Past Events

The Global Resource Game and the Future of Energy

Date: April 8, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Room
Contact: Alexis Arthur

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As its economy flourishes, China is engaged in a far-flung quest for natural resources across the globe. Beijing’s appetite for natural resources is restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade, including the Western Hemisphere. But despite China’s role in the global resource game, it is far from the only player. Booming oil and gas production in the United States continues to send ripples across the Western Hemisphere and beyond.

We are delighted to invite you to join us on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30pm for a discussion on the future of energy with Michael Levi, the David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Levi will discuss the global implications of this changing energy landscape, and its impact on China, the United States and the Western Hemisphere more broadly. He will also inform us what China’s economic growth means for global climate change.

Dr. Levi is also the author of two recent books, By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (co-authored with Elizabeth Economy) and The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America’s Future. Both books will be available for purchase and Dr. Levi will be available for a signing after the talk.

Citizens & Crime: Engaging Citizens in Community Security

Date: April 7-11, 2014
Contact: Lynne Walker

This workshop will look at successful models in Latin America that involve citizens the struggle against criminality. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the need to protect citizens while they engage in anti-crime efforts and models for organizing and maintaining group efforts. Successful programs in Colombia and other countries will be studied and guest speakers and leaders of those programs will be invited to facilitate discussion. 

The Innovation Hub Training Workshop


March 31-April 3, 2014 • La Jolla, California and Tijuana, Mexico
Contact: Sherry White or by phone at 858-964-1723

There is a registration fee to attend this workshop.  Registration fees vary depending upon if the participant is traveling from Latin America or is based in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, and how many days they will participate in the workshop.  Please register and an IOA staff member will be in contact with registration fee specifics.  Thank you.

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Investigative Journalism

Learn how to inspire entrepreneurs, support start-ups, understand what investors are looking for now, foster a collaborative culture, partner with innovation intermediaries, spur innovation through research institutions and the private sector working together, attract and keep talent, and address cultural barriers to entrepreneurism in order to drive economic development.

This intensive four-day workshop, with simultaneous interpretation, is primarily targeted to entrepreneurs and start-up companies, as well as innovation intermediaries, investors, research center directors, and government officials.


•    Taking the lab discovery to the marketplace    
•    The link between risk and venture capital and innovation
•    Investor perspectives on fostering innovation
•    San Diego's Springboard program
•    Cultural challenges for entrepreneurs
•    Examples of successful partnerships between U.S. and Latin American innovators
•    The role of the research university and basic research
•    Attracting and keeping top talent
•    The role of innovation intermediaries, incubators, and industry associations
•    Tutorials on how to structure a start-up and making the perfect pitch to investors

Participants will meet with Tijuana entrepreneurs and visit incubators in the Cali-Baja Mega Innovation Region.  
Start up entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch potential investors on the final day of the workshop.




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Marzo 31 – Abril 3, 2014 • La Jolla, California y Tijuana, México
Contact: Sherry White or by phone at 858-964-1723

Hay una cuota de inscripción para asistir a este taller. Las cuotas de inscripción varían dependiendo de si el participante viaja desde América Latina o si reside en la región San Diego-Tijuana, y cuántos días participará en el taller. Por favor inscríbase y un miembro del personal del Instituto se pondrá en contacto con usted con detalles específicos sobre la cuota de inscripción. Gracias.

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Investigative JournalismAprenda como atraer inversión y talento, inspirar a empresarios nuevos, apoyar a compañías emprendedoras, promover la colaboración, acceder y usar los recursos de la comunidad, enfrentar las barreras culturales para el emprendimiento, involucrar a las instituciones de investigación para que trabajen con el sector privado, e impulsar el desarrollo económico.

Este taller intensivo de cuatro días con interpretación simultánea está dirigido a emprendedores, startups, inversionistas, directores de centros de investigación, asociaciones de la industria y oficiales de gobierno.


•    Llevar los descubrimientos del laboratorio a los mercados
•    La conexión entre el riesgo, capital de riesgo y la innovación
•    Perspectivas de inversionistas sobre el fomento de la innovación
•    El programa Springboard de San Diego
•    Retos culturales para los emprendedores
•    Ejemplos de alianzas exitosas entre innovadores de Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica
•    El papel de la universidad de investigación y de la investigación básica
•    Manteniendo el mejor talento en casa y atrayendo más de ese talento
•    El papel de los intermediarios de innovación: las asociaciones de la industria
•    Tutorial de cómo estructurar una startup y crear el lanzamiento perfecto para presentarlo a inversionistas.
Los participantes se reunirán con emprendedores de Tijuana y visitaran incubadoras en la Mega Región de Innovación Cali-Baja. El último día del taller, los emprendedores tendrán la oportunidad de lanzar sus presentaciones frente a inversionistas.


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CALI BAJA                      Connect             Global Connetc  

      Smart Border Coalition            UCSD logo                  Von Liebig



Institute President Charles Shapiro on the Unrest in Venezuela

Date: March 25, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Institute of the Americas complex, UC San Diego
Contact: Chandler Martin

Phot by: María Alejandra Mora (soyMAM)Phot by: María Alejandra Mora (soyMAM)While the world is focused on Ukraine, the unrest in Venezuela continues.  Despite  the Maduro government’ s crackdown on protestors , the death of at least 33 people, and 3000 arrests,  protests continue across the country.  The Venezuelan Attorney General conceded on Sunday that there have been abuses by the government.  What began as student protests against chronic shortages and mismanagement of the economy has grown into nationwide unrest as government responses have provoked more protest.  Three opposition mayors have been jailed, the Speaker of the National Assembly has brought charges of “aggravated defamation” against a newspaper, and the Assembly is in the process of stripping a deputy’s legal immunity so she can be charged with treason.  The Organization of American States is unable to act and the association of South American countries, UNASUR, refuses to do so.  The ongoing political upheaval in the country exposes increasing volatility and risk of violence. 
Please join us for a talk with Institute President Charles Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, as he discusses what the unrest might mean for Venezuela and for the United States.  Ambassador Shapiro’s  February 28  Miami Herald op-ed on the crisis is available here.

Webinar: Canada’s Oil Sands: Prospects and Challenges for 2014

Date: March 13, 2014
Time: 10:00 am San Diego (1pm New York; GMT/UTC – 8 hours)
Contact: Alexis Arthur


Canada’s energy outlook is undergoing an important evolution. The country is a world class hydrocarbon player and the United States’ number one supplier of foreign oil. Yet while Canada holds the world’s third largest oil reserves, 97% are contained in the unconventional oil sands. Canada’s effort to boost oil sands production and move it to market has increasingly captured the attention of policy makers and the media across North America.

Join us for a discussion with Peter MacConnachie, Sustainability Issues Manager at Suncor Energy on Canada’s efforts to balance the economic benefits of oil sands development with responding to environmental and community concerns.

MacConnachie’s presentation will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience. If you are interested but unable to attend the live event, please register anyway and we will send you the recording.


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