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2019 Summary Report

TABLE OF CONTENTS Finale of the 100K LATAM competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina







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The MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO) strives to develop and nurture meaningful relationships that will advance research, education, and collaborative activities throughout Latin America. On behalf of MIT Sloan and the Institute, MSLAO works to support the creation and transfer of knowledge and the advancement of management education and practices in the region. To fulfill the mission of the MSLAO, the Senior Director, under the guidance of the Faculty Director, Assistant Dean of MIT Sloan Global Programs, and the Advisory Council, develop regional programming, promote mutually beneficial collaborations with regional leaders, steward existing relationships, and create new bonds with universities, companies, and government agencies throughout the region. They are also responsible for the financial and administrative oversight of the office and for its continued excellence and stewardship.

“I am very proud of the direction taken and momentum that the office has achieved. We were pioneers in opening the first brick-andmortar office of MIT outside the USA. Having the opportunity to bring MIT to Latin America with a formal structure, resources, and support from the Institute has been a dream come true.� PIERO SOLARI Chairperson, MSLAO


MSLAO ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS 2017 – 2019 Piero Solari | Chairperson Executive Director, Megeve Investments Juan Pablo Armas Chairman of the Board, PazCorp S.A. David Capodilupo Assistant Dean, MIT Sloan Global Programs Vittorio Corbo President, Vittorio Corbo & Associates José De Gregorio Professor, Department of Economics, Universidad de Chile Arnoldo Hax | Honorary Member Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan Rodolfo Henrique Fischer CEO, Associação Anna Laura Marcos Garcia Muñoz Partner-Senior Banker, Capital Advisors Marcelo Larraguibel Partner, Virtus Partners Luis Llanos CEO, CMPC Papeles Andrónico Luksic | Honorary Member Chairman, Quiñenco S.A. Carlos Muñoz VP, EuroAmerica

Roberto Murchison CEO, The Murchison Group Adriana Noreña VP, Google Spanish Speaking LATAM Gustavo Pierini Founder/Director, Gradus Management Consulting Roberto Rigobon | Faculty Director Professor, MIT Sloan Marcelo Benchimol Saad Partner, LaPlace Mauricio Salgar Managing Director, Advent International Jeff Swiryn Advisor to the Chairman, Quiñenco S.A. Lee Ullmann Senior Director, MSLAO Italo Zunino Chairman of the Board, Maderas Cóndor

Above: MSLAO Advisory Council at Alma Observatory Left: Lee Ullmann presenting at Make Health Workshop

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MIT IN LATIN AMERICA The MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO) enhances MIT’s presence in Latin America and plays a key role in advancing the Institute’s strategic international goals. The MSLAO reflects MIT’s commitment to improving the world through the development of principled, innovative, and technically astute leaders who are prepared to manage— and lead—in a complex global economy. The MSLAO was created through the generous support of Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of Quiñenco. In 2018, an endowed fund was launched to support the office in perpetuity, and MSLAO leadership has continued to deliver on its founding mission. MSLAO provides opportunities for establishing significant impact in five primary areas that are critical both to the region and to the Institute’s high-level goals:

Knowledge Creation

Action Learning

Encourage and support research, teaching, and knowledge-sharing opportunities for MIT and MIT Sloan faculty; expand the School’s reputation as a leader in international management by facilitating research collaborations with scholars based in academic institutions across Latin America.

Expand the depth and breadth of MIT Sloan’s signature Action Learning programs by increasing connections with corporations and alumni in Latin America.

Regional Awareness Increase brand awareness of MIT to enhance connections with regional alumni and create new avenues for potential corporate partnerships and research collaborations. Admissions Increase regional awareness of MIT Sloan’s portfolio of degree programs and augment admissions’ goals by connecting the School to qualified Latin American candidates.


Alumni Network Increase both the frequency and quality of connections among Latin American MIT alumni while enhancing their engagement with the Institute through sponsorship and involvement with local alumni clubs; support club events and maximize MIT faculty visits to engage and connect regional alumni.

MSLAO Advisory Council at The Future of Work Conference

The following report is a summary of the MSLAO’s accomplishments in 2019 and its aspirations for 2020 Signing Ceremony for the MIT Sloan Universidad de Chile Data Analytics Program with US Ambassador Carol Perez, Rafael Epstein, Roberto Rigobon, and David Capodilupo

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KNOWLEDGE CREATION The MSLAO encourages and supports research, teaching, and knowledge-sharing opportunities in Latin America for MIT and MIT Sloan faculty. We seek to expand the School’s reputation as a leader in international management by facilitating research collaborations with scholars based in academic institutions across the region. This year, the MSLAO emphasized funding projects, promoting and planning special events, and sending faculty and researchers across the region. Faculty participation in Latin America was greater and more evenly distributed than in any previous year. Faculty and researchers from four of MIT’s five schools visited in nearly every month of the year to pursue research and educational opportunities across the region. They collaborated in projects in seven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru; several researchers carried out work in more than one country. The MSLAO also continued to support a handful of past projects and relationships to strengthen the Institute’s work in the region.

Roberto Rigobon speaking to alumni in São Paulo, Brazil



Make Health

Leo Celi presenting to a packed audience at Make Health

Leo Celi, a principal research scientist from the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science and Co-Director of MIT Sana, was granted funds to conduct two-day workshops in Santiago, Chile, and Bogotá, Colombia. Carried out in conjunction with local partner universities and the Centro Nacional en Sistemas de Información en Salud (CENS) in Chile, his workshops brought together six MIT researchers and more than 750 people from both countries for these events. Celi has conducted workshops in a handful of Latin American countries and created a regional health analytics network. Cost sharing was provided in both Chile and Colombia.








Inside Private Equity: Dealmaking in Latin America

Gita Rao

The MSLAO collaborated with the Latin America Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) for a multi-day workshop in Miami, Florida. Inside Private Equity was designed to equip attendees with a thorough understanding of private equity, the investment environment in Latin America, and insights on valuations, executing negotiations, post-deal improvements, creating value in companies, and exit opportunities. This is MSLAO’s second year working with LAVCA to host the workshop, which brings together professionals including VPs, principals, and directors from private-equity firms, as well as professionals from family offices and institutional investors from all over Latin America. The program combines academic and commercial knowledge to provide attendees with best-practice lessons from industry. MIT professors Roberto Rigobon and Gita Rao made presentations on the future of work and impact investing at the event.




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MARCH 17-30

Sustainability Study Tour

MBA Sustainability Study Tour students at Viña Concha y Toro

MBA students working with the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative chose to visit Chile for their 2019 Sustainability Study Tour. The overarching goal of the tour was to explore how a country can sustainably use its natural resources to foster stable economic and political growth as well as social wellbeing. The two-week program allowed the students to understand why Chile presents itself as the pathway for green growth in Latin America, and how future leaders can take on the challenge of building future sustainable endeavors. Given Chile’s economic and socio-political importance, the group took advantage of the deep ties between MIT Sloan and Chile, in both the public and private sectors. Lee Ullmann and the MSLAO supported the tour by providing advice and contacts for all private company and government visits, and by working with the MIT Chile Club to set up a welcome event for participants.




MAY 27–31

Beautiful Patterns: Computational Thinking Workshop

John Williams with MIT students, volunteers, and high school students at the American Spaces

MIT Professor John Williams, along with three graduate students and two former undergraduates, spent one week in Chile to teach Beautiful Patterns, a computational thinking workshop, to 50 Santiago public high school students (25 males and 25 females). Students spent the week learning about methods that complement and combine mathematical and engineering thinking to make them better problem solvers. The program involves conceptualizing and representing problems, and thinking at multiple levels of abstraction. First developed by Abel Sanchez in Mexico, Beautiful Patterns was brought to Chile this year thanks to the US Ambassador to Chile and Professor Williams. Three local institutions were of great help for the workshop: Municipalidad de Santiago, the US Embassy in Chile American Spaces, and everis. The graduation ceremony was held at Santiago’s City Hall, and certificates were handed out by the Mayor of Santiago.






Future of Work Conference With assistance from the MIT & MIT Sloan Club of Brazil, and in conjunction with leading recruitment services provider PageGroup, the MSLAO hosted a conference on the Future of Work in São Paulo, Brazil, in August. The event focused on how new technology, automation, and the changing economy are affecting the workplace. More than 720 attendees—including 18 faculty, directors, and staff from across MIT and MIT Sloan, as well as business executives, government officials, academics, and researchers—gathered to discuss issues crucial to Brazil’s changing economy and future workforce. Eight corporate sponsors contributed to the conference, and several organizations provided promotional support. Approximately 26 articles were published on the conference, and 21 members of the media attended. Valor, one of the largest financial media outlets in São Paulo, hosted a livestream of the event that received more than 150,000 views.




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JANUARY 14–18 AND JULY 22–26

Makers Musicales Workshop

Nevan Hanamura working with students on their instruments

The MSLAO provided funding for the MIT Edgerton Center to launch an educational program, in collaboration with the Fundación Mustakis, that increases students’ interest in science and technology. Makers Musicales provides a sharable model for STEAM education that targets underserved populations. The program leverages the MIT Edgerton Center’s deep experience designing K-12 science curricula and Fundación Mustakis’ strengths creating extracurricular programming for Chilean youth. Their goal is to develop, demonstrate, and disseminate the curriculum to Chilean teachers and schools. At the end of 2019, the US Embassy in Santiago awarded the Makers Musicales a grant to continue developing the curriculum and to offer more workshops in 2020.





Understanding Change and Disruption in a Family Business

John Davis with AEF General Manager Fernanda Hurtado

MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer John Davis, a globally recognized pioneer and authority on family enterprises, visited Chile to speak with leaders and owners of Chilean family enterprises about managing change and disruption. The MSLAO collaborated with the Asociación de Empresas Familiares (AEF) to host a lunch for the major family enterprises in the country. Since his arrival at MIT, Davis has been exploring how change and disruption require family business owners to shift their mindsets and business practices to prepare for what lies ahead in the next economy. The topic was of great interest to all who attended and will lead to future engagements with him in the region.






Simposio de Seguridad Aérea Professor Arnold Barnett was the keynote speaker at this year’s Air Safety Symposium held by the Corporación de Educación Tecnológica Colsubsidio-Airbus Group in Bogotá. The symposium convened more than 250 people to learn about air safety from Barnett and from other leading experts on air safety in Colombia. Barnett’s talk on “Aviation Safety: Dark Clouds Ahead?” highlighted Colombia’s strong aviation safety record. During his visit, Barnett also took the opportunity to speak to prospective students and to alumni at the MIT Sloan on the Road recruiting event the following day. Arnold Barnett speaking on the future of aviation security





100K LATAM Entrepreneurship Competition

Nicolás Bacqué from ITBA with the winner of the Launch category

The 100K LATAM Entrepreneurship Competition, led by Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), brought together entrepreneurs from 17 countries in Latin America. Held in Argentina for the second time this year, the event saw increases in participation and regional diversity. The finale, which took place at ITBA in front of a standing-room-only crowd, resulted in prizes in three categories: Launch, Accelerate, and Pitch. Travis Hunter of the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) and Julia Turnbull from MIT’s Legatum Center also had roles at the competition’s final event. This year we were also fortunate to have the organizers of the MIT 100K at the event. Several alumni, led by Gustavo Pierini, helped make the 100K LATAM a success and a reference point for entrepreneurs in Latin America.



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MIT Sloan and Universidad de Chile Data Analytics Program To provide additional education for managers in Latin America, the MIT Sloan School of Management partnered with Universidad de Chile to design and launch a Data Analytics Certificate. The program is MIT Sloan’s first partnership with a university in Latin America, notably a public university. The new program started on May 10, 2019, with 47 students attending classes in Santiago at Universidad de Chile; in January 2020, the students will take classes for two weeks at MIT Sloan. Faculty from Universidad de Chile and MIT Sloan, led by Faculty Director Roberto Rigobon, will focus on data analytics in a range of areas such as healthcare, retail, public policy, mining, banking, and telecommunications. Course modules include: Introduction to Data Science and Big Data, the Fundamentals of Data Mining and Machine Learning, Data-driven Decision Making, and Real-life Applications and Case Studies. At MIT Sloan, students will take classes with faculty members such as Andrew Lo, Joe Doyle, Retsef Levi, Robert Freund, Emilio Castilla, and Sarah Williams, to name but a few. The certificate program is part of MIT Sloan’s commitment to supporting the advancement of management education and practice in Latin America.





MAY 6, 7, AND 8


LATAM CEOs visiting Google Cloud in Silicon Valley

For the third annual MSLAO LATAM CEO Summit, we returned to Silicon Valley. With a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning, this year’s summit was kicked off with a talk by Neil Thompson, a research scientist from MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). CEOs from five countries in Latin America participated in the summit. During the two-and-a-half-day event we visited Google, CISCO, Tesla, and Plug and Play to learn about new innovations and solutions in all areas of AI and machine learning. The LATAM CEO Summit was established to extend the network of the MSLAO with regional business leaders who are not connected to the Institute. CEOs pay a nominal fee to cover the expenses of the event.




MAY 27 AND 28

MIT Global Startup Workshop

President of Colombia Iván Duque greets MIT Associate Provost Richard Lester at the GSW opening ceremony

The 2019 MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW) was held in Bogotá, Colombia, with the theme “Innovate, Inspire, Impact.” GSW is a two-day conference dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Each year, a team of MIT students and affiliates collaborate with organizations in a different region of the world to better understand the challenges and opportunities unique to the local ecosystem. In 2019 GSW brought together 48 panelists, keynotes, and workshop leaders. The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, as well as the Vice President, Marta Lucía Ramírez, attended the event, as did MIT’s Associate Provost for international activities, Richard Lester, and a handful of other MIT faculty. In preparation for the conference in Bogotá, the Senior Director of the MSLAO was appointed to the GSW Advisory Board for the 2018-2019 year; the MSLAO was an instrumental facilitator of this very successful event.




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REGIONAL AWARENESS The MSLAO works with MIT faculty and researchers to increase the brand awareness of MIT and to enhance connections between the Institute and Latin America. In order to create new avenues for corporate and research collaborations, the MSLAO seeks out opportunities and creates programs to engage regional business leaders, governments, universities, and alumni. One of MSLAO’s most important methods for promoting regional collaborative research is through the award of SEED FUNDING for new projects that will have both significant research value and the potential for broad dissemination and reputational enhancement. • With MSLAO seed funding, Ben Ross Schneider and Daniel Hidalgo organized the sixth annual Red de Economía Política de America Latina (REPAL) meeting at Tulane University. REPAL is a network of researchers who are affiliated with universities in Latin America, North America, and Europe, and who are interested in giving greater visibility to new studies of Latin America’s political economy. REPAL provides MIT with a platform for disseminating its work in Latin America and for seeking out the best candidates for the Luksic Fellowship in the Department of Political Science. • MSLAO seed funds supported Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Emmanuel Letouzé and the Data-Pop Alliance (DPA) in 2018 and 2019 to conduct research and policy activities related to crime and inequality in Mexico. This project was later funded by Oxfam Mexico. In 2019, seed funds were awarded to a project using artificial intelligence to map poverty hotspots in Brazil. The project’s goal is to find and map “clusters” of poverty systematically, at the sub-block level, starting with one metropolitan area in Brazil. A regional project on carbon neutrality at universities was also launched with seed funds from the MSLAO. Building on a class offered at MIT, Timothy Gutowski and Julie Newman set a goal to develop an interdisciplinary framework that could address the problem and could then be tested and further developed in a cross-cultural context across three universities in Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador. They argue that universities are ideal places to address carbon neutrality, and that they have an opportunity to provide leadership for future organizations. Jonathan and Alex Slocum visiting Antofagasta Minerals Centinela Mine


MSLAO creates opportunities and programs that speak to regional business leaders and alumni. Another important method for the MSLAO in cultivating regional awareness is GOVERNMENT AND CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT. ■

Visiting Lecturer Irving Wladawsky-Berger was a key ambassador for MIT in Argentina this year. He was invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the launch of a new technology scholarship offered by the Argentine government, where he appeared with former President Mauricio Macri. While in Argentina, Wladawsky-Berger also met with the MIT Club of Argentina, as well as relevant business leaders. Professor Michael Piore worked closely with the MSLAO and the MIT Club of Argentina to convene a meeting of the deans of five universities—Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA); Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA); Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Universidad Austral; and Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA)—a true feat. Michael also spoke at several universities about his research on “the Silicon Valley Consensus.” While in Argentina he explored the influence of Catholic business education in LATAM and its leadership outcomes, and met with Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresa (ACDE). The MSLAO Senior Director worked with Action Learning Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) teams throughout South America and hosted the Santiago G-Lab team at his home. G-Lab teams work on business problems with sponsoring host companies. The Senior Director was an active member of various committees dedicated to advancing science and technology in the region, such as the US Embassy Chile-United States Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (STIC) and the American Chamber of Commerce Digital Competencies Working Group.

He also acted as a mentor and judge for Start-Up Chile, and gave public talks detailing MSLAO’s work. ■

The MSLAO also accommodated the visits of several Latin American companies to MIT and MIT Sloan, such as Antofagasta Minerals (AMSA). These visits connected MIT faculty with local companies looking to learn from and work with experts from the Institute.

MSLAO’s most important regional awareness work is in CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT in Latin America and in recruiting students, either directly to MIT and its programs or to STEAM fields in general. ■

Building on the success of the Future of Work conference in São Paulo, the MSLAO partnered with MIT Bootcamps for a two-day workshop on the Future of Learning. MSLAO assisted MIT Sloan Admissions throughout the region: the MSLAO Senior Director conducted more than 100 interviews for the MBA program, and the office conducted interviews for the MFin and Sloan Fellows programs. MSLAO Senior Director and Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Levenson also planned and coordinated this year’s Sloan on the Road (SOTR) presentations in Bogotá, Santiago, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Lima—especially effective events that saw record numbers of prospective students.

The MSLAO worked throughout the year to increase brand awareness and find projects and opportunities for faculty and students in Latin America that are relevant to the Institute and improve the lives and environment of the region.

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2019 MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS Media coverage for MIT and MIT Sloan in Latin America has continued to increase each year since the establishment of the MSLAO.


Media clips from January 2019 through December 2019


Hits per month, including printed material, online postings, and TV/radio





Experto del MIT dicta taller de “Computational Thinking” a estudiantes de la comuna de Santiago

Lee Ullmann y el impacto del Data Science en la salud chilena

Thomas Malone y las “supermentes” en #CongresoFuturo en Magallanes: Entre inteligencia artificial, cambio climático y sociedad

MIT firma inédita alianza con la Universidad de Chile para dictar curso de Data Science

Articles published in the following media outlets:



“Bogotá es tierra fértil para los emprendedores”, asegura el prestigioso MIT

La CCB será anfitriona del MIT Global Startup Workshop, uno de los eventos de emprendimiento más prestigiosos del mundo

¿Cómo los mercados de capitales beneficiarían a los colombianos?

Increase from the previous year 2018

The office has also helped strengthen MIT and MIT Sloan’s social media footprint. The most telling statistics are from the 2019 Future of Work conference which generated:


Impressions of the #MITSloanBrazil hashtag from Aug 2 - Sept 3


Views of the conference livestream on the Valor Econômico’s LinkedIn page, the second largest ever by a media outlet on the LinkedIn platform

The support and guidance of Paul Denning and Jennifer Burgos from MIT Sloan’s Office of Communications proved indispensable to this successful boost in media and social media exposure in the region.





Michael Piore: “El futuro del trabajo es una profecía autocumplida”

Ilan Goldfajn: “É preciso capacitar os desempregados para que consigam vagas melhores”

Por primera vez en su historia, MIT Sloan se asocia con una universidad de Latinoamérica

El ITBA y el MIT anuncian la segunda edición de 100K LATAM, la competencia para startups que reparte US$100.000 en premios

Empresas brasileiras estão criando novas Startups com metodologia de empreendedorismo do consagrado MIT

Evento do MIT em SP debate efeito da tecnologia no mercado de trabalho

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2019 VISITS Leo Celi

Roberto Rigobon



Chilean Ministry of Health; Make Health; Centro Nacional en Sistemas de Información en Salud; Universidad de Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; CORFO; Universidad de los Andes; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Nevan Hanamura

Universidad de Chile Data Analytics Program; MIT Club of Chile; MIT Club of Colombia; MIT Club of Brazil; MIT Club of Peru; INSPER; Future of Work Conference; Antofagasta Minerals; LAVCA


Scott Stern

Fundación Mustakis; Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation


Leilani Roser

MIT Sloan Latin America Office Advisory Council


Michael Piore

Fundación Mustakis; Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation


Paloma Gonzalez JANUARY (CHILE)

CMPC; DIPRIDE-Chilean Army

Thomas Malone

Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA); Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA); MIT Club of Argentina; Universidad Torcuato Di Tella; Universidad Austral; Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA); Asociación Cristiana de Dirigentes de Empresa (ACDE)


John Davis

Congreso Futuro; SOFOFA


John Fernandez

MIT Club of Chile; Asociación de Empresas Familiares (AEF)


Climate, Equity, and Sustainable Development Initiative (CESDI)

Bethany Patten

Emmanuel Letouzé MAY (CHILE)

IoT Innovatech Latam; Universidad de Chile; UN-ECLAC


CMPC; MIT Club of Chile; Concha y Toro; Minera Centinela; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; US Embassy Chile; Acciona; CORFO


Neil Thompson MAY (USA)


Danielle Wood one of the keynote speakers at MIT GSW

John Williams MAY (CHILE)

ICARE; MIT Club of Chile; US Embassy of Chile American Spaces; Municipalidad de Santiago; everis

Felipe Torres Fabregas JUNE (CHILE)

Chilean Ministry of Health; Centro Nacional en Sistemas de Información en Salud; Universidad de Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


MIT Club of Argentina; Gobierno de Argentina; MIT Club of Mexico; Antofagasta Minerals

Ben Ross Schneider MAY (USA)

REPAL Conference

Richard Lester MAY (COLOMBIA)

MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW); Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá; Colsubsidio

Charles Kane MAY (COLOMBIA)

Vijay Kumar JUNE (CHILE)

Universidad de Chile; Ministry of Education


Sloan on the Road; MIT Club of Chile; MIT Club of Colombia; MIT Club of Brazil; MIT Club of Argentina

MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW); Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá; Colsubsidio

Arnold Barnett

Danielle Wood

Sloan on the Road; Colsubsidio; International Air Transport Association (IATA)


MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW); Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá; Colsubsidio

Kathleen Kennedy MAY (COLOMBIA)

MIT Global Startup Workshop (GSW); Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá; Colsubsidio


Alex Slocum (CHILE, MIT)

ASDIT; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Universidad de Chile; CODELCO; Antofagasta Minerals

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Melissa Nobles

Sanjay Sarma



Future of Work Conference; MIT Club of Brazil; MISTI Brazil; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; J-PAL Latin America; MIT Club of Argentina

MIT Club of Brazil; Future of Learning Conference

Jason Jackson AUGUST (BRAZIL)

Future of Work Conference; MIT Club of Brazil; Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

Ezequiel Zylberberg AUGUST (BRAZIL)

Erdin Beshimov OCTOBER (BRAZIL)

MIT Club of Brazil; Future of Learning Conference



Future of Work Conference; MIT Club of Brazil

Travis Hunter

Gary Gensler

100k LATAM; Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA)



Future of Work Conference; MIT Club of Brazil; Banco Itaú; Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM); Central Bank of Brazil

Timothy Gutowski

Robert Freund

Julie Newman


Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN)



MIT Club of Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Universidad de Chile; Universidad de Chile Data Analytics Program

Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN)


Alex “Sandy” Pentland OCTOBER (MIT)

Antofagasta Minerals

Make Health; Universidad de los Andes; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Miguel Ángel Armengol de la Hoz

Robert Armstrong



Antofagasta Minerals

Make Health; Universidad de los Andes; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Christopher Knittel

Diego M. Lopez



Antofagasta Minerals

Make Health Universidad de los Andes; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Bill Aulet OCTOBER (MIT)

Antofagasta Minerals


The MIT Sloan Latin America Office enabled and promoted productive interactions between MIT researchers and more than 3,000 people across seven countries in Latin America.

LOOKING AHEAD 2019 was a year of growth and new beginnings for the MSLAO. As the

office matures and the needs of Latin America become more complex, the MSLAO needs to adapt to these new realities and assist the Institute and its graduates to become productive contributors to the region. Professor Roberto Rigobon, the Faculty Director of the MSLAO, remains a staunch advocate for the region, and for MIT’s role in its future:

“Latin America has enormous challenges ahead. The social unrest, social polarization, and political ineptitude in the region make the role of the MIT Sloan Latin America Office more crucial now than ever. MIT and its alumni are capable of taking on the herculean challenge of training and working with the next generations of leaders who will rethink the fabric of LATAM. We need more inclusive ideas, more diversity, and a better understanding of our differences in order to form a common vision in which each country is part of our interconnected community. Next year is going to be one of expansion for the office—and the Institute, the office, and our alumni are ready to help build and reshape the continent’s future for the better.”

We would like to thank all of the faculty, researchers, alumni, donors, local partners, and sponsors who have helped bring a little bit more of MIT to Latin America in the past year.

“Our family is proud to have helped bring MIT’s knowledge and expertise to Latin America, and we are impressed with the projects that the MIT Sloan Latin America Office promotes. We are excited to see what the future holds for this important initiative!” PAOLA LUKSIC President, Luksic Foundation

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“At MIT, we greatly value our ongoing collaborations in research, education, and innovation with our Latin American partners in government, academia, and industry. The MIT Sloan Latin America Office helps to strengthen those important connections.� RICHARD LESTER Associate Provost, MIT

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