Robert Capurro & Ricardo Carioni
Canning House & Latin American Trade & Investment Association (LATIA)
Born and brought up in Bogotá, Robert was subsequently educated in the UK at The King’s School Canterbury and King’s College London. Graduating in 1983, Robert embarked upon a career in international corporate insurance broking which included stints with Barclays, A&A, Sedgwick, Aon, Willis and JLT in The City of London as well as senior management positions based in Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Santiago de Chile.
Throughout this period, Robert specialised in insurance for major multinational companies as well as large single risks across many sectors including manufacturing, hotels, marine, energy, construction, pulp and paper, forestry, mining, water utilities and business to business services. In addition to 26 years in insurance, Robert was also Director of Sales for Latin America and Caribbean for 4 years for Mabey Bridge, developing high technology modular steel rural, emergency and highway bridge projects throughout the region.
Robert joined Canning House in 2013 combining his knowledge of and passion for Latin America and Iberia with a strong commercial business background for the purpose of driving the organisation into a new era of increased activity, relevance and growth in line with the rising importance and profile of Latin America.
Ricardo is the Director of the Latin American Trade and Investment Association (LATIA), the only association in the U.K. whose members are the Trade and Investment agencies and Embassies of 19 Latin American countries.
Ricardo is the Deputy Ambassador of Nicaragua to the U.K. and to Ireland. As the key advisor to the Ambassador, he is the chief of staff and heads the political, economic, public affairs and consular sections at the embassy. He is also head of Investment, Trade, Commerce, Cultural and Tourism promotion.
Ricardo is the representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, the International Coffee Organization and the International Sugar Organization.
Prior to embarking on his diplomatic career, Ricardo spearheaded content and editorial operations for TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, for all the Asian language sites, while based in APAC headquarters in Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing. Previously he oversaw operations for all the European and Latin American language sites, based in Soho Square.
Ricardo started his career in the U.K. with William Hill, as Spanish Territory Manager, successfully developing the brand and the business in the Spanish territory, launching the company’s first Spanish language site and leading content publishing operations from the Leeds, Tel Aviv and Gibraltar offices.
Why Latin America matters
Keys reasons and facts why Latin America is too important a market to ignore.