Our Insightful & Visionary Speakers

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please contact
Rosemary Winters, Business Development – LATAM
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+1 786 422 5079

Speakers

Alberto Lira Núñez

Alberto Lira Núñez

Chief Human Resources Officer, Marinsa Oil & Gas

Bio is forthcoming.

Ariana Gomez Flores

Ariana Gomez Flores

Senior Director, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Visa

Bio is forthcoming.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick

Partner, Frost & Sullivan

Brian is a Partner in Frost & Sullivan and office manager of the Rockville Centre, NY office. and is the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Events, Frost & Sullivan with day to day responsible for the Best Practice creation and execution of Frost & Sullivan Events Globally. Under his leadership the Frost & Sullivan Events Business has experienced a growth of over 300%.

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Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan in 2002, Brian has over 25 years of management and leadership position experience and strategic, tactical and business planning and financial management. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Brian had already managed over 300 global events, in North America, Europe and South America. He has turned business units around from a loss to profit and successfully launched new business units, product lines, and new offices. He has deployed best practices standardization, and provided budgeting and financial management expertise. Brian holds an MBA in International Finance. 
Cesar Carrasco

Cesar Carrasco

Country Manager, Philips

Cesar Carrasco has contributed to the growth and strengthening of Philips business in Mexico and Latin America since joining the company more than 16 years ago. Occupying positions of increasing responsibility, he most recently served as General Director of Finance for Mexico and the Spanish speaking region of Latin America, where he led the Philips finance department, being a strategic ally with managers and clients, boosting the financial performance of the company.

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He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from EGADE of Tecnologico de Monterrey and is a graduate of the Public Accounting Department of the Universidad Iberoamericana. His professional career has been complemented with certifications in Strategic Development by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His main areas of expertise are focused on the financial areas and general administration, strategic planning and business development related to health care.
Claude Gobenceaux

Claude Gobenceaux

Managing Director, Safran Landing Systems

Bio is forthcoming.

Diego Ramirez Vincent

Diego Ramirez Vincent

External & Government Affairs Director, Nissan

Diego is the Foreign Affairs and Government Affairs Director for Nissan Mexicana. Previously he was part of the Legal Direction at Nissan Mexicana. He has more than 15 years of experience in the international field. Mainly on Public Affairs topics, Trade Agreements, Administration, corporate Government, Legal and International Negotiations.

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He also serves as an Executive Advisor for AMIA, he is part of the Business Section for North America Region of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology COMCE. Bachelor of Laws from (Autonomous University of Baja California), Master of Law in International Business (LLM, Montreal University) and MBA from the Law and Administration School of Panthéon-Assas and Sorbonne Universities of Paris. He has provide legal support in government affairs for Mexico and Latin America, in some of the most prestigious transnational companies; De Hoyos and Aviles, Nissan, DuPont and Phillips. Ha has participated in the negotiating rooms of the NAFTA 2.0, as well as TLCUEM, TPP and ACE 55.

Francisco María Cabeza Santillana

Francisco María Cabeza Santillana

Electric Vehicle Country Leader, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)

Francisco María Cabeza Santillana is Head of the Electro-mobility unit at the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Among other actions, Mr. Cabeza has achieved national and international alliances that have allowed the development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in our country. He is also contract administrator in the Program for the Promotion of Electro-mobility through Investment in Recharge Infrastructure (PEII), in this program SENER and the CFE together with the automotive industry and private initiative will develop the first fast charging network nationwide.

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He has two master degrees: one in Marketing of luxury brands by L’Institut des hautes études économiques et commerciales (INSEEC) in Paris; and another in Business Administration from the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP). He also studied Political Psychology at Stanford University, and holds a diploma in Public Administration with an energy concentration from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City government

Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm / creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect about all things city and to explore other social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis in the western hemisphere, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space, etc. 

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In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations, insisting on the importance of political and public imagination in the execution of its experiments. Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, as well as the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others.  In addition to being a Yale World Fellow, she is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director´s Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, a World Cities Summit Young Leader and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people by Fast Company magazine.
Héctor Sobrino

Héctor Sobrino

Director of Health Services and Transformation, AXA Insurance Mexico

Héctor is currently Health Services Director for AXA Insurance in Mexico. He is responsible for the operation of the Major Medical Expense Insurance Products, as well as Managing Director of AXA Salud. Previous to AXA he was Managing Director of Advance Medical, a startup distributor of Medical Innovations in Latin America. 

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He has over 20 years of business management experience at all levels of an organization within large healthcare related corporations.  Within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industries, he has worked with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Sanofi in very diverse roles ranging from Marketing & Sales, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions and Deputy General Manager, among several other.
Humberto Javier Potes González

Humberto Javier Potes González

General Manager, Consorcio Mexicano de Hospitales (CMH)

Bachelor and specialty in Business Administration, with experience in administration of health sector organizations since 1985. Founder and Director of the Mexican Hospital Consortium, the largest private hospital group in the country with 40 hospitals in 37 cities, and SumarSalud, the first private health system in Mexico. Founding Partner of the Iberian-Latinamerican Health League (LILAS in Spanish), formed by the representatives of the main hospital associations of Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, having as objective the beneficial cooperation between the different institutions. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Foundation for Health – FUNSALUD. Technical Coordinator of the Health Commission of the Coordinating Council Business (CCE). Speaker at national and international conferences on issues related to business, operation, quality and efficiency of companies in the health sector.

Ignacio Perrone

Ignacio Perrone

Research Manager, Information & Communication Technologies Latin America, Frost & Sullivan

Industry expert with more than 15 years of experience in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. Perrone currently serves as Digital Transformation Industry Manager at Frost & Sullivan in Latin America, with an expertise that encompasses Telecom and IT services, IoT vertical markets, enterprise mobility, M2M and VAS. In addition to its client-facing role, Perrone also participates in the most important events in the region as speaker, moderator and panelist, and contributes to Latin American and international media vehicles with articles and industry-related statements. Prior to this role, Perrone worked for Logicalis (Argentina), AIM (Argentina), the Yankee Group (USA) and Pyramid Research (USA). Perrone holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, a Master’s Degree in Economic Sociology from UNSAM (Buenos Aires), and an MBA from the Di Tella University (Buenos Aires).

Isabel Romo

Isabel Romo

Diversity Engagement Partner – Mexico, IBM

Isabel Romo is currently responsible for talent attraction, retention and development strategies for diverse groups in IBM Mexico; ensuring equal opportunities and growth through skills, potential and competencies of the participants, always in an inclusive work space.

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Isabel joined to IBM in 2010 and has held different roles within the Human Resources area. She began her career in Learning, and later joined the Recruitment and Selection team; being in charge in the last year of the executive search for Latin America. Her experience in these diverse roles allowed her to become a Human Resources professional, always ensuring that the recruitment processes was giving equal opportunities to women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and the talent from different generations.

With a trajectory of 9 years dedicated to equity and human rights – started during her university studies -, Isabel has a history of collaboration with the Telethon Foundation, Mentor Place, SoñarDespierto, as well as in her alma Mater Anahuac University, in projects such as ASUA Construye, and Mano Amiga.

Isabel has a degree in Organizational Psychology and has a Diploma in Social Responsibility, both from the Universidad Anáhuac,

Isabel Suárez

Isabel Suárez

Principal, Heidrick & Struggles (Mexico)

Bio is forthcoming.

Juana Ramirez

Juana Ramirez

Chief Executive Officer, Soluciones Hospitalarias Integrales (SOHIN)

Founder and director of “Soluciones Hospitalarias Integrales (Sohin)”. Recently, she was included in the list of the 30 Business Promises of Forbes 2016, and has also been selected by the global accelerator Endeavor as a high-impact entrepreneur and winner of the annual Ernest and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015, in the category of a developing company.

Juan Antonio Cepeda

Juan Antonio Cepeda

Strategy and Planning Director, Cisco Mexico

Juan Cepeda has more than 20 years of experience in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), focused on the Mexican and Latin American markets. He has worked as Director of Technological Transformation in the government and as Senior Consultant in the ICT industry. He is an engineer in electronics and communications, graduated from the Tec de Monterrey and has completed a Master’s degree with the Dual Degree in Technology Management by Carnegie Mellon and the Tec de Monterrey.

Juan Gonzalez

Juan Gonzalez

Research Director, Information & Communication Technologies Latin America, Frost & Sullivan

Juan serves as Research Director within Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation business unit. González has over 12 years of experience in the industry, his know-how lies in managing strategic consulting projects and regional market intelligence studies in the Information & Communications Technology field, as well as monitoring emerging trends, technologies and market dynamics.

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He particularly focuses on the impact of Digital Transformation on different vertical markets such as Financial Services, Enterprise Communications and Telecommunications. González was recognized as Associate Fellow in 2015, as part of Frost & Sullivan’s Fellowship Program. Furthermore, he was ranked in the Top 50 official list of most influential Executives in Nearshoring Outsourcing in 2010 and 2011, according to Nearshore Americas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (Cum laude) and a Master’s Degree in International Economic Relations from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).
Karla Arnaiz

Karla Arnaiz

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Karla has joined the company in May 2015 as HR country head for Mexico and regional head of Diversity and Inclusion. Recently her role was extended to cover the Talent management in LATAM and Canada. She’s part of the JPMorgan Mexico Management Committee and will be giving support to all LOB’s. She has over 20 years of experience in HR financial industry. She is Chairman of the HR Council for Foreign Banks in Mexico City and represents them into Mexican Banks Association HR Council.
Industrial and Systems Engineer, specialist in International Business from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (TEC) State of Mexico Campus, 1994 Class. She has a Postgraduate Degree in Executive MBA, from the University of Texas in Austin and the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (TEC) Mexico City Campus, Class 2000. Married with two kids.

Lorena Isla

Lorena Isla

Managing Director, Mexico, Frost & Sullivan

Lorena serves as Frost & Sullivan’s Managing Director in Mexico and Head of the Latin American Mobility practice. Her expertise covers the regional Automotive & Transportation markets, New Mobility Strategies and Mega Trends. Isla’s know-how lies in conducting thorough market analysis and development of forecasts within the Latin American automotive landscape, as well as managing and executing strategic growth consulting projects.

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She is actively interacting with companies across Latin America focusing on the Aftermarket, Urban Mobility, Industry Convergence and Mega Trends. Lorena also contributes to media and international publications like Forbes, Ward’s Auto etc. with articles and expert views. Lorena graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).   
Lorena Maqueo

Lorena Maqueo

Human Resources Director Mexico LAD, Sherwin-Williams Mexico

Bio is forthcoming.

Mariano Kimbara

Mariano Kimbara

Senior Industry Analyst Industrial Group, Frost & Sullivan

Mariano leads Frost & Sullivan’s Services 2.0 Program initiative under the North American Industrial Business Unit. He tracks trends and markets around IIoT connected services value-proposition across various operational technology asset classes. In the future context of Industry 4.0, he helps organizations analyze the concept of migration from selling products to product-as-a-service and performance.  He focuses on next generation services, new business models, monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, innovation and market behavior, while simultaneously fulfilling customized consulting engagements and leading global research studies.

Mario Augusto Correa Martínez

Mario Augusto Correa Martínez

Chief Economist, Scotiabank Mexico

29 years of experience as an Economist. Vast experience as a speaker of economic issues and commentator on the media.

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  • External Sector Analyst, at the General Direction of Economic and Social Policy, Ministry of Budget (Now disappeared) 1987
  • Chief of the Forecasting and Estimation Department at the General Direction of Hacienda Planning, Ministry of Finance 1989
  • Deputy Director of Macroeconomic Analysis, General Direction of Hacienda Planning, Ministry of Finance 1990
  • Macroeconomic Professor, ITAM. 1991
  • Research Associate, Analysis and Economic Research Center (CAIE-ITAM). 1992
  • Economic Research Manager and Deputy Director of the Economic Research Department of Scotiabank Mexico. 1994
  • Deputy Director of Economic Research and Money Market Analysis, Inverlat Casa de Bolsa. 1996
  • Invited Columnist of the newspaper “El Financiero” 2010-2011
  • On 2016 Mario starts its Youtube channel: “Economía en Breve” where he post a weekly comment on the most relevant issues for the Mexican economy.
Amb. Mario Chacón Carrillo

Amb. Mario Chacón Carrillo

Head of Global Business Promotion Unit, ProMéxico

He leads ProMéxico efforts regarding the attraction of foreign direct investment and coordinates the activities of the national and overseas offices from this institution. He has a professional career spanning more than 35 years in the public and private sector, always committed to Mexico´s growth.

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Within the public sector, he participated in the process of design, lobbying, and negotiation of the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between Mexico and the European Union, as well as Mexico’s entry as Permanent Observer to the European Council. He also participated in the incorporation of Mexico to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation mechanism (APEC). Amb. Chacon has extensive experience in the promotion of Mexico abroad. He served as Ambassador to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and to the Republic of Colombia. He was Chief of Mission in Washington and Brussels, as well as in the representation to the European Union, Kingdom of Belgium, and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. He was Consul General in Toronto, Director General of Economic Relations with Europe and Multilateral Economic Organizations, and Economic Counsellor in Germany and Japan. 
Marisol Menendez

Marisol Menendez

Americas Senior Field Marketing Engineer, National Instruments

Marisol Menendez has a BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidad Anahuac and University of Queensland. She is currently leading the field marketing team In Latin America. With over 8 years of experience in different areas of the company, she is responsible of serving the LATAM region as a business partner to the sales team. Her main objective is to aid the region to become the fastest growing in the Americas.

She started her professional carrier as the youngest female engineer in the Application Engineering Department in National Instruments. During that time, she specialized in data acquisition technologies and automated test, obtained LabVIEW certifications and delivered multiple training sessions with focus on test, instrumentation, radiofrequency and communication Systems.

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Later, she took over a regional field sales position in Central and Southern Mexico where she had direct contact with technology users in industry and academia, allowing her to learn about the challenges Mexican engineers face in the development of systems.

After her years in sales, she took on a new challenge by positioning as a Sr.Technical Marketing Engineer for RF and Test in Americas, being accountable for guiding the strategy to achieve adoption of its technologies in the automotiveand consumer electronics industries. Recently, in 2018, she took over a management role as the LATAM Field Marketing Manager. Based in Mexico City she continues seeking excellence and customer success by supporting them to accelerate innovation, productivity and development.

Oliver Rosenthal

Oliver Rosenthal

Head of BMWi Mexico & Latin America, BMW

Oliver is leading the „BMWi / e-Mobility“ team at BMW Group Latin America. This includes responsibility for the Subbrands BMWi, iPerformance, ChargeNow and covering a 360° approach to drive Brand Awareness and Market Penetration of E-Mobility.

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With his team, Oliver is running charging-infrastructure development projects, new market entries and enablement for e-mobility. Since 2016, the rollout of 5 countries & > 25 dealerships in Mexico has been completed. His team´s responsibility include new business models, sales & marketing BMWi / iPerformance, among others, sales force support & guidance as well as Formula E race activations in the region.

Previously, Oliver held a leadership role in Global Sales Development & Steering at BMW Group´s HQ in Munich where he was the responsible manager for Top Management decision circles as well as revision of the Group´s Hybrid Sales Strategy.
Before that, Oliver held different functions in the Group´s Finance Division since 2008 being part of Group Controlling and Corporate Finance where he represented BMW and German industry as advisor to the German and UK Finance Ministry, EU Commission & Parliament.
Oliver joined BMW Group as part of a global corporate trainee program in 2003 where he gained experience in in Corporate Controlling, Corporate Communications, Marketing, Sales Steering, Corporate Strategy & Network Development Latin America.

He completed his dual degree within top 5% of his class graduating from ESB Business School (GER) and Lancaster University Management School (UK) with exchange to Universidad de Barcelona (ES) as Diplom Betriebswirt focusing on Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting & Strategy.
Currently, Oliver is living in Mexico City. He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Patricia Pellicer

Patricia Pellicer

Former Latin America Human, Resources Director, McGraw-Hill Education

Patricia Pellicer is an HR professional who has partnered, for more than 25 years, working for American and European companies, empowering people to help companies succeed their financial goals. Basically, she has worked for pharmaceutical, financial and publishing industries. Patricia has obtained a good knowledge of Latin America countries, being responsible for more than 15 countries all over the continent.

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In her last position she led global HR projects in countries such as India, Australia, AsiaPac, Canada and the US. Patricia has invested part of her professional career focusing in diversity and inclusion programs,such as “Wins”, Women International Networking Services, Development of  Global Coaching Programs and Transgender Programs, this last one implemented in Mexico City. She has a certification issued by The Coaching Institute based in Santa Barbara California and has spent many hours coaching executives within the organization. She has dedicated much of her time to empower and develop sales teams,contributing to the growth of the organizations and navigated through difficult times where EBITDA numbers had to be met with priority.

Patricia is a strong believer that good leaders who attract diverse talents and develop their people can take the organizations to the next level in their history.

Renato Pasquini

Renato Pasquini

Information & Communication Technologies Research & Consulting Director, Latin America Managing Director, Brazil, Frost & Sullivan

Industry expert with +15 years of experience at large, multi-national companies in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. Pasquini currently serves as ICT Research and Consulting Director in Latin America, as well as Managing Director in Brazil at Frost & Sullivan.

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In his current role, Pasquini engages with industry stakeholders on strategic projects spanning competitive benchmarking, scenario planning and growth strategies, with a focus on IT, Telecommunications, Digital Transformation within different verticals and Mega Trends (including new business models). He is also a regular speaker and moderator in leading regional and international events, and a contributor to media.
Prior to this role, Pasquini worked for Telefónica and América Móvil subsidiaries in Brazil, with strategic planning and regulation, and for Accenture, with management consulting for ICT companies. Mr. Renato Pasquini holds a BA and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from EAESP-FGV, a Post-Graduation in Economic Law by GVLaw and in Telecommunications Business. 
Rita Ragazzi

Rita Ragazzi

Research and Consulting Leader – Transformational Health Latin America, Frost & Sullivan

Rita leads Frost & Sullivan’s Healthcare practice in Latin America, and is responsible for engaging clients in consulting projects and setting the research agenda for the sector. Rita manages research teams covering the following technology areas: Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology, Clinical Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Connected Health Technologies and Healthcare IT.

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She brings 14 years of expertise in the healthcare segment, having worked in most of the healthcare value chain, including clinical practice, operations management, strategic planning and marketing consultancy. Rita’s diverse professional experience in the
healthcare space provides her with a holistic understanding of the Latin American healthcare market and future trends. With a particular focus in Connected Health
and Healthcare-IT convergence, she participates in the most important events in the region as speaker, moderator and panelist, and contributes to media vehicles
with articles and quotes. Rita holds a degree in Odontology from the University of São Paulo (USP) and an MBA in Health Management from Insper University in Brazil. 
Silvia Patricia Mora Castro

Silvia Patricia Mora Castro

National Director of Technology Transfer Offices Network, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Silvia Patricia has 19 years of professional and academic experience at Tecnológico de Monterrey and currently leads the Network of Technology Transfer Offices conformed by 5 Regional TTOs in different campuses and 1 National TTO. Has been founder of the National Association of Technology Transfer Offices in Mexico, where participates as President and also is an active member of International Associations as AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) and LES (Licensing Executives Society).

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Silvia Patricia is also a founder member of the Intellectual Property Committee at Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Silvia Patricia, has the degrees of Master of Science with Specialization Electronic Engineering (Electronic Systems) by Tecnológico de Monterrey (1998), and the Master of Science in Commercialization of Science and Technology by IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin and CIMAV (2012), is an Engineer of Digital Electronic Systems and has obtained many diplomas of specialization in the field of Industrial Property, Negotiation, Commercialization, and Technology Transfer by the WIPO, AUTM, ADIAT and many other organizations.

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