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The aim of the Latin American Business Association (LABA) is twofold: to promote friendship among Latin-American business students and students interested in Latin-American issues and to sponsor activities that introduce students to the possibilities of employment in Latin America.
The Latin American Student Association (LASA) is a group of graduate students interested in analyzing current economic, political and social issues in the region, promoting its culture and enhancing opportunities for future cooperation. Its members are students from all ethnicities and backgrounds who are at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University. The association is aimed at fostering constant interaction with academic, private and public organizations interested in Latin American and Latino affairs.

The 2006 Columbia Business School and Columbia School of International Affairs Latin America Conference will provide an insight in to the latest trends in the Latin American business scope. The title of this year's conference will be “Breaking Traditional Structures: Capital Markets and Microfinance in Latin America ”. The conference will address these topics from the academic, political and business perspectives .


Mr. Nicolas Aguzin , Head of Latin America Investment Banking, JP Morgan
Ms. Lisa Anderson, Dean of School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
Mr. Bob Annibale , Global Director of Microfinance, Citigroup
Mr. Alberto Bernal , Senior Research Scholar & Emerging Markets Economist, Bear Stearns
Mr. Moctar Fall, Managing Director Head of Latin America Debt and Capital Markets JP Morgan
Mr. Paul Glasserman,
Senior Vice Dean Columbia Business School
Mr. Kurt Koenigsfest , CEO & General Manager, BancoSol S.A.
Mr. Jamil Mahuad , Former President of Ecuador
Mr. Carlos Medina, Executive Director, Latin America Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
Mr. Marcelo Mesquita , Deputy Head of Latin American Research, UBS
Mr. Jonathan Morduch , Professor of New York University and Author of the book The Economics of Microfinance
Mr. Jose Antonio Ocampo , Under-Secretary General of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
Mr. Donald Terry , Manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)
Dr. Tom Trebat , Executive Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS)

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