Knowledge@Wharton’s Cuba Opportunity Summit April 1 in New York to Convene Wharton School Faculty, U.S. Government Experts and Business Leaders

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Speakers scheduled to appear include Roberta S. Jacobson, Asst Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Frank J. Del Rio, President, CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line; Enrique R. Martínez, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Latin America; Prof. Mauro F. Guillén, Director, the Lauder Institute, Wharton School; Faquiry Diaz Cala, President & CEO, Tres Mares

What: Knowledge@Wharton’s Cuba Opportunity Summit: High-Velocity Growth, featuring Wharton faculty, present and former U.S. government leaders, U.S. and multinational business leaders and economists from Havana who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of business in Cuba. The one-day event will cover sectors as diverse as tourism, transportation, technology and the knowledge economy, infrastructure, hospitality, agriculture, food, manufacturing and retail sectors. The summit will feature keynote presentations, panels and fireside chats as well as extensive time for Q&A.

The summit is hosted by Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s online research and business analysis journal, in collaboration with The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and Momentum, a leading event organizer. The NASDAQ, TresMares and Norwegian Cruise Line are the summit’s lead sponsors.

Who: The conference series will feature Wharton faculty and leading business, political, policy and legal experts, including: Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

  • Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Mauro F. Guillén, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, Director, The Lauder Institute, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Frank J. Del Rio, President, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent, CNBC
  • Enrique R. Martínez, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Latin America
  • Guillermo Santa Cruz, Vice President, Latin America, Mexico & US Hispanic, IMG Media
  • Faquiry Diaz Cala, President / CEO, Tres Mares
  • Mark Entwistle, Former Ambassador for Canada to Cuba and Founding Partner, Acasta Capital

: April 1, 2015, 8AM-6PM (Registration/breakfast 7-8AM)

Where: NASDAQ MarketSite, 4 Times Square (43rd/Broadway), New York, NY

Why: The Cuba Opportunity Summit is designed to be a unique learning and networking forum for companies looking to leverage the Cuban market to drive growth.

Notes to the media: Space is extremely limited. To register please contact Megan Hunskiner, M Booth at

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit

About the Wharton School and Knowledge@Wharton

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 93,000 graduates.

Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on global business topics.


Media Contacts:

Megan Hunsicker
M Booth on behalf of the Wharton School
212-539-3223 (office) |

Peter Winicov
Director, Media Relations, the Wharton School
215-746-6471 (office) |

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