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March 31, 2020

A New Decade of Opportunities for Latin America

Perspectives on the Future of the Region

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Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) and Concordia are pleased to present a series of panels featuring renowned experts, business practitioners, and young leaders to bring a diversity of perspectives and reflect on the future of the region in the coming decade.

Social unrest and turmoil dominated the political landscape in Latin America over the last months of 2019, and economic stagnation has been a common denominator in the continent overall. Hence, it comes as no surprise that some experts predict that these tensions will not only remain but also intensify in the New Year and beyond leading to another “lost decade” for the region. However, there are many others who believe that the current challenges must be seen as opportunities for the private sector, civil society organizations, governments, and other important actors to work together and make of this era “A New Decade of Opportunities for Latin America."


  • 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Welcome Reception and Registration
  • 9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m. | Welcome/Introductory Remarks
  • 9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m. | Georgetown Youth Perspectives on the Future
  • 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. | Session I
  • 10:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Session I Q&A
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. | Session II
  • 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Session II Q&A
  • 11:30 a.m. | Final Remarks


Georgetown Youth Perspectives on the Future
9:10 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Moderated by Matthew Swift, Concordia Co-founder and CEO and Dr. Ricardo Ernst, LALP Executive Director, this panel will host Georgetown University students representing a diverse geographical background to answer the following question: “Are you optimistic or pessimistic about your future, the future of Latin America and the world overall?” These student leaders will share perspectives on civil engagement, democracy, economic potential and their outlook on the future as the rising group of next-generation leaders. 

Featured speakers: Paulina Rubio (MPA'20, Mexico), Laura Newton (CLAS'21, Colombia), Valeria Sanchez (C'21, Venezuela), Santiago Mayoral (MBA FT'21, Mexico), Ana Ortega (GCL2020, Dominican Republic).

Globalization, Competitiveness & Governability in Latin America
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 

Moderated by Dr. Ricardo Ernst, LALP Executive Director, this panel will discuss the current political, economic and social panorama of the region through the lens of competitiveness, governability, and globalization. 

Featured Speakers:
Lorenzo Mendoza, CEO, Empresas Polar, and Luis Alberto Moreno, President, IDB

Youth Entrepreneurship & Foreign Investment in Latin America
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Moderated by Matthew Swift, Georgetown University alumn and Concordia Co-founder. Latin America’s potential to shape the global economic agenda has become evident over the past years. More companies and accelerators are looking to invest in the region, with venture funding increasing substantially and more startup companies gaining traction all over the continent. Companies such as Rappi in Colombia and Gympass in Brazil have received millions in investment and are examples of how Latin American countries are becoming technological hubs of innovation. Many of these technology startups are run by younger generations who have become visionaries and pioneers of enterprises that are now dominating the market and making important shifts in how people consume products and services across the board. This session will elevate conversations between technology startup founders in Latin America and public organizations, evaluating how the private and public sector can work together to incentivize more investment in the region, create public policy that is both favorable to the rapidly evolving landscape and supportive of youth entrepreneurship. 

Organized by the Latin America Leadership Program and Concordia, with the support of the McDonough Business School Global Business Initiative (GBI) and Georgetown University's Latin American Student Associations: LASA, LABA, and LAPA.