XIV Annual MIT Latin American Conference to host former Colombian president

Top government and business leaders from across Latin America to share their perspectives on entrepreneurship, investment opportunities, and developing a solid financial base

Cambridge, Mass., March 10, 2011—On April 2, 2011, prominent business and government leaders from across Latin America will join academics and MBAs at the XIV Annual MIT Latin American Conference to explore the fundamentals of shaping a new business development cycle.

This year’s event, which is being held on the MIT Sloan School of Management campus, will provide a forum for discussing its theme—From Potential to Reality—by shining a spotlight on such timely topics as the role of venture capital and private equity, challenges and opportunities facing investors, increasing entrepreneurship, transitions in political power, and the role of education in building a stronger middle class.

This year’s key note speakers are:

  • Álvaro Uribe, the 39th president of Colombia (2002 through 2010)
  • Ángel Gurría, a Mexican economist and diplomat who currently serves as secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Sérgio Cabral Filho, governor of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro

CEOs and business leaders from across Latin America will offer their perspectives as well. These include:

  • Enrique Bascur, managing director and Latin America region head, Citigroup Venture Capital International
  • Oscar Carrillo, founder and CEO, MexQ
  • Xavier García de Quevedo, president and CEO, Southern Copper Minera Mexico
  • Susana García Robles, senior investment officer, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • Daniel Heise, CEO, Grupo Direct
  • Lorenzo Mendoza, SM ’93, CEO, Empresas Polar
  • Carlos Navarro, partner, Booz & Company
  • Alec Oxenford, co-founder & co-CEO, OLX.com
  • Diego Serebrisky, MBA ’95, managing director, Mexico, Advent International
  • Daniel Undurraga, managing director for Latin America, Groupon
  • Jorge Uribe, group president, Latin America, Procter & Gamble

Academics representing MIT will include, among others, David Schmittlein, dean of MIT Sloan, and Prof. Richard Locke, who teaches in both MIT’s Sloan School of Management and in the Department of Political Science.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit: www.mitlac.com

The MIT Latin Conference is being sponsored by Wisekey, Booz&Co and Itaú.

The MIT Latin American Conference is a student-organized event held once a year that gathers influential leaders from business, government, academia, and society in Latin America. In this context, speakers share their views and debate about opportunities and challenges for the region. Last year more than 300 people attended including business leaders, students and professors from MIT and other leading institutions.

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