Agustín Pagnoni is the CTO of Increase, was responsible for the construction and scaling of the company's technology from its inception to the present, in which the company already has more than 25,000 merchants, 4 products and presence in 2 countries . Agustín is a software engineer and combines his work at Increase with the classes he teaches at the ITBA where he works as an adjunct professor. Agustín seeks to generate a triple positive impact as well as constantly improve through working with the right people and the use of technology and methodologies.
US Managing Director & Partner, Wolox
Agustina is Co-founder and General Director of Wolox USA, a company that innovates and develops digital products. Software Engineer, has extensive experience in projects of high technological impact. From Silicon Valley, he is now responsible for the strategy of growth and international expansion of the company. As an Argentine entrepreneur she has added several recognitions in recent years. In 2017 it was recognized by MIT among the 35 innovators under the age of 35 and its Muzi project received recognition as an innovative project with a social impact by the Círculo Creativo Argentino and the Sadosky Prize for innovation. In 2016, Agustina was part of the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University and Launchpad at SU laboratories at NASA, Silicon Valley. She is also a member of the Vital Voices Association, whose mission is to promote the development of women in the business areas of impact.
Ana Paula González
Head of Miami, 500 Startups
Ana Paula González is the Head of 500 Startups Miami. 500 Startups is a Silicon Valley-based, early stage tech VC fund whose mission is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. To date, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,000 companies in 60+ countries around the world. Previous to 500 Startups, Ana spent 4 years at New Ventures, developing the impact investing field in Latin America, by leading investment and acceleration programs for social and environmental companies throughout the region. Ana started her career at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with clients in Private Equity, financial services and non- profit sectors. Ana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with honors and a Bachelor in International Business from Tec de Monterrey with honors.
Arnoldo J. Reyes
Vice President, Digital Partnerships, FinTech & Ventures, Visa LAC
Arnoldo J. Reyes is currently Vice President of Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region of Visa, Inc. In this position, Mr. Reyes leads the development of partnerships with leading digital brands such as Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal. Additionally, Mr. Reyes is responsible for Visa’s commercial activities within the Fintech ecosystem and co-manages efforts related to Visa Ventures (Visa’s corporate venture capital arm) in the region. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Reyes was Head of Latin America at Abra, a blockchain- powered mobile payments startup whose investors include American Express Ventures, First Round Capital, and NYCA. Before Abra, Mr. Reyes was Head of Financial Services, Market & Business Development for the Latin American and Caribbean region at PayPal, Inc. At PayPal, Mr. Reyes led the company’s expansion in over 10 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as all strategic partnerships, and product deployment initiatives for Small Business and Consumer segments. Mr. Reyes has also held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of Strategy, Consulting, Finance, Product, and Marketing at American Express and MasterCard. He served as Head of Strategic Initiatives at Grupo Financiero Promerica, a privately-held Latin American banking conglomerate with operations in South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean. Mr. Reyes began his career within the investment banking division of Barclays Capital where he focused on originating, structuring, and executing transactions in the Financial Institutions, Telecom, and Media sectors. Mr. Reyes has vast international experience, having lived or worked in Latin America, the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Asia. He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and currently resides in Miami, FL U.S.A.
Head of Marketing and Alliances, VeriTran
Christian Castello is Director of Alliances & Marketing at Veritran, a pioneer in omnibus digital banking and payment platform solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in Sales, Sales Consultancy, Technology Consultancy and Marketing, Applications and Software as a Service in multinational technology companies in Latin America in multi-cultural environments such as Oracle and SAP. Christian is an Information Systems Engineer from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional Buenos Aires. He also completed an Executive Program in Digital Marketing and a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing, both at the Universidad Católica Argentina.
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.
Connectivity, Markets and Finance Lead Specialist, IDB
Diego is a Lead Specialist in the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. His work includes topics such as fintech, regulation, capital markets, financial inclusion, productive financing, among others. In the past, he was Superintendent of Market Risk and Integrity in the Colombian financial regulator. Previously, Mr. Herrera worked as Risk Director, Head of Risks and acting as Front Office in the private financial sector in Colombia. He was professor of financial microeconomics and financial risk at the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia. Diego is a Master of Science in Risk Management from the New York University-Stern School of Business and obtained a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in economics from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. Recently, he received a Fintech Certification from Massachusetts In Technology - MIT-. He is the author of academic documents on financial regulation.
Digital banking- Global Payments Strategy & Alliances Director, BBVA
Enrique is the Strategy & Partnerships director at BBVA Global Payments team. He has been working at BBVA for the last 12 years, in different business development roles in Spain, Asia and South America. Previous to BBVA he used to work for a big-5 consulting company as a strategy director for telecom companies, providing c-level insights and recommendations to technology companies. During his role at BBVA Enrique has developed several key payments strategies and related solutions, also helping to implement them in different countries.
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.
CoFounder and Tech VP, Cumplo
Civil Industrial Engineer Information Technology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Stanford University (Stanford Ignite Program).
Senior Director - Financial Inclusion, Visa
Jorge Ortega is responsible for setting the strategic direction and execution of our Financial Inclusion initiatives in key markets throughout the world. He is also leading our Small Enterprise Inclusion to increase adoption and usage of financial services amongst micro and small merchants. By working collaboratively with both public and private sector he is developing novel and unique programs to enable the unbanked and underserved to participate in the digital economy. The end goal is to promote transparency, efficiency and broader economic development. For more than a decade, Jorge led initiatives that helped expand Visa’s acceptance across different industries - retail, airline, hospitality, department stores, etc. Before joining Visa, Jorge spent more than 10 years in consumer marketing with consumer good electronics companies in Mexico and Canada Jorge has a degree in Marketing from the institute TEC de Monterrey and an MBA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Senior Presales Consultant, Todo 1
With more than 18 years of experience in the implementation of Web and Mobile Solutions for Corporate Software, 8 of which have specialized in the financial sector, Julián has a solid knowledge of the evolution of Digital Channels in Latin America. Currently, she leads the TODO1 Presales Team, where she joined 5 years ago directing the Organization's Product strategy. He has been in contact with the needs and strategies of different financial institutions, which face challenges of adoption, security and financial Digital Channel strategy. Julián, is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. And he has an International MBA in the School of Senior Management of Barcelona, Spain.
Speaker, Writer, Blockchain Evangelist
Kelcey is a pioneer in the blockchain landscape entering the scene over three years ago as an early investor and participant in the crypto-economy. She founded Trellis at the height of the ICO craze, lending her expertise to blockchain-related marketing and communication strategy. Kelcey has executed successful campaigns for many regions including APAC, Europe, and the US. She is also the creator and organizer of the seminal ICOnference. With a career spanning more than ten years in tech and innovation, Kelcey has worked with and advised startups at various stages as well as multinational companies. She has recently launched Women plus Blockchain, a news and media platform promoting diversity and elevating the dialogue for blockchain technology.
Founder, Vodanovic Legal
Expert in financial services regulation. Master in Law from the London School of Economics, specialising in Banking and Finance Law. He has worked for 11 years at the Peruvian banking supervisor, SBS (2002-2013), in charge of the legal review of all financial operations and services. She was a consultant in the law firm Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uría (2013-2016). Today she is the founder of her own legal boutique, from which she advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of their regulation. He also advises Fintech companies, both local and international, and collaborates with the fintechs guild and with the Peruvian authorities for the implementation of regulatory improvements and sound practices in the financial industry. She is an independent director of a Peruvian financial institution. She is professor of the Financial System Regulation course at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and Universidad del Pacífico (UP); and is a constant speaker at seminars, conferences and workshops, both local and international, on issues related to the regulation of financial services.
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).
Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Bitex
Manuel Beaudroit is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Bitex, a financial service provider with focus in Latin America which takes advantage of the Bitcoin blockchain to serve individuals, SME´s and financial institutions looking to explore this technology. The company is already operating in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay and it has built a network of partners in more than 50 countries. Bitex is the first company worldwide to start providing crossborder payments to banks using bitcoin. Before Bitex, and with his actual partners, they founded Cryptocueva (then rebranded as conectabitcoin), the first Latin American descentralized bitcoin & litecoin exchange and cryptocambios, the first bitcoin broker of Argentina with a public bitcoin price in Pesos. Prior to Bitex he was the Service Delivery Manager in Accenture for the Digital Marketing Operation of P&G in Latin America and Iberia.
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 (Lineru.com) 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.
Senior Operations Officer, IFC
Martin Spahr is a Senior Specialist in MiPYMES for Latin America He has 20 years of experience in financing for development, having worked in Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia. His experience covers a wide range of essential topics linked to the MiPYMEs (i) downscaling projects (supporting commercial banks to enter the microfinance segment), (iii) transformation projects of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), as well as (iii) practical experience in creating and leading financial institutions in extremely difficult environments. At IFC, Martin works in a team whose objective is to grow the portfolio of advisory projects aimed at improving access to financing for micro and small businesses. He is also responsible for the development of new financial products and services in the area of agri-finance, financing of SMEs, deposit mobilization and microinsurance. Martin holds a degree in Economics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and an MBA from Hagen University (certified by the University of Wales). Bilingual in Spanish and German, he is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Portuguese and French.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, IGNIA
Michael has been a pioneer in equity investing in emerging markets, co-founding the venture capital firm IGNIA in Mexico, and a leader in the creation of commercial microfinance, participating in the founding and governance of icons such as BancoSol in Bolivia, Mibanco in Peru, and Compartamos Banco in Mexico. He also co-founded the investment firm Grupo Pegasus in Argentina where he remains a Senior Advisor. He also holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Michael served as the president and CEO of ACCION International; was one of then sixteen members of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co during the rise of the leveraged buyout industry; and SVP and CFO of PACE Industries, ranked by Forbes as one of the largest 20 private companies in the U.S. After graduating from Harvard Business School with an MBA with Highest Distinction (Baker Scholar), Michael joined the Boston Consulting Group. Michael was born in China, grew up in Uruguay, and attended Dartmouth College, where he is a trustee emeritus. He and his wife Victoria live in West Newton, MA and when the ice melts, he likes to brave wind and tide in the Annisquam waters of the North Shore on his sailing boat.
Principal, QED Investors
Mike is a partner at QED Investors, an early stage venture capital firm primarily focusing on fintech. Currently, he is building and managing the firm’s portfolio in Latin America which includes companies like Nubank and Creditas in Brazil and Konfio in Mexico. Prior to QED, Mike spent 10 years at Capital One in a variety of leadership roles in credit cards, retail partnerships, consumer finance, and small business lending.
Founder, The Artian
“Creativity is a matter of Commitment, not a matter of Resources,” says Nir Hindi. Hindi, originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel, is an entrepreneur who, though rooted in the world of technology and business, has always had one foot in the creative world. He is the founder of The Artian, innovation and creativity training company that empowers organizations and leads them to be more original, by using a unique method that adopts practices, processes, and techniques from the art world, and integrates artistic thinking into the business and entrepreneurship worlds. Nir is devoted to fostering Renaissance Thinking – combining art with engineering, science, and technology. He believes that traditional education won't help managers lead and develop in the current environment; to succeed, originality and creative thinking are essential. Nir especially advocates the connection between artistic talent and business entrepreneurship, two areas that fuel each other and provide endless opportunities for mutual learning. He is startups mentor and Visiting Professor in IE Business School, one of Europe's leading business schools; a guest lecturer at the Master for Design and Innovation in IED; both in Madrid, Spain. He is the founder of the Art & Tech event series and part of Cotec’s 100 experts to promote innovation in Spain.
Oriol Ros i Mas
Chief Marketing Officer, Latinia
Oriol Ros is co-founder of Latinia and its marketing director. Currently, Latinia, a manufacturer of financial notification software, is a leader in its product category with a wide presence among the leading banks in the region. Latinia was first-mover in the field of text messaging services for companies in 1999, when it began operations, pivoting in 2001 to focus strictly on the financial vertical. Ros has a humanities and communication profile as a graduate in History and Journalism and he has a Master in ESADE Business School, where he has also taught numerous breakthrough marketing sessions. Ros also has training in various strategy programs carried out in INSEAD. It is based in Madrid since the opening of Latinia offices in the Spanish capital. As a marketing director, he has led the brand's expansion and the definition of his company's growth strategies since its inception.
Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Ignia
Otto Graff is Partner and Chief Financial Officer at IGNIA. In this role, Otto oversees all of IGNIA’s financial matters, including debt financing, equity fundraising for portfolio companies, treasury operations, financial reporting to investors, tax planning and compliance. Prior to joining IGNIA, Otto worked as a Risk Manager for Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, where he was responsible for the implementation and management of hedged portfolios of financial derivatives to mitigate exposure to natural gas, exchange rate and interest rate volatility. Previously, Otto worked in the Corporate Finance and Financial Reporting teams, where he structured debt and capital issuances, developed and implemented a financial information system and produced annual and quarterly reporting as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Mexican Stock Exchange. Otto also served as Vice President of the Energy Commission of the Nuevo Leon Chamber of Industrial Transformation (CAINTRA) from August 2007 to November 2008. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Rafael de Haro
Managing Partner, VARIV Capital
Rafael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at VARIV Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies doing business in Latin America. Rafael is also Co-Founder of Lifedots, a New York-based mobile software company. Before VARIV and Lifedots, Rafael was an investment-banking associate in the M&A Group at JPMorgan in their London office and an associate attorney at the New York law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Rafael studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, specialized in international law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York and specializations in private equity and venture capital from Harvard Business School.
Director of Research, Cornerstone Advisors
Ron Shevlin is the Director of Research at Cornerstone Advisors where he heads up the firm’s strategic research efforts. Consistently ranked among the top fintech influencers, Ron is the author of Smarter Bank, the primary contributor to Cornerstone's Insight Vault site, and is the purveyor of fine snark on the Moment of Snark on the Breaking Banks podcast. His prior experience includes research and consulting for Aite Group, Forrester Research, and KPMG. Ron has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from SUNY Binghamton.
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.
Managing Partner - North America, 11FS
Sam is Managing Partner North America for 11:FS. Sam previously led the Digital and FinTech Practice at NTT Data Consulting focusing on both the Financial Service and Insurance market. He has over twenty years of experience working in the payments, mobile, and banking space across North America and Europe. Sam’s an active mentor, thought leader, and sought after speaker focusing on the human element of digital and banking innovation.
Co-founder and CEO, Destacame
Sebastián holds a mayor in Civil Engineering in PUC in Chile and an MBA at MIT / Sloan (USA). He started his career in Arauco, where he developed new business areas and witnessed operations in other markets. Afterwards he founded an investment office that he ran for three years. Nowadays, Sebastián is co-founder and CEO of Destacame, free platform where users can be empowered by their own data, financially educate themselves and request products adapted to their realities. At Destacame he adds his knowledge in Big Data and statistics.
Founder & Managing Partner, Polymath Ventures
Wenyi Cai is the Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, an emerging-market-focused company builder with offices in Bogota, Mexico City, and Shanghai. Polymath has built 7 companies in a range of industries, including mobility and financial services, and raised over $20M USD in early-stage funding. Polymath is a strategic partner of Mesoamerica, a leader in private equity in Latin America, with a dedicated $40M USD fund to invest in Polymath's portfolio. Prior to founding Polymath, Wenyi was the COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Earlier in her career, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and a qualitative trader in the hedge fund industry. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.
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