Our Programs

Since its inauguration in March 2012, the Santiago Center has organized over 150 programs, mainly in Santiago, although it is also moving to decentralize operations by holding public events in the country’s regions outside of capital Santiago. Its activities have ranged from brown bag conversations with visiting faculty members to film festivals and from large conferences to information sessions about the programs and degrees offered by Columbia University. The Center has also organized programs on Campus, including visits by local government officials and scholars from Chilean universities.

In the context of Covid-19, programs have shifted online and the Center has focused on reaching our audience via webinars, with events including “Retail Industry in Crisis: Trends, Winners and Losers,” with Columbia Business School’s Director of Retail Studies, Mark A. Cohen; “Documenting Death: Obituaries During the Time of Coronavirus,” with journalism professors Bruce Shapiro and Ari Goldman; and “Rotating to the New...How Periods of Disruptions can be Periods of Opportunities,” with Venture for All instructor Daniel McQuade.

Past Santiago Center efforts include having five Chilean companies participate in the 2018-2019 version of the Columbia Business School’s Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America (ECLA) program, which targets entrepreneurs from mid-sized Latin American companies seeking to expand and better compete in today’s global environment.

And in 2018, the Santiago Center started offering an executive education course for the first time in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education. The one-day event, held in March, brought David Rogers, a globally recognized leader in digital business strategy and the bestselling author of The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age, to Chile to conduct a highly attended workshop targeting local executives.

If you are interested in collaborating in an academic program, please contact Chris Molinari.