Latin America: The Road Ahead

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DATE: October 9, 2014

DAY: Thursday

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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This high-level panel debate will serve as a platform for key messages of the Road to Lima, as regional leaders debate the economic, social and political realities that will shape Latin America’s future. Latin America stands at a crossroads, as the region seeks to improve growth prospects. What is the right mix of government and private initiative, and the right level of government regulation? What opportunities and challenges are afforded by increasing global integration, including the rise of Asia as a trading partner and integration with global capital markets? How will the right model need to differ according to country circumstances?

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Moderator: John Paul Rathbone

John Paul

John Paul Rathbone is the Financial Times’ Latin America Editor and former editor of the FT’s “Lex” column. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, and Colombia’s El Espectador. Mr. Rathbone is the author of The Sugar King of Havana.  Previously, he worked as an Economist at the World Bank. Mr. Rathbone holds a degree in Anthropology from Oxford and an M.A. in Economics from Columbia. Mr. Rathbone was born in New York and raised in England.

Laura Alfaro


Laura Alfaro is the Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She is also a Faculty Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's International Macroeconomics and Finance Program, Member of the Latin-American Financial Regulatory Committee, Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and member of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies’ policy committee. She received a B.A. in economics with honors from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a 'Licenciatura' from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica of Chile.

Ilan Goldfajn


Ilan Goldfajn has been Governor of the Central Bank of Brazil since 2016. He is also a member of the BIS Board of Directors. He was Chief Economist at Itaú Unibanco from April 2009 to May 2016,  Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at Banco Central do Brasil from September 2000 to July 2003, and has also held academic positions at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and Brandeis University.

Mr. Goldfajn holds a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master degree in Economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Jose Luis Daza

Jose Luis

Jose Luis Daza is the Co-Founder and Chief Information Officer of QFR Capital Management, L.P. Prior to QFR’s founding, he was the Managing Director of Integrated Finance Limited, a financial advisory and asset management firm. Mr. Daza also served as the Global Head of Emerging Markets Strategy at Deustche Bank. He holds a B.A. in Economics from American University in Washington D.C. and an M.A. in Economics from Georgetown, where he studied for a Ph.D. (abd). Mr. Daza is a native of Chile.

Moisés Naím


Moisés Naím is a Senior Associate in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is an internationally syndicated columnist and the author of The End of Power. Mr. Naím served as the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine during its successful re-launch. He holds M.Sc . and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Naím was born in Venezuela and  resides in Washington D.C.

Alejandro Werner


Alejandro Werner is the Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund and the former Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico. Most recently, he operated as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at BBVA-Bancomer. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Werner was born in Argentina and raised in Mexico.