LALP Summer News, June 2018
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From the Executive Director
It's a sure sign of summer if the Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) is planning for ILG and GCL.

LALP is now accepting applications for the 13th edition of its   Global Competitiveness Leadership Program , which will be held from January 22-March 29, 2019. If you know any young leaders who may benefit from this program, please encourage them to apply soon. GCL 2019 online application platform closes next August 13th.

We are also currently reviewing applications for the fifth edition of our Innovation and Leadership in Government Program , which will take place at Georgetown University from September 10-28, 2018. Georgetown's ILG 2018 will also include a third edition of ILG Brazil to be held in Brasilia this fall too. Both of these ILG programs are made possible thanks to our continued partnership with Microsoft. This year, keeping up with the times, our ILG curriculum will be focused more on the urgency of digital transformation in Latin America, a much needed tool for our ILG network.

LALP has also kept busy supporting various alumni efforts, such as the launch of PLIG, a GCL Program replica in Montevideo, which I had the honor to inaugurate last month, and a publication project with GCL 2018 alumni, featuring major Latin American Leaders who are positively transforming the region. These efforts actively promote the spirit of our programs, and we are proud to support these great initiatives. 

I kindly invite you to read through our summer 2018 newsletter for updates on our programs, and learn about some of the incredible impact that our alumni are having in the region. For additional questions, you can check our new bilingual website  or email us at

See you in the fall,
Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Latin America Leadership Program 
Managing Director, Latin American Board 

The Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) is a one-of-a-kind, intense 10-week leadership development program that aims to connect and empower young Latin American leaders to become the future agents of change in the region. As part of the GCL curriculum, participants must develop a high-social impact project to be carried out in their own countries.

Learn about our latest participants' projects here

GCL 2019 Program Dates: January 22 through March 29, 2019 .

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the GCL Network!

Apply from June 1 - through August 13, 2018
GCL 2017 Alumnus Launches Program of Global Impact Leadership in Montevideo
On May 7th, Professor Ernst opened the first edition of the Program of Global Impact Leadership (PLIG 2018) at IEEM in Montevideo, Uruguay. PLIG is a project of GCL2017 alumnus and GCL Seal recipien Felipe Paullier .
Georgetown University's Patrick Healy Award 2018
LALP Executive Director Professor Ricardo Ernst was awarded Georgetown University's Patrick Healy Award 2018 by President DeGioia during this year's John Carroll Weekend in Seattle on April 14, 2018.

ILG 2017 Alumnus Named Colombia's ICT Minister in Charge
On April 26, 2018, Juan Sebastián Rozo Rengifo (ILG 2017 alum) was commissioned as Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (MINTIC) of Colombia. Previously, he was Colombia's Deputy Minister of Connectivity and Digitization.
Sangre Panama and,
Our Latest GCL Seal Awardees
Congratulations to our latest GCL Seal certificate recipients:  Sangre Panama , an initiative of Gabriel Rebollon from Panama, and , a project of Maria Alejandra Lopez from Colombia. You can learn more about them and other GCL Seal awardees here .
Professor Ernst Presents on Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability
Last April, LALP Executive Director Ricardo Ernst was invited by the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL) and the President of Honduras to address the council and discuss some of the governability challenges facing the region.
U pdate Your GCL Alumni Profile ASAP
We are launching an updated version of Melian, the online platform for 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

Note: ILG Alumni will receive their login credentials this summer. Stay tuned!
GCL Alumni Travel to Antigua, Guatemala , October 2018
The   Global Competitiveness Leadership Program Alumni Network  will celebrate their annual reunion in Antigua, Guatemala, from October 29-31, 2018. GCL Alumni will receive further information on reunion plans and agenda in the coming weeks.
  * This year's GCL reunion is also open to any ILGs who may want to participate. Please contact for more information 
LALP Will Host ILG Alumni Reunion in Sept ember 2018
The Innovation and Leadership in Government Program Alumni Network will celebrate their annual reunion at Georgetown University from September 26-28, 2018. ILG Alumni will receive further information on reunion plans and agenda in the coming weeks. See you all in DC!
* This year's ILG reunion is also open to any GCLs who may want to participate. Please contact for more information
Congratulations to CLAS for a successful 2017-2018 year!
This academic year, Georgetown University's Center for Latin American Studies welcomed four Ambassadors, a former governor of Puerto Rico, a Mexican presidential candidate, a Mexican senator, a Colombian presidential candidate, the Paraguayan Minister of Finance, the Paraguayan Chief of the Central Bank, the U.S. Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, among others. Congratulations on a successful year!
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