2019 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speakers

February 8: Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Co-Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group; former U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2005–2009)

Carlos Gutierrez is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment.

Previously, Secretary Gutierrez spent nearly thirty years with Kellogg Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of well-known food brands. After assignments in Latin America, Canada, Asia, and the United States, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Kellogg in 1999 − the youngest CEO in the company’s hundred year history. In April 2000, he was named Chairman of the Board of Kellogg Company.

Secretary Gutierrez joined ASG from Citi, where he was Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group.

He currently serves as the Chair of the National Foreign Trade Council and of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuba Business Council, and is on the boards of the Chamber’s U.S.-India Business Council and the Boao Forum for Asia.

He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Meridian International Center, and serves on the boards of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, MetLife, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Viridis Learning, the George W. Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Advisory Council, and Republicans for Immigration Reform.

Secretary Gutierrez was born in Havana, Cuba. He is married to Edilia, and has three grown children.

He is based in Washington, DC.


February 9: Larissa Zagustin, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Viacom International Media Networks Americas

Attorney Larissa Zagustin is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Viacom International Media Networks Americas, where her responsibilities include structuring commercial transactions to achieve business goals while minimizing company exposure, helping manage Government Affairs matters primarily for Latin America, and overseeing legal operations for Latin America, Canada and the U.S. Hispanic market.

Previously, Ms. Zagustin worked at the top tier Latin American firm Hoet, Pelaez, Castillo & Duque (formerly Bentata ,Hoet & Asociados) for three years, where she worked on large acquisitions and privatizations, mostly related to the steel industry. After obtaining a U.S. law degree in South Florida in 2002, graduating magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University, she interviewed for an internship in the legal department of what was then MTV Networks. Within five years she was a vice president.

Ms. Zagustin recently oversaw Viacom’s $345 million acquisition of Argentinian global broadcast channel and content producer Telefe, and currently manages a team of 22 individuals throughout Latin America, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and government affairs matters.

She also has a a law degree from the Universidad Central de Caracas, and is currently admitted to practice law in Venezuela, Florida and the UK as a solicitor.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami

Dr. Frenk became the sixth president of the University of Miami in August of 2015. He also holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and as Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the Business School.

Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the dean for nearly seven years of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Julio Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.

He was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. He also served as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization and as senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other leadership positions.

Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary degrees from ten universities.

His scholarly production, which includes over 170 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, has been cited around 19,000 times. In addition, he has written three best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health, the Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership presented by Yale University for promoting diversity in graduate education, and the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

In 2017, he was elected as a member of El Colegio Nacional, one of the most prestigious groups of intellectuals, artists, writers, and scientists of Mexico.

Julio Frenk was born in Mexico City in December 1953. He is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social sector economist, and has four children.

Panelists and Moderators


Patricia Abril, Professor of Business Law and Vice Dean of Graduate Programs, Miami Business School
ModeratorPanel III: Governmental Relations and Implications




Jose Acosta, President, Public Affairs & Operations, UPS Latin America
Panelist: Panel III: Governmental Relations and Implications




Sergio Alvarez-Mena, Partner, Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation, Jones Day
Panelist: Panel III: Governmental Relations and Implications



Patricia Brown, Director, Graduate Program in Taxation and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment, University of Miami School of Law
Panelist: Panel III: Governmental Relations and Implications




Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Executive Director, Venture Café Miami
Panelist: Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities




Mark Cheskin, Partner, Litigation and International Arbitration, Hogan Lovells
Panelist: Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities




Ainhoa Corrales, Head of Project Finance Americas, Banco Sabadell
Panelist: Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment 




Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Moderator: Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities




Dr. María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, Vice President for Hemispheric & Global Affairs, University of Miami
Panelist: Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities





Jonathan Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration, White & Case LLP
Panelist: Panel IV: International Disputes




Juan Carlos Hartasánchez, Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group
Panelist: Panel III: Governmental Relations and Implications




Dawn Yamane Hewett, Of Counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Panelist: Panel IV: International Disputes





Paulo Leme, Finance Executive in Residence, Miami Business School
Panelist: Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment





Melissa Medina, President, eMerge Americas
Panelist: Panel I: Hemispheric Growth Opportunities

Read her interview with the Review here




Antonio Ortiz-Mena, Senior Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group
Panelist: Panel IV: International Disputes





Hernán Pantaleón, Founder, Hernán Pantaleón Abogados
Moderator: Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment





Marike Paulsson, Professor, University of Miami School of Law, Senior Consultant, Albright Stonebridge Group
Moderator: Panel IV: International Disputes






Rick Puente, Partner, Global Disputes, Jones Day
Panelist: Panel IV: International Disputes





Eduardo Pupo, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Panelist: Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment





Fradyn Suárez, Partner, Banking, Finance & Securities, Jones Day
Panelist: Panel II: Cross-Border Negotiation & Investment