1ST Latin American Policy Forum

afiche final- azul copyLatin America has become a place where effective and innovative policies have been born. Success stories have positioned countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru in the spotlight of the global policy debate. To recognize this development, and to engage with particular accomplishments in the region, Latin American Matters (LAM) has convened the First Latin American Policy Forum: “Success Stories from Latin America.”

This year’s participants will include: Álvaro Uribe, Former President of Colombia; Cristián Larroulet, Secretary General of the Presidency of Chile; Josefina Vázquez Mota, Former Secretary of Social Development and Presidential Candidate of Mexico; Jaime Lerner, Mayor of Curitiba of Brazil, and other policy leaders.

In order to enhance debate, the conference will be divided into panels that will focus the following specific policy areas: Social Protection, Urban Development, Security, Energy and Trade. The forum will focus on these areas as it is these fields where we find the region’s most pressing concerns and accomplishments.

The conference will take place next May 9th at the International House, and it will be open to the public.

The Latin American Policy Forum is organized by Latin American Matters (LAM), a student organization at the Harris School of Public Policy, which aims to improve the position of the University of Chicago in Latin America, and to bring the policy debate from Latin American to our university community.


What? First Latin American Policy Forum: “Success Stories from Latin America”

When? Thursday, May 9th, 2013 / 9.00am-5.00pm

Where? The International House. 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago.

Contact: Juan Mauricio Mora – LAM President jmauriciomora@uchicago.edu


9:00-10:30 Urban Development

  • Jaime Lerner. Former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil
  • Richard Daley. Former Mayor of Chicago

10:30-12:00 Social Protection

  • Gabriel Martínez. ICSS
  • Josefina Vázquez Mota. Former Presidential Candidate of México

12:15 – 13:45 Keynote Speech

  • Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Former President of Colombia
  • David Axelrod. Former Advisor to President Obama   

2:00-3:30 Energy

  • Juan Bueno Torio. Former Director of Pemex Refinery  
  • Ramón Espinasa. Lead Oil and Gas Specialist of IDB
  • Antonio Fernández-Montes. Director of Global Markets of REPSOL    

3:30-5:00 Trade

  • Bruno Ferrari. Former Secretary of Commerce of México
  • Cristián Larroulet. Secretary General of the Presidency of Chile
  • Ricardo López Murphy. Former Presidential Candidate of Argentina

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