Symposium: 10 to 11:30 am

Awards: 7 pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami
United States
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast


26th Anniversary COA Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards

BRAVO celebrated 26 years of honoring leaders who drive change, social impact, and business success even as the world faces unprecedented challenges.

Symposium: 10 to 11:30 am

Awards: 7 pm

Pérez Art Museum Miami
United States
Live Broadcast

Live broadcast



This year's Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards celebrate 26 years of showcasing excellence and leadership, while bringing together the most forward-thinking leaders at a time when the business community is eager to engage in high-impact forums.

The daytime programming will feature two of our signature BRAVO Leadership Conversations: one-on-one, thought-provoking conversations with visionary leaders who continue to shape the business and policy landscape in the Americas and the world.

The awards will be presented at a formal and fully outdoor dinner at the terrace of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The 2021 honorees, Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya, Medina Capital’s Manuel D. Medina and Grupo Bancolombia’s Juan Carlos Mora, each represent how true leadership and passion are the drivers of change, social impact, and business success, even as the world faces unprecedented challenges.

We cordially invite you to join us as we resume our long-standing tradition of showcasing excellence and leadership, where you will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate among a high-level community of leaders of multinationals and multilatinas across the Americas.

COA and the BRAVO Business Awards are committed to providing a safe and secure space by following health protocols, abiding by local regulations, and scaling the day's events size accordingly.

2021 BRAVO Business Awards Honorees

  • Social Impact CEO of the Year Award: Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman, and CEO at Chobani and Founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees
  • Visionary CEO of the Year Award: Manuel D. Medina, Founder and Managing Partner at Medina Capital
  • CEO of the Year Award: Juan Carlos Mora, CEO at Grupo Bancolombia



Each of the symposium conversations will be live broadcasted.

10:00 am – 10:15 am: Welcome Remarks

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

10:15 am – 10:45 am: BRAVO Leadership Conversation I

  • Manuel D. Medina, Chairman and CEO, Medina Capital
  • Francis X. Suarez, Mayor of Miami

10:55 am – 11:30 am: BRAVO Leadership Conversation II

  • Blanca Treviño, CEO, Softtek
  • Cristina Palmaka, President, SAP Latin America & Caribbean

26th Anniversary BRAVO Business Awards

The business awards will not be live broadcast.

7:00–8:00 pm: Cocktail Reception

8:00–11:00 pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony


26th BRAVO Business Awards Honorees and COA Symposium Speakers:

Hamdi Ulukaya
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani

Hamdi Ulukaya is the founder, chairman and CEO of Chobani—one of the fastest growing food companies in the last decade and a pioneer of the natural food movement. Raised in a dairy-farming family in a village in eastern Turkey, Hamdi launched Chobani to make better food more...

Manuel D. Medina
Founder and Managing Partner, Medina Capital

Manuel D. Medina is a highly successful business executive and investor with more than 30 years of leadership experience in the IT infrastructure and cybersecurity industries.

Medina is the Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital, a private equity firm investing in the...

Juan Carlos Mora
CEO, Bancolombia

Juan Carlos Mora was appointed in 2016 as the CEO of Bancolombia, to lead a financial group of roughly thirty thousand employees entrusted with the mission of generating an outstanding experience for more than eleven million clients in Colombia, Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador...

Francis X. Suarez
Mayor, Miami

Prior to being elected with 86 percent support from Miami residents, Mayor Francis X. Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years. 

Mayor Suarez had many legislative accomplishments as Commissioner, including implementing ShotSpotter technology in the...

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...

Cristina Palmaka
President, SAP Latin America and the Caribbean

Cristina Palmaka was named president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in July 2020. With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, she is known for her strategic approach in leading strong teams with a focus on customers’ innovation and successful business...



Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities: To create a visible platform for your business or to learn about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please contact Mercedes Fernandez, director of BRAVO Leadership Forums, at or +1-786-333-4848.

Registration: Please use the ''Register'' button at the top of this page. If you have any questions contact Cyndi Balladares at or +1-786-302-8508

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