Speaker Bios

Friday, March 3, 2017
UCLA Anderson School of Management

President Álvaro Uribe Vélez  

Former President of Colombia

One of the most remarkable achievements of Álvaro Uribe’s administrations is the advancement domestic security. In an eight-year period (2002 to the first half of 2010) homicides per year dropped by 70%, and kidnappings dramatically reduced by 84%. The economy under President Uribe grew steadily. In 2002, Gross Domestic Product was 2.5%, and by 2008, it peaked at higher than 8%. By the first semester of 2010, in the midst of the international economic crisis, Colombia’s GDP remained at a steady 4.3%. During the same period of time, the Consumer Price Index gradually improved from 6.99% to 2.24%, while exports and foreign investment grew at rates that the country never experienced before. In terms of the effectiveness of his social investment policies, poverty decreased from 53.7% in 2002 to 29% in June 2010 and the number of displaced persons dropped from 447,000 to 78,000. Polls consistently showed an unprecedented support for President Uribe, estimated at around 70% after his second year in office. He reached an impressive 91% approval rating at a high point during 2008 and ended his duties as President of Colombia in August 2010 with a 75% approval rating.

President Uribe continues to be politically active within Colombia, and has also accepted various international positions, such as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and Vice-Chairman of the UN panel investigating the Gaza Flotilla Raid. Additionally, he is a member of several international private advisory boards and continuously speaks worldwide in favor of the principles of liberty and democracy. These recurring themes of his political and personal career at further explored in his recently published memoir, “No Lost Causes”.

President Uribe currently serves as a Senator of the Republic by the Centro Democrático (Democratic Center), party formed by him on 2014.

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Ismael Benavides

Managing Director, Grupo Huamaní Inc.; Former Minister of Economy and Finance, Peru

Ismael Benavides has over 35 years of experience in banking and finance in Peru and abroad. He began his career in banking working for Citibank in New York and then held positions at various private South American banking firms, ultimately holding the top post-- general manager--of Banco Internacional de Peru for 14 years.

In the public sector, and after serving as director of the Central Bank of Peru between 1983-1984, he served his country through three ministerial appointments. Benavides was the Minister of Fishery in the '80s, Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2008, and then Minister of Economy and Finance from 2010 to 2011. To raise Peru's profile and trustworthiness as a financial hub, Benavides promoted national and foreign investment and issued bonds in the international market.

Currently retired from politics, he is a board member of Ban Bif, Peru’s fifth largest bank; Quimpac, Peru’s largest chemical company; and Tupamesa, a steel working subsidiary of CAP Chile. He also serves as chairman of pisco producers Compañia Peruana de Pisco and of KVL Consult Latam, an engineering consulting firm. He has returned to his first passion, agriculture, and is the managing director of two businesses: Agricola Santa Fe and Empacadora y Procesadora Huamaní; a farm and a packing house in Pisco, Perú.

Benavides holds a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Universidad Agraria in Lima, Peru and a finance MBA from the University of Berkeley, Haas.

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Fabio Colletti Barbosa

Former CEO, Abril Group; Former CEO, Santander Brazil

Fabio C. Barbosa is the former CEO of Abril Midia (2011-2015) one of the largest and most influential communication groups in Latin America. He was president of Banco Real / ABN Amro since 1996 and in 2008 with the acquisition of Banco Real by Santander, became CEO of Santander Brazil. Barbosa was president of Febraban (Brazilian Banks Association) from 2007 to 2011. Currently, he is president of the Board of Osesp Foundation (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra), and member of the boards of the United Nations Foundation, Itaú-Unibanco, Gávea Investments, Insper (a non-profit educational and research institute), Endeavor Institute (to foster entrepreneurship), Institute Ayrton Senna (NGO - Education), CLP (Center for Public Leadership), among others. In 2011, Mr. Barbosa was recognized as Person of the Year, by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, in New York, and in 2012, he received the United Nation’s Champions of the Earth award, for his entrepreneurial vision.

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Senator Chris Dodd

President and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.; Former United States Senator, Connecticut

Former United States Senator Chris Dodd is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., which serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture industry around the world. For 36 years, Senator Dodd represented Connecticut in the United States Congress and as the state’s longest serving member was recognized as one of the most widely respected legislators in Congress, earning the trust of both Republicans and Democrats. A key participant in nearly every major national policy debate over the last three decades, Senator Dodd is perhaps best known for authoring or co-authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; the Help America Vote Act; and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dodd served as a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a recognized expert on Latin America. During his tenure he interacted extensively with leaders throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and Latin America and served as Co-Chair of the U.S. – India Senate Caucus. Appointed in March of 2011 to represent one of America’s most creative and storied industries, Senator Dodd’s highest priority is to champion the creative freedoms of filmmakers by safeguarding intellectual property rights, advancing technology-driven innovation and opening global markets to the uniquely powerful medium of film.

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Sebastian Edwards

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, 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 than 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 Fischmann

Founder and Chairman, Crystal Lagoons

Fernando Fischmann is an influential scientist, innovator, and entrepreneur, whose technologies are generating high impact worldwide. He has been honored with many international awards, to name a few, the 2016 Stevie® Award, which is considered the “Oscar for Business”, in its two categories: Innovator of the Year for his sustainable vision for water usage, and for Innovation of the Year for his water desalination technology that uses no energy, the 2016 Green Apple Award for his Sustainable Cooling Technology; the “Real Innovator Award”, awarded by the UK’s London Business School, and as a unique feature he is the only executive to have received awards for Best Entrepreneur, Best Innovator and Best Businessman.

As a scientist, and with a background in biochemistry, Fischmann has developed and patented several water purification technologies with minimal use of chemicals and energy, which have completely changed people’s lifestyles by bringing idyllic beach life and white sand beaches to any place in the world. Fischmann is now putting his scientific efforts towards developing a wide variety of industrial applications that enable worldwide problems to be solved, such as energy and water scarcity, as well as environmental degradation.

Fischmann’s innovations have revolutionized the field of water treatment and purification for different uses, encompassing recreational, ornamental, and industrial uses, in both private and public projects. He has developed many technologies that have been protected through different intellectual property privileges (such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), and currently has a portfolio of over 1,500 patents worldwide. As an entrepreneur, and as a unique feature, he has been the only person to receive awards for Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Businessman of the Year, among many international awards. He is the founder and Chairman of Crystal Lagoons, where in less than 8 years from its foundation the company is currently participating in more than 600 projects in different stages of negotiation or development in 60 countries. His innovations have been covered by more than 10,000 publications all over the world, and today his multinational company is expanding around the world with more than 15 offices globally.

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Alceu Lima (’92)

Investor, Owner; Former President, Barclays Brazil

Alceu Lima manages his own investment fund. Prior to this, from 2004 to 2013, he worked for Barclays. He joined Barclays Capital as its Head of Investment Banking and was promoted to President of Banco Barclays-Brazil in 2005. Prior to working at Barclays Capital, Lima worked for 7 years at Lehman Brothers-Latin America in its Investment Banking Division where he was the Head of Brazil. He also spent ten years at Citibank, where he started his career. At Citi, he worked in various positions within the company’s Investment Banking and Treasury Divisions. Lima has substantial experience in the Latin America region originating and executing M&A, Advisory, Equity and Debt Capital Market transactions for clients in a variety of industries including Telecom, Utilities, Financial Institutions, Industrials, Chemicals and Oil and Gas.

Lima is also the founder and president of the Associacao Bruin Alumni do Brasil. An association that provides financial sponsorship to Brazilian students at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering Cum Laude from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) and an MBA with distinction from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


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Mike Medavoy (B.A. '63)

Chairman & CEO, Phoenix Pictures; Co-Founder Orion Pictures; Former Chairman of TriStar Pictures

If a filmmaker were to pitch a project based on legendary movie producer Mike Medavoy’s life, it’s highly likely he or she would be unceremoniously tossed out onto the pavement, chased by a scoffing dismissal that the story was ridiculously unbelievable. But Medavoy’s journey, rife with new beginnings and reinvention, is a real-life, inspiring testament to hard work, perseverance, and an indomitable spirit. During Medavoy’s illustrious career, he has been involved in over 300 movies, seven of which received Best Picture Oscars, while sixteen others received same category nominations. Among these are some of the most memorable films in the history of cinema: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Rocky, Annie Hall, Amadeus, Raging Bull, Platoon, RoboCop, Amadeus, Black Stallion, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Silence of the Lambs, Sleepless In Seattle, The Thin Red Line, Shutter Island and Black Swan.

Born in Shanghai, China, to Russian-Jewish émigrés escaping the pogroms of the1920s, Medavoy learned valuable lessons as an outsider, first in Shanghai, then in Santiago, Chile, where his family resettled following Mao Tse-Dung’s rise to power in China. Starting from scratch in South America and later in the U.S., learning new languages and cultures, Medavoy had to work harder and smarter to achieve his goals. Led by his parents’ example, his subsequent success in the ruthless movie business world was no fluke.

After graduating from UCLA he landed his first industry job in Universal’s mailroom, but it wasn’t long before he rapidly moved up the ladder. He became Creative Management VP of motion pictures where he collaborated with Steve Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. In 1974, United Artists named Medavoy Senior VP of Production. In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures. In 1990, Medavoy became chairman of TriStar Pictures. In 1995, Medavoy co-founded Phoenix Pictures and continues as its chairman and CEO.

Courage, sacrifice, and integrity are trademark themes in Medavoy’s films. Underscoring these recurring motifs is the highly anticipated 2015 release of The 33, a cinematic depiction of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, where 33 men were trapped for 69 days before being rescued. Judging from Medavoy’s past efforts and his passion for this particular project, viewers can rest assured they’ll be in for both a thrilling, suspenseful ride, as well as a heartfelt exploration of the human spirit. - Peter Crane


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Judy D. Olian

Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

Judy D. Olian, Ph.D is 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.

UCLA Anderson is among the leading business schools in the world, annually providing management education across MBA, Masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 working professionals through executive education programs. The school has several internationally recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty, and raised over $350M for students and faculty support, and to create innovative programming.

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 boards of United Therapeutics, Ares Management, Technology Development Group, and on the advisory board of Catalyst.

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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Sanjay Sood

Professor of Marketing; Faculty Director, Center for Management of Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES), UCLA Anderson

Sanjay Sood is Professor of Marketing at the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA. His research expertise focuses in the areas of brand equity and consumer decision making. Sood's research and teaching expertise lies in the area of brand equity and consumer decision making. Using psychological principles, he examines how firms can best build, manage, and leverage strong brand names. Sood is the Faculty Director for the Center for MEMES where he leads curriculum development and conferences to examine unique business issues pertaining to the media, entertainment and sports industries. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Sood obtained his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He also received an M.B.A. degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sood has won several awards for excellence in teaching and student mentoring, including the Neidorf Decade Teaching Award at UCLA. Actively involved with industry, he has worked with many companies, including Google, Disney, Sony, Starbucks, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Intel, and Kaiser Permanente.


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Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva

President and CEO, Embraer S.A., Brazil

Paulo Cesar Silva has served as the CEO of Embraer S.A. since July 2016, leading a global organization headquartered in Brazil, with businesses in commercial and executive aviation as well as in defense and security.

Silva joined Embraer in 1997 as vice president for customer financing. In 2010, he was appointed president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, a position that he held until June of 2016. Under his tenure, the company has expanded its footprint in commercial aviation, consolidating its leadership in the segment with up to 130 seats.

For more than two decades, Silva worked in financial institutions in Brazil, Europe, and the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil and a finance MBA from the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland.


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