Latin American Speakers

JLA’s graduate in Latin American Studies offers up her five best speakers on the region…

Latin America is a place of great interest to the global financial sector; despite some setbacks, it exhibits a steady level of economic growth and structural development with huge investment opportunities. For the past 20 years, Mexico and most of Central and South America have been recovering from the crippling 1980’s debt crisis, gradually putting themselves on the economic map.

Our guest speakers always have their finger on the pulse when it comes to international current affairs and one of the most significant global events of 2016 will be the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  JLA offers a range of guest speakers catering for the growing interest in the Latin America region.

Carlos Acosta

Born to an impoverished family of a Cuban truck driver, Carlos is now considered to be one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time. Amongst our most popular guest speakers, he tells a story of rising to worldwide fame in a state where his options were severely limited and his creative ambition frequently undermined.

Javier Bajer

A cognitive psychologist, in 2015 Javier kickstarted widespread behavioural change in order to solve Buenos Aires’ massive waste disposal crisis. One of our more experienced guest speakers, he has also lent his expertise to HSBC Argentina.

Pedro Algorta

Pedro’s incredible tale stands him apart from other guest speakers.  One of the 16 survivors of the 1972 Andes airplane crash, he was stranded for 70 days and forced to eat human flesh to survive. Following his rescue he studied economics in Buenos Aires, eventually rising to CEO of Argentina’s biggest brewery. His is a story of remarkable human strength, teamwork and leadership.

Andres Oppenheimer 

Born in Buenos Aires, Andres is Latin American editor and foreign affairs columnist for The Miami Herald. His ‘ Oppenheimer Report’ is syndicated to 40 publications including La Nacion of Argentina and Reforma of Mexico. One of the leading guest speakers on Latin American foreign relations.

Dan Eley 

After suffering a freak accident in Columbia which left him paralysed, Dan started the Dan Eley Foundation,  aiming to help underprivileged children and adolescents in Colombia. His inspiring narrative touches upon his personal struggle, as much as the challenge posed by bureaucracy and cultural discrepancies.

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