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Fostering Innovation in Latin America: The Power of Large Companies

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The Wilson Center's Latin American Program, the World Bank, and the Vidanta Foundation,  hosted a high-level forum on Fostering Innovation in the Americas on Tuesday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m.


Fostering Innovation in Latin America


As a driver of economic productivity and social progress, innovation is impacting every region of the global economy. While both developed and emerging economies are capable of producing market-disrupting innovation, each tends to produce innovation with distinct characteristics and aspects. Understanding the trends and frontiers of innovation is no longer an abstract or novel branch of knowledge.


This high-level forum included key stakeholders from the public and private sector to examine the role of large firms in the region, the opportunities as well as challenges they face, and how innovation and increased productivity are critical components for the region's future economic growth.


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  • Marisol Argueta

    Board Member
    Head of Latin America, at the World Economic Forum
  • Santiago Gutiérrez

    Vidanta Wilson Fellow
    Executive Editor, Latin Trade Group, CEO of Editora Latin Trade


  • Woods Staton

    Chair, Advisory Board
    Executive Chairman, Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc.
  • Claudio Muruzábal

    President, Latin America and the Caribbean, SAP S.E.
  • Francisco Morandi

    Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Investments, AES Corporation
  • Iván Chávez

    Board Member
    Executive Vice President, Grupo Vidanta
  • William Maloney

    Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, The World Bank
  • Diego Molano Vega

    Former Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Government of Colombia
  • Luiz Ros

    Special Advisor for Innovation, Office of the Presidency, Inter-American Development Bank