Partner, Rainmaking Innovation
Alex is a co-founder and partner at Rainmaking Innovation, the human API between startups and corporates, where he works with global companies in Europe, Asia and Latam to accelerate their innovation. He was also the initial spark behind Startupbootcamp, the global accelerator with 20 programs on four continents, which he launched in Copenhagen in 2010. Following a stint with a startup in San Francisco Alex held a number of engineering and executive positions at DHL and Deutsche Post with postings in Europe and Hong Kong. Alex is a French citizen, was born in Spain, grew up Africa, went to boarding school in England and an American high school in Africa and now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is married to a Dane with whom he created two red-headed Trolls.
Álvaro Rodriguez Arregui
Co-founder and Managing Partner, IGNIA
Álvaro is Co-founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA, Mexico's largest venture capital fund. IGNIA has raised US$200 million and partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs with disruptive endeavors that improve the life of the emerging middle class in Mexico. Former Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), Latin America's largest microfinance institution. Formerly served as Chairman of the Board of ACCION International, a 55 year old U.S. based global non-for-profit pioneer of microfinance. Formerly served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitro. Prior to joining Vitro, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Salinas’ retail arm, Elektra. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
CEO and Co-Founder, NovoPayment
Anabel is CEO and Co-Founder of NovoPayment, a leading fintech company that enables financial services and digital payments innovation throughout the Americas through a cloud-based, open platform that supports varied mass payout, cash-in and mobile transactions. NovoPayment helps banks, financial institutions, e-money issuers as well as the travel and transportation industry, and others to leverage their existing legacy systems and services to generate new transaction streams and capture new deposits while reducing operational risk and accelerating time to market. Mrs. Pérez has more than 25 years of experience in banking and payments including commercial and retail banking, product development and financial services. Prior to NovoPayment, she served as Senior Vice President of Venezolano de Crédito, a leading Venezuelan financial institution, where she held several key positions. Under Mrs. Perez’ leadership NovoPayment and its subsidiaries have garnered several important awards and recognitions including seven Paybefore Awards (2008-2017) and Latin Trade Magazine’s 10 Companies Under 10 Years (2010). Mrs. Pérez has been honored with several professional awards and recognitions including Endeavor Entrepreneur (2014) and the 2011 Paybefore Industry Achievement Award, the prepaid industry's highest individual honor in recognition of her contributions to the space and to financial inclusion in Latin America.
Benjamin is a Founder of GuiaBolso, a fintech startup that developed Brazil's leading personal finance platform, with over 3.5M users and the #1 finance app in the AppStore. In line with its mission of transforming the financial well-being of Brazilian consumers, GuiaBolso developed unique technology to aggregate and organize all of users' financial information to help them make better decisions and choose more appropriate products. A key piece of this strategy has been the scaling up of an credit marketplace to match consumers with directed offers from banking partners online and in real-time. GuiaBolso is proud to be backed by investors such as Kaszek, Ribbit, QED, IFC (World Bank), and Omidyar. Benjamin was Managing Director of Groupon Latam, from the early days of explosive growth through the NASDAQ IPO, and previously was Engagement Manager at McKinsey in Brazil. He was also board member of the NGO Instituto Dois Irmãos and lived in the 'favela' of Rocinha (RJ) for 3 months, in addition to doing volunteer social impact projects for Ashoka. An American living in Brazil for the last 10 years, Benjamin majored in Economics and holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School (U.Penn).
CEO & Founder, Tienda Pago
Dan is the founder and CEO of Tienda Pago. Tienda Pago provides short term financing to stores in the traditional channel to finance the inventory of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs). The line of credit is integrated with a mobile wallet resulting in cashless collection for FMCG distributors. Since 2014 TP operates in Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Previously Dan was part of the funding management team of Celistics, as well as the CEO of Movilway, the largest Agent network of prepaid airtime in LATAM with operations in 14 countries. Dan worked for 12 years in New York in financial services as a strategic management consultant in various fortune 500 firms. Dan started his career as a FX trader in Citibank in Venezuela. Mr Cohen has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon university and resides now in Miami Fl.
Fermín Ezquer Matallana
Managing Partner, Think Creative
Fermin Ezquer-Matallana is a Managing Partner with Think Creative, a multidisciplinary business accelerator that develops innovative product, service, and brand extensions to sustainably increase top-line growth. Additionally, he serves as Chief Strategist for Imagemme, a branding and packaging design agency and sister-company to Think Creative. Specialized in business model innovation, Fermin has led client engagements across industries throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. These projects include: creating a business model for millennials at BBVA; working with Robin Hood Foundation to help nonprofits in NYC develop sustainable business models; facilitating the idea-to-business model transformation process at Petronas Malaysia; and many more. Fermin is presently a mentor with Startup Bootcamp Fintech in New York City; a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexican Government’s Observatorio Nacional del Emprendedor; and sits on the Board of Directors for two startups (ThinkWoW and CrowdBureau). Fermin is also advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer at Grupo Gentera, the leader in financial services to the base of the pyramid in Latin America with a mission to eradicate financial exclusion. Before Think Creative, Fermin lent his expertise to a variety of institutions, serving as Head of the Strategy Practice at CMP Telecom, Senior Analyst at Flores de Lemus Institute for Advanced Economic Studies, and Senior Consultant with GESEM Consultants and Auditors. Fermin is also an experienced academic. Fermin served as Associate Dean at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria; has guest-lectured at Lehigh University, New York University, Syracuse University, the Iacocca Institute, Instituto Internacional Bravo Murillo, and Universidad Carlos III; and has authored two forward-thinking business books: B2S (Big 2 Small) (2009), and The Creative Firm (2007). Fermin Ezquer-Matallana completed post-graduate work at IESE Business School and Stanford University School of Business.
Managing Director - Head of Innovation LATAM, Accenture Brasil
Guilherme Horn is one the pioneers in Fintech in Brazil. He founded 6 companies, among them AGORA, a leading digital broker dealer, sold to BRADESCO for $500 million in 2008, and ORAMA, recognized by AMAZON (AWS) as one of the most innovative fintechs in the world in 2012. Horn in an investor in more than 30 startups in Brazil, and a board member at ABF (Brazilian Fintech Association), Anjos do Brasil (Angel Investors Association) and Wayra (Telefonica). He is the Editor of Finnovation, the #1 blog in Fintech in Brazil and writes a weekly column at Estadao, the main Brazilian newspaper. Horn is PhD in Business and Managing Director at Accenture Latin America.
EVP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa
Jim McCarthy is the Executive Vice President of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Visa Inc. In this position, Jim is responsible for the development of Visa’s innovation efforts, business development for strategic partnerships and overseeing Visa’s open platform program, Visa Developer. Most recently, Jim was the Global Head of Product for Visa Inc., with responsibility for all aspects of product strategy and development in consumer and business products, as well as platform development and commercial information management. Since joining Visa in 1999, McCarthy has held several senior leadership positions, including Head of North America Financial Institution Sales and Head of Global Consumer Products. Earlier in his Visa tenure, McCarthy was Head of Emerging Products for Visa USA, where he drove the coordination, deployment and management of emerging products and payment services in the United States, including the development of Verified by Visa, an identity verification product that has become the standard for payment security and fraud prevention in eCommerce. Prior to joining Visa in 1999, McCarthy worked at IBM where he served as the senior client representative to Bank of America. In that role, he was responsible for direct sales and account management including marketing, technology solutions and the development of joint business strategies. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1986.
Managing Director and Founder, Elevar Equity LLC
Johanna Posada is Managing Director and co-founder of Elevar Equity, a private venture capital fund management firm that invests in emerging countries. Elevar focuses on investing in and supporting entrepreneurs that offer products and services to clients with limited or no access to global systems. Currently, Elevar manages three funds and, with over USD165 million under management (AUM), has invested in 29 companies in emerging countries (India, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Brazil), and in sectors such as funding for micro and SMEs, Fintech businesses, payments/corresponsal banking, education financing, low resource housing and health services. Johanna has over 17 years of experience working for the corporate finance and investment sector in emerging markets. She is currently Manager of Afluenta (Argentina), Credijusto (Mexico), Tienda Nube (Argentina), Financiera TFC (Perú), FINAE (México) and Unión Andina (España / EEUU). She has previously been in the Board Member of Caja Rural de los Andes (Perú), Credex (Mexico) and observer at GloboKasNet (Perú). After graduating from the ITAM (Mexico DF) in Economics, she began her career as economist in the Central Bank in Mexico, where she focused on the elaboration of institutional frames to increase efficiency and inclusion in the Mexican financial sector. Johanna received her Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University, after which she worked as Senior Financial Specialist in the Exploration Company of ExxonMobil (Africa) and Sr. Investment Manager for the team of Capital Markets of Unitus, Inc.
Partner, Quona Capital
Jonathan is a founding partner of Quona Capital, a venture capital firm focused on companies leveraging technology to promote financial inclusion for underserved consumers and businesses in emerging markets. Quona manages the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund, which is sponsored by Accion International, a global leader in inclusive finance. 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.
Managing Director, Endeavor Miami
Laura es Managing Director de Endeavor Miami, una organización sin ánimo de lucro creada en septiembre de 2013 en Estados Unidos, dedicada a buscar y seleccionar emprendedores de alto impacto para ayudarles a escalar, todo ello con el objetivo de crear un ecosistema de emprendimiento en la comunidad. Laura se incorporó a Endeavor tras más de 15 años de experiencia identificando nuevas oportunidades de negocio y fomentando el crecimiento en diferentes industrias, incluyendo el sector de pagos y los servicios financieros. Antes de unirse a Endeavor, Laura fue Senior Business Leader, Commercial Solutions para Visa en Latinoamérica, donde se encargó entre otras cosas de desarrollar y gestionar nuevas soluciones de pagos para empresas y gobiernos en la región. Antes de entrar en Visa en 2003, Laura fue Business Development Leader encargada de identificar, negociar y estructura nuevas oportunidades de negocio y alianzas en la región, así como de monitorizar las inversiones estratégicas. Laura cuenta con una extensa experiencia en M&A y Private Equity. También trabajó como Associate en el Bank of America Private Equity Partners en Chicago, un fondo de capital privado latinoamericano, así como Analista para Protego Investment Associates, un banco de inversión en México. Laura tiene un MBA por Harvard Business School (HBS) y es graduada en Económicas por I.T.A.M en Ciudad de México, donde se graduó con honores. También fue miembro del HBS Alumni Board entre 2009 y 2013, donde fue nombrada Vicepresidenta y Miembro del Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo. Como actual Miembro del Consejo del HBS Club of South Florida, durante los últimos 10 años ha levantado fondos para becas para que líderes sociales del Sur de Florida formen parte de un programa ejecutivo del HBS. Laura también es miembro del Consejo de Asesores de Miami Dade College’s Idea Center.
Lionel is a well-recognized entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley and global consulting firms. He has founded and exited several startups and has lead Silicon Valley firms as CTO to position products on the Gartner magic quadrant. Lionel assisted in the development of SAP businesses for Neoris, one of the global consulting partners. He is considered a tech visionary with a proven ability to innovate and execute. His goal is to influence the way people and businesses use technology, drive change and innovation fostering a better quality of life and a fairer society. Having worked with mobile technologies since the late nineties, he initiated Leapfactor in 2009 to develop disruptive business apps, extending CRM and ERP to customers outside of the limits of systems of record to clients. Today, he stands on the consumer side and leads the company Monies. Monies is a mobile app within the Fintech industry created to simplify and disrupt the traditional banking and remittances ways, making connections easier and providing financial inclusion.
Senior Digital Financial Sector Specialist, International Finance Corporation- IFC
Luis has developed his career in the field of finance, where he has held senior positions both in the public sector, he was advisor to the Minister of Economy in Spain, and in the private sector. He has an extensive experience in consulting, he was Director of Strategic Consulting for the Financial Sector at PwC in Spain, as well as in the financial industry. He has also a long international experience. He worked for five years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC, where he held different positions, as advisor to the Managing Director and in the Monetary and Financial Markets Department. More recently, he was Managing Director of the PwC-IE Business School Financial Sector Center, where he did an extensive work of publishing and business development in Spain and Latin America in key strategic areas for the financial sector, with a special focus on FinTech. He was also founding partner of an IT firm specialized in Big Data & Analytics. Currently, he is professor at IE Business School and Senior Digital Financial Sector Specialist at the International Finance Corporation-IFC (World Bank Group). Luis holds a PhD in Economics Cum Laude from Alcalá University, he is State Economist for the Government of Spain, and he holds an MA in Law and an MA in Business Administration from ICADE University. He also has a postdegree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Global Senior Management Program from the University of Chicago and IE Business School.
LATAM Startups Director, Microsoft
Mariano Amartino has been designated LATAM Startups Director in Microsoft, and will report directly to Fabio Scopeta, Head of Engineering & Innovation & AI Leader for LATAM. Mariano will be responsible of leading Microsoft’s strategy on LATAM startups’ ecosystem to drive innovation in the region. Mariano has a great deal of experience as entrepreneur and blogger: he was CEO of Hipertextual and participated in the Board of Directors of several startups. Moreover, he covers topics on online communities, Internet and new media in uberbin.net, one of the first technological blogs in Spanish. Mariano has been an entrepreneur for over two decades, and afterwards he led Wayra, Telefonica’s startup accelerator in Latin America, where he invested and supported over 700 startups both at a regional and global level. Mariano has solid knowledge on how innovation ecosystems work from a local and regional perspective, besides having outstanding achievements for supporting the growth of a variety of entrepreneurial projects. “I’m excited about being part of Microsoft and its team. For years, Microsoft has constantly innovated in technological platforms, consistently leading the way of the different technological waves”, said Mariano. His passion for entrepreneurship and new technologies has led him to live in different countries, and his current position at Microsoft LATAM will take him to Argentina, where he will have the opportunity to support entrepreneurs of the region with the necessary technology to drive their projects.
Founder and CEO, Technisys,
Miguel Santos the founder and CEO of Technisys (technisys.com), the digital banking venture backed company. Technisys offers an Omni-Channel software platform that help banks to increase sales, differentiate through customer experience and be efficient, and a Core Banking solution for the bank of the digital age. The company has installed offices in US, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. Technisys is now serving more than 30 banks such as Banco Estado de Chile, Banco Falabella, Banco Macro, Banco Original, BROU, BSCH, Citibank, Davivienda, Diners, GlobalBank, Hipotecario, Improsa, Itau, HSBC, Pacifico, Patagonia and Sudameris. Recently the company raised 13MM for its B-Series from top investors such us Intel Capital, Alta Ventures, KaszeK, Holdinvest and Endeavor Catalyst. A few years ago he also started investing in technology based ventures with high growth potential where he can add value with his experience and network in areas such as digital finance, crypto, security and fintech in general. The Endeavor entrepreneur featured a report from the Stanford University presented in the World Economic Forum at Davos, as one of the 50 companies in the world showing fast growth. Regular speaker at Red Innova, BAI and other banking conferences, Miguel is a referent in financial technologies in Latin-America. He is also very active in inspiring entrepreneurs, giving lectures in Stanford, NYU and other important universities. Moreover, in 2014 he became donor to the Endeavor foundation and investor on Red Innova. On the social and community side, Miguel is co-founder and financial supporter of DemocracyOS.org, a non-profit technology venture aimed to improve the citizenship participation in politics through the use of the new tools Internet can provide. Last but not least, Miguel is a father of two, husband, snowboarder and DJ once in a while.
Principal, QED Investors
Mike is a Principal at QED Investors, a Fintech VC firm, focusing on supporting portfolio companies and finding new investment opportunities. He works closely with Nubank, GuiaBolso, and Creditas in Brazil as well as Konfio and ComparaGuru in Mexico. Mike has always been drawn to data-based strategies and has broad experience in product development, decision and data sciences, testing strategies, marketing, and financial management. Prior to QED, Mike spent 10 years with Capital One in the US working across several functions and business lines developing a skill set in strategy and analytics. Mike holds MBA degrees from Columbia Business School and London Business School and graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics.
CEO and co-founder, Startupbootcamp FinTech
Nektarios is co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp FinTech and InsurTech. He is also co-founder at Rainmaking Innovation, part of the global Rainmaking cooperative of entrepreneurs, leading innovation programs across the financial services sector. Working to address the relationship between corporates and startups, Nektarios works closely with the industry partners and investors for the Startupbootcamp FinTech and InsurTech programs in London, New York, Singapore, Mumbai and Mexico City. Prior to Startupbootcamp, 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.
Peter Vander Auwera
Peter is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker with an ambition to inspire other people to dream and bring out the very best in them. He believes in the application and societal impact of technology, rather than technology for technology sake, and has an urge to challenge the status quo. He is Founder of Petervan Productions where he architects, creates and produces unique immersive learning expeditions, performances and artwork. Former Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Main architect and content creator of the eight Innotribe Sibos events between 2009 and 2016. Project lead of the Digital Asset Grid, major project on peer to peer sharing of data. Prior to SWIFT, Peter was at Microsoft as EAI Solution Sales and Business Development Manager for Microsoft’s Electronic Identity Card plans in Belgium, for which he received in 2005 the Microsoft Chairman’s Award. Peter is advisor and investor in Volta Ventures, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups. Peter is member of the WEF expert group on Personal Data, and the REXpedition, a think-tank for the Relationship Economy. Peter is founder of Corporate Rebels United, a movement to unite corporate rebels worldwide to ensure that true change happens virally, and Charter Member of Change Agents Worldwide. Peter is a frequent speaker, including TEDxNewWallStreet and TEDxChange. Throughout his career, he has won several innovation- and going-beyond awards.
Raúl Fernández Briseño
Partner, White & Case
Raúl Fernández-Briseño joined White & Case in 1999 and became partner in the Mexico office in January 2012. After earning his Attorney at Law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), he obtained an LLM from McGill University in Canada. At White & Case, Raúl’s work focuses on general corporate affairs, complex mergers and acquisitions, bank financing, joint ventures and cross-border operations in a wide range of industries. His experience includes real estate and financing (including leveraged financing) for equipment (for example, fleets and aircraft), telecommunications, satellite, maritime and railway industries, as well as issues related to the financing of projects. Recently and crucially, Raúl has been at the forefront of landmark telecommunications projects in Mexico, leading Mexico’s technological march in this area such as lead counsel to Altán Consortium in the Mexico’s historic international public tender process for the development and deployment of a shared wholesale telecommunications services network (Red Compartida) and his representation to Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífico (AMP) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) in a hostile takeover bid by Grupo México. Raúl’s activities are not limited to his professional work at the Firm. Since 2007, Raúl has been head professor in Commercial Law (I & II) at ITAM. He is currently working as director for three law degree theses on fintech.
Country Manager Mexico, Afluenta
Rebeca is Country Manager in Afluenta Mexico. She joined Afluenta in 2015, when it was launching in Peru and began to develop the operations in Mexico. She has experience in both public and private sectors, working at the CNBV and Bank of Mexico in risk and financial analysis. Afterwards Rebeca worked in several financial startups since they began to operate, such as United Guaranty of AIG and Vehículos Líquidos Financieros, a second-tier financial institution that grants credits focused on SMEs. Recaba holds a degree in Economics from the ITAM and a Master in Economics from the De Paul in Chicago USA.
Senior Vice President, Products for Latin America, Visa Inc. LAC
Ruben Salazar is the Senior Vice President of Products for Visa Latin America and the Caribbean region. In this role he is responsible for product development in the region and heading the products team with the objective of supporting banks, technology partners and consumers in the region. He also leads the development of new business and implementation of digital products for Visa Latin America. Prior to this, he was the Head of Product Design & Development at Visa in Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he drove Visa’s entire portfolio of core and emerging payment solutions; leading design, development and go-to- market strategies across the region. He set the direction for product design and development priorities in the region to ensure Visa continues to be the leading payments network. Ruben was also responsible for the integration of new digital capabilities with core payments platforms, the delivery of a pipeline of product enhancements, go-to- market plans, segment solutions and consumer experiences to support issuers and partners in securing revenue growth.
Thomas (Tigre) Wenrich
CEO, LAB Miami Ventures
Tigre recently joined The LAB Miami as CEO and is launching LAB.Ventures, a “venture builder” that aims to create game-changing new businesses in partnership with the region’s best entrepreneurial talent and leading corporations. Tigre is also an active angel investor and a mentor to several local emerging technology companies, having invested in more than two dozen startups. He serves on the board of Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), Miami’s leading angel investor network. In 2009 Tigre joined Andres Moreno as the Founding COO and CFO of Open English, growing the company from commercial launch to over $50M in annual revenues and creating a massive consumer brand. Today Open English is the leading on-line language school in the Americas, having helped nearly 500,000 students to learn English over the internet. Under Tigre’s leadership, Open English raised over $120M of Venture Capital in four rounds of investment from firms including Redpoint, Insight, and Technology Crossover Ventures. Tigre began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he spent 16 years as a partner in the US, Spain and Mexico. Later, from 2006 to 2009, he built a chain of 20 checkcashing and PayDay Loan stores in Miami, which he purchased in an MBO and subsequently sold to a larger competitor. He was also a founding investor and Board member of Proteak, a large Latin American forestry business which listed on the Mexican stock exchange in 2010. Tigre holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Co-founder, Kyvo | gsvLabs (Brazil)
Vitor is Co-founder of Kyvo Design-driven Innovation and partner of GSVlabs in Brazil. He coordinates the Track, a Visa acceleration program in Brazil, and is a consultant to EDP’s innovation program, EDP Starter. In recent years, in addition to the work developed for some of the largest multinationals in Brazil, he analyzed the business models of more than 400 startups. Vitor has more than 10 year of expertise in human centered design, focusing on create business and services that are desirable to people, viable to business and technologically feasible. He holds a degree in Design and he is specialized in Service Design and Business Management.
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