Speakers' Profiles


Alberto Bernal
Chief Emerging Markets and Global Strategist, XP Securities

Alberto Bernal is chief emerging markets and global strategist at XP Securities. Prior to this, he was head of research and partner at Bulltick, LLC and managing director of emerging fixed income research at Bear Stearns Inc. responsible for covering Latin America. Previously, he was head of Latin America economic research at IDEAglobal Inc., where he conducted in-depth economic analysis on the region. Bernal is a frequent contributor to financial television networks, Latin American press, and major newswires. He is a research scholar for Columbia University’s Chazen Institute and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s business school. Bernal received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of New Orleans, and a master’s degree in macroeconomics from Germany’s Kiel Institute of World Economics.

Bernal was named the most accurate economist of Colombia in 2006 by Revista Dinero, one of the top five future economists of Colombia by newspaper La República, one of the future top 40 executives under 40 years by the Latin American magazine Revista Poder, and one of 100 Latin American leaders under 40 by the Revista Gerente.


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Duncan Caird
Head of Infrastructure, Energy & Export Finance Americas, HSBC

Duncan Caird is the Head of Infrastructure & Real Estate Group – The Americas and Managing Director of the IRG HSBC New York. Duncan joined HSBC in 2006 lead the Americas team in advisory, project and export financing strategy for key clients with a focus on cross border transactions.

Duncan has financed a wide range of projects and business, across all sectors: Infrastructure/concession financing (PPP), Transport (ports, roads, bridges, airports), the Oil and Gas sector, mining in copper, iron and gold, extensively in the Power sector with experience in thermal and renewables as well as transmission/distribution, Telecoms (incl. milsatcom) Duncan has spoken at numerous conferences in Europe and the Americas. Previously based in London focused on the European market with senior roles as BofA, CIT, BOTM, Westpac and CIT and expertise in financial advisory, investing and underwriting, acquisition finance, asset finance and predominately project or structured financings (accessing the bank and bond markets).

Duncan has an LLB from Victoria NZ, and is admitted to the High Court of NZ as Barrister and Solicitor.


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Alex Camino
CMO, Softtek

Alex Camino has led global Marketing and Communications for Softtek since 2006. As CMO, he oversees corporate communications across the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia to create one of the most successful IT brands in Latin America and bringing the nearshore industry to global prominence in the process. His team articulates value proposition and positioning strategies for the global digital markets through Softtek’s go-to-market strategy.  During his 22-year career at Softtek, Alex has performed several sales and technology consultancy duties in different positions, including Director for the company’s e-Business unit and later as Corporate Director of Technology. Alex is a frequent speaker at global and regional events and author of several white papers and ebooks on the topics of nearshore, business technology, total cost of engagement and customer experience in the digital world. As CMO, Alex is member of the executive committee of Softtek, a member of the board of the LatAm Alliance and of the Advisory Board of the Sourcing Industry Group.



Alessandro Carlucci
Former CEO, Natura & Co

Alessandro Carlucci currently serves on the Advisory Board of CBS’ Deming Center/ECLA advisory board and Executives in Residence Program. Carlucci worked for Natura & Co for 25 years, the last 10 as its CEO. Carlucci held several positions at Natura including commercial director for Brazil, director of the South division, and commercial vice-president. Carlucci is a Chairman of the Board of Arezzo and is chairman of the Board for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). Carlucci has previously been chairman of the World Direct Selling Association (WFDSA), a board member of Redecard, Itaú-Unibanco and of the Alcoa Advisory Board (Latin America). Carlucci holds a B.S. in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, an executive MBA from PDG/SDE Escola de Negócios, and also took part in a joint STC executive program with Fundação Dom Cabral and the Kellogg School of Management.


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Juan Carlos Echeverry
Partner, Econcept; Former CEO of Ecopetrol and Minister of Finance of Colombia

Juan Carlos Echeverry is the founding partner of Econcept, Bogotá and Washington DC, an economic consultancy with over 12 years of experience in macroeconomic analysis, public policy design and evaluation, and microeconomic research in Latin-America. Former CEO of Ecopetrol, Colombia’s largest Oil and Gas producer, No. 559 in Forbes World’s Biggest Public Companies and among the 30 largest O&G producers worldwide. Former Minister of Finance of Colombia, chosen in 2011 by four international publications as The Best Minister of Finance of the Americas. Former Minister of Economic Planning. Former Dean of Economics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá); Associate Professor at Instituto de Empresa, Madrid; teaching experience at New York University and Colombian Universities. Former weekly editorialist of CNN en Español (Atlanta). Published papers in different fields of economics, in specialized journals, and three books on the Colombian and Latin American economies. PhD in Economics from New York University. Noted Speaker.


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Federico Eisner
Managing Partner, Bain & Company Argentina

Federico Eisner is the Managing Partner of Bain & Company in Argentina. Eisner has worked extensively with leading local and international companies in Argentina, advising them on full potential transformation, corporate and business unit strategy, M&A, organization redesign and performance improvement. Eisner joined Bain in 1998 in São Paulo, and moved to Buenos Aires in 2007 to found and lead its office. During the last 10 years, Bain & Company has led engagements in Argentina, in agribusiness, consumer goods, retail, financial services, oil & gas, industrials goods and services, media and telecommunications. Eisner has led several pro-bono projects in the education sector in Argentina, and besides Bain, leads the Board of Enseñá por Argentina. Eisner holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires.



Robert Kartheiser
Partner and Chair of Global Project Finance, Paul Hastings

Robert Kartheiser  is a partner in the Latin America practice and chair of the firm's Global Project Finance practice at Paul Hastings. Kartheiser has worked for 25 years—roughly equally for lenders and for borrowers—in financings, restructurings, and infrastructure development, including a significant focus on the emerging markets (particularly Latin America) and in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. He has done this both as a lawyer representing lenders and equity investors and as the head for 6 years of an independent power producer’s Latin American development group. Kartheiser earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law, and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.



Duda Kertész
President, Johnson & Johnson Consumer ; U.S. HealthE

Maria Eduarda “Duda” Kertész is President of U.S. HealthE, where she manages some of Johnson & Johnson’s most iconic brands such as JOHNSON’S BABY®, LISTERINE®, BAND-AID® BRAND, NEOSPORIN®, and HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® franchises, totaling $1.5+B. Kertész has lead the J&J Consumer Business in Brazil for five years, leading the 2nd largest operating unit of J&J globally. Under Kertész’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson Consumer in Brazil grew 80% since 2010. She has been recognized as one of the top 10 women business leaders in Brazil and more recently by HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association) as a 2017 Luminary for serving as a role in J&J, actively mentor and sponsor others, helping advance other women’s careers, and exhibiting dedication to the healthcare industry. She has also been appointed as one of 2017 Latina Style Top 10 Corporate Executives of the year, a recognition for outstanding leadership, business impact, mentoring and dedication. Kertész has earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo and a Certificate of Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard Extension School.

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Mark McCombe
Head of Americas Region, BlackRock

Mark McCombe is a senior managing director and head of the Americas region at BlackRock. McCombe is responsible for driving the growth of BlackRock's businesses in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Iberia. He is a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee and its Talent Subcommittee, and chairs the Americas Executive Committee. McCombe has had an international career in finance spanning more than 20 years. Previously, he served as the chair and global head of BlackRock Alternative Investors, global head of BlackRock's Institutional Client Business, and as chairman of BlackRock's Asia Pacific region. McCombe earned an MA degree from Aberdeen University and attended Wharton Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program.


Arturo Sarukhan
Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

Arturo Sarukhan is an international strategic advisor and consultant, and the former Mexican Ambassador to the US (2007-2013). He is a Non Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the USC Annenberg Public Diplomacy School.  A career diplomat, he received the rank of Career Ambassador in 2006. He served in the Mexican Foreign Ministry as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Chief of Policy Planning, and Consul General to New York City, among other positions. In 2006, he joined the Presidential Campaign of Felipe Calderón as Foreign Policy Advisor and International Spokesperson. He then led the foreign policy Transition Team. He was included in the List of Global Leaders of Monocle magazine, and was on the list of the 300 Most Influential Mexican Leaders for five years in a row. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from El Colegio de México and an M.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.



Claudia Sender
Senior Vice-President of Customers, LATAM Airlines Group ; CEO, LATAM Airlines Brazil

Claudia Sender  is senior vice-president of customers of LATAM Airlines and CEO of LATAM Airlines Brazil. Previously, she served as TAM Airlines’ CEO since May 2013. Sender joined the company in December 2011, as Commercial and Marketing vice-president. After June 2012, with the conclusion of TAM-LAN combination and the creation of LATAM Airlines Group, she became the head of Brazil Domestic Business Unit, and her functions were expanded to include TAM’s entire Customer Service structure. Prior to joining LATAM Airlines, she was Marketing vice-president at Whirlpool Latin America for seven years. She also worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, developing projects for large companies in various industries, including TAM Airlines and other players of the global aviation sector. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo and a MBA from Harvard Business School.



Roberto Setubal
Co-Chairman of the Board, Itaú Unibanco

Roberto Setubal is co-chairman of the board of Itaú. He started his career at the bank in 1980, having held various positions until being appointed as CEO in 1994, role held until 2017. Setubal is a member of the International Monetary Conference. Setubal has served as President of FEBRABAN (Federação Brasileira de Bancos) and later as its chairman. He is a member of the Board at the IIF (Institute of International Finance) and has served as its vice-chairman. Setubal is also a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and of the Brazilian Economic & Social Development Council (CDES). Setubal is a member of Shell's Board of Directors. He is also a founding member and president of the Executive Committee of Fundação Itaú Social, that develops social initiatives focused in education in partnership with UNICEF and other NGOs. Setubal is also a member of the executive committee of Instituto Itaú Cultural, the group’s arm focused in democratizing and valuing Brazilian culture. Setubal has a degree in production engineering from Escola Politécnica of the University of São Paulo (USP) and has a Master of Science in engineering from Stanford University.



Roberto Simon
Chief of Strategy, FTI Consulting

Roberto Simon is the lead analyst for Latin America in the Geopolitical Intelligence team. Simon is a Director, located in New York in the Global Risk & Investigations Practice, in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Simon provides political risk analysis on key Latin American countries, both at the macro and micro level. His analysis of the political, economic and policy environment in Latin America and how it will develop over the medium and long term is a key element of FTI Consulting's corporate political risk advisory service. Simon is part of a global team that connects political events to commercial outcomes and identifies the specific implications of political events for corporate and investment environments.

Simon has more than 10 years of experience as a political analyst and journalist covering events in the emerging world, particularly in Latin America. He was a Public Policy Fellow with the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a prominent think-tank in Washington D.C., and worked for more than eight years as a reporter with O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil’s top national dailies. At Estado, Simon covered on the ground several political crises in Latin America, as well as issues such as Brazilian foreign policy, energy and electoral disputes. Simon has a B.A. in International Relations from the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, an M.A. in International Relations from the Sao Paulo State University, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Moderators' Profiles

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Alonso Martinez
Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School - Moderator

Alonso Martinez is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia Business School. He combines teaching and research with extensive global experience doing strategy consulting, with particular expertise in emerging markets. He gives the Catching Growth Waves in Emerging Markets course in both the MBA and EMBA programs and the Defining and Developing wining Strategic Capabilities course to the MBAs.  He has also given the EMBA immersion course on Opportunities in India and led the Global Immersion Program to Brazil for several years. From 2008 to 2012 he directed a project at the Wharton School’s Lauder Institute on “Consumption Patterns in Emerging Markets: Catching Growth Waves and Anticipating Transitions”, including field research with a team of students across major countries. He has developed some unique insights into how business opportunities evolve in emerging markets and the capabilities required to capture them, which he leverages in his classes.

Professor Martinez is a former Senior Vice President at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, having joined in Brazil in 1982 and subsequently opened and/or managed the firm’s offices in every major Latin American country.  He moved to the United States in the year 2000 with global responsibility for major client relationships. Mr. Martinez has worked with many of the world's largest multinationals and leading local groups in the consumer products, media, steel and construction materials industries. His focus has been growth related strategies in emerging markets, including international expansion, mergers and acquisitions and go to market strategies.


Susan L. Segal
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas - Host

Susan L. Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector. Previously, Susan was a partner and Latin American Group head at J.P. Morgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners (CCP) where she invested across sectors and countries in addition to pioneering early stage venture capital investing in Latin America. She has always been and continues to be an enthusiastic mentor and supporter of entrepreneurs, particularly in Latin America. Prior to joining CCP, Susan was a senior managing director focused on Emerging Markets Investment Banking and Capital Markets at MHT/Chemical/Chase Banks. She was actively involved in the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s, sitting on many advisory committees as well as serving as chairperson for the Chilean and Philippine Advisory Committees. In addition to being a board member at Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Susan is also a director of the Tinker Foundation, Scotiabank, and Mercado Libre, as well as a director and chairman of Scotia Bank USA, a non-public subsidiary of Scotiabank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1999, she was awarded the Orden Bernardo O'Higgins, Grado de Gran Oficial in Chile. In 2009, President of Colombia Álvaro Uribe honored her with the Orden de San Carlos. In 2012, President Felipe Calderón bestowed on her the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca. In 2013, the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce recognized her as the Honorary Chilean of the Year.


James Stranko
CMO, McKinsey Growth Tech - Moderator

James Stranko is CMO at McKinsey Growth Tech and leads McKinsey's efforts to develop a brand and reputation in the startup and VC space. Before joining McKinsey, Stranko worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, the public policy team at Facebook and Ashoka social venture capital, along with client work in public affairs for a number of organizations. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and the public good, and the opportunity for both policymakers and companies to work together more productively. Stranko is also the Chairman of the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) Steering Committee.


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Carolina Wilson
Reporter, Bloomberg - Moderator

Carolina Wilson is a reporter at Bloomberg, writing on all things exchange-traded funds. Previously, Wilson covered retail structured notes and was also part of Bloomberg's Latin American Emerging Markets team and covered debt, equity, and FX markets. Wilson has a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters Degree in Journalism from Stanford University.




Camila Zuluaga
Program Director, Journalist, Claro; Caracol Radio - Moderator

Camila Zuluaga is one of the most recognized TV and radio journalists in Colombia. Zuluaga is a radio journalist at W Radio Colombia and presents the program Camila Sin Filtro for Claro Colombia. Zuluaga was also a columnist for the newspaper El Pueblo de Cali, an interviewer for the newspaper El Espectador, and a presenter of the news Red Más Noticias and the program Puntos Cardinales, both in the TV channel Día TV.  Zuluaga was a host of youth programs such as Super Play TV, Play TV and the radio station Los 40 Principales. Zuluaga also presented the news section for Latin America in MTV. She has received several awards for her work including Journalist Revelation of 2012 from Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá and the Simon Bolivar prize for Best News in the Radio in 2015. Zuluaga is a political scientist from Universidad de los Andes and is currently pursuing a masters in public administration from Columbia University.