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.
2019 BRAVO BUSINESS AWARD HONOREES
Additional Speakers & Special Guests
- Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman, AS/COA @AndresGluski
- Ali Moshiri, Chairman and President, Amos Global Energy
- Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA @s_segal
- Fernando Iraola, Global co-head of Large Corporates GTS, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America @BofAML
- Erika Herrero, CEO, Belcorp
- Jorge Becerra, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group @BCG
- Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX @Fernandogzz
- 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 @Grupo_ASSA
- David Bojanini, CEO, Grupo SURA @GRUPOSURA
- 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 @HSBC
- Gerardo Mato, Chairman, Global Banking and Markets – Americas, HSBC @HSBC
- Ana Paula Assis, General Manager, IBM Latin America @IBM
- Gustavo Martinez, CEO, Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation (LAAD)
- Kiki del Valle, Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean @MastercardLAC
- Osvaldo Gimenez, CEO MercadoPago, EVP MercadoLibre @osvaldo_gimenez
- Paula Bellizia, Vice President – Sales, Marketing and Operations for Latin America, Microsoft @MicrosoftBr
- Paula Santilli, CEO of Latin America, PepsiCo @p_santilli
- Gonzalo Binello, Head of Latin America, Schroders @Schroders
- Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek @Softtek
- Martin Reeves, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, @MartinKReeves
- José Manuel Rodríguez, Anchor and Senior Correspondent, CNN en Español, @josemanuelcnn
- Juan E. Cento, President, FedEx Express Latin America, @FedEx
- Marcelo Cabrol, Manager, Social Sector, Inter-American Development Bank, @the_IDB
- Robert Ivanschitz, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External Legal Affairs, Microsoft Latin America, @Rivansch
- Rakesh Shalia, VP of Marketing and Communications Latin America and the Caribbean, FedEx Express, @FedEx
- Erich de la Fuente, Partner and Chairman, LLYC U.S. @edela_fuente
- Jerry Haar, PhD, Professor & Executive Director, Office of the Executive & Professional Education Florida International University @FIUBusiness
- Carlos Vela-Treviño, Partner, Head of Privacy & Cybersecurity, Baker McKenzie's Mexico Offices @BakerMcKenzieMX
- Natalia de Greiff, Vice President, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, Latin America @greiffn
- Vidal Garza Cantú, Director of Public Affairs and Strategic Relationships, FEMSA @FEMSA
For more information on the Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, please visit as-coa.org/bravo.
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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.
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.
CEO, 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.
President, SAP Latin America and Caribbean
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.
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.
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.
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.
President and CEO, The AES Corporation and Chairman AS/COA
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.
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.
Global co-head of Large Corporates GTS Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services, Bank of America
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. Mr. Iraola joined the firm in July 2014 as managing director and head of Latin America Corporate Banking (CBK). In December 2015, his responsibilities were expanded to also lead the Global Transaction Services (GTS) franchise in the region.
Erika Herrero Bettarel is chief executive officer of Belcorp since February 2018. Originally from Venezuela, she graduated in Business Administration from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. Ms. Herrero started her career at Procter & Gamble in 1993, where she held different marketing leadership roles in Latin America until April 2010, when she joined Belcorp.
Managing Director and Senior Partner, 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.
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.
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.
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 primary 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.
Chairman, 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.
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.
CEO, MercadoPago; EVP, MercadoLibre
Osvaldo Gimenez has been responsible for leading MercadoPago since 2004, MercadoLibre’s digital payments solution, which is available in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, and Peru. He is in charge of setting MercadoPago’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.
Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and 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.
CEO, PepsiCo Latin America
Paula Santilli is the chief executive officer of PepsiCo Latin America, leading the company’s food and beverage businesses for Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. She is responsible for over $7 billion in annual net revenue. Besides being a member of PepsiCo’s Executive Committee, she previously served as the president of PepsiCo Mexico Foods (PMF), where she also led the PepsiCo Mexico Foundation.
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.
Manager Social Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
Marcelo Cabrol is a thought leader and strategist, passionate about educational technology, and responsible use of technologies for development and social inclusion. He has over 20 years at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with experience in operations, business development, partnerships, strategic communications, and organizational change. Mr. Cabrol currently manages a large cross-sectoral staff of experts in education, health, social protection, labor markets, gender, and inclusion.
Juan N. Cento
Regional President, FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division
Juan N. Cento has strategic oversight for FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean, which consists of approximately 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries and territories. He began his career with FedEx in 1989, when the company merged with the Flying Tigers Line. Following the merger, Mr. Cento became managing director of FedEx South & Central America, then vice president of Mexico & Central America. In his 30 years with the company, he has expanded the FedEx presence and helped it become a pillar of economic growth in the region. Mr.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications, FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean
Rakesh Shalia is the vice president of marketing & communications for FedEx Express Latin America and the Caribbean. He is responsible for the planning, management, and execution of all marketing-related functions in the region. Shalia joined FedEx in 2002 as strategic marketing senior analyst at the FedEx World headquarters in Memphis. From there he was promoted to manager of International Market Development. In 2011, he was named managing director of marketing - Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, based in India. He returned to the U.S.
José Manuel Rodríguez
Senior Correspondent, CNN en Español
José Manuel Rodriguez is an anchor and senior correspondent for CNN en Español in Miami, where he does in-depth reporting. Throughout his career, he has covered significant events including the political crisis in Paraguay, elections in Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States. He is part of the network’s breaking news teams covering relevant events such as the terrorist attacks in Paris, the capture of El Chapo, and the election of Pope Francis. He joined the network in 2011 and produced Café CNN in Buenos Aires.
Managing Director & Senior Partner, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute
Martin Reeves is a managing director and senior partner in the San Francisco office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Global Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, BCG’s think tank on business strategy. Mr. Reeves is currently leading research on winning the '20s, advantage in adversity, competing on imagination, corporate vitality, myths of ecosystems, strategy and artificial intelligence, diversity and performance, innovation strategy, and the humanity of corporations.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Singapore
Kathy Lai is deputy chief executive officer of Enterprise Singapore, overseeing Global Markets. Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. The agency works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate, and internationalise. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups, and builds trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards. Ms.
Erich de la Fuente
Partner and Chairman, LLYC U.S
Erich de la Fuente provides strategic counseling and support to the firm's executives working with clients in the U.S. and Latin America. He has been pivotal in the firm’s development of a broad client portfolio, including key clients in the logistics, IT, and financial sectors, among others. Erich’s work has included leading proactive international public awareness campaigns and internal communications initiatives for numerous global companies.
Kiki Del Valle
Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships Mastercard LAC
Kiki Del Valle is senior vice president of Digital Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at Mastercard. In her role, she and her team are responsible for executing Mastercard’s digital strategy with LAC digital merchants, fintechs, and technology partners. Along with her team, Ms. del Valle is responsible for expanding Mastercard’s digital footprint in the region and driving transformational efforts across digital payments in 45 countries and territories.
PhD, Professor & Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education Florida International University
Jerry Haar is a professor and director of executive & professional education in the College of Business at Florida International University. He is also a global fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a non-resident senior research fellow at Georgetown University. Dr. Haar holds graduate degrees from Columbia, Johns Hopkins and Harvard, and has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the American Enterprise Institute. A former Fulbright Scholar at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil, Dr.
Partner, Head of Privacy & Cybersecurity, Baker McKenzie’s Mexico Offices
Carlos Vela-Treviño is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice group based in the Firm's Mexico City Office. Carlos's practice areas include regulatory and contractual aspects in the fields of communications and mobility, digital media, copyright, tech transactions and disputes, and privacy and cybersecurity.
Natalia de Greiff
Vice-president, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, Latin America
Natalia de Greiff was named vice president, Cloud and Cognitive Software unit for IBM Latin America in March 2019. Located at IBM's offices in Brazil, her responsibilities include helping clients of all sizes and industries throughout Latin America to thrive in their digital transformations with Hybrid Cloud, Data and AI, Blockchain, and Security.
Vidal Garza Cantú
Director of Public Affairs and Strategic Relationships, FEMSA
Vidal Garza Cantú leads the global public affairs and strategic relations department at FEMSA. He is responsible of managing the regulatory agenda for all business units and planning global institutional relationships. Garza is also a professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Tecnólogico de Monterrey. Prior to his current role, he led the FEMSA Foundation where he supported water sustainability strategies and early childhood development in Latin America. From 2003 to 2006 he founded and directed the Graduate School of Public Administration and Public Policy (EGAP).
October 25, 2019
Five industry executives from IBM, HSBC, Fibra Uno, Votorantim, and the AES Corporation talked about the skills every leader shoud have in a new era of disruption and innovation....
October 25, 2019
Business leaders from Microsoft, CEMEX, Belcorp, SAP, PepsiCo, and CNN en Español discussed how leveraging technologies to meet and exceed customer expectations can make the difference between winning and losing....
October 25, 2019
Executives from Mastercard, MercadoLibre, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Nubank, and the Boston Consulting Group discussed strategic partnerships and what's driving record investment in fintech and digital commerce....
2019 #BRAVObiz: Luis Alberto Moreno y Carlos Vives sobre cómo expandir oportunidades para el desarrollo económico y social
October 25, 2019
"El trabajo más importante es lo que hemos hecho con la comunidad", dijo el cantante y humanitario al describir su trabajo con Tras la Perla en Colombia....
October 25, 2019
En una conversación con Susan Segal, presidente de AS/COA, la viñera premiada internacionalmente habló sobre cómo se torno la primera mujer enóloga de Argentina....
October 25, 2019
The CEO of Latina America's largest software services company took a deep dive into the characteristics that define the best leaders....
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
Panel I – Leadership in a World of Constant Disruption
- 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, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Director of the BCG Henderson Institute
9:50–10:35 a.m. Panel II - Building a Customer-Centric Enterprise
- Paula Bellizia, Vice President – Sales, Marketing and Operations for Latin America, Microsoft
- Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX
- Erika Herrero, CEO, Belcorp
- Claudio Muruzabal, President, SAP Latin America and the Caribbean
- Paula Santilli, CEO, Latin America PepsiCo
- Moderator: José Manuel Rodríguez, Anchor and Senior Correspondent, CNN en Español
10:40–10:50 a.m. Leadership Spotlight
- 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
- Kiki del Valle, Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships, Mastercard LAC
- Osvaldo Gimenez, CEO, MercadoPago and EVP, MercadoLibre
- Fernando Iraola, Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking & Global Transaction Services, Bank of America
- Cristina Junqueira, Co-founder, Nubank
- Moderator: Jorge Becerra, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group
12:00–12:40 p.m. A Conversation with Carlos Vives and Luis Alberto Moreno: Expanding Social and Economic Opportunities in Latin America & the Caribbean (en español)
- Carlos Vives, Founder, Tras la Perla & Grammy Award-Winning Artist
- Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
- Introduction: Juan N. Cento, President, FedEx Express Latin America
The following portions of the conference will not be webcast.
12:50–1:30 p.m. A Conversation with Susana Balbo: An Industry Pioneer Who Broke the Status Quo
- 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
- Marcelo Cabrol, Manager, Social Sector, Inter-American Development Bank
- Robert Ivanschitz, Associate General Counsel, Corporate External Legal Affairs, Microsoft Latin America
- Carlos Vela-Treviño, Partner, Head of Privacy & Cybersecurity, Baker McKenzie’s Mexico Offices
- Roberto Wagmaister, Founder and CEO, gA
- Moderator: Erich de la Fuente, Partner and Chairman, LLYC U.S.
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Session II – Redefining Cross Border Trade in the Digital Economy
Coral Gables Room
- Natalia de Greiff, Vice-president, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, Latin America
- Vidal Garza Cantú, Director of Public Affairs and strategic relationships, FEMSA
- Kathy Lai, Deputy CEO, Enterprise Singapore
- Rakesh Shalia, VP of Marketing and Communications Latin America and the Caribbean, FedEx Expres
- Moderator: Jerry Haar, Professor & Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education, Florida International University
Friday, October 25 (Evening)
7:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. 25th Anniversary BRAVO Business Awards – Dinner and Awards Presentation (Black Tie)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Sky Bridge/Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:15 p.m. Dinner and Awards Ceremony
*More speakers to be confirmed.
Four Seasons Hotel
1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami
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