MIAMI, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Council of the Americas (COA) will host the Symposium and 22nd BRAVO Business Awards, October 28 in Miami. The conference will gather over 400 business and policy leaders to discuss energy, the economic landscape, innovation, entrepreneurship, gender equality, and social impact in the Americas.
"We are thrilled this year's innovative program will gather top representatives from the public and private sectors to exchange ideas and create solutions to the region's most pressing issues," said Susan Segal, CEO and President of Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA). "This prestigious event deepens our commitment to the Miami community and our engagement with the leaders shaping the Americas."
The program will include keynote conversations with influential leaders, including Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit José Antonio Meade, Mayor of Medellín Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo Padrón, and Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen. Panels will focus on energy, the economic landscape, and innovation.
Energy in the Americas
The opening discussion will address the changing landscape of the energy sector in the Americas. Panelists include: Jack Broodo, The Dow Chemical Company; Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez, YPF; Ali Moshiri, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company; Hamilton Moss de Souza, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America; and Leo Rodríguez, Emerson Latin America. AS/COA Chairman Andrés Gluski from the AES Corporation will lead the panel.
Moving beyond Borders: New Markets in an Uncertain Economic Landscape
CEOs from major Latin American companies will discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by a global economy. Panelists include: Francisco Garza Egloff, Arca Continental; Fernando Iraola, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Thilo Mannhardt, Ultrapar. Jorge Becerra from The Boston Consulting Group will chair the panel.
"Going Digital" Latin America's Innovation Challenge
Leading global executives will discuss digital strategy as a means of strengthening business operations, efficiency, and sustainability. Panelists include: César Cernuda, Microsoft Latin America; Claudio Muruzábal, SAP Latin America & The Caribbean; Laxman Narasimhan, PepsiCo, Latin America; Luiz Ros, Inter-American Development Bank; and Blanca Treviño, Softtek. Xavier Serbiá host of CNN Dinero will lead the panel.
The daytime Symposium will close with sessions on gender equality, social impact, and entrepreneurship in the Americas.
The Symposium is organized in partnership with the IDB.
The following leaders will be honored at the 22nd BRAVO Business Awards:
- Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President, Brazil, BRAVO Legacy Award
- José Antonio Meade, Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Innovative Leader of the Year
- Ali Moshiri, President, Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company, Lifetime Achievement
- Marcos Galperín, Founder and CEO, MercadoLibre, Inc., Visionary CEO of the Year
- Francisco Garza Egloff, CEO, Arca Continental, CEO of the Year
- City of Medellín, Transformational City of the Year, accepted by Federico Gutiérrez Zuluaga, Mayor of Medellín
- Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College, Civic Leader of the Year
- Patricia Villela Marino, President, Humanitas360 Institute, Humanitarian of the Year
Sponsors include: HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Burson-Marsteller, AES, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, The Boston Consulting Group, Bombardier, Chubb, Emerson, Microsoft, and Softtek. Partners include CNN, the Financial Times, Knight Foundation, and ProMéxico.
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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.
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