Theme: "Leadership and innovation to succeed in times of change"


Panel session 1: Innovation and Entrepreneurship


  • Michel Brousset, CEO L'Oreal UK & Ireland
  • Diana Verde Nieto, Founder & CEO
  • Gustavo Pimenta, CIO for Anheuser Busch-InBev Europe
  • Moderator: Janaina Roque, Director of Integration Consulting Europe


Panel Session 2: Challenges and opportunities of doing business in/with Latin America


  • Lando Simonetti, Founder & CEO of La Martina
  • Diego de la Torre, Chairman of La Viga and President of UN Global Compact Peru
  • Aires Barreto, President of AMB Minerals & Energy and former VP of PDVSA
  • Moderator: Robert Capurro, CEO of Canning House

Keynote speakers



Carlos de Mesa Gisbert is a former President of Bolivia, leading the country until 2005.

He studied political science and literature in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and in the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, to then become a historian. Later he turned into a journalist appearing in both radio and television programmes in Bolivia, becoming a recognised TV personality throughout the country.

In 2002, he jumped into politics first as the Vice-President (during Mr. Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada presidency) and then as the President of Bolivia. During his mandate, he reformed the Constitution after calling together a Constitutional Assembly and called a Referendum, which changed the national policy of Hydrocarbons. Mr. Mesa succesfully fought  an economic crisis and made the Human Rights defence a prioritarian state policy.

Mr. Mesa is a member of the Academia Boliviana de Historia and of the Sociedad Boliviana de Historia. He has been awarded important international prizes including the International Journalism Prize "Rey de España", the Manuel Vicente Ballivián Foundation Journalism Prize and National Journalism Prize of Bolivia.

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Pedro Luiz Barreiros Passos is a member of Natura’s Board of Directors and co-founder of the Company. Since 2013, he has been in office as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Totvs.

He graduated in Production Engineering at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP) and specialized in Business Administration at Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

Passos dedicates himself to different entities and organizations. Since 2009 he is the President of the Industrial Development Studies Institute (IEDI), and in 2013 he took office as President of the SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation (SOS Atlantic Forest Foundation). He has been on the Board of the National Quality Foundation (FNQ) since 2003. He has also been serving on a number of Boards such as the Empreender Endeavor Institute’s since 2005, and Institute for Technological Research (IPT) since 2006 and the Dom Cabral Foundation’s (FDC) since 2010.

Mr. Passos is also a member of MEI (Business Mobilization through Innovation).

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Lando Simonetti was born in Rome in 1942 and moved to Argentina at the age of six. He started his professional life in Buenos Aires, but ended up working in Boston as a VP for a well known denim/jeans brand, where he was in charge of their international expansion. After a successful career in the US, Lando felt it was time to move on to build his own personal project: launching a clothing brand closely linked to the roots of polo, a traditional sport in Argentina, where his family had settled. 

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Mr José A. Vélez serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Argos S.A. He served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Cementos Argos S.A. until 2012. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Suramericana de Seguros S.A. since 2000 and Vice President of Investments from 1996 to 2000. He held various other managerial positions at Suramericana de Seguros S.A. since 1984.

Mr Vélez holds a Degree in Administrative Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering from University of California-Los Angeles in the United States and Diploma of Engineer Honoris Causa from École Nationale d’Ingénieurs (National School of Engineers), Metz, France.

Focusing on understanding the manufacturing process of hand made polo equipment, La Martina was able to position itself as the best polo equipment supplier, not only in Argentina, but in every part of the world where the game of polo would be played. 

Through hard work and a well targeted strategy, Lando became not only the creator, owner and visionary of La Martina, but also expanded it's business model to various countries, integrating a full line of luxury casual wear inspired in the polo lifestyle. Today La Martina is sold in 56 countries throughput an exclusive retail network of 80 boutiques, and through it's sister company, Polo Management Group, it presents over 90 polo events throughout the globe.