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Governor Henri Falcón, Francisco Rodríguez, and Orlando Ochoa Talk Venezuelan Politics and Economics

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

June 9, 2016


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Americas Society and Council of the Americas, in collaboration with Torino Capital, will host Henri Falcón, governor of the state of Lara, to share his views on the political stalemate and economic situation in Venezuela. As the governor of one of the most populous and economically active states in Venezuela, Falcón is a highly recognized leader. The governor’s keynote remarks will be followed by a conversation with two leading experts to discuss likely economic scenarios and solutions as Venezuela endures a historic economic recession. The discussion will take place in Spanish, with simultaneous English translation. This event is part of our Venezuela Working Group series.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Henri Falcón, Governor of Lara @HenriFalconLara
  • Francisco Rodríguez, Economist, Coauthor of Venezuela before Chávez @frrodriguezc
  • Orlando Ochoa, Economist and Professor, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas @OrlandoOchoa
  • Victor Sierra, Chairman, Torino Capital (moderator)
  • Francisco Toro, Founder and Executive Editor, Caracas Chronicles (moderator) @QuicoToro

Registration: This event is complimentary for all registrants.
Prior registration is required.

Event Information: Guillermo Zubillaga | | 1-212-277-8362
Sponsorship Opportunities: Claudia Angulo | | 1-212-277-8358
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
AS Individual Membership Information: Felipe Marin | | 1-212-277-8342
Press: Kariela Almonte | | 1-212-277-8333
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8.

Henri Falcón

Governor of Lara, Venezuela

Henri Falcón is the current governor of the state of Lara in Venezuela; this is his second term in office. He previously served as mayor of Iribarren in Lara. He held this post for two consecutive periods, from 2000 through 2008. In 2012, Falcón founded Avanzada Progresista, and is the current president of the political party. He was the campaign manager for Henrique Capriles Radonski during the 2013 presidential elections. Falcón earned his law degree from the Universidad Santa María in Caracas.

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Orlando Ochoa

Economist and Professor, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas

Orlando Ochoa currently teaches at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello and is the director of a private consultancy, Economista Consultor. He graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in economics. He later earned a master's in Latin American studies from the Universidad de Brasilia, a master's in public-sector studies from the University of Buckingham, and a PhD in economics from the University of Oxford. He was also a columnist for El Universal.

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Francisco Rodríguez

Chief Economist, Torino Capital

Francisco Rodríguez is an economist and coauthor of Venezuela Before Chávez. Previously, he was director and senior Andean economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he specializes in the economies of Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Rodríguez has held numerous positions in academia and public policy. Between 2000 and 2004 he headed the Venezuelan Congressional Budget Office. He has taught economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas.

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Francisco Toro

Founder and Executive Editor, Caracas Chronicles

Francisco Toro is the founder and executive editor of, a leading Venezuela news and analysis site. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, Vox, and The Guardian.

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Victor Sierra

Victor Sierra is founder and managing partner in Torino Capital. Prior to working in Torino Capital, he worked for ABN AMRO Bank for 10 years where he became the director for EM fixed income sales for Latin America and later with Dresdner Bank/Commerzbank. He has worked closely with both public- and private-sector institutions in Latin America for many years. Sierra obtained his degree in business administration from Boston University. 

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