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The Council of the Americas Symposium and 23rd BRAVO Business Awards will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Miami

2017 BRAVO Honorees and COA Symposium Speakers

Angel Gurría

Secretary-General
OECD

BRAVO Legacy Award

Angel Gurría has been the Secretary-General of the OECD since June 2006. He was re-appointed to a second mandate in September 2010. As OECD Secretary-General, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform. Gurría is a Mexican national and came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service in his country, including positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance and Public Credit in the 1990s. Gurría holds a B.A. degree in Economics from UNAM (Mexico) and a M.A. degree in Economics from Leeds University (United Kingdom). He is married and has three children.

Angel Gurría

Secretary-General
OECD

BRAVO Legacy Award

Horst Paulmann

Chairman and Founder
Cencosud

BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award

Horst Paulmann

Chairman and Founder
Cencosud

BRAVO Lifetime Achievement Award

Fernando González

CEO
CEMEX

BRAVO CEO of the Year

In 2014, Fernando González was appointed CEO of CEMEX, a leading global building materials company with operations in more than 50 countries around the world. CEMEX is dedicated to the production and commercialization of cement, ready-mix and aggregates, as well as related solutions for the building industry.

González joined CEMEX in 1989, when the company was starting its international expansion. During the first nine years, he held several management positions in Strategic Planning, Business Development, and Human Resources.

Afterwards, he headed the operations of CEMEX in South America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia; as well as corporate areas including Finance, Strategic Planning, and Administration.

Before joining CEMEX, González worked for 10 years at an international steel technology company with operations in South America, the Middle East and South East Asia.

González earned his B.S. in Business Administration and his MBA from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico’s leading private university.

Fernando González

CEO
CEMEX

BRAVO CEO of the Year

Andrés Conesa

CEO
Aeromexico

BRAVO Visionary CEO Leadership Award

Andrés Conesa was appointed as CEO of Grupo Aeromexico in 2005. He has been a member of the IATA Board of Governors since 2008 and was elected IATA’s Chairman during the 2015 term. He has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and the Mexican Directive Council of the National Chamber of Aviation (CANAERO).

Prior to these appointments, from 1990 through 2005 he held several senior positions in the Mexican government, including Chairman of CINTRA’s Board of Directors (the holding company of Aeromexico and Mexicana), Deputy Undersecretary of Public Credit with the Ministry of Finance.

Conesa holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

Andrés Conesa

CEO
Aeromexico

BRAVO Visionary CEO Leadership Award

Ed Bastian

CEO
Delta Air Lines

BRAVO Visionary CEO Leadership Award

As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Bastian’s primary responsibility is to champion the company’s employee-driven, customer-focused culture and inspire the spirit of innovation that is the foundation of Delta’s success.

An 18-year Delta veteran, Bastian was a central part of the team that led the airline from bankruptcy to its current position as the industry’s leader. Named Delta’s CEO in May 2016, Ed is committed to putting Delta’s shared values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance and servant leadership at the core of every decision.

Under his leadership, Delta is focused on operating the nation’s most reliable and customer-centric airline; expanding its global footprint; and striving to become the airline of choice for the next generation of travelers.

When asked to sum up his job in five words, Bastian’s response is: “Taking care of our people.” The answer reflects his leadership philosophy, which is based on the “virtuous circle” – if you take care of your people, they take care of your customers, whose business and loyalty allows you to reward your investors.

Bastian grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He lives in Atlanta, and is deeply involved in the community.

He joined Delta in 1998 as vice president – finance and controller and was promoted to senior vice president in 2000. He left Delta in early 2004 and became senior vice president and CFO of Acuity Brands.

He returned to Delta six months later to become CFO and lead Delta through its restructuring. In 2007 Bastian was appointed to serve as Delta’s president, from where he oversaw Delta’s commercial and international functions and strengthened Delta’s financial foundation through innovation, debt reduction, revenue growth and bolstering the airline’s global network.

Prior to joining Delta, Bastian held senior finance positions at Frito-Lay International and Pepsi-Cola International. He started his career with Price Waterhouse where he became an audit partner in its New York practice.

Ed Bastian

CEO
Delta Air Lines

BRAVO Visionary CEO Leadership Award

Jorge Pérez

Chairman and CEO
Related Group

BRAVO Transformational Leader of the Year

Pérez’s company, the Related Group, has revolutionized Miami’s skyline for nearly 40 years with a portfolio of projects worth in excess of $15 billion. While he’s not working to shape South Florida’s landscape, Pérez is working on ways to enrich the city’s cultural fabric. Known for his philanthropy and commitment to the arts, he recently donated $15 million in cash and art to the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
 
A commitment to ‘building better cities,’ and a natural ability to identify emerging trends has made him a trusted and influential name in real estate. Pérez started out in the 1970’s, making a name for himself in the public housing market of neighborhoods like Miami's Little Havana and Homestead. His continued passion for vibrant urban communities has made him a trendsetter, and often the first developer to enter undiscovered neighborhoods like Miami Beaches’ South of Fifth, Brickell and Edgewater. 
 
An avid art collector, Pérez infuses each development with carefully selected pieces from master artists, such as outdoor installations by Fabian Burgos at SLS LUX and Brickell Heights, and Markus Linnenbrink at SLS Brickell. Works by Jaume Plensa, Fernando Botero, Pablo Atchugarry and others are also proudly displayed at Related developments, complementing each building’s unique character.

Jorge Pérez

Chairman and CEO
Related Group

BRAVO Transformational Leader of the Year

Maria Fernanda Mejia

Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company
President, Kellogg Latin America

BRAVO Dynamic CEO of the Year

Maria Fernanda Mejia is Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company, and President, Kellogg Latin America, a position she has held since November 2011. She is also a member of the Global Leadership team.

Ms. Mejia previously held a variety of global marketing and management roles at the Colgate-Palmolive Company, including Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Global Personal Care and Corporate Fragrance Development, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Europe/South Pacific, and President and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive Spain. She joined Colgate in 1989.

Ms. Mejia has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the International Women’s Forum, Cosmetic Executive Women’s Organization, Venezuela American Chamber of Commerce, and the Spain chapters of the American-Spanish Chamber of Commerce. She has also been a member of the American Business Council and Circulo de Empresarios, The Business Leadership Forum of the Instituto de Empresa, and Junior Achievement.

Ms. Mejia is currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of International Consolidated Airlines Group (British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Air Lingus).

Ms. Mejia has been a member of the Board of the Council of the Americas since October 2014.

Ms. Mejia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Maria Fernanda Mejia

Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company
President, Kellogg Latin America

BRAVO Dynamic CEO of the Year

Daniel Alarcón Ramírez

CEO and Co-Founder
Logiety Technology

Daniel Alarcón is the co-founder and CEO of Logiety Technology and Aduanall.com. Logiety created a new digital platform to help speed international customs processes by allowing custom officials to digitalize documents with smart phones to quickly identify and classify goods, reducing errors and boosting productivity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international trade specialized in customer broker agencies and a master's degree in administrative management and high-performance leadership. Alarcón is the former manager and instructor for Mexican national program Punto México Conectado. He is also a consultant and designer of innovation programs for Mexican Universities.

Daniel Alarcón Ramírez

CEO and Co-Founder
Logiety Technology

Jorge Apaez

Chief Operating Officer, Mexico, Latin America & the Caribbean
IHG

Jorge Apaez is Chief Operating Officer, Mexico, Latin America & The Caribbean at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a global hotel company with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. In September of this year, IHG launched a new brand - Avid® Hotels.

Jorge is a veteran of the hospitality industry and was appointed to the role in June 2014. Based at IHG’s regional headquarters in Guadalajara, Jorge will oversee operations for the more than 220 hotels under seven different brands across 21 countries in the region as well as relationships with the owning companies of IHG’s managed and franchised hotels. Through a highly qualified regional team, he manages the delivery of franchise services and maintains proactive owner relations, optimizing the value proposition that IHG provides to franchised and managed hotels within the portfolio.

Prior to this role, Jorge was Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations for the Western U.S. and Mexico at IHG, where he oversaw the operations of more than 1,220 hotels. He joined IHG in 1995 and has served in a variety of capacities for the company in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S., including Director of Sales and Marketing, Managing Director and Area President. Under Jorge’s leadership, IHG became the leading hotel franchising company in Mexico.

Prior to joining IHG, Jorge worked as a Marketing Director for Howard Johnson’s master franchisee in Latin America and as a Director of Sales and Marketing for Radisson Hotels in Mexico. He also worked for POSADAS, Mexico’s largest hotel management company, in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Reservations.

Jorge has been awarded with several industry accolades including the Diamond Hospitality Excellence Award given by Mexican trade publication Alta Hoteleria and the Mexican Hotels & Motels Association.

Jorge graduated with a major in Tourism and a minor in Business Administration from the Mexico IPN University and holds an MBA from the IPADE (Advanced Administration Pan American Institute). He was twice elected Chairman of the Mexican Chapter of HSMAI and was named a Certified Hotel Sales Executive by the organization. He was also a participant in the General Electric Corporation Leadership Institute Program.

Jorge is married, and he and his wife Laura have two children, Patricio and Camila.

Jorge Apaez

Chief Operating Officer, Mexico, Latin America & the Caribbean
IHG

Ana Paula Assis

General Manager
IBM Latin America

Ana Paula Assis is the general manager for IBM Latin America. She has 25 years of experience in the IT industry and strategic business development with broad international experience. Since joining IBM in 1996, Assis has held a series of leadership positions at IBM in Brazil, Latin America, and globally. In the last decade, she served as IBM’s global technology services director for financial services industry in Latin America, as well as director of strategic outsourcing and vice president software group in IBM Brazil. In 2015, she was appointed vice president of the software business unit for IBM Greater China Group, which includes China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, responsible for the profit and loss of the software division, overseeing all sales operations and delivery associated with IBM software solutions. In 2017, she returned to Latin America as general manager for the regional technology services organization. Assis holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral of Brazil.

Ana Paula Assis

General Manager
IBM Latin America

Rogerio Basso

Principal Investment Officer – Head of Tourism
Inter-American Investment Corporation

With over 20 years of real estate and hospitality experience, Rogerio leads all initiatives related to tourism in Latin America for the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the private sector division of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. In his capacity as Principal Investment Officer, he is responsible for origination, transactions, and for executing the IIC’s tourism strategy in the region, offering a variety of financial instruments including debt, quasi-equity and equity.

Prior to joining the IIC, Rogerio served as the Chief Investment Officer for Key International, a Miami-based real estate investment and development platform active across the full spectrum of real estate assets including hotels, residential, multi-family, office and retail. He also served as EVP–Acquisitions & Development for Terranum Hotels, an owner and operator of hotels across Latin America, sponsored by Colombia-based Santo Domingo Group and Sam Zell’s Equity International. Early on in his career, Rogerio worked for over 11 years at Ernst & Young in Miami, where he was responsible for leading the firm’s real estate and hospitality advisory activities in Latin America across a wide variety of real estate asset classes. His operational skills are drawn from his tenure at Four Seasons Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group.

Mr. Basso is often quoted in industry publications on hospitality trends and topics, and is a guest speaker at industry related conferences in the United States and Latin America. He also served as a professor of feasibility analysis for the graduate hotel management program at Florida International University. Rogerio holds a Business Degree from the College of William and Mary and a Masters Degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Rogerio Basso

Principal Investment Officer – Head of Tourism
Inter-American Investment Corporation

Jorge Becerra

Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Jorge Becerra is a senior partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Since joining BCG in 1988, he has accumulated experience in a wide range of industries in Latin America, Europe, and North America by assisting international and local clients in the development of national and regional strategies, and by facilitating joint ventures as well as the development of new business opportunities, thereby covering a broad range of areas, such as financial services, with particular emphasis on Wealth and Asset Management, retail and telecom. He has covered in these assignments a broad range of functional topics with special attention to strategy, organizational and operational effectiveness, customer insight and the new digital economy, and has led under these roles several reports of BCG global research on areas such as Payments, Wealth Management, Family Controlled Enterprises (FCE), Value Management and Leadership, Consumer, and Digital Transformation.

In addition, Becerra currently serves in the Chilean Advisory Board of Endeavor and in the Global Board of Un Techo para Mi País (TECHO). He participates actively at Latam World Economic Forum and is a frequent speaker at national and regional industry forums.

Becerra is an Industrial Engineer from the Buenos Aires University and has an MBA from IESE (Barcelona, Navarra University).

Jorge Becerra

Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Ana Mercedes Botero

Director of Social Innovation
CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Ana Mercedes Botero is the director of social innovation at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America. She started her professional career at the International Studies Center at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá as coordinator on international political affairs. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the United Nations, as assistant lawyer at the Law of the Sea Office in New York and Geneva. Later, she joined the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a delegate in international negotiations on security and political issues as well as with those related to human rights and illicit drug trafficking.

In 1994, she joined CAF as director of the secretariat and external affairs, responsible for CAF´s communication strategy and the overall delivery of the organization’s constitutive agreement and rules of procedure. She acted as the liaison officer with CAF’s shareholding governments and Board of Directors and was the coordinator for protocol, logistics and secretariat services to CAF’s governing bodies. In 2003, Botero was appointed as the head of a new office responsible for the strategy and implementation of CAF’s Social Responsibility and Community Development Program. Under her leadership, a high impact set of tools were developed based on shared values, social inclusion and human rights in order to strengthen basic capabilities for empowerment and improving living standards of poor communities. From 2010 to 2012 she served as executive director of Fundación Corona in Bogotá Colombia.

She is a lawyer with two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, one in Law and the other in International Affairs.

Ana Mercedes Botero

Director of Social Innovation
CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

Katia Bouazza

Managing Director, Head of Latin America Capital Financing
HSBC Securities Inc.

Katia Bouazza is the managing director and head of Latin America Capital Financing. In this role, she manages the origination and financing business across the region and oversees a number of teams, including Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Leveraged & Acquisition Finance, Syndicated Loans, Project Finance and M&A execution. Bouazza joined HSBC in 1996 and has more than 20 years of banking experience, which includes vast knowledge of Global Markets and the Emerging Markets.

Bouazza has been responsible for a number of important deals across corporates, sovereigns and financial institutions, including benchmark and award winning transactions for the Republic of Chile, Republic of Brazil, the United Mexican States, Vale, Petrobras, Pemex, America Movil, Cemex, Grupo BIMBO, Televisa, Codelco and others. Under her leadership, HSBC was named Best Latin American Bond House in 2012 across three business publications: International Financing Review, LatinFinance and Euromoney. In 2013, HSBC was named Best Latin America Loan House by LatinFinance and Best Global Emerging Market Debt House and Best Debt House in Latin America by Euromoney. In 2014, HSBC was named Best Investment Bank in Mexico by Euromoney. In addition, Bouazza has been recognized by American Banker as one of the top 25 Most Powerful Woman in Finance for the past four years. She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Katia Bouazza

Managing Director, Head of Latin America Capital Financing
HSBC Securities Inc.

Tyler Bryson

Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations
Microsoft Latin America and Caribbean

As Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Tyler Bryson leads a business that includes all 6 Microsoft subsidiaries and more than 50,000 business partners. He is responsible for driving commercial and consumer marketing strategies, in addition to services and business processes to support partners and customers through their digital transformation journey. Additionally, Tyler is leader for the Latin America and Caribbean Area Headquarters based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and runs the Area portfolio, aligning all customer segments within the region to the global strategy.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Tyler has performed a variety of executive sales and marketing positions both in developed and emerging markets. Prior to his position in Latin America, he was Chief Marketing Officer of Microsoft’s India subsidiary. Before having the responsibility of managing marketing, sales and services in new markets, Tyler worked as Microsoft’s General Manager for the Enterprise and Partners Group in the Southwest United States. He also was General Manager for Marketing and Sales for United States Manufacturing and Resources Sector to lead Microsoft’s sales, marketing and partner strategy for the High Tech, Automotive, Industrial Equipment, Oil & Gas and Utilities industry verticals.

Before joining Microsoft, Tyler was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for QuickStart Technologies, an IT services firm that focused on helping organizations understand and apply Microsoft technology.

Tyler is passionate about creating strategies to help customers and partners reinvent the way they deliver their products through the use of innovations like the Cloud, Big Data or Internet of Things. He oversees an incredible potential in new and diversified markets where partners and customers face great possibilities to reinvent their productivity to drive revenue and market share growth.

Tyler has a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tyler Bryson

Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Operations
Microsoft Latin America and Caribbean

Flavio Carrillo

Director, Capital Markets Lab
Florida International University

Flavio Carrillo is a faculty administrator in the College of Business at Florida International University. As a finance instructor, he teaches financial management, commercial banking, and serves as faculty advisor to the college’s Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). As director of the Capital Markets Lab and senior director of the SunTrust FIU Financial Literacy Clinic, Carrillo is involved in the development and implementation of the lab’s financial literacy curriculum. He is also the founder of Microsigma Capital Management, LLC a Registered Investment Advisor affiliated with Raymond James, Investment Advisors Division. Carrillo has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. He also holds an MBA and a master’s degree in finance from Florida International University.

Flavio Carrillo

Director, Capital Markets Lab
Florida International University

César Cernuda

President
Microsoft Latin America

César Cernuda is the president of Microsoft Latin America. As such, he oversees a business which includes six subsidiaries with over 2,500 employees and 80,000 business partners. He is responsible for all of Microsoft’s products, services and support offerings across Latin America and accelerating the company’s current transformation to being the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. A key area of focus for him is to enable Microsoft’s customers in Latin America to accelerate their business growth, as they embark on their own journey of digital transformation.

Prior to his current role, Cernuda was the President of Microsoft Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for 12 subsidiaries in 39 territories and countries, with over 13,500 employees and 100,000 partners. He led the company’s commercial and consumer products, and service and support offerings to meet Asia Pacific’s aggressive consumption of cloud, mobile, big data and social technologies.

Cernuda has held various other roles across Microsoft’s different global branches. He joined Microsoft Spain in 1997, where he led the SMEs group for Spain launching bCentral, an online Web services portal. This was awarded as best product of the year in Spain and best internal worldwide initiative at Microsoft. In 2014, Cernuda was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential Spaniards in the world through the ‘100 Españoles’ award. In 2012, Cernuda was invited to the Microsoft Executive Bench, a distinct honor given to a select number of top Microsoft executives.

César Cernuda

President
Microsoft Latin America

Luisa García

Partner and COO Latin America
Llorente & Cuenca

Luisa García started her career at LLORENTE & CUENCA in 1999, at the Madrid office. Three years later, she was in charge of setting up the business in Panama, which, in only four years, became the leading communications consultancy firm in the entire Central American region. Between 2007 and 2013, she ran LLORENTE & CUENCA Peru’s office, a leader in the sector in the country and the only communication consultancy firm to have received five ANDA and one Gold SABRE Awards. She was responsible for the Andes region, which includes the offices in Lima, Bogota, Santiago and Quito. Today, she is Chief Operating Officer for Latin America.

In 2013 and 2014, Ms. García was named one of the 50 most influential women in Latin America by the publication Latin Business Chronicle.​ Between March 2014 and March 2016, she chair​ed​ the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Peru​ and, to this day, still sits on its Board of Directors​. Furthermore, she is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ayuda en Acción, as well as the advisory committees of Enseña Peru and the Association for the Progress of Management (Spanish acronym: APD), also in Peru.​ She has been chair of the Peru chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and is still part of its Committee of Director​s​ for Latin America and the Caribbean.​

In 2014, she was recognized as Executive of the Year in Latin America, Executive of the Year in Business Services and Woman of the Year in Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

Ms. García holds a degree in Media Studies from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, with a major in Advertising and Public Relations, and an MMBA from University Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. She has also completed additional post-graduate studies at Georgetown and the University of Phoenix.

Luisa García

Partner and COO Latin America
Llorente & Cuenca

Andrés Gluski

Chairman, AS/COA
President & CEO, The AES Corporation

Andrés Gluski is the president and CEO of the AES Corporation. AES, a fortune 200 company, is one of the world’s largest independent Power Producers in 17 countries and 36,000 Megawatts (MW) of capacity from a mix of fuel sources, including renewables and thermal generation. AES also has more than 10 million distribution customers. The company is a world leader in the use of lithium ion batteries for energy storage that provides grid stability and allows for greater use of renewable energy sources on the electric grid. Gluski previously served as chief operating officer, president for Latin America and CEO of AES Gener in Chile. He also held senior positions in banking, telecom, the IMF and the public sector before joining AES in 2000.

Gluski has served as an expert witness at US Congressional hearings on the subject of energy policy and Latin America. In 2012, he was named International CEO of the year by Latin Trade Magazine and he currently serves on President Obama’s Export Council, the US-Brazil CEO Forum and the US-India CEO Forum. He is a member of the Board of The AES Corporation, Waste Management, and AES Gener in Chile. He is also chairman of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and director of the Edison Electric Institute. Gluski is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Andrés Gluski

Chairman, AS/COA
President & CEO, The AES Corporation

Guillermo Güémez Sarre

Chief Technology Officer
Grupo Financiero Banorte

Guillermo Güémez Sarre is the Chief Technology Officer at Grupo Financiero Banorte, one of Mexico's largest and oldest financial institutions. Prior to this role, Mr. Güémez also served as Banorte's Chief Information Officer. Before joining Banorte, he served as the Chief Information Officer at Banco Walmart where he was responsible for the group's startup process in Mexico and certification before Mexican regulators. Mr. Güémez has also worked with Telmex, Mexico’s leading telecommunications provider, as a Product Director for Telmex's RedUno division and as the founding General Manager of Telmex's Data Center in Triara, the largest data center in Latin America. Other notable projects include working with Electronic Data Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Güémez is currently a member of the Mexican Stock Exchange Technology Board, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education as well as an MBA from Stanford University.

Guillermo Güémez Sarre

Chief Technology Officer
Grupo Financiero Banorte

Bernardo Guillamon

Manager of the Office of Outreach and Partnerships
Inter-American Development Bank

Guillamon is the manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Office of Outreach and Partnerships. Guillamon has worked at the IDB, in the area of private sector development, since 1992. From 2007 until July 2008, he oversaw the operational program in the Integration and Trade Sector (INT), developing and managing its portfolio of loans and technical assistance grants to expand trade and promote regional integration among all borrowing member countries. INT's portfolio includes innovative investment promotion projects and export development programs, as well as programs for trade facilitation, customs modernization, negotiation and implementation of trade agreements, and local access to global markets.

During 2006 and 2007, Guillamon was the principal private sector specialist in the Private Sector Coordination Office. He led the development of the IDB Group’s Integrated Business Plan for Private Sector Operations, and was involved in several initiatives to increase lending to new sectors and clients, and expand the participation of private companies and sub-national governments in the overall portfolio.

Between 2001 and 2006, Guillamon led the private sector evaluation area of the IDB’s independent Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE). Before joining OVE, he was in charge of microfinance, microenterprise and small enterprise development projects for the Andean region, and co-authored the bank’s Microenterprise Development Strategy. He introduced the pioneering equity investment of the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund in microfinance institutions. Prior to his IDB career, Guillamon worked in agribusiness with small, large and multinational companies.

Guillamon graduated as an agricultural engineer from Uruguay’s Universidad de la República and holds an MBA from Santa Clara University in California. He completed additional graduate courses in business valuation, e-commerce, international trade, and project finance at New York University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Bernardo Guillamon

Manager of the Office of Outreach and Partnerships
Inter-American Development Bank

Fernando Iraola

Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Fernando Iraola is managing director and head of Latin America Corporate Banking (CBK) and Global Transaction Services (GTS) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is a member of the Global Corporate Banking Executive Committee, the Latin America Executive Committee, and the Global Transaction Services Executive Committee.

Based in New York, Iraola is responsible for taking the Latin America CBK franchise to a new level of growth with a focus on multi-product client relationships at both the parent and subsidiary level. He is also accountable for the global coordination of client coverage for Latin America based clients and multinationals, and the execution of global growth strategy in the region.

Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2014, Iraola spent 20 years at Citigroup where he held a number of senior management positions, including: head of Latin America Treasury and Trade Solutions; head of Latin America Transaction Services; head of Western, Central & Eastern Europe Global Subsidiaries Corporate Banking; head of CIS and CEE Global Subsidiaries Corporate Banking; and head of Hungary and Non Presence Countries Transaction Services.

Iraola is a Board Member of Junior Achievement Americas and serves in the Advisory Board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Hispanic Latino Organization for Leadership & Advancement. He was voted among the Top Latino Leaders in Finance by Latino Leaders magazine in 2016.

Fernando Iraola

Managing Director, Head of Latin America Corporate Banking and Global Transaction Services
Bank of America

Luciano Macagno

Managing Director – Latin America and Caribbean
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Luciano Macagno serves as Delta’s managing director – Latin America and Caribbean, overseeing Delta’s commercial activities across the region and spearheading the dedicated Latin matrix team in Atlanta.

Delta’s stated goal is to become the best U.S. carrier flying to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Based in Miami, Luciano leads these efforts throughout the region, with a special focus on the customer-centric service that supports the company’s growth in the region. This includes working to elevate Delta’s community and civic engagement among U.S. Hispanic and Latin American customers in South Florida, where, together with Delta’s codeshare partners, it operates more than 500 domestic and 80 international flights each week.

Before his appointment to this role, Luciano was Director – Brazil for Delta, where he led Delta’s commercial and matrix operations in Brazil as well as the implementation of the commercial aspects of Delta’s alliance with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. Before joining Delta in 2014, he worked at the LATAM Airlines Group SA, where he served in key roles such as head of Sales and Marketing for Brazil; regional director for South America, based in Chile; and national sales manager for Argentina.

Born in Argentina and raised in the U.S., Luciano is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Luciano Macagno

Managing Director – Latin America and Caribbean
Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Thilo Mannhardt

CEO
Ultrapar

Thilo Mannhardt is the CEO of Ultrapar. Since assuming this role in January 2013, he has been providing strategic direction and operational advice to Ultra’s five business units—namely, fuel distributor Ipiranga, LPG business Ultragaz, port logistics and liquid tankage Ultracargo, chemical business Oxiteno, and recent drugstore acquisition Extrafarma. Mannhardt joined Ultrapar in April 2011 as a non-executive member of its Board of Directors, from which he resigned in December 2012, to move to his current responsibility. He joined Ultrapar after a long career with McKinsey & Co. - a global management consulting firm. While at McKinsey & Co. he was a senior partner and director in various locations around the world. Mannhardt holds a master’s degree in aeronautical and aerospace engineering from Technische Universität, Berlin. He also completed a degree in business administration and holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the same university.

Thilo Mannhardt

CEO
Ultrapar

Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade
Costa Rica

Alexander Mora is minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica since May 2014, where he oversees Costa Rica’s foreign trade and investment portfolios, as well as the relationship with multilateral organizations like the WTO, OECD, SIECA, among others. Mora has extensive experience in trade, banking, and digital technologies. Firstly, he is a successful entrepreneur in digital technologies, telecommunications, and corporate services areas, with over 25 years of experience. Secondly, he is representative of Costa Rica to the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development, as member of the Foreign Trade Advisory Council, the National Commission on Information Technologies and Communication, and the National Commission on Competitiveness. Mora is also president and vice president of the Costa Rican Chamber and Latin American Federation of Information and Communication Technologies, the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters, and as president and vice president of the Board of Directors of several banks, insurance brokers, and investment management funds. Mora has a degree in economics and holds an MBA in finance and banking from the University of Costa Rica. 

Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade
Costa Rica

Luis Alberto Moreno

President
Inter-American Development Bank

Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As president of the IDB, Moreno chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s ambassador to the United States for seven years. Diplomatic relations between Washington, D.C. and Bogotá strengthened notably during his tenure, leading to substantial bilateral assistance programs that supported a major transformation in security and economic development in Colombia. In his country, Moreno had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He served as minister of Economic Development, president of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, and manager of social investment policies. In the private sector, he advised major Colombian companies and foreign investors, and was executive producer of a leading television news program. Moreno has received numerous distinctions, including Colombia's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service. Moreno holds a degree in business administration and economics from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. For his achievements in the field of journalism, in 1990 Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship to pursue specialized studies and research. Moreno was reelected on September 14, 2015 for a third term as President of the IDB.

Luis Alberto Moreno

President
Inter-American Development Bank

Claudio Muruzábal

President
SAP Latin American and the Caribbean

Claudio Muruzábal is the president of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean. He assumed leadership of the company at a critical time when the business world faced the opportunities and challenges created by the new digital economy. As part of his mission, his purpose is to understand the challenges of customers in the region and help them grow with highly innovative technological solutions that simplify and make their operations more efficient. With his vast experience of over 25 years in the IT industry, his extensive understanding and knowledge of the Latin American market, and the portfolio of SAP, Muruzábal is responsible for securing the undisputed leadership of SAP platforms, applications, business networks, and users’ experience.

Previously, Muruzábal concluded a decade as CEO of NEORIS, leading the evolution of this company into a global management and IT consulting business, reporting growth of 20% annually. Previously, he was vice president of Teradata in Latin America and the Caribbean under NCR.

Muruzábal holds a Global Executives Master in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the title of Business Administrator from the Catholic University of Argentina, where he graduated as a Certified Public Accountant. His office is located at the headquarters of SAP for Latin America and the Caribbean in Miami, Florida.

Claudio Muruzábal

President
SAP Latin American and the Caribbean

Leo Rodriguez

President
Emerson Latin America

Leo Rodriguez is the president of Emerson Latin America. He joined Emerson in 1973 and has served as President since 2002. In this position, he oversees Emerson operations in Latin America with annual sales of $1.6 billion and plant operations output of $3.0 billion and Emerson Process Management Latin America with annual sales of $730 million.

He joined Rosemount as a Sales Engineer in 1973 which was acquired by Emerson in 1976. In 1980, he was promoted to Regional Manager for Latin America. In 1985, he joined Fisher Controls, which was acquired by Emerson in 1992. He was then named President of Fisher-Rosemount Latin America Operations in 1994 and President of Emerson Process Management Latin America in 1996. He was named President of Emerson Latin America in 2002.

With Emerson, Rodriguez has also held the positions of General Manager, Director of Marketing & Applications Engineering and International Marketing Engineer. In those positions, he led all general management functions including planning, mergers & acquisitions, P&L responsibility, sales, marketing, operations and services for different Emerson Process Management Business Units.

Prior to joining Emerson, he was sales engineer at Leeds and Northrup, Co., a subsidiary of General Signal Company.

Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Rodriguez obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and also attended the Tuck Executive Program at The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Leo Rodriguez

President
Emerson Latin America

Ricardo Sánchez Barker

CFO
Aeromexico

Ricardo Sánchez Barker has been the CFO of Aeromexico since January of 2006. Previously, he served as an advisor of the CEO and as director of revenue management.  Prior to joining Aeromexico, Sánchez Baker had a distinguished career within the Mexican Government, where he served as deputy general director for Public Debt, director of Financial Planning, and head of Investor Relations. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), a Diploma in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad Iberoamericana.

Ricardo Sánchez Barker

CFO
Aeromexico

Damián Scokin

CEO
Despegar.com

Damián Scokin is the CEO of Despegar.com. With +2,800 employees and 20 offices around Latin America, it is the leading online travel company in the region. He has an extensive global background as a leader in management consultancy and the airline industry. Prior to leading Despegar.com he was CEO at Ultrapetrol, LATAM Airlines and a Partner at McKinsey & Co. Scokin is an Industrial Engineer and an Economist from Universidad de Buenos Aires and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Damián Scokin

CEO
Despegar.com

James P. Scriven

CEO
Inter-American Investment Corporation

James P. Scriven is the CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, where he manages an $11 billion portfolio of over 420 projects across 21 countries. IIC is a multilateral development bank that seeks to be the leader in client-service and development impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. A dual Argentine/British citizen, Scriven was previously vice president of Corporate Risk and Sustainability at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in addition to other leadership positions. Before joining the IFC, Scriven was chief financial officer of Banco Hipotecario in Argentina. During the past two decades, he has concentrated his efforts on the promotion of the private sector in development. Scriven holds a master´s degree in finance from Universidad del Centro de Estudios Macroeconómicos of Argentina, and a degree in business administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.

James P. Scriven

CEO
Inter-American Investment Corporation

Susan Segal

President and CEO
Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal is the president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas. She assumed the position in 2003 after having worked in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for more than 30 years. Prior to her appointment, Segal was a partner at Chase Capital Partners/JPMorgan Partners focusing on private equity in Latin America and pioneering early stage venture capital investing in the region. As a banker, her focus included investment banking, building an emerging-market bond-trading unit, and the debt crisis of the 1980’s and 1990’s where she chaired the Chilean and Philippine Advisory Committees.

Segal is a board member at Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the Tinker Foundation, Scotiabank, Mercado Libre and the Latin American Venture Capital Association. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her awards include the Orden Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile; the Orden de San Carlos, Colombia; the Orden del Águila Azteca, Mexico; and the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Honorary Chilean of the Year

Susan Segal

President and CEO
Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Xavier Serbiá

Host
CNN Dinero

Xavier Serbiá is host of CNN Dinero, CNN en Español’s program that delivers world business news in a simple, intelligent and well informed manner.

Serbia is also the author of the bestselling book “La Riqueza en Cuatro Pisos” and his most recent “Pregúntale a Xavier” (April 2011). Since 2005, he has served as finance editor for Siempre Mujer magazine and written about financial issues for Ser Padres magazine. He was also a columnist for the Colombian daily newspaper, La República.

Before joining CNN en Español, Serbiá was a regular contributor in economy and finance segments for the TV show, “Maria Elvira Live”, in a personal segment. He has also worked as a financial analyst and economist for Telemundo 47 on NBC-Telemundo in New York, NY1 Noticias.

Serbiá has been interviewed on financial issues by various media networks and was responsible for a number of financial segments for the show Sábado Gigante on Univision. He was also a presenter and writer on the series “El Camino al Triunfo”, produced by NBC-Telemundo.

Furthermore, Serbiá was a professor and lecturer teaching a course in personal finance, provided by the International Center for Journalists, to Hispanic journalists in the United States and lectures at universities, private companies and institutions throughout the Americas.

Born in Puerto Rico, Serbiá graduated with a master's degree in economics from Trinity College in Connecticut and earned an MBA with a concentration in finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.
 

Xavier Serbiá

Host
CNN Dinero

Stephen Stefani

Head of Oncology
Hospital do Câncer Mãe de Deus

Dr. Stephen Stefani is the Head of Oncology of Hospital do Câncer Mãe de Deus. He graduated from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Medical School, Brazil in 1994 and is clinically trained in Internal Medicine and Clinical Oncology by the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre. Stefani attended the University of California San Francisco as a clinical fellow and holds an MBA in health business. He is also a professor of the post-graduation course of Fundação Universidade UNIMED. Stefani serves as a regular consultant for major private health insurance companies in Brazil, with over 70 companies in his portfolio. Currently he is the coordinator of the Oncologic Drugs Benefits Program of the CAPESESP, a self-financed insurance company linked to Ministry of Health, and the former coordinator of the Oncology Unit of UNIMED, covering over 11 million people. He is a founder of the ISPOR Brazilian Chapter and former president of the local chapter and member of the Latin American Consortium Advisory Committee. He worked as chair of the ISPOR Latin America Health Care Policymakers & Payers Committee Membership. He is also the editor of the Jornal Brasileiro de Economia da Saúde.

Stephen Stefani

Head of Oncology
Hospital do Câncer Mãe de Deus

ABOUT SYMPOSIUM

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.

ABOUT US

Council of the Americas (COA) Is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council’s membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.

ABOUT THE BRAVO BUSINESS AWARDS

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 160 honorees spanning 22 years, the Awards consistently recognize the region’s most influential leaders for their achievements and contributions to the Americas.

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.

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Take advantage of a special discounted rate for all delegates attending this event

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

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 2017 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 2017 Symposium or the 23rd Annual BRAVO Business Awards, please contact:

Speaking Engagements

Drew Westervelt
1-305-779-4816
dwestervelt@as-coa.org

Sponsorships and Partnerships

Maria Lourdes Gallo
1-305-779-4986
mgallo@as-coa.org

Mercedes Fernandez
1-305-779-4987
mfernandez@as-coa.org