Speaker Bios

The Honorable Liliana Ayalde

Ambassador of the United States to Brazil

Liliana Ayalde is the Ambassador of the United States to Brazil. She is a Career Minister, and was previously serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, covering Cuba, Central America and the Caribbean.

Prior to this, Ambassador Ayalde served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She served as United States Ambassador to Paraguay from 2008 to 2011. Between 2005 and 2008, she was Mission Director for USAID/Colombia, responsible for the development assistance portfolio under Plan Colombia. In 1997, she was assigned as Mission Director for USAID/Bolivia. In 1995, she was named Director for the Office of Central American Affairs in USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau during the Central American peace process. Ambassador Ayalde had served as Deputy Director for that office since 1993.

Ambassador Ayalde started her Foreign Service career in 1982 in Bangladesh, and has accumulated more than 28 years of experience in diplomacy and development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in International Studies, and a Masters of Arts degree in International Public Health from Tulane University.

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Martin K. Breidsprecher

Chief Operating Officer, Azteca America, Inc.

As a result of the acquisition of 12 new stations in the United State, Martin K. Breidsprecher was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Azteca America, Inc. in March of 2014. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Azteca America from February 2011 to March 3, 2014. Breidsprecher joined Azteca America in 2007 as Director of Financial Analysis before being appointed CFO less than a year later. He progressed rapidly through a series of increasingly responsible roles based on a strong financial background, operational and organizational leadership skills, and the ability to execute while improving bottom-line financial results. Before joining Azteca America, Breidsprecher held key financial and risk management positions in the Banking Industry.

Breidsprecher received his M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998 and his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in 1992. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.

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Ambassador Jefffey Davidow

Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group; Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela

Jeffrey Davidow has extensive diplomatic experience in both Latin America and Africa. Ambassador Davidow served as U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela from 1993 to 1996 and as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the western hemisphere from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 to 2002, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. In 2003, Ambassador Davidow retired from the U.S. State Department with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest position in the Foreign Service which, by law, can be held by no more than five individuals at one time. After leaving the Foreign Service, Ambassador Davidow served for eight years as President of the Institute of the Americas in San Diego, a public policy center focused on Latin America. He is currently the Senior Counselor of the Cohen Group, a Washington-based international business consultancy. Ambassador Davidow has published articles in Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs and authored two books, one on international negotiations and the other, “The U.S. and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine.” In addition to speaking frequently on hemispheric policy and on Mexican developments for organizations such as the North American Forum, the Trilateral Commission, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Pacific Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the InterAmerican Development Bank, Ambassador Davidow served as an adviser to President Obama for the 2009 Summit of the Americas. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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Sebastian Edwards

Distinguished Professor; Henry Ford II Chair in International 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.

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Fernando Suárez Gerard (’02)

Chief Financial Officer, Volaris, Mexico

Fernando Suárez Gerard is a founding employee of Volaris and has served as its Chief Financial Officer since January 2006. He has been responsible for Volaris’ financial strategy, capital raising activities, public listings, and fleet financing for all of the company’s aircraft. Prior to joining Volaris, Suárez worked at Grupo Televisa where he served as director of corporate finance. He also worked as an investment banker for Salomon Brothers in New York City. Suárez received his Master of Business Administration from University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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Alejandro González (’01)

Chief Financial Officer, Falabella SACI

Alejandro González has been the Chief Financial Officer of Falabella SACI, a Chilean multinational company since November 2006. Prior to joining Falabella, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Endesa Chile and previously served as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the company. He joined Endesa Chile, an SEC registered company (NYSE ticker: EOC) in 1996. González is a member of the Finance Committee of the Chilean Institute for Corporate Rational Management (ICARE). He holds a degree in Business Administration from Universidad de Chile, where he graduated with the highest GPA and received the ICU Award (Alumni Association). He also holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School at Management, where he received the J. Fred Weston Award for Excellence in Finance, in 2001.

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Jeff Healy

Senior Vice President, City National Bank

Jeff Healy is a senior vice president at City National Bank where he manages the bank’s international trade finance group, developing and promoting innovative solutions for importers and exporters. Based in Los Angeles, Healy is responsible for City National’s cross-border initiative with Mexico where he focuses his efforts on working capital finance, equipment finance, and import/export finance for businesses. Fluent in Spanish, Healy has more than 20 years of experience working on cross-border business with Mexico. Prior to joining City National, he served as a senior vice president with Banamex USA. Healy earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. He resides in Los Angeles with his husband Chris and sons, William and Jamie.

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Richard Lark (’94)

Board Director GOL Airlines; Founder and Managing Partner, Endurance Capital Partners, Brazil

Richard F. Lark, Jr. is founder and managing partner of Endurance Capital Partners, a private equity management firm, and a member of the board of directors, audit committee, financial policy committee and risk policies committee of Gol Airlines. Lark served as executive vice president, chief financial and investor relations officer of Gol from 2003 to 2008. From 2000 to 2003, he served as chief financial officer of Americanas.com, one of the leading Brazilian e-commerce companies. Prior to joining Americanas.com, Lark was an executive in the investment banking divisions of Morgan Stanley & Co., Citicorp and The First Boston Corporation. He is a member of the boards of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, IBAGEN and Associação Vida Jovem, and served as president of the American Society of São Paulo. Lark is a licensed portfolio manager and an associate of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC). He holds a MBA degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and bachelor degrees in finance and business economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Lark was recognized as the Latin American CFO of the Year in 2005 by America Economia and the Finance Professional of the Year in 2006 by the Brazilian National Association of Finance, Administration and Accounting Executives.

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Ambassador Cecilia Nahón

Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States

Prior to her current appointment as Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States of America, (January 2013-present), Ambassador Nahón served as Secretary of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina. In such capacity, she acted as National Coordinator of the MERCOSUR Common Market Group and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the export promotion agency Fundación Exportar. She also served as Undersecretary of Investment Development within the same Ministry during 2011. From May 2008 until her appointment as Undersecretary, she was responsible for the Strategy and Investment Environment Department of the former National Agency for Investment Development. Ambassador Nahón holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO), a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She has served in the public and private sectors as well as the academic sector, including her work as a researcher at the Department of Economy and Technology of FLACSO, and as a professor for undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of Quilmes in Argentina.

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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 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, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School at the University of Maryland.

Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty, launched new global degree and certificate programs, and initiated and developed targeted partnerships in Asia and Latin America. Recently, UCLA Anderson transitioned into a new financial model for the University of California. Under her leadership, the School has raised over $200M to support innovative programming and management thought leadership, and to advance UCLA Anderson as one of the leading schools of management in the world.

Dean Olian leads a school that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students in MBA, Masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professionals through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 36,000 graduates.

The School’s Board of Visitors has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. 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.

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 Catalyst; the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; Westwood Technology Transfer Inc; and Ares Management.

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.

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Jaana Remes

Principal, McKinsey Global Institute

Dr. Jaana Remes is a principal at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm, based in San Francisco.

Since 2003, Remes has led MGI's research on productivity, urbanization, competitiveness, and growth. She has led MGI’s research agenda on cities and the shifting economic power of cities, the rising urban consuming class, and the shifting global company landscape; as well as the patterns of urban growth across the Americas and how to make cities great. Other recent work sheds light on and the changing global manufacturing landscape through case studies of diverse industries and draws implications for companies and policy makers. Her previous research includes an in-depth analysis of how different policies have contributed to industry competitiveness and growth; the impact of multinational companies on emerging economies; as well as in-depth assessments of the barriers to competitiveness and growth across a range of economies, including the US, Canada, UK, Finland, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea. She has also led MGI's research on energy, with a focus on understanding the microeconomic underpinnings of global energy demand growth and the opportunity to reduce energy demand growth through higher energy productivity. She advises global business and government leaders on related topics and frequently contributes to policy debates through articles and conference presentations.

Prior to joining MGI, Remes was a consultant on McKinsey corporate finance and strategy projects in the U.S. and Mexico, primarily working with software, semiconductor, and financial sector clients. Before joining McKinsey, she worked as a research fellow and consultant at several international development agencies and universities. Remes has a Ph.D. on applied economies from Stanford University and an MSc degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Tracey Lewis Rendinelli

West Region International Director, UPS

As the West Region International Director at UPS, Tracey Lewis Rendinelli is responsible for the growth and development of both imports and exports for the 25 Western States. Her responsibilities include small package, ocean and air freight growth along with Brokerage and Clearance.

Rendinelli joined UPS 29 years ago as a part time telephone representative and has held various sales positions. Her entrance into the international arena began in 2003 leading an international sales team of 13 people in the Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as the Inland Empire. She has several certifications from the Department of Commerce including a certificate in Export Compliance. Including her responsibilities at UPS, Rendinelli also serves on various boards for organizations developing women and education. She is actively involved with the Board of Advisors for the College of Business for California State University, Long Beach, as well as their Corporate Mentoring Program, and chairs a committee for Career Development. A long time supporter of United Way, she served as a Loaned Executive to the Orange County United Way helping to raise funds from other large companies. As a proud graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Rendinelli is an active member of her alumni group and mentors and speaks to classroom undergraduates and post graduates about international business and cultures.

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Hernan Uribe (’92)

Board Director and Former Chief Financial Officer, Ripley Corp. Chile

Hernán Uribe is an executive member of the Board of Directors of Ripley Corp., a Chilean corporation in the retail, banking and shopping mall business in Chile, Peru and Colombia, and of Inmobiliaria Imagina, a real estate company in Chile and Peru. Uribe has extensive experience in finance and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Ripley, Ultramar and Cristalerías Chile. As an investment banker, he was part of a team that advised the Chilean Government in the privatization of the ports and water industry in the late nineties. At that time he also was a part time professor of corporate finance at Universidad Catolica de Chile. He received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and graduated in industrial engineering from Universidad Catolica de Chile. Uribe is married and has six children.

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Fernanda Vicente

President and Co-Founder, Mujeres del Pacifico

Fernanda Vicente is the CEO and Founder of Inittia, a go-to-market program for Latin American R&D talents; the President and Co-Founder of Mujeres del Pacífico, an international network of female entrepreneurs; and the founder of numerous other companies including 101 Monkeys, Viral, Dealart, Amélie and Kodea. She began her career as a journalist and marketer for companies in Chile and Australia, before jumping into the world of entrepreneurship in 2007. She was part of the founding team of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile, and also of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Latin America. She is the former Vice President of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile. Vicente completed her undergraduate studies at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, and has obtained Masters degrees in Marketing Communication, from the University of California Irvine, and in Innovation, from the Universidad Catolica in Chile.

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2015 Latin American Business Conference