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COA’s Washington Conference on the Americas virtual series brings together presidents, cabinet-level officials, and senior leaders from the public and private sectors.

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Washington Conference on the Americas

Overview

2020 Washington Conference on the Americas Virtual Series

After the Pandemic: Restoring Hope and Growth in the Americas

As we continue to prioritize the health and welfare of our members, guests, constituents, and staff, we have made the decision to host the 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas as a series of virtual meetings over several months. We strongly believe that, given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having across the Americas, it is now more important than ever to have the opportunity to hear from senior leaders on the critical issues facing our shared region and ways to promote broad-based economic, democratic, and social recovery.

The 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas will be a series of periodic keynote addresses and interviews with senior leaders, interspersed with high-level panel discussions. As our partner for this endeavor remains the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the level and quality of speakers will be exactly the same as you have come to expect for each previous Washington Conference on the Americas over the past half-century.

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2020 Speakers

Confirmed speakers for the 2020 Washington Conference on the Americas virtual series include:

  • Luis Abinader, President of the Dominican Republic
  • Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
  • Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator (D-MD)
  • David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group
  • Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
  • Larry Kudlow, Director, U.S. National Economic Council
  • Jesús Seade, Undersecretary of North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Jan Van Acker, President, Latin America and Emerging Markets Human Health, Merck
  • Shery Ahn, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
  • Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
  • Frida Ghitis, World Affairs Commentator and Columnist, CNN Opinion, The Washington Post, World Politics Review
  • Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Eric Farnsworth, Vice President, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Program Summaries