Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has succeeded in making its culture known around the world through gastronomic, musical and literary creativity. Beyond the undeniable strength of these, cutting-edge scientific, social and economic innovation is also abundant. Bypass surgery, contraceptives and the first prototype for color televisions are a few examples of Latin American innovations that transformed millions of lives around the world during the 20th century. In the 21st century, young creatives from the region continue to shape society through cutting edge innovations and the latest tech “unicorns”. As the region seeks to continue increasing its global competitiveness and impact, creating an enabling business ecosystem that fosters innovation is key, as LAC only invests 0.7% of its GDP in R&D on average compared to 1.7% globally. This panel will discuss how the private sector, public sector and academia can collaborate to improve access to training and education and generate an ecosystem that will drive Latin American innovators for generations to come.
Moderator: Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
• Kathia Yacamán, Executive Vice president, Grupo Karim's
• Marcelo Claure, CEO, SoftBank Group International
• Anya Ayoung Chee, Director, Anya Ayoung Chee Ltd.
• Enrique Bolaños, President, INCAE Business School
• Emiliano Kargieman, CEO, Satellogic