Launched in 2013, the Center’s mission is to broaden awareness of the new Latin America and highlight the region’s potential as a strategic and economic partner for Europe, the United States, and beyond. The Center injects new ideas and innovative policy recommendations to challenge the conventional wisdom on Latin America and its place in the world. It convenes nontraditional policymakers, business leaders, civil society pioneers, and media to expand the community of influencers engaged with the region.
“We are proud to co-sponsor Baker & McKenzie’s Doing Business Globally program. The forum offers insight into the global marketplace, analyzes trends, and contextualizes the important changes happening in Latin America and around the world,” said Peter Schechter, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
Mr. Schechter will moderate the morning plenary discussion at our New York program. With more than 25 years of international communications consulting experience, Mr. Schechter has advised heads of state, political parties, and companies on political and business issues. Under Mr. Schechter’s tenure, the Latin America Center has held over 65 events in eight cities and published 20 major reports; formalized over 25 partnerships with universities, NGOs, media networks, and public- and private-sector leaders; and hosted Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as numerous ministers from the region. Fluent in six languages, Mr. Schechter is also a published author, having released two novels to date with Harper Collins: Point of Entry (2006) and Pipeline (2009). He also co-owns several Washington restaurants and Agur Winery, a boutique winery in Israel.
Jason Marczak, the Director of the Center’s Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, will moderate the morning plenary discussion at our Dallas program. Mr. Marczak has helped spearhead the Center’s analysis on trade and commerce, Latin America 2030, China-Latin America, US-Cuba relations, energy, Brazil, and the Pacific Alliance, about which he coauthored a May 2016 report outlining next steps for integration. Mr. Marczak, who brings 15 years of experience at the vanguard of Latin American policy matters, frequently publishes in major media outlets and provides English- and Spanish-language commentary on political and economic issues in the region. He also teaches at George Washington University.