april 14, 2018

emerging markets summit

as global markets shift, so should the way you do business

Latin America - Business & Entrepreneurship
"Growth in Latam: where is the region heading?"

In the last decade, Latin American countries displayed disperse growth rates as a result of different economic and financial policies, trade systems and commodity prices. In addition to that, political instability increases uncertainty about what to expect of new governments and the future of the region. With the election of Trump, new concerns arise as US trading policy moves toward protectionism, opposed to the past trend of increasing openness between the US and Latin American economies.


MD and CFO, World Bank, Former Finance Minister of Brazil

  • Dr. Joaquim Levy has been CFO and Managing Director of The World Bank Group since February 1, 2016. Previously, he served as the Minister of Finance of Brazil. From 2010 to 2014, he was CEO of the asset management business of Banco Bradesco S.A, Brazil's second-largest private bank group. Dr. Levy also served as Secretary of the National Treasury of Brazil and in several positions in the public sector, including as Board Member of Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social—BNDES. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago (1992).


Former Minister of Economy and Finance, Peru

  • Alfredo Thorne was Minister of Economy and Finance between 2016 and 2017. Previously, he was the founder and Director of Thorne and Associates, and a Managing Director at the Global Research Department in JPMorgan Chase Bank, where he was responsible for conducting economic research on Mexico and Latin America. He was also a columnist of the bi-weekly Poder magazine published in Mexico City. Latin Finance magazine voted him as the “Best Mexican Economist” in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. In 1997, Time Magazine invited him to join its Latin American Editorial Board of Economists. Mr. Thorne worked from 1987 to 1995 at the World Bank as Senior Country Economist for Mexico and as Senior Financial Economist responsible for advising former socialist countries in their transition from centrally planned to market economies.


Businessman and Board Member of University of Chicago

  • Alvaro Saieh is the chairman of CorpGroup, one of Chile's largest conglomerates. He got his undergarduate and postgraduate degree in Economics from Universidad de Chile. Later, he attended The University of Chicago, where he pursued a master´s degree in arts (1976) and a PhD in economics. In the 1980s Álvaro Saieh started his business activity, acquiring the Banco Osorno y la Unión. During the 1990s he also acquired AFP Provida, currently one of the leading pension fund managers in Chile; then, during the same decade, he sold both companies to international groups


Executive Director, The Center for Economic Policy Research

  • Thomas Coleman, PhD'84, is Executive Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. From 2012 to 2014, Coleman was Executive Director and Senior Advisor at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to returning to the University of Chicago, Coleman worked in the finance industry for over twenty years, with considerable experience in trading, risk management, and quantitative modeling.