2017 Annual meeting
We are only six months away from our XXIV annual meeting! This year we will reconvene in Berlin from October 11-14 for another amazing meeting. Registration will be opening very soon so please be on the lookout for an email in the next few weeks!
On March 29, Article 50 was enacted by British Prime Minster Theresa May. Four days later, the EU made it very clear to the U.K. that divorce talks will come before trade negotiations. Article 50 triggers a two-year deadline for the completion of Brexit. It is amid this backdrop that the G50 2017 meeting will gather in Berlin. For more on Brexit news, click here.
Germany's federal elections will be held this September. Currently, polls show Martin Schulz, center-left SPD candidate, neck-and-neck with Angela Merkel, now in her fourth term. What will be the outcome of this critical election? Read more here.
Make sure to save the date for our 24th annual meeting. Join your friends in Berlin from October 11-14 for another thought-provoking and exciting meeting. We gather in a city that has overcome deep division and devastation -- and emerged as a European stronghold, an economic powerhouse, and a center of innovation attracting entrepreneurs from around the world. Your suggestions are very important to us; please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any themes, speakers or other ideas about what we can showcase in Berlin.
The Hotel Adlon will host the G50 in Berlin. This historic site is just steps away from the Brandenburg Gate and has welcomed important dignitaries and heads of state since its opening days. Recently, during the final leg of Obama's last trip to Europe, the Adlon hosted him for a three-hour dinner with the German chancellor, whom he has described as “my closest international partner” during his eight-year presidency.
The 2017 G50 meeting will take place on the heels of important elections all across Europe - from the Netherlands to France and Germany. Which direction will European voters go? In Germany, Angela Merkel faces a crucial test in her re-election bid as chancellor. She commented, “We will face opposition from all sides,“ citing both populist and left-wing opponents at home and abroad who “threaten our values and way of life in Germany.”
Your Friends in the News
Just days before the 12th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America, Marisol Argueta talked to La Nación about the region's challenges and opportunities as well as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution." She believes that the region needs to start by looking at itself and its role in today's world.
After 25 years as president of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), Enrique García bid his job farewell on March, 31, 2017. During his tenure, CAF approved more than 150 billion dollars for the region and countries from the Caribbean and all across the Americas were welcomed as members. He will be succeeded by Luis Carranza Ugarte.
Enrique Hernández Pons has led Aires de Campo for the last four years, during which time he has increased the company's growth five fold. As a member of the fourth generation of the Hernández family he knows that turning the company into a global brand in the organic food market is not an easy task, but he is up to the challenge.
Carlos Rodriguez Pastor was named among 2017 Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. In 2010 he launched Innova Schools, which has proved to be very successful for its students.
Lorenzo Mendoza received the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award in London in March. His company, Empresas Polar is the first Venezuelan company and only the second in Latin America to receive this prestigious award, which recognizes the innovation and risk that businesses endure amid an uncertain financial environment.
"It doesn't matter how tall the wall is, if people feel that they don't have opportunities in their country, they will find a way to cross." This is how Luis Alberto Moreno spoke about Donald Trump's proposed wall during the Inter-American Development Bank's 58th annual conference in Asunción, Paraguay. He then continued to speak about immigration from Latin America and the challenges that await the region.
Eduardo Elsztain believes that success is following an idea, in thinking of something and doing everything in your power to see it through. It doesn't matter if it takes a long time - perseverance and patience are key to him. In this two-part interview, Elsztain talks to PRS about his life, his career and gives advice to future generations. Click here to read the second part.
Blanca Treviño is the Mexican entrepreneur who conquered the IT world. During the First Latam Forum for Female Entrepreneurs, which took place in Santiago, she emphasized the role that women play in the economic development of their countries. Later, H.E. Rubén Beltrán, Ambassador of Mexico to Chile, recognized Blanca as one of the most successful female entrepreneurs "who has paved the way for those to come."
Eduardo Hochschild, art collector and business leader, reconciles his passion for art and education by extending ties in both worlds. An exhibit in Madrid presents a selection of contemporary art creations of Peru's most international generation.
Fundación Rafael Meza Ayau's president, Roberto Murray Meza gave out 96 scholarships for the 2017 school year. Additionally, the foundation donated $65,000 to nine humanitarian organizations around the country. Murray Meza commented, "We want to be a catalyst for change in the country and aid development in these communities."
Enrique García is at the end of his tenure as president of CAF; however for a Latin American economist of his stature, the rise of Donald Trump and the new strategic role of China makes this a key moment to "rethink Latin America's regional integration."
Fundación Banco Santander will showcase 120 contemporary art works of 58 artists from the Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection. This contemporary art is made in Mexico and focuses on "mestizos." During an interview with ABC, Agustin Coppel said: "It is important for the great quality of Latin American artwork to be recognized."
Bolivian business leader Marcelo Claure has been commended in the United States for his philanthropic work. Página Siete talks to him about his projects, his love for football and his advice for the upcoming generation.
According to a Citi Foundation survey, Latin America has the strongest entrepreneurial culture in the world. Andrés Moreno, founder of Open English, was recently named a top Latin American entrepreneur by "Americas Quarterly."
Sprint CEO, Marcelo Claure announced the company's acquisition of a 33% share of Tidal. The music streaming company owned by singers such as Jay Z, Beyonce and Madonna will now be available to all Sprint customers.
During the World Economic Forum, Luis Alberto Moreno talked to Portafolio about the upcoming challenges facing the world and the region. He emphasized the importance of joining the digital revolution because he believes that the question now is: how do we integrate the world so that technology benefits everybody?
Jorge Mario Velásquez is the prime example of a transformative leader. His priorities include generating shared wealth and boosting human resources. Read his profile on El Espectador.
Cinépolis general director, Alejandro Rámirez Magaña shared the remarkable growth in ticket sales in 2016 - up 19.1% worldwide, for a total of 312 million. This positions Cinpolis as the second highest grossing movie company in the world.
IESA and Asoportuguesa signed an agreement which aims to boost the managerial skills of those that work in the agricultural sector. Gustavo Roosen, president of IESA, affirmed that this project is "indispensable for Venezuela" and hopes it will increase agricultural productivity.
Matías Recchia, leading the on-demand service provider and home improvement marketplace IguanaFix, announces the latest round of $16 million in Series B venture funding led by Temasek, the global Singaporean investment company, with participation from Endeavor Catalyst.
Javier López Madrid has been named president of Ferroglobe, the merger between the American Globe Specialty Metals and the Spanish Ferroatlantica. He has been with the company for two years, serving as its vice president.
During an interview with "5 en 5," Eduardo Elsztain spoke about Macri's presidency and its effect on the country. "I believe that the changes... will be small, constant, but firm [and] will change our economy," he said. He also emphasized the ability of the Argentine people to overcome difficult situations, due to their tumultuous history.
As 2016 came to a close, Jorge Errázuriz became the newest member of the Ciudadanos political party in Chile and simultaneously announced his departure from the business world to completely dedicate himself to politics.
Agustin Coppel was recognized in Sinaloa for his generous support for education. The Sinaloan business leader has donated 15 million pesos to five schools situated in marginalized areas of the state. He hopes to help more and more schools each year.
Gloria de Kriete Foundation launched the platform juntodos.com with the goal of fundraising for 25 diverse social projects in El Salvador. The platform will allow users to learn about various social programs in need of funds. Roberto Kriete emphasized that this initiative is meant to support projects whose success is impeded by a lack of resources.
In mid-January, Enrique García spoke at the IV Annual Conference organized by CAF and LSE about the future of development banks in the world. "Even though globalization is in crisis, development banks are not. On the contrary, they now have a variety of opportunities, not only to finance programs but also in terms of their capacity to promote more solid institutions."
Carlos Rodriguez Pastor sat down with Trome to talk about Peru's future, how he spends his spare time and how he advises young entrepreneurs. "The day we stop learning, we stop living...technology is changing so fast that if we don't have an open mind to continue learning, we won't be able [to succeed]."
Enrique Pescarmona was recognized with the "Gerardo Lasalle" prize, a tribute to the disappeared industrial engineer and founder of the National Engineering Academy. With this prize, Pescarmona was honored for his "important merits" in industrial development, all accomplished through the companies that he has led, and in the formation of human resources and the development of advanced technology.
Founder and CEO Nicolas Shea celebrated Cumplo's fifth anniversary. The company is no longer a startup, with almost 100,000 pesos in credit financing and a network of 3200 investors, it is now the biggest crowdfunding platform in Latin America.
Open English has announced a new partnership with Endeavor. The English teaching platform led by Andres Moreno will be giving $250,000 USD in scholarships that will be administered by Endeavor to young professionals and entrepreneurs who wish to improve their English skills.
In his recent post, Dionisio Gutiérrez asks himself and his audience, what needs to happen for the world to lift up in unison and free Venezuela? . Please visit his blog for more interesting articles on politics.
In his recent post, Alejandro Legorreta discusses the importance of institutions and our necessity in the region to strengthen them. Check out his blog to learn more about his recent endeavors and to read interesting articles on current affairs in Mexico.
Unfortunately, recent corruption scandals have had a negative impact on Mexico's economy and public perception. Nicolás Mariscal identifies three ways to mitigate the risk of corruption in Mexico.
In his recent column, Ariel Pfeffer shares his guide of six basic steps to forming a good strategy. Please visit his column in El Observador for more interesting articles on business strategy.
If you or your company have a blog or column you would like to share with the group, please send a link to golivares@G50.org
The Latest from Moisés Naím
Its tyrannic leader and nuclear weapons arsenal have the rest of the rest of the world on high alert. Efecto Naím takes a trip to North Korea, a country full of mystery and dangers.
Efecto Naím 1 May 2017
Months before the fall of the military dictatorship in Argentina, Carlos Sluzki, psychiatrist, went to a professional conference in Buenos Aires. What he told his audience made them panic without reason. In this conversation we explore the various ways in which dictatorships change the way of thinking, talking and behaving of their victims.
Efecto Naím 24 Apr 2017
Democracy gives the most precious ingredient to tyrants: legitimacy.
El País, 22 Apr 2017
Around the world, politicians can follow a simple recipe to present themselves as saviors of “the people.”
The Atlantic 21 Apr 2017
Claudia Escobar Mejía was a judge in Guatemala. She surprised the country when she quit her position in the high court and left an important web of corruption to the public eye. In this interview she talks about her courageous fight for judicial transparency, a fight that took her to exile.
Efecto Naím 17 Apr 2017
Going above the law usually leads to political death in the United States.
El País, 15 Apr 2017
The relationship between the United States and China is complicated, but recent Hollywood movies show a different reality. Why? Aynne Kokas, author of "China’s Hollywood, Hollywood’s China", reveals how the movie industry wants to take over the Chinese market. Watch Moisés Naím interview Aynne Kokas.
Efecto Naím 10 Apr 2017
Vaccines have allowed us to eradicate dangerous illnesses such as polio and smallpox. Yet despite their benefits, vaccines have been at the center of political, ethical and economic controversies. Meredith Wadman is a correspondent for the magazine Science, one of the world's most prestigious scientific publications, and in her book "The Vaccine Race" she reveals a story of global impact filled with surprises. Watch the interview.
Efecto Naím 3 April 2017
The diversity, intensity, danger and sometimes even banality of the conflicts that Trump begins, are not normal.
El País, 2 April 2017
Lilian Tintori, once dedicated to the sports and entertainment industries, is now a powerful political figure with direct access to today's most influential leaders. She has traveled the world in search of international support to fight for the freedom of Leopoldo López and of the more than 100 political prisoners in Venezuela. Watch the interview.
Efecto Naím 27 March 2017
A new study shows why mortality rates are higher among whites of low socioeconomic backgrounds.
El País, 25 March 2017
César Gaviria was president of Colombia during a period distraught by the violent fight against drug trafficking. Post-presidency, he went on to play an important role in Latin America. He was secretary general of the Organization of American States from 1994-2004, which is where he became one of the most influential voices on regional issues. Watch the complete interview.
Efecto Naím 20 March 2017
In three years it will be necessary to create 60 million jobs for the region's youth who will come of age.
El País, 18 March 2017
James Rhodes is one of the most in-demand classical pianists in the world. He is known for his casual style, something revolutionary in a field full of traditions. But what makes him truly extraordinary is his personal story, one of tragedy, perseverance, legal battles and a lot of music. Watch his interview.
Efecto Naím, 13 March 2017
Diverging agendas between rich and poor countries are creating important frictions.
El País, 11 March 2017
Populism is not an ideology, it is a strategy for obtaining and maintaining power. The idea is as old as politics itself, but what is surprising is how common it has become today. And even more interesting is how populist leaders everywhere follow the same script.
Efecto Naím, 6 March, 2017
September 11, the Lehman Brother's bankruptcy and "Brexit" all form part of our history books now.
El País, 4 March 2017
The Nazis appeared to be healthy with their anti-drug policies, but Adolf Hitler's administration was toxic. Moisés Naím talks to Norman Ohler, author of High Hitler, about the drug addiction that plagues Nazi Germany.
Efecto Naím, 27 Feb 2017
The current president of the United States exhibits symptoms directly related to narcissism
El País, 25 Feb 2017.
Moisés Naím recently spoke to Americas Quarterly about what “El Comandante” says about his country’s spiraling political and economic crisis – and whether comparisons of Chávez to U.S. President Donald Trump hold water. Read the complete interview.
Marine Le Pen has tried to "soften" the National Front's image for more than six years. Who is this woman who makes global analysts worry? What does she represent? What is her plan to battle France's political establishment? Learn more about her here.
Efecto Naím, 20 Feb 2017
Mexico is Trump's target. During this complicated battle between neighboring countries, Moisés Naím talks exclusively with former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderón. During his presidency, he had a close relationship with the United States, but today he openly criticizes the American president.
Efecto Naím, 13 Feb 2017
Focusing our attention on the United States distracts us from paying attention to what is happening in China.
El País, 12 Feb 2017
Who really was Hugo Chávez? Watch Moisés Naím talk to three former presidents who knew the controversial Latin American icon: Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, César Gvairia of Colombia and Felipe Calderón of Mexico.
Efecto Naím, 5 Feb 2017
It is not an ideology, but a strategy to obtain power. Today, it reigns in Trump's America or Putin's Russia.
El País, 4 Feb 2017
‘El Comandante’ aired across Latin America but blocked in late leader’s own country
Financial Times Feb. 8, 2017
Authoritarian systems lack legal, political and institutional limits in a cyber war.
El País, 29 Jan. 2017
China has grown in an impressive manner, 500 million people have overcome poverty in only three decades. And it is not only China. Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have also achieved almost miraculous growth. Many experts are convinced that the 21st century is the Asian century, but not Michael Auslin. He argues that Asia will be weakened by important military, economic, environmental and demographic risks. Watch his interview with Moisés Naím.
El Comandante is Sony's most ambitious production to date for Latin America. The series was conceived three years ago by Moisés Naím, who is also a producer of the show and a newcomer to the world of television. "It is not a documentary nor a biography in the strict sense of the word. It is a work of fiction based on Chavez's life", Naím says. El Comandante is set to air in the region in the coming days and in the United States in the spring. Read more about El Comandante.
It is normal that presidents cannot keep campaign promises. And Trump will be no exception.
El País, 21 Jan 2017
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