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.

 

Eduardo Morelos

Research & Investment Director

Before joining Finnovista, Eduardo served as Manager of the Wayra Academy in Mexico City, a global startup accelerator and seed capital fund looking to promote entrepreneurship in Europe and Latin America. He has gained solid experience in developing new business opportunities, operations management, seed capital investments, and intellectual property matters, and so far has contributed to create and advance a portfolio of +40 technology startups. Prior to Wayra, he was Business Relationship Manager for a technology company within the healthcare sector based in Mexico City, managing technical and financial challenges associated with the company’s technology and patents portfolio. Eduardo graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France, holding a Master’s degree in Engineering.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Gonzalo Sánchez

Program Operations Manager

Gonzalo holds a degree in Business Administration from Monterrey Campus Hidalgo Technological Institute of Higher Education and a Diploma on International Business, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship. Before joining Finnovista, Gonzalo was Manager of the Association of Collective Funding Platforms in Mexico (AFICO), and at the same time he collaborated as Liaison Coordinator for the project Crowdfunding Mexico, an initiative involving different players led by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of North Anáhuac, focused on accelerating the collective funding ecosystem in Mexico. As entrepreneur, he is cofounder of OverSky, an audiovisual production company based in Hidalgo that supports public and private players of the Mexican entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

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.

 

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.

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