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‘We Have Together the Possibility to Promote the Change That we Want’

Wilson Center Latin American Program and Brazil Institute Awards Gala, Miami, Fla., March 8, 2022

Our Awardees
My commitment to conservation has been inspired by my love for the ocean and sailing, and my personal connection to Latin America, as well as the continent’s incredible marine biodiversity, are among the many reasons I’ve committed so much of my time to help protect this region’s waters.”
– Dona Bertarelli, philanthropist and champion for Ocean Protection
My work focuses on building bridges to provide access to justice and to give women and vulnerable communities the opportunity to exercise their civil and political rights. We work to build a collective memory in Northern Cauca, while pushing for associative and political empowerment of women and young people of African descent in Colombia.”
– Clemencia Carabalí, activist and founder, Asociación de Mujeres Afrodescendientes del Norte del Cauca


We have the power, we individuals, we groups, we NGOs, we political leaders, we business leaders, we have together the possibility to promote the change that we want.”
– Guilherme Leal, founder and co-chair, Natura
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Paula Santilli, CEO, PepsiCo Latin America, and recipient of he Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
We collectively need to work on generating more and more probable journeys for girls and young women of Latin America. Because when hard working, talented, brave women embark on a journey… magic occurs.”
– Paula Santilli, CEO, PepsiCo Latin America


Today you see in Latin America a huge ecosystem of entrepreneurs that are daring to challenge all those industries, and ultimately that translates into better societies with less income equality, and societies that are healthier, where people are happier and really living a better life.” – David Vélez, founder and CEO, Nubank


Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Argentina Project

The Argentina Project is the premier institution for policy-relevant research on politics and economics in Argentina.   Read more

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more