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Dominican President, Mexican Central Bank Governor and Chilean Minister among 2011 Bravo winners.


BY LBC STAFF

Dominican president Leonel Fernandez, Mexican central bank governor Agustin Carstens and Chile’s former mining minister Laurence Golborne are among those that will receive BRAVO Business Awards from Latin Trade magazine this year. The awardees this year also include Luanne Zurlo, President and Founder of Worldfund, a US NGO that promotes education in Latin America, will also be awarded. 

The BRAVO Business Awards Black Tie Gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami on October 28, 2011. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the  Latin Trade Symposium, a leading pan-regional conference for the public and private sectors, organized in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Fernandez was previously honored with the BRAVO Leader of the Year award in 2000 and 2006. This year, Fernandez is being cited for his two decades at the center of Dominican politics. “We’re honored to recognize President Fernandez with the BRAVO Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, for his many contributions to the Dominican Republic and his role in promoting cooperation among leaders in the region,” says Jane Bussey, editorial director of Latin Trade.  

Carstens, one of the most respected central bankers in the world, was named Financier of the Year.  “Through his technical skills and personal credibility as a policymaker, Carstens helped revive the Mexican economy after a severe contraction in 2009,” Latin Trade says in a press release. “He was also a contender to lead the International Monetary Fund this year.”


Golborne, who in July was named Minister of Public Works in
Chile, was named Innovative Leader of the Year for his role during the rescue of trapped miners last year.  “Golborne, then minister of mining, spearheaded last year’s dramatic rescue of miners trapped below the Atacama Desert,” the press release says. “The safe return of all 33 men was a triumph emblematic of Chile and its government’s ability to turn determination into success.” 


Meanwhile, Zurlo, President and Founder of Worldfund, was named Humanitarian of the Year. A former Wall Street research analyst, Zurlo founded Worldfund to improve educational levels in
Latin America. “Applying private sector skills, she has focused efforts on training public school teachers and administrators to boost academic achievement,” Latin Trade says.

The three policymakers and Zurlo will be awarded at a black tie event along with the other winners of BRAVO this year: Odebrecht
CEO Marcelo Odebrect, Grupo Aval CEO Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutierrez, Globant CEO Martin Migoya and Panama Canal Administrator Alberto Aleman.


Latin Trade is a sister publication of Latin Business Chronicle. Both are published by the Latin Trade Group, which also organizes the Latin Trade Symposium, a leading pan-regional conference for the public and private sectors organized in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Americas Society/Council of the
Americas.      

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