Cornell University

Ricardo Martinelli, President of the Republic of Panama

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 5:15pm to 6:15pm

Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium

Ricardo Martinelli, president of the Republic of Panama, will discuss the economy and culture of his nation during the keynote address of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs 2013 Spring Colloquium Series.

This event is only open to members of the Cornell community. Admission is by ticket only; a limited number of tickets are available free of charge at the Willard Straight Hall ticket office (phone: 607 255-3450.)  PLEASE NOTE:  Bags and backpacks will NOT be allowed in the auditorium. All attendees and their personal belongings may be subject to search.

Members of the Cornell community, the public and media who cannot attend can access this event via live streaming at

Martinelli was elected president of Panama in 2009 in a landslide victory. Described as a kind-hearted humanist and visionary leader, Martinelli is also a successful businessman who owns “Super 99” one of the largest supermarket chains in his country.  In addition to his political and business interests, Martinelli served as director of the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, President of the Association of Food Merchants of Panama, the Italo-Panamanian Chamber and is a member of the Asociación Panameña de Ejecutivos de Empresa (Panamanian Association of Business Executives).

Martinelli’s visit is co-sponsored by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Relations, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.


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