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.
Product Leader, IBM Watson Commerce
Currently Mr. Jimenez is the Order Management and Payments Leader for IBM Watson Commerce. In that role, he is responsible for IBM’s global product strategy and execution for the two segments. Over the years, Mr. Jimenez articles and quotes have been published in major publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, TechCrunch, Re/Code, Reuters, Yahoo Finance, CIO Magazine, USA Today, Finextra, Business Insider and PYMNTS.com. In 2016, he was selected by FinTech News Magazine as one the “20 Biggest names in the Payments industry” Mr. Jimenez is a frequent speaker at large international conferences including Money2020 in the US and Europe, Mobile World Congress, Sibos, Cartes, ETA’s Transact15, and Payments Innovation World in Sydney, just to mention a few. Prior to IBM, Mr. Jimenez was Director of Global Mobile Solution at Citigroup; he began his career at Wells Fargo Securities doing Equity research. Mr. Jimenez is a graduate from Harvard University and Emory University. Mr Jimenez lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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.
Managing Director, ideas42
Alissa is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth. Alissa serves on two World Economic Forum committees: the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science and the Human-Centric Health Steering Committee. She is also an affiliate for the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia, which creates and rigorously evaluates solutions to some of our society’s biggest challenges and then scales evidence-based strategies. Outside of work, she mentors a teen in the residential program at Good Shepherd Services, an organization that helps more than 30,000 youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. Alissa graduated with honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
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).
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.
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.
Bernardo González Rosas
President, Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV)
Bernardo González is appointed President of the CNBV as of February 2018. He has held the positions of Titualr of the Banking, Securities and Savings Unit and of the Development Banking Unit within the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. In the CNBV previously, he served as Vice President of Regulatory Policy supervising the departments of regulatory development, economic studies, international affairs and financial inclusion. During this period, he was responsible for the implementation of the 2014 Financial Reform and the process of updating and evaluating the Mexican provisions for the adoption of Basel III. Leader for the development of the National Policy of Financial Inclusion. Member of the Basel Committee, Executive Secretary of the National Council for Financial Inclusion and Chairman of the Standards Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion. Bernardo González has worked for more than 10 years in development banks, and in the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB). He has been a consultant to international organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom and the World Bank. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and an Executive Program on the World Financial System at Harvard. He has been a professor at ITAM and at the Ibero-American University of Public Finance.
Partner, QED Investors
Bill is a partner at QED Investors, a leading boutique FinTech Venture Capital firm. (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.
Head of Marketing and Alliances, VeriTran
Christian Castello is Director of Alliances & Marketing at Veritran, a pioneer in omnibus digital banking and payment platform solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in Sales, Sales Consultancy, Technology Consultancy and Marketing, Applications and Software as a Service in multinational technology companies in Latin America in multi-cultural environments such as Oracle and SAP. Christian is an Information Systems Engineer from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional Buenos Aires. He also completed an Executive Program in Digital Marketing and a Postgraduate Degree in Marketing, both at the Universidad Católica Argentina.
Program Director, Startupbootcamp Scale FinTech Mexico City
Christine is Finnovista’s program director for Startupbootcamp Scale, working with growth-stage FinTech start-ups looking to expand into Mexico. Driven by a continual desire to learn, evolve and build things, she moved to Mexico in 2015 convinced that Latin America and emerging markets are the breeding grounds for authentic, impactful innovation that comes out of organic need and great ambitions. Christine has worked on a variety of projects related to transformation, growth and strategy execution over 15 years and across three continents within various oneworld airlines, a Swiss bank, Big 4 consulting firm and early-stage HR Tech and Consumer Tech companies. She has been recognized for her commercial expertise as well as talent for preparing gluten-free desserts and Thanksgiving turkeys. Christine has a B.S. in International Business from Pepperdine University, an MBA from IE Business School and is currently working on her yoga handstand and Python skills.
Partner, IGNIA Venture Capital Fund
Christine has a demonstrated record accelerating innovative enterprises and supporting courageous entrepreneurs that have a profound impact in Latin America. As a Partner at IGNIA, Mexico's largest venture capital firm, Christine invests in companies that are reinventing the way to do business with the emerging middle class in Latin America in high impact sectors such as financial services, employment, e-commerce and marketplaces. Previously Christine led the marketing and sales operations of EF Education First, the world´s largest private international education company, where she was a key figure in managing the company´s turnaround in Mexico. She also worked with Google on international growth strategies in California and France, The Guggenheim Foundation in Mexico, and The Parthenon Group in Boston. Christine was recognized as one of the top female investors in Latin American by the Latin American Venture Capital Association and as one of the 30 people to most impact Mexico's development by Expansion magazine in 2016. As a passionate advocate for developing high-potential professional women and networks, Christine co-founded Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital in Mexico, and MBA Mujeres de México. Christine graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics and International Relations and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
After studying Systems Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Cristina has always gravitated to problem solving in areas of high impact throughout her career. After working in Asia, Africa, and Europe in a range of fields from investment banking, economic development in the non-profit sector to coding software for some of the fastest-growing technology companies, Cristina settled on tackling payments in Latin America where together with her two partners she founded an online payments platform called Conekta.io. In her current role at Conekta, Cristina manages the company's growth, helping thousands of merchants transact online in markets such as Mexico where ecommerce has tremendous potential despite many challenges such the large unbanked sector and the emergence of new payment technologies.
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.
Dr. José Antonio González Anaya
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Government of Mexico
José Antonio González Anaya is the Minister of Finance. Until recently he was CEO of PEMEX (Mexico’s National Oil Company) and General Director at the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). Previously at the Ministry of Finance in Mexico he was: Undersecretary of Revenue; Chief of Staff of the Minister; Head of the Unit of Coordination with States; Head of the Unit of Pensions, Insurance and Securities; and Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary. He was a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at Standford University; Senior Economist for Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru at the World Bank. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a B.A. degree in Economics as well as a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.
Executive Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico
Enrique Zorrilla was appointed Executive Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico in November 2017. He was, most recently, Senior Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico and Vice-President of the Asociación de Bancos de México (ABM). This promotion is a reflection of Scotiabank’s commitment to building the Bank’s business in Latin America, and the Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia in particular. Under Enrique’s leadership, Scotiabank Mexico is performing successfully in all business lines, growing the market share, undertaking the core platform modernization and launching the Mexico Digital Factory while making significant strides in improving the structural cost base. Enrique joined Scotiabank in June 2013 as Director General of Commercial Banking, IT and Shared Services, and in October 2014 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Country Head, Scotiabank Mexico. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Enrique worked for Banco Nacional de México, S.A. (Banamex) for 31 years, most recently as a Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee for Grupo Financiero Banamex. He was also a member of the Citigroup Senior Leadership Committee, member of the Board of Directors of Seguros Banamex, Afore Banamex and Crédito Familiar and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Buró de Crédito and Soriban Servicios Financieros. Prior to joining Banco Nacional de México (Banamex) in July 1982, Enrique was a Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Enrique received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad Iberoamericana and was honoured with the Presidential Award “The Best Students of Mexico”. He was also acknowledged in the Professional Excellence Category with the “Dr. Agustin Reyes Ponce” Award in 2011. Enrique also has a Certified Public Accounting Degree from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and the MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg School) in Chicago.
Felipe Gomez Rigalt
General Director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation, GNP Insurance
Currently General Director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation at GNP Seguros. Felipe is an expert in Customer Experience, Big Data, Analytics and Omnichannel in both Infrastructure and Information Technology for Data, Analytics, CRM and Digital Marketing. Renowned for translating data into actionable strategies that elevate business performance, market share and customer profitability. Innovative leader with more than 20 years of experience with demonstrable results and often above the target in complex environments. Able to establish the strategic vision and lead its execution. Published in renowned journals such as Forbes and international scientific journals, guest lecturer at several international forums.
IC Banking Product Manager, Infocorp
Executive with more than 15 years providing innovative solutions and services to financial institutions in LATAM. Passionate about technology and its application for the creation of innovative business solutions, providing exceptional user experiences. Currently responsible for leading the strategy, design and development of innovative software products for the financial sector, which enable Infocorp to fulfill its mission: ""Helping People Love Their Bank"
Partner, Victory Park Capital Advisors
Gordon Watson joined VPC in 2014 and is a Partner in New York. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing direct private debt and equity investments in the specialty finance sector. Mr. Watson also actively works on making investments in public debt securities in middle market companies where VPC can seek to actively influence market companies. Mr. Watson is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and currently serves on the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, Borro Ltd. Previously, Mr. Watson was a portfolio manager focused on distressed debt at GLG Partners, a London based 31 billion multi-strategy hedge fund that concentrates on a diverse range of alternative investments. He joined GLG when it purchased Ore Hill Partners, a credit focused hedge fund where Mr. Watson was a partner. Mr. Watson received a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Director, BBVA Bancomer CoE Agile
Graduated Systems Engineer from the Universidad Metropolitana, with a Master's degree in Administration mention Business Management. He has been professor of different chairs at the Andrés Bello Catholic University and Metropolitan University Caracas-Venezuela. With more than 20 years of experience involved in projects in different countries such as: Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, US, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico. It has the following certifications: • SAFe Program Consultant • Kanban Management Professional • Certified Scrum Professional CSP, from ScrumAlliance • Management 3.0 • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) from PMI • Project Manager Professional (PMP), from PMI CEO of the company Agitrend, specialized in creative business consulting, participating in business transformations, helping to have more companies humanized and with better results. Creator of the first diploma in agility in Venezuela, promoter of several communities agiles in latam. Active in social networks, creator of the blog: Technology Capsules, where he writes reviews of his experience in topics such as: Digital transformation, Agility, Management of Projects, Product management, among others. He currently serves as Head of the Agile Center of Excellence of BBVA Mexico.
Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps
Group Head, International Banking & Digital Transformation, Scotiabank
Nacho was appointed as Strategic Advisor to the President and CEO, for Global Digital Banking, in January 2016. He was subsequently appointed Group Head, International Banking and Digital Transformation, in February 2016. As a Group Head with executive responsibility for International Banking, Nacho oversees all of the International Bank’s personal, small business and commercial banking operations globally outside of Canada. Nacho also has executive responsibility for leading the digital transformation of Scotiabank, reimagining and simplifying the customer experience. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Nacho was a member of the Global Executive Committee of a leading European-based global bank, where he was Chairman and CEO of Mexico’s largest bank, Head of South America, and Global Head of Retail Banking. Nacho is a graduate of Instituto Politécnico Nacional in Mexico City and has a Master of Engineering Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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.
Founder and CEO, Crabi
Javier is the founder and CEO of Crabi, the first car Insurtech licensed by CNSF (National Insurance and Finance Commission) in Mexico. Founder also of 5 companies of which he has sold 3. His most relevant sale has been a software and hardware company in video slots machines with operations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America; In this company he created a unique business model based on share-revenue which allowed its sale to Winsystems Barcelona, an operation funded by Metric Capital (a capital fund in the United Kingdom), which represented a 10X return to its investors . He has applied Design Thinking models for the creation of business models. Angel has been an investor with a portfolio of 10 investments in Silicon Valley and Mexico through the SandHill Angels investment group based in Palo Alto (CA). Concerned about Education in Mexico is a member of Enlace de Occidente, a non-profit civil association that is focused on improving the education of teachers in public schools in Jalisco, Enlace has more than 20,000 graduates of its programs.
Jesús Hernández Camacho
CEO & Founder, WeeCompany
Ingeniero en inteligencia de mercados, basado en aptitudes ha buscado constantemente generar un cambio dentro de la sociedad. Al haber detectado altos indicadores de deficiencia en la operación y gestión de las pólizas de seguros médicos decide generar soluciones que permitieran aumentar la rentabilidad de las compañías de seguros con costos más bajos y a su vez, estas ofrezcan al mercado productos más accesibles para la población pero con la misma calidad en servicios. En el 2016 junto a su colega Daniel Corona Gallegos crean los primeros sistemas de integración digital bajo el modelo InsurTech a lo que ahora llaman WeeCompany, convirtiéndose en pioneros de lo ahora conocido como InsurTech en salud.
Jorge Gutiérrez es Ingeniero Industrial del ITESM. Becario Fulbright con un MBA en Emprendimiento e Innovación por Babson College. Jorge ha descubierto y aplicado su pasión por el emprendimiento en grandes corporativos, en la educación, en proyectos personales y en los individuos y organizaciones involucrados en el ecosistema. Empresas como American Express, PepsiCo, Cinepolis y actualmente Fiinlab piwered by Gentera, le han permitido acelerar y aplicar el conocimiento para innovar usando fortalezas internas e inteligencia colectiva. Apasionado por adquirir y compartir el conocimiento, es profesor y coach de innovación y emprendimiento. Ha trabajado con instituciones educativas como la UDEM, Universidad Vasco de Quiroga y con Babson College en el Babson Entrepreneurial Leading Academy. En los últimos años, Jorge se ha dedicado a vivir y explorar la innovación y el emprendimiento desde diferentes perspectivas. Entre inmersiones académicas y prácticas, ha fortalecido su pasión por el emprendimiento como herramienta de cambio y superación social y personal. Participa en el programa BELA en Tanzania, usando el emprendimiento como herramienta para generar confianza en niños y jóvenes en pobreza extrema. Fue parte de la 1er Generación de MBAs Across America, programa piloto impulsado por Harvard para revitalizar América, un emprendedor a la vez. Participó en el Entrepreneurship Development Program del MIT, entre otros.
Chief Innovation Officer, Citibanamex
Juan Guerra is Director of Innovation at Citibanamex and has 10 years of experience in financial services, both in banking, insurance, microfinance and FinTech. Juan and his team promote the best solutions to meet the needs of the client. Work closely with other business areas, control functions and technology equipment; as well as with partners external to the bank. Juan studied Business Administration at Viadrina University Europe, in Frankfurt (O) and an MBA at Cranfield School of Management. Juan started his career at Banamex in 2007 working in the SME team at Banamex. In 2010 he joined Velifin as an analyst and later he received an MBA in Cranfield. In 2011 he joined the Momentum Program of the insurance company Prudential plc and in 2012 he founded StudentFunder, a FinTech offering peer-to-peer credit for master's degrees and professional courses in the United Kingdom. In July 2016, he founded Waterfront Ventures, a financial services innovation consultancy whose main client was Santander UK. In 2017 he joined Citibanamex as Chief Innovation Officer. Juan, 33 years old, was born in Mexico City and grew up in Monterrey. He likes to play guitar, travel and support entrepreneurs, especially if they have social objectives.
Senior Analyst, Celent
Juan Mazzini is a Senior Analyst at Celent, a research and consulting company devoted to provide support to Financial Institutions to formulate business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports that identify trends and best practices in Financial Services and implements consulting projects for Financial Institutions that wish to re-think the use of technology in their businesses. Within research and consulting, Juan covers Fintech, Insurtech, Innovation, Emerging Technologies and Digital Transformation of Businesses and Systems. He has more than 25 years of experience in banking and insurance, and he holds a BA in Business Management from Universidad Católica Argentina.
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.
Editor & founder, iupana
Katie Llanos-Small is editor and founder of iupana, the only media publication dedicated to technology in financial services in Latin America and the Caribbean. iupana provides exclusive, market-leading information on banks’ digital transformations and financial technology developments in Latin America. Executives from banks, startups, tech companies and investment firms read iupana to understand the evolving opportunities, risks and trends in Latin American financial technology. Before launching the publication, Katie spent a decade covering banking and finance in emerging markets globally, including as bank finance editor at Global Capital and editor in chief of LatinFinance. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed corporate, financial and political leaders from all over the world, including two sitting Presidents
Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors
Kusi is an Associate Partner in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Kusi has 12+ years of project management, investment and strategy experience working with a range of public, private, and non-profit clients. He also co-leads the Investing for Development practice area and often works on projects at the intersection of impact investing, financial inclusion and technology in frontier and emerging markets. Prior to joining Dalberg, Kusi was Vice President of Investment Research at Global Partnerships where he oversaw the investment strategy and portfolio including analysis of investment opportunities across Central/South America, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. Kusi also has experience working as a management consultant, spending three years at Bain & Company based out of its Sao Paulo, Brazil office as well as working as an Investment Officer for six years with the International Finance Corporation where he spent three years based out of the Bogota, Colombia office and as an agribusiness consultant with TechnoServe Inc. in East Africa. Kusi holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD Business School in Singapore, a Master of Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Manuel Rivero Zambrano serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Regional de Monterrey, the main subsidiary of Banregio Grupo Financiero, S.A.B. de C.V. He has been a Director of the Company's Board since June 2011, and has served as Chief Operations Officer and as Chief Financial Officer in Banregio. He has played a key role in the definition and execution of the Financial Group's strategic plan, including the development and acquisition of new lines of business. Manuel Rivero Zambrano holds over 14 years of experience in the financial sector and has served in various management positions within Banregio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Administration from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
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.
Managing Partner North America, Wolox
Prior to her time at Mercadolibre Marina held the position of emerging markets apparel merchandising manager for Nike participating in the World Cup project, both positions based in the United States. Also in Argentina, she obtained the position of corporate marketing manager in Puratos after serving as regional brand manager for Unilever in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. As General Manager of Mercadolibre, Marina was in charge of three very different markets. In Argentina, her job was to accelerate, sustain and make the offer more premium, move forward with official stores and connect with major brands. In Chile, she had the mission to accelerate the implementation process, leading a team of 120 people. Marina, a 35-year-old economist, studied at the Di Tella University, the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) and obtained her master's degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 she decided to bet on a delayed vocation to help impact entrepreneurs in Latin America, founding DeltaX, an accelerator of impact startups, in collaboration with Singularity University. In addition, she is Chief Strategy Officer of Wolox, a digital disruption company, dedicated to provide technological development teams for enterprises. Wolox is the "technological leg" of each undertaking, it understands the vision of each client, understands and aligns with the business objectives. Each team is composed of experts in the areas of web development, mobile development, UX design, QA, and a leader who is responsible for the production and business.
CEO and Co-Founder, Branch International
Matt es el CEO de Branch International, un proveedor líder de servicios financieros impulsado por el aprendizaje automático en mercados emergentes. Hoy, Branch es la aplicación financiera más popular de África y se está expandiendo a América Latina y Asia. Antes de lanzar Branch, Matt fundó Kina.org, una organización sin fines de lucro líder en microfinanzas, donde se desempeñó como CEO durante casi una década. Bajo su liderazgo, Kiva estableció alianzas en 80 países y prestó más de $ 700 millones a empresarios de bajos ingresos. Matt ha sido honrado con el Premio de Innovación "No Boundaries" de The Economist y fue nombrado uno de los "40 principales menores de 40 años" de la revista FORTUNE.
Senior Investment Officer, Accion Venture Lab
Matthieu Albrieux is a Senior Investment Officer with Accion Venture Lab, Accion’s seed-stage impact investment initiative in fintech for the underserved, where he leads the team’s deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America. Before joining Venture Lab, Matthieu was an associate in charge of fintech and energy investments at Antoni & Lelo de Larrea Venture Partners (ALLVP), a leading Mexican early-stage venture capital fund. Prior to ALLVP, Matthieu worked at Société Générale CIB in Mexico focusing on media, telco, and infrastructure sectors. He previously held operational and marketing responsibilities in industrial groups ArcelorMittal and Air Liquide. Matthieu has a B.A. in management and economics with a major in marketing and strategy from Paris-Dauphine University, and a master’s degree in international business and economics from Paris-Dauphine University and La Sorbonne University.
Troublemaker | Board Member and Thought Leader, Financial Services Innovation
Mick is an independent consultant and thought leader on innovation in financial services. He is currently Chairman of the Board for the Learning Company (Alamo Colleges) and also sits on the innovation board for the University of Notre Dame. Previously, Mick served as the senior innovation executive for USAA, where he built and led the innovation program to world class status. During his tenure, USAA received numerous awards and accolades including InfoWeek 500's most innovative, Businessweek's #1 customer service, and people’s choice awards. Before that, Mick served as an innovator in multiple positions within the Department of Defense where he helped digitize and transform the US Army. Mick is a certified management accountant and possesses advanced degrees in business and psychology. A natural change agent, Mick is an executive innovation practitioner with his work appearing on NPR, American Banker, Harvard Business Review, Workforce Magazine, Fast Company, and has been the subject of numerous academic articles.
Miguel A. Soriano
Research Affiliate, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance / IFC Digilab
Miguel Ángel Soriano is a leader in corporate finance, FinTech specialist and expert in research studies, with more than 15 years of experience in banking investment, business development, strategy and project management consultant. Currently, Miguel is Research Affiliate of the Alternative Finance Center (CCAF) for the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, leading research studies in FinTechs and financial inclusion. At the same time, Miguel is a Digital Finance Specialist for IFC, covering the Latin American region. Miguel has a Doctorate in Business - his thesis, which was funded by MasterCard, focuses on the development of an empirical model that predicts the success of the FinTechs that are driving financial inclusion. He is considered an expert in digital financial inclusion, and continues to work closely with the FinTechs, serving as a consultant in startups and evaluating different investment opportunities in startups. Miguel worked on Wall Street for 12 years, mostly in investment banking for Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank.
Director, Krealo (Credicorp)
Miguel Herrera is Director, Krealo (Credicorp). Before he was 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.
Co-founder, Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech
Nektarios is co-founder and CEO of Rainmaking Colab, part of Rainmaking, the global cooperative of entrepreneurs, leading innovation programs across the financial services sector. He is also co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp FinTech. Working to address the relationship between corporates and startups, Nektarios works closely with industry partners and investors for the Rainmaking Colab and Startupbootcamp FinTech programs in London, New York, Singapore, Mumbai and Mexico City. Prior to his current role, he led SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge, facilitating interaction between startups and financial institutions. Driven by entrepreneurship, collaboration and the desire to change the industry, Nektarios is a global nomad, travel geek, and sneaker freaker.
VP Ventas y Mercadeo, TODO1
With over 20 years of experience in Sales, Business Strategy, Marketing and Consulting Services, brings a different perspective in different aspects of the changing technology industry. Having led both technical and commercial teams, he managed to build multiple highly successful teams where he combined the indispensable technical knowledge and the need of his clients to achieve excellent solutions. Severino has recently joined the TODO1 leadership team where he develops the Vice Presidency for Sales and Marketing. From the Leadership of the commercial team, will execute the strong strategy of regional growth that TODO1 has ahead. With extensive experience as a lecturer in both Latin America and the United States, she graduated cum laude with honors in International Management from Prestigious Florida International University, and from the Executive Leadership Program in Business Administration and Management from the University of Miami.
Oscar O Salgado A
Director Sistemas&TI, Grupo Mexicano de Seguros
Director of Information Technology for the Mexican Insurance Group Graduated from ITESM-CEM in Electronic Systems Engineering, with a Master's Degree in Innovation for Business Development from ITESM -CCM. Before starting his career in the insurance sector, he has been part of the CARSO group since 1998, during that period he held various positions such as: IT Consulting Services Manager and Data Center at Red Uno SA de CV Data Center Consulting Manager for Mexico and LATAM in Triara.com SA de CV, Coordinator of new technologies for ProdigyWeb services of TELMEX. After 14 years of experience, he was invited to join GMX in 2012. He also participated in important IT projects for companies such as Grupo Financiero SERFIN, Casa de Bolsa Inverlat, Concretas APASCOS, and Netra SA de CV.
Paul J. Walsh
Senior Vice President, Visa Platform Strategy & Innovation
Paul J. Walsh has been a leader in the technology space with more than 25 years with the experience across a variety of roles in some of the most respected tech brands in the industry including Visa, Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft. Paul is currently the Senior Vice President, Visa Platform Strategy & Innovation for Visa Inc., responsible for leading Visa’s transformation from a closed and proprietary model to an open and collaborative by designing and delivering an open platform initiative. In this role, he oversees the platform and innovation that provides open access to Visa technology, products and services enabling merchants, financial institutions, technology companies and startups to build unique commerce experiences. In the last year alone this platform has had tens of thousands of applications built on it. Prior to Visa, Paul served as the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dell. As Dell CIO, he was responsible managing an efficient and innovative infrastructure across 10 Global Tier III Datacenters, 35 global factories, delivering new levels of convenience for customers (internal and external). Preceding his appointment at Dell, Paul was the VP and GM of the Online Business Unit at Sears Holdings Corporation. At Amazon, Walsh helped define and deliver its e-commerce platform enabling Amazon to realize their business vision.
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.
Managing Director of the Americas, MWR Infosecurity
Rebecca Rathbun is the Managing Director of the Americas at MWR Infosecurity, a research led global cybersecurity company. With over a decade of experience in the technology and cybersecurity sector, Rebecca pairs her management and business development skills to focus running the overall business of MWR’s focus in the Americas. This encompasses setting and leading the implementation of the organization’s strategy and objectives and overseeing it’s operating model, while expanding coverage of the American market.
Partner, Foundation Capital
Rodolfo Gonzalez is a Partner at Foundation Capital who invests in innovative financial services platforms and consumer technology entrepreneurs. Rodolfo is fascinated with financial technology, disintermediation, and bringing transparency and simplicity to the consumer experience. He was 17 when he co-founded his first startup, Mexplosion, to host the Mexican qualifiers for the World Cyber Games e-gaming competition in 2001. His second and more recent entrepreneurial venture was a crowdfunding platform for social enterprises called YouVest. Rodolfo hails from Mexico, has lived and worked in over six countries and across four continents, and is an MIT Sloan and McKinsey alum.
Senior Vice President, Products for Latin America, Visa Inc. LAC
Ruben Salazar is the Senior Vice President of Products for Visa Latin America and the Caribbean region. In this role he is responsible for product development in the region and heading the products team with the objective of supporting banks, technology partners and consumers in the region. He also leads the development of new business and implementation of digital products for Visa Latin America. Prior to this, he was the Head of Product Design & Development at Visa in Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he drove Visa’s entire portfolio of core and emerging payment solutions; leading design, development and go-to- market strategies across the region. He set the direction for product design and development priorities in the region to ensure Visa continues to be the leading payments network. Ruben was also responsible for the integration of new digital capabilities with core payments platforms, the delivery of a pipeline of product enhancements, go-to- market plans, segment solutions and consumer experiences to support issuers and partners in securing revenue growth.
CEO InsurTech business, Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking
Sabine is the CEO for the InsurTech Business at Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking, the home of Startupbootcamp InsurTech and Hartford InsurTech Hub. Sabine cultivates the expertise of leading insurers, investors and mentors to bring the innovation of cohorts of startups to market. She brings extensive operational and growth strategy expertise gleaned from her corporate innovation and startup acceleration activities working with global firms and 100s of well-known financial services institutions for which she developed growth strategies. Outside Startupbootcamp, Sabine advises and coaches a variety of businesses. Sabine is also a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, which will be published by Wiley in 2018.
Director UX Digital Banking Mexico, Scotiabank
Passionate about technology and innovation, during the last fifteen years she has focused in the design of customer experiences through design thinking, innovation and UX methodologies, working with Scotiabank, Google and El Palacio de Hierro among others. She is the leader of the UX team for the Digital Banking Unit in Scotiabank México, where she envisions the design of omni-channel products and services. She coordinates the Strategic Design module for the Master in Internet Business and is recognized as a UX expert and certified Design Sprint facilitator by Google. Following her passion for UX she founded the first UX School in México: grid.mx, where experts help people from different backgrounds to maximize their career opportunities.
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.
Founder & Managing Partner, Polymath Ventures
Wenyi Cai is the Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, an emerging-market-focused company builder with offices in Bogota, Mexico City, and Shanghai. Polymath has built 7 companies in a range of industries, including mobility and financial services, and raised over $20M USD in early-stage funding. Polymath is a strategic partner of Mesoamerica, a leader in private equity in Latin America, with a dedicated $40M USD fund to invest in Polymath's portfolio. Prior to founding Polymath, Wenyi was the COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Earlier in her career, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and a qualitative trader in the hedge fund industry. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.
CEO & Co- Founder, KarmaPulse
With a continuous interest in new technologies, Ximena Iñigo Rubi has become an evangelizer of digital thinking in Mexico, shaping her business experience with the creation of two successful companies. In 2007, she co-founded one of the first digital agencies in the country, leading the way in the construction of user-centered strategies. The company is still active and has an important role in the industry. In 2014, she ventured into the software development ecosystem becoming the CEO and Co-Founder of KarmaPulse, the 360º platform of social networks with real-time technology that allows users to make better informed business decisions based on social data and artificial intelligence. interact and empathize with your audience, clients or users. Its objective is to create new opportunities in Mexico for the new generation of natives and digital entrepreneurs, giving the example of what we can do together with sustainable leadership, the creation of value and attractive workplaces. With personal drive to encourage women to pursue their ambitions and achieve their goals in industries dominated by men.
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