Latin America Conference 2014

February 26, 2014

Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Explores Challenges, Opportunities Across the Region

Focus on economic, political and social prospects, as well as growing real estate markets

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2014) - Latin American business leaders will gather at UCLA Anderson School of Management on Feb. 28, 2014, to address key economic and social issues affecting the region at the 2014 Latin American Business Conference.

With "Latin America: Land of Opportunities?" as this year's theme, the event will explore the main challenges that Latin America continues to face, despite significant economic growth over the last decade. While 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty and joined the middle class between 2003 and 2011, for instance, massive protests and social tensions persist across the region.

"Latin America is a natural and critical focus for the California economy and its residents. For those with current and potential business interests in the region, it is vital to obtain deeper understanding of Latin American economic trends, growth sectors and social issues," says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. The conference will feature a dialogue between Dean Olian and keynote speaker Hernán Rodríguez ('93), CEO of Empresas CMPC S.A., one of the largest pulp and paper companies in Latin America. Other speakers include:

  • Jim Allen ('93), head of Morgan Stanley's Latin America mergers and acquisitions practice
  • Francisco Andragnes, managing partner at Metro Buildings
  • Pedro Mario Burelli, founder and managing director of B+V Consulting
  • Ambassador Vilma Martínez, president of the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina
  • Sandor Valner, principal and CEO of Walton Street Capital Latin America

Discussions at the event will also focus on Latin American real estate markets, in light of growing interest from global investors in real estate opportunities across the region. Speakers will look at past and future trends, key players and institutionalization of the industry.

"Real estate is very hot in some countries in Latin America right now, but savvy international investors will achieve good results only if they understand the risks and opportunities that differ from market to market," says Jorge Bromberg ('14), co-president of the Latin American Business Association at UCLA Anderson, which organizes the event alongside the UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management.

Event sponsors include the UCLA Anderson Global Executive MBA Program for The Americas and the UCLA Latin American Institute. For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

About UCLA Anderson Latin American Business Association

The Latin American Business Association (LABA) is a student-run organization that represents a mixture of MBA candidates, faculty and UCLA Anderson alumni from around the world who share a passion for Latin America. The group's interests in Latin America include the diverse cultures and traditions, the languages and people, and the unique business opportunities the region presents.

About UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management

The Center for Global Management (CGM) prepares UCLA Anderson students to understand, shape, and succeed in the complex world of global business. The Center provides conceptual frameworks through which to view various regions and economies, and instills in students the necessary global social, intellectual, and psychological competencies to become truly global citizens.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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