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Latin America - Leadership Tests in the Pandemic

Latin America - Leadership Tests in the Pandemic

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Alejandro T Reyes, Cecilia Milesi, Marcelo Thompson, Barbara Fernandez Melleda, Adolfo Arguello Vives

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Panelists reviewed the responses to Covid-19 in their respective countries – Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. They drew the following lessons:

• In most democratic countries, having a strong civil society is important as this gives citizens the opportunity to voice concerns and make governments accountable.

• The crisis has exposed the precarity of people’s livelihoods. The pandemic is an opportunity to rethink social and economic models and strengthen public-health systems.

The crisis has also put the spotlight on social and economic inequalities in a region that is one of the most unequal in the world.

• The pandemic underscores the need for making policies based on facts and evidence and not on imagined situations and conspiracy theories. Societies need to develop a deeper connection to truth and give more value to science.

• The crisis is sending a strong message about the need for greater collaboration in societies, across regions and globally.

• Technology will play an important role as a driver of greater equality and fairness, addressing such challenges as the unequal access to healthcare and medicines.

About the Speakers

Scholar-In-Residence, Asia Society Hong Kong

Alejandro T Reyes

2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Cecilia Milesi

Cecilia Milesi is a 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellow and the founder and CEO of Global Change and founder of Subir al Sur. 

Assistant Professor of Law, HKU

Marcelo Thompson

Marcelo Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong.

Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, HKU

Barbara Fernandez Melleda

Bárbara is Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong.

2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow, Asia Global Institute

Adolfo Arguello Vives

Adolfo Arguello Vives is a 2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow and serves as the finance chair of the board at the National Evaluation Academy and Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow at Leadership Exchange Asia Program.  



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