Prosperity and Development in Brazil Are Focus of Conference

Emerging Markets Institute brings together leading economists, investment managers, researchers, and government officials to explore opportunities in the world’s sixth largest economy

Prosperity and Development in Brazil Are Focus of Conference

The Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Better Brazil will be hosting the second international conference on trade and investment with Brazil “Brazil: A pathway into the future.” The conference will focus on infrastructure as the backbone for development and prosperity in Brazil.

The one-day event takes place on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Cornell Club—New York City, and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a closing cocktail reception from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Through a series of keynote lectures and panel discussions, participants will explore opportunities and challenges in developing infrastructure, energy, and human capital in the sixth largest economy in the world.  A macroeconomic overview and a discussion of best practices learned through foreign direct investment will also be presented.

Conference attendees will learn from a mix of Cornell University faculty, government officials, and industry experts, and gain a multi-faceted view of the Brazilian economy.

Leading speakers include:

  • Brazilian Secretary of Commerce and Services, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Humberto Ruiz Ribeiro
  • David Neeleman, Founder and CEO of Jet Blue and Azul Linha Aereas
  • David Panico (MBA ’04), Managing Director, Investment Banking, Citi
  • Joaquin Cottani, Chief Economist for Latin America, Citi
  • Alberto Ramos, Head of Latin American Research Team, Goldman Sachs,
  • Jose de Sa (MBA ’94), Partner, Bain and Company, and
  • Frederic Larmuseau, SVP of North America (and previous General Manager of Brazil), Reckitt Benckiser
  • Dave McAllister, Director, Global Corporate Development, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Gabrielle Trebat, Director, Brazil and Global Practices, McLarty Associates
  • Raul Herrera, Partner, Corporate Secruities Group, Arnold & Porter, LLP
  • Luanne Zurlo, President and Founder of World Fund
  • Marcio Canedo, Professor, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul
  • Nuno da Silva, Head of Latin America, Depositary Receipts, BNY Mellon


Registration is currently open, and limited to 100 participants. The conference fee  is  $100 until Friday, August 31, 2012, and $125 thereafter.

About the Emerging Markets Institute:

Established in 2010, the Emerging Markets Institute was founded at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to promote the research and study of emerging economies.  The Institute provides a private forum for lively exchange among corporate leaders from emerging and developed markets and leading researchers. We are building the most highly regarded academic program for the study of emerging markets—with the breadth, depth, and quality of education needed to effectively prepare business leaders for success.