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Latin America Business Conference 2019

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 1, 2019


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This event is $45 for YPA members and $80 for non-members; both should use the button above to register. CBS LABA members should register via this link and NYU LABA members should register on Campus Groups.

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Every year, Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA), Columbia Business School (CBS), and New York University (NYU) come together to organize the Latin American Business Conference. For over ten years, the Latin American Business Associations (LABA) at CBS and NYU Stern have positioned their Latin American Business Conference as one of the most anticipated forums to discuss the pressing issues, challenges, and achievements of the region.

For this year’s edition, LABA organizations join forces again with the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA)—an initiative of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas—to organize the 2019 Latin American Business Conference on Friday, March 1. The event will bring together leaders from Latin America for a full-day conference. Experts will join private- and public-sector leaders in a series of panels about the current business climate in the region, with a focus on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, while taking into account the political and economic context in the wake of 2018’s marathon of elections. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with guest speakers, dive into regional and global trends in, and get professional development advice during a table leader discussion over lunch.


  • Pierpaolo Barbieri, CEO and founder, Ualá @pbarbieri
  • Juan José Echavarría, Governor, Central Bank of Colombia @BancoRepublica
  • Mario Fernandez, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital @Macquarie
  • Arminio Fraga, Founding Partner, Gavea Investimentos
  • Elicia Ling, Partner, Paul Hastings @Paul_Hastings
  • Stuart Murray, Managing Director and Head of Americas Project Finance, Citi
  • Bernardo Novick, Head, ZX Ventures
  • Paulo Passoni, Founder and CIO, 30 Knots Capital
  • Jennifer P. Roig, Senior Reporter, Inframation News
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Armando Senra, Head of Latin America and Iberia, BlackRock @blackrock
  • Daniel Vogel, CEO, Bitso @vogelbit
  • Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

*Additional Speakers to be added


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Pierpaolo Barbieri

Founder and CEO of Ualá

Pierpaolo Barbieri grew up in Buenos Aires. He studied at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude and his thesis received the Thomas P. Hoopes Prize '14, and in Cambridge, where he was Henry Fiske III Harvard-Cambridge Scholar and obtained his postgraduate in history and economics.

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Mario Fernandez

Managing Director, Macquarie Capital

Mario Fernandez is a managing director in the Infrastructure & Energy Group leading the Energy Principal Investing activities in Latin America. He has over 10 years of experience in project development, structuring, and financing. His most recent experience includes, successfully leading the restructuring, acquisition, and financing for the Norte III CCGT plant in Mexico. Having raised both equity and +$700 million in project financing from 10 international financial institutions for the project.

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Arminio Fraga

Founding Partner, Gavea Investimentos

Arminio Fraga is the founding partner at Gavea Investimentos, an investment management firm he founded in August 2003, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fraga was the chairman of the board of BM&F Bovespa, Brazil’s securities, commodities and derivatives exchange, from April 2009 to April 2013, and was the president of the Central Bank of Brazil from March 1999 to December 2002.

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Juan José Echavarría

Governor, Central Bank of Colombia

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Elicia Ling

Partner, Paul Hastings

Elicia Ling is a partner in the Latin America practice and the energy and infrastructure practice at Paul Hastings. She is based in the firm’s New York office. Ling has represented sponsors and lenders in a number of financing and infrastructure development transactions throughout Latin America. Her experience encompasses a wide range of sectors, including power, oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, shipping, and agricultural commodities.

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Stuart Murray

Managing Director and Head of Americas Project Finance, Citi

Stuart Murray is a director in Citigroup’s Project & Infrastructure Finance group and has 15 years experience in structured finance, with a focus on power, energy, and renewable energy transactions and clients. Prior to joining Citi’s Infrastructure & Energy Finance group, Murray was a banker in Citi’s Power & Utilities group, managing a portfolio of North American power & utility clients. Prior to joining Citi, Murray was the director of Corporate Finance at The AES Corporation, the global independent power producer based in Arlington, Virginia.

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Bernardo Novick

Head of ZX Ventures

Bernardo Novick is currently the head of ZX Ventures of Anheuser-Busch InBev with the intention of making products, services, and technologies that provide solutions for consumer needs. Novick started his career at Ambev Brewery in 2009 as a commodities manager. Later on he led the finance and operations as the caribbean manager, acted as sales regional director, and was assigned to be vice president of client services before moving to ZX Ventures. Novick holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Paulo Passoni

Founder and CIO, 30 Knots Capital

Paulo Passoni is founder of 30 Knots Capital, an expansion and growth capital provider to companies in Latin America, investing in private rounds, IPOs, and publicly listed companies. Prior to 30 Knots Capital, Passoni served as managing director and analyst at Third Point LLC, focused on Latin America investments. Prior to this, Passoni was employed at Eton Park Capital Management, LP. Previously, he was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group of Morgan Stanley in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Jennifer P. Roig

Senior Reporter, Inframation News

Jennifer P. Roig is senior reporter at Inframation News. She covers project finance deals across Spanish speaking Latin America for Inframation News, which focuses on private investment in infrastructure at a global level, and is in constant contact with financiers, advisors, and developers active in the infrastructure development market of the region. Roig previously worked for LatinFinance, covering project finance and corporate loans, and local bonds in the Andean debt capital markets.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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Armando Senra

Head of Latin America and Iberia Region, BlackRock, Inc.

Armando Senra began his career in 1994 at Merrill Lynch in the United States, taking on a number of roles across the firm in both New York City and Princeton. He joined Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) in 1997, which merged with BlackRock in 2006. In 1998 he became MLIM's Head of Sales for ML Global Wealth Management in EMEA, based in London. From 2000 to 2003, he was director of MLIM's Private Investors Business in Iberia based in Madrid.

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Daniel Vogel

Co-founder and CEO of Bitso

Daniel Vogel is among the youngest entrepreneurs and leaders of technological innovation in Mexico. Motivated by a sense of social responsibility, Bitso is committed to the development of efficient, competitive, accessible and inclusive financial services in Mexico and Latin America. Vogels holds two degrees from Stanford University (BA in economics, BS in computer systems engineering) and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School.

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Alejandro Werner

Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

Alejandro Werner is the director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. Previously, he served as the head of corporate and investment banking at BBVA Bancomer, undersecretary and head of economic planning at Mexico’s Finance and Public Credit Secretariat, and director of economic studies at the Central Bank of Mexico. Werner has taught economics courses at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007.

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8:15 to 9:15 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 to 9:20 a.m.   Opening Remarks

9:20 to 10:00 a.m.   Keynote Presentation: An overview of the Latin American Economies for 2019

  • Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.   Entrepreneurship in LatAm

  • Daniel Vogel, Bitso, CEO
  • Pierpaolo Barbieri, Uala, CEO and founder
  • Bernardo Novick, Head of ZX Ventures
  • Paulo Passoni, Founder and CIO, 30 Knots Capital (moderator)

11:00 to 11:15 a.m.   Coffee break

11:15 to 12:15 p.m.   Financing Sustainable Infrastructure and Energy in a New Climate Reality

  • Elicia Ling, Partner, Paul Hastings
  • Stuart Murray, Managing Director and Head of Americas Project Finance, Citi
  • Mario Fernandez, Managing Director, Macquarie Capital
  • Jennifer P. Roig, Senior Reporter, Inframation (moderator)

12:15 to 1:00 p.m.   Fireside chat  Development of Capital Markets in Latin America

  • Armando Senra, Head of Latin America and Iberia, BlackRock
  • Katia Porzecanski, Hedge Fund Reporter, Bloomberg Business (moderator invited)

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.   Lunch & Table Leader Session

2:00 to 2:55 p.m.   A conversation on the Economic and Political outlook for the region

  • Juan Jose Echavarria, General Manager, Colombian Central Bank
  • Arminio Fraga, Co-Founder & CEO, Gavea Investimentos; former president of the Central Bank of Brazil
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (moderator)

2:55 to 3:00 p.m.   Closing remarks

*This is a draft agenda.