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.
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.
Arnoldo J. Reyes
Vice President, Digital Partnerships, FinTech & Ventures, Visa LAC
Arnoldo J. Reyes currently holds the position of Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Business Development of the Latin American region and the Caribbean of Visa. In this role, Arnoldo promotes alliances and the development of new Visa initiatives with partners like Facebook, PayPal and Google, among others. Before joining Visa, he was an Advisor and Director for Latin America of Abra, a mobile payments company backed by American Express that leverages chains of blocks to facilitate payments from person to person (P2P) and from person to commerce (P2M), and transactions of electronic commerce. Previously held the position of Director of Services Financial and Business Development and Markets in PayPal, Inc., where it led PayPal's market launch in six key markets in Latin America. In addition, Arnoldo led the development and launch of new products and services for the consumer and small companies working with banks, businesses and partners in the fintech sector to extend PayPal's capabilities to more than 15 markets in Latin America. Arnoldo has held various leadership positions in the areas of Products, Strategy, Finance and Marketing at American Express and MasterCard, as well as in the Group Financiero Promerica, a conglomerate of privately owned financial services Central American He began his career at Barclays Capital, where he structured market transactions for capital for clients in the financial institutions sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. Arnoldo is deeply connected to the fintech space as an adviser and investor in various pre-Series A companies specialized in online loans, management of personal finance, bill payment, etc. He has also been a mentor to startups in the sector of fintech in several accelerators, including Wayra, VentureHive and StartUp Chile.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Martin Schrimpff Ingeniero mecánico de la Universidad de Edimburgo, con más de 16 años de experiencia en temas de Fintech. Ha sido socio fundador de 6 empresas de tecnología, de las cuales se destacan Acsendo, Zinobe (Lineru.com) y PayU (antes Pagosonline). PayU hoy en día tiene más de 2000 empleados y su valorización es cercana a los $ 800 Millones de dólares. Fue seleccionado emprendedor Endeavor en el 2010 y siendo un Inversionista ángel activo, pertenece a la junta directiva de varias empresas tech. Martin salió de PayU en el 2017, para enfocarse a Lineru, la empresa líder en Colombia en otorgar préstamos personales 100% online.
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.
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.
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.
Capital Markets Advisor, CriptoHub
Mr. Agarwal is a Capital Markets Advisor to CriptoHub, a Brazil-based cryptocurrency exchange. He was formerly a cryptocurrency technology research analyst contributing to research at Standpoint Research. He has performed research on coins including Binance (BNB), Huobi Token (HT), Zcash (ZEC), Decred (DCR), and Polymath (POLY).
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Products for Latin America, Visa Inc. LAC
Ruben Salazar is the Senior Vice President of Products for Visa Latin America and the Caribbean region. In this role he is responsible for product development in the region and heading the products team with the objective of supporting banks, technology partners and consumers in the region. He also leads the development of new business and implementation of digital products for Visa Latin America. Prior to this, he was the Head of Product Design & Development at Visa in Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he drove Visa’s entire portfolio of core and emerging payment solutions; leading design, development and go-to- market strategies across the region. He set the direction for product design and development priorities in the region to ensure Visa continues to be the leading payments network. Ruben was also responsible for the integration of new digital capabilities with core payments platforms, the delivery of a pipeline of product enhancements, go-to- market plans, segment solutions and consumer experiences to support issuers and partners in securing revenue growth.
CEO InsurTech business, Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking
Sabine is the CEO for the InsurTech Business at Startupbootcamp and Rainmaking, the home of Startupbootcamp InsurTech and Hartford InsurTech Hub. Sabine cultivates the expertise of leading insurers, investors and mentors to bring the innovation of cohorts of startups to market. She brings extensive operational and growth strategy expertise gleaned from her corporate innovation and startup acceleration activities working with global firms and 100s of well-known financial services institutions for which she developed growth strategies. Outside Startupbootcamp, Sabine advises and coaches a variety of businesses. Sabine is also a co-editor of the first crowdsourced InsurTECH Book, which will be published by Wiley in 2018.
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.
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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