Our fifth Americas Summit brought together world-renowned political leaders, business innovators, global non-governmental representatives, and impressive young minds to tackle the toughest issues and the biggest opportunities facing the Western Hemisphere. A fully-digital experience allowed for a diverse range of programming and networking, as well as enhanced engagement across geographies and time zones.
Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS)
Latin America and the Caribbean Advocacy Advisor, CARE
General Director of Innovation, Services and Domestic Trade, Ministry of Economy
Co-Director, Certificate Program on WTO and US Trade Law, American University Washington College of ...
Director of Government Affairs for Latin America, Salesforce
Presidential Counselor of Youth, Republic of Colombia
Former Secretary of Environment of Quito; Executive Director, CC35
President, Arton Capital
President, Plural Comunicationes
Head of Economic Policy Research, Google
Director of SAS Global Public and Financial Services Sectors, SAS Institute
Chief Executive Officer, Rubicon Founders
Former Director-General, UNESCO
Founder & CEO, Rappi
President, Together for Safer Roads
CEO, Schmidt Futures
Discovery Unit Chief IDB Lab, Interamerican Development Bank
Global Ambassador for Extreme Heat, Atlantic Council | Former President, The United Mexican States
Co-Chair, Concordia Leadership Council | Vice President, Club de Madrid | Former President, Republic...
Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Senator, Delaware, U.S. Senate
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Security Officer, Confidential
Senior Director, Partnerships
Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Expansion, Rubicon
Viceminister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Former President, Republic of Colombia
Executive Director, ALAI
Chief of Staff, Ministry of Health and Social Protection
Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group
Director of Wildlands Priorities, Global Wildlife Conservation
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ARM Harith Infrastructure Fund
Deputy Secretary General, NATO
VP Latin America, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Director of Development and Engagement, Center for Independent Thought & Chair of the Audit and Fina...
CEO of IDB Lab, Inter-American Development Bank
CEO of IDB Lab, Inter-American Development Bank
Director, Fundacion Gratitud
Co-Founder & CEO, Parsyl
Central America and Tropical Andes Coordinator, Global Wildlife Conservation
President, Fundación WWB Colombia
Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Google
Founder & CEO, Unspoken Smiles
Chief Medical Officer, Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Concordia
Professor, George Mason University
Representative for Mexico, UNHCR
Coordinator, Choco Robotics School
SVP, Chief Program Officer, Americares
President, Brazilian Startup Association
Fellow, Schmidt Futures
Deputy Chairman, Digitalis
Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation
CEO, Cateno Gestão de Contas de Pagamento S/A
Mayor, City of San Salvador
Mayor of La Paz, Mexico
Presidential Advisor of Economics Affairs and Digital Transformation, Republic of Colombia
Mechatronics Engineering Student
EVP, Energy de Libra Group
Minister of Urbanism, Housing and Habitat, Republic of Paraguay
Partnerships, Grants & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, HE Mrs Toyin Saraki Global Office & Philanthr...
Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Vice President, College of Medicine University of Lagos
CEO, Imagine Apps
Former Representative, Florida's 27th District, U.S. House of Representatives
Former Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the United Nations, Poligage
CEO, Latin America, PepsiCo
President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America & the Caribbean, U.S. Agency ...
Co-Founder, President & CEO, Concordia
Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Walmart
Colombia Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation
President & CEO, iNNpulsa Colombia
President Andean Cluster, Philip Morris International
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Global Opportunity Advisors
Regional Latin America Representative, Siemens Foundation
Founder & President, Wallace Global Impact
CEO, Digital Impact Alliance at United Nations Foundation
Founder & CEO, Measurement Matters; Director of Corporate Development, Matrix Food Technologies
Chairman, Yunus Center
News Anchor, Noticias RCN
Latin America is one of the globe’s worst-affected regions from today’s COVID-19 pandemic. Strict lockdowns have taken an unprecedented hit on the regional economy. The IMF’s most recent Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere projects a real GDP contraction of 8.1% in the region by the end of 2020. Recovery will ultimately be shaped by how the pandemic impacts external and domestic demand, and how the scars left by the crisis affect the region’s production capacity. Policies should remain focused on containing the pandemic and cementing the recovery. Further fiscal support should be accompanied by explicit, legislated and clearly communicated commitments to consolidate and rebuild fiscal defenses over the medium term. The 2020 Americas Summit explored the outlook for economic recovery and trade across the region at large, particularly identifying how financial regulation must address the enhancement of automatic stabilizers, social safety nets and access to health and education, all while preserving public investment.
Climate change is altering sea levels and temperatures at an unprecedented rate, and its effects are likely to be even more significant over time, impacting sectors ranging from agriculture and water supply to energy and ecosystems. To combat global warming, many argue that renewable energy will have to replace fossil fuels, which requires overcoming many technical, economic, and political challenges. Over recent decades, it has become evident that the Latin American region presents immense opportunity for investment in this sector, but there is still a long way to go. Discussions within this programming block focused on the role of investors, policymakers, business leaders, and cross-sector stakeholders in advancing clean energy innovation by creating markets and encouraging the diffusion of new technologies across their economies.
Democracy across Latin America is facing a number of deep challenges. Over recent months, demonstrations of discontent against local leadership have been witnessed throughout the region, evidenced by a wave of protests across the continent propelled by social media, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Conversations taking place within this programming block analyzed the political and social spectrum throughout Latin America and what’s needed to effectively address inequality, refugee crises in key areas of the region, social unrest, and opportunity gaps from México all the way to Argentina.
Over the past months, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly underscored the importance of technology and connectivity in today’s world. In an era of digital transformation, it is imperative that governments implement innovative solutions and leverage technological advances to achieve economic growth, success, and inclusivity. Achieving connectivity throughout the region, giving support to entrepreneurs, and formalizing the economy through digital transformation should be integral to the priorities and approach of local leaders. Conversations within this programming block addressed the role of technology within a COVID-19 context and its influence on economic recovery and job creation.
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