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Cities and the Future of Work in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 31, 2018


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How will the job market in Latin American cities change by 2030? What should cities do to prepare for the gig economy, automation, climate change, and other coming challenges? At this can’t-miss side event of the Urban 20 Mayors Summit, Americas Quarterly will convene a unique mix of mayors, entrepreneurs, activists, and regular citizens from around the region to discuss how to make the twenty-first century a truly great one for cities.

This event will be in Spanish and English. Translation will be available.
You may still register and attend this event on Wednesday, October 31, starting at 8:30 a.m. This event is complimentary for all registrants.

¿Cómo evolucionará el mercado laboral en América Latina para el año 2030? ¿Qué pasos deben tomar las ciudades para prepararse para la “economía gig”, la automatización, el cambio climático y los demás retos del futuro? No se puede perder este evento complementario al Urban 20 Mayors Summit, organizado por Americas Quarterly, en el que participarán un grupo de alcaldes, emprendedores, activistas y ciudadanos comunes de la región con el fin de encontrar maneras y generar condiciones para que las ciudades superen su potencial en el siglo 21 y alcancen el éxito.

Este evento se llevará a cabo en español e inglés. La traducción estará disponible.
Registración: Este evento es gratuito.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary @horaciorlarreta
  • Daniel Martínez, Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay @Dmartinez_uy
  • Raisa Banfield, Vice Mayor of Panama City, Panama; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary @raisabanfield
  • Marta Cruz, Cofounder and Director, NXTP Labs @marta_cruz
  • Ignacio Federico, Editor of Economics & Business, La Nación @nachofederico
  • Jhony Fernando Fernández, Community leader in Cali, Colombia; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary
  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Dean, School of Government, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Founder, ELYPSIS Partners @elyblog
  • Brandee McHale, President, Citi Foundation; Head of Corporate Citizenship, Citi @BrandeeMcHale
  • Ricardo Mora, CEO, Technology Hub in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary @RICARDO_MORA_
  • Carmen Román, Vice President General Counsel, and Head of Corporate Affairs, Walmart Chile @Walmart_Chile
  • Carolina Millán Ronchetti, Emerging Markets Reporter, Bloomberg News @cmillanr
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, AS/COA @BrazilBrian
  • Eugene Zapata-Garesché, Managing Director for Latin America, 100 Resilient Cities, The Rockefeller Foundation

Event Information: Emilie Sweigart | | 1-212-277-8390
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30.

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Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta has been the mayor of Buenos Aires since 2015. Along with President Mauricio Macri, he co-founded the political party Compromiso para el Cambio, which was renamed Propuesta Republicana (PRO) in 2005. When Macri was elected as a national legislator in 2005, Rodríguez Larreta was the general girector of the PRO electoral campaign. Later on, in 2007 and in 2011, he held the same position and Macri was appointed mayor of the City of Buenos Aires. He also worked alongside Macri as chief of the cabinet of ministers of the City of Buenos Aires.

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Daniel Martínez

Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay

Daniel Martínez is the mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2014 he was reelected as a senator for the Socialist Party, a post that he held until he became mayor on July 6, 2015. From 2010 to 2014, Martínez was the senator who led the highest number of commissions, including Industry, Budgets, Science and Technology, Transport and Public Works, and the Special Bilateral Commission on Prisons. He was nominated as minister of Industry, Energy, and Mining in 2008.

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Raisa Banfield

Vice Mayor of Panama City, Panama; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary

Raisa Banfield has been the vice mayor of Panama City, Panama since 2014. She is tasked with administrating new projects such as the Master Plan for the Development of Panama City. In 2010, Banfield founded and currently serves as the president of Sustainable Panama (PASOS), an organization that promotes alternatives to counteract environmental damage. Between 2007 and 2010, she founded and served as the executive director of the Center for Environmental Advocacy (CIAM).

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Marta Cruz

Cofounder and Director, NXTP Labs

Marta Cruz is the co-founder and director of NXTP Labs, an accelerator and the most active investment fund in Latin America with a portfolio of 194 tech start-ups from 16 countries. She is also a senior advisor at the Asociación Argentina de Capital Privado, Emprendedor y Semilla (ARCAP) and has taught at several business schools across Latin America. Cruz co-founded Nextperience, a digital marketing agency that operates in Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

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Ignacio Federico

Editor of Economics & Business, La Nación

Ignacio Federico is business and economy editor at La Nación. Prior to joining La Nación in 2015, he worked as an editor at El Cronista Comercial, overseeing several sections including “Who’s Who,” “Vision of Leadership,” and “Guide to Investing in Argentina.” Ignacio graduated from IAE Business School’s journalism training program (PROFFEN) and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires.

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Jhony Fernando Fernández

Community leader in Cali, Colombia; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary

Jhony Fernando Fernández is a community leader in Cali, Colombia. He hails from Poblado 2, a low-income neighborhood with gang activity. Fernández joined a municipal government program called Territories of Inclusion and Opportunities (TIOS) and later found work with Cali’s environmental agency, where he has been for the last two years. He gives guided trips to tourists in the protected wetlands on the outskirts of Cali and monitors bird migration.

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Eduardo Levy Yeyati

Dean, School of Government, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Founder, ELYPSIS Partners

Eduardo Levy Yeyati is the dean of the School of Government of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and founder and academic director of its Center for Evidence-based Policy. He is also visiting professor of public policy at Harvard´s Kennedy School of Government and head researcher at Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).

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Brandee McHale

President, Citi Foundation; Head of Corporate Citizenship, Citi

Brandee McHale is president of the Citi Foundation and head of corporate citizenship at Citi. She oversees the Citi Foundation’s global grantmaking strategy and leads Citi’s citizenship efforts. For over three decades, McHale has dedicated her career to philanthropy and developing a forward-thinking portfolio of grant initiatives that connect low-income residents to onramps of economic opportunity and a secure financial future. She holds an MS in Urban Policy from the New School. 

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Martín Migoya

CEO and Co-founder, Globant

Martín Migoya is the CEO and co-founder of Globant, tasked with growing the company to become an international leader in the creation of digital journeys. Migoya is also responsible for team building, corporate culture, revenue generation, and executing Globant’s corporate strategy.

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Ricardo Mora

CEO, Technology Hub in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; AQ Top 5 Urban Visionary

Ricardo Mora is the CEO of Technology Hub in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Technology Hub is a Silicon Valley-style business center certified as an incubator with programs for the manufacturing industry, entrepreneurs, and start-ups that also has a venture capital fund and a prototype laboratory. He is the chairman of Technology Hub’s affiliated nonprofit, Fundación Axcel, which organizes a free-of-cost entrepreneurship and innovation conference for students.

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Carmen Román

General Counsel and Head of Corporate Affairs, Walmart Chile

Carmen Roman Arancibia, a lawyer from the Universidad Gabriela Mistral of Chile, has more than 18 years of experience in the retail area.  She started her career in “Fontaine and Co.” law firm and since 1999 has worked in a Chilean supermarkets chain, owned by the Dutch multinational company, Ahold. In 2004 she was contracted by the Chilean retail company Cencosud as a corporate general counsel, actively participating in the international process of the expansion of the Chilean group in South America.

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Carolina Millán Ronchetti

Emerging Markets Reporter, Bloomberg News

Carolina Millán Ronchetti is a journalist at Bloomberg News. Based in Buenos Aires since 2015, her focus is the coverage of the country's markets, including stocks, bonds, and the foreign exchange market. Millán Ronchetti's work has previously appeared in outlets including the Globe and Mail, Indian Country Today, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC).

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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Eugene Zapata-Garesché

Managing Director for Latin America, 100 Resilient Cities, The Rockefeller Foundation

Eugene Zapata-Garesché is the managing director for Latin America at 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). He oversees the nonprofit’s work with cities throughout the region, helping to build the capacities of local governments and develop international networks of urban cooperation. Prior to joining 100RC, Zapata-Garesché served as international advisor to the mayor of Mexico City. He also served as Latin America’s regional director of the World Fund for City Development and held the title of North American Secretary of METROPOLIS, an association of the world’s major cities.

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Baje la agenda.

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registro de asistentes y desayuno continental

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Palabras de bienvenida

  • Brian Winter, Editor en jefe, Americas Quarterly; Vicepresidente de Políticas Públicas, AS/COA

9:05 – 9:25 a.m. Orador principal

  • Hon. Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Jefe de gobierno de Buenos Aires y Top 5: Visionarios Urbanos

9:25 – 10:25 a.m. Panel: Cómo se pueden preparar las ciudades para los empleos del futuro

  • Carmen Román, Gerente Legal y de Asuntos Corporativos, Walmart Chile
  • Martín Migoya, Cofundador y CEO de Globant
  • Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Decano de la Escuela de Gobierno en la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Fundador de ELYPSIS Partners
  • Ricardo Mora, CEO de Technology Hub en Ciudad Juárez, México y Top 5: Visionarios Urbanos
  • Ignacio Federico, Editor de Economía y Negocios, La Nación (moderador)

10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Preguntas y respuestas

  • Brandee McHale, Presidenta, Fundación Citi; Directora, Ciudadanía Corporativa, Citi
  • Carolina Millán Ronchetti, Periodista de mercados emergentes, Bloomberg (entrevistadora)

10:45 – 11:05 a.m. Coffee Break

11:05 – 11:35 a.m. Preguntas y respuestas 

  • Daniel Martínez, Intendente de Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Brian Winter, Editor en jefe, Americas Quarterly; Vicepresidente de Políticas Públicas, AS/COA (moderador)

11:35 – 12:30 p.m. Panel: Cómo adaptar y hacer crecer las ciudades de manera sostenible

  • Raisa Banfield, Vicealcaldesa de la Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá y Top 5: Visionarios Urbanos
  • Marta Cruz, Cofundadora y directora de NXTP Labs
  • Jhony Fernando Fernández Palomino, Líder comunitario en Cali, Colombia y Top 5: Visionarios Urbanos
  • Eugene Zapata, Director para América Latina, 100 Resilient Cities – The Rockefeller Foundation (moderador)