Domingo Cavallo, Former Minister of Economics and Former Central Bank President  of Argentina

Roberto Castello Branco, , Head of IR and Chief Economist at Vale. Former Central Bank Director

Beny Parnes,Chief Economist of Banco BBM and Former Director for International Affairs of Brazilian Central Bank

Jorge Mariscal, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets at UBS, Wealth Management Division

Drausio Giacomelli, Head of Emerging Market Strategy of Deutsche Bank

Dominik Rohe, Managing Director and Head of Sales for BlackRock's Institutional and Retail business across the Latin America and Iberia region of Deutsche Bank

Jaime Martinez-Negrete, President of Morgan Stanley Mexico and CEO of Morgan Stanley Mexico Casa de Bolsa

Lisa M. Schineller, Managing Director of Sovereign Ratings at Standard & Poor's


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2010 LABA Conference

2011 LABA Conference

Columbia Business School

Welcome to the 14th Annual LABA Conference

The Latin American Business Association (LABA) at Columbia Business School is proud to present its annual conference. As in previous years, the conference will bring together prominent leaders, students and members of the community to discuss business, economic and political trends in Latin America.

Over the past five years the region has grown at average annual rates exceeding 5% - even despite the 2008 economic slowdown - leaving behind its history of economic and financial instability. For this reason the theme for the 2012 conference will be “Going global: Opportunities and challenges for Latin America”. The aim is to provide a forum for participants to understand the drivers of economic growth in the region and the challenges ahead.

The growth of the region, together with low returns in developed countries, has boosted the interest of foreign investors in Latin America. Attracted by the richness of its natural resources (oil, minerals, arable land, and fresh water) investors are seeking opportunities in Latin America, particularly in those countries that have embraced globalization.

Which are the main economic policies that have sustained growth, and what distinguishes those countries that have achieved investment-grade credit ratings? Is this new trend of the region sustainable? How much of the growth depends on the boom in the price of commodities? Has this growth translated into social progress, better living standards for the population, and reduction of income inequality?

This year’s speakers will offer privileged insights into the key drivers of the recent year’s growth path in Latin America. They will discuss areas of strength and weakness, as well as the business opportunities existing in the region. We hope that you will join us!


The aim of the Latin American Business Association (LABA) is twofold: (1) to promote friendship among Latin-American business students and students interested in Latin-American issues and (2) to sponsor activities that introduce students to the possibilities of employment in Latin America.

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