Team

 

Alexis Zamudio

Events Manager

Alexis joined to Finnovista after been working at Forbes Mexico, there He was manager of business events developed by the magazine. Before this, he studied International Relations at National University of Mexico (UNAM) and he used the events as ways to attract foreign investment, however when he was working in Reed Exhibitions, he understood that events are much than this. Today his work is focused in attendees experiences on site and to promote networking spaces. The Finnovista Culture definitely makes sense with that purpose.

 

Andrés Fontao

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Andres Fontao is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Finnovista, where he has pioneered fintech events, startup competitions and bank-sponsored open innovation programs throughout Europe and Latin America under different brands, including Next Bank, Innotribe and BBVA Open Talent brands. Prior to starting finnovista, Andres spent time with a Silicon Valley-based fintech start-up leading expansion into Europe and LATAM. Before that, he was head of mobile banking at Bankinter. Andres has also worked as a consultant to mobile operators in Europe and Mexico. Andres holds a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont (USA) and MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.

 

Blanca Sanz

Communications and Marketing Manager

A staunch defender of the power of marketing and communication as a medium for social change, Blanca holds a degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and an MBA in International Management. She also has more than four years of experience in various fields of communication. Amongst others: as an International Advisor for the Spanish Embassy in São Paulo, as a Digital Communication Technician for several Foundations and NGOs and as Marketing and Communication Manager for a Marketplace. It was at this last experience that she became passionate for the entrepreneur ecosystem and for the potential that this kind of startups have for driving change and improving society.

 

Christine Chang

Industry Partnerships Director

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.

 

Claudia Medel

Finance and Administration Manager

Claudia has a degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She has experience in different sectors: Banking, Energy, Housing, Non Profit Organizations, and Services; she always has worked in the areas of Finance, Treasury and Administration. She is convinced that making easier the access to the financial system services is necesary for a personal and business development. Innovation and technology will allow the inclusion of those sectors that have not been able to benefit from the opportunities offered by the financial system by allowing them to have a better offer of products, processes and business opportunities.

 

Elena Cruz

Program Operations Manager

Elena's greatest motivation is to impact the world in a positive way and generate chains of collaboration that promote entrepreneurship and transform economies. She immediately graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the UNAM was involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, collaborating for 3 years in Wayra Mexico working as Operations Manager where he supported more than 40 technology startups, managing acceleration services and linking startups with the public sector and private, in addition to acquiring experience in venture capital, operations management and entrepreneurship events. She currently works as Operations and Administration Coordinator in Startupbootcamp Fintech, impulsing the Fintech sector in the region, as well as studying a Master in Business and Technology at Collective Academy.

 

Elena Solera

Communication & Marketing Director, Finnovista

Elena Solera is an expert in business journalism and digital communications. She has worked as a reporter for several Spanish media such as Europa Press, Cinco Días or El Exportador in cities like Madrid, Brussels, and Istanbul. Now, she designs and develops communication and marketing strategies for tech & innovation projects at corporations like BBVA, Amadeus or Finnovista.

 

Fermín Bueno

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Fermin is a venture capital & innovation professional with extensive investment, operational, product strategy and technology experience in high-tech digital markets. Fermin is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Finnovista, where he has pioneered a fintech innovation platform driven by a smart collaborative network, that manifest itself through startup competitions, acceleration programs, fintech evens and corporate-sponsored open innovation programs in Europe, US and Latin America. Before Finnovista, Fermin was part of the leadership team that launched an impact startup accelerator and an 185M-euro impact investment fund in Spain, where he managed startup investments in fintech, mobile, enterprise software and semiconductors. Fermin has also worked as management consultant and technology researcher in early mobile technologies in Europe. Fermin holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Sevilla, and MBA from IE Business School (Spain).

 

Franco Boggino

Events Director

The great social impact generated by startups and the inspiration transmitted by their leaders is what motivated Franco to join the entrepreneurial ecosystem after more than 15 years of experience working in big multinationals like HSBC, SHELL, Starmedia, First Data and WOBI en Mexico and Argentina. Passionate about business and innovation, Franco holds a Degree in Business Administration from the Catholique University of Argentina and a Masters in Marketing from University of San Andrés. Convinced that business encounters are always transforming experiences that inspire people to take action, he participated during more than 7 years in the organisation and commercialization of over 30 major congress, including World Business Forum in NY, CDMX and Bogota.

 

Jorge Barrios

Content & Research Manager

Technological Innovation as a tool for empowerment of individuals in an increasingly complex world is what motivates Jorge to be immersed in the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem. Before joining Finnovista, Jorge kicked off his career working for SV Links, a Silicon Valley based initiative on a mission to connect entrepreneurs from emerging economies with the Valley. He was also part of SV Links Angels as an Investor Relations Analyst, connecting investors from Latin America with investment opportunities in startups. His academic background includes a B.A. International Business from Tec de Monterrey Campus Saltillo and an A.D. Technology and Innovation Management from Stanford University in California. In his current role as Content and Research Manager, Jorge's duty is to shape the content of Finnovista's Events and generate relevant industry insights by analyzing Latin America’s FinTech scene. Other than Technology, his interests include International Economics, Politics and Finance, as well as a wide variety of music that inspire people to break their own paradigms.

 

Josefa Marzo

Country Manager - Mexico

Josefa is the Country Manager of Finnovista in Mexico where she is able to develop one of her great passions: to promote the professional development of people in their work environment, helping them realize their goals to infinity. In addition, she promotes the inclusiveness of banking and the financial world in general, acts as a service that everyone can access, understands the products and their risks, and gives the customer the best service in an ethical way. Before joining Finnovista, she founded a bank in Mexico, was the person in charge of developing the operative part of technology, operations, human resources and business engineering. It was there where she developed her passion and vision for technological innovation in the financial sector. Previously, she had been the COO for Latin America of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and director of the legal advisors for ABN Amro in Spain and RBS in Latin America. Josefa holds a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and LLM from the Instituto de Empresa.

 

Julia Fisher

Innovation Analyst

Julia gets excited by the prospect of connecting people in order to impulse positive change and financial inclusion. Coming from a background in finance and strategy, she has worked as a Strategy Analyst consulting social entrepreneurs. Her projects ranged from empowering business-women in Nicaragua and refugees in Uganda through microfinance to helping plan and execute an online platform which facilitates the deployment of humanitarians to disaster struck areas, among other initiatives. She has also worked at BBVA as a Sustainable Finance Analyst, dedicating her time to analyze and confirm that large projects in energy, infrastructure, agriculture and mining receiving the financing (+€100 million) were managing their resources efficiently as well as evaluating the potential environmental and social impact of the projects. She studied a Dual Degree in International Finance from Northeastern University (Boston) and Universidad Pontifica de Comillas, ICADE (Madrid). Her experience with startups and large financial institutions has motivated her to focus her efforts on creating successful relationships between the two in order to drive technological innovation.

 

Karla Chávez

Program Operations Manager

Karla holds a Bachelor’s in Animation and Digital Art from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Morelia. She has a degree in design from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife. Prior to joining Finnovista, Karla worked as Director of Creativity and Multimedia, as well as Corporate Program Manager in an incubator and accelerator. Her extensive experience in the area of graphic design and multimedia, has allowed her to co-participate with professors of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Morelia in the creation of a massive open online course (MOOC) for Coursera in the areas of direction, production and post -production of videos. Additionally, she has worked as a community manager, and has participated in initiatives such as NAVE Accelerator and Yellow Academy, performing: from design tasks to the organization and execution of entrepreneurship events. Being a lover of design, entrepreneurship and innovation, Karla has been a freelancer in the area of audiovisual design and production. As an entrepreneur, she started a home-run business called "Wings to fly". This project allowed her to learn more about business models, value propositions and a bit of the accounting area.

 

Macarena Banús

Innovation Manager

Macarena has recently graduated from the Dual Degree in International Relations and Translation and Interpretation in Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Throughout her studies she has done two exchanges abroad, one at Westminster University in London and another one at Université Catholique de Lille in France. During her last year of studies she decided to specialise in International Business and Economics, and thereby became increasingly interested in the Business field, particularly in marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation. Over the last years, Macarena has worked as Foreign Affairs analyst, Financial Communication Consultant and Strategic Human Resources Consultant. Meanwhile, she has combined her studies and professional experience with different projects on entrepreneurship and innovation alongside different multinational companies, which motivated her to launch her own startup and join several associations within the entrepreneurial scenario.

 

Montserrat Bonilla

Communications and Marketing Manager

Passionate about Public Relations and Content, with experience in startups, technology, human rights and gender equity. Degree in Communication Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a specialization in Corporate Communication. She has more than ten years of experience as a writer and content generator, and nearly four years, in addressing the communication needs of high impact companies and startups. Prior to Finnovista, she was Communications and Content Director of a Public Relations agency specializing in startups with a presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.

 

Nabil Meralli

Strategic Advisor

Nabil is a three-time technology entrepreneur with a successful exit and a venture capital and private equity investor in financial services. He is Partner of insurance-focused venture capital firm, InsurTech Venture Partners. Nabil was Chief Investment Officer of Silicon Valley FinTech ecosystem, FinTech Portfolio. Previously, Nabil was Managing Director and Head of Latin America of financial services private equity and advisory firm, Valkyrie Capital Partners. Prior to this role, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs & Co in London, where he founded and developed the Institutional Insurance business for Europe, The Middle East and Africa. Before his career at Goldman Sachs, Nabil was Vice President of US Financials Equities at private equity firm JC Flowers & Co portfolio company, Fox-Pitt, Kelton, the financials specialist investment bank that was acquired by Macquarie Capital. He preceded this role as Regional Director for US insurance company, The Hartford. Nabil started his career in the asset management industry at Franklin Templeton Investments. Nabil is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Columbia Business School.

 

Rafael Hernández

Program Director, Startupbootcamp Mexico City

Rafael Hernández is Program Director at Startupbootcamp Mexico City. Previously, he led the Village Capital FinTech practice in Latin America, the first regional initiative for that organization. Rafael is a UK Chevening Scholar and holds a Masters degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University College London and a BS in Cybernetics Engineering from Universidad La Salle. Rafael’s experience in private industry includes companies such as Citibank, Deloitte, Coca-Cola and as Innovation Leader for the multinational EDENRED has given him experience to understand industry needs from inside financial institutions. He has a keen vision for gaps in what current institutions can offer and how early-stage ventures can solve customer needs.

 

Saraí Arteaga

Ecosystem Coordinator

Saraí studied a Communications Science degree by the UNAM, she specialized in advertising and started her career as a Communications and Marketing trainee at Startupbootcamp's innovation programs in Latin America where she discovered and began to take an interest in the Fintech ecosystem and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

Zac Thomas

Portfolio Development Manager, Startupbootcamp Mexico City

Zac is Portfolio Development Manager for Startupbootcamp Fintech Mexico City. He previously worked at EY in management consultancy before seeing the light and transitioning to the startup ecosystem, beginning at a blockchain startup in New Zealand. He then worked at Techstars in New York before continuing on with one of Techstars' accelerator companies, Embleema, as their Business Strategy Manager. Before arriving in Mexico Zac spent time in both Chile and Colombia, and has a particular passion for Latin America. Zac enjoys working closely with startups and has a strong interest in design thinking and ensuring that startups are constantly iterating based on customer feedback.

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