Fostering Bilateral Trade and Investment Flows Between Brazil and Florida

BRAZIL: Political and Economic Crossroads

  • February 16, 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way)


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Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell is an independent consultant on Latin American issues based in Miami, Florida.  Until recently, she was the director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami. Prior to assuming  that position, Dr. Purcell was Vice President of the Council of the Americas in New York. She also served as Vice President of the Council’s affiliate organization, the Americas Society.

Between 1981 and 1988, Dr. Purcell was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Prior to that, she was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, serving under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. 

Before joining the U.S. government, Dr. Purcell was a tenured professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was also a visiting professor at Columbia University. She holds a BA degree in Spanish and Latin American literature from Barnard College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and MA and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University. 

Dr. Purcell is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation, a Fortune 100 company based in San Antonio, Texas. 

A recognized authority on Latin America, Dr. Purcell has written, co-authored or co-edited eleven books, including Brazil under Cardoso (1997).  She has published over 200 articles on Latin American economic, financial, political and foreign policy issues. They have appeared in journals including Foreign Affairs and Latin Finance. Her op-ed articles on Latin American economic and political developments and on U.S. policy toward the hemisphere have been published in major U.S. newspapers such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune and The Miami Herald, as well as in influential Latin American newspapers such as Reforma (Mexico) and Clarín (Argentina). She also wrote a column for AméricaEconomía.

In addition to her writings, Dr. Purcell regularly comments on developments in Latin America on television programs in the United States and Latin America, including CNBC, CNN, FOX news, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and Bloomberg News. She has participated in private briefings at the White House and State Department prior to visits to Latin America by the President and Secretary of State, and has helped define the U.S. agenda for presidential summits in the hemisphere.



Managing Director for the Americas

Eurasia Group (Washington, DC)

Christopher Garman's research focuses on the politics of macroeconomic management across emerging markets and comparative studies of national elections. He also leads the firm's coverage of Brazil, including the regulatory environment in the energy sector. In particular, he has been instrumental in guiding analysis of the Lava-Jato scandal.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Christopher worked as a senior political analyst at Tendencias Consultoria Integrada, a leading Brazilian economic consulting firm. He has held fellowships at Instituto de Estudos Economicos, Sociais e Politicos de Sao Paulo (IDESP), where he researched central bank politics in the region, and at Centro de Estudos de Cultura Contemporanea (CEDEC), where he conducted field research on Brazilian federalism.

Christopher holds a master's degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College. He is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish. As a dual citizen of the US and Brazil, Christopher's loyalties in professional sports span both countries.


Head of Global Macroeconomic Research and Strategy

Bulltick Capital Markets ( Miami, FL)

Kathryn is the Head of Global Macroeconomic Research and Strategy at Bulltick Capital Markets. As chief strategist, she is responsible for the development of global investment strategies for Bulltick’s institutional clients, using her top-down macroeconomic analyses of the developed and emerging markets. Her work is comprehensive, yet digestible, offering global perspectives, in addition to detailed country analyses. Bulltick’s global research includes pointed trading recommendations, and always provides specific actionable advice. Macroeconomic research is published monthly, bi-weekly and when market or news events warrant diagnosis. Kathryn’s research consistently produces notable calls.

Prior to joining Bulltick in 2008, Kathryn served as an economist and strategist at Bear Stearns in Emerging Markets Fixed Income Research, where she covered the Latin American region. She also worked on the buy-side as sovereign analyst at MetLife Investments where she conducted in-depth economic analyses on emerging markets, working closely with the portfolio manager on asset selection and portfolio allocations.

Kathryn is adjunct professor at the University of Miami where she teaches Global Economics.

Kathryn is a frequent contributor to financial news television networks, such as CNBC, CNN en Español, Bloomberg Television, CNN International, Fox News and Fox Business.

Kathryn holds her Master’s in Business degree, specializing in Economics and Finance, from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Spanish literature from Rutgers University in New Jersey where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also studied at the University of Valencia in Spain.

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