He will officially assume the role during the BALAS 2024 Annual Conference in Brazil, which will take place in June.
By JOSÉ ANGEL DE LA PAZ | EGADE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Ricardo Buitrago, research professor at the Department of Strategy and Leadership of EGADE Business School - Tecnológico de Monterrey, was named President-Elect of the Business Association for Latin American Studies (BALAS).
The academic will officially assume this volunteer leadership role for two years during the BALAS 2024 Annual Conference, held from June 18 to 21 at FGV-EAESP in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“I am deeply honored to be appointed as BALAS President-Elect. I thank the executive committee and our current President, Urbi Garay, for trusting me with this important leadership role (...) As President-Elect and the eventual President, I aim to build upon the outstanding foundation laid by my predecessors. By further strengthening signature BALAS events, expanding our community outreach, and showcasing Latin America as a hub of world-class research, I truly believe we will unlock BALAS’ full potential impact,” Buitrago said via LinkedIn.
In addition to his current academic role, Buitrago is Executive Director of the Emerging Multinationals Research Network (EMRN) and an active member of organizations such as the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the IE-Scholars network.
He has held various leadership positions in Colombia and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in Latin America.
His research on international political economy, institutions, strategy, and international business has been widely recognized and respected in academia.
He was president of the organizing committee of the BALAS Annual Conference in 2020 when it was held virtually, and in 2023, when EGADE Business School hosted the event in Mexico City.
Founded in 1989, BALAS is an academic association focused exclusively on business and economics in Latin America and the Caribbean, whose objective is to promote research and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of Latin American issues that affect the business environment of national and transnational companies.