Senior Product Manager, Temenos
Aaron Phethean is a Senior Product Manager for Temenos, UK. Since joining Temenos in 2006, he has met with 100’s of banks and been involved in almost as many integration, web service, and API projects. Aaron regularly contributes to open source projects, blogs, and has been instrumental in the open sourcing of Temenos’s API platform, IRIS. When he’s not trying to build great software, you’ll find Aaron riding mountain bikes in extreme conditions and often at eye watering speeds. Originally from New Zealand, Aaron is currently based in London and can be found on Twitter @aphethean or contacted directly via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adalberto is founder of Kueski. Through Kueski, Adalberto has been able to raise funding of over $38mdd from several of the major investors in the United States and Mexico, including CrunchFund, Victory Park Capital, etc. Previous to Kueski, Adalberto was Director of Operations at Ooyala in Mexico, where he created the second largest office globally after the corporate office in Silicon Valley. Adalberto has worked in China, Brasil, EUA and Mexico. He can talk, read and write in Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, English and Spanish. He holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems from Monterrey Tec, Guadalajara Campus. Adal was honoured as Entrepreneur of the Year by Endeavor Mexico in 2016. He was also recognized by Ernst & Young and CNN-Expansión as the Undergraduate of the Year in the Finance category (2007). He has received several national and international prizes, including the first place in the IntelMexico Challenge, and winning the competition E100 de Occidente (2012). He was also named as the most prominent industrial and systems engineer in Monterrey Tech in GDL (2012).
Co-founder & CEO, Clip
Adolfo es co-fundador y CEO de Clip, una plataforma de pagos móviles para mercados emergentes. La compañía está basada en Redwood City, California y Ciudad de México. Anterior a Clip, Adolfo fue responsable de Consumer Engagement en PayPal América Latina. Antes de unirse al equipo de Producto, Adolfo lideró el equipo que lanzó PayPal en México, y justo antes de unirse a PayPal, estudió su MBA en el MIT, donde se especializó en Emprendimiento y Economía de la Información. Antes de ello, Adolfo fue parte del equipo fundador de The Carlyle Group Mexico, donde trabajó como analista. Antes de unirse a Carlyle, Adolfo trabajó como asesor para el Vice-presidente Ejecutivo de Grupo Desc, una de los mayores conglomerados industriales de México.
MD, Endeavor Spain
Adrian Garcia-Aranyos is the Managing Director of Endeavor Spain, a non-for-profit focused on high-impact entrepreneurship. He is also an investor in several start-ups, such as: BankFacil, and The Digital Marvels, in addition he is the co-founder of intoSpain and founding partner of InTrustGlobal. Prior to that he held various leading positions at JP Morgan Chase & Co, The Economist Group, The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and CM Capital Markets. In 2013 Poder magazine named him one of the "40 under 40 influential Latinos in the US"; in 2010 the Inter American Development Bank awarded his INDI Fund (by InTrustGlobal) the BeyondBanking Award for most socially responsible investment. Since 2003, Mr. Garcia-Aranyos has served as board member at Tune Eureka, an industrial engineering firm specializing in capital goods and focused on deep-sea oil drilling components, paper industry parts and defense mechanisms. He obtained his BA in Political Science from Universidad Complutense (2000); Banking and Finance Certificate from IEB (2001); Marketing Certificate from Kellogg (2010), and an SEP from IESE (2014).
Managing Director, Endeavor Colombia
Adriana is a CESA Business Manager with specialization in Public Politics and International Affairs from Externado University of Colombia. She also holds a Masters Degree in International Relations by Columbia University. Adriana began her professional career in the colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Turism. Among her professional trajectory, she worked for three years as an Investment Promotion Manager in Procolombia, where she managed the World Economic Forum for Latin America in 2010. After that, she assumed the role of Executive Director of Invest, which is an investment promotion agency in Bogota. In January 2013, Adriana assumed the position of Executive Director in Endeavor Colombia, where she has already led the regional expansion of the organization throughout the country, achieved high level partnerships, and attain many other projects that have encouraged the entrepreneur culture in Colombia.
VC and Mezzanine Director, Fondo de Fondos
Cursó su Licenciatura en Finanzas en la Universidad de Guadalajara, y Maestría en Administración Pública en el Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset de Madrid, España. En 2009, curso la especialidad de “Open Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship” de la Universidad de California, Berkeley Hass School of Business. Es miembro de la clase 16 del Programa para VC Fund Managers de Kauffman en el “Center for Venture Education” en Palo Alto, California. Desde 2004 ha trabajado en el impulso de programas innovadores para fomentar el ecosistema de capital emprendedor, participó en el diseño e implementación del Fondo de Fondos de Capital Emprendedor (Mexico Ventures 1). Colaboró en el diseño y ejecución del primer fondo de co-inversión de capital semilla Fue miembro fundador y fund manager del primer fondo de capital de riesgo en México “Fondo Emprendedores CONACYT-NAFIN”, con recursos públicos para emprendedores tecnológicos y científicos, dando seguimiento a 43 inversiones ($ 20 mdd) de capital semilla y de riesgo. En Febrero del 2013 se incorpora como Directora General de Programas de Emprendedores y Financiamiento al Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor de la Secretaría de Economía, para diseñar programas que fomenten el emprendimiento de alto impacto y la industria de financiamiento vía crédito y capital.
Head of International Biz Development, iwoca
Adrien is iwoca's Head of International Business Development. Before joining iwoca, Adrien had been working at Societe Generale's Corporate & Investment Banking division, and later at the French Association of Corporate Treasurers, advising corporates on foreign exchange and interest rate hedging strategies. iwoca (standing for "instant working capital") has been providing thousands of UK-based small businesses with flexible funding since 2012. iwoca has also launched in Poland in early 2014, in Spain in September 2014, and is about to launch in other European countries.
Founder and General Director, ASPgems
Agustin is founder of different Internet companies. He was CEO and Founder of Qarana, IT service company specialized in Internet banking solutions that got to be valued in 150 million USD and achieved to have 400 employees. He also founded Play Wireless, which today is integrated in the group Zed; and other network projects such as BeRuby. Agustin has also invested in different educational projects around the world such as Niuco.es and Wimba.co. He is currently founder & CEO of ASPgems, a company specialized in the development of agile solutions and manufacturer of SaaS products like NeuroK, online training platform focused on the principles of neuro-education. He collaborates as professor in several online entrepreneurship courses, like Option Entrepreneuriat of ESCP, Startup Academy, IMBS and Startup Weekend. Agustin is also President of Iniciador Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promote the entrepreneurial spirit.
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.
Partner technology Strategy Manager - Latam, Microsoft
Alan Colmenares has worked in Silicon Valley and Latin America for some of the most pioneering technological companies, such as Intel Capital, SCO and SAS institute. Currently he is Executive of Digital Transformation for new markets in Microsoft. Recently, as Executive for BBVA, he was part of the team that successfully completed de acquisition of a digital payments startup in Mexico called Openpay. He has been mentor of Endeavor for six years, as well as investor, advisor and shareholder of several startups, such as Tappsi and 1Doc3 among others. Alan has talked about Digital Innovation in conferences and tv programs like CNN in Spanish and Wobi.TV. Additionally, he writes about Digital Innovation for international publications such as NYTimes.com and VentureBeat and for his blog, TropicalGringo.com.
Director General de Asuntos del Sistema Financiero at Banco de México
Alan Elizondo holds a Degree in Actuarial Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics. Professionally, since he joined the Central Bank in 1994, he has been linked to the financial sector in different positions in the public administration. Between 2001 and 2008 he participated in the housing sector in the conversation of FOVI into Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, in which he was Deputy Director General of Risks and Planning, and afterwards of Credit Operations. Since 2008 and until 2012, he served as Technical Vicepresident of the National Banking and Securities Commission supervising the systemic risk and the regulatory development in terms of security and investment consulting. Since February 1st, 2013 he became named as CEO of Financial Affairs of de Bank of Mexico. Throughout his career he has received several awards such as the one issued by the Financial Stability Institute of the International Payments Bank in 2010, and has published a variety of articles in national and international magazines. He is coordinator and co-author of the book “Medición Integral del Riesgo de Crédito”.
Product Leader, IBM Watson Commerce
Currently Mr. Jimenez is the Order Management and Payments Leader for IBM Watson Commerce. In that role, he is responsible for IBM’s global product strategy and execution for the two segments. Over the years, Mr. Jimenez articles and quotes have been published in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, TechCrunch, Re/Code, Reuters, Yahoo Finance, CIO Magazine, USA Today, Finextra, Business Insider and PYMNTS.com. In 2016, he was selected by FinTech News Magazine as one the “20 Biggest names in the Payments industry” Mr. Jimenez is a frequent speaker at large international conferences including Money2020 in the US and Europe, Mobile World Congress, Sibos, Cartes, ETA’s Transact15, and Payments Innovation World in Sydney, just to mention a few. Prior to IBM, Mr. Jimenez was Director of Global Mobile Solution at Citigroup; he began his career at Wells Fargo Securities doing Equity research. Mr. Jimenez is a graduate from Harvard University and Emory University. Mr Jimenez lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Founder & CEO, Afluenta
Alejandro leads Afluenta by combining his wide experience in financial services, Internet business and technology. He previously was Marketing Manager of American Express in Latin America and participated in the transformation of Banco Río. He has an outstanding entrepreneurial ability, which led him to develop Gratis1 of Starmedia, VOY Music and now Afluenta, where he aims to innovate with disruptive products and services. He also was Delegate Director of Internet companies of The Exxel Group, and worked as specialised marketing consultant. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Public Accountant from the Catholique University in Argentina, where he also was a lecturer.
CEO & Founder, Afluenta
Alejandro Cosentino is the Founder & CEO of Afluenta, the leading and most participating peer to peer lending community across Latin America where members lend and borrow money for better yields cutting out expensive and traditional middleman. Alejandro combines a wellBknown experience in innovation and implementation of financial services and technology businesses. He played a critical role in the revamp of American Express Latin America and Caribbean during the ´90 and in the successful transformation of Banco Río before being acquired from Banco Santander. He also created StarMedia Gratis1 (first free ISP across Latin America) and VOY Music (first online Latin radio) designing revolutionary crossBborder services. He was Executive Director of The Exxel Group (Latin America LBO) gaining experience in merge acquisitions. Alejandro has a Business Administration degree and CPA from Universidad Católica Argentina on Buenos Aires. He has also been a speaker at FinTech conference as well as eBcommerce seminars such as Next Bank in México, Colombia and Buenos Aires, Lendit conferences in USA and London, FINPYME Forum and Ecommerce Days in Buenos Aires and Santiago.
CEO and founder Press42.com
Alex Barrera is currently CEO and Founder of Press42.com, focused on building stories for tech companies, co-founder & associated editor at Tech.eu, co-founder of Tetuan Valley, an international startup incubator based in Madrid, startup mentor at several startup accelerators, Sandbox network Madrid Ambassador, Startup Digest Madrid curator and Global Shaper (World Economic Forum) in Madrid.
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.
Principal Investments, Omidyar Network
Alexandre invests across the Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion initiatives with a focus on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He sources, executes, and manages for-profit investments and non-profit grants. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Alexandre was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co.’s Brussels and Washington D.C. offices, focusing on the intersection of finance, economic development, and strategy. He served clients across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, in the private, public, and social sectors. Previously, Alexandre briefly worked as an analyst with the Bank of Canada’s Financial Stability Department, focusing on financial regulation. Alexandre was also a summer associate with Bridges Ventures where he worked on various impact investing efforts. He began his career as an investment banker in the M&A department of the Royal Bank of Canada. Alexandre is a Kauffman Fellow, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He has a bachelor of commerce in international business and finance from the University of Manitoba.
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.
Founder & CEO, Bombacamp Group
Alfredo is an entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor with over 24 years of experience in the financial industry. He was one of the 5 Cofounders of Patagon.com, one of the first Fintech startups in Latam, which was acquired by Banco Santander for 800 million dollars. Alfredo is CEO and Founder of Bombacamp, an MVP Factory that helps financial institutions develop new digital products and services using Lean Startup principles, helping them in their digital transformation and connecting them to Fintech startups to work together. He never stops studying and applying new trends and technologies to develop new financial services using behavioral design, behavioral economics and service design among others.
Senior Investment Officer, IFC
Alicia Ferrer is a Senior Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Based in the Mexico office, Alicia works in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) with focus on Mexico and Central America. She joined IFC in May 2013. She has been developing the fintech relationships in Mexico for the past 3 years. Alicia worked previously at BBVA for 3 years in the Relationship management and Capital Markets team based in Madrid and NY. She was responsible for the Supranationals and Development agencies business. Before that, Alicia worked at Citigroup in London for 7 years in the Origination and Derivatives structuring team for the Public sector.
Managing Director, ideas42
Alissa is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth. Alissa serves on two World Economic Forum committees: the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science and the Human-Centric Health Steering Committee. She is also an affiliate for the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, which creates and rigorously evaluates solutions to some of our society’s biggest challenges and then scales evidence-based strategies. Outside of work, she mentors a teen in the residential program at Good Shepherd Services, an organization that helps more than 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. Alissa graduated with honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Senior Director, Product Solutions and New Enablers, Visa
Allen is a Senior Director, managing Product Solutions and New Enablers for Visa’s Latin American region, where he is responsible of designing solutions for client needs and building a collaboration ecosystem among Fintechs, financial institutions and merchants with the goal of developing new user experiences. With over 20 years of international experience, Mr. Cueli has a deep base of product management and business development expertise across developed and emerging markets within the areas of Innovation, e-commerce, Mobile payments and core payment solutions. Prior to Visa, Allen held roles at companies including Florida Power & Light, Burger King, Baxter Healthcare and Foster Higgins. Mr. Cueli studied at the University of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Partner & Director, Afi
Alvaro Martín is Partner and Director of Afi’s International Department. His background as a telecommunications engineer has clearly influenced his professional focus on the analysis of ICT and innovation, particularly in the financial sector. His areas of expertise include electronic payments and financial inclusion in Spain and Latin America. Throughout his career, he has engaged in a variety of consultancy projects for banks, non-financial firms, private foundations, public administrations and multilateral organizations (such as the IDB, the World Bank and the European Commission). Alvaro also devotes some of his time to non-profit Fundación Afi, both as a member of its board and directly participating in some of its projects on financial inclusion.
Álvaro Rodriguez Arregui
Co-founder and Managing Partner, IGNIA
Alvaro co-founded IGNIA in 2007 and acts as the Fund's Managing Partner. IGNIA is the most important venture capital fund in Mexico and the main investor in fintech in the country. He was Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), the largest microfinance institution in Latin America, and ACCION International, a non-profit organization pioneer in microfinance founded in the United States 57 years ago. Álvaro participates as a counselor in the following institutions: Consultative Council of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Latin American Advisory Council of the Harvard Business School, Co-Founder and Board Member in Social Progress Imperative, Consultative Council of the Epic Entrepreneurship Center of ITAM, Consultative Council of the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, Consultative Council of the Impact Investment Initiative of Duke University (CASE -i3). He served as General Director of Finance at Vitro, General Director at Farmacias Benavides and General Director of Finance at Grupo Elektra. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).
Manager of Latin America, Village Capital
Amanda leads Village Capital's partnerships and operations in Latin America as Regional Manager. With Village Capital, she managed the Boston Health accelerator, launched the first Mexico programs for FinTech and for Health ventures, managed global impact metrics, and lead the expansion to serve entrepreneurs in South America. Prior to Village Capital, Amanda was an IDEX Fellow in Social Enterprise with the Sankalp Forum in Mumbai, creating an investment pipeline and managing workshops for high impact startups. For the Fellowship, she developed an impact assessment tool for UTMT and completed coursework from Monterrey Institute. She earned her degree in Business and Psychology from Emory's Goizueta Business School. She is also passionate about rock climbing and dancing; she was integral to developing the Salsa dancing community at Emory University.
CEO & Co-founder, CULQI
Amparo Nalvarte, CEO & Co-founder de CULQI – Pagos Simples – StartUp peruana que permite aceptar pagos con tarjetas por internet. Culqi nace como un proyecto de tesis junto a su socio Nicolás Di Pace, quienes al querer aceptar pagos con tarjeta, se encontraron con el verdadero dolor del comercio electrónico. Amparo ha sido reconocida por el MIT entre los 5 Jóvenes Innovadores Menores de 35 años en Perú 2015; Culqi ha recibido financiamiento de Wayra, Startup Perú, Alta Ventures, inversionistas ángeles y ha sido finalista del BBVA Open Talent.
CEO and Founder, Aflore
Ana is CEO and Co-founder at Aflore, the first direct sales company that brings financial products straight into the home of the underbanked. Before launching Aflore Ana was director of “Housing for All” at Ashoka, where she worked with corporations and social entrepreneurs to deliver affordable housing solutions to the ”bottom of the pyramid”. Before Ashoka, Ana spent eight years in London working for Lehman Brothers and Nomura, structuring financial products for institutional clients. She started her career in Colombia, trading coffee and managing risk at the Federation of Coffee Growers. She has an MBA from London Business School and a Bs in Business Administration from Universidad de los Andes.
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.
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.
Seed Investor & Entrepreneur, Social Atom Ventures
Andres Barreto is a Colombian entrepreneur and the founder of Socialatom Group, Grooveshark, PulsoSocial and Onswipe. He is a founding fellow of the non-profit Coderise. He was named Business Week’s top 25 under 25, MIT Tech Review Top 10 Innovators under 35 and Inc Magazine top 30 under 30. Since his early college days Andres has been focused on economic development in Latin America through technology and entrepreneurship. While at college in 2006 he founded Grooveshark, a music streaming service with over 35 million listeners a month. Encountering a lack of information on Latin American technology and entrepreneurship, Andres launched PulsoSocial, the leading media outlet for technology and entrepreneurship in the region, and later on, Socialatom PR. Socialatom works with technology brands in the US looking to enter Latin America such as Netflix, Evernote, Rackspace, HotelTonight and Google, as well as tech startups that want to enter the US market or operate at a regional level. Andres then went on to co-found Coderise which is a non-profit that teaches kids in emerging countries aged 14-18 how to code. Since 2013 Andres has been investing in Latin American technology companies with a global focus, with the support of Socialatom Group. At the same time Socialatom Ventures was formed as a service agency of investment portfolios for entrepreneurs as well as advising governments on public policy related to tech entrepreneurship and helping run government or institution backed programs that support entrepreneurship all over Latin America. Based in New York, he constantly travels between the US and Latin America. Andres also loves travel, adventure sports, dancing salsa and ethnomusicology.
Director de Emprendimiento, Fundación Bolívar Davivienda
Andrés Bello is Colombian, from a family of entrepreneurs, he is currently the Entrepreneurship Director at Fundación Bolívar Davivienda, in the area of philanthropy of Grupo Bolívar Davivienda. Business Administrator by profession and magister candidate in Economic Law with emphasis in Finance, Banking and Capital Markets. In addition to leading entrepreneurship programs at the Foundation, he has accompanied many entrepreneurship programs in the region, he is mentor of Emprende País and he has also been an entrepreneur.
Country Manager Colombia, Mercado Pago
Andrés is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Javeriana, with a specialization in Evaluation and Development of Projects of the Universidad del Rosario and a Master in Financial Management of the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2016, Andrés has worked as Market Manager of Pago Colombia, Latin America's leading free market payment platform, in charge of the strategy, projection and growth of the business unit that in 2017 doubled its participation in allied stores compared to the previous year in Colombia. He served as VP of Risk and Acquisition of Relations of PayU Latam in where he was in charge of the maintenance and deepening of the integral relationship with more than 40 means of payment in Latin America, put into production of 9 means of payment new in the region and responsible for the management of corporate risks before the parent company. He also worked as Operations Manager of CredibanCo where he was responsible for the operational implementation of projects, stories as a new processor of cards and EMV.
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.
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.
Senior Director, Mercadeo Digital, Visa Inc.
Andrés Polo es el Director Sénior de Mercadeo Digital de Visa Inc., América Latina y el Caribe. En su posición actual, es responsable de impulsar la evolución de las estrategias globales digitales, de medios sociales y móviles de cara al consumidor. Además, el Sr. Polo encabeza la colaboración multifuncional entre los equipos de mercadeo global, regional y local, conectando a las partes interesadas internas clave (departamento de TI, legal, productos, patrocinios y comunicaciones corporativas) y el público externo, como por ejemplo, medios de comunicación y otras personas relevantes. Durante sus 14 años de trayectoria en Visa, el Sr. Polo ha ocupado diversos cargos, comenzando por Gerente de Contenidos Web. Al cabo de 7 años en esa función, se desempeñó como Líder de Negocios de Mercadeo Digital, dirigiendo los esfuerzos de su equipo con el fin de ofrecer las mejores soluciones de mercadeo digital, social y móvil para lograr los objetivos locales y regionales de Visa. Andrés Polo obtuvo el título de Licenciado en Administración de Empresas que otorga la Florida International University. En 2005, fue galardonado con el premio Gold Star de Visa, en reconocimiento a su extraordinaria contribución e iniciativas en relación con los valores de la misión y competencias de Visa. También recibió el premio “Idea Innovadora del Año” de Visa en 2006. El Sr. Polo es titular de una patente de EE.UU. por su trabajo en la aplicación de Digital Concierge (Conserje Digital).
Andres Ramirez Sierra
CEO, Banlinea LATAM
Andrés, Socio-Fundador y presidente de Banlinea, es economista de la Universidad Javeriana con Maestría de negocios en finanzas de University of Technology Sydney. Fue director de estrategia y desarrollo de negocio en G.A.E ltd, donde implementó una plataforma tecnológica virtual para optimizar los procesos internos y la relación con los clientes y prospectos. Tiene experiencia en consultoría externa en Sydney, Australia, donde desarrolló trabajos para empresas como SAFCOL pty ltd y Magesti services Pty. Así mismo, se desempeñó como bussiness specialist en Vodafone (Australia), posición en la cual logró la implementación de un nuevo modelo para el proceso de reparaciones, que dado su éxito, fue implementado a través de las tiendas en la región de New South Wales. Así mismo, cuenta con más de once años de experiencia en consultoría, banca retail, productos financieros, finanzas corporativas, finanzas personales, estrategia y desarrollo de negocios y plataformas virtuales.
Founder & Managing Partner, Alkanza
Andrés is Alkanza’s Founder and CEO. He has more than eighteen years of experience in the field of financial mathematics. His studies include undergraduate degrees from MIT in Economics, Mechanical Engineering, and Management Science. His graduate work includes studies in a Masters in Financial Engineering from NYU, a Masters in Financial Mathematics from Stanford, and PhD in Statistics from Stanford. Prior to his graduate studies Andrés worked in New York at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse, managing derivatives portfolios in equities, foreign exchange, and fixed income. Since leaving New York, Andrés successfully started a boutique quantitative finance consulting company. He has also been a visiting Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes in the department of Mathematics and the Business School.
Founding Partner, Lanta Digital Ventures
Angel is currently Founding Partner at Lanta Digital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative start-ups. Angel is an experienced executive, investor and entrepreneur. He has broad experience building startup projects over more than 15 years in international environments both in Asia and the US. Angel is a shareholder in Fractus, a European Telecoms start-up implementing a patent licensing program. Previously he worked as a CFO and Management Consultant involved in M&A and Corporate Finance activities. Angel has attracted more than €40 million from top venture capital firms in different companies. He founded Elevation Ventures some years ago, a capital company to manage investments in small companies. He acts as board member in some companies and keeps his entrepreneurship spirit alive by investing in start-up projects. In addition, he’s a member of Barcelona Global a private, independent and not-for-profit civil society platform made up of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs committed to Barcelona and its future. He’s a member of the Barcelona Mentoring Program lead by the city hall with the aim of supporting SMEs from Barcelona. He also mentors in several startups initiatives such Wayra, SeedCamp or Startbootcamp. Angel holds an Economics and Business Administration Degree together with and Executive Program at Stanford University, US.
Business Innovation Manager, Fujitsu
Trend spotter for disruptive innovation, Ángela is responsible for the Open Innovation Ecosystem in Fujitsu. With more than 10 years of experience in the IT world she is focused in digital co-creation. Understanding future challenges and defining technological solutions that match customer´s needs. As a certified coach her work has always been involved in the start-up ecosystem helping different companies develop their businesses. Associated professor in Innovation & Design Thinking in different Universities in Spain.
Journalist, Financial News
Anna Irrera is a journalist at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she writes about financial technology and market structure. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News. She moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she was a trainee with Thomson Reuters, working for the English language newswire service. She holds M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Between journalism and law school, Anna worked at the Italian national publication ItaliaOggi, covering law and taxes. She is the author of “Prendo a calci il sole - Bahia, i bambini, la strada,” 13 true stories of Brazilian meninos de rua, a project she began while a visiting student at Harvard University in 2007. Anna is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese.
Head of Strategy Development, ASB Bank
Anton Pichler is the head of Strategy Development in ASB Bank. Over the last five years, he has led studies on the impact of the financial crisis on the banking sector and the path back to profitability.
Head of Business Development and Digital Banking for South America, BBVA
Antonio started his career as a Strategic Consultant at Deloitte Consulting Spain in 2009. He worked for various companies of different sectors (telecom, technology, media and public sector) in Europe, Asia and Latin America. After two years at Deloitte Consulting, Antonio joined BBVA in 2011 to be part of the Strategy & M&A team, focusing in analyzing and executing strategic fintech venture investments both in USA & Europe through BBVA Ventures, the VC fund headquartered in San Francisco. While in that team, Antonio combined venture investment projects with corporate strategy projects. Antonio spent two and a half years at the Strategy & M&A team until he was appointed as Director of Strategy and Project Management of the Digital Banking Area. There he was involved in the Bank’s transformation strategy and was also in charge of the whole area’s Project management office. In May 2015, Antonio joined the Business Development Growth Markets Area as Head of Strategy & Planning. There he has worked very closely with the Business Development teams in Mexico, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela in the development of strategic projects to speed up the Bank’s transformation as well as in the implementation of the Agile methodology to improve our execution capabilities. In September 2016 Antonio has been appointed Head of Business Development South America, he leads the transformation in the region, working closely with the Business Developments leaders Antonio studied Industrial Engineering at the University Carlos III of Madrid, specializing in Industrial Organization. He also held a specialization degree in Telecommunications Economics by the same University and a Master in Internet Business by the ISDI (Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet).
Antonio Giménez de Córdoba
Associate, Seaya Ventures
Antonio joined Seaya Ventures on March 2013. Previously he worked at Oliver Wyman as a consultant, working for clients in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America. More than three years in the consulting industry gave him exposure to different industries such as Corporate Finance, Telecommunications, IT and retail. He holds a double degree in Law (2008) and Business Administration (2009) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Antonio Herráiz Molina
Director - Executive Program of Innovation and Financial Technology, IEB
Antonio is making things happen in the Digital and Fintech Ecosystem. He has experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, IT strategy, digital transformation and new technologies within the financial sector and consulting firms in Spain, USA and LATAM. He is Director of the first Master Program in Europe that explains how innovation and technology are transforming banking and the financial sector at IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles) where he is also professor of the innovation, digital businesses and startups contents. He has been in the board of several start-ups, and was the winner in Madrid region of the V edition of "Entrepreneur Award" by Escuela de Negocios EOI. Regular speaker in conferences and publisher of articles on press. Antonio holds a degree in computer engineering by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and also has an MBA with honors from IE Business School and Kellogg School of Management specialized in strategic management, entrepreneurship and finance.
Antonio Martínez Moreno
Managing Partner, Adding Value
Entrepreneur, Senior Manager and Experienced Consultant with over 15 years of experience in the Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Internet and Fintech industries where he has been responsible for the launch of new business lines and products, leading the definition and execution from the scratch of: ✔ Business Strategy plans ✔ Offers definitions / Products developments ✔ Partnerships and Alliances ✔ Projects and Programmes managements Antonio is a Telecommunication Engineer at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and Executive MBA at Instituto de Empresa Business School
Ariana Gomez Flores
Chief Innovation Officer, Fiinlab Innovation Lab powered by Gentera
Ariana has over 15 years experience working towards sustainable socio-economic development. Her passion to eradicate poverty and promote social mobility has led her to work in Latin America, Africa and Europe for international organizations, government agencies and the private sector, and to become an impact entrepreneur of both business and non-profit initiatives. She was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum in 2016. As Fiinlab's Chief Innovation Officer, she brings development expertise, strategic foresight and insights into the needs and pains of the people at the base of the pyramid to create client-centered innovative financial solutions. She’s passionate about achieving social mobility and financial inclusion through the power of disruptive technologies. Ariana studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at York University, holds a Masters in Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from IPADE Business School. She participated in The Boulder Institute of Microfinance Summer Program, and holds an Executive Diploma from Singularity University at NASA. A helpless bookworm and AI, VR/AR enthusiast, Ariana also loves traveling, cooking, Nature and being an activist for children's, women's and animals' rights.
Arie Levy Cohen
Managing Director , Tocqueville Bullion Reserve | W3C i-Expert | Blockchain & FinTech Advisor
Arie is a thought leader in the field of wealth preservation and tail risk positioning of investment portfolios and more recently in the Bitcoin / blockchain space where he has been most interested in identity management and security as it applies to Wealth Management. He has been instrumental in the shaping of several digital currency enterprises based in New York, including a non-profit leading capital markets team of professional peers. He started his career as an entrepreneur based and later participated in the emergence of the Internet as a Venture Capitalist in New York. Subsequently he worked at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor, International Client Advisor and Private Banker to a number of think tanks, incubator groups, VC & PE funds, business development companies and single family offices.
Investment Partner, Omidyar Network
Arjuna Costa is an investment partner at Omidyar Network where he focuses on the firm’s investments in emerging markets financial services. He leads Omidyar Network’s investments, and has a board role in a number of innovative financial services companies, including Cignifi, Juntos Finanzas, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA, and Zoona. He also leads the engagement with several policy and research initiatives, such as GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked program and the Better Than Cash Alliance. Before joining Omidyar Network, Arjuna consulted with Bankable Frontier Associates to the Gates Foundation analyzing the economics of delivering savings products. Prior to that role, he was a member of the special situations investment practice at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets investment firm. In 2003, Arjuna co-founded Africa International Financial Holdings LLC, a $115-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks. The fund grew out of advising African governments on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years in the power and transportation groups. Arjuna earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in computer science from Columbia University.
VP Canales Digitales, Wells Fargo
Armin Ajami es Vicepresidente y Senior Product Manager dentro del grupo de Canales Digitales de Wells Fargo. Su trabajo se centra principalmente la oferta de banca móvil y banca para tablets. Armin es responsable de la estrategia, gestión de producto y crecimiento de la banca móvil de Wells Fargo desde 2006 y tiene más de 15 años de experiencia en el sector de los servicios financieros como consultor y en industria.
Chief Happiness Officer | Emotional DJ | Storyteller
Arnaud is a Specialist of Happiness, Passion and Purpose based in NYC. He is a French native. He studied finance in school and started his career in finance, Mergers and Acquisitions stint, brokerage in the arbitrage department, financial advising and international taxation in the mid- 90s. He is a graduate of IESE business school in NY, ESGF in France and Thnk.org in Amsterdam (creative leadership). Early on he decided to follow his bliss Joseph Campbell "Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived". He would go and have 15 different careers in 20 countries. He worked with politicians, NGOs, became an award winning filmmaker and comedian in Los Angeles...He constantly reinvented himself. In 2014 after working in the tech field for a couple of years, winning a few hackathons, working as an Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph.ac, an international tech accelerator in South Africa and spending time in tribes in Ecuador he decides that he will become a coach. He has since helped 1000 individuals in 30 countries through his event standupforpassion.com or through team building events for companies such as Cartier, Chanel, Dior, United Nations, Axa Insurance..He led CEOs of YPO -Caracas to a better understanding of what impact means. He started founded happy hacking days in both France and Aruba, a hackathon that aimed at creating start up in the field of happiness. He has been named Mr Happiness by the French Media, is a regular contributor to BFM TV in France and has appeared at all major Happiness conferences around the world : Happiness 360 Aruba, Happiness and innovation Dubai, Happiness at work Copenhagen, World Happiness Report- United Nations NYC. He has done 2 TedX on happiness and purpose in Aruba and Maastricht. His first book is due to be published in France on April 10 on 36 ways to reinvent yourself. He will do his third TeDx on April 14 and is a founding member of Happy Tech in France, an organization geared to gather tech start up around happiness.
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.
Founder and CEO, Intoo
Entrepreneur. Former BBS owner and IRC addicted. Law and economics student. Arthur has been working for banks, law firms and startup for 10 years.
Artie started working in HR in 1992. Computers, software and technology were hobbies at a young age. She switched careers in 1998 to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the banking industry. In those days companies suffered from a noticeable gap between business and ICT departments. As a young female professional in ICT, Artie enjoyed making an effort towards closing this gap and taking the bridging role. She advanced her career in 2000 as an ICT manager with a Dutch investment bank. From 2004 she broadened her outlook and experience by working in sales, advisory and management consulting roles. From devotion and expertise through to concept and implementation. In 2010 she joined Rene Frijters’s team to build Knab from scratch within 2 years. Knab is a full service payments, savings and investments new generation bank. This project, named Bank of Tomorrow, was implemented in September 2012. She holds the position of CIO and is also a board member of Knab for business processes, testing, operations and IT management. It is her deep-rooted belief that results are achieved through people, people management, a great place to work, engaged employees and a culture of high performance. She places great importance on diversity in thinking and believes that if leaders focus on this it will encourage the company talent to work more effectively and add greater value to customers.
Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, EFL Global
Bailey Klinger ha liderado la investigación y las iniciativas empresariales dirigidas a introducir los productos de EFL en el mercado desde el desarrollo de la tecnología original en 2006. Su investigación anterior se centró en el emprendimiento y en la transformación productiva en países en desarrollo, y fue publicado en varias revistas como Science. Bailey ha trabajado como consultor para el Banco Mundial, Naciones Unidas y el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, así como para varias organizaciones gubernamentales e internacionales. Educación Bailey es licenciado en Administración de Empresas (con honores) por la Universidad Simon Frase y realizó un Master en Administración Pública en Desarrollo Internacional por la Kennedy School of Government y un Doctorado en Políticas Públicas por la Universidad de Harvard.
Founder & CEO, Digital Currency Group
Barry Silbert is the Founder & CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), which builds and supports bitcoin and blockchain companies through its insights, network, and access to capital. Starting in 2012, Barry became one of the first and most active investors in the bitcoin space, providing seed funding for Coinbase, Ripple, BitPay, and a number of other companies who have gone on to define the industry. Today, DCG is comprised of Grayscale Investments, Genesis Trading, CoinDesk, and a portfolio of over 70 investments in 20 countries. Prior to DCG, Barry founded SecondMarket, which was acquired by Nasdaq in 2015. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Barry has received several honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.
Beatriz Labella Gómez
Ejecutiva de Prospección de Grandes Cuentas, Caser Seguros.
Professional with an extensive experience in social-sanitary commercial areas (B2B & B2C) she has been working for Caser Residencial from 2005 to 2018. Nowadays, she works with new products and arrivals to markets, as an executive at the business development team of Caser's great accounts department. She is very interested in diverse technology approaches (specially Fintech and Insurtech) both in the corporate area and in the entrepreneurial and customer centric area.
Relationship Manager, VARIV Capital
Begoña Ortiz Ariza es Relationship Manager de VARIV Capital, donde objetivo crear el mayo valor agregado posible para las empresas del portafolio, los inversionistas y los aliados estratégicos. VARIV Capital es un fondo de venture capital que invierte en empresas latinoamericanas de tecnología, en etapas tempranas. Begoña fue Directora General de Las Páginas Verdes, organización social dedicada a la vinculación de proveedores verdes con el consumidor final, a fin de difundir el consumo sustentable como una alternativa al cuidado del Medio Ambiente. Asimismo, dirigió el Foro Latinoamericano de Inversión de Impacto, evento que reúne a los actores más importantes de ese ecosistema en la región. Trabajó en Unilever como coordinadora en el área de mercadotecnia en la división de alimentos; y colaboró en la organización Techo como coordinadora de comunicación y relaciones públicas, difundiendo las acciones que dicha organización realiza en favor de la erradicación de la pobreza extrema en México. Es Licenciada en Comunicación por la Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México, con especialidad en comunicación organizacional y tiene un Master in Business and Technology siendo parte de la generación fundadora de Collective Academy.
Co-founder & CEO, CARD.com
Ben Katz es co-fundador y CEO de CARD.com, una startup fintech con sede en Santa Monica, California. Tiene una amplia y diversa experiencia en emprendimiento, tecnología, licencias de software y e-commerce. Recientemente fue Senior Director de Green Dot, un emisor de tarjetas prepago de Visa y Mastercard. Antes de sumarse a Green Dot, creó el area de ventas de PayNearMe.com, una red de pagos en efectivo. Katz también es fundador de Coveroo.com, un servicio pioneros de customización de para iPods y teléfonos celulares. Katz obtuvo su B.S. y M.B.A. de University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Co-Editor in Chief, Informilo
Ben Rooney was the technology editor for The Wall Street Journal in Europe before leaving the paper to join Informilo. In a long and award-winning career Rooney was the launch editor of the UK’s first daily online web newspaper, the Electronic Telegraph, in November 1994 having joined the newspaper’s foreign desk operation three years previously. He went on to edit the technology section for the UK’s leading quality broadsheet before leaving the paper in 2000 just in time for the dotcom bust. After setting up the European operation for a West-Coast start-up (or dotcom as they were known in those days) which successfully exited, Rooney became a freelance writer for UK newspapers and magazines, writing for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian amongst others. For five years Rooney was also a PHP and Ruby on Rails web developer before joining The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books and was voted Tech Journalist of the Year in 2013 by his peers.
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).
Bernardo González Rosas
President, Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV)
Bernardo González is appointed President of the CNBV as of February 2018. He has held the positions of Titualr of the Banking, Securities and Savings Unit and of the Development Banking Unit within the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. In the CNBV previously, he served as Vice President of Regulatory Policy supervising the departments of regulatory development, economic studies, international affairs and financial inclusion. During this period, he was responsible for the implementation of the 2014 Financial Reform and the process of updating and evaluating the Mexican provisions for the adoption of Basel III. Leader for the development of the National Policy of Financial Inclusion. Member of the Basel Committee, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Financial Inclusion and Chairman of the Standards Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion. Bernardo González has worked for more than 10 years in development banks, and in the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB). He has been a consultant to international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom and the World Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and an Executive Program on the World Financial System at Harvard. He has been a professor at ITAM and at the Ibero-American University of Public Finance.
Partner, QED Investors
Bill is a partner at QED Investors, a leading boutique FinTech Venture Capital firm. Bill is responsible for investments in Latin America, as well as the Wealth Management space within the US. 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.
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.
Partner, Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi)
Borja Foncillas is Board Member Partner at Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi) and CEO of Afi STA. He coordinates and runs the business strategy linked to technology for both companies. He has lead more than 20 implementation projects in Management and Risk Information Systems for Banking and Insurance. In the banking innovation arena he is an active participant in Afi benchmarking services for online banking and the Afi Innovation Center. He’s an expert in innovation consultancy and the creation of new commercial channels for the main entities in the Spanish financial system.
Bradley C. Harrison
VC & Seed Investor, Scout Ventures
Bradley C. Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies. While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain.
VP Digital Commerce LAC, Visa Inc.
Brayan Peralta is vice president of e-Commerce and Visa Checkout for Visa Inc. in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this position, he is responsible for business development and implementation of e-commerce initiatives in the region, including Visa Checkout, a service that helps consumers to pay, and merchants to accept payments online, easily and simple. Mr. Peralta leads the practice of e-commerce and works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The program responsibilities include leading the implementation of Visa Checkout in the region, continue laying the foundations of electronic commerce in the region through collaboration with issuers, support management risk programs of issuers and merchants, enable businesses and risk management programs, raise awareness to consumers and advocacy. Prior to his current position, Mr. Peralta was Associate Vice President of Consumer Products, responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy of money transfers in the region, including the launch of Visa Giro, a solution of remittances by using card. Mr. Peralta has had several positions at Visa, including Product Manager of Visa Cash and Visa Travel Money Manager, he also workes in the area of Systems Operations Support at the company. Brayan Peralta has over 15 years experience in the finance and credit industry. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo en República Dominicana and has academic certificates of the University of South Carolina, the School of Business at Harvard, the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
Senior Executive & Business Development Growth Leader, Fortune 500 Co's & Start-Ups
Brian is a seasoned Sales, Business Development and Growth Executive. He has driven significant topline growth via Sales, Marketing and New Products for Fortune 1000 co's to smaller Start-Ups. Some of his work experience includes the Nielsen Company (market research, digital media), Time Warner (new venture creation), and Playtex (marketing, new products), as well as smaller companies (Social Media, Digital Media, Data Mining). Brian is currently an Adviser to a number of early stage co's. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and live outside New York City.
Managing Director, MassChallenge
Camila is the Managing Director for MassChallenge's program in Mexico City. MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Mexico City, Geneva and Jerusalem and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact -- driving growth and creating value the world over.
Innovation Ecosystems Manager, Bancolombia
“Gerente de Ecosistemas de Innovación para el Grupo Bancolombia. Responsable de identificar oportunidades de alianza, inversión y co-inversión en el espectro Fintech. Apasionado por el emprendimiento de Alto Impacto y Clase 2014 del MBA de Babson College, Boston
Fintech startup investor
Carina has spent most of her career in banking with special focus in direct banking. She was member of the founding team of ING Direct, where she became the CEO of ING Direct France and afterwards CEO of ING Direct in Spain. Carina is a believer of the profound changes that are completely reshaping the financial services industries due to the irruption of new technologies but specially to the new attitude and behavior of the consumers that obliges to rethink business and build customer centric companies. She is currently Board Member of Abanca and Reparalia and an investor in digital and fintech startups.
Vice President, Digital Payments Global Leader at MasterCard
Motivated senior management professional and thought leader with more than 12+ years of experience leveraging digital transformation to add value and impact corporate performances. Innovation strategist, developing and deploying cutting-edge solutions to transform organizations and create sustainable competitive advantage. Dynamic leader, building and motivating cross-cultural teams to deliver top performances. Proven track record transforming traditional market approaches into ground-breaking concepts through digital and a flair for banking innovation. Extensive banking industry experience within international contexts, with broad understanding of current trends and their impact on business environments.
Director, Wayra Colombia
Administrador de Empresas con Maestría en Gerencia de Marketing y estudios adicionales en desarrollo de proyectos, negocios electrónicos y administración de riesgo empresarial. Desde su creación en 2011 ha estado vinculado a Wayra Colombia, donde actualmente es su Director. Su trayectoria suma más de catorce años de experiencia en multinacionales de tecnología y telecomunicaciones como Telefónica Colombia, donde trabajó en áreas marketing de producto y finanzas. Es además emprendedor en IT y consultor estratégico en negocios digitales.
Carlos Castañeda Olaya
Director, Wayra Colombia
Administrador de empresas y Master Executive en dirección de marketing con más de doce años de experiencia en compañías multinacionales de Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, enfocado en definición y evaluación de proyectos, planes de marketing y estrategias comerciales, incluyendo la conducción de equipos multidisciplinarios y la estructuración y puesta en marcha de compañías en diferentes sectores. Emprendedor en el campo de desarrollo de software y consultoría en estrategias e-business. Hoy es director de Wayra Colombia, Aceleradora de startups tecnológicos de Telefónica; acompañando a los emprendedores seleccionados en la construcción de producto y modelo de negocios y generando nuevas oportunidades de inversión Trabajó por 4 años para el grupo Telefónica finalizando como Jefe de Ingresos del segmento residencial, liderando los cierres mensuales (Hogares) y controlar con los grupos comerciales y de marketing los presupuestos y metas de ingresos (1 billón de pesos anuales). Ocupó otras posiciones en Sociedad Minera la Mariana, Colombia Telecomunicaciones, SPSS Andino e Indexcol.
Carolina Gómez Gómez
Vice-President of Special Projects, Bancolombia
Carolina Gómez Gómez is Vice-President of Special Projects of Bancolombia, where she currently manages the investments of Group Bancolombia. In Bancolombia Carolina she has lead projects of mergers and acquisitions of Goup Bancolombia, of which we can find the acquisition of Banco Agrírcola of El Salvador in 2006, Banistmo in Panamá in 2014 and Grupo Financiero Agromercarntil (BAM) of Guatemala in 2015 among others. Carolina graduated of Economics by the Andes University in Bogotá and holds an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School in London.
Catalina es diseñadora industrial por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Posee importantes reconocimientos en diversos concursos, entre ellos: Ingeniolab (Ausa y GCBA) 2013, Google DeveloperBus (Google) 2013, Futuro de la Movilidad (Ford) 2014, Ogilvy Finishers (Ogilvy) 2014. Asimismo integra la organización para eventos como: Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine y Global Entrepreneur Week, entre otros. Involucrada en el mundo emprendedor desde los 14 años, con especial interés en la fusión del diseño en el mundo de los negocios. A los 16 años, abrió su propio negocio, actualmente es co-founder de la consultora y capacitadora Vixerant, empresa desarrolladora del taller Lean Startup Motion.
Fintech Product Leader and Recovering Banker, VP Bank Products
Chris is a visionary Marketing, Product and Strategy leader with 20+ years of cross-functional experience, specializing in defining and executing go-to-market and product strategies. His recent work focus has been on disruptive and innovative consumer mobility products in fintech to financial institutions in mobile banking, payments, offers, loyalty and commerce as well as a vertical agnostic MBaaS software platform to enterprise customers for B2C and B2B mobile app development. This includes experience in Product Management & Product Marketing, Evangelism, Strategy, Sales, Consulting, Technical Architecture Design and Implementation.
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.
Country Manager Mexico, Mercado Pago
Chritian León has over 16 years of international experiencei in financial companies, specifically regarding strategic planning on marketing and sales. At Mercado Pago, he leads the team in Mexico and is in charge of accelerating growth and consolidating the company as the most secure and reliable alternative to carry out online payments, mobile and prepaid card transactions. Before joining Mercado Pago, he served as Director of large companies such as PayPal, where he lead the marketing and sales strategy in Mexico for this segment, and created the firs division focused on SMEs in Latin America. Similarily, he was Product Director of Incomm, where he played a key role in developing the sector of prepaid cards in Mexico. Christian is Graduate in Marketing from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and has an MBA from the University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim Germany.
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.
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.
Partner, IGNIA Venture Capital Fund
Christine has a demonstrated record accelerating innovative enterprises and supporting courageous entrepreneurs that have a profound impact in Latin America. As a Partner at IGNIA, Mexico's largest venture capital firm, Christine invests in companies that are reinventing the way to do business with the emerging middle class in Latin America in high impact sectors such as financial services, employment, e-commerce and marketplaces. Previously Christine led the marketing and sales operations of EF Education First, the world´s largest private international education company, where she was a key figure in managing the company´s turnaround in Mexico. She also worked with Google on international growth strategies in California and France, The Guggenheim Foundation in Mexico, and The Parthenon Group in Boston. Christine was recognized as one of the top female investors in Latin American by the Latin American Venture Capital Association and as one of the 30 people to most impact Mexico's development by Expansion magazine in 2016. As a passionate advocate for developing high-potential professional women and networks, Christine co-founded Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital in Mexico, and MBA Mujeres de México. Christine graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics and International Relations and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Senior Innovation Manager, Munich Re
Within Munich Re, Christof is responsible for the further development of Innovation in Latin America, Spain & the Caribbean. Coming from the construction industry, he has 20 years’ experience in the (Re)Insurance Industry, developing together with clients traditional and non-traditional business solutions . Prior to his current function as Senior Innovation Manager, he served as Head of Property Treaty Underwriting for LATAM and the Caribbean. He holds an Degree in Civil Engineering from the FH Saarbrucken and the University of Nancy and currently resides in Munich.
Cian currently works as independent consultant. He is member of the advisory board of FInn Ventures and also works as advisor for several international Fintech startups regarding their strategy, business model and fund raising. He previously organized Fintech events both in Spain and abroad, including MoneyConf, the biggest and most international Fintech event in Spain.
Innovation Manager, UniCredit
Claudia is Innovation Manager in UniCredit with more then 14 years of banking and management consulting experience. She is passionately working in different projects to enable internal collaborative innovation as well as to boost interactions with fintech startup ecosystem. She has co-founded and managed UniCredit Fintech Accelerator program, the initiative aimed at creating industrial collaboration with selected fintech startups. She is active in the FinTech Community having organized local networking events in Milan and having promoted the hosting in the UniCredit Towers of the first FinTechStage conference.
Head of Acceleration, Wayra Chile
He founded his first company being 18 years old: a recognized agency of tech events in Chile. After finishing Civil Industrial Engineering at the University of Chile, he decided that his great strength was to support and encourage others to be an entrepreneur. First as executive for technology projects in the incubator Octantis of University Adolfo Ibañez, and then with a successful passage through the Innovation Division of the Ministry of Economy of Chile, as Coordinator of Entrepreneurship and Human Capital. His next adventure was being part of the innovation and entrepreneurship departament of Telefonica Chile, founding the coworking Center Movistar Innova. In 2012 he assumed the leadership of Wayra Chile, the startup accelerator of Telefonica Group under the Head of Acceleration functions.
Claudio has more than 20 years of experience. Specialized in the Financial Industry, he was Manager of the Management Consulting Division of the Department of Financial and Capital Market Andersen in Argentina and currently serves as Member of the Consulting at Deloitte taking charge of the " Strategy & Operation " line and "Human Capital " as well as the Financial Services Industry and LATCO Region of Argentina . That is why in this sector has focused its work on the following areas of work: Design and Implementation Process of Strategic Planning, Design Channel Strategy and CRM, Design and commissioning of Shared Service Centers, Design and commissioning of Project Offices (PMO Services), Post Merger Integration (M & A), Assessment of Organizational Structures and Change Management Programs, Diagnosis and Evaluation Process, Evaluation and redesign of processes Risk Management in financial institutions, Development and implementation of Compliance Programs and Corporate Governance and Preparation of manuals Prevention of money laundering. He has also led several consulting projects in local and regional banks from several countries in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Panamá, Perú, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela among others). Similarly, he has led projects Finance Shared Services and Transformation in major multinational, regional and local clients.
CEO, NUMA México
Coni Riveros es one of the foremost advocates of business innovation in Mexico. Since 2016 she's been the leader of NUMA México, a French accelerator whose mission is to transform the culture of organizations and startups to align with the align with the UN's 2030 sustainability goals. NUMA has launched more than 200 businesses into the Mexican market, created the first free co-working in Mexico City, and is the first free technical training space for Facebook in the world, with more than 3,000 people impacted within the first year of operation. Coni also leads the Community of Corporate Innovation Directors of Mexico, which is dedicated to bringing together corporations and startups for technological innovation. She has more than 20 years of leadership in Human Resources, and Quality and Compliance in international companies in the health, auditing, and telecommunications industries. In her last tenure with Stryker, an Orthopedics & Medical Devices corporation, she lead the community for women in Latin America and positioned the Mexican subsidiary as a #1 Great Place to Work, and among the top 10 in gender equality. Additionally, Coni is a guest professor in Talent Development in the Maters program at the University of Buenos Aires and the Catholic University of Argentina, and has taught entrepreneurship for the post-graduate diploma program for high-impact companies at ITAM Mexico. She is a career coach certified by Gallup, holds a masters in Business Organization from the University of Buenos Aires, and a journalism degree from the Catholic University of Argentina, where she graduated with honors. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Mexico since 2013.
Entrepreneur & Venture Investor
Constancio is a recognized entrepreneur and venture investor for the Internet sector in both Latin America and the US markets. He started his career while still in college as co-founder of Patagon, the first on-line stock broker of Latin America. Head Quartered in Miami, FL and with operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile, the company was acquired by Spanish bank, Santander in a cash deal that valued Patagon at $705 million. Patagon was subsequently merged with Santander-owned Open Bank in Spain. Concurrently with that transaction Constancio became venture investor and Chairman of Bumeran.com, the first job listings platform of the region co-founded by his brother Pablo and with operations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. After a bidding war between Starmedia Capital, Monster.com and Terra Networks, the company was acquired by Terra and subsequently sold years later to Tiger Global Fund of NY. Constancio then became President of Vistelmar, a diversified company in the agriculture and real estate industries operating in Argentina. Weemba was the third venture where Constancio got involved, in this case as President. The company provides a social-oriented lead generation platform for the lending industry. Constancio gets involved as well with startup mentoring and angel investing, most notably with Futbol Sites, the largest soccer oriented digital advertising network of Latin America.
Management of finance technologies and innovation strategies, Bancolombia
Cristina Duque Jaramillo es la Gerente de Productos de Inclusión Financiera para la Vicepresidencia de Personas y Pymes de Colombia del Grupo Bancolombia. Es la encargada del diseño y ejecución de la estrategia de productos y servicios para la población de la base de la pirámide en sus diferentes necesidades financieras tanto transaccionales, como de ahorro y financiación. Así mismo estuvo al frente de diversos proyectos del Grupo Financiero y entidades nacionales e internacionales como el BID, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors y la Banca de las Oportunidades de Colombia. Cristina es Negociadora Internacional de la Universidad EAFIT en Colombia con estudios de Economía en la Universidad de los Andes y de Maestría en Gestión de la Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la Universidad de Antioquia.
Director of Business Innovation Group, Fujitsu
Cristina Magdalena es economista por la Universidad de Zaragoza y por la KU Leuven (Bélgica) y realizó un MBA en ESADE Business School. Tras desarrollar una carrera internacional, principalmente en EMEAI, USA y LATAM, en 2009 se unió a Fujitsu. Actualmente lidera el Área de Innovación, departamento centrado en conectar las capacidades globales de innovación que Fujitsu con las necesidades y requerimientos de negocio de los distintos clientes y mercados. Cristina posee una amplia experiencia en el campo de la innovación y estrategia de negocio. Ha desarrollado su carrera profesional principalmente en Nestlé Suiza, como responsable del área de Trade Marketing, y en Accenture Strategy como Senior Manager responsable del grandes clientes globales. Cristina ha liderado importantes proyectos innovadores y estratégicos para organizaciones multinacionales líderes en sectores tan diversos como Consumer Goods, Retail, Entidades Financieras, Utilities o Sanidad.
Senior Advisor, Office of External Relations, IDB
Cristina is a Colombian economist and the senior advisor for the Office of External Relations at the IDB. Her work focuses on promoting the culture of innovation inside and outside the organization, connecting the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean with innovative solutions involving the most creative minds in the world. Earlier at the IDB, she worked as a specialist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, and as advisor to the Vice Presidency for Countries. In Colombia was special advisor on innovation projects for young people in the National Federation of Coffee Growers and Academic Advisor of the Faculty of Economics at the Universidad del Rosario. Works directly with Demand Solutions a platform for global innovators focused on inspiring innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, because she firmly believes in innovation and creativity as a development tool to improve lives.
After studying Systems Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Cristina has always gravitated to problem solving in areas of high impact throughout her career. After working in Asia, Africa, and Europe in a range of fields from investment banking, economic development in the non-profit sector to coding software for some of the fastest-growing technology companies, Cristina settled on tackling payments in Latin America where together with her two partners she founded an online payments platform called Conekta.io. In her current role at Conekta, Cristina manages the company's growth, helping thousands of merchants transact online in markets such as Mexico where ecommerce has tremendous potential despite many challenges such the large unbanked sector and the emergence of new payment technologies.
Co-founder and General Partner, Jaguar Ventures
Cristobal Perdomo is an experienced Internet investor, entrepreneur and executive focused on Latin America. He is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Jaguar Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage Internet ventures in Latin America. Previously, Mr. Perdomo served as VP of Real Estate Latin America at Navent, Latin America’s largest online classifieds company (backed by Tiger Global and Riverwood Capital). At Navent, he was part of the founding team and was responsible for the company’s real estate sites in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela, and software companies in Brazil and Mexico. During his tenure the operations he oversaw grew 14x in revenues and all turned EBITDA positive, going from representing less than 3% of the company to over 25% of the company’s revenues and over 60% of the company’s EBITDA. Mr. Perdomo began his career as a lawyer focused on international financial transactions in the energy sector. He has also held senior management positions at Cemex, Grupo Modelo (now part of AB Inbev), and Booz & Co. (now known as Strategy&). Mr. Perdomo holds an MBA with honors from Columbia University and received his JD summa cum laude from Universidad Iberoamericana.
MBA/MS Candidate, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Expertise in Latin American microfinance industry conducting due diligence, financial and risk analysis, social performance monitoring, borrower interviews and staff training, Cynthia has work experience in 20+ countries (Latin America and Africa) with understanding of the relevant economic, social, political and regulatory factors affecting local microfinance industries.
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.
Chief Digital Officer, McDonald's Latin America
Dan has spent the last 20 years of his career with one foot in the United States and one foot in Latin America, his primary skill-set is to help companies in Latin America, large and small, take advantage of the opportunity and challenge of digital transformation. A few of the specific challenges that he has direct experience solving are leading the transformational process to incorporate digital into the key functions of an existing operation and launching new operations in markets in Latin America (Specifically Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Central America and the Caribbean).
Senior VP, Celent
Daniel W. Latimore, CFA, is the Senior Vice President of Celent’s Banking group and is based in the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Latimore’s areas of focus include the banking ecosystem, digital and omnichannel banking, and core systems. Underlying each area is a keen interest in consumer behavior, innovation, and technology-enabled strategy. Mr. Latimore has been widely quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Boston Globe, CNBC, and CNBC Europe. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and client gatherings, having addressed audiences ranging from intimate meetings of CEOs and central banks to conference keynotes in more than a dozen countries. He led research groups at Deloitte and IBM, worked in industry Liberty Mutual and Merrill Lynch (where he lived in New York, Tokyo and London), and was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA institute.
Senior Manager, Accenture Interactive
Marketing Technologist, Systems Engineer, with 16 years of experience in leadership of technology teams, software development and processes of technological innovation and digital market. Postgraduate university professor of information systems and digital marketing. Passionate about generating impact in the business through technology and the digital market, managing programs that impact business results through process innovation and the business model. With extensive experience in the management of digital transformation programs in the financial sector and mass consumption.
Digital Strategic Initiatives, Capital One
Daniel Kahn is currently the Senior Manager for Digital Strategic Initiatives at Capital One. He previously worked at P2P lenders CommonBond and Kiva.org and was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group.
Fund manager, Axon Partners Group
Daniel is the head of Axon´s Colombia office, and is responsible for the screening of target companies, portfolio management, and exit strategies for the Latin American funds. Daniel is a trilingual industrial engineering graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá before studying a Master’s in Advanced Finance at IE Business School in 2012 specializing in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship. Daniel has been with Axon for more than one year, having previously worked at CitiGroup for over 6 years managing and selling financing, supply chain and liquidity products.
Co-Founder & President, Bitso SAPI de CV
Daniel is the President and Co-Founder of Bitso, the leading Bitcoin exchange in Mexico. He holds a BS degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a BA degree in Economics from Stanford University. He recently graduated from Harvard Business School. Daniel was an early employee at Quantcast, a tech startup in Silicon Valley that has close to 1,000 employees today. His dream is to grow the Bitcoin ecosystem in Mexico and LatAm.
Head of eCommerce, El Palacio de Hierro
Dario is a seasoned Internet and e-Commerce top executive with international experience opening and operating different companies in Mexico. At present, he is the head of the eCommerce Division at El Palacio de Hierro, the biggest aspirational and luxury department store in Latin America. His role is to lead and develop the eCommerce strategy of the company. Also, he is the only Latin American member of the eBay Enterprise Client Advisory Board. Before El Palacio, he created skinizate.com, a joint-venture developed with 3M focused in personalization, decompras.com that was the biggest B2C online store in Mexico, outletcorporativo.com with American Express focused on selling office products to SMBs and cosmetix.com.mx the first cosmetics and fragrances online store in Mexico. Previously, he was working on Business Intelligence Consulting, developing projects in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Dario is a mentor at Endeavor, a non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world and a Fellow at Victoria 147, a non-profit that supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico. Native from Argentina, Dario is married, love dogs, running, travel and wine.
Global Ambassador, Consult Hyperion
David G.W. Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital money and digital identity. One of the 2014 “Power 50” in European digital financial services, in 2013 he was named one of WIRED magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of news from the world of business and finance and was ranked the no.1 influencer in European emerging payments by Total Payments magazine. Dave is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a "grade-A geek" and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies", Dave is well-known for his thought leadership blogging, podcasts and events for Consult Hyperion’s Tomorrow’s Transactions series. He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies and contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. Retail Systems magazine said that his recent book “Identity is the New Money” is bold, forward thinking [and] grapples with weighty issues in a concise and accessible way. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.
David Alonso Pérez
Product Owner, Niuron
David Alonso Pérez is Product Owner at Niuron, the first Blockchain Consortium in the Spanish Financial Sector. In Addition, he also works as a Project Manager for Cecabank’s Technology and Innovation Office. David holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Computer Science Engineering and he is a specialized in IT cooperative initiatives in the Banking sector and research and innovation activities with a strong focus in biometric recognition systems, digital banking & fintech, cybersecurity and distributed ledger technologies.
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.
Commercial Director, The Open Data Institute
David leads the commercial, business development and marketing activities for the Open Data Institute. His 20 years in data-driven insight and marketing have seen him work with many leading brands in multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world such as Experian, Callcredit and Telefonica, David also ran his own boutique data insight business, Thinkdata, for 5 years before its acquisition by Bertelsmann. David’s work is characterised by passion, pragmatism and a fierce determination to deliver measurable value to clients. He also loves to challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of doing stuff. The Open Data Institute has been instrumental in developing Open Banking in the UK, working with HM Treasury and setting up the Open Banking Working Group in September 2015 to explore how an open data infrastructure could help the UK government achieve its objectives of increased competition and consumer choice. The ODI continues to advise on the development and implementation of open banking in countries including Australia, New Zealand and Japan. In addition to leading on Open Banking for the ODI, David is also helping other industry sectors develop similar open data initiatives including sport & physical activity, water and pharmaceuticals.
David Gómez García
Director de Desarrollo Corporativo, Caser
David Gómez García es Director de Desarrollo Corporativo en Caser desde 2013, compañía en la que previamente ocupó el puesto de Director Territorial de Seguros de Vida y Pensiones. Antes de incorporarse a su actual puesto, David fue Director General en Banco Gallego Vida y Pensiones, además de contar con experiencias previas en Iberdrola y Barclays. Experto en solvencia IT y gestión de riesgos, así como en estrategia y planificación empresarial, David es miembro de Eurapco así como del Comité Financiero y de Riesgos. David es Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales por la Universidad de Valladolid, y cuenta con una especialización en Administración y Dirección de Empresas, así como con un MBA por ICADE.
General Director, Financial Regulation Unit
As an innovation strategist, Demetrio leads BanregioLABS, an experimental laboratory to identify and capitalize on new growth opportunities. BanregioLABS focuses in developing better customer experiences based on financial technology and new ways to delight and attract customers to the bank. Additionally BanregioLABS has an actively role in the fintech community to develop strong relations with startups which are trying to connect with the mexican financial system. Demetrio has had the privilege of working in diverse banking areas over the past 25 years, including IT, commercial, new channels, product design, and currently Innovation.
Founder and CEO, CardFlight
Derek is the Founder and CEO of CardFlight, based in New York City. Prior to founding CardFlight, he was the Founder and CEO of LocalBonus, a credit card-linked loyalty network which rewarded consumers for purchases they make at local businesses. Earlier, Derek was an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman where he led C-level strategy projects for some of the leading global payment networks and retail banks. He was also part of the team that launched E*TRADE’s credit card business, where he personally led all product development and product marketing efforts for the group. Derek has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS magna cum laude from Georgetown University.
Regional Manager Latin America, Milvik (Bima)
Diego has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our Latin American markets. Diego has previous experience working as a project manager and consultant in Latin America and the U.S. Prior to joining BIMA, Diego worked for Xerox Business Services as a project manager for Global Service Operations and Engineering managing projects and engagements throughout the U.S. He also previously worked as a project consultant for Pantaleon Sugar Holdings supporting the company’s international expansion throughout Central America. Diego holds an MBA from IE Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas.
Diego Da Col
CEO & Founder, Vixerant
Diego has 16 years of experience in software implementation, planning, coordinating and leading systems projects. He is a specialist in the analysis and design of electronic payment solutions (contactless, EMV, Mifare and chip) and transactional processes. He has worked on various IT projects analyzing business cases, project feasibility, building teams and managing suppliers with frequent regional travel. Diego complements his expertise with the application of the Lean Startup methodology for the construction and validation of projects. He is a coach and a content advisor on Lean Startup methodology in entrepreneurial training programs for the government of Buenos Aires City.
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.
International Consultant in ICT.
Comenzó su carrera profesional en el sector privado y el año 1996 fue nombrado como Director de la Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones en donde impulsó la liberación del sector de comunicaciones y la privatización en la industria de las telecomunicaciones en el país. Posteriormente manejó las áreas de relaciones corporativas, negocios mayoristas y regulación de multinacionales como BellSouth (EE.UU.) y Telefónica (España). El 6 de agosto de 2010 el presidente Juan Manuel Santos lo designó como titular del Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones en reemplazo de María del Rosario Guerra El 28 de octubre de 2010, tres meses después de su nombramiento, presentó en compañía de todo el gabinete del presidente Juan Manuel Santos el Plan de tecnología Vive Digital. Así mismo, se han eliminado el IVA para Internet en los estratos 1 y 2, se han otorgado subsidios para el servicio de Internet en los estratos bajos, se eliminaron los aranceles a los terminales y se redujo el impuesto para el software.
MD, Alta Ventures Mexico
Diego Serebrisky joined Alta Ventures Mexico, a leading Latin American venture capital fund, in 2013 as Managing Director. Since then has led three investments in the technology space. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego collaborated with Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 years in their Mexico City office, and then relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where he launched the office in 2011. Before Advent International, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, Johannesburg, South Africa and New York City providing strategy advice to large clients. He served as a member of the Board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity Association, where he was president during 2008 and 2009. He also collaborates as an Endeavor mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. Diego graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; he also holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Managing Partner, Dalus Capital
Diego Serebrisky is an experienced and recognized investor in Latin America. Currently he is Managing Partner of Dalus Capital, a new early stage fund based in Mexico, as well as Managing Director at Alta Ventures since 2013. He invests in high growth Latin American companies innovating in technology and business models. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego was Managing Director at Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 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 advise 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 participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. He writes a blog on entrepreneurship and venture capital at serebrisky.com. Diego has a degree in Computer Engineer, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; also holds an MBA from the Sloan School of Management,MIT.
COO, Banco Caja Social
Diego aporta mas de 25 años de experiencia en Banca y en las industrias de ITO/BPO a su rol como responsable de las operaciones y la administración en Banco Caja Social. En el campo del emprendimiento, Diego desde hace varios años ha sido Managing Director y Fundador de una compañía regional de Gestión de Cambio y banca de inversión de base tecnológica, llamada Enki Consulting Services. Como Director Global de Mega Deals y Director Global de la Vertical de Industria de Servicios Financieros en Carvajal Tecnología y Servicios, Diego contribuyó a la consolidación de un Ecosistema de Inclusión Financiera en Colombia, que bancarizó a cerca de 4 millones de Colombianos, y desarrolló un Joint Venture en la Republica Dominicana, para replicar un ecosistema similar. Diego es Colombiano y es Especialista en Marketing Estratégico del CESA, donde se graduó con honores, además de haber adelantado estudios de Maestría en Relaciones Internacionales, Gestión Estratégica de Ventas en Northwestern University e Ingeniería de Sistemas
Partner, Oliver Wyman
Dieter Staib is Partner at Oliver Wyman, in the Madrid office. Before joining Oliver Wyman in 2006, Dieter developed his professional career as a consultant for twelve years, within different leading international consulting firms. He led the launch of a retail network and a children computer education franchise for three years. He participates in the Board or as advisor to several start ups in the games, business intelligence, e-publishing and e-training sectors. Dieter has lead different assignments in the sales and distribution areas of FIs and co-written industry reports on banking, clients and customer experience. His main areas of expertise are sales network transformation, sales force performance, distribution & new channels, new ventures, operations and customer experience. He has led different assignments on these topics across Southern Europe, Latin America and Africa, being able to work in Spanish, English, German or Italian.
Dominic Pym is an Australian businessman and technologist. He's been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 15 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia. Dom has a passion for financial services, and has co-founded and invested in several FinTech start-ups over the past decade, most recently Ferocia where an extraordinary technology team has been assembled and they've partnered with a major Australian bank to re-imagine Internet Banking. Prior to his start-up experience Dom worked with SAP and SAP Markets, consulting in more than a dozen countries with over 40 multi-national enterprises (including several Fortune 500’s).
Founder & Group Managing Director at Lendico
With years of experience in various positions at Boston Consulting Group, Rothschild and Goldman Sachs, Dominik Steinkühler has gathered extensive knowledge of the finance industry and risk management practices before co-founding Lendico in 2013. Dominik holds a Ph.D. in Business Sciences from the RWTH Aachen University.
Dr. José Antonio González Anaya
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Government of Mexico
José Antonio González Anaya is the Minister of Finance. Until recently he was CEO of PEMEX (Mexico’s National Oil Company) and General Director at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). Previously at the Ministry of Finance in Mexico he was: Undersecretary of Revenue; Chief of Staff of the Minister; Head of the Unit of Coordination with States; Head of the Unit of Pensions, Insurance and Securities; and Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary. He was a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at Standford University; Senior Economist for Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru at the World Bank. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a B.A. degree in Economics as well as a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Head of Retention Financial Institutions, GGO North Latam, Thomson Reuters
Edgar has extensive experience in solutions for the financial services industry. For the past 4 years, he has served in product management and sales roles within Thomson Reuters’ Financial & Risk business unit. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2013, he worked in Derivatives Sales & Trading at Banco del Bajio where he began his career. Edgar holds a BA in Financial Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Managing Partner, Mountain Nazca
Eduardo is a founding partner of Nazca Ventures. He has spent 10 years specialising in and is now responsable for sourcing and selecting investment opportunities in businesses with high growth potential. Prior to that he was the Director of Public & International Affairs at FUNDES and lead the creation of Buenos Aires Emprende - the successful business creation program in Buenos Aires. He has a degree in International Studies from the Universidad Di Tella and a Masters in Business and Competition from the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina.
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.
Program Director, Startupbootcamp FinTech Mexico City
Before joining Startupbootcamp Fintech, Eduardo was Head of Acceleration for Wayra Mexico, the global accelerator of startups and seed capital fund of Grupo Telefónica, which promotes entrepreneurship in Europe and Latin America, contributing to the creation and growth of a portfolio that has over 40 technological startups. Eduardo acquired solid experience in the development of new business opportunities, operation management, investments in seed capital and intellectual property issues. Prior to Wayra, he worked as Association Manager for a technological company within the sanitary sector based in Mexico City, where he mainly managed the technical and financial challenges associated to technology and patents of the company’s portfolio. Eduardo graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France, with a Masters Degree in Engineering.
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.
Director, Investments Omidyar Network
Eliza brings a diverse background in global development finance to Omidyar Network, where she manages investments across the Entrepreneurship, Education and Financial Inclusion initiatives. Focusing on Latin America, she invests in organizations that create economic opportunity for millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. Before joining Omidyar Network in fall 2011, Eliza was the chief lending officer at Calvert Foundation, where she was responsible for the management and growth of the foundation and its subsidiaries' more than $325 million in assets under management. Previously, Eliza managed Calvert Foundation’s international portfolio. Under her direction, that portfolio grew from $10 million to over $70 million in loans and equity investments outstanding in financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and water and sanitation. Earlier in her career, Eliza worked with the Corporation for Enterprise Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing management consulting and investment services to development finance institutions in the United States, Latin America, South Asia, and North Africa. Eliza earned an MPP with concentrations in finance and program evaluation from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as an A.B. in politics from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Eliza helped found MFX Solutions and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of the Cultural Development Corporation, which creates affordable living and working space for artists in Washington, D.C.
Emilio García de la Sierra
Partner & COO, Santander InnoVentures
Emilio serves as Santander InnoVentures’ COO, responsible for ensuring operational excellence and successful liaison with other business units across the Group. Emilio is also part of the team in charge of identifying and partnerring with creators of new business ideas within the broader Santander Innovation team, and help them partner with entrepreneurs and take their ideas to market. Emilio joined Santander Group in 2004, serving for seven years as a member of the Group Corporate Development team, outlining the strategy of the Group and contributing to its expansion through various acquisitions. Emilio was a bank equity research analyst before joining the Santander UK strategy team in 2013. He then became part of the team responsible for developing and launching Santander InnoVentures in 2014, contributing his deep knowledge of Santander Group, expert understanding of the banking industry and the wider fintech ecosystem. Emilio holds a BA in Economics and a Masters in Portfolio Management from the Instituto de Empresa (IE).
Startups Acceleration Manager, Alcobendas Startup
Emilio is the Managing Director of Vallecas Business Incubator, part of the Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, the largest public network of business incubators for entrepreneurs in Europe, managed by ASECOM. An intrapreneur and blogger (www.innover.es), @aemiliusmg is a “usual suspect” in the fast-growing Madrid startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously at Madrid Emprende, he launched countless initiatives for international entrepreneurs and global startups, like “Madrid Soft-Landing” or the “Madrid International Lab”. He acts as a mentor or judge for several programs for entrepreneurs and startups and as such he analyzes over 100 hundred projects every year. After having lived in countries like the UK and Cuba, and getting to know the most flourishing startup ecosystems, he really believes that Spain offers outstanding conditions for becoming a global hub for fin-tech startups. Emilio graduated in Business Administration from the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM), has a Master in International Business from CECO and a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.
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.
With more than 23 years of experience in the financial industry, Enrique Majos is the CEO of Gentera. Prior to his current position, he has been CEO of Banco Compartamos, CEO of Gentera’s Financial Services, and CEO of Gentera’s innovation lab for financial inclusion, FIINLAB. Before joining Gentera, he worked for 10 years at Citibank Mexico and Citibanamex in the Consumer Banking Division. Enrique Majos has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Universidad Panamericana and an MBA from IPADE Business School, including an exchange program at University of Southern California (USC). He has been speaker at North Western University, New York University, Columbia University, Wharton University, Instituto Tecnologico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and EGADE Business School. Additionally, he has participated in several executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg University, and The Boulder Institute of Microfinance.
Enrique Majos Ramirez
CEO, Banco Compartamos
With more than 20 years of experience in the Mexican Financial Sector, and more than 10 years in the Microfinance Sector, Enrique is currently the CEO for Banco Compartamos in Mexico, at the same time that heads the Microfinance operations for Gentera in Guatemala and Peru. Gentera is a listed holding company on the Mexican Stock Exchange, integrated by six subsidiaries focused on offering financial inclusion services. Prior to being named CEO and Microfinance Executive Officer, he was Chief Operating Officer for Compartamos Banco. Before joining Gentera, he worked at Citibank in the Global Consumer Banking division. Enrique holds an MBA from IPADE in Mexico City, and a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He has participated in several executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Additionally, he has been panelist at North Western University, New York University, Columbia University, Wharton University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and EGADE Business School.
Executive Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico
Enrique Zorrilla was appointed Executive Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico in November 2017. He was, most recently, Senior Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico and Vice-President of the Asociación de Bancos de México (ABM). This promotion is a reflection of Scotiabank’s commitment to building the Bank’s business in Latin America, and the Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia in particular. Under Enrique’s leadership, Scotiabank Mexico is performing successfully in all business lines, growing the market share, undertaking the core platform modernization and launching the Mexico Digital Factory while making significant strides in improving the structural cost base. Enrique joined Scotiabank in June 2013 as Director General of Commercial Banking, IT and Shared Services, and in October 2014 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Enrique worked for Banco Nacional de México, S.A. (Banamex) for 31 years, most recently as a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee for Grupo Financiero Banamex. He was also a member of the Citigroup Senior Leadership Committee, member of the Board of Directors of Seguros Banamex, Afore Banamex and Crédito Familiar and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Buró de Crédito and Soriban Servicios Financieros. Prior to joining Banco Nacional de México (Banamex) in July 1982, Enrique was a Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Enrique received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad Iberoamericana and was honoured with the Presidential Award “The Best Students of Mexico”. He was also acknowledged in the Professional Excellence Category with the “Dr. Agustin Reyes Ponce” Award in 2011. Enrique also has a Certified Public Accounting Degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and the MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg School) in Chicago.
Co-Founder and General Partner, Jaguar Ventures
Eric Pérez-Grovas is Co-Founder of Jaguar Ventures, a VC Fund focused on LATAM Internet companies. He’s in charge of Jaguar´s Mexican investments, currently all Fintech enterprises: Conekta, Konfio and Nexu. He’s also Co-Founder and President of the Board of the Mexican Association of Online Sales. He has been named by Endeavor as a one of the top five influencers in the Mexican Tech Ecosystem, and by BBVA as one of Mexico´s top innovators. Previously, Eric opened and managed Mercadolibre’s Mexican operations, worked at McKinsey and Bain and held Management Positions at Cemex and Satmex. He holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering, summa cum laude, from the Tec de Monterrey, and an MBA and MPP from Stanford University.
Head of Global Business Development, Abra
Eric is the Head of Global Business Development for Abra, is the world’s first digital cash remittance network for any smartphone. Abra enables free cross border and domestic money transfers and payments between any two smartphones or an Abra user any online merchant in the world instantaneously and for free. Abra is the only full interoperable non-card based mobile money application in existence. Eric is a Fintech and Emerging Markets veteran who has spent the last ten years working across Latin America, Asia and Europe prior to returning to his home country, the US. Eric has worked for in corporate venture capital for First Data and Citigroup where he led partnerships with, and investments in Fintech start-ups and other emerging payments and technology companies, including helping define First Data’s role in launching Apple Pay and leading its investment in MineralTree, a B2B Payments company. While at McKinsey & Co. Eric worked with private equity firms, banks and public institutions and is credited for co-publishing “Venture capital as a path to innovation in payments" in the McKinsey on Payments quarterly. Eric is an advisor to the Peruvian based eCommerce company, Magnolia and the California based advanced banking analytics company CuNexus. Before becoming fully focused on Fintech, Eric spent numerous years working in international development with the the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the US government and the Spanish government. Eric has MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. When Eric is not on a plane or working, he is riding a bike, eating ceviche and spending time with his Peruvian wife and China-born Spanish speaking half-American/half Peruvian son.
Esteban D. Mancuso
Co-founder Velum Ventures SAS
Esteban has an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa, he became a Babson SEE Program Fellow in 2009 and he has a law degree from UBA. He’s the co-founder of Velum Ventures SAS and is a management partner of Velum Early Stage Fund I. He created the #LeanStrategy methodology. He was CEO of the Atacama advertising group and of Infotowers SRL, co-founder of NautorPharma SA and an investor in taringa.net. He is a regular speaker at conferences and advises MinComercio, Innpulsa, Wayra, EAFIT, CESA and ConfeCámaras among other institutions in the ecosystem.
Founder & Managing Partner, Velum Ventures
Esteban is the founder and Managing Partner of Velum Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. He has extensive experience in managing venture capital investment focused on Colombian technological enterprises. He has worked as an advisor for the Latin American division of the Spanish fund Tagua Capital, served as Investment Director for Promotora Venture Capital arm, investing in IT, Clean-Tech and Biotechnology. He also worked as the Director of Investments at Conconcreto and as the Financial Structuring Manager for Promotora Investment Bank. He founded and financed his own tech firm, focused on analytics in 2000. Studied Business Administration at EAFIT (Colombia), completed an MBA at ISM (France) and participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at MIT (USA).
Executive Director, BBVA Colombia
Ingeniera Industrial de la Universidad de los Andes de Colombia, cuenta con más de 25 años de experiencia en el banco, ha pasado por los departamentos de Organización y Métodos, Banca Empresarial, Marketing. También ha sido gerente territorial y lideró la fusión de Granahorrar con BBVA. Actualmente es la encargada de liderar el desarrollo de proyectos de transformación en Colombia con una visión de innovación aplicada a los procesos de negocio
Latin America Lead, Dalberg
Fabiola leads Dalberg’s work in Latin America with a particular focus on financial inclusion, SME development and innovation. Fabiola has over a decade of experience working with private sector companies, governments and NGOs in Latin America and the US developing strategy to drive growth and innovation, with a customer-centric lens. She has worked with Fortune 100 companies in the financial services space think through how to bring customer insights to their R&D processes, has worked with the major development banks in Latin America (i.e., the Inter-American Investment Corporation and Inter-American Development Bank) to help them think through how to bring more customer-demanded innovation to their lending portfolios to emerging financial players, and has worked with smaller ventures / enterprises in Latin America on how they can use technology and new financing models to bring new customer segments into their business model. Prior to joining Dalberg, Fabiola was one of the leaders of the consumer goods and retail practice at A.T. Kearney. Fabiola advised multiple clients on their innovation and R&D, market entry and go to market strategy. Fabiola has been invited to speak at a number of conferences including the Digital Development Forum and the Mexico Women’s Forum. She holds a master’s in business administration from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s in industrial design from Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. She has also conducted studies in international development at New York University.
Managing Director, Ignia
Fabrice joined IGNIA in 2008 as Managing Director and founder of IGNIA Shared Services, after a successful career in Strategy and Finance. He is Managing Partner since 2012. He previously worked as Corporate Vice-President of ONEO/Grupo Domos, a cluster of environmental, real estate and information systems services. Before joining Grupo Domos Fabrice was Corporate Financial Manager at Vitro, one of the most important glass manufacturing companies in the world, where he managed a debt portfolio with over US $1.500 million and was responsible of structuring credit transactions of over US$ 6.000 million. Fabrice began his professional career at Banco Santander, where he occupied several positions in Mexico and New York. Currently, besides participating in different Board of Directors of companies where IGNIA has invested in, he is also Independent Advisor of Red de Carreteras del Occidente y Startup GDL. Personally he is convinced of the power of the combination of gender equality and education, for which he is Follow in Victoria 147 and Trustee in CORDEM, APB. Fabrice holds a Degree in Administration by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Managing Partner, ALLVP
Federico is within the most notable figures and relevant early capital investors in Mexico’s ecosystem. He gained extensive experience at launching businesses in South America and exploiting the e-commerce space. He had senior management positions in large and complex organizations. In 2012, Federico co-founded ALLVP and has been MP since then. He is also Chairman of the board at Carrot and board member of Cuidate, Click, Aventones, Petsy and UHMA. Additionally, he co-founded Venture Institute, a business acceleration program, and Fondeadora, the leading crowdfunding platform in the country. Federico was CEO in Edoardos, a fashion group listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange with more than 100 outlets. Before Edoardos, he worked in Marketing and Product Development at L'Oréal in the Luxury Products Division in Paris, France. Prior to that, he was SVP of E- Commerce Division of Grupo Televisa. Federico participated in launching Submarino in Mexico, a leading e-Commerce portal in Latin America, serving as its CMO. He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB and an BA in Applied Economics from the University Paris Dauphine.
Director & Co Founder, Insignium Wealth Management AG
Felipe es director y cofundador de Insignium Wealth Management AG. Ejerce también como presidente ejecutivo de Ecuacopia, distribuidora autorizada de la marca Ricoh para Ecuador. Luego de vivir durante 11 años entre España y Ecuador regresa a instalarse en su país por motivos personales. Junto con seis socios promueve su proyecto personal -Buen Trip Hub- co working space enfocado a emprendimiento tecnológico en Ecuador. Felipe estudió en Virginia Tech, luego obtuvo un MBA Internacional en el Instituto de Empresa de Madrid IMBA en el año 2002. Adicionalmente tiene un post grado en Gestión de Patrimonio en el Institut de Estudies Financiers de Barcelona.
Felipe Gomez Rigalt
General Director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation, GNP Insurance
Currently General Director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation at GNP Seguros. Felipe is an expert in Customer Experience, Big Data, Analytics and Omnichannel in both Infrastructure and Information Technology for Data, Analytics, CRM and Digital Marketing. Renowned for translating data into actionable strategies that elevate business performance, market share and customer profitability. Innovative leader with more than 20 years of experience with demonstrable results and often above the target in complex environments. Able to establish the strategic vision and lead its execution. Published in renowned journals such as Forbes and international scientific journals, guest lecturer at several international forums.
Country Director, Brazil at Fjord
For the past 10-years, Felipe continues to work across sectors and industries advising, delivering and measuring the value of design-thinking & customer focused methods to achieve broader business goals & experience objectives. His professional exposure extends to clients in over 18 countries on 4 continents. At Fjord, as the Studio Director for Sao Paulo & broader LATAM, he partners with clients to construct projects to leverage digital services & design-thinking to define & extend competitive advantage. Prior to Fjord, Felipe was a Fjord client at Barclays where he served as Europe & Middle East Head of Digital Technology Strategy. He began his career at Amdocs as a product catalog business analyst and eventually as Amdocs Consulting Global Lead of the Business Case & Benefits Management Service Offering. He holds a degree in Accountancy and a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and currently resides in Sao Paulo.
Director LATAM, Juntos Finanzas
Felipe es el actual Director para Latinoamérica de Juntos Finanzas y previamente trabajó con el Prof. Muhammad Yunus en el desarrollo de instituciones de micro-finanzas y negocios sociales en Colombia, Alemania y Bangladesh. Felipe es también co-fundador de Bive, una empresa que facilita el acceso a servicios de salud de alta calidad para familias de bajos ingresos en Colombia. Felipe es Ingeniero Mecánico de la Universidad de los Andes en Colombia y completó su maestría en Ecole de Mines en Francia.
Partner and Investment Director, Veronorte
Felipe is Founding Partner and Investment Director (CIO) of Veronorte. He previously worked for AVG – Robotics in Los Angeles. As well, in Germany he worked for Siemens in Investigation and Development in Mechatronics. In Colombia Felipe was Commercial and Strategic Director of Indexcol, and in Beijing he was Commercial Attaché in the Embassy of Colombia in China, and Director of the office of Proexport in the same country. At Pierson Capital he worked in the department of new businesses in Beijing and also as Project Director in Mexico. Felipe is Mechanic Engineer from EAFIT University (summa cum laude graduate). He holds a Master in Web Communication from the European Institute of Design (Rome, Italy) and an MBA from Chicago University, with a focus on entrepreneurship and finance. He has attended several executive programs on Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking in Berkley University, Harvard and Stanford.
Félix López Capel
Partner & Investors Relations, Finanziapyme
Félix López Capel is the institutional relations director at AJE Madrid (Entrepreneurs Association) and is responsible for investor relations at Finanziapyme. He is also a Foundum.com ambassador and an advisor for different startups. He’s a speaker and professor in sales and marketing. Previously he worked in sales and marketing at global companies like Xerox Spain, Regus Business Centers and xing.com. He was the general manager at Affirma Business Centers and AJE Madrid. He’s a member of the board at the Spanish Marketing Association. His blog is http://felixlopezcapel.wordpress.com/
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).
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).
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.
Executive President and Co-Founder of Mujeres del Pacífico, Company B that promotes entrepreneurs in Latin America and has been elected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as part of the "Best For The World" companies by B Lab Internacional. Academic in innovation and entrepreneurship Finis Terrae University. Master in Innovation Catholic University of Chile. Executive Director Diverge, Center for Business Innovation, Finis Terrae University. Director of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Latin America (ASELA). Former Vice President of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Chile (ASECH). Co founder and Director of Kodea, an NGO that trains women and children in programming. Director of Scotiabank and winner of the Woman of the Decade Award, Creating a Better World for All of the Woman Economic Forum. Speaker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, mentor and advisor for entrepreneurs, jury in innovation and entrepreneurship contests and former Director of the Initia Program, Go to Market program for Latin American talents in the R & D area. Degree in Social Communication and Journalist Universidad Diego Portals, Diploma in Communications Marketing and Product Marketing and Technology Services University of California. Director of the impact accelerator Agora Partnership, Club Innovation Counselor, Public Base and the Mujer Impacta prize. Member of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Council of Corfo and of the Smart Cities Council of Corfo and of the Inclusion Council of Corfo. Academic in Innovation of the Magister in Marketing of the School of Commercial Engineering of the Finis Terrae University and in the Magister in City and Anthropocene of the School of Architecture and Design of the Finis Terrae University.
Entrepreneur focused on interaction, usability and data science in the Fintech space. Fernando leads Aplazame in the areas of product, risk, compliance and finance. Previously he cofounded and led Ibercheck.com, the leading company in Spain in issuing credit reports for individuals. In the past, he was senior consultant at Monitor Group, serving the financial, industrial and energy clients on three continents over 4 years. Global Market Master in Economics from the London School of Economics majoring in Quantitative Economics.
Deputy CEO, Self Bank
Fernando is Deputy CEO at Self Bank, the digital bank of Boursorama Group in Spain (Boursorama Group is the digital banking subsidiary of Société Générale). He joined Self Bank in September 2012 after having been in charge of Bank 2.0 at Banca Civica (which is now part of CaixaBank) from 2010 to 2012, where he managed the online services and digital business of the savings bank group. Prior to that he was the director of digital business for Caja Navarra, which he joined in 2007 in charge of innovation technology and where he led the initiatives which converted CAN into an online model in the use of social networks in the finance sector. During this time he was involved in the investment board of Eurecan, the support unit for entrepreneurs at Caja Navarra which invested in projects like Abiquo, Spamina, Just in Mind, Rockola, Bubok and DaD.
LATAM Region - Sales Director, Telefonica
Fernando is a recognized sales leader with an extensive and rich international startup and corporate innovation experience. After graduating with honours in Business Studies at a joint Program between Loyola Business School in Spain and The Univ. of Bedfordshire in England, Fernando kickstarted his sales career with IT Storage giant EMC2 at their European HQ in London. Later he took his MBA at ISIDA Business School in Italy to join a sales position with security software leaders Symantec and later BMC Software in Madrid. During the last decade Fernando spearheaded several startups to end up hired by Telefonica Global Services where he currently leads a LATAM regional sales team and serves as a Columbia Business School certified mentor for Endeavor global acceleration program.
Co-founder, Buen Trip
Fernando Rivera is CTO at ETF.com and co-founder of Buen Trip, a startup accelerator in Ecuador. Fernando has over 15 years of experience developing web-based tools for the financial industry in the US. He is an active mentor and angel investor
CEO and Founder, ComparaMejor.com
Fundador de ComparaMejor.com, una de las principales startups colombianas que está revolucionanado el sector de los seguros en el país. ComparaMejor.com, que incrementó sus ventas un 397% en los últimos 12 meses, ofrece a sus usuarios la posibilidad de decidir, de forma autónoma y responsable, sobre la adquisición de productos ofrecidos en el mercado financiero con información comparativa y emisión en línea de pólizas para seguros de vehículos (todo riesgo y SOAT). Además, permite comparar CDTs, tarjetas de créditos y las diferentes cuentas de ahorro que ofrecen los bancos ubicados en Colombia. Antes de emprender, Fernando trabajó durante 8 años en el sector financiero – tecnológico, en las áreas de estrategia, riesgo crediticio, ecommerce y mercadeo en diferentes bancos en UK como el Lloyds Banking Group y la página de comparación de servicios financieros Totallymoney.com.
Managing Director, CUBO
ominated as one of the "Most Creative People in Business 2012" by FastCompany, Flavio is leading CUBO - a transformational project to foster entrepreneurship in Brazil, sponsored by Itau Bank and RedPoint eVentures. Prior to this project Flavio launched two companies and had extensive experience in the corporate environment as JPMorgan’s IT Head in Brazil, Credit-Suisse Hedging-Griffo development head and JPMC Vastera Latin America IT Head. Flavio was responsible for the first full-web Supply Chain Management System in Latin America in 1997. Flavio has a B.S. in Computer Science and a MBA from FGV/SP.
VP of Operations at Onfido Background Checks
Francesco studied Nuclear Engineering in Turin and worked as a management consultant for more than 10 years. Since 2008 he has been having fun in the startup world, and has helped 3 founders grow their Internet ventures, respectively in Madrid (Weblogs SL), London (Nestoria) and São Paulo (Chaordic). He has been based in São Paulo since Jan 2012 and is a Business Director in Chaordic, a Brazilian startup that provides e-commerce personalization solutions. He began by leading the business team, then one of the product teams and is currently leading the internationalisation efforts of Chaordic. He is passionate about inventing and implementing new business models and working with small organisations creating new products. He speaks 5 languages and loves putting them to work in internationalisation projects.
Co-founder & MD, NXTP Labs
Mr. Coronel is Co-Founder & Managing Director of NXTP Labs, one of the most important business accelerators in Latin America that has received a significant equity investment from the Multilateral Investment Fund (“FOMIN”), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. NXTP Labs has already invested in 150 companies and plans to complete a 300-company portfolio during the next 2 years. NXTP Labs has had a great impact on the Latin American entrepreneurial community for its contribution as a fertile ecosystem for technology innovation, entrepreneurs and investors. Mr. Coronel was recognized as Global Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2007 for the successful development of Archpartners, for which he was Co-Founder and CFO. Francisco has actively participated as an advisory board member in a wide range of projects with local, regional or global impact. His technical contribution has been related to the development of successful business plans, investment rounds, and advisor to startup expansion programs. Mr. Coronel has an Economics major from Buenos Aires University and a postgraduate specialization in corporate finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He also is a Certified Public Accountant registered at the Buenos Aires CPA Association and the International Federation of Accountants.
Innovation Leader, Fiinlab powered by Gentera
Francisco es Líder de innovación en Fiinlab, el laboratorio de innovación de Gentera cuya tarea es apoyar la transformación de la compañía a través del desarrollo de nuevos modelos de negocio y tecnologías. Con un perfil financiero, Francisco ha trabajado en la implementación de estrategias de Innovación y nuevos negocios para varias compañías. Actualmente en Fiinlab es responsable del vínculo del grupo financiero con el ecosistema emprendedor, llevando a cabo tareas como scouting y análisis de inversiones, administración de las alianzas, y seguimiento a pruebas piloto con startups
CEO and Co-Founder, Bankaool
Francisco Meré is Co-Founder and CEO of Bankaool, S. A. Institución de Banca Múltiple, the first digital bank without branches in Mexico. Prior to the foundation of Bankaool, he was General Director of Agrofinanzas, Sofol, a company that was awarded by the G20 as one of the 15 leading companies in inclusive business innovation. Also, the history and the innovative business model was recognized by the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. Francisco Meré was also General Director of FIRA, background leading banks development in financing agribusiness. Its management was recognized with a "case study" by the School of Business at Harvard University. Also within the public sector he was the General Director of the Bank Development at Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público and held various positions at Banco de México. At the international level, Francisco Meré was Director of Energy and Natural Resources of the french bank Société Général; consultant for the International Monetary Fund to the Government of Colombia as well as foreign associate in the law firm of New York Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Francisco Meré has been a board member of more than 14 financial institutions; also of International Agribusiness Management Association and of the Financial Alliance for Sustainable Trade. In 2013 he received the Inclusive Business Leader recognition of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He is vice president of the Mexico Fintech Association, as well as co-author in the book "The Fintech Book" presented in March 2016 in London, UK. Francisco Meré graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in NY, as well as master's degree in public policy from the same university in NY and is a graduate of Singularity University.
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.
Fintech entrepreneur and investor
François es Ingeniero de Gestión (UCL, Bélgica, 1997). Fue consultor en BCG de 1997 a 1999. Luego se mudó a Madrid y fundó Toprural (2000), del que fue CEO hasta su venta a HomeAway en 2012. También ha sido co-fundador de Rentalia (2003), vendido a idealista.com en 2012. En la actualidad es co-fundador de Indexa Capital, Aplazame y Soysuper. También es inversor y asesor en unos 25 negocios Internet, entre los cuales Kantox, Tiendeo y Percentil. Más información en su blog y en twitter @fderbaix.
CEO Fidor TecS
Frank Schwab joined Fidor TecS AG as CEO in January 2014. Fidor TecS enables disruptive digital banking by reshaping the customer relationship through technology. Before he worked as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey. In more than 20 years at Deutsche Bank Frank was the chief architect of the retail banking division, director of European co-ordination and head of internet banking. Frank is a pioneer of Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Point Banking and a winner of three European Awards for the New Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Banking at Q110 - The Deutsche Bank of the Future. He also lectured „Creativity and Innovation Management“ at Mannheim Business School and “Information Management in Finance & Insurance” at Wiesbaden Business School.
Project Leader - Financial Institutions Group, Andean Countries, IFC
Until recently Fulvia was a Community Relations Manager at Citibanamex, where she founded and led the Entrepreneurship Program. Previous to this role, she was part of the Strategic Planning team for Mexico and Latin America at Citibanamex - where she oversaw priority business projects within the region. Additionally, she worked with Vittana and the Grameen Foundation in Ecuador back in 2012. Fulvia has worked in the entrepreneurship and financial inclusion space since 2010; she is a StartingBloc Fellow and a board member of Mexico’s National Advisory Board for the Global Impact Investment Steering Group founded by the G8. She has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey and has successfully completed coursework in Finance and Economy at Harvard Business School. In the coming weeks Fulvia will join the leading digital asset exchange in Latin America as a Product Manager.
Managing Director at Wayra
Ingeniero-ingenioso con más de 19 años de experiencia en la industria de telecomunicaciones. Actualmente se desempeña como CHO (Chief Humor Officer) y Director de Wayra México, fondo de inversión y aceleradora de startups digitales del Grupo Telefónica, con presencia en 12 países de Europa y Latinoamérica y un portafolio de más de 500 empresas.
Co-founder, RSK Labs
He holds a BS in Economics (Universidad de Buenos Aires). Has a post- graduate degree in Capital Markets and Financial Services (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange, Argentina). He is co-founder of RSK Labs, the first general purpose smart contract platform secured by the Bitcoin Network. He co-founded Koibanx, a blockchain services firm for banks and governments, where he is CEO. He also served as an Associate at Advent International for Argentina and United Kingdom, at LKM Laboratory and at Monsanto Argentina. He is member of Bitcoin Argentina and Bitcoin Latin America Foundation.
Gabriel Manjarrez is co-founder and CEO of Mimoni, a company that since 2008 has been developing proprietary scoring processes and algorithms focused on instant credit approval for the unbanked middle- and bottom-of-the-pyramid majority in developing countries. The Mimoni online lending service, launched in August 2013, is Latin America’s largest online short-term consumer credit provider, enabling instant-approval lending for the tens of millions of credit-worthy (though currently unbanked) consumers that today have to rely on more-expensive pawn shops or loan sharks for their emergency cash needs. Since launch, Mimoni has acquired hundreds of thousands of members and made over tens of thousands loans. Gabriel and his co-founder, Pedro Zayas, were selected as Endeavor Global entrepreneurs in late 2011. Mimoni's investors include Omidyar Network and Ignia, two of the top global impact investment firms as well as the Silicon Valley VC firms Bay Partners and Storm Ventures. Gabriel previously was co-founder of Progreso Financiero, a US-based, Greylock-backed consumer financial services company focused on providing unsecured loans to the unbanked and underbanked Hispanic immigrant community in the US. Since 2005 Progreso has made over US$1B worth of loans to US-based Hispanic immigrants in California and Texas Gabe has an MBA from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree from ITAM (in Mexico City) and divides his time between Palo Alto, California and Mexico City.
Financial Markets Lead Specialist at the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division, IDB
Gabriela 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, financial inclusion, digital currencies, 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.
VC investment manager, BlackFin Capital Partners
Gabrielle Thomas is an Investment Manager at BlackFin since early 2018. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Suez (Lyonnaise des Eaux), where she had the opportunity to work directly with the CEO on several tech projects, turning them into strategic added value. In 2013, her career took then an international turn as she co-managed a startup competition/acceleration program based in both France and California (UC Berkeley). Back in France, she joined Alter Equity as a VC analyst, and contributed first hand to the very first steps of this fund (first deal, etc.). In 2014, Gabrielle joined XAnge (Siparex group) as a VC associate, and supported 20 startups, including MicroDon, Docéa Power (sold to Intel), La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!, Digiteka (sold to Ouest France – Rossel), Roctool, Quadrille, Arcure, Scentys, and Elum, among others.. A French national, Gabrielle is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and La Sorbonne Paris IV.
Founder and MD, Abarta
Garrett has over twenty years of experience in technology and financial services and is also an Advisor with Anthemis Edge at Anthemis Group. He is active in the FinTech community having led European Operations at Circle Internet Financial and the NDRC FinTech programme in Dublin. He previously held a range of senior positions at Bank of Ireland, Marrakech, Ulster Bank, and Goldman Sachs.
Founder, Anthemis Talent
Gavin's expertise lies in advising companies on recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing talent and with them building world-class teams. As founder of Anthemis Talent, his 15+ years of experience in the industry is invaluable for clients and their portfolio companies to grow and develop their organisations. Prior to joining Anthemis Talent, Gavin ran the financial services talent business across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Heidrick & Struggles. In his 13 years there, his client work included hiring the Chairman, CEO, COO, CTO and other C-Level executives across a range of sectors including fintech, payments, consumer financial services, corporate & investment banking, asset wealth & alternative investments, clearing & bpo. These clients have ranged from the world's most prestigious multi-nationals, to the most disruptive small start-ups. Gavin became one of the youngest partners in the firm's history at 29, and was recognised internally and externally as one of the very few executive search professionals who really understand the intersect point of the financial services industry with technology, change and innovation.
Founder & General Manager, Prestadero.com
Gerardo Obregon is a chemical engineer graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with engineering studies at the University of Sydney, Australia, and finance studies at Stanford, USA Gerardo founded Yeah Baby Solutions, SA de CV in 2007, a trading company; Beef Mart in 2009, retail shop selling meat; and Prestadero in 2011, the leading platform for loans from person to person in Mexico. Gerardo is certified as a professional project manager to the "Project Management Institute". Before founding Prestadero, Gerardo worked in Impulso Business Group as project manager and manager of the Strategic Project Office, and iCrete, concrete technology company based in Los Angeles, CA. Gerardo has won several awards for entrepreneurship, as one of the top 20 enterprises in 2014 by CNN-Expansion and one of the top 20 enterprises by Pitchbull. Gerardo is a contributor to Executive World for finance section and was recently appointed by the office of the Presidency of the Republic as one of the Digital Leaders country.
Germán Martínez Arranz
Investment director, Grupo Multitel
Germán is Investment director at Grupo Multitel. Prior to that, he was Vice president at Nmas1 within the alternative asset management department and worked as a Strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney. He also founded and managed a company in the young accommodation market focused on student halls and youth hostels. Germán has an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering and is a CFA charterholder.
German Pugliese Bassi
German has played a significant role as Co-founder , CMO & Alliances of Technisys, an organization recognized for its reputation in the technology industry, and he is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs of Latin America. The innovations of a world-class entrepreneur in the technology industry have been a topic of interest for universities such as Wharton, Columbia and MIT, where German has given lectures and participated in conferences. He has also been interviewed by major international media companies, the CNN TV chain, and top business and technology publications, such as America Economia and Latin Finance.
IC Banking Product Manager, Infocorp
Executive with more than 15 years providing innovative solutions and services to financial institutions in LATAM. Passionate about technology and its application for the creation of innovative business solutions, providing exceptional user experiences. Currently responsible for leading the strategy, design and development of innovative software products for the financial sector, which enable Infocorp to fulfill its mission: ""Helping People Love Their Bank"
Head of Fintech and Regtech Partnerships, Rainmaking
Ghela is active in the fintech industry, having spent the last ten years focused on business development for core insurance and banking system solutions, the last half of which has centered on financial services pricing governance functionality. Ghela also founded FemTechGlobal to bridge the gender gap in fintech and the financial services industry and was named one of Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’, and included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016 & 2017. She is a regular contributor to fintech publications and discussions, specializing in dynamic pricing and customer centricity. Ghela is Head of Fintech/Regtech Partnerships at Rainmaking, home of Startupbootcamp.
Gilberto A. Pérez H
Director of Regulatory Development, Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores
Gilberto Pérez participó activamente en el desarrollo de la Ley para Regular las Instituciones de Tecnología Financiera de México (Ley FinTech) desde su posición como regulador financiero en la Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV). Entre otros proyectos dentro de la CNBV, coadyuvó en la elaboración de la regulación secundaria aplicable a las redes de pagos con tarjetas, así como en las disposiciones para mitigar el robo de identidad en el sector bancario. Previamente, en la iniciativa privada, fue pieza clave en el lanzamiento de nuevos productos de crédito tanto en Banco Azteca como en Banco Santander. Gilberto es licenciado en Economía por el ITAM y cuenta con estudios de posgrado en Estadística en la misma institución y en la Universidad de Warwick, Reino Unido.
Investment Officer, Arcano
Gonzalo is Investment Officer at Arcano Asset Management heading the North America private equity investment team out of its New York office. Since joining Arcano in 2008 he has primarily been responsible for evaluating and monitoring investments in venture capital, growth equity and buyout funds and co-investments, primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Gonzalo was also involved in evaluating investments in debt of European corporates. Prior to Arcano, Gonzalo worked at the mergers and acquisitions department at Grant Thornton in Dominican Republic. He holds a double degree in Law (2007) and Business Administration (2008) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.
Cofunder and Director, HumanUp
Gonzalo is currently managing director and founder of HumanUp, business accelerator focused in innovative business models and developing strategies for startups. Working with IT, advertising, energy and fintech companies, through the years we had raise +M$1.2 for our projects. Gonzalo collaborate with organizations such Spain Startup, Lanzadera, Las Vegas Downtown, BuenTripHup, DaVinci Labs, among others. He also loves football, mediterranean food and wine....
General Manager, Cumplo
Gonzalo es Ingeniero Comercial por la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y MBA de Kellogg School of Management, Universidad de Northwestern. Fue gerente general de Johnson & Johnson por cuatro años. Trabajó en Key Company-Alberto Culver Chile por más de 12 años, donde llegó a ser director de ventas y marketing. Está casado y tiene cuatro hijos.
With a particular passion for technology and innovation, Gonzalo serves as CEO of Wayra, Telefónica’s start-up accelerator, from its birth in 2011. In less than three years, he helped Wayra become one of the largest technology accelerators, opening operations in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe (Colombia, México, Spain, Venezuela, Perú, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, UK, Germany, Ireland and the Czech Republic). Today, Wayra has a portfolio of more than 300 innovative companies in 20 different digital industries. Prior to join Wayra, Gonzalo spent five years as Director of the Secretaría General Técnica (Head of the Chairman’s Office) of Telefónica Latinoamérica, leading projects and initiatives at a regional level. He joined Telefónica in 1997, when he started working in the legal department of Telefónica Internacional, the entity that managed Telefónica´s international operations. In 1999 he was appointed as Legal Manager of Telefónica Móviles, the holding company that managed all the mobile operations worldwide, and in 2002 became Legal Director of Telefónica Móviles México, where he worked for almost three years before returning to Spain. Gonzalo has a degree in Law by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an LLM by Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from IESE Business School – University of Navarra. He currently divides his time between Madrid, Latin America and the rest of Europe. Gonzalo is also a passionate marathon runner.
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.
CEO, Faraday Venture Partners
Gonzalo co-fundó y dirige Faraday Venture Partners, club de inversores privados en iniciativas empresariales. Faraday presenta lo que considera las mejores oportunidades de inversión en startups a sus Socios, se encarga de la formalización de la inversión y defiende los intereses de sus Socios en las participadas. Faraday representa a día de hoy 132 Socios que han invertido más de 3 millones de euros en 13 empresas. Anteriormente, Gonzalo trabajó en el departamento de fusiones y adquisiciones de KPMG, en un Hedge Fund / Private Equity londinense, como consultor en tecnología para fondos alternativos de inversión y como auditor de fondos alternativos de inversión para PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd. Gonzalo es Chartered Financial Analyst por el CFA Institute, Master in Business Entrepreneurship por la Politécnica de Madrid, MSc International Finance por Westminster University y Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Libre de Bruselas.
Partner, Victory Park Capital Advisors
Gordon Watson joined VPC in 2014 and is a Partner. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and management of direct private debt and equity investments in the specialty finance sector. Mr. Watson also actively works on making investments in public debt securities in middle market companies where VPC can seek to actively influence market companies. Mr. Watson currently serves on the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, Borro Ltd. Previously, Mr. Watson was a portfolio manager focused on distressed debt at GLG Partners, a London based 31 billion multi-strategy hedge fund that concentrates on a diverse range of alternative investments. He joined GLG when it purchased Ore Hill Partners, a credit focused hedge fund where Mr. Watson was a partner. Mr. Watson received a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University
Founding Partner, ValueStream Labs
Greg Neufeld is the Founding Partner of ValueStream Labs, a venture investment and development company focused on Financial Services startups. An entrepreneur and investor with a deep finance and technology background, Greg's career across asset management, enterprise sales and consumer web industries has given him a unique view of the technology gaps and vast opportunities for startups in Finance. A native New Yorker, Greg grew up with a deep network in finance and was also an early adopter and beta tester of web products. He spent the first half of his career in hedge funds as a technical analyst trading futures, ETFs and options. Greg left the hedge fund industry after the global financial crisis and joined a successful FinTech startup that was recently acquired by Bloomberg, then led enterprise sales for a large technology research firm. Greg was also the co-founder of Freespeech, a Top 25 mobile messaging app in 2011 and early competitor to WhatsApp. He has a B.S. from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
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.
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).
Guillermo Acuña Kitto
Vice President of Technology, Cumplo
Guillermo es Ingeniero Civil Industrial TI de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Certificado en Emprendimiento e Innovación de la Universidad de Stanford (Stanford Ignite Program) Co fundador de Cumplo. Trabajó en IM Trust y fue Jefe de Proyectos en la División de Innovación del Ministerio de Economía. Casado, tiene un hijo.
Guillermo González Vargas
Director Solutions Development, BBVA Colombia
Director, BBVA Bancomer CoE Agile
Graduated Systems Engineer from the Universidad Metropolitana, with a Master's degree in Administration mention Business Management. He has been professor of different chairs at the Andrés Bello Catholic University and Metropolitan University Caracas-Venezuela. With more than 20 years of experience involved in projects in different countries such as: Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, US, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. It has the following certifications: • SAFe Program Consultant • Kanban Management Professional • Certified Scrum Professional CSP, from ScrumAlliance • Management 3.0 • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) from PMI • Project Manager Professional (PMP), from PMI CEO of the company Agitrend, specialized in creative business consulting, participating in business transformations, helping to have more companies humanized and with better results. Creator of the first diploma in agility in Venezuela, promoter of several communities agiles in latam. Active in social networks, creator of the blog: Technology Capsules, where he writes reviews of his experience in topics such as: Digital transformation, Agility, Management of Projects, Product management, among others. He currently serves as Head of the Agile Center of Excellence of BBVA Mexico.
Director, Centro de Innovación BBVA
Gustavo is currently the Director of the Centro de Innovación BBVA, where BBVA has the objective of making a tangible commitment to innovation through a collaborative and open focus which converts this working space into an innovation factory. It’s a space for the generation and development of ideas and a meeting point for all interested in and committed to innovation. Gustavo has more than 15 years of experience in key leadership positions in the Telecommunications, Technology, Food and Drink sectors. During his career he has developed projects in various areas of business: CRM, pricing strategy, UX and business and innovation development. His professional experience includes roles at Ericsson, Amena and France Telecom, where he played an active role in the development of the Telecommunications sector in Spain. At the same time, he was involved in entrepreneurial activity and is an active mentor to other entrepreneurs.
Head of Innovation, Rabobank
Harrie Vollaard is Head of Innovation at the Rabobank. Started the innovation department from scratch and built it to a department also responsible for trend watching and strategy. His team has a now a tremendous record of initiating major changes within the bank e.g. introducing the new way of working, collaboration with the FinTech industry, open banking and big data. Renewed the role of the department several times and is now focusing on open innovation, investments and spin offs.
Financial Services and Open Data Programme and Policy Officer, British Embassy
Héctor is Program and Public Policy Officer for Financial Services and Open Data in the British Embassy in Mexico. Through the Prosperity Fund of the British Government, he contributes to the programming and implementation of international cooperation programs for the development of the financial sector. Particularly, his portfolio is focused on areas such as financial technology, open banking, financial inclusion, climate finance and public-private associations. This has enabled him to collaborate very closely with different governmental departments and entrepreneurial associations in Mexico and the United Kingdom to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices. Hector holds an degree in Hotel Administration and Sustainable Tourism Development (Gilon Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland) and certificates in project management, Fintech and Applied Economics to International Politics. He also has experience in the British Council Mexico and the Organization of American States.
CEO & Co-founder, Conekta
CEO and cofounder of Conekta (conekta.io), a payment gateway for Mexico that enables companies to store cards and process online recurrent payments while providing all security and anti-fraud infrastructure to scale from thousands to millions of transactions. Hector earned an Honours BASc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Hector cofounded Conekta to create a better way for companies to collect money in Mexico. Conekta is a licensed aggregator by the Banco de México.
CEO & Co-founder, Conekta
Hector is the CEO and cofounder of Conekta (www.conekta.com), a payment gateway for Mexico that enables companies to store cards and process online recurrent payments while providing all security and anti-fraud infrastructure to scale from thousands to millions of transactions. Hector earned an Honours BASc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Hector cofounded Conekta to create a better way for companies to collect money in Mexico. Conekta is a licensed aggregator by the Banco de México.
nternational Market Development Consultant, Mind the Bridge Foundation
Hector es actualmente International Market Development Consultant en Mind the Bridge Foundation donde es responsable de conectar los programas, recursos e innovación de Silicon Valley con el ecosistema emprendedor Mexicano. En Rocket Potential está a cargo de alianzas y la dirección comercial para impulsar el desarrollo de los emprendedores sociales en México. Como voluntario ha participado con MakeSense, AIESEC, TEDxMileHigh y TEDxMexicoCity realizando gestión de eventos así como desarrollo de liderazgo, siempre enfocándose en ofrecer valor agregado e impacto social para la comunidad.
SVP Retail Banking, Scotiabank Mexico
Héctor has over 22 years of experience in the Financial Industry, where he has held high senior management positions in Bancomer and American Express, with a strong experience in the development and marketing of banking products and services, channels, customer experience, talent and culture development. It is worth stressing the recent implementation of the transformation process of Bancomer, which he led as Senior Vice-President, improving the quality of customer service, the productivity of sales of the branch network and the internal control through the integration of technology, new process and human capital management. He is currently SVP of retail Banking for Scotiabank Mexico. Hector is Electrical and Mechanical Engineer from Universidad La Salle and holds a Master in Business Management from IPADE - Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas.
Financial Inclusion Lead, Mexico and Central America, MasterCard
Hernán actualmente se desempeña en MasterCard como Líder de Inclusión Financiera para México y Centroamérica. Cuenta con más de 30 años de experiencia en el despliegue de tecnologías emergentes para resolver problemas de negocio, mejorar la productividad, extender el alcance y mejorar la experiencia del servicio en industrias de cómputo, telecomunicaciones y servicios financieros. Se ha desempeñado en puestos directivos en el sector público y privado, de 2010 a 2104 fue Director Comercial de Telecomunicaciones de México, Telecomm, el operador y transmisor de dinero del Estado Mexicano en donde desarrolló estrategias para mejorar el alcance, la adopción y el uso de servicios financieros en comunidades marginadas y rurales. Es Ingeniero Industrial y de Sistemas por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, cuenta con una Maestría en Administración por la misma institución.
Head of Digital Banking, BBVA Bancomer
Hugo Nájera studied Business Economics and graduated in Business Administration at UAM (Metropolitan Autonomous University), in Mexico City. During his career, he has been actively involved in projects regarding e-trading, payment methods, design of new products, alternative channels and e-business, among others, which has allowed him to develop a broad vision of the business. Hugo Nájera Alva is Head of Digital Banking at BBVA Bancomer. He is in charge of Multichannel Technology, Digital Channels, Financial Inclusion, New Digital Business, Virtual Payment Systems and Digital Marketing.
Head of Business Development Mexico, BBVA Bancomer
Hugo is Head of Business Development Mexico in BBVA Bancomer. He is responsible of the development and evolution of the value proposition for retail banking in Mexico. Also an expert in digital solutions development and disruptive transformation promoter in the financial industry. Currently he is in charge of the Solutions, Products, Asset Management, Payments, SMEs, Marketing, Distribution Models, Alternative Channels, CRM, Big Data and Innovation. Previously he was the Chief Innovation Officer for BBVA Group (Spain). His responsibilities were the rise of innovation inside the Group and the identification of projects to promote the expansion of Banking advance-guard and global proposals. During his career, he has been on charge of business units like Capital Markets, Institutional Investments, e-Business, Alternate Channels, Innovation and Business Development, allowing him to create a transversal vision of Banking. Hugo Nájera has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration by the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.
Innovation Manager for Personal Digital Banking, BanRegio
Humberto actualmente colabora en BanRegio como Gerente de Innovación de la banca digital para personas, implementando diferentes soluciones de FinTech en el mercado mexicano. Emprendedor serial y mentor de startups en diferentes organizaciones. Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales por el Tecnológico de Monterrey y Master en Administración por la misma institución.
Co-founder y General Partner, K Fund
Ian Noel has been active in the Spanish VC industry for over 13 years. He was Portfolio Manager in VCs like Bonsai Venture Capital (and participated in exits like Softonic, Wuaki or Toprural) or Simbiosis Venture Capital, and has now started a 50 MM€ VC called K Fund along with Iñaki Arrola and Carina Szpilka. K Fund is a VC based in Madrid that aims to change how we do VC in Spain. It targets entrepreneurs with proven track record and global ambition that tackle business models like Marketplaces, SaaS and Mobile in Seed and Series A.
Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps
Group Head, International Banking & Digital Transformation, Scotiabank
Nacho was appointed as Strategic Advisor to the President and CEO, for Global Digital Banking, in January 2016. He was subsequently appointed Group Head, International Banking and Digital Transformation, in February 2016. As a Group Head with executive responsibility for International Banking, Nacho oversees all of the International Bank’s personal, small business and commercial banking operations globally outside of Canada. Nacho also has executive responsibility for leading the digital transformation of Scotiabank, reimagining and simplifying the customer experience. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Nacho was a member of the Global Executive Committee of a leading European-based global bank, where he was Chairman and CEO of Mexico’s largest bank, Head of South America, and Global Head of Retail Banking. Nacho is a graduate of Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City and has a Master of Engineering Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Financial Services Segment Partner Leader, EY
Ignacio has recently joined EY as Financial Services Segment Partner Leader with responsibilities over FS strategic planning, recruiting the right talent to grow the local team and strengthening the digital transformation practice. Ignacio has more than 30 years of experience in retail, corporate, investment and private banking. Working in Spain, Mexico, and across Latin America, he has developed sustainable solutions for global banking clients that include redesigning portfolio management, asset management and pension fund systems. As a Corporate Director of Technology, Operations, and Transformation at BBVA, he was responsible for the succesful internationalisation of the bank and its Capital Markets expansion in Latin America. Throughout his career, Ignacio has successfully built and led large delivery teams across the Americas, ensuring effective relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries are in place. His main areas of expertise include developing tailored client centred solutions in Digital, analytics, transformation and cybersecurity for Customer Experience, Servicing, and Cost Efficiency Programmes.
Partner, White & Case
Iker Arriola received his Law Degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and holds a Master in European Law from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Iker joined White & Case Mexico in 1998, where he has worked in the areas of M&A, capital markets, banking and financial operations, and economic competition. He also worked in the office of White & Case in Brussels, Belgium, in economic competition affairs, and has been advisor of this matter in several investigations and M&As in different sectors and industries. During his careers he has been advisor to important multinational foreign companies and leading Mexican companies. Thanks to his extensive experience and the large amount of matters attended, he has been able to take leading roles ensuring the confidence of his clients, counterparts and authorities. Over the years, he has been recognised as one of the most outstanding lawyers in Mexico by several high-level publications. He has participated in several keynotes and contributed to different publications regarding areas of his specialisation. He is member of the councils of Deutsche Bank Mexico and Deutsche Bank Securities Mexico, as well as of the following ONGs: Fundación John Langdon Down and A Leer IBBY México, and serves as Board Secretary of Financiera Independencia.
Iker de los Ríos
Director de Desarrollo de Negocio, Fintonic
ker de los Rios is Director of Business Development at Fintonic. He has over 10 years experience in banking and consulting (BBVA and IDEON Financial Solutions), as well as an extensive experience in venture industry in Fintech startups (Fintonic, LICUOS and CHOICE Financial Solutions). He graduated in Business Administration at the Universidad de Deusto (La Comercial) and has two masters at the same business school: Management Development and Business Innovation, in 2006 and 2015, respectively.
Iker Marcaide is the founder of peerTransfer, the leading company in international payments in the education sector. peerTransfer helps hundreds of universities and thousands of international students to save money and time at the point of sending and receiving international transfers. The company has received more than $15M of funding from international VCs and has offices in Boston, London and Valencia. Iker has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a masters from the MIT School of Engineering and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
Group Director, Fjord Nordics and Fjord Turkey
Iñaki started his career developing digital products and services in Finland. He worked for one of the largest Internet consulting groups in Europe, Satama Interactive managing Nokia.com. In 2004 he joined Fjord and opened the Helsinki office as Managing Director. In 2009 he opened the Madrid office, followed by Stockholm, Paris and Istanbul. He is currently leading at Fjord operations in Nordics, Russia and Turkey. He helps clients to transform their businesses through Design. At Fjord he has been advising, innovating and designing for clients such as Ericsson, BBVA, Garanti, Finnair, Etisalat, VTB24, Nordea, to name a few. He has been speaking at conferences and events like MWC, FICOD, NOW or The Russian Banking Forum. He has a BA in business, a MSc in economics and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics. Iñaki has also been lecturing for the last 15 years at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, IE (Instituto de Empresa) and at the University of Helsinki on International Management and Service Design.
Iñigo is co-founder of Latam at Grupo Regalii, a fintech company that offers a nextgen API suite of tools for consumer finance. Regalii enables the world's leading financial institutions to leverage its platform to help the consumer, pay their bills with the most innovative, efficient, and cost-effective services in over 11 countries. Before founding Regalii, Iñigo was Managing Director at Rumayor Genetics, where he managed the family business for over 4 years since he was 17 years old. He was in charge of the operations and the expansion of the new varieties that were developed by his father. He began his professional career as a Finance Intern at Morgan Stanley, particularly as part of the Bridging the Gap program. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) on Finance Law from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Iñigo has been awarded honors such as being selected as one f the top 50 young entrepreneurs in the world by the Kairos Society; or winning the award Wharton Program for Social Impact Fellowship among others. Besides, he has active participation in organizations, some of which he has co-founded, such as Coparmex Jovenes Saltillo, which supports entrepreneurs with mentoring and resources to found ventures and projects in the region.
MIT Visiting Lecturer
Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is Visiting Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School. 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 companywide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing and Linux. He’s been Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard. Since 2005 Dr. Wladawsky-Berger has been writing a weekly blog, irvingwb.com, which has also been published in the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal since April of 2012. He is a Senior Fellow of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University; a Distinguished Associate of the Energy Futures Initiative; a member of the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab; and a Director of the Board of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. He was co-chair of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as a founding member of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is a former member of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratories, of the Board of Overseers for Fermilab and of BP’s Technology Advisory Council. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Cuba, he was named the 2001 Hispanic Engineer of the Year. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.
COO, Open Bank Project
Ismail is the COO of the Open Bank Project, a Berlin-based fintech startup building the leading open API for banks. As such, he has been promoting the use of APIs in the financial service industry for more than four years. He previously co-founded the award-winning startup SMSBridge. Ismail graduated from the National School of Computer Science (ESI) in Algiers, Algeria.
Investment Associate, Venture Lab
Jackie is an Investment Associate with Venture Lab, leading the team’s deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America. Prior to joining Accion, Jackie was an investment analyst at Compass Group Asset Management in Mexico City where she was part of the real estate private equity team. Jackie also worked at Angel Ventures Mexico as a Fulbright Binational Business Scholar, where she managed deal analysis and strategic entrepreneurial initiatives with the local entrepreneur ecosystem. Previous to that, Jackie founded a women’s entrepreneurial mentoring program in Panama in partnership with Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Jackie began her career working for a local health and development non-profit in Panama, leading business and microfinance projects in rural communities. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in International Relations and Journalism from Baylor University and a graduate certificate in Business from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Director Latin America - Silicon Valley Bank
Jackie Hyland is a director on Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Gateway team, which was established to work with innovation companies and their investors in international and emerging technology-focused markets. Leveraging her years of experience in Latin America, Jackie handles business development and manages SVB client relationships with venture capital investors and entrepreneurs in the region. Jackie joined SVB after leading deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America as an investment associate with Venture Lab. Jackie has also worked at Compass Group Asset Management in Mexico City where she was part of the real estate private equity team, and Angel Ventures Mexico as a Fulbright Binational Business Scholar, where she managed deal analysis and strategic entrepreneurial initiatives with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Jackie founded a women’s entrepreneurial mentoring program in Panama in partnership with Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in international relations and journalism from Baylor University and a graduate certificate in business from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Jaime is currently Managing Director at TechRules where he’s responsible for the development of financial solutions for professionals (B2P), banks (B2B) and final investors (B2C). Prior to that he was the Head of Product Development at Expert Timing Systems where he was responsible for developing quantitative asset allocation methodologies to manage stocks, bonds, futures and forex portfolios. Jaime has previously taught a master program on portfolio management as well as other financial training courses and participates in conferences organised by Expert Timing Systems and TechRules. He has qualified in the General Management Program (PDG) at IESE and has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
CEO founding partner, Lantern
Jaime is CEO founding partner of Lantern, an strategic innovation consultancy. He is a recognized expert in product and service innovation, future trends and new business models. Before founding Lantern, Jaime held different executive-level positions at Millward Brown (WPP Group) and Interbrand in Madrid. Prior to that, he was part of Bank of America Private Equity in Chicago, where he led investment projects in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at A.G. Edwards. Jaime holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Saint Louis University and an MBA from UCLA – Anderson School of Management.
Founder/Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures
Jalak is Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund based in NYC, with an emphasis on emerging technologies including blockchain and machine learning. Portfolio companies include Abra, Fuse Machines, Bitpesa, Case Wallet and Blockstream. She has invested in over 80 early stage companies over the past 15 years, resulting in several multibillion dollar acquisitions and IPOs. She has over 20 years’ experience in digital media, enterprise software, broadband infrastructure, healthcare IT, edtech, fintech, and mobile, and has invested throughout the world. Previously, Jalak was a director at Omidyar Network managing mobile investments in emerging markets, and Senior Vice President at the New York City Investment Fund where she launched a seed tech fund and the Fintech Innovation Lab. She was also at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley from 1999-2003, on the founding team of a web startup in 1997, and a tech/media/telecom investment banker at Lehman Brothers in NYC and London. Jalak has served on multiple advisory boards for the White House, NYC Mayor's Office, and the US State Department, and serves on the BOD for the Center for an Urban Future. She is a frequent contributor for CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Business Insider, Quartz Media, and Fox Business News.
Service Design, Insight, & Innovation
James Moed is a financial service designer. For the past 11 years, he’s worked with both innovation leaders and design teams to both understand people’s complex behaviours around money, and design ways to increase their ease, confidence, and loyalty. Until 2014, James was the Director for Financial Service Design at the London office of IDEO, where he helped develop offerings for users across touchpoints and across the economic spectrum - from microinsurance for Indian farmers to bespoke services for European billionaires Today, he’s both coaching product teams at innovation-focused FI’s (like Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and driving user-centered UX in the startup space as the “design thinker” in residence at Anthemis and Seedcamp. James has a B.A. in international relations from Brown University and an MBA from INSEAD - which means he speaks just enough French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Hebrew to get into trouble almost anywhere in the world.
CEO Entrepreneurial Finance Lab
Jared is the Chief Executive Officer of EFL, overseeing the product, technology, analytics, implementation and business development functions. Before EFL, Jared served as a Vice President at Citi and held positions in their Consumer and Corporate businesses. Jared previously managed Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and Planet Rating’s Latin America operations and was an instructor of risk management in the Boulder Microfinance Training Program. Jared has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder and Partner, Lend Academy
Jason Jones is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lend Academy, a media and investment services firm in the online lending sector. Prior to Lend Academy, Jason founded HighStep Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage Internet and financial services companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFunding, an online real estate investment platform; and on the Board of Advisors of iMENA, a Middle Eastern Internet holding company. Previously, Jason worked at J. Goldman & Co. where he was a Sr. Analyst for an Internet focused long/short equity portfolio. In addition, he worked as an internet equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, a venture capital research analyst at Cambridge Associates, and as a trade settlements associate at Fidelity Investments. Jason holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and a BS from Babson College. He is originally from the Boston area and he currently resides in the NYC area.
Chief Inspiration Officer
Chief Inspiration Officer and Dialogues Incubator, ABN AMRO, Fundador FutureIdeas.org y ChiefHumorOfficer.com, Columnista en Dutch Finantial Times, HYPE Innovation, FORBES USA a FORBES Bulgaria, Miembro del Comité de Innovación de Comisión Europea y Consejero en diferentes áreas como arte, tecnología, innovación y programas startups en Comisión Europea. Jaspar es sin duda un pionero en temas de innovación y marcaje de tendencias a nivel mundial. Después de varios años en investigación acerca de temas de humor e innovación, Jaspar comparte su perspectiva de cómo utilizar el humor, el juego y el humor para detonar una cultura de innovación. Desde una nueva perspectiva psicológica y de práctica y ejecución. Nacido y desarrollado dentro de la industria bancaria y finanzas, Jaspar ha sido el Chief Inspiration Officer de unos de los principales bancos holandeses ABN AMRO por varios años, liderando los Laboratorios de emprendedores e innovación, y desarrollando los primeros modelos de banking y crowdfunding.
Javier Fernández Cueto
Executive Director of Innovation and New Business, Gentera
Javier es Director Ejecutivo de Innovación y Nuevos Negocios de Gentera, empresa pública enfocada a erradicar la exclusión financiera. Es responsable de la implementación de ideas y emprendimientos que apoyen a la creación de una empresa más disruptiva y transformadora. Desde su ingreso a la institución en 1998, participó activamente en la transformación de la ONG a institución financiera, en el proceso de conversión a Banco y en la oferta pública inicial de Compartamos. Actualmente es responsable de los procesos de Fusiones y Adquisiciones dentro de Gentera, habiendo liderado la adquisición de Compartamos Financiera en Perú (antes Financiera CREAR) y de Pagos Intermex para la incursión en el negocio de Remesas.
Venture Capitalist, Axon Partners Group
Javier is an associate in the Investment division of Axon Partners where he is focused on the Spanish funds of the company. He is in charge of the generation of deal-flow, the analysis of the opportunities and the management of the companies that form Axon’s portfolio. Javier has a lot of experience in the startup sector having funded a startup at the age of 21. He has also been ambassador for other successful startups, and has been involved in some entrepreneurial associations. Before joining Axon he worked for FCC as an industrial engineer and for a startup accelerator. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICAI) and a master in Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid where he had the opportunity to also study in the École des Ponts Paristech.
Founder and CEO, GRUPO NEXT
Javier is the Founder and CEO of GRUPO NEXT (including NEXT SEGUROS and NEXT AUTO), based in Madrid. GRUPO NEXT is the only tech company who offers mobility solutions to the B2C and B2C channels. The group has created the unique insurance product that the client pays only when the car is used. Javier is one the world's pioneers of the telematics business. He brings more than 15 years of experience in M2M, telematics and smart mobility. He notably created the first turnkey PAYD (Pay As You Drive) insurance solution in Spain and Portugal. Before NEXT SEGUROS, he founded Detector and made it the leading Telematic Service Provider (TSP) in Spain and Portugal. As in the case of NEXT SEGUROS, he started the company from a blank sheet of paper. Javier led the company's business model transformation from a telematics distribution model to an international firm specialised in M2M business solutions and smart mobility. Before Detector, Javier also gained experience with Carrefour as internal auditor and consultancy. Mr. Goikoetxea frequently speaks at mobility, M2M and telematics conferences and he is a Visiting Lecturer for Companies Valuation at several universities. Mr. Goikoetxea received a BBA from the Wales University an MBA graduate from the Instituto de Empresa Business School, Madrid.
Javier Martínez Morodo
Director, GBM Digital
Javier Martínez Morodo began his career at GBM Grupo Bursátil Mexicano in 2009 and soon, his business approach towards technology and innovation, led him to create and manage the area of GBM digital. Since then, Javier has focused on the development of strategies, projects and financial services, based on new digital trends that help address the poor offer of FinTech platforms in the country. In 2011 he launched GBMhomebroker, the winning e-trading platform of the prize CNNExpansion to the best financial project. In November 2014, he launched piggo, a novel savings and investment platform that has won prizes such as the Best Innovation Product by the Mexican Internet Association (former AMIPCI) or the prize HubSport for the best company of Inbound Marketing at a global level. In February 2017, Javier was in charge of transforming the area of Asset Management at GBM, when he was named Director General of the Funds Operator. His aim in this new position is to modernize the project by rethinking the business model. Javier and his team have designing a hybrid product where the technological platform works together with financial advisors to offer the best experience to investors and optimize the over $5 billion dollars in assets under management. Javier is considered to be a reference in the Fintech sector, and has been invited to several national forums and recognised as one of the 30 talents under 30 for 2016 by Grupo Expansion. Javier holds and MBA by IPADE Business School and a Degree in Economics by the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Founder and CEO, Crabi
Javier is the founder and CEO of Crabi, the first car Insurtech licensed by CNSF (National Insurance and Finance Commission) in Mexico. Founder also of 5 companies of which he has sold 3. His most relevant sale has been a software and hardware company in video slots machines with operations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America; In this company he created a unique business model based on share-revenue which allowed its sale to Winsystems Barcelona, an operation funded by Metric Capital (a capital fund in the United Kingdom), which represented a 10X return to its investors . He has applied Design Thinking models for the creation of business models. Angel has been an investor with a portfolio of 10 investments in Silicon Valley and Mexico through the SandHill Angels investment group based in Palo Alto (CA). Concerned about Education in Mexico is a member of Enlace de Occidente, a non-profit civil association that is focused on improving the education of teachers in public schools in Jalisco, Enlace has more than 20,000 graduates of its programs.
Research Associate, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI)
Javier es doctor en Ciencias Sociales por el Instituto Universitario Europeo de Florencia. En la actualidad es investigador en el Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales (ICEI). Ha sido profesor en universidades y centros de investigación españoles y extranjeros como la Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Geneva, German Development Institute (Bonn), Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Bolivia), Universidad de la República UDELAR (Uruguay). Ha combinado el desarrollo de su actividad académica con una importante experiencia institucional como Consejero Diplomático en el Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración (marzo 2009- enero 2011) y como consejero en la Presidencia del Parlamento Europeo (2005-2007). Sus temas de interés profesional tienen que ver con la Política Económica de la Globalización y la UE, la Estrategia Europeas de Competitividad y Crecimiento (Estrategia de Lisboa, Europa 2020) y la Innovación Social y la nueva economía democrática/colaborativa (Democracia Digital, Transición eco digital, nuevas formas de financiación) y empleo (coworking), etc.
Founder & CEO, J-Seed Ventures
Jeffrey is the founder and CEO of J-Seed Ventures, Inc. and Chief Mentor of Venture Generation, a Tokyo-based venture community. He is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor. He serves on the boards of several technology and social ventures, and also advises numerous multinational corporations on global innovation. His past successes include Sozon, an online marketing company sold to ValueCommerce, Solis, a domain registrar sold to GMO Internet, SSK Technology, an electronics company sold to Suzuki Manufacturing, and Pario Software, a network security company sold to Lucent Technologies. He also has experience as a corporate attorney and investment banker, and currently teaches entrepreneurship at Waseda University in Japan and IE Business School in Spain. Mr. Char studied economics at Sophia University in Tokyo and law at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Communication & Marketing Director
The promotion of entrepreneurship as a driving force for change has been a motivation both professionally and personally for Jessica throughout her career. She is an expert in the fields of Communication, Fundraising, and Marketing as a tool for social change. Jessica has a degree in Communications and a Master´s in CSR. She is an advocate for international collaboration, leading her to study in the Philippines, Argentina, Germany, and Scotland. Jessica has worked with national and international organizations on projects related to causes such as the human rights, children, and poverty. Before Finnovista, she worked as the Communications and Marketing Director for the Iniciador Foundation. It is the largest entrepreneur community in Spain with more than 800 training and networking events organized around the globe including 50+ cities in Spain and 10+ countries around the world by more than 250 collaborator
Expert in Videogames and Storytelling
Jesús is an expert in Production and Direction of Videogames and Storytelling with corporate and entertainment approaches. He was Director of the successful Latin American videogame "Taco Master", which reached #1 in iTunes Mexico and other countries, a MTV Game Award and over 2 million downloads in Android. After his time as Director of Kaxan, the company turned into Authorized Developer for Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation, being the first Mexican company in acquiring the 3 certifications. All together, the company developed the videogame "El Chavo Wii" and the animated film "El Secreto del Medallón de Jade". Its most recent videogams with training purposes won the second place in the Volkswagen Education Award and the National Working Award in Mexico (2016). During the last years he has focused in the application of storytelling strategies and game designs for areas such as Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Strategy and Organisational Culture. His concept "The Company as a Videogame" has led him to share over 100 conferences in 11 countries.
Jesús Hernández Camacho
CEO & Founder, WeeCompany
Ingeniero en inteligencia de mercados, basado en aptitudes ha buscado constantemente generar un cambio dentro de la sociedad. Al haber detectado altos indicadores de deficiencia en la operación y gestión de las pólizas de seguros médicos decide generar soluciones que permitieran aumentar la rentabilidad de las compañías de seguros con costos más bajos y a su vez, estas ofrezcan al mercado productos más accesibles para la población pero con la misma calidad en servicios. En el 2016 junto a su colega Daniel Corona Gallegos crean los primeros sistemas de integración digital bajo el modelo InsurTech a lo que ahora llaman WeeCompany, convirtiéndose en pioneros de lo ahora conocido como InsurTech en salud.
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.
Head of Risk Services, Asia Pacific, Visa
Joe Cunningham leads the Risk Services team for Visa across Asia Pacific, a function focused on Visa’s in-market engagement of clients, merchants, regulators and other stakeholders on risk-related issues. Joe is currently based in Singapore, and oversees staff placed in Visa’s Asia Pacific hub and local offices in markets across the region. Joe also represents Visa on the Executive Committee of EMVCo, the global payments industry organization responsible for ensuring interoperability and security of chip-based products; including contact, contactless and mobile-NFC payments. Joe joined Visa in 2008 with responsibility for all future-focused aspects of Visa’s technology agenda. His accountabilities included defining Visa’s long term technology strategy and the company’s technology innovation agenda. In that capacity, Joe founded VisaLabs, the company’s disruptive technology innovation group, responsible for scanning the external landscape for new technology trends and opportunities, and evaluating emerging technology for applicability to Visa’s business. Prior to joining Visa, Joe spent eight years with ANZ Banking Group in Australia as a senior technology executive. His most recent position was CIO (Head of Technology) ANZ Mortgages, responsible for all aspects of technology deployed across ANZ’s mortgages business. Prior to Mortgages, Joe was CIO of ANZ’s Asia/Pacific division. Joe holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is an honors graduate in Applied Mathematics & Computing. In his spare time, Joe is engaged in the technology start-up community, acting as an advisor & investor.
Director de Operaciones meXBT
Joel está actualmente dirigiendo las operaciones globales de meXBT, la plataforma de intercambios de Bitcoin más importante en México con presencia en Singapur, y alianzas en Brasil y China. Es uno de los primeros mentores en Blockchain.Space una aceleradora global con base en Hong Kong enfocada en proyectos disruptivos usando la tecnología BlockChain. En México ha participado activamente como mentor en Wayra y StartupMexico y es ademas un inversionista de capital emprendedor desde hace mas de 15 años. Fue uno de los primeros empleados para Microsoft en Latinoamerica de donde proviene principalmente su experiencia en Mercadotecnia y Alta Tecnología.
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.
Managing Director, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
Jon, as a Managing Director, leverages his own background as a technology and media entrepreneur for those startups in his field. He answers day to day tactical problems as well as longer term strategy. Mr. Axelrod was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MusicGremlin, a venture-backed startup that was sold in 2008 to SanDisk Corporation. MusicGremlin was a pioneer in the delivery of digital media content direct to wireless devices. Its WiFi MP3 player was named one of Time Magazine’s “All Time Top 100 Gadgets.” The company filed numerous patents and was recognized with several innovation awards. Prior to launching MusicGremlin, Mr. Axelrod was Co-Founder and President of Music123, a first-mover musical instrument e-commerce company that became one of the largest musical instrument retailers in the United States. Founded in 1999, Music123 grew from startup to profitable market leader in less than four years. It is now a brand of Guitar Center. Mr. Axelrod started his career as a McKinsey & Company consultant. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University.
Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
Jon is an e-Money researcher and crypto-economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies. He advises startups in Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. Jon joined the foundation as a board member, bringing a range of industry experience which spans both the technology and financial sectors. Prior to working with the Bitcoin community, Jon was CEO of Hushmail, an email service focused on user privacy and content encryption. He also held a senior position at VeriSign, the Silicon Valley-based domain registry operator. Jon has deep experience in international finance: he was Chief Forex Trader at VISA and prior to that he held a high-level post at Sumitomo Bank, Japan's second largest bank by assets. Jon earned his B.A. in Economics at George Washington University in 1985. He also studied Economics and Computer Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Founder Empire Startups and the FinTech Startups Meetup
Jon Zanoff is a FinTech product management expert with extensive experience developing global multi-asset class electronic trading systems and analytics. Jon previously led product management efforts at E*trade, Instinet, and REDI Technologies. He is a judge for the Innotribe Startup Challenge and Startupbootcamp FinTech. When he's not discovering the next FinTech trend he'll likely be working on his Ducati.
Creator & co-founder, Dinube
Jonathan is the creator and co-founder of Dinube - a realtime payment network in the cloud that started up in the MIT Media Lab. Dinube was the winner of several awards at MIT and later set up operations in Europe. Prior to that, Jonathan led the innovation strategy at TechIDEAS, an award -winning software innovation firm based in Barcelona, Spain. Jonathan was one of the founding members of the team that launched Sironta, the first fully inter-operable collaboration software suite available for Mac OS, Linux and PC. Innovation is a way of life for Jonathan. He was one of the first to fly a hot-air balloon over volcanoes in Guatemala. He envisioned and led the development of a high-performance motor sports cluster in Barcelona and was first to launch a bid for an all-Spanish Formula One™ team, also developing the first proposal for Banco Santander's entry to Formula One™. After working in senior management roles across EMEA regions and Central, South and North America, Jonathan returned to Spain to launch “Nuevos Valores”, the premier publication on Corporate Social Responsibility in Spain, of which he was founding editor. Jonathan has led programs on innovation, negotiation skills and entrepreneurship as a senior lecturer at several business schools. Jonathan was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Africa and Europe. He holds joint (Hons) degrees in Law from the Universities of Sheffield (UK) Salamanca (Spain) and earned an MBA in Innovation and Global Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management (USA).
Venture Director at Work-Bench
Jonathan Lehr is Venture Director of Work-Bench, where he focuses on early stage enterprise technology investment. He manages the Work-Bench Ventures $10M fund which co-invests with top-tier investors in extraordinary founders tackling enormous market opportunities in enterprise technology. Jon founded the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup in January 2012 as a way to generate momentum for the enterprise tech ecosystem in New York, with a focus on connecting entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 technologists, investors, and students to network and learn from one another. Prior to Work-Bench, Jon worked at Morgan Stanley on their Technology Business Development team in IT. In that capacity, he partnered with internal technology clients to facilitate the selection and on-boarding of emerging technology vendors. He has written about enterprise technology trends for the WSJ’s CIO Journal, The Next Web andPandoDaily. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BSE in Bioengineering, with minors in Mathematics and Economics.
Partner, Quona Capital
Jonathan Whittle is the lead partner for Quona’s Latin America investment strategy. Prior to co-founding Quona, Jonathan was a Managing Director with Accion’s Frontier Investments Group. Before joining FIG in January 2014, Jonathan was the co-founder and CEO of Acesso Soluções de Pagamento, a leading prepaid card service provider focused on the underbanked population in Brazil. Until 2011, Jonathan served as a Principal at Darby Overseas Investments in Washington, D.C., where he managed Darby Technology Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on Latin America. He joined Darby in 2002 after a decade of experience with venture capital-backed telecommunications and information technology services start-ups in Latin America. Jonathan was a member of the founding management team of Optiglobe, a data center services operator in Argentina and Brazil (now Tivit), and of Diveo Broadband Networks, a wireless broadband and data center services operator throughout Latin America (acquired by UOL). He was the President of Optiglobe Argentina and he worked in various capacities at Diveo Broadband Networks, founding Diveo's Argentine subsidiary. Jonathan currently sits on the Boards of Eseye, Creditas, Invoinet, Exten, and Neon and he was previously on the boards of Acesso (Brazil), Certisign (Brazil), Spring Wireless (Brazil / U.S.), Jackbe (Mexico / U.S. – acquired by Software AG), Ativi (Brazil – acquired by Euronet), EWI Prepaid (U.S. – acquired by Blackhawk Networks), Exactus (Costa Rica – acquired by Softland), and Inova (Brazil – acquired by management). Jonathan is based in Washington, D.C., and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He received an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Co-founder, Unnax Payments
Jordi is and engineer with over 15 years of experience as IT consultant and more than a decade as an executive in technology companies. Before founding Unnax, Jordi leaded the Digital transformation of an international payments institution, leading its internationalization to the English, Italian and African market. Through this last experience he gained deep knowledge of the most common problems that companies moving money online face and the motivation to develop banking solutions to facilitate a digital transformation provided by PSD2 and Open Banking.
General Partner, Lánzame Capital
Jordi Safont es actualmente General Partner en Lánzame Capital, el primer Pledge Fund en España que, a través de la co-inversión, ayuda a invertir en Startups con gran potencial de crecimiento. Jordi ha sido seed investor en empresas Fintech que han logrado levantar más de 50 millones de euros, como Kantox, Novicap, Verse, Credit Dreams y Consentio. Además, también cuenta con experiencia como inversor en criptomoedas. Cuenta con una trayectoria profesional vinculada a los mercados financieros y al asesoramiento de patrimonios. Su experiencia en criterios y políticas de inversión en startups fue adquirida en el NYU Innovation Fund. Jordi es economista y exempresario y tiene un MBA por ESADE y New York University Stern School of Business.
Jorge is cofounder of DESTACAME, a tool that enables people take control of their financial information and improve their access to financial products. Jorge has been an entrepreneur during all his life: when he was 23, after graduating from Business & Economics, he launched two companies linked to the travell business: NanduAir, an airline company in Patagonia and Zerohotel, a boutique hotel in Valparaíso. After four years heading these projects, he decided to follow his passion for technology and over two years y was Managing Director of Red Fácil, a technological company, focused on offering services to telecommunication companies. He did an MBA in the MIT and loves travelling, practicing open-air sports, history and technology.
Head of Business Development, Diners Club
orge is Director of Business Development of Diners Club in Ecuador and Responsible of the recently established Center of Innovation of the company. He is in charge of the Management of Marketing, Product Development and Business Lines Development of the major card issuer of the country. He is member of the Global Marketing Advisory Board of Diners Club International and Discover Card, alongside his counterparts in United States, Japan, Switzerland, South Africa and Greece. Jorge is Economist with specialization in Corporate Finance from the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ecuador, and holds a certificate from the MIT in Fintech development, as well as a certificate of the IAE of Argentina on International Marketing, an MBA from IDE in Ecuador. He has collaborated for several regional and multinational companies in the areas of Marketing, CRM, Business Development and Financial Planning. He has founded two Relational and Digital Marketing agencies and has obtained an the Gold Effie award in the Internet category with one of the initiatives he launched for Coca-Cola. Currently he is completely involved in the digital transformation process of the company where he works and is also a mentor of several digital entrepreneurships through the network of Buentrio and HAPN30.
Jorge Gutiérrez es Ingeniero Industrial del ITESM. Becario Fulbright con un MBA en Emprendimiento e Innovación por Babson College. Jorge ha descubierto y aplicado su pasión por el emprendimiento en grandes corporativos, en la educación, en proyectos personales y en los individuos y organizaciones involucrados en el ecosistema. Empresas como American Express, PepsiCo, Cinepolis y actualmente Fiinlab piwered by Gentera, le han permitido acelerar y aplicar el conocimiento para innovar usando fortalezas internas e inteligencia colectiva. Apasionado por adquirir y compartir el conocimiento, es profesor y coach de innovación y emprendimiento. Ha trabajado con instituciones educativas como la UDEM, Universidad Vasco de Quiroga y con Babson College en el Babson Entrepreneurial Leading Academy. En los últimos años, Jorge se ha dedicado a vivir y explorar la innovación y el emprendimiento desde diferentes perspectivas. Entre inmersiones académicas y prácticas, ha fortalecido su pasión por el emprendimiento como herramienta de cambio y superación social y personal. Participa en el programa BELA en Tanzania, usando el emprendimiento como herramienta para generar confianza en niños y jóvenes en pobreza extrema. Fue parte de la 1er Generación de MBAs Across America, programa piloto impulsado por Harvard para revitalizar América, un emprendedor a la vez. Participó en el Entrepreneurship Development Program del MIT, entre otros.
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).
Founding President & CEO, Fintech México
Jorge has 18 years of experience in the financial sector, specializing in Private Banking, Asset management and Private equity. Prior to his current responsibilities as Founding President & CEO Fintech Mexico and as Managing Partner in Carpo Capital LLC, he served as a Senior Private Banker at Citi Private Bank New York and as Director of the Private Bank at UBS in New York. Since 2009 he is the Head of Private Banking and Asset Management in Carpo Capital LLC where he oversees the operations and relationships with clients and asset managers in Mexico, US and Europe. He is also the head of the Carpo Capital Global Fund in Luxembourg. He is a member of the board at E Capital, a venture capital Fund in Mexico. He serves as a Mentor in several incubators such as Wayra, StartUp Mexico, Reto Zapopan and Endeavor. He earned a B.S. in accounting and Finance from UDLA-P, an MBA from IPADE, a Master in Politics and public Administration from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Master in Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Innovation and New Business Development from Tec de Monterrey. He si currently a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana.
Jorge Ruiz M
MD, Citibank Digital Acceleration Global Head
He currently heads Business Development and Digital Banking for Latin America as well as Citi’s Digital Acceleration Program globally. This strategic function is responsible for transforming Citi to become The Premier Digital Bank in Latin America, generating significant new game-changing business opportunities for the firm and accelerating Citi’s Digital transformation globally Throughout his tenure at Citi, Mr. Ruiz has had local and regional responsibilities in various businesses: Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, Risk Management and Corporate Bank. Before joining Citi, Mr. Ruiz held functions as Founding Partner and CEO in firms related to Insurance, Capital Markets and Fund Management. He also served as a board member in profit and non-profit institutions. During his professional career he has conducted business in in the Americas, Europe, and Asia Mr. Ruiz is a co-founder of www.ChallengeMeNow.com, a social network dedicated to help charity organizations raise funds through personal achievements. Besides his role in Digital Banking, he servers as member of Citi’s Global Innovation Council, Global Digital Executive Committee and Latin American Operating Committee Mr. Ruiz holds a degree in Finance from The University of Texas.
Country Manager for Private Sector, CAF
Jorge is Country Executive for the private sector in Colombia for the CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, responsible of the origin and administration of debt and capital transactions. He is specialised in the Fintech sector, where he has launched VC investments throughout the region. Previously he was cofounder of InterChange in Chicago, a project focused on the optimisation of remittances for Mexican students living in the United States. He worked during six years in development banking in Mexico, designing financial solutions to promote de access to banking of the country and the access to housing. He is Economist from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and holds a Diploma degree in Mortgage Finance from Wharton School and holds a MPP with focus on entrepreneurship and impact investment from Chicago University.
Co-founder, First Circle
Jorrit is co-founder of First Circle, where he currently serves as CEO of Latin America and was Group CFO. Prior to that, Jorrit was Managing Director at the CompareAsia Group and investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and Dubai. Jorrit is member of the Global Shaper community of the World Economic Forum, and has a MA in Finance from the University of Sankt Gallen in Switzerland.
CMO, IdentityMind Global
Jose has been developing and marketing products for the last 20 years. An entrepreneur at heart, his focus has always been on the Enterprise, developing products and services for Information and Payments Security, Risk Mitigation and Compliance. He started in application and network security, later moving on to payments, virtual currencies, anti-fraud, and anti-money laundering. He has developed and marketed products for a number of silicon valley companies including Securify, McAfee and now IdentityMind Global. Jose earned a Masters of Science in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.
José Martín Cabiedes
Managing Partner, Cabiedes & Partners
José es ingeniero industrial y es uno de los inversores de referencia en el entorno digital, con una gran experiencia en la compra, venta y adquisición de múltiples compañías. Como inversor participa en varias decenas de empresas de internet a través de Cabiedes & Partners, el fondo de inversión que gestiona junto al resto de sus socios. Entre sus inversiones más destacadas se encuentran Privalia o Trovit, que actualmente arrojan un beneficio de varios millones de euros al año. Participa en varios proyectos de emprendimiento social, como la Fundación Hazlo Posible, de la que es cofundador y secretario, o UEIA.com, la primera incubadora de proyectos de emprendimiento social de base tecnológica de Europa. Además, es miembro del Consejo de Administración de Europa Press.
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.
Deputy Director, Global Direct Insurance, MAPFRE
Josep Celaya is Deputy Director for Global Direct Insurance at MAPFRE, responsible for defining the digital strategy of the direct business operations of the group and monitoring its implementation. He is also looks after the marketing and the sales of the operations, covering customer experience, customer acquisition, retention and value proposition. Prior to this he was the Director of Strategy, Development and Innovation and founding member of Verti Seguros (recent Spanish startup). He has a long, international career spanning insurance, internet and telecoms in strategic and managerial roles over seven years. He has also sat on the advisory board and been a board member for several startups. Josep has an MBA from ESADE and is a graduate from IMD (Lausanne).
Sommelier, El Celler de Can Roca
Josep is sommelier and head of hall of El Celler de Can Roca. According to the media and expert critiques, he has achieved a “an associational suitability between plates and wine almost infinite, as infinite as the nuances of each plate”. More than a sumiller, he has always enjoyed calling himself a Wine waiter, but that education and modesty comes deeply rooted from his childhood at home, with his brothers and parents. Josep is a “seller of happiness”, as the waiter “has to be humble, discrete to understand the client’s mood and thus create harmony to empathize with them”. He is also responsible of the cellar, a real treasure that in 200 meters squared stores 40.000 bottles of 3.360 different references, with a rotation of approximately 5 or 6 years. It is without a doubt one of the best wineries in the world. Bottles are kept in an environment specially designed to avoid any type of interaction of microorganisms. Moreover, five areas of high quality wine represent the five wine regions which Josep Roca loves the most: Borgoña, Priorat, Jerez, Riesling and Champagne.
Josu San Martin
General Director, Fintech Mexico
Josu is graduate in Economics from the University of Salamanca, Spain. He began his professional career as analyst in Grupo Santander, in Madrid (2012). In 2014 he joined the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico in the Bank, Securities and Savings Department, linked with the development of the FinTech Law. In March 2017 he left the Ministry to join the FinTech Mexico Association as CEO.
MD & FS EALA Lead, Accenture Interactive
Joydeep is an experienced digital professional with significant experience in helping clients transform their businesses using digital. He currently leads Accenture’s digital customer channels and market practice for Financial Services in Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Accenture, Joydeep ran the Financial Services Digital practice for SapientNitro. Joydeep has hands-on experience in working with leading banks across Europe and advising them on a variety of topics ranging from new customer propositions, operating models, emerging digital technologies and digital platforms. Some of his recent and relevant work includes helping define and set up a digital bank from start, creating a digital service unit for a leading UK bank, developing a new customer proposition using social for a leading South African bank, creating a personalised cross-sell and up-sell acquisition engine for a leading Italian bank, and defining a new direct wealth digital platform for a leading Irish bank. He has published several point of views on digital banking and is a passionate advocate of customer experience-led strategy.
Vice Chairman, Bitreserve
JP Thieriot is Vice-Chairman of Bitreserve, a next-generation money service that makes using digital money fast, easy, and free. Mr. Thieriot has founded and managed a number of companies in the agricultural, real estate, and tech sectors, including going concerns: Estancia Beef, one of the largest grass-fed beef companies in the U.S. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Thieriot was an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist, where he served in a number of capacities, including the formation and management of the firm's Latin American activities. He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. 1991).
Juan A. Garcia Nieto
Managing Director, Accenture
Juan Antonio Garcia Nieto es socio responsable de servicios financieros para Colombia y Venezuela de Accenture. Es Licenciado en Ingeniero Superior Industrial de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas y hico el Programa de Desarrollo de Directivos (PDD) a IESE Business School - University of Navarra.
Juan Antonio Ketterer
Chief, Connectivity, Markets and Finance, Inter-American Development Bank
Juan Antonio Ketterer is the Chief of the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. The Division structures lending programs for Latin America and Caribbean countries in the areas of fintech, capital markets, clean energies, payments systems, financial inclusion and digital connectivity infrastructure. The Division is also conducting extensive research on the redefinition of the financial services industry resulting from the digital economy, and in applying digital technologies to find innovative solutions to the problems of long term productive financing. Prior to his current position, Mr. Ketterer developed a substantial experience with the international financial sector, especially in the areas of fintech, digital finance, payments systems, financial engineering and capital markets. He held managing positions at several advisory, financing and trading firms, as well as at securities exchanges and clearing houses. Mr. Ketterer obtained a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the University of Minnesota, and held positions as professor of finance at the Tepper Business School of Carnegie Mellon University and at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.
Juan Antonio Martín
Partner, White & Case
Lawyer from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and with a Master in International Banking and Financial Law from the Law School of Boston’s University, Juan Antonio joined White & Case Mexico in the year 2000, where he has worked in areas such as equity and funding markets, in issues related with banking and financial regulation, securities issues, local and cross-border funding, securitizations, debt restructuring, derivative financial transactions, municipal and state-run funding, private equity and project funding. Throughout his career he has advised a wide range of clients, including first order national and international banks and issuers, as well as Fintech companies. Juan Antonio has been widely recognised as one the 10 most important lawyers in banking and financial issues in Mexico. His reputation is based on a long history that includes several issues that have been benchmark within its segment due to their pioneering and innovative aspects. Thanks to his experience in another global law firm with offices in New York, Juan Antonio acquired a valuable international experience before joining White & Case. He also worked for several years in the Bank of Mexico, where he actively participated in the legal implementation of programs related to the rescue plan of the Mexican financial system.
Juan Carlos Arroyo
Innovation Director, BBVA
Director at BBVA, the global financial services group with solid leadership in Spain, the principle financial institution in Mexico and with leading franchises in South America and the sunbelt region of the US. Juan Carlos Arroyo started his career in Grupo Financiero Probursa, the company dealing in an operational capacity in leasing products, factoring and payment systems. He was responsible for ATMs and Debit Cards operations for BBVA Probursa. After the BBVA - Bancomer merger he was part of the team responsible for the design of bancomer.com, one of the first mini-sites for clients by segment and with new online services. Over the last decade, Arroyo has had various roles as a director in the areas of commercial development, commercial partnerships, innovation and development, strategy and planning and the transformation of retail banking. He led the design of the web transformation project for the offices of BBVA Bancomer and was the project management officer for the pilot. He managed the multiannual expansion strategy for the project, valued at USD1,200m. He’s an expert in the management and coordination of multidisciplinary teams and is currently the Innovation Director for Mexico. Arroyo is responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of innovation initiatives, new business and open innovation and managing the integration of BBVA in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is the representative of the BBVA Innovation Centre for Mexico. He graduated in Business Administration and has a Master in Finance from EGADE Business School of ITESM. He’s married and is a full time dad to 3 beautiful girls.
Juan Carlos Cardoso
Founder at E-vent.com
Juan Carlos es un apasionado de las Dot.com startups desde los años 90’s. Desarrollador, empresario e impulsor del comercio digital, ahora como Director de Pagos Emergentes en MasterCard busca acercar la tecnología de pagos con el talento mexicano para incubar y acelerar la siguiente gran app. Inició la revolución de Taxibeat, lanzando la aplicación de la compañía, ganando premios como la mejor app por CNN, Reforma, Amipci y Appstore e incrementando 10 veces el promedio de abordos en el primer año de operaciones. Juan Carlos estudió Ingeniería en Computación en el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey y la maestría en Administración de Negocios en la Universidad de las Américas.
Juan Carlos Escalera
Head of Sales Specialists North Latam, Thomson Reuters
Juan Carlos se unió a Thomson Reuters en septiembre de 2011. Como Especialista de Ventas en el mercado FX e interior fijo, en 2012 fue nombrado Director Especialista en Venta para productos Financieros, donde su principal responsabilidad fue liderar el equipo de Mercado y Productos para lograr nuevas ventas en cuentas existentes, abrir nuevas oportunidades e iniciativas de negocio en los mercados financieros en América Latina. Juan Carlos cuenta con más de 20 años de experiencia en los mercados financieros, concretamente en los mercados de FX e interior fijo y en el lanzamiento y mantenimiento de plataformas de comercio/información electrónica, tanto por la parte de venta como de consumo. Durante 10 años dirigió más de 30 mercados FX así como operadores comerciales en un banco mexicano (Banco del Bajío). Entre otras responsabilidades tuvo que supervisar todas las actividades comerciales de venta, desde cumplimiento, blanqueo de capitales, mejores prácticas así como participar en comités internos. Anteriormente participó en el lanzamiento de soluciones de comercio electrónico para el mercado FX y colaboró en la apertura de la oficina de Bloomberg en México como especialista de procesamiento directo. También trabajó en Reuters a finales de los 90, donde estuvo muy involucrado en el lanzamiento del peso mexicano en plataformas de dealing, adquiriendo 80% de la cuota de mercado tanto en mercados FX onshore y offshore. Juan Carlos es graduado por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Juan Carlos Espinosa Ortega
Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation, HSBC Mexico, Banca de Consumo y Patrimonial
Juan Carlos se unió a HSBC México el pasado diciembre 2016 con la responsabilidad de dirigir la transformación digital e innovación en la banca de consumo y patrimonial de HSBC México. A su cargo se encuentran el desarrollo y evolución de los assets digitales del banco, para una mejor vinculación con sus clientes y con responsabilidades directas de adquisición de clientes y ventas por canales digitales. Adicionalmente tiene como responsabilidad desarrollar el modelo de relacionamiento con el Ecosistema Fintech y la evolución hacia Open Banking. Juan Carlos cuenta con más de 25 años de experiencia en sectores de tecnología, telecomunicaciones y servicios financieros, liderando áreas de Estrategia, Innovación, Fintech engagament, Marketing Digital y Desarrollo de Negocio. Ha participado en el desarrollo de modelos de negocio/tecnológicos disruptivos en el sistema financiero por más de 10 años, desde la perspectiva Bancaria, Telecom y Fintech. A cargo de desarrollar, lanzar y operar el primer modelo de banco “branch free” y 100% digital en México. Previamente ocupó diversas posiciones directivas en empresas como Bankaool, Telefónica Movistar México, Neoris y Softtek. Juan Carlos es graduado en Ingeniería en Sistemas Electrónicos por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
Chief Innovation Officer, Citibanamex
Juan Guerra is Director of Innovation at Citibanamex and has 10 years of experience in financial services, both in banking, insurance, microfinance and FinTech. Juan and his team promote the best solutions to meet the needs of the client. Work closely with other business areas, control functions and technology equipment; as well as with partners external to the bank. Juan studied Business Administration at Viadrina University Europe, in Frankfurt (O) and an MBA at Cranfield School of Management. Juan started his career at Banamex in 2007 working in the SME team at Banamex. In 2010 he joined Velifin as an analyst and later he received an MBA in Cranfield. In 2011 he joined the Momentum Program of the insurance company Prudential plc and in 2012 he founded StudentFunder, a FinTech offering peer-to-peer credit for master's degrees and professional courses in the United Kingdom. In July 2016, he founded Waterfront Ventures, a financial services innovation consultancy whose main client was Santander UK. In 2017 he joined Citibanamex as Chief Innovation Officer. Juan, 33 years old, was born in Mexico City and grew up in Monterrey. He likes to play guitar, travel and support entrepreneurs, especially if they have social objectives.
Investment Manager, Kibo Ventures
Juan has more than 8 years of experience in the world of technology, as a Project manager and Business developer at Indra Systems in the defense and security division, and at Kibo Ventures as a venture capital investment manager. During his time at Indra, Juan led various projects to equip naval platforms with state-of-the-art defense systems. He also engaged in multiple international initiatives working in business development efforts in Australia and Europe as well as actively participating in joined collaborations with US technology companies to develop and design systems and full solutions to increase Indra’s global offer. Currently, he is a board member in various technology driven startups and as part of Kibo Ventures’ team he is involved in dealflow generation, portfolio management, and execution of investment and exit operations. Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science as a Telecommunication Engineer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated Magna Cum laude and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance at CUNEF, Madrid.
Juan Lopez Salaberry
Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Juan is a Venture Partner in 500 Startups and runs the Spanish speaking accelerator of 500 Startups in Mexico City. Having lived in 9 countries he has worked in hardware companies, evaluated luxury hotels, produced communication campaigns for various countries and has also worked in TV and radio. After pursuing entrepreneurship in Argentina and Uruguay he now finds himself in Mexico where he supports the growth of more than 70 companies in Latin America.
Juan Luis Torres
Country Manager Mexico, Bdeo
Communicator and publicist, production expert and entrepreneur, Juan Luis began his professional career in advertising agencies such as TBWA, working for accounts such as Sony PlayStation, Adidas, Nokia, LG, Absolut or McDonald's, where he was responsible for the Local Store Marketing system for all the restaurants in Spain. An entrepreneur in the production and graphic arts sector, in 2012 he founded Brain in Paper, a production, and design company that collaborated in the development of Director11, a SaaS platform for sports management that is currently the most used product by clubs. The Spanish league. He also worked on the development of Reparanet, the largest SaaS platform for repair companies in Spain, which led to its introduction into the insurtech sector, and then actively participate in the development of BDEO, a video call management platform. In 2017, he joined the BDEO team with the aim of consolidating the platform in Mexico and opening up to the Latin American market.
Senior Analyst, Celent
Responsible for driving research and providing advisory to C-level executives in the financial services industry in themes such as fintech, insurtech, innovation, emerging technology and business transformation. His work includes advising firms based in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Juan’s career spans more than 25 years in the insurance and banking IT industries. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, contributor to many conferences, and evaluator for technology competitions such as BBVA Open Talent and Finnosummit Challenge. He has also mentoring experience in diverse industries. Prior to joining Celent, Juan was Corporate Vice President at Sistran, where he directly contributed to expanding its presence throughout 14 countries, including the US and key Latin American markets of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean. He brings a deep understanding of core and noncore systems projects and operational business models. Juan also brings to the practice a deep expertise in HR transformation. Before joining Celent, he advised and helped execute a new HR strategy for a group of 450 IT employees working throughout the Latin American region. Juan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Catolica Argentina. His background includes several roles in cross-border, multicultural environments.
Director of the Division of Financial Inclusion, Fundación Capital
Juan is the director Division of Financial Inclusion in Fundación Capital. He previously worked with the Development Bank of Mexico, where he was in charge of studies related to the National Savings and Financial Services Bank (BANSEFI). He was also the executive director of PlaNet Finance’s Mexico office, and as an independent consultant, has directed projects in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa, and conducted impact studies on development projects as well as evaluations of financial institutions. He has also provided technical assistance for microfinance organizations in product design.
Juan Pedro Moreno
Chairman and CEO Accenture Spain, Portugal and Israel
Juan Pedro es Managing Director Global Banking Industry en Accenture y lidera el Financial Services Diamong/Global Client Program. Se incorporó a Accenture en 1989 y ha trabajado en la Servicios Financieros desde entonces. Desde 2006, Juan Pedro lidera la Cuenta Global de uno de los mayores bancos de España, y logró crecer la cuenta hasta el nivel de Mega-Diamond en 2012. También ha liderado uno de los grupos de mercados en SPAI, que incluye bancos Españoles y el negocio en Africa. Además de sus responsabilidades comerciales, Juan Pedro es el Lead de Innovación para España, gestionando un programa de innovación único dentro de Accenture, por el que ha sido reconocido como uno de los Top Executives del año 2010 en España. En Agosto de 2012, Juan Pedro ha sido seleccionado como Fellow para España del Programa Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2013. Juan Pedro es licenciado en Económicas y Administración Empresas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Investment Director, Swanlaab Venture Factory
Juan is Investment Director at Swanlaab Venture Factory, a technology oriented Venture Capital fund in Spain. He has been working in the VC sector since 2008 always with a strong focus on technology and innovation. Prior to this, Juan worked in the semiconductor industry as an Engineer for LSI Logic and Texas Instruments in Munich (Germany) and Nice (France), respectively. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Electronic Engineering from University of Navarra and a MBA from IESE Business School.
Juan Sebastián Ruales
Chief Revenue Officer, Rappi
His time at several multinationals gave him experience and knowledge that he now applies from the world of startups. The official has extensive experience in multinational mass consumption companies such as LÓREAL, where he has worked as national sales manager and shopper marketing & category management. He also worked in the multi-tiered company Quala and as ket account manager for Grupo Éxito. Juan Sebastián studied marketing at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and holds an MBA from ICESI, ESCP Europe and Tulane University-AB.Freeman School of Business.
Director of Innovation, Grupo Aval
Julián es administrador de empresas y especialista en Gerencia de Mercadeo Estratégico. Cuenta con una importante experiencia con más de diez años en el descubrimiento, estructuración, lanzamiento de productos y generación de valores agregados a partir de oportunidades en la industria financiera. Luego de haber finalizado sus estudios profesionales, inició su aventura como emprendedor. Periodo que le permitió la aproximación de primera mano al ecosistema digital y sus desafíos, despertando al mismo tiempo su pasión actual por la Innovación y “Creatividad Estratégica”. Desde de su ultimo rol como Director de Innovación en una importante institución financiera, lideró la creación de una plataforma de innovación abierta para descubrimiento de Startups Fintech. Actualmente se desempeña como Director de Innovación en un reconocido Grupo Financiero, con el desafío de generar estrategias utilizando la Co-creación e innovación, para mejorar la experiencia con los clientes y la construcción gradual de los servicios financieros de la nueva Banca.
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.
Vicepresidente Tarjeta de Crédito, Banco de Bogotá
Con más de 30 años de experiencia en Marketing y Ventas en diferentes sectores como; Telecomunicaciones, Seguros, Publicidad, Tecnología, Aviación y Banca. Julian Sinisterra, actualmente se desempeña como Vicepresidente de Tarjeta de Crédito de Banco de Bogotá, liderando este importante negocio y paralelamente impulsando el proyecto de Innovación y Creatividad Estratégica, pilar fundamental en el Crecimiento Inteligente, estrategia que le ha permitido al Banco duplicar el número de clientes de Tarjeta de Crédito durante el último año y medio, a partir de un esquema de gerencia basada en la gestión del cambio, utilizando como eje fundamental modelos de co-creación, liderazgo e inspiración a cumplir los sueños de los colaboradores. Actualmente, Julian Sinisterra trabaja en la articulación de un proyecto de innovación abierta en el cual busca el apoyo a emprendedores Colombianos por medio de la construcción de soluciones digitales a partir de necesidades y retos reales de organizaciones como Banco de Bogotá. Buscando con esto fortalecer el ecosistema de innovación y emprendimiento de manera positiva y cerrar la brecha paulatinamente entre la industria privada (Banca) y los emprendedores, “Cambiando la banca, fuera de la banca”.
Director, Wayra Barcelona
Julián was leading the Entrepreneurship Area at La Salle Technova Barcelona until 2012, where he managed a community of 100+ startups looking for investment and gave them support in their business development. He then went on to direct the Wayra Academy in Barcelona, the startup accelerator powered by Telefónica to support technology entrepreneurs with projects in Europe and Latin America. The first edition of Barcelona has been a success, raising private investment rounds for 7 of the 8 startups for a total of more than €3.5M in less than a year. Currently, Wayra Barcelona is in its second edition with 10 new innovative companies, and before its big investor event, the Wayra Spain demoDay, it has already raised €1.2M for this second batch. Julián is also a speaker at entrepreneurship conferences and universities, trying to communicate his experience with startups to new entrepreneurs and degree students. Apart from being passionate about entrepreneurship, he love to sail every weekend and do anything related to the sea: SUP, kayak, surf, kitesurf, regattas... You can find him at Club Nàutic Sitges, where he’s also a member of the board.
Director of Venture Capital Strategy, LAVCA
Julie is Director of Venture Capital at LAVCA, the Latin American Private Capital Association, a non-profit membership organization comprised of over 180 firms that control assets in excess of US$65b directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. In this role, she manages venture investor and tech relationships in Latin America and globally, as well as oversees venture-related educational programs and digital content. Prior to joining LAVCA, Julie covered tech and innovation in Brazil as a journalist for TechCrunch, Fusion, Buzzfeed, GOOD Magazine, Advertising Age, and The Atlantic’s CityLab.com. Until 2010, she served as COO of Solvate, a venture-backed startup she co-founded to provide startups on-demand access to exceptional talent, and was an active member of the community of women in digital in New York City. Julie started her career at Sequoia-backed advertising network AdBrite, pioneering relationships with agencies and brand advertisers, and served as the Director of Advertising for DivX, a video technology company. She received her B.A. in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University in 2004 with honors distinction for research conducted in Rio de Janeiro.
Business Manager, Wayra Argentina
Karen es licenciada en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad de San Andrés y realizó Posgrados en Comercio Exterior en la UB junto y en Evaluación de Proyectos en el ITBA-CEMA. Tras haber trabajado durante 4 años en ExxonMobil, se incorporó al Grupo Telefónica en 2011 como Jefe de Producto y para desempeñar después la posición de Business Manager en Wayra Argentina.
Managing Director, ThoughtWorks
Karin Verloop es Directora General de ThoughtWorls en Singapur. Inició su carrera en ThoughtWorks hace cinco años, y anteriormente fue responsable de las oficinas de Melbourne y Perth en Australia. Previamente, Karin trabajó para IBM en Holanda, en la oficina central Europea en Madrid y en Australia en puestos de relación y gestión con clientes.
Manager, Axon Partners Group
Kathryn has more than eight years of experience in corporate development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. She currently works as a Manager at Axon Partners Group in its Corporate division, responsible for managing M&A advisory and fundraising efforts for clients across Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. Before joining Axon, Kathryn spent over five years in Latin America as a consultant in the oil & gas sector, as well as co-founding a fashion retail start-up in Panama. She is very interested in the role that entrepreneurship plays in creating opportunities in emerging markets through the ingenuity of human capital.
Editor & founder, iupana
Katie Llanos-Small is editor and founder of iupana, the must-read site for in-depth news and opinion on financial technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before launching iupana, she spent a decade covering banking and finance in emerging markets globally, including as bank finance editor at Global Capital, a market-leader for international capital markets news, and editor in chief of LatinFinance, the leading news service for finance and economics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed corporate, financial and political leaders from all over the world, including two sitting Presidents – Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Peru’s Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
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.
Senior Business Leader / Vice President - Emerging Payments - LAC, MasterCard
Kim Hangoc is in charge of providing support to clients in the implementation of innovative means of payment in Latin America and the Caribbean. Kim began his career in 1998 at Bull Smart Cards & amp; Terminals in France and later in Mexico. Following the acquisition of Bull CP8 by Schlumberger in In 2001, Kim continued working as a marketing manager in the department banking, helping issuers to migrate towards EMV standards. For the end 2003 was transferred to Schlumberger's office (which subsequently changed its name Axalto) in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, where he lived for two years serving as marketing manager for Access and Banking Products. Throughout her career, Kim has actively participated in projects for transport, access and government sectors, which has provided a more Wide range of technology and the benefits of smart cards. He obtained a degree from ESC Montpellier - France (School of Studies Postgraduate in Administration) and a Master's Degree in Marketing and Strategy from the University Paris-IX Dauphine. Kim is a native of France and currently resides in Miami, Florida.
Founder & CEO at Solu, Public Speaker on Technology and Banking, Startup Mentor
Kristoffer Lawson is co-founder and chief evangelist at Holvi — a complete replacement for old-fashioned banks. He has been an entrepreneur since the late 90s and is also founder of the largest digital art festival in the Nordics, The Alternative Party. Additionally he is behind the startup-oriented Travelling Salesman blog that covers entrepreneurship from the seat of a Land Rover Defender. He has been coding since he was 7 and has long been active in the demoscene hacker community. Kristoffer enjoys Doctor Who, listens to a lot of electronic music, and drives a Caterham 7.
Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors
Kusi is an Associate Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Kusi has 12+ years of project management, investment and strategy experience working with a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. He also co-leads the Investing for Development practice area and often works on projects at the intersection of impact investing, financial inclusion and technology in frontier and emerging markets. Prior to joining Dalberg, Kusi was Vice President of Investment Research at Global Partnerships where he oversaw the investment strategy and portfolio including analysis of investment opportunities across Central/South America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. Kusi also has experience working as a management consultant, spending three years at Bain & Company based out of its Sao Paulo, Brazil office as well as working as an Investment Officer for six years with the International Finance Corporation where he spent three years based out of the Bogota, Colombia office and as an agribusiness consultant with TechnoServe Inc. in East Africa. Kusi holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD Business School in Singapore, a Master of Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura Gisbert is one of the most experienced professionals in operations and customer care across traditional and new customer services channels of Latin America. Laura is actually the COO of Afluenta the most active Peer-to-Peer Lending company in Latin America. in Afluenta she manages operation, customer service, acquisition and collection. She also played a key rol in growing Movistar Argentina (Telefónica) where she handled a customer base of 18+ million users. Laura also worked at different director position in blue chip financial services companies such as American Express, Santander Rio and Banco Privado. Laura has studies in psychology at Buenos Aires University and a degree of Marketing from Universidad de Palermo.
Director of Innovation, Grupo Sura
Laura Gómez, serial entrepreneur and business women, is currently Director of Innovation of Grupo Sura, the parent corporation of Grupo Empresarial Sura, a “multi-latin” organization with more than 70 years of experience and with strategic investments in the areas of Banking,Insurance, Pensions, Savings and Investments. She studied Law in the Universidad de los Andes, where she also coursed specialized seminars on Assessment and Negotiation of Business, International Business Law and Methodology and Techniques on Legal Research. When she finished university she was appointed Legal Director of New Technologies of the consortium RCN Radio RCN TV of the organization Ardila Lulle. She then decided to fully commit to entrepreneurship, founding companies in different sectors like retail, biotechnology, energy and entertainment.
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.
Editorial Director, Revista Entrepreneur
Laura es periodista y emprendedora. Es licenciada en Periodismo y Ciencias de la Comunicación por la Universidad del Salvador en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cursó estudios de posgrado en Mercadotecnia, Contabilidad y Finanzas en el TEC de Monterrey y en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), en la Ciudad de México. Laura ha trabajado durante más de 15 años como reportera y editora especializada en economía y negocios en algunos de los medios de comunicación más importantes de América Latina. Inició su carrera en los diarios The Buenos Aires Herald y La Nación, en Buenos Aires. Fue corresponsal en México de la revista América Economía. Fue subdirectora de Comunicación de American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. Es una de las socias fundadoras de Con Acento Latino, una escuela de idiomas enfocada en el mercado corporativo y diplomático. Y desde hace cinco años es la directora editorial de la revista Entrepreneur en México.
Management advisor & board member in digital payment ventures
Mr. Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc. (an industry-leading global business payment platform). Mr Campos served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an ambitious strategy to re-position company as a commercially driven, customer centric, efficient and innovative cooperative . Launched innovation drive that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in industry (Innotribe.com). Performed turnaround during financial crisis, decreasing costs by 30%, improving operational performance, while launching innovative new products. Doing all this in a highly complex governance environment: cooperative with 25 member board and strict G-10 Central Bank oversight. Prior to that he held numerous executive and senior management positions. Before joining SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Mr. Campos has over 25 years of international financial services and telecommunications experience. Most recently, Mr Campos has been appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.
CEO and co-founder, Máquina
Leticia is cofounder and CEO of Máquina (somosmaquina.mx), a technological innovation lab focused on insurance and pensions which, together with INTER, a variety of insurance, reinsurers and pension funds, is disrupting the market by promoting inclusive and innovative products and business models. She is ambassador of the community Singularity University (http://singularityu.org) in Mexico. She has presented her research about gender, innovation, entrepreneurship and exponential technologies in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google, OECD and TED among others. In 2008, Leticia founded Crea (www.crea.org.mx), a social company that empowers and advises entrepreneurial women of marginalized communities to strengthen and grow their businesses. So far, Crea has worked with approximately, 20.000 women, helping them and over 75.000 members of their families and communities. She is also one of the founders of Impact Hub Mexico City (mexicocity.impacthub.net), which offers a unique collaborative platform for high impact entrepreneurs in Mexico, giving them access to a dynamic space and a local and global network of players and resources. Currently Leticia is Board Member of Educampo, Illuméxico and CSI Industries; certified consultant of ExO (http://www.exo.works) and Advisor of ProMujer (http://promujer.org). Leticia has received several awards and recognitions as a result of her work, including the fellowship given by Echoing Green to the most outstanding entrepreneurs of the world, the fellowship of Social Impact of GLG and the recognition of Rising Talent from Women’s Forum. She is also member of the community Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum, as well as being named by Forbes as one the 100 most powerful women in Mexico. Leticia is graduate in Economy and International Relations from the ITAM, and coursed a Masters in Community Development Sciences and a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economy from the University of California, Davis, and coursed postgraduate studies on Exponential Technologies for Development in Singularity University.
Financial Specialist in LATAM, IDB
Leticia has more than 20 years of experience in the financial sector. She has been working at IADB for the past 6 years in the Connectivity, Markets and Financial Institutions Division, developing financial programs in different areas such as regulation and supervision, financial inclusion, fintech, housing, and energy. At the time she is working in a pilot for using blockchain in the financial system. Before, she used to work in different government institutions, including the National Savings and Retirement Commission and the National Banking and Securities Commission. She has a major in Computer Science, a Master’s Degree in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, as well as a degree in Infrastructure PPP Finance in Harvard. She has participated as a mentor and jury in different startup and scaling programs including the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leadership Program and several startups and Fintech initiatives.
CEO and Founder, LiSim
Lilian is a Systems Engineer specialized in Management by the Konstanz University in Germany (1990). She also holds an MBA of the Andes University of Bogotá (1996) and did a Master’s Degree in Marketing in Berkeley University (1997). Lilian participated in the ECLA Program: Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America at Columbia Business School in New York City. Currently she serves as CEO of LiSim Group, enterprise created by her in 1996. LiSim works hand in hand with different partners such as Microsoft creating solutions for the cloud. Previously, she has led more than 300 projects in 30 countries, developed for several Financial Entities, Microfinance Institutions, Telecommunication y Real State bodies, such as EPM, Bancolombia, VISA, Refinancia, Banco Caja Social, etc. Lilian has also been a guest speaker in various international conferences in many countries. She was chosen as one of the 100 Most Successful Managers of the country, and is a guest of the COLCOB board. Since 2008 she is part of the Entrepreneur Network of Endeavor.
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.
Founder, Startup Buenos Aires
When Lisa arrived in Buenos Aires she did not speak Spanish, and had no business or community connections in the city. Despite these obstacles, she managed to build a strong startup community in Buenos Aires. Startup Buenos Aires now helps the community overcome the challenges of startups by providing the resources necessary for growth, development and innovation.Lisa was named by the Council of the Americas as the 2014 “Business Innovator in Latin America” and Business Insiders “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”
Director of Partnerships, Stellar.org
Lisa is a researcher and business strategist with a passion for technology, finance and economics. At Stellar, Lisa leads development of Stellar's partner network, facilitating collaborations with institutions and businesses looking to utilize Stellar's open-source distributed ledger payment network. Lisa has lived in India, Mauritania and across the US and holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
Lorena Andrea Suarez
Country Manager, Wayra Argentina
Lorena is the Country Manager in Wayra Argentina. She worked prevously as Business Development Manager. has extensive experience in financial analysis, strategy, marketing and communications to improve the positioning and brand top of mind in the Internet market. Lorena has a degree in Economics, an MBA from the University Torcuato Di Tella and holds a Masters in business management from the UCA.
MSc Consumer Marketing
Marketing & Communication Lead de la Bitcoin Foundation Mexico; Fundación Satoshi Nakamoto. Lucía es licenciada en Mercadotecnia del ITESM CSF, con maestría en mercadotecnia de consumo de la Universidad de Liverpool, UK. Actualmente es responsable de Marketing en Pademobile Internacional, plataforma móvil de servicios financieros básicos, y también ha formado parte de empresas reconocidas internacionalmente como Microsoft España y México y MTV Latin America.
Luciana is the CEO of Wolox, a company she joined 4 years ago to manage the Innovation Area. Computer Engineer ITBA, currently part of the Board of SABF, organization of which was Director during his time at the university. Founding member of YN1K, Luciana is part of the local chapter of EO, both communities engaged in the development of startups globally. In the two years as General Director of Wolox, the company grew by 100% in number of employees and expanded regionally with offices in Chile, Colombia and Mexico; and commercial operations on both coasts of the United States. Luciana has a 360 ° profile with experience leading projects with experimental technologies. In 2016, she participated in Startup Chile with an education project in Augmented Reality to teach programming to school-age children and since 2017 she is part of the Voces Vitales Argentina community. Luciana is also a strong promoter of women within the industry. "50% of the products we manufacture are used by women, how are we not going to add them to their creation?" Therefore, it is part of organizations such as Vital Voices, whose focus is to strengthen the leadership of women in our country. And this is also reflected inside the company.
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).
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.
Luís Martín Cabiedes
Partner at "CABIEDES & PARTNERS SCR"
Luis Martín Cabiedes es licenciado en Filosofía por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, MBA por IESE, y Analista Financiero por el CFA institute. En 1989 se incorporó al grupo EUROPA PRESS, donde fue Co-Presidente durante 12 años. En 1998 empezó a invertir en empresas tecnológicas en etapas iniciales. Esta actividad de inversión, primero como “Business Angel” y más tarde con su propio fondo “CABIEDES AND PARTNERS SCR SA”, constituye ahora su ocupación principal. Ha realizado más de cincuenta inversiones en startups de internet y tecnología, entre ellas OLE, MYALERT, ACCESO, o más recientemente PRIVALIA, TROVIT , OFFERUM, o BLABLACAR Desde el año 2008, Luis Martin Cabiedes es profesor a tiempo parcial en el IESE, donde da clases de “Entrepreneurship” y “Entrepreneurial Finance”.
Luis Pérez Ureña
CEO & Founder, FINN VENTURES
Luis Pérez Ureña is CEO and founder of Finn Ventures, the first Spanish Venture Builder specialised on Fintech. Over the last 18 years he has held various directive positions in top-tier financial entities. Luis began his professional career in the financial sector as international equity trader in Baco Urquijo, where he became a member of the Internet Committee with 23 years. When he was 24 years old, he decided to leave the entity in order to become an entrepreneur. He became CEO and cofounder of Internet Equity Partners, a company where he developed the ability to generate projects through the incubator model. With a team of 50 employees, the created the 5 main vertical web portals of sports and outdoor activities, a company of digital development and a virtual travel agency. Subsequently, he returned to Banco Urquijo as Director of the eBusiness & Channels area, where he was in charge of carrying out all the digital transformation and the development of remote channels of the leading bank in Private Banking. By the end of 2006, he joined Grupo Santander, where he has held different management positions such as Activation and Customer Retention Director, Collectives’ Director, Institutional Relations and Customer Acquisition and, finally, Global Director of Business Management, where he lead the project to transform the business management from a product vision towards a client vision among the different subsidiary banks of the groups. Luis holds a degree in Adminstration and Business Management from the Universidad Complutense, a Master in Finance from CUNEF and an Executive LEAD Programme from IE Business School. He has taught in several Masters focused on entrepreneurship, and participates in several mentorship programs for startups, as well as in different media such as Digital Business of Intereconomía.
Economist and Advisor to the president, Banco Ciudad
Luis es un reconocido economista. Autor de numerosos artículos de investigación ha analizado la economía argentina publicando en las principales cabeceras argentinas. Actualmente es asesor del presidente de Banco Ciudad, donde lidera el desarrollo de estrategia de acercamiento al ecosistema emprendedor.
Luis Villa del Campo
World Economic Forum - Fjord - Accenture
Tras más de quince años trabajando en estrategia, tecnología y diseño para grandes empresas, Luis ha desarrollado un superpoder: el de dotar de sentido a esa mezcla de orden y caos se produce en la frontera entre lo físico y lo digital. Transformar esa visión en experiencias de clientes de todos los sectores y desde todo tipo de empresas: Netjuice, Capgemini y The Cocktail, y actualmente en Fjord. Como Business Design Director de Fjord Madrid, Luis ayuda a clientes a reimaginar sus servicios digitales a través del diseño, convirtiendo la complejidad en "simplicidad elegante”.
Founder & Executive Director, Fintonic
Lupina es licenciada en Administración y Dirección de empresas por CUNEF. Cuenta con una amplia experiencia en el sector empresarial y financiero, concretamente en el mundo de la banca así como en el sector de la tesorería y banca comercial, lo que le llevó a incorporarse finalmente como socia a la empresa IDEON, como líder del área de consultoría financiera. Su experiencia en planificación financiera y su perfil de emprendedora la llevan a fundar Fintonic en España a finales de 2012. A día de hoy, ya son más de 400.000 usuarios los que se aprovechan de esta aplicación que les permite tomar las mejores decisiones con respecto a su dinero y contratar productos directamente desde el móvil. El éxito de Fintonic le hicieron merecedora del primer Premio Innovación Móvil del sector Finance de Google. Lupina también ha sido reconocida recientemente por el Instituto Choiseul, al incluirla en el ranking "100 Economic Leaders for Tomorrow". Además, el selecto programa de Blackbox By Google Entrepeneurs la seleccionó para participar en San Francisco, y en las pasadas semanas ha sido nombrada entre las 500 mujeres más influyentes publicado por la lista Yo Dona (2016). Lupina ha sido distinguida con la Estrella de la Comunidad de Madrid por el valor empresarial 2017, el mayor Galardón entregado por la Comunidad, (Marzo 2017). Por otro lado, es ponente habitual en ponentes y eventos como el South Summit Madrid.
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.
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Taulia
Markus, or Maex as he is known, is Chief Strategy Officer at Taulia, where he is constantly devising strategies to maintain Taulia’s market leadership and innovative thinking. As a Thought Leader in the financial supply chain, Maex brings to the table effective product, sales, and marketing initiatives that are responsible for Taulia’s success and position as the fastest growing company for eInvoicing and supplier financing. Prior to co-founding Taulia, Maex was also a founding member of Ebydos, where he was instrumental in the conception and development of the Invoice Cockpit and Web Cycle solutions, which were eventually sold to ReadSoft in 2006. Maex joined ReadSoft as Chief Technology Officer and served on the board of ReadSoft US as well as ReadSoft's SAP Labs, and helped grow revenue by more than 70%. Maex began his career developing and deploying payment and banking solutions in the SAP Financials area and also served as an angel investor and advisor in BayBrain/Snappr, a mobile start-up. Maex’s warm, uninhibited personality and his remarkable beard has led him to become the representative face of Taulia. While Maex considers working his biggest hobby, he also enjoys being with his family, traveling, snowboarding, and scuba diving.
CEO, Blockchain Lab
As CEO of digitalfutures Inc. and the Blockchain Lab, Manie Eagar has advised government departments and agencies, enterprise, investors, business schools, startups and entrepreneurs in a range of key sectors. His focus has been on leveraging the latest financial solutions and ICT technologies in developed and emerging economies. He incubated, managed and developed startups and new business ventures such as One Card Systems (a precursor to M-pesa, OneCard was an early smartcard based payment solution for Africa). The past four years he has been involved in deal shaping and making in the new world of digital value inter-exchange, mobile media delivery platforms and crypto currency and blockchain applications, inspired by the Bitcoin phenomenon. He is Chairman of the Digital Finance Institute, and Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and Credits, a new blockchain venture. He is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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.
Manuel Rivero Zambrano serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Regional de Monterrey, the main subsidiary of Banregio Grupo Financiero, S.A.B. de C.V. He has been a Director of the Company's Board since June 2011, and has served as Chief Operations Officer and as Chief Financial Officer in Banregio. He has played a key role in the definition and execution of the Financial Group's strategic plan, including the development and acquisition of new lines of business. Manuel Rivero Zambrano holds over 14 years of experience in the financial sector and has served in various management positions within Banregio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Manuel Rivero Zambrano serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Regional de Monterrey, the main subsidiary of Banregio Grupo Financiero, S.A.B. de C.V. He has been a Director of the Company's Board since June 2011, and has served as Chief Operations Officer and as Chief Financial Officer in Banregio. He has played a key role in the definition and execution of the Financial Group's strategic plan, including the development and acquisition of new lines of business. Manuel Rivero Zambrano holds over 14 years of experience in the financial sector and has served in various management positions within Banregio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Director Digital Banking Europe, Everis
Manuel is a financial services professional with 20 years of experience in different segments and products (Retail, Affluent, Business, Trade, Insurance, Payments, Consumer Lending) and organizations (large & medium banks, only-digital banks, consumer & payment specialists). Since he joined unoe bank (BBVA group only-digital bank) in 2001 he is been involved in Digital Banking, delivering solutions for the digital customers. His focus has been in designing and implementing Digital Transformation Programs and Strategies as well as analyzing the impact of Fintech in the Banking and advising FIs on how to respond to this new scenario. More recently, he has joined everis, an NTT Data company, where he leads Payments & Open Banking. Furthermore, Manuel is a regular speaker in finch events, collaborate in industry publications and has his own blog (www.majromero.com) where he shares his thoughts and analysis on Financial Technology & Strategy.
Partner at Santander InnoVentures
Manuel fue miembro fundador de BBVA Ventures desde sus inicios a finales de 2010. En la actualidad, entre otras cosas, es responsable de las inversiones del equipo en Finanzas Alternativas así como en soluciones adaptadas a ciertos segmentos de negocio (Inclusión Financiera, segmento affluent, etc.) También se encarga de las oportunidades originadas en América Latina y México. Antes de formar parte de BBVA Ventures, Manuel se encargaba de apoyar al grupo de Innovación de BBVA en sus esfuerzos por expandir el alcance del banco más allá de actividades bancarias tradicionales. Previamente, Manuel fue Analista Senior en el equipo para Asia del área de Estrategia y Desarrollo Corporativo de BBVA, apoyando la estrategia de expansión del banco en China, Hong Kong y otros mercados emergentes. Manuel es Licenciado en Administración de Empresas por Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF, Madrid). Cursó estudios de Postgrado en Filosofía y Política así como un Master en Economía del Desarrollo en el Institut d’Études Politiques de París (Sciences Po, Paris), y fue investigador de Doctorado en economía china en Hong Kong y Beijing. También cursó el Master in Internet Business del ISDI (Madrid).
Marcela is building a different story in the credit card market, a traditionally male-dominated sector. Bets on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, as well as an aggressive cashback model and products designed for a totally connected public. Before founding Trigg, he had the opportunity to set up startups and run other businesses. Also brings in the bagagem executive functions in important companies in the area of Marketing and Information Technology.
Marcelino Herrera Vegas
Vicepresident Digital Banking Colombia, Colpatria Scotiabank
Marcelino (Mache) is passionate about technological innovation and has spent his career at the forefront of digital disruption. He has extensive experience in sales and has moved through a series of progressively senior leadership roles at Mercadolibre, starting as Computers and Photography Category Analyst, then Sales Corporate Analyst, Sales Corporate Supervisor, and Sales Manager Latin America in Argentina. In 2012 he relocated to Colombia to assume the role of Country General Manager. In this role he worked to significantly improve the client experience and overhaul the company’s operational infrastructure. He has also been a key contributor to growing the brand across the region. In 2016 Mache was named Vicepresident of Digital Banking at Colpatria Scotiabank, launching the Digital Factory that will leverage the global digital strategy. Mache studied Marketing at the Palermo University in Argentina.
Sales Director, Veritran
Marcelo is VeriTran Sales Director, a pioneer and leader in digital banking company. He has a Degree in Systems and Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University. Marcelo has over 20 years of experience in regional projects, involved in areas of technology and business. For the last five years Marcelo is a speaker in several events at Latin America focused on Mobile Payments and Digital Bank
Partner, Monashees Capital
Marcelo Lima is a partner at monashees, where he leads the efforts in FinTech, AgTech, E-commerce and Marketplaces. He works directly with Vivareal, enjoei, bidu, PetLove, Magnetis, BizCapital, MadeiraMadeira, among other portfolio companies. Prior to joining monashees in 2010, Marcelo did management consulting at Roland Berger. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from ITA and a Corporate Finance Degree from UC Berkeley.
Chief Data Scientist at BBVA
Dr. Marco Bressan is in charge of BBVA’s Big Data global initiative and Executive President for BBVA Data & Analytics. This includes the promotion and development of data services, data-centric operations and analytical competencies within the group. Until 2012, Marco was Chief Innovation Officer, Transportation and Government for Xerox Corporation, one of the leading providers of parking, tolling, enforcement and public transit services to governments globally. As CIO, he was responsible for the creation and execution of an innovation portfolio addressing long-term transportation and urban trends. Smart sensor systems, real-time public transit analytics or data- driven parking solutions are sample topics covered by the projects in this portfolio. Dr. Bressan was also responsible for the Services Innovation Laboratory at Xerox Research Centre Europe, based in Grenoble, France. The lab collaborated with over 50 academic and industrial institutions worldwide through a variety of government projects and open innovation initiatives. Some of the key competencies within the lab were analytics and optimization, machine learning, social network analytics, ethnography, services computing and services economics. As a researcher his background is in data science, statistical pattern recognition, machine learning and computer vision. Over 30 scientific publications and 10 patents are the result of his research work. A number of these contributions have served as a basis for the creation of new services, products and companies in the fields of data analytics, biometrics, satellite imaging and industrial vision. Dr. Bressan holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, a M.Sc. in Computer Vision from the Computer Vision Centre in Spain and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Bressan is a member of the Industrial Liaison Committee of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is an active member of the network of Argentinean researchers abroad and one of the founders of the Network of Computer Vision and Cognitive Science Researchers.
Marco is the founder of saldo.mx, a bill payment service that eases the burden of U.S. immigrants looking to help their families back home in Mexico. Marco has been an active member in San Francisco Bay-area bitcoin community and developer engaged in several solutions built on ripple, a settlement protocol that facilitates cross currency transactions in real time.
General Director, AMEXCAP
Maria Ariza is CEO of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds dedicated to supporting the growth of the private equity and venture capital industry in Mexico. AMEXCAP’s membership is comprised of over 100 funds who have raised an accumulated of USD$32.2 billion to invest in Mexico plus over 50 specialized firms and strategic allies involved in Mexico’s economic development. Maria is also founding partner and Board Member of Facial Design S.A. de C.V., Mexican manufacturer and distributer of beauty and personal care products; partner and Board Member at Dabvsa S.A. de C.V, holding company focused on Senior Lifestyle developments and operations; and partner and Board Member at Crediauto Financial, an automobile financing company in America focused on the Hispanic market. María is also Member of the board at CMR A.C. and Fundhepa A.C. Prior, Maria worked as Associate at NAFTA Fund of Mexico, a private equity fund investing in medium sized Mexican companies, where she analyzed and helped structuring investment opportunities. Maria worked as Director of the Project Management Office at Impulso, Grupo Empresarial, and at the APEC Organizing Committee. Maria has a Business Management Master’s Degree from Harvard University, qualified for the Dean’s List of Academic Achievement Award, and holds a BS in Industrial Engineering Cum Laude from Universidad Iberoamericana.
Co-founder & CEO, Laboratoria
Mariana is the Co-founder and CEO of Laboratoria, a social enterprise transforming tech industry in Latin America by giving thousands of women the tools they need to start a career in this sector. With training centers in Lima, Santiago, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Sao Paulo, Laboratoria is redefining the way young women without access to higher education are prepared for the jobs of the future. Due to her work as a social entrepreneur, Mariana has received several awards and recognitions such as being named one of the most innovative women under 35 in Peru by MIT or one of BBC's Most Influential Women; she was also invited to be part of a panel with Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Mariana worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) expanding access to civil registration in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.
Director for Latin America, Wayra
Mariano has more than 12 years’ experience in Internet and a decade of experience as an entrepreneur in New Media. In 2013 Marian joined Wayra, the global startup accelerator, as Director for Latin America, managing a portfolio of more than 150 startups in 7 companies.
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.
Innovation Facilitator, Group Flow
Mariela Atanassova (Mela) is a technologist and innovator with more than 17 years experience in the financial industry. She is a co-founder of Innotribe - SWIFT’s collaborative Innovation initiative where she gained hands-on experience with innovation management and processes, particularly open and collaborative innovation, product innovation and culture change. Currently Mela runs a practice as an innovation facilitator and collaboration designer, helping groups work better, learn and innovate. She uses a diverse palette of tools such as creativity techniques, graphic facilitation, design thinking and complex systems. She applies these in a variety of environments (workshops, software development projects, conferences), and in different industries (FinTech, Insurance, Biotech & Pharma, Education, Standardisation). She is an advisor to Startupbootcamp FinTech.
Managing Partner North America, Wolox
Prior to her time at Mercadolibre Marina held the position of emerging markets apparel merchandising manager for Nike participating in the World Cup project, both positions based in the United States. Also in Argentina, she obtained the position of corporate marketing manager in Puratos after serving as regional brand manager for Unilever in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. As General Manager of Mercadolibre, Marina was in charge of three very different markets. In Argentina, her job was to accelerate, sustain and make the offer more premium, move forward with official stores and connect with major brands. In Chile, she had the mission to accelerate the implementation process, leading a team of 120 people. Marina, a 35-year-old economist, studied at the Di Tella University, the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) and obtained her master's degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 she decided to bet on a delayed vocation to help impact entrepreneurs in Latin America, founding DeltaX, an accelerator of impact startups, in collaboration with Singularity University. In addition, she is Chief Strategy Officer of Wolox, a digital disruption company, dedicated to provide technological development teams for enterprises. Wolox is the "technological leg" of each undertaking, it understands the vision of each client, understands and aligns with the business objectives. Each team is composed of experts in the areas of web development, mobile development, UX design, QA, and a leader who is responsible for the production and business.
Head of Strategy, Packlink
Marina is an active online industry player, a passionate networker, with an entrepreneurial spirit and an international streak. Marina was born in the Ukraine, nurtured in the U.S. and is currently residing in Spain. She's held numerous positions in the online marketing and digital business, including Domestika where she was the Director of eMarketing Operations, the Sales Director for Traffic4u, Business Development Director for Fiabee and Marketing Director for ADTZ. Marina has also started several companies, among them wiseri a recruitment platform based on crowdsourcing and gamification. To give further meaning to her enthusiasm for the start-up scene, Marina was a regular contributor in Techcrunch Europe, reporting out of Spain on up and coming European startups. She's also a been a mentor for Startupbootcamp, The Founder Institute and Tetuan Valley, as well as regular advisor for several startups out of Spain. Currently, as the Strategy and HR Director, Marina forms part of the executive team at PackLink, a disruptive online comparison, booking and management service for all shipping needs.
Partner & Head of Portfolio Partnerships, Santander Innoventures
As Head of Portfolio Partnerships, Mario leads partnership initiatives between the fund’s portfolio companies and the relevant business units within Santander Group. A member of the InnoVentures team since 2016, Mario is responsible for end to end delivery – from ideation to execution – with the ultimate aim of transforming the bank or serving Santander’s customers better. Prior to joining Santander InnoVentures, Mario has been part of the Santander Group since 2006. During his time with the bank Mario amassed a wealth of investment and M&A experience, holding pivotal roles within the company’s M&A, Operations and Corporate Development business divisions. He was also a founding member of a number of internal initiatives across direct e-lending, SME finance and personal finance management. Mario holds a BA in Business Administration from CUNEF and is an alumnus of INSEAD Inter- Alpha Banking Programme and IE Advance Corporate Finance Programme. He is a private angel investor and a board member for a number of non-fintech initiatives.
Director of Mindset and Culture, iNNpulsa
Directora de Mentalidad y Cultura en iNNpulsa Colombia desde enero de 2012. Especialista en intervenciones basadas en sistemas complejos y ciencia cognitiva para comprender a profundidad asuntos conductuales y desarrollar transformaciones potentes. Estratega de comunicaciones con amplia experiencia en fragmentar desafíos complejos e implementar alternativas diferenciales para abordarlos. Experta en construir narrativas universales e inspiradoras para producir efectos específicos en audiencias determinadas. Ha liderado audaces y disruptivas iniciativas creativas en temas de innovación, emprendimiento, prospectiva estratégica, política pública y asuntos internacionales.
Head of Open Innovation, BBVA
Marisol is in charge of BBVA Open Spaces and all activities to scout the ecosystem of entrepreneurs and developers worldwide and connect them to the relevant BBVA departments to disrupt together the financial industry. Marisol holds an Industrial Engineer Degree from the Panamerican University (Mexico), an Executive MBA from the IESE Business School and currently is PhD Candidate in Open Innovation at Hasselt University (Belgium). We’re looking for good partners to walk hand in hand in this disruption process.
CEO and Co-Founder, Symbiont.io
Mark is CEO and Founder of Symbiont.io, Inc. Symbiont is the merger of MathMoney f(x) which was founded by Mr. Smith in September of 2013 and the founding team of Bitcoin 2.0 project Counterparty.io. As CEO Mark brings two decades of global experience in FinTech. He is a pioneer in creating and deploying disruptive technology to the foreign exchange ecosystem for both institutional and non-institutional customer segments. During his career Mark has been a founder of 4 FinTech companies that have gone from start-up to exit including The NexTrade ECN, MatchBook FX, Lava Trading, and Anderen Bank of Tampa Bay.
Martin Schrimpff Ingeniero mecánico de la Universidad de Edimburgo, con más de 16 años de experiencia en temas de Fintech. Ha sido socio fundador de 6 empresas de tecnología, de las cuales se destacan Acsendo, Zinobe (Lineru.com) y PayU (antes Pagosonline). PayU hoy en día tiene más de 2000 empleados y su valorización es cercana a los $ 800 Millones de dólares. Fue seleccionado emprendedor Endeavor en el 2010 y siendo un Inversionista ángel activo, pertenece a la junta directiva de varias empresas tech. Martin salió de PayU en el 2017, para enfocarse a Lineru, la empresa líder en Colombia en otorgar préstamos personales 100% online.
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.
Mary Luz Escobar
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, INNpulsa
CEO and Co-Founder, Branch International
Matt es el CEO de Branch International, un proveedor líder de servicios financieros impulsado por el aprendizaje automático en mercados emergentes. Hoy, Branch es la aplicación financiera más popular de África y se está expandiendo a América Latina y Asia. Antes de lanzar Branch, Matt fundó Kina.org, una organización sin fines de lucro líder en microfinanzas, donde se desempeñó como CEO durante casi una década. Bajo su liderazgo, Kiva estableció alianzas en 80 países y prestó más de $ 700 millones a empresarios de bajos ingresos. Matt ha sido honrado con el Premio de Innovación "No Boundaries" de The Economist y fue nombrado uno de los "40 principales menores de 40 años" de la revista FORTUNE.
Venture Partner, SixThirty
Matt currently serves as the Venture Partner at SixThirty, a St. Louis-based fintech accelerator program and has spent the last 4 years running similar programs. Before SixThirty, Matt was the Director of Operations for a St. Louis-accelerator called Capital Innovators, which was recently named as the 6th best accelerator in the United States according to an independant 2014 study. Prior to Capital Innovators, he was one of 16 Fellows enrolled in the Coro Fellowship Program for Public Affairs, an intense, 9 month, cross-sector fellowship program. Matt is also a co-founder and COO of an online collaboration tool called GoodMap, which won $30,000 in seed funding through the YouthBridge Social Enterprise Competition in April 2013. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming young professionals. Matt has joint degrees in Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa. He is originally from Iowa City, Iowa.
General Partner, SBT Venture Capital
Matteo Rizzi is a General Partner in SBT Venture Capital, a 100 M USD Fin-Tech fund launched in 2013 by Sberbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Previously, Matteo worked at SWIFT for 12 years. At SWIFT, he co-founded Innotribe and created the Innotribe Startup Challenge, positioning SWIFT as the facilitator of collaborative innovation in the financial industry. In 2007 he created www.swiftcommunity.net, the collaborative space for SWIFT’s financial eco-system. In 2003, he founded one of the first social networks, www.italiansonline.net, which today is the world’s largest Italian expatriate portal. Prior to joining SWIFT, Matteo spent 10 years in the IT-networking sales industry, leading the international expansion of a large IBM networking products wholesaler. Matteo holds a master’s degree in computer science and a post-graduate degree in financial transactions. A truly multi-cultural European, he conducts business in French, Italian, Spanish and English.
Investment Officer, Accion Venture Lab
Matthieu is an Investment Officer with Accion Venture Lab, leading the team’s deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America. Before joining Accion Venture Lab, Matthieu was an associate in charge on fintech and energy investments at Antoni & Lelo de Larrea Venture Partners (ALLVP), a leading Mexican early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to AllVP, Matthieu worked at Société Générale CIB in Mexico on the structuring of corporate debt products for the telecommunications, media and technology, natural resources, and infrastructure sectors, as well as on cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. Matthieu previously held responsibilities in the energy purchasing team of ArcelorMittal where he gained substantial experience in operations management and value chain logistics. Matthieu also served as project manager for Air Liquide, working on strategic planning and marketing. Matthieu has a B.A. in management and economics with a major in marketing and strategy from Paris-Dauphine University, and holds a master's degree in international business and economics from Paris-Dauphine University and La Sorbonne University.
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.
Chief Executive Officer at MyOrder
Michael Dooijes is an international banking executive with extensive entrepreneurial experience. In the 2014 list of Bank Innovation, he is one of the people to watch in the financial sector. In the last 20+ years, Michael has lived and worked in different countries like the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands being active in international business and sales management roles. Currently, Michael is Head of Ventures & Innovation at Rabobank Netherlands Bedrijven, looking after Rabobank's strategic direction in transaction banking with a team of 7 professionals. Rabobank is one of the largest banks in the world. His key responsibilities are (long-term) strategy, client centric innovative solutions and business development. Next to this role, Michael is CEO of a mobile payment startup, MyOrder. MyOrder provides merchants a platform for success in the m-commerce space. Rabobank is one of the first bank to acquire a m-commerce start-up and is a frontrunner and pioneer in this business. He is a regular key note speaker at international conferences on topics like corporate innovation and the future of mobile (payments). In addition to his professional career, he is involved in extracurricular activities, like the Bid Network Foundation (www.bidnetwork.org) and as coach for entrepreneurs. He is passionate on the innovative and social impact elements in life. Michael obtained his MBA degree from NYU Stern.
President and CEO, Accion
Michael is the President and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. Accion catalyzes financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries. Mr. Schlein brings extensive international banking, management and public service experience to his role. As President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, Mr. Schlein managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Before that, he ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding and human resources for Citigroup. He served as Chief of Staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Mr. Schlein to serve as the Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which encourages economic growth and facilitates investments that build capacity, generate prosperity, and catalyze the economic vibrancy of the city.
Marketing & Content Strategist, Increase
Michelle es Licenciada en Economía Empresarial de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. Actualmente es responsable de Marketing y de la generación de contenido en Increase, una empresa dedicada al control de las ventas con tarjeta. También es organizadora de Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Argentina, la competencia para estudiantes emprendedores más reconocida del mundo. La misma se realiza en más de 60 países, donde el ganador de cada país viaja para competir en la Final Global.
Troublemaker | Board Member and Thought Leader, Financial Services Innovation
Mick is an independent consultant and thought leader on innovation in financial services. He is currently Chairman of the Board for the Learning Company (Alamo Colleges) and also sits on the innovation board for the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Mick served as the senior innovation executive for USAA, where he built and led the innovation program to world class status. During his tenure, USAA received numerous awards and accolades including InfoWeek 500's most innovative, Businessweek's #1 customer service, and people’s choice awards. Before that, Mick served as an innovator in multiple positions within the Department of Defense where he helped digitize and transform the US Army. Mick is a certified management accountant and possesses advanced degrees in business and psychology. A natural change agent, Mick is an executive innovation practitioner with his work appearing on NPR, American Banker, Harvard Business Review, Workforce Magazine, Fast Company, and has been the subject of numerous academic articles.
Miguel A. Soriano
Research Affiliate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance / IFC Digilab
Miguel Ángel Soriano is a leader in corporate finance, FinTech specialist and expert in research studies, with more than 15 years of experience in banking investment, business development, strategy and project management consultant. Currently, Miguel is Research Affiliate of the Alternative Finance Center (CCAF) for the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, leading research studies in FinTechs and financial inclusion. At the same time, Miguel is a Digital Finance Specialist for IFC, covering the Latin American region. Miguel has a Doctorate in Business - his thesis, which was funded by MasterCard, focuses on the development of an empirical model that predicts the success of the FinTechs that are driving financial inclusion. He is considered an expert in digital financial inclusion, and continues to work closely with the FinTechs, serving as a consultant in startups and evaluating different investment opportunities in startups. Miguel worked on Wall Street for 12 years, mostly in investment banking for Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.
Miguel Ángel Fañanas Martínez
Director Corporate Segment and Multinational Customers, Telefónica México
Currently Director of Corporate Customers and Multinationals in Telefonica Mexico. Proactive and results oriented professional with broad experience in all aspects of business development and change processes. Demonstrated hands-on management style in the development and implementation of strategic plans to ensure company’s targets achievement. Solid planning and organizational skills in coordinating all aspects of action plans, from inception to completion. Sees the big picture and plans appropriate strategies to achieve results. Strong team builder and facilitator, fosters an atmosphere that encourages highly talented team members to leverage on high level skills to meet demanding goals. Understands and overcomes organizational hindrances to deliver results. Effectively communicates direction and commits people to action. At EOI Business School (Madrid), he mentors MBA students to build compelling business plans for startups. As a Wayra collaborator, he helps the organization to select the best projects among thousands of participants in Wayra contests all around the world. Specialties: Passionate abot working in multinational multicultural environments. Proven experience to quickly learn the intricacies of clients’ business and identify opportunities for collaboration. Ability to develop relationships with customers and internal stakeholders at executive level. Ability to combine the strong functional expertise with excellent business & entrepreneurial acumen.
Partner, Quona Capital
Miguel Herrera is Co-Founder and Partner of Quona Capital, a venture firm focused on financial technology for inclusion in emerging markets. Miguel is responsible for the Andean Region. Before co-founding Quona, Miguel was a Principal at Accion Frontier Investments and prior to joining Frontier in 2010, Miguel worked for four years for the investment manager of AINV, an Accion-sponsored private equity fund dedicated to investing in microfinance institutions. During his tenure there Miguel sourced, executed, and managed investments in Central and South America and served on the boards of well known MFIs such as Banco Solidario (Ecuador), Mibanco (Peru), and BancoSol (Bolivia), among others. Until 2006, Miguel was a Vice President in Citigroup’s Fixed Income Capital Markets Division, where he provided currency and interest rate risk management advisory services to financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. While at Citigroup, Miguel was introduced to microfinance through his role in the restructuring and turnaround of Accion Chicago as the Board’s Chair of Operations. Miguel began his finance career with Banco Wiese’s Investment Banking Division in Peru in the early 90s. Miguel currently serves on the boards of GloboKas (Peru), Konfío (Mexico) and Tiaxa (Chile), and was previously Chairman of the Board of MFX Solutions, an industry initiative providing hedging services to microfinance institutions globally. Miguel grew up in Peru and later moved to Canada where he earned his BAH in Economics from Queen’s University and MBA from Simon Fraser University. Miguel lives in Lima with his wife and two children.
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 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.
Mirari is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the banking sector in Spain and Latin America. She has been a General Counsel for BBVA Group in LatAm for 15 years and for BBVA Foundation for Microfinances which is why she has deep knowledge of the International Financial industry as well as of the relevance of Financial Inclusion. Currently, she is focused on disruptive innovation, the Fintech sector, and particularly on Blockchain development, ICOs and DAOs. In fact she has directed the Blockchain Executive Program from Deusto Business School. Mirari started her professional in the European Commission in Brussels and worked as a lawyer for Curtis Mallet- Prevost in NY. She also has a degree in Law and a Master Degree in Law and European Studies from the College of Europe.
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.
Myriam is graduate in Electric and Electronic Systems Engineering from the Universidad Anáhau and holds an MBA from the ITAM. She began her career in Bayer Mexico and afterwards became part of American Express, where she was awarded with the “Chairman’s Award for Innovation” in 2006. Since 2014 she is Chief Operations Officer at Clip.
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.
Narciso Campos Cuevas
Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings of the Mexican Ministry of Finance (SHCP)
Narciso Campos Cuevas was appointed Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings of the Mexican Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) on January 1, 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Campos is responsible -among other matters- for the development of public policies and regulation for financial activities and financial institutions. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Campos practiced law as a local partner for White & Case in Mexico City, where he worked from 2002 to 2012. His private practice was focused on capital markets, financings, mergers & acquisitions and financial regulation. 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 degree as Master of Science in Finance in 2002.
Co-founder, Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech
Nektarios is co-founder and CEO of Rainmaking Colab, part of Rainmaking, the global cooperative of entrepreneurs, leading innovation programs across the financial services sector. He is also co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp FinTech. Working to address the relationship between corporates and startups, Nektarios works closely with industry partners and investors for the Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech programs in London, New York, Singapore, Mumbai and Mexico City. Prior to his current role, 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.
Partner, KaszeK Ventures
Nicolás Berman is one of the three Partners at Kaszek Ventures, the Latin American Venture Capital firm focused on the technology industry in the region. Before joining Kaszek Ventures, Nicolás was an active Angel Investor in several Internet related companies and VicePresident at MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), Latin America’s largest online commerce and payments platform, where he led the Marketing efforts across the company and the Advertising BU. He joined MercadoLibre in 1999 and, under his sight, MercadoLibre was selected as one of the “30 Hottest Brands in the World” by Ad-Age, while also recognized as one of the “Worlds 27 Brands of the Future” by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, among many other recognitions. Nicolás currently sits on the board of several internet companies, including PedidosYa, Pitzi, Zupcat, Restorando, Educatina and others. He also acts as Mentor for Endeavor Argentina and Uruguay, actively helping entrepreneurs. Nicolas also served as President of the "Direct and Interactive Marketing Asociation" in Argentina, is a professor at the Universidad de San Andres, and holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
Senior investment manager, XAnge Private Equity
Nicolas Debock, 36, spearheads the Paris-based private equity and venture capital firm’s investments in fintech venture and growth firms across Europe. XAnge, which has a total of €375 million of assets under management, has backed several fintech firms, including payments start-up The Currency Cloud, German online bank Fidor Bank and French crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. Before joining XAnge in 2011, Debock worked in the innovation and strategy department of French postal service Groupe La Poste, engaging with start-ups, venture capitalists and investors to gain insight into new trends that could affect the firm’s businesses. Debock was one of the founders of BarCampBank, a community that organises events on the future of banking and disruptions related to finance, and, in 2013, he organised Hack The Bank Paris, the first French fintech hackathon. Debock collects jazz vinyl records, enjoys cycling and playing rugby.
Innovation Director, Bankinter
Nicolás holds a PHD in Physics from University Complutense (Madrid), a MBA from Universidad Europea de Madrid (Laureate International Universities) and a PDD from IESE Business School. He started his career as a Technology consultant with different Consulting Firms. He has also been Head of m-Banking and m-payments for Telefonica Movistar. He currently works for Bankinter, where he has held different positions including Head of Mobility prior to his appointment as Director of Innovation. As a director of Innovation Nicolas has developed projects like www.coinc.es, a social savings web site; www.comparador.com, a financial comparison web site or Bankinter's mobile payments program.
Angel investor & Startup advisor
Nicolas has over 20 years of extensive experience in commodity markets from Grains to Oil, Gas and Metals. He started his multinational career at Andre et Cie. S.A. in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Glencore Ltd. And he worked as a head the American and Latin markets after the company IPO. From 2012 he is Partner - Board representation Hi-End Consultancy. He has participated in various start-ups as well as developing different personal businesses including active participation in different philanthropic organizations. Nicolas still maintains avid interests in various personal projects and is consulted by governmental Energy agencies, hedge funds as well as private or public commodity trading companies all around the world.
Digital Business Manager, Accenture
Nicolas is Manager for the digital area of Accenture for Hispanic South America. He has more than 15 years of experience in the creation of digital channels and platforms for a variety of utility companies in Chile. Furthermore, he has become a key reference as Subject Matter Expert for the region in subjects related to Fintech, such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT and API Management. He is pioneer in the development of digital ecosystems for the loyalty, acquisition and marketing of products and services for business, where we can highlight the creation of the most successful B2B community of the region: Comunidad Empresas de Entel. He has been columnist for over 10 years for several publications dedicated to technology, such as Betazeta Networks, one of the most important content network in Latin America. Finally, Nicolas has had the chance to carry out mentorship activities for startups for more than 8 years, something which he continous to do mainly with the incubator of Universidad Católica de Chile, IncubaUC.
VP Ventas y Mercadeo, TODO1
With over 20 years of experience in Sales, Business Strategy, Marketing and Consulting Services, brings a different perspective in different aspects of the changing technology industry. Having led both technical and commercial teams, he managed to build multiple highly successful teams where he combined the indispensable technical knowledge and the need of his clients to achieve excellent solutions. Severino has recently joined the TODO1 leadership team where he develops the Vice Presidency for Sales and Marketing. From the Leadership of the commercial team, will execute the strong strategy of regional growth that TODO1 has ahead. With extensive experience as a lecturer in both Latin America and the United States, she graduated cum laude with honors in International Management from Prestigious Florida International University, and from the Executive Leadership Program in Business Administration and Management from the University of Miami.
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.
Lead of Digital Financial Services, IFC
Nuria Aliño is the International Finance Corporation's Lead of Digital Financial Services responsible for Partnerships and Innovations at the Financial Institutions Group. She is responsible of building and cultivating partnerships with leading financial institutions and technology firms (global and regional champions). She actively works in the transformation of the financial services industry in developing countries searching investment opportunities, advisory activities, and knowledge sharing with key partners. Nuria has over 20 years banking experience. At BBVA she headed Mergers and Acquisition and she served as Managing Director at Private Equity. Prior to IFC, she served as Advisor to the General Manager of the private arm of the Inter-American Development Bank, where mainly worked with financial institutions providing thought leadership across SME banking strategy including supply chain finance, non-financial advisory services and digital finance. She was member of various committees including the Portfolio Supervision Committee, the Credit and Investment Committee, and the Finance and Treasury Committee. Member of boards of directors and member of advisory boards and investment committees at funds. Entrepreneurs mentor, lectured for fundraising, and actively participated within entrepreneurship forums. As a Spanish citizen, Nuria Aliño holds Masters Degrees in Economics and Business Administration and in Law, from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE, Madrid).
Octavio Soler Bach
Partner, Trustly España & LoanBook Capital
Octavio joined the team at Trustly in 2012 to lead its development in the Spanish market and the Southern Europe expansion. Trustly is a fast growing European provider of online payments services. Trustly recently won the CIT Golden Card prize in Spain for the most innovative in the field of payments. At the same time, Octavio is partner and adviser to LoanBook Capital, marketplace leader in Spain in crowdlending for SMEs. Octavio has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder and director general for numerous technology companies, leading diverse development and acceleration projects in the fintech, internet and technology sectors. Prior to joining Trustly, he worked as director general for technology companies including Integra Interactive and ProXchange. Octavio has solid experience in business expansion, consulting and finance gained in North American multinational Enron Corp and Coopers & Lybrand (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the UK and in Spain. He has a Business and Economic Sciences degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA in Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) from Paris. In his free time, Octavio enjoys the company of his friends and family, travel and reading.
Director Business and Product Development at WESTERN UNION INTERNATIONAL BANK GMBH
Oriol Pons is Director Business and Product Development at WESTERN UNION INTERNATIONAL BANK GMBH. Oriol is constantly travelling to look for startups that will help him reach his objectives. To that end, if you have a great idea and you run into him in the hotel lobby or at the boarding gate, don’t hesitate to present it to him! Oriol has an Economics degree and a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University Pompeu Fabra. He has previously worked for Capgemini Consulting and la Caixa. His passion is his work, for him innovation is a big dose of professionalism and rigor combined with a lot of fun and a little bit of madness.
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.
Oscar O Salgado A
Director Sistemas&TI, Grupo Mexicano de Seguros
Director of Information Technology for the Mexican Insurance Group Graduated from ITESM-CEM in Electronic Systems Engineering, with a Master's Degree in Innovation for Business Development from ITESM -CCM. Before starting his career in the insurance sector, he has been part of the CARSO group since 1998, during that period he held various positions such as: IT Consulting Services Manager and Data Center at Red Uno SA de CV Data Center Consulting Manager for Mexico and LATAM in Triara.com SA de CV, Coordinator of new technologies for ProdigyWeb services of TELMEX. After 14 years of experience, he was invited to join GMX in 2012. He also participated in important IT projects for companies such as Grupo Financiero SERFIN, Casa de Bolsa Inverlat, Concretas APASCOS, and Netra SA de CV.
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.
CEO & Founder at Collokia
Pablo es graduado en Computer Engineering en el Technion (Haifa, Israel), y trabajó en diseño de de los primeros Ruteadores de IP ya en 1987. En 1993 co-funda Alvarion, una de las primeras empresas de WiFi y Wimax del mundo, que en su momento de auge llegó a facturar 200 millones de dólares y 1300 empleados, pasando por un exitoso en NASDAQ en Marzo del 2000. En Alvarion Pablo se desempeñó como VicePresidente de Investigación y Desarrollo en los headquarters de Tel Aviv y luego como VP Latin America. Desde 2005 Pablo es Socio en Prosperitas Capital Partners, el primer fondo de Capital de Riesgo en Uruguay, con un portafolio de más de 20 empresas. En 2010 Pablo se suma a Globant, como VicePresidente de Innovación y Country Manager for Globant Uruguay. Globant es la compañía de software de mayor crecimiento en Latino America desarrollando software para líderes mundiales como Google, Linkedin, y Electronic Arts, entre otras. Pablo fue uno de los autores del standard de WiFi (IEEE P802.11), y tiene a su nombre una patente en USA (“Algoritmo para romaning rápido en redes de Salto de Frecuencia) Pablo es graduado del executive program de Singularity University, y fue miembro activo del directorio de Endeavor Uruguay, y su presidente entre 2003 to 2006.
CEO and Co-founder, Bitso
Pablo is CEO and cofounder of Bitso, the first exchange platform of digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum in mexico. Pablo studied Media Arts and Animation in Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has received a number of recognitions in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the Gold Prize of Mass Challenge, Endeavor Entrepreneur, Desaío Enlace E+E and Prize to the Startup #1 from NXTP Labs. Besides launching new technological companies, Pablo has directed and produced cinema, videogames and media content. His short films and commercials have been winners in cinema and media festivals in over 40 countries around the world. In late 2013, he left the entertainment industry to work full-time in bringing the technological benefits of Bitcoin to Mexico.
Director Of Operations, Catapulta
Aspiring business leader driven by creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. In my short life I have had the fortune of working in creative industries managing photographic production for top travel magazines, forcing me to embrace visual story telling as well as meeting operational goals. Most recently I co-founded and Digital Pixel Studio, a creative studio building engaging products for social events in Mexico. Picbox our first product is a market leading innovative social photo-booth company that has made more 1 million dollars in revenue and +1,500 executed events with brands such as Sony, L’oreal, Absolut Vodka, VOGUE and MTv. Today, I just graduated from a Design Strategy Masters in Business Administration Program. DMBA is a ground breaking program that fuses business, innovation, design thinking and sustainability practices empowering forward thinkers to design disruptive solutions that challenge the status-quo.
Managing Director, Spain Financial Centre
Pablo, graduated in Law and Economics, has been a Director at Madrid Centro Financiero since June 2009. He has also been the Secretary General of the Roundtable of European Financial Centres since that time, an initiative that brings together the financial centres of the UK, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain After some years at Ernst & Young dealing with international fiscal matters, he joined the Spanish Securities Commission (CNMV) between 1988 and 2001 as Head of International Relations. At that time, he was the Managing Director of Technology at Grupo Prisa (the largest listed media group in Spanish Language) from 2001 to 2009. He is professor for the masters course Financial Economy at ICADE and the IEB masters course on Financial Technology, as well as a panelist for various national and international forums.
Head of Digital Innovation, Liberbank
Pablo has over 20 years of international experience delivering innovation and digital transformation for financial services organizations such as Liberbank, Banco Santander and JPMorganChase. As Head of Digital Innovation at Liberbank, he is responsible for Digital Innovation, delivering a new Agile Business Organization, building an Open Banking ecosystem, running Fintech collaboration program's and implementing new digital solutions within retail banking. As Former Global Head of Open Innovation at Banco Santander, he was responsible for managing FinTech acceleration global programs. He actively contributed to the technological transformation of the Santander Group in the UK. He began his career working for JPMorganChase in London where he stayed for 9 years and ended in managerial positions in investment banking technology. Pablo holds a BSc in Computer Science by the University Pontificia of Comillas (Madrid) and a PDD in Business Administration at IE Business School.
Finance Professor, IE
Entrepreneur, investor in start-up companies and advisor to start-ups and companies, funds and private investors on strategy, alliances, business development, fund raising and blockchain applied to business. As an Associate Professor at IE, he lectures in the MBA, MIF and Executive Programmes on Venture Capital, Private Equity and Fintech, and he is also engaged with Area31, IE's entrepreneurial hub, as coach, mentor and lecturer to alumni and startups. Pablo is a GEC and The Boston Consulting Group alumni, an Insead MBA, and a CEMS MIM (Master in International Management) from HEC-Paris and ESADE.
Managing Director, Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales
Pablo ha trabajado la mayor parte de su carrera en el mundo del Capital Riesgo en la Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales. Durante los últimos años ha trabajado directamente con más de 200 startups. Pablo ha llevado a cabo más de 25 operaciones en 16 start-ups con 2 exits, alguna de ellas de las más relevantes del VC en España en los últimos años. Actualmente también es miembro del consejo de administración de Peertransfer, Job & Talent y World Sensing. También ha realizado alguna inversión personal como business angel en etapas semilla.
Paris de L’Etraz
Managing Director Venture Lab, IE Business School
Tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en Banca de Inversión y Capital Riesgo, principalmente en los Bancos UBS Bank y ABN AMRO. Desde 2005 destina gran parte de su tiempo en la captación de inversión, la creación de nuevas compañías y la compra y venta de otras a través de su grupo AmazingLab. Paris tiene registradas además 2 patentes. Una de 1999, por la que se ofrece una solución a la idea de “LOS SEIS GRADOS DE SEPARACIÓN”, y una segunda patente de 2009 por la que se traslada la gestión del cliente a plataformas virtuales online. Es una de las personas que más sabe de emprendimiento en España y dedica gran parte de su tiempo a conocer qué hace a alguien emprendedor y qué necesita para tener éxito. Es además el director del laboratorio de emprendimiento del Instituto de Empresa.
Venture Partner, Santander InnoVentures
Life and work experiences have given Pascal an unmatched vantage point, seeing things as both venture capitalist and aspiring entrepreneur. At Route 66, he puts this experience to work managing early and late stage equity investments (VC/PE). This perspective and his knowledge of banking and software services have made Pascal a true innovator in the VC arena. His current focus at R66 is on emerging and high-growth FinServ and FinTech companies in alternative payments platforms, digital banking, and insurance in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Pascal launched his career as a commercial banker for Europe’s Banque Paribas, in Paris. During the late 1980s, he moved to managing investments at Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, the world’s largest commercial bank based in Tokyo. Here, he built a diverse, $500+ million portfolio in senior, subordinated loans, and equity investments. Pascal moved to the U.S. in 1990, where he cemented his passion for operating early stage ventures and investing – typically in high-growth, post-revenue technology firms. He joined R66 as General Partner in 2012.
CEO, Collective Academy
Patricio (Pato) Bichara is CEO of Collectiva Academy, an academic institution focused on accelerating the professional career of young professionals with tools, mentors and experiences on business, technology and innovation. He previously was part of the team of Polymath Ventures in Colombia, launching companies for the Latin American middle class, as well as part of the investment team of IGNIA, Mexican Venture Capital fund. He began his professional career as consultant at Bain & Company Mexico and The Bridgespan Group. Pato graduated from the MBA at Harvard Business School as well as from Industrial and System Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Patrick is the Chief Operating Officer at Bud; One of the most exciting financial technology companies in the world. Bud provide a regulated platform that can enable banks to compete with large technology companies by readily integrating APIs, circumventing a variety of internal and external hurdles. Bud has been recognised through a variety of awards notably Innovation of the Year 2017 at the British Bank Awards and BBVA Open Talent 2017. Amongst other achievements, Patrick has been instrumental in obtaining regulatory permissions for Bud by working with the FCA in the UK via the first ever regulatory sandbox. Prior to joining Bud Patrick qualified as a Chartered Accountant and holds a BA in Geography and Chinese from The University of Nottingham.
Pat has dedicated the past two decades to working with and investing in some of the most exciting technology startups in Silicon Valley. He co-founded CrunchFund in 2011 with Michael Arrington and has held the role of managing partner since the fund’s inception. Successful companies Pat has invested in include Cruise, Digital Ocean, and x.ai, amongst more than 200 other leading early-stage startups. Prior to CrunchFund, Pat’s vast VC experience included VantagePoint Capital Partners and Morgan Stanley Venture Partners. He has invested across all segments of information technology and has been on numerous boards including Constant Contact (public), Plateau Systems (Board Observer, acquired by SuccessFactors), Immobilien Scout (acquired by Deutsche Telecom), and TouchTunes (acquired by Searchlight Capital). Patrick graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and literature.
EVP Business Development, Ripple Labs
Patrick Griffin define la estrategia de desarrollo de negocio y lidera su ejecución para Ripple Labs, los creadores del protocolo de pago Ripple. Anteriormente, Patrick fue miembro del equipo fundacional de Jumio, desarrolló la estratégía digital para Universal Music, y fue analista y trader para Alpha Equity.
Co-founder, Alta Ventures
Paul is co-founder of Alta Growth Capital and Alta Ventures, both based in Mexico. Paul's passion is supporting the growth of Latin America's vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem and has invested into more than 30 promising companies focused on Mexico and Latin America. Paul has operated on both sides of the table as a venture backed entrepreneur and now as an investor. After directly observing the patterns of startup success and failure of more than 100 startup investments over the past 15 years, he noticed some amazing patterns of entrepreneurs that had the habit of getting it right. Paul distilled these observations on how to increase the odds of getting it right in the book Nail It then Scale It. He received his BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and received an honorary Doctorate from the Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel.
Founder and Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab
Paul is the founder and Managing Director of the Accion Venture Lab, a seed investment initiative housed at Accion which invests in innovative financial inclusion startups globally. Since late 2012, Venture Lab has looked at over 1,000 companies and invested in 21 enterprises across East Africa, India, Mexico and the U.S., including investments in mobile banking, social media and internet-based financial service models, marketplace lending, small enterprise finance, and alternative and “Big Data” credit analysis. Before Accion, Paul advised CGAP, Root Capital, Shell Foundation, BRAC, and others on access-to-finance issues globally. Previously, Paul worked with SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance institution, leading business development and strategic initiatives and assisting on fundraising. Paul has also practiced corporate law with Mayer Brown and worked as an advertising account executive for Leo Burnett, and is an adjunct professor/instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Impact Business Leaders. Paul graduated from Amherst College and the Yale Law School.
Paul J. Walsh
Senior Vice President, Visa Platform Strategy & Innovation
Paul J. Walsh has been a leader in the technology space with more than 25 years with the experience across a variety of roles in some of the most respected tech brands in the industry including Visa, Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft. Paul is currently the Senior Vice President, Visa Platform Strategy & Innovation for Visa Inc., responsible for leading Visa’s transformation from a closed and proprietary model to an open and collaborative by designing and delivering an open platform initiative. In this role, he oversees the platform and innovation that provides open access to Visa technology, products and services enabling merchants, financial institutions, technology companies and startups to build unique commerce experiences. In the last year alone this platform has had tens of thousands of applications built on it. Prior to Visa, Paul served as the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dell. As Dell CIO, he was responsible managing an efficient and innovative infrastructure across 10 Global Tier III Datacenters, 35 global factories, delivering new levels of convenience for customers (internal and external). Preceding his appointment at Dell, Paul was the VP and GM of the Online Business Unit at Sears Holdings Corporation. At Amazon, Walsh helped define and deliver its e-commerce platform enabling Amazon to realize their business vision.
Senior Specialist, Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN)
Paula works as Senior Specialist at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with the purpose of improving lives. She has been devoted to the design and supervision of MIF projects in Ecuador since 2008, including capital investments, loans and technical cooperations on issues as varied as financial inclusion, entrepreneurship and innovation, productive chains and inclusive retraining. Previously to MIF, Paula worked in the Department of Investigation of the IDB and in the Institute of Economic Investigations of Córdoba’s Stock Exchange. Paula was a Fulbright scholar and obtained a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Economics, both from Georgetown University (Washington DC, USA), besides holding a Degree in Economics from National University in Córdoba, Argentina. She has also been professor at San Francisco University in Quito, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) and Universidad Blas Pascal in Argentina.
Before co-founding NEVEQ, Pavel worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Deutsche Bank in London and Sofia and managed a government agency helping multinationals establish operations in Bulgaria. As an investment banker, he focused on industrial technology clients of the bank's corporate finance group, reporting to the global group head. Pavel was later appointed to launch the Deutsche Bank's operation in Bulgaria, where he served as a chief country officer until 2007. At NEVEQ, Pavel is focused on business intelligence technologies and invests in sectors from travel to financial services. He is currently a Trustee at the American University in Bulgaria and also helped Intel launch its Global Challenge competitions across Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey. Pavel received a Summa Cum Laude finance degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He speaks five languages.
Chairman and co-founder Nexxworks
Acclaimed author, keynote speaker and serial entrepreneur Peter Hinssen is one of Europe’s thought leaders on disruptive innovation. He has moved on from a deep passion for all things technology to believing that digital is ‘merely’ a spark, an enabler and that networks are the true drivers of progress. Peter collaborates with organisations that want to understand and leverage how digital has disrupted entire industries and business models. Through disruptive, organisational and digital inspiration, he helps them to survive the fast flowing network our environment has become. And shows them how they can thrive in it. Peter is co-founder of nexxworks and Across Group as well as Chairman of Across Technology. He lectures at various business schools in Europe like the London Business School, is a Senior Industry Fellow at the ‘Center for Digital Transformation’ of the ‘The Paul Merage School of Business’ at UC Irvine and functions as a board advisor on disruptive and digital innovation.
Peter Vander Auwera
Independent Creator – Student Painting Academy of Arts Ghent
Peter is student at the Academy of Arts in Ghent. He architects situations, insights, interventions and performances that lead to higher states of alertness. From 2007 till 2017, he was the 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. Peter is Belgian, Flemish primitive, married to Mieke, and proud father of a 12-year- old daughter.
CEO & Co-founder, Kantox
Philippe has more than 6 years of experience in consulting at companies like Deloitte. He specialises in the banking industry with clients like Santader Group and in projects for investment funds like PAI Partners or Palamon Capital Partners. Philippe is French and has an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Toulouse Business School. His speaks Spanish, English and French.
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.
Rafael Olvera Treviño
Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Actualmente es Director de Programas Tecnológicos en Microsoft México, es Ingeniero en Electrónica, egresado de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM y cuenta con una Mestría en Negocios por el Insituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Tiene casi 20 años de experiencia en diferentes campos de la industria de alta tecnología y ha laborado en empresas como Microsoft, Nokia, Huawei Technologies, Unefon y Ericsson Telecomm. Ha sido speaker y jurado en diferentes eventos internacionales de tecnología en México, Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica.
Co-Founder & CEO, Indexa Capital
Ramón is co-founder and CEO of Indexa Capital, and responsible of the Audit and Account Committee. He is also co-founder of Indexa Lending and Bewa7er. He has a dual degree in Business and Law from ICADE (E3), and also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Fullbright scholarship. He began his career working in Marketing at Unilever, he then continued in Investment Bank at Banco Santander and in 1999 he funded Selftrade.es, an online broker whose parent firm became public in France. In 2002 Selftrade was sold to Boursorama Bance (which belongs to the group SG with a market capitalisation of 1,000 mill. €). At Boursorama Banque Ramón was Deputy CEO (France), President of Onvista Bank (Alemania), Vice-President of Selftrade Bank UK. In 2012 he founded etece, being CEO from 2012 to 2014. He has also invested in numerous startups (idealista, Sindelantal, etc.) and has been an international rugby player for Spain 15 times and he is teacher in the Bank and Finance Master in the law firm Garrigues. [9:26] TE CAMBIO ESE ÚLTIMO PÁRRAFO SORRY - In 2012 he founded etece, being CEO from 2012 to 2014. He has also invested in numerous startups (idealista, Sindelantal, etc.) and has been an international rugby player for Spain 15 times. Currently he is also teacher in the Bank and Finance Master in the law firm Garrigues.
Raquel Jiménez Jiménez
DG of Trade & Economic Development, Madrid Emprende
Raquel has a broad background in the economic development area and a proven track record as a consultant for entrepreneurship boost, economic development and internationalization in a multinational business environment. Her knowledge and experience have been acquired in both the private and public sector, in Spain and abroad. For the last 9 years, Raquel has been working at Madrid Emprende, one of the main players of the national entrepreneurial ecosystem, promoting and participating in innovative initiatives launch such as Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, Madrid International Lab, Madrid Soft-Landing and several acceleration and mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. Raquel has a Degree in Economics from Salamanca University with postgraduate specialization in Finance (ICADE), International Trade and Multilateral Institutions (CECO) and Business Development Management, as well as a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.
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.
Co-founder of Movizzon, driven by digital business, innovation and technology, Electronics Engineer, MBA, husband and father of 2 children, entrepreneur.
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.
Managing Director of the Americas, MWR Infosecurity
Rebecca Rathbun is the Managing Director of the Americas at MWR Infosecurity, a research led global cybersecurity company. With over a decade of experience in the technology and cybersecurity sector, Rebecca pairs her management and business development skills to focus running the overall business of MWR’s focus in the Americas. This encompasses setting and leading the implementation of the organization’s strategy and objectives and overseeing it’s operating model, while expanding coverage of the American market.
Managing Partner, Ideas & Capital
Ricardo ha sido un ángel inversionista desde 2007, brindando capital y asesoría a startups en etapa inicial. En julio de 2013, Ricardo cofundó Ideas y Capital Uno y ha sido el socio gerente desde entonces. Actualmente, participa en el Consejo de 11 compañías. Ricardo trabajó desde agosto de 1997 hasta diciembre de 2012 en Grupo Reforma, donde terminó su carrera como Subdirector en Jefe. También es accionista de Impulsora Elizondo, un importante minorista enfocado en artículos para el hogar, electrónica y muebles. La compañía es un líder regional en el norte de México. En 1987 Ricardo fundó la empresa Apolo Constructora y Servicios, enfocada en la construcción de infraestructura vial y vivienda. Tiene una Maestría en Administración de Empresas (MBA) de Harvard Business School y una Maestría en Administración Pública (MPA2) de la Escuela de Gobierno John F. Kennedy de la Universidad de Harvard. Es Licenciado en Administración de Sistemas Informáticos en el ITESM Campus Monterrey, donde se graduó con honores (Summa Cum Laude).
Head of Business Development, Prodigy Finance
Ricardo is Prodigy Finance's Head of Business Development, working between Madrid, London and New York. He was born in Madrid, but spent most of his life living abroad. After getting his MBA from INSEAD he worked in management consulting for 8 years with Accenture, BCG and KPMG. He then shifted his focus to consult for startup companies in the fintech space, and joined the Prodigy Finance team in 2014. Outside work, Ricardo likes to spend time with his family, enjoys travel, sports and adventure. B.Eng Mechanical Engineering and Material Science (Hons.) and MBA, INSEAD.
Head of Business Development and Digital Transformation at BBVA
Ricardo es Director de Estrategia Corporativa de BBVA, grupo multinacional que ofrece servicios financieros a 53 millones de clientes en más de 30 países. Desde dicha área es responsable de articular la estrategia del Grupo para la gestión de su portafolio global de geografías y negocios. Ricardo es también miembro del Comité de Inversiones de BBVA Ventures, unidad de venture capital a través de la cual BBVA invierte en startups que están desarrollando nuevos modelos de negocio en la industria financiera. Previamente ha sido Director de Estrategia y Desarrollo en el Grupo Heraldo, Subdirector de Estrategia Corporativa en Endesa y consejero en varias sociedades del ámbito digital. Ricardo es Ingeniero Industrial por la Universidad de Zaragoza (premio extraordinario fin de carrera) y Master en Gestión de la Tecnología por el MIT. Asimismo ha colaborado como investigador y docente con la Universidad de Michigan, la Universidad Técnica de Dinamarca y la Universidad San Jorge.
General Partner, e.Bricks Ventures
Ricardo has 10+ years of experience helping clients with strategy and implementation in global consulting houses, such as L.E.K. and Monitor Group. He was also a co-founder of different ventures with Rocket Internet and a consultant to early stage startups. Ricardo graduated with honors in Mechanical Engineering from ITA and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Head of BBVA Open Platform Spain, BBVA
Ricardo Segoviano is Head of BBVA Open Platform Spain, BBVA's APIs and Banking As a Service initiative to foster collaboration and partnerships with startups, corporates, and public administrations through Open Banking with projects such as BBVA API_Market & BBVA Open Platform. A national of Mexico, he is an electronic and communications Engineer with more than 17 years of experience in BBVA’s banking transaction services in Europe and Latin America. He has been BBVA’s Vice President of special projects & demand management in BBVA’s Europe Transaction Services, Head of global customer service, Head of global electronic banking, and Head of Latin America product development and customer service (cash management). Ricardo is certified SAFe program consultant and BBVA’s Spanish representative to the CGI (XML ISO20022).
Co-founder and CEO, Lenddo
Richard is the co-founder and CEO of Lenddo, world leader in social authentication and scoring technology using non-traditional data. In January 2015, after 4 years of lending, Lenddo opened, its technologies for third parties, such as banks, lending institutions, utilities companies and credit card companies worldwide to reduce risk, increase portfolio size, improve customer service and verify applicants. Before Lenddo, Richard has more than 6 years management consultancy experience with Renoir Consulting, operating across various industries and business functions in more than 8 countries. Since its inception in 2001, Richard has been known as one of the pioneers in the outsourcing industry in the Philippines, having successfully ran two outsourcing companies in the form of Summersault and Infinit-O. In addition, he is a director at the British Chamber and the European Chamber of Commerce Philippines. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from Warwick University in the United Kingdom.
Innovation Manager London Hub
Roberta is Senior Innovation Manager for the European Region - Innovation Department at Intesa Sanpaolo, within the Corporate & Investment Banking Division. She engages with the ‘innovation ecosystem’ and is passionate about new trends pertaining to the financial industry. Her focus is on hi-tech start-ups and innovation-driven changes within corporate banking. She has previously worked on several projects such as the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative in Italy and the Italian Innovation Days in the US. Roberta formerly held a position as Policy Officer at the European Commission - DG Research and, prior to that, at Banca Intesa as a Relationship Manager for US Corporates. Roberta works and lives in London. She grew up in Singapore, lived and worked in Milan and Brussels and is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Executive Director, Start-Up Chile
Engineer in Biotechnology, Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sloan Fellow & Master in Management from MIT. During the last 10 years my career focus has been turning opportunities and ideas into new technological businesses. I have been an entrepreneur, designed and managed innovation portfolios, coordinated go-to-market initiatives, raised funds and managed national and international teams and stakeholders from the private and public sector. Since 2015, she is the Executive Director from Start-Up Chile, the biggest & most diverse startup community in the world.
Partner, Foundation Capital
Rodolfo Gonzalez is a Partner at Foundation Capital who invests in innovative financial services platforms and consumer technology entrepreneurs. Rodolfo is fascinated with financial technology, disintermediation, and bringing transparency and simplicity to the consumer experience. He was 17 when he co-founded his first startup, Mexplosion, to host the Mexican qualifiers for the World Cyber Games e-gaming competition in 2001. His second and more recent entrepreneurial venture was a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises called YouVest. Rodolfo hails from Mexico, has lived and worked in over six countries and across four continents, and is an MIT Sloan and McKinsey alum.
Head of Accenture Digital SPAI for Financial Services (Partner)
Leading Accenture Digital in SPAI for Financial Services Industries covering: - Banking - Insurance - Capital Markets Integrating several areas of expertise: - Digital Agency: Service design, design thinking, creative, digital marketing and digital transformation - Analytics - Mobility - Digital Technologies
Rodrigo García de la Cruz
Industrial Engineer, Economist & IEB Professor
Industrial Engineer, Economist and Executive Master in Management of Financial Institutions by the IEB, Rodrigo García de la Cruz has over 15 years experience in financial, industrial and consulting sector. He has developed various positions in International Banking at Citibank and Barclays. He is Director of the first Master in Financial Innovation and Technology in the World and member of the Research Department in the finance area of IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles). Regular speaker and contributor in radio and tv. He is specialized in the transformation of the financial sector and its future challenges and he also has managed different researches of the competitors in the financial sector, Social Nets and Banks, and the future of the banking branches.
Heading the Bank of the Future, Santander Group
Rodrigo is Mexican, with nearly 15 years in the Retail & Commercial banking industry within Santander Group. Currently Head of the Bank of the Future reporting into the Chief Innovation Officer for Santander Group based in Madrid. Responsible for developing new lines of business in digital banking as well as for delivering the foundations for the Group´s digital strategy. Prior to that, he was heading the Multichannel Unit for Santander Spain where he was leading the transformation of the distribution model from a branch centric to a multichannel business model. Rodrigo has also chaired the Commercial Banking Corporate School, a unit focused on sharing best practices in retail banking among the geographies that compose Santander Group, thus being able to better understand the different business models, cultures and professionals in each unit. Experience in other geographies include Mexico for nearly 10 years, where he was General Manager for products, channels, crm and marketing , and prior to that working on the front line as Retail and Commercial Banking Regional Manager for Mexico City.
Investment Associate, Point Nine Capital
Rodrigo joined Point Nine Capital as an Associate after finishing his MBA at London Business School. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Index Ventures in London. During his time at Index, he focused on fin-tech and enterprise software investments. He also supported operationally its porfolio companies on product management and marketing projects. Prior to that, he was technical founder on a startup (raising 500k) and worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant. With a degree in Telecommunications engineering, he is spends his spare time between hardware and software hobby projects.
CEO and Founder, Kuspit
Rodrigo Ocejo is the Founder and CEO of Kuspit, the first 100% online broker dealer in Mexico. He is also the Managing Partner of Zagax Capital, an investment solutions firm working deeply with innovative startups. In the past, he was a Managing Director in the International Capital Markets Group at Bear Stearns. Before his time at Bear Stearns, Mr. Ocejo headed ABN AMRO’s Financial Institutions and Public Sector Group in Mexico, a position he took after working as CFO for Cintra, the holding company of Aeromexico and Mexicana, the two largest Mexican airlines. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Ocejo held positions in Mexico at both Pemex as Deputy Manager of Financial Engineering and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit as Director of External Debt, in charge of the country’s debt issuance and financial risk management in the international markets. Mr. Ocejo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Mr Castro began his professional career in 1988 as System Sales Manager L&S (IBM’s biggest PC distributor in Costa Rica), where IBM awarded him with the Diamond Prize of Sales Manager for Latin America. He the continued as Marketing Contratist for product lines RS 6000 of IBM. He joined GBM in 1994 as Sales and Product Manager of High Volume in GBM Costa Rica. Afterwards he became Regional Sales Manager for key accounts and then for Mid Market, where he organized the GBM Direct division. He was named Quality Manager for the Corporation. In 2004, Mr. Castro was appointed Service Manager Director and headed the areas of Process, Human Capital, Strategic Planning, Performance Management, Business Development, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility for over 11 years. Mr. Castro was Founder and President of the Software Products Camera in Costa Rica. He is currently CEO of Cognitive IBM Watson Strategic Partner, a business and cognitive solutions consulting firm, leader in Latin America.
CEO Digital Origin
Rolf Cederström is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Origin, a technology company delivering innovative financial services for the Spanish market. Prior to Digital Origin, he worked for over ten years in the financial sector in London at several investment banks, including Goldman Sachs & Co. There he also co-founded Ardent Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on the Internet sector. He has a MSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Lund, Sweden, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Digital Innovation Manager, Liberbank
With a 30 years experience in technology and digital products, Roman is now Liberbank’s Digital Innovation manager where he aims to implement lean, agile, scrum… work methodologies at a corporate level. He also analyzes trends and innovative market activities that may allow Liberbank to develop digital solutions in areas such as mobile, APIs, P2P Payments, Cloud, Big Data, Biometry, chatbot, robo advisor etc through collaboration with Fintech startups.
Senior Analyst, Aite Group
Ron Shevlin is a senior analyst at Aite Group. His research focuses on helping financial institutions improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their marketing efforts. Ron covers online and mobile marketing, marketing analytics, loyalty management, personal financial management, customer experience and consumer behavior. Prior to joining Aite Group, Ron was a vice president at Epsilon, where he led the database marketing firm's financial services consulting practice. Prior to his time with Epsilon, Ron was a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, heading up Forrester's research efforts on customer loyalty, profitability and consumer channel use in the financial services industry. Ron received an M.B.A. in Finance and Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Binghamton. He is also the author of Snarketing 2.0: A Humorous Look at Marketing in the Age of Social Media, published in October 2011.
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.
President, Prosper Marketplace
Part entrepreneur, executive, sales, marketing, branding, mentor and coach. Medium IQ, High EQ, High AQ (Adversity Quotient). Enjoys traveling, teaching, yoga, hanging out with friends and family. Shares observations and lessons from experience on Wall Street, fin-tech and online lending in presentations at conferences globally, at emerging companies, at universities and on white boards. History of creating and executing successful strategies, raising debt and equity for fin-tech ventures, collaborating and having fun on winning teams. President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to Prosper, Executive Vice Chairman and member of the board of directors of Credible. Advisory board member to Docusign, Juvo, Unison, Money360 and EOriginal. Married 26 years, two grown children and living in San Francisco.
Entrepreneur in Residence, BanRegio
Ruben is a geek and techie by heart. Before finishing his masters at Northwestern University, he worked at companies like Activision and TED, both pioneers in their own fields. Since graduating, he's founded a mobile payments company, is a mentor for various entrepreneurs, works in the innovation arm of a bank and is an active angel investor. He can hold a conversation about technology and mobile trends for hours, and is very passionate about fintech and technology's ability to empower people financially.
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.
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.
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, Anthemis Edge
Samantha brings an unusual mix of corporate, start up and academic experience. Co-founder of Anthemis Edge, the group’s strategic advisory, expert network, design firm and talent collective, Samantha drives the growth of the business, sits on the board of AgileCI, mentors startups, and collaborates with several universities. With over 15 years of international experience in financial services, at RBS, First Data and American Express, Samantha focuses on the emergent in finance: business models, customer needs, assets, technologies and organisational design. Originally from Turin, Italy, Samantha graduated from the London School of Economics and lives in Barcelona with her young family. She has travelled over 40 countries and her first published book ‘20,000 miles with my rucksack‘ is a good read for adventure travellers.
Co-founder, FinTech Forum DACH
Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum DACH, the first hub for fintech startups, investors and banks focused on the German-speaking / CEE region. He is the founder & MD of TechFluence, a Frankfurt-based boutique advisory firm and "do tank", and author of the 1st Study of FinTech Startups in DACH. Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup software spin-off), and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes over 14 years in sales, business development, and consulting in the financial services and IT sector, of which the last 9 years focused on Germany / Continental Europe- and on getting fluent in German! In the last six years he generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Billion TCV across more than 30 different tech offerings ranging from startups to the largest financial technology and IT services firms, and grew revenues from €12mn to €22mn within three years as HCL's Account Manager for Deutsche Bank. Samarth has degrees in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta).
Samuel Gil Pérez
VC, Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales
Samuel is a Venture Capital investor at the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation (FJME). He has 10+ years of international experience in the areas of investment management and technology. Since he joined the FJME in September of 2014, he has been actively involved in all stages of the investment cycle: sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, and managing and harvesting investments. He currently serves in the board of directors of several startups and has done several angel investments on his own account. Prior to joining the VC business, Samuel worked as energy trader at Iberdrola and as management consultant (team leader) at Accenture, having exposure to several industries (high-tech, telecommunications, financial services) and countries (Germany, UK, India, Spain). Samuel holds an MSc is Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), a MSc in Information Technology from University of Stuttgart, an Executive MBA from IESE and he is a 2015 CFA Level II Candidate.
CEO at Finxera
Sanj is the Co-founder and CEO of BancBox. Sanj has set the strategic vision and execution for BancBox. Under Sanj’s leadership, BancBox has raised over $11M from first tier Silicon Valley VCs and grown to a company that manages over $3B of annual money movement and acts as the system of record of well in excess of $100M. BancBox was the first technology company to expose the robust functionality of banks through forward facing APIs that allow for the rapid development of payment applications. BancBox’s business is to leverage its payments and escrow expertise to build industry-specific payments applications that are compliant and scalable. Currently, BancBox is the premier payments company servicing the crowdfunding, alternative lending, and credit relief industry. Sanj continues to promote the BancBox API vision and is a regular speaker at industry conference such as Money2020, NextBank Europe, and several crowdfunding events. Prior to BancBox, Sanj spent several years in the online media industry including at Nextag and Yahoo, Inc. where he led the performance marketing team that developed and operated Yahoo’s Cost-per-Lead (CPL) line of business which launched multiple products (such as Yahoo Tagline in Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Cross Sell in Yahoo Games, etc). Sanj started his career as a corporate attorney specializing in Corporate Securities, M&A, and Privacy and he has considerable experience with the privacy and legal issues related to the marketing of consumer finance products. Sanj is a licensed real estate broker in California, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Sanj graduated from Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude) and Duke University.
Associate, Kaszek Ventures
Santiago Fossatti is an Associate at Kaszek Ventures, the leading Venture Capital firm in Latin America founded by Hernan Kazah and Nicolas Szekasy from MercadoLibre. Santiago is Kaszek’s first employee, and has participated in over 40 equity rounds for a total of $600M in tech companies in Latin America including NetShoes, OpenEnglish, VivaReal, and Restorando. He helps portfolio companies’ management teams in strategy, finance, recruitment, fundraising, M&A and product. Before working at Kaszek, Santiago was an Associate at ValuePartners, a McKinsey spinoff, where he work onsite in strategic projects for 4 of Latam’s leading Telco operators in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Prior to this he worked at Bango Galicia (Argentina’s largest private bank) as Investor Relations Officer and Equity Analyst. Santiago received an Industrial Engineering (Ms. Science) degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires.
Executive Director, Endeavor Ecuador
Santiago es el Director Ejecutivo de Endeavor Ecuador, una organización sin fines de lucro enfocada en apoyar al emprendimiento de alto impacto en Ecuador. Anteriormente Santiago dirigió KrugerLabs, la primera aceleradora de Startups tecnológicas del Ecuador. También cuenta con experiencia en Venture Capital en Europa y Medio Oriente. Santiago cuenta con un Master de ESADE Business School en Finanzas y un bachelors of science in Business Administration de Boston University. A demás, Santiago es miembro de Global Shapers Quito (World Economic Forum).
SVP, Open Innovation & Ecosystem Builder at BBVA
Scarlett is a driven professional who is taking the NY startup scene by storm. She is SVP Open Innovation & Ecosystem Builder at BBVA and manages operations at Infomous, where she is helping to change the way people surf the Internet. Outside of work, she is an avid consumer of information about the NY Tech and Venture Capital scenes. She is also a big fan of philanthropic activities, especially those that support the development of young women. She, along with 500 other youth around the globe, in collaboration with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, is trying to get every child into school by the end of 2015.
Innovation and Digital Executive
A technology guru, Scott Bales is a global leader in the cutting edge arena known as “The Digital Shift & Mobility”, which encompasses innovation, culture, design, technology and mobility in a world gone digital. A thought leader through and through, Scott thrives on the intersection between cultural and behavioural changes in the face of technology innovations. Scott is a founding member of Moven, the mobile payment company which helps clients spend, save and live more intelligently. He is also a founder of Next Bank and mentors entrepreneurs around the world via Lean Startup Machine. He’s an advisor to Fastacash, Our Better World, HUB Singapore and CDI Apps 4 Good as well as part of the advisory council for Care Pakistan.
Sebastián Berger is a co-founder and project manager in Filapp, winner in Colombia of Open Talent 2017, the app that eliminates the lines in any establishment, returning the waiting time to users to perform their favorite activities. It is available in Banks, EPS, Clinics, BPOs, Sales Rooms and since 2017 it has been more than 14 years and 4 months saved. Since its launch, it has implemented this solution in more than 200 locations in all sectors, including Banco Agrario, Sura, Avantel, Ecopetrol, Allus, among others. Passionate about improving the Customer Experience with technology developed in Colombia, he has implemented process automation projects, Selfservice Kioks, POS qualification systems, time and productivity measurement, app development, hardware creation and assembly in Colombia. Sebastián is an electronic engineer from the University of Antioquia, alumni DAAD at Technische Universität Ilmenau and PMP.
Business Developer, VentureScout
Sebastian is a business designer focusing on accelerating teams in the area of Data, Internet of Things and FinTech. He facilitates Hackathons and Innovation Labs introducing a people-centred approach to develop innovative experiences that enable teams to create disruptive startups. Sebastian combines various backgrounds from engineering and business innovation to entrepreneurship and is a startup mentor at various programs.
Founder and CEO, Kreditech
Sebastian, born in 1986, co-founder and CEO, built Kreditech based on his vision of building a digital bank that replaces branches by a data based online version of it. Founded in 2012, Kreditech has become the category leader in big data scoring and online lending worldwide. Sebastian is an expert in fundraising, growth management, company building, internationalization, big data technologies and the global fintech sector. He has previously held a management position at Rocket Internet and lead the market place Gigalocal as CEO. Prior to selling his first startup, PredictX, he gained experience at Deutsche Bank and Roland Berger. Sebastian holds a degree in management and strategy by the London School of Economics.
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.
Director UX Digital Banking Mexico, Scotiabank
Passionate about technology and innovation, during the last fifteen years she has focused in the design of customer experiences through design thinking, innovation and UX methodologies, working with Scotiabank, Google and El Palacio de Hierro among others. She is the leader of the UX team for the Digital Banking Unit in Scotiabank México, where she envisions the design of omni-channel products and services. She coordinates the Strategic Design module for the Master in Internet Business and is recognized as a UX expert and certified Design Sprint facilitator by Google. Following her passion for UX she founded the first UX School in México: grid.mx, where experts help people from different backgrounds to maximize their career opportunities.
Sergio Chalbaud is a co-founder of Fintonic.com. He has 9 years of banking experience, first in Chase Mahattan Bank and then in Banesto where he was responsible for Development and Distribution of Market Products. En 2004 he founded the fintech company Ideon Financial Solutions. As well as lending services to third parties, Ideon also operated as an incubator for innovative projects in the fintech field, including Fintonic.com, Summa Servicios Financieros (Fondo Apoyo a Empresas), Tradeslide.com, Licuos.com and the deposits platform Choice. Sergio studied CCEE at Deusto University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also has the CFA and FRM qualifications.
Senior Economist at International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
Shane has 20 years of financial markets experience, spanning the public sector, academia and private industry. Before joining IOSCO in 2011, he was employed as an Economist at ASIC, Australia's securities market regulator, for 3 years. In addition to his regulatory work experience, Shane, in 2008, was Senior Economic Advisor to Senator John Watson, within the Australian Federal Parliament, affording him the opportunity to provide advice on economic issues influencing the formation of Australian Government financial and economic policy. Prior to public sector experience, he was employed at the Australian National University where he taught and tutored several subjects in financial economics and finance theory. In 2007, he was awarded a PhD (Economics) by the Australian National University Before moving into academia in 2003, Shane spent 10 years working in private industry with such firms as Swiss Bank Corporation, UBS, Citibank and ABN AMRO across numerous financial centres including London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. Shane's experience in these organisations has covered a broad range of markets including equities, foreign exchange, futures, credit products and a wide range of derivative products (both OTC and exchange traded).
Head of Financial Instruments, Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA)
Stefan is head of Financial Instruments at the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency which forms part of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment. He is managing about 1000 Millions of Euros in different funds. In the last 5 years his funds invested about 400 Millions of Euros in about 500 companies, most of them innovative start-up or early stage companies based in Andalusia. Before to that position he was economic advisor at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Enterprise. Prior to joining the Andalusian Government he was working for six years in Management Consultancy and Private Equity at Goetzpartners, Valoris and Investment Banking/Distressed Debts at Cerberus Capital Management. Stefan studied Industrial Engineering and Economics in Karsruhe (Germany) and Seville and holds an executive MBA from IIST. Over the last ten years Stefan has actively invested in several seed and start-up companies, some of them have successfully launched an IPO.
Stephen Greer is an analyst in Celent’s Banking group and is based in Madrid, Spain. His research focuses on retail banking trends, with an emphasis on digital channel technology. He joined Celent from Springboard Research, where he wrote and consulted on Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) market dynamics in the Middle East and Africa. In Stephen's time at Springboard, he wrote key reports and led projects for major global corporations, influencing strategy across the MEA region. Prior to that, he worked at a small investment firm supporting client relations and data analysis. Mr. Greer got his degree from the University of California Los Angeles. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Business Leader/Vice President, Startup Engagement and Acceleration at MasterCard Labs
Steve is responsible for MasterCard’s Startup Engagement and Acceleration activities in Europe. As part of that role, Steve manages MasterCard’s Start Path Accelerator - a new, commerce-focused accelerator, aimed at supporting innovative European startup companies. The Start Path Accelerator helps early stage startups driving innovation across commerce to successfully scale. We are structured as a natural extension of other incubators, and are focused on helping startups overcome critical operational challenges and creating the opportunity to secure a pilot with a key customer. Prior to joining MasterCard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland, where he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m and ten years in various senior software development roles in a wide variety of industry verticals. Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.
Project Director Entrepreneurship, Connect Bogotá
Directora de Emprendimiento en CONNECT Bogotá Región. Administradora de Empresas de la Pontifica Universidad Javeriana y International MBA del IE Business School con experiencia en dirección, planeación y ejecución de proyectos de emprendimiento en organizaciones sociales reconocidas en el Ecosistema de Emprendimiento nacional y regional. Cerca de 10 años apoyando emprendedores innovadores como emprendedora, intraemprendedora, docente e inversionista. Ha liderado programas de emprendimiento de alto impacto regional como la fase de Ideación, Prototipado y Validación de Apps.co, Springboard, Bogotá Piensa TIC y el Concurso Ventures. Así como programas de innovación abierta con emprendedores como Fintech Challenge, Reto Bavaria y MasTICmenoresNOdrink. Mentora y jurado de reconocidas iniciativas de emprendimiento como Apps.co, Ventures, Destapa Futuro, BiD Challenge, Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo, Intel, entre otros.
Vice President, Fintech Partnership, Innovation - Scotiabank
Thayde has more than 20 years of retail, commercial and corporate banking experience. She joined Scotiabank in 2014 as Risk Management Director in GRM, with responsibility of Peru and Consumer & Micro-Finance (CMF). She also successfully managed governance and oversight over CMF portfolios in International Banking and led the implementation of best practices across the different units. Before Scotiabank, Thayde worked in revolving and unsecured credit for Mastercard Canada. She has had progressively senior roles in the financial services industry and leading roles in banks in Latin America. She developed and executed marketing, product and channel strategies in Venezuela and the Andean Region. During the time Thayde has worked in banks, she has been involved in Diversity, Women Mentorship and Community programs by influencing and fostering inclusive culture across teams. Thayde holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance Management from Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) in Venezuela.
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.
Head of Technology - CIO, Citibanamex
Tiago joined Citibanamex in 2016 as Chief Technology Officer and in May 2017 was appointed as Head of Technology. His responsibility includes Infrastructure, Architecture & Engineering, Application Development and Maintenance and Technology Transformation across all business lines and support functions for the financial institution group. Before joining Citibanamex, he served as IBM’s Head of Digital leading financial companies through the design and implementation of their digital business strategies. Prior to that role, he served as IBM’s Latin America CIO pioneering Cognitive solution and improving client satisfaction and IT efficiency consistency across all countries. He was ranked as top CIO in the region and recognized with prestigious Innovation award with crowdfunding program deploying Mobile applications. Prior to that role, he worked as an IBM consultant focused on IT-led process reengineering, architecture and software development in Argentina, Brazil & Mexico, and led global strategic programs based in the U.S. Before joining IBM in 2000, Tiago enjoyed success as an entrepreneur in e-commerce, pioneering online platforms in Brazil for mobile devices
Assistant Vice President for Latin America, MetLife Foundation
Tracy Garcia is the Assistant Vice President and Head of MetLife Foundation for Latin America. Tracy is charged with developing and managing a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio that seeks to dramatically improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families across the region. She is also responsible for the management of Fundación MetLife, MetLife’s Mexico Foundation, to ensure its alignment with the overall mission and vision of MetLife Foundation. Prior to joining MetLife Foundation, Tracy was a Development Specialist with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) focusing on measuring the development impact associated with the IDB’s Structured and Corporate Finance private sector projects. She helped design Shared Value Programs, strategies that create value and address business problems through inclusive community business models for transportation, manufacturing, and agribusiness clients. Tracy also worked at the International Finance Corporation where she served as the liaison for the Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services Department to help measure project development results. Tracy holds a Master of Arts degree in International Business and International Environmental Policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Williams College.
Head of Global Product, Visa
Mr.TS Anil is Visa’s Head of Global Products, based out of San Francisco. TS assumed leadership of all the regional product teams across Visa in September 2016. TS first joined Visa in July 2015 as the Regional Head of Products for Visa in Asia Pacific, based out of Singapore. Prior to Visa, TS was the Global Head, Retail Products for Standard Chartered Bank. TS began his career in 1993 with Citibank in India and spent several years in sales, product management and P&L roles in the consumer lending businesses - Mortgages, Personal Loans, SME Lending and Retail Finance. In late 1999, he joined Capital One, a leading credit card issuer in the United States, where he was responsible for a number of significant businesses in their U.S. and Canadian credit card markets – across the subprime, superprime and partnerships business. He returned to Citi in Aug 2005 in the Asia Pacific Regional Office in Singapore, responsible for Product, Marketing and Portfolio strategy for the credit card business for the Asia Pacific region. He was later appointed President & CEO of Citi Cards Japan Inc., and moved to Tokyo to run the Japan cards business for Citi. Mr. Anil is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, India. He is married and has two sons. TS is a keen traveller and reader, and is passionate about music from different parts of the world.
Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa LAC
Passionate in unlocking new ways of solving real business challenges. Discusses trends, explores needs and co-creates with key industry players. Vanesa Meyer is Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships for Visa in Latin America and Caribbean. Vanesa leads Visa's efforts for developing new and innovative solutions based on people-centered designed methodologies, in collaboration with customers, partners, fintech and payment industry players. Vanesa has over 20 years of experience leading teams in the payments, technology and financial services industries having worked previously for MasterCard, Citibank and Centennial Communications. Her most recent role prior to joining Visa was as Head of Products and Solutions for high growth markets in the Andean and Caribbean regions at MasterCard Worldwide, where she was responsible for defining and managing the strategy of consumer and commercial products, digital solutions and loyalty. Vanesa holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing from the University of San Andrés in Argentina.
Vicente is Public Accountant from the ITAM and holds an MBA from IPADE, as well as a Master in Executive Coaching from IESE. In 2012 he began a new entrepreneurial project and founded kubo.financiero, a digital platform with social impact that aims to build a financial community throughout a P2P lending model. In 1994 he founded FinComún, where he remained CEO until 2010. Meanwhile he is Co-founder of ProDesarrollo (1999) and AMSOFIPO (2009). Vicente has been Board Member of several organisations: Buro de Crédito, Banco del Ahorro Nacional y Servicios Financieros (Bansefi), Fundación Juan Diego, ProDesarrollo Finanzas y Microempresa, Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (Cemefi). He is also member of several entrepreneurial networks: he was named Endeavor Entrepreneur (2004) and actively participates as mentor. He was also selected in the second generation of Wayra Entrepreneurs (2012) and entrepreneur of High Social Impact by Ashoka (2014). He participates in entrepreneurial networks such as Posible.mx, Unreasonable Mexico.
Co-Founder and CEO, Bayonet
Víctor is a Mexican FinTech Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CEO at Bayonet. Bayonet is an ecosystem of trust and protection, that enables companies to feed and consult consumers’ reputation based on their historic payments. Previously to Co-Founding Bayonet, Víctor led the sales team at Conekta. As a Director of Sales, he successfully positioned the company as one of the payment processors leaders in the mexican market, while helping them grow exponentially. Víctor was also the first man in ground to do sales in for Ooyala (acquired by Telstra in October of 2014) in Latin America. He was employee 90th at the company and has been a mentor at companies like 500 Startups, Angel Ventures México, Naranya Labs, Pitchbull, Sales for Startups and others. He graduated from Menlo College, Silicon Valley’s Business School, where he earned honorable mention as international student athlete of his generation and previous was a Sergeant First Class during High School in New Mexico Military Institute.
Managing Director, Venture Lab
Vikas Raj is Managing Director at Venture Lab, leading the group’s work on investments, in addition to managing portfolio relationships and driving the strategy and growth of Venture Lab. Prior to joining Accion, Vikas was an M&A investment banker at Evercore Partners, where he advised on multiple corporate transactions with aggregate value of over $45 billion across the technology, real estate, consumer products and industrials sectors. Previously, Vikas worked in microfinance, primarily in India, at Ujjivan and Catalyst Microfinance Investors (CMI). At Ujjivan, Vikas co-led the establishment of the firm’s first lending branches in Delhi and helped lead the firm’s Series B financing round. At CMI, Vikas was responsible for establishing and investing in the fund’s greenfield MFIs in India, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Vikas also co-led Columbia Business School’s student-run Microfinance Investment Fund. Vikas started his career at Deloitte Consulting where he was in the Corporate Strategy group. Vikas has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Endeavor Mexico
Vincent es graduado en Administración de Empresas Internacionales del doble programa entre Reims Management School (Francia) y la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) en México. También tiene un Máster en Administración de Empresas con especialización en inversión de proyectos por la UDLAP y un certificado en Liderazgo Ejecutivo por la Universidad de Stanford. Vincent es Director General de Endeavor Mexico desde Abril de 2016. En 2006 lanzó la primera oficina regional de Endeavor México y después supervisó el lanzamiento de 10 de las 13 oficinas que todavía siguen activas en la región. Durante los dos años que ocupó el puesto de COO de Endeavor, lanzó el programa Tech Track, que identifica, selecciona y apoya a los mejores emprendedores en el sector tecnológico cuyas empresas estén en las primeras etapas de desarrollo. También ha desarrollado portafolios de negocio específicos para apoyar necesidades concretas, crear una comunidad entre emprendedores, desarrollar colaboradores estratégicos y reclutar a mentores clave para cada sector de negocio. Entre 2011 y 2013, Vincent trabajó en Endeavor Global para lanzarse a Oriente Medio y mejorar las prácticas operacionales en las oficinas afiliadas de Jordania, Turquía, Egipto y Sudáfrica. Vincent da conferencias sobre emprendimiento y es co-autor de dos libros sobre el tema, así como co-fundador de la iniciativa Startup Drinks en México. Es consejero y miembro del comité inversionista de un company builder, centrado en la creación de empresas con impacto social. También es un angel investor en una compañía recientemente creada de bots tecnológicos.
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.
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.
CEO & Co- Founder, KarmaPulse
With a continuous interest in new technologies, Ximena Iñigo Rubi has become an evangelizer of digital thinking in Mexico, shaping her business experience with the creation of two successful companies. In 2007, she co-founded one of the first digital agencies in the country, leading the way in the construction of user-centered strategies. The company is still active and has an important role in the industry. In 2014, she ventured into the software development ecosystem becoming the CEO and Co-Founder of KarmaPulse, the 360º platform of social networks with real-time technology that allows users to make better informed business decisions based on social data and artificial intelligence. interact and empathize with your audience, clients or users. Its objective is to create new opportunities in Mexico for the new generation of natives and digital entrepreneurs, giving the example of what we can do together with sustainable leadership, the creation of value and attractive workplaces. With personal drive to encourage women to pursue their ambitions and achieve their goals in industries dominated by men.
Yolanda Pérez is a Director at BStartup, the recently created Director of Entrepreneurship of Banco Sabadell. She has more than 15 years’ experience in public and private initiatives in support of the creation of businesses. Much of this was in diverse roles at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency of the Barcelona City Council, where she ran programs for innovative businesses, incubators, the Parque Tecnológico Barcelona Nord, finance, internationalization and growth programs. She has a law degree, a Master in Public Policy from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra and John Hopkins University and has taken various courses on business creation and growth at ESADE and IESE. She speaks English, Spanish and French.
Founder, President and CEO at Fundación Capital and KGroup
Yves Moury is the winner of the 2014 Skoll Foundation Global Award for Social Entrepreneurship and a member of the Leadership Council of the Microcredit Summit Campaign. He is founder, president and CEO of Fundación Capital, a global organization aimed at asset-building for vulnerable populations, and a pioneer in inclusive finance, economic citizenship, and scalable, cost-effective solutions for the bottom of the pyramid that is poised to reach 25 million poor families across three continents by 2020. Yves Moury is trained as an Economist and Management Engineer from the Louvain School of Management in Belgium, is the CEO of KGroup, a holding company taking shares in disruptive social enterprises, and has long also been director of a regulated rural bank in Peru that serves low-income clients