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The Future of Business Schools in the Americas in a Post-Pandemic Era

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

September 1, 2020



Join Council of the Americas for a discussion with deans of leading business schools in the Americas on the many challenges that the pandemic has prompted for these institutions, and the potential impact for the business sector in a post-COVID-19 world.

Business schools are quickly adapting their curricula, research, and online teaching capacity to meet the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, while dealing with financial and safety concerns. Today, as leaders and companies are navigating the unprecedented challenges that require enhanced management and leadership to successfully keep business afloat, the role of the business school is more relevant than ever. The panelists will share their insights on the challenges they are facing and will discuss the opportunities for business schools to stay relevant and provide guidance to the business sector in Latin America’s post-COVID reality.


  • Veneta Andonova, Dean, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • Ignacio de la Vega, Dean, EGADE Business School, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Peter Yamakawa, Dean, Universidad ESAN, Peru
  • Alberto Trejos, Dean, INCAE, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
  • Joanne Li, Dean, FIU Business School, United States (moderator)
  • Jerry Haar, Professor and Executive Director for the Americas, FIU Business School (moderator)
  • Maria Lourdes Gallo, Vice President, AS/COA Miami (chair)

A video recording of this presentation will be publicly available after the event's conclusion.

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Veneta Andonova

Educator, Researcher

Veneta Andonova, Ph.D., is a leading educator and researcher in the field of business and entrepreneurial strategy in emerging and developing contexts. She has years of professional experience working with hands-on projects and executive education. She is a startup mentor and business consultant in the field of strategic management and internationalization. Her on-going professional and research projects are on the topics of multilatinas, technological startups and engagement in learning and creativity.

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Ignacio de la Vega

Dean, EGADE Business School and the undergraduate business school system at Tecnológico de Monterrey

Ignacio de la Vega is an experienced and internationally seasoned senior manager in the education field, with experience in strategy formulation and implementation. Dr. De la Vega currently serves as dean of EGADE Business School and dean of the undergraduate business school system at Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, the leading business school in Mexico and Latin America.

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Jerry Haar

PhD, Professor & Executive Director, Office of Executive & Professional Education Florida International University

Jerry Haar is a professor of international business and executive director for the Americas as well as faculty advisor for executive education in the College of Business, Florida International University. He is also a global fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a non-resident senior research fellow at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the American Enterprise Institute and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil.

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Joanne Li

Dean, Professor of Finance and Ryder Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida International University College of Business

Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA is dean, professor of finance and Ryder Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida International University College of Business (FIU Business). As dean, she leads the Landon Undergraduate School and Chapman Graduate School, as well as FIU Business’ executive education, global learning and small business development programs. Li serves as president of the Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents (CCADP). She is a member of the newly-created International Advisory Council at ISEG Lisbon School of Economics & Management (University of Lisbon).

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Alberto Trejos

Professor and Dean at INCAE Business School, Former Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica

Alberto Trejos is a professor and dean at INCAE Business School and served as Costa Rica’s minister of foreign trade, and as chairman of CINDE (the Costa Rican Investment Board). Additionally, he is a director of South Africa’s Brenthurst Foundation, and the Arias Foundation for Peace and Democracy. He is a board member for several Costa Rican corporations, including BAC Credomatic banking group and the Cuestamoras Corporation.

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Peter Yamakawa

Dean of ESAN Graduate School of Business (ESAN GSB), ESAN University, Peru

Peter Yamakawa is dean of ESAN Graduate School of Business (ESAN GSB), ESAN University, Peru. He is a certified project management professional (PMP), program management professional (PgMP), and risk management professional (RMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has held several managerial positions at multinational telecom operators, based in Peru. Peter was previously director of research, consultancy services/development at ESAN GSB, and was vice president for research at ESAN University.

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Video: The Future of Business Schools in the Americas in a Post-Pandemic Era

September 10, 2020

Business school deans discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education and the private sector in Latin America....