Tuesday July 28, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Kirk Laughlin 
Nearshore Americas 

Webinar: Cuba- Facts and Fiction Inside the Nearshore’s Newest Outsourcing Destination 

Ever since President Obama’s historic move to reconcile with Cuba, there has been lively debate about Cuba’s readiness to become a new offshore services destination. Nearshore Americas initiated a research study in March to test, probe and examine what Cuba really has to offer, and how far it has to mature in order to become a country truly ready to support outsourcing services. Our July 28th webinar offers a revealing look into the Cuba ICT market, as Nearshore Americas’ Research Director Sean Goforth shares insights from the new Nearshore Americas’ Cuba research. The webinar will feature:

  • Current market conditions, and insight on expanding software exports sector
  • True picture on the state of telecommunications, both wired and wireless infrastructure
  • Government enablement: Does the Cuban government want an outsourcing industry?
  • Human capital review, survey results: Over 300 Cuban ICT professionals took part in a NSAM survey in May, learn what they said
  • Key predictions on how the Cuba outsourcing market will evolve, and who the winners will be


This program is designed to help you and your business prepare to do business in Cuba – don’t miss it!



Sean Goforth

Director of Research, Nearshore Americas

Sean Goforth is Director of Research at Nearshore Americas, where he oversees analysis of Latin American markets as hosts of outsourcing investment. His writings have been published in The National InterestWorld Politics Review, and the Foreign Policy Association, among other outlets. He is the author of Axis of Unity: Venezuela, Iran & The Threat to America (Potomac Books, 2011). Sean is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


Alex Aguilar: Cuban Programmer and Special Guest Speaker

Alex Aguilar originally hails from Camaguey and is a 2004 graduate of Polytechnic Jose Antonio Echeverria, one of Cuba’s leading universities. After graduation, Alex worked on a number of projects in Cuba until he moved to Chile to work as a software engineer for an IT company. He primarily works on web and mobile development, mainly PHP, django and Android, and his work on various projects has led him to travel to Austria, Mexico, South Korea and Germany.

Kirk Laughlin

Managing Director, Nearshore Americas

Kirk Laughlin is managing director and founder of the Nearshore Americas – the widely respected media and research group which examines the emergence of Latin America as a global leader for outsourcing services and knowledge-based industries. He has emerged as one of the foremost thought-leaders on the expansion of cross-border trade and ICT and global services investment in the Americas. He speaks regularly at conferences throughout the Americas and consults with both corporate ‘buy-side’ and vendor organizations in developing and executing transformational and strategic objectives in the Latin America region.

Earlier, Kirk was a VP and Managing Director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, based in New York City. Nearshore Americas has offices in Connecticut, Mexico City and Costa Rica.


Bianca Wright

Managing Editor, Nearshore Americas

Bianca Wright is an award-winning journalist whose work has spanned consumer and trade magazines and websites in the US, the UK, Australia, South Africa and Europe. Today she harnesses her background in writing about IT, and her passion for explaining innovation across Latin America and the Caribbean, to investigate the issues of interest to readers ofNearshore Americas. Since January 2015, when Bianca took on the position of Managing Editor of Nearshore Americas, she has worked to drive the evolving vision for www.nearshoreamericas.com.

Bianca holds an MS in Science and Technology Journalism and a PhD in Media Studies