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Latin American Intersections

Latin American Intersections

By Michael Scadden
Exploring business, geopolitics, and security in Latin America and the Caribbean. We bring you insights from global leaders and experts from across sectors and industries with a focus on the LAC region.
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Investigative Journalism, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Risk Reduction in Latin America
Hollie McKay, globe trotting journalist and Corporate Social Responsibility consultant, brings us unique insights as she describes her experience in Latin America and around the world. Hollie has also recently published a book title ‘Only Cry for the Living’ a memoir of her experiences in ISIS controlled territories.
March 10, 2021
Investing in Island Resilience, A Virtual Panel: Renewables, Agriculture Technology and Doing Business in Puerto Rico & the Caribbean
> Audio from a video panel. Visual aids are explained throughout, and presentations can be made available by the individual panelists. The video recording of the event is also available on Latin American Intersection's and LAI Host Michael Scadden's social media. YouTube link also provided below < A discussion between organizational leaders on investment in island food and energy security innovation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean: - Opportunities, risks, and incentives - Developing Resilient Systems - Navigating the policy environment - Building collaborations   -Stakeholder outcomes and ROI Panelists: - Rodrick Miller, CEO of Invest Puerto Rico - Yara Nagi, Operations Director of Agritecture - James Ellsmoor, Founder of Island Innovation & Solar Head of State Moderator: - Michael Scadden, Latin America & Caribbean Business and Social Impact Strategist 'After-Panel' with Kendall & Lisa Lang, Entrepreneurs who founded Fusion Farms in Mayaguez Puerto Rico and established a proven business model for Hurricane-Protected Vertical Indoor Aquaponics systems.   Connect with our speakers and their organizations: & Latin American Intersections is available on any podcast app   *Apologies for any connectivity issues noticeable in the video **This is the first in a series of conferences, with introduction to the topics by individuals selected for broader experience. Future panels will include a variety of local people, businesses, and policymakers to discuss their challenges and success stories
September 23, 2020
Colombia & Cross Sector Partnerships for Greater Impact After COVID19
Adam Isacson joins us today to help us understand the challenges, successes, and pitfalls of local, US, and international aid and security programs in Colombia. We discuss lessons learned and how leveraging multi sector partnerships (private, government, academic, military, NGO), and developing the right leaders, may improve the results of security and humanitarian aid efforts and accelerate development goals in Colombia and across the region.
May 21, 2020
Chinese Influence in Latin America After COVID19
Dr. Evan Ellis joins us again, this time to discuss Chinese influence and investment in Latin America and the Caribbean, and how the COVID19 crisis may accelerate China’s presence given the regions circumstances.
May 21, 2020
Venezuela & COVID19 Geopolitics
We return with John Polga and Brian Fonseca to discuss what's new with Venezuela in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, as the U.S. simultaneously indicts Nicolas Maduro  and offers a road to lifting sanctions in consideration of the health challenges Venezuelans may face.
April 2, 2020
COVID19 & Latin America Business: Threats & Opportunities
James McKeigue, Managing Editor of LatAm Investor magazine, joins us from Guayaquil, Ecuador where the UK-based James is currently sequestered as the region faces another in a long line of challenges: COVID19. James shares insights into the region's current status as the world manages the COVID19 outbreak, and leaders at all levels look at ways to manage the economic impacts of worldwide shutdowns. Between the threats, and at the other end of the crisis, there may be opportunities in the Latin America and Caribbean region, for investors and for communities.
April 2, 2020
Renewables in the Caribbean
James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State and Founder of Island Innovation, has a unique way of communicating and promoting the use of renewables on islands around the world: installing solar photovoltaic systems on government buildings and officials’ residences. Listen in as he talks about the progress and opportunities behind the adoption of renewable energy in the Caribbean.
April 25, 2019
After Hurricane Maria: The University of Puerto Rico’s Triumphs and Ongoing Challenges
The University of Puerto Rico is a central hub of education, innovation, and community support across the island. Listen in as university Chancellor Wilma Santiago and student council President Angeli Rivera of the UPR Mayagüez campus discuss the university’s role in the ongoing development of Puerto Rico, it’s contributions to the U.S. private and public sector, and the challenges it faces over a year after Hurricane Maria.
February 20, 2019
Momentum Against Maduro in Venezuela?
Brian, John, and Mike follow up on recent events in Venezuela, and the momentum that may be the downfall of the Maduro Regime...
February 3, 2019
2 Presidents: Optimism and Caution for Venezuela
A lot is happening in Venezuela as an opposition leader is recognized as interim president by much of the international community. Listen in as John, Brian, and Mike weigh in with both optimism and caution in this freestyle discussion.
January 26, 2019
Investment & Development in Costa Rica’s Renewable Energy Sector with President Luis G. Solis Rivera
Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, president of Costa Rica from 2014 - 2018, discusses policies and investments that helped shape and promote the development of renewable energy infrastructure in the country. Despite the many challenges Costa Rica produced 98% of its energy from renewables, and now is expanding policies to decrease the use of fossil fuels in transportation. Could Costa Rica’s model be adopted and adapted by other countries, especially in Central America. What are some of the opportunities and challenges for investors interested in the country’s energy sector? Let’s find out...
October 29, 2018
China & Venezuela with John Polga & Brian Fonseca
Dr John Polga-Hecimovich, Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy and Brian Fonseca, Director of the Jack D. Gordon Institute of Public Policy at Florida International University bring us an update on Venezuela and insights into the China-Venezuela relationship. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques.
July 26, 2018
Chinese Investment in Latin American Infrastructure with Ambassador Jorge Heine
On this episode of Latin American Intersections we will be discussing Chinese investment in Latin American infrastructure; and to help me explore this topic I’ve asked Dr. Jorge Heine to bring us his insights. Dr. Heine is a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, also referred to as the Wilson Center. He’s also the former ambassador of Chile to China as well as India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques
July 14, 2018
Central American Immigrants: Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Maureen Meyer
Maureen Meyer of the Washington Office on Latin America joins us today to discuss the experiences and challenges of Central Americans that face a grueling journey once they’ve decided to flee their home countries.
June 26, 2018
India & Latin America’s Growing Regional Engagement with Dr. Evan Ellis
India’s engagement with the LAC region is often overlooked and while much smaller than China’s is growing comparably. Do India’s businesses and government have a larger strategy like China’s? What’s India’s relationship with the Venezuelan oil sector like? Find out all this and more with Dr. Evan Ellis, Latin American Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College and Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A big thank you to Kazim Sultan of 5adb0iMusic, who is working diligently to improve our audio as we develop our production techniques.
June 20, 2018
Venezuelan Military, Politics, & Election Results that Surprised No One with John Polga
Dr John Polga-Hecimovich joins us on this episode to talk about Venezuelan politics and the relationship of the Maduro regime with the Veneuelan military.
June 8, 2018
A Quick Introduction to the Podcast
Get ready for unique insights and perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean
June 1, 2018