The World Affairs Council of Austin will present the Texas-Latin America Business Summit on October 18th. The Summit brings trade promotion experts and business decision-makers together for panels and meetings. The event is a unique face-to-face opportunity for Austin corporate representatives to make connections and learn about current inbound and outbound business opportunities with Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and other nations.
The Second Annual Summit will include a LATAM market overview by Gary Hoover, Founder of Hoover’s Online and first Entrepreneur-in-Residence of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Over the last decade, the region experienced a deep economic and social transformation, which lifted millions out of poverty and swelled the ranks of the middle class. Latin America’s economy is expected to expand 2.0% against a backdrop of stronger global growth. Attend the Summit and learn how your company may benefit from this growth.
8:30 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Welcoming Remarks
9:05 am LATAM Executive Overview by Gary Hoover, Founder of Hoover’s Online
9:30 am Austin as a Technology Gateway to Latin America
Panelists: Hector Gomez, CCO, IDZ Technologies;
Eduardo Velasco, CEO, SharedFi;
Paul Alvaro Marin, Director of Partnership & Innovation, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA);
Bill Leake, CEO, Apogee Results
Moderator: Estuardo Robles, Partner, Briggs Capital
10:45 am Opportunities in Colombia’s Cybersecurity Industry
Panelists: Sebastian Gomez, Trade & Investment Representative, PROCOLOMBIA;
Carolina Carrasco, Senior Project Manager, Fluidsignal Group S.A. (FLUID)
Moderator: Bill Hulsey, Principal, HULSEY PC
11:50 am Free Trade Agreements with LATAM Nations
Panelists: Tejas Vakil, CEO, FinanceGenius, Inc.; Karen Parker, Director, U.S. Commercial Service-Austin;
Jonathan Brooks, Managing Director for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
Moderator: Doug Smith, Assistant Director, International Trade Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio
12:50 pm Concluding Remarks
Downtown Parking Options:
Fifth Street now permits two-way traffic.
Austin Convention Center Garage at 601 E. Fifth Street: Enter from Fifth Street. 1-2 Hours $6. 2-7 hours for $9.