin America

Paula Bellizia is the VP of Sales, Marketing, and Operations for Microsoft Latin America. She is focused on driving Microsoft’s business objectives and strategies around digital transformation and artificial intelligence, across 35 offices in 21 countries, with more than 2,000 employees and 80,000 business partners across the region. With over 25 years of experience in the market, Ms. Bellizia began her career in marketing at Whirlpool in 1992, worked at Telefonica for 4 years and in 2002 joined Microsoft Brazil, where she held different positions for 10 years.

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Federico Gomez Schumacher

General Manager PayPal, Brazil and Mexico

Federico Gomez Shumacher became general manager at PayPal for Mexico and Brazil in July 2018, which are the largest and fastest growing markets for PayPal in Latin America. In this role, Federico is responsible for the development of the PayPal business in these markets, leading a team that is working to grow the business while continuing to prioritize innovation so PayPal can offer solutions that support all our customers, merchants, and consumers, as well as our business partners. Previously, he served as General Manager for Hispanic Latin America.

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Paula Santilli

Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Latin America

Paula Santilli is the CEO of PepsiCo Latin America, leading this sector’s food and beverage operations since May 1st. LatAm represents over $7 billion in annual net revenue and encompasses 34 emerging and developing markets. With a 27-year trajectory within PepsiCo she served as the President of PepsiCo Mexico Foods and chief operating officer of all its business units. Before that, Ms. Santilli served as GM for our Savory business in Mexico.

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Blanca Treviño

President and CEO, Softtek

Blanca Treviño has been leading Softtek as President and CEO since 2000. Under her leadership, Softtek has become the leading information technology services company in Latin America. Throughout her 30-year career at Softtek, Ms. Treviño has gained international recognition as a promoter of the IT services industry in and from emerging countries, collaborating with various government administrations promoting the nearshore model.

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Download a pdf of the agenda.

8:00–9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast (General Assembly)
Sky Bridge/Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA
Grand Ballroom

Panel I – Leadership in a World of Constant Disruption
Grand Ballroom

  • Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America
  • André El-Mann, CEO, Fibra Uno
  • Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman AS/COA
  • Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking and Markets – Americas, HSBC
  • João Miranda, CEO, Votorantim
  • Moderator: Martin Reeves, Global Director, BCG Henderson Institute and Senior Partner and Managing Director, BCG

9:50–10:30 a.m. Panel II - Building a Customer-Centric Enterprise
Grand Ballroom

  • Paula Bellizia, Vice President – Sales, Marketing and Operations for Latin America, Microsoft
  • Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
  • Érika Herrero, CEO, Belcorp
  • Claudio Muruzabal, CEO, SAP Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Paula Santilli, CEO, Latin America PepsiCo
  • Moderator: TBD

10:35–10:50 a.m. Leadership Spotlight
Grand Ballroom

  • Blanca Treviño, President & CEO, Softtek  

10:50–11:10 a.m. Networking Coffee Break
Grand Ballroom Foyer

11:10–11:55 a.m. Panel III - Digital Challengers: The Next Wave of Expansion
Grand Ballroom

  • Carlo Enrico, President, Mastercard LAC
  • Osvaldo Gimenez, CEO, MercadoPago and EVP, MercadoLibre
  • Federico Gomez Schumacher, CEO Mexico and Brazil, PayPal
  • Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking & Global Transaction Services, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Cristina Junqueira, Co-founder, Nubank
  • Moderator: Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

12:0012:40 p.m. A Conversation with Luis Alberto Moreno and Carlos Vives: Expanding Social and Economic Opportunities in Latin America & the Caribbean
Grand Ballroom

  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Carlos Vives, Founder, Tras la Perla & Grammy Award-Winning Artist
  • Introduction: TBD

12:50–1:30 p.m. A Conversation with Susana Balbo This portion of the conference will not be webcast.
Miami Room

  • Susana Balbo, Founder, Susana Balbo Wines
  • Moderator: Susan Segal, President & CEO AS/COA

1:30–2:30 p.m.  LUNCH

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

2:45–3:45 p.m. Session I – Artificial Intelligence: Responsible Growth for Maximum Impact This portion of the conference will not be webcast.
Miami Room

  • Marcelo Cabrol, Manaher, Social Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Robert Ivanschitz, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External Legal Affairs, Microsoft Latin America
  • Roberto Wagmaister, Founder and CEO, gA
  • Moderator: TBD

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Session II – TBD

Friday, October 25 (Evening)

7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. 25th Anniversary BRAVO Business Awards – Dinner and Awards Presentation (Black Tie) This portion of the conference will not be webcast.

7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Sky Bridge/Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Grand Ballroom

*More speakers to be confirmed.

Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami 

Please note that the Four Seasons Hotel often sells out for this event, so we encourage you to make your reservations early. A special discounted rate for delegates attending the Symposium/BRAVO Business Awards is available: $379/night for deluxe city view room; offer available only until room block sells out. (Reserve early!) The Four Seasons’ seven-day cancellation policy applies.

Call hotel directly, and request the “COA Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards” room block: (305-358-3535)
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