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.
Director of Global Credit Strategy & Business Development Team, Paypal
Adam Klappholz is a Director on PayPal’s Global Credit Strategy and Business Development team. His team’s remit is to scale PayPal’s consumer and SMB lending products into new markets. Prior to joining PayPal’s Credit team, Adam spent two years on PayPal’s corporate strategy team. Before PayPal, Adam worked on the International Rescue Committee’s strategy team, and spent three years at American Express in the Strategic Planning Group, and then Enterprise Growth Group. Adam frequently consults with startups, and has a passion for fintech in emerging markets. Adam graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.
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.
Agustín Pagnoni is the CTO of Increase, was responsible for the construction and scaling of the company's technology from its inception to the present, in which the company already has more than 25,000 merchants, 4 products and presence in 2 countries . Agustín is a software engineer and combines his work at Increase with the classes he teaches at the ITBA where he works as an adjunct professor. Agustín seeks to generate a triple positive impact as well as constantly improve through working with the right people and the use of technology and methodologies.
US Managing Director & Partner, Wolox
Agustina is Co-founder and General Director of Wolox USA, a company that innovates and develops digital products. Software Engineer, has extensive experience in projects of high technological impact. From Silicon Valley, he is now responsible for the strategy of growth and international expansion of the company. As an Argentine entrepreneur she has added several recognitions in recent years. In 2017 it was recognized by MIT among the 35 innovators under the age of 35 and its Muzi project received recognition as an innovative project with a social impact by the Círculo Creativo Argentino and the Sadosky Prize for innovation. In 2016, Agustina was part of the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University and Launchpad at SU laboratories at NASA, Silicon Valley. She is also a member of the Vital Voices Association, whose mission is to promote the development of women in the business areas of impact.
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.
Partner, Rainmaking Innovation
Alex is a co-founder and partner at Rainmaking Innovation, the human API between startups and corporates, where he works with global companies in Europe, Asia and Latam to accelerate their innovation. He was also the initial spark behind Startupbootcamp, the global accelerator with 20 programs on four continents, which he launched in Copenhagen in 2010. Following a stint with a startup in San Francisco Alex held a number of engineering and executive positions at DHL and Deutsche Post with postings in Europe and Hong Kong. Alex is a French citizen, was born in Spain, grew up Africa, went to boarding school in England and an American high school in Africa and now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is married to a Dane with whom he created two red-headed Trolls.
Alfonso de los Ríos
Tech Journey, Nowports
Alfonso De Los Ríos started his tech journey at the age of 11, mainly learning from youtube tutorials. Creating through coding became his passion, later on he had the opportunity to attend Stanford´s summer camp where he met Maximiliano Casal his now Co-partner, that's how Nowports began and grew to be the first digital freight forward in Latin America. A year ago Nowports was accepted to participate in Silicon Valley Y Combinator accelerator, they granted a $150,000 USD prize that allowed the Company to begin its operations. Today Nowports has offices in Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia and the United States. Dedication, determination and perseverance are the values that allowed Nowports to grow to what it is now, and along with the employee's work ethic, continuous growth and expansion is to be expected.
Alvaro Echeverria is the founder and CEO of Facturedo, a Latin American invoice discounting platform that helps SMEs obtain liquidity from their commercial receivables. Currently present in Peru, Chile and Mexico and growing 40% QoQ / 3.7x YoY. Previous starting Facturedo, he worked building fast growing internet companies in Latin America with Rocket Internet, including Linio (e-commerce) and Lendico (fintech). He also started his career working in Investment Banking at Blackstone and Credit Suisse.
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).
Ana Paula González
Head of Miami, 500 Startups
Ana Paula González is the Head of 500 Startups Miami. 500 Startups is a Silicon Valley-based, early stage tech VC fund whose mission is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. To date, 500 Startups has invested in over 2,000 companies in 60+ countries around the world. Previous to 500 Startups, Ana spent 4 years at New Ventures, developing the impact investing field in Latin America, by leading investment and acceleration programs for social and environmental companies throughout the region. Ana started her career at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with clients in Private Equity, financial services and non- profit sectors. Ana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with honors and a Bachelor in International Business from Tec de Monterrey with honors.
CEO and Co-Founder, NovoPayment
Anabel is CEO and Co-Founder of NovoPayment, a leading fintech company that enables financial services and digital payments innovation throughout the Americas through a cloud-based, open platform that supports varied mass payout, cash-in and mobile transactions. NovoPayment helps banks, financial institutions, e-money issuers as well as the travel and transportation industry, and others to leverage their existing legacy systems and services to generate new transaction streams and capture new deposits while reducing operational risk and accelerating time to market. Mrs. Pérez has more than 25 years of experience in banking and payments including commercial and retail banking, product development and financial services. Prior to NovoPayment, she served as Senior Vice President of Venezolano de Crédito, a leading Venezuelan financial institution, where she held several key positions. Under Mrs. Perez’ leadership NovoPayment and its subsidiaries have garnered several important awards and recognitions including seven Paybefore Awards (2008-2017) and Latin Trade Magazine’s 10 Companies Under 10 Years (2010). Mrs. Pérez has been honored with several professional awards and recognitions including Endeavor Entrepreneur (2014) and the 2011 Paybefore Industry Achievement Award, the prepaid industry's highest individual honor in recognition of her contributions to the space and to financial inclusion in Latin America.
Antonio Pelaez is CEO and CO-founder of Dapp. Antonio and his team created an ecosystem in México with Dapp featuring a Universal QR code allowing every merchant to charge and any wallet to pay. Dapp QR enables payments with cards, wallets, local balance and CoDi (Mexican wire transfer QR). Antonio's favorite word is collaboration because he believes that if you want to succeed, you need to collaborate, even if that means collaborating with competitors. There are five banks in Mexico that work together using Dapp all with one common objective, beating cash.
Arnoldo J. Reyes
Vice President, Digital Partnerships, FinTech & Ventures, Visa LAC
Arnoldo J. Reyes is currently Vice President of Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region of Visa, Inc. In this position, Mr. Reyes leads the development of partnerships with leading digital brands such as Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal. Additionally, Mr. Reyes is responsible for Visa’s commercial activities within the Fintech ecosystem and co-manages efforts related to Visa Ventures (Visa’s corporate venture capital arm) in the region. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Reyes was Head of Latin America at Abra, a blockchain- powered mobile payments startup whose investors include American Express Ventures, First Round Capital, and NYCA. Before Abra, Mr. Reyes was Head of Financial Services, Market & Business Development for the Latin American and Caribbean region at PayPal, Inc. At PayPal, Mr. Reyes led the company’s expansion in over 10 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as all strategic partnerships, and product deployment initiatives for Small Business and Consumer segments. Mr. Reyes has also held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of Strategy, Consulting, Finance, Product, and Marketing at American Express and MasterCard. He served as Head of Strategic Initiatives at Grupo Financiero Promerica, a privately-held Latin American banking conglomerate with operations in South, Central, and North America and the Caribbean. Mr. Reyes began his career within the investment banking division of Barclays Capital where he focused on originating, structuring, and executing transactions in the Financial Institutions, Telecom, and Media sectors. Mr. Reyes has vast international experience, having lived or worked in Latin America, the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Asia. He obtained his M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and currently resides in Miami, FL U.S.A.
Benjamin is a Founder of GuiaBolso, a fintech startup that developed Brazil's leading personal finance platform, with over 3.5M users and the #1 finance app in the AppStore. In line with its mission of transforming the financial well-being of Brazilian consumers, GuiaBolso developed unique technology to aggregate and organize all of users' financial information to help them make better decisions and choose more appropriate products. A key piece of this strategy has been the scaling up of an credit marketplace to match consumers with directed offers from banking partners online and in real-time. GuiaBolso is proud to be backed by investors such as Kaszek, Ribbit, QED, IFC (World Bank), and Omidyar. Benjamin was Managing Director of Groupon Latam, from the early days of explosive growth through the NASDAQ IPO, and previously was Engagement Manager at McKinsey in Brazil. He was also board member of the NGO Instituto Dois Irmãos and lived in the 'favela' of Rocinha (RJ) for 3 months, in addition to doing volunteer social impact projects for Ashoka. An American living in Brazil for the last 10 years, Benjamin majored in Economics and holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School (U.Penn).
Benjamin Gleason is a Founder of GuiaBolso, a fintech startup that has built Brazil's leading finance platform, with nearly 4M users and the #1 personal finance app in the AppStore. To transform the financial well-being of Brazilian consumers, GuiaBolso developed proprietary bank account aggregation to organize user’s information in a financial hub that facilitates better decisions and access to the best products in the market. This access to unique financial data in a country with no FICO-equivalent powers a credit marketplace that matches consumers to loan offers from banking partners, with real-time approvals based on the GuiaBolso’s proprietary credit model. The company has raised approximately $65M over 5 funding rounds from investors such as Ribbit, Kaszek, Vostok, QED, IFC (World Bank), and Omidyar. Previously, Ben was Managing Director of Groupon Latam, from the early days of explosive growth through the NASDAQ IPO, and previously was Engagement Manager at McKinsey in Brazil. An American living in Brazil for the last 10 years, Ben is an Economics major and Wharton MBA.
Founder & Managing Partner, AQN Strategies
Ben Sabloff is Founder and Managing Partner of AQN Strategies, a leading boutique financial services consulting firm dedicated to enabling its clients, which range from fintechs to large banks, harness powerful data and analytics to achieve outsized returns. An accomplished financial services executive himself, Ben has led credit risk, business strategy, M&A, and lending business P&Ls at Fortune 500 banks and other specialty lenders. At AQN, Ben and his team have achieved needle-moving results for clients in the credit card, auto lending, installment lending, and small business lending segments. Ben received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CEO and Co-founder, Stori Card
Bin is CEO and Co-founder of Stori Card, a fintech focused on providing equal access to compelling banking products with digital features in Latin America. The company is based in Mexico and Washington DC. Bin has 19 years of fintech experience with Stori Card, Capital One, BCG, and Mastercard in Mexico, U.S., and Asia, where he has been focused on driving financial inclusion with innovations and technology. Bin has an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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.
Managing Director, Endeavor Miami
Claudia Durán is the Managing Director of Endeavor Miami, whose mission is to select, mentor and accelerate the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs in South Florida. Endeavor Miami currently supports 24 companies. Durán is an experienced business leader with a demonstrated history of strategic business development in the for-profit and non-profit industries across the Americas. She began her career with SAB Miller in El Salvador. She then transitioned to a strategic development role at Taca International Airlines in El Salvador and Mexico, before moving to New York City to join Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management group, rising to the role of Assistant Vice President.
CEO & Founder, Tienda Pago
Dan is the founder and CEO of Tienda Pago. Tienda Pago provides short term financing to stores in the traditional channel to finance the inventory of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs). The line of credit is integrated with a mobile wallet resulting in cashless collection for FMCG distributors. Since 2014 TP operates in Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Previously Dan was part of the funding management team of Celistics, as well as the CEO of Movilway, the largest Agent network of prepaid airtime in LATAM with operations in 14 countries. Dan worked for 12 years in New York in financial services as a strategic management consultant in various fortune 500 firms. Dan started his career as a FX trader in Citibank in Venezuela. Mr Cohen has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon university and resides now in Miami Fl.
Fundador & CEO, TiendaPago
Dan Cohen is the CEO and founder of Tienda Pago. TP is a micro lender in Peru and Mexico. TP provides one week credit line to small corner shops to finance inventory from Key Consumer brands, leveraging the mobile phone to enable cashless collection and provide a formal credit product to the base of the entrepreneur pyramid . Previously, Dan founded and was the CEO of Movilway, the leading distribution company of prepaid airtime in LATAM. Before that he was the COO of Celistics, the sole distributors of mobile equipment for Movistar in LATAM. Dan is a seasoned executive in the financial services industry. He worked 12 years at various top management consulting companies in NYC advising financial firms in international strategy, risk, and operations. Dan started his career as an FX trader at Citibank. He has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
Financial Reporter, S&P Global Market Intelligence
David Feliba is a financial journalist from Argentina who reports on the banking and fintech industry for S&P Global news division in Buenos Aires. Over the past six years, his articles have been frequently published in business sections of La Nación newspaper and Noticias newsmagazine, two of the leading media outlets in Argentina. At S&P Global news agency, David is responsible for the coverage of financial markets and the banking industry in Latin America, reporting on key political and financial events and conducting interviews with top executives in the sector. David holds a degree in Business and IT management from ITBA university as well as an associate degree in Journalism.
CEO & EVP, Vervent
As CEO, David Johnson embodies the bold leadership we bring to our clients and the industry as a whole. With a penchant for innovation and passion for building teams of expert problem solvers, David drives our business and people forward. Since becoming CEO in 2008, he has grown the company from a niche player in the mobile home servicing space into an award-winning, global financial services player that delivers comprehensive solutions across the consumer life-cycle. With more than 25 years of experience across a range of industries – including finance, technology, communication and consumer products – Mr. Johnson offers clients unmatched perspective and foresight to drive their success.
Managing Director, Vostok
David Nangle has spent his professional career focused on the emerging markets financials sector. He joined ING Baring’s Emerging Markets Research team in 2000 before moving to Renaissance Capital in 2006 in Moscow to help them drive their financials and research footprint from a strong Russia base to a leading pan-EMEA and frontiers franchise. As well as living in Russia, David has spent his career travelling extensively, covering financial services companies and working on numerous capital markets transactions across this emerging world. David was also head of research at Renaissance Capital for the majority of his time at the firm. More recently, David founded Vostok Emerging Finance (VEF) as a vehicle dedicated to investing in the fintech opportunity across emerging markets - the company is 4 years old, runs north of $200mn, has holdings across the emerging world, including half in Latam, a region that continues to be high on his investment radar. David holds a degree in International Business from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Credijusto
David is responsible for leading the finance and legal departments as well as all investor outreach and engagement, including relationships with banks, credit funds and equity investors. Prior to Credijusto, he was the Co-Founder & President of Equitable Origin, an organization focused on standards development and certification of responsible energy development. David was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
CEO and Cofounder, OmniBnk
Diego Caicedo, is the CEO and Cofounder of OmniBnk, he has been an entrepreneur his entire life, He founded his first company, ] when he was 16 and has been starting and running businesses ever since, including in the mining, finance and agriculture sectors all across Latin America and the US. He’s worked with some of the biggest companies in the world and has structured private equity vehicles to help companies buy and sell businesses. He started Omnibnk after his previous SME couldn’t find the financing it needed from traditional banks, and he wanted to solve the problem for himself, so that he could help other entrepreneurs avoid having the same problem he had, and help them build wealth via entrepreneurship.
Diego Creel Moreno
Co Founder & CEO, Creze
Diego is the Co-founder of Creze, hehas experience in investment banking, strategic planning, and general management in Mexico and Spain. The past companies he has worked fro include UBS, Cemex and Tuyo. Diego is the co-founded Tuyo of and then sold it to EZCorp after 5 years of working with the company. He is an endeavor entrepreneur, a member in six start up boards and an engineer from ITESM and MBA from IE in Spain.
Connectivity, Markets and Finance Lead Specialist, IDB
Diego is a Lead Specialist in the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. His work includes topics such as fintech, regulation, capital markets, financial inclusion, productive financing, among others. In the past, he was Superintendent of Market Risk and Integrity in the Colombian financial regulator. Previously, Mr. Herrera worked as Risk Director, Head of Risks and acting as Front Office in the private financial sector in Colombia. He was professor of financial microeconomics and financial risk at the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia. Diego is a Master of Science in Risk Management from the New York University-Stern School of Business and obtained a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in economics from Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. Recently, he received a Fintech Certification from Massachusetts In Technology - MIT-. He is the author of academic documents on financial regulation.
Managing Director Americas, Mambu
Edgardo Torres Caballero has a 20-year track record of growing businesses and developing winning teams in the Americas. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands the value of strong regional partnerships, local presence and support to clients. As Mambu’s Managing Director for the Americas, Edgardo is responsible for leading growth plans and driving execution in the region.
Edrizio De La Cruz
Edrizio De La Cruz is a Dominican-American technology entrepreneur, and CEO and Co-Founder of leading financial technology company Arcus. He is an MBA graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Wharton, De La Cruz worked at J.P. Morgan as an investment banker. He nearly spent 4 years in finance - first as an investment banker then, as a private equity investor. Alongside Iñigo Rumayor, Ramon De La Cruz and Juan Maldonado, De La Cruz founded Regalii and raised around $8 million in Series A. Regalii was rebranded as Arcus in 2018.
Digital banking- Global Payments Strategy & Alliances Director, BBVA
Enrique is the Strategy & Partnerships director at BBVA Global Payments team. He has been working at BBVA for the last 12 years, in different business development roles in Spain, Asia and South America. Previous to BBVA he used to work for a big-5 consulting company as a strategy director for telecom companies, providing c-level insights and recommendations to technology companies. During his role at BBVA Enrique has developed several key payments strategies and related solutions, also helping to implement them in different countries.
Eric Núñe has over 10 years of experience in e-commerce. Part of this experience was the development of the first version of Ticketmaster.com for México, Brasil & Argentina and Openpay.mx, the most advanced platform for sending and receiving electronic payments in LatAm.
Esteban Velasco is the CEO and cofounder of Sempli, the leading online lending platform for small businesses in Colombia. Before creating Sempli, Esteban cofounded Velum Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital fund manager, the first digital investment fund targeting start-ups in Colombia. His professional experience includes working for several venture capital funds in Latin America and investment banks targeting early stage financing. He also worked in business development, financial planning and marketing for other companies in his early career. Esteban is an active contributor to the development of entrepreneurship in Colombia, being an Endeavor mentor, advisor of some start-up initiatives, as well as a regular lecturer of several universities and seminars. Esteban studied Business Administration at Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, holds an MBA from ISM in France and took the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT.
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).
Fermín Ezquer Matallana
Managing Partner, Think Creative
Fermin Ezquer-Matallana is a Managing Partner with Think Creative, a multidisciplinary business accelerator that develops innovative product, service, and brand extensions to sustainably increase top-line growth. Additionally, he serves as Chief Strategist for Imagemme, a branding and packaging design agency and sister-company to Think Creative. Specialized in business model innovation, Fermin has led client engagements across industries throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. These projects include: creating a business model for millennials at BBVA; working with Robin Hood Foundation to help nonprofits in NYC develop sustainable business models; facilitating the idea-to-business model transformation process at Petronas Malaysia; and many more. Fermin is presently a mentor with Startup Bootcamp Fintech in New York City; a member of the Advisory Board of the Mexican Government’s Observatorio Nacional del Emprendedor; and sits on the Board of Directors for two startups (ThinkWoW and CrowdBureau). Fermin is also advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer at Grupo Gentera, the leader in financial services to the base of the pyramid in Latin America with a mission to eradicate financial exclusion. Before Think Creative, Fermin lent his expertise to a variety of institutions, serving as Head of the Strategy Practice at CMP Telecom, Senior Analyst at Flores de Lemus Institute for Advanced Economic Studies, and Senior Consultant with GESEM Consultants and Auditors. Fermin is also an experienced academic. Fermin served as Associate Dean at Universidad Francisco de Vitoria; has guest-lectured at Lehigh University, New York University, Syracuse University, the Iacocca Institute, Instituto Internacional Bravo Murillo, and Universidad Carlos III; and has authored two forward-thinking business books: B2S (Big 2 Small) (2009), and The Creative Firm (2007). Fermin Ezquer-Matallana completed post-graduate work at IESE Business School and Stanford University School of Business.
Founder and CEO, BizCapital
Francisco Ferreira is the Founder and CEO of BizCapital, a small business lender disrupting the Brazilian credit market. BizCapital helps micro and small entrepreneurs with resources to thrive. The company has raised US$ 7.6mn in equity and US$ 25mn in a loan funding vehicle, backed by local and international VCs like monashees, Chromo Ventures, and Quona Capital. Before founding Biz, Francisco co-founded Affero Lab, Brazil's leading edTech platform, acquired by German media group Bertelsmann in 2015. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and a M.Sc. Degree in Software Engineering.
Gabriela is Cofounder and Chief Finance and Risk Officer for Vexi, a digital credit card for young underbanked people, launched in Mexico in 2018, and has +20k clients today. She leads the overall financial planning, risk and funding strategy for Vexi, besides collections and investor relationship. Gabriela comes to Vexi from a successful 16 years’ trajectory in the financial and banking industry. Prior to deciding to immerse herself in the entrepreneurship world, she held several leadership positions in American Express and Citi, in diverse areas such as Risk, Treasury, Investment Banking, Custody and Corporate Banking. Her previous position was as Cash Management Head for Citibanamex Mexico, managing a $300 million business and a $4 billion deposits portfolio besides a high performance leadership team. She’s passionate for Mexico, financial inclusion, dogs, running and scuba diving. She earned a B.A. in Finance from the ITESM, and a Master in Economics from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Chairman, N5 Now
Chairman at N5 Now, Managing Partner of Overboost LLC, Founding Partner for Eastpoint Ventures and Managing Partner for Seagrass Capital Partners, focusing on early stage investing and company building in Latin America. Currently, Gabriela is an Investor and Advisor to companies such as Extendeal, Blended, Edutest, Viaedu, Workana, Red Innova, Unicorn Games, Gomovil.co, Warner Innovation Hub, amongst others. She recently launched Kamay Ventures, a CVC focused on Acceleration and Company Building programs, working together with Coca-Cola Argentina and Arcor, and acting as well as Managing Partner of the project. Gabriela also represented for 6 years DMGT International as Business Development Director for Latin America. She also serves as board member in the investments done by DMGT, Overboost, Seagrass and Eastpoint Ventures in the region. Gabriela also served as board member of the Foundation Junior Achievement for Argentina and is currently a mentor at Endeavor, globally.
Founder, GS Goldman & Co
GS Goldman & Co provides active advisory across 3 verticals: FinTech, InsurTech, & Enabling Technologies. Current clients cross Consumer/SME lending, Payments, AI, and Logistics/Industry 4.0. Clients are global, with operations in Europe, LatAm and the US. Engagements are broad and include strategy development and execution, product<>market development/positioning, de novo and ongoing team-building, org structure/infrastructure design/development, mentorship/coaching, business development, PR, M&A, and capital raising, all in partnership with boards, investors and management teams.
Managing Director - Head of Innovation LATAM, Accenture Brasil
Guilherme Horn is one the pioneers in Fintech in Brazil. He founded 6 companies, among them AGORA, a leading digital broker dealer, sold to BRADESCO for $500 million in 2008, and ORAMA, recognized by AMAZON (AWS) as one of the most innovative fintechs in the world in 2012. Horn in an investor in more than 30 startups in Brazil, and a board member at ABF (Brazilian Fintech Association), Anjos do Brasil (Angel Investors Association) and Wayra (Telefonica). He is the Editor of Finnovation, the #1 blog in Fintech in Brazil and writes a weekly column at Estadao, the main Brazilian newspaper. Horn is PhD in Business and Managing Director at Accenture Latin America.
CoFounder and Tech VP, Cumplo
Civil Industrial Engineer Information Technology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Stanford University (Stanford Ignite Program).
Director of Strategic Relationships, Ripple
Hernan Patricio Lede
Executive Manager, Bind
Hernan Lede is the Credit and Continuity of business Executive Manager at BIND, where he covers business regulatory aspects of banking industry such as, AML, KYC, compliance, fraud, risk credit, etc. In his role, Hernan is instrumental for the Digital transformation Bind is going through, he is also a key member of the Bind Innova project. Mr Lede has a long record of successfully guiding regional and global units, within top multinational banks, in their transformation and reengineering processes. Hernan lead not only regional business units, but operations and technology as well, with budget over 20MM annually. His specific areas of expertise, includes, business planning, technology, compliance and regulatory framework. Hernan graduated from the Universidad de Belgrano with a degree in Economy. You can contact him on [email protected], or https://www.linkedin.com/in/hernan-lede-8448a1.
Founder & CEO, Empowering a Billion Women
Ingrid Vanderveldt (iV) is the Chairman and CEO of Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020) and MintHERTM. Previously, she was the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence (“EIR”) for Dell Inc. where she oversaw entrepreneurial initiatives worldwide helping to build a $250 million business segment and founded the $125M Dell Innovators Credit Fund, Dell Founders Club, and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs during her 3-year term. iV is an Emeritus member of United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is a Managing Partner of Vanderveldt Global Investments, founding organizer of the GLASS Forum (Global Leadership & Sustainable Success), and co-founder of The Billionaire Girls Club. She also created and hosted CNBC’s first original primetime series, “American Made,” reaching over 1M viewers around the globe and is a Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Member. She is the 2018 Recipient of the Global Empowerment Award by the Global Business and Interfaith Peace Awards in partnership with the UN, has been named by Oprah as one of her Global 100 Leaders and is the winner of the FORBES & Northwestern Mutual "Global Entrepreneur in Excellence Award".
Country Head Mexico, a55
Jackie leads Latin American expansion of a55, starting as Country Head of Mexico. Prior to that, she was the Director of Latin America at Silicon Valley Bank, leading relationships with over 400 startups and venture capital funds in the region. Prior to that, she was investment associate at Accion Venture Lab, an investment analyst in the private equity group of Compass in Mexico City. Jackie graduated from Baylor University and holds masters in business at ITAM in Mexico.
CEO, Accial Capital
Jared Miller is CEO of Accial Capital. Jared has worked with consumer, retail and small business lenders in emerging markets for almost twenty years. Jared led the spin out of Accial Capital from a business line launched in 2017 at LenddoEFL – a company dedicated to transforming diverse data sources into predictive credit scores in emerging markets. Previously Jared was CEO of Entrepreneurial Finance Lab (EFL), a specialist alternative data scoring company incubated at Harvard University. Jared was a VP at Citi and held positions in both the Consumer and Institutional Clients groups. Jared has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
EVP of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Visa
Jim McCarthy is the Executive Vice President of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Visa Inc. In this position, Jim is responsible for the development of Visa’s innovation efforts, business development for strategic partnerships and overseeing Visa’s open platform program, Visa Developer. Most recently, Jim was the Global Head of Product for Visa Inc., with responsibility for all aspects of product strategy and development in consumer and business products, as well as platform development and commercial information management. Since joining Visa in 1999, McCarthy has held several senior leadership positions, including Head of North America Financial Institution Sales and Head of Global Consumer Products. Earlier in his Visa tenure, McCarthy was Head of Emerging Products for Visa USA, where he drove the coordination, deployment and management of emerging products and payment services in the United States, including the development of Verified by Visa, an identity verification product that has become the standard for payment security and fraud prevention in eCommerce. Prior to joining Visa in 1999, McCarthy worked at IBM where he served as the senior client representative to Bank of America. In that role, he was responsible for direct sales and account management including marketing, technology solutions and the development of joint business strategies. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1986.
João Lima Pinto
João Lima Pinto holds a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and a degree in Engineering from FEUP (Universidade do Porto). He was ITSector’s, a company specialized in software development for the financial sector, CEO and currently has the same position at ITSCREDIT, a spin-off, focused on software credit solutions. With nearly 20 years of solid experience in software engineering for the financial sector and actively participating in the design and implementation of innovative omnichannel and credit solutions, João Lima Pinto has garnered much success by leading a variety of business development, product and project management, business analysis and product operations functions. He has had management and administration roles, gathering unmistakable evidence of outstanding leadership ability and solid results in the institutions that he has represented throughout his career.
Managing Director and Founder, Elevar Equity
Johanna Posada is Managing Director and co-founder of Elevar Equity, a private venture capital fund management firm that invests in emerging countries. Elevar focuses on investing in and supporting entrepreneurs that offer products and services to clients with limited or no access to global systems. Currently, Elevar manages three funds and, with over USD165 million under management (AUM), has invested in 29 companies in emerging countries (India, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Brazil), and in sectors such as funding for micro and SMEs, Fintech businesses, payments/corresponsal banking, education financing, low resource housing and health services. Johanna has over 17 years of experience working for the corporate finance and investment sector in emerging markets. She is currently Manager of Afluenta (Argentina), Credijusto (Mexico), Tienda Nube (Argentina), Financiera TFC (Perú), FINAE (México) and Unión Andina (España / EEUU). She has previously been in the Board Member of Caja Rural de los Andes (Perú), Credex (Mexico) and observer at GloboKasNet (Perú). After graduating from the ITAM (Mexico DF) in Economics, she began her career as economist in the Central Bank in Mexico, where she focused on the elaboration of institutional frames to increase efficiency and inclusion in the Mexican financial sector. Johanna received her Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University, after which she worked as Senior Financial Specialist in the Exploration Company of ExxonMobil (Africa) and Sr. Investment Manager for the team of Capital Markets of Unitus, Inc.
Partner, Quona Capital
Jonathan is a founding partner of Quona Capital, a venture capital firm focused on fintech for inclusion in emerging markets. Prior to Quona, Jonathan was co-founder and CEO of Acesso, a leading prepaid financial service provider for the unbanked population in Brazil. Before founding Acesso, Jonathan managed Darby Technology Ventures, a pioneering technology venture capital fund for Latin America. He joined Darby after a decade of experience as a founding member of three large-scale venture capital-backed telecommunications and information technology services companies in Latin America.
Jorge Alexandre Casara
Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM Brasil, Office of Strategic Risk Supervision
Jorge Alexandre Casara, Assistant Director in the Office of Strategic Risk Supervision at CVM Brazil. Background includes an Engineering Degree at the University of Sao Paulo and an MBA at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the Financial Innovation Lab sponsored by CVM and Inter-American Development Bank, a multi-sectoral forum for the development of Brazil’s sustainable finance and regulatory sandboxes. He represents CVM in ENCCLA (network of enforcement authorities that safeguard the financial system and combat money laundering), devising the official sector’s responses to the illicit use of cryptoassets. He is also a member of CVM’s Fintech Hub, a consultative board on regulatory issues facing investors and entrepreneurs. Before joining CVM in 2012 as Inspector in the Office of On-site Inspections and Examinations, he developed his career in the private sector working for multinational corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Crown Cork & Seal.
Senior Director - Financial Inclusion, Visa
Jorge Ortega is responsible for setting the strategic direction and execution of our Financial Inclusion initiatives in key markets throughout the world. He is also leading our Small Enterprise Inclusion to increase adoption and usage of financial services amongst micro and small merchants. By working collaboratively with both public and private sector he is developing novel and unique programs to enable the unbanked and underserved to participate in the digital economy. The end goal is to promote transparency, efficiency and broader economic development. For more than a decade, Jorge led initiatives that helped expand Visa’s acceptance across different industries - retail, airline, hospitality, department stores, etc. Before joining Visa, Jorge spent more than 10 years in consumer marketing with consumer good electronics companies in Mexico and Canada Jorge has a degree in Marketing from the institute TEC de Monterrey and an MBA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Juan Pablo Ortega
Juan Pablo Ortega is the Co-Founder of Rappi, the fastest growing super-app of LATAM. Juan Pablo graduated from Cornell University and worked in the airline industry before starting Rappi.
Senior Presales Consultant, Todo 1
With more than 18 years of experience in the implementation of Web and Mobile Solutions for Corporate Software, 8 of which have specialized in the financial sector, Julián has a solid knowledge of the evolution of Digital Channels in Latin America. Currently, she leads the TODO1 Presales Team, where she joined 5 years ago directing the Organization's Product strategy. He has been in contact with the needs and strategies of different financial institutions, which face challenges of adoption, security and financial Digital Channel strategy. Julián, is an Industrial Engineer from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. And he has an International MBA in the School of Senior Management of Barcelona, Spain.
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
Speaker, Writer, Blockchain Evangelist
Kelcey is a pioneer in the blockchain landscape entering the scene over three years ago as an early investor and participant in the crypto-economy. She founded Trellis at the height of the ICO craze, lending her expertise to blockchain-related marketing and communication strategy. Kelcey has executed successful campaigns for many regions including APAC, Europe, and the US. She is also the creator and organizer of the seminal ICOnference. With a career spanning more than ten years in tech and innovation, Kelcey has worked with and advised startups at various stages as well as multinational companies. She has recently launched Women plus Blockchain, a news and media platform promoting diversity and elevating the dialogue for blockchain technology.
Principal & EVP, Vervent
A trusted client partner and expert advisor, Larry Chiavaro has strategically identified and developed growth opportunities in the consumer finance industry for more than 25 years. Tapping into deep expertise and extensive industry relationships, he has helped build the company into the fastest growing servicer of loan and lease portfolios in the United States.
Head of Innovation, Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia
Laura Clavijo is the Head of Innovation at Colombia’s Financial Superintendence and leader of an encompassing strategy to foster technological innovation in the financial sector. Before undertaking this innovation challenge, she has worked for almost a decade with government and multilateral agencies (IDB and IMF) in research and implementation of public policies for financial sector growth. Laura holds a Masters and BA in Economics from the Universidad de los Andes and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Endeavor Miami
Laura es Managing Director de Endeavor Miami, una organización sin ánimo de lucro creada en septiembre de 2013 en Estados Unidos, dedicada a buscar y seleccionar emprendedores de alto impacto para ayudarles a escalar, todo ello con el objetivo de crear un ecosistema de emprendimiento en la comunidad. Laura se incorporó a Endeavor tras más de 15 años de experiencia identificando nuevas oportunidades de negocio y fomentando el crecimiento en diferentes industrias, incluyendo el sector de pagos y los servicios financieros. Antes de unirse a Endeavor, Laura fue Senior Business Leader, Commercial Solutions para Visa en Latinoamérica, donde se encargó entre otras cosas de desarrollar y gestionar nuevas soluciones de pagos para empresas y gobiernos en la región. Antes de entrar en Visa en 2003, Laura fue Business Development Leader encargada de identificar, negociar y estructura nuevas oportunidades de negocio y alianzas en la región, así como de monitorizar las inversiones estratégicas. Laura cuenta con una extensa experiencia en M&A y Private Equity. También trabajó como Associate en el Bank of America Private Equity Partners en Chicago, un fondo de capital privado latinoamericano, así como Analista para Protego Investment Associates, un banco de inversión en México. Laura tiene un MBA por Harvard Business School (HBS) y es graduada en Económicas por I.T.A.M en Ciudad de México, donde se graduó con honores. También fue miembro del HBS Alumni Board entre 2009 y 2013, donde fue nombrada Vicepresidenta y Miembro del Comité Ejecutivo del Consejo. Como actual Miembro del Consejo del HBS Club of South Florida, durante los últimos 10 años ha levantado fondos para becas para que líderes sociales del Sur de Florida formen parte de un programa ejecutivo del HBS. Laura también es miembro del Consejo de Asesores de Miami Dade College’s Idea Center.
Associate Managing Director Miami consulting firm, Americas Market Intelligence
Lindsay Lehr is the foremost thought leader in the Latin America payments industry and specialist in market and competitive intelligence. As Associate Managing Director at Miami consulting firm Americas Market Intelligence, Lindsay has spearheaded over 100 consulting engagements in 20+ LatAm markets since 2012. Her industry specialization is in digital payments, with experience in e-commerce, digital wallet, NFC/contactless, POS technology, payment networks and aggregators, financial inclusion, QR codes, P2P, innovation, fintech and real-time payments, and much more. Lindsay has authored various industry publications, presented at industry events, and is active in payments industry circles across Latin America, Miami and San Francisco.
Lionel is a well-recognized entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley and global consulting firms. He has founded and exited several startups and has lead Silicon Valley firms as CTO to position products on the Gartner magic quadrant. Lionel assisted in the development of SAP businesses for Neoris, one of the global consulting partners. He is considered a tech visionary with a proven ability to innovate and execute. His goal is to influence the way people and businesses use technology, drive change and innovation fostering a better quality of life and a fairer society. Having worked with mobile technologies since the late nineties, he initiated Leapfactor in 2009 to develop disruptive business apps, extending CRM and ERP to customers outside of the limits of systems of record to clients. Today, he stands on the consumer side and leads the company Monies. Monies is a mobile app within the Fintech industry created to simplify and disrupt the traditional banking and remittances ways, making connections easier and providing financial inclusion.
Founder, Vodanovic Legal
Expert in financial services regulation. Master in Law from the London School of Economics, specialising in Banking and Finance Law. He has worked for 11 years at the Peruvian banking supervisor, SBS (2002-2013), in charge of the legal review of all financial operations and services. She was a consultant in the law firm Philippi, Prietocarrizosa & Uría (2013-2016). Today she is the founder of her own legal boutique, from which she advises banks and financial institutions on all aspects of their regulation. He also advises Fintech companies, both local and international, and collaborates with the fintechs guild and with the Peruvian authorities for the implementation of regulatory improvements and sound practices in the financial industry. She is an independent director of a Peruvian financial institution. She is professor of the Financial System Regulation course at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and Universidad del Pacífico (UP); and is a constant speaker at seminars, conferences and workshops, both local and international, on issues related to the regulation of financial services.
Luis Alberto Sánchez
General Manager Mexico and Central America, Emailage
Luis is the General Manager of Emailage, Mexico and Central America, a company with a mission to connect companies around the world in the fight against fraud and to help validate the identity behind an email to accelerate growth in the digital world. Luis has driven the expansion of Emailage in the region working with Fintechs, e-commerce leaders and banks. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services world working for American Express in Brazil and Mexico. Luis holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the European University (Belgium) and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Anahuac del Norte, (Mexico).
Senior Digital Financial Sector Specialist, International Finance Corporation- IFC
Luis has developed his career in the field of finance, where he has held senior positions both in the public sector, he was advisor to the Minister of Economy in Spain, and in the private sector. He has an extensive experience in consulting, he was Director of Strategic Consulting for the Financial Sector at PwC in Spain, as well as in the financial industry. He has also a long international experience. He worked for five years at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington DC, where he held different positions, as advisor to the Managing Director and in the Monetary and Financial Markets Department. More recently, he was Managing Director of the PwC-IE Business School Financial Sector Center, where he did an extensive work of publishing and business development in Spain and Latin America in key strategic areas for the financial sector, with a special focus on FinTech. He was also founding partner of an IT firm specialized in Big Data & Analytics. Currently, he is professor at IE Business School and Senior Digital Financial Sector Specialist at the International Finance Corporation-IFC (World Bank Group). Luis holds a PhD in Economics Cum Laude from Alcalá University, he is State Economist for the Government of Spain, and he holds an MA in Law and an MA in Business Administration from ICADE University. He also has a postdegree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Global Senior Management Program from the University of Chicago and IE Business School.
Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Bitex
Manuel Beaudroit is co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Bitex, a financial service provider with focus in Latin America which takes advantage of the Bitcoin blockchain to serve individuals, SME´s and financial institutions looking to explore this technology. The company is already operating in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay & Uruguay and it has built a network of partners in more than 50 countries. Bitex is the first company worldwide to start providing crossborder payments to banks using bitcoin. Before Bitex, and with his actual partners, they founded Cryptocueva (then rebranded as conectabitcoin), the first Latin American descentralized bitcoin & litecoin exchange and cryptocambios, the first bitcoin broker of Argentina with a public bitcoin price in Pesos. Prior to Bitex he was the Service Delivery Manager in Accenture for the Digital Marketing Operation of P&G in Latin America and Iberia.
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.
Global Head & Vice President Financial Services, Unisys
Maria Allen is the global leader for financial services. In her role, Maria is building a cohesive strategy for the financial services vertical, by leveraging the extensive domain expertise across the Unisys portfolio and ensuring that solutions and services are delivered in a way that enable our clients to meet their strategic goals and objectives.
LATAM Startups Director, Microsoft
Mariano Amartino has been designated LATAM Startups Director in Microsoft, and will report directly to Fabio Scopeta, Head of Engineering & Innovation & AI Leader for LATAM. Mariano will be responsible of leading Microsoft’s strategy on LATAM startups’ ecosystem to drive innovation in the region. Mariano has a great deal of experience as entrepreneur and blogger: he was CEO of Hipertextual and participated in the Board of Directors of several startups. Moreover, he covers topics on online communities, Internet and new media in uberbin.net, one of the first technological blogs in Spanish. Mariano has been an entrepreneur for over two decades, and afterwards he led Wayra, Telefonica’s startup accelerator in Latin America, where he invested and supported over 700 startups both at a regional and global level. Mariano has solid knowledge on how innovation ecosystems work from a local and regional perspective, besides having outstanding achievements for supporting the growth of a variety of entrepreneurial projects. “I’m excited about being part of Microsoft and its team. For years, Microsoft has constantly innovated in technological platforms, consistently leading the way of the different technological waves”, said Mariano. His passion for entrepreneurship and new technologies has led him to live in different countries, and his current position at Microsoft LATAM will take him to Argentina, where he will have the opportunity to support entrepreneurs of the region with the necessary technology to drive their projects.
Vice President, Goldman Sachs
Mariano is the co-head of the LatAm Financial Technology coverage within the Investment Banking Division (IBD). He joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 as an associate in the Financial Institutions Group and has focused extensively on providing strategic and financial advisory services to companies in the financial technology, specialty finance and banking sectors. Since 2017, Mariano has actively participated in the expansion of the firm’s Financial Technology coverage across Latin America Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an investment banker at Lazard in Buenos Aires. Mariano earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Universidad Catolica Argentina.
Martin Mazza, COO at PAGO46, runs P46 company operations with the mission of revolutionizing cash payments in emerging markets by making them more beneficial and convenient. A former General Manager at Uber in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Martin holds deep operating experience in Technology and Media. He held business development, strategy, and finance positions at DIRECTV. He currently serves as an advisor to Scale Capital, an operational intensive private investment firm, currently managing six investments ranging from Telecommunications to Artificial Intelligence.
Mechanical Engineer for The University of Edinburgh with over 15 years of experience in Fintech topics. He has been founding partner of 6 technology firms, the main ones being Acsendo, Zinobe (Lineru.com) and PayU (former Pagosonline). PayU nowadays accounts for 2000 employees and is valued at $ 1000 Millions. He was selected Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2010 and, being an active business angel, he is part of the directive board of several tech companies. Martin left PayU in 2017 to focus on Zinobe, the leading personal lending firm in Colombia that closed its series A with QED last year.
Senior Operations Officer, IFC
Martin Spahr is a Senior Specialist in MiPYMES for Latin America He has 20 years of experience in financing for development, having worked in Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia. His experience covers a wide range of essential topics linked to the MiPYMEs (i) downscaling projects (supporting commercial banks to enter the microfinance segment), (iii) transformation projects of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs), as well as (iii) practical experience in creating and leading financial institutions in extremely difficult environments. At IFC, Martin works in a team whose objective is to grow the portfolio of advisory projects aimed at improving access to financing for micro and small businesses. He is also responsible for the development of new financial products and services in the area of agri-finance, financing of SMEs, deposit mobilization and microinsurance. Martin holds a degree in Economics from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and an MBA from Hagen University (certified by the University of Wales). Bilingual in Spanish and German, he is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of Portuguese and French.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, IGNIA
Michael has been a pioneer in equity investing in emerging markets, co-founding the venture capital firm IGNIA in Mexico, and a leader in the creation of commercial microfinance, participating in the founding and governance of icons such as BancoSol in Bolivia, Mibanco in Peru, and Compartamos Banco in Mexico. He also co-founded the investment firm Grupo Pegasus in Argentina where he remains a Senior Advisor. He also holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School. Michael served as the president and CEO of ACCION International; was one of then sixteen members of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co during the rise of the leveraged buyout industry; and SVP and CFO of PACE Industries, ranked by Forbes as one of the largest 20 private companies in the U.S. After graduating from Harvard Business School with an MBA with Highest Distinction (Baker Scholar), Michael joined the Boston Consulting Group. Michael was born in China, grew up in Uruguay, and attended Dartmouth College, where he is a trustee emeritus. He and his wife Victoria live in West Newton, MA and when the ice melts, he likes to brave wind and tide in the Annisquam waters of the North Shore on his sailing boat.
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.
Founder and CEO, Technisys,
Miguel Santos the founder and CEO of Technisys (technisys.com), the digital banking venture backed company. Technisys offers an Omni-Channel software platform that help banks to increase sales, differentiate through customer experience and be efficient, and a Core Banking solution for the bank of the digital age. The company has installed offices in US, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. Technisys is now serving more than 30 banks such as Banco Estado de Chile, Banco Falabella, Banco Macro, Banco Original, BROU, BSCH, Citibank, Davivienda, Diners, GlobalBank, Hipotecario, Improsa, Itau, HSBC, Pacifico, Patagonia and Sudameris. Recently the company raised 13MM for its B-Series from top investors such us Intel Capital, Alta Ventures, KaszeK, Holdinvest and Endeavor Catalyst. A few years ago he also started investing in technology based ventures with high growth potential where he can add value with his experience and network in areas such as digital finance, crypto, security and fintech in general. The Endeavor entrepreneur featured a report from the Stanford University presented in the World Economic Forum at Davos, as one of the 50 companies in the world showing fast growth. Regular speaker at Red Innova, BAI and other banking conferences, Miguel is a referent in financial technologies in Latin-America. He is also very active in inspiring entrepreneurs, giving lectures in Stanford, NYU and other important universities. Moreover, in 2014 he became donor to the Endeavor foundation and investor on Red Innova. On the social and community side, Miguel is co-founder and financial supporter of DemocracyOS.org, a non-profit technology venture aimed to improve the citizenship participation in politics through the use of the new tools Internet can provide. Last but not least, Miguel is a father of two, husband, snowboarder and DJ once in a while.
Principal, QED Investors
Mike is a partner at QED Investors, an early stage venture capital firm primarily focusing on fintech. Currently, he is building and managing the firm’s portfolio in Latin America which includes companies like Nubank and Creditas in Brazil and Konfio in Mexico. Prior to QED, Mike spent 10 years at Capital One in a variety of leadership roles in credit cards, retail partnerships, consumer finance, and small business lending.
Managing Partner, Magma Partners
Lustig is currently the managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed stage venture capital fund based in Latin America, USA and China. Previously, he founded ExchangeHut during his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin and ran it until his senior year, when ExchangeHut was acquired. After the acquisition, he worked on multiple businesses, including a consulting firm to help startups grow more quickly. In 2008 he cofounded Entrustet, a service that allows people to create a list of digital assets and decide if they should be transferred or deleted when they die. In 2010, Lustig was part of the pilot program of Startup Chile and grew Entrustet to the market leader in the industry. In 2012, Entrustet was acquired by a European competitor. Lustig is also the founder of Capital Entrepreneurs, an organization of high tech entrepreneurs in Madison, WI dedicated to making Madison a new startup hub. After Entrustet was acquired, he returned to Santiago, Chile where he worked as the head of marketing for Welcu and taught entrepreneurship at multiple Chilean universities. He also wrote Startup Chile 101, a book about everything you need to know about living, working and doing business in Chile.
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.
Nicolas founded Nexoos a Marketplace lending platform for SMEs in 2015; since inception the platform has analyzed more than US$2 billion, acquiring more than 150.000 Businesses and 50.000 Retail investors in Brazil. Nicolas graduated in Information Technology and management for Business from University College London and was selected as an MIT Innovator under 35 in the 2016 edition. He worked for more than 5 years with large multinationals in supply chain management and ethical source projects with SME's in LATAM. He also had the opportunity to work at the nescient UK’s Fintech ecosystem in 2011, where he supported in the acceleration of more than 100 startups at IdeaLondon; one of London’s first incubators for Fintech startups. Nicolas it’s a passionate FinTech entrepreneur, with a clear vision and passion for shaping finance around the world.
Nicolás Shea, Commercial Engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Master in Education at Columbia University and MBA at Stanford University, is the founder of Cumplo. Before creating the company, Nico had founded the Chilean Association of Entrepreneurs, CasaCo, eClass and the StartUp Chile accelerator. In 2013 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Santiago and the Chilean Engineers Association, and in 2014 he was elected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
Founder, The Artian
“Creativity is a matter of Commitment, not a matter of Resources,” says Nir Hindi. Hindi, originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel, is an entrepreneur who, though rooted in the world of technology and business, has always had one foot in the creative world. He is the founder of The Artian, innovation and creativity training company that empowers organizations and leads them to be more original, by using a unique method that adopts practices, processes, and techniques from the art world, and integrates artistic thinking into the business and entrepreneurship worlds. Nir is devoted to fostering Renaissance Thinking – combining art with engineering, science, and technology. He believes that traditional education won't help managers lead and develop in the current environment; to succeed, originality and creative thinking are essential. Nir especially advocates the connection between artistic talent and business entrepreneurship, two areas that fuel each other and provide endless opportunities for mutual learning. He is startups mentor and Visiting Professor in IE Business School, one of Europe's leading business schools; a guest lecturer at the Master for Design and Innovation in IED; both in Madrid, Spain. He is the founder of the Art & Tech event series and part of Cotec’s 100 experts to promote innovation in Spain.
Global Digital Finance Services, International Finance Corporation
Nuria Aliño, Global Digital Finance Services Specialist at the International Finance Corporation (IFC-World Bank), supports Partnerships and Innovations in the financial industry. at the Financial Institutions Group. She primarily focuses on digital transformation of financial services industry accompanying banks and microfinance institutions with their digital strategies. She is also responsible for the promotion of alliances between financial institutions and Fintech or leading technology companies, to build their digital strategies. She is an active advisor on Open Banking to accelerate financial inclusion, competition and innovation. She is an accomplished investment banking professional with +20 years of experience, in developed (BBVA) and developing markets (World Bank Group and InterAmerican Development Bank), spanning corporate finance (M&A, ECM, DCM), private equity/VC, impact investing, Fintech equity/debt transactions, and digital strategy. She was appointed Advisor and Member of boards of directors. She also mentored entrepreneurs, lectured for fundraising, and actively participated within entrepreneurship forums.
VP of Corporate Business, VeriTran
Omar is the VP Corporate Business Development of VeriTran, a global company that speeds up and simplifies application development through its Low-Code Platform. He joined VeriTran in 2019 and led the landing of the company in the United States, building and designing the strategic go to market plan. He also focuses on sales and marketing activities with the partner ecosystem. Omar holds a degree in Systems Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional of Argentina (UTN) and a degree in Management and Technologies from Stanford University. He has more than 25 years of experience in the technology, banking, Fintech and entrepreneurship industries, has founded a software company and served as CEO of Fintechs, digital banks and payments companies. Besides, he is a professor of entrepreneurship and venture capital in the course "How to build startups"; from the UTN.
Oriol Ros i Mas
Chief Marketing Officer, Latinia
Oriol Ros is co-founder of Latinia and its marketing director. Currently, Latinia, a manufacturer of financial notification software, is a leader in its product category with a wide presence among the leading banks in the region. Latinia was first-mover in the field of text messaging services for companies in 1999, when it began operations, pivoting in 2001 to focus strictly on the financial vertical. Ros has a humanities and communication profile as a graduate in History and Journalism and he has a Master in ESADE Business School, where he has also taught numerous breakthrough marketing sessions. Ros also has training in various strategy programs carried out in INSEAD. It is based in Madrid since the opening of Latinia offices in the Spanish capital. As a marketing director, he has led the brand's expansion and the definition of his company's growth strategies since its inception.
Partner and Chief Financial Officer, Ignia
Otto Graff is Partner and Chief Financial Officer at IGNIA. In this role, Otto oversees all of IGNIA’s financial matters, including debt financing, equity fundraising for portfolio companies, treasury operations, financial reporting to investors, tax planning and compliance. Prior to joining IGNIA, Otto worked as a Risk Manager for Vitro, one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world, where he was responsible for the implementation and management of hedged portfolios of financial derivatives to mitigate exposure to natural gas, exchange rate and interest rate volatility. Previously, Otto worked in the Corporate Finance and Financial Reporting teams, where he structured debt and capital issuances, developed and implemented a financial information system and produced annual and quarterly reporting as required by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Mexican Stock Exchange. Otto also served as Vice President of the Energy Commission of the Nuevo Leon Chamber of Industrial Transformation (CAINTRA) from August 2007 to November 2008. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
CEO & Co-founder, MO Technologies
Named the 2019 “Most Influential CEO in FinTech” by CV Magazine and the 2018 “Best Fintech CEO” by the Finext Awards, Paolo is a successful serial entrepreneur and the architect of the MO Technologies vision. Literally a rocket scientist, Paolo has been leading innovative new tech companies to successful exits for more than 15 years.
Managing Investment Partner, SoftBank Group International
Paulo is a Managing Investment Partner of SoftBank’s $5Bn Innovation Fund based in Miami. The Innovation Fund targets Latin American high growth companies that are reshaping the economic and social reality of the region through technology. Prior to SoftBank, Paulo was a Managing Director responsible for Emerging Markets investments at Third Point where he built a very successful franchise of helping companies go public in the region, identifying them early and assisting CEOs and owners in the process alongside Third Point’s investments. He invested across the capital structure in public equity and debt securities.
Executive Chairman, Banco BNI Europa
Innovative, agile and multi-award winning banking leader with over 25 years' international financial services experience with leading blue-chip institutions across three continents in progressive leadership roles, both executive and NED, in Investment Banking, Wealth Management, general management, business development, strategy and latterly in FinTech. His value proposition is centered around enabling challenger banks to establish strategic partnerships with FinTechs to create profitable financial products using an 'open architecture model.' Expert in driving digital banking transformations both in terms of creating 'best in class' digital customer experiences, and transforming key internal support functions to fully align with the overall digital transformation programs of financial institutions.
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.
Rafa de la Guia
Principal, Quona Capital
Rafa de la Guia is a Principal at Quona Capital, a venture firm focused on fintech for inclusion in emerging markets. He is based in Mexico City and invests in Latin American startups. Rafa has more than 15 years of experience across venture capital, impact investing, private equity, and investment banking. Prior to Quona, Rafa spent six years at Omidyar Network, where he focused on education, emerging technologies, and financial inclusion in LatAm and the US. He has also worked for Acumen Fund and Adobe Ventures, two impact investment funds, and MV Capital, a leading European subordinated debt fund manager. He began his career at UBS Investment Bank in London. Rafa is also an executive coach and active supporter of education nonprofits. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and honors degrees in law and business administration from ICADE (Madrid).
Rafael de Haro
Managing Partner, VARIV Capital
Rafael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at VARIV Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies doing business in Latin America. Rafael is also Co-Founder of Lifedots, a New York-based mobile software company. Before VARIV and Lifedots, Rafael was an investment-banking associate in the M&A Group at JPMorgan in their London office and an associate attorney at the New York law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Rafael studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, specialized in international law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York and specializations in private equity and venture capital from Harvard Business School.
Founder and CEO, Rebel
Rafael is the founder and CEO of Rebel, a Brazilian fintech that offers middle-class consumers access to unsecured credit at affordable rates and tailored for each specific personal financing need. Rafael learned computer coding at ten years old and started his career as a tech entrepreneur at a very young age. Prior to founding Rebel, Rafael spent a number of years at Enova International (NYSE:ENVA) where he led the company’s expansion into Latin America until the company’s public offering.
Raúl Fernández Briseño
Partner, White & Case
Raúl Fernández-Briseño joined White & Case in 1999 and became partner in the Mexico office in January 2012. After earning his Attorney at Law degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), he obtained an LLM from McGill University in Canada. At White & Case, Raúl’s work focuses on general corporate affairs, complex mergers and acquisitions, bank financing, joint ventures and cross-border operations in a wide range of industries. His experience includes real estate and financing (including leveraged financing) for equipment (for example, fleets and aircraft), telecommunications, satellite, maritime and railway industries, as well as issues related to the financing of projects. Recently and crucially, Raúl has been at the forefront of landmark telecommunications projects in Mexico, leading Mexico’s technological march in this area such as lead counsel to Altán Consortium in the Mexico’s historic international public tender process for the development and deployment of a shared wholesale telecommunications services network (Red Compartida) and his representation to Aeropuertos Mexicanos del Pacífico (AMP) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) in a hostile takeover bid by Grupo México. Raúl’s activities are not limited to his professional work at the Firm. Since 2007, Raúl has been head professor in Commercial Law (I & II) at ITAM. He is currently working as director for three law degree theses on fintech.
Director, Miami Knight Foundation
Raul is the Miami Program Director at Knight Foundation where he leads the foundation's work investing in Miami's community of entrepreneurs. Most recently, Raul served as the Managing Director of Miami Angels, Florida's largest angel investor collective which brings together exceptional entrepreneurs and accredited investors to fuel success. Prior to joining Miami Angels, Raul served as the Executive Director of Roots of Hope, an international non-governmental organization focused on youth empowerment in Cuba through tech and entrepreneurship. Raul is a founding member of the Global Shapers Miami Hub, the young professional arm of the World Economic Forum and a CPA in the State of Florida.
Raymond Katz: Co-Founder and CEO of Adelantos. Adelantos is a Fintech company that combines big data and machine learning to create financial products for the unbanked and underbanked population. With transparency, financial inclusion and agility, Adelantos helps underbanked get access to transparent financial product, pay them in installments and build credit. We are the first step in the credit ladder, helping our users get access to the financial world. Adelantos offers two products to their customers, Adelantos Loans and Adelantos Movil. Adelantos Loans offers installment loans up to $500. Adelantos Movil is a point of sale financing for smartphones, mostly designed for the prepaid segment. Before Adelantos worked in commercial banking structuring syndicated loans in latam. Graduated from USC Marshall School of business.
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.
Director of Research, Cornerstone Advisors
Ron Shevlin is the Director of Research at Cornerstone Advisors where he heads up the firm’s strategic research efforts. Consistently ranked among the top fintech influencers, Ron is the author of Smarter Bank, the primary contributor to Cornerstone's Insight Vault site, and is the purveyor of fine snark on the Moment of Snark on the Breaking Banks podcast. His prior experience includes research and consulting for Aite Group, Forrester Research, and KPMG. Ron has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from SUNY Binghamton.
Head of LatAm, Rapyd
Ronald Alvarenga is the Head of Latam for Rapyd’s Global Fintech as a service company. Ronald is an experienced global financial technology executive with extensive experience in mobile/digital payments. He brings a unique combination of expertise in the banking sector, mobile technologies, and fintech industry. In his previous roles, Ronald has served as the Regional Vice-President for Products and Segments at Citibank, and most recently has successfully launched one of the largest mobile money fintech services in the world - Millicon (Tigo). Ronald is currently leading the Latam region for Rapyd - the most innovative Global Fintech as a service company. Ronald holds a BS in Business and Economics and MBA from Incae Business School.
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.
Managing Partner - North America, 11FS
Sam is Managing Partner North America for 11:FS. Sam previously led the Digital and FinTech Practice at NTT Data Consulting focusing on both the Financial Service and Insurance market. He has over twenty years of experience working in the payments, mobile, and banking space across North America and Europe. Sam’s an active mentor, thought leader, and sought after speaker focusing on the human element of digital and banking innovation.
Global Head, Fintech Z-Tech
Sami is global head of fintech at Z-Tech, an AB-Inbev company whose mission is to catalyze the growth of SMBs through marketplace and fintech technology. SMBs represent 90% of businesses and 50% of employment worldwide, a trend even more pronounced in Latam. Prior to joining Z-Tech Sami was the CEO of Ideiasnet, a Brazil based Venture Capital technology fund where he served on the board of 15 companies. Prior to Ideiasnet Sami served as CEO of Webb, a B2B marketplace that started in Brazil and expanded its procurement and logistics optimization solutions to Latin America. Prior to that Sami served as CTO and partner at Banco Pactual.Sami holds a M.Sc. from RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic institute NY) and a M.Sc. in engineering management from Stanford University.
Founder & CEO, Geru
Sandro is an economist with a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and an MBA from Georgetown University in the United States. Sandro has 18 years of experience as a finance and operations executive at companies such as RBS and Pátria Investments and has participated in the creation of four major start-ups in Brazil in the last twelve years (Ersa, Geo, BR Towers and Geru)“.
Co-Founder & CEO, Addi
Santiago is co-founder and CEO of ADDI a leading POS lending platform in Latin America backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Village Global, and Monashees. Prior to ADDI, Santiago led Strategy and M&A at LendingClub and served as a part-time partner at Y Combinator. He founded and led J.P. Morgan’s New Product Development team and worked on key strategic initiatives for the bank. He started his career at McKinsey.
Principal, FinTech Collective
Sean is a Principal on the investments team at FinTech Collective and leads the firm's Decentralized Finance (DeFi) sub-strategy and investments in Latin America. Sean spent five years as an investment banker at Credit Suisse covering financial services and technology companies. A former entrepreneur and world-ranked poker player, Sean helped bring the practice of "poker staking" online using data and analytics. Sean graduated with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Co-founder and CEO, Destacame
Sebastián holds a mayor in Civil Engineering in PUC in Chile and an MBA at MIT / Sloan (USA). He started his career in Arauco, where he developed new business areas and witnessed operations in other markets. Afterwards he founded an investment office that he ran for three years. Nowadays, Sebastián is co-founder and CEO of Destacame, free platform where users can be empowered by their own data, financially educate themselves and request products adapted to their realities. At Destacame he adds his knowledge in Big Data and statistics.
Founder and CEO, creditas
Sergio Furio is the Founder & CEO of Creditas, the leading secured lending platform in Brazil. With 1,000 employees and US$315mn in venture capital funding, Creditas is one of the top fintechs in Latam and a reference in innovation and talent management. Backers include Softbank, Kaszek, Redpoint eVentures, Vostok Emerging Finance, QED Investors, IFC, Quona Capital, Santander Innoventures among others. Using the customer properties, Creditas reduces the high interest rates paid by the Brazilian population. Before founding Creditas in 2012, Sergio was an executive at The Boston Consulting Group and Deutsche Bank's investment bank.
Stefan Möller is a Mexican entrepreneur with more than 10 years of career dedicated to develop technology companies in Mexico and Germany. His new challenge is Klar, a much-awaited banking alternative for Mexico. Aiming to democratize bank services in Mexico by offering a 100% digital, transparent, free and secure alternative to traditional credit cards and debit services. Stefan, as co-founder of Klar has raised $57.5 million is debt and equity seed funding being the largest seed round ever recorded in Mexico, and already launched the company last September issuing the first cards to consumers.
Tarek El Sherif
Tarek El Sherif is the founder and CEO of Zinobe, a Colombian fintech specialized in online lending. Tarek has over seven years of investment banking experience split between New York and London. Previously working for Deutsche Bank Global Markets providing corporates with derivative solutions for asset and liability management. Prior to that, he worked at JP Morgan in the Investment Banking Coverage and M&A group. Tarek holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University. He currently lives in Bogota with his wife and two daughters.
Global Head and SVP Fintech, Visa
Terry Angelos is the Global Head & SVP of Visa's Fintech team and is CEO of TrialPay, Inc. Terry is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully founded and sold three venture backed companies and is an angel investor and advisor to startups focused in Advertising and Fintech markets. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from WITS University, an SM in Engineering Science from Harvard University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
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.
Product Manager Oyster Financial, Inc
Thiago is a fintech entrepreneur, investor, and columnist! He has been actively engaged in the Latin American ecosystem since 2010. During this period, he evaluated 2,600+ and invested in 60+ startups from 9 different countries while working at Wayra Brazil and Startupbootcamp Fintech Mexico. He writes about fintech in Latin America in international and regional publications and also develops reports analyzing the ecosystem. He's currently a Product Manager at Oyster Financial, a Neobank for SMEs in Mexico, leading its marketplace initiate.
Thomas (Tigre) Wenrich
CEO, LAB Miami Ventures
Tigre recently joined The LAB Miami as CEO and is launching LAB.Ventures, a “venture builder” that aims to create game-changing new businesses in partnership with the region’s best entrepreneurial talent and leading corporations. Tigre is also an active angel investor and a mentor to several local emerging technology companies, having invested in more than two dozen startups. He serves on the board of Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), Miami’s leading angel investor network. In 2009 Tigre joined Andres Moreno as the Founding COO and CFO of Open English, growing the company from commercial launch to over $50M in annual revenues and creating a massive consumer brand. Today Open English is the leading on-line language school in the Americas, having helped nearly 500,000 students to learn English over the internet. Under Tigre’s leadership, Open English raised over $120M of Venture Capital in four rounds of investment from firms including Redpoint, Insight, and Technology Crossover Ventures. Tigre began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he spent 16 years as a partner in the US, Spain and Mexico. Later, from 2006 to 2009, he built a chain of 20 checkcashing and PayDay Loan stores in Miami, which he purchased in an MBO and subsequently sold to a larger competitor. He was also a founding investor and Board member of Proteak, a large Latin American forestry business which listed on the Mexican stock exchange in 2010. Tigre holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Founder & Partner, Albanesi Tech Legal Consulting
Victoria Albanesi is founder and partner of Albanesi Tech Legal Consulting. The firm provides legal consulting services to companies of the digital economy. Victoria provides sophisticated, high quality advice to domestic and international companies regarding the regulatory and legal aspects of their innovative businesses, including e-commerce, digital payments, financial technologies y last-mile logistics. Victoria performed as legal director for Mercado Libre in México, the largest e-commerce ecosystem in LatAm. She engaged in public policy matters, having had an active role in the Fintech Law and e-commerce regulation, and represented Mercado Libre before Mexican Authorities, multilateral organizations and industry chambers. Previously, she performed as a corporate lawyer in Mercado Libre’s Headquarters and in market-leading Law Firms in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Victoria is a Lawyer by University of Buenos Aires, holds a Masters Degree in Company Law from Austral University and a Fintech Diplomma from Saïd Business School / Oxford University.
Co-founder, Kyvo | gsvLabs (Brazil)
Vitor is Co-founder of Kyvo Design-driven Innovation and partner of GSVlabs in Brazil. He coordinates the Track, a Visa acceleration program in Brazil, and is a consultant to EDP’s innovation program, EDP Starter. In recent years, in addition to the work developed for some of the largest multinationals in Brazil, he analyzed the business models of more than 400 startups. Vitor has more than 10 year of expertise in human centered design, focusing on create business and services that are desirable to people, viable to business and technologically feasible. He holds a degree in Design and he is specialized in Service Design and Business Management.
Founder & Managing Partner, Polymath Ventures
Wenyi Cai is the Founder & Managing Partner of Polymath Ventures, an emerging-market-focused company builder with offices in Bogota, Mexico City, and Shanghai. Polymath has built 7 companies in a range of industries, including mobility and financial services, and raised over $20M USD in early-stage funding. Polymath is a strategic partner of Mesoamerica, a leader in private equity in Latin America, with a dedicated $40M USD fund to invest in Polymath's portfolio. Prior to founding Polymath, Wenyi was the COO of Milo.com, a consumer internet startup that sold to eBay in 2010. Earlier in her career, Wenyi was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and a qualitative trader in the hedge fund industry. Wenyi graduated cum laude from Harvard College, and studied philosophy and physics.
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