XX Annual CAF Conference

Wednesday, September 7

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm



2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Conference Introductory Remarks

    Emcee: Jéssica de la Peña, Journalist, RCN News
    Speakers: Enrique García, President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
      Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm



    Introduction: Carla A. Hills, Former US Trade Representative and Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue
    Remarks: United States Vice President Joe Biden

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm


Session I: The Evolution of Inter-American Relations & Regional Integration in Latin America: 20 Years of the CAF Conference in Washington & What the Future Holds

    Moderator: Patricia Janiot, Anchor, CNN en Español
    Remarks: Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica
    Speakers: Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
      Nelson Jobim, Former Defense and Justice Minister of Brazil
      Marta Lucía Ramírez, Former Defense and Trade Minister of Colombia
      Allan Wagner, Former Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister of Peru
      Félix Peña, Director, Institute of International Trade, ICBC Foundation

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm


Session II: Latin America’s Shifting Political Landscape: What Do Voters Want? What Can Leaders Deliver?

    Moderator: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue
    Speakers: Alberto Vergara, Visiting Professor, Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), Peru
      Matias Spektor, Associate Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
      Luis Vicente León, President, Datanálisis, Venezuela
      Carlos Pagni, Columnist, La Nación, Argentina
      Adrián Bonilla, Professor, Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), Ecuador

5:45 pm – 7:00 pm


Debate: What Do the US Presidential Elections Mean for Latin America?

    Moderator: Juan Carlos López, Anchor, CNN en Español
    Speakers: Gustavo Fernández, Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Bolivia
      Roger Noriega, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
      Shannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
      Marc Bassets, US Bureau Chief, El País

Thursday, September 8

8:00 am – 8:30 am



8:30 am – 10:00 am


Session III: Is Latin America at a Turning Point?: Future Development Challenges

    Moderator: Enrique García, President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
    Remarks: Enrique V. Iglesias, Former Secretary General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and Former President, Inter-American Development Bank
    Speakers: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
      Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund
      Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
      Alejandro Foxley, President, Corporation for Latin American Studies (CIEPLAN) and Former Finance Minister of Chile

10:00 am – 11:15 am


Session IV: Global Governance & the Reform of the International Financial Architecture

    Moderator: Harinder Kohli, President and CEO, Emerging Markets Forum and Centennial Group
    Remarks: K.V. Kamath, President, New Development Bank
    Speakers: Stephen P. Groff, Vice President, Asian Development Bank
      Nikolay Kosov, Chairman, International Investment Bank
      Luis Miguel Castilla, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      José Antonio Ocampo, Former Finance Minister of Colombia

11:15 am – 12:30 pm


Session V: Perspectives on Cuba after Rapprochement

    Moderator: Guillermo Fernández de Soto, Director for Europe, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Colombia
    Speakers: Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
      Mario Bergara, President, Central Bank of Uruguay
      Dan Restrepo, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
      Vilma Hidalgo, Deputy Director, University of Havana

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm



1:45 pm – 2:30 pm


Conversation: The Power of Gastronomy to Transform Social Realities

    Moderator: Ana Mercedes Botero, Director of Social Innovation, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
    Speakers: Sumito Estévez, Chef, El Compartir, Venezuela
      Michelangelo Cestari, CEO, Gustu Restaurant, Bolivia
      Brian MacNair, Executive Director, World Central Kitchen

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm


Session VI: Innovative Financial Instruments to Enhance Latin America’s Infrastructure

    Moderator: Guillermo Perry, Former Finance Minister of Colombia
    Speakers: Peter Vonk, Advisor to the President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
      Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Vice President of Countries, Inter-American Development Bank
      Liz Bronder, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean, International Finance Corporation
      Martín Redrado, Director, Fundación Capital, Argentina
      Robert Palter, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm


Interview: The Challenges of Peace in Colombia

    Moderator: Michael Reid, Columnist, The Economist
    Speakers: María Ángela Holguín, Foreign Affairs Minister of Colombia
      Néstor Humberto Martínez, Attorney General of Colombia
      Rafael Pardo, Post Conflict Minister of Colombia
      Alejandro Santos, Chairman, Reconciliation Foundation of Colombia and Director, Semana

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm


Session VII: The Future of Latin America: The Vision of New Leaders

    Moderator: Gustau Alegret, Political Correspondent, NTN24
    Speakers: Verónika Mendoza, Leader, Frente Amplio Party
      Soledad Núñez, Housing Minister of Paraguay
      Loreto Carvajal, Member of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies
      Cecilia Chacón, Municipal Council of La Paz, Ecuador
      Daniela Chacón, Deputy Mayor of Quito, Ecuador
      Cecilia Alemany, Coordinator, South American Network of Applied Economics (Red Sur) and Advisor, UN Office for Project Services