February 01, 2017

Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Examines Region’s Brighter Future

Focus on new developments, opportunities and advancements throughout Latin America

LOS ANGELES, (March 3, 2017) The 2017 Latin American Business Conference will gather prominent influential leaders from both the private and public sectors to address the opportunities and concerns of the region. They will share their experiences, insights and forecasts on the economic and social trends and main issues, as well as the business and investment opportunities for Latin America and its important and influential role in the global economy. Latin America continues its social transformation, improving infrastructure, developing human capital and fostering economic conditions to bridge the gap between uncertainty and opportunity, shaping a brighter future for its people, business and trading partners.

The conference, to be held on March 3, 2017, at UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, will focus on efforts underway to encourage new developments and advancements as Latin America prepares for a brighter future. Discussions will be conducted on the region’s economic, trade, political and social prospects, with panels focused on the importance of sustainable and inclusive growth, strategies for reigniting the region’s growth through innovation and Latin America’s rising role on the global media and entertainment stage.

“Latin American economies are increasingly vital players in the global financial, manufacturing, resource and innovation markets, and are especially important for the Southern California region,” says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. “Some of the key leaders of the sectors across Latin America are joining this year’s conference and will offer insights and forecasts on the region and on the opportunities for cross-border partnership and collaboration.”

“Latin America has made significant advancements during the past few decades. Concurrently, the region is thinking carefully about its future and return to stronger economic growth,” says Patricio Abalos (’17), co-president of the Latin American Business Association. “This annual conference provides the occasion to discuss the opportunities, challenges and implications that face the region’s economic landscape and strategies that Latin American businesses are pursuing from a global perspective.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Alvaro Uribe Velez, former president of Columbia. Panelists include: Mike Medavoy (B.A. ’63), chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures, co-founder of Orion Pictures and former chairman of TriStar Pictures; former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, president and CEO of Motion Picture Association of America Inc.; Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, president and CEO of Embraer S.A., Brazil; Fernando Fischmann, founder and chairman of Crystal Lagoons; Fabio Colletti Barbosa, former CEO of Abril Group and Santander Brazil; Ismael Benavides, managing director of Grupo Huamaní Inc. and Peru’s former Minister of Economy and Finance; Francisco “Paco” Gil Diaz, president of Avanzia, former president of Telefónica México and previously Mexico’s Finance Minister.

Discussions will be moderated by: Sebastian Edwards, UCLA Anderson Henry Ford II Chair in International Management and faculty director of Center for Global Management, an organizer and sponsor of the conference; Sanjay Sood, UCLA Anderson professor of marketing and faculty director of the Center for Management of Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES); Dean Judy Olian; and Alceu Lima (’92), investor, owner and former president of Barclays Brazil.

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

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 well-rounded 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, Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment

The Los Angeles Area Chamber’s Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment 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

CLA 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, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, 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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