December 4, 2014
Dec 04

President Clinton Announces Additional World Leaders to Join Future of the Americas on December 11

Press Release

Newly announced participants include: Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of Panama; Michiel Godfried, Prime Minister of Aruba; Ambassador Alfonso Quinonez, Executive Secretary of the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, Organization of American States; Denis O’Brien, Chairman and Founder, Digicel Group; Daniel Osvaldo Scioli, Governor, Province of Buenos Aires; Bill McDonough; Founder, McDonough Innovation; Magalie Dresse, President, Caribbean Craft; Carlos Eduardo Abijaodi, Diretor de Desenvolvimento Industrial, Confederação Nacional da Indústria; Jordi Botifoll, President, Latin America, Cisco Systems; Carlos Bremer, CEO, Value Financial Group; Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Head of International Affairs; William Danvers, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Shirley Diaz,Vice-President and Co-founder, DreamGirls International Outreach and Mentoring Program; Ruben Echeverria, Director General, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical; Andrea Grobocopatel, Vice President, Los Grobo; Gary Hattem, President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation; Katherine Motyka, CEO, Heroes; Maryse Penette-Kedar, Co-Founder and Chairman, PRODEV, Progres es Développement; Juan Pocaterra, Co-founder and Business Director, Vikua; Alejandro Ramirez, CEO, Cinépolis; Susan Segal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy.

New York, NY – Next week, the Clinton Foundation’s Future of the Americas will bring together leaders from the private and public sectors across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. These leaders will participate in a one-time convening on Thursday, December 11 at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. The convening builds on President Clinton’s long-standing commitment to economic prosperity, investment, and innovation across the Western Hemisphere, through his work in office and post-presidency through the Clinton Foundation.

Twenty years ago, President Clinton hosted the first Summit of the Americas. During the Summit, leaders from thirty four countries of the Western Hemisphere met to seize that moment in history and create an action plan that promoted economic integration and shared prosperity. That plan paved the way for two decades of further growth – and because of it, democracies are stronger, trade and investment have expanded, and more people can share in the benefits of educational, environmental, and health advances.

The Future of the Americas event will create space for participants to have a conversation about the next twenty years, with a focus on how to strengthen investment, jobs, health, and education. This conversation will help bring together partners to develop ideas to position the region for growth, work together to define the terms of this growth, and ensure that it reaches larger numbers of families. The Future of the Americas will also complement the official Summit of the Americas. At this invitation of President Varela of Panama, Future of the Americas attendees will be providing input to leaders of the official Summit next April.

Two sessions are open to press:

Opening Panel

WELCOME:      Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami
PANEL:            President Clinton
                        Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia
                        Carlos Slim, Chairman, Grupo Carso
                        Susan Fonseca, Founder/CEO [email protected] and Founding Member, Singularity University
WHERE:          Main Ballroom, Student Activities Center, University of Miami
WHEN:            Thursday, December 11, 2014, 9:00 AM (PRE-SET, 8:00 AM)

Closing Session

WHO:               President Clinton
WHERE:          Main Ballroom, Student Activities Center, University of Miami
WHEN:            Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:15 PM (PRE-SET, 4:15 PM)

Previously announced participants include: Dr. Valentin Abe, Founder, Caribbean Harvest; Fidel Andueza, Head of the Americas, Libra Group; Carlos Julio Ardila, Vice President of the Board, Organización Ardila Lülle; Steffano Bertozzi, Dean, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley; Carlos Bulgheroni, CEO, Bridas Energy; Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, President, Grupo Aval; Adriana Cisneros, CEO and Vice Chairman, The Cisneros Group of Companies; Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman, The Cisneros Group of Companies; Henry G. Cisneros, Executive Chairman, CityView Companies; Vicky Colbert, Executive Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva; David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy; Hernando de Soto, President, Institute for Liberty and Democracy; Jorge Errázuriz, Partner, BTG Pactual; Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Estefan Enterprises; Alfonso Fanjul, Chairman and CEO, Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals Corporation; Angélica Fuentes, CEO, Grupo Omnilife; Alejandro García Padilla, Governor, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Frank Giustra, President and CEO, Fiore Financial Corporation; Rolando González-Bunster, Chairman and CEO, InterEnergy Holdings Ltd.; Nizan Guanaes, Chairman and Founder, Grupo ABC; Gabriela León, CEO, GRESMEX SA de CV; Phillip Levine, Mayor, Miami Beach; Alfredo Mesa, Executive Director, Marlins Foundation; Thomas F. McLarty, Chairman, McLarty Associates; Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank; Stanley Motta, President, Motta Internacional, S.A.; Dyer Narinesingh, President, University of Trinidad and Tobago; Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College; Nicholas Prouty, President, Putnam Bridge Funding; Frank Rainieri, President and CEO, Grupo Puntacana; Julissa Reynoso, U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay; Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Chairman and CEO, Intercorp; David Rothkopf, President and CEO, Garten Rothkopf; Israel Ruiz, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Alejandro Santo Domingo, Managing Director, Quadrant Capital Advisors, Inc.; Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia; Donna Shalala, President, University of Miami; Carlos Slim, Chairman, Grupo Carso; Javier Soto, President and CEO, The Miami Foundation and Gerardo Werthein, Chairman, Caja de Seguros S.A.

Media accreditation is now open and those planning to cover Future of the Americas must be approved and credentialed by the Clinton Foundation. To apply, please complete this form. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 5. Journalists may apply for credentials on-site, but pre-registered media will be given priority. Members of the press who have received email confirmation from the Clinton Foundation to attend the convening can pick up their credentials on Thursday, December 11 between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the press registration desk located outside of the Iron Arrow Room, Student Activities Center, University of Miami. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required. Please send questions regarding media registration to [email protected].


The convening will take place at the Student Activities Center at the University of Miami.

Press Working Room
The Press Center is located in Iron Arrow Room, Student Activities Center, University of Miami. Wired and wireless Internet access will be provided. Phones and computers will not be provided.

Press Registration
Press can pick up their credentials between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM outside of the Iron Arrow Room, Student Activities Center, University of Miami. To pick up your credential, a valid government-issued ID is required.

Members of the media who do not wish to valet park can park cars in the Pavia Garage. Please be ready to show the parking attendant a credential from a media outlet.

Wireless Microphones
Please do NOT bring or use wireless microphones on-site, as they will interfere with the wireless PA systems.

Mult Box
Analog SD Mult Box: Output specifics are XLR for audio and BNC connection for video.
HD Mult Box: Output specifics are HDSDI with embedded audio.

Sat Truck Parking
To request sat truck parking, please email [email protected].

Interview Locations
Broadcast outlets can reserve stand-up camera locations to conduct interviews on-site.

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