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).
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 Wirelesshoy 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 Generalde 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 Iniciadoruna organización no lucrativa dedicada a promover el espíritu empresarial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kantox
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.