23rd CAF Conference

Washington DC, USA September 04 to 05, 2019

The 23rd edition of the CAF Annual Conference will bring together over a thousand leaders from different sectors of the Americas to discuss the main challenges facing the region on the global stage, in Washington, DC, on September 4th and 5th.

23 Conferencia Anual CAF
Luis Carranza
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. 

Admiral James Stavridis
Admiral James Stavridis Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Former US Southern Commander; Operating Executive at the Carlyle Group.

He's an operating executive at the Carlyle Group and Chair of the Board of Counselors at McLarty Associates. A retired 4-star Admiral, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations as Supreme Allied Commander, focused on Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, and Syria. Prior to that role, he was the Commander for US Southern Command and oversaw the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Hugo Alconada Mon
Hugo Alconada Mon Investigative Unit Editor, La Nación

Is an investigative unit editor for the Argentine national newspaper, La Nación; a columnist for the New York Times en Español, and expert lecturer at the García Márquez Foundation. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Anton Chan
Anton Chan RMB Specialist for Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank

He is responsible for advising corporations and financial institutions in the Americas on the implications of China’s financial market developments and RMB internationalization. 

Enrique Dussel Peters
Enrique Dussel Peters Director of the Center for Chinese-Mexican Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Is an economics professor at the Graduate School of Economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He is also the director of the Center for Chinese-Mexican Studies at UNAM. He has consulted on projects with ECLAC, ILO, Ford Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Alex Hao
Alex Hao Partner, JunHe Law Offices LLC

Is a partner at JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s strategy committee. He advises US clients on compliance with Chinese law on issues like anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. He also acts as outside general counsel for Chinese clients investing in the US.

Mauricio Mesquita Moreira
Mauricio Mesquita Moreira Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Is the chief economist for the integration and trade sector of the Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to that role, he worked at the Development Bank of Brazil and taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Silvia Pavoni
Silvia Pavoni Editor, The Banker

Is the economics editor at The Banker, a monthly publication of the Financial Times group, for which she oversees the Americas coverage and commissions and writes for the Bracken and Viewpoint opinion columns. She is an honorary fellow in the Department of Economics at the City University of London and an adviser for WILL: Women in Leadership in Latin America.

Andrea Bernal
Andrea Bernal News Anchor and reporter, NTN24

Ecuadorian journalist holding more than 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism and a Master’s degree in Political Management from the George Washington University. Has also worked as a correspondent of the Ecuadorian network, Ecuavisa, in Washington, D.C. She also directs her own opinion show, “Zoom a la Noticia”.

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.

Martha Barcena
Martha Barcena Ambassador to the United States, Mexico

She is the Mexican Ambassador to the United States. She also served as Mexican Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, the Kingdom of Denmark, and to Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan. She was previously the Director-General of CELAG, and she is a founding member of Desarmex, an NGO promoting education for peace and disarmament.

Marisa Bircher
Marisa Bircher Secretary of International Trade, Argentina

She has held roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fundación Exportar, and the SGS Group. She was also director general of the Economic Development Ministry at Buenos Aires City Hall.

Laura Chinchilla
Laura Chinchilla Former President, Costa Rica; Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue

Was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014. She previously served as vice president, minister of justice and member of the National Assembly. Chinchilla has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2014 and is co-chair of the Board of Directors.

Rossana Fuentes
Rossana Fuentes Founder & CEO, Mexico Media Lab

Is the founder and CEO of Mexico Media Lab, a think tank that specializes in the use of information and communication technologies to implement disruptive projects that provoke innovation in both the public and private sector. She is also the author of México 2020: Una guía para entender al país y darle click a tu futuro.

Edison Lanza
Edison Lanza Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

He has also worked as a journalist in several media outlets and lead emblematic cases related to the right of freedom of expression before the Inter-American Human Rights System

Rosa Ng
Rosa Ng Former Representative to China, Dominican Republic

Was the representative of the Dominican Republic in Beijing until 2018. Additionally, she served as vice-minister of the Technical Ministry of the Presidency. She has worked for the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the UN Development Program as a consultant.

Michael Reid
Michael Reid Senior Editor and Columnist, The Economist

He writes the Bello column on Latin America for The Economist and is the newspaper’s writer-at-large for the region. He has testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Commons.

Daniela Pinheiro
Daniela Pinheiro Editor-in-chief for Revista Época

She was a former Knight JSK Fellow in Journalism at Stanford Unversity. Prior, she worked at Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, and was editor at Veja magazine. She is a four-time winner of the Brazil’s Women in Press award and three-time winner of the Comunique- se Award.

Thomas Shannon
Thomas Shannon Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, United States; Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue

Has spent over 30 years in the US Foreign Service, most recently as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the US Department of State. He has also served as the US ambassador to Brazil.

Carla A. Hills
Carla A. Hills Co-chair of the Inter-American Dialogue
Catalina Botero
Catalina Botero Dean of the Law School, Universidad de los Andes; Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Is the dean of the law school at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and founding partner of DeJusticia Colombia. She was formerly the special rapporteur for freedom of expression for the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Isabel de Saint Malo
Isabel de Saint Malo Former Vice President and Foreign Minister, Panama

Was the first female vice president and foreign minister of Panama. She was the alternate ambassador from Panama to the United Nations in New York and worked as the country manager for the UN Development Program for 15 years.

Anabel González
Anabel González Former Minister of Trade, Costa Rica

Is a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She previously served as the Minister of Trade in Costa Rica and as the former senior director of the World Bank´s Global Practice on Trade & Competitiveness.

Patricia Campos Mello
Patricia Campos Mello Reporter-at-Large and Columnist, Folha de São Paulo

Formerly, she was a correspondent in the US and Germany. She is the author of Lua de Mel em Kobane and the recipient of many awards, including the King of Spain Journalism Prize.

Crystal Patterson
Crystal Patterson Head of Global Affairs, Facebook

Formerly, she was the communications director at the Center for American Progress, a communications director in the US Congress, and the managing director of Petel & Co.

Daniel Zovatto
Daniel Zovatto Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

He previously worked as associate director at the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights and as the president of the Expert Advisory Committee for Electoral Reform in the province of Córdoba from 2007 until 2008.

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.