LALP News, Fall 2018
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From the Executive Director
For us at Georgetown Latin America Leadership Program (LALP), Oscar Wilde’s famous quote “and all at once, summer collapsed into fall…” sounds all too familiar. It seems like only yesterday when we were just planning the arrival of our Innovation and Leadership in Government 2018 (ILG) cohort, and launching our application process for the 13th edition of the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL).
Many things have happened since the end of summer, all of which attest to Georgetown University’s continuous engagement with the Latin American region. LALP welcomed 23 public policy managers from 11 Latin American countries for our fifth edition of our ILG program in Georgetown University. Also in September, we hosted ILG annual alumni reunion in DC with representatives from all the five ILG cohorts. We signed agreements with Escuela de Alta Direccion de Barna (Dominican Republic) and Immune Coding Institute (Spain) to develop various custom programs, and we started to design the third edition of our ILG Brazil program, which will take place from November 5 through December 12 in Brasilia, thanks to the generous support of Microsoft. In addition, we launched a new ILG application for our ILGs to exchange best practices and connect, similar to our GCL alumni platform. In October we traveled to Mexico to organize our biannual Latin American Board and GCL Advisory Committee meetings, and participated in the first Georgetown University International Alumni Weekend ever to be held in Latin America. And, last but not least, together with the Center for Latin American Studies, we featured an event on the current crisis in Nicaragua, and a conversation with Grammy Award-winning Colombian artist Carlos Vives, and his social impact project, Tras La Perla, a model for urban sustainability.
I also continued my customary trips to the region, traveling to Honduras and Panama to promote our programs and Georgetown University’s mission, and next week I will travel to Antigua, Guatemala to participate in the 10 th  annual GCL alumni reunion
I kindly invite you to read our Fall 2018 newsletter for updates on our programs. For additional questions, you can check our new bilingual website  or email us at
Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Latin America Leadership Program 
Managing Director, Latin American Board 

I LG 2018 Graduation
From September 10th through September 28th, Georgetown Latin America Leadership Program, (LALP) welcomed 23 public managers from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, for the fifth edition of its Innovation and Leadership in Government program (ILG).

Every year, LALP brings together public policymakers from Latin American countries with at least five years of public management experience. Candidates participate in a three-week program at Georgetown University, where they exchange ideas, best practices, and analyze some of the most pressing challenges facing the public sector throughout the region in order to develop innovative public policies proposals in their countries.

Save the date: ILG 2019 application process will open in April 2019.
Carlos Vives in Georgetown University

Last September 24, LALP welcomed Grammy Award-winning Colombian artist Carlos Vives as he presented Tras La Perla, his social initiate in Santa Marta Colombia. Other panelists included Professor Ricardo Ernst, and Inter-American Development Executive Directors, Dr. Yasui (Japan) and Mr. Diaz-Granados (Colombia). This event was co-organized with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Inter-American Bank, the Embassy of Colombia, Georgetown University Latin America Student Association and Georgetown Por Colombia.

Also in September, LALP joined Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies in an Analysis on the Crisis in Nicaragua. Ambassador John Feeley led an in-depth examination of this critical situation with two veteran journalists and two human rights and pro-democracy activists who have been on the front lines of this crisis.
ILG Alumni Reunion in DC
The Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG) Alumni Network (115 participants, 16 countries) hosted their annual reunion at Georgetown University from September 26-28, 2018. Representatives from the five ILG cohorts attended the various events, which included a visit to the new IMF Innovation Lab, and talks with GU Professor Schamis, Carolina Renteria, and Julian Najles. The reunion ended with the appointment of the new President and Vice-president of the ILG Alumni Network,, Adolfo Arguello (Mexico) and Edgar Polanco (Colombia). Congratulations to the new President and Vice-President of the Red ILG!
New ILG Alumni App
Our Innovation and Leadership in Government (ILG) alumni can now connect and exchange ideas and best practices thanks to the just released ILG Alumni Application. If you are an ILG alumnus, please complete your online profile ASAP. If you have forgotten your username or password, please send us an email at

U pdate Your GCL Alumni Profile
This summer, LALP launched an updated version of Melian, the online platform for Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) Alumni. If you have not completed your online profile yet or your data is not current, please update it ASAP. If you have forgotten your username or password, please send us an email at

GCL Alumni Travel to Antigua, Guatemala , October 2018
The  Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) Alumni Network  will celebrate their annual reunion in Antigua, Guatemala, from October 29-31, 2018.

  * This year's GCL reunion is also open to any ILGs who may want to participate. Please contact for more information 
Interested in Developing a Custom Program
In collaboration with the McDonough School of Business executive education office, the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) partners with institutions and companies to design distinct leadership programs based on their professional development needs and business objectives. Programs are implemented on campus or throughout the region.
Save the Date
The  Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) 2019 will be held in Georgetown University from January 22 through March 29, 2019 . We will be sharing more news on the program and selected participants in the coming months. Stay tuned!
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