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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.

Welcoming Remarks 


Cynthia J. Arnson

Director, Latin American Program

Woodrow Wilson Center


Humberto López

Director of Strategy and Operations,

Latin America and the Caribbean

The World Bank


From the Firm's Perspective:  What Does Winning Look Like?


Woods Staton

Executive Chairman

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc.


Claudio Muruzábal

President, Latin America and the Caribbean



Francisco Morandi

Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Investments

AES Corporation



The Honorable Marisol Argueta

Head of Latin America

World Economic Forum


Fostering Innovation through Public Policy


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



Santiago Gutiérrez

Wilson-Vidanta Public Policy Fellow

Executive Editor and CEO, Latin Trade


Image Source:  Paulisson Miura