Panama President Ricardo Martinelli spoke at Cornell on April 11, 2013 as the keynote address of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) 2013 Spring Colloquium Series.

Elected president of Panama in 2009 in a landslide victory, Martinelli owns a supermarket chain in Panama. He served as director of the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce, president of the Association of Food Merchants of Panama and the Italo-Panamanian Chamber, and is a member of the Panamanian Association of Business Executives.

Martinelli's visit is sponsored by CIPA and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Relations, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latin American Studies Program and Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.