News & Highlights

  • MAY 2019

2019 Alumni Achievement Award

Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (MBA 1995) was one of five individuals to receive the 2019 HBS Alumni Achievement Award at this year’s Class Day. Harvard Business School's mission is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. Every day more than 80,000 HBS graduates strive to make these words a reality in a wide array of organizations that affect the lives of millions of people around the globe. For 50 years, the School has selected a number of outstanding men and women to receive its most important honor, the Alumni Achievement Award. Rodríguez is managing partner of IGNIA, a venture capital firm he cofounded in 2007 that invests in entrepreneurs who are brining goods and services to Mexico’s emerging middle class. Rodríguez’s interest in using microloans to invest in developing economies was first sparked at HBS in 1994 when he helped organize the Latin American Conference.
  • JANUARY 2019

Executive Education: Agribusiness Seminar

Every January for the past 59 years, Harvard Business School has been host to the Agribusiness Seminar. Founded by Professor Emeritus Ray Goldberg, the program seeks to help leaders in the world of food and agriculture to better understand the trends that will impact their field. The program creates 12 new case studies annually that span the globe and value chain. With all of the turmoil in global trade over the past several years, the faculty team decided that a case on global soy production could be informative for participants. The Latin America Research Center, engaged a highly respected agribusiness company in Argentina, Duhau Group, to act as the guide. Duhau Group provided access to their farms and company personnel and facilitated meetings with notable economists and agribusiness experts in Argentina. The group offered perspectives on the acute and significant rupture in prices between the Chicago Board of Trade and the Buenos Aires Exchange for Soybeans. This significant development generates important questions about the future of price discovery in this market as well as how soy growers should be thinking about long term investments on their farms. Renowned HBS Professor and Argentinian economist, Alberto Cavallo, taught a case on Duhau Group at this year’s Agribusiness Seminar.
  • DECEMBER 2018
  • Alumni News

Alumni Impact: Raising the Barrio

Can the shantytowns of Buenos Aires be integrated into the city that long neglected them? Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta (MBA 1993) is working to reintegrate the barrios of his city. In August 2016, eight months after taking office, Rodríguez Larreta pledged to develop the neighborhood. His first step: establishing a mayoral office in the heart of the barrio, reclaiming a building that had until recently been the headquarters of a drug dealer known as “Tarzan.” It was a symbolic gesture, Rodríguez Larreta acknowledges, but an important one.

New Research on the Region

  • March 2019 (Revised May 2019)
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GENTERA: Facing the Digital Age

By: Michael Chu and Carla Larangeira

After long dominating Mexican microfinance, Compartamos Banco faces the emergence of fintech, just as for the first time its loan portfolio and clients have declined. Enrique Majós, CEO of GENTERA, the bank´s parent company, is keenly aware of the profound changes since the Compartamos IPO in April 2007, when it was valued at $1.5 billion and became the first bank wholly dedicated to microfinance to be quoted in a major stock exchange. Since then, the market has become intensely competitive, with both large established institutions and new entrants vying for the same customers. Simultaneously, the digital era has spawned fintech, threatening to disrupt Compartamos’ highly successful model but also providing opportunities for the bank to reshape it. While challenged to manage key innovation within a leading incumbent, Majós must consider whether to commit his team to a major cost reduction in the next few years to his board of directors at their next meeting at the end of the month.

  • February 2019
  • Case

Mexico: Shifting Left with AMLO

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became president of Mexico on December 1, 2018. His election, and the victory of his new Party, MORENA, represent a sharp shift to the left by Mexico’s political system. Previously, President Pena Nieto and his party, the PRI, had initiated and implemented the Pacto – a long overdue series of institutional and structural reforms. Yet even after several years, Mexico had not shown significant improvements in productivity, or growth. With U.S. relations at a low point, thanks to President Trump’s neo-isolationism, Mexico elected Obrador as a nationalistic response. It remained to be seen how his new policies would affect Mexico’s growth.

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