LALP News, Summer 2021
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From the Executive Director
Dear friends and supporters, 

As we bid farewell to the spring, and in our case to the many cicadas that have populated our DC region for the past weeks, we are eager to announce that we are actively recruiting for our ILG and GCL programs. Interested candidates can now apply to the next editions of our flagship programs to get a chance to join the classes of ILG 2021 and GCL 2022.

This spring LALP has been actively collaborating with many institutions across the region to design and develop a wide array of custom programs. Some programs are currently being implemented, such as the Leading Education Program in Argentina, and others are about to begin shortly, including our ILG Brazil 5.0 program. If you are interested in working with us for specific programs, please email us at

In addition, in response to our commitment to discuss the most current issues in the region through our dialogue series, we wanted to have a frank conversation with the Colombian ambassador to the United States, Francisco Santos Calderón, to reflect on the current situation in Colombia and discuss potential solutions. You can watch the conversation and read a summary of this and past events on our website, including the Rebuilding Latin America From the Inside webinar featuring Latin American Board members and the President of the IDB.

With the end of the fiscal and academic year, we are pleased to announce the latest issue of the GCG Journal, which from this point on will continue to be published exclusively from Georgetown University. We have a new journal website, so authors and readers can continue to submit and access the incredible research and insights through the new portal. 

Finally, congratulations to all our alumni, LAB members, and the many LALP stakeholders for their extraordinary efforts to continue to advance their communities, their countries, and the region during these extraordinary times. Although we can only feature some of them in each newsletter, please join us in celebrating them all as they create a multiplier effect and embody the spirit of our programs. These and other impact news can be read in our annual report and our website.

We look forward to sharing more news with you all in the fall. In the meantime, please reach out to us with any questions or proposals. Happy Summer!

Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Latin America Leadership Program 
Managing Director, Latin American Board 
ILG 2021 Call for Applications Open till July 23, 2021
This year’s Innovation & Leadership in Government Program, ILG 2021, will be taught once again as a live virtual, part-time program for eight weeks, from September 20, 2021, through November 10, 2021, to facilitate the continuation of current government work. This annual program aims to equip Latin American public managers with analytical frameworks and leadership development opportunities to effectively promote innovative public policies in their respective government entities. 

The Call for applications closes on July 23, 2021.
Partial need-based scholarships may be awarded to qualified candidates.

This program is made possible by the support of Facebook Latin America.
Call for GCL 2022 Applications Now Open
Georgetown University's Latin America Leadership Program (LALP) just opened the call for applications for the 16th edition of its Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL), a one-of-a-kind academic and experiential leadership development program that aims to provide a new generation of emerging leaders with the essential tools and a meaningful network to promote competitiveness, progress, and integral development in the Latin American region. Since its inception in 2007, GCL has fostered a tight-knit and dynamic network of innovative and emerging leaders, who have led positive transformation in the region. To date, the GCL Program has welcomed over 500 young leaders from 22 countries spanning the Latin-American region and Spain.

The GCL 2022 program will be held at Georgetown University
from January 24, 2022, through April 1, 2022.
Getting Ready for ILG Brazil 5.0.
As part of LALP Custom Programs, LALP joins ENAP and Microsoft Latin America one more year to present the 5th edition of ILG Brazil. The program will be implemented as a part-time virtual program during August and September. Participants will get the opportunity to learn from renowned experts in the fields of globalization, competitiveness, governance, leadership, technology, and public sector innovation.
LALP will also be implementing a wide array of custom programs with institutions across Latin America. If you are interested in developing a program with us, email us at
ILG 2019, new Minister of Sports of Ecuador
On Monday, April 26, 2021, Sebastián Palacios - ILG 2019 from Ecuador - was appointed Minister of Sports by the president-elect of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso. The former student of Georgetown University´s Latin America Leadership Program took on this new challenge as of May 24, 2021. In addition, two GCL alumni are also joining Lasso's team, Eduardo Bonilla (GCL 2008) and Ralph Suastegui (GCL 2010). Wishing them great success!
LAB Member named a finalist of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Lorenzo Mendoza, Georgetown University´s Latin American Board member, has been nominated as part of the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year, Class of 2021. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program supports global entrepreneurs that demonstrate vision, leadership, and success as they work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries, and around the world.
Georgetown University's GCG Journal
Read the latest issue of the journal of Globalization, Competitiveness, and Governability (GCG). This is the last issue published by Universia and Georgetown University. From this issue on, the journal will be published exclusively by Georgetown University. Authors and readers can access the site through the LALP website or at The journal aims to provide the latest research insights to advance Latin American countries' competitiveness and governability in a globalized world. Welcome to the new GCG Site!
The Challenges of a Crisis:
Colombia Today
In recent weeks, Colombia has been affected by a series of protests and mobilizations that have generated an unprecedented crisis in the country. In response to our commitment to discuss the most current issues in the region, we wanted to have an honest conversation with the Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Francisco Santos Calderón. This event was organized by the Embassy of Colombia and LALP.
Rebuilding Latin America
From the Inside
Our keynote speaker, Mr. Mauricio Claver-Carone, President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) joined Georgetown University Latin American Board former Chairmen and current Chairman to discuss the role of multilateral organizations in supporting the competitiveness of the region as we move forward and recover from this crisis. Journalist Muni Jensen moderated the discussion on what the Latin American public and private sectors and the multilateral organizations can do to foster future growth and inclusion in the Americas. Opening and Closing remarks by
Professor Ricardo Ernst, Georgetown University.
Take a glimpse of our programs and our impact throughout the last academic year (2019-2020).
We look forward to continuing to advance Georgetown University's engagement with Latin America in the coming years!
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