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Ingo Ploger

Ingo Ploger
International President, Strategical Council of CEAL, Brazil

He is President of IP Desenvolvimento Empresarial e Institucional, a company dedicated to investment promotion, as well as entrepreneurial and institutional development, vision mentoring, strategic and global adviser. Mr. Ploger is also International President of the Strategical Council of CEAL.
He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Technological University of Darmstadt, Germany and holds a post-graduate degree in Economic and Labor Sciences from the Technological University of Munich. Mr. Ploger is also chairman of the Advisory Board of Robert Bosch Latin America and member of the board at shipping firm Hamburg Süd.

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Dan Restrepo
Senior Fellow,
Center for American Progress

For nearly six years and through two presidential campaigns, Restrepo served as the principal advisor to President Barack Obama on issues related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, serving as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council from March 2009 to July 2012 and as an advisor to and surrogate for Obama for America during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

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Margaret Myers
Director, Asia & Latin America Program
Inter-American Dialogue

Margaret established the Dialogue’s China and Latin America Working Group in 2011 to examine China’s growing presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Myers also developed the China-Latin America Finance Database, the only publicly available source of empirical data on Chinese state lending in Latin America, in cooperation with Boston University’s Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI).

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John Price
Managing Director,
Americas Market Intelligence

John is a veteran of Latin America market consulting and one of the leading public speakers and thought leaders in the region. Since 1993, John has advised more than 50 of the global 1000 firms on their business strategies and market intelligence needs in Latin America. John’s consulting career began in Mexico where he founded InfoAmericas, which by 2003 became the largest independent market intelligence firm in Latin America. The firm was sold in 2007 to Kroll, the world’s largest corporate investigations firm and John launched Kroll’s first market intelligence practice.  In 2011, John left Kroll and co-founded Americas Market Intelligence, now with offices in Miami, Mexico City, São Paulo and San Francisco.

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Jerry Haar, PH.D
Executive Director of Executive and Professional Education
Florida International University

Jerry Haar is a professor, researcher, and consultant in strategic planning, international management, and marketing. He is Executive Director of Executive and Professional Education and a professor of management and international business at Florida International. He is also a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University.

Maria Tereza Leme Fleury
Professor of International Strategy
Director of FGV SP

Maria was director of FGV EAESP – School of Administration of São Paulo at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, in the 2008-2015 period. She is vice-president of the AIB Academy International Business. She is a professor at FEA/USP, as well as the principal and vice-principal of the faculty from 1998 to 2006. She is the Visiting Schollar at the IFM – University of Cambridge, a Visiting Professor at ESSEC, France, and a Visiting Researcher at IDS-University of Sussex – England and IDE in Tokyo-Japan. She is currently a member of the Councils of Business Institute, Madrid, Lisbon Business School, Lisbon, Center for China Latin America Management Studies Tsighua University Beijing, Columbia Global Center Latin America, Columbia University – New York – USA, Member of the Editorial Board of RAE and International Journal of Emerging Markets.

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Lourdes Casanova
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director,
Johnson Emerging Markets Institute

Lourdes Casanova, a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University, formerly at INSEAD, specializes in international business with a focus on emerging markets multinationals. Appointed in 2014 and in 2015 as one of the 50 most influential Iberoamerican intellectuals by Esglobal. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. A Fulbright Scholar with a Masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Barcelona. Visiting professor at Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, Judge Business School at University of Cambridge and at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, University of Zurich, and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Cynthia J. Arnson
Director of Lain American Program,
Woodrow Wilson Center

Cynthia is one of the country’s foremost experts on the Spanish-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere. During more than 20 years at Wilson, she has testified before the House and Senate and has produced scores of publications on Colombia, Central America, Argentina, Venezuela, security and organized crime, energy, human rights, and U.S. policy in Latin America. A former foreign policy aide in Congress, Arnson has also held positions at Human Rights Watch and in academia.


Arancha González
Executive Director
International Trade Center

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the joint development agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, since September 2013.

Dr. Stuti Banerjee
Research Fellow for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean
Indian Council of World Affairs

Dr. Stuti Banerjee is Research Fellow for North America, Latin America and the Caribbean at  leading Delhi-based think-tank Indian Council of World Affairs. Dr. Banerjee write on topics of strategy and security, nuclear security and risks and India’s foreign policy.

Andreza De Souza Santos
Director, Brazilian Studies Programme
University of Oxford

Andreza A. De Souza Santos is the Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme in Oxford and Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford. In the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, she currently offers the course “Doing Urban Ethnography”. Her current research interests include Grassroots Politics, Mining, Housing and Infrastructure, and Politics of Urban Heritage. Her regional academic focus includes Brazil, South Africa and India.

Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

As founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), recognized as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy, Robert D. Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts and fellows that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.

Alicia García-Herrero
Senior Fellow

Alicia Garcia Herrero is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel and a non-resident research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano. She is also the Chief Economist for the Asia Pacific at NATIXIS. Alicia Garcia Herrero is currently adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and visiting faculty at China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

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