ONLINE EVENT: 24th Annual CAF Conference

CAF 24

Wednesday, September 9

10:00 – 10:20 am


Conference Introductory Remarks



Master of Ceremonies:

Gustau Alegret, US News Director, NTN24




Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue
Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States



10:20 – 10:50 am





Thomas Shannon, Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue and Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs






H.E. Luis Lacalle Pou, President of Uruguay


11:00 – 12:15 pm


Session I: Economic Recovery from Covid-19 & the Future of the Social Contract


    Lead-Off Speaker:

Luis Felipe López Calva, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme



    Speakers: Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, Secretaría General Iberoamericana (SEGIB); Former Vice President, Costa Rica  
      Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics; Professor, Columbia University  
      Carmen Reinhart, Vice President of Development Economics & Chief Economist, World Bank Group  
      Paula Santilli, CEO, PepsiCo Latin America  
      Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)  

Thursday, September 10

10:00 – 11:15 am


Session II: Successes & Failures: Hemispheric Health Systems Severely Tested





Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami; Former Secretary of Health, Mexico



    Speakers: Carissa Etienne, Director, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Regional Director for the Americas, World Health Organization (WHO)    
      Deisy Ventura, Professor & Director of PhD Global Health Program, Universidad de São Paulo    
      Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund    
      Luciana Borio, Vice President, In-Q-Tel; Former Director for Medical and Biodefense Preparedness, National Security Council    

Carla Vizzotti, Secretary of Health Access, Argentina



11:15 – 12:30 pm


Session III: A Conversation on Coronavirus, Climate Change & the Environment: Where Does LAC Stand?




Yolanda Kakabadse, Chair of Advisory Board, Futuro Latinoamericano; Former Minister of Environment, Ecuador; Former President, World Wildlife Fund




    Speakers: Ana Toni, Executive Director, Instituto Clima e Sociedade    
      Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, Vice President for the Latin American and the Caribbean Region, World Bank    
      Brigitte Baptiste, Chancellor, Universidad Ean; Former Director, Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Institute    

Hugh Sealy, Special Envoy on Climate Change, Barbados



1:15 – 2:30 pm


Session IV: Hopes & Hazards: Digital Transformation in the Region




Guillermo Arduino, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Networks




    Speakers: Laura Gaviria, Director, SoftBank Group International    
      Silvina Moschini, Co-Founder & President, TransparentBusiness Inc.; CEO & Founder, SheWorks!    
      Angel Melguizo, Vice President of External & Regulatory Affairs, AT&T Latin America    
      Kerry-Ann Barrett, Cybersecurity Policy Specialist, OAS    
      Robert Morgus, Senior Director, US Cyberspace Solarium Commission    

Friday, September 11

10:00 – 11:15 am


Session V: Pandemic Politics: Impact on Democracy & Rule of Law in Latin America


Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue


    Speakers: Lucia Dammert, Professor of International Relations, Universidad de Santiago de Chile  
      Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA; Former Second Vice President, Costa Rica  
      Luz Mely Reyes, Director & Co-Founder, Efecto Cocuyo  
      Monica de Bolle, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins SAIS  

Jorge Castañeda, Global Distinguished Professor of LAC Studies, New York University; Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico


11:15 – 12:30 pm


Session VI: US Presidential Elections: Implications for LAC


Gabriela Frias, Business Anchor, CNN en Español


    Speakers: Julissa Reynoso, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP; Former US Ambassador to Uruguay and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs  
      Roger Noriega, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and US Ambassador to the OAS