Institute of the Americas Upcoming Events

Executive Roundtable: Pres. Obama’s Trade Agenda and the San Diego Economy

Date:  March 2, 2015
Place: Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  This is event is free and open to the public. However seating is limited, so registration is requested. Become a Member
Contact: Chandler Martin

William E. Craft Jr.What is the current state of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or “fast-track” authority?  How does the TPA relate to free trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)?  How will these trade agreements affect the competitive landscape for San Diego’s businesses?  

Please join us for a conversation on the President’s trade agenda and its impact on the San Diego economy, trade, job creation, and labor and environmental standards.   In this interactive roundtable, we will hear from one of the nation’s top trade officials, and members of the community are invited to weigh in on the implications of the TPP and T-TIP for their business.

Our guest is William E. Craft, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy & Programs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Trade Policy and Programs advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers through global, regional and bilateral trade initiatives - including free trade agreements (FTAs) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda. In partnership with agencies across the federal government, Trade Policy and Programs professionals and staff work to maximize the benefits of open markets for global economic development, address and resolve trade disputes, strengthen intellectual property enforcement, and improve access for U.S. goods and services abroad.

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Increasing Binational Science and Technology Business, and Joint Research Center and University Partnerships

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Place: Malamud Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Sherry White
Cost: General Public  $30 • Members of Select Local Organizations* $20 • IOA Members, UCSD and SDSU Faculty
and Staff Free • Become a Member

The Honorable United States Ambassador to Brazil Liliana AyaldeThe Honorable United States Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde

This roundtable will highlight the United States’ push to expand U.S. – Brazil commercial, trade and investment relations with a targeted focus on the science and technology sectors, as well as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s commitment to expand research and education in the STEM fields. These joint efforts are designed to strengthen business, scientific and academic partnerships between the two countries.

During her visit to San Diego, Ambassador Ayalde and Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Brian Brisson are interested in learning more about current and potential partnerships between U.S. and Brazilian companies, organizations, research centers of excellence, and universities.

Briefings from Ambassador Ayalde and Minister Counselor Brisson, as well as from selected local speakers will frame the roundtable dialogue.  Roundtable attendees will be encouraged to engage in the conversation highlighting the successes and challenges they have experienced, and provide suggestions on how to move forward to strengthen and expand binational business (with emphasis on science and technology), as well as areas to development additional partnerships in research and STEM education.

*In gratitude to the following entities, their members and staff receive a discounted registration fee to attend: BIOCOM; Cleantech San Diego; CONNECT San Diego; J. Craig Venter Institute; San Diego Regional EDC; San Diego & Imperial District Export Council; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; SDSU; The Maritime Alliance; and, UCSD.








Argentina Energy Roundtable: Vaca Muerta & Beyond


Date: March 19
Time: 8:30 - 9:00am Registration and Coffee
9:00am - 1:00pm Roundtable Panel Discussions
Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina – Hilton Puerto Madero
Contact: Rita Oliveira
This event will be held in Spanish without interpretation and closed to the press

Argentina Energy RoundtableFor years, Argentina has been one of the hemisphere’s key energy markets and a leader in regional integration efforts and natural gas development. More recently, however, Argentina has struggled with balancing economic and energy demands.

But today, with the world’s second largest shale gas reserves and fourth largest shale oil, the country has reignited interest in its energy sector and market fundamentals. An overhaul last November of the country’s hydrocarbons legal framework, thriving partnerships with international firms, and unconventional production of roughly 30,000 BOE/day have served to deepen interest in the country’s energy potential.

This half-day executive roundtable will assess the unconventional resource potential in Argentina, as well as the current global energy context and realities, and what they signify for Argentina’s energy outlook. Panel discussions will focus on the future for shale in Argentina, in particular opportunities in the Vaca Muerta region, as well as the electric sector, and the role of energy as Argentina heads into general elections in October.


  • Ricardo Aguirre, Manager, Commercial and Business Planning, Chevron Argentina
  • Ana Paula Ares, Founding Partner, Quo Advisors
  • Nicolás Gadano, Independent Economic Consultant
  • Juan Garoby, Unconventional Resources Executive Manager, YPF S.A.
  • Fernando Giliberti, Director, Strategy & Business, YPF S.A.
  • Hamilton Moss, Vice President for Energy, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America







Mesa Redonda sobre Energía en Argentina: Vaca Muerta y más allá de su potencial

Fecha: Marzo 19 del 2015
Hora: 8:30 - 9:00am Registro y Café 9:00am - 1:30pm Paneles
Lugar: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hilton Puerto Madero
Contacto: Diana Rodríguez
Evento cerrado a la prensa

Argentina Energy Roundtable

Por muchos años Argentina ha sido uno de los mercados de energía primordiales en el hemisferio y líder en los esfuerzos de integración regional y de desarrollo de gas natural. Sin embargo, recientemente le ha sido difícil equilibrar la demanda económica con la oferta energética.

Pero hoy, siendo el segundo país con más recursos de shale gas y el cuarto país con mayores recursos de shale oil en el mundo, y el único con proyectos de shale en desarrollo comercial fuera de Estados Unidos, Argentina ha vuelto a revivir el interés en su sector energético y en los aspectos fundamentales del mercado. La revisión del marco legal de los hidrocarburos del país en noviembre pasado, las exitosas asociaciones con firmas internacionales, y la producción de no convencionales de aproximadamente 40.000 boe/día han ayudado a profundizar el interés en el potencial energético del país.

Esta mesa redonda ejecutiva evaluará el potencial de los recursos no convencional en Argentina, así como la realidad y el contexto energético mundial actual y lo que significan para el panorama energético de la nación. Los paneles de discusión se centrarán en el futuro del shale en Argentina, particularmente en las oportunidades en el yacimiento de Vaca Muerta, así como en el sector eléctrico, y en el papel de la energía en la discusión política dada la cercanía de las elecciones presidenciales de octubre.



  • Ricardo Aguirre, Gerente Comercial y de Planeamiento de Negocios, Chevron Argentina
  • Ana Paula Ares, Socia Fundadora, Quo Advisors
  • Nicolás Gadano, Consultor Independiente en Asuntos Económicos
  • Juan Garoby, Gerente Ejecutivo de Recursos No-convencionales, YPF S.A.
  • Fernando Giliberti, Director, Estrategía y Negocios, YPF S.A.
  • Hamilton Moss, Vicepresidente de Energía, CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina






Webinar: Brazil’s Power Sector Outlook

Date: March 26Webinars
Time: 11:00 am San Diego (GMT/UTC – 7 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur

Over the last several months, Latin America’s largest economy and aspiring energy superpower has gone through a tumultuous election and endured a wide-ranging scandal at its national oil company. In the electric sector, a prolonged drought has led to nationwide power shortages and raised questions as to whether Brazil can meet growing electricity demand in both the short and long term. The relatively new year is off to a challenging start, but is there a light at the end of Brazil’s energy tunnel?

We are delighted to be joined by Francisco Morandi, Chief Financial Officer of AES Brazil for an in-depth analysis of Brazil’s power outlook and challenges in a complex and changing environment. Morandi will discuss options and opportunities for generation and distribution, as well as the role of natural gas and hydropower in bolstering energy security in Brazil.
Morandi’s presentation will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.


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East meets West: Miami as a Gateway for China’s Investment in Latin America

Date: March 27, 2015
Place: Morton’s Steak House, 1200 Bricknell Avenue, Miami, Florida
Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $40 for members of the Miami Finance Forum; $60 for non-members
Contact: Lynne Walker
Seating is limited, so please register

East meets West: Miami as a Gateway for China’s Investment in Latin AmericaAs China increases its economic presence in Latin America, we will examine Miami’s evolving role as a gateway city for east-west investment. In cooperation with the Miami Finance Forum in Miami, Florida, we will host a business luncheon with a keynote address by Dr. Peng Yuan, Vice President of  the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) in Beijing. Dr. Yuan, an expert in Sino-American relations, Trans-Pacific relations and China’s foreign policy, is stopping in Miami to meet with the business community before traveling to several Latin American countries.

This business forum will be moderated by Erik Bethel, Managing Director-Latin America, Darby Overseas Investments


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