Business and entrepreneurship panel
Orlando Cabrales Segovia
Colombian Vice Minister of Energy
Orlando Cabrales Segovia is a lawyer and an expert in the energy sector in Colombia. He was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in Colombia. He managed issues regarding the access to electric energy, gas; oil production, and renewable energies.
He was also President of the National Agency of hydrocarbons from 2011 to 2013. In addition, he was also the legal Vice-president for Latin America for the enterprise British Petroleum and assistant manager for Ecopetrol from 1988 to 1990.
Estee Lauder's Vice President
Patricia Lopez Is currently the Senior Vice-President and Managing Director of the Estée Lauder and Aerin Beauty brands for North America. In her role at Estée Lauder, Lopez will be responsible for the flagship brand of the company in North America. She will also nurture and develop Aerin Beauty as it grows its luxury fragrance and beauty business.
Previously, she served as Avon's Chief Marketing Officer. While at Avon she was the sole women to be featured on the 2014 Forbes list of the 15 highest-earning marketing executives.
Prior to joining Avon, Lopez spent 25 years with Procter & Gamble Company, holding leadership positions in diverse consumer goods categories, rapidly advancing her career to become the Vice-President for Eastern Europe, among P&G’s top five largest markets.
Lopez is a Boston College Alumna. She was born in Ecuador and raised in Venezuela.
Former Argentinian Minister of Economy
Domingo Cavallo is an Argentine economist and politician. He completed his Ph.D in economics in Harvard University. He taught at several universities, including the National University of Córdoba and New York University. He served as the governor of Argentina's central bank in 1982, as the minister of foreign affairs from 1989 to 1991 and he was also the economy minister of Argentina from 1991 to 1996.
When Argentina was suffering from hyperinflation in the 1990's, he took control of the situation by pegging the peso to the U.S dollar and also instituted a privatization plan in order to make the economy grow.
Julio Andrés Borges is a Venezuelan politician and lawyer, currently a Congressman. Borges studied law at the Andrés Bello Catholic University, did a master's in philosophy at Boston College and public policy at the University of Oxford.
He co-founded the center-left political party Primero Justicia. In the 2000 parliamentary elections, he was elected to the National Assembly, representing Primero Justicia and Miranda State until 2005. As well, Borges ran for president in the opposition primaries for the Venezuelan presidential elections of 2006, but on dropped out to support Manuel Rosales, former governor of Zulia State.
Being part of the unconventional National Assembly, he has experienced first hand the political scene of Venezuela, and the constant clashes between the government and opposition legislators.
Rodrigo Bandeira de Mello
M.I.T Visiting Prof. for Intl. Business and Prof. at Getulio Vargas Foundation São Paulo, Brazil
Rodrigo Bandeira-de-Mello is Associate Professor of Strategy and Coordinator of the International Business Research Forum at Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil (FGV-EAESP). He is currently Visiting Professor at Université Paris Dauphine, Lyon III for Doctoral and MBA courses. He was also visiting scholar at The Wharton School in 2000 and currently at MIT. His research interests include non-market-based competitive advantages in emerging economies, such as through political connections, and the genesis and development of business groups. Rodrigo is the chair of the strategy division of the Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD), and its elected director of international affairs for 2013-2014. He is author of papers on Strategy and performance in emergent countries, stakeholders’ management and political strategies, which had been published in national and international journals. He carries out the researches using both quantitative methods (structural equations, variance decomposition and other multivariate techniques) and qualitative terms, particularly the strategy of Grounded Theory, with support software (ATLAS ti).