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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Project Leader - Financial Institutions Group, Andean Countries, IFC
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.
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.
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.
Guillermo González Vargas
Director Solutions Development, BBVA Colombia
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 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founder & Managing Partner, Polymath Ventures
Wenyi Cai is the Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, an emerging-market-focused company builder with offices in Bogota, Mexico City, and Shanghai. Polymath has built 7 companies in a range of industries, including mobility and financial services, and raised over $20M USD in early-stage funding. Polymath is a strategic partner of Mesoamerica, a leader in private equity in Latin America, with a dedicated $40M USD fund to invest in Polymath's portfolio. Prior to founding Polymath, Wenyi was the COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Earlier in her career, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and a qualitative trader in the hedge fund industry. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.
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