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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Director, Financial Regulation Unit
Demetrio leads Banregio BanregioLABS, an experimental laboratory, part of Banregio that aims at identifying and capitalizing new growth opportunities. Demetrio is an active mentor of the Mexican Fintech community and has developed strong relations with startups trying to work in the financial system in Mexico. Demetrio was part of the founding team of Banregio in 1994 and since then he has had the priviledge of working in diverse areas of the bank including IT, commercial, new channels, product design, and now Innovation. He is a regular speaker at Fintech and innovation conferences in different countries. He also holds a Master’s degree by the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE)
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.
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.
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.
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).
MIT Visiting Lecturer
Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Fellow of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy and of MIT Connection Science. 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 company wide initiatives including the Internet, Supercomputing and Linux. He’s been a Strategic Adviser on Digital Strategy and Innovation at Citigroup, at HBO, and at MasterCard, and Adjunct Professor at the Imperial College Business School. 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. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger received an M.S. and a Ph. D. in physics from the University of Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Partner, Santander InnoVentures
Managing Partner and Head of Investments at Santander InnoVentures, the corporate venture capital fund of Santander. Manuel holds Board or Board observer seats at Elliptic, Ripple, Tradeshift, Curve, ePesos, Autofi, Creditas and Bonify among others. Before Santander InnoVentures, Manuel was a founding member of BBVA Ventures (now Propel Venture Partners).
Mary Luz Escobar
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, INNpulsa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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