Tech and Tec

On Oct. 4, MIT.nano and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) received a visit from José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, chair of the board of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), casually known as Monterrey Tec. Fernandez Carbajal was at MIT for his first meeting as the newest member of the MIT Corporation and reserved time to tour MIT.nano and get an update on its progress.

Panel discussion on Venezuela

Humanitas 360 in partnership with the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation invite you to the panel discussion "The Fight for Democracy in Venezuela and What Brazil Can Do about It," which will take place at the FHCF in São Paulo in the coming October 31st from 13h30 to 18h00. To see more information about the event, please click here. If you wish to attend but unfortunately cannot make it, you can livestream it here

Alfonso de Angoitia named co-CEO of Televisa

The Board of Directors of Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. announced on October 26 the appointment of Bernardo Gomez and Alfonso de Angoitia as co-Chief Executive Officers of Televisa, reporting to the Board of Directors. Emilio Azcárraga Jean will continue to lead the long term strategy of the firm as Executive Chairman of the Board. 

Interview with Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso is remembered for spearheading Brazil's economic boom. However, apart from his two terms as president of Brazil, he is also one the most respected thought leaders in Latin America. In this interview he discusses the dangers for democracy in the world, corruption in the region, the situation in Venezuela and the threats wrought by Trump, Russia and China. Watch the full interview here.

Efecto Naím, 23 Oct 2017

Interview with Sebastián Piñera

Is Sebastián Piñera the change that Chileans are looking for? He was president between 2010 and 2014, and even though he ended his term with diminished popularity, he is favored to win in the upcoming November 2017 elections. In this interview with Moisés Naím, Piñera talks about his election and the transformations he would like to see in Chile and Latin America.  Watch the full interview here. 

Efecto Naím, 18 Oct 2017

Carlos Lozada deciphers Trump

How did Donald Trump get to the presidency? Many have tried to explain his behavior, motivations and invective, but for Washington Post book critic, Carlos Lozada, there is a very particular way to understand Trump: through literature

Efecto Naím, 9 Oct 2017

Snyder and Nuclear War

Is a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea possible? For Scott Snyder, one of the world's foremost experts on North Korea and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the answer is yes. Watch as he explains why this is one the most difficult conflicts of our existence. 

Efecto Naím, 2 Oct 2017

"Para el 2045 seremos inmortales"

At age 17, he built a computer that could compose music, and he designed the first program that allowed machines to read aloud. Now he is the director of engineering at Google. This is the life of Ray Kurzweil, a scientist that takes almost 150 pills a day with the hope of achieving "immortality" - something he believes will be possible by 2045. Watch the full interview with him here

Efecto Naím, 25 Sep 2017

El huracán político que está cambiando el mundo: la clase media

What do a farmer in Iowa, a graphic designer in Chile and a retiree in the UK have in common? Two things: They are members of their country's middle class and they're furious with their governments. And their disappointments are transforming politics. 

El País, 22 Sep 2017

El Kremlin en Caracas

Between 2001 and 2011 Venezuela became one of the world's best clients for the Russian arms industry. 

El País, 9 Sep 2017

El Ascendente Camino de Alejandra Mustakis

In the new edition of El Mercurio, ASECh president, Alejandra Mustakis, talks about her past and future. She also opens up about working in a male dominated environment. To read the full interview, click here. 

NAFTA for the digital age

In her exclusive article for Americas Quarterly, Blanca Treviño writes about why we need a "NAFTA for the digital age." She states that a "NAFTA 2.0 – indeed, any modern trade agreement – needs to cover issues that weren’t part of the original deal. That includes significant considerations in data and privacy protection, cyber-security, e-commerce, robotics, and artificial intelligence."

Inspectorio signs with Target

Target just announced that it has signed with Inspectorio to conduct quality control inspections in a new way. Inspectorio CEO, Carlos Moncayo, explains that the industry's current inspection process is "costly and requires a lot of time, [and] based on the data that we have seen, we can shorten the time by 50 percent." This new partnership will encompass more than 100 factories and nearly a quarter of Target’s apparel and accessories business.

Telemundo bids for Mexico soccer team media rights

"We look forward to leveraging the extensive expertise of NBCUniversal and Telemundo Deportes to bring the Mexican National team to a level never seen before in the U.S. Hispanic market," said Marcos Santana when asked about NBC Universal/Telemundo and América Movil's joint bid for Mexico soccer team's media rights. 

Thank you for another wonderful meeting!

It was a pleasure to see so many of you in Berlin for our 24th G50 annual meeting! Thank you to those who were able to join us as we heard from global thought leaders in business, science, politics, the arts and much more. Over the course of our four days together, we shared many 'G50 moments' which you can reflect on by looking at pictures from this year's event. Simply click here

Building a Lasting Family Business

If you were not able to attend this year's session on family businesses or want to know more on the subject, here is your chance. Our guest speaker, Thomas Schmidheiny, wanted all of you to have access to his presentation on the role of family constitution. To see the presentation, please click here.  

Andreas Ekström responds to your questions

You asked and he responded...Andreas Ekström, digital revolution guru, has compiled all of your questions from this year's session, "In Google We Trust...but should we?" and responded to some. To read what he has to say, click here

Coming to America

Upstart Berlin online bank N26 is jumping the Atlantic with hopes of luring mobile-obsessed millennials. The CEO, Valentin Stalf talks about the decision to branch out to the United States.  "The US is an interesting market for N26 that creates major opportunities. Everywhere in the world, customers are open for a new banking experience. User behavior among millennials has moved strongly toward mobile.” 

Germany's problem is Europe's problem

In his latest column for the New York Times, Ivan Krastev writes about the relationship between Germany and Europe in light of Germany's latest elections. "Germans have enjoyed a long holiday from history, but it looks like their vacation is over. That was the impression I got while traveling through Germany last month before the federal election. I was struck by how abnormally normal the country seemed: prosperous, democratic and tolerant." Read more here.