SOURCE: Latin Trade Group

Latin Trade Group

August 29, 2011 12:00 ET

2011 BRAVO Business Awards: Latin Trade's Annual Awards Recognize Dominican President Leonel Fernandez for Lifetime Achievement

President Fernandez Lauded for Leadership at Home and in the Region -- Among Eight Honorees in 2011

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Latin Trade, the leading pan-regional business magazine focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, announced today that Dominican President Leonel Fernández will be recognized with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th BRAVO Business Awards, to be held on October 28 in Miami.

President Fernández was previously honored with the BRAVO Leader of the Year award in 2000 and 2006. This year, Fernández is being cited for his two decades at the center of Dominican politics. He has championed a constitutional reform that will have an enduring impact and worked to overcome an economic slump by pushing technology and infrastructure. Fernández has also been influential in regional cooperation, aiding the resolution of the 2009 political impasse in Honduras and working to reduce tensions among Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

"We're honored to recognize President Fernández with the BRAVO Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, for his many contributions to the Dominican Republic and his role in promoting cooperation among leaders in the region," said Jane Bussey, editorial director of Latin Trade.

Celebrating excellence and achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean, the BRAVO Business Awards pay tribute to government, business, social and humanitarian leaders for their contributions towards progress in the region. Recipients are selected by a group of judges from a pool of candidates nominated by Latin Trade magazine readers and other third parties.

The BRAVO Business Awards Black Tie Gala will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami on October 28, 2011. The awards ceremony takes place in conjunction with the Latin Trade Symposium, a leading pan-regional conference for the public and private sectors, organized in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

As recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dominican President Leonel Fernández and the other 2011 honorees will attend the gala and be featured in the September/October issue of Latin Trade magazine.

Winners in the Eight Categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award Leonel Fernández - President of Dominican Republic

Innovative Leader of the Year Laurence Golborne - Chilean Minister of Public Works

Golborne, then minister of mining, spearheaded last year's dramatic rescue of miners trapped below the Atacama Desert. The safe return of all 33 men was a triumph emblematic of Chile and its government's ability to turn determination into success.

Financier of the Year Agustín Carstens - Mexican Central Bank Governor

Through his technical skills and personal credibility as a policymaker, Carstens helped revive the Mexican economy after a severe contraction in 2009. He was also a contender to lead the International Monetary Fund this year.

Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere Award Alberto Alemán Zubieta - CEO, Panama Canal Authority

With the $5.25 billion canal expansion underway, Alemán has transformed the organization overseeing the inter-oceanic passage into a business-oriented institution boosting trade in the hemisphere and around the globe.

CEO of the Year Marcelo Odebrecht - President and CEO, Odebrecht S.A.

Since taking the helm of the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht has expanded operations in Brazil and expanded into new ventures in an international strategy involving engineering and construction projects around the world.

Dynamic CEO of the Year Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutiérrez - CEO, Grupo Aval

Stepping up to a leadership role in the financial group, Sarmiento has been on the move, both helping to oversee the acquisition of a Central American banking group and shepherding a recent stock sale in Colombia.

Emerging CEO of the Year Martín Migoya - CEO, Globant

As co-founder and now chief executive of Globant, Migoya has turned the Argentine software developer into a fast-growing company. He led the recent acquisition of the San Francisco-headquartered Nextive, expanding Globant's portfolio of services and international footprint.

Humanitarian of the Year Luanne Zurlo - President and Founder, Worldfund

A former Wall Street research analyst, Zurlo founded Worldfund to improve educational levels in Latin America. Applying private sector skills, she has focused efforts on training public school teachers and administrators to boost academic achievement.

For more information, please visit

BRAVO Business Awards Sponsors: InterContinental Hotels Group, HSBC, Chevron, Copa Airlines, Right Space Management, Zenith, AES, Bupa, FTI Consulting Inc., Kroll; Partner: Ashoka; Media Partners: CNN en Español, Financial Times, PR Newswire; and Communications Partner: República.

Latin Trade Symposium Partners: Inter-American Development Bank and Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

The Latin Trade Group develops and publishes Spanish- and English-language content distributed through print and online media in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States, and also provides access and information through events marketing.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Corina Alvarez
    Email Contact