Below are the highlights from a recent Latin American global residency. We update residencies each year, so specific locations, speakers and activities may change.
Mexico City and São Paulo
Participants fly into Mexico City, Mexico.
The Latin America residency begins at EGADE’s campus in Mexico City. Maria de Lourdes Dieck Assad, PhD, President of EGADE Business School and Mexico’s former ambassador to several European countries, speaks to the participants about the European financial crisis and its affect on the Mexican economy. They also meet the former Mexican ambassador in Ireland, who shares his perspectives on democracy and development in Latin America. The day ends with a traditional Mexican dinner.
Bruno Ferrari, Mexico’s secretary of economy, discusses the country’s economic outlook with the OneMBA participants. In the afternoon, they visit KidZania, a children’s entertainment company founded in Mexco, which has grown through international franchises. Participants enjoy a free evening in Mexico City.
Participants discuss governance in Mexico with Mexico’s secretary of the interior and tour the National Museum of Anthropology. After lunch, they travel to the Mexican Stock Exchange, where they meet the CEO of the Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer) to discuss the Mexcian Financial System. In the evening, participants fly to São Paulo, Brazil.
Participants join a welcome reception and dinner in São Paulo.
The morning discussions feature two Brazilian companies that expanded internationally. Participants learn how Havaianas sandal grew to become a global brand from Afonso Sugiyama, CFO at Bio Ritmo Academia, a venture capital firm. Jerry O’Callagham, director of Investor relations for JBS, a global food processing company, discusses his company’s international growth. A director for Votorantim, a steel company, shares his company’s transition from a family-based organization to corporate governance.
FGV’s professors lead a panel discussion on Brazil’s economic environment with the chief economist of Bradesco Bank. In the afternoon, the OneMBA global teams explore São Paulo with a local guide and develop a presentation of their ideas for improving life quality and tourism. Participants enjoy a free evening in São Paulo.
The global teams shared their impressions of São Paulo. Participants depart for their home country.