Nov 30

Past Event

Why Metros Matter to Global Trade and Commerce: Strengthening Linkages between U.S. and Brazilian Cities and Metros

Time: Friday, November 30, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (local time in São Paulo)


The Global Cities Initiative São Paulo forum explored the role of metropolitan regions as the gateways to global trade and investment. Discussions focused on the tools, resources, partnerships and investments necessary to ensure metropolitan area competitiveness in the global economy.

For more information on the Global Cities Initiative, please visit the project's homepage.

Learn more about the GCI week in São Paulo »
Read Bruce Katz's remarks from the GCI forum » 

Event Agenda

  • Remarks

    • Honorable Geraldo Alckmin


      State of Sao Paulo

  • 8:30 - 9:00

    Networking Breakfast

  • Welcome

    • Luiz Felipe d'Avila


      Center for Public Leadership

  • Introductory Remarks

    • Aod Cunha

      Head of Public Sector Corporate Banking

      JPMorgan Chase

  • Keynote Address

    • Jorge Gerdau

      Chairman and President of the Board of Directors

      Gerdau S.A.

  • Remarks

    • Honorable Fernando Haddad


      City of São Paulo

  • Presentation: Why Metros Matter to Global Trade & Commerce

  • Response Panel: A Vision for Prosperous Metropolitan Economies

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Amy Liu

      Amy Liu

      Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

    • Honorable Michael Coleman


      City of Columbus, Ohio

    • Morgan McGrath

      Head of International Banking, Commercial Bank

      JPMorgan Chase

    • Eduardo Wurzmann

      Managing Director

      H&R Block Brazil

    • Phillip Yang

      Founder and Co-founder

      URBEM and Petra Energia S.A.

  • 11:05 - 11:35

    Networking Break with Light Refreshments

  • Remarks and Reflections on GCI Los Angeles

    • Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa


      City of Los Angeles

  • Introductory Remarks

    • Cassio Antonio Calil


      J.P. Morgan Asset Management - Brazil

  • Discussion: Reflection on the Shift to Sub-national Priorities for Competitiveness

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Javier Solana
    • Honorable Fernando Henrique Cardoso

      Former president

      Federative Republic of Brazil

    • Honorable Richard M. Daley

      Former mayor, City of Chicago

      Senior Advisor, JPMorgan Chase

  • Closing Remarks

    • Honorable Geraldo Alckmin


      State of Sao Paulo

  • 1:00 - 2:00

    Networking Lunch


November 30, 2012

5:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Hotel Unique

Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 - Jardim Paulista


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Ellen Ochs, Director of Special Initiatives