22nd Annual CAF Conference

Wednesday, September 5


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm



2:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Conference Introductory Remarks


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

Luis Almagro, Secretary-General, Organization of American States

Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

2:15 – 4:00 PM


Session I: 21st Century Challenges to a Free Press


Catalina Botero, Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes and Former OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

    Speakers: Marty Baron, Editor, The Washington Post
      Carlos Dada, Founding Report, El Faro
      Mónica González, Director, Center for Journalistic Research of Chile (CIPER)
      Roberto Pombo Holguín, Editor, El Tiempo
      Carlos Reymundo Roberts, Editor, La Nación

4:00 – 5:45 pm


Session II: China-Latin America Relations: New Perspectives for Trade and Invesment

    Moderator: Isabel Hilton, Editor, chinadialogue.net
    Speakers: Rogers Valencia, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Peru
      Dulcidio De La Guardia, Former Minister of Finance, Panama
      Tatiana Rosito, Senior Fellow, Brazilian Centre for International Affairs (CEBRI)
      Kevin Gallagher, Director, Global Economic Governance Initiative, Boston University
      Álvaro Mendez, Co-Director, Global South Unit, London School of Economics

Thursday, September 6

8:15 – 9:00 am



9:00 – 10:30 am


Session III: The Return of Growth: What Must The Region Do To Make It Last? 

    Moderator: Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General, Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)  
     Speakers: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)  
      Dyogo Henrique de Oliveira, President, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)  
      Jorge Familiar, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank  
      Miguel Castilla, General Manager & Chief of Strategic Development, Inter-American Development Bank  
      Alejandro Werner, Director of Western Hemisphere, International Monetary Fund  

10:30 am – 12:30 pm


Session IV: Escpaing the Middle-Income Trap: How Can Latin America Use Innovation to Close the Productivity Gap? 

    Moderator: Gonzalo Chávez, Economist, Catholic University of La Paz  
     Speakers:  Miguel Braun, Secretary of Commerce, Argentina  
      Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sectors & Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank  
      Mariana Costa, Founder & CEO, Laboratoria  
      Arturo Condo, President, EARTH University  
      José Juan Haro, Head of Public Positioning and Whole Sale Business for Latin America, Telefónica  

12:00 – 1:30 pm



1:30 – 3:15 pm


Session V: Thinking Politics Beyond the Short Term: How To Generate Consensus for Sustainable Growth

    Moderator: Andrea Bernal, Journalist, NTN24  
    Speakers: Urenna Best, Director, National Secretariat for the Development of Afro-Panamanians (SENADAP)  
      Luís Ernesto Gómez, Former Vice Minister of the Interior, Colombia  
      Hernan Larraín, President, Evolución Política (Evópoli), Chile  
      Juan Maquieyra, President, Buenos Aires Public Housing Institute  

3:15 – 5:00 pm


Session VI: Elections and Political Trends in Latin America: A Focus on Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela

    Moderator: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue  
     Speakers:  Luis Bareiro, Journalist, Última Hora   
      Monica de Bolle, Director, Latin American Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies  
      Mónica Pachón, Dean, School of Political Science, Government, and International Relations, Universidad del Rosario  
      Michael Penfold, Professor, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA)  
      Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey