25th Annual CAF Conference


CAF Conference 25

Tuesday, October 19

1:00 – 1:15 pm


Conference Introductory Remarks



Master of Ceremonies:

Muni Jensen, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group






Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States
Sergio Díaz-Granados, President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue




1:15 – 1:20 pm


Anniversary Remarks



L. Enrique García, Former President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America



1:20 – 1:40 pm


Opening Remarks and Keynote Conversation


    Opening Remarks: 

Laura Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica; Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue




Keynote Conversation:


Juan Gonzalez, senior advisor and special assistant to the President of the United States; Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere, National Security Council 




2:00 – 3:15 pm


Session I: The “Lost Year”: The Pandemic’s Impact on the Education Sector in Latin America & the Caribbean


    Lead-Off Speaker & Moderator:

Claudia Uribe, Director of the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO






Mariano Jabonero, Secretary-General, Organization of Ibero-American States for Education (OEI)
María Victoria Angulo González, Minister of Education, Colombia
Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education, Trinidad & Tobago
María Brown Pérez, Minister of Education of Ecuador
Leandro Folgar, President, Plan Ceibal
Vicky Colbert, Executive Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva – Volvamos la Gente



3:15 – 4:30 pm


Session II: The Region’s Economic Outlook: Uneven Recovery?





Susana Malcorra, Senior Advisor to the Presidency of IE School of Global and Public Affairs; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Government of Argentina







Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Gustavo Béliz, Secretary of Strategic Affairs, Presidency of Argentina
Rémy Rioux, Chief Executive Officer, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, Vice President Latin America & the Caribbean, World Bank Group
Alicia García-Herrero, Chief Economist Asia Pacific, Natixis 


4:30 – 5:30 pm


Session III: A Conversation with Presidents of Latin America 


Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue

    Speakers: T.H. Alberto Fernández, President, Argentine Republic
T.H. Iván Duque, President, Republic of Colombia
T.H. Laurentino Cortizo, President, Republic of Panama

Wednesday, October 20

1:00 – 2:15 pm


Session IV: A Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs in Latin America and The Caribbean




  Lead-Off Speaker & Moderator:

Luis Felipe López-Calva, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean 




Epsy Campbell, Vice President of Costa Rica 

Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director
Óscar Gamboa, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Colombia in Washington D.C
María Claudia Lacouture, Executive Director, AmCham Colombia
Karim Lesina, EVP and Chief External Affairs Officer, Millicom



2:30 – 4:00 pm


Session V: Social Discontent and Political Polarization: Challenges to Democracy in the Region 




Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue





Denise Dresser, Professor of Political Science, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor of International Relations, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV)
Lucia Dammert, Professor of International Relations, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Patricia Politzer, Assemblywoman, Constitutional Convention of Chile
Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, Director of the program for Mexico and Central America, CEJIL



4:00 – 5:15 pm


Session VI: Green Recovery: How Climate Change Will Shape the Future of the Western Hemisphere




Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary for
Integral Development, Organization of American States (OAS)





Selwin Charles Hart, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team
Fiona Clouder, Regional Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean, COP26

Benigno López Benítez, Vice President for Sectors and Knowledge, Inter-American Development Bank
Daniele Violetti, Senior Director Programmes Coordination, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Ana Cristina Barros, Senior Advisor for Sustainable Infrastructure, Climate Policy Initiative
Javier Manzanares, Deputy Executive Director, Green Climate Fund