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Innovation

Buenos Aires: Creating the Future

Buenos Aires |
Speakers include:
Daniel  Elsztain

Daniel Elsztain

IRSA

Francisca  Rojas

Francisca Rojas

Inter-American Development Bank

Guillermo Brinkmann

Guillermo Brinkmann

SAP Latin America South

Overview

Argentina’s dramatic return to global markets and the government’s pro-business reforms are drawing investors back to Buenos Aires. The full results of policy changes may be taking time to show, but with economic recovery and a drop in inflation expected in 2017, international markets remain largely optimistic.

Buenos Aires stands to gain significantly from this renewed interest. Greater business confidence in Argentina will help its cosmopolitan and vibrant capital to meet the demands of a growing urban population and fulfil its potential. The opportunities are there, particularly in areas such as infrastructure, energy, technology, services and urban development, but where do the best prospects lie, and what factors should domestic and foreign investors be aware of? How can Buenos Aires become the driver of economic growth in Argentina in the future?

The Financial Times is delighted to host a special strategic forum to discuss the opportunities for investment in Buenos Aires. Moderated by leading FT journalists, this invitation-only event will gather investors, international business leaders and senior policy makers to assess the most promising sectors for growth, the key considerations for business, and future prospects.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/04/2017 08:00:0004/04/2017 12:10:00falseBuenos Aires: Creating the FutureArgentina’s dramatic return to global markets and the government’s pro-business reforms are drawing investors back to Buenos Aires. The full results of policy changes may be taking time to show, but with economic recovery and a drop in inflation expected in 2017, international markets remain largely optimistic.Buenos Aires stands to gain significantly from this renewed interest. Greater business confidence in Argentina will help its cosmopolitan and vibrant capital to meet the demands of a growing urban population and fulfil its potential. The opportunities are there, particularly in areas such as infrastructure, energy, technology, services and urban development, but where do the best prospects lie, and what factors should domestic and foreign investors be aware of? How can Buenos Aires become the driver of economic growth in Argentina in the future?The Financial Times is delighted to host a special strategic forum to discuss the opportunities for investment in Buenos Aires. Moderated by leading FT journalists, this invitation-only event will gather investors, international business leaders and senior policy makers to assess the most promising sectors for growth, the key considerations for business, and future prospects.Buenos-Aires:-Creating-the-Futurec04838ab632b58cc6529ec6dfc4c2139MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (4)

Daniel  Elsztain

Daniel Elsztain

Vicepresident, IRSA; Chief Operating Officer, IRSA CP
IRSA
Francisca  Rojas

Francisca Rojas

Urban Development and Housing Specialist
Inter-American Development Bank
Guillermo Brinkmann

Guillermo Brinkmann

President
SAP Latin America South
John M. Moncure

John M. Moncure

Director, Latin America and the Caribbean,
Financial Times

John M. Moncure is Director for Latin America & Caribbean for the Financial Times and involved in all aspects of commercial operations including institutional relations, special reports, advertising, conferences, syndication and content sales and print and digital circulation. Mr Moncure also co-manages Emerging Markets.

Mr Moncure has been employed by the FT since 2005 and has worked with the company since 1998. Prior to this he was Managing Director for North America at Publicitas S.A. He holds degrees from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the Colorado College and has attended La Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara and La Sorbonne. He serves on the boards of the Council of the Americas, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce and WILL (Women in Leadership in Latin America).

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Moderators (3)

Benedict Mander

Benedict Mander

Southern Cone Correspondent
Financial Times

Benedict Mander is the Southern Cone Correspondent for the Financial Times. He was previously the FT’s Venezuela and Caribbean correspondent, based in Caracas. He joined the FT in 2005, covering the Southern Cone from Mexico. Prior to this Mr Mander wrote for Euromoney, the Daily Telegraph, Investors Chronicle and Rough. He holds a BA degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University.

Shawn Donnan

Shawn Donnan

World Trade Editor
Financial Times

Shawn Donnan is the Financial Times’ World Trade Editor. He was appointed to this role in September 2013. Mr Donnan was previously World News Editor, after being promoted from Deputy World News Editor in June 2010. Prior to that, he was the Asia World News Editor and the Asia International Company News page editor based in Hong Kong. He was also the FT’s Indonesia correspondent based inJakarta. He joined the FT in November 1999 in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining the Financial Times, Mr Donnan worked as a staff writer for the Associated Press in the US and as a Sydney-based reporter for Agence France-Presse. Besides the Financial Times, his work has appeared in major newspapers worldwide, including the South China Morning Post, the Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor. Mr Donnan graduated from Boston University, majoring in International Relations.

John Paul Rathbone

John Paul Rathbone

Latin America Editor
Financial Times

John Paul Rathbone was appointed Latin America Editor in April 2010, having previously edited the FT's Lex column. He joined the FT in 2008 from Breaking Views, where he was a financial commentator for several years and founding correspondent. Prior to that, he worked at Reuters and the World Bank. Mr Rathbone is a graduate of Oxford University, where he read Anthropology, and Columbia University, where he earned a Master's in Economics. He became a senior member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 2006. He is the author of The Sugar King of Havana: the rise and fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba's last tycoon.

Agenda - 4th Apr

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Refreshments
  • 8:50am
    Welcome Remarks and Introduction

    John Moncure, Director, Latin America, Financial Times
    John Paul Rathbone, Latin America Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00am
    Keynote Address

    Fernando Straface, Secretary General Foreign Affairs, City of Buenos Aires

  • 9:10am
    Keynote Address

    Pablo Giampieri, Undersecretary of Economic Development, City of Buenos Aires

  • 9:15am
    Special Presentation - InvestBA

    Alejo Rodriguez Cacio, General Director, InvestBA

  • 9:20am
    Panel Discussion: Creating Economic Growth

    Human capital, investment capital, affordable energy and modern infrastructure are proven sustainable growth drivers. What is Buenos Aires doing to leverage these strategic advantages – and what else could help to accelerate economic growth to assure the vitality of Buenos Aires in the decades to come?

    Ricardo Torres, President, Edenor and Co CEO, Pampa Energia
    Santiago Balart, Vice President, Puente
    Soledad Acuña, Minister of Education, City of Buenos Aires
    Adriana Noreña, Vice President Spanish Speaking LATAM, Google

    Moderated by: Shawn Donnan, Global Trade Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:05am
    Networking Break
  • 10:25am
    Keynote Address

    Andy Freire, Minister of Modernization, Innovation & Technology, City of Buenos Aires

  • 10:35am
    Panel Discussion: Innovation and Smart Cities

    Cities are not just the heartbeat of a country; they act as important centres of commerce, culture and education. By 2050, cities are projected to be home to 90 per cent of the world’s inhabitants – bringing new opportunities but also ever greater demands on city governments. This panel will look at how technology, entrepreneur zones, universities, cultural institutions and green spaces all interact in attracting top talent and investment while creating a truly smart and sustainable city for now and the future.

    Daniel Elsztain, Vice President, IRSA, Chief Operating Office, IRSA CP
    Armen Ovanessoff , Principal Director,  Accenture Research Emerging Markets
    Guillermo Brinkmann, Managing Director, SAP
    Francisca Rojas, Housing and Urban Development Specialist,  Inter-American Development Bank

    Moderated by: Benedict Mander, Southern Cone Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:25am
    Keynote Interview

    Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, Mayor, City of Buenos Aires

    Interviewed by: John Paul Rathbone, Latin America Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:05pm
    Closing Remarks

    John Paul Rathbone, Latin America Editor, Financial Times

Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Who Attends

Buenos Aires: Creating the Future is an invitation-only event for investors, international business leaders and senior policy makers. Limited places are available, free of charge and subject to availability, to the following professionals:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Innovation Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Heads of Investment
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of R&D
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Platinum Sponsors (5)

As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 320,000 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. 

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. 

IRSA is one of the most diversified business groups in Argentina. The company owns and operates 16 shopping malls; over 700.000 sq. has. in Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay and Bolivia; five premium office buildings in Buenos Aires and two in New York; three five-star hotels (among them the magnificent Llao-Llao in Bariloche) and has a controlling stake in Banco Hipotecario, among many other assets. IRSA’s motto is “building without destroying”, which has led the company to recover entire areas in Buenos Aires (Abasto, Distrito Arcos) and Rosario (Alto Rosario) by transforming decaying buildings and empty lots into vibrant, progressive neighborhoods.  We care for the environment and the community: both in our shopping centers and our office buildings we have been practicing waste separation for almost a decade, and we are deeply involved with NGO’s, schools and local organizations in the areas where our business units develop their activities. IRSA has recently closed the acquisition of IDB, one of Israel’s largest business groups. IRSA and its controlled companies employ over 21,000 people in three continents. IRSA’s stock are listed in the NYSE and the Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires; our controlling company, CRESUD, is listed in NASDAQ.

Pampa Energía is the largest independent energy integrated company in Argentina, that through its subsidiaries participates in the electricity and oil and gas value chain. In our oil and gas exploration and production segment we hold interests in 22 productive blocks and 6 exploration areas. The current total oil & gas production is 71,5 kboe/day, of which 65% accounts for gas upstream, and more than 2,600 productive wells. Our midstream segment, Pampa has a presence through its indirect stake in TGS, the country’s largest gas transportation company and second largest liquids processor and marketer. In downstream, we hold a refining installed capacity of 30.2 thousand barrels per day, supplying a retail network of 263 gas stations across the country, as well as a 28.5% stake in Refinor, a refining and marketing company in the north of Argentina. Also we have three plants that produce and hold most of the local market share of styrene, polystyrene, BOPs and synthetic rubber. Our power generation segment has an installed capacity of 3,433 MW, which represents more than 10% of Argentina’s electricity system. Our power transmission segment co-controls Transener, which transports 85% of the electricity in Argentina through more than 20.6 thousand km of high voltage lines. Our electricity distribution segment is composed of Edenor, the largest power utility in Argentina, with 2.9 million customers, serving Buenos Aires city and northern suburbs. Pampa is one of the most traded Argentine stocks, listed in the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange (BCBA) and holding the second largest weight in the Merval index (8.35% since January 2017), as well as listed in the New York Stock Exchange through a level II ADR program.

PUENTE is the leading financial services firm in Southern Cone, with offices in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama and the UK. In the last decade, we have gone through a strong process of expansion to become a reference of the region on a global level. We invest in technology and we bring together the most outstanding professional teams in each country, dedicated to meeting the financial goals of our clients through exclusive and dynamic channels. We have created a unique style of management that stands out across all the countries: we offer customized solutions, building a solid advantage in a changing and highly competitive world.

We are a reference point in the business of Wealth Management, Sales & Trading, Capital Markets, Asset Management and Corporate Finance, thanks to the capillarity of our customer network and the solid relationship we maintain with international investors. We are at the forefront in the development and application of technology in the financial world and we stand out for the fulfillment of the highest world standards of security and transparency. Our performance is recognized by the world's leading specialist media.

Today we are the strategic partner for all those who, from wherever in the world, choose to invest in the Southern Cone.

Silver Sponsors (2)

BACS is an Argentine Bank, specialized in providing innovative financial solutions for local businesses. BACS’ main business units are: investment banking, wealth management, commercial and consumer credit, sales & trading, research and asset management. BACS is positioned among the top players in the local primary and secondary corporate debt markets. BACS is a registered broker in the main local market platforms. The bank was founded in the year 2000. Its current shareholders´ structure is formed by Banco Hipotecario (BCBA: BHIP) with 62.28% and IRSA (NYSE: IRS) (37.72%). Its world-class management team has a proven and remarkable track-record in banking and capital market transactions, with deep knowledge of the Argentine culture and business practices. As of Sep. 30, 2016, BACS has assets worth AR$ 1.7 bn and net worth of AR$ 350 mn. Fitch has rated its local bonds with AA (Arg). BACS´ asset management firm, Toronto Trust, has nearly AR$ 5 bn assets under management.

Founded in 1950, Aerolíneas Argentinas is one of the leading South American carriers. From its home bases in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Aerolíneas Argentinas flies to 24 international destinations in the Americas and Europe. Along with Austral Líneas Aéreas, Aerolíneas operates flights to 37 destinations in Argentina, flying to more cities in the Argentine territory than any other airline. Aerolíneas provides dynamic links between Argentina and the region through its relaunched hub in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery city airport. Aerolíneas links an increasing number of cities in Argentina without having to connect flights in Buenos Aires. The Aerolíneas group is carrying out an ambitious fleet renewal program. The fleet is composed of a total of 83 aircraft, including Airbus 330 / 340, Boeing 737-700 / 800 and Embraer 190 jets. By the end of 2017, the company will start incorporating 737-8MAX to its fleet. The Aerolíneas group is also committed to develop and achieve the highest level of safety and quality operations performance. Both Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral were certified under the IOSA registry originally in 2007, renewing their registrations successfully for the past years. The airline is member of the SkyTeam global alliance since September 2012. 

Venue

Centro Cívico Parque Patricios
Uspallata 3150
Buenos Aires C1437JCL

Argentina

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Financial Times
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