March 01, 2018

Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Examines New Opportunities

Focus on positive disruption, innovation and technology advancements designed to support new and sustainable growth throughout Latin America

LOS ANGELES (March 1, 2018) – The 2018 Latin American Business Conference will gather influential leaders from the private and public sectors to address the opportunities and concerns of the region and suggest calls to action by its business and political decision-makers. In addition to sharing their experiences, insights and economic and political forecasts, they will discuss ideas about what is needed to move to action as Latin America considers its future and rethinks traditional industries and systems.

The conference, to be held March 2, 2018, in the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Korn Convocation Hall, will address business and investment opportunities for the region as well as the industries and sectors that are ripe for innovation and positive disruption. It will also examine how Latin America is well-positioned to foster stronger and more sustainable economic growth, stimulate innovation and technology advancement, leverage trade opportunities with the United States and plan for a brighter future. There will be discussions on the region’s economic, trade, political and social prospects, with panels focused on innovation and technology for financial transformation, clean energy as a path toward sustainable and inclusive growth, and Mexico’s views on the current NAFTA renegotiations.

“Latin America’s financial landscape is on the brink of significant transformation,” says Sebastian Edwards, UCLA Anderson Distinguished Economist and Henry Ford II Chair in International Management. “With technology firms deploying ever more innovative platforms, venture capital flowing to FinTech startups and governments placing increasing importance on financial inclusion, the stage is set for disruptive business models to transform Latin America’s traditional banking sector into something beyond our imagination.”

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Cate Ambrose, President and Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)
  • Lee Bailey, Chairman of the Board, SolarReserve; Managing Director, Ascent Holdings LLC
  • Carlos Barrera, Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Renewable Energy; Former Managing Director for Latin America, SunEdison
  • Walter Bayly, Chief Executive Officer, Banco de Credito del Peru (BCP); Chief Operating Officer, Credicorp
  • Richard Brent, Chief Executive Officer, Louroe Electronics
  • Carlos Cesarman Kolteniuk, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Investor Relations, Promotora y Operadora de Infraestructura S.A.B. de C.V. (PINFRA)
  • Bryan Early, Special Advisor to Commissioner McAllister and Lead Advisor to Chair Weisenmiller on Mexico, California Energy Commission
  • Sebastian Edwards, UCLA Distinguished Economist, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Veronica Elizondo, Global Head of Strategic Planning, Sigma Alimentos (Grupo Alfa)
  • Marcelo Sada, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Source Logistics
  • Eduardo Urdapilleta (M.A. ’93, ’94), Executive Vice President, Chief Deposit Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, BofI Federal Bank

Discussions will be moderated by: Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance, UCLA Anderson; Nurit Katz (MBA/MPP ’08), Chief Sustainability Officer, UCLA; and Carlos J. Valderrama, President of Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

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 partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Conference bronze sponsors include City National Bank, the Port of Los Angeles, Credicorp and the UCLA Latin American Institute as a supporting organization.

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 programming, 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) provides a forum for UCLA Anderson students, faculty, alumni and corporations with an interest in Latin America to connect to each other. Through a broad offering of professional and social events, LABA aims to showcase the region’s diverse cultures and business opportunities for the mutual benefit of its members and the broader UCLA Anderson community.

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: educate LBSA members on the numerous career opportunities within the business world; develop in its members the proper knowledge base and skill set needed to be successful in the on-campus recruiting process and the professional environment; create a network and maintain a continuous relationship among business professionals, the business community and its members; and develop a strong community presence that creates an inroad for qualified students in the business world.

About the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment
The Los Angeles Area Chamber’s Center for Global Trade and 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
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, UCLA-NUS MBA, 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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