Latin America, the World, The Institute of the Americas

For nearly 40 years, the Institute of the Americas has promoted sound public policy and fostered cooperation between public and private sector stakeholders across the hemisphere. Our diverse programs emphasize innovation and technological advance as the key to building 21st century economies in the Americas.



Institute of the America established by Ted Gildred and legally incorporated on November 16, 1981 with offices in Solana Beach, CA
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First meeting of Board of Governors, May 5, 1982: Richard Atkinson, Chanceller, UCSD; Peter Bell, President, Inter-American Foundation; Wayne Cornelius, Director, Center for U.S-Mexican Studies, UCSD; Theodore Gildred, Chairman, Lomas Santa Fe, Inc; Donald Kennedy, President, Stanford University; Richard Lyman, President, Rockefeller Foundation. Gildred Foundation provides initial seed grant evaluate the concept and organization of a permanent Institute of the Americas in San Diego, CA in a to be determined location.
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Agreement between Gildred Foundation and UCSD establishes Institute of the Americas on the UCSD campus; Gildred Foundation endows three Chairs for Laitn American centers at UCSD; Professor Joseph Grunwald becomes 1st President of Institute
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IOA headquarters inaugrated at UCSD, President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela and Raul Prebish of Argentina are keynote speakers at inaugural ceremonies;
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IOA hosts first Latin American workshop on journalists; Alejandor Foxley of Chile becomes first visiting fellow
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UCSD Board of Regents creates Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
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IOA organizes "Churches and Change in Latin America Conference," May 4-6, 1987, the first program fully funded with outside sources; President Raul Alfonsin of Argentina travels to San Diego to receive first IOA Award for Democracy and Peace; IOA collaborates with Stanford University in co-sponsoring High technology proejct workshop in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
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Paul Boeker,forrmer Ambassador to Jordan and Bolivia succeeds Joseph Grunward as IOA President.
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Project on Drug Policy in the Americas begins ;President Oscar Arias travels to San Diego to receive Institute Award for Democracy and Peace
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ContentIOA hosts first Latin American energy conference in La Jolla. President Vigillo Barco of Colombia receives Award of Democracy and Peace; Paul Boeker publishes book, Lost Illusions: Latin America's Struggle for Democracy as Recounted by Its Leaders.
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IOA organizes multi-year environmental project focused on environmental technology
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Latin American Capital Markets Project stated with major conference; Chilean President Patricio Aylwin receives Institute award for Democracy & Peace; IOA's second major facility expansion is initiated.
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Campaign for Institute of the Americas launched; Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary on the UCSD campus
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President Carlos Saul Meneem receives Award for Democracy and Peace; Institute launches program on Latin Health Sector; IOA completes construction of Copley International Center and the Gildred Latin American Studies Building
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Program on Latin American Telecommunications/IT sector launched; Campaign for Institute reaches $9 million and the Institute's facilities are expanded
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To be a catalyst for promoting economic development and integration, emphasizing the role of the private sector, as a means to improve the economic and social well being of the people of the Americas.

What do we do?

We build bridges across the Americas — linking business leaders, policymakers, teachers, and students to advance education, share ideas, and facilitate opportunities. We help understand and catalyze innovation in core sectors, including: energy & sustainability, , life sciences & biotech, and the digital economy as it pertains to these core, productive activities.

How did we get here?

Our programs have been regional staples for decades. Since 1990, we have played a crucial role in keeping policymakers and businesses informed about the most important trends in the energy sector, both through our La Jolla Energy Conference and our newsletter, workshops, webinars and podcasts.

We have hosted numerous Latin American heads of state, and our Award for Democracy and Peace has been an important way to highlight leaders who have made singular contributions to development and prosperity.

Now, as the global economy continues to evolve and the Americas look to the industries of the future, we are ready to expand our agenda. We are poised to leverage our history, our extensive network, and our unique location in California, a global nexus of innovation, to drive forward 21st century economies through innovation and sustainable development. As part of this new agenda, we have created our Life Science & Biotech, and we have expanded our Energy Program to incorporate a strong focus on renewables through our Energy Transition Initiative.

Become a Member

Our programs have been regional staples for decades. Since 1990, we have played a crucial role in keeping policymakers and businesses informed about the most important trends in the energy sector, both through our La Jolla Energy Conference and our newsletter, workshops, webinars and podcasts.

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Institute of the Americas
11101 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, Ca 92037

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