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1st Latin American Policy Forum

LAM - OLAS and the Harris School of Public Policy

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM (PDT)

1st Latin American Policy Forum

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VIP (attending 3+ panels, Lunch will be provided)   more info Ended Free  
Balcony (attending 2 or less panels)   more info Ended Free  

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Latin America has become a place where effective and innovative policies have been born. Success stories have positioned countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru in the spotlight of the global policy debate. To recognize this development, and to engage with particular accomplishments in the region, Latin American Matters (LAM) has convened the First Latin American Policy Forum: “Success Stories from Latin America.”

This year’s participants will include: Álvaro Uribe, Former President of Colombia; Cristián Larroulet, Secretary General of the Presidency of Chile; Josefina Vázquez Mota, Former Secretary of Social Development and Presidential Candidate of Mexico; Jaime Lerner, Mayor of Curitiba of Brazil, and other policy leaders.

In order to enhance debate, the conference will be divided into panels that will focus the following specific policy areas: Social Protection, Urban Development, Security, Energy and Trade. The forum will focus on these areas as it is these fields where we find the region’s most pressing concerns and accomplishments.

The conference will take place next May 9th at the International House, and it will be open to the public.

The Latin American Policy Forum is organized by Latin American Matters (LAM), a student organization at the Harris School of Public Policy, which aims to improve the position of the University of Chicago in Latin America, and to bring the policy debate from Latin American to our university community.



8:15-8:45 Registration & Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Open Statements

9:00-10:30 Urban Development

  • Jaime Lerner. Former Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil
  • Richard Daley. Former Mayor of Chicago

10:30-12:00 Social Protection

  • Gabriel Martínez. ICSS

12:15 - 13:45 Keynote Speech

  • Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Former President of Colombia
  • David Axelrod. Former Advisor to President Obama        

2:00-3:30 Energy

  • Juan Bueno Torio. Former Director of Pemex Refinery  
  • Ramón Espinasa. Lead Oil and Gas Specialist of IDB         

3:30-5:00 Trade

  • Ricardo López Murphy. Former Presidential Candidate of Argentina

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Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Program & External Relations in advance at 773-753-2274

Have questions about 1st Latin American Policy Forum? Contact LAM - OLAS and the Harris School of Public Policy

When & Where

Assembly Hall, International House at The University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM (PDT)

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LAM - OLAS and the Harris School of Public Policy

Latin American Matters (LAM) is a recognized student organization whose vision is to bring Latin America to the heart of the University of Chicago and to strengthen the connections between them. Inspired by the significant growth we have experienced in the last years, we're proud to host the 1st Latin American Policy Forum at the University of Chicago.

The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) at the University of Chicago is a Latino student organization that recognizes that cohesiveness and true power comes from diversity. We endeavor to promote awareness, within and beyond the Latino/a community, that incorporates all facets of our culture rooted in indigenous, African, and European ancestry. It is our mission to promote a level of political, social, cultural and ethnic awareness that furthers the progression of the Latino/a community both on a collegiate and community plane.

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