23rd Annual CAF Conference

Wednesday, September 4


1:00 – 2:00 pm



2:00 – 2:20 pm


Conference Introductory Remarks



Luis Carranza, President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

2:20 – 3:00 pm


Global Challenges & Latin America: A Conversation


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



Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; CNAS Board of Director; Chief Executive Officer, WestExec Advisors



Due to Hurricane Dorian, Admiral James Stavridis was unable to make it to DC. We’re grateful to Michèle Flournoy, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, for taking the time to engage in an important conversation on Global Challenges and the role of Latin America. You can view her bio here.

3:00 – 4:30 pm


Session I: Rethinking a Trade Agenda in the Americas


Carla A. Hills, CEO, Hills & Co., and Former US Trade Representative

    Speakers: Martha Bárcena, Ambassador to the United States, Mexico
      Anabel González, Former Minister of Trade, Costa Rica; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute
      Marisa Bircher, Secretary of International Trade, Argentina
      Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, Chief Economist for the Integration & Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

4:30 – 6:00 pm


Session II: China-Latin America Relations: Beyond Complementarity?

    Moderator: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker
    Speakers: Isabel de Saint Malo, Former Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama
      Alex Hao, Partner, JunHe Law Offices
      Enrique Dussel Peters, Director of Center for Chinese-Mexican Studies, Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México (UNAM)
      Anton Chan, RMB Specialist for Financial Markets, Standard Chartered Bank
      Rosa Ng, Former Representative of Dominican Republic-China Commercial Relations 

Thursday, September 5


7:30 – 8:30 am



8:30 – 10:00 am


Session III: Political Shifts in Latin America: A Focus on Brazil, Mexico, and Recent Elections Throughout the Region

    Moderator: Michael Reid, Senior Editor and Columnist, The Economist  
     Speakers: Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica; Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue  
      Rossana Fuentes, Founder & CEO, Mexico Media Lab  
      Daniela Pinheiro, Editor-in-Chief, Revista Época  
      Daniel Zovatto, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)  

10:00 – 11:30 am


Session IV: Social Media, Disinformation, and the Changing Politics of Latin America

    Moderator: Catalina Botero, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes  
     Speakers:  Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)  
      Hugo Alconada Mon, Investigative Unit Editor, La Nación  
      Patricia Campos Mello, Reporter-at-Large and Columnist, Folha de São Paulo  
      Crystal Patterson, Head of Global Civic Partnerships & Elections, Facebook  
      Andrea Bernal, News Anchor and Director, NTN24  

11:30 – 12:30 pm


Whither Venezuela? A Conversation with Luis Vicente León

    Moderator: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue  
    Speaker: Luis Vicente León, President, Datanálisis  

12:30 – 2:00 pm