Latin American Business Conference to Explore Region’s Investment Opportunities, April 5

With Latin America representing 8 percent of global GDP, the region's role as an important destination for local and foreign investment will take center stage at the fourth annual Latin American Business Conference at Haas on April 5.

Titled "Creating Value in a Thriving Region," the full-day conference is organized by the Latin American and Hispanic Business Association.

“Latin America is becoming a key region in the world,” says conference organizer Sandro Del Rosario, MBA 13. “Most of the economies went through the crisis pretty well, and that’s mostly because of their solid macroeconomic status.”

The keynote speakers will be Carlos Orellana, MBA/MPH 10, co-founder and general director of salaUno, which provides affordable eye-care services in Mexico; and Daniel Vargas, former minister of strategic affairs in Brazil. Orellana was named an entrepreneur of the year in 2012 by CNN Expansión magazine.

Two panels are also planned: one on private equity and venture capital and another on technology and Internet-based companies.

Keynote speakers and panelists will discuss successful business cases, strategic approaches for macroeconomic investment, and investing opportunities in several Latin American economies, particularly Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico.

The conference opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. with a networking event in the Bank of America Forum. For more information, visit

Carlos Orellana, salaUno