Cuba Opportunity Summit in New York Sells Out

By Tracey Eaton  (

Touring Havana.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Touring Havana. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — Assistant Secretary of State Roberta S. Jacobson is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Cuba Opportunity Summit in New York City on April 1.

The event is sold out, but organizers are trying to increase capacity and have set up a waiting list.

Standard pre-registration went for US $1,495 per person and on-site registration was $1,695. The summit will take place at MarketSite Tower in Times Square. Organizers planned the event after the US and Cuba announced in December the renewal of diplomatic ties.

The summit website states:

“What will this historic change mean for economic relations between the U.S. and Cuba? What opportunities — and risks — should American companies consider as they explore the business potential of one of the largest markets in the Caribbean?

“In order to answer these questions, Knowledge@Wharton in partnership with The Lauder Institute and Momentum will bring together the leading business, political, policy and legal experts who have real-world experience with the Cuban economy and government with renown thought leaders from the world’s leading business school, Wharton, at the Cuba Opportunity Summit on April 1.”

Arts and crafts.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Arts and crafts. Photo: Juan Suarez

Other speakers include:

  • Stefan M. Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade?, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Frank J. Del Rio, President, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
  • Gustavo Arnavat, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Thomas J. Herzfeld, Founder, Chairman and President, Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.
  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent, CNBC
  • Hugo Cancio, President, Editor-in-chief, On Cuba
  • Raja Chatterjee, Global Risk Officer, Tishman Speyer
  • Luis G. Coello, CEO and Founder, CubaMobile LLC
  • 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
  • Mauro F. Guillén, Dr. Felix Zandman Professor, Professor of International Management, Director, The Lauder Institute, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Serge Elkiner, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YellowPepper
  • Dr. Teo Babun, Chief Executive Officer, HERZFELD/CUBA Alternative Investment Division Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, Inc.
  • Jay Brickman, Vice President of Government Services, Crowley Maritime
  • Mark Entwistle, Former Ambassador for Canada to Cuba and Founding Partner, Acasta Capital
  • Ted A. Henken, Professor, Baruch College
  • William B. Jacobson, Partner, White Collar Crimes and Investigations Group, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
  • MarketSite Tower.  Venue of the Cuba Opportunity Summit.
    MarketSite Tower, venue of the Cuba Opportunity Summit.

    Stephen J. Kobrin, William H. Wurster Professor Emeritus of Multinational Management and Publisher, Wharton Digital Press at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Eddie Lubbers, Founder and CEO, Cuba Travel Network
  • John McIntire, Chairman, Cuba Emprende Foundation
  • Gustavo J. Membiela, Partner, Hunton & Williams
  • Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow, Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy Program, Brookings
  • Philippe Pouletty, M.D., Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Truffle Capital
  • Julissa Reynoso, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Natalia G. Shehadeh, Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, Interim General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Weatherford
  • Julia Sweig, Senior Research Fellow, LBJ School at UT, Austin
  • Alana Tummino, Director, Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Glenn T. Ware, Esq., PwC, Principal Leader , U.S. Corporate Intelligence Practice Group Washington D.C.

The summit website further states:

“While your registration cannot be guaranteed, if you are interested in securing a ticket, please email Chipo Siantumbu, Operations Manager at and we will place you on the wait list and contact you should additional registration passes become available.”


14 thoughts on “What Cuba Has to Offer US Businesses

  • By “LAW”? Can you name that law John? …because I am unfamiliar with it.

    You are a perfect example of how uneducated our kids are in todays world

  • Now you are compounding the errors .
    If you’re a capitalist BY LAW you must value profits before your fellow humans .
    Capitalism is notable for its unequal accumulation of wealth.
    You are then, as a capitalist supporter are in in favor of putting the desires of the wealthy ahead of the needs of the poor .
    It is not what Jesus would have done according to the Gospels I read.
    But I’m sure you can twist the words and meanings of the Bible and Christ just as do all the “prosperity” ministers from their multi-million dollar mega-churches who tout money-making just as you do .
    Your position in contradiction to the teachings of Christ as regards the poor is a problem for you, not me.
    But living a lie is what you do on a daily basis.

  • Your bible lessons badly miss the mark. In this case the words Jesus spoke when he admonished the false believers” to render unto Caesar…..” more appropriately apply here.

  • Moses,
    There are simply too many errors of fact in your inane post to bother with.
    Ye cannot worship both God and Mammon .
    ( from YOUR holy book)

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