Chief Colombia Economist, Morgan Stanley
Lucas Almeida joined Morgan Stanley in 2015 and currently serves as lead economist for Chile and Colombia, as well as a key contributor to the development of views and economic forecasts for Mexico and Argentina. Lucas has extensive expertise in Latin America’s political, external sector and macro policy dynamics and holds frequent conversations on these topics with portfolio managers from the region, the United States and Europe. In addition, Lucas leads comprehensive research reports exploring Latin America’s key investment debates and frequently moderates or participates in discussions with the region’s senior policymakers. Lucas graduated with a degree in Economics from the State University of Campinas, where his research focused on the determinants of criminality in Brazil.
Bruce Mac Master
President, National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI)
Bruce Mac Master is an Economist from Los Andes University with over 20 years of experience in investment banking and issues relating to social responsibility. Bruce was Director for the Administrative Department for Social Prosperity of Colombia in charge of the definition and execution of the country’s social policies. In 2010, Bruce was appointed Vice Minister of Finance by the Santos administration with Juan Carlos Echeverry as Minister.
He is a board member of other foundations, such as Fulbright Colombia, Batuta, Conexion Colombia for Semana magazine; and president of the board of the International Music Festival. He is also a board member for ISA, ISAGEN, Colombia Telecomunicaciones, Bancóldex, and Previsora Fiduciary.
Bruce was one of the founding partners of Inverlink, the first investment bank created in Colombia in the mid-eighties. Well-known in the investment banking field, he has also been in charge of Colombia’s most important transactions in infrastructure, transport and telecommunications.
Bruce has been a professor of Economics at Los Andes University, CFO of Propilco, Aceitales, and the Siderurgica del Caribe (steel plant). He has also been a prominent philanthropist over the last decade. He provided both human and financial capital to the creation of the Compartamos Colombia foundation, and in 2004 was co-founder of Granitos de Paz; a foundation which develops social programs for families in vulnerable areas of Cartagena.
Chief Executive Officer, Millicom
Mauricio Ramos joined Millicom in April 2015 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and was elected as an Executive Director of the Millicom Board in June 2020.
Since joining Millicom he has pioneered a variety of initiatives, most notably transforming the company into a fixed internet and mobile business with a strong focus on Latin America. Under his leadership, Millicom solidified its company purpose “to build the digital highways that connect people, improve lives, and develop communities,” and a strong corporate culture described by its more than 21,000 employees as ‘Sangre Tigo”, leading to the company-wide acknowledgements as one of the Top 25 Best Multinational Workplaces in Latin America in the Great Place to Work (GPTW) survey.
Expanding Millicom’s presence across Latin America, in 2018 he led the acquisition of Cable Onda, the Group’s first asset in Panama, and followed in 2019 with the acquisition of Telefonica’s mobile subsidiaries in Panama and Nicaragua. He also led the company to begin trading on the NASDAQ Stock Market in the US under the ticker symbol TIGO complementing the listing on NASDAQ Stockholm. Mauricio is an active member of various boards of directors of corporations, educational institutions, and business associations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Charter Communications (U.S.) since joining in 2016.
In 2021 he was elected as Chair of the U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Colombia Business Council (USCBC). The USCBC is the premier business organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the United States and Colombia. Among his other non-executive roles, in 2021 he also joined the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development as a Commissioner and the INCAE business school Presidential Advisory Council. He is also the Chair of the Digital Communications Industry Community of the World Economic Forum. From 2017-2019 he sat on the GSMA Board of Directors. He has also served as Director of the Biennial of the Americas from 2012 to 2015, Director of Columbus Networks from 2013 to 2014, and Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile from 2007-2011, among various other roles.
Before joining Millicom, he was President of Liberty Global’s Latin American division, a position he held from 2006 until February 2015. During his career at Liberty Global, Mauricio held several leadership roles, including positions as Chairman and CEO of VTR in Chile, Chief Financial Officer of Liberty’s Latin American division, and President of Liberty Puerto Rico.
He is a dual Colombian and U.S. citizen who received a degree in Economics, a degree in Law, and a postgraduate degree in Financial Law from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota. Mauricio holds 208,943 Millicom shares.
Chief Executive Officer, Colombina
Cesar Caicedo graduated in Liberal Arts with a major in Economics from Tufts University. He holds a Master´s degree in Business Administration, Finance and Marketing from Miami University.
He has served as Colombina S.A.’s CEO since 2002 and has been a member of the board of directors of several companies: He was president of the board of directors of Colombina S.A. from 1999 to 2002 and a member of the board of directors of Riopaila Sugar Refinery S.A.(1998 – 2001), Central Castilla Sugar Refinery S.A. (1998 – 2001), Corporacion Financiera del Valle (1999), General Metalica (1999-2006), Asebolsa (1994-1997), El Pais (2004-2006) and Deportivo Cali (2005-2009).
Senior Advisor, ASG
Muni Jensen is a Senior Advisor with ASG, where she uses her experience and expertise as a political analyst and former Colombian diplomat to advise clients on issues related to Latin American politics, United States-Latin America trade, and public affairs.
She previously worked at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, D.C., for six years, under Luis Alberto Moreno (current president of the Interamerican Development Bank), Andrés Pastrana (former President of Colombia), Carolina Barco (former Foreign Minister), and Gabriel Silva (former Defense Minister). During this time, Muni was focused on Congressional relations in the effort to ratify the U.S. Colombia Free Trade Agreement, as well as serving as Press Counselor and Spokesperson for the Embassy. Before Washington, she worked at the Cali Chamber of Commerce division of International Trade and as Vice President for Market Intelligence of Proexport Colombia in Bogotá.
She co-hosts the global affairs podcast Altamar, and is the international editorialist and award-winning columnist on international affairs for El País, Colombia's second largest newspaper. She is a frequent guest for world news on Spanish-language television programs.
Muni earned a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, where she is currently an Affiliate. She also received a B.A. from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., majoring in Political Science and Latin American Studies. In Colombia, she received a certificate in Public Policy through a joint program between Universidad Externado de Colombia and Columbia University.
Senior Vice President, Americas, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Neil Herrington is senior vice president for the Americas Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His portfolio includes executive management of the department’s programs, councils, and hemispheric policy initiatives. Neil also serves as president of the U.S.-Cuba Business Council, the U.S.-Colombia Business Council and the U.S.-Argentina Business Council.
Prior to joining the Chamber in 2014, Neil pursued a diverse internationally focused career in marketing, strategic planning, and trade in both the private and public sectors. His experience in international trade includes a stint as director of the State of California Office of Trade and Investment in Mexico City and service with the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was senior adviser to the deputy USTR for Asia and Africa.
In addition, Neil worked with Defense contractor Raytheon in strategic planning as division lead for offset contracts. He also worked with General Motors in multiple international marketing and strategic planning roles. Neil lived and worked throughout the Americas and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a B.A. in political science from Occidental College, an M.A. in international affairs from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and an M.B.A from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Director, U.S.-Colombia Business Council
Cesar A. Vence is a Senior Director for the Americas at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves as Executive Director of the U.S.-Colombian Business Council (USCBC). Cesar is focused on enhancing commercial and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in Colombia and strengthening the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Colombia.
Prior to joining the Chamber, Cesar served in multiple roles within the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office, most recently as Deputy Director for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA), where he focused on positioning Atlanta as global hub for commerce, innovation, education, culture and diplomacy. Cesar led economic diplomacy efforts, which included trade promotion and FDI attraction. Cesar also worked as Senior Project Manager for Business Attraction and Coordinator for Business Retention and Expansion at Invest Atlanta where he supported over 170 businesses in the City of Atlanta representing over $150 million in revenue and was an integral part on the expansion and attraction of several companies to the City of Atlanta.
Cesar served as an analyst at the International Trade Administration (ITA), working to safeguard and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industries by conducting antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. Cesar worked as the Deputy Director for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), where he advocated on behalf of the Chamber’s members before local government officials.
Cesar graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Latin American Studies and has a Master’s in International Relations with a concentration in commerce from American University School of International Studies.