The plenaries sessions will be transmitted in French, English and Spanish


Day 1 – May 30, 2016 


Palais du Luxembourg, Salle Médicis


15, Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris



08h30                         Registration

09h15 – 10h00           Opening session


Jean-Pierre Bel,
Personal Envoy of the French President of the Republic for Latin America and the Caribbean
Roland Schäfer,
Director adjunct for the Americas, European External Action Service (EEAS)
Paola Amadei,
Executive Director, EU-LAC Foundation
Carlos Quenan, Vice President, Institute of the Americas
Franck Bournois,
Dean of ESCP Europe
Jean-François Chanlat,
Professor at Paris-Dauphine University and co-chair of the academic committee  
Florence Pinot de Villechenon,
Director of the CERALE – ESCP Europe and member of the academic committee of Institute of the Americas and Jorge Walter,
Professor Universidad San Andrés, Director of the CERALE - Argentina, Symposium co-chairs


10h00 – 11h00           Introductory Conference: “Sustainable development: an intercultural itinerary faced with the challenge of Latin America”


Speaker: Brizio Biondi-Morra, President Emeritus of INCAE Business School, former president of AVINA Foundation and International FUNDES




11h00 – 11h15           Break




11h15-11h30              Focus EU-LAC: Presentation of the study “Corporate Social Responsibility in the context of Relations between the European Union and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States”, Renaud Guillonnet, EU-LAC Foundation




11h30-12h30              Conference 2: “Latin America, challenges and opportunities of a crucial decade: institutions, competitiveness and company development”


Speaker: Jorge Forteza, professor, former chair of the Universidad San Andrés’ Council and consultant




12h30-13h30              Lunch






13h30-15h30              Roundtable 1: “Competitiveness beyond the norms: association and sustainable development into local and global value chains”


Co-organized with International Trade Center.




Moderator:        Hernan Manson, Senior Officer Sustainable Development, International Trade Center




Marike de Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Chair of the Latin America Network of Fairtrade Producers – CLAC
Germán Ríos, Corporate Director Strategic Affairs, CAF – development bank of Latin America
Juan Carlos Sarmiento, Director International development, Barnier SARL
Fanny Estrada, Director of Institutional relations, Agexport
Fazia Pusterla, Lead Economist, Office of Outreach and Partnerships in Europe, Inter-
American Development Bank




The roundtable will handle the role of SMEs in value chains controlled by the buyers. It will approach issues related to competitiveness, learning mechanisms, forms of association... Examples will deal with the necessary conditions to guarantee producers a sustainable and profitable insertion in these chains. The role and functions of the various stakeholders will be mentioned: public sector, banks, buyers, producers, national and international support organizations and academic sector.




15h30-15h45              Focus EU-LAC: Presentation of the “Competitiveness Cluster” Initiative, Renaud Guillonet, EU-LAC Foundation




15h45-16h00              Break




16h00-18h00              Roundtable 2: « Team and professional skills management in multicultural companies»


Preceded by the results presentation of a CERALE-Doly Partners’ survey


Presidents:      Leni Hidalgo, Leadership professor, INSPER

Jean-Pierre Doly, President of Doly Partners and former head of Danone Argentina





Olivier Piepsz, Vice President for Latin America and Africa, SAFRAN


Juan Carlos Alonso, Director of training, InterContinental Madrid


Jean-Charles Carrot-Dulac, International Director, F. Iniciativas


Antoine Gaston-Breton, Head of the Marketing Department, Peugeot


Jill Delaney, UK Human Resources Director, CEMEX


Carlos Velasquez, Development director, EIFFAGE Infrastructures, international subsidiary




The participants -heads of multinational and small and medium-sized enterprises present in both continents- will speak about the following questions: What is the cultural proximity impact (the "elective affinities") in managing inter-and-intra-company relationships in the European-Latin American area? How to generate leaders able to evolve in different geographic locations of the same company? What are the effects of Latin American and European experiences on the manager professional mobility? What is the impact of human


factors on decisions about business location on another continent? How can the university-business interaction contribute to improve human resources?