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Casanova among top Ibero-American intellectuals

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Melissa Osgood
Lourdes Casanova

Lourdes Casanova, senior lecturer and academic director of the Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, was named one of the 50 Most Influential Intellectuals in Iberoamerica for the second year in a row by the online publication esglobal.

In December of last year, she was selected for the list, which comprises outstanding intellectuals in their field of study from former colonies of Spain and Portugal in the Americas.

This year’s list is one of the most diverse to date and includes two Nobel Prize winners and “continues to celebrate writers and journalists, but there are also people from the world of cinema, music, anthropology, fine arts, business and ecology.”

“My award recognizes the growing importance of Latin American economies and businesses,” said Casanova. “It is again a true privilege to share the recognition with so many distinguished leaders whom I admire.”

Born in Spain and educated in the United States and Spain, Casanova specializes in international business with a focus on Latin America and multinationals from emerging markets. She is co-author of “The Political Economy of an Emerging Global Power: In Search of the Brazil Dream,” (2014), coauthor of “Innovalatino, Fostering Innovation in Latin America,” 2011 and author of “Global Latinas: Latin America’s emerging multinationals” (2009).

This year’s winners are experts in the fields of economics, history, literature, journalism, art, activism and sociology, from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Sarah Magnus-Sharpe is director of public relations and communications at Johnson.

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