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Adolfo Babatz

Co-founder & CEO, Clip

Adolfo is the co-founder & CEO of Clip, a mobile payments platform for Emerging Markets. The company is based in Redwood City, California and Mexico City. Before Clip, Adolfo was responsible for Customer Engagement for PayPal LatinAmerica. Before moving into the product team Adolfo led the team that opened PayPal in Mexico.Right before PayPal, Adolfo studied his MBA at MIT where he specialized in Entrepreneurship & Economics of Information. Prior to MIT, Adolfo was part of the founding team at The Carlyle Group Mexico where he worked as an analyst. Before joining Carlyle, Adolfo worked as an advisor for the Executive VicePresident of GrupoDesc, one of Mexico's largest industrial conglomerates.

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Adriana Tortajada

Directora General, INADEM

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

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Alan Colmenares

Advisor and Executive VP, Tappsi

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

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Alan Elizondo

Director General de Asuntos del Sistema Financiero at Banco de México

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

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Alejandro Cosentino

Founder & CEO, Afluenta

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

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Andres Polo

Andrés Polo

Senior Director, Mercadeo Digital, Visa Inc.

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

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Arie Levy-Cohen

Blockchain Advisor

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

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Arie Levy-Cohen

Blockchain Advisor

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

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Arjuna Costa

Investment Partner, Omidyar Network

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

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Ben Katz

Co-founder & CEO, CARD.com

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

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Carlos Castañeda Olaya

Director, Wayra Colombia

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

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César Salazar

Partner, 500 Startups

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

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Cristina Duque

Cristina Duque

Management of finance technologies and innovation strategies, Bancolombia

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

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Dan Gertsacov

CEO Americas, Lenddo

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

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Dan Latimore

Senior VP, Celent

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

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Danilo Morales

Commercial Vice President, Banco Colpatria

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

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Diego Serebrisky

MD, Alta Ventures Mexico

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

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Eliza Erikson

Director, Investments Omidyar Network

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

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Enrique Majos Ramirez

CEO, Banco Compartamos

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

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Fabiola Acosta

Executive Director, BBVA Colombia

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

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Felipe Tibocha

Director LATAM, Juntos Finanzas

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

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Fermín Ezquer Matallana

Global MD, Think Creative

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

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Fernando Sucre

CEO and Founder, ComparaMejor.com

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

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Francisco Coronel

Co-founder & MD, NXTP Labs

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

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Gabriel Charles

Managing Director, Wayra Mexico

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

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Gabriel Manjarrez

Co-founder, Mimoni

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

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German Pugliese Bassi

Co-founder, Technisys

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

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Hector Cardenas

CEO & Co-founder, Conekta

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

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Hernán Garza

Financial Inclusion Lead, Mexico and Central America, MasterCard

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

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Hugo Nájera

Head of Digital Banking, BBVA Bancomer

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

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Jackie Hyland

Investment Associate, Venture Lab

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

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Jared Miller

CEO Entrepreneurial Finance Lab

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

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Jaspar Roos

Chief Inspiration Officer

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

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Javier Fernández Cueto

Executive Director of Innovation and New Business, Gentera

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

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Joel Cano

Director de Operaciones meXBT

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

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Jorge Ortiz

Founding President & CEO, Fintech México

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

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MD, Citibank Digital Acceleration Global Head

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

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José Martín Cabiedes

Managing Partner, Cabiedes & Partners

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

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JP Thieriot

Vice Chairman, Bitreserve

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

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Juan A. Garcia Nieto

Managing Director, Accenture

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

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Juan Antonio Martín

Partner, White & Case

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

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Juan Carlos Cardoso

Head of Emerging Payments GeoNorth - MasterCard

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

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Juan Llanos

Experienced Fintech / Compliance Executive and Advisor

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

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Juan 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.

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Juan Mazzini

Senior Analyst, Celent

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

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Laura Suárez

Editorial Director, Revista Entrepreneur

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

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Lucia Cangas

Bitcoin Foundation Mexico

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

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Lupina Iturriaga

Founder & Executive Director, Fintonic

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

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Manie Eagar

CEO, Blockchain Lab

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

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Manuel Rivero

CEO, BanRegio

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

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Marco Montes

Founder, Saldo.mx

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

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Marisol Camacho

Director of Mindset and Culture, iNNpulsa

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

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Mark Smith

CEO and Co-Founder, Symbiont.io

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

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Martin Schrimpff

Co-founder & VP Business Development, PayU LATAM

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

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Matt Flannery

Co-founder, Kiva

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

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Matt Menietti

Venture Partner, SixThirty

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

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Matteo Rizzi

General Partner, SBT Venture Capital

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

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Melanie Shapiro

CEO and founder, Case

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

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Miguel Ángel Fañanas Martínez

Director Corporate Segment and Multinational Customers, Telefónica México

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

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Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

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

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Nektarios Liolios

MD, Startupbootcamp FinTech

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

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Pablo Salazar

Managing Partner, NxtpLabs

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

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Patrick Griffin

EVP Business Development, Ripple Labs

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

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Paul Ahlstrom

Co-founder, Alta Ventures

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

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Rubén Galindo

Director Country Head Mexico, SWIFT

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

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Sam Maule

Emerging Payments Practice Lead, Carlisle & Gallagher

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

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Vicente Fenoll

Founder, kubo.financiero

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

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Vincent Speranza

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.