November 8 & 9

Transamérica Expo Center

São Paulo, Brazil

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Alacero Summit has been held annually since 1962 and is a meeting place for the value chain of the Latin Ameirican steel industry.

It aims to promote debate on the challenges that the future presents and topics that impact the sector, to advancein the development of ethical and responsible business practices, in order to contribute to the industrial and socioeconomic growth of the region.



Global and regional overview. Regionalization opportunities for LATAM.


The ecosystems of startups and large companies that are transforming the industry with solutions based on digitalization and new technologies.


Education, housing and culture as pillars of the region’s socio-economic development.


The path and challenges of the Latin American industry towards low carbon emissions steel.

program summit 2023

november 8 & 9

[00.00h a 00.00 h] USA (EDT), Colombia, Ecuadro y Perú (UTC-5)
[00.00h a 00.00 h] Venezuela (UTC-4)
[00.00h a 00.00 h] Brasil, Argentina y Chile (UTC-3)

wednesday - Nov 8, 2023

8:00 - 8:45

Registration and welcome breakfast


8:45 - 9:10

markets and geopolitics

9:10 - 9:50

Global view: the mith of globalization. Why regionalization matters.

9:50 - 10:10

Regionalization: reindustrilization opportunities for LATAM. Mexico: a case to follow?

10:10 - 10:50

The political-economic future of LATAM and its impact on reindustrialization and economic development.

10:50 - 11:30


innovation and industry 4.0

11:30 - 11:50

Innovation and technologies applied to the steel industry.

11:50 - 12:50

Technologies  and digitalization: creating the steel of the future with our value chain.
Panel of cases of technology companies.

12:50 - 13:15

Artificial intelligence: the impact on the manufacturing industry.

14:00 - 15:00


19:30 - 22:30

Dinner AÇo Brasil & Alacero

Thursday - Nov 9, 2023

8:30 - 9:00

Registration and welcome breakfast

9:00 - 9:05

Welcome and summary of the 1st day.


9:05 - 9:25

The social impact of the industry: development of communities with education, health, housing and culture.

10:40 - 10:45

award ceremony #DesafioAlacero

10:45 - 11:25


energy transition

11:25 - 12:05

12:05 - 12:25

The challenge of LATAM steel industry in the energy transition.

12:25 - 13:25

Natural resources and technologies: an opportunity for the region.

Panel of cases of energy companies.

13:25 - 13:50


13:50 - 13:55

Closing and conclusions


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Carolina Amoroso

Journalist specialized in international affairs

Carolina Amoroso is a host and journalist specialized in international affairs. She hosts the shows “TN Internacional” and “Está Pasando” on “Todo Noticias”, which are prominent daily news shows on the channel. In the past, she co-hosted “Bella y Bestia” alongside Nicolás Wiñazki and was a columnist on the show “Desde el Llano” with Joaquín Morales Solá. Furthermore, she took the reins of “TN Central.” Additionally, in both 2020 and 2021, she took on the role of hosting both seasons of the documentary series “Argentina Penélope.”

In addition to her hosting duties, she also produces reports and special coverage. She worked as a war correspondent in Ukraine, having made three visits since the onset of the large-scale Russian invasion. She also traveled to the Darién jungle, situated on the border between Panama and Colombia, to cover the most dangerous migration route in the continent. She assumed the role of a special envoy during recent elections in both Chile and Brazil. In 2019, she covered Evo Morales’ departure from power in Bolivia. Throughout these years, a substantial portion of her journalistic endeavors has been focused on the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. In 2019, she was present at the Colombian-Venezuelan border during the unsuccessful attempt to deliver humanitarian aid. In 2020, she published the book “Llorarás: historias del éxodo venezolano,” which compiles testimonials from those who had to escape their country. 

In 2022, her work was acknowledged with a Martín Fierro award nomination in the category for Best Female Hosting for “TN Central.” Additionally, for the documentary “Darien, la odisea de los migrantes,” both she and the production team were honored with the Fopea award in the “In-depth Journalism” category. This same project was recognized as being pertinent to the field of Social Communication by the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires and was recently bestowed with three Telly Awards. Also in 2022, Carolina, in collaboration with Juan Meiriño, published the book “Hackear la Argentina. La esperanza del boom tecnológico.” 

Gustavo Werneck

CEO Gerdau and President of Alacero

Gustavo Werneck is the president of Alacero and has been CEO of Gerdau since January 2018 and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2019. Previously, he led the Gerdau Aceros Brasil operation, the Company’s main business in the country. He has been with the Company since 2004, having held different strategic positions, such as Corporate Director of Information Technology (CIO), Industrial Director of Gerdau India and Industrial Director of Gerdau Aceros Especiales. He is also a board member of the Instituto Aço Brasil, of Together We Are + and of Amcham (American Chamber of Commerce), and Emeritus Board Member of Conscious Capitalism. Gustavo is coordinator of Grupo Impacto, of the CEO’s Legacy (Fundação Dom Cabral).

Vikram Mansharamani

Expert in global trends, former professor at Harvard University, author, and investor.

· One of the greatest independent thinkers of our time, a generalist in the age of specialists. 

· A great economist, investor, and former professor at Harvard and Yale University. 

· Author of “Think for Yourself” and “BOOMBUSTOLOGY: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst.” 

· Member of the Global Future Council on Complex Risks at the World Economic Forum. 

· Information that may seem irrelevant can lead to powerful conclusions when one manages to connect the dots. 

· Mansharamani shows why generalists are better suited to navigate times of uncertainty than specialists. 

· How to anticipate the future, manage risk, and detect opportunities. 

· The growth of the Middle Class and its impact on different industries, sectors, companies, and countries. 

· Projects scenarios about the future of food, water, agriculture, raw material, sovereign debt, financial markets, and much more. 


CEO of Ternium

Máximo Vedoya is the CEO of Ternium, one of the main steelmakers in the Americas. Máximo Vedoya is also President of the Latin American Steel Association (Alacero), President of the National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry (Canacero) in Mexico, Vice President of the Chamber of the Industry of Transformation (Caintra) Nuevo León and Vice President of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Concamin). He graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and studied a Master Degree of Science in Management at Stanford University (USA).

Brian Winter

Latin America political analyst

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly magazine, widely regarded as the foremost publication on politics, business, and culture in the Americas.

His audience includes CEOs, high-ranking government officials, influential thought leaders, and a general audience with a keen interest in regional affairs.

Brian has gained recognition as a seasoned insider in both Washington and Wall Street circles. He engages with clients throughout Latin America, providing insights into how their respective countries (whether Peru, Argentina, or Colombia) are perceived in the United States, the perspectives of investors and policymakers, and the overall regional perspective At the Council of the Americas, he dedicates his efforts to navigating the intersection between Latin America and the United States.

Since 2015, he has been based in New York City, overseeing Americas Quarterly’s relaunch and growth into a must-read for Latin America’s most influential investors and opinion leaders, while more than doubling its readership online through expanded coverage of political, business, and cultural subjects within the Western Hemisphere.

During his previous tenure as a Reuters correspondent, covering Latin America for a decade, Brian resided in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City. Brian is also a distinguished author or co-author of four books about Latin America. Notably, Why Soccer Matters delves into the captivating world of the iconic Pelé and became a New York Times bestseller. He co-authored The Accidental President of Brazil alongside Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and penned Long After Midnight, an intimate memoir recounting hisexperiences in Argentina.

David Gutiérrez Muguerza


Industrial Engineer graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in the United States. Since 1987, Gutiérrez has held different positions within DEACERO, a steel company founded by his father, Don César Gutiérrez, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, in 1952. He is currently the General Director of DEACERO. In addition, he is part of the Board of Directors of the University of Monterrey, the Chamber of the Transformation Industry of Nuevo León and the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic. Since December 2021, he has chaired the National Chamber of the Iron and Steel Industry.

Kurt Herzog


Kurt Herzog completed his master’s degree in Industrial Automation at the Technical University of Vienna and his MBA at the Linz Management Academy.

In 1997 her started to work for VAI, a predecessor company of Primetals Technologies, in the area of Process Automation and held several management functions in Electrics and Automation as well as in Engineering. Since 2016 he is responsible for the Industry 4.0 portfolio of Primetals Technologies.

Rolando Paolone


After graduating from the mechanical engineering program at the Arturo Malignani High School in Udine, Rolando Paolone joined Danieli in 1985 as a draftsman at Danieli Morgårdshammar –the long-product hot rolling mills division of the Danieli Group.

In 1989 Paolone became Team Leader of the design office, and five years later he was appointed design manager for the rolling mill finishing area, becoming technical director of the hot rolling mill division for long products in 2001.

Continuing his career in the long-product rolling mills, in 2006 he took the responsibility for leading the process and technological department, and three years later as EVP – technology for the division, which at that time started supplying also rail and heavy-section mills.

In 2014 he was appointed co-director of the Danieli Research Center, and since 2018 chief technology officer of the Danieli Group, member of the Danieli executive board and member of the Group executive board.

Also, he is chairman of Danieli Centro Combustion and SUND Birsta since 2020.

Presently, since November 2021, Rolando Paolone is CEO of Danieli plantmaking and CTO of the Danieli Group –plantmaking and steelmaking.

Santiago Bilinkis

Entrepreneur and technologist

Santiago Bilinkis is an entrepreneur and technologist. In the business world, he co-founded and led Officenet, the largest office supplies company in Argentina and Brazil, which was acquired by Staples Inc. a few years ago. He has also founded several other companies and actively participates in various civil society organizations. He is the author of the blog "Riesgo y Recompensa," one of the most widely read entrepreneurship blogs in the Spanish-speaking world.

Currently, he is a founding partner of Quasar Ventures, a technology company incubator. Passionate about science and technology, he was selected in 2010 to attend Singularity University at a NASA campus in Silicon Valley, where he had the opportunity to learn from leading scientists worldwide about the cutting-edge advancements in disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Biotechnology, Neuroscience, and Nanotechnology.

Currently, he is dedicated to promoting scientific outreach through talks and presentations, writing for print media, and hosting a column in Basta de todo, one of the most popular radio programs in Argentina. In 2013, he was featured in the Discovery Channel documentary 2111, alongside figures like Ray Kurzweil, James Canton, and Aubrey de Grey. He was recently recognized as a Prominent Personality in the field of Science and Technology by the City of Buenos Aires.

Santiago is an economist, graduated with a Gold Medal at “Universidad de San Andrés”. In recent years, he gave numerous speeches at universities such as MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Business School and for manycompanies and governmental entities. He recently published the book Pasaje al futuro, released by Penguin Random House (Sudamericana). He has also recently published the books Pasaje al futuro and Guía para sobrevivir al presente (Guide to Surviving the Present).

Martin schichtel

CEO – Kraftblock

Martin was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, in 1969. He graduated with a doctorate degree in Chemistry from the University of Saarland with a focus on Nanoparticle Composites and Smart Coatings. Martin founded Kraftblock together with his co-founder Susanne in 2014.

He filed his first patent in 1998 and has 20 years of experience in material development, production and sales. As the Head of the Department of Ceramics he developed the Department of Polymer Nanoparticle Composites at the Institute for New Materials, University of Saarland. Subsequently he headed the Smart Coatings division at ItN Nanovation AG.

Erika Bienek

Community Relations Director of the Techint Group

Erika Bienek is an Industrial Engineer, currently working as Community Relations Director of the Techint Group, which includes companies such as Tenaris, Ternium, Tecpetrol, and Techint Engineering Construction. The group has deep roots in the communities where it operates.

Since 2017, she has been responsible for supporting the Group’s mission, vision, and values by directing global nonprofit programs in 19 countries, with a focus on education and culture. Previously, she was Planning Manager and held positions in Commercial and Technical Coordination in the Pipe production area at Tenaris.

Hugo Barreto

Director of Nature and Culture-Based Solutions at Vale, being responsible for the Vale Fund, the Vale Natural Reserve, the Vale Institute of Technology (ITV), and the Vale Cultural Institute (ICV)

Previously, he held the position of Director of Sustainability and Social Investment within the company, where he led the initiative to protect and restore 500,000 hectares of forests beyond their boundaries. He also played a key role in implementing the NET Zero strategy, coordinating Vale’s Low Carbon Forum. Additionally, he served as the CEO of the Vale Foundation, overseeing projects in education, health, and income generation.

Barreto has led Vale’s strategy to promote culture, which now sponsors and supports more than 300 art and culture projects in Brazil. He also oversaw the repositioning of ITV as a Knowledge Center for the Amazon and the expansion of the Vale Fund as a platform to articulate and promote the company’s nature-based solutions initiatives and guidelines in conjunction with the Vale Natural Reserve.

From 2002 to 2018, he was the CEO of the Roberto Marinho Foundation, where he oversaw significant educational inclusion programs such as Telecurso, Canal Futura, Globo Ciência, and Globo Ecologia. He was also responsible for the creation of the Museum of Tomorrow, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, the Museum of Art of Rio, and the Football Museum.

Hugo Barreto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from PUC/RJ and served as the President of the Board of the GIFE (Group of Institutes, Foundations, and Companies). He is also a member of the Professional Council of the Master’s Program in Administration at the Dom Cabral Foundation.

Tatiana Nolasco

CEO of the ArcelorMittal Foundation and Açolab

Tatiana is native of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, and she is 43 years old. She is married and a mother of Rafael (9) and Paula (7). She holds a bachelor’s degree in production engineering from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and has an MBA in business administration with a specialization in management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

For the past 23 years, she has been working in the steel industry. Tatiana began her career at ArcelorMittal as an intern in the 2000s, joining on March 8th, which is symbolic as it is International Women’s Day. Throughout the years, she has held managerial positions in various areas including Competitiveness and Management, Planning and Logistics, Supplies, Rolling, and Technical Management and Quality.

 Tatiana Nolasco was the first female director of the industrial unit at ArcelorMittal in Brazil and Latin America, a position she held for three years.

In 2023, she took over as Head of ESG, Innovation, Technology and Business Transformation Department at ArcelorMittal . In charge of the Directorate of the Future (as the area is known), she also holds the positions of CEO of the ArcelorMittal Foundation and Açolab, the world’s first open innovation lab in the steel industry.

Marcelo Martinez Mosquera

President of the Energy Department of the Argentine Industrial Union
Marcelo Martinez Mosquera is a consultant in Global Energy and Energy Transition.
He is an Industrial Engineer from the “Universidad  de Buenos Aires” and holds a Master in Business from Stanford University.
He was part of the Techint Group for 50 years – 15 years in the steel companies and then he was the CEO of Tecpetrol SA for 18 years, since its creation.
He is a Boca Juniors fan.
Married, 4 children, 18 grandchildren.

Jefferson de Paula

President of ArcelorMittal Brasil, CEO of Longos and Mineração LATAM

Member of the ArcelorMittal Group Executive Committee, he has been working in the steel industry for over 36 years. He has been with the group since 1991, having held various executive positions in Brazil, Argentina, the Americas and Europe.

As an outsider to the ArcelorMittal group, Jefferson is currently vice-president of the board and member of the strategic council of the Associação das Indústrias do Estado de Minas Gerais (FIEMG), president of the board of directors of Instituto Aço Brasil and member of the executive council of Associação Latino-Brasil. American Steel (ALACERO).

Jefferson holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), and has executive training at business schools such as Fundação Dom Cabral (Brazil), Universidad Austral – IAE School of Business (Argentina), Insead (France) and Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University (USA).

Gabriel Mann dos Santos

Energy Commercialization Director at ENGIE Brazil Energia

Gabriel Mann is an experienced professional with proven expertise in the commercial field and 22 years of experience in the Brazilian electric sector. Since 2018, he has been the Energy Commercialization Director at ENGIE Brazil Energia, overseeing the areas of energy trading and marketing, market intelligence, and marketing.

He joined the company, at that time still “Gerasul”, in 2001, where he worked in the Business Development department, focusing on new power generation projects, including renewables sources. Later in 2009, managed the Energy Marketing and Sales department of ENGIE Brasil Energia in what was later called “Tractebel Energia,”being responsible for energy sales and purchases, customer care and client relationships with industrial and commercial clients of the company and other market players.

From 2015 to 2018, he worked as the Commercial and Innovation Director at ENGIE Brazil, responsible for developing the BtoC (business-to-customer), BtoB (business-to-business), and BtoT (business-to-territory) segments, as well as overseeing the company’s innovation activities in the country.

Gabriel holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Thermal Sciences) from the Universidade Federal of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil, and an MBA in Business Administration from Fundação Dom Cabral, in association with the Kellogg School of Management, USA. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the UFS and in Business Administration from the Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (Udesc), Brazil.