The Council of the Americas Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, Friday October 28TH, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Florida
2016 Council of the Americas Symposium - Digital Transformation Panel
2016 BRAVO Business Awards Honorees
Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
José Antonio Meade, Mexico, 2016 BRAVO Innovative Leader of the Year
César Cernuda, Microsoft Latin America
Marcos Galperín, MercadoLibre, Inc., 2016 BRAVO Visionary CEO of the Year
2016 Council of the Americas Symposium – Energy Panel
Mayor Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Medellín, 2016 BRAVO Transformational City of the Year
Laxman Narisimhan, PepsiCo
22nd BRAVO Business Awards Gala
Ali Moshiri, Chevron, 2016 BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award
2016 Council of the Americas Symposium – Multilatinas Panel
2016 CEO Roundtable: Implementing Innovation
Francisco Garza Egloff, Arca Continental, 2016 BRAVO CEO of the Year
Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, 2016 BRAVO Civic Leader of the Year
Patricia Villela Marino, Humanitas360 Institute, 2016 BRAVO Humanitarian of the Year


The Symposium, the premier forum in the Western Hemisphere focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, brings together each year the private and public sectors, in addition to non-governmental organizations, to discuss key issues facing the region. The Symposium hosts heads of state, top CEOs, and high-level decision makers for a one day gathering on the importance of business and government in building sustainable economic, as well as social development. The conference offers participants valuable access and opportunities to forge relationships, insights, and ideas.


Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) announced in January 2016 that it is assuming control of the Latin Trade Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards and the CFO Forum Series. Learn more here:

The 2015 Symposium and 21st Annual BRAVO Business Awards drew more than 500 delegates, representing more than 200 organizations, from across 20 countries around the world. Keeping in line with the themes of innovation and looking towards future generations, the series of programs spanned over two days in 2015, and began on Wednesday, October 28, where we held the inaugural ‘’Agents of Change: The New Face of Innovation and Talent’’ forum. On Thursday, October 29, global thought leaders and decision makers from major corporations, governments and multilateral institutions shared their insights and perspectives on innovation, at the 2015 Symposium entitled ‘’Success through Innovation.’’

Following the Symposium, the BRAVO Business Awards celebrated 21 years of recognizing the leaders who are shaping and transforming the region. In 2015, Latin Trade honored 10 individuals for their tremendous contributions to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Please assist us in the nomination process! 2016 BRAVO Business Awards nominations are currently open!


The BRAVO Business Awards, widely regarded as the ‘’Oscars of Latin American Business,’’ has been recognizing leadership and excellence in the Americas for more than two decades. Each year, the Awards honor heads of state, CEOs and the decision makers that are shaping Latin America’s business and policy stance in the world. With more than 150 honorees spanning 20 years, the Awards consistently recognize the region’s most influential leaders for their achievements and contributions to the Americas.

2016 BRAVO Honorees and Symposium Speakers

Former President
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit
Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company
Arca Continental
Founder, President & CEO
MercadoLibre, Inc
City of Medellín
Miami Dade College
Vice President and Chief Stakeholder and Sustainability Officer
AES Corporation
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Unit, Office of Outreach and Partnerships
Inter-American Development Bank
President, HVAC and Transport Latin America
Ingersoll Rand
Director of Social Innovation
Managing Director, Head of Latin America Capital Financing
HSBC Securities Inc.
Business President, Feedstocks & Energy
The Dow Chemical Company
President, Latin America and Caribbean Region
Microsoft Latin America
Principal, Advisory Services
Inter-American Investment Corporation
Global Head of Digital
President & CEO
The AES Corporation
Boeing Latin America
President and CEO
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Vice President, Energy
CAF-Development Bank of Latin America
SAP Latin American and the Caribbean
CEO, Latin America
President & Chief Executive Officer, Latin America
Emerson Latin America
Regional Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region
Special Advisor for Innovation
Inter-American Development Bank
President and CEO
Americas Society/Council of the Americas
CNN Dinero
President & CEO

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly
Vice President for Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Bravo Business Awards Nominations

In 2017, the BRAVO Business Awards will celebrate 23 years of recognizing the region’s most influential leaders and their contributions to the Western Hemisphere.

Each year, a diverse group of leaders from government and business, as well as mavericks in the non-governmental, environmental and humanitarian fields are nominated. We narrow the list of candidates, consulting with past honorees of the prestigious Award, international executives, government officials and leading academics.

Finally, we narrow down the list of finalists and select the recipients of the BRAVO Business Awards for their leadership and their contributions to progress in the Americas.

Winners selected will be honored at the gala awards ceremony, which takes place in Miami in October. We invite you to nominate and help shape the 2017 BRAVO Business Awards!

Why Attend?

Interact With Leaders

Business Government and social leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation encouraging a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas.

Global Insights

Experts from the public and private sectors will form working groups to discuss industry specific trends impacting Latin America.

International Speakers

Latin America’s most innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

Business Partnerships

Access Latin America’s leaders in one day, in one place to forge new business relationships.

Remain Competitive

Learn from experienced business and social entrepreneurs what it takes to stay competitive in today’s global marketplace.

Book your hotel stay today!

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131

Take advantage of a special discounted rate for all delegates attending this event if you book your hotel by August 1, 2016 **

Special rate is $279/night for a city view room when available during event dates.

** Please note the hotel gets sold out for this event so we encourage you to make reservations by the above deadline Special discounted rate for Symposium & Bravo Award participants are reserved first come first served, limited capacity & dependent on availability. A seven (7) day cancelation policy, Council of the Americas is not responsible for hotel bookings. Special rate is $279/night for a City view room when available.

Booking your hotel is easy:


Call the hotel directly and speak to our In-House Reservation Team (305-358-3535) and mention the ‘’Symposium & BRAVO Business Awards’’ to ensure you receive special rate.


Making the reservation via our website: and include the following in Company/Promo Code: BRA102616 (case sensitive, please do not copy paste the code, needs to be typed it in the Corporate / Promo Code field


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Frequently Asked Questions

Conference Information

Plenary Sessions

Business, government and public leaders will share ideas and insights in an open conversation, focusing on macro views on the global and regional landscape for the private and public sectors. Moderators will encourage a free flowing dialogue and debate on the most current issues facing the Americas and will accept questions from the audience. The format will be Davos Style, with an estimated audience of 400 participants. Panelists will be comprised of CEOs, Senior Government Officials, and Young Leaders.

Concurrent Sessions

Experts on key themes of this year’s Symposium will discuss a variety of issues, ranging from gender equality, the role of philanthropy in the region, to the next generation of leaders, in a roundtable style format. The main focus will be on private sector engagement, and participants will gain a regional view on these issues. The format will be roundtable, with an estimated audience of 75-125 participants. Panelists will be comprised of Senior Executives, Government Officials and Young Leaders.

Keynote Addresses

Innovative figures will deliver remarks underlying the key themes of the 2016 Symposium. Speakers will present their outlook on the region, providing insight on the future of Latin America in the global context.

For inquiries about the 2016 Symposium or the 22nd Annual BRAVO Business Awards, please contact:

Speaking Engagements and Media Relations

Drew Westervelt

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Maria Lourdes Gallo

Mercedes Fernandez