We are proud to present our Keynote Speakers to the 2016 LatAm Conference at HBS


        Walter Bayly                        Armando Santacruz                Denise Dresser                         Álvaro Uribe

     CEO of BCP and                    CEO and Director of           Professor of Political                Former President of

   COO of Credicorp                     Grupo Pochteca                    Science at ITAM                           Colombia




Walter Bayly was named Chief Executive Officer of BCP, and Chief Operating Officer of Credicorp effective April 2008. Before being CEO he was the Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Previously, Mr. Bayly held various other management positions within BCP, which included managing the Wholesale Banking Group, Investment Banking as well as Systems and Reengineering. Mr. Bayly joined BCP in 1993, after three years at Casa Bolsa México where he was Partner and Managing Director in Corporate Finance. Prior to that, for ten years he was with Citibank in Lima, New York, México, and Caracas, where he worked primarily in the corporate finance and loan syndications. Mr. Bayly received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru, and a Master’s degree in Management from Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Bayly is currently Chairman of The Board of Prima AFP (Private Pension Management Co), Credicorp Capital and Mibanco, Member of the Board of Directors of The Institute of International Finance, Peruvian American Association, El Pacífico Peruano Suiza Cía . de Seguros y Reaseguros, El Pacífico Vida Cía. de Seguros y Reasguros, Pacífico Entidad Prestadora de Salud, Banco de Crédito de Bolivia, Atlantic Security Bank Panamá,  Inversiones Centenario, and the Fondo de Seguro de Depósitos (Deposit Insurance Fund), and Member of the Board of Advisors of Universidad del Pacífico and the Peruvian Chapter of Universidad Tecnológica de Monterrey.


Mr. Armando Santacruz is co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and director of Grupo Pochteca, S.A.B. de C.V., the leading chemicals and raw materials distributor in Mexico.  Pochteca is publicly traded and has operations in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

He is a co-founder and board member ofMéxico Unido Contra la Delincuencia, A.C. (MUCD) ,where he created the drug policy program, as well as co-founder of SMART (,  a four member  group that obtained a Mexican Supreme Court ruling allowing the production and consumption of marihuana for recreational purposes.

He is a board member of Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad, A.C. (, of the “Consejo Consultivo” of  Instituto Igarapé of Brazil ( as well as member of the board and of the  executive committee ofFundación Pro-empleo (

He has also served as regional director for Latin America for the Harvard Alumni Association, president of the Club Harvard de México, board member of the Festival del Centro Histórico, A.C., of Grupo Proa (Laboratorios Médicos del Chopo)  and Elementia, S.A.B. de C.V.

Armando has a Public Accounting degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, A.C. (ITAM) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.


Denise Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where she has taught comparative politics, political economy, and Mexican politics since 1991. Dr. Dresser is the author of numerous publications on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations including Neopopulist Solutions to Neoliberal Problems: Mexico's National Solidarity Program, "Exporting Conflict: Transboundary Consequences of Mexican Politics," "Treading Lightly and Without a Stick: International Actors and the Promotion of Democracy in Mexico," "Falling From the Tightrope: The Political Economy of the Mexican Crisis,” and "Mexico: Dysfunctional Democracy," in Jorge Domínguez and Michael Shifter (eds.), Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. She has published articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics and Foreign Policy.
She writes a political column for the Mexican newspaper Reforma and the news weekly Proceso and was the host of the political talk shows "Entreversiones"and “El País de Uno” on Mexican television. She is a Contributing Editor at the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed numerous opinion pieces to The New York Times and La Opinion, and is a frequent commentator on Mexican politics in the U.S. and Canadian media. She has also worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, Barings Research and the Bank of Montreal. Dr. Dresser has been a member of the Research Council of the Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy, the World Academy of Arts and Science, the advisory board of Trans-National Research Corporation, the editorial board of the Latin American Research Review, the advisory board of Human Rights Watch, the Global Affairs Board at Occidental College, the board of the General Service Foundation and the editorial committee of the Fondo de Cultura Económica. She also served on the Citizens’ Committee in charge of investigating Mexico’s dirty war. She is currently on the board of the Human Rights Commission for Mexico City.

Dr. Dresser earned her Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, after completing her undergraduate work at El Colegio de México. She has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University, and the Organization of American States. In 1993 she was given the Junior Third World Scholar award by the International Studies Association. She has taught at Georgetown University and the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dresser has been a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at UCLA, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C., and a Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar.
She edited a bestselling collection of essays by prominent Mexican women entitled Gritos y susurros: experiencias intempestivas de 38 mujeres (2004), and also produced a television documentary based on the book. In collaboration with novelist Jorge Volpi, she edited a book of political satire México: lo que todo ciudadano quisiera (no) saber de su patria (2006). Her most recent publication is Gritos y susurros II: experiencias intempestivas de otras 39 mujeres (2009), a second volume with a new group of prominent Mexican women. She has been named one of the 300 most influential people in Mexico by the magazine Líderes Mexicanos.
On May of 2010, she was awarded the National Journalism Prize (Premio Nacional de Periodismo) for her article "Carta Abierta a Carlos Slim" published in Proceso magazine (number 1685, February 14, 2009).


One of the most remarkable achievements of Álvaro Uribe’s administrations is the advancement domestic security. In an eight-year period (2002 to the first half of 2010) homicides per year dropped by 70%, and kidnappings dramatically reduced by 84%. The economy under President Uribe grew steadily. In 2002, Gross Domestic Product was 2.5%, and by 2008, it peaked at higher than 8%. By the first semester of 2010, in the midst of the international economic crisis, Colombia’s GDP remained at a steady 4.3%. During the same period of time, the Consumer Price Index gradually improved from 6.99% to 2.24%, while exports and foreign investment grew at rates that the country never experienced before. In terms of the effectiveness of his social investment policies, poverty decreased from 53.7% in 2002 to 29% in June 2010 and the number of displaced persons dropped from 447,000 to 78,000. Polls consistently showed an unprecedented support for President Uribe, estimated at around 70% after his second year in office. He reached an impressive 91% approval rating at a high point during 2008 and ended his duties as President of Colombia in August 2010 with 75% approval rating.

He continues to be politically active within Colombia, and has also accepted various international positions, such as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University and Vice-Chairman of the UN panel investigating the Gaza Flotilla Raid. Additionally, President Uribe is a member of several international private advisory boards and continuously speaks worldwide in favor of the principles of liberty and democracy. These recurring themes of his political and personal career at further explored in his recently published memoir, “No Lost Causes”.

He currently serves as a Senator of the Republic by the Centro Democrático (Democratic Center), party formed by him on 2014.