Global Perspectives:

Latin America

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Latin America comprises a vast array of distinct politics, cultures, geographies, and histories. But in recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic has created a new common challenge. What are Latin America’s essential elements of resilience, and what will the future hold for its people and its economy?

Voices of Northeastern: Antonio Ocampo-Guzman

Hear from the associate professor and chair of the Department of Theatre.

Inside the High-Stakes Game of Whack-a-Mole at a Food Business in the COVID-19 Era

Juan Peña, a Northeastern graduate, plays a high-stakes version of whack-a-mole every day with a series of unpredictable obstacles manufacturing and distributing food products in Venezuela.

Students Spend Spring Break in Ecuador Assisting Children with Disabilities

A group of Northeastern engineering and physical therapy students have spent months developing devices designed to help children with disabilities at an orphanage in Ecuador. On Sunday, 15 students and their professor traveled to the South American country to spend their spring break working with these children.

Life in the Hyphen

Living with multiple identities, whether it’s race, gender, religion, culture, or sexual orientation, can be complicated, says Maria Servellón, who is an adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern. Through her latest fictional short film, Hyphen, she explores what it means to juggle different identities as a Latina artist in Boston. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University


Read Hector's Bio

As Executive President and CEO of Santander México, Hector B. Grisi Checa has a solid track record in the Mexican financial system, in which he started working in 1986.

In 1992, he joined Banco Mexicano (later Grupo Financiero Santander Mexicano), where he worked in investment banking until 1997. Next, he went to Credit Suisse México as an investment banking director. While there, he reached the highest position: president and CEO. During the span of 2010–2015, he was also a member of the Board of the Global Credit Suisse Committee. And from 2011 to 2014, Hector was one of the four vice presidents of the Association of Banks of Mexico, which is the top body of credit institutions in Mexico.

In December 2015, Hector accepted the invitation of Banco Santander to take on the Executive Presidency and General Management of Santander México. He has a degree in finance from Universidad Iberoamericana, where he graduated with honors.

Read Gabriel's Bio

As a sixth-generation member of his family business, Gabriel Echevarria Obregon has worked at both the executive and board levels for Organizacion Corona, which is one of the largest privately owned companies in Latin America. He is also the President of the Instituto De Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría Olózaga in Colombia.

Gabriel is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and Heidelberg University in Germany.

Read Jorge's Bio

In his family businesses in Ecuador, Jorge Roca Arteta has worked at the executive and board levels, where he is a third-generation member. At this business, he deals with a wide range of industries, including construction with the company Menatlas; forestry with the firms Edimca, Acosa, Endesa, and Botrosa; the appliance business with Grupo Consenso; manufacturing under the firm Indurama; wholesaling and retailing with the business Marcimex; and in shrimp farming with the company Austromar.

Jorge is an entrepreneur and investor, currently backing companies in the electronics business such as Tarpuq, iCenter; the real estate development companies Inmobilia, Arrecife; and mining through SRL. In his main pro bono activities, he is currently Chairman of the Cuenca Chamber of Industry, Chairman of the German School of Cuenca, and local board member of INCAE Business School.

Jorge has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management leadership program. He is fluent in Spanish, German, and English.

Advisory Board

DMSB'18 | Spain

Emilio Botin

E'14 | Columbia

Alejandro Castro

SSH'19 | Mexico

Andrea Regina Garcia

CPS'16 | Venezuela

Armando Hernandez

SSH'13 | Panama

Chirag Mirani

DMSB'15 | Colombia

Jorge Nieto Morales


Alejandra Otalora

SSH'12 | Costa Rica

Frederico Ramirez

E'14 | Uruguay

Zuren Tai Zhang

DMSB'15 | Venezuela

Juan Pena Salas

About Global Perspectives

Designed by Northeastern’s Young Global Leaders, this dynamic new program, Global Perspectives, virtually brings together thought leaders in business, social impact, entrepreneurship, and innovation for a compelling exchange of ideas.

A platform to share knowledge and effect change, the Global Perspectives online program occurs every other month, and the focus moves to a new region for each session. Stay connected with the YGL and grow your experience as a citizen of the world—register to participate in the next Global Perspectives today.