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2021-2022 LALP Annual Report

This 2021-2022 annual report of Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) highlights LALP's continuous engagement with the region. The report offers a glimpse of the reach and impact of our flagship and custom academic offerings, the incredible work of our alumni, and the various initiatives that we led to strengthen the ties between the university and Latin America.


Overview as of June 30, 2022

Years of Programming

16 years of GCL, 8 years of ILG, 7 years of LALP custom programs

LALP Alumni

GCL alumni 572, ILG alumni 206

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LALP Alumni as of June 2022


Dear friends of LALP,

The 2021-2022 academic year, much like the previous one, was once again marked by swift changes and a great deal of uncertainty, but it also brought a feeling of regained hope, as it opened new horizons by allowing us to apply the lessons learned during the early stages of the pandemic. For all of us at the Georgetown University Latin America Leadership Program (LALP), this period heightened our sense of responsibility and commitment to our many program participants and our growing alumni base as the region faced one of the most challenging educational crises of its history.

Since the launch of the Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) last year, LALP has joined similarly well-established Georgetown University initiatives that aim to strengthen the pivotal role that the university can play in the region. For LALP, building a brighter future means developing innovative leadership programs that can equip the next generations of change agents with knowledge, tools, and a meaningful network to responsibly lead and effectively respond to tomorrow’s challenges. With over 16 years of program implementation and almost 800 alumni spanning the region, LALP has witnessed the infinite possibilities that await the region if we continue to invest in educating, connecting, and inspiring those who can foster a multiplier effect in their communities and beyond.

I encourage you to review this annual report to learn about the diversity of initiatives undertaken by LALP during these extraordinary times, thanks to the commitment of Georgetown University faculty, program staff, guest lecturers, program participants, alumni, and generous donors and sponsors that continue to advocate for our vision of leadership in action for the common good.

With my very best wishes and sincere appreciation,

Ricardo Ernst

Executive Director, LALP


ILG 2021

Countries Represented

Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay

Cities Represented

GCL 2022

Countries Represented

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela

Cities Represented

ILG 2021 Gender Ratio


  • Women - 19
  • Men - 16

GCL 2022 Gender Ratio


  • Women - 19
  • Men - 17

Engaging with the Region


The Journal of Globalization, Competitiveness and Governability, published by Georgetown University, aims to become a source of new ideas about the effects of globalization on the competitiveness and governability of businesses and countries in Latin America, and particularly on the tools available to managers and politicians to design better strategies to benefit their respective businesses and countries.

Access the journal at gcgjournal.georgetown.edu

Editor in Chief: Professor Ricardo Ernst, Georgetown University, United States

Senior Editor: Professor Jose Ignacio López-Sánchez, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Publications in this period

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Vol. 15 no. 3 (2021)


  • Corporate social responsibility and consumers in the retail sector in Chile
  • Motivators for the use of vehicle sharing services on demand in Brazil
  • Effects of the demographic characteristics of senior managers and the management control system on hotel performance
  • The incidence of the adoption of corporate governance practices in the returns of chilean corporations
  • Developed and emerging stock markets performance one year before and one year after the first covid-19 outbreak with origin in Wuhan, China
  • Expenditure and efficiency of public policies on education in the micro-region of Paranaguá
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Vol. 16 no. 1 (2022)


  • Trade policy preferences in times of uncertainty: The case of exporting firms in Uruguay
  • Gender and equality in Latin America-Caribbean; evolution 2006-2021. Strategic recommendations
  • Competitiveness analysis of exporting Mexican avocado to United States of America
  • Working capital management and profitability on the Spanish canned fish sector
  • Bank concentration, measured by different indicators. The Peruvian case
  • Implications of the corporate social responsibility reputation for organizational commitment: the mediating role of job satisfaction
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Vol. 16 no. 2 (2022)


  • Connectedness of Latin American and US financial markets: A frequency domain approach
  • The results of the policies to attract foreign direct investment in Latin American and the Caribbean: the case for Dominican Republic
  • A time-varying application of fama & French five-factor model to measure the performance of developed stock markets during the covid-19 crisis
  • Influence of consumer engagement and experience in creating brand equity for the retailer
  • A look into the competitiveness of the main Dutch agricultural export products
  • Influence of education for sustainability on the perception of accounting science students on the connection of water, energy and food resources

Get to Know our Impact

Message from LALP Alumni Presidents

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“During 2022, the challenges we have faced as a society have been immeasurable. We have had to reinvent ourselves, adapt to change, and create new ways to connect with others. This year, we had a strong inclination to rethink our Alumni Network, and to that end, we created the first strategic planning workshop that allowed us to connect with our purpose and create clear routes on how to achieve our goals as a Network. We also wanted to redefine ourselves and think of a new way of communicating, which is why we redesigned the image of the GCL Network, making it more faithful to our identity. Finally, we fulfilled one of our main promises by creating virtual exchange spaces for our community. We launched our first ever Coffee Houses, where members of the GCL community leverage their connections and share their expertise. Two Coffee Houses have taken place already and I hope to have more in what remains of the year. Heading into next year, our objectives are strengthened, and accordingly, we will launch the first Mentor Training program of the GCL Network, where tools and knowledge will be shared with alumni who will be mentors of the new GCL 2023 cohort!"

Carina Silva, GCL 2020, Uruguay, and President of the GCL Alumni Network 2022-2024

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“The return to a "new normal" post-Covid forced us to rethink the role of the state and public institutions, as well as the priorities on the agenda for public servants in the region. The pandemic invited us to reflect on our leadership and communication practices. Listening and showing empathy became fundamental values for our daily "doing" and collaboration with others became a fundamental requirement. In order to prepare ourselves to travel this new path, from our end at the ILG alumni presidency, we have taken charge of identifying the interests and concerns of the alumni network, working accordingly with each of the members in a more effective and coordinated way. During the Annual Reunion of LALP Alumni in 2021 in Panama and within the context of other activities that we have carried out virtually, we set out to address the issues that present the greatest challenges in the region, such as climate change, human rights, education, forced migration, empowering emerging leadership, and the future of minorities, among others. It was an opportunity to connect in order to transform reality and innovate to provide solutions. It was a year marked by greater collaboration, synergy, exchanges, and contributions to strengthen this great team that already has more than 200 colleagues, which I have the great honor of representing."

Ana Romina Sarmiento, ILG 2019, Argentina, and President of the ILG Alumni Network 2020-2022

Jenifer Colpas under an umbrella in one of the communities served by Tierra Grata

Jenifer Colpas, 2022 GCL Impact Award

Jenifer Colpas, GCL 2019 from Colombia, has been awarded the 2022 GCL Impact Award. Her GCL project Tierra Grata, which she co-founded, provides portable sanitation, energy, and water infrastructure solutions to remote and vulnerable communities in the Caribbean and Pacific regions of Colombia through a service subscription and community training and empowerment model. In 2021, Jenifer was selected as a 2021 Top 10 CNN Hero.

Learn More about Jenifer Colpas, 2022 GCL Impact Award

Georgetown Americas Table: In Conversation with the 2020-2022 GCL Impact Award Winners

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Juan Fernandez, 2021 ILG Impact Award

Juan Fernandez, ILG 2016 from Venezuela, was awarded the 2021 ILG Impact Award, an award that recognizes the extraordinary impact of alumni from LALP's Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG). Finalists included projects by alumni from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

Learn More about Juan Fernandez, 2021 ILG Impact Award

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Thank You

Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Program particularly thanks the Latin American Board, the LALP Advisory Committee, as well as all the sponsors and donors who have supported our programs throughout the years and helped LALP connect and empower the next generation of Latin American leadership in action. For questions about LALP programs, please contact

Cristina Ruiz,
Associate Director of Programs and Operations

Michael Guarino,
Program Manager

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