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September  06  to 07, 201721st Annual CAF Conference
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The 21st edition of the CAF Annual Conference will host more than 1,000 leaders from different sectors of the Americas, who will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the main challenges facing the region on the global stage

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about the conference

Organized since 1997 with the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States, the CAF Annual Conference is one of the main hemispheric meetings to discuss and analyze the major political, economic and social trends in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Location: Mayflower Hotel Washington, DC
  • Hours: September 6 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • September 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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    Luis Carranza President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

    Is the president of CAF-the Development Bank of Latin America. He served as minister of economy and finance from 2006 to 2008 and from January to December of 2009. He previously served as the head of Latin America and emerging markets for BBVA and as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. 

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  • img - Mario Bergara
    Mario Bergara President, Central Bank, Uruguay

    Is president of the Central Bank of Uruguay. He served as minister of the economy and finance from 2013 to 2015 and previously directed the country's Communications Services Regulatory Unit.

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  • img - Michael Reid
    Michael ReidColumnist, The Economist

    Writes the Bello column on Latin America for The Economist and is the magazine's writer-at-large for the region. He was previously Americas editor, South America bureau chief, and a Mexico and Central America correspondent.

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  • img - Marta Lucía Ramírez
    Marta Lucía RamírezEx Ministra de Defensa y Comercio, Colombia

    Served as Colombia's defense and trade minister. She was also a member of the Colombian Senate and the Conservative Party's presidential candidate in 2010. Ramírez has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2004 and sits on the Board of Directors.

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  • img - Laura Alonso
    Laura Alonso Secretary of Public Ethics, Transparency, and the Fight Against Corruption, Anticorruption Office of Argentina

    Is the secretary for public ethics, transparency, and the fight against corruption in the Anticorruption Office of Argentina. She previously served as a national deputy for the City of Buenos Aires from 2009-2015 and as the executive director of Poder Ciudadano and the Argentine chapter of Transparency International. 

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  • img - Gustau Alegret
    Gustau Alegret News Director, NTN24

    Is the News Director for NTN24 in Washington, DC. He was previously a US correspondent for RAC1 Radio in Barcelona and a regular contributor to Diario de Tarragona.

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  • img - João Augusto de Castro Neves
    João Augusto de Castro Neves Eurasia Group, Brazil

    Is the director for Latin America at the Eurasia Group. He co-manages Eurasia Group's Brazil business development strategy and has lectured at top US and Brazilian univerisites, and conducted research on Latin American trade and regional integration. 

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  • img - Eduardo Engel
    Eduardo Engel Presidential Advisory Council against Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling and Corruption in Chile

    Is the chair of the Presidental Advisory Council on Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling, and Corruption, aslo known as the Engel Comission. He previously served a professor of economics at the University of Chile and Yale  University. He is also the former president of the think tank Espacio Público

  • img - Francis Fukuyama
    Francis Fukuyama Oliver Nomellini Senior Fellow and Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

    Is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His most recent book,  Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy, was published in September 2014.

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  • img - Lea Giménez
    Lea GiménezMinister of Finance, Paraguay

    Is the current minister of finance of Paraguay. Prior to this, she served as vice-minister of economy and worked as an economist in the Poverty, Gender, and Equity Group in the Latin American and Caribbean Region of the World Bank. 

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  • img - Santiago Levy
    Santiago LevyVice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank

    Is vice president for sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank, and previously served as general manager and chief economist for the organization's research department. He was also general director of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), the deputy minister at the ministry of finance and public credit of Mexico, and the president of the FCC in Mexico.

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  • img - Rodrigo Pardo
    Rodrigo PardoSemana, Colombia

    Is the editorial director of Semana magazine. He previously served a minister of foreign affairs of Colombia and as ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela and France. 

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  • img - Arturo Sarukhan
    Arturo Sarukhan Former Ambassador of Mexico to the US

    Is a career diplomat who served as Mexico's ambassador to the Us from 2007 to 2013. He is currently a senior advisor to McLarty Associates and a non-resident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Metropolitan Policy programs at Brookings Institution. 

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  • img - Iván Velásquez
    Iván Velásquez Comissioner, International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

    Is the head of the United Natnions Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Her previously served as a laqyer and judge in Colombia. 

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  • img - Wang Huiyao
    Wang Huiyao President of Center for China and Globalization

    Is the founder and president of the Center for China and Clobalization, an independent global think tank in China. He previously served as senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. 

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  • img - Fernando Straface
    Fernando Straface Secretary General, City of Buenos Aires

    Is the secretary general of the city of Buenos Aires. He is also one of the founders and former executive director of CIPPEC, a top think tank in Argentina. From 2003 to 2008, he worked as a government specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. 

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  • img - Lionel Zinsou
    Lionel ZinsouPresidente de Terra Nova, Ex Primer Ministro de Benín
  • img - Francisco Palmieri
    Francisco Palmieri Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • img - Alejandro Werner
    Alejandro WernerDirector of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • img - Aníbal Gaviria
    Aníbal GaviriaFormer Mayor of Medellín
  • img - Michael Shifter
    Michael Shifter President, Inter-American Dialogue

    Is president of the Inter-American Dialogue and an adjunct professor of Latin American politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He previously directed the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Ford Foundation's Governance and Human Rights Program in the Andean region and the Southern Cone.

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  • img - Jorge Familiar
    Jorge Familiar Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank

    Is vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank. He was previously vice president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group and CEO of Mexico's Instituto del Fondo Nacional para el Consumo de los Trabajadores.

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  • img - Rebeca Grynspan
    Rebeca Grynspan Secretary General of SEGIB

    Is secretary general of the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB). She was previously undersecretary general of the UN and associate administrator of UNDP. Grynspan served as vice president of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

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  • img - Luis Vicente León
    Luis Vicente León President, Datanalisis, Venezuela

    Is president of Datanálisis, a survey database specializing in global markets. He is also a professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración.

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  • img - Héctor Arce
    Héctor ArceMinister of Justice, Bolivia

    Is the minister of justice and institutional transparency of Bolivia. Prior to this role, he served as attorney general from 2014 to 2017. Arce has a long history in government, including as a member of the House of Representatives from 2010-2015, during which time he served as the president of the House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012. 

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  • img - José Carrera
    José Carrera Vice-President of Social Development, CAF

    Is the corporate vice-president of Social Development at CAF. After joining CAF in 1999 as deputy manager at the Corporate Planning Office, Carrera worked as CAF's country director and resident representative in Bolivia from 2003 to 2008 and as the assistant director of Country Programs from 2000 to 2003. He has also held positions in the public sector, including deputy minister of finance of Ecuador.

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  • img - Denisse Dresser
    Denisse Dresser Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

    Is a Mexican political analyst, writer, and university professor. She is currently a faculty member of the department of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, a columnist in Proceso magazine, and an editorial writer for the newspaper Reforma.

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  • img - Melina Flores
    Melina Flores Attorney General of Brasilia

    Is the Attorney General of Brasilia, DF. She previously served as the coordinator of the anti-corruption center of the office of the attorney general of Bahia. She is currently a member of the Lava-Jato working group in the office of the Attorney General of Brazil. 

  • img - José Antonio García Belaunde
    José Antonio García Belaunde Former Foreign Minister of Peru

    Is the current Ambassador of Peru to Spain and previously served as foreign minister from 2006 to 2011. During his time as foreign minister, Peru signed a free trade agreement with the United States, the European Union, China, Canada, and several other countries around the world. 

  • img - Susan Glasser
    Susan Glasser Chief International Affairs Columnist and Host of Weekly Podcast, The Global Politico, POLITICO

    Is POLITICO's chief international affairs columnist and host of its weekly podcast, The Global Politico. Glasser served as founding editor of POLITICO Magazine and is the former editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. 

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  • img - Susana Malcorra
    Susana Malcorra Former Foreign Minister of Argentina

    Served as foreign minister of Argentina from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, she was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as chef de cabinet to the executive office of the United Nations. 

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  • img - Pierre Pettigrew
    Pierre Pettigrew Former Foreign Minister of Canada

    Has a long a career in government. He served as the minister of foreign affairs, international trade, health, intergovernmental affairs, and minister responsible for official languages. He is currently an executive advisor to Deloitte. 

  • img - Juan Gabriel Valdés
    Juan Gabriel Valdés Ambassador of Chile to the United States

    Is the current ambassador of Chile to the United States. He previously served as the ambassador of Chile to Argentina (2003), ambassador of Chile to the UN (2000-2003), minister of foreign affairs (1999), and ambassador of Chile to Spain (1990-1994), among other positions.  

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  • img - Ricky L. Waddell
    Ricky L. Waddell Deputy National Security Advisor, US National Security Council

    Is a Major General in the United States Army Reserve who is currently serving as the deputy national security advisor to President Donald Trump. 

  • img - Gabriela Ramos
    Gabriela Ramos Chief of Staff, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

    Is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. In addition to her work on the G20 and the G7, Ramos leads the Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and also oversees the work on education, employment, and social affairs, including gender issues. 

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  • img - Chris Alden
    Chris AldenDirector of the Global South Unit, LSE
  • img - Carla A. Hills
    Carla A. HillsCo-chair of the Inter-American Dialogue
  • img - Monica de Bolle
    Monica de BolleSenior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • img - Carlos de la Torre
    Carlos de la TorreMinister of Finance and Economics, Ecuador
  • img - Danny Leipziger
    Danny LeipzigerManaging Director of the Growth Dialogue
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