Latin America Network Readiness and Digital Transformation Spotlight

October 27, from 2 pm to 4 pm EST (Das 15hrs as 17hrs de Sao Paulo) 

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In recent years, Latin America has recorded much progress in network readiness and digital transformation. However, the Covid-19 crisis has undeniably impacted the region’s economic development and competitiveness. Which economies are best positioned to maintain and improve their competitiveness and digital readiness in a post-COVID world?

Portulans Institute, in cooperation with UNESCO, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.Br), and The Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.Br), is proud to host a panel with regional experts highlighting the progress Latin America has achieved in terms of network readiness and digital transformation. In this panel, Portulans co-founder Prof. Soumitra Dutta will present the 2020 Network Readiness Index results and implications for the region.

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Program and Speakers:

2pm EST: Welcome Remarks by Carolina Rossini, CEO, Portulans Institute.

2:15 to 3:30pm EST: Panel Discussion with

  • Dr. Alexandre Barbosa, Head of the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (Cetic.Br)
  • Lidia Brito, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, and UNESCO Representative in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay
  • Prof. Lourdes Casanova, Senior Lecturer and Emerging Markets Institute Gail and Rob Cañizares Director, S.C. Johnson School of Management, Cornell University
  • Prof. Soumitra Dutta, Professor of Management – SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University and President, Portulans Institute
  • Diego Molano, Former Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia
  • Dr. Sebastian Rovira, Economic Affairs Officer & Officer in Charge of the Innovation and New Technologies Unit, UN-ECLAC

3:30 pm EST: Q&A

Panel Moderator: Carolina Rossini, Portulans Institute CEO.

Check here our Speakers’ bios!

With support from:


Who is this event for? 

Academics, policymakers, business representatives and other stakeholders interested in:

  • Digital transformation and Covid-19;
  • Digital transformation’s impact in Latin America;
  • Where Latin America is in the NRI 2020 rankings;
  • The digital divide in Latin America;
  • Regional insights on innovation, global talent, and digital transformation.

In advance of this event, hear from global thought leaders about digital transformation and Covid-19 in Portulans’ Dialogue on Digital Transformation series. 


2020 Network Readiness Index Knowledge Partner: