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Latin American Business Conference 2018

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 23, 2018


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This event is $40 for members and $75 for non-members. Member tickets are exclusively available to YPA, CBS LABA, and NYU LABA. Join as a Silver YPA member today and receive complimentary access to the event. (Once you buy your Silver membership, you’ll get an email with your conference ticket.)

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 its 2018 edition, LABA organizations join forces with YPA—an initiative of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas—to organize the Latin American Business Conference 2018. The event will bring together current and rising leaders from Latin America for a full-day conference. Experts and rising game changers in public policy, tech, and social entrepreneurship will speak in a series of panels about the current reality of social change and business in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with these leaders, dive into regional and global trends, and be part of an ongoing dialogue.


  • Alberto Bernal, Chief Emerging Markets and Global Strategist, XP Securities @AlbertoBernalLe
  • Duncan Caird, Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance for the Americas, HSBC @HSBC
  • Alejandro Camino, Chief Marketing Officer, Softtek @globalnearshore
  • Alessandro Carlucci, Former CEO, Natura @naturanet_
  • Juan Carlos Echeverry, Partner, Econcept; Former CEO of Ecopetrol and Former Finance Minister of Colombia
  • Federico Eisner, Managing Partner, Bain & Company Argentina @feisner
  • Robert Kartheiser, Partner, Paul Hastings @Paul_Hastings
  • Duda Kertész, President, U.S. HealthE, Johnson & Johnson Consumer @JNJNews
  • Alonso Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School @Columbia_Biz
  • Mark McCombe, Head of Americas Region, BlackRock @blackrock
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States @Arturo_Sarukhan
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal
  • Claudia Sender, President, LATAM Airlines Brazil @LATAM_BRA
  • Roberto Egydio Setubal, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A. @itauunibanco_ri
  • Roberto Simon, Political Risk Director for Latin America, FTI Consulting @robertosimon
  • J.J. Stranko, Client Experience Lead, McKinsey and Company @extranjero
  • Alana Tummino, Executive Director, Young Professionals of the Americas @AlanaTummino
  • Carolina Wilson, Reporter, Bloomberg News @caroewilson
  • Camila Zuluaga, Program Director and Journalist, Claro, Caracol Radio @ZuluagaCamila

*Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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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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Duncan Caird

​Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance Americas, HSBC

Duncan Caird is the head of Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance Americas at HSBC, and managing director of IRG HSBC New York. Caird joined HSBC in 2006 and led the Americas team in advisory, project, and export financing strategy for key clients with a focus on cross-border transactions. Caird has financed a wide range of projects and businesses across all sectors: infrastructure and concession financing; transport, such as ports, roads, bridges, and airports; the oil and gas sector; and mining in copper, iron, and gold.

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Alex Camino

Chief Marketing Officer, Softtek

Alex Camino has led global marketing and communications for Softtek since 2006. As CMO, he oversees corporate communications across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia to create one of the most successful IT brands in Latin America and bringing the nearshore industry to global prominence in the process. His team articulates value proposition and positioning strategies for the global digital markets through Softtek’s go-to-market strategy.

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Alessandro Carlucci

Former CEO, Natura

Alessandro Carlucci currently serves on the Advisory Board of CBS’ Deming Center/ECLA advisory board. He worked for Natura Cosmetics for 25 years, the last 10 as its CEO. In the early 90s Alessandro assumed executive positions in relationship marketing shortly before assuming the role of Product Marketing Manager, becoming the leader for hair and perfume categories. In 1996, he became the commercial director for Brazil, leading the sales area with 500 employees and 350.000 independent resellers.

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Juan Carlos Echeverry

Partner Econcept; Former CEO of Ecopetrol and Former Finance Minister of Colombia

Juan Carlos Echeverry is the a founding partner of Econcept, Bogotá and Washington, DC, an economic consultancy with over 12 years of experience in macroeconomic analysis, public policy design and evaluation, and microeconomic research in Latin America. We provide macroeconomic and political analysis to the international financial sector. Echeverry was a former CEO of Ecopetrol, Colombia’s largest Oil and Gas producer, No.

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Federico Eisner

Managing Partner, Bain & Company Argentina

Federico Eisner is the managing partner of Bain & Company in Argentina. Eisner has worked extensively with leading local and international companies in Argentina, advising them on full potential transformation, corporate and business unit strategy, M&A, organization redesign and performance improvement. Eisner joined Bain in 1998 in São Paulo, and moved to Buenos Aires in 2007 to found and lead its office.

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Robert Kartheiser

Partner, Paul Hastings

Robert Kartheiser is a partner in the Latin America practice and chair of the firm's Global Project Finance practice at Paul Hastings. Kartheiser has worked for 25 years—roughly equally for lenders and for borrowers—in financings, restructurings, and infrastructure development, including a significant focus on the emerging markets (particularly Latin America) and in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors.

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Duda Kertész

President, U.S. HealthE, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Duda Kertész is president of U.S. HealthE at Johnson & Johnson Consumer. Prior to her current experience, Kertész lead the J&J Consumer Business in Brazil for five years, leading the second largest operating unit of J&J globally. Kertész is a global co-leader for Women’s Leadership Initiative for J&J Consumer and prior to that has been the founder of the Latin America WLI chapter. Kertész started her J&J career in 1993 as a marketing intern and has worked her way up through the ranks until become marketing director for Brazil in 2003.

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Alonso Martinez

Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School

Alonso Martinez is a senior lecturer at Columbia Business School. He combines teaching and research with extensive global experience doing strategy consulting, with particular expertise in emerging markets. He gives the "Catching Growth Waves in Emerging Markets" course in both the MBA and EMBA programs and the "Defining and Developing Winning Strategic Capabilities" course to the MBAs. He has also given the EMBA immersion course on opportunities in India and led the Global Immersion Program to Brazil for several years.

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Mark McCombe

Head of Americas Region, BlackRock

Mark McCombe is a senior managing director and head of the Americas region at BlackRock. McCombe is responsible for driving the growth of BlackRock's businesses in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Iberia. He is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee and its Talent Subcommittee, and chairs the Americas Executive Committee. McCombe has had an international career in finance spanning more than 20 years.

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Arturo Sarukhan

Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

Arturo Sarukhan is an international strategic advisor and consultant, and the former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. (2007-2013). He is a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and distinguished visiting scholar at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy School. A career diplomat, he received the rank of career ambassador in 2006. He served in the Mexican Foreign Ministry as deputy assistant secretary for inter-american affairs, chief of policy planning, and consul general to New York City, among other positions.

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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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Claudia Sender

President, LATAM Airlines Brazil

Claudia Sender is president of LATAM Airlines Brazil and vice-president of Customers LATAM Airlines. Previously, she served as TAM Airlines’ President since May 2013. Sender joined the company in December 2011, as Commercial and Marketing vice-president. After June 2012, with the conclusion of TAM-LAN combination and the creation of LATAM Airlines Group, she became the head of Brazil Domestic Business Unit, and her functions were expanded to include TAM’s entire Customer Service structure.

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Roberto Setubal

Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Itaú Unibanco Holding S.A.

Roberto Setubal is co-chairman of the board of Itaú. He started his career at the bank in 1980, having held various positions until being appointed as CEO in 1994, role held until 2017. Setubal is a member of the International Monetary Conference. From 1997 to 2000, he was the elected President of FEBRABAN (Federação Brasileira de Bancos) and from 2011 to 2017 he was also chairman. He is a member of the Board at the IIF (Institute of International Finance), being vice-chairman from 2003 to 2014.

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Roberto Simon

Senior Director for Policy and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA

Roberto Simon is the senior director for policy and head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the politics editor for Americas Quarterly. Previously, Simon served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice, advising global businesses on key political, economic, and policy challenges in the region.

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J.J. Stranko

Client Experience Lead, McKinsey and Company

J.J. Stranko is a client experience lead at McKinsey and Company, developing new service lines and capabilities for clients. Before joining McKinsey, he spent several years doing Latin America-focused work and consulting with organizations across the private and nonprofit sectors, including Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Stranko has lived and worked across Latin America and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant in Mexico City. Stranko is a graduate of Columbia University and SAIS-Johns Hopkins.

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Alana Tummino

Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Senior Editor, Americas Quarterly

Alana Tummino is senior director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and a senior editor of Americas Quarterly magazine. Among her roles, she heads the AS/COA Cuba Working Group and is executive director of the organization’s Young Professionals of the Americas network. With over a decade of experience working with Latin America, Tummino collaborates with public- and private-sector leaders, NGO’s, foundations, and academics throughout the Western Hemisphere on a range of business and policy issues.

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Carolina Wilson

Reporter, Bloomberg News

Carolina Wilson is a journalist at Bloomberg News who is currently covering exchange-traded products on the Americas stocks team. Prior to that, Wilson covered Latin America on the emerging markets team for Bloomberg, focusing mostly on fixed income and currencies, with a special focus on Argentine sovereign debt and Mexican corporate bonds. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's in journalism from Stanford University.

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Camila Zuluaga

Program Director and Journalist, Claro, Caracol Radio

Camila Zuluaga is one of the most recognized TV and radio journalists in Colombia. Zuluaga is a radio journalist at W Radio Colombia and presents the program Camila Sin Filtro for Claro Colombia. Zuluaga was also a columnist for the newspaper El Pueblo de Cali, an interviewer for the newspaper El Espectador, and a presenter of the news Red Más Noticias and the program Puntos Cardinales, both in the TV channel Día TV.  Zuluaga was a host of youth programs such as Super Play TV, Play TV and the radio station Los 40 Principales.

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8:00 to 9:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 a.m.   Opening Remarks

  • Alana Tummino, Executive Director, Young Professionals of the Americas 

9:15 to 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: Latin America in the Global Economy

  • Mark McCombe, Head of Americas Region, BlackRock

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.  Panel: Made in LatAm – From Latin America to the World
Panelists will discuss how Latin American companies have succeeded across various industries, competing on a global scale with technology, human capital and R&D.

  • Alessandro Carlucci, Former CEO, Natura
  • Alejandro Camino, Chief Marketing Officer, Softtek
  • Federico Eisner, Managing Partner, Bain & Company South America
  • Alonso Martinez, Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School (moderator)

*Additional panelists to be confirmed.

10:45 to 11:00 a.m.   Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.  Fireside Chat: Leadership Insights from Roberto Setubal
The speaker will share his story leading some of the most successful financial services companies in Latin America, and give his views on how the region's financial landscape has changed over the last years and how he sees it going forward.

  • Roberto Setubal, Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Itaú Unibanco
  • Hosted by Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

11:45 to 12:30 p.m.  Panel: Infrastructure Bottlenecks in Latin America
Panelists will discuss Latin America’s infrastructure challenges, the economic and social impact that the recent corruption scandals have had in the development of projects in the region, and provide insights as to the next steps that the different stakeholders can take to reactivate project financing.

  • Juan Carlos Echeverry, Partner, Econcept, and former CEO of Ecopetrol and Minister of Finance of Colombia
  • Robert Kartheiser, Partner, Paul Hastings
  • Duncan Caird, Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance for the Americas, HSBC
  • Carolina Wilson, Reporter, Bloomberg News (moderator)

*Additional panelists to be confirmed.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.   Lunch & Table Leader Session

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.   Panel: Empowering Female Leaders in Latin America

  • Claudia Sender, President, LATAM Airlines Brazil
  • Duda Kertész, President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, U.S. HealthE
  • J.J. Stranko, Client Experience Lead, McKinsey (moderator)

2:15 to 3:00 p.m.  Panel: Elections in LatAm – Will the Pendulum Swing Again?
Panelists will discuss the regional electoral calendar as three major economies, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia go to the polls to choose a new president and a new direction.

  • Alberto Bernal, Chief Strategist, XP Securities
  • Roberto Simon, Political Risk Director for Latin America, FTI Consulting
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
  • Camila Zuluaga, Program Director and Journalist, Claro, Caracol Radio (moderator)

3:00 to 3:15 p.m.   Closing remarks

  • Alberto Garrido, Vice President, LABA, Columbia Business School
  • Gabriel de Souza Barbosa, President, LABA, NYU Stern School of Business

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.   Happy Hour - TBD

10:00 to 2:00 a.m.   After Party at Magic Hour

  • Drink specials for YPA and LABA members from 10 - 12