Mexico 2016 Speaker

LATAM

Adalberto Flores

CEO, Kueski

Adalberto is founder of Kueski. Through Kueski, Adalberto has been able to raise funding of over $38mdd from several of the major investors in the United States and Mexico, including CrunchFund, Victory Park Capital, etc. Previous to Kueski, Adalberto was Director of Operations at Ooyala in Mexico, where he created the second largest office globally after the corporate office in Silicon Valley. Adalberto has worked in China, Brasil, EUA and Mexico. He can talk, read and write in Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, English and Spanish. He holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems from Monterrey Tec, Guadalajara Campus. Adal was honoured as Entrepreneur of the Year by Endeavor Mexico in 2016. He was also recognized by Ernst & Young and CNN-Expansión as the Undergraduate of the Year in the Finance category (2007). He has received several national and international prizes, including the first place in the IntelMexico Challenge, and winning the competition E100 de Occidente (2012). He was also named as the most prominent industrial and systems engineer in Monterrey Tech in GDL (2012).

LATAM

Alan Colmenares

Partner technology Strategy Manager - Latam, Microsoft

Alan Colmenares has worked in Silicon Valley and Latin America for some of the most pioneering technological companies, such as Intel Capital, SCO and SAS institute. Currently he is Executive of Digital Transformation for new markets in Microsoft. Recently, as Executive for BBVA, he was part of the team that successfully completed de acquisition of a digital payments startup in Mexico called Openpay. He has been mentor of Endeavor for six years, as well as investor, advisor and shareholder of several startups, such as Tappsi and 1Doc3 among others. Alan has talked about Digital Innovation in conferences and tv programs like CNN in Spanish and Wobi.TV. Additionally, he writes about Digital Innovation for international publications such as NYTimes.com and VentureBeat and for his blog, TropicalGringo.com.

LATAM

Ariana Gomez Flores

Chief Innovation Officer, Fiinlab Innovation Lab powered by Gentera

Ariana has over 15 years experience working towards sustainable socio-economic development. Her passion to eradicate poverty and promote social mobility has led her to work in Latin America, Africa and Europe for international organizations, government agencies and the private sector, and to become an impact entrepreneur of both business and non-profit initiatives. She was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum in 2016. As Fiinlab's Chief Innovation Officer, she brings development expertise, strategic foresight and insights into the needs and pains of the people at the base of the pyramid to create client-centered innovative financial solutions. She’s passionate about achieving social mobility and financial inclusion through the power of disruptive technologies. Ariana studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at York University, holds a Masters in Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from IPADE Business School. She participated in The Boulder Institute of Microfinance Summer Program, and holds an Executive Diploma from Singularity University at NASA. A helpless bookworm and AI, VR/AR enthusiast, Ariana also loves traveling, cooking, Nature and being an activist for children's, women's and animals' rights.

US & RoW

Barry Silbert

Founder & CEO, Digital Currency Group

Barry Silbert is the Founder & CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), which builds and supports bitcoin and blockchain companies through its insights, network, and access to capital. Starting in 2012, Barry became one of the first and most active investors in the bitcoin space, providing seed funding for Coinbase, Ripple, BitPay, and a number of other companies who have gone on to define the industry. Today, DCG is comprised of Grayscale Investments, Genesis Trading, CoinDesk, and a portfolio of over 70 investments in 20 countries. Prior to DCG, Barry founded SecondMarket, which was acquired by Nasdaq in 2015. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Barry has received several honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.

US & RoW

Bill Cilluffo

Partner, QED Investors

Bill is a partner at QED Investors, a leading boutique FinTech Venture Capital firm. Bill is responsible for investments in Latin America, as well as the Wealth Management space within the US. Prior to joining QED in 2014, Bill spent nearly 20 years as an executive at Capital One. Prominent roles included: Head of Subprime credit cards, Deputy Chief Credit Officer, EVP of Co-Brand and Private Label Cards & President of Capital One International.

LATAM

Brayan Peralta

VP Digital Commerce LAC, Visa Inc.

Brayan Peralta is vice president of e-Commerce and Visa Checkout for Visa Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this position, he is responsible for business development and implementation of e-commerce initiatives in the region, including Visa Checkout, a service that helps consumers to pay, and merchants to accept payments online, easily and simple. Mr. Peralta leads the practice of e-commerce and works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The program responsibilities include leading the implementation of Visa Checkout in the region, continue laying the foundations of electronic commerce in the region through collaboration with issuers, support management risk programs of issuers and merchants, enable businesses and risk management programs, raise awareness to consumers and advocacy. Prior to his current position, Mr. Peralta was Associate Vice President of Consumer Products, responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy of money transfers in the region, including the launch of Visa Giro, a solution of remittances by using card. Mr. Peralta has had several positions at Visa, including Product Manager of Visa Cash and Visa Travel Money Manager, he also workes in the area of ​​Systems Operations Support at the company. Brayan Peralta has over 15 years experience in the finance and credit industry. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo en República Dominicana and has academic certificates of the University of South Carolina, the School of Business at Harvard, the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

LATAM

Diego Serebrisky

Managing Partner, Dalus Capital

Diego Serebrisky is an experienced and recognized investor in Latin America. Currently he is Managing Partner of Dalus Capital, a new early stage fund based in Mexico, as well as Managing Director at Alta Ventures since 2013. He invests in high growth Latin American companies innovating in technology and business models. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego was Managing Director at Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 years in their Mexico City office, and then relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where he launched and was Head of Advent’s Colombian office. Previously Diego worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, Johannesburg, South Africa and New York City providing strategy advise to large clients. Diego is a member of the Board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity Association, where he was president during 2008 and 2009. He participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. He writes a blog on entrepreneurship and venture capital at serebrisky.com. Diego has a degree in Computer Engineer, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; also holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management,MIT.

LATAM

Enrique Majós

CEO, Gentera

With more than 23 years of experience in the financial industry, Enrique Majos is the CEO of Gentera. Prior to his current position, he has been CEO of Banco Compartamos, CEO of Gentera’s Financial Services, and CEO of Gentera’s innovation lab for financial inclusion, FIINLAB. Before joining Gentera, he worked for 10 years at Citibank Mexico and Citibanamex in the Consumer Banking Division. Enrique Majos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Universidad Panamericana and an MBA from IPADE Business School, including an exchange program at University of Southern California (USC). He has been speaker at North Western University, New York University, Columbia University, Wharton University, Instituto Tecnologico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and EGADE Business School. Additionally, he has participated in several executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg University, and The Boulder Institute of Microfinance.

US & RoW

Eric Rosenthal

Head of Global Business Development, Abra

Eric is the Head of Global Business Development for Abra, is the world’s first digital cash remittance network for any smartphone.  Abra enables free cross border and domestic money transfers and payments between any two smartphones or an Abra user any online merchant in the world instantaneously and for free. Abra is the only full interoperable non-card based mobile money application in existence.    Eric is a Fintech and Emerging Markets veteran who has spent the last ten years working across Latin America, Asia and Europe prior to returning to his home country, the US. Eric has worked for in corporate venture capital for First Data and Citigroup where he led partnerships with, and investments in Fintech start-ups and other emerging payments and technology companies, including helping define First Data’s role in launching Apple Pay and leading its investment in MineralTree, a B2B Payments company. While at McKinsey & Co. Eric worked with private equity firms, banks and public institutions and is credited for co-publishing “Venture capital as a path to innovation in payments" in the McKinsey on Payments quarterly. Eric is an advisor to the Peruvian based eCommerce company, Magnolia and the California based advanced banking analytics company CuNexus.   Before becoming fully focused on Fintech, Eric spent numerous years working in international development with the the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the US government and the Spanish government. Eric has MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  When Eric is not on a plane or working, he is riding a bike, eating ceviche and spending time with his Peruvian wife and China-born Spanish speaking half-American/half Peruvian son.

LATAM

Federico Antoni

Managing Partner, ALLVP

Federico is within the most notable figures and relevant early capital investors in Mexico’s ecosystem. He gained extensive experience at launching businesses in South America and exploiting the e-commerce space. He had senior management positions in large and complex organizations. In 2012, Federico co-founded ALLVP and has been MP since then. He is also Chairman of the board at Carrot and board member of Cuidate, Click, Aventones, Petsy and UHMA. Additionally, he co-founded Venture Institute, a business acceleration program, and Fondeadora, the leading crowdfunding platform in the country. Federico was CEO in Edoardos, a fashion group listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with more than 100 outlets. Before Edoardos, he worked in Marketing and Product Development at L'Oréal in the Luxury Products Division in Paris, France. Prior to that, he was SVP of E- Commerce Division of Grupo Televisa. Federico participated in launching Submarino in Mexico, a leading e-Commerce portal in Latin America, serving as its CMO. He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and an BA in Applied Economics from the University Paris Dauphine.

LATAM

Flavio Pripas

Managing Director, CUBO

ominated as one of the "Most Creative People in Business 2012" by FastCompany, Flavio is leading CUBO - a transformational project to foster entrepreneurship in Brazil, sponsored by Itau Bank and RedPoint eVentures. Prior to this project Flavio launched two companies and had extensive experience in the corporate environment as JPMorgan’s IT Head in Brazil, Credit-Suisse Hedging-Griffo development head and JPMC Vastera Latin America IT Head. Flavio was responsible for the first full-web Supply Chain Management System in Latin America in 1997. Flavio has a B.S. in Computer Science and a MBA from FGV/SP.

LATAM

Francisco Meré

CEO and Co-Founder, Bankaool

Francisco Meré is Co-Founder and CEO of Bankaool, S. A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, the first digital bank without branches in Mexico. Prior to the foundation of Bankaool, he was General Director of Agrofinanzas, Sofol, a company that was awarded by the G20 as one of the 15 leading companies in inclusive business innovation. Also, the history and the innovative business model was recognized by the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. Francisco Meré was also General Director of FIRA, background leading banks development in financing agribusiness. Its management was recognized with a "case study" by the School of Business at Harvard University. Also within the public sector he was the General Director of the Bank Development at Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público and held various positions at Banco de México. At the international level, Francisco Meré was Director of Energy and Natural Resources of the french bank Société Général; consultant for the International Monetary Fund to the Government of Colombia as well as foreign associate in the law firm of New York Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Francisco Meré has been a board member of more than 14 financial institutions; also of International Agribusiness Management Association and of the Financial Alliance for Sustainable Trade. In 2013 he received the Inclusive Business Leader recognition of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He is vice president of the Mexico Fintech Association, as well as co-author in the book "The Fintech Book" presented in March 2016 in London, UK. Francisco Meré graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in NY, as well as master's degree in public policy from the same university in NY and is a graduate of Singularity University.

LATAM

Gerardo Obregón

Founder & General Manager, Prestadero.com

Gerardo Obregon is a chemical engineer graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with engineering studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and finance studies at Stanford, USA Gerardo founded Yeah Baby Solutions, SA de CV in 2007, a trading company; Beef Mart in 2009, retail shop selling meat; and Prestadero in 2011, the leading platform for loans from person to person in Mexico. Gerardo is certified as a professional project manager to the "Project Management Institute". Before founding Prestadero, Gerardo worked in Impulso Business Group as project manager and manager of the Strategic Project Office, and iCrete, concrete technology company based in Los Angeles, CA. Gerardo has won several awards for entrepreneurship, as one of the top 20 enterprises in 2014 by CNN-Expansion and one of the top 20 enterprises by Pitchbull. Gerardo is a contributor to Executive World for finance section and was recently appointed by the office of the Presidency of the Republic as one of the Digital Leaders country.

LATAM

Hugo Nájera

Head of Business Development Mexico, BBVA Bancomer

Hugo is Head of Business Development Mexico in BBVA Bancomer. He is responsible of the development and evolution of the value proposition for retail banking in Mexico. Also an expert in digital solutions development and disruptive transformation promoter in the financial industry. Currently he is in charge of the Solutions, Products, Asset Management, Payments, SMEs, Marketing, Distribution Models, Alternative Channels, CRM, Big Data and Innovation. Previously he was the Chief Innovation Officer for BBVA Group (Spain). His responsibilities were the rise of innovation inside the Group and the identification of projects to promote the expansion of Banking advance-guard and global proposals. During his career, he has been on charge of business units like Capital Markets, Institutional Investments, e-Business, Alternate Channels, Innovation and Business Development, allowing him to create a transversal vision of Banking. Hugo Nájera has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.

LATAM

Ignacio Aldonza

Financial Services Segment Partner Leader, EY

Ignacio has recently joined EY as Financial Services Segment Partner Leader with responsibilities over FS strategic planning, recruiting the right talent to grow the local team and strengthening the digital transformation practice. Ignacio has more than 30 years of experience in retail, corporate, investment and private banking. Working in Spain, Mexico, and across Latin America, he has developed sustainable solutions for global banking clients that include redesigning portfolio management, asset management and pension fund systems. As a Corporate Director of Technology, Operations, and Transformation at BBVA, he was responsible for the succesful internationalisation of the bank and its Capital Markets expansion in Latin America. Throughout his career, Ignacio has successfully built and led large delivery teams across the Americas, ensuring effective relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries are in place. His main areas of expertise include developing tailored client centred solutions in Digital, analytics, transformation and cybersecurity for Customer Experience, Servicing, and Cost Efficiency Programmes.

US & RoW

Jackie Hyland

Director Latin America - Silicon Valley Bank

Jackie Hyland is a director on Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Gateway team, which was established to work with innovation companies and their investors in international and emerging technology-focused markets. Leveraging her years of experience in Latin America, Jackie handles business development and manages SVB client relationships with venture capital investors and entrepreneurs in the region. Jackie joined SVB after leading deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America as an investment associate with Venture Lab. Jackie has also worked at Compass Group Asset Management in Mexico City where she was part of the real estate private equity team, and Angel Ventures Mexico as a Fulbright Binational Business Scholar, where she managed deal analysis and strategic entrepreneurial initiatives with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jackie founded a women’s entrepreneurial mentoring program in Panama in partnership with Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in international relations and journalism from Baylor University and a graduate certificate in business from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

US & RoW

Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

Responsible for driving research and providing advisory to C-level executives in the financial services industry in themes such as fintech, insurtech, innovation, emerging technology and business transformation. His work includes advising firms based in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Juan’s career spans more than 25 years in the insurance and banking IT industries. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, contributor to many conferences, and evaluator for technology competitions such as BBVA Open Talent and Finnosummit Challenge. He has also mentoring experience in diverse industries. Prior to joining Celent, Juan was Corporate Vice President at Sistran, where he directly contributed to expanding its presence throughout 14 countries, including the US and key Latin American markets of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean. He brings a deep understanding of core and noncore systems projects and operational business models. Juan also brings to the practice a deep expertise in HR transformation. Before joining Celent, he advised and helped execute a new HR strategy for a group of 450 IT employees working throughout the Latin American region. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Catolica Argentina. His background includes several roles in cross-border, multicultural environments.

US & RoW

Julie Ruvolo

Director of Venture Capital Strategy, LAVCA

Julie is Director of Venture Capital at LAVCA, the Latin American Private Capital Association, a non-profit membership organization comprised of over 180 firms that control assets in excess of US$65b directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. In this role, she manages venture investor and tech relationships in Latin America and globally, as well as oversees venture-related educational programs and digital content. Prior to joining LAVCA, Julie covered tech and innovation in Brazil as a journalist for TechCrunch, Fusion, Buzzfeed, GOOD Magazine, Advertising Age, and The Atlantic’s CityLab.com. Until 2010, she served as COO of Solvate, a venture-backed startup she co-founded to provide startups on-demand access to exceptional talent, and was an active member of the community of women in digital in New York City. Julie started her career at Sequoia-backed advertising network AdBrite, pioneering relationships with agencies and brand advertisers, and served as the Director of Advertising for DivX, a video technology company. She received her B.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University in 2004 with honors distinction for research conducted in Rio de Janeiro.

LATAM

Manuel Rivero

CEO, Banregio

Manuel Rivero Zambrano serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Regional de Monterrey, the main subsidiary of Banregio Grupo Financiero, S.A.B. de C.V. He has been a Director of the Company's Board since June 2011, and has served as Chief Operations Officer and as Chief Financial Officer in Banregio. He has played a key role in the definition and execution of the Financial Group's strategic plan, including the development and acquisition of new lines of business. Manuel Rivero Zambrano holds over 14 years of experience in the financial sector and has served in various management positions within Banregio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

US & RoW

Miguel Herrera

Partner, Quona Capital

Miguel Herrera is Co-Founder and Partner of Quona Capital, a venture firm focused on financial technology for inclusion in emerging markets. Miguel is responsible for the Andean Region. Before co-founding Quona, Miguel was a Principal at Accion Frontier Investments and prior to joining Frontier in 2010, Miguel worked for four years for the investment manager of AINV, an Accion-sponsored private equity fund dedicated to investing in microfinance institutions. During his tenure there Miguel sourced, executed, and managed investments in Central and South America and served on the boards of well known MFIs such as Banco Solidario (Ecuador), Mibanco (Peru), and BancoSol (Bolivia), among others. Until 2006, Miguel was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Fixed Income Capital Markets Division, where he provided currency and interest rate risk management advisory services to financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. While at Citigroup, Miguel was introduced to microfinance through his role in the restructuring and turnaround of Accion Chicago as the Board’s Chair of Operations. Miguel began his finance career with Banco Wiese’s Investment Banking Division in Peru in the early 90s. Miguel currently serves on the boards of GloboKas (Peru), Konfío (Mexico) and Tiaxa (Chile), and was previously Chairman of the Board of MFX Solutions, an industry initiative providing hedging services to microfinance institutions globally. Miguel grew up in Peru and later moved to Canada where he earned his BAH in Economics from Queen’s University and MBA from Simon Fraser University. Miguel lives in Lima with his wife and two children.

LATAM

Narciso Campos Cuevas

Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings of the Mexican Ministry of Finance (SHCP)

Narciso Campos Cuevas was appointed Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings of the Mexican Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) on January 1, 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Campos is responsible -among other matters- for the development of public policies and regulation for financial activities and financial institutions. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Campos practiced law as a local partner for White & Case in Mexico City, where he worked from 2002 to 2012. His private practice was focused on capital markets, financings, mergers & acquisitions and financial regulation. Mr. Campos attended the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Campus Monterrey, where he graduated as an Attorney-in-Law in May 2000 and also attended EGADE Business School, where he obtained a degree as Master of Science in Finance in 2002.

EU

Nektarios Liolios

Co-founder, Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech

Nektarios is co-founder and CEO of Rainmaking Colab, part of Rainmaking, the global cooperative of entrepreneurs, leading innovation programs across the financial services sector. He is also co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp FinTech. Working to address the relationship between corporates and startups, Nektarios works closely with industry partners and investors for the Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech programs in London, New York, Singapore, Mumbai and Mexico City. Prior to his current role, he led SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge, facilitating interaction between startups and financial institutions. Driven by entrepreneurship, collaboration and the desire to change the industry, Nektarios is a global nomad, travel geek, and sneaker freaker.

US & RoW

Paul Ahlstrom

Co-founder, Alta Ventures

Paul is co-founder of Alta Growth Capital and Alta Ventures, both based in Mexico. Paul's passion is supporting the growth of Latin America's vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem and has invested into more than 30 promising companies focused on Mexico and Latin America. Paul has operated on both sides of the table as a venture backed entrepreneur and now as an investor. After directly observing the patterns of startup success and failure of more than 100 startup investments over the past 15 years, he noticed some amazing patterns of entrepreneurs that had the habit of getting it right. Paul distilled these observations on how to increase the odds of getting it right in the book Nail It then Scale It. He received his BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and received an honorary Doctorate from the Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel.

LATAM

Rodrigo Ocejo

CEO and Founder, Kuspit

Rodrigo Ocejo is the Founder and CEO of Kuspit, the first 100% online broker dealer in Mexico. He is also the Managing Partner of Zagax Capital, an investment solutions firm working deeply with innovative startups. In the past, he was a Managing Director in the International Capital Markets Group at Bear Stearns. Before his time at Bear Stearns, Mr. Ocejo headed ABN AMRO’s Financial Institutions and Public Sector Group in Mexico, a position he took after working as CFO for Cintra, the holding company of Aeromexico and Mexicana, the two largest Mexican airlines. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Ocejo held positions in Mexico at both Pemex as Deputy Manager of Financial Engineering and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit as Director of External Debt, in charge of the country’s debt issuance and financial risk management in the international markets. Mr. Ocejo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.

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