2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

What You Need to Know About Doing Business in Cuba

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon D
500 E 4th St


With recent shifts in U.S. policy, Cuba presents an opportunity to expand corporate revenues, foster entrepreneurship and stimulate the economy for the good of the people. However, the island nation presents a much more uniquely challenging marketplace for those seeking new business opportunities. The panel will provide first-hand insight needed to navigate the unique political, legal and reputational challenges of operating in one of the world’s most complex business environments. The panel will also discuss specific case studies of U.S. companies currently operating in Cuba and valuable lessons learned associated for companies and individuals with an interest in expanding business to Cuba.

Hashtags: #sxsw #cubanbiz


Alana Tummino at SXSW

Alana Tummino

Dir of Policy Sr Editor

America's Society/Council Of The Americas

Alana Tummino is director of policy and head of the Cuba Working Group at Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and a senior editor of the policy journal Americas Quarterly. In thes...

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Christopher Harvin at SXSW

Christopher Harvin


Sanitas International

With two decades of experience in the industry, Mr. Harvin has provided strategic communications solutions in over 60 countries. He is a founding Partner at Sanitas International, a global strategi...

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Matthew D Aho at SXSW

Matthew D Aho

Sr Consultant

Akerman Law Firm

Cuba presents unique challenges for all foreign investors—and for U.S. investors, in particular. Success requires holistic approaches that incorporate U.S. legal considerations, potential political...

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Tomas Bilbao at SXSW

Tomas Bilbao

Managing Dir

Avila Strategies LLC

Tomas Bilbao is Managing Director of Avila Strategies LLC a public affairs consultancy that protects and enhances clients’ reputations by anticipating risks, building strategic relationships with s...

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