Adalberto is the founder of Kueski, the leading online lending platform in Mexico and Latin-America. Through Kueski, Adalberto has raised funds of leading investors form the USA and México, including Tuesday Capital, Victory Park Capital, Rise Capital, AVM and Variv Capital. Adalberto was named Businessman of the year in Mexico in 2016 by Endeavor. He was also awarded the top prize at the Intel Entrepreneurship Challenge in Mexico (2009) the top prize in the E100 Mexico West Entrepreneurship Recognition (2012) amongst others.
Founder & CEO, Clip
Adolfo is the founder & CEO of Clip, a mobile payments company focusing on the Spanish-speaking world. The company is based in Menlo Park, California, Salt Lake City, Utah and Mexico City. Before Clip, Adolfo was responsible for Customer Engagement and New Product Development for PayPal Latin America. Before moving into the Engagement team Adolfo led the team that opened PayPal in Mexico. Right before PayPal, Adolfo studied an MBA at MIT where he specialized in Entrepreneurship & Economics of Information. Prior to MIT, Adolfo was part of the founding team at The Carlyle Group Mexico where he worked as an analyst. Before joining Carlyle, Adolfo worked as an advisor for the Executive Vice President of Grupo Desc, one of Mexico’s largest industrial conglomerates.
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”.
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.
Álvaro Rodriguez Arregui
Co-founder and Managing Partner, IGNIA
Alvaro is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of IGNIA, which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Compartamos Banco (Gentera), America’s largest microfinance institution, and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of ACCION International, a U.S. based global non-for-profit pioneer of microfinance. Alvaro also participates in the following: Advisory Board Member of Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Harvard Business School Latin America Advisory Board; the Social Progress Imperative (cofounder and Board Member); ITAM Epic Entrepreneurship Center (Advisory Board); Oxford University Saïd Business School Global Council; Duke University CASE Initiative on Impact Investing (CASE i3 – Advisory Board); and as a mentor of Endeavor Global. Alvaro formerly served as Chief Financial Officer of Vitro; Chief Executive Officer of Farmacias Benavides and Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Elektra. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (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.
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).
Partner, QED Investors
Bill is a partner at QED Investors, a leading boutique FinTech Venture Capital firm. (www.qedinvestors.com) Bill leads our International investments, focusing on Latin America and the UK. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
He leads investments in the FinTech, PropTech, and E-commerce segments. He spent four years as a Strategic Consultant at Roland Berger and worked with leading companies in the financial services and energy sector. Marcelo graduated from ITA with a BS in Computer Engineering, and completed an extension in Corporate Finance at the University of Berkeley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Founder, kubo financiero
Vicente is a public accountant for ITAM, has an MBA for IPADE and has a Master's Degree in Executive Coaching from IESE. In 1994, after founding FinComún, he was selected as Endeavor Entrepreneur. He remained as CEO of FinComún until 2010, during this time he found two other companies: ProDesarrollo in 1999 and AMSOFIPO in 2009. After all the knowledge and experience obtained directing these companies, Vicente decided to found his next major idea: kubo.financiero, in 2012. kubo financiero is a multi-product digital bank that helps create and strengthen the emerging middle class through innovative financial services, agile and above all, accessible.
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