Colaboradores

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Aaron Phethean

Senior Product Manager, Temenos

Aaron Phethean is a Senior Product Manager for Temenos, UK. Since joining Temenos in 2006, he has met with 100’s of banks and been involved in almost as many integration, web service, and API projects. Aaron regularly contributes to open source projects, blogs, and has been instrumental in the open sourcing of Temenos’s API platform, IRIS. When he’s not trying to build great software, you’ll find Aaron riding mountain bikes in extreme conditions and often at eye watering speeds. Originally from New Zealand, Aaron is currently based in London and can be found on Twitter @aphethean or contacted directly via email aphethean@temenos.com

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Adolfo Babatz

Co-founder & CEO, Clip

Adolfo is the co-founder & CEO of Clip, a mobile payments platform for Emerging Markets. The company is based in Redwood City, California and Mexico City. Before Clip, Adolfo was responsible for Customer Engagement for PayPal LatinAmerica. Before moving into the product team Adolfo led the team that opened PayPal in Mexico.Right before PayPal, Adolfo studied his 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 VicePresident of GrupoDesc, one of Mexico's largest industrial conglomerates.

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Adolfo Borrero

Advisor & Founder, Bolt

Adolfo is Chairman of the Smart Cities Commission of the ICT Spanish Association AMETIC. Also runs the Chairman position for Smart Cities in CEOE and Alianza Inercia. He has an Electrical Engineering and an Electronics degree from the University of Industrial Engineering and an eMBA from the International Business School San Telmo (Seville).

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Adrian Garcia-Aranyos

MD, Endeavor Spain

Adrian Garcia-Aranyos is the Managing Director of Endeavor Spain, a non-for-profit focused on high-impact entrepreneurship. He is also an investor in several start-ups, such as: BankFacil, and The Digital Marvels, in addition he is the co-founder of intoSpain and founding partner of InTrustGlobal. Prior to that he held various leading positions at JP Morgan Chase & Co, The Economist Group, The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and CM Capital Markets. In 2013 Poder magazine named him one of the "40 under 40 influential Latinos in the US"; in 2010 the Inter American Development Bank awarded his INDI Fund (by InTrustGlobal) the BeyondBanking Award for most socially responsible investment. Since 2003, Mr. Garcia-Aranyos has served as board member at Tune Eureka, an industrial engineering firm specializing in capital goods and focused on deep-sea oil drilling components, paper industry parts and defense mechanisms. He obtained his BA in Political Science from Universidad Complutense (2000); Banking and Finance Certificate from IEB (2001); Marketing Certificate from Kellogg (2010), and an SEP from IESE (2014).

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Adriana Tortajada

Directora General, INADEM

Cursó su Licenciatura en Finanzas en la Universidad de Guadalajara, y Maestría en Administración Pública en el Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset de Madrid, España. En 2009, curso la especialidad de “Open Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship” de la Universidad de California, Berkeley Hass School of Business. Es miembro de la clase 16 del Programa para VC Fund Managers de Kauffman en el “Center for Venture Education” en Palo Alto, California. Desde 2004 ha trabajado en el impulso de programas innovadores para fomentar el ecosistema de capital emprendedor, participó en el diseño e implementación del Fondo de Fondos de Capital Emprendedor (Mexico Ventures 1). Colaboró en el diseño y ejecución del primer fondo de co-inversión de capital semilla Fue miembro fundador y fund manager del primer fondo de capital de riesgo en México “Fondo Emprendedores CONACYT-NAFIN”, con recursos públicos para emprendedores tecnológicos y científicos, dando seguimiento a 43 inversiones ($ 20 mdd) de capital semilla y de riesgo. En Febrero del 2013 se incorpora como Directora General de Programas de Emprendedores y Financiamiento al Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor de la Secretaría de Economía, para diseñar programas que fomenten el emprendimiento de alto impacto y la industria de financiamiento vía crédito y capital.

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Adrien Clavel

Head of International Biz Development, iwoca

Adrien is iwoca's Head of International Business Development. Before joining iwoca, Adrien had been working at Societe Generale's Corporate & Investment Banking division, and later at the French Association of Corporate Treasurers, advising corporates on foreign exchange and interest rate hedging strategies. iwoca (standing for "instant working capital") has been providing thousands of UK-based small businesses with flexible funding since 2012. iwoca has also launched in Poland in early 2014, in Spain in September 2014, and is about to launch in other European countries.

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Agustín Cuenca

Founder and General Director, ASPgems​

Agustín es fundador de diferentes empresas en Internet: Trabajó como CEO y fundador en Qarana​, empresa de servicios de IT especializada en soluciones de banca por internet, hasta alcanzar los 400 empleados y estar valorada en 150 millones de USD. Fundó Play Wireless​hoy integrada en el grupo Zed, también ha sido fundador de proyectos en la red como BeRuby​. Y como inversor, en diferentes proyectos del mundo de la educación como Niuco.es y Wimba.co Actualmente es fundador y Director General​de ASPgems​, una empresa especializada en el desarrollo de soluciones ágiles y fabricante de productos SaaS como NeuroK​, plataforma de formación online, centrada en los principios de la neuroeducación. Colabora como profesor en varios cursos como de emprendimiento en internet Option Entrepreneuriat de la ESCP, Startup Academy, IMBS y el Startup Weekend. Agustín es también presidente de Fundación Iniciador​una organización no lucrativa dedicada a promover el espíritu empresarial.

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Alan Colmenares

Advisor and Executive VP, Tappsi

Nacido en Atlanta, Georgia y graduado como ingeniero electrónico de Lehigh University. Trabajó por 5 años en Silicon Valley en startups como SCO y NetManage. Allí tambien se desempeño como editor/escritor de InfoWorld Magazine. Hoy en día es Director en Colombia de la aceleradora global, Founder Institute, que cuenta con mentores algunos de los cuales son CEOs/fundadores de startups exitosas de Silicon Valley. Se ha desempeñado como Strategic Investment Manager para Intel Capital en Mexico y Brazil. Es advisor y accionista de startups como Tappsi, Lulo Domicilios, Acsendo y Red Mapache en Colombia y Magnolia Moda en Peru. Ha apoyado iniciativas de innovación con empresas como Microsoft, Banco de Bogota, Camara de Comercio de Bogotá y Universidad de los Andes. Es conferencista y sus opiniones sobre el futuro de la tecnología y los negocios han aparecido también en publicaciones como New York Times, VentureBeat, Dinero.com y su propio blog: www.TropicalGringo.com.

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Alan Elizondo

Director General de Asuntos del Sistema Financiero at Banco de México

Alan es licenciado en Actuaria por el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), y Maestro en Finanzas y Economía por el London School of Economics. En el ámbito laboral, desde su ingreso en 1994 al Banco Central ha estado vinculado con el sector financiero desempeñando diversos cargos en la administración pública. Desde el año 2013 desempeña el cargo de Director General de Asuntos del Sistema Financiero en Banco de México.

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Alejandro Cosentino

Founder & CEO, Afluenta

Alejandro Consentino is an innovator in finance in Latin America. He is the founder and manager of afluenta.com, the first and most active Collaborative Finance social network for people in the region at the beginning of the Peer-to-Peer Lending journey. He was responsible for completely refreshing American Express Latin America and transformed Banco Río before its sale to Santander. Today, with Afluenta, he is working to improve investment and credit for thousands of people through innovative non-banking products. In Affluenta he also created the first secondary market for Peer-to-Peer Lending in the region with the first non-financial legal structure approved by the National Securities Commission of Latin America. Alejandro is an energetic transformer of technology in the field of financial services. He graduated in Business Administration and Public Accounting from the Universidad Católica Argentina where he also now teaches.

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Alex Barrera

CEO and founder Press42.com

Alex Barrera is currently CEO and Founder of Press42.com, focused on building stories for tech companies, co-founder & associated editor at Tech.eu, co-founder of Tetuan Valley, an international startup incubator based in Madrid, startup mentor at several startup accelerators, Sandbox network Madrid Ambassador, Startup Digest Madrid curator and Global Shaper (World Economic Forum) in Madrid.

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Alexandre Lazarow

Principal Investments, Omidyar Network

Alexandre invests across the Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion initiatives with a focus on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He sources, executes, and manages for-profit investments and non-profit grants. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Alexandre was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co.’s Brussels and Washington D.C. offices, focusing on the intersection of finance, economic development, and strategy. He served clients across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, in the private, public, and social sectors. Previously, Alexandre briefly worked as an analyst with the Bank of Canada’s Financial Stability Department, focusing on financial regulation. Alexandre was also a summer associate with Bridges Ventures where he worked on various impact investing efforts. He began his career as an investment banker in the M&A department of the Royal Bank of Canada. Alexandre is a Kauffman Fellow, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He has a bachelor of commerce in international business and finance from the University of Manitoba.

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Álvaro Martín

Partner & Director, Afi

Alvaro Martín is Partner and Director of Afi’s International Department. His background as a telecommunications engineer has clearly influenced his professional focus on the analysis of ICT and innovation, particularly in the financial sector. His areas of expertise include electronic payments and financial inclusion in Spain and Latin America. Throughout his career, he has engaged in a variety of consultancy projects for banks, non-financial firms, private foundations, public administrations and multilateral organizations (such as the IDB, the World Bank and the European Commission). Alvaro also devotes some of his time to non-profit Fundación Afi, both as a member of its board and directly participating in some of its projects on financial inclusion.

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Andres Barreto

Seed Investor & Entrepreneur, Social Atom Ventures

Andres Barreto is a Colombian entrepreneur and the founder of Socialatom Group, Grooveshark, PulsoSocial and Onswipe. He is a founding fellow of the non-profit Coderise. He was named Business Week’s top 25 under 25, MIT Tech Review Top 10 Innovators under 35 and Inc Magazine top 30 under 30. Since his early college days Andres has been focused on economic development in Latin America through technology and entrepreneurship. While at college in 2006 he founded Grooveshark, a music streaming service with over 35 million listeners a month. Encountering a lack of information on Latin American technology and entrepreneurship, Andres launched PulsoSocial, the leading media outlet for technology and entrepreneurship in the region, and later on, Socialatom PR. Socialatom works with technology brands in the US looking to enter Latin America such as Netflix, Evernote, Rackspace, HotelTonight and Google, as well as tech startups that want to enter the US market or operate at a regional level. Andres then went on to co-found Coderise which is a non-profit that teaches kids in emerging countries aged 14-18 how to code. Since 2013 Andres has been investing in Latin American technology companies with a global focus, with the support of Socialatom Group. At the same time Socialatom Ventures was formed as a service agency of investment portfolios for entrepreneurs as well as advising governments on public policy related to tech entrepreneurship and helping run government or institution backed programs that support entrepreneurship all over Latin America. Based in New York, he constantly travels between the US and Latin America. Andres also loves travel, adventure sports, dancing salsa and ethnomusicology.

 
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Andrés Fontao

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Andres es cofundador y Managing Partner de Finnovista, con la que ha puesto en marcha eventos especializados para la comunidad Fintech, concursos para startups y programas de Open Innovation patrocinados por entidades bancarias por toda Europa y América Latina bajo diferentes marcas, incluyendo NextBank, Innotribe y BBVA Open Talent . Antes de lanzar Finnovista , Andrés trabajó en una startup Fintech de Silicon Valley, liderando su expansión en Europa y Latinoamérica . Antes de eso, fue jefe de banca móvil en Bankinter. Andrés también ha trabajado como consultor para varias operadoras de telefonía móvil en Europa y México. Andrés cuenta con una licenciatura de la Universidad de Middlebury en Vermont (EE.UU.) y MBA por el IE Business School de Madrid.

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Andrés Polo

Senior Director, Mercadeo Digital, Visa Inc.

Andrés Polo es el Director Sénior de Mercadeo Digital de Visa Inc., América Latina y el Caribe. En su posición actual, es responsable de impulsar la evolución de las estrategias globales digitales, de medios sociales y móviles de cara al consumidor. Además, el Sr. Polo encabeza la colaboración multifuncional entre los equipos de mercadeo global, regional y local, conectando a las partes interesadas internas clave (departamento de TI, legal, productos, patrocinios y comunicaciones corporativas) y el público externo, como por ejemplo, medios de comunicación y otras personas relevantes. Durante sus 14 años de trayectoria en Visa, el Sr. Polo ha ocupado diversos cargos, comenzando por Gerente de Contenidos Web. Al cabo de 7 años en esa función, se desempeñó como Líder de Negocios de Mercadeo Digital, dirigiendo los esfuerzos de su equipo con el fin de ofrecer las mejores soluciones de mercadeo digital, social y móvil para lograr los objetivos locales y regionales de Visa. Andrés Polo obtuvo el título de Licenciado en Administración de Empresas que otorga la Florida International University. En 2005, fue galardonado con el premio Gold Star de Visa, en reconocimiento a su extraordinaria contribución e iniciativas en relación con los valores de la misión y competencias de Visa. También recibió el premio “Idea Innovadora del Año” de Visa en 2006. El Sr. Polo es titular de una patente de EE.UU. por su trabajo en la aplicación de Digital Concierge (Conserje Digital).

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Andres Ramirez Sierra

CEO, Banlinea LATAM

Andrés, Socio-Fundador y presidente de Banlinea, es economista de la Universidad Javeriana con Maestría de negocios en finanzas de University of Technology Sydney. Fue director de estrategia y desarrollo de negocio en G.A.E ltd, donde implementó una plataforma tecnológica virtual para optimizar los procesos internos y la relación con los clientes y prospectos. Tiene experiencia en consultoría externa en Sydney, Australia, donde desarrolló trabajos para empresas como SAFCOL pty ltd y Magesti services Pty. Así mismo, se desempeñó como bussiness specialist en Vodafone (Australia), posición en la cual logró la implementación de un nuevo modelo para el proceso de reparaciones, que dado su éxito, fue implementado a través de las tiendas en la región de New South Wales. Así mismo, cuenta con más de once años de experiencia en consultoría, banca retail, productos financieros, finanzas corporativas, finanzas personales, estrategia y desarrollo de negocios y plataformas virtuales.

 
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Angel Garcia

Founding Partner, Lanta Digital Ventures

Angel is currently Founding Partner at Lanta Digital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative start-ups. Angel is an experienced executive, investor and entrepreneur. He has broad experience building startup projects over more than 15 years in international environments both in Asia and the US. Angel is a shareholder in Fractus, a European Telecoms start-up implementing a patent licensing program. Previously he worked as a CFO and Management Consultant involved in M&A and Corporate Finance activities. Angel has attracted more than €40 million from top venture capital firms in different companies. He founded Elevation Ventures some years ago, a capital company to manage investments in small companies. He acts as board member in some companies and keeps his entrepreneurship spirit alive by investing in start-up projects. In addition, he’s a member of Barcelona Global a private, independent and not-for-profit civil society platform made up of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs committed to Barcelona and its future. He’s a member of the Barcelona Mentoring Program lead by the city hall with the aim of supporting SMEs from Barcelona. He also mentors in several startups initiatives such Wayra, SeedCamp or Startbootcamp. Angel holds an Economics and Business Administration Degree together with and Executive Program at Stanford University, US.

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Angel Garcia

Founding Partner, Lanta Digital Ventures

Angel is currently Founding Partner at Lanta Digital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative start-ups. Angel is an experienced executive, investor and entrepreneur. He has broad experience building startup projects over more than 15 years in international environments both in Asia and the US. Angel is a shareholder in Fractus, a European Telecoms start-up implementing a patent licensing program. Previously he worked as a CFO and Management Consultant involved in M&A and Corporate Finance activities. Angel has attracted more than €40 million from top venture capital firms in different companies. He founded Elevation Ventures some years ago, a capital company to manage investments in small companies. He acts as board member in some companies and keeps his entrepreneurship spirit alive by investing in start-up projects. In addition, he’s a member of Barcelona Global a private, independent and not-for-profit civil society platform made up of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs committed to Barcelona and its future. He’s a member of the Barcelona Mentoring Program lead by the city hall with the aim of supporting SMEs from Barcelona. He also mentors in several startups initiatives such Wayra, SeedCamp or Startbootcamp. Angel holds an Economics and Business Administration Degree together with and Executive Program at Stanford University, US.

 

Anna Irrera

Journalist, Financial News

Anna Irrera is a journalist at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she writes about financial technology and market structure. She joined Dow Jones in 2012 as an online reporter for Financial News. She moved to the UK from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she was a trainee with Thomson Reuters, working for the English language newswire service. She holds M.S. degree (with honors) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and a graduate degree in law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Between journalism and law school, Anna worked at the Italian national publication ItaliaOggi, covering law and taxes. She is the author of “Prendo a calci il sole - Bahia, i bambini, la strada,” 13 true stories of Brazilian meninos de rua, a project she began while a visiting student at Harvard University in 2007. Anna is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese.

 

Anthony Sexton

Co-founder, Next Bank

Anthony Sexton is a co-founder of Next Bank. In addition to this, he has had 9 years of experience in a variety of roles within retail banking which have focussed on product management & development with products at various stages of their respective life cycles. He has done this with a strong emphasis on human-centred design (before it was cool!) and is a strong proponent of technology as the centre of the future of banking as a platform. Prior to Next Bank, Anthony devised a number of methodologies and services for Australia’s leading provider of independent banking analysis, Canstar CANNEX.

 

Anton Pichler

Global Banking Research Director, Accenture

Anton Pichler leads Accenture Research’s Banking Research team with 25 researchers and analysts based around the world. In this role Anton works with Accenture’s leading banking practitioners and clients in developing our global banking thought leadership agenda. The current thought leadership programme is focused on the emerging global banking landscape, the new business models that global banking groups are developing to find growth and extend access, and the digital revolution in banking. Over the last five years, he has been involved in Accenture’s Banking thought leadership programme – examining the impact of the financial crisis on the banking sector and the path back to profitability, including our key studies Revenue Growth and Innovation; New Size, New Shape, New Role; and Technology the Matters. Before joining Accenture, Anton worked at a leading UK Bank in change management and strategy roles across a number of the bank’s divisions.

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Antonio Giménez de Córdoba

Associate, Seaya Ventures

Antonio joined Seaya Ventures on March 2013. Previously he worked at Oliver Wyman as a consultant, working for clients in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South America. More than three years in the consulting industry gave him exposure to different industries such as Corporate Finance, Telecommunications, IT and retail. He holds a double degree in Law (2008) and Business Administration (2009) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.

 
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Antonio Herráiz Molina

IEB Professor & BBVA Innovation

Antonio is making things happen in the Digital and Fintech Ecosystem. He has experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, IT strategy, digital transformation and new technologies within the financial sector and consulting firms in Spain, USA and LATAM. He is Director of the first Master Program in Europe that explains how innovation and technology are transforming banking and the financial sector at IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles) where he is also professor of the innovation, digital businesses and startups contents. He has been in the board of several start-ups, and was the winner in Madrid region of the V edition of "Entrepreneur Award" by Escuela de Negocios EOI. Regular speaker in conferences and publisher of articles on press. Antonio holds a degree in computer engineering by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and also has an MBA with honors from IE Business School and Kellogg School of Management specialized in strategic management, entrepreneurship and finance.

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Antonio Herráiz Molina

Director - Executive Program of Innovation and Financial Technology, IEB

Antonio is making things happen in the Digital and Fintech Ecosystem. He has experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, IT strategy, digital transformation and new technologies within the financial sector and consulting firms in Spain, USA and LATAM. He is Director of the first Master Program in Europe that explains how innovation and technology are transforming banking and the financial sector at IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles) where he is also professor of the innovation, digital businesses and startups contents. He has been in the board of several start-ups, and was the winner in Madrid region of the V edition of "Entrepreneur Award" by Escuela de Negocios EOI. Regular speaker in conferences and publisher of articles on press. Antonio holds a degree in computer engineering by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and also has an MBA with honors from IE Business School and Kellogg School of Management specialized in strategic management, entrepreneurship and finance.

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Arie Levy-Cohen

Blockchain Advisor

Mr. Levy-Cohen is a thought leader in the field of wealth preservation and tail risk positioning of investment portfolios and more recently in the Bitcoin / blockchain space where he has been most interested in identity management and security as it applies to Wealth Management. He has been instrumental in the shaping of several digital currency enterprises based in New York, including a non-profit leading capital markets team of professional peers. He started his career as an entrepreneur based and later participated in the emergence of the Internet as a Venture Capitalist in New York. Subsequently he worked at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor, International Client Advisor and Private Banker to a number of think tanks, incubator groups, VC & PE funds, business development companies and single family offices.

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Arie Levy-Cohen

Blockchain Advisor

Mr. Levy-Cohen is a thought leader in the field of wealth preservation and tail risk positioning of investment portfolios and more recently in the Bitcoin / blockchain space where he has been most interested in identity management and security as it applies to Wealth Management. He has been instrumental in the shaping of several digital currency enterprises based in New York, including a non-profit leading capital markets team of professional peers. He started his career as an entrepreneur based and later participated in the emergence of the Internet as a Venture Capitalist in New York. Subsequently he worked at Morgan Stanley as a Financial Advisor, International Client Advisor and Private Banker to a number of think tanks, incubator groups, VC & PE funds, business development companies and single family offices.

 

Arjuna Costa

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

Arjuna es Investment Partner en Omidyar Network, y lidera las inversiones de la institución en mercados de servicios financieros emergentes. Arjuna lideró la inversión de Omidyar y es representante en el consejo de una serie de empresas innovadoras en servicios financieros, incluyendo Cignifi, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA y Zoona, así como iniciativas políticas y de investigación como Mobile Money for the Unbanked y Better Than Cash Alliance de GSMA. Antes de Omidayar Network, Arjuna fue consultor con Bankable Frontier Associates, donde realizó un proyecto con la Fundación Gates sobre productos de ahorro para mercado de masas. Previamente, Arjuna fue miembro de The Rohatyn Group, una firma de inversion en mercados emergentes con $2,500 millones bajo gestión. En 2003, Arjuna co-fundó Africa International Financial Holding LLC, un fondo de private equity de $115 millones enfocado en la re-estructuración de banca comercial y la penetración de segmentos de mercado desfavorecidos en el África Sub-sahariana. Anteriormente, Arjuna desarrolló programas comerciales y de inversión en el África Sub-sahariana para el gobierno de EE.UU.. Arjuna empezó su carrera en Lehman Brothers, donde estuvo cinco años en los grupos de Transporte y Propulsión. Arjuna tiene un MBA por Harvard Business School y un BA en Computer Science por la Colombia University.

 
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Arjuna Costa

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

Arjuna Costa is an investment partner at Omidyar Network where he focuses on the firm’s investments in emerging markets financial services. He leads Omidyar Network’s investments, and has a board role in a number of innovative financial services companies, including Cignifi, Juntos Finanzas, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA, and Zoona. He also leads the engagement with several policy and research initiatives, such as GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked program and the Better Than Cash Alliance. Before joining Omidyar Network, Arjuna consulted with Bankable Frontier Associates to the Gates Foundation analyzing the economics of delivering savings products. Prior to that role, he was a member of the special situations investment practice at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets investment firm. In 2003, Arjuna co-founded Africa International Financial Holdings LLC, a $115-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks. The fund grew out of advising African governments on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years in the power and transportation groups. Arjuna earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in computer science from Columbia University.

 
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Arjuna Costa

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

Arjuna es Investment Partner en Omidyar Network, y lidera las inversiones de la institución en mercados de servicios financieros emergentes. Arjuna lideró la inversión de Omidyar y es representante en el consejo de una serie de empresas innovadoras en servicios financieros, incluyendo Cignifi, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA y Zoona, así como iniciativas políticas y de investigación como Mobile Money for the Unbanked y Better Than Cash Alliance de GSMA. Antes de Omidayar Network, Arjuna fue consultor con Bankable Frontier Associates, donde realizó un proyecto con la Fundación Gates sobre productos de ahorro para mercado de masas. Previamente, Arjuna fue miembro de The Rohatyn Group, una firma de inversion en mercados emergentes con $2,500 millones bajo gestión. En 2003, Arjuna co-fundó Africa International Financial Holding LLC, un fondo de private equity de $115 millones enfocado en la re-estructuración de banca comercial y la penetración de segmentos de mercado desfavorecidos en el África Sub-sahariana. Anteriormente, Arjuna desarrolló programas comerciales y de inversión en el África Sub-sahariana para el gobierno de EE.UU.. Arjuna empezó su carrera en Lehman Brothers, donde estuvo cinco años en los grupos de Transporte y Propulsión. Arjuna tiene un MBA por Harvard Business School y un BA en Computer Science por la Colombia University.

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Arjuna Costa

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

Arjuna Costa is an investment partner at Omidyar Network where he focuses on the firm’s investments in emerging markets financial services. He leads Omidyar Network’s investments, and has a board role in a number of innovative financial services companies, including Cignifi, Juntos Finanzas, Lenddo, MicroEnsure, Pagatech, RUMA, and Zoona. He also leads the engagement with several policy and research initiatives, such as GSMA’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked program and the Better Than Cash Alliance. Before joining Omidyar Network, Arjuna consulted with Bankable Frontier Associates to the Gates Foundation analyzing the economics of delivering savings products. Prior to that role, he was a member of the special situations investment practice at The Rohatyn Group, a multi-billion dollar emerging markets investment firm. In 2003, Arjuna co-founded Africa International Financial Holdings LLC, a $115-million private equity fund focused on the turnaround of distressed commercial banks. The fund grew out of advising African governments on the restructuring and privatization of its banking sector. Arjuna began his career at Lehman Brothers, where he spent five years in the power and transportation groups. Arjuna earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in computer science from Columbia University.

 

Armin Ajami

VP Canales Digitales, Wells Fargo

Armin Ajami es Vicepresidente y Senior Product Manager dentro del grupo de Canales Digitales de Wells Fargo. Su trabajo se centra principalmente la oferta de banca móvil y banca para tablets. Armin es responsable de la estrategia, gestión de producto y crecimiento de la banca móvil de Wells Fargo desde 2006 y tiene más de 15 años de experiencia en el sector de los servicios financieros como consultor y en industria.

 

Artie Debidien

CIO, Knab

Artie started working in HR in 1992. Computers, software and technology were hobbies at a young age. She switched careers in 1998 to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the banking industry. In those days companies suffered from a noticeable gap between business and ICT departments. As a young female professional in ICT, Artie enjoyed making an effort towards closing this gap and taking the bridging role. She advanced her career in 2000 as an ICT manager with a Dutch investment bank. From 2004 she broadened her outlook and experience by working in sales, advisory and management consulting roles. From devotion and expertise through to concept and implementation. In 2010 she joined Rene Frijters’s team to build Knab from scratch within 2 years. Knab is a full service payments, savings and investments new generation bank. This project, named Bank of Tomorrow, was implemented in September 2012. She holds the position of CIO and is also a board member of Knab for business processes, testing, operations and IT management. It is her deep-rooted belief that results are achieved through people, people management, a great place to work, engaged employees and a culture of high performance. She places great importance on diversity in thinking and believes that if leaders focus on this it will encourage the company talent to work more effectively and add greater value to customers.

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Ben Katz

Co-founder & CEO, CARD.com

Ben Katz es co-fundador y CEO de CARD.com, una startup fintech con sede en Santa Monica, California. Tiene una amplia y diversa experiencia en emprendimiento, tecnología, licencias de software y e-commerce. Recientemente fue Senior Director de Green Dot, un emisor de tarjetas prepago de Visa y Mastercard. Antes de sumarse a Green Dot, creó el area de ventas de PayNearMe.com, una red de pagos en efectivo. Katz también es fundador de Coveroo.com, un servicio pioneros de customización de para iPods y teléfonos celulares. Katz obtuvo su B.S. y M.B.A. de University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

 

Ben Rooney

Co-Editor in Chief, Informilo

Ben Rooney was the technology editor for The Wall Street Journal in Europe before leaving the paper to join Informilo. In a long and award-winning career Rooney was the launch editor of the UK’s first daily online web newspaper, the Electronic Telegraph, in November 1994 having joined the newspaper’s foreign desk operation three years previously. He went on to edit the technology section for the UK’s leading quality broadsheet before leaving the paper in 2000 just in time for the dotcom bust. After setting up the European operation for a West-Coast start-up (or dotcom as they were known in those days) which successfully exited, Rooney became a freelance writer for UK newspapers and magazines, writing for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian amongst others. For five years Rooney was also a PHP and Ruby on Rails web developer before joining The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of four books and was voted Tech Journalist of the Year in 2013 by his peers.

 
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Bo Nielsen

Strategic Advisor

Bo cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia como asesor internacional en desarrollo empresarial y financiación en países emergentes. En los últimos 12 años, ha trabajado con el Banco Europeo de Inversiones (BEI). Hasta finales de 2014, fue senior advisor de RDI finance para mejorar el acceso a la financiación de empresas de alta innovación dentro de la iniciativa conjunta de la CE / EIB InnovFin lanzado a mediados de 2014. Anteriormente, fue Senior Investment Officer en el Caribe dentro del Fondo de Inversión África, Caribe y Pacífico (ACP) cuyo enfoque se centraba en el desarrollo del sector privado y la reducción de la pobreza. Además, formó parte de la dirección como responsable nacional de operaciones del EIB en Croacia antes de su adhesión a la UE. También ha sido investigador asociado del departamento de Estrategia del IE Business School en España y consultor de "Economía y Gestión" con COWI, donde trabajó para las principales instituciones financieras en proyectos de más de 25 países emergentes y en desarrollo en Europa del Este, Asia, Latinoamérica y África. Inició su carrera como supervisor bancario con el Ministerio de Economía de Dinamarca. Se graduó con una Maestría de Economía de la Universidad de Copenhague, seguido de MBA (con honores) y los programas AMP del IE Business School en Madrid, España.

 

Borja Foncillas

Socio Director, AFI

Borja Foncillas es Socio Director del Área de Tecnología de Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi) donde, además de coordinar y dirigir la estrategia de negocio ligado a tecnología, ha liderado más de una veintena de proyectos de implantación de sistemas de información de gestión y riesgos para banca y seguros. En el ámbito de la innovación bancaria, participa de forma activa en los servicios Afi de benchmarking de banca on-line, observatorio de innovación, y consultoría de innovación y creación de nuevos canales comerciales para las principales entidades del sistema financiero español.

 

Borja Foncillas

Partner, Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi)

Borja Foncillas is Board Member Partner at Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi) and CEO of Afi STA. He coordinates and runs the business strategy linked to technology for both companies. He has lead more than 20 implementation projects in Management and Risk Information Systems for Banking and Insurance. In the banking innovation arena he is an active participant in Afi benchmarking services for online banking and the Afi Innovation Center. He’s an expert in innovation consultancy and the creation of new commercial channels for the main entities in the Spanish financial system.

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Borja Foncillas

Partner, Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi)

Borja Foncillas is Board Member Partner at Analistas Financieros Internacionales (Afi) and CEO of Afi STA. He coordinates and runs the business strategy linked to technology for both companies. He has lead more than 20 implementation projects in Management and Risk Information Systems for Banking and Insurance. In the banking innovation arena he is an active participant in Afi benchmarking services for online banking and the Afi Innovation Center. He’s an expert in innovation consultancy and the creation of new commercial channels for the main entities in the Spanish financial system.

 

Brad Jones

Head of Asia Transformation, National Australia Bank

Brad Jones is currently Head of Asia Transformation for National Australia Bank. Immediately prior to this role Brad spent 12 month working as a consultant with the IFC/World Bank advising start up emerging payments businesses on strategy and operations. Previously Brad was responsible for mobile innovation and mobile money for Visa in Asia Pacific, North & West Africa, Middle East and Pakistan, and was also the founding Managing Director of WING Cambodia. WING was the first bank-led mobile money implementation in Asia, and was innovative in many ways, including the use of dual currency accounts, integration to multiple mobile operators and development of a multi-tiered commission based sales channel. Prior to WING, Brad has had many years experience in technology and projects, and has worked in a number of emerging markets in Asia Pacific. Brad has a Bachelor of Commerce and post-graduate business qualifications from the University of Queensland.

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Brad Jones

Head of Asia Transformation, National Australia Bank

Brad Jones is currently Head of Asia Transformation for National Australia Bank. Immediately prior to this role Brad spent 12 month working as a consultant with the IFC/World Bank advising start up emerging payments businesses on strategy and operations. Previously Brad was responsible for mobile innovation and mobile money for Visa in Asia Pacific, North & West Africa, Middle East and Pakistan, and was also the founding Managing Director of WING Cambodia. WING was the first bank-led mobile money implementation in Asia, and was innovative in many ways, including the use of dual currency accounts, integration to multiple mobile operators and development of a multi-tiered commission based sales channel. Prior to WING, Brad has had many years experience in technology and projects, and has worked in a number of emerging markets in Asia Pacific. Brad has a Bachelor of Commerce and post-graduate business qualifications from the University of Queensland.

 

Bradley C. Harrison

Entrepreneur, Business Development Executive

Bradley C. Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies. While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain.

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Bradley C. Harrison

VC & Seed Investor, Scout Ventures

Bradley C. Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle. Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. While attending MIT, he worked as a Partner in a seed stage venture fund, ITU Ventures, and helped launch a joint MIT-Harvard incubator. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies. While serving as Director of Media Strategy and Development at AOL, Brad co-authored 3 patents in search, geo-tagging, and personalization, with Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President and General Manager at AOL. Following AOL, Brad helped raise $40M in venture funding for a contextual online advertising network. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain.

 
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Brett Meyers

CEO & co-founder, CurrencyFair

Brett Meyers is the CEO and co-founder of CurrencyFair, the world’s first p2p foreign exchange marketplace. CurrencyFair’s unique matching system allows consumers and small businesses to transfer funds between bank accounts around the world at a fraction of the cost of traditional international SWIFT payments. Since launch in 2010, over €1.2 billion has been transferred, saving customers an estimated €60 million in bank charges. Brett himself has a background in both technology and finance. Prior to CurrencyFair, he led structured finance analytics teams at both JPMorgan and Law Debenture Asset Backed Solutions, and witnessed the rise and fall of complex securitisation structures. He believes that the recent financial crisis has shaken consumer trust in banks, and is a major factor in the current success of disruptive alternative financial services providers such as CurrencyFair.

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Brian Schlessinger

Senior Executive & Business Development Growth Leader, Fortune 500 Co's & Start-Ups

Brian is a seasoned Sales, Business Development and Growth Executive. He has driven significant topline growth via Sales, Marketing and New Products for Fortune 1000 co's to smaller Start-Ups. Some of his work experience includes the Nielsen Company (market research, digital media), Time Warner (new venture creation), and Playtex (marketing, new products), as well as smaller companies (Social Media, Digital Media, Data Mining). Brian is currently an Adviser to a number of early stage co's. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and live outside New York City.

 
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Camila Lecaros

Partner, Nazca Ventures

Camila has been at Nazca Ventures since October 2013. Before that she was at Fundación Endeavor - from 2009 as an associate and from 2011 as Director of Outreach. She has helped Columbian entrepreneurs like Bodytech and EcoFlora fundraise venture capital for growth and customer retention. She has worked to conceptualize programs like Wayra Colombia, Emprende País and Valle Impacta which have helped more than 95 entrepreneurs across the country. She has 3 year’s previous experience in managerial and strategic consulting focused on the public and non-profit sectors. Camila has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes and a master in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.

 
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Carina Szpilka

Fintech startup investor

Carina has spent most of her career in banking with special focus in direct banking. She was member of the founding team of ING Direct, where she became the CEO of ING Direct France and afterwards CEO of ING Direct in Spain. Carina is a believer of the profound changes that are completely reshaping the financial services industries due to the irruption of new technologies but specially to the new attitude and behavior of the consumers that obliges to rethink business and build customer centric companies. She is currently Board Member of Abanca and Reparalia and an investor in digital and fintech startups.

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Carlos Aguado

Senior Innovation Manager, Bankinter

Carlos Aguado es Senior Innovation Manager en el departamento de Innovación de Bankinter donde se encarga del desarrollo de nuevos canales digitales y oportunidades de negocio. Como parte de sus responsabilidades también está la identificación de tendencias innovadoras y buenas prácticas tanto dentro del sector de servicios financieros como fuera. Carlos es licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas por la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, España) y tiene un máster en Finanzas Internacionales por la Mälardalen Högskola (Västerås, Suecia). Además es Founder del proyecto mihabitaciongeek.

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Carlos Castañeda Olaya

Director, Wayra Colombia

Administrador de empresas y Master Executive en dirección de marketing con más de doce años de experiencia en compañías multinacionales de Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, enfocado en definición y evaluación de proyectos, planes de marketing y estrategias comerciales, incluyendo la conducción de equipos multidisciplinarios y la estructuración y puesta en marcha de compañías en diferentes sectores. Emprendedor en el campo de desarrollo de software y consultoría en estrategias e-business. Hoy es director de Wayra Colombia, Aceleradora de startups tecnológicos de Telefónica; acompañando a los emprendedores seleccionados en la construcción de producto y modelo de negocios y generando nuevas oportunidades de inversión Trabajó por 4 años para el grupo Telefónica finalizando como Jefe de Ingresos del segmento residencial, liderando los cierres mensuales (Hogares) y controlar con los grupos comerciales y de marketing los presupuestos y metas de ingresos (1 billón de pesos anuales). Ocupó otras posiciones en Sociedad Minera la Mariana, Colombia Telecomunicaciones, SPSS Andino e Indexcol.

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Catalina Giacomucci

Co-funder, Vixeran

Catalina es diseñadora industrial por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Posee importantes reconocimientos en diversos concursos, entre ellos: Ingeniolab (Ausa y GCBA) 2013, Google DeveloperBus (Google) 2013, Futuro de la Movilidad (Ford) 2014, Ogilvy Finishers (Ogilvy) 2014. Asimismo integra la organización para eventos como: Startup Weekend, Lean Startup Machine y Global Entrepreneur Week, entre otros. Involucrada en el mundo emprendedor desde los 14 años, con especial interés en la fusión del diseño en el mundo de los negocios. A los 16 años, abrió su propio negocio, actualmente es co-founder de la consultora y capacitadora Vixerant, empresa desarrolladora del taller Lean Startup Motion.

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César Salazar

Partner, 500 Startups

César is a Partner at 500 Startups. Since 2011, he has lead investments in over 80 early-stage companies in Latin America, Europe and the United States. In 2014, Revista Expansión –the most prominent business outlet in the country– recognised his contributions and potential, featuring him on the cover of its “30 Promesas en los 30” issue. As a speaker, he has been invited to present in forums such as EmTech by MIT Technology Review, Google, Stanford, Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard, and Spain Startup and Investor Summit. César is a founding partner of Mexican.VC, the first Silicon Valley seed fund dedicated to Mexican startups. 500 Startups acquired Mexican.VC in 2012 and brought César in as the 6th member of its investment team. Additionally, César is an Endeavor Mentor and a Regional Advisor to UP Global, the largest entrepreneurship education initiative in the world.

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Chris Craver

Visionary Business Strategy, Marketing, Sales and Product Leader

Chris has 15 years of progressive, cross-functional experience, specializing in fintech and digital product strategy. Chris has held various leadership roles in the areas of Field Sales, Product Development, Product Marketing and Product Management. Previously a VP Product at Monitise, Chris led a team of Product Managers and Product Designers in delivering leading-edge fintech products including mobile banking, alerting, NFC/Digital Wallets, Mobile Digital Gifting, Loyalty, Card-linked Offers, P2P and mPOS solutions for banks, payment networks and processors globally. Prior to joining Monitise, Chris was an executive consultant at M&T Bank, providing leadership in digital channel initiatives in mobile, online, payments and commercial solutions. Chris is currently leveraging his product and marketing expertise consulting with multiple fintech startups in the payments and commerce space.

 
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Cian Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Finnovista

Antes de llevar planificación estratégica para el WebSummit de Dublín, Cian trabajó como trader de derivados de renta variable para JP Morgan en Londres durante 8 anos. Tiene un MBA del IE Business School además de poseer el título del CFA.

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Claudia Chiaraluce

Innovation Manager, UniCredit

Claudia is Innovation Manager in UniCredit with more then 14 years of banking and management consulting experience. She is passionately working in different projects to enable internal collaborative innovation as well as to boost interactions with fintech startup ecosystem. She has co-founded and managed UniCredit Fintech Accelerator program, the initiative aimed at creating industrial collaboration with selected fintech startups. She is active in the FinTech Community having organized local networking events in Milan and having promoted the hosting in the UniCredit Towers of the first FinTechStage conference.

 
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Claudio Fiorillo

Partner, Deloitte

Claudio has more than 20 years of experience. Specialized in the Financial Industry, he was Manager of the Management Consulting Division of the Department of Financial and Capital Market Andersen in Argentina and currently serves as Member of the Consulting at Deloitte taking charge of the " Strategy & Operation " line and "Human Capital " as well as the Financial Services Industry and LATCO Region of Argentina . That is why in this sector has focused its work on the following areas of work: Design and Implementation Process of Strategic Planning, Design Channel Strategy and CRM, Design and commissioning of Shared Service Centers, Design and commissioning of Project Offices (PMO Services), Post Merger Integration (M & A), Assessment of Organizational Structures and Change Management Programs, Diagnosis and Evaluation Process, Evaluation and redesign of processes Risk Management in financial institutions, Development and implementation of Compliance Programs and Corporate Governance and Preparation of manuals Prevention of money laundering. He has also led several consulting projects in local and regional banks from several countries in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Panamá, Perú, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela among others). Similarly, he has led projects Finance Shared Services and Transformation in major multinational, regional and local clients.

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Claudio Fiorillo

Partner, Deloitte

Claudio has more than 20 years of experience. Specialized in the Financial Industry, he was Manager of the Management Consulting Division of the Department of Financial and Capital Market Andersen in Argentina and currently serves as Member of the Consulting at Deloitte taking charge of the " Strategy & Operation " line and "Human Capital " as well as the Financial Services Industry and LATCO Region of Argentina . That is why in this sector has focused its work on the following areas of work: Design and Implementation Process of Strategic Planning, Design Channel Strategy and CRM, Design and commissioning of Shared Service Centers, Design and commissioning of Project Offices (PMO Services), Post Merger Integration (M & A), Assessment of Organizational Structures and Change Management Programs, Diagnosis and Evaluation Process, Evaluation and redesign of processes Risk Management in financial institutions, Development and implementation of Compliance Programs and Corporate Governance and Preparation of manuals Prevention of money laundering. He has also led several consulting projects in local and regional banks from several countries in Latin America (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Panamá, Perú, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela among others). Similarly, he has led projects Finance Shared Services and Transformation in major multinational, regional and local clients.

 

Constancio Larguía

Co-fundador, Weemba, Patagon

Constancio Larguia comenzó su carrera de emprendedor cuando en 1998 siendo estudiante universitario co-fundó Patagon, la primer plataforma de corretaje de acciones en línea de América Latina. Luego de expandir la plataforma desde Argentina a Brasil, México, Venezuela, Chile y los EE.UU., y de recibir inversiones de parte de Chase Capital Partners, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Telmex y GE Capital entre otros, la empresa fue adquirida por el Banco Santander. Luego de Patagon, Constancio se unió como inversor y presidente del directorio a Bumeran.com, la primer plataforma de búsqueda de empleos lanzada en la región, co-fundada por su hermano Pablo, y que luego de ofertas simultáneas de adquisición por parte de Monster.com, Starmedia, y Terra Networks, fue finalmente adquirida por ésta última. Bumeran.com actualmente pertenece al Tiger Global Fund de NY. Su tercer emprendimiento fue Weemba, que opera una plataforma que facilita el encuentro entre individuos o empresas que requieran financiación, con las entidades de crédito que puedan otorgarla. Constancio también participa en diversas juntas directivas y provee servicios de advisory.

 

Constancio Larguia

Entrepreneur & Venture Investor

Constancio is a recognized entrepreneur and venture investor for the Internet sector in both Latin America and the US markets. He started his career while still in college as co-founder of Patagon, the first on-line stock broker of Latin America. Head Quartered in Miami, FL and with operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile, the company was acquired by Spanish bank, Santander in a cash deal that valued Patagon at $705 million. Patagon was subsequently merged with Santander-owned Open Bank in Spain. Concurrently with that transaction Constancio became venture investor and Chairman of Bumeran.com, the first job listings platform of the region co-founded by his brother Pablo and with operations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. After a bidding war between Starmedia Capital, Monster.com and Terra Networks, the company was acquired by Terra and subsequently sold years later to Tiger Global Fund of NY. Constancio then became President of Vistelmar, a diversified company in the agriculture and real estate industries operating in Argentina. Weemba was the third venture where Constancio got involved, in this case as President. The company provides a social-oriented lead generation platform for the lending industry. Constancio gets involved as well with startup mentoring and angel investing, most notably with Futbol Sites, the largest soccer oriented digital advertising network of Latin America.

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Constancio Larguia

Entrepreneur & Venture Investor

Constancio is a recognized entrepreneur and venture investor for the Internet sector in both Latin America and the US markets. He started his career while still in college as co-founder of Patagon, the first on-line stock broker of Latin America. Head Quartered in Miami, FL and with operations in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile, the company was acquired by Spanish bank, Santander in a cash deal that valued Patagon at $705 million. Patagon was subsequently merged with Santander-owned Open Bank in Spain. Concurrently with that transaction Constancio became venture investor and Chairman of Bumeran.com, the first job listings platform of the region co-founded by his brother Pablo and with operations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. After a bidding war between Starmedia Capital, Monster.com and Terra Networks, the company was acquired by Terra and subsequently sold years later to Tiger Global Fund of NY. Constancio then became President of Vistelmar, a diversified company in the agriculture and real estate industries operating in Argentina. Weemba was the third venture where Constancio got involved, in this case as President. The company provides a social-oriented lead generation platform for the lending industry. Constancio gets involved as well with startup mentoring and angel investing, most notably with Futbol Sites, the largest soccer oriented digital advertising network of Latin America.

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Cristina Duque

Management of finance technologies and innovation strategies, Bancolombia

Cristina Duque Jaramillo es la Gerente de Productos de Inclusión Financiera para la Vicepresidencia de Personas y Pymes de Colombia del Grupo Bancolombia. Es la encargada del diseño y ejecución de la estrategia de productos y servicios para la población de la base de la pirámide en sus diferentes necesidades financieras tanto transaccionales, como de ahorro y financiación. Así mismo estuvo al frente de diversos proyectos del Grupo Financiero y entidades nacionales e internacionales como el BID, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors y la Banca de las Oportunidades de Colombia. Cristina es Negociadora Internacional de la Universidad EAFIT en Colombia con estudios de Economía en la Universidad de los Andes y de Maestría en Gestión de la Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la Universidad de Antioquia.

 

Cynthia McMurry

Directora Regional Latam y Caribe, Kiva

Como Director Regional para América Latina y el Caribe, Cynthia es responsable de la supervisión del portafolio de préstamos de USD 17 millones de Kiva en la región y de la gestión del equipo regional responsable de monitorización de partners, realización de due diligence e implementación de las estrategias de rendimiento social y de riesgo. Cynthia ha trabajado en Kiva durante más de 5 años en varias posiciones, incluyendo unos años en trabajo de campo en África del Sur. Cynthia es originalmente de Minneapolis, EEUU y es licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales y Español por la Tufts University.

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Cynthia McMurry

Directora Regional Latam y Caribe, Kiva

Como Directora Regional para América Latina y el Caribe, Cynthia es responsable de la supervisión del portafolio de préstamos de USD 17 millones de Kiva en la región y de la gestión del equipo regional responsable de monitorización de partners, realización de due diligence e implementación de las estrategias de rendimiento social y de riesgo. Cynthia ha trabajado en Kiva durante más de 5 años en varias posiciones, incluyendo unos años en trabajo de campo en Sudamérica. Cynthia es originalmente de Minneapolis, EEUU y es licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales y Español por la Tufts University.

 

Dan Gertsacov

CEO Americas, Lenddo

Dan Gertsacov es responsable para las operaciones de Lenddo en América Latina. Previamente a ser emprendedor, el Sr. Gertsacov trabajó en Google Inc., donde fue el responsable de las operaciones de Google en la Región Andina, Centroamérica y el Caribe, incluyendo el lanzamiento de tres nuevas oficinas de Google en Chile, Perú y Colombia. Adicionalmente, fue el Director Comercial de Google Argentina. Antes de incorporarse a Google, se desempeñó como Vicepresidente de Desarrollo de Negocios en la Cadena Univisión, la principal compañía de medios de habla hispana en los Estados Unidos. A inicios de su carrera, Dan fue el Director Fundador de www.empresa.org, el líder en la promoción de responsabilidad social empresarial en América Latina y el Caribe. Dan tiene un MBA de Harvard Business School, donde obtuvo la beca Goldsmith. También se hizo acreedor de una beca Fulbright en Chile, y se tituló con honores en una doble titulación en Economía y Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Richmond. Dan es un miembro del Young Presidents Organization (YPO), además de ser Miembro de Junta Directiva del Grupo Carvajal y de la Fundación Corona.

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Dan Gertsacov

CEO Americas, Lenddo

Dan es responsable para las operaciones de Lenddo en América Latina. Previamente a ser emprendedor, el Sr. Gertsacov trabajó en Google Inc., donde fue el responsable de las operaciones de Google en la Región Andina, Centroamérica y el Caribe, incluyendo el lanzamiento de tres nuevas oficinas de Google en Chile, Perú y Colombia. Adicionalmente, fue el Director Comercial de Google Argentina. Antes de incorporarse a Google, se desempeñó como Vicepresidente de Desarrollo de Negocios en la Cadena Univisión, la principal compañía de medios de habla hispana en los Estados Unidos. A inicios de su carrera, Dan fue el Director Fundador de www.empresa.org, el líder en la promoción de responsabilidad social empresarial en América Latina y el Caribe. Dan tiene un MBA de Harvard Business School, donde obtuvo la beca Goldsmith. También se hizo acreedor de una beca Fulbright en Chile, y se tituló con honores en una doble titulación en Economía y Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Richmond. Dan es un miembro del Young Presidents Organization (YPO), además de ser Miembro de Junta Directiva del Grupo Carvajal y de la Fundación Corona.

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Dan Latimore

Senior VP, Celent

Daniel W. Latimore, CFA, is the Senior Vice President of Celent’s Banking group and is based in the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Latimore’s areas of focus include the banking ecosystem, digital and omnichannel banking, and core systems. Underlying each area is a keen interest in consumer behavior, innovation, and technology-enabled strategy. Mr. Latimore has been widely quoted in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Boston Globe, CNBC, and CNBC Europe. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and client gatherings, having addressed audiences ranging from intimate meetings of CEOs and central banks to conference keynotes in more than a dozen countries. He led research groups at Deloitte and IBM, worked in industry Liberty Mutual and Merrill Lynch (where he lived in New York, Tokyo and London), and was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA institute.

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Daniel Kahn

Digital Strategic Initiatives, Capital One

Daniel Kahn is currently the Senior Manager for Digital Strategic Initiatives at Capital One. He previously worked at P2P lenders CommonBond and Kiva.org and was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group.

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Daniel Martin

Fund manager, Axon Partners Group

Daniel is the head of Axon´s Colombia office, and is responsible for the screening of target companies, portfolio management, and exit strategies for the Latin American funds. Daniel is a trilingual industrial engineering graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá before studying a Master’s in Advanced Finance at IE Business School in 2012 specializing in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship. Daniel has been with Axon for more than one year, having previously worked at CitiGroup for over 6 years managing and selling financing, supply chain and liquidity products.

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Danilo Morales

Commercial Vice President, Banco Colpatria

Actualmente Danilo es Vicepresidente Comercial, Banca Personal y Pyme, de Banco Colpatria. Ha desarrollado varios trabajos desde 1995 y empezó su carera en el Banco de Bogotá. Entre las juntas directivas a las que ha pertenecido se incluyen Redeban Multicolor, Ronda, Credibanca y Asobancaria. Licenciado en Ingeniería Industrial en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana y realizó el Programa de Desarrollo Directivo // PDD III de Inalde.

 

Dario Okrent

Head of eCommerce, El Palacio de Hierro

Dario is a seasoned Internet and e-Commerce top executive with international experience opening and operating different companies in Mexico. At present, he is the head of the eCommerce Division at El Palacio de Hierro, the biggest aspirational and luxury department store in Latin America. His role is to lead and develop the eCommerce strategy of the company. Also, he is the only Latin American member of the eBay Enterprise Client Advisory Board. Before El Palacio, he created skinizate.com, a joint-venture developed with 3M focused in personalization, decompras.com that was the biggest B2C online store in Mexico, outletcorporativo.com with American Express focused on selling office products to SMBs and cosmetix.com.mx the first cosmetics and fragrances online store in Mexico. Previously, he was working on Business Intelligence Consulting, developing projects in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Dario is a mentor at Endeavor, a non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world and a Fellow at Victoria 147, a non-profit that supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico. Native from Argentina, Dario is married, love dogs, running, travel and wine.

 

Dave Birch

Global Ambassador, Consult Hyperion

David G.W. Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital money and digital identity. One of the 2014 “Power 50” in European digital financial services, in 2013 he was named one of WIRED magazine’s global top 15 favourite sources of news from the world of business and finance and was ranked the no.1 influencer in European emerging payments by Total Payments magazine. Dave is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Here he provides consultancy support to clients around the world, including all of the leading payment brands, major telecommunications providers, governments bodies and international organisations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money”, in The Independent as a "grade-A geek" and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies", Dave is well-known for his thought leadership blogging, podcasts and events for Consult Hyperion’s Tomorrow’s Transactions series. He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies and contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. Retail Systems magazine said that his recent book “Identity is the New Money” is bold, forward thinking [and] grapples with weighty issues in a concise and accessible way. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.

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Derek Webster

Founder and CEO, CardFlight

Derek is the Founder and CEO of CardFlight, based in New York City. Prior to founding CardFlight, he was the Founder and CEO of LocalBonus, a credit card-linked loyalty network which rewarded consumers for purchases they make at local businesses. Earlier, Derek was an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman where he led C-level strategy projects for some of the leading global payment networks and retail banks. He was also part of the team that launched E*TRADE’s credit card business, where he personally led all product development and product marketing efforts for the group. Derek has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

 
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Diego Da Col

Payment services entrepreneur

Diego has 16 years of experience in software implementation, planning, coordinating and leading systems projects. He is a specialist in the analysis and design of electronic payment solutions (contactless, EMV, Mifare and chip) and transactional processes. He has worked on various IT projects analyzing business cases, project feasibility, building teams and managing suppliers with frequent regional travel. Diego complements his expertise with the application of the Lean Startup methodology for the construction and validation of projects. He is a coach and a content advisor on Lean Startup methodology in entrepreneurial training programs for the government of Buenos Aires City.

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Diego Da Col

CEO & Founder, Vixerant

Diego has 16 years of experience in software implementation, planning, coordinating and leading systems projects. He is a specialist in the analysis and design of electronic payment solutions (contactless, EMV, Mifare and chip) and transactional processes. He has worked on various IT projects analyzing business cases, project feasibility, building teams and managing suppliers with frequent regional travel. Diego complements his expertise with the application of the Lean Startup methodology for the construction and validation of projects. He is a coach and a content advisor on Lean Startup methodology in entrepreneurial training programs for the government of Buenos Aires City.

 

Diego Molano

Ministro TIC, Colombia

Comenzó su carrera profesional en el sector privado y el año 1996 fue nombrado como Director de la Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones en donde impulsó la liberación del sector de comunicaciones y la privatización en la industria de las telecomunicaciones en el país. Posteriormente manejó las áreas de relaciones corporativas, negocios mayoristas y regulación de multinacionales como BellSouth (EE.UU.) y Telefónica (España). El 6 de agosto de 2010 el presidente Juan Manuel Santos lo designó como titular del Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones en reemplazo de María del Rosario Guerra El 28 de octubre de 2010, tres meses después de su nombramiento, presentó en compañía de todo el gabinete del presidente Juan Manuel Santos el Plan de tecnología Vive Digital. Así mismo, se han eliminado el IVA para Internet en los estratos 1 y 2, se han otorgado subsidios para el servicio de Internet en los estratos bajos, se eliminaron los aranceles a los terminales y se redujo el impuesto para el software.

 

Diego Serebrisky

MD, Alta Ventures Mexico

Diego Serebrisky joined Alta Ventures Mexico, a leading Latin American venture capital fund, in 2013 as Managing Director. Since then has led three investments in the technology space. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego collaborated with Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 years in their Mexico City office, and then relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where he launched the office in 2011. Before Advent International, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, Johannesburg, South Africa and New York City providing strategy advice to large clients. He served as a member of the Board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity Association, where he was president during 2008 and 2009. He also collaborates as an Endeavor mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. Diego graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; he also holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management, MIT.

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Diego Serebrisky

MD, Alta Ventures Mexico

Diego Serebrisky joined Alta Ventures Mexico, a leading Latin American venture capital fund, in 2013 as Managing Director. Since then has led three investments in the technology space. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego collaborated with Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 years in their Mexico City office, and then relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where he launched the office in 2011. Before Advent International, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, Johannesburg, South Africa and New York City providing strategy advise to large clients. He served as a member of the Board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity Association, where he was president during 2008 and 2009. He also collaborates as an Endeavor mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. Diego graduated with a degree in Computer Engineer, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; he also holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management, MIT.

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Diego Serebrisky

MD, Alta Ventures Mexico

Diego Serebrisky joined Alta Ventures Mexico, a leading Latin American venture capital fund, in 2013 as Managing Director. Since then has led three investments in the technology space. Prior to joining Alta Ventures, Diego collaborated with Advent International, a global private equity fund. He spent 12 years in their Mexico City office, and then relocated to Bogota, Colombia, where he launched the office in 2011. Before Advent International, he worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Caracas, Venezuela, Johannesburg, South Africa and New York City providing strategy advice to large clients. He served as a member of the Board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican Private Equity Association, where he was president during 2008 and 2009. He also collaborates as an Endeavor mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. Diego graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering, summa cum laude from Universidad Simon Bolivar at Caracas, Venezuela; he also holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management, MIT.

 

Diego Tovar

COO, Banco Caja Social

Diego Tovar aporta mas de 25 años de experiencia en Banca y en las industrias de ITO/BPO a su rol como responsable de las operaciones y la administración en Banco Caja Social. En el campo del emprendimiento, Diego desde hace varios años ha sido Managing Director y Fundador de una compañía regional de Gestión de Cambio y banca de inversión de base tecnológica, llamada Enki Consulting Services. Como Director Global de Mega Deals y Director Global de la Vertical de Industria de Servicios Financieros en Carvajal Tecnología y Servicios, Diego contribuyó a la consolidación de un Ecosistema de Inclusión Financiera en Colombia, que bancarizó a cerca de 4 millones de Colombianos, y desarrolló un Joint Venture en la Republica Dominicana, para replicar un ecosistema similar. Diego es Colombiano y es Especialista en Marketing Estratégico del CESA, donde se graduó con honores, además de haber adelantado estudios de Maestría en Relaciones Internacionales, Gestión Estratégica de Ventas en Northwestern University e Ingeniería de Sistemas

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Diego Tovar

COO, Banco Caja Social

Diego aporta mas de 25 años de experiencia en Banca y en las industrias de ITO/BPO a su rol como responsable de las operaciones y la administración en Banco Caja Social. En el campo del emprendimiento, Diego desde hace varios años ha sido Managing Director y Fundador de una compañía regional de Gestión de Cambio y banca de inversión de base tecnológica, llamada Enki Consulting Services. Como Director Global de Mega Deals y Director Global de la Vertical de Industria de Servicios Financieros en Carvajal Tecnología y Servicios, Diego contribuyó a la consolidación de un Ecosistema de Inclusión Financiera en Colombia, que bancarizó a cerca de 4 millones de Colombianos, y desarrolló un Joint Venture en la Republica Dominicana, para replicar un ecosistema similar. Diego es Colombiano y es Especialista en Marketing Estratégico del CESA, donde se graduó con honores, además de haber adelantado estudios de Maestría en Relaciones Internacionales, Gestión Estratégica de Ventas en Northwestern University e Ingeniería de Sistemas

 
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Dieter Staib

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Dieter Staib is Partner at Oliver Wyman, in the Madrid office. Before joining Oliver Wyman in 2006, Dieter developed his professional career as a consultant for twelve years, within different leading international consulting firms. He led the launch of a retail network and a children computer education franchise for three years. He participates in the Board or as advisor to several start ups in the games, business intelligence, e-publishing and e-training sectors. Dieter has lead different assignments in the sales and distribution areas of FIs and co-written industry reports on banking, clients and customer experience. His main areas of expertise are sales network transformation, sales force performance, distribution & new channels, new ventures, operations and customer experience. He has led different assignments on these topics across Southern Europe, Latin America and Africa, being able to work in Spanish, English, German or Italian.

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Dieter Staib

Partner, Oliver Wyman

Dieter Staib is Partner at Oliver Wyman, in the Madrid office. Before joining Oliver Wyman in 2006, Dieter developed his professional career as a consultant for twelve years, within different leading international consulting firms. He led the launch of a retail network and a children computer education franchise for three years. He participates in the Board or as advisor to several start ups in the games, business intelligence, e-publishing and e-training sectors. Dieter has lead different assignments in the sales and distribution areas of FIs and co-written industry reports on banking, clients and customer experience. His main areas of expertise are sales network transformation, sales force performance, distribution & new channels, new ventures, operations and customer experience. He has led different assignments on these topics across Southern Europe, Latin America and Africa, being able to work in Spanish, English, German or Italian.

 

Dominic Pym

Co-founder, Ferocia

Dominic Pym is an Australian businessman and technologist. He's been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 15 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia. Dom has a passion for financial services, and has co-founded and invested in several FinTech start-ups over the past decade, most recently Ferocia where an extraordinary technology team has been assembled and they've partnered with a major Australian bank to re-imagine Internet Banking. Prior to his start-up experience Dom worked with SAP and SAP Markets, consulting in more than a dozen countries with over 40 multi-national enterprises (including several Fortune 500’s).

 
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Dominik Steinkühler

Co-founder, Lendico

With years of experience in various positions at Boston Consulting Group, Rothschild and Goldman Sachs, Dominik Steinkühler has gathered extensive knowledge of the finance industry and risk management practices before co-founding Lendico in 2013. Dominik holds a Ph.D. in Business Sciences from the RWTH Aachen University.

 
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Edrit Franquiz

Startups Analyst

Con una formación inicial en investigación social y teoría política, cuenta con experiencia en el diseño de estrategias comunicacionales y consultoría a partir del uso de datos y análisis de la opinión pública en instituciones públicas y privadas. Interesado en el desarrollo continuo de la tecnología y la implementación de proyectos de Big Data & Analytics dentro de las organizaciones, para la optimización de procesos y el mejoramiento de campañas marketing y relacionamiento con los clientes. Edrit cuenta con un Master en Business Analytics & Big Data por el IE de Madrid, con lo que pasó a vincularse más activamente en el ecosistema de las startups que hacen vida en la zona y a trabajar en proyectos para desarrollar modelos predictivos para mejorar la toma de decisiones.

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Eduardo Amadeo

Partner, Nazca Ventures

Eduardo is a founding partner of Nazca Ventures. He has spent 10 years specialising in and is now responsable for sourcing and selecting investment opportunities in businesses with high growth potential. Prior to that he was the Director of Public & International Affairs at FUNDES and lead the creation of Buenos Aires Emprende - the successful business creation program in Buenos Aires. He has a degree in International Studies from the Universidad Di Tella and a Masters in Business and Competition from the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina.

 

Eduardo T. Amadeo

Partner, Nazca Ventures

Eduardo is a founding partner of Nazca Ventures. He has spent 10 years specialising in and is now responsable for sourcing and selecting investment opportunities in businesses with high growth potential. Prior to that he was the Director of Public & International Affairs at FUNDES and lead the creation of Buenos Aires Emprende - the successful business creation program in Buenos Aires. He has a degree in International Studies from the Universidad Di Tella and a Masters in Business and Competition from the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina.

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Eliza Erikson

Director, Investments Omidyar Network

Eliza brings a diverse background in global development finance to Omidyar Network, where she manages investments across the Entrepreneurship, Education and Financial Inclusion initiatives. Focusing on Latin America, she invests in organizations that create economic opportunity for millions of people living at the base of the pyramid. Before joining Omidyar Network in fall 2011, Eliza was the chief lending officer at Calvert Foundation, where she was responsible for the management and growth of the foundation and its subsidiaries' more than $325 million in assets under management. Previously, Eliza managed Calvert Foundation’s international portfolio. Under her direction, that portfolio grew from $10 million to over $70 million in loans and equity investments outstanding in financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and water and sanitation. Earlier in her career, Eliza worked with the Corporation for Enterprise Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing management consulting and investment services to development finance institutions in the United States, Latin America, South Asia, and North Africa. Eliza earned an MPP with concentrations in finance and program evaluation from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as well as an A.B. in politics from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Eliza helped found MFX Solutions and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of the Cultural Development Corporation, which creates affordable living and working space for artists in Washington, D.C.

 

Emilio Martínez

MD, Vallecas Business Incubator

Emilio is the Managing Director of Vallecas Business Incubator, part of the Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, the largest public network of business incubators for entrepreneurs in Europe, managed by ASECOM. An intrapreneur and blogger (www.innover.es), @aemiliusmg is a “usual suspect” in the fast-growing Madrid startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously at Madrid Emprende, he launched countless initiatives for international entrepreneurs and global startups, like “Madrid Soft-Landing” or the “Madrid International Lab”. He acts as a mentor or judge for several programs for entrepreneurs and startups and as such he analyzes over 100 hundred projects every year. After having lived in countries like the UK and Cuba, and getting to know the most flourishing startup ecosystems, he really believes that Spain offers outstanding conditions for becoming a global hub for fin-tech startups. Emilio graduated in Business Administration from the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM), has a Master in International Business from CECO and a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.

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Emilio Martínez

Startups Acceleration Manager, Alcobendas Startup

Emilio is the Managing Director of Vallecas Business Incubator, part of the Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, the largest public network of business incubators for entrepreneurs in Europe, managed by ASECOM. An intrapreneur and blogger (www.innover.es), @aemiliusmg is a “usual suspect” in the fast-growing Madrid startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Previously at Madrid Emprende, he launched countless initiatives for international entrepreneurs and global startups, like “Madrid Soft-Landing” or the “Madrid International Lab”. He acts as a mentor or judge for several programs for entrepreneurs and startups and as such he analyzes over 100 hundred projects every year. After having lived in countries like the UK and Cuba, and getting to know the most flourishing startup ecosystems, he really believes that Spain offers outstanding conditions for becoming a global hub for fin-tech startups. Emilio graduated in Business Administration from the Autonoma University of Madrid (UAM), has a Master in International Business from CECO and a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.

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Enrique Majos Ramirez

CEO, Banco Compartamos

With more than 20 years of experience in the Mexican Financial Sector, and more than 10 years in the Microfinance Sector, Enrique is currently the CEO for Banco Compartamos in Mexico, at the same time that heads the Microfinance operations for Gentera in Guatemala and Peru. Gentera is a listed holding company on the Mexican Stock Exchange, integrated by six subsidiaries focused on offering financial inclusion services. Prior to being named CEO and Microfinance Executive Officer, he was Chief Operating Officer for Compartamos Banco. Before joining Gentera, he worked at Citibank in the Global Consumer Banking division. Enrique holds an MBA from IPADE in Mexico City, and a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He has participated in several executive programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Additionally, he has been panelist at North Western University, New York University, Columbia University, Wharton University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and EGADE Business School.

 
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Esteban D. Mancuso

Co-founder Velum Ventures SAS

Esteban has an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa, he became a Babson SEE Program Fellow in 2009 and he has a law degree from UBA. He’s the co-founder of Velum Ventures SAS and is a management partner of Velum Early Stage Fund I. He created the #LeanStrategy methodology. He was CEO of the Atacama advertising group and of Infotowers SRL, co-founder of NautorPharma SA and an investor in taringa.net. He is a regular speaker at conferences and advises MinComercio, Innpulsa, Wayra, EAFIT, CESA and ConfeCámaras among other institutions in the ecosystem.

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Esteban D. Mancuso

Co-founder Velum Ventures SAS

Esteban has an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa, he became a Babson SEE Program Fellow in 2009 and he has a law degree from UBA. He’s the co-founder of Velum Ventures SAS and is a management partner of Velum Early Stage Fund I. He created the #LeanStrategy methodology. He was CEO of the Atacama advertising group and of Infotowers SRL, co-founder of NautorPharma SA and an investor in taringa.net. He is a regular speaker at conferences and advises MinComercio, Innpulsa, Wayra, EAFIT, CESA and ConfeCámaras among other institutions in the ecosystem.

 

Esteban Velasco

Founder & Managing Partner, Velum Ventures

Esteban is the founder and Managing Partner of Velum Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. He has extensive experience in managing venture capital investment focused on Colombian technological enterprises. He has worked as an advisor for the Latin American division of the Spanish fund Tagua Capital, served as Investment Director for Promotora Venture Capital arm, investing in IT, Clean-Tech and Biotechnology. He also worked as the Director of Investments at Conconcreto and as the Financial Structuring Manager for Promotora Investment Bank. He founded and financed his own tech firm, focused on analytics in 2000. Studied Business Administration at EAFIT (Colombia), completed an MBA at ISM (France) and participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at MIT (USA).

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Esteban Velasco

Founder & Managing Partner, Velum Ventures

Esteban is the founder and Managing Partner of Velum Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. He has extensive experience in managing venture capital investment focused on Colombian technological enterprises. He has worked as an advisor for the Latin American division of the Spanish fund Tagua Capital, served as Investment Director for Promotora Venture Capital arm, investing in IT, Clean-Tech and Biotechnology. He also worked as the Director of Investments at Conconcreto and as the Financial Structuring Manager for Promotora Investment Bank. He founded and financed his own tech firm, focused on analytics in 2000. Studied Business Administration at EAFIT (Colombia), completed an MBA at ISM (France) and participated in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at MIT (USA).

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Fabiola Acosta

Executive Director, BBVA Colombia

Ingeniera Industrial de la Universidad de los Andes de Colombia, cuenta con más de 25 años de experiencia en el banco, ha pasado por los departamentos de Organización y Métodos, Banca Empresarial, Marketing. También ha sido gerente territorial y lideró la fusión de Granahorrar con BBVA. Actualmente es la encargada de liderar el desarrollo de proyectos de transformación en Colombia con una visión de innovación aplicada a los procesos de negocio

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Felipe Chediak

Director & Co Founder, Insignium Wealth Management AG

Felipe es director y cofundador de Insignium Wealth Management AG. Ejerce también como presidente ejecutivo de Ecuacopia, distribuidora autorizada de la marca Ricoh para Ecuador. Luego de vivir durante 11 años entre España y Ecuador regresa a instalarse en su país por motivos personales. Junto con seis socios promueve su proyecto personal -Buen Trip Hub- co working space enfocado a emprendimiento tecnológico en Ecuador. Felipe estudió en Virginia Tech, luego obtuvo un MBA Internacional en el Instituto de Empresa de Madrid IMBA en el año 2002. Adicionalmente tiene un post grado en Gestión de Patrimonio en el Institut de Estudies Financiers de Barcelona.

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Felipe Tibocha

Director LATAM, Juntos Finanzas

Felipe es el actual Director para Latinoamérica de Juntos Finanzas y previamente trabajó con el Prof. Muhammad Yunus en el desarrollo de instituciones de micro-finanzas y negocios sociales en Colombia, Alemania y Bangladesh. Felipe es también co-fundador de Bive, una empresa que facilita el acceso a servicios de salud de alta calidad para familias de bajos ingresos en Colombia. Felipe es Ingeniero Mecánico de la Universidad de los Andes en Colombia y completó su maestría en Ecole de Mines en Francia.

 

Félix López Capel

Institutional Relations Director at AJE Madrid

Félix López Capel is the institutional relations director at AJE Madrid (Entrepreneurs Association) and is responsible for investor relations at Finanziapyme. He is also a Foundum.com ambassador and an advisor for different startups. He’s a speaker and professor in sales and marketing. Previously he worked in sales and marketing at global companies like Xerox Spain, Regus Business Centers and xing.com. He was the general manager at Affirma Business Centers and AJE Madrid. He’s a member of the board at the Spanish Marketing Association. His blog is http://felixlopezcapel.wordpress.com/

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Félix López Capel

Partner & Investors Relations, Finanziapyme

Félix López Capel is the institutional relations director at AJE Madrid (Entrepreneurs Association) and is responsible for investor relations at Finanziapyme. He is also a Foundum.com ambassador and an advisor for different startups. He’s a speaker and professor in sales and marketing. Previously he worked in sales and marketing at global companies like Xerox Spain, Regus Business Centers and xing.com. He was the general manager at Affirma Business Centers and AJE Madrid. He’s a member of the board at the Spanish Marketing Association. His blog is http://felixlopezcapel.wordpress.com/

 

Fermín Bueno

Partner, Next Bank

Fermin Bueno is Partner at Next Bank, the leading global community driving collaboration and innovation in financial services through technology, design and entrepreneurship. Prior to Next Bank, Fermin was a founding employee and investment manager at Jeremie Fund, where he launched a 185 M Euro venture capital fund financed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) and other Spanish publish institutions. At Jeremie Fund, Fermin led investments at fintech, artificial intelligence, cloud and mobile technology startups. Before that, he worked at a strategy-consulting firm advising leading European mobile operators on how to capitalize new technologies through the creation of new business opportunities. Fermin started his career at Ericsson, where he developed electronic communications technologies that brought mobile internet to the masses years later, and that transformed industries such as music, media, retail and the telco industry itself. Fermin holds a M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de Sevilla, Spain and Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and MBA from IE Business School.

 
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Fermín Bueno

Managing Partner, Finnovista

Fermin es cofundador y Managing Partner de Finnovista, donde ha liderado la creación de una innovadora plataforma Fintech formada por una red colaborativa a través de competiciones de startups, programas de aceleración, eventos Fintech y progamas de Open Innovation patrocinados por diversas organizaciones en Europa, Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Antes de Finnovista, Fermín formó parte del equipo directivo que lanzaron una aceleradora de impacto para startups y un fondo de inversión de 185M de euros en España, donde se encargó de las inversiones para startups de Fintech, móvil, software empresarial y semiconductores. También ha trabajado como consultor e investigador de tecnologías de las primeras tecnologías para móviles en Europa. Además, tiene un M.Sc. en Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad de Sevilla y MBA por el IE Business School (España).

 

Fermin Ezquer

Global MD, Think Creative

Fermín Ezquer Matallana is the Global Managing Director of Think Creative, the consulting firm with offices in Mexico, Madrid and New York which specializes in growth strategies through innovation in business models. Fermín currently lives in New York and his specialty is the identification of consumer needs and problems and the design of corresponding value propositions. He has worked for large and small companies across a wide range of sectors in the US, Spain, France, Italy, China, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Malaysia.

 

Fermín Ezquer Matallana

Global MD, Think Creative

Fermín Ezquer Matallana is the Global Managing Director of Think Creative, the consultancy firm with offices in Mexico, Madrid and New York which specialises in growth strategies through innovation and business models. Fermín currently lives in New York and his speciality is identifying consumer needs and problems and designing corresponding value propositions. He has worked for large and small companies across many sectors in the US, Spain, France, Italy, China, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Malaysia. He has also been a professor at New York University (NYU) and the University of Lehigh (Pennsylvania) and currently collaborates on Iacocca Institute (Pennsylvania) programs. He is the author of “La Empresa Creativa” and “B2S Big to Small”, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatorio Nacional del Emprendedor in Mexico and has taken part as a mentor or judge in the Startup Weekend and Human IPO events in the US and Europe. He carried out his education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, IESE and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Fermín Ezquer Matallana

Global MD, Think Creative

Fermín Ezquer Matallana is the Global Managing Director of Think Creative, the consultancy firm with offices in Mexico, Madrid and New York which specialises in growth strategies through innovation and business models. Fermín currently lives in New York and his speciality is identifying consumer needs and problems and designing corresponding value propositions. He has worked for large and small companies across many sectors in the US, Spain, France, Italy, China, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Malaysia. He has also been a professor at New York University (NYU) and the University of Lehigh (Pennsylvania) and currently collaborates on Iacocca Institute (Pennsylvania) programs. He is the author of “La Empresa Creativa” and “B2S Big to Small”, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatorio Nacional del Emprendedor in Mexico and has taken part as a mentor or judge in the Startup Weekend and Human IPO events in the US and Europe. He carried out his education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, IESE and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

 

Fernando Egido

Director General Adjunto, Self Bank

Fernando Egido es Director General Adjunto de Self Bank, el banco online especialista en Inversión y Ahorro participado por Boursorama y CaixaBank, a donde se incorporó en septiembre de 2012 tras haber sido Responsable del Área de Banca 2.0 en Banca Cívica, cargo que ocupó desde 2010 a 2012, y donde tuvo a su cargo la gestión de todos los servicios online y el negocio digital del grupo bancario ahora integrado en CaixaBank. Previamente era Director de Negocio Digital de Caja Navarra, entidad a la que se había incorporado en 2007 como responsable de Innovación Tecnológica y donde lideró las iniciativas que convirtieron a CAN en un referente online en el uso de las redes sociales en el sector financiero. Durante esta etapa también participó en el comité de inversiones de Eurecan, la unidad de apoyo a emprendedores de Caja Navarra que invirtió en proyectos como Abiquo, Spamina, Just in Mind, Rockola, Bubok o DaD.

 
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Fernando Egido

Deputy CEO, Self Bank

Fernando Egido is Assistant Director General at Self Bank, the online bank specialising in savings and investments in association with Boursorama and CaixaBank. He joined Self Bank in September 2012 after having been in charge of Bank 2.0 at Banca Civica (which is now part of CaixaBank) from 2010 to 2012, where he managed the online services and digital business of the savings bank group. Prior to that he was the director of digital business for Caja Navarra, which he joined in 2007 in charge of innovation technology and where he led the initiatives which converted CAN into an online model in the use of social networks in the finance sector. During this time he was involved in the investment board of Eurecan, the support unit for entrepreneurs at Caja Navarra which invested in projects like Abiquo, Spamina, Just in Mind, Rockola, Bubok and DaD.

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Fernando Egido

Deputy CEO, Self Bank

Fernando is Deputy CEO at Self Bank, the digital bank of Boursorama Group in Spain (Boursorama Group is the digital banking subsidiary of Société Générale). He joined Self Bank in September 2012 after having been in charge of Bank 2.0 at Banca Civica (which is now part of CaixaBank) from 2010 to 2012, where he managed the online services and digital business of the savings bank group. Prior to that he was the director of digital business for Caja Navarra, which he joined in 2007 in charge of innovation technology and where he led the initiatives which converted CAN into an online model in the use of social networks in the finance sector. During this time he was involved in the investment board of Eurecan, the support unit for entrepreneurs at Caja Navarra which invested in projects like Abiquo, Spamina, Just in Mind, Rockola, Bubok and DaD.

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Fernando Sucre

CEO and Founder, ComparaMejor.com

Fundador de ComparaMejor.com, una de las principales startups colombianas que está revolucionanado el sector de los seguros en el país. ComparaMejor.com, que incrementó sus ventas un 397% en los últimos 12 meses, ofrece a sus usuarios la posibilidad de decidir, de forma autónoma y responsable, sobre la adquisición de productos ofrecidos en el mercado financiero con información comparativa y emisión en línea de pólizas para seguros de vehículos (todo riesgo y SOAT). Además, permite comparar CDTs, tarjetas de créditos y las diferentes cuentas de ahorro que ofrecen los bancos ubicados en Colombia. Antes de emprender, Fernando trabajó durante 8 años en el sector financiero – tecnológico, en las áreas de estrategia, riesgo crediticio, ecommerce y mercadeo en diferentes bancos en UK como el Lloyds Banking Group y la página de comparación de servicios financieros Totallymoney.com.

 
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Francesco Cardi

Business Director, Chaordic

Francesco studied Nuclear Engineering in Turin and worked as a management consultant for more than 10 years. Since 2008 he has been having fun in the startup world, and has helped 3 founders grow their Internet ventures, respectively in Madrid (Weblogs SL), London (Nestoria) and São Paulo (Chaordic). He has been based in São Paulo since Jan 2012 and is a Business Director in Chaordic, a Brazilian startup that provides e-commerce personalization solutions. He began by leading the business team, then one of the product teams and is currently leading the internationalisation efforts of Chaordic. He is passionate about inventing and implementing new business models and working with small organisations creating new products. He speaks 5 languages and loves putting them to work in internationalisation projects.

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Francisco Coronel

Co-founder & MD, NXTP Labs

Mr. Coronel is Co-Founder & Managing Director of NXTP Labs, one of the most important business accelerators in Latin America that has received a significant equity investment from the Multilateral Investment Fund (“FOMIN”), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. NXTP Labs has already invested in 150 companies and plans to complete a 300-company portfolio during the next 2 years. NXTP Labs has had a great impact on the Latin American entrepreneurial community for its contribution as a fertile ecosystem for technology innovation, entrepreneurs and investors. Mr. Coronel was recognized as Global Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2007 for the successful development of Archpartners, for which he was Co-Founder and CFO. Francisco has actively participated as an advisory board member in a wide range of projects with local, regional or global impact. His technical contribution has been related to the development of successful business plans, investment rounds, and advisor to startup expansion programs. Mr. Coronel has an Economics major from Buenos Aires University and a postgraduate specialization in corporate finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He also is a Certified Public Accountant registered at the Buenos Aires CPA Association and the International Federation of Accountants.

 
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Francisco Coronel

Co-Fundador, NXTP Labs

Francisco es Co-Fundador, Director Ejecutivo & CFO de NXTP Labs, el Fondo de Inversión de empresas tecnológicas más activo de Latino America, el cual ha recibido una inversión de capital significativa del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. NXTP Labs ya ha invertido en más de 175 empresas y planea completar un portfolio de inversión de 300 compañías durante los próximos 3 años. Francisco fue reconocido como GLOBAL entreprenuer ENDEAVOR en 2007. Su actuación como Co-Fundador y Director Financiero de Archpartners, uno de los proyectos que desarrolló con éxito, se distinguía de un panel internacional de Endeavor. Complementariamente, Francisco ha participado activamente como miembro del Consejo Asesor en una amplia gama de proyectos con impacto local, regional o global. Francisco es Contador Público (UBA) y realizó el programa de Corporate Finance Master de la Universidad de California en Berkeley.

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Francisco Coronel

Co-founder & MD, NXTP Labs

Mr. Coronel is Co-Founder & Managing Director of NXTP Labs, one of the most important business accelerators in Latin America that has received a significant equity investment from the Multilateral Investment Fund (“FOMIN”), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. NXTP Labs has already invested in 150 companies and plans to complete a 300-company portfolio during the next 2 years. NXTP Labs has had a great impact on the Latin American entrepreneurial community for its contribution as a fertile ecosystem for technology innovation, entrepreneurs and investors. Mr. Coronel was recognized as Global Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2007 for the successful development of Archpartners, for which he was Co-Founder and CFO. Francisco has actively participated as an advisory board member in a wide range of projects with local, regional or global impact. His technical contribution has been related to the development of successful business plans, investment rounds, and advisor to startup expansion programs. Mr. Coronel has an Economics major from Buenos Aires University and a postgraduate specialization in corporate finance from the University of California at Berkeley. He also is a Certified Public Accountant registered at the Buenos Aires CPA Association and the International Federation of Accountants.

 

François Derbaix

Emprendedor e Inversor Fintech

François Derbaix es Ingeniero de Gestión (UCL, Bélgica, 1997). Fue consultor en BCG de 1997 a 1999. Luego se mudó a Madrid y fundó Toprural (2000), del que fue CEO hasta su venta a HomeAway en 2012. También ha sido co-fundador de Rentalia (2003), vendido a idealista.com en 2012. En la actualidad es co-fundador de Soysuper.com, un agregador de supermercados, e inversor y asesor en unos 20 negocios Internet en España, entre los cuales 11870.com, Kantox, Comunitae, Ibercheck, etece.es, Reclamador.es, ... Más información en su blog y en twitter @fderbaix.

 
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François Derbaix

Fintech entrepreneur and investor

François Derbaix is an Organizational Engineer (UCL, Belgium, 1997). He was a consultant to BCG from 1997 to 1999. He then moved to Madrid and founded Toprural (2000). He was CEO until its sale to HomeAway in 2012. He was also co-founder of Rentalia (2003), sold to idealista.com in 2012. He is currently co-founder of Soysuper.com, a supermarket aggregator and investor in and assessor to some 20 internet shops in Spain, including 11870.com, Kantox, Comunitae, Ibercheck, etece.es, and Reclamador.es. For more information see @fderbaix on Twitter and his blog.

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François Derbaix

Fintech entrepreneur and investor

François es Ingeniero de Gestión (UCL, Bélgica, 1997). Fue consultor en BCG de 1997 a 1999. Luego se mudó a Madrid y fundó Toprural (2000), del que fue CEO hasta su venta a HomeAway en 2012. También ha sido co-fundador de Rentalia (2003), vendido a idealista.com en 2012. En la actualidad es co-fundador de Indexa Capital, Aplazame y Soysuper. También es inversor y asesor en unos 25 negocios Internet, entre los cuales Kantox, Tiendeo y Percentil. Más información en su blog y en twitter @fderbaix.

 

Frank Schwab

CEO Fidor TecS

Frank Schwab joined Fidor TecS AG as CEO in January 2014. Fidor TecS enables disruptive digital banking by reshaping the customer relationship through technology. Before he worked as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey. In more than 20 years at Deutsche Bank Frank was the chief architect of the retail banking division, director of European co-ordination and head of internet banking. Frank is a pioneer of Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Point Banking and a winner of three European Awards for the New Online Banking, Mobile Banking and Touch Banking at Q110 - The Deutsche Bank of the Future. He also lectured „Creativity and Innovation Management“ at Mannheim Business School and “Information Management in Finance & Insurance” at Wiesbaden Business School.

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Gabriel Charles

Managing Director, Wayra Mexico

Gabriel has more than 19 years of experience in the telco industry. Currently he is the Country Manager of Wayra Mexico, the startup accelerator of Telefónica Group (wayra.co) with presence in 12 countries. Globally, Wayra has +400 startups in its portfolio and +30 in Mexico. Before joining Wayra, Gabriel led the strategy for new products to transform Movistar México into a Digital Telco as Marketing director, he launched innovative services including mobile security and financial services for Movistar subscribers. Before, he was in charge of the prepaid and service platforms technology consolidation and evolution for Telefónica México and Central America after the acquisition of BellSouth Group in 2005. He is also member of the board of some companies including Kubo Financiero. He has an Electronic and Telecommunication degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and had coursed different executive programs with ESADE, IESE and IEDE.

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Gabriel Charles

Managing Director at Wayra

Ingeniero-ingenioso con más de 19 años de experiencia en la industria de telecomunicaciones. Actualmente se desempeña como CHO (Chief Humor Officer) y Director de Wayra México, fondo de inversión y aceleradora de startups digitales del Grupo Telefónica, con presencia en 12 países de Europa y Latinoamérica y un portafolio de más de 500 empresas.

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Gabriel Manjarrez

Co-founder, Mimoni

Gabriel Manjarrez is co-founder and CEO of Mimoni, a company that since 2008 has been developing proprietary scoring processes and algorithms focused on instant credit approval for the unbanked middle- and bottom-of-the-pyramid majority in developing countries. The Mimoni online lending service, launched in August 2013, is Latin America’s largest online short-term consumer credit provider, enabling instant-approval lending for the tens of millions of credit-worthy (though currently unbanked) consumers that today have to rely on more-expensive pawn shops or loan sharks for their emergency cash needs. Since launch, Mimoni has acquired hundreds of thousands of members and made over tens of thousands loans. Gabriel and his co-founder, Pedro Zayas, were selected as Endeavor Global entrepreneurs in late 2011. Mimoni's investors include Omidyar Network and Ignia, two of the top global impact investment firms as well as the Silicon Valley VC firms Bay Partners and Storm Ventures. Gabriel previously was co-founder of Progreso Financiero, a US-based, Greylock-backed consumer financial services company focused on providing unsecured loans to the unbanked and underbanked Hispanic immigrant community in the US. Since 2005 Progreso has made over US$1B worth of loans to US-based Hispanic immigrants in California and Texas Gabe has an MBA from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree from ITAM (in Mexico City) and divides his time between Palo Alto, California and Mexico City.

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Garrett Cassidy

Founder and MD, Abarta

Garrett has over twenty years of experience in technology and financial services and is also an Advisor with Anthemis Edge at Anthemis Group. He is active in the FinTech community having led European Operations at Circle Internet Financial and the NDRC FinTech programme in Dublin. He previously held a range of senior positions at Bank of Ireland, Marrakech, Ulster Bank, and Goldman Sachs.

 
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Gavin Holland

Founder, Anthemis Talent

Gavin's expertise lies in advising companies on recruiting, developing, and retaining high-performing talent and with them building world-class teams. As founder of Anthemis Talent, his 15+ years of experience in the industry is invaluable for clients and their portfolio companies to grow and develop their organisations. Prior to joining Anthemis Talent, Gavin ran the financial services talent business across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Heidrick & Struggles. In his 13 years there, his client work included hiring the Chairman, CEO, COO, CTO and other C-Level executives across a range of sectors including fintech, payments, consumer financial services, corporate & investment banking, asset wealth & alternative investments, clearing & bpo. These clients have ranged from the world's most prestigious multi-nationals, to the most disruptive small start-ups. Gavin became one of the youngest partners in the firm's history at 29, and was recognised internally and externally as one of the very few executive search professionals who really understand the intersect point of the financial services industry with technology, change and innovation.

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Germán Martínez Arranz

Investment director, Grupo Multitel

Germán is Investment director at Grupo Multitel. Prior to that, he was Vice president at Nmas1 within the alternative asset management department and worked as a Strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney. He also founded and managed a company in the young accommodation market focused on student halls and youth hostels. Germán has an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering and is a CFA charterholder.

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German Pugliese Bassi

Co-founder, Technisys

German has played a significant role as Co-founder , CMO & Alliances of Technisys, an organization recognized for its reputation in the technology industry, and he is considered one of the most successful entrepreneurs of Latin America. The innovations of a world-class entrepreneur in the technology industry have been a topic of interest for universities such as Wharton, Columbia and MIT, where German has given lectures and participated in conferences. He has also been interviewed by major international media companies, the CNN TV chain, and top business and technology publications, such as America Economia and Latin Finance.

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Gonzalo Eguiagaray

Investment Officer, Arcano

Gonzalo is Investment Officer at Arcano Asset Management heading the North America private equity investment team out of its New York office. Since joining Arcano in 2008 he has primarily been responsible for evaluating and monitoring investments in venture capital, growth equity and buyout funds and co-investments, primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Gonzalo was also involved in evaluating investments in debt of European corporates. Prior to Arcano, Gonzalo worked at the mergers and acquisitions department at Grant Thornton in Dominican Republic. He holds a double degree in Law (2007) and Business Administration (2008) from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid.

 

Gonzalo Martín-Villa

CEO Wayra

With a particular passion for technology and innovation, Gonzalo serves as CEO of Wayra, Telefónica’s start-up accelerator, from its birth in 2011. In less than three years, he helped Wayra become one of the largest technology accelerators, opening operations in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe (Colombia, México, Spain, Venezuela, Perú, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, UK, Germany, Ireland and the Czech Republic). Today, Wayra has a portfolio of more than 300 innovative companies in 20 different digital industries. Prior to join Wayra, Gonzalo spent five years as Director of the Secretaría General Técnica (Head of the Chairman’s Office) of Telefónica Latinoamérica, leading projects and initiatives at a regional level. He joined Telefónica in 1997, when he started working in the legal department of Telefónica Internacional, the entity that managed Telefónica´s international operations. In 1999 he was appointed as Legal Manager of Telefónica Móviles, the holding company that managed all the mobile operations worldwide, and in 2002 became Legal Director of Telefónica Móviles México, where he worked for almost three years before returning to Spain. Gonzalo has a degree in Law by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an LLM by Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from IESE Business School – University of Navarra. He currently divides his time between Madrid, Latin America and the rest of Europe. Gonzalo is also a passionate marathon runner.

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Gonzalo Tradacete

CEO, Faraday Venture Partners

Gonzalo co-fundó y dirige Faraday Venture Partners, club de inversores privados en iniciativas empresariales. Faraday presenta lo que considera las mejores oportunidades de inversión en startups a sus Socios, se encarga de la formalización de la inversión y defiende los intereses de sus Socios en las participadas. Faraday representa a día de hoy 132 Socios que han invertido más de 3 millones de euros en 13 empresas. Anteriormente, Gonzalo trabajó en el departamento de fusiones y adquisiciones de KPMG, en un Hedge Fund / Private Equity londinense, como consultor en tecnología para fondos alternativos de inversión y como auditor de fondos alternativos de inversión para PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd. Gonzalo es Chartered Financial Analyst por el CFA Institute, Master in Business Entrepreneurship por la Politécnica de Madrid, MSc International Finance por Westminster University y Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad Libre de Bruselas.

 

Greg Neufeld

Founding Partner, ValueStream Labs

Greg Neufeld is the Founding Partner of ValueStream Labs, a venture investment and development company focused on Financial Services startups. An entrepreneur and investor with a deep finance and technology background, Greg's career across asset management, enterprise sales and consumer web industries has given him a unique view of the technology gaps and vast opportunities for startups in Finance. A native New Yorker, Greg grew up with a deep network in finance and was also an early adopter and beta tester of web products. He spent the first half of his career in hedge funds as a technical analyst trading futures, ETFs and options. Greg left the hedge fund industry after the global financial crisis and joined a successful FinTech startup that was recently acquired by Bloomberg, then led enterprise sales for a large technology research firm. Greg was also the co-founder of Freespeech, a Top 25 mobile messaging app in 2011 and early competitor to WhatsApp. He has a B.S. from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

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Greg Neufeld

Founding Partner, ValueStream Labs

Greg Neufeld is the Founding Partner of ValueStream Labs, a venture investment and development company focused on Financial Services startups. An entrepreneur and investor with a deep finance and technology background, Greg's career across asset management, enterprise sales and consumer web industries has given him a unique view of the technology gaps and vast opportunities for startups in Finance. A native New Yorker, Greg grew up with a deep network in finance and was also an early adopter and beta tester of web products. He spent the first half of his career in hedge funds as a technical analyst trading futures, ETFs and options. Greg left the hedge fund industry after the global financial crisis and joined a successful FinTech startup that was recently acquired by Bloomberg, then led enterprise sales for a large technology research firm. Greg was also the co-founder of Freespeech, a Top 25 mobile messaging app in 2011 and early competitor to WhatsApp. He has a B.S. from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

 

Gustavo Vinacua

Director, Centro de Innovación BBVA

Gustavo es actualmente Director del Centro de Innovación BBVA, donde BBVA tiene el objetivo de hacer tangible el compromiso con la innovación a través de un enfoque colaborativo y abierto que convierta este espacio de trabajo en una factoría de innovación (generación y desarrollo de ideas) y un punto de encuentro para los interesados y los comprometidos con la innovación. Gustavo tiene más de 15 años de experiencia en posiciones clave de liderazgo en los sectores de las Telecomunicaciones, la Tecnología y Alimentación y Bebidas. Durante su carrera ha desarrollado proyectos en varias áreas de negocio: CRM, estrategia de precios, experiencia de usuario, desarrollo de negocio e innovación. Entre sus experiencias profesionales destaca sus posiciones en Ericsson, Amena y France Telecom, donde jugó un activo papel en el desarrollo del sector de las Telecomunicaciones en España. En paralelo, ha desarrollado una actividad emprendedora y hace mentoring activo a emprendedores.

 

Gustavo Vinacua

Director, Centro de Innovación BBVA

Gustavo is currently the Director of the Centro de Innovación BBVA, where BBVA has the objective of making a tangible commitment to innovation through a collaborative and open focus which converts this working space into an innovation factory. It’s a space for the generation and development of ideas and a meeting point for all interested in and committed to innovation. Gustavo has more than 15 years of experience in key leadership positions in the Telecommunications, Technology, Food and Drink sectors. During his career he has developed projects in various areas of business: CRM, pricing strategy, UX and business and innovation development. His professional experience includes roles at Ericsson, Amena and France Telecom, where he played an active role in the development of the Telecommunications sector in Spain. At the same time, he was involved in entrepreneurial activity and is an active mentor to other entrepreneurs.

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Gustavo Vinacua

Director, Centro de Innovación BBVA

Gustavo is currently the Director of the Centro de Innovación BBVA, where BBVA has the objective of making a tangible commitment to innovation through a collaborative and open focus which converts this working space into an innovation factory. It’s a space for the generation and development of ideas and a meeting point for all interested in and committed to innovation. Gustavo has more than 15 years of experience in key leadership positions in the Telecommunications, Technology, Food and Drink sectors. During his career he has developed projects in various areas of business: CRM, pricing strategy, UX and business and innovation development. His professional experience includes roles at Ericsson, Amena and France Telecom, where he played an active role in the development of the Telecommunications sector in Spain. At the same time, he was involved in entrepreneurial activity and is an active mentor to other entrepreneurs.

 

Harrie Vollaard

Head of Innovation, Rabobank

Harrie Vollaard is Head of Innovation at the Rabobank. Started the innovation department from scratch and built it to a department also responsible for trend watching and strategy. His team has a now a tremendous record of initiating major changes within the bank e.g. introducing the new way of working, collaboration with the FinTech industry, open banking and big data. Renewed the role of the department several times and is now focusing on open innovation, investments and spin offs.

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Hector Cardenas

CEO & Co-founder, Conekta

CEO and cofounder of Conekta (conekta.io), a payment gateway for Mexico that enables companies to store cards and process online recurrent payments while providing all security and anti-fraud infrastructure to scale from thousands to millions of transactions. Hector earned an Honours BASc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Hector cofounded Conekta to create a better way for companies to collect money in Mexico. Conekta is a licensed aggregator by the Banco de México.

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Hernán Garza

Financial Inclusion Lead, Mexico and Central America, MasterCard

Hernán actualmente se desempeña en MasterCard como Líder de Inclusión Financiera para México y Centroamérica. Cuenta con más de 30 años de experiencia en el despliegue de tecnologías emergentes para resolver problemas de negocio, mejorar la productividad, extender el alcance y mejorar la experiencia del servicio en industrias de cómputo, telecomunicaciones y servicios financieros. Se ha desempeñado en puestos directivos en el sector público y privado, de 2010 a 2104 fue Director Comercial de Telecomunicaciones de México, Telecomm, el operador y transmisor de dinero del Estado Mexicano en donde desarrolló estrategias para mejorar el alcance, la adopción y el uso de servicios financieros en comunidades marginadas y rurales. Es Ingeniero Industrial y de Sistemas por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, cuenta con una Maestría en Administración por la misma institución.

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Hugo Nájera

Head of Digital Banking, BBVA Bancomer

Hugo Nájera studied Business Economics and graduated in Business Administration at UAM (Metropolitan Autonomous University), in Mexico City. During his career, he has been actively involved in projects regarding e-trading, payment methods, design of new products, alternative channels and e-business, among others, which has allowed him to develop a broad vision of the business. Hugo Nájera Alva is Head of Digital Banking at BBVA Bancomer. He is in charge of Multichannel Technology, Digital Channels, Financial Inclusion, New Digital Business, Virtual Payment Systems and Digital Marketing.

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Humberto Villarreal-Salas

Innovation Manager for Personal Digital Banking, BanRegio

Humberto actualmente colabora en BanRegio como Gerente de Innovación de la banca digital para personas, implementando diferentes soluciones de FinTech en el mercado mexicano. Emprendedor serial y mentor de startups en diferentes organizaciones. Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales por el Tecnológico de Monterrey y Master en Administración por la misma institución.

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Ian Noel

Co-founder y General Partner, K Fund

Ian Noel tiene 12 años de experiencia en Venture Capital. 8 años de los cuales estuvo de Partner y Portfolio Manager en Bonsai Venture Capital (Softonic, Wuaki, Tuenti, Idealista, Infojobs, Niumba, Toprural, etc). Además es un business angel activo, entre otras inversiones que ha realizado ha invertido en Medicanimal (ecommerce lider en Europa en productos premium para animales), Wuaki, www.oja.la (el Lynda.com latino), y Monkimun (edtech infantil). Actualmente es Cofounder y General Partner de K Fund.

 

Iker Marcaide

Fundador, PeerTransfer

Iker Marcaide es fundador de peerTransfer, empresa líder en pagos internacionales en el sector educativo. peerTransfer ayuda a cientos de universidades y miles de estudiantes internacionales a ahorrar dinero y tiempo a la hora de emitir o recibir transferencias internacionales. La empresa ha recibido más de $15M de financiación de VCs internacionales y tiene oficinas en Boston, Londres y Valencia. Iker es MBA por MIT Sloan, Máster por el MIT School of Engineering e Ingeniero Industrial por la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

 
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Iker Marcaide

Founder, PeerTransfer

Iker Marcaide is the founder of peerTransfer, the leading company in international payments in the education sector. peerTransfer helps hundreds of universities and thousands of international students to save money and time at the point of sending and receiving international transfers. The company has received more than $15M of funding from international VCs and has offices in Boston, London and Valencia. Iker has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a masters from the MIT School of Engineering and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

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Iker Marcaide

Founder, PeerTransfer

Iker Marcaide is the founder of peerTransfer, the leading company in international payments in the education sector. peerTransfer helps hundreds of universities and thousands of international students to save money and time at the point of sending and receiving international transfers. The company has received more than $15M of funding from international VCs and has offices in Boston, London and Valencia. Iker has an MBA from MIT Sloan, a masters from the MIT School of Engineering and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

 
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Iñaki Amate

Group Director, Fjord Nordics and Fjord Turkey

Iñaki started his career developing digital products and services in Finland. He worked for one of the largest Internet consulting groups in Europe, Satama Interactive managing Nokia.com. In 2004 he joined Fjord and opened the Helsinki office as Managing Director. In 2009 he opened the Madrid office, followed by Stockholm, Paris and Istanbul. He is currently leading at Fjord operations in Nordics, Russia and Turkey. He helps clients to transform their businesses through Design. At Fjord he has been advising, innovating and designing for clients such as Ericsson, BBVA, Garanti, Finnair, Etisalat, VTB24, Nordea, to name a few. He has been speaking at conferences and events like MWC, FICOD, NOW or The Russian Banking Forum. He has a BA in business, a MSc in economics and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics. Iñaki has also been lecturing for the last 15 years at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, IE (Instituto de Empresa) and at the University of Helsinki on International Management and Service Design.

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Iñaki Amate

Group Director, Fjord Nordics and Fjord Turkey

Iñaki started his career developing digital products and services in Finland. He worked for one of the largest Internet consulting groups in Europe, Satama Interactive managing Nokia.com. In 2004 he joined Fjord and opened the Helsinki office as Managing Director. In 2009 he opened the Madrid office, followed by Stockholm, Paris and Istanbul. He is currently leading at Fjord operations in Nordics, Russia and Turkey. He helps clients to transform their businesses through Design. At Fjord he has been advising, innovating and designing for clients such as Ericsson, BBVA, Garanti, Finnair, Etisalat, VTB24, Nordea, to name a few. He has been speaking at conferences and events like MWC, FICOD, NOW or The Russian Banking Forum. He has a BA in business, a MSc in economics and an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics. Iñaki has also been lecturing for the last 15 years at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, IE (Instituto de Empresa) and at the University of Helsinki on International Management and Service Design.

 

Ismail Chaib

COO, Open Bank Project

Ismail Chaib is the Chief Operating Officer of Berlin-based Open Bank Project , an open source API and app store for banks. As such, he has been engaging with banks and promoting the use of APIs in the financial service industry for more than three years. He previously co-founded the award-winning startup SMSBridge. He graduated from the National School of Computer Science (ESI) in Algiers, Algeria.

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Ismail Chaib

COO, Open Bank Project

Ismail is the COO of the Open Bank Project, a Berlin-based fintech startup building the leading open API for banks. As such, he has been promoting the use of APIs in the financial service industry for more than four years. He previously co-founded the award-winning startup SMSBridge. Ismail graduated from the National School of Computer Science (ESI) in Algiers, Algeria.

 

Ivan Plaza Férriz

Investment Manager, Sabadell Capital

Ivan has broad experience in M&A as well as in management consultancy. Before joining Banco Sabadell’s team, Ivan was consultant at Audiconsultores. Ivan is Investment Manager in Sabadell Capital, Private Equity & Venture Capital area in Banco Sabadell. Funds under management are: Fons Enginyers: Venture Capital firm that invests in seed stage disruptive technology companies. The main LP’s are Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Cataluña, Banco Sabadell and Institut Català de Finances; BStartup 10: Banco Sabadell’s program focused on the investment in 10 startups per year, together with an Acceleration Program in a partnership with Inspirit Labs; Aurica XXI: Private Equity firm that invests in growth capital companies. Ivan holds a degree in Economy from UPF as well as a Master in Corporate Finance from ESADE.

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Ivan Plaza Férriz

Investment Manager, Sabadell Capital

Ivan has broad experience in M&A as well as in management consultancy. Before joining Banco Sabadell’s team, Ivan was consultant at Audiconsultores. Ivan is Investment Manager in Sabadell Capital, Private Equity & Venture Capital area in Banco Sabadell. Funds under management are: Fons Enginyers: Venture Capital firm that invests in seed stage disruptive technology companies. The main LP’s are Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de Cataluña, Banco Sabadell and Institut Català de Finances; BStartup 10: Banco Sabadell’s program focused on the investment in 10 startups per year, together with an Acceleration Program in a partnership with Inspirit Labs; Aurica XXI: Private Equity firm that invests in growth capital companies. Ivan holds a degree in Economy from UPF as well as a Master in Corporate Finance from ESADE.

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Jackie Hyland

Investment Associate, Venture Lab

Jackie is an Investment Associate with Venture Lab, leading the team’s deal activity and portfolio engagement in Latin America. Prior to joining Accion, Jackie was an investment analyst at Compass Group Asset Management in Mexico City where she was part of the real estate private equity team. Jackie also worked at Angel Ventures Mexico as a Fulbright Binational Business Scholar, where she managed deal analysis and strategic entrepreneurial initiatives with the local entrepreneur ecosystem. Previous to that, Jackie founded a women’s entrepreneurial mentoring program in Panama in partnership with Vital Voices and the U.S. State Department’s Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Jackie began her career working for a local health and development non-profit in Panama, leading business and microfinance projects in rural communities. Jackie holds a bachelor of arts in International Relations and Journalism from Baylor University and a graduate certificate in Business from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

 

Jaime Bolivar

MD, TechRules

Jaime is currently Managing Director at TechRules where he’s responsible for the development of financial solutions for professionals (B2P), banks (B2B) and final investors (B2C). Prior to that he was the Head of Product Development at Expert Timing Systems where he was responsible for developing quantitative asset allocation methodologies to manage stocks, bonds, futures and forex portfolios. Jaime has previously taught a master program on portfolio management as well as other financial training courses and participates in conferences organised by Expert Timing Systems and TechRules. He has qualified in the General Management Program (PDG) at IESE and has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

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Jaime Bolivar

MD, TechRules

Jaime is currently Managing Director at TechRules where he’s responsible for the development of financial solutions for professionals (B2P), banks (B2B) and final investors (B2C). Prior to that he was the Head of Product Development at Expert Timing Systems where he was responsible for developing quantitative asset allocation methodologies to manage stocks, bonds, futures and forex portfolios. Jaime has previously taught a master program on portfolio management as well as other financial training courses and participates in conferences organised by Expert Timing Systems and TechRules. He has qualified in the General Management Program (PDG) at IESE and has a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

 

Jaime Martín

Socio Fundador, Lantern

Jaime Martín es socio fundador de Lantern (www.lantern.es), consultora de innovación especialista en desarrollar productos y servicios disruptivos. Anteriormente, dirigió Optimor Iberia, consultora estratégica del grupo WPP, y fue máximo responsable del área de estrategia de Interbrand Madrid. Tras comenzar su carrera en el banco de inversión A.G. Edwards, trabajó como analista senior del grupo de capital riesgo de Bank of America para Latam. Licenciado en Economía y Finanzas por Saint Louis University y MBA en UCLA- Anderson School of Management.

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Jaime Martín

Socio Fundador, Lantern

Jaime Martín es socio fundador de Lantern, consultora de innovación especialista en desarrollar productos y servicios disruptivos. Anteriormente, dirigió Optimor Iberia, consultora estratégica del grupo WPP, y fue máximo responsable del área de estrategia de Interbrand Madrid. Tras comenzar su carrera en el banco de inversión A.G. Edwards, trabajó como analista senior del grupo de capital riesgo de Bank of America para Latam. Licenciado en Economía y Finanzas por Saint Louis University y MBA en UCLA- Anderson School of Management.

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Jaime Martín

CEO founding partner, Lantern

Jaime is CEO founding partner of Lantern, an strategic innovation consultancy. He is a recognized expert in product and service innovation, future trends and new business models. Before founding Lantern, Jaime held different executive-level positions at Millward Brown (WPP Group) and Interbrand in Madrid. Prior to that, he was part of Bank of America Private Equity in Chicago, where he led investment projects in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. He started his career as an investment banking analyst at A.G. Edwards. Jaime holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Saint Louis University and an MBA from UCLA – Anderson School of Management.

 
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James Breeze

CEO, Objective Eye Tracking

Spearheading the field of eye tracking in Australia and Asia, is James Breeze, CEO of Objective Eye Tracking, Objective Digital and Objective Asia. Having chanced upon the wonders of eye tracking technology at a time when it was relatively new and unheard of, James has become a pioneer and expert in delivering valuable consumer insights. His company utilises eye tracking to study the subconscious behaviours of consumers and derive new insights and conclusions that are highly beneficial to corporations, mainly marketers and advertisers. With the inception of Objective Agencies in Australia in 2007 and Singapore in Feb 2013, James and his team of 30 staff are a global customer experience consulting agency. Objective is the specialist in delivering Shopper Insights, Customer Experiences, Usability Testing, User Interface Design, and Information Architecture to the World’s largest banks, telecommunications companies, FMCGs, software companies, market research agencies, advertising agencies, government departments and universities. James holds an Honours degree from UniSA, and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from Macquarie University. In between working, surfing in Bali and fine dining on the Himalayan peaks, James dedicates his time as an adjunct lecturer in Service Innovation, Eye Tracking and User Research at the National University of Singapore. He is also an Adjunct in Organisational Psychology at UNSW and Macquarie Uni and publishes regular papers and studies on the subject matter.

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James Breeze

CEO, Objective Eye Tracking

Spearheading the field of eye tracking in Australia and Asia, is James Breeze, CEO of Objective Eye Tracking, Objective Digital and Objective Asia. Having chanced upon the wonders of eye tracking technology at a time when it was relatively new and unheard of, James has become a pioneer and expert in delivering valuable consumer insights. His company utilises eye tracking to study the subconscious behaviours of consumers and derive new insights and conclusions that are highly beneficial to corporations, mainly marketers and advertisers. With the inception of Objective Agencies in Australia in 2007 and Singapore in Feb 2013, James and his team of 30 staff are a global customer experience consulting agency. Objective is the specialist in delivering Shopper Insights, Customer Experiences, Usability Testing, User Interface Design, and Information Architecture to the World’s largest banks, telecommunications companies, FMCGs, software companies, market research agencies, advertising agencies, government departments and universities. James holds an Honours degree from UniSA, and a Masters in Organisational Psychology from Macquarie University. In between working, surfing in Bali and fine dining on the Himalayan peaks, James dedicates his time as an adjunct lecturer in Service Innovation, Eye Tracking and User Research at the National University of Singapore. He is also an Adjunct in Organisational Psychology at UNSW and Macquarie Uni and publishes regular papers and studies on the subject matter.

 

James Moed

Service Designer, Seedcamp & Anthemis

James Moed is a financial service designer. For the past 11 years, he’s worked with both innovation leaders and design teams to both understand people’s complex behaviours around money, and design ways to increase their ease, confidence, and loyalty. Until 2014, James was the Director for Financial Service Design at the London office of IDEO, where he helped develop offerings for users across touchpoints and across the economic spectrum - from microinsurance for Indian farmers to bespoke services for European billionaires Today, he’s both coaching product teams at innovation-focused FI’s (like Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and driving user-centered UX in the startup space as the “design thinker” in residence at Anthemis and Seedcamp. James has a B.A. in international relations from Brown University and an MBA from INSEAD - which means he speaks just enough French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Hebrew to get into trouble almost anywhere in the world.

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Jared Miller

CEO Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

Jared is the Chief Executive Officer of EFL, overseeing the product, technology, analytics, implementation and business development functions. Before EFL, Jared served as a Vice President at Citi and held positions in their Consumer and Corporate businesses. Jared previously managed Microfinance Information Exchange (MIX) and Planet Rating’s Latin America operations and was an instructor of risk management in the Boulder Microfinance Training Program. Jared has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Jason Jones

Co-Founder and Partner, Lend Academy

Jason Jones is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lend Academy, a media and investment services firm in the online lending sector. Prior to Lend Academy, Jason founded HighStep Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage Internet and financial services companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFunding, an online real estate investment platform; and on the Board of Advisors of iMENA, a Middle Eastern Internet holding company. Previously, Jason worked at J. Goldman & Co. where he was a Sr. Analyst for an Internet focused long/short equity portfolio. In addition, he worked as an internet equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, a venture capital research analyst at Cambridge Associates, and as a trade settlements associate at Fidelity Investments. Jason holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and a BS from Babson College. He is originally from the Boston area and he currently resides in the NYC area.

 

Jason Jones

Co-Founder and Partner, Lend Academy

Jason Jones is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lend Academy, a media and investment services firm in the online lending sector. Prior to Lend Academy, Jason founded HighStep Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage Internet and financial services companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFunding, an online real estate investment platform; and on the Board of Advisors of iMENA, a Middle Eastern Internet holding company. Previously, Jason worked at J. Goldman & Co. where he was a Sr. Analyst for an Internet focused long/short equity portfolio. In addition, he worked as an internet equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, a venture capital research analyst at Cambridge Associates, and as a trade settlements associate at Fidelity Investments. Jason holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and a BS from Babson College. He is originally from the Boston area and he currently resides in the NYC area.

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Jason Jones

Co-Founder and Partner, Lend Academy

Jason Jones is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lend Academy, a media and investment services firm in the online lending sector. Prior to Lend Academy, Jason founded HighStep Capital, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage Internet and financial services companies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of iFunding, an online real estate investment platform; and on the Board of Advisors of iMENA, a Middle Eastern Internet holding company. Previously, Jason worked at J. Goldman & Co. where he was a Sr. Analyst for an Internet focused long/short equity portfolio. In addition, he worked as an internet equity research analyst at Goldman Sachs, a venture capital research analyst at Cambridge Associates, and as a trade settlements associate at Fidelity Investments. Jason holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he was a Park Leadership Fellow and a BS from Babson College. He is originally from the Boston area and he currently resides in the NYC area.

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Jaspar Roos

Chief Inspiration Officer

Chief Inspiration Officer and Dialogues Incubator, ABN AMRO, Fundador FutureIdeas.org y ChiefHumorOfficer.com, Columnista en Dutch Finantial Times, HYPE Innovation, FORBES USA a FORBES Bulgaria, Miembro del Comité de Innovación de Comisión Europea y Consejero en diferentes áreas como arte, tecnología, innovación y programas startups en Comisión Europea. Jaspar es sin duda un pionero en temas de innovación y marcaje de tendencias a nivel mundial. Después de varios años en investigación acerca de temas de humor e innovación, Jaspar comparte su perspectiva de cómo utilizar el humor, el juego y el humor para detonar una cultura de innovación. Desde una nueva perspectiva psicológica y de práctica y ejecución. Nacido y desarrollado dentro de la industria bancaria y finanzas, Jaspar ha sido el Chief Inspiration Officer de unos de los principales bancos holandeses ABN AMRO por varios años, liderando los Laboratorios de emprendedores e innovación, y desarrollando los primeros modelos de banking y crowdfunding.

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Javier Fernández Cueto

Executive Director of Innovation and New Business, Gentera

Javier es Director Ejecutivo de Innovación y Nuevos Negocios de Gentera, empresa pública enfocada a erradicar la exclusión financiera. Es responsable de la implementación de ideas y emprendimientos que apoyen a la creación de una empresa más disruptiva y transformadora. Desde su ingreso a la institución en 1998, participó activamente en la transformación de la ONG a institución financiera, en el proceso de conversión a Banco y en la oferta pública inicial de Compartamos. Actualmente es responsable de los procesos de Fusiones y Adquisiciones dentro de Gentera, habiendo liderado la adquisición de Compartamos Financiera en Perú (antes Financiera CREAR) y de Pagos Intermex para la incursión en el negocio de Remesas.

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Javier Goikoetxea

Founder and CEO, GRUPO NEXT

Javier is the Founder and CEO of GRUPO NEXT (including NEXT SEGUROS and NEXT AUTO), based in Madrid. GRUPO NEXT is the only tech company who offers mobility solutions to the B2C and B2C channels. The group has created the unique insurance product that the client pays only when the car is used. Javier is one the world's pioneers of the telematics business. He brings more than 15 years of experience in M2M, telematics and smart mobility. He notably created the first turnkey PAYD (Pay As You Drive) insurance solution in Spain and Portugal. Before NEXT SEGUROS, he founded Detector and made it the leading Telematic Service Provider (TSP) in Spain and Portugal. As in the case of NEXT SEGUROS, he started the company from a blank sheet of paper. Javier led the company's business model transformation from a telematics distribution model to an international firm specialised in M2M business solutions and smart mobility. Before Detector, Javier also gained experience with Carrefour as internal auditor and consultancy. Mr. Goikoetxea frequently speaks at mobility, M2M and telematics conferences and he is a Visiting Lecturer for Companies Valuation at several universities. Mr. Goikoetxea received a BBA from the Wales University an MBA graduate from the Instituto de Empresa Business School, Madrid.

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Jeffrey Char

Founder & CEO, J-Seed Ventures

Jeffrey is the founder and CEO of J-Seed Ventures, Inc. and Chief Mentor of Venture Generation, a Tokyo-based venture community. He is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor. He serves on the boards of several technology and social ventures, and also advises numerous multinational corporations on global innovation. His past successes include Sozon, an online marketing company sold to ValueCommerce, Solis, a domain registrar sold to GMO Internet, SSK Technology, an electronics company sold to Suzuki Manufacturing, and Pario Software, a network security company sold to Lucent Technologies. He also has experience as a corporate attorney and investment banker, and currently teaches entrepreneurship at Waseda University in Japan and IE Business School in Spain. Mr. Char studied economics at Sophia University in Tokyo and law at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

 
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Jessica Pleguezuelos

Communications & Community Engagement Manager, Finnovista

El fomento del emprendimiento como motor de cambio ha sido su motivación profesional y personal a lo largo de su trayectoria, que se ha desarrollado en el ámbito de la comunicación y captación de fondos, entendiendo el marketing como una herramienta de cambio social. Licenciada en comunicación por la URJC de Madrid, y siendo su vocación el contacto con otros países y culturas, ha estudiado en Filipinas, Argentina, Alemania y Escocia cursando un master en RSC y sostenibilidad con especialización en marketing internacional. Ha trabajado en causas tan diferentes, pero relacionadas, como son los derechos humanos, la infancia o la pobreza en organizaciones nacionales e internacionales. Antes de llegar a Finnovista trabajó como Directora de Comunicación y Marketing online para la Fundación Iniciador, la comunidad de emprendedores más grande de España con más de 800 eventos de capacitación y creación de redes organizadas en todo el mundo (50 ciudades de España y 10 internacionales) con más de 250 voluntarios.

 

Joe Cunningham

Head of Risk Services, Asia Pacific, Visa

Joe Cunningham leads the Risk Services team for Visa across Asia Pacific, a function focused on Visa’s in-market engagement of clients, merchants, regulators and other stakeholders on risk-related issues. Joe is currently based in Singapore, and oversees staff placed in Visa’s Asia Pacific hub and local offices in markets across the region. Joe also represents Visa on the Executive Committee of EMVCo, the global payments industry organization responsible for ensuring interoperability and security of chip-based products; including contact, contactless and mobile-NFC payments. Joe joined Visa in 2008 with responsibility for all future-focused aspects of Visa’s technology agenda. His accountabilities included defining Visa’s long term technology strategy and the company’s technology innovation agenda. In that capacity, Joe founded VisaLabs, the company’s disruptive technology innovation group, responsible for scanning the external landscape for new technology trends and opportunities, and evaluating emerging technology for applicability to Visa’s business. Prior to joining Visa, Joe spent eight years with ANZ Banking Group in Australia as a senior technology executive. His most recent position was CIO (Head of Technology) ANZ Mortgages, responsible for all aspects of technology deployed across ANZ’s mortgages business. Prior to Mortgages, Joe was CIO of ANZ’s Asia/Pacific division. Joe holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is an honors graduate in Applied Mathematics & Computing. In his spare time, Joe is engaged in the technology start-up community, acting as an advisor & investor.

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Joe Cunningham

Head of Risk Services, Asia Pacific, Visa

Joe Cunningham leads the Risk Services team for Visa across Asia Pacific, a function focused on Visa’s in-market engagement of clients, merchants, regulators and other stakeholders on risk-related issues. Joe is currently based in Singapore, and oversees staff placed in Visa’s Asia Pacific hub and local offices in markets across the region. Joe also represents Visa on the Executive Committee of EMVCo, the global payments industry organization responsible for ensuring interoperability and security of chip-based products; including contact, contactless and mobile-NFC payments. Joe joined Visa in 2008 with responsibility for all future-focused aspects of Visa’s technology agenda. His accountabilities included defining Visa’s long term technology strategy and the company’s technology innovation agenda. In that capacity, Joe founded VisaLabs, the company’s disruptive technology innovation group, responsible for scanning the external landscape for new technology trends and opportunities, and evaluating emerging technology for applicability to Visa’s business. Prior to joining Visa, Joe spent eight years with ANZ Banking Group in Australia as a senior technology executive. His most recent position was CIO (Head of Technology) ANZ Mortgages, responsible for all aspects of technology deployed across ANZ’s mortgages business. Prior to Mortgages, Joe was CIO of ANZ’s Asia/Pacific division. Joe holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is an honors graduate in Applied Mathematics & Computing. In his spare time, Joe is engaged in the technology start-up community, acting as an advisor & investor.

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Joel Cano

Director de Operaciones meXBT

Joel está actualmente dirigiendo las operaciones globales de meXBT, la plataforma de intercambios de Bitcoin más importante en México con presencia en Singapur, y alianzas en Brasil y China. Es uno de los primeros mentores en Blockchain.Space una aceleradora global con base en Hong Kong enfocada en proyectos disruptivos usando la tecnología BlockChain. En México ha participado activamente como mentor en Wayra y StartupMexico y es ademas un inversionista de capital emprendedor desde hace mas de 15 años. Fue uno de los primeros empleados para Microsoft en Latinoamerica de donde proviene principalmente su experiencia en Mercadotecnia y Alta Tecnología.

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Jon Axelrod

Managing Director, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Jon, as a Managing Director, leverages his own background as a technology and media entrepreneur for those startups in his field. He answers day to day tactical problems as well as longer term strategy. Mr. Axelrod was Co-Founder and Co-CEO of MusicGremlin, a venture-backed startup that was sold in 2008 to SanDisk Corporation. MusicGremlin was a pioneer in the delivery of digital media content direct to wireless devices. Its WiFi MP3 player was named one of Time Magazine’s “All Time Top 100 Gadgets.” The company filed numerous patents and was recognized with several innovation awards. Prior to launching MusicGremlin, Mr. Axelrod was Co-Founder and President of Music123, a first-mover musical instrument e-commerce company that became one of the largest musical instrument retailers in the United States. Founded in 1999, Music123 grew from startup to profitable market leader in less than four years. It is now a brand of Guitar Center. Mr. Axelrod started his career as a McKinsey & Company consultant. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He holds an A.B. in Social Studies magna cum laude from Harvard University.

 

Jon Matonis

Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation

Jon is an e-Money researcher and crypto-economist focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies. He advises startups in Bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. Jon joined the foundation as a board member, bringing a range of industry experience which spans both the technology and financial sectors. Prior to working with the Bitcoin community, Jon was CEO of Hushmail, an email service focused on user privacy and content encryption. He also held a senior position at VeriSign, the Silicon Valley-based domain registry operator. Jon has deep experience in international finance: he was Chief Forex Trader at VISA and prior to that he held a high-level post at Sumitomo Bank, Japan's second largest bank by assets. Jon earned his B.A. in Economics at George Washington University in 1985. He also studied Economics and Computer Software Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Jon Zanoff

Founder Empire Startups and the FinTech Startups Meetup

Jon Zanoff is a FinTech product management expert with extensive experience developing global multi-asset class electronic trading systems and analytics. Jon previously led product management efforts at E*trade, Instinet, and REDI Technologies. He is a judge for the Innotribe Startup Challenge and Startupbootcamp FinTech. When he's not discovering the next FinTech trend he'll likely be working on his Ducati.

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Jon Zanoff

Founder Empire Startups and the FinTech Startups Meetup

Jon Zanoff is a FinTech product management expert with extensive experience developing global multi-asset class electronic trading systems and analytics. Jon previously led product management efforts at E*trade, Instinet, and REDI Technologies. He is a judge for the Innotribe Startup Challenge and Startupbootcamp FinTech. When he's not discovering the next FinTech trend he'll likely be working on his Ducati.

 
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Jonathan Hayes

Creator & co-founder, Dinube

Jonathan is the creator and co-founder of Dinube - a realtime payment network in the cloud that started up in the MIT Media Lab. Dinube was the winner of several awards at MIT and later set up operations in Europe. Prior to that, Jonathan led the innovation strategy at TechIDEAS, an award -winning software innovation firm based in Barcelona, Spain. Jonathan was one of the founding members of the team that launched Sironta, the first fully inter-operable collaboration software suite available for Mac OS, Linux and PC. Innovation is a way of life for Jonathan. He was one of the first to fly a hot-air balloon over volcanoes in Guatemala. He envisioned and led the development of a high-performance motor sports cluster in Barcelona and was first to launch a bid for an all-Spanish Formula One™ team, also developing the first proposal for Banco Santander's entry to Formula One™. After working in senior management roles across EMEA regions and Central, South and North America, Jonathan returned to Spain to launch “Nuevos Valores”, the premier publication on Corporate Social Responsibility in Spain, of which he was founding editor. Jonathan has led programs on innovation, negotiation skills and entrepreneurship as a senior lecturer at several business schools. Jonathan was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Africa and Europe. He holds joint (Hons) degrees in Law from the Universities of Sheffield (UK) Salamanca (Spain) and earned an MBA in Innovation and Global Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management (USA).

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Jonathan Hayes

Creator & co-founder, Dinube

Jonathan is the creator and co-founder of Dinube - a realtime payment network in the cloud that started up in the MIT Media Lab. Dinube was the winner of several awards at MIT and later set up operations in Europe. Prior to that, Jonathan led the innovation strategy at TechIDEAS, an award -winning software innovation firm based in Barcelona, Spain. Jonathan was one of the founding members of the team that launched Sironta, the first fully inter-operable collaboration software suite available for Mac OS, Linux and PC. Innovation is a way of life for Jonathan. He was one of the first to fly a hot-air balloon over volcanoes in Guatemala. He envisioned and led the development of a high-performance motor sports cluster in Barcelona and was first to launch a bid for an all-Spanish Formula One™ team, also developing the first proposal for Banco Santander's entry to Formula One™. After working in senior management roles across EMEA regions and Central, South and North America, Jonathan returned to Spain to launch “Nuevos Valores”, the premier publication on Corporate Social Responsibility in Spain, of which he was founding editor. Jonathan has led programs on innovation, negotiation skills and entrepreneurship as a senior lecturer at several business schools. Jonathan was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in Africa and Europe. He holds joint (Hons) degrees in Law from the Universities of Sheffield (UK) Salamanca (Spain) and earned an MBA in Innovation and Global Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management (USA).

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Jonathan Lehr

Venture Director at Work-Bench

Jonathan Lehr is Venture Director of Work-Bench, where he focuses on early stage enterprise technology investment. He manages the Work-Bench Ventures $10M fund which co-invests with top-tier investors in extraordinary founders tackling enormous market opportunities in enterprise technology. Jon founded the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup in January 2012 as a way to generate momentum for the enterprise tech ecosystem in New York, with a focus on connecting entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 technologists, investors, and students to network and learn from one another. Prior to Work-Bench, Jon worked at Morgan Stanley on their Technology Business Development team in IT. In that capacity, he partnered with internal technology clients to facilitate the selection and on-boarding of emerging technology vendors. He has written about enterprise technology trends for the WSJ’s CIO Journal, The Next Web andPandoDaily. Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a BSE in Bioengineering, with minors in Mathematics and Economics.

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Jorge Gutiérrez

Sub Director Disruptive Innovation, Gentera

Jorge es Ingeniero Industrial del ITESM. Becario Fulbright con un MBA en Emprendimiento e Innovación por Babson College. Jorge ha descubierto y aplicado su pasión por el emprendimiento en grandes corporativos, en la educación, en proyectos personales y en los individuos y organizaciones involucrados en el ecosistema. Empresas como American Express, PepsiCo, Cinepolis y actualmente Gentera, le han permitido acelerar y aplicar el conocimiento para innovar usando fortalezas internas e inteligencia colectiva. Apasionado por adquirir y compartir el conocimiento, es profesor y coach de innovación y emprendimiento. Ha trabajado con instituciones educativas como la UDEM, Universidad Vasco de Quiroga, Universidad Anahuac y con Babson College en el Babson Entrepreneurial Leading Academy (BELA).

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Jorge Ortiz

Founding President & CEO, Fintech México

Jorge has 18 years of experience in the financial sector, specializing in Private Banking, Asset management and Private equity. Prior to his current responsibilities as Founding President & CEO Fintech Mexico and as Managing Partner in Carpo Capital LLC, he served as a Senior Private Banker at Citi Private Bank New York and as Director of the Private Bank at UBS in New York. Since 2009 he is the Head of Private Banking and Asset Management in Carpo Capital LLC where he oversees the operations and relationships with clients and asset managers in Mexico, US and Europe. He is also the head of the Carpo Capital Global Fund in Luxembourg. He is a member of the board at E Capital, a venture capital Fund in Mexico. He serves as a Mentor in several incubators such as Wayra, StartUp Mexico, Reto Zapopan and Endeavor. He earned a B.S. in accounting and Finance from UDLA-P, an MBA from IPADE, a Master in Politics and public Administration from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Master in Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master in Innovation and New Business Development from Tec de Monterrey. He si currently a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana.

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MD, Citibank Digital Acceleration Global Head

He currently heads Business Development and Digital Banking for Latin America as well as Citi’s Digital Acceleration Program globally. This strategic function is responsible for transforming Citi to become The Premier Digital Bank in Latin America, generating significant new game-changing business opportunities for the firm and accelerating Citi’s Digital transformation globally Throughout his tenure at Citi, Mr. Ruiz has had local and regional responsibilities in various businesses: Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, Risk Management and Corporate Bank. Before joining Citi, Mr. Ruiz held functions as Founding Partner and CEO in firms related to Insurance, Capital Markets and Fund Management. He also served as a board member in profit and non-profit institutions. During his professional career he has conducted business in in the Americas, Europe, and Asia Mr. Ruiz is a co-founder of www.ChallengeMeNow.com, a social network dedicated to help charity organizations raise funds through personal achievements. Besides his role in Digital Banking, he servers as member of Citi’s Global Innovation Council, Global Digital Executive Committee and Latin American Operating Committee Mr. Ruiz holds a degree in Finance from The University of Texas.

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José Martín Cabiedes

Managing Partner, Cabiedes & Partners

José es ingeniero industrial y es uno de los inversores de referencia en el entorno digital, con una gran experiencia en la compra, venta y adquisición de múltiples compañías. Como inversor participa en varias decenas de empresas de internet a través de Cabiedes & Partners, el fondo de inversión que gestiona junto al resto de sus socios. Entre sus inversiones más destacadas se encuentran Privalia o Trovit, que actualmente arrojan un beneficio de varios millones de euros al año. Participa en varios proyectos de emprendimiento social, como la Fundación Hazlo Posible, de la que es cofundador y secretario, o UEIA.com, la primera incubadora de proyectos de emprendimiento social de base tecnológica de Europa. Además, es miembro del Consejo de Administración de Europa Press.

 

Josep Celaya

Subdirector Dirección Global de Negocio Directo

Josep es Subdirector en la Dirección Global de Negocio Directo. Desde su posición participa en la definición de la estrategia y el desarrollo corporativo de las operaciones de venta directa del Grupo y en el seguimiento de su implementación. Entre sus responsabilidades se encuentra liderar el desarrollo de nuevas operaciones de venta directa en nuevos países. Con anterioridad ha sido Director de Estrategia, Desarrollo e Innovación y miembro del Comité de Dirección de Verti Seguros. Su carrera abarca una amplia experiencia internacional en siete países en los sectores asegurador, internet y telecom tanto como consultor estratégico como ocupando posiciones directivas. Adicionalmente ha participado como consejero en varios start ups relacionados con Internet. Josep es licenciado en Ciencias Económicas por la Universidad de Barcelona, MBA por ESADE y diplomado por el IMD.

 
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Josep Celaya

Deputy Director, Global Direct Insurance, MAPFRE

Josep Celaya is Deputy Director for Global Direct Insurance at MAPFRE, responsible for defining the digital strategy of the direct business operations of the group and monitoring its implementation. He is also looks after the marketing and the sales of the operations, covering customer experience, customer acquisition, retention and value proposition. Prior to this he was the Director of Strategy, Development and Innovation and founding member of Verti Seguros (recent Spanish startup). He has a long, international career spanning insurance, internet and telecoms in strategic and managerial roles over seven years. He has also sat on the advisory board and been a board member for several startups. Josep has an MBA from ESADE and is a graduate from IMD (Lausanne).

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Josep Celaya

Deputy Director, Global Direct Insurance, MAPFRE

Josep Celaya is Deputy Director for Global Direct Insurance at MAPFRE, responsible for defining the digital strategy of the direct business operations of the group and monitoring its implementation. He is also looks after the marketing and the sales of the operations, covering customer experience, customer acquisition, retention and value proposition. Prior to this he was the Director of Strategy, Development and Innovation and founding member of Verti Seguros (recent Spanish startup). He has a long, international career spanning insurance, internet and telecoms in strategic and managerial roles over seven years. He has also sat on the advisory board and been a board member for several startups. Josep has an MBA from ESADE and is a graduate from IMD (Lausanne).

 
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Joy Bhattacharya

MD & FS EALA Lead, Accenture Interactive

Joydeep is an experienced digital professional with significant experience in helping clients transform their businesses using digital. He currently leads Accenture’s digital customer channels and market practice for Financial Services in Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Accenture, Joydeep ran the Financial Services Digital practice for SapientNitro. Joydeep has hands-on experience in working with leading banks across Europe and advising them on a variety of topics ranging from new customer propositions, operating models, emerging digital technologies and digital platforms. Some of his recent and relevant work includes helping define and set up a digital bank from start, creating a digital service unit for a leading UK bank, developing a new customer proposition using social for a leading South African bank, creating a personalised cross-sell and up-sell acquisition engine for a leading Italian bank, and defining a new direct wealth digital platform for a leading Irish bank. He has published several point of views on digital banking and is a passionate advocate of customer experience-led strategy.

 

JP Nicols

Founder & CEO, Clientific, Co-founder, Bank Innovators Council.

Internationally recognized as a leading voice for innovation, strategy and leadership for the future of financial services, JP combines 20+ years of experience with a fresh perspective on combining high-tech with high- touch. His work has been featured in some of the industry’s top publications, including American Banker, BAI Banking Strategies and Investment News. He is the founder and CEO of Clientific, and the co-founder of the Bank Innovators Council.

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JP Thieriot

Vice Chairman, Bitreserve

JP Thieriot is Vice-Chairman of Bitreserve, a next-generation money service that makes using digital money fast, easy, and free. Mr. Thieriot has founded and managed a number of companies in the agricultural, real estate, and tech sectors, including going concerns: Estancia Beef, one of the largest grass-fed beef companies in the U.S. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Mr. Thieriot was an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist, where he served in a number of capacities, including the formation and management of the firm's Latin American activities. He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A. 1991).

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Managing Director, Accenture

Juan Antonio Garcia Nieto es socio responsable de servicios financieros para Colombia y Venezuela de Accenture. Es Licenciado en Ingeniero Superior Industrial de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas y hico el Programa de Desarrollo de Directivos (PDD) a IESE Business School - University of Navarra.

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Juan Antonio Martín

Partner, White & Case

Widely recognized as one of the top 10 capital markets and banking and finance lawyers in Mexico, Juan Antonio supports clients with securities, local and cross-border financings, securitizations, debt restructurings, derivatives, state and municipal finance, private equity and project finance. His reputation is based on an extensive track record that includes a number of landmark deals, noted for their pioneering and innovative aspects. Major domestic and international issuers and underwriters rely on Juan Antonio's skill to tackle the complexities of securities transactions. Juan Antonio's knowledge and experience has attracted a client portfolio that includes a number of leading domestic and international banks. He has represented Citigroup, Banamex-Accival, Morgan Stanley, Scotiabank, Actinver and Santander in securities offerings and/ or financings. He also regularly advises major local and foreign issuers such as CFE, Aeroméxico, Financiera Independencia, Export Development Canada, Molymet and BCI.

 

Juan Carlos Arroyo

Innovation Director, BBVA

Director at BBVA, the global financial services group with solid leadership in Spain, the principle financial institution in Mexico and with leading franchises in South America and the sunbelt region of the US. Juan Carlos Arroyo started his career in Grupo Financiero Probursa, the company dealing in an operational capacity in leasing products, factoring and payment systems. He was responsible for ATMs and Debit Cards operations for BBVA Probursa. After the BBVA - Bancomer merger he was part of the team responsible for the design of bancomer.com, one of the first mini-sites for clients by segment and with new online services. Over the last decade, Arroyo has had various roles as a director in the areas of commercial development, commercial partnerships, innovation and development, strategy and planning and the transformation of retail banking. He led the design of the web transformation project for the offices of BBVA Bancomer and was the project management officer for the pilot. He managed the multiannual expansion strategy for the project, valued at USD1,200m. He’s an expert in the management and coordination of multidisciplinary teams and is currently the Innovation Director for Mexico. Arroyo is responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of innovation initiatives, new business and open innovation and managing the integration of BBVA in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is the representative of the BBVA Innovation Centre for Mexico. He graduated in Business Administration and has a Master in Finance from EGADE Business School of ITESM. He’s married and is a full time dad to 3 beautiful girls.

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Juan Carlos Arroyo

Innovation Director, BBVA

Director at BBVA, the global financial services group with solid leadership in Spain, the principle financial institution in Mexico and with leading franchises in South America and the sunbelt region of the US. Juan Carlos Arroyo started his career in Grupo Financiero Probursa, the company dealing in an operational capacity in leasing products, factoring and payment systems. He was responsible for ATMs and Debit Cards operations for BBVA Probursa. After the BBVA - Bancomer merger he was part of the team responsible for the design of bancomer.com, one of the first mini-sites for clients by segment and with new online services. Over the last decade, Arroyo has had various roles as a director in the areas of commercial development, commercial partnerships, innovation and development, strategy and planning and the transformation of retail banking. He led the design of the web transformation project for the offices of BBVA Bancomer and was the project management officer for the pilot. He managed the multiannual expansion strategy for the project, valued at USD1,200m. He’s an expert in the management and coordination of multidisciplinary teams and is currently the Innovation Director for Mexico. Arroyo is responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of innovation initiatives, new business and open innovation and managing the integration of BBVA in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is the representative of the BBVA Innovation Centre for Mexico. He graduated in Business Administration and has a Master in Finance from EGADE Business School of ITESM. He’s married and is a full time dad to 3 beautiful girls.

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Juan Carlos Cardoso

Head of Emerging Payments GeoNorth - MasterCard

Juan Carlos es un apasionado de las Dot.com startups desde los años 90’s. Desarrollador, empresario e impulsor del comercio digital, ahora como Director de Pagos Emergentes en MasterCard busca acercar la tecnología de pagos con el talento mexicano para incubar y acelerar la siguiente gran app. Inició la revolución de Taxibeat, lanzando la aplicación de la compañía, ganando premios como la mejor app por CNN, Reforma, Amipci y Appstore e incrementando 10 veces el promedio de abordos en el primer año de operaciones. Juan Carlos estudió Ingeniería en Computación en el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey y la maestría en Administración de Negocios en la Universidad de las Américas.

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Juan Llanos

Experienced Fintech / Compliance Executive and Advisor

Juan es un experimentado experto en cumplimiento legal en servicios financieros y Especialista Certificado en Prevención del Lavado de Dinero, es mentor y asesor de empresas de tecnología y cripto-monedas y escribe sobre riesgo y monedas virtuales en su popular blog (ContrarianCompliance.com). Durante más de una década, Juan diseñó y administró programas de cumplimiento en todo el mundo --mientras dedicaba su trabajo al servicio de los no bancarizados. Durante este tiempo, Juan contribuyó a desarrollar un portafolio de herramientas y servicios monetarios innovadores -tales como el pago de servicios, las remesas de dinero y la primera tarjeta prepago de México. Juan co-desarrolló esta suite de productos en Unidos Financial Services, Inc. y Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc., en las que ocupó una serie de posiciones senior a la vez que construía su reputación como líder de reconocimiento internacional en el cumplimiento regulatorio y la prevención del lavado de capitales. Recientemente, estuvo a cargo de la estrategia de cumplimiento legal y transparencia de Bitreserve, así como de las relaciones con socios, instituciones financieras y gobiernos en todo el mundo. En agosto de 2008, el gobierno de Estados Unidos le concedió la residencia permanente en razón de sus habilidades extraordinarias en los campos de la Prevención del Lavado de Dinero y la Lucha contra la Financiación del Terrorismo.

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Juan López

Investment Manager, Kibo Ventures

Juan has more than 8 years of experience in the world of technology, as a Project manager and Business developer at Indra Systems in the defense and security division, and at Kibo Ventures as a venture capital investment manager. During his time at Indra, Juan led various projects to equip naval platforms with state-of-the-art defense systems. He also engaged in multiple international initiatives working in business development efforts in Australia and Europe as well as actively participating in joined collaborations with US technology companies to develop and design systems and full solutions to increase Indra’s global offer. Currently, he is a board member in various technology driven startups and as part of Kibo Ventures’ team he is involved in dealflow generation, portfolio management, and execution of investment and exit operations. Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science as a Telecommunication Engineer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he graduated Magna Cum laude and a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance at CUNEF, Madrid.

 
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Juan Lopez Salaberry

Venture Partner

Juan is a Venture Partner in 500 Startups and runs the Spanish speaking accelerator of 500 Startups in Mexico City. Having lived in 9 countries he has worked in hardware companies, evaluated luxury hotels, produced communication campaigns for various countries and has also worked in TV and radio. After pursuing entrepreneurship in Argentina and Uruguay he now finds himself in Mexico where he supports the growth of more than 70 companies in Latin America.

 
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Juan Lopez Salaberry

500Startups

Juan es Venture Partner de 500 Startups y dirige la aceleradora de 500 Startups para habla hispana en la Ciudad de México. Habiendo vivido en 9 países, trabajó en empresas de hardware, evaluó hoteles de lujo, produjo campañas de comunicación para países e hizo TV y Radio. Luego de emprender en dos ocasiones en empresas en Argentina y Uruguay, hoy se encuentra en Mexico desde donde apoyo al crecimiento de mas de 70 compañías en la región de Latinoamérica.

 

Juan Lopez Salaberry

500Startups

Juan is a Venture Partner in 500 Startups and runs the Spanish speaking accelerator of 500 Startups in Mexico City. Having lived in 9 countries he has worked in hardware companies, evaluated luxury hotels, produced communication campaigns for various countries and has also worked in TV and radio. After pursuing entrepreneurship in Argentina and Uruguay he now finds himself in Mexico where he supports the growth of more than 70 companies in Latin America.

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Juan Lopez Salaberry

Venture Partner, 500 Startups

Juan is a Venture Partner in 500 Startups and runs the Spanish speaking accelerator of 500 Startups in Mexico City. Having lived in 9 countries he has worked in hardware companies, evaluated luxury hotels, produced communication campaigns for various countries and has also worked in TV and radio. After pursuing entrepreneurship in Argentina and Uruguay he now finds himself in Mexico where he supports the growth of more than 70 companies in Latin America.

 

Juan Mazzini

Analista Senior, Celent

Juan Mazzini es un Analista Senior responsable de ampliar la cobertura de Celent acerca de cuestiones de estrategia de negocios y de TI para América Latina. Tiene su base en Miami. La carrera del Sr. Mazzini se extiende por 18 años en la industria de TI de los seguros y la banca. Posee un profundo conocimiento de los sistemas centrales y aquellos de cara al cliente, así como de los modelos operacionales del negocio. Su investigación y consultoría se centra en: la estrategia tecnológica, administración de pólizas, suscripción, reclamos, reaseguros, sistemas centrales bancarios, la estrategia de negocio (marketing, posicionamiento, evaluación de mercado) y la selección de sistemas. Antes de unirse a Celent, fue Vicepresidente Corporativo de Sistran, donde contribuyó directamente a la expansión de su presencia en 14 países, incluyendo los principales mercados latinoamericanos de México, Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, América Central y el Caribe. También lleva a la práctica una profunda experiencia en la transformación de recursos humanos. Antes de unirse a Celent, aconsejó y ayudó a ejecutar una nueva estrategia de recursos humanos de un grupo de 450 empleados de TI que trabajan en toda la región latinoamericana. El Sr. Mazzini tiene una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Católica Argentina. Su experiencia incluye varias funciones en entornos multiculturales y multinacionales.

 

Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

Juan Mazzini is a senior analyst responsible for expanding Celent’s coverage of business strategy in IT for Latin America. He’s based in Miami and has 18 years’ experience in the banking and insurance technology industry. He has a deep knowledge of both central and client-facing systems as well as operational business models. His consultancy concerns technology strategy, insurance matters, central banking systems, business strategy and system choices. Before joining Celent, Juan was Corporate VP of Sistran where he contributed directly to its expansion in 14 countries including principle Latin American markets. Juan has a business administration degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

 
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Juan Mazzini

Analista Senior, Celent

Juan Mazzini es Analista Senior responsable de ampliar la cobertura de Celent acerca de cuestiones de estrategia de negocios y de TI para América Latina. Tiene su base en Miami. La carrera del Sr. Mazzini se extiende por 18 años en la industria de TI de los seguros y la banca. Posee un profundo conocimiento de los sistemas centrales y aquellos de cara al cliente, así como de los modelos operacionales del negocio. Su investigación y consultoría se centra en: la estrategia tecnológica, administración de pólizas, suscripción, reclamos, reaseguros, sistemas centrales bancarios, la estrategia de negocio (marketing, posicionamiento, evaluación de mercado) y la selección de sistemas. Antes de unirse a Celent, fue Vicepresidente Corporativo de Sistran, donde contribuyó directamente a la expansión de su presencia en 14 países, incluyendo los principales mercados latinoamericanos de México, Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, América Central y el Caribe. También lleva a la práctica una profunda experiencia en la transformación de recursos humanos. Antes de unirse a Celent, aconsejó y ayudó a ejecutar una nueva estrategia de recursos humanos de un grupo de 450 empleados de TI que trabajan en toda la región latinoamericana. El Sr. Mazzini tiene una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Católica Argentina. Su experiencia incluye varias funciones en entornos multiculturales y multinacionales.

 

Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

Juan Mazzini is a Senior Analyst responsible for extending Celent’s coverage of IT business strategies for Latin America. He is based in Miami. He has worked in banking and insurance technology for 18 years. He has a deep knowledge of central and client-facing systems, policy administration, subscription, claims, reinsurance, central banking systems, business strategy and system selection. Before joining Celent Juan was the Corporate Vice President of Sistran where he directly contributed to its expansion into 14 countries including the principal Latin American markets of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. He has wide experience in the transformation of human resources. He previously advised on and helped to execute a new human resources strategy for a group of 450 IT employees working across the whole of Latin America. Mr Mazzini has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Católica Argentina. His experience includes various roles in multicultural and multinational organizations.

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Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

Juan Mazzini is a senior analyst responsible for expanding Celent’s coverage of business strategy in IT for Latin America. He’s based in Miami and has 18 years’ experience in the banking and insurance technology industry. He has a deep knowledge of both central and client-facing systems as well as operational business models. His consultancy concerns technology strategy, insurance matters, central banking systems, business strategy and system choices. Before joining Celent, Juan was Corporate VP of Sistran where he contributed directly to its expansion in 14 countries including principle Latin American markets. Juan has a business administration degree from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

 

Juan Pedro Moreno

Managing Director Global Banking, Accenture

Juan Pedro es Managing Director Global Banking Industry en Accenture y lidera el Financial Services Diamong/Global Client Program. Se incorporó a Accenture en 1989 y ha trabajado en la Servicios Financieros desde entonces. Desde 2006, Juan Pedro lidera la Cuenta Global de uno de los mayores bancos de España, y logró crecer la cuenta hasta el nivel de Mega-Diamond en 2012. También ha liderado uno de los grupos de mercados en SPAI, que incluye bancos Españoles y el negocio en Africa. Además de sus responsabilidades comerciales, Juan Pedro es el Lead de Innovación para España, gestionando un programa de innovación único dentro de Accenture, por el que ha sido reconocido como uno de los Top Executives del año 2010 en España. En Agosto de 2012, Juan Pedro ha sido seleccionado como Fellow para España del Programa Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2013. Juan Pedro es licenciado en Económicas y Administración Empresas por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

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Juan Revuelta

Investment Director, Swanlaab Venture Factory

Juan is Investment Director at Swanlaab Venture Factory, a technology oriented Venture Capital fund in Spain. He has been working in the VC sector since 2008 always with a strong focus on technology and innovation. Prior to this, Juan worked in the semiconductor industry as an Engineer for LSI Logic and Texas Instruments in Munich (Germany) and Nice (France), respectively. He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Electronic Engineering from University of Navarra and a MBA from IESE Business School.

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Julián Abril

Director of Innovation, Grupo Aval

Julián es administrador de empresas y especialista en Gerencia de Mercadeo Estratégico. Cuenta con una importante experiencia con más de diez años en el descubrimiento, estructuración, lanzamiento de productos y generación de valores agregados a partir de oportunidades en la industria financiera. Luego de haber finalizado sus estudios profesionales, inició su aventura como emprendedor. Periodo que le permitió la aproximación de primera mano al ecosistema digital y sus desafíos, despertando al mismo tiempo su pasión actual por la Innovación y “Creatividad Estratégica”. Desde de su ultimo rol como Director de Innovación en una importante institución financiera, lideró la creación de una plataforma de innovación abierta para descubrimiento de Startups Fintech. Actualmente se desempeña como Director de Innovación en un reconocido Grupo Financiero, con el desafío de generar estrategias utilizando la Co-creación e innovación, para mejorar la experiencia con los clientes y la construcción gradual de los servicios financieros de la nueva Banca.

 

Julian Sinisterra

Vicepresidente Tarjeta de Crédito, Banco de Bogotá

Con más de 30 años de experiencia en Marketing y Ventas en diferentes sectores como; Telecomunicaciones, Seguros, Publicidad, Tecnología, Aviación y Banca. Julian Sinisterra, actualmente se desempeña como Vicepresidente de Tarjeta de Crédito de Banco de Bogotá, liderando este importante negocio y paralelamente impulsando el proyecto de Innovación y Creatividad Estratégica, pilar fundamental en el Crecimiento Inteligente, estrategia que le ha permitido al Banco duplicar el número de clientes de Tarjeta de Crédito durante el último año y medio, a partir de un esquema de gerencia basada en la gestión del cambio, utilizando como eje fundamental modelos de co-creación, liderazgo e inspiración a cumplir los sueños de los colaboradores. Actualmente, Julian Sinisterra trabaja en la articulación de un proyecto de innovación abierta en el cual busca el apoyo a emprendedores Colombianos por medio de la construcción de soluciones digitales a partir de necesidades y retos reales de organizaciones como Banco de Bogotá. Buscando con esto fortalecer el ecosistema de innovación y emprendimiento de manera positiva y cerrar la brecha paulatinamente entre la industria privada (Banca) y los emprendedores, “Cambiando la banca, fuera de la banca”.

 
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Julián Vinué

Telecommunications Engineer and MBA

Julián was leading the Entrepreneurship Area at La Salle Technova Barcelona until 2012, where he managed a community of 100+ startups looking for investment and gave them support in their business development. He then went on to direct the Wayra Academy in Barcelona, the startup accelerator powered by Telefónica to support technology entrepreneurs with projects in Europe and Latin America. The first edition of Barcelona has been a success, raising private investment rounds for 7 of the 8 startups for a total of more than €3.5M in less than a year. Currently, Wayra Barcelona is in its second edition with 10 new innovative companies, and before its big investor event, the Wayra Spain demoDay, it has already raised €1.2M for this second batch. Julián is also a speaker at entrepreneurship conferences and universities, trying to communicate his experience with startups to new entrepreneurs and degree students. Apart from being passionate about entrepreneurship, he love to sail every weekend and do anything related to the sea: SUP, kayak, surf, kitesurf, regattas... You can find him at Club Nàutic Sitges, where he’s also a member of the board.

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Julián Vinué

Director, Wayra Barcelona

Julián was leading the Entrepreneurship Area at La Salle Technova Barcelona until 2012, where he managed a community of 100+ startups looking for investment and gave them support in their business development. He then went on to direct the Wayra Academy in Barcelona, the startup accelerator powered by Telefónica to support technology entrepreneurs with projects in Europe and Latin America. The first edition of Barcelona has been a success, raising private investment rounds for 7 of the 8 startups for a total of more than €3.5M in less than a year. Currently, Wayra Barcelona is in its second edition with 10 new innovative companies, and before its big investor event, the Wayra Spain demoDay, it has already raised €1.2M for this second batch. Julián is also a speaker at entrepreneurship conferences and universities, trying to communicate his experience with startups to new entrepreneurs and degree students. Apart from being passionate about entrepreneurship, he love to sail every weekend and do anything related to the sea: SUP, kayak, surf, kitesurf, regattas... You can find him at Club Nàutic Sitges, where he’s also a member of the board.

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Karen Mirkin

Business Manager, Wayra Argentina

Karen es licenciada en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad de San Andrés y realizó Posgrados en Comercio Exterior en la UB junto y en Evaluación de Proyectos en el ITBA-CEMA. Tras haber trabajado durante 4 años en ExxonMobil, se incorporó al Grupo Telefónica en 2011 como Jefe de Producto y para desempeñar después la posición de Business Manager en Wayra Argentina.

 

Karin Verloop

Managing Director, ThoughtWorks

Karin Verloop es Directora General de ThoughtWorls en Singapur. Inició su carrera en ThoughtWorks hace cinco años, y anteriormente fue responsable de las oficinas de Melbourne y Perth en Australia. Previamente, Karin trabajó para IBM en Holanda, en la oficina central Europea en Madrid y en Australia en puestos de relación y gestión con clientes.

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Kathryn Wellemeyer

Manager, Axon Partners Group

Kathryn has more than eight years of experience in corporate development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. She currently works as a Manager at Axon Partners Group in its Corporate division, responsible for managing M&A advisory and fundraising efforts for clients across Europe, Latin America, and South Asia. Before joining Axon, Kathryn spent over five years in Latin America as a consultant in the oil & gas sector, as well as co-founding a fashion retail start-up in Panama. She is very interested in the role that entrepreneurship plays in creating opportunities in emerging markets through the ingenuity of human capital.

 

Kristoffer Lawson

Co-founder & Chief Evangelist, Holvi

Kristoffer Lawson is co-founder and chief evangelist at Holvi — a complete replacement for old-fashioned banks. He has been an entrepreneur since the late 90s and is also founder of the largest digital art festival in the Nordics, The Alternative Party. Additionally he is behind the startup-oriented Travelling Salesman blog that covers entrepreneurship from the seat of a Land Rover Defender. He has been coding since he was 7 and has long been active in the demoscene hacker community. Kristoffer enjoys Doctor Who, listens to a lot of electronic music, and drives a Caterham 7.

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Laura Gisbert

COO, Afluenta

Laura Gisbert is one of the most experienced professionals in operations and customer care across traditional and new customer services channels of Latin America. Laura is actually the COO of Afluenta the most active Peer-to-Peer Lending company in Latin America. in Afluenta she manages operation, customer service, acquisition and collection. She also played a key rol in growing Movistar Argentina (Telefónica) where she handled a customer base of 18+ million users. Laura also worked at different director position in blue chip financial services companies such as American Express, Santander Rio and Banco Privado. Laura has studies in psychology at Buenos Aires University and a degree of Marketing from Universidad de Palermo.

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Laura Suárez

Editorial Director, Revista Entrepreneur

Laura es periodista y emprendedora. Es licenciada en Periodismo y Ciencias de la Comunicación por la Universidad del Salvador en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cursó estudios de posgrado en Mercadotecnia, Contabilidad y Finanzas en el TEC de Monterrey y en el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), en la Ciudad de México. Laura ha trabajado durante más de 15 años como reportera y editora especializada en economía y negocios en algunos de los medios de comunicación más importantes de América Latina. Inició su carrera en los diarios The Buenos Aires Herald y La Nación, en Buenos Aires. Fue corresponsal en México de la revista América Economía. Fue subdirectora de Comunicación de American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. Es una de las socias fundadoras de Con Acento Latino, una escuela de idiomas enfocada en el mercado corporativo y diplomático. Y desde hace cinco años es la directora editorial de la revista Entrepreneur en México.

 

Lázaro Campos

Management advisor & board member in digital payment ventures

Mr. Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc. (an industry-leading global business payment platform). Mr Campos served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an ambitious strategy to re-position company as a commercially driven, customer centric, efficient and innovative cooperative . Launched innovation drive that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in industry (Innotribe.com). Performed turnaround during financial crisis, decreasing costs by 30%, improving operational performance, while launching innovative new products. Doing all this in a highly complex governance environment: cooperative with 25 member board and strict G-10 Central Bank oversight. Prior to that he held numerous executive and senior management positions. Before joining SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Mr. Campos has over 25 years of international financial services and telecommunications experience. Most recently, Mr Campos has been appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.

 

Lázaro Campos

Advisor, Fintech Startups and Former CEO, SWIFT

Mr. Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc. (an industry-leading global business payment platform). Mr Campos served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an ambitious strategy to re-position company as a commercially driven, customer centric, efficient and innovative cooperative . Launched innovation drive that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in industry (Innotribe.com). Performed turnaround during financial crisis, decreasing costs by 30%, improving operational performance, while launching innovative new products. Doing all this in a highly complex governance environment: cooperative with 25 member board and strict G-10 Central Bank oversight. Prior to that he held numerous executive and senior management positions. Before joining SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Mr. Campos has over 25 years of international financial services and telecommunications experience. Most recently, Mr Campos has been appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.

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Lázaro Campos

Management advisor & board member in digital payment ventures

Mr. Lázaro Campos is a management advisor and board member in digital payment ventures. He is a Non-Exec Director of miiCard Ltd (a start-up offering digital trust and online identity verification based on bank-account data), and a member of the Advisory Board of Payoneer Inc. (an industry-leading global business payment platform). Mr Campos served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, the global banking network, from April 2007 until July 2012 where he defined and led an ambitious strategy to re-position company as a commercially driven, customer centric, efficient and innovative cooperative . Launched innovation drive that positioned company as catalyst for innovation in industry (Innotribe.com). Performed turnaround during financial crisis, decreasing costs by 30%, improving operational performance, while launching innovative new products. Doing all this in a highly complex governance environment: cooperative with 25 member board and strict G-10 Central Bank oversight. Prior to that he held numerous executive and senior management positions. Before joining SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. Mr. Campos has over 25 years of international financial services and telecommunications experience. Most recently, Mr Campos has been appointed member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Digital Financial Services (DFS) Platform Enablers group in support of financial inclusion for the poor.

 
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Lisa Besserman

Founder, Startup Buenos Aires

Lisa Besserman, founder of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech” as well as the “2014 Latin America Innovator in Business” by the Council of the Americas. She has mentored at Startup Weekend, The Next Web conference, is a recurring speaker at Internet Week, and an active leader in the NYC and LatAm Startup communities. Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, an organization representing the startup and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Startup Buenos Aires aims to inspire, connect and support startups and entrepreneurship in Latin America and around the globe.

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Lisa Besserman

Founder, Startup Buenos Aires

Lisa Besserman, founder of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech” as well as the “2014 Latin America Innovator in Business” by the Council of the Americas. She has mentored at Startup Weekend, The Next Web conference, is a recurring speaker at Internet Week, and an active leader in the NYC and LatAm Startup communities. Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, an organization representing the startup and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Startup Buenos Aires aims to inspire, connect and support startups and entrepreneurship in Latin America and around the globe.

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Lucia Cangas

Bitcoin Foundation Mexico

Marketing & Communication Lead de la Bitcoin Foundation Mexico; Fundación Satoshi Nakamoto. Lucía es licenciada en Mercadotecnia del ITESM CSF, con maestría en mercadotecnia de consumo de la Universidad de Liverpool, UK. Actualmente es responsable de Marketing en Pademobile Internacional, plataforma móvil de servicios financieros básicos, y también ha formado parte de empresas reconocidas internacionalmente como Microsoft España y México y MTV Latin America.

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Luciano Monti

Senior Manager, Western Union Argentina

Luciano es el Gerente Comercial de Western Unión Argentina desde el 2012, conduciendo la red de agentes y entidades para el negocio de remesas nacionales e Internacionales y los servicios de pago de facturas a través de Pago Fácil. Formado en la Universidad Católica Argentina, realizo estudios en el IAE y complemento su conocimiento en negocios en la Universita degli Studi de Milano y la Universita del Sannio durante los 4 años que vivio en Italia. En Western Unión durante sus 9 años en la compañía ha ocupado cargos en Operaciones Regionales relacionados a procesos, calidad y entrenamiento, productos e innovación, abarcando toda la región de América Latina. Tiene 40 años, dos hijos y es ex jugador y actual entrenador de Rugby en SIC, su hobby y pasión.

 

Luís Martín Cabiedes

Partner, Cabiedes & Partners

Luis Martín Cabiedes es licenciado en Filosofía por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, MBA por IESE, y Analista Financiero por el CFA institute. En 1989 se incorporó al grupo EUROPA PRESS, donde fue Co-Presidente durante 12 años. En 1998 empezó a invertir en empresas tecnológicas en etapas iniciales. Esta actividad de inversión, primero como “Business Angel” y más tarde con su propio fondo “CABIEDES AND PARTNERS SCR SA”, constituye ahora su ocupación principal. Ha realizado más de cincuenta inversiones en startups de internet y tecnología, entre ellas OLE, MYALERT, ACCESO, o más recientemente PRIVALIA, TROVIT , OFFERUM, o BLABLACAR Desde el año 2008, Luis Martin Cabiedes es profesor a tiempo parcial en el IESE, donde da clases de “Entrepreneurship” y “Entrepreneurial Finance”.

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Luis Rappoport

Economist and Advisor to the president, Banco Ciudad

Luis es un reconocido economista. Autor de numerosos artículos de investigación ha analizado la economía argentina publicando en las principales cabeceras argentinas. Actualmente es asesor del presidente de Banco Ciudad, donde lidera el desarrollo de estrategia de acercamiento al ecosistema emprendedor.

 

Luís Villa

Business Design Director, Fjord

Tras más de quince años trabajando en estrategia, tecnología y diseño para grandes empresas, Luis ha desarrollado un superpoder: el de dotar de sentido a esa mezcla de orden y caos se produce en la frontera entre lo físico y lo digital. Transformar esa visión en experiencias de clientes de todos los sectores y desde todo tipo de empresas: Netjuice, Capgemini y The Cocktail, y actualmente en Fjord. Como Business Design Director de Fjord Madrid, Luis ayuda a clientes a reimaginar sus servicios digitales a través del diseño, convirtiendo la complejidad en "simplicidad elegante”.

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Lupina Iturriaga

Founder & Executive Director, Fintonic

Lupina es Licenciada en Administración y Dirección de empresas por CUNEF, donde también cursó un Master en Finanzas y obtuvo una beca por méritos académicos. Tras finalizar sus estudios, se dedicó durante un tiempo al mundo de la banca, primero en Nueva York y luego en Madrid (para diversas entidades, entre ellas, Banesto). En el año 2004 se incorpora como socia y directora ejecutiva a IDEON, firma especializada en consultoría para el área financiera y tecnológica. Gracias a su trayectoria profesional, Lupina Iturriaga se configura desde muy joven como experta en planificación financiera, un bagaje que unido a su perfil de emprendedora, le llevan a fundar Fintonic, la primera app móvil desarrollada en España que muestra en un mismo lugar la información financiera de todos los bancos y tarjetas de sus usuarios, organizándola en categorías y con un servicio de alertas único que avisa de cobros erróneos, descubiertos, vencimientos de seguros... y mucho más.

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Maite Agujetas Serrano

IT&Ops Innovation Director, Grupo Santander

M. Teresa Agujetas Serrano estudió Económicas en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, desarrollando su actividad profesional en el sector financiero y en el área de IT. Trabajó en NatWest España, Banesto y Banco Santander, pasando por distintas áreas del IT, desarrollo de aplicaciones de negocio, de middleware, producción siendo responsable de la administración de las bases de datos, control de calidad del software. Posteriormente tomó la responsabilidad de arquitectura de Software técnica y funcional, función que ha conservado desde entonces y que se ha convertido en su pasión. Desde hace 7 años es Chief Technology Officer del Grupo Santander que incluye la responsabilidad sobre la arquitectura, estrategia de sistemas informáticos y la definición de los procesos IT. En los últimos años ha colaborado y en algunos casos liderado los proyectos de integración de los bancos que el Grupo ha ido adquiriendo. Durante los últimos 5 años fue CTO del Grupo como paso previo a su puesto actual como Director de Operaciones de IT e Innovación.

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Manie Eagar

CEO, Blockchain Lab

As CEO of digitalfutures Inc. and the Blockchain Lab, Manie Eagar has advised government departments and agencies, enterprise, investors, business schools, startups and entrepreneurs in a range of key sectors. His focus has been on leveraging the latest financial solutions and ICT technologies in developed and emerging economies. He incubated, managed and developed startups and new business ventures such as One Card Systems (a precursor to M-pesa, OneCard was an early smartcard based payment solution for Africa). The past four years he has been involved in deal shaping and making in the new world of digital value inter-exchange, mobile media delivery platforms and crypto currency and blockchain applications, inspired by the Bitcoin phenomenon. He is Chairman of the Digital Finance Institute, and Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and Credits, a new blockchain venture. He is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Manuel Rivero

CEO, BanRegio

Manuel es el Director General de Banco Regional de Monterrey. Representa la cuarta generación de una familia de banqueros que ha estado en el negocio bancario desde Se unió a Banregio en 2003 y ha ocupado diferentes puestos directivos, donde ha jugado un papel importante en el desarrollo de nuevos negocios, así como en la definición e implementación del plan estratégico del Grupo. Adicional a las funciones de Director de Finanzas mantiene la responsabilidad de las áreas de Tecnología y Operaciones, Planeación Estratégica, Cumplimiento Regulatorio y Tesorería. Forma parte del Consejo de Administración desde Junio 2011. Manuel es graduado del ITESM de la Licenciatura en Administración Financiera, y de la Universidad Anáhuac en la Maestría en Ciencias.

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Manuel Romero

Director de Innovación, Barclays España y Portugal

Manuel tiene mas 15 años de experiencia en el sector financiero, la mayor parte ellos dedicado a actividades relacionadas con banca digital. Formó parte del equipo que lanzó el primer banco por internet en España, unoe bank, en el año 2000. En 2006 se incorporó al área digital de Barclays en España, y desde 2012 lidera la función de Innovación Multicanal de Barclays para España y Portugal, teniendo un papel muy relevante en la transformación digital del Banco

 

Manuel Silva

Vice President, BBVA Ventures

Manuel fue miembro fundador de BBVA Ventures desde sus inicios a finales de 2010. En la actualidad, entre otras cosas, es responsable de las inversiones del equipo en Finanzas Alternativas así como en soluciones adaptadas a ciertos segmentos de negocio (Inclusión Financiera, segmento affluent, etc.) También se encarga de las oportunidades originadas en América Latina y México. Antes de formar parte de BBVA Ventures, Manuel se encargaba de apoyar al grupo de Innovación de BBVA en sus esfuerzos por expandir el alcance del banco más allá de actividades bancarias tradicionales. Previamente, Manuel fue Analista Senior en el equipo para Asia del área de Estrategia y Desarrollo Corporativo de BBVA, apoyando la estrategia de expansión del banco en China, Hong Kong y otros mercados emergentes. Manuel es Licenciado en Administración de Empresas por Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF, Madrid). Cursó estudios de Postgrado en Filosofía y Política así como un Master en Economía del Desarrollo en el Institut d’Études Politiques de París (Sciences Po, Paris), y fue investigador de Doctorado en economía china en Hong Kong y Beijing. También cursó el Master in Internet Business del ISDI (Madrid).

 
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Marco Bressan

Executive President, BBVA Data & Analytics

Dr. Marco Bressan is in charge of BBVA’s Big Data global initiative and Executive President for BBVA Data & Analytics. This includes the promotion and development of data services, data-centric operations and analytical competencies within the group. Until 2012, Marco was Chief Innovation Officer, Transportation and Government for Xerox Corporation, one of the leading providers of parking, tolling, enforcement and public transit services to governments globally. As CIO, he was responsible for the creation and execution of an innovation portfolio addressing long-term transportation and urban trends. Smart sensor systems, real-time public transit analytics or data- driven parking solutions are sample topics covered by the projects in this portfolio. Dr. Bressan was also responsible for the Services Innovation Laboratory at Xerox Research Centre Europe, based in Grenoble, France. The lab collaborated with over 50 academic and industrial institutions worldwide through a variety of government projects and open innovation initiatives. Some of the key competencies within the lab were analytics and optimization, machine learning, social network analytics, ethnography, services computing and services economics. As a researcher his background is in data science, statistical pattern recognition, machine learning and computer vision. Over 30 scientific publications and 10 patents are the result of his research work. A number of these contributions have served as a basis for the creation of new services, products and companies in the fields of data analytics, biometrics, satellite imaging and industrial vision. Dr. Bressan holds a BA in Applied Mathematics from the University of Buenos Aires, a M.Sc. in Computer Vision from the Computer Vision Centre in Spain and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Bressan is a member of the Industrial Liaison Committee of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is an active member of the network of Argentinean researchers abroad and one of the founders of the Network of Computer Vision and Cognitive Science Researchers.

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Marco Montes

Founder, Saldo.mx

Marco is the founder of saldo.mx, a bill payment service that eases the burden of U.S. immigrants looking to help their families back home in Mexico. Marco has been an active member in San Francisco Bay-area bitcoin community and developer engaged in several solutions built on ripple, a settlement protocol that facilitates cross currency transactions in real time.

 

Mariano Amartino

Director, Wayra Latinoamérica

Mariano tiene más de 12 años de experiencia en Internet y una década de experiencia como emprendedor en nuevos medios. En 2013 Mariano se incorporó a Wayra, la aceleradora global de start-ups, como Director para Latinoamérica, gestionando un portfolio de más de 150 empresas en 7 países.

 
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Mariano Amartino

Director for Latin America, Wayra

Mariano has more than 12 years’ experience in Internet and a decade of experience as an entrepreneur in New Media. In 2013 Marian joined Wayra, the global startup accelerator, as Director for Latin America, managing a portfolio of more than 150 startups in 7 companies.

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Mariano Amartino

Director for Latin America, Wayra

Mariano has more than 12 years’ experience in Internet and a decade of experience as an entrepreneur in New Media. In 2013 Marian joined Wayra, the global startup accelerator, as Director for Latin America, managing a portfolio of more than 150 startups in 7 companies.

 
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Mariela Atanassova

Innovation Facilitator, Group Flow

Mariela Atanassova (Mela) is a technologist and innovator with more than 17 years experience in the financial industry. She is a co-founder of Innotribe - SWIFT’s collaborative Innovation initiative where she gained hands-on experience with innovation management and processes, particularly open and collaborative innovation, product innovation and culture change. Currently Mela runs a practice as an innovation facilitator and collaboration designer, helping groups work better, learn and innovate. She uses a diverse palette of tools such as creativity techniques, graphic facilitation, design thinking and complex systems. She applies these in a variety of environments (workshops, software development projects, conferences), and in different industries (FinTech, Insurance, Biotech & Pharma, Education, Standardisation). She is an advisor to Startupbootcamp FinTech.

 
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Marina Zaliznyak

Strategy & HR Director, Board Advisor

Marina is an active online industry player, a passionate networker, with an entrepreneurial spirit and an international streak. Marina was born in the Ukraine, nurtured in the U.S. and is currently residing in Spain. She's held numerous positions in the online marketing and digital business, including Domestika where she was the Director of eMarketing Operations, the Sales Director for Traffic4u, Business Development Director for Fiabee and Marketing Director for ADTZ. Marina has also started several companies, among them wiseri a recruitment platform based on crowdsourcing and gamification. To give further meaning to her enthusiasm for the start-up scene, Marina was a regular contributor in Techcrunch Europe, reporting out of Spain on up and coming European startups. She's also a been a mentor for Startupbootcamp, The Founder Institute and Tetuan Valley, as well as regular advisor for several startups out of Spain. Currently, as the Strategy and HR Director, Marina forms part of the executive team at PackLink, a disruptive online comparison, booking and management service for all shipping needs.

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Marina Zaliznyak

Head of Strategy, Packlink

Marina is an active online industry player, a passionate networker, with an entrepreneurial spirit and an international streak. Marina was born in the Ukraine, nurtured in the U.S. and is currently residing in Spain. She's held numerous positions in the online marketing and digital business, including Domestika where she was the Director of eMarketing Operations, the Sales Director for Traffic4u, Business Development Director for Fiabee and Marketing Director for ADTZ. Marina has also started several companies, among them wiseri a recruitment platform based on crowdsourcing and gamification. To give further meaning to her enthusiasm for the start-up scene, Marina was a regular contributor in Techcrunch Europe, reporting out of Spain on up and coming European startups. She's also a been a mentor for Startupbootcamp, The Founder Institute and Tetuan Valley, as well as regular advisor for several startups out of Spain. Currently, as the Strategy and HR Director, Marina forms part of the executive team at PackLink, a disruptive online comparison, booking and management service for all shipping needs.

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Marisol Camacho

Director of Mindset and Culture, iNNpulsa

Directora de Mentalidad y Cultura en iNNpulsa Colombia desde enero de 2012. Especialista en intervenciones basadas en sistemas complejos y ciencia cognitiva para comprender a profundidad asuntos conductuales y desarrollar transformaciones potentes. Estratega de comunicaciones con amplia experiencia en fragmentar desafíos complejos e implementar alternativas diferenciales para abordarlos. Experta en construir narrativas universales e inspiradoras para producir efectos específicos en audiencias determinadas. Ha liderado audaces y disruptivas iniciativas creativas en temas de innovación, emprendimiento, prospectiva estratégica, política pública y asuntos internacionales.

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Mark Smith

CEO and Co-Founder, Symbiont.io

Mark is CEO and Founder of Symbiont.io, Inc. Symbiont is the merger of MathMoney f(x) which was founded by Mr. Smith in September of 2013 and the founding team of Bitcoin 2.0 project Counterparty.io. As CEO Mark brings two decades of global experience in FinTech. He is a pioneer in creating and deploying disruptive technology to the foreign exchange ecosystem for both institutional and non-institutional customer segments. During his career Mark has been a founder of 4 FinTech companies that have gone from start-up to exit including The NexTrade ECN, MatchBook FX, Lava Trading, and Anderen Bank of Tampa Bay.

 

Markus Gnirk

COO, Startupbootcamp FinTech

Markus is the COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, one of the largest innovation programs in the FinTech industry, based in London. Besides running the 3 months accelerator he is also in charge of organising hackathons, innovation workshops and pitch days - everything that is required to boost innovation in the financial industry. He is a German engineer by heart that quickly realised that corporates are not his cup of tea. After founding a Fashion and scaling up a CleanWeb startup, he is involved as an angel investor and advisor in the European tech community.

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Markus Gnirk

Managing Director, Startupbootcamp Fintech Singapore

Markus is the COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, one of the largest innovation programs in the FinTech industry, based in London. Besides running the 3 months accelerator he is also in charge of organising hackathons, innovation workshops and pitch days - everything that is required to boost innovation in the financial industry. He is a German engineer by heart that quickly realised that corporates are not his cup of tea. After founding a Fashion and scaling up a CleanWeb startup, he is involved as an angel investor and advisor in the European tech community.

 

Martí Escursell

Partner, Cube Investments

Martí is a professional with 15 years experience equally split between management and strategy consultancy to top firms and serving as a high level executive and CFO. As a consultant he has been involved in international, long-term, hands-on projects, working with top management to define, plan and implement distribution and commercial turnaround strategies and launch new business lines and products into new markets. He also consulted on complex organisation matter. As a top level executive and CFO he was responsible for developing and consolidating 2 startups at an international level focusing on strategy, business plans, finance, fundraising, operations and company structuring. Martí has a degree in business administration, an MBA from ESADE and a CEMS Master from HEC Paris.

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Martí Escursell

Partner, Cube Investments

Martí is a professional with 15 years experience equally split between management and strategy consultancy to top firms and serving as a high level executive and CFO. As a consultant he has been involved in international, long-term, hands-on projects, working with top management to define, plan and implement distribution and commercial turnaround strategies and launch new business lines and products into new markets. He also consulted on complex organisation matter. As a top level executive and CFO he was responsible for developing and consolidating 2 startups at an international level focusing on strategy, business plans, finance, fundraising, operations and company structuring. Martí has a degree in business administration, an MBA from ESADE and a CEMS Master from HEC Paris.

 

Martin Naor

CEO, Infocorp

Martín es socio y CEO de Infocorp desde el 2009, con la misión de posicionar a Infocorp como la empresa líder en posibilitar, simplificar y rentabilizar las relaciones electrónicas entre clientes e instituciones financieras. Con ese fin Martín lidera Infocorp en su búsqueda de soluciones innovadoras a través del R&D interno, la asociación con otras empresas, y la inversión en startups y emprendedores prometedores. Antes de Infocorp, Martín desarrolló una larga carrera en Microsoft que se inicia en Uruguay y luego de 10 años en USA culmina su último período en esa empresa como Director de OEM para Latinoamérica, liderando la organización de Marketing y Ventas más rentable de Microsoft en la región. Martin es Técnico en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Católica del Uruguay y MBA de la Universidad de Montevideo.

 
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Martin Naor

Partner & CEO, Infocorp

Martin has been partner and CEO of Infocorp since 2009 with the mission of positioning Infocorp as the leading business in making electronic relationships between clients and financial institutions possible, simple and profitable. With this objective, Martin is leading Infocorp in its search for innovative solutions through internal R&D, associations with other businesses and investment in startups and promising entrepreneurs. Before Infocorp, Martin had a long career at Microsoft which began in Uruguay and culminated in the US where Martin was Director of OEM for Latin America, leading Microsoft’s most profitable Sales & Marketing efforts in the region. Martin has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay and an MBA from the Universidad de Montevideo.

 
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Martin Naor

CEO, Infocorp

Martin has been partner and CEO of Infocorp since 2009 with the mission of positioning Infocorp as the leading business in making electronic relationships between clients and financial institutions possible, simple and profitable. With this objective, Martin is leading Infocorp in its search for innovative solutions through internal R&D, associations with other businesses and investment in startups and promising entrepreneurs. Before Infocorp, Martin had a long career at Microsoft which began in Uruguay and culminated in the US where Martin was Director of OEM for Latin America, leading Microsoft’s most profitable Sales & Marketing efforts in the region. Martin has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay and an MBA from the Universidad de Montevideo.

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Martin Naor

Partner & CEO, Infocorp

Martin has been partner and CEO of Infocorp since 2009 with the mission of positioning Infocorp as the leading business in making electronic relationships between clients and financial institutions possible, simple and profitable. With this objective, Martin is leading Infocorp in its search for innovative solutions through internal R&D, associations with other businesses and investment in startups and promising entrepreneurs. Before Infocorp, Martin had a long career at Microsoft which began in Uruguay and culminated in the US where Martin was Director of OEM for Latin America, leading Microsoft’s most profitable Sales & Marketing efforts in the region. Martin has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay and an MBA from the Universidad de Montevideo.

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Martin Schrimpff

Co-founder & VP Business Development, PayU LATAM

Ingeniero mecánico de la Universidad de Edimburgo. Ha sido emprendedor desde los 22 años y tiene más de 14 años de experiencia en Internet y empresas de Ecommerce. Ha sido socio fundador de 8 empresas de tecnología, de las cuales se destacan Aseguratefacil, Zinobe, Acsendo, Supertrendi y Pagosonline. Fue seleccionado emprendedor Endeavor en el 2010 y es parte del jurado de Ventures y Founders Institute. En los últimos años se ha desempeñado como Gerente de Nuevos Negocios en PayU Latam, encargándose de su expansión Internacional.

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Matt Flannery

Co-founder, Kiva

Matt comenzó a desarrollar Kiva a finales de 2004 como proyecto en su tiempo libre mientras trabajaba como programador de TiVo, Inc. En diciembre 2005 Matt dejó su trabajo y se dedicó a Kiva a tiempo completo. Como CEO, Matt lideró el crecimiento de Kiva de proyecto piloto a servicio online establecido online colaboradores por todo el mundo. Matt fue designado como Skoll Awardee y Ashoka Fellow y fue seleccionado por la revista FORTUNE como “Top 40 under 40” en 2009. En 2011, Matt ganó el prestigioso “No Boundaries” Innovation Award de la revista The Economist. Matt estudió su carrera y postgraduado en Stanford University.

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Matt Menietti

Venture Partner, SixThirty

Matt currently serves as the Venture Partner at SixThirty, a St. Louis-based fintech accelerator program and has spent the last 4 years running similar programs. Before SixThirty, Matt was the Director of Operations for a St. Louis-accelerator called Capital Innovators, which was recently named as the 6th best accelerator in the United States according to an independant 2014 study. Prior to Capital Innovators, he was one of 16 Fellows enrolled in the Coro Fellowship Program for Public Affairs, an intense, 9 month, cross-sector fellowship program. Matt is also a co-founder and COO of an online collaboration tool called GoodMap, which won $30,000 in seed funding through the YouthBridge Social Enterprise Competition in April 2013. In June of 2012, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious 30 Under 30 list of up-and-coming young professionals. Matt has joint degrees in Electrical Engineering and Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa. He is originally from Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Matteo Rizzi

General Partner, SBT Venture Capital

Matteo Rizzi es General Partner de SBT Venture Capital, un fondo FinTech de USD 100 M lanzado en 2013 por Sberbank, una de las mayores instituciones finacieras del mundo. Anteriormente, Matteo trabajó en SWIFT durante 12 años. En SWIFT, co-fundó Innotribe y creó el Innotribe Startup Challenge, posicionando a SWIFT como el facilitador de innovación colaborativa en la industria financiera. En 2007 Matteo creó www.swiftcommunity.net, el especio colaborativo para el ecosistema financiero de SWIFT. En 2003, fundó una de las primeras redes sociales, www.italiansonline.net, que hoy es el mayor portal de expatriados italianos del mundo. Antes de SWIFT, Matteo estuvo trabajando 10 años en el área de ventas de la industria IT-Networking, liderando la expansión internacional de un gran mayorista de productos de networking de IBM. Matteo es Ingeniero Informático y tiene una titulación post-grado en transacciones financieras. Matteo es un europeo multi-cultural que realiza negocios en Francés, Italiano, Español e Inglés.

 
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Matteo Rizzi

Partner, SBT Venture Capital

Matteo Rizzi is a General Partner in SBT Venture Capital, a 100 M USD Fin-Tech fund launched in 2013 by Sberbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Previously, Matteo worked at SWIFT for 12 years. At SWIFT, he co-founded Innotribe and created the Innotribe Startup Challenge, positioning SWIFT as the facilitator of collaborative innovation in the financial industry. In 2007 he created www.swiftcommunity.net, the collaborative space for SWIFT’s financial eco-system. In 2003, he founded one of the first social networks, www.italiansonline.net, which today is the world’s largest Italian expatriate portal. Prior to joining SWIFT, Matteo spent 10 years in the IT-networking sales industry, leading the international expansion of a large IBM networking products wholesaler. Matteo holds a master’s degree in computer science and a post-graduate degree in financial transactions. A truly multi-cultural European, he conducts business in French, Italian, Spanish and English.

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Matteo Rizzi

General Partner, SBT Venture Capital

Matteo Rizzi is a General Partner in SBT Venture Capital, a 100 M USD Fin-Tech fund launched in 2013 by Sberbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Previously, Matteo worked at SWIFT for 12 years. At SWIFT, he co-founded Innotribe and created the Innotribe Startup Challenge, positioning SWIFT as the facilitator of collaborative innovation in the financial industry. In 2007 he created www.swiftcommunity.net, the collaborative space for SWIFT’s financial eco-system. In 2003, he founded one of the first social networks, www.italiansonline.net, which today is the world’s largest Italian expatriate portal. Prior to joining SWIFT, Matteo spent 10 years in the IT-networking sales industry, leading the international expansion of a large IBM networking products wholesaler. Matteo holds a master’s degree in computer science and a post-graduate degree in financial transactions. A truly multi-cultural European, he conducts business in French, Italian, Spanish and English.

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Maxi Coll

Marketing Manager, Banco Ciudad

Comenzó su carrera en el Banco Ciudad en el año 1998 como joven profesional. Es Licenciado en Economía de UBA y posee un Master en Finanzas de Di Tella. Se desempeñó en distintos puestos: Planeamiento Comercial, Estudios Económicos y Financieros, Coordinación de Productos, Coordinación de Canales Electrónicos y Gerencia de Marketing. Los diferentes puestos que ocupó le dan una visión integral del negocio, unificando los aspectos comerciales y financieros. Actualmente, es gerente de Marketing de Banco Ciudad supervisando las áreas de productos, publicidad y canales electrónicos.

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Maximiliano Babino

General Manager and President, Western Unión Argentina

Maximiliano Babino es el Gerente General & Presidente de Western Unión Argentina desde el 2012, conduciendo no solo el negocio de remesas nacionales e Internacionales, sino también los servicios de pago de facturas a través de Pago Fácil. Abogado, formado en la Universidad del Museo Social Argentino, realizo un MBA en el IAE y completo sus estudios de post grado en Osaka, Japón. En Western Unión ha ocupado cargos ejecutivos relacionados a nuevos canales, productos e innovación, durante los últimos 13 años abarcando toda la región de América Latina. Posee vasta experiencia en el área de ventas y ha trabajado en otras industrias como por ejemplo el sector automotriz en General Motors. Tiene 46 años, tres hijos y su hobby es el Running cosa que siempre le gusta hacer escuchando radio. Si no estuviera en esta industria le hubiera gustado ser emprendedor. afontao [10:11 PM]

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Melanie Shapiro

CEO and founder, Case

Melanie is the CEO and founder of Case, a provider of advanced cryptographic key management services. Case is a dedicated device that ties physical identity and location to secure transaction signing. Prior to Case, Melanie co-founded Digsby, a messaging platform for managing online social identities, which was acquired in 2011. Melanie has a PhD in Consumer Behavior, and studied technology adoption behavior at Microsoft.

 

Michael Dooijes

Head of Ventures & Innovation, Rabobank

Michael Dooijes is an international banking executive with extensive entrepreneurial experience. In the 2014 list of Bank Innovation, he is one of the people to watch in the financial sector. In the last 20+ years, Michael has lived and worked in different countries like the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands being active in international business and sales management roles. Currently, Michael is Head of Ventures & Innovation at Rabobank Netherlands Bedrijven, looking after Rabobank's strategic direction in transaction banking with a team of 7 professionals. Rabobank is one of the largest banks in the world. His key responsibilities are (long-term) strategy, client centric innovative solutions and business development. Next to this role, Michael is CEO of a mobile payment startup, MyOrder. MyOrder provides merchants a platform for success in the m-commerce space. Rabobank is one of the first bank to acquire a m-commerce start-up and is a frontrunner and pioneer in this business. He is a regular key note speaker at international conferences on topics like corporate innovation and the future of mobile (payments). In addition to his professional career, he is involved in extracurricular activities, like the Bid Network Foundation (www.bidnetwork.org) and as coach for entrepreneurs. He is passionate on the innovative and social impact elements in life. Michael obtained his MBA degree from NYU Stern.

 

Michael Joyce

Advisor, Government of Indonesia

Michael Joyce specialises in bringing financial services to the poor and remote population of Asia. Since working as one of the founding team work of the WING mobile money service in Cambodia inn 2008, he has worked on ways to combine low-cost mobile technology with intelligent risk approaches in order to reach people who were previously regarded as “unbankable”. He is currently working as an advisor to the Government of Indonesia, focusing on regulations and government programs that will increase access to financial services and reduce poverty.

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Michael Joyce

Advisor, Government of Indonesia

Michael Joyce specialises in bringing financial services to the poor and remote population of Asia. Since working as one of the founding team work of the WING mobile money service in Cambodia inn 2008, he has worked on ways to combine low-cost mobile technology with intelligent risk approaches in order to reach people who were previously regarded as “unbankable”. He is currently working as an advisor to the Government of Indonesia, focusing on regulations and government programs that will increase access to financial services and reduce poverty.

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Miguel Ángel Fañanas Martínez

Director Corporate Segment and Multinational Customers, Telefónica México

Currently Director of Corporate Customers and Multinationals in Telefonica Mexico. Proactive and results oriented professional with broad experience in all aspects of business development and change processes. Demonstrated hands-on management style in the development and implementation of strategic plans to ensure company’s targets achievement. Solid planning and organizational skills in coordinating all aspects of action plans, from inception to completion. Sees the big picture and plans appropriate strategies to achieve results. Strong team builder and facilitator, fosters an atmosphere that encourages highly talented team members to leverage on high level skills to meet demanding goals. Understands and overcomes organizational hindrances to deliver results. Effectively communicates direction and commits people to action. At EOI Business School (Madrid), he mentors MBA students to build compelling business plans for startups. As a Wayra collaborator, he helps the organization to select the best projects among thousands of participants in Wayra contests all around the world. Specialties: Passionate abot working in multinational multicultural environments. Proven experience to quickly learn the intricacies of clients’ business and identify opportunities for collaboration. Ability to develop relationships with customers and internal stakeholders at executive level. Ability to combine the strong functional expertise with excellent business & entrepreneurial acumen.

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Miguel Lasso

Director, H.I.G. WhiteHorse

Miguel Lasso is a Director of H.I.G. WhiteHorse in the Madrid office and focuses on the Spanish and Portuguese direct lending activities of the firm. Miguel joined H.I.G. from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he spent four years in the Debt & Capital Advisory department of the Madrid office advising companies and private equities on raising new debt and capital from credit funds, refinancing, and restructuring their existing debt. Miguel holds a Law degree, a Diploma in Business Administration at ICADE (Madrid) and an International MBA from IE Business School.

 

Nektarios Liolios

Innovation Leader, Innotribe

Nektarios Liolios es Griego, residente en Londres, donde trabaja para Innotribe. Nektarios se sumó a Innotribe en Septiembre 2011 y ha participado en la ejecución de Innotribe Startup Challenge, el Innotribe Incubator, las Conferencias Innotribe, y todo lo que huela y respire a Innotribe. Nektarios ha trabajado en la industria financiera durante más de 15 años, sin embargo nunca ha sentido la pasión y el entusiasmo que ahora siente por su trabajo. Entró a formar parte de SWIFT en 2004, asumiendo varios roles en distintas oficinas. Antes trabajó para Clearstream Banking y Octopussy.

 

Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

Nektarios is Greek and resides in London where he works for Startupbootcamp FinTech. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997 in various guises. From 2010 - 2013 he worked with Innotribe “enabling collaborative innovation in the financial industry”. This involved connecting bankers, investors, startups and everyone in between via the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the Innotribe Incubator, Innotribe Conferences and all things Innotribe. Despite more than 15 years in the industry he has never felt more passionate and enthusiastic about his work as now. He was involved in the formation of SWIFT in 2004 and before that he worked for Clearstream Banking and Octopussy.

 
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Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

Nektarios is Greek and resides in London where he works for Startupbootcamp FinTech. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997 in various guises. From 2010 - 2013 he worked with Innotribe “enabling collaborative innovation in the financial industry”. This involved connecting bankers, investors, startups and everyone in between via the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the Innotribe Incubator, Innotribe Conferences and all things Innotribe. Despite more than 15 years in the industry he has never felt more passionate and enthusiastic about his work as now. He was involved in the formation of SWIFT in 2004 and before that he worked for Clearstream Banking and Octopussy.

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Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

Nektarios is Greek and resides in London where he works for Startupbootcamp FinTech. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997 in various guises. From 2010 - 2013 he worked with Innotribe “enabling collaborative innovation in the financial industry”. This involved connecting bankers, investors, startups and everyone in between via the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the Innotribe Incubator, Innotribe Conferences and all things Innotribe. Despite more than 15 years in the industry he has never felt more passionate and enthusiastic about his work as now. He was involved in the formation of SWIFT in 2004 and before that he worked for Clearstream Banking and Octopussy.

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Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

Nektarios is Greek and resides in London where he works for Startupbootcamp FinTech. He has worked in the financial industry since 1997 in various guises. From 2010 - 2013 he worked with Innotribe “enabling collaborative innovation in the financial industry”. This involved connecting bankers, investors, startups and everyone in between via the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the Innotribe Incubator, Innotribe Conferences and all things Innotribe. Despite more than 15 years in the industry he has never felt more passionate and enthusiastic about his work as now. He was involved in the formation of SWIFT in 2004 and before that he worked for Clearstream Banking and Octopussy.

 

Nico Berman

Partner, KaszeK Ventures

Nicolás Berman es uno de los tres Partners de KaszeK Ventures, el fondo de Venture Capital de América Latina enfocado en la industria tecnologías. Antes de unirse a KaszeK Ventures, Nicolás fue un inversor Business Angel activo en varias empresas de Internet y Vicepresidente de MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), la mayor plataforma de pagos y comercio electrónico de América Latina, donde lideró los esfuerzos de Marketing y la unidad de Publicidad. Nicolás se unió a MercadoLibre en 1999 y bajo su supervisión MercadoLibre fue seleccionado como una de las “30 Hosttest Brands in the World” por Ad-Age, y también reconocido como una de las “27 Marcas Globales de Futuro” por Credit Suisse Research Institute, entre otros reconocimientos. Actualmente, Nicolás es miembro del consejo de varias empresas de Internet, incluyendo PedidosYa, Pitzi, Zupcat, Restorando, Educatina y otros. También hace de Mentor en Endeavor Argentina y Uruguay, donde ayuda activamente a los emprendedores.

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Nicolás Berman

Partner, KaszeK Ventures

Nicolás Berman is one of the three Partners at Kaszek Ventures, the Latin American Venture Capital firm focused on the technology industry in the region. Before joining Kaszek Ventures, Nicolás was an active Angel Investor in several Internet related companies and VicePresident at MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), Latin America’s largest online commerce and payments platform, where he led the Marketing efforts across the company and the Advertising BU. He joined MercadoLibre in 1999 and, under his sight, MercadoLibre was selected as one of the “30 Hottest Brands in the World” by Ad-Age, while also recognized as one of the “Worlds 27 Brands of the Future” by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, among many other recognitions. Nicolás currently sits on the board of several internet companies, including PedidosYa, Pitzi, Zupcat, Restorando, Educatina and others. He also acts as Mentor for Endeavor Argentina and Uruguay, actively helping entrepreneurs. Nicolas also served as President of the "Direct and Interactive Marketing Asociation" in Argentina, is a professor at the Universidad de San Andres, and holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

 

Nicolas Debock

Senior investment manager, XAnge Private Equity

Nicolas Debock, 36, spearheads the Paris-based private equity and venture capital firm’s investments in fintech venture and growth firms across Europe. XAnge, which has a total of €375 million of assets under management, has backed several fintech firms, including payments start-up The Currency Cloud, German online bank Fidor Bank and French crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. Before joining XAnge in 2011, Debock worked in the innovation and strategy department of French postal service Groupe La Poste, engaging with start-ups, venture capitalists and investors to gain insight into new trends that could affect the firm’s businesses. Debock was one of the founders of BarCampBank, a community that organises events on the future of banking and disruptions related to finance, and, in 2013, he organised Hack The Bank Paris, the first French fintech hackathon. Debock collects jazz vinyl records, enjoys cycling and playing rugby.

 

Nicolas Debock

Sr investment manager, XAnge Private Equity

Nicolas Debock, 36, spearheads the Paris-based private equity and venture capital firm’s investments in fintech venture and growth firms across Europe. XAnge, which has a total of €375 million of assets under management, has backed several fintech firms, including payments start-up The Currency Cloud, German online bank Fidor Bank and French crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. Before joining XAnge in 2011, Debock worked in the innovation and strategy department of French postal service Groupe La Poste, engaging with start-ups, venture capitalists and investors to gain insight into new trends that could affect the firm’s businesses. Debock was one of the founders of BarCampBank, a community that organises events on the future of banking and disruptions related to finance, and, in 2013, he organised Hack The Bank Paris, the first French fintech hackathon. Debock collects jazz vinyl records, enjoys cycling and playing rugby.

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Nicolas Debock

Senior investment manager, XAnge Private Equity

Nicolas Debock, 36, spearheads the Paris-based private equity and venture capital firm’s investments in fintech venture and growth firms across Europe. XAnge, which has a total of €375 million of assets under management, has backed several fintech firms, including payments start-up The Currency Cloud, German online bank Fidor Bank and French crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank. Before joining XAnge in 2011, Debock worked in the innovation and strategy department of French postal service Groupe La Poste, engaging with start-ups, venture capitalists and investors to gain insight into new trends that could affect the firm’s businesses. Debock was one of the founders of BarCampBank, a community that organises events on the future of banking and disruptions related to finance, and, in 2013, he organised Hack The Bank Paris, the first French fintech hackathon. Debock collects jazz vinyl records, enjoys cycling and playing rugby.

 

Nicolás Moya

Innovation Director, Bankinter

Nicolás holds a PHD in Physics from University Complutense (Madrid), a MBA from Universidad Europea de Madrid (Laureate International Universities) and a PDD from IESE Business School. He started his career as a Technology consultant with different Consulting Firms. He has also been Head of m-Banking and m-payments for Telefonica Movistar. He currently works for Bankinter, where he has held different positions including Head of Mobility prior to his appointment as Director of Innovation. As a director of Innovation Nicolas has developed projects like www.coinc.es, a social savings web site; www.comparador.com, a financial comparison web site or Bankinter's mobile payments program.

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Nicolás Moya

Innovation Director, Bankinter

Nicolás holds a PHD in Physics from University Complutense (Madrid), a MBA from Universidad Europea de Madrid (Laureate International Universities) and a PDD from IESE Business School. He started his career as a Technology consultant with different Consulting Firms. He has also been Head of m-Banking and m-payments for Telefonica Movistar. He currently works for Bankinter, where he has held different positions including Head of Mobility prior to his appointment as Director of Innovation. As a director of Innovation Nicolas has developed projects like www.coinc.es, a social savings web site; www.comparador.com, a financial comparison web site or Bankinter's mobile payments program.

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Nicolas Piacentino

Angel investor & Startup advisor

Nicolas has over 20 years of extensive experience in commodity markets from Grains to Oil, Gas and Metals. He started his multinational career at Andre et Cie. S.A. in Lausanne, Switzerland, at Glencore Ltd. And he worked as a head the American and Latin markets after the company IPO. From 2012 he is Partner - Board representation Hi-End Consultancy. He has participated in various start-ups as well as developing different personal businesses including active participation in different philanthropic organizations. Nicolas still maintains avid interests in various personal projects and is consulted by governmental Energy agencies, hedge funds as well as private or public commodity trading companies all around the world.

 

Nicolás Berman

Partner, KaszeK Ventures

Nicolás Berman is one of the three Partners at Kaszek Ventures, the Latin American Venture Capital firm focused on the technology industry in the region. Before joining Kaszek Ventures, Nicolás was an active Angel Investor in several Internet related companies and VicePresident at MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), Latin America’s largest online commerce and payments platform, where he led the Marketing efforts across the company and the Advertising BU. He joined MercadoLibre in 1999 and, under his sight, MercadoLibre was selected as one of the “30 Hottest Brands in the World” by Ad-Age, while also recognized as one of the “Worlds 27 Brands of the Future” by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, among many other recognitions. Nicolás currently sits on the board of several internet companies, including PedidosYa, Pitzi, Zupcat, Restorando, Educatina and others. He also acts as Mentor for Endeavor Argentina and Uruguay, actively helping entrepreneurs. Nicolas also served as President of the "Direct and Interactive Marketing Asociation" in Argentina, is a professor at the Universidad de San Andres, and holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

 
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Octavio Soler Bach

Partner, Trustly España & LoanBook Capital

Octavio joined the team at Trustly in 2012 to lead its development in the Spanish market and the Southern Europe expansion. Trustly is a fast growing European provider of online payments services. Trustly recently won the CIT Golden Card prize in Spain for the most innovative in the field of payments. At the same time, Octavio is partner and adviser to LoanBook Capital, marketplace leader in Spain in crowdlending for SMEs. Octavio has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder and director general for numerous technology companies, leading diverse development and acceleration projects in the fintech, internet and technology sectors. Prior to joining Trustly, he worked as director general for technology companies including Integra Interactive and ProXchange. Octavio has solid experience in business expansion, consulting and finance gained in North American multinational Enron Corp and Coopers & Lybrand (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the UK and in Spain. He has a Business and Economic Sciences degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA in Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) from Paris. In his free time, Octavio enjoys the company of his friends and family, travel and reading.

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Octavio Soler Bach

Partner, Trustly España & LoanBook Capital

Octavio joined the team at Trustly in 2012 to lead its development in the Spanish market and the Southern Europe expansion. Trustly is a fast growing European provider of online payments services. Trustly recently won the CIT Golden Card prize in Spain for the most innovative in the field of payments. At the same time, Octavio is partner and adviser to LoanBook Capital, marketplace leader in Spain in crowdlending for SMEs. Octavio has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, founder and director general for numerous technology companies, leading diverse development and acceleration projects in the fintech, internet and technology sectors. Prior to joining Trustly, he worked as director general for technology companies including Integra Interactive and ProXchange. Octavio has solid experience in business expansion, consulting and finance gained in North American multinational Enron Corp and Coopers & Lybrand (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the UK and in Spain. He has a Business and Economic Sciences degree from the University of Barcelona and an MBA in Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) from Paris. In his free time, Octavio enjoys the company of his friends and family, travel and reading.

 

Oriol Pons

Innovation Strategist, BeeOne (Erste Bank)

Oriol Pons es Estratega de Innovación en BeeOne GmbH los laboratorios de innovación digital de Erste Group Bank. Actualmente reside en Viena (Austria) donde lidera actividades para hacer de Erste Group Bank un banco líder en la experiencia de cliente y el uso de nuevas tecnologías. Oriol está constantemente de viaje en búsqueda de start-ups que le pueden ayudar a conseguir sus objetivos; así que, si tienes una buena idea y te lo encuentras en el lobby de un hotel o en la puerta de embarque, no dudes en presentarle tu idea! Oriol es licenciado en Economía y Master en Banca y Finanzas por la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, anteriormente ha trabajado para Capgemini Consulting y “la Caixa”. Su pasión es su trabajo, para él la innovación es una gran dosis de profesionalidad y rigor combinados con mucha diversión y algo de locura.

 
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Oriol Pons

Innovation Strategist, BeeOne (Erste Bank)

Oriol Pons is Innovation Strategist at BeeOne GmbH which is the digital innovation lab of Erste Group Bank. He currently lives in Viena where he is leads the initiative to make Erste Group Bank a leading bank in customer experience and the use of new technologies. Oriol is constantly travelling to look for startups that will help him reach his objectives. To that end, if you have a great idea and you run into him in the hotel lobby or at the boarding gate, don’t hesitate to present it to him! Oriol has an Economics degree and a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University Pompeu Fabra. He has previously worked for Capgemini Consulting and la Caixa. His passion is his work, for him innovation is a big dose of professionalism and rigor combined with a lot of fun and a little bit of madness.

 

Oriol Pons

Innovation Strategist at BeeOne

Oriol has been working hard over the last 4 years to help banks evolve their businesses and organizations to a digital-centric model to overcome disruptive change. In his role of Innovation Strategist at BeeOne GmbH, the digital innovation enterprise of Erste Group Bank, he leads activities and projects making Erste Group Bank a leading player in customer experience and new technologies adoption. Prior to his current role, he worked for Caixabank in the e-channels and innovation unit and for Capgemini Consulting in the innovation and strategy fields. Oriol has been on the board of Mobey Forum since April 2014.

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Oriol Pons

Innovation Strategist, BeeOne (Erste Bank)

Oriol Pons is Innovation Strategist at BeeOne GmbH which is the digital innovation lab of Erste Group Bank. He currently lives in Viena where he is leads the initiative to make Erste Group Bank a leading bank in customer experience and the use of new technologies. Oriol is constantly travelling to look for startups that will help him reach his objectives. To that end, if you have a great idea and you run into him in the hotel lobby or at the boarding gate, don’t hesitate to present it to him! Oriol has an Economics degree and a Masters in Banking and Finance from the University Pompeu Fabra. He has previously worked for Capgemini Consulting and la Caixa. His passion is his work, for him innovation is a big dose of professionalism and rigor combined with a lot of fun and a little bit of madness.

 

Pablo Brenner

Vice Presidente Innovación, Globant

Pablo es graduado en Computer Engineering en el Technion (Haifa, Israel), y trabajó en diseño de de los primeros Ruteadores de IP ya en 1987. En 1993 co-funda Alvarion, una de las primeras empresas de WiFi y Wimax del mundo, que en su momento de auge llegó a facturar 200 millones de dólares y 1300 empleados, pasando por un exitoso en NASDAQ en Marzo del 2000. En Alvarion Pablo se desempeñó como VicePresidente de Investigación y Desarrollo en los headquarters de Tel Aviv y luego como VP Latin America. Desde 2005 Pablo es Socio en Prosperitas Capital Partners, el primer fondo de Capital de Riesgo en Uruguay, con un portafolio de más de 20 empresas. En 2010 Pablo se suma a Globant, como VicePresidente de Innovación y Country Manager for Globant Uruguay. Globant es la compañía de software de mayor crecimiento en Latino America desarrollando software para líderes mundiales como Google, Linkedin, y Electronic Arts, entre otras. Pablo fue uno de los autores del standard de WiFi (IEEE P802.11), y tiene a su nombre una patente en USA (“Algoritmo para romaning rápido en redes de Salto de Frecuencia) Pablo es graduado del executive program de Singularity University, y fue miembro activo del directorio de Endeavor Uruguay, y su presidente entre 2003 to 2006.

 

Pablo Rivera

Director. Madrid Centro Financiero

Pablo Rivera, graduated in Law and Economics, has been a Director at Madrid Centro Financiero since June 2009. He has also been the Secretary General of the Roundtable of European Financial Centres since that time, an initiative that brings together the financial centres of the UK, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain After some years at Ernst & Young dealing with international fiscal matters, he joined the Spanish Securities Commission (CNMV) between 1988 and 2001 as Head of International Relations. At that time, he was the Managing Director of Technology at Grupo Prisa (the largest listed media group in Spanish Language) from 2001 to 2009. He is professor for the masters course Financial Economy at ICADE and the IEB masters course on Financial Technology, as well as a panelist for various national and international forums.

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Pablo Rivera

Managing Director, Spain Financial Centre

Pablo, graduated in Law and Economics, has been a Director at Madrid Centro Financiero since June 2009. He has also been the Secretary General of the Roundtable of European Financial Centres since that time, an initiative that brings together the financial centres of the UK, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Spain After some years at Ernst & Young dealing with international fiscal matters, he joined the Spanish Securities Commission (CNMV) between 1988 and 2001 as Head of International Relations. At that time, he was the Managing Director of Technology at Grupo Prisa (the largest listed media group in Spanish Language) from 2001 to 2009. He is professor for the masters course Financial Economy at ICADE and the IEB masters course on Financial Technology, as well as a panelist for various national and international forums.

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Pablo Ruiz

Innovation T&O Strategy Director, Grupo Santander

Pablo is a senior Innovation Technology Executive with more than 18 years of experience in FinTech for financial services organizations such as JPMorgan and Santander. Pablo has managed tecnology services, transformation programmes and delivered large-scale strategic organizational changes, driving cost efficiency, operational improvements and business value through technology innovation. Pablo is now actively developing the FinTech global startup ecosystem to bring ouside in innovation to Santander Holds a Master at Instituto de Empresa and has a BSC in Computer Science at the University of Comillas (ICAI).

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Pablo Salazar

Managing Partner, NxtpLabs

Pablo dirige la unidad de Naranya*Ventures, enfocada al desarrollo del ecosistema de emprendimiento e inversión de negocios móviles en México y otros mercados emergentes. Pablo es miembro del Consejo Directivo de varias empresas y Asociaciones, así como emprendedor de diversas iniciativas digitales. Es Licenciado en Marketing del ITESM con Maestría en Comercio Electrónico y un MBA por la London Business School, incluyendo Programas de Innovación por el Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Pablo es Kauffman Fellow. Emprendedor desde 1999 con LatinStocks México, Innovadora en comercio electrónico en México. FRESH HOUSE DELI, restaurantes. Prepworks, Startup en el sector de educación. Naranya*Ventures, Cofundador y Managing Director de Naranya*Ventures, firma de inversión centrada en la primera etapa de las empresas de comercio móvil que emergen de y/o sirven a una economía de rápido crecimiento. Pablo Salazar, como Managing Director, junto con Arturo Galván, dirigieron la inversión en 6 compañías en el sector de tecnología y comercio móvil dentro de Naranya*Labs. Compropago, Creapps, Flipter, Kuona, Pingstamp, Twitt2go. En su experiencia laboral como Principal de IGNIA Partners, LLC, gestionó los procesos de inversión, incluyendo el sourcing y análisis de oportunidades de inversión.

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Pablo Ventura

Managing Director, Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales

Pablo ha trabajado la mayor parte de su carrera en el mundo del Capital Riesgo en la Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales. Durante los últimos años ha trabajado directamente con más de 200 startups. Pablo ha llevado a cabo más de 25 operaciones en 16 start-ups con 2 exits, alguna de ellas de las más relevantes del VC en España en los últimos años. Actualmente también es miembro del consejo de administración de Peertransfer, Job & Talent y World Sensing. También ha realizado alguna inversión personal como business angel en etapas semilla.

 

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Managing Director, IE Venture Lab

Tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en Banca de Inversión y Capital Riesgo, principalmente en los Bancos UBS Bank y ABN AMRO. Desde 2005 destina gran parte de su tiempo en la captación de inversión, la creación de nuevas compañías y la compra y venta de otras a través de su grupo AmazingLab. Paris tiene registradas además 2 patentes. Una de 1999, por la que se ofrece una solución a la idea de “LOS SEIS GRADOS DE SEPARACIÓN”, y una segunda patente de 2009 por la que se traslada la gestión del cliente a plataformas virtuales online. Es una de las personas que más sabe de emprendimiento en España y dedica gran parte de su tiempo a conocer qué hace a alguien emprendedor y qué necesita para tener éxito. Es además el director del laboratorio de emprendimiento del Instituto de Empresa.

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Pascal Bouvier

General Partner, Route 66 Ventures

Life and work experiences have given Pascal an unmatched vantage point, seeing things as both venture capitalist and aspiring entrepreneur. At Route 66, he puts this experience to work managing early and late stage equity investments (VC/PE). This perspective and his knowledge of banking and software services have made Pascal a true innovator in the VC arena. His current focus at R66 is on emerging and high-growth FinServ and FinTech companies in alternative payments platforms, digital banking, and insurance in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Pascal launched his career as a commercial banker for Europe’s Banque Paribas, in Paris. During the late 1980s, he moved to managing investments at Dai Ichi Kangyo Bank, the world’s largest commercial bank based in Tokyo. Here, he built a diverse, $500+ million portfolio in senior, subordinated loans, and equity investments. Pascal moved to the U.S. in 1990, where he cemented his passion for operating early stage ventures and investing – typically in high-growth, post-revenue technology firms. He joined R66 as General Partner in 2012.

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Patrick Griffin

EVP Business Development, Ripple Labs

Patrick Griffin define la estrategia de desarrollo de negocio y lidera su ejecución para Ripple Labs, los creadores del protocolo de pago Ripple. Anteriormente, Patrick fue miembro del equipo fundacional de Jumio, desarrolló la estratégía digital para Universal Music, y fue analista y trader para Alpha Equity.

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Paul Ahlstrom

Co-founder, Alta Ventures

Paul is a co-founder of Alta Growth Capital and Alta Ventures, both based in Mexico. Paul's passion is supporting the growth of Latin America's vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem and has invested into more than 30 promising companies focused on Mexico and Latin America.  Paul has operated on both sides of the table as a venture backed entrepreneur and now as an investor. After directly observing the patterns of startup success and failure of more than 100 startup investments over the past 15 years, he noticed some amazing patterns of entrepreneurs that had the habit of getting it right.  Paul distilled these observations on how to increase the odds of getting it right in the book Nail He received his BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and received an honorary Doctorate from the Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel.

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Paul Breloff

Founder and Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab

Paul is the founder and Managing Director of the Accion Venture Lab, a seed investment initiative housed at Accion which invests in innovative financial inclusion startups globally. Since late 2012, Venture Lab has looked at over 1,000 companies and invested in 21 enterprises across East Africa, India, Mexico and the U.S., including investments in mobile banking, social media and internet-based financial service models, marketplace lending, small enterprise finance, and alternative and “Big Data” credit analysis. Before Accion, Paul advised CGAP, Root Capital, Shell Foundation, BRAC, and others on access-to-finance issues globally. Previously, Paul worked with SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance institution, leading business development and strategic initiatives and assisting on fundraising. Paul has also practiced corporate law with Mayer Brown and worked as an advertising account executive for Leo Burnett, and is an adjunct professor/instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Impact Business Leaders. Paul graduated from Amherst College and the Yale Law School.

 
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Paula Blazquez

Startup Competition & Acceleration Manager, Finnovista

Paula es licenciada en Administración de empresas por Northeastern University en Boston. Paula cuenta con varios años de experiencia en Capital Riesgo, habiendo trabajado como Analista para Hercules Technology Growth Capital en Palo Alto y como Asociada en Axon Partners Group, fondo de Capital Riesgo Español. Además, tiene un Master en Finanzas e Innovación por Munich Business School en Munich, dando soporte en el desarrollo de negocio de startups dentro de la academia de Wayra en Munich así como en la elaboración de un plan de expansión para Line, app de mensajería instantánea global.

 

Pavel Ezekiev

Co-founder NEVEQ

Before co-founding NEVEQ, Pavel worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Deutsche Bank in London and Sofia and managed a government agency helping multinationals establish operations in Bulgaria. As an investment banker, he focused on industrial technology clients of the bank's corporate finance group, reporting to the global group head. Pavel was later appointed to launch the Deutsche Bank's operation in Bulgaria, where he served as a chief country officer until 2007. At NEVEQ, Pavel is focused on business intelligence technologies and invests in sectors from travel to financial services. He is currently a Trustee at the American University in Bulgaria and also helped Intel launch its Global Challenge competitions across Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey. Pavel received a Summa Cum Laude finance degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He speaks five languages.

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Pavel Ezekiev

Co-founder NEVEQ

Before co-founding NEVEQ, Pavel worked at Microsoft in Redmond, Deutsche Bank in London and Sofia and managed a government agency helping multinationals establish operations in Bulgaria. As an investment banker, he focused on industrial technology clients of the bank's corporate finance group, reporting to the global group head. Pavel was later appointed to launch the Deutsche Bank's operation in Bulgaria, where he served as a chief country officer until 2007. At NEVEQ, Pavel is focused on business intelligence technologies and invests in sectors from travel to financial services. He is currently a Trustee at the American University in Bulgaria and also helped Intel launch its Global Challenge competitions across Eastern Europe, Israel and Turkey. Pavel received a Summa Cum Laude finance degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He speaks five languages.

 
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Peter Hinssen

Author & Serial Technologist

Acclaimed author, keynote speaker and serial entrepreneur Peter Hinssen is one of Europe’s thought leaders on disruptive innovation. He has moved on from a deep passion for all things technology to believing that digital is ‘merely’ a spark, an enabler and that networks are the true drivers of progress. Peter collaborates with organisations that want to understand and leverage how digital has disrupted entire industries and business models. Through disruptive, organisational and digital inspiration, he helps them to survive the fast flowing network our environment has become. And shows them how they can thrive in it. Peter is co-founder of nexxworks and Across Group as well as Chairman of Across Technology. He lectures at various business schools in Europe like the London Business School, is a Senior Industry Fellow at the ‘Center for Digital Transformation’ of the ‘The Paul Merage School of Business’ at UC Irvine and functions as a board advisor on disruptive and digital innovation.

 
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Peter Vander Auwera

Independent thinker, creator and sense-maker

Peter Vander Auwera is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker. Peter’s ambition is to inspire other people to dream. He loves connecting with experts, musicians and artists of all kinds to bring out the very best in them. He works and lives with them to fully demonstrate his dedication and integrity so that others will want to join the projects as well. His dreams are about creation, novelty, beauty, and mastery. He can get pretty excited about design and real disruptive transformation through multidisciplinary teams. He is less excited about technology for technology’s sake, but more about its application and societal impact. Foresight scenario thinking and practices intrigue him, as well as non-linear-thinking. He likes a mix of solitary desk-research, combined with meeting great people and creating serendipities and intensities. He likes the smell of “stage” and creating uniqueness. He has an urge to challenge the status quo. He is Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Main architect and content creator of Innotribe at Sibos. Project lead of the Digital Asset Grid. 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 on the Board of www.happathon.com, is advisor and investor in www.NextBank.org, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups. Peter is also a 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 the proud father of an 8-year-old daughter. Peter is very active on social media, blogs regularly at http://petervan.wordpress.com and has a very engaged Twitter following community @petervan. You can find more about Peter at http://about.me/petervanderauwera.

 

Peter Vander Auwera

Co-Founder, Innotribe

Peter Vander Auwera is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker. Peter’s ambition is to inspire other people to dream. He loves connecting with experts, musicians and artists of all kinds to bring out the very best in them. He works and lives with them to fully demonstrate his dedication and integrity so that others will want to join the projects as well. His dreams are about creation, novelty, beauty, and mastery. He can get pretty excited about design and real disruptive transformation through multidisciplinary teams. He is less excited about technology for technology’s sake, but more about its application and societal impact. Foresight scenario thinking and practices intrigue him, as well as non-linear-thinking. He likes a mix of solitary desk-research, combined with meeting great people and creating serendipities and intensities. He likes the smell of “stage” and creating uniqueness. He has an urge to challenge the status quo. He is Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Main architect and content creator of Innotribe at Sibos. Project lead of the Digital Asset Grid. 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 on the Board of www.happathon.com, is advisor and investor in www.NextBank.org, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups. Peter is also a 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 the proud father of an 8-year-old daughter. Peter is very active on social media, blogs regularly at http://petervan.wordpress.com and has a very engaged Twitter following community @petervan. You can find more about Peter at http://about.me/petervanderauwera.

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Peter Vander Auwera

Independent thinker, creator and sense-maker

Peter Vander Auwera is an independent thinker, creator and sense-maker. Peter’s ambition is to inspire other people to dream. He loves connecting with experts, musicians and artists of all kinds to bring out the very best in them. He works and lives with them to fully demonstrate his dedication and integrity so that others will want to join the projects as well. His dreams are about creation, novelty, beauty, and mastery. He can get pretty excited about design and real disruptive transformation through multidisciplinary teams. He is less excited about technology for technology’s sake, but more about its application and societal impact. Foresight scenario thinking and practices intrigue him, as well as non-linear-thinking. He likes a mix of solitary desk-research, combined with meeting great people and creating serendipities and intensities. He likes the smell of “stage” and creating uniqueness. He has an urge to challenge the status quo. He is Co-Founder of Innotribe, the innovation initiative of SWIFT. Main architect and content creator of Innotribe at Sibos. Project lead of the Digital Asset Grid. 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 on the Board of www.happathon.com, is advisor and investor in www.NextBank.org, and sits on the Advisory Board of several organisations and start-ups. Peter is also a 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 the proud father of an 8-year-old daughter. Peter is very active on social media, blogs regularly at http://petervan.wordpress.com and has a very engaged Twitter following community @petervan. You can find more about Peter at http://about.me/petervanderauwera.

 

Peter Vanderauwera

Co-fundador, Innotribe

Peter Vanderauwera es co-fundador de Innotribe, la iniciativa de innovación de SWIFT. Como miembro del equipo de innovación, es arquitecto y curador de contenidos de los eventos principales de Innotribe, como por ejemplo Innotribe at Sibos. Peter es miembro del grupo de expertos de Datos Personales del WEF, miembro de REXpedition y ponente de TEDxNewWallStreet y TEDxChange. Peter ha fundado Corporate Rebels United, movimiento para unir a los rebeldes corporativos a nivel global para asegurar que el cambio ocurre de forma viral. Peter escribe de forma recurrente en su blog personal, http://petervan.wordpress.com y es muy activo en su cuenta de Twitter (@petervan).

 

Philippe Gelis

CEO & Co-founder, Kantox

Philippe has more than 6 years of experience in consulting at companies like Deloitte. He specialises in the banking industry with clients like Santader Group and in projects for investment funds like PAI Partners or Palamon Capital Partners. Philippe is French and has an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Toulouse Business School. His speaks Spanish, English and French.

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Philippe Gelis

Co-Founder & CEO, Kantox

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Philippe Gelis

CEO & Co-founder, Kantox

Philippe has more than 6 years of experience in consulting at companies like Deloitte. He specialises in the banking industry with clients like Santader Group and in projects for investment funds like PAI Partners or Palamon Capital Partners. Philippe is French and has an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Toulouse Business School. His speaks Spanish, English and French.

 
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Praveer Kumar

Co-founder and CTO, Bancbox

At Bancbox Praveer is responsible for all aspects of core software development and operations infrastructure. With more than fourteen years of software development management experience, Praveer has managed the development of a wide range of technologies including payments, data security, online marketing platforms, and highly scalable applications. Prior to Bancbox, Praveer oversaw research and development of performance marketing engineering at Yahoo where he formed a working group to identify and solve issues related to the end-to-end latency of banner advertisements. Before that, Praveer was the lead architect of the Relevance-X platform currently used by Acxiom to leverage the direct marketing power of PersonicX in the online environment. Praveer has received a Master’s degree in System Science and Structural Engineering from Louisiana State University. He holds a bachelors degree from National Institute of Engineering Rourkela, India.

 

Ramón Blanco

Founder & CEO, etece.com

Ramón Blanco holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Law from ICADE (e-3), He also holds an MBA from Harvard Businesss School and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. He started his career working in Marketing at Unilever, continued in Investment Banking at Banco de Santander and in 1999 founded selftrade.es, an online broker whose parent company made an IPO in France. In 2002 Selftrade was acquired by Boursorama Banque (owned by SG with a market cap of 1.000 mill. €). At Boursorama Banque he was Deputy CEO (France), President of Onvista Bank (Germany), Vice President of Selftrade Bank (UK). In 2012 he founded etece.com, a web site that offers professional services for home and office by the hour. Ramón has been an investor in different start ups (idealista.com, 11870.com, sindelantal.com, bewa7er.com). He has also played international rugby for Spain 15 times and is a Professor at Garrigues Financial Markets Master.

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Ramón Blanco

Founder & CEO, etece.com

Ramón Blanco holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Law from ICADE (e-3), He also holds an MBA from Harvard Businesss School and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. He started his career working in Marketing at Unilever, continued in Investment Banking at Banco de Santander and in 1999 founded selftrade.es, an online broker whose parent company made an IPO in France. In 2002 Selftrade was acquired by Boursorama Banque (owned by SG with a market cap of 1.000 mill. €). At Boursorama Banque he was Deputy CEO (France), President of Onvista Bank (Germany), Vice President of Selftrade Bank (UK). In 2012 he founded etece.com, a web site that offers professional services for home and office by the hour. Ramón has been an investor in different start ups (idealista.com, 11870.com, sindelantal.com, bewa7er.com). He has also played international rugby for Spain 15 times and is a Professor at Garrigues Financial Markets Master.

 

Raquel Jiménez Jiménez

DG of Trade & Economic Development, Madrid Emprende

Raquel has a broad background in the economic development area and a proven track record as a consultant for entrepreneurship boost, economic development and internationalization in a multinational business environment. Her knowledge and experience have been acquired in both the private and public sector, in Spain and abroad. For the last 9 years, Raquel has been working at Madrid Emprende, one of the main players of the national entrepreneurial ecosystem, promoting and participating in innovative initiatives launch such as Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, Madrid International Lab, Madrid Soft-Landing and several acceleration and mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. Raquel has a Degree in Economics from Salamanca University with postgraduate specialization in Finance (ICADE), International Trade and Multilateral Institutions (CECO) and Business Development Management, as well as a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.

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Raquel Jiménez Jiménez

DG of Trade & Economic Development, Madrid Emprende

Raquel has a broad background in the economic development area and a proven track record as a consultant for entrepreneurship boost, economic development and internationalization in a multinational business environment. Her knowledge and experience have been acquired in both the private and public sector, in Spain and abroad. For the last 9 years, Raquel has been working at Madrid Emprende, one of the main players of the national entrepreneurial ecosystem, promoting and participating in innovative initiatives launch such as Madrid Emprende Business Incubator Network, Madrid International Lab, Madrid Soft-Landing and several acceleration and mentoring programmes for entrepreneurs. Raquel has a Degree in Economics from Salamanca University with postgraduate specialization in Finance (ICADE), International Trade and Multilateral Institutions (CECO) and Business Development Management, as well as a qualification in Startup Internationalization from IESE Business School.

 
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Remko Vermeulen

User Experience Lead Telefonica

Remko is User Experience Lead for Telefonica, where he works on early innovation in areas as eHealth, Big & Personal data turning insights into ideas and into great services and products using service design. Services are brought to market under the brands of O2 in the UK, Movistar in Spain and Latin America and Vivo in Brasil. Before Telefonica he collected more than 10 years of UX management experience with companies like Renault, Wallpaper, Financial times, Warner Brothers, British Council, Reliance India, Yukos Russia and Electrolux Italy. He has a Master in Design Innovation Management (Product design) from Delft University of Technology, studied psychology at the Royal University of Leiden and exhibition design at the National School of Design in Australia.

 

Ricardo Forcano

Director Estrategia Corporativa, BBVA

Ricardo es Director de Estrategia Corporativa de BBVA, grupo multinacional que ofrece servicios financieros a 53 millones de clientes en más de 30 países. Desde dicha área es responsable de articular la estrategia del Grupo para la gestión de su portafolio global de geografías y negocios. Ricardo es también miembro del Comité de Inversiones de BBVA Ventures, unidad de venture capital a través de la cual BBVA invierte en startups que están desarrollando nuevos modelos de negocio en la industria financiera. Previamente ha sido Director de Estrategia y Desarrollo en el Grupo Heraldo, Subdirector de Estrategia Corporativa en Endesa y consejero en varias sociedades del ámbito digital. Ricardo es Ingeniero Industrial por la Universidad de Zaragoza (premio extraordinario fin de carrera) y Master en Gestión de la Tecnología por el MIT. Asimismo ha colaborado como investigador y docente con la Universidad de Michigan, la Universidad Técnica de Dinamarca y la Universidad San Jorge.

 
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Rob Findlay

Customer & Innovation Culture at DBS Bank, Founder at Next Bank

Rob has 15 years experience in various innovation and financial services roles across Asia, Australia. He has worked for some of the leading banks in innovation, customer experience, design and communications roles, and coordinated dozens of events across the region. He founded Next Bank in 2011 along with other industry leaders to make a real difference to financial services.

 

Roberta Profeta

Senior Innovation Manager, Intesa Sanpaolo

Roberta is Senior Innovation Manager for the European Region - Innovation Department at Intesa Sanpaolo, within the Corporate & Investment Banking Division. She engages with the ‘innovation ecosystem’ and is passionate about new trends pertaining to the financial industry. Her focus is on hi-tech start-ups and innovation-driven changes within corporate banking. She has previously worked on several projects such as the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative in Italy and the Italian Innovation Days in the US. Roberta formerly held a position as Policy Officer at the European Commission - DG Research and, prior to that, at Banca Intesa as a Relationship Manager for US Corporates. Roberta works and lives in London. She grew up in Singapore, lived and worked in Milan and Brussels and is fluent in English, French and Italian.

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Rodrigo Álvarez

Head of Accenture Digital SPAI for Financial Services (Partner)

Leading Accenture Digital in SPAI for Financial Services Industries covering: - Banking - Insurance - Capital Markets Integrating several areas of expertise: - Digital Agency: Service design, design thinking, creative, digital marketing and digital transformation - Analytics - Mobility - Digital Technologies

 

Rodrigo García de la Cruz

Industrial Engineer, Economist & IEB Professor

Industrial Engineer, Economist and Executive Master in Management of Financial Institutions by the IEB, Rodrigo García de la Cruz has over 15 years experience in financial, industrial and consulting sector. He has developed various positions in International Banking at Citibank and Barclays. He is Director of the first Master in Financial Innovation and Technology in the World and member of the Research Department in the finance area of IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles). Regular speaker and contributor in radio and tv. He is specialized in the transformation of the financial sector and its future challenges and he also has managed different researches of the competitors in the financial sector, Social Nets and Banks, and the future of the banking branches.

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Rodrigo García de la Cruz

Industrial Engineer, Economist & IEB Professor

Industrial Engineer, Economist and Executive Master in Management of Financial Institutions by the IEB, Rodrigo García de la Cruz has over 15 years experience in financial, industrial and consulting sector. He has developed various positions in International Banking at Citibank and Barclays. He is Director of the first Master in Financial Innovation and Technology in the World and member of the Research Department in the finance area of IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles). Regular speaker and contributor in radio and tv. He is specialized in the transformation of the financial sector and its future challenges and he also has managed different researches of the competitors in the financial sector, Social Nets and Banks, and the future of the banking branches.

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Rodrigo Kuri

Heading the Bank of the Future, Santander Group

Rodrigo is Mexican, with nearly 15 years in the Retail & Commercial banking industry within Santander Group. Currently Head of the Bank of the Future reporting into the Chief Innovation Officer for Santander Group based in Madrid. Responsible for developing new lines of business in digital banking as well as for delivering the foundations for the Group´s digital strategy. Prior to that, he was heading the Multichannel Unit for Santander Spain where he was leading the transformation of the distribution model from a branch centric to a multichannel business model. Rodrigo has also chaired the Commercial Banking Corporate School, a unit focused on sharing best practices in retail banking among the geographies that compose Santander Group, thus being able to better understand the different business models, cultures and professionals in each unit. Experience in other geographies include Mexico for nearly 10 years, where he was General Manager for products, channels, crm and marketing , and prior to that working on the front line as Retail and Commercial Banking Regional Manager for Mexico City.

 

Rodrigo Martinez

Investment Associate, Point Nine Capital

Rodrigo joined Point Nine Capital as an Associate after finishing his MBA at London Business School. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Index Ventures in London. During his time at Index, he focused on fin-tech and enterprise software investments. He also supported operationally its porfolio companies on product management and marketing projects. Prior to that, he was technical founder on a startup (raising 500k) and worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant. With a degree in Telecommunications engineering, he is spends his spare time between hardware and software hobby projects.

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Rodrigo Martinez

Investment Associate, Point Nine Capital

Rodrigo joined Point Nine Capital as an Associate after finishing his MBA at London Business School. Previously, he was a Summer Associate at Index Ventures in London. During his time at Index, he focused on fin-tech and enterprise software investments. He also supported operationally its porfolio companies on product management and marketing projects. Prior to that, he was technical founder on a startup (raising 500k) and worked as a Senior Strategy Consultant. With a degree in Telecommunications engineering, he is spends his spare time between hardware and software hobby projects.

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Rodrigo Ocejo

CEO and Founder, Kuspit

Rodrigo es fundador y director general de Kuspit, la primera casa de bolsa 100% en línea. Fue Managing Director de Bear Stearns, Executive Director de ABN AMRO y Director de Administración y Finanzas de Cintra.

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Rodrigo Ocejo

CEO and Founder, Kuspit

Rodrigo es fundador y director general de Kuspit, la primera casa de bolsa 100% en línea. Fue Managing Director de Bear Stearns, Executive Director de ABN AMRO y Director de Administración y Finanzas de Cintra.

 

Rolf Cederström

Co-founder and CEO, Digital Origin

Rolf Cederström is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Origin, a technology company delivering innovative financial services for the Spanish market. Prior to Digital Origin, he worked for over ten years in the financial sector in London at several investment banks, including Goldman Sachs & Co. There he also co-founded Ardent Advisors, a boutique investment bank focused on the Internet sector. He has a MSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Lund, Sweden, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

Ron Shevlin

Analista Senior, Aite Group

Ron Shevlin es analista senior de Aite Group, con sede en Boston. Su trabajo se enfoca en ayudar a las entidades financieras a mejorar la efectividad y eficiencia de sus esfuerzos de marketing. En su trabajo, Ron cubre marketing móvil y online, analítica web, fidelización, gestión de finanzas personales, experiencia de usuario y comportamientos de consumidores. Ron es el autor del libro "Snarketing 2.0: A Humorous Look at Marketing in the Age of Social Media", publicado en Octubre 2011 y autor del blog "Snarketing 2.0"

 

Ron Shevlin

Senior Analyst, Aite Group

Ron Shevlin is a senior analyst at Aite Group. His research focuses on helping financial institutions improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their marketing efforts. Ron covers online and mobile marketing, marketing analytics, loyalty management, personal financial management, customer experience and consumer behavior.   Prior to joining Aite Group, Ron was a vice president at Epsilon, where he led the database marketing firm's financial services consulting practice. Prior to his time with Epsilon, Ron was a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, heading up Forrester's research efforts on customer loyalty, profitability and consumer channel use in the financial services industry.   Ron received an M.B.A. in Finance and Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Binghamton. He is also the author of Snarketing 2.0: A Humorous Look at Marketing in the Age of Social Media, published in October 2011.

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Ron Shevlin

Senior Analyst, Aite Group

Ron Shevlin is a senior analyst at Aite Group. His research focuses on helping financial institutions improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their marketing efforts. Ron covers online and mobile marketing, marketing analytics, loyalty management, personal financial management, customer experience and consumer behavior. Prior to joining Aite Group, Ron was a vice president at Epsilon, where he led the database marketing firm's financial services consulting practice. Prior to his time with Epsilon, Ron was a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, heading up Forrester's research efforts on customer loyalty, profitability and consumer channel use in the financial services industry. Ron received an M.B.A. in Finance and Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in Economics from SUNY Binghamton. He is also the author of Snarketing 2.0: A Humorous Look at Marketing in the Age of Social Media, published in October 2011.

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Rubén Galindo

Director Country Head Mexico, SWIFT

Rubén es responsable del lanzamiento de la presencia física de SWIFT en México y su principal objetivos es incrementar la base de clientes que SWIFT ha forjado en el país durante 10 años. Antes de unirse a SWIFT, ocupó el cargo de Vicepresidente Senior y Jefe Regional de Producto de Pagos y Gestión de Efectivo en HSBC América Latina. Rubén cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia en el mercado mexicano, que incluye 10 años en la industria de consultoría local. Es ingeniero en Telecomunicaciones y MBA Internacional, que se consiguió durante sus estudios en Madrid, Shanghai y Santiago de Chile.

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Ruben Marcos

Entrepreneur in Residence, BanRegio

Ruben is a geek and techie by heart. Before finishing his masters at Northwestern University, he worked at companies like Activision and TED, both pioneers in their own fields. Since graduating, he's founded a mobile payments company, is a mentor for various entrepreneurs, works in the innovation arm of a bank and is an active angel investor. He can hold a conversation about technology and mobile trends for hours, and is very passionate about fintech and technology's ability to empower people financially.

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Sam Maule

Emerging Payments Practice Lead, Carlisle & Gallagher

Sam Maule serves as a Consulting Manager at Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group. He joined the firm in June 2011 focusing on the Cards & Payments Community of Practice. In this role, Sam provides industry subject matter knowledge and experience to CG’s Financial Services clients in support of projects such as Consumer and Commercial Card portfolio management, emerging payments, Loyalty & Prepaid, and on-line/mobile banking. Prior to CG, Sam held management positions with TSYS in a number of Consumer and Commercial Card roles to include digital card management, mobile, loyalty & prepaid, and consultative services. These positions were focused both on domestic and international clients and included several years living abroad in the UK in support of the TSYS Europe Client base. Sam is an active voice in the FinTech Social Media space and his contributions led to his recognition as one of Bank Innovation’s 2013 & 2014 Banking Innovators To Watch listing.

 
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Sam Maule

Consulting Manager, Carlisle & Gallagher

Sam Maule serves as a Consulting Manager at Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group. He joined the firm in June 2011 focusing on the Cards & Payments Community of Practice. In this role, Sam provides industry subject matter knowledge and experience to CG’s Financial Services clients in support of projects such as Consumer and Commercial Card portfolio management, emerging payments, Loyalty & Prepaid, and on-line/mobile banking. Prior to CG, Sam held management positions with TSYS in a number of Consumer and Commercial Card roles to include digital card management, mobile, loyalty & prepaid, and consultative services. These positions were focused both on domestic and international clients and included several years living abroad in the UK in support of the TSYS Europe Client base. Sam is an active voice in the FinTech Social Media space and his contributions led to his recognition as one of Bank Innovation’s 2013 & 2014 Banking Innovators To Watch listing.

 

Samantha Ghiotti

Co-founder, Anthemis Edge

Samantha brings an unusual mix of corporate, start up and academic experience. Co-founder of Anthemis Edge, the group’s strategic advisory, expert network, design firm and talent collective, Samantha drives the growth of the business, sits on the board of AgileCI, mentors startups, and collaborates with several universities. With over 15 years of international experience in financial services, at RBS, First Data and American Express, Samantha focuses on the emergent in finance: business models, customer needs, assets, technologies and organisational design. Originally from Turin, Italy, Samantha graduated from the London School of Economics and lives in Barcelona with her young family. She has travelled over 40 countries and her first published book ‘20,000 miles with my rucksack‘ is a good read for adventure travellers.

 

Samantha Ghiotti

Co-founder & Director, Anthemis Edge

Samantha brings an unusual mix of corporate, start up and academic experience. Co-founder of Anthemis Edge, the group’s strategic advisory, expert network, design firm and talent collective, Samantha drives the growth of the business, sits on the board of AgileCI, mentors startups, and collaborates with several universities. With over 15 years of international experience in financial services, at RBS, First Data and American Express, Samantha focuses on the emergent in finance: business models, customer needs, assets, technologies and organisational design. Originally from Turin, Italy, Samantha graduated from the London School of Economics and lives in Barcelona with her young family. She has travelled over 40 countries and her first published book ‘20,000 miles with my rucksack‘ is a good read for adventure travellers.

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Samantha Ghiotti

Co-founder, Anthemis Edge

Samantha brings an unusual mix of corporate, start up and academic experience. Co-founder of Anthemis Edge, the group’s strategic advisory, expert network, design firm and talent collective, Samantha drives the growth of the business, sits on the board of AgileCI, mentors startups, and collaborates with several universities. With over 15 years of international experience in financial services, at RBS, First Data and American Express, Samantha focuses on the emergent in finance: business models, customer needs, assets, technologies and organisational design. Originally from Turin, Italy, Samantha graduated from the London School of Economics and lives in Barcelona with her young family. She has travelled over 40 countries and her first published book ‘20,000 miles with my rucksack‘ is a good read for adventure travellers.

 

Samarth Shekhar

Co-founder, FinTech Forum DACH

Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum DACH, the first hub for fintech startups, investors and banks focused on the German-speaking / CEE region. He is the founder & MD of TechFluence, a Frankfurt-based boutique advisory firm and "do tank", and author of the 1st Study of FinTech Startups in DACH. Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup software spin-off), and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes over 14 years in sales, business development, and consulting in the financial services and IT sector, of which the last 9 years focused on Germany / Continental Europe- and on getting fluent in German! In the last six years he generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Billion TCV across more than 30 different tech offerings ranging from startups to the largest financial technology and IT services firms, and grew revenues from €12mn to €22mn within three years as HCL's Account Manager for Deutsche Bank. Samarth has degrees in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta).

 

Samarth Shekhar

Co-founder, FinTech Forum DACH

Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum DACH, the first hub for fintech startups, investors and banks focused on the German-speaking / CEE region. Samarth was named to the Wall Street Journal / Financial News FinTech 40: "Leaders in FinTech" / "40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance". He is the founder & MD of TechFluence, a Frankfurt-based boutique advisory firm and "do tank", and author of the 1st Study of FinTech Startups in DACH. Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup software spin-off), and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes over 14 years in sales, business development, and consulting in the financial services and IT sector, of which the last 9 years focused on Germany / Continental Europe- and on getting fluent in German! In the last six years he generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Billion TCV across more than 30 different tech offerings ranging from startups to the largest financial technology and IT services firms, and grew revenues from €12mn to €22mn within three years as HCL's Account Manager for Deutsche Bank. Samarth has degrees in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta).

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Samarth Shekhar

Co-founder, FinTech Forum DACH

Samarth is the co-founder of FinTech Forum DACH, the first hub for fintech startups, investors and banks focused on the German-speaking / CEE region. He is the founder & MD of TechFluence, a Frankfurt-based boutique advisory firm and "do tank", and author of the 1st Study of FinTech Startups in DACH. Before founding TechFluence in 2012, Samarth worked at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / DSL (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup software spin-off), and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His experience includes over 14 years in sales, business development, and consulting in the financial services and IT sector, of which the last 9 years focused on Germany / Continental Europe- and on getting fluent in German! In the last six years he generated qualified opportunities worth ~€7 Billion TCV across more than 30 different tech offerings ranging from startups to the largest financial technology and IT services firms, and grew revenues from €12mn to €22mn within three years as HCL's Account Manager for Deutsche Bank. Samarth has degrees in engineering (Computer Science, BIT Mesra) and an MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta).

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Samuel Gil Pérez

VC, Fundación José Manuel Entrecanales

Samuel is a Venture Capital investor at the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation (FJME). He has 10+ years of international experience in the areas of investment management and technology. Since he joined the FJME in September of 2014, he has been actively involved in all stages of the investment cycle: sourcing deals, conducting due diligence, and managing and harvesting investments. He currently serves in the board of directors of several startups and has done several angel investments on his own account. Prior to joining the VC business, Samuel worked as energy trader at Iberdrola and as management consultant (team leader) at Accenture, having exposure to several industries (high-tech, telecommunications, financial services) and countries (Germany, UK, India, Spain). Samuel holds an MSc is Electrical and Computer Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), a MSc in Information Technology from University of Stuttgart, an Executive MBA from IESE and he is a 2015 CFA Level II Candidate.

 
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Sanj Goyle

Co-founder and CEO, BancBox

Sanj is the Co-founder and CEO of BancBox. Sanj has set the strategic vision and execution for BancBox. Under Sanj’s leadership, BancBox has raised over $11M from first tier Silicon Valley VCs and grown to a company that manages over $3B of annual money movement and acts as the system of record of well in excess of $100M. BancBox was the first technology company to expose the robust functionality of banks through forward facing APIs that allow for the rapid development of payment applications. BancBox’s business is to leverage its payments and escrow expertise to build industry-specific payments applications that are compliant and scalable. Currently, BancBox is the premier payments company servicing the crowdfunding, alternative lending, and credit relief industry. Sanj continues to promote the BancBox API vision and is a regular speaker at industry conference such as Money2020, NextBank Europe, and several crowdfunding events. Prior to BancBox, Sanj spent several years in the online media industry including at Nextag and Yahoo, Inc. where he led the performance marketing team that developed and operated Yahoo’s Cost-per-Lead (CPL) line of business which launched multiple products (such as Yahoo Tagline in Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Cross Sell in Yahoo Games, etc). Sanj started his career as a corporate attorney specializing in Corporate Securities, M&A, and Privacy and he has considerable experience with the privacy and legal issues related to the marketing of consumer finance products. Sanj is a licensed real estate broker in California, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Sanj graduated from Boston University School of Law (magna cum laude) and Duke University.

 
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Santiago Fossatti

Associate, Kaszek Ventures

Santiago Fossatti is an Associate at Kaszek Ventures, the leading Venture Capital firm in Latin America founded by Hernan Kazah and Nicolas Szekasy from MercadoLibre. Santiago is Kaszek’s first employee, and has participated in over 40 equity rounds for a total of $600M in tech companies in Latin America including NetShoes, OpenEnglish, VivaReal, and Restorando. He helps portfolio companies’ management teams in strategy, finance, recruitment, fundraising, M&A and product. Before working at Kaszek, Santiago was an Associate at ValuePartners, a McKinsey spinoff, where he work onsite in strategic projects for 4 of Latam’s leading Telco operators in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Prior to this he worked at Bango Galicia (Argentina’s largest private bank) as Investor Relations Officer and Equity Analyst. Santiago received an Industrial Engineering (Ms. Science) degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires.

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Scarlett Sieber

SVP, Open Innovation & Ecosystem Builder at BBVA

Scarlett is a driven professional who is taking the NY startup scene by storm. She is SVP Open Innovation & Ecosystem Builder at BBVA and manages operations at Infomous, where she is helping to change the way people surf the Internet. Outside of work, she is an avid consumer of information about the NY Tech and Venture Capital scenes. She is also a big fan of philanthropic activities, especially those that support the development of young women. She, along with 500 other youth around the globe, in collaboration with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, is trying to get every child into school by the end of 2015.

 

Scott Bales

Co-Fundador, Moven y Director, User Strategy

Scott es un autoproclamado extrovertido que tiene una gran fascinación por las personas y sus motivaciones, así como un entusiasmo natural por la tecnología. Scott es miembro fundador de Moven, la compañía de pagos móviles que ayuda a los clientes a gastar, ahorrar y a vivir más inteligentemente. También es fundador de Next Bank, mentor de emprendedores alrededor del mundo con Lean Startup Machine, miembro asesor del Consejo de Care Paquistán y es asesor en Fastacash, Our Better World, HUB Singapore y CDI Apps 4 Good. Scott es un reconocido ponente internacional sobre Consumidores Digitales, Movilidad e Innovación. Scott ha trabajado para varios gobiernos en Asia Pacífico y África, tomando posiciones de asesoramiento clave en infraestructura nacional y proyectos m-commerce. Como polifacético tecnólogo, ha sido instrumental en el desarrollo del m-commerce para mercados como Malasia, Singapur, Camboya, Indonesia y las Filipinas. Si Scott no está en la sala de juntas o en centro del escenario, podrás encontrarle devorando, tuiteando y escribiendo (www.scottbales.com) sobre lo último y más relevante del mundo de la movilidad, “serendipity”, experiencia de usuario y liderazgo emprendedor. Scott ha contribuido a los libros Bank 3.0, Beyond Startup y el próximo Next Gen Finance.

 

Scott Bales

Co-founder & Director of User Strategy, Moven

A technology guru, Scott Bales is a global leader in the cutting edge arena known as “The Digital Shift & Mobility”, which encompasses innovation, culture, design, technology and mobility in a world gone digital. A thought leader through and through, Scott thrives on the intersection between cultural and behavioural changes in the face of technology innovations. Scott is a founding member of Moven, the mobile payment company which helps clients spend, save and live more intelligently. He is also a founder of Next Bank and mentors entrepreneurs around the world via Lean Startup Machine. He’s an advisor to Fastacash, Our Better World, HUB Singapore and CDI Apps 4 Good as well as part of the advisory council for Care Pakistan.

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Sebastian Dehling

Business Developer, VentureScout

Sebastian is a business designer focusing on accelerating teams in the area of Data, Internet of Things and FinTech. He facilitates Hackathons and Innovation Labs introducing a people-centred approach to develop innovative experiences that enable teams to create disruptive startups. Sebastian combines various backgrounds from engineering and business innovation to entrepreneurship and is a startup mentor at various programs.

 

Sebastian Diemer

Founder and CEO, Kreditech

Sebastian, born in 1986, co-founder and CEO, built Kreditech based on his vision of building a digital bank that replaces branches by a data based online version of it. Founded in 2012, Kreditech has become the category leader in big data scoring and online lending worldwide. Sebastian is an expert in fundraising, growth management, company building, internationalization, big data technologies and the global fintech sector. He has previously held a management position at Rocket Internet and lead the market place Gigalocal as CEO. Prior to selling his first startup, PredictX, he gained experience at Deutsche Bank and Roland Berger. Sebastian holds a degree in management and strategy by the London School of Economics.

 

Sebastsian Dehling

Business Designer

Sebastian is a business designer focusing on accelerating teams in the area of Data, Internet of Things and FinTech. He facilitates Hackathons and Innovation Labs introducing a people-centred approach to develop innovative experiences that enable teams to create disruptive startups. Sebastian combines various backgrounds from engineering and business innovation to entrepreneurship and is a startup mentor at various programs.

 

Sergio Chalbaud

Fundador, Fintonic

Sergio Chalbaud es co-fundador de Fintonic.com. Tras 9 años en Banca, primero en Chase Manhattan Bank y a continuación en Banesto donde dirigió el área de Desarrollo y Distribución de Productos de Mercados, en el año 2004 funda la empresa de fintech Ideon Financial Solutions. Ideon además de prestar servicios a terceros ha servido así mismo de incubadura de innovadores proyectos en el campo de fintech entre los que destacan, Fintonic.com, Summa Servicios Financieros (Fondo Apoyo a Empresas), Tradeslide.com, Licuos.com y plataforma de depósitos Choice. Sergio estudió CCEE en la Universidad Deusto, es MBA por la Universidad de Chicago y cuenta con las cualificaciones CFA y FRM.

 

Sergio Chalbaud

Founder, Fintonic

Sergio Chalbaud is a co-founder of Fintonic.com. He has 9 years of banking experience, first in Chase Mahattan Bank and then in Banesto where he was responsible for Development and Distribution of Market Products. En 2004 he founded the fintech company Ideon Financial Solutions. As well as lending services to third parties, Ideon also operated as an incubator for innovative projects in the fintech field, including Fintonic.com, Summa Servicios Financieros (Fondo Apoyo a Empresas), Tradeslide.com, Licuos.com and the deposits platform Choice. Sergio studied CCEE at Deusto University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also has the CFA and FRM qualifications.

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Sergio Chalbaud

Founder, Fintonic

Sergio Chalbaud is a co-founder of Fintonic.com. He has 9 years of banking experience, first in Chase Mahattan Bank and then in Banesto where he was responsible for Development and Distribution of Market Products. En 2004 he founded the fintech company Ideon Financial Solutions. As well as lending services to third parties, Ideon also operated as an incubator for innovative projects in the fintech field, including Fintonic.com, Summa Servicios Financieros (Fondo Apoyo a Empresas), Tradeslide.com, Licuos.com and the deposits platform Choice. Sergio studied CCEE at Deusto University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also has the CFA and FRM qualifications.

 

Shane Worner

Senior Economist, IOSCO

Shane has 20 years of financial markets experience, spanning the public sector, academia and private industry. Before joining IOSCO in 2011, he was employed as an Economist at ASIC, Australia's securities market regulator, for 3 years. In addition to his regulatory work experience, Shane, in 2008, was Senior Economic Advisor to Senator John Watson, within the Australian Federal Parliament, affording him the opportunity to provide advice on economic issues influencing the formation of Australian Government financial and economic policy. Prior to public sector experience, he was employed at the Australian National University where he taught and tutored several subjects in financial economics and finance theory. In 2007, he was awarded a PhD (Economics) by the Australian National University Before moving into academia in 2003, Shane spent 10 years working in private industry with such firms as Swiss Bank Corporation, UBS, Citibank and ABN AMRO across numerous financial centres including London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney. Shane's experience in these organisations has covered a broad range of markets including equities, foreign exchange, futures, credit products and a wide range of derivative products (both OTC and exchange traded).

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Stefan Mathesius

Head of Financial Instruments, Agency of Innovation and Development of Andalusia (IDEA)

Stefan is head of Financial Instruments at the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency which forms part of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment. He is managing about 1000 Millions of Euros in different funds. In the last 5 years his funds invested about 400 Millions of Euros in about 500 companies, most of them innovative start-up or early stage companies based in Andalusia. Before to that position he was economic advisor at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Enterprise. Prior to joining the Andalusian Government he was working for six years in Management Consultancy and Private Equity at Goetzpartners, Valoris and Investment Banking/Distressed Debts at Cerberus Capital Management. Stefan studied Industrial Engineering and Economics in Karsruhe (Germany) and Seville and holds an executive MBA from IIST. Over the last ten years Stefan has actively invested in several seed and start-up companies, some of them have successfully launched an IPO.

 
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Stephen Greer

Analyst, Celent

Stephen Greer is an analyst in Celent’s Banking group and is based in Madrid, Spain. His research focuses on retail banking trends, with an emphasis on digital channel technology. He joined Celent from Springboard Research, where he wrote and consulted on Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) market dynamics in the Middle East and Africa. In Stephen's time at Springboard, he wrote key reports and led projects for major global corporations, influencing strategy across the MEA region. Prior to that, he worked at a small investment firm supporting client relations and data analysis. Mr. Greer got his degree from the University of California Los Angeles. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Stephen Greer

Analyst, Celent

Stephen Greer is an analyst in Celent’s Banking group and is based in Madrid, Spain. His research focuses on retail banking trends, with an emphasis on digital channel technology. He joined Celent from Springboard Research, where he wrote and consulted on Internet and Communication Technology (ICT) market dynamics in the Middle East and Africa. In Stephen's time at Springboard, he wrote key reports and led projects for major global corporations, influencing strategy across the MEA region. Prior to that, he worked at a small investment firm supporting client relations and data analysis. Mr. Greer got his degree from the University of California Los Angeles. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

 
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Steve Flinter

Vice President, MasterCard Labs

Steve is responsible for MasterCard’s Startup Engagement and Acceleration activities in Europe. As part of that role, Steve manages MasterCard’s Start Path Accelerator - a new, commerce-focused accelerator, aimed at supporting innovative European startup companies. The Start Path Accelerator helps early stage startups driving innovation across commerce to successfully scale. We are structured as a natural extension of other incubators, and are focused on helping startups overcome critical operational challenges and creating the opportunity to secure a pilot with a key customer. Prior to joining MasterCard, Steve spent eight years with Science Foundation Ireland, where he managed an investment portfolio of approximately €120m and ten years in various senior software development roles in a wide variety of industry verticals. Steve holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin.

 
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Thomas Smyth

Associate, Core Innovation Capital

Thomas Smyth is an associate at Core Innovation Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on financial technology companies. Prior to Core, Thomas worked at the Village Capital FinTech Accelerator in San Francisco. From 2012-2014 Thomas founded and led Zamsolar Ltd., a company based in Lusaka, Zambia that distributed 10,000+ solar-powered lights to off-grid households. Thomas graduated from Yale College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.

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Thomas Smyth

Associate, Core Innovation Capital

Thomas Smyth is an associate at Core Innovation Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on financial technology companies. Prior to Core, Thomas worked at the Village Capital FinTech Accelerator in San Francisco. From 2012-2014 Thomas founded and led Zamsolar Ltd., a company based in Lusaka, Zambia that distributed 10,000+ solar-powered lights to off-grid households. Thomas graduated from Yale College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science.

 

Vicente Fenoll

Fundador y CEO, Kubo Financiero

Vicente cuenta con mas de 20 años de experiencia en la industria de microfinanzas. Fue cofundador y Director General de FinComún una de las microfinancieras líderes en México; ha sido consejo de Buró de Crédito, Banco de Ahorro Nacional, así como diversas empresas y organizaciones sociales. Es emprendedor Endeavor desde 2004. Ha colaborado como expositor en diversos eventos en tema como microfinanzas, empresas sociales y tecnología. Actualmente es fundador y CEO de kubo.financiero plataforma web que permite operar un market place de solicitantes de crédito con inversores que fondean estas operaciones en la metodología de "p2p lending"; kubo ha obtenido de la Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores de México una licencia para operar de manera regulada este tipo de operaciones, siendo la primera entidad en obtener este tipo de permiso en la región.

 

Vicente Fenoll

Founder & CEO, Kubo Financiero

Vicente has more than 20 years’ experience in the micro-finance industry. He is the co-founder and Director General of FinComún, leading Mexican micro-financier. He has been an advisor to the Credit Bureau at the Banco de Ahorro Nacional as well as to diverse companies and NGOs. He has been an Endeavor entrepreneur since 2004. He has been involved in numerous micro-finance, social enterprise and technology events. He is currently Founder and CEO of the kubo.financiero p2p lending platform which provides an online market place for credit applicants and investors. Kubo is licensed by the National Bank and Securities Commission of Mexico for these types of regulated operations and was the first entity to obtain this permission in the region.

 

Vicente Fenoll

Founder & CEO, Kubo Financiero

Vicente has more than 20 years’ experience in the micro-finance industry. He is the co-founder and Director General of FinComún, leading Mexican micro-financier. He has been an advisor to the Credit Bureau at the Banco de Ahorro Nacional as well as to diverse companies and NGOs. He has been an Endeavor entrepreneur since 2004. He has been involved in numerous micro-finance, social enterprise and technology events. He is currently Founder and CEO of the kubo.financiero p2p lending platform which provides an online market place for credit applicants and investors. Kubo is licensed by the National Bank and Securities Commission of Mexico for these types of regulated operations and was the first entity to obtain this permission in the region.

 
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Vicente Fenoll

Member Board of Advisors, Finnovista

Vicente tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en la industria de las microfinanzas . Es cofundador y Director General de FinComún, líder micro -financiero mexicano. Ha sido asesor de la Oficina de Crédito en el Banco de Ahorro Nacional, así como de diversas empresas y ONGs. También es emprendedor Endeavor desde 2004. Ha participado en numerosos eventos de microfinanzas, emprendimiento social y tecnología. Actualmente es fundador y CEO de la plataforma de préstamos p2p kubo.financiero que ofrece un mercado on-line para solicitantes de crédito e inversores. Kubo está autorizada para este tipo de operaciones reguladas por la Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores de México y fue la primera entidad que obtuvo este permiso en la región.

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Vicente Fenoll

Founder, kubo.financiero

Vicente es un apasionado de impulsar el desarrollo de personas y negocios a través de servicios financieros. Emprendedor social con experiencia en crear empresas financieras, actualmente es fundador y director de kubo.financiero la primera comunidad on line financiera en México #p2plending

 
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Vincent Speranza

National Director of Operations, Endeavor

Vincent Speranza received a Bachelor of International Business Administration from the first dual programme between the Reims Management School and the Universidad De Las Américas Puebla. He also has an MBA specialising in investment projects en the UDLAP and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from Stamford University. He is currently the National Director of Operations at Endeavor, Mexico, an international non-profit organization which promotes a new development model through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives. He teaches degree and masters classes on entrepreneurial culture in various universities, is co-author of 2 editions of La nueva cara de Puebla, los emprendedores que están transformando al Estado, is a columnist for specialist publications and a collaborator on the radio programme Capital Emprendedor. Vincent has played an advisory role to investment funds and new businesses, is the co-founder of StartupDrinks in Mexico and a founding partner of the Hub Emprendedor in Puebla.

 

Vincent Speranza

Director of Operations, Endeavor México

Vincent Speranza received a Bachelor of International Business Administration from the first dual programme between the Reims Management School and the Universidad De Las Américas Puebla. He also has an MBA specialising in investment projects en the UDLAP and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from Stamford University. He is currently the National Director of Operations at Endeavor, Mexico, an international non-profit organization which promotes a new development model through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives. He teaches degree and masters classes on entrepreneurial culture in various universities, is co-author of 2 editions of La nueva cara de Puebla, los emprendedores que están transformando al Estado, is a columnist for specialist publications and a collaborator on the radio programme Capital Emprendedor. Vincent has played an advisory role to investment funds and new businesses, is the co-founder of StartupDrinks in Mexico and a founding partner of the Hub Emprendedor in Puebla.

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Vincent Speranza

COO, Endeavor Mexico

Vincent Speranza received a Bachelor of International Business Administration from the first dual programme between the Reims Management School and the Universidad De Las Américas Puebla. He also has an MBA specialising in investment projects en the UDLAP and a Certificate of Executive Leadership from Stamford University. He is currently the National Director of Operations at Endeavor, Mexico, an international non-profit organization which promotes a new development model through the support of entrepreneurial initiatives. He teaches degree and masters classes on entrepreneurial culture in various universities, is co-author of 2 editions of La nueva cara de Puebla, los emprendedores que están transformando al Estado, is a columnist for specialist publications and a collaborator on the radio programme Capital Emprendedor. Vincent has played an advisory role to investment funds and new businesses, is the co-founder of StartupDrinks in Mexico and a founding partner of the Hub Emprendedor in Puebla.

 
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Yolanda Pérez

Director, BStartup

Yolanda Pérez is a Director at BStartup, the recently created Director of Entrepreneurship of Banco Sabadell. She has more than 15 years’ experience in public and private initiatives in support of the creation of businesses. Much of this was in diverse roles at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency of the Barcelona City Council, where she ran programs for innovative businesses, incubators, the Parque Tecnológico Barcelona Nord, finance, internationalization and growth programs. She has a law degree, a Master in Public Policy from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra and John Hopkins University and has taken various courses on business creation and growth at ESADE and IESE. She speaks English, Spanish and French.

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Yolanda Pérez

Director, BStartup

Yolanda Pérez is a Director at BStartup, the recently created Director of Entrepreneurship of Banco Sabadell. She has more than 15 years’ experience in public and private initiatives in support of the creation of businesses. Much of this was in diverse roles at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency of the Barcelona City Council, where she ran programs for innovative businesses, incubators, the Parque Tecnológico Barcelona Nord, finance, internationalization and growth programs. She has a law degree, a Master in Public Policy from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra and John Hopkins University and has taken various courses on business creation and growth at ESADE and IESE. She speaks English, Spanish and French.