Mexico Speaker

LATAM
alan

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.

US & RoW
arie y levy cohen

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.

LATAM
cesar salazar

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.

US & RoW
danlatimore

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.

US & RoW
fermin

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.

LATAM
hector

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.

LATAM

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.

LATAM
hugo

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.

LATAM
Captura de pantalla 2015-08-04 a las 8.56.56

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.

LATAM
javiercue

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.

LATAM
FotoJoelCano

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.

LATAM
jorge

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.

LATAM
juanantoniomartin

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.

LATAM
juan carlos

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.

US & RoW
manie eagar

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.

LATAM
Manuel Rivero

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.

US & RoW
marcosmontes1

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.

US & RoW
Mark_Smith_2

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.

EU
Nektarios Liolios

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.

US & RoW
paul

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.

LATAM
galindo

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.

LATAM
chente kubo

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