Mexico 2019 Speaker


Adalberto Flores

CEO, Kueski

Adalberto is the founder of Kueski, the leading online lending platform in Mexico and Latin-America. Through Kueski, Adalberto has raised funds of leading investors form the USA and México, including Tuesday Capital, Victory Park Capital, Rise Capital, AVM and Variv Capital. Adalberto was named Businessman of the year in Mexico in 2016 by Endeavor. He was also awarded the top prize at the Intel Entrepreneurship Challenge in Mexico (2009) the top prize in the E100 Mexico West Entrepreneurship Recognition (2012) amongst others.


Adalberto Palma

President, National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV)

Biochemical Engineer, he has extensive experience in the financial sector, the stock market and investment banking. He has held various positions as President of CONAMIC, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute. In Mexico he was an Independent Member of IPAB from 1999 to 2003. President of the Bankers Trust for Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela, from 1994 to 1999. His extensive experience and deep knowledge of the Mexican Financial System, he has the certainty of requiring the sector for its stability and proper functioning, and the pillar of a system supervision that seeks its development and allows its benefits to be accessible to more Mexicans.

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Adriana Saman

Fintech Venture Capital, Clocktower Ventures

Adriana es inversionista en Clocktower Ventures, fondo enfocado en invertir en startups de fintech y basado en Santa Monica, California. Previo a Clocktower, Adriana fue parte del grupo de Estrategia de Pagos Digitales en Chase, donde trabajó con todos los productos de pagos para consumidores desde el punto de vista estratégico, desarrollando roadmaps y business cases en conjunto con los equipos que lideraban cada producto. Antes de Pagos Digitales, Adriana fue Analista de Banca de Inversión en J.P. Morgan, cubriendo fusiones y adquisiciones en Latinoamérica. Adriana es de Ecuador y tiene un BA en Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Pensilvania.


Alejandro Maldonado

Innovation Director, Santander Mexico

Alejandro is a technology, innovation and financial inclusion promoter with more than 10 years of experience in the Mexican financial sector. Former Managing Director of the National Pension Commission (CONSAR), he led the implementation of the digitalization and financial inclusion strategy for the Mexican retirement savings system. This included the development of an innovative and inclusive regulation framework (GovTech+RegTech), digital file and biometric authentication, remote services in retail establishments, the AforeMovil App, and the application of behavioral economics and digital supervision tools (SupTech).  Before joining CONSAR, he worked in risk analysis, supervision and digital payment projects at the National Banking Commission (CNBV); and he also led the IT governance area in a private pension fund. Alejandro recently joined to the Innovation team in Santander Bank Mexico.


Álvaro Rodriguez Arregui

Co-founder and Managing Partner, IGNIA

Alvaro is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA, which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), America’s largest microfinance institution, and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of ACCION International, a U.S. based global non-for-profit pioneer of microfinance. Alvaro also participates in the following: Advisory Board Member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Harvard Business School Latin America Advisory Board; the Social Progress Imperative (cofounder and Board Member); ITAM Epic Entrepreneurship Center (Advisory Board); Oxford University Saïd Business School Global Council; Duke University CASE Initiative on Impact Investing (CASE i3 – Advisory Board); and as a mentor of Endeavor Global. Alvaro formerly served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitro; Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides and Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Elektra. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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Andrea Marcos

Credit & Risk Manager, Tala

Andrea is a passionate credit and strategy analyst on a mission to make the world a better place for those living on the base of the socio-economic pyramid. She's currently a Risk and Credit Manager at Tala, a data science and alternative credit scoring company bringing financial access to the emerging middle class, where she oversees the Mexico and Philippines portfolios. Previously, she was a Business Analyst at ZestFinance, another fintech start-up based in Los Angeles, CA where she ran credit risk analytics and mail marketing for an online lender. Andrea's academic background is in Mathematics and Sociology from Northwestern University, where she obtained a Bachelors degree with honors from the highly-selective Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS) program, and a Master of Science in Applied Finance (MSAF) from Pepperdine University.

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Andrew Boyajian

Head of Banking North America, TransferWise

Andrew is the Head of North American Banking for TransferWise, a new kind of financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally. At TransferWise, he leads financial partnerships by closely studying existing banking infrastructures and unearthing solutions that better match or exceed customer expectations. Prior to TransferWise, he served as Director of International and Payments at Kickstarter, where he was instrumental in turning a nascent North American idea into an international phenomenon, launching the crowdfunding platform in 17 new markets. He graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BS in International Business and began his career with Financial Operations roles at Google and Eventbrite. Andrew lives in Brooklyn and in his downtime, he hopes to step foot on the last one or two continents that he hasn’t explored yet.

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Andrew McFarlane

Managing Director, Accenture Financial Services

Andrew joined Accenture in April 2012, and is a Managing Director with significant experience of leading large-scale transformation programs. Highly relevant experience with Andrew leading the Customer Migration workstream for a number of complex programmes, e.g. Chip & PIN. Global Open Banking Lead for Accenture, co-ordinating and driving our efforts for Open Banking across divisions and regions EALA PSD2 Lead for Accenture, and Head of the Irish Payments Centre of Excellence focusing on PSD2, SEPA & Payment Innovation


Ángel Sahagún

Founder, albo

Entrepreneur and investor with the personal mission of developing technology to improve people’s lives. Since 2009 Ángel has been an active member in technology companies. He started as Development Director for mobile apps. In 2010 founds a mobile app focused on personal finances, that allowed the user to associate different bank accounts to gain control over incomes and expenses. Based on that experience, he decides to found in 2014, a company with the mission of simplify and make transparent the process while receiving, transferring and spending money. Currently he is Founder & Head of Business of and investor at

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Arjuna Costa

Managing Partner, Flourish Ventures

Arjuna Costa is driven by a deep compassion for vulnerable populations across the globe, and partners with entrepreneurs using innovative technologies to enhance their customers’ financial well-being. He co-manages Flourish, with a primary focus on venture investing across emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Before Flourish, Arjuna was a partner at Omidyar Network, where he built a global portfolio of early-stage, inclusive fintech companies. Prior to that, Arjuna developed a deep understanding of the potential to radically alter traditional “brick-and-mortar” economics through mobile money solutions for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, he invested equity and debt in consumer finance companies in emerging markets at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets investment firm. In 2003, Arjuna cofounded a $120-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks in Africa. The fund grew out of advising governments on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years financing power plants and airports globally. Arjuna earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in computer science from Columbia University.

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Ashim Banerjee

CEO, IDMission

Ashim Banerjee is CEO of IDmission. He has spent over 25 years delivering financial inclusion products to financial services institutions globally. IDmission is operating large scale digital transformation programs in Mexico, Honduras and Myanmar. Myanmar (formerly known as Burma, has a population of 53 million people) is particularly noteworthy as IDmission has embarked on a nationwide digital financial inclusion program with KBZ (the country’s largest Bank) with the ambitious goal of going from 18% to 100% financial inclusion in 3 years. As evidence of progress, IDmission has helped KBZ open 3 million new accounts in the last 9 months. IDmission continues proudly on its mission of Empowering Identity through expanded, digital access to financial services. IDmission has processed over 50 million digitally identities thus far, and we look forward to continued service in more countries in Latin America. Prior to founding IDmission, Ashim was CIO for TSYS Merchant Services (NYSE:TSS).

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Bárbara Magnoni

President, EA Consultants

Barbara is Co-Founder of MeXCo Soluciones and President of EA Consultants. She has more than 23 years of experience in promoting financial inclusion globally advising financial institutions, public and private entities such as the IDB, World Bank, AXA, JUMO and the City of New York among others, to ensure that users of financial services have access to adequate, responsible products that have impact in a sustainable manner. In January 2019, she launched MeXCo Soluciones in Mexico in order to expand access and use of new financial technologies to all segments of the population. MeXCo uses a trusted sales force, Noahuis (aunts in the traditional Nahuatl language), who are over 40 years old, to offer, onboard, and promote the use of new financial technologies. They accompany the client throughout the process to ensure that they value and use the products. Through its data collection in the field, MeXCo helps financial technology companies strengthen their value proposition towards the end customer.

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Ben Knelman

CEO / Co-Founder, Juntos

Ben Knelman is the CEO and co-founder of Juntos, a global technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley that is used by financial institutions around the world to build stronger digital relationships with millions of their retail customers. Named one of The World Economic Forum’s “Global Shapers”, Ben has a background in User-Centric Product Development, Literature, and Economics. He grew up in Minnesota and earned his Bachelors and Masters at Stanford, where Juntos began at the Stanford

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Bill Cilluffo

Partner, QED Investors

Bill is a partner at QED Investors, a leading boutique FinTech Venture Capital firm. ( Bill leads our International investments, focusing on Latin America and the UK. 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.

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Caribou Honig

Chairman and Cofounder, HR Transform & InsureTech Connect

Caribou Honig enjoys pursuing harebrained ideas and supporting the creation of new businesses. He is Chairman & Cofounder of the InsureTech Connect conference, the largest event of its type bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and innovation executives. He is also cofounder of the HR Transform conference focused on the impact of technology on the workplace, and, a catalog of insurance-related APIs. He previously cofounded QED Investors, a boutique venture capital firm focused on data-driven companies. Caribou and his wife live in Richmond, Virginia with their two children and two occasionally annoying dogs.


Carlos Marmolejo

Head of Innovation, Santander Mexico

Over 17 years of experience working with Mexican Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV). He introduced measures based on Token devices that reduced internet banking fraud by 90%. He issued electronic banking regulation that includes ATM and POS transactions and mobile payments, initiating branchless banking and the Financial Inclusion Program in Mexico. Former Vice President of Operations of the National Pension Commission (CONSAR), he was responsible for the supervision and regulation of more than 60 million retirement savings accounts in Mexico. He introduced different security and operational measures to protect these accounts, a program to facilitate domestic deposits in commercial establishments and the digitalization of the retirement system. Carlos was awarded whit the Inter-American Award (IADB) in Financial and Entrepreneurial Innovation for the development of AforeMovil, an App that allows millions of Mexicans to open and manage their retirement account. In may 2018 he obtained the position of Head of Innovation at Banco Santander Mexico, where he is developing a digital payment strategy to achieve greater financial inclusion and enable more people to pay for their services through their phones. He is responsible to allow the Bank and Fintechs work together to innovate the customer experience.


Carlos Orta

Partner and Functional Leader of Regulatory Risk, Deloitte LatAm

Partner and Functional Leader of Regulatory Risk at S-LATAM. Carlos provides services regarding regulatory strategy, compliance and regulatory response. Before joining Deloitte, Carlos was Vice-president for Regulatory Policy at the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) where he managed the Divisions of Regulatory Development, Economic Studies, International Affairs and Financial Inclusion. He was member of the board of the CNBV, served as Executive Secretary of the National Council for Financial Inclusion, was member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, permanent guest of the Financial System Stability Council and founding member of the Inter-Institutional Committee of the Fintech Law. Recently he had an active participation in the design of the Mexican Fintech Law and was responsible for the development of secondary regulation for Financial Technology Institutions. In his work in the financial industry, he was responsible for the credit risk management at the Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers (INFONAVIT, the largest mortgage bank in Mexico). Carlos Orta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a MSc Degree in Money, Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK.


Carlos Zozaya

Area Director, Grupo BAL/ITAM

Carlos is Area Director in Técnica Administrativa BAL, the corporate unit of Grupo BAL. Previously, he was CIO of Grupo Nacional Provincial (2003-2015) and Dean of the Engineeering School of ITAM (1992-2003). Last year he was interim CIO of El Palacio de Hierro (May-Jul. 2018). He obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Metropolitan Autonomous University, and a Master's and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. In 1999, he completed the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the book "Knowledge Based Process Planning for Construction and Manufacturing" (Academic Press 1989), of 25 articles published in international refereed journals and conferences and of four chapters in books published by international publishers, as well as co-editor of a couple of books published by the Mexican Academy of Informatics in 2016 and 2018. In 1981 he received the National Youth Award from the President of México. In 2015 he was named "Distinguished Bachelor’s Graduate" by the Metropolitan Autonomous University 40 years after its foundation. He has been a member of the National System of Researchers and President of the Mexican Academy of Informatics.


CEO, Kayum

Agustin Aramburu is Founder and CEO of Kayum, the first Health Insurance and Uber Insurance online broker in Mexico. Previously, he was Personal Lines Motor Director and Ecommerce Director at AXA Mexico; his background is in Product Management in telecom and technology companies like Iusacell, America Online, Avantel and Unisys. He started his career as Artificial Intelligence programmer at UNAM, where he also studied Mathematics.


Christine Chang

Program Director, Startupbootcamp Scale FinTech Mexico City

Christine is Finnovista’s program director for Startupbootcamp Scale, working with growth-stage FinTech start-ups looking to expand into Mexico. Driven by a continual desire to learn, evolve and build things, she moved to Mexico in 2015 convinced that Latin America and emerging markets are the breeding grounds for authentic, impactful innovation that comes out of organic need and great ambitions. Christine has worked on a variety of projects related to transformation, growth and strategy execution over 15 years and across three continents within various oneworld airlines, a Swiss bank, Big 4 consulting firm and early-stage HR Tech and Consumer Tech companies. She has been recognized for her commercial expertise as well as talent for preparing gluten-free desserts and Thanksgiving turkeys. Christine has a B.S. in International Business from Pepperdine University, an MBA from IE Business School and is currently working on her yoga handstand and Python skills.


Corin Robertson

British Ambassador to Mexico

Corin Robertson joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1994. Her first role in the British diplomatic service was Desk Officer for Greece and Cyprus, as part of the Southern European Department. In 1997, she was appointed as Second Secretary for Global Issues and Trade Policy in Tokyo, Japan. In 2000, Corin was Desk Officer for the Middle East Peace Process at the Middle East Department, and in 2001 she was Head of the Gibraltar Section at the Europe Directorate. Corin also participated in several diplomatic and trade missions as part of the European Permanent Representation to the European Union. In 2007, she was Joint Head for the Counter-Terrorism Department of the FCO. In 2011, she was designated as Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Ottawa, Canada. Her most recent positions were Director of Estates and Security of the FCO, and Director of the Influence Group for the National Security Secretariat. Corin has worked proactively on issues of diversity and inclusion throughout her career. She is a committed supporter of equal opportunities for all people, regardless of their origin, race, gender, sexual orientation or circumstances.


Cristina Cacho

VP FinTech Partnerships, Latam, Scotiabank

Cristina Cacho is responsible for driving the innovation agenda to improve customer experience, build digital sales and marketing capabilities, and increase operational efficiency within the Pacific Alliance region. She works closely with the FinTech ecosystem to build strategic partnerships across the region driving transformational value. She has strong experience in Retail Banking with solid knowledge in unsecured lending, payments, CRM, risk and analytics. Before joining Scotiabank Cristina worked for HSBC where she held different roles in Retail Banking and Wealth Management. She has also worked for American Express and GE Money. Given her strategic thinking with analytical orientation for problem solving and decision making, she is constantly involved in overall banking strategies and frequently seeking for new challenges. Although what Cristina is really passionate about is to inspire people, she spends a fair amount of her time coaching and mentoring others. Cristina holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico.


Daniel Aguilar

VP Sales LatAm, Latinia

Daniel Aguilar has spent his entire career in multidisciplinary teams and high performance, subject to the requirement of changing IT environments, taking on the challenges that innovation proposes and transferring their benefits to the environment of their customers. He has an extensive experience in marketing technology solutions for virtual banking channels and is an expert in wireless solutions for the financial sector and multi-channel notifications.


Daniel Akle

Country Manager, branch

Daniel is currently the General Manager of Branch International in Mexico, a leading financial technology company with millions of users that has disbursed hundreds of millions of dollars in loans globally. Branch has offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Mexico. Previously, Daniel worked on new products for Aura in San Francisco and as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney in Mexico City. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Daniela Calleja

Director of New Issuers, Entrepreneurs and Capital Funds, BIVA

Daniela is Director of New Issuers and Entrepreneurs at BIVA. Previously, she was Fund Manager and member of the Committee of Investments of Redwood Ventures, the first early-stage venture capital firm based in Guadalajara. She accounts for more than 9 years of experience working in the private equity and entrepreneurial ecosystem. She launched some operations of the venture capital firm Mountain Nazca in Colombia and was the Director of Technology Companies at Endeavor México. She has analyzed over 400 investment opportunities, executed more than 10 investments and accompanied more than 50 entrepreneurs in several different sectors across Latin America and the United States. Additionally, she is an angel investor for several Mexican startups. She studied economics at the Universidad Anáhuac, specializing in Private Capital, Risk Management and business development by the Claremont University and the ITAM.


David Arana

Founder & CEO, Konfio

David is the Founder & CEO of Konfío, an online lending platform for small businesses in Mexico that uses data for rapid credit assessment, allowing owners to focus on what’s important – growing their business. Prior to this he spent over 6 years at Deutsche Bank, based in New York, NY as Vice President of the Credit Derivatives Structuring division for Latin America. David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was recognized as a National Society of Collegiate Scholar in 2005, a Hispanic Recognition Scholar in 2003, and he won the Rensselaer Math & Science Medal and Scholarship in 2003. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese as a native, having lived throughout the United States, Brazil and Mexico since an early age.


David Nangle

Managing Director, Vostok

David Nangle has spent his professional career focused on the emerging markets financials sector. He joined ING Baring’s Emerging Markets Research team in 2000 before moving to Renaissance Capital in 2006 in Moscow to help them drive their financials and research footprint from a strong Russia base to a leading pan-EMEA and frontiers franchise. As well as living in Russia, David has spent his career travelling extensively, covering financial services companies and working on numerous capital markets transactions across this emerging world. David was also head of research at Renaissance Capital for the majority of his time at the firm. More recently, David founded Vostok Emerging Finance (VEF) as a vehicle dedicated to investing in the fintech opportunity across emerging markets - the company is 4 years old, runs north of $200mn, has holdings across the emerging world, including half in Latam, a region that continues to be high on his investment radar. David holds a degree in International Business from University College Dublin, Ireland.


David Poritz

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Credijusto

David is responsible for leading the finance and legal departments as well as all investor outreach and engagement, including relationships with banks, credit funds and equity investors. Prior to Credijusto, he was the Co-Founder & President of Equitable Origin, an organization focused on standards development and certification of responsible energy development. David was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar.


David Vélez

Founder & CEO, Nubank

David Vélez is the Founder and CEO of Nubank, a Brazilian financial technology company. Before founding Nubank in 2013, David was a Partner at Sequoia Capital in charge of the firm’s Latin American investments. Before Sequoia, David worked in investment banking and growth equity at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and General Atlantic. David has a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Demetrio Strimpopulos

Director, BanregioLABS

Demetrio leads Banregio BanregioLABS, an experimental laboratory, part of Banregio that aims at identifying and capitalizing new growth opportunities. Demetrio is an active mentor of the Mexican Fintech community and has developed strong relations with startups trying to work in the financial system in Mexico. Demetrio was part of the founding team of Banregio in 1994 and since then he has had the priviledge of working in diverse areas of the bank including IT, commercial, new channels, product design, and now Innovation. He is a regular speaker at Fintech and innovation conferences in different countries. He also holds a Master’s degree by the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)


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 venture and early growth stage fund based in Mexico, as well as Managing Director at Alta Ventures Mexico. He invests in high growth Latin American companies innovating in technology and business models. He has led Dalus/Alta Ventures investments and is a board member in Clip, Kubo Financiero, Technisys, Xertica, UnDosTres and Sirena. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego was Managing Director at Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 13 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 advice 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 was also a member of the Board of ColCapital, the Colombian Private Equity Association, since its inception to early 2016. He also collaborates as Endeavor and Wayra mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. He writes a blog on entrepreneurship and venture capital at Diego has a degree in Computer Engineer, summa cum laude from Universidad Simón Bolívar at Caracas, Venezuela; also holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management."

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Edgardo Torres-Caballero

Managing Director Americas, Mambu

Edgardo Torres Caballero has a 20-year track record of growing businesses and developing winning teams in the Americas. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the value of strong regional partnerships, local presence and support to clients. As Mambu’s Managing Director for the Americas, Edgardo is responsible for leading growth plans and driving execution in the region.


Eric Núñez

Co-Founder, Openpay.

Eric Núñe has over 10 years of experience in e-commerce. Part of this experience was the development of the first version of for México, Brasil & Argentina and, the most advanced platform for sending and receiving electronic payments in LatAm.


Eric Pérez-Grovas

Co-Founder & General Partner, Jaguar Ventures

Eric Pérez-Grovas is Co-Founder and General Partner of Jaguar Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on digital-focused companies in Latin America. He is also Co-Founder and President of the Mexican Association of Online Sale (AMVO) and provides support to entrepreneurs through organisations such as Endeavor México, who named him as one of the top five influencers in digital entrepreneurship in México. He was also named one of the 33 most important Mexican innovators by BBVA. Eric holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, summa cum laude, from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and received an MBA and MPP from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Eric’s digital-focused experience began in 1999 when he opened and led MercadoLibre Mexican operations. He also worked in consulting at McKinsey & Co. and Bain & Co., and held management positions at Cemex and Satmex. He also actively participates in Non-Profits projects, serving as a Board Member of CMR Foundation and as a Young Leader for Sustainable Cities.


Federico Antoni

Managing Partner, ALLVP

Federico is a pioneer in the venture capital industry in Mexico. In 2012, he and Fernando Lelo de Larrea co-founded Antoni Lelo de Larrea Venture Partners (ALLVP), the first institutional early stage venture capital fund in the country. As Managing Partner of ALLVP, Federico has successfully raised two Funds focused on Seed, Series A, and Series B investments. He has overseen 25 investments to-date across four sectors: FinTech, Digital Consumer, Healthcare, and Smart Cities, such as Cornershop, recently purchased by Walmart Internationa and Alkanza, investment advisor that provides online, automated portfolio management through most major brokers in the US and Latin America. Federico brings nearly twenty years of extensive strategy, marketing, and operational experience as Managing Partner of ALLVP after his previous experiences as: Head of Business Development and subsequently CEO of Edoardos, a then publicly-traded Mexican apparel company; as CMO of Mexico for B2W (formerly Submarino), the dominant e-commerce platform in Brazil; and at Televisa and L’Oréal. Experiences that allow him to add a great value to startups. Federico is an Entrepreneurship and Management Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA. He also holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Economics from Paris Dauphine.


Felipe Echandi

Co-founder & CEO, Cuanto

Felipe Echandi is the CEO and Co-founder of Cuanto, a startup that allows independent entrepreneurs and small merchants to sell via social media and WhatsApp. Cuanto is the first Central American company funded by Y Combinator.

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Gabriela Andrade

Financial Markets Lead, BID

Gabriela Andrade is a Financial Markets Lead Specialist at the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where she is working in topics related to Fintech, digital currencies, financial inclusion, gender issues in the financial sector and the use of guarantees to scale up private financing for development. Gabriela joined the IDB in 2006 and has had different positions, including coordinator of concessional finance, economic advisor to the Vice-President for Countries, and country economist. An Ecuadorian citizen, Gabriela, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics and International Development from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


Gabriela Estrada

Co-founder, Vexi

Gabriela is Cofounder and Chief Finance and Risk Officer for Vexi, a digital credit card for young underbanked people, launched in Mexico in 2018, and has +20k clients today. She leads the overall financial planning, risk and funding strategy for Vexi, besides collections and investor relationship. Gabriela comes to Vexi from a successful 16 years’ trajectory in the financial and banking industry. Prior to deciding to immerse herself in the entrepreneurship world, she held several leadership positions in American Express and Citi, in diverse areas such as Risk, Treasury, Investment Banking, Custody and Corporate Banking. Her previous position was as Cash Management Head for Citibanamex Mexico, managing a $300 million business and a $4 billion deposits portfolio besides a high performance leadership team. She’s passionate for Mexico, financial inclusion, dogs, running and scuba diving. She earned a B.A. in Finance from the ITESM, and a Master in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Gabriela Zapata

Financial inclusion specialist

Gabriela is a strategic advisor to various private and public institutions and fintech startups involved in financial inclusion and financial health of low-income households in Latin America. She is actively involved in a number of related projects with MetLife Foundation, Bankable Frontier Associates, insights2impact and the UNSGSA, among others. Previously, she was Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of Promotion of Financial Organizations at the Ministry of Agriculture in Mexico. She holds a master’s degree from Cornell University.


Gonzalo Kirberg

General Manager, Cumplo

Commercial engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile he holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has developed his professional career on diverse management positions such as Johnson & Johnson Consumer’s general manager. He has been Cumplo’s CEO for more than 3 years.


Gustavo Vinacua

Global Head of Venture Creation, BBVA

With extensive experience in business development, marketing, analytics and innovation gained at management positions in Ericsson, Amena, France Telecom and Xerox R&D labs. He is founder of BBVA Innovation Centers Network and led open innovation activity and the startup & developers program at BBVA since its inception back in 2010 (and until 2016). In parallel he has developed his entrepreneurial activity launching several startups in Latin America and globally both from within big corporations and solo. His latest venture was a new business built from inside BBVA (Trust·u), a co-lending platform for SMB's using ML based risk assessment engine and social underwriting elements to unleash finance to an underserved audience. He often mentors others ventures and has an active role in fostering entrepreneurial ecosystem evolution both in LatAm and Europe. He is now heading Venture Creation activity at BBVA which includes oversight on the recent partnership with Anthemis aiming to create new businesses and support early stage venture teams.


Héctor Cárdenas

CEO & Co-Founder, Conekta

Héctor Cárdenas is the co-founder and current CEO of one of the fastest scale-ups in Mexico. Conekta is building the financial infrastructure that enables payments in emerging markets. Conekta has being found by different types of investments including Propel Venture Capital, Jaguar Ventures, 500 Startups, VARIV Capital and FEMSA. Cárdenas is a strategic thinker, motivated by a strong sense based on the principle that all people should have access to any service and product. His vision is to use technology to democratize the payments economy in Mexico.


Iraham Saldaña Sáenz

Digital Head, Chubb

Executive with more than 20 years’ experience in developing new businesses with a background in planning, strategy, innovation, marketing and communication. Experience in retail, technology, fintech and consulting industries in Mexico and Spain. Focus on developing new business models to make them profitable. The last years my focus is in generate value and innovation in the Insurance industry.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science. He retired from IBM in May of 2007 after a 37 year career with the company, where his primary focus was on innovation and technical strategy. He led a number of IBM’s company wide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing and Linux. He’s been a Strategic Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard, and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School. Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog,, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.

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Jackie Hyland

Country Head Mexico, a55

Jackie leads Latin American expansion of a55, starting as Country Head of Mexico. Prior to that, she was the Director of Latin America at Silicon Valley Bank, leading relationships with over 400 startups and venture capital funds in the region. Prior to that, she was investment associate at Accion Venture Lab, an investment analyst in the private equity group of Compass in Mexico City. Jackie graduated from Baylor University and holds masters in business at ITAM in Mexico.


James Carroll

Vicepresidente Senior y Líder Global, MasterCard Labs

James joined Mastercard in 2014 and is currently Senior Vice-president and Global Head of Mastercard Labs as a Service - a specialist advisory services business focused on Product Innovation and Digital Transformation for Mastercard customers globally. James has over 30 years working as both a start-up entrepreneur and in senior executive roles in large multi-national corporations, with extensive implementation expertise across the spectrums of finance, technology, operations and marketing.

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James Sagan

Managing Partner, ArcLabs

ames Sagan is a Founder and Managing Partner of Arc Labs. James was the Managing Principal of Fourth Green Capital, a private investment group dedicated to alternative debt strategies. Fourth Green made opportunistic credit investments spanning fintech loan originators, residential real estate, small business loans and other special situations. James has extensive expertise in credit analysis and structuring for early-stage companies. He also has prior experience at Phoenix Investment Adviser, a New York based hedge fund and Encinal Partners where he was an underwriting and deal structuring consultant on lending products. James is a graduate of Tufts University in Philosophy and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. James was a competitive ski racer throughout high school and college.


Javier Castrillo

Head of Digital Transformation, Santander Mexico

Javier is the head of digital transformation banking at Santander Mexico, member of Santander direction committee. He is responsible of the 3 years transformation movement at Santander, the development of digital strategy, manage the digital banking services and Santander innovation programs and agreements with Fintechs. Javier began his professional career in Santander Group in 2005, as Corporate Expense Director in The Technology Division & Operations. Then he incorporated as member of Santander committee in Spain, where he performed different responsibilities, like Commercial Regional Director of Madrid. In 2013 he began to participate into the Commercial Banking Division as Commercial Strategy Director and responsible of Payments and insurance, finally he joined to Digital area in Santander Mexico as Business Intelligence Director Before, he worked for 14 years for McKinsey & Company consulting, were he was a Partner of financial Services.


Javier Orozco

Founder & CEO, Crabi

Serial Entrepreneur, passionate in solving problems through innovation, Founder of 5 companies and 3 exits. Angel Investor in Silicon Valley from 2012 to 2015, Board member of YPO chapter Guadalajara Marketing and Business Adminitration and master in business by Ipade business school

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Jay Reinemann

General Partner, Propel Venture Partners

As a partner at Propel Venture Partners, Jay invests in early-stage companies that are leveraging technology to transform financial services. He has led investments in Conekta, Neon, DocuSign, and Personal Capital, among others. Before BBVA spun off the fund and became a limited partner, Jay led BBVA Ventures and the global bank’s acquisition of Simple. Prior to Propel, Jay held several positions at Visa in digital transformation, emerging projects, and ecommerce. As head of the Visa Corporate Ventures and Strategic Alliances group he led investments in information security, mobile, and payments technology companies—several of which were acquired by major corporations. He first came to Visa through his work with Andersen Consulting. Jay’s career spans traditional banking to tech startups: He was a commercial loan officer at Old Kent Financial Corporation—back before it became part of Fifth Third—and helped launch Sohalo, a social commerce platform.

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Jenny Johnston

Impact Investor, Flourish

Jenny is passionate about creating economic empowerment and strong institutions in emerging markets. As an associate at Flourish, she sources, diligences, and executes investment opportunities globally, with a focus on Latin America. She also supports portfolio companies on operational projects and research. From 2016 to 2019, Jenny was an associate at Omidyar Network. Before that, she was an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. Jenny graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College, where she received a B.A. in economics. She also studied political science and did development work in Ecuador. Jenny speaks English and Spanish and is not afraid to embarrass herself in Portuguese.


Jesus Hernandez Camacho

Founder CEO, WeeCompany Insurtech

Jesus is an engineer in market intelligence based on skills has constantly sought to generate change within society. Having detected high indicators of deficiency in the operation and management of medical insurance policies, he decided to generate solutions that would increase the profitability of insurance companies with lower costs and in turn, they offer the market more accessible products for the population but with the same quality in services. In 2016, with his partner Daniel Corona, they created the first digital integration systems under the InsurTech model, which now is called WeeCompany®, becoming pioneers of what is now known as InsurTech in health.

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Johanna Posada

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Elevar Equity

Johanna is Managing Director and co-founder of Elevar Equity, a Human-Centered investment firm focused on emerging countries. With over $280 million in assets under management across four funds, Elevar has invested in 35 companies in India and Latin America, and across sectors as microfinance, SME lending and other financial services, fintech, e-commerce and education. Johanna has +19 years of emerging markets investing, corporate finance, economics, and microfinance experience and has long been involved in economic development. She currently serves on the Board of of Credijusto (Mexico), VI-DA Tec (Argentina), Bedu (Mexico), Tienda Nube (Argentina/Brazil), Afluenta (Latam), Finae (Mexico) and Financiera TFC (Peru). She also sits at the Board of non-profit NeSst. Johanna began her career as an Economist with the Central Bank of Mexico, and later worked as a Senior Financial Specialist at ExxonMobil’s Exploration Company. Prior to Elevar, she joined the Capital Market’s team at Unitus Inc., where she worked to raise the Unitus Equity Fund L.P., as well as on debt financing structures for several microfinance companies around the globe. She has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a degree in Economics from the ITAM (Mexico)

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Jonathan Whittle

Partner, Quona Capital

Jonathan is a founding partner of Quona Capital, a venture capital firm focused on fintech for inclusion in emerging markets. Prior to Quona, Jonathan was co-founder and CEO of Acesso, a leading prepaid financial service provider for the unbanked population in Brazil. Before founding Acesso, Jonathan managed Darby Technology Ventures, a pioneering technology venture capital fund for Latin America. He joined Darby after a decade of experience as a founding member of three large-scale venture capital-backed telecommunications and information technology services companies in Latin America.


Jorge Gutiérrez

CEO, Fiinlab

Jorge Gutiérrez is an Industrial Engineer from ITESM. Fulbright Fellow with an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Babson College. Jorge has discovered and applied his passion for entrepreneurship in large corporations, startups, in education, in personal projects and in the individuals and organizations involved in the ecosystem. Companies such as American Express, PepsiCo, Cinepolis and currently Fiinlab powered by Gentera, have enabled him to accelerate and apply knowledge to innovate using internal strengths and collective intelligence. Passionate about acquiring and sharing knowledge, he is a teacher and coach of innovation and entrepreneurship. He has worked with educational institutions such as UDEM, Vasco de Quiroga University and with Babson College in the Babson Entrepreneurial Leading Academy. He is an active mentor at MassChallenge, StartupBootcamp and advisor of the startups Fiinlab invests in.

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Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

Juan Mazzini is a Senior Analyst at Celent, a research and consulting company devoted to provide support to Financial Institutions to formulate business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports that identify trends and best practices in Financial Services and implements consulting projects for Financial Institutions that wish to re-think the use of technology in their businesses. Within research and consulting, Juan covers Fintech, Insurtech, Innovation, Emerging Technologies and Digital Transformation of Businesses and Systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in banking and insurance, and he holds a BA in Business Management from Universidad Católica Argentina.


Julio Pernía

CEO, Bdeo

Julio Pernía holds a degree in telecommunications engineering. His first venture into the world of innovation began when he joined CERN as a programmer in 2002. Following his return to Spain he worked for companies such as Lucent Technologies and Telefónica and AENA. Julio began his career as an entrepreneur in 2006 with the founding of his first Insurtech company, out of which his team organically developed Reparanet, the biggest SaaS platform for repair companies in Spain. In 2017, Julio co-founded Bdeo, a visual claims management platform with AI capabilities to help loss adjusters and insurers during claims processes. As CEO of Bdeo, Julio has expanded the company's client portfolio in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Mexico while earning international awards for innovation in Portugal, Mexico, and China.

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Katie Llanos-Small

Editor & founder, iupana

Katie Llanos-Small is editor and founder of iupana, the only media publication dedicated to technology in financial services in Latin America and the Caribbean. iupana provides exclusive, market-leading information on banks’ digital transformations and financial technology developments in Latin America. Executives from banks, startups, tech companies and investment firms read iupana to understand the evolving opportunities, risks and trends in Latin American financial technology. Before launching the publication, Katie spent a decade covering banking and finance in emerging markets globally, including as bank finance editor at Global Capital and editor in chief of LatinFinance. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed corporate, financial and political leaders from all over the world, including two sitting Presidents

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Kevin Fox

EVP, NovoPayment

Kevin Fox is EVP at NovoPayment, a leading enabler of digital financial and transactional services for the Americas, where he leads the development of company’s Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) delivery model and heads the firm’s Advisory practice. He spearheads client engagements designed to transform their payments processes with particular emphasis on mass disbursement and collection initiatives. Kevin is responsible for the company’s business development efforts and strategic alliances. In addition, he serves as a subject matter expert in the area of digital payments for the banking and financial services, travel and transportation, and the retail industries with a focus on the Americas. Mr. Fox has more than 25 years of experience designing and executing successful growth strategies for global technology, payments and professional services companies and is a graduate of Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Finance and Business Administration.


Laura Elena Rosado

Strategy and Finance - Emerging Customers, AXA

Laura is responsible for Strategy and Performance Management at AXA Emerging Customers, the inclusive insurance arm of AXA designing protection solutions that prevent vulnerable segments from falling into poverty. She was previously Senior Manager at the Global Strategy department of AXA in Paris, where she covered a wide range of topics involving adjacent growth opportunities with a focus on emerging countries and un- and underserved segments. Her professional career started as an insurance strategy analyst in Mexico, where she is originally from. She is committed to building resilience across vulnerable communities, and a true believer in the opportunity that the rising middle class represents to the insurance industry.


Leonardo Cortina

Founder & CEO, miituo

Leonardo has more than 12 years of experience in the Fleet Management Indusrty. Before founding miituo, he was Managing Director of GE Capital Fleet Services Mexico. Prevoiusly, Leonardo was CFO, Operations Director and Commercial Director for Facileasing. For two and a half years he worked as an investment banker for Dadoo & Asociados doing M&A in the financial industry in Mexico. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a MBA from The University of Leeds Business School.


Leonel Pereznieto

Partner, Creel

Leonel leads Creel, Garcia-Cuellar, Aiza y Enriquez law firm in Mexico City, where he has specialized in the Insurance industry for more than 15 years. He is one of the few lawyers in Mexico who understands the complexity of the regulatory landscape applicable to insurers, agents and other stakeholders in the insurance industry. He also understands the commercial dynamics of the industry, having represented clients in different transactions that have shaped the insurance landscape in Mexico. Leonel specialized in insurance regulation in London in 1999 and visits regularly to participate in Insurtech forums. He enjoys coaching clients on innovative business models, such as captive structures, as well as design and implementation of tech platforms that already disrupting the insurance landscape in Mexico.


Lorenza Martínez

Payments and Financial Risks Lead, Accenture México

More than 20 years of experience on financial sector, economic regulation and monetary policy. 12 years in top level position in the Mexican public sector as General Director of Payment Systemas and Corporate Services at the Central Bank of Mexico, Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce and Chief of the Unit of Insurance and Pensions at the Minsitry of Finance in Mexico. Currently leading projects on payments in financial institutions and in corporations in other sectors, as well as leading compliance and risks initiatives in the banking sector.


Luis Alberto Sánchez

General Manager Mexico and Central America, Emailage

Luis is the General Manager of Emailage, Mexico and Central America, a company with a mission to connect companies around the world in the fight against fraud and to help validate the identity behind an email to accelerate growth in the digital world. Luis has driven the expansion of Emailage in the region working with Fintechs, e-commerce leaders and banks. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services world working for American Express in Brazil and Mexico. Luis holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the European University (Belgium) and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Anahuac del Norte, (Mexico).


Luis Rubén Chávez Tostado

Co-founder & CEO,

Luis Ruben is Co-Founder & CEO of, a mexican-based marketplace lending platform connecting individual and institutional investors to near prime & prime borrowers applying for a personal loan. Prior to starting, Luis Ruben studied finance and corporate finance at Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico. Worked for 8 years in the financial and personal loans industry where he held roles as COO and CFO for a nation-wide MFI in Mexico with 100K+ clients and $200M disbursed in loans. His experience in finance, credit risk assessment and fund managing in the Mexican market culminated with the launch of in June-2015.


Luiz Mazetto

Associate, Monashees

Coordinates investments in the FinTech, PropTech, and E-commerce segments at monashees. Prior to joining monashees, he was part of the investment banking team at Banco Santander and was a consultant at Insper Jr. Graduated with honors in Business Administration and has a double degree in Economics from Insper.


Lynne Bairstow

Managing Partner, MITA Ventures

Lynne is the founder and a Managing Partner of MITA Ventures, an early and significant presence in advancing and investing in tech innovation in Mexico. An Internet entrepreneur, investor, and advisor, Lynne's interest and passion for tech startups comes from hands-on technical knowledge and high-growth marketing/customer acquisition experience. MITA Ventures was one of the first funds operating in Mexico with a cross-border thesis supported by a strong network of Silicon Valley mentors, advisors, and investors as well as significant relationships and direct business experience in Mexico. MITA Ventures employs a technical focus, with key sectors being AI/Machine Learning, Blockchain, and IoT/Connected Devices. Lynne organizes the annual MITA TechTalks conference, which brings together leadership in cross-border tech innovation to engage in talks to further its development in the LatAm region. She lives in Punta Mita, Mexico, where she enjoys her ideal lifestyle of startups and surfing


Maik Schaefer

Founder & CEO, Mango Life

After 12 years in the corporate world of insurance -his last position was Chief Innovation Officer at a top-5 car insurer in Mexico- he co-founded Mango Life, to make insurance more human, digital and simple.


Manuel Silva

Partner, Santander InnoVentures

Managing Partner and Head of Investments at Santander InnoVentures, the corporate venture capital fund of Santander. Manuel holds Board or Board observer seats at Elliptic, Ripple, Tradeshift, Curve, ePesos, Autofi, Creditas and Bonify among others. Before Santander InnoVentures, Manuel was a founding member of BBVA Ventures (now Propel Venture Partners).


Marco Urrea

Chief Compliance Officer, AXA Seguros

Law degree by Universidad la Salle, and LLM in Comparative International Law by University of Notre Dame. Initially formed in litigation, I joined AXA Mexico in 2006 where I had the opportunity to lead the departments of Litigation, Operational Control and Antifraud; and since 2016 as Chief Compliance Officer. With a passion for finance and technology as a hobby, Fintech has come to merge all of my professional interests.


Maria Paula Arregui

Product SVP, MercadoPago

Paula Arregui leads the product development strategy of Mercado Pago in Latin America. Since joining MercadoLibre, Paula has held different roles within the company. Initially, she was Controller for Argentina, Uruguay and the United States. In 2003, she became the first employee of the MercadoPago business unit, where she later faced new challenges as Director of Operations for the region. Since 2011, Paula holds the position of Product Senior Vice President at MercadoPago, a role in which she has had active participation in the strategic definitions of product developments such as QR Code for Latin America. Paula is a Public Accountant and has a degree in Business Administration, she graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with an outstanding performance level. She speaks fluent english, portuguese and french.


Marianela Santos

CEO, Kintech Power

+24 years as a diverse portfolio businesswoman, social entrepreneur and Boardmember. CEO in an Energy and IoT company, CEO in a purified water company with collaboration of persons with disabilities. My focus is in Innovation and Social entrepreneurship and sharing experiences as speaker.

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Mariano Carranza

Vice President, Goldman Sachs

Mariano is the co-head of the LatAm Financial Technology coverage within the Investment Banking Division (IBD). He joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 as an associate in the Financial Institutions Group and has focused extensively on providing strategic and financial advisory services to companies in the financial technology, specialty finance and banking sectors. Since 2017, Mariano has actively participated in the expansion of the firm’s Financial Technology coverage across Latin America Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an investment banker at Lazard in Buenos Aires. Mariano earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Universidad Catolica Argentina.


Marilú Paez

Country Manager, Afluenta

After spending a decade working for multinational organizations such as Cemex and British American Tobacco, Marilú has successfully executed leadership roles that developed her strategic mindset and gained experience in business development, commercial strategy and planning. Prior to her tenure in Afluenta, Páez lead Small and Medium Enterprise segment at Banregio, where she thrived financial services acumen and made a turnaround in her career by switching to FinTech. Marilú has been appointed Country Head of Afluenta in July 2018 with the challenge of driving growth in the Mexican market. Additional responsibilities include product management, roadmap execution and achieve authorization as a regulated FinTech in Mexico. Marilú holds a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance and an Executive Master (OneMBA) from Tec de Monterrey.


Martin Schrimpff

Co-founder, Zinobe

Mechanical Engineer for The University of Edinburgh with over 15 years of experience in Fintech topics. He has been founding partner of 6 technology firms, the main ones being Acsendo, Zinobe ( and PayU (former Pagosonline). PayU nowadays accounts for 2000 employees and is valued at $ 1000 Millions. He was selected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2010 and, being an active business angel, he is part of the directive board of several tech companies. Martin left PayU in 2017 to focus on Zinobe, the leading personal lending firm in Colombia that closed its series A with QED last year.


Matin Tamizi

Founder / CEO, Cuenca

Born in Iran, Matin migrated to the U.S. with his family where he stayed 5 years without a legal status, experience that developed into an early concern about the challenges faced by thousands of people in order to access financial services. He studied Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland; in 2018 he founded Cuenca, where he is building banking services for the bottom 95% of Latin Americans—starting in Mexico. Matin was previously the co-founder / CEO of Balanced, a YC and a16z-backed online payments company that processed over $500mm in card volume in 2014.


Max Niño-Zarazua

Programme Director of Mexico Prosperity Fund Financial Services, DAI

Max is a seasoned financial inclusion professional with over 18 years of experience working at senior level positions for microfinance institutions, banks, development organisations and as an independent consultant. Max offers a unique combination of academic excellence, Mexican grass roots delivery experience and industry insight from co-founding his own FinTech startup and currently working with DAI leading the implementation of the British Embassy’s Prosperity Fund - Financial Services Programme in Mexico. Over the past five years, Max has conducted consulting activities including product & business development, institutional assessments and impact evaluations for microfinance institutions, banks, FinTechs and INGOs. Among Max’s clients there are well-known organisations such as MIbanco-Peru, Cooperative Tosepantomin, ECLOF, Habitat for Humanity, C&A Foundation and the UNDP. Since 2015, he co-founded TROKA, a digital platform for the financial inclusion of MSMEs. Previously, Max worked in Mexico as Director for Housing Microfinance for ABC Capital, Managing Director Microfinance for Consubanco and interim CEO at Opportunity International Mexico. Max is currently an independent financial inclusion and international development consultant based in Bath, UK. He is also a visiting fellow at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Bath; member of the board of trustees, Deki Charity Microfinance Organisation (Bristol) and peer referee at the Journal of Development Studies, UK.


Maximilian Kückemanns

General Director of Mexico, Munich Re

Maximilian Kuckemanns, born in Munich Germany, joined Munich RE in 1989 in different roles within the Latin America division, in Munich and globally. In 1997 he was appointed Contracts Director in Munich RE Brazil, and from 2006 to 2013 he was the General Manager of Munich RE in Buenos Aires, being responsible for the business operations in markets such as Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Urugay. In 2014 with more than 25 years of experience, he was appointed General Director of Munich RE Mexico, responsible for Mexico and Central America.

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Michael Schlein

President and CEO, Accion

Michael Schlein brings nearly 30 years of extensive international banking, management and public service experience to his role as President and CEO of Accion. He is responsible for creating and implementing Accion’s strategy, managing its global team, and building a high-performing organization. Michael builds partnerships with the public and private sector, encouraging more energy, investments, and action directed at creating a financially inclusive world. Michael joined Accion’s Board of Directors in 2007 and in 2009 became Accion’s President and CEO. Prior to Accion, Michael served as President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, where he managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Previously, he ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding, and human resources for Citigroup. He served as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. He began his career in investment banking. In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Michael to serve as the Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which encourages economic growth throughout New York City. Michael has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Michael Sidgmore

Partner, Broadheaven Ventures

Michael Sidgmore is a Partner at Broadhaven Ventures, where he has led investments into Credijusto, ScaleFactor, Nowports, Kovi, Trizic, Beam Solutions, Liveoak Technologies, Starship HSA and house of gigs. He has spent his career as a financial technology investor and entrepreneur focused on the financial infrastructure, wealth management, and specialty finance sectors. Prior to Broadhaven Ventures, he was a pre-product employee and SVP at iCapital Network, where he helped build the family office and RIA networks of the online investment platform that has over $40 billion in assets and has received $50 million in funding from investors including BlackRock, Blackstone, and Carlyle. Prior to iCapital Network, Michael was the first sales hire and Director of Institutional Investments at Mosaic, a financing platform for solar loans that has originated over $1 billion and has received $220 million in funding from Warburg Pincus. He was formerly an investment professional with Goldman Sachs’ Principal Strategic Investments group in London, a direct investing team focused on market structure and financial technology. Michael is a Board Member of Liveoak Technologies and Starship HSA and a Board Observer and Advisor at Scalefactor, Trizic, and Credijusto. He is also the Founder and Managing Member of M4Fund. Michael holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.


Narciso Campos

Partner, Creel

He acted as Chief of Staff to the Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs (Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores) from January 2017 through November 2018, where he worked on the relationship with the United States and Canada and in the negotiation of the USMCA. Previously, he was Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings at the Mexican Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) from January 1, 2013 to September 2016. In this capacity, Mr. Campos was responsible -among other matters- for the development of public policies and regulation for financial activities and financial institutions. Mr. Campos also practiced law as a local partner at White & Case in Mexico City, where he worked from 2002 to 2012. His private practice focused on financial regulation, capital markets, financings, and mergers & acquisitions. 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 Masters (MSc) degree in Finance in 2002.


Natalia Wills

Country Representative - Mexico, Pro Mujer

Natalia is a passionate development professional with 15+ years of experience in socioeconomic development, social entrepreneurship and innovation. She holds a BA in International Business (EAFIT - Medellin) and a Masters in Development Evaluation and Management (Antwerp University). In2007 was awarded the Province of Antwerp Development Cooperation Prize. She started her career working in the marketing area of multinational corporations, however; in 2003 she decided to join the social sector. During the last 15 years she has worked for NGOs, foundations and social businesses in Colombia and Mexico, fostering grassroots economic and social development, social innovation, impact investing and corporate social responsibility. Her career has focused on the intersections between private and social sectors, where the market can be an engine for change. Natalia founded a social business (Helpmachine) and was in charge of launching Sistema B in Mexico (b-corporation). At the present, she works for Pro Mujer as Country Representative for Mexico.


Nick Grassi

Co-founder, Finerio

Nick studied at NYU with a specialization in international business and microfinance. He started his career at Santander in their global office in Madrid and in Norway as a brand manager for their Consumer Finance division. Later he was a consultant for the Swedish government for startups wanting to enter Silicon Valley. He came to Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship to help Deloitte Consulting begin their Fintech practice. He is currently the co-founder of Finerio where he oversees growth, investment and strategic alliances. Finerio is the first automated and free personal finance manager in Mexico, with the mission of empowering millions of Mexicans to take control of their spending.


Nico Berman

Partner, KaszeK Ventures

Nik Berman is a Partner at Kaszek Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused in the technology industry in Latin America. Before joining Kaszek Ventures, he worked for 13 years at MercadoLibre, where he was VP of Advertising, VP of Marketing, Marketing Manager, and covered several roles in the company’s technology and product areas. He led several key projects in search, BI, UX and SEO, and created the company’s affiliate program, which was the largest in Latin America. While he was VP of Marketing, MercadoLibre was recognized as one” World’s 30 Hottest Brands” by Ad Age magazine, and as one of “27 brands of tomorrow” by Credit Suisse. During all these years, Nik has also been a very active advisor and angel investor in the Latin American startup scene. Prior to this, Nik was a Commercial Manager at LG Electronics, where he received the “LG Global Hit Idea” award for his innovative thinking. He currently sits on the board of several technology companies across Latin America. Mr. Berman received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires and is a Kauffman Fellow. In addition, he was the President of AMDIA (Argentina’s direct marketing association), received an Echo Award by the DMA in 2000, and is currently an active mentor for Endeavor.


Nima Pourshasb

CEO & Co Founder, Minu

Nima Pourshasb is co-founder and CEO at minu, a startup trying to improve financial well being for workers by giving them quick and easy access to earned and accrued salary through a mobile application. He was formerly the Head of Personal Banking at Banco Sabadell Mexico, where he launched the first mobile banking app in the country. He founded a fashion company which has presence and operations in 5 LatAm countries now and was an executive in various startups. He has an MBA from Harvard and MEgn from University of London.


Pablo Viguera

Co-Founder, Belvo

Pablo is an internet entrepreneur, focusing on Fintech startups and investments and currently Co-Founder at Belvo, the Open Banking APIs platform for Latam. He has held various fintech leadership roles, namely at Verse, the Venmo of Europe, where he acted as COO, and at Revolut, where he was General Manager for Spain and Portugal. Before that, Pablo was based in Singapore and led Growth and Product at Paktor Labs, the division in charge of incubating and growing nascent and early-stage social apps. He joined Paktor in 2016 when Groopify, the group dating startup he founded in 2013, was acqui-hired. He also served as COO at a Rocket Internet e-commerce startup in SE Asia and was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, in London, focusing on M&A in the internet sector. Pablo holds and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSc in Business Administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Recaredo Arias

General Manager, AMIS

Recaredo is the General Director of the AMIS since 2003, where he leads the sector’s preparation for Solvencia II and the LISF negotiation and develops the Market’s expansion plan for the industry as well as a comprehensive Communications plan. He is also President of the Global Federation of Insurance Associations since November 2018. Recaredo was also the Secretario General of the Federación Iberoamericana de Empresas de Seguros form 2009 to 2012 where he developed strategic plans to solve the associates’ necessities, the micro-insurance project with the FOMIN – BID and prepared the Latin American insurance companies for Solvencia II. He holds a master’s in administration with majors in Finance and Marketing by the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and has participated as a speaker for several Insurtech conferences around the world.


Rocío Robles

Director, CNBV

Bachelor in Law by Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a LLM in Law and Economics by The University of Manchester, the University of Hamburg and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has worked in public, private and academic sectors. Specialist in finance, securities, businesss and tax law. Currently, she is Managing Director in the Banking and Securities National Commission of Mexico, supervising financial technology institutions and innovative models. She is author of the book “Venture Capital: The Alternative for Finance of Mexican Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises”, as well as coordinator and author in the collective books “Contemporary Securities Law”, “Law, Institutions and Development” and “Securities Market Law. Selected Topics”. She as well has publications in international journals like “Economic Analysis of Law Review” and “Iberoamerican Magazine of Securities Markets”. She has obtained awards and distinctions for her researches.


Rodrigo Kuri

Director de Digital y de Distribución, Citibanamex

With over 18 years’ experience in Commercial Banking and Digital Transformation, Rodrigo is currently General Director for Digital & Distribution at Citibanamex. After a successful 16 years in Mexico and Spain with Banco Santander, Rodrigo joined Citibanamex in 2017 as its Digital Transformation Chief Officer. He has run a cross-bank agenda for both the Consumer and Corporate businesses, encompassing digital solutions, new revenue models, digital processes and data capabilities to improve the acquisition, retention and experience of clients. In 2019, Rodrigo was named General Director for Digital & Distribution, becoming responsible for over 1,450 branches and 16,000 staff. As such, Rodrigo articulates all sales and servicing channels into a consistent client experience across touchpoints. Rodrigo holds a business degree from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).


Ruben Chavez


Luis Ruben is Co-Founder & CEO of, a mexican-based marketplace lending platform connecting individual and institutional investors to near prime & prime borrowers applying for a personal loan. Prior to starting, Luis Ruben studied finance and corporate finance at Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico. Worked for 8 years in the financial and personal loans industry where he held roles as COO and CFO for a nation-wide MFI in Mexico with 100K+ clients and $200M disbursed in loans. His experience in finance, credit risk assessment and fund managing in the Mexican market culminated with the launch of in June-2015.


Rubén Galindo

CEO, Capital Tech powered by MFM

Ruben Galindo is the CEO of Capital Tech powered by MFM, financial institution based in Monterrey with operations since 2010, where his main objective is the transformation of the institution to a Fintech in 2019. He was responsible of SWIFT’s launch in Mexico where he also worked as the executive director for 4 years. With over 20 years of experience in the Mexican market, he is a mentor and member of several Fintech’s advisory boards and, in 2010 he became the Regional Director of Transactional products at HSBC Latinoamérica. He is a Telecommunications engineer by the UVM and obtained an International MBA in Madrid, Shanghai and Santiago de Chile.


Sabine VanderLinden

CEO InsurTech business, Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking

Sabine is the CEO for the InsurTech Business at Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking, the home of Startupbootcamp InsurTech and Hartford InsurTech Hub. Sabine cultivates the expertise of leading insurers, investors and mentors to bring the innovation of cohorts of startups to market. She brings extensive operational and growth strategy expertise gleaned from her corporate innovation and startup acceleration activities working with global firms and 100s of well-known financial services institutions for which she developed growth strategies. Outside Startupbootcamp, Sabine advises and coaches a variety of businesses. Sabine is also a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, which will be published by Wiley in 2018.


Santiago Zavala

Partner, 500 startups

Santiago helps entrepreneurs to grow and to increase their chances of success through mentorship and investment. As a partner in 500 Startups he has participated at the over 160 investments that they have accomplished at the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America.


Sergio Furio

Founder and CEO, creditas

Sergio Furio is the Founder & CEO of Creditas, the leading secured lending platform in Brazil. With 1,000 employees and US$315mn in venture capital funding, Creditas is one of the top fintechs in Latam and a reference in innovation and talent management. Backers include Softbank, Kaszek, Redpoint eVentures, Vostok Emerging Finance, QED Investors, IFC, Quona Capital, Santander Innoventures among others. Using the customer properties, Creditas reduces the high interest rates paid by the Brazilian population. Before founding Creditas in 2012, Sergio was an executive at The Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank's investment bank.


Sergio Jimenez

CEO & Founder, Flink

Son of two enthusiasts entrepreneurs, Sergio grew up understanding that the best way to improve society is through the creation of improvements in the quality of life of people. He studied Business at Anahuac University, but 6 years ago, with he´s buddies Ricardo and Diego, started building software to help SOFOMES to automatize risk management. They eventually switched their focus to retail consumers, aiming to use technology, design and rock-bottom pricing. Their company, FLINK, is a Digital Banking solution available to anyone with a smartphone. “We want to empower the individual with better tools so they can start building their own wealth accessing to different financial tools faster, cheaper, with much better user experience and where the customer gets the vast majority of value in that transaction

US & RoW

Shilpa Prasad

Chief Growth Officer, YouNoodle

Shilpa Prasad is the Chief Growth Officer of YouNoodle, where she is responsible for helping YouNoodle scale and expand its presence globally across corporations and enterprises across industries and geographies. She brings a depth of experience in international marketing, partnerships and offers her creative energy and leadership to the company. A strategic thinker and driven by a strong sense of brand engagement she brings her insightful perspective to adopt innovative solutions that are precise and effective. Shilpa analyzes opportunities and builds the go to market strategy across products, client relations, partnerships, as she charts YouNoodle’s path in the corporate startup engagement sphere.

US & RoW

Tahira Dosani

Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab

Tahira Dosani is the Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, a seed-stage venture capital impact investing fund focused on inclusive fintech. Venture Lab provides capital and support to early-stage startups that leverage technology to improve the access, quality, and affordability of financial services for underserved consumers globally. Tahira works with the fund’s portfolio companies to provide strategic and operational expertise that accelerates their growth trajectories and enables stronger performance. Additionally, she supports investment decisions, manages portfolio relationships, and drives the strategy and growth of Venture Lab. Tahira previously led strategic projects at LeapFrog Investments, an emerging market private equity impact fund focused on financial services. Prior to that, she worked as Director of Strategy at the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Based in Dubai, she drove strategic initiatives for portfolio companies and led new investments in telecoms, technology and infrastructure in South and Central Asia. She also worked at Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, where she was Head of Corporate Strategy and helped launch the country’s first mobile money platform. Tahira began her career as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Boston. Tahira holds an MBA from INSEAD and BAs in International Relations, Computer Science, and Education from Brown University.


Thiago Paiva

Product Manager Oyster Financial, Inc

Thiago is a fintech entrepreneur, investor, and columnist! He has been actively engaged in the Latin American ecosystem since 2010. During this period, he evaluated 2,600+ and invested in 60+ startups from 9 different countries while working at Wayra Brazil and Startupbootcamp Fintech Mexico. He writes about fintech in Latin America in international and regional publications and also develops reports analyzing the ecosystem. He's currently a Product Manager at Oyster Financial, a Neobank for SMEs in Mexico, leading its marketplace initiate.


Vicente Fenoll

Founder, kubo financiero

Vicente is a public accountant for ITAM, has an MBA for IPADE and has a Master's Degree in Executive Coaching from IESE. In 1994, after founding FinComún, he was selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur. He remained as CEO of FinComún until 2010, during this time he found two other companies: ProDesarrollo in 1999 and AMSOFIPO in 2009. After all the knowledge and experience obtained directing these companies, Vicente decided to found his next major idea: kubo.financiero, in 2012. kubo financiero is a multi-product digital bank that helps create and strengthen the emerging middle class through innovative financial services, agile and above all, accessible.


Victor B. Jimenez Cervantes

Partner in Financial Transformation Advisory, Deloitte

Victor recently joined Deloitte Mexico as a Partner in Financial Transformation Advisory department. He’s a CPA from Tec de Monterrey with a major in Finance with studies in Economics from Warwick University and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business (University of Texas). He has been CFO and CEO for global corporates such as QBE Insurance and HSBC Latin America, serving as Head of Strategy and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. His global experience includes being responsible for high performing teams in Europe, USA, Asia and Latin America. He has vast experience leading and advising companies in different stages and exposure: high regulatory risk, economic crises, risk aversion markets, etc.


Victor H. Cortés

Co-Founder & CEO, Contxto

Victor Cortes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Tec de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara. Entrepreneur, blogger and former VC analyst, he is currently CEO and co-founder of contxto, a media startup focused on creating content about tech, startups and VC in Latin America. Victor is convinced that entrepreneurship is key for social and economic development, and his life’s mission is to bring attention to the business leaders of the future.

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