21st Annual CAF Conference

Wednesday, September 6


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm



2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Conference Introductory Remarks

    Speakers: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm


Keynote Address

    Remarks: Luis Carranza, President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Session I: A New Global Dynamic, a New Global Order? How Does Latin America Fit In?

    Moderator: Michael Reid, Columnist, The Economist
    Speakers: Susana Malcorra, Former Foreign Minister of Argentina
      Pierre Pettigrew, Former Foreign Minister of Canada
      Lionel Zinsou, Former Prime Minister of Benin and President, Terra Nova
      Gabriela Ramos, Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General, Chief of Staff and OECD Sherpa, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
      Chris Alden, Director, Global South Unit, London School of Economics 
      Wang Huiyao, President, Center for China and Globalization

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Session II: Trump’s Foreign Policy towards Latin-America: What Implications for Regional Integration?

    Moderator: Arturo Sarukhan, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
    Speakers: José Antonio García Belaunde, Ambassador of Peru to Spain and Former Foreign Minister of Peru  
      Marta Lucía Ramírez, Former Defense and Trade Minister of Colombia
      Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States and Former Foreign Minister of Chile
      Francisco Palmieri, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, US Department of State

Thursday, September 7

8:00 am – 8:30 am



8:30 am – 9:30 am


Keynote Address

    Introduction: Carla A. Hills, Former US Trade Respresentative and Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue  
    Remarks: Rick L. Waddell, Deputy National Security Advisor, US National Security Council  

9:30 am – 11:00 am


Session III: Latin America after the Commodity Boom: Old Challenges, New Strategies?

    Moderator: Monica de Bolle, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics  
     Speakers: Carlos de la Torre, Finance Minister of Ecuador  
      Mario Bergara, President, Central Bank of Uruguay  
      Jorge Familiar, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank  
      Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank  

11:00 am -12:30 pm


Session IV: Latin America facing corruption: strengthening accountability, transparency, and independent institutions

    Moderator: Gustau Alegret, US News Director, NTN24  
     Speakers:  Melina Castro Montoya Flores, Federal Prosecutor in Brasília and Member of the Lava-Jato Working Group  
      Laura Alonso, Secretary of Public Ethics, Transparency, and the Fight Against Corruption, Anticorruption Office of Argentina   
      Eduardo Engel, President, Presidential Advisory Council against Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling and Corruption in Chile  
      Claudia Escobar, Former Magistrate, Court of Appeals of Guatemala  
      Ana María Sanjuan, Senior Advisor, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America  

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Interview: Trump’s Latin America and the New Global Order

    Interviewer: Susan B. Glasser, Chief International Affairs Columist and Host of The Global Politico Podcast, POLITICO  
    Interviewee: Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and Mosbacher Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University  

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm



2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Session V: The Electoral Cycle in Latin America: Democratic Renewal or Political Decay? 

    Moderator: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue  
    Speakers: João Augusto de Castro Neves, Director of Latin America, Eurasia Group  
      Denise Dresser, Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)  
      Marta Lagos,  Founding Director, Latinobarómetro  
      Luis Vicente León, President, Datanálisis  
      Rodrigo Pardo, Editorial Director, Semana  

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Session VI: Cities in the Americas: How to make them smarter, safer, and climate resilient

    Moderator: José Carrera, Vice President of Social Development, CAF  
     Speakers:  Aníbal Gaviria, Former Mayor of Medellín, Colombia  
      Daniel Martínez, Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay  
      Fernando Straface, Secretary General of the City of Buenos Aires  
      Danny Leipziger, Managing Director, Growth Dialogue