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Argentina: Challenges and Opportunities Facing 2019

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 11, 2019



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Join AS/COA for a panel discussion on Argentina's current political and economic outlook. With upcoming presidential elections on October 27, and after almost four years of President Mauricio Macri in office, speakers will analyze the local economic and political outlook, as well as the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.

Keynote speaker:


  • Alberto Bernal, Chief of Strategy, XP Investments @AlbertoBernalLe
  • Joydeep Mukherji, Head of Sovereign Ratings in Latin America and the Caribbean, S&P Global Ratings
  • Casey Reckman, Director Emerging Markets Economics Group, Credit Suisse
  • Juan Cruz Díaz, Special Advisor, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Managing Director, Cefeidas Group (moderator) @juancudiaz

This event is complimentary. Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Alexia Braun | | 212-277-8364
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 212-277-8358
Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 212-277-8374
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Press Inquiries:
Cancellation: Contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

Alberto Bernal

Chief Emerging Markets and Global Strategist, XP Securities

Alberto Bernal is chief emerging markets and global strategist at XP Securities. Prior to this, he was head of research and partner at Bulltick, LLC and managing director of emerging fixed income research at Bear Stearns Inc. responsible for covering Latin America. Previously, he was head of Latin America economic research at IDEAglobal Inc., where he conducted in-depth economic analysis on the region. Bernal is a frequent contributor to financial television networks, Latin American press, and major newswires.

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Alfredo Cornejo

Governor of the Province of Mendoza

Alfredo Cornejo is the governor of the province of Mendoza in Argentina. Previously, he served as mayor of Godoy Cruz for two consecutive periods. He served as deputy in the Argentine National Congress between 2005 and 2009 and as senator for the province of Mendoza from 2002 to 2003. Cornejo was minister of justice and security as well as minister of government under Julio Cobos. Cornejo obtained his bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCuyo).

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Juan Cruz Díaz

Special Advisor, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Managing Director, Cefeidas Group

Juan Cruz Díaz is special advisor to the president and CEO at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA). He is managing director at Cefeidas Group. He is also co-director of the Corporate Governance Program at the Universidad de San Andrés. Before founding Cefeidas Group, he was director of public policy programs at AS/COA. He has worked as a consultant for the Organization of American States (OAS) and regularly consults for the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

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Joydeep Mukherji

Head of Sovereign Ratings in Latin America and the Caribbean, S&P Global Ratings

Joydeep Mukherji is a managing director at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. He is currently the sector specialist for Sovereign Ratings in the Americas. Joydeep joined the Sovereign group of Standard & Poor’s in 1996 and has worked with credit ratings in Asia and the Western Hemisphere. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Joydeep worked for five years in corporate and investment banking in Canada with CIBC Wood Gundy, working mainly with asset securitization.

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Casey E. Reckman

Director, Emerging Markets Economics, Credit Suisse

Casey Reckman is a director in the Emerging Markets Economics team in the Investment Strategy and Research department at Credit Suisse. She is responsible for the macroeconomic and political analysis of Argentina and Venezuela. Casey joined Credit Suisse in 2010 from Fitch Ratings, where she led coverage of a portfolio of Latin American sovereigns. Casey holds a MA in international Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she concentrated in Latin American studies, international finance and emerging markets.

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