UQ-Latin American Colloquium

1:30-4pm AEST Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Zoom webinar

The 2021 Latin American Colloquium will look to: Solidarity and Partnerships for Recovery.

Addressing how Australia and Latin America have expanded collaboration and built partnerships amid COVID-19. Disruptions to the way we learn, work, and live are paving the way for new opportunities, partnerships, and surprising innovations.

This is the 14th year that UQ has hosted the Latin American Colloquium. Each year, the University brings Ambassadors, industry, and government heads together to showcase Queensland's engagement with the diverse regions of Latin America. 

Panel 1: Reshaping the way we work and learn

In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 changed how students were educated and how workplaces adapted. Join us as we hear from experts in their fields to discuss what the future of education and work will look like.

Panel 2: Stronger business connections and partnerships

Building stronger business connections and partnerships during and post COVID-19. Join us as we discuss the emerging technologies and new ways of doing business that are transforming the way organisations build partnerships.

Keynote speaker

Erin Watson
Founder and Chair, Australia Latam Emerging
Leaders Dialogue

Erin Watson-lynn is the Co-founder and Chair of the Australia Latam Emerging Leaders Dialogue, established in 2018 to strengthen relations between Australia and Latin America. An academic, consultant, and entrepreneur with over 12 years’ experience in the higher education and international relations sector, Erin travelled to Argentina and Chile for G20 and APEC meetings and identified the opportunity for a next-generation leaders dialogue. After delivering the first in-person dialogue at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence in Buenos Aires in 2019, the Dialogue moved into digital programming and appointed its first Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Since then, the Dialogue has grown to a team across seven countries with over 30 volunteers and contributors. The Dialogue provides a platform for young leaders to publish their commentary on Australia and Latin America, country and city insights, a translation club with cultural exchange (think Shakira lyrics and Mafalda comics!), and high-level interviews with politicians, professors, and entrepreneurs. 

Erin recently completed her Doctor of Philosophy at Monash University focused on gender, migration and entrepreneurship in the Indian diaspora, works as an international relations consultant to governments and universities across the Asia Pacific, and for the last four years an Australian delegate to the G20 Women Summit. She is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and teaches international relations and public policy at the University of Melbourne.  

Panel 1: Reshaping the way we work and learn

Dr Roberto Esposto
Senior Lecturer, School of Languages and Cultures, UQ - Moderator
His Excellency Mr Armando Vargas Araya
Ambassador of Costa Rica
Associate Professor Remi Ayoko
Management Discipline Leader, School of Business, UQ
Martha Jimenez
Masters student, School of Earth, and Environmental Sciences, UQ
Nigel Warren
Victorian Commissioner to the Americas and Board Member, Council on Australia Latin America Relations
Steven Barraclough
Assistant Secretary for Eastern Europe and Latin America, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Panel 2: Stronger business connections and partnerships

Dr Frederik Von Briel
Lecture, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, School of Business, UQ - Moderator
His Excellency Mr Ronald Recinos
Ambassador of Guatemala
Paola A. Lasso
Project Lead, Reliability Improvement, Lihir mine and Director, ALABC
Vu Tran
Co-founder, GO1
Gabrielle Hall
Senior Investment Adviser, Austrade
Cristian Campo
President, Australian Latin American Young Professionals, System Specialist, Telstra and CEO, CF Consulting and Development

Program overview

Time Activity
1.30pm AEST Master of Ceremonies: Dr Jessica Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship), UQ
1.30–1.35pm AEST Welcome address: Professor Deborah Terry AO, President and Vice-Chancellor, UQ
1.35–1.40pm AEST Ambassadorial welcome address: His Excellency Mr Miguel Julian Palomino de la Gala, Ambassador of Peru
1.40–2.30pm AEST Panel session 1: Reshaping the way we work and learn
2.30–2.55pm AEST Keynote speaker: Erin Watson-Lynn, Co-founder and Chair of the Australia LATAM Emerging Leaders Dialogue 
2.55–3.45pm AEST Panel session 2: Building stronger business connections and partnerships during and post COVID-19
3.45–3.50pm AEST Australian-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) update: Richard Andrews, Chairman, ALABC 
3.50–3.55pm AEST Ambassadorial closing remarks: His Excellency Mr Patricio Fernando Powell Osorio, Ambassador of Chile
3.55–4.00pm AEST Closing remarks: Dr Jessica Gallagher, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship), UQ

Event contact

For more information about the event or UQ's engagement in Latin America, contact

Rachael Anderson, Senior International Visits and Events Officer, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ.

+61 7 3346 0618