March 01, 2016

Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Considers the Region’s Surge as the Next Business Frontier

Focus on Latin America’s future and its return to stronger economic growth

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2016) – The 2016 Latin American Business Conference will bring together respected and influential private and public sector leaders across multiple industries and disciplines to forecast what is to come as Latin America considers its future and returns to stronger economic growth; diversifies its industries and exports beyond commodities; stimulates innovation and technology advancements; leverages trade integration; and continues in its social transformation to become the next business frontier.

The conference, held March 4, 2016, at UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, will include a macro-overview of the region and panel discussions that will explore the relationship between Latin America and Los Angeles, the region’s social transformation, the changing media and entertainment landscape, the role of technology and innovation to Latin America’s economic growth, and the importance of intraregional trade and global cooperation to Latin America’s future.

“Latin America is an ever-changing region, characterized by a diverse aggregate of countries sharing similar challenges, cultures and business traits,” says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. “UCLA Anderson’s annual Latin American Business Conference offers the opportunity to discuss current and potential business interests in the region, which is vital to obtain deeper understanding of Latin American economic trends, growth sectors and social issues.”

“Latin America is a natural and critical focus for the California economy and its residents,” says Manuel Moreno (’16), LABA co-president. “By understanding the mechanics of conducting business in the region, through the scope of internal and external trade, those who attend the conference will be able to get a glimpse of the opportunities arising in corporate development, entertainment, technology and innovation.”

Bryan Stockton, Mattel Inc.’s former chairman and CEO, will be giving the keynote address. Panel moderators include: Susanna Cam, vice president of international banking and structured trade finance at City National Bank; Jacopo Bracco (’99), former president of DIRECTV PanAmericana; Carlos J. Valderrama, senior vice president of global initiatives with Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; and Kati Suominen, assistant adjunct professor of global economics, UCLA Anderson

Additional speakers include:

  • Ambassador Alejandro Wolff (B.A. ’78), former United States Ambassador to Chile
  • Jim MacLellan, director of trade development, Port of Los Angeles
  • Kevin Klowden, executive director, California Center; managing economist, the Milken Institute
  • Karla Berman, lead, ad sales; former head of branding solutions for Spanish LATAM, Google Inc., Mexico
  • Maria Sanchez Munoz, senior vice president, NBCUniversal International Distribution Latin America
  • Alberto Pecegueiro, CEO, Globosat, Brazil
  • Tom Georgis (’98), senior vice president of development, SolarReserve
  • Keith Kratzberg (’92), senior vice president of sales and marketing, Epson America Inc.
  • Mark Neeleman, co-founder, Azul Airlines; CEO, Bamazon Technologies Brazil SSA
  • Carlos Sierra (’07), founder, Twnel; founder, Inalambria Internacional, Colombia
  • Joseph Barragan (’79), managing director, Strategic Financing Advisors LLC.; former managing director, JP Morgan Chase
  • Claudio Chamorro (’02), chief financial officer, Parque Arauco S.A., Chile

The event is organized by UCLA Anderson’s Center for Global Management, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, UCLA Anderson’s Latin American Business Association and UCLA’s Latino Business Student Association. Conference sponsors include City National Bank, the Port of Los Angeles, UPS, UCLA’s Latin American Institute and the Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES.)

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About UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management
The Center for Global Management prepares UCLA Anderson students to understand, shape and succeed in the complex world of global business. Through a variety of academic, immersion and experiential programs, 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 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 Latino Business Student Association
Since its inception in 1994, the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) at UCLA has experienced dramatic growth. As a student organization now serving more than 100 students, the LBSA has several goals: raise awareness of career opportunities in business and serve as a networking resource; help members develop leadership skills; promote academic success and professionalism; encourage community conscious professionals via involvement in our Adelante Tutorial Program.

About the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Global Initiatives Council
The Los Angeles Area Chamber’s Global Initiatives team is widely recognized for their practical experience in developing, managing and implementing global trade and investment programs and strategies. These initiatives are designed to advance global trade in the region, with a strong focus on export promotion, foreign direct investment and assistance to local businesses in expanding their global reach. The Greater Los Angeles Region, including the counties of L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura, is one of the most vibrant economies in the world. The region’s exemplary educational institutions, diversified economy and industrial base continue to be a powerful magnet for global traders and investors. It is the trade hub between the Pacific Rim and Latin America. This fact is supported by the more than 14 free trade agreements and commercial treaties negotiated by the U.S. government in the Pacific Rim and the region’s world class logistical comparative advantage.

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, 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.

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