Speaker Bios

Jim Allen ('93) | Managing Director, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Latin America, Morgan Stanley  

Jim Allen has served as head of Morgan Stanley's Latin America mergers and acquisitions practice since 2008. Since joining Morgan Stanley in 1993, Allen has spent 10 years as a telecom industry banker for the United States and Americas and nine years dedicated to Latin America banking. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, privatization, equity and debt capital markets financing, and private placement transactions for governments and corporate clients throughout the Americas.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Allen served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including six months as an exchange officer in the Chilean Navy. Allen received his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1993 and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1983. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Francisco Andragnes | Managing Partner, Metro Buildings; Former Chief Investment Officer, Prudential Real Estate Investors Latin America   

Francisco Andragnes has been actively involved in the Latin American real estate market for over 20 years. He recently established "Fondo Compass de Desarrollo y Renta Residencial México - I," the first fund in Latin America dedicated to the development of residential properties for rent under the Metro Buildings brand, in partnership with Compass
Group, a leading independent investment advisor servicing institutional and private clients in the region. In addition to managing the fund, he is working with Compass in the establishment of similar initiatives in other Latin American countries. Previously, for more than a decade, Andragnes served as the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Transactions for Prudential Real Estate Investors in Latin America and closed over 300 transactions with a gross asset value of more than 8 billion US dollars. He also was a real estate consultant for Ernst & Young. Andragnes has a business degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a Master's Degree in Real Estate from Columbia University.

Sebastian Edwards | Henry Ford II Chair in International Management,; Senior Associate Dean for Global Initiatives; and Faculty Director Center for Global Management, UCLA Anderson 

From 1993 until April 1996, Sebastian Edwards was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the advisory board of Transnational Research Corporation and co-chairman of the Inter American Seminar on Economics (IASE). He is the Past-President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), an international professional association of economists with academic interests in Latin America and the Caribbean region. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany. In September 2004, Professor Edwards was appointed to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors.

Edwards has been a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of more that 200 scientific articles on international economics, macroeconomics and economic development. His articles have appeared in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, The Journal of Development Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Perspectives and other professional journals. His work and views are frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Economist.

Edwards is an associate editor of The World Economy, the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, and Analisis Economico. For almost ten years he was the co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics. Edwards has been a consultant to a number of multilateral institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the IMF, and the OECD. He has also been a consultant to the United States Agency for International Development, and to a number of national and international corporations. He has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Venezuela. He has also consulted for a number of international financial institutions and multinational firms. Edwards was born in Santiago, Chile. He was educated at the Catholic University of Chile, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Ambassador Vilma Martínez | President, Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners; Former United States Ambassador to Argentina

Ambassador Vilma Martinez, the first woman to represent the United States in Buenos Aires as Ambassador, was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on November 19, 2013.

Ambassador Martinez has been a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson since 1982, where she specialized in federal and state court commercial litigation. In recent years, her legal practice focused on advising companies on steps to enhance their equal employment opportunity policies and build diversity and inclusion initiatives into their business plans. Prior to Munger, Tolles & Olson, Ambassador Martinez served as president and general counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for nine years. One of her most significant accomplishments as head of MALDEF was developing an operating framework that enabled it to grow and support a broader array of activities. Ambassador Martinez's previous professional endeavors also include work as litigation associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York, and as a staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Enriching Ambassador Martinez's experience is a history of continued public service on numerous nonprofit boards. She served as chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California from 1984 to 1986, and was a regent from 1976 to 1990. She previously served as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She chaired the Pacific Council's Study Group on Mexico and served on the advisory boards of Columbia Law School and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California.

Ambassador Martinez was appointed by President William Clinton to serve on his Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations from 1994 to 1996. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Ambassador to Argentina from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, she was awarded the Order of May (the highest honor awarded by Argentina to a foreign national) in recognition for her tenure and for her work on behalf of improving mutual cooperation and understanding.  

Ambassador Martinez has been a popular speaker at educational institutions around the nation, including Harvard Law School, Yale University, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, and her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. Her awards include: Margaret Brent Award (American Bar Association); Pioneer Award and LEX Award (Mexican-American Bar Association); Maynard Toll Award (Legal Aid Foundation); Distinguished Alumna Award (University of Texas); Medal for Excellence (Columbia University); Valerie Kantor Award for Extraordinary Achievement (MALDEF); and the Jefferson Award (American Institute for Public Service). Ambassador Martinez earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of laws from Columbia Law School. She is a member of the California Bar Association.

Judy D. Olian | Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson 

Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management.  She began her appointment in January 2006 after serving more than five years as dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University.

Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty from the world's best research institutions, launched new degree and certificate programs, initiated a diverse set of global degree and immersion courses, and developed targeted partnerships with an emphasis on Asia and Latin America.  The School's Board of Visitors has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. The school recently completed a fundraising campaign that raised $118M to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.

Olian served as the 2008 chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world. As dean of UCLA Anderson, Olian leads an institution that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Masters of Financial Engineering and doctoral programs, and to over 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates. Prior to her tenure at the Smeal College at Penn State, she served in various faculty and executive roles at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition, and the business alignment of management systems, Olian wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. She is a sought-after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. She serves on the advisory boards of Beijing University's Guanghua School of Business; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; and Luminous Capital. Born and raised in Australia, Olian holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Hernán Rodríguez ('93) | Chief Executive Officer, Empresas CMPC S.A.  (one of the largest pulp and paper companies in Latin America)

Hernán Rodríguez is Chief Executive Officer of the Matte Group's Empresas CMPC S.A., the largest Chilean pulp and paper company, and one of the largest in Latin America.

Rodríguez joined Empresas CMPC S.A. in 1987 as an Associate in the Business Planning Department. He was then appointed senior manager in the Business Planning Department in 1990 and in 1993 became deputy Chief Financial Officer, a position that he held from 1997 until December 2003. In January 2004, he was appointed Chief Executive of CMPC Forestry and Wood Products, a subsidiary of Empresas CMPC S.A. Then, in May 2011, Rodríguez was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Empresas CMPC S.A. He also has served on board of multiple other companies in the Matte Group, including Inforsa and Banco Bice.  

Rodríguez obtained his MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1993 and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 1986. He also has served as a professor of finance, international finance, and investments at his alma mater.   

Eric Sussman | Senior Lecturer of Real Estate and Accounting, UCLA Anderson; and Managing Partner, Sequoia Real Estate Partners

Since 1995, Eric Sussman has been a lecturer in accounting and real estate at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he has been voted Teacher of the Year thirteen times by Anderson's MBA students, and has been awarded the Citibank Teaching Award (1998) and the Neidorf Decade Teaching Award (2008), both voted upon by a committee of faculty members.  He has also received recognition by Businessweek as one of the Top Ten Most Popular Business School Professors.  He teaches in the areas of cost/managerial accounting, financial accounting (beginning through advanced), financial statement analysis, corporate financial reporting, and real estate investment and finance to undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education students.  He created Insight FSA, an analytical software tool to automatically and critically measure, evaluate, and report upon the financial accounting and corporate reporting risk for all public companies via Edgar On-line. 

Sussman has advised numerous Full-time and Fully Employed MBA field study teams and consulted for large and small firms, nationally and globally, and is a frequent lecturer on varied financial, accounting, and corporate reporting topics.  He has led student travel groups to Brazil, China, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi.  He has served as an expert witness and consultant for commercial litigation, involving matters of corporate financial reporting and disclosure, audit effectiveness, valuation, real estate due diligence and related practices, and overall damage analyses.

Outside of campus, Sussman is president of Amber Capital, Inc., Manager of Fountain Management, LLC, and Managing Partner of Sequoia Real Estate Partners and the Pacific Value Opportunities Fund, which collectively employ approximately 20 individuals, and which have acquired, rehabilitated, developed, and managed over two million square feet of residential and commercial real estate in the past 18 years.  The firms' portfolio presently consists of industrial, multi-family residential, and retail properties (approximately 2,000 residential units and some 500,000 square feet of commercial space).  

Sussman is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Causeway Capital's group of funds (International Value, Emerging Markets, Global Value, and Global Absolute Return Funds, which collectively have in excess of $2.0 billion in assets), sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific Charter School Development, Inc. and Bentley-Forbes, LLC; and was former Chairman of the Presidio Fund and former Audit Committee Chair of Atlantic Inertial Systems, Inc., a producer and manufacturer of electromagnetic sensors.  He received his MBA from Stanford, with honors, in 1993, after graduating Summa cum Laude from UCLA in 1987.  He is a licensed CPA in the State of California. 

Sandor Valner | Principal and CEO, Walton Street Capital Latin America; Former Founder, VALOR Real Estate 

Sandor Valner is Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Walton Street Capital Mexico where he has responsibility for the Latin American investments of Walton Street Capital, a global real estate private equity firm. Prior to Walton, he was CEO of VALOR, a real estate merchant banking firm he founded in 2001. Valner is Founder and Vice President of the Mexican Association of Real Estate and Infrastructure Funds and headed Credit Suisse First Boston's operations in Mexico and was part of the Latin America executive committee in New York.  He received an MBA degree from Stanford University, and obtained his BS in Engineering Summa Cum Laude from the UAM University in Mexico.

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