Latin American Conference 2003


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Opening Remarks: "Overview of Latin America" Professor Sebastian Edwards
- Henry Ford II Chair in International Management
- Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean region of the World Bank from 1993 to 1996
"Frito Lay International: A Business Model for Emerging Markets"

Mr. Rogelio Rebolledo
- President and CEO of Frito-Lay International

"National Agreement in Peru" Mr. Roberto Dañino
- Peru’s Ambassador to the U.S.
- Former Prime Minister of Peru
"Reactivating Growth in Latin America: Responsibilities and Opportunities for the Authorities and the Entrepreneur" Mr. Jose De Gregorio
- Board Member of Chile’s Central Bank
- Ex-Minister of Economy, Energy & Mining
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Professor Sebastian Edwards - go back
Sebastian Edwards is the Henry Ford II Professor of International Business Economics at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). From 1993 until April 1996, he was the Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. He is also 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 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 Profesor Extraordinario at the IAE, Universidad Austral, Argentina, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute of World Economics, Kiel-Germany.

Edwards is 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.

Sebastian 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.

Sebastian 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.

Mr. Rogelio Rebolledo - go back
Rogelio Rebolledo is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Frito-Lay International Division covering Latin America, Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, Middle East and Africa as of late 2000. Frito Lay International is a Division of PepsiCo. Formerly, Rogelio Rebolledo became the President of the Latin America/Asia Pacific region for Frito-Lay International since 1997.
He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Latin America Region of PepsiCo Foods International (PFI) and President of the Sabritas, Gamesa and Venezuela PFI Operations. He joined the company in 1976 as Marketing Director for Sabritas (Mexico) (Frito Lay’s largest Business internationally at the time) and held the following positions: President of Elma Chips, Brazil; President of Matutano, Spain and Executive Vice President for Sabritas, Mexico. Prior to PepsiCo, Rogelio was employed by Procter & Gamble and Du Pont. He received his MBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mexico.
He has been a keynote Speaker and Lecturer at several Mexican Universities, like ITAM, as well as a guest Speaker at Harvard’s Business School on repeated occasions. In 2000 he was designated by Mexico’s President, Vicente Fox to be a member of Pemex’s Consulting Committee.

Mr. Roberto Dañino - go back
Roberto Dañino is the former Prime Minister of Peru (2001-2002). In that capacity he led the day-to-day government affairs under President Alejandro Toledo. During his tenure, Mr. Dañino was responsible for the negotiation of an unprecedented National Accord ("Acuerdo Nacional') which brought the leading political parties, the most representative civil society organizations, and the government to agree on a set of 29 long term policies to be observed for the next 20 years. He also launched an ambitious program for the modernization of the public sector and established as well a national competitiveness program aimed at doubling non-traditional exports in three years.

Prior to joining government, Mr. Dañino was a partner at the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was the Chairman of the Latin American Practice Group (LAPG). His practice focused on providing legal advice for international corporate transactions, specializing in direct investments, project finance, and capital markets transactions. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Dañino has participated in these types of matters in virtually every country in Latin America on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including private, public, and multilateral entities.

Mr. Dañino also has been a member of various corporate boards, both in the United States and in Latin America. His recent board memberships include The Coca-Cola Company Latin American Advisory Board, the Americas Society Chairman's Council, Carnegie Endowment's G-50 Board, Newbridge Andean Partners, Royal & SunAIliance/Fenix, Cementos Pacasmayo, Sindicato Pesquero, Violy, Byorum & Partners, The Infant Nutrition Fund, The Mountain Institute, StarMedia Foundation, among others.

He also has been chairman of the Inter-American Development Bank's External Review Group for Private Sector activities. Previously he served as the founding General Counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation in Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to the USA, Mr. Dañino was a practicing corporate lawyer in Peru, where he also occupied several senior positions in the Government of Peru, including Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Trade; President of the Foreign Investment and Technology Agency; and Chairman of the Foreign Public Debt Commission.

Mr. Dañino (51) is a Peruvian citizen, holds law degrees from Harvard Law School and the Catholic University of Peru, and is admitted to practice in Peru, and in New York and D.C. as Special Legal Consultant. Mr. Dañino also is an alumnus of the Georgetown University International Leadership Program. He lectures and publishes extensively on international economic and legal matters. He is married to Pauline Beck and has four sons

Mr. José De Gregorio - go back
José De Gregorio has been a Member of the Board of the Central Bank of Chile since December 2001. Previously he held the same position from June to November 2001, as the replacement for Pablo Piñera Echeñique.

From March 2000 to June 2001, Mr. De Gregorio was a “tri-minister”, acting as the minister of the combined portfolios of the Economy, Mining and Energy, as president of the National Energy Commission. During this period he also served as president on the boards of the state-owned companies, Codelco, Enap and Enami, and president of the Corfo and Cochilco boards.

He is moreover full professor at the University of Chile (on leave). In 1997 and 2000 he was professor and head of post-graduate programs at the Center of Applied Economics at the University of Chile, where he has taught macroeconomics and international economics since 1994. He also served on the executive of the Latin American Doctoral Program in Economics, carried out jointly by Mexico’s ITAM, Torcuato di Tella University, Argentina, and the University of Chile.

From 1994 to 1997, he coordinated economic policy within the Ministry of Finance, Chile.

From 1990 to 1994 he worked as an economist in the research department of the International Monetary Fund, where he also participated in missions to Guyana, Spain and Italy. He has worked as a consultant for international organizations (IMF, World Bank, IDB and United Nations) and foreign companies. He was a visiting researcher at the IMF and the World Bank, and visiting professor at the Anderson School, UCLA (University of California – Los Angeles). From 1983 to 1986 he was a researcher at the Corporación de Investigaciones Económicas para Latinoamérica (Corporation for Latin American economic research), Cieplan.

He has taught classes at MIT, the University of Chile and UCLA.

He has a degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Chile (1984), where he received the Marcos Orrego Puelma award for the best graduate for his year. He obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Economics in 1990 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has published widely in international academic reviews and books on issues including stabilization policies, foreign exchange regimes and economic growth. He has served as a referee for several academic journals and is an associate editor with the journals "International Tax and Public Finance" and "Latin American Economic Review". He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and was co-director of the organizing committee for the annual LACEA meeting in 1999.

He is Chilean, married to Soledad Aninat and has four children.