The Chavez Effect: Is the Latin American pendulum swinging Left (again)?

November 8, 2012
Hosted by Té Revesz

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What does Hugo Chavez‘s reelection mean for international firms? Is the pendulum swinging back to the leftist, anti-business policies of the past? We’ve seen the “Chavez effect” in Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia & Nicaragua. Will we see more left-leaning governments? Is the Chavez effect all bad for business? More Latin Americans moving from poverty to the middle class and enjoying more access to health care and education, opening new opportunities for international firms. “But,” says Victor Hugo Rodriguez, CEO of LatAm Alternatives, these governments have created a “time bomb of expectations." Their policies make it difficult for firms to operate and for their economies to compete. How will Chavez respond? How will LA's economic relationships change with the US? China? Europe? Africa? Over the next decade LA will go through a huge transition; a new generation of leaders will take power. Will governments be forced to the center or become more polarized. How should your business respond?

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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