He is married to a Dane with whom he created two red-headed Trolls. He sources, executes, and manages for-profit investments and non-profit grants. He served clients across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America, in the private, public, and social sectors. Alexandre was also a summer associate with Bridges Ventures where he worked on various impact investing efforts. He has a bachelor of commerce in international business and finance from the University of Manitoba.
Alexis joined to Finnovista after been working at Forbes Mexico, there He was manager of business events developed by the magazine. Before this, he studied International Relations at National University of Mexico UNAM and he used the events as ways to attract foreign investment, however when he was working in Reed Exhibitions, he understood that events are much than this.
Today his work is focused in attendees experiences on site and to promote networking spaces. The Finnovista Culture definitely makes sense with that purpose. Alfredo is an entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor with over 24 years of experience in the financial industry. He was one of the 5 Cofounders of Patagon. Alfredo is CEO and Founder of Bombacamp, an MVP Factory that helps financial institutions develop new digital products and services using Lean Startup principles, helping them in their digital transformation and connecting them to Fintech startups to work together.
He never stops studying and applying new trends and technologies to develop new financial services using behavioral design, behavioral economics and service design among others. She joined IFC in May She has been developing the fintech relationships in Mexico for the past 3 years. She was responsible for the Supranationals and Development agencies business. Before that, Alicia worked at Citigroup in London for 7 years in the Origination and Derivatives structuring team for the Public sector.
Alissa is a Managing Director at ideas She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion. Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners.
Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over , low-income families. Alissa was also a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth.
Outside of work, she mentors a teen in the residential program at Good Shepherd Services, an organization that helps more than 30, youth and family members in struggling neighborhoods throughout New York City. With over 20 years of international experience, Mr. Cueli has a deep base of product management and business development expertise across developed and emerging markets within the areas of Innovation, e-commerce, Mobile payments and core payment solutions. His background as a telecommunications engineer has clearly influenced his professional focus on the analysis of ICT and innovation, particularly in the financial sector.
His areas of expertise include electronic payments and financial inclusion in Spain and Latin America. Throughout his career, he has engaged in a variety of consultancy projects for banks, non-financial firms, private foundations, public administrations and multilateral organizations such as the IDB, the World Bank and the European Commission.
With Village Capital, she managed the Boston Health accelerator, launched the first Mexico programs for FinTech and for Health ventures, managed global impact metrics, and lead the expansion to serve entrepreneurs in South America. She is also passionate about rock climbing and dancing; she was integral to developing the Salsa dancing community at Emory University. Ana is CEO and Co-founder at Aflore, the first direct sales company that brings financial products straight into the home of the underbanked. Before Ashoka, Ana spent eight years in London working for Lehman Brothers and Nomura, structuring financial products for institutional clients.
She started her career in Colombia, trading coffee and managing risk at the Federation of Coffee Growers. Previous to Startups, Ana spent 4 years at New Ventures, developing the impact investing field in Latin America, by leading investment and acceleration programs for social and environmental companies throughout the region. Ana started her career at The Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with clients in Private Equity, financial services and non- profit sectors. Anabel is CEO and Co-Founder of NovoPayment, a leading fintech company that enables financial services and digital payments innovation throughout the Americas through a cloud-based, open platform that supports varied mass payout, cash-in and mobile transactions.
NovoPayment helps banks, financial institutions, e-money issuers as well as the travel and transportation industry, and others to leverage their existing legacy systems and services to generate new transaction streams and capture new deposits while reducing operational risk and accelerating time to market. Under Mrs. He is a founding fellow of the non-profit Coderise. Since his early college days Andres has been focused on economic development in Latin America through technology and entrepreneurship.
While at college in he founded Grooveshark, a music streaming service with over 35 million listeners a month. Encountering a lack of information on Latin American technology and entrepreneurship, Andres launched PulsoSocial, the leading media outlet for technology and entrepreneurship in the region, and later on, Socialatom PR. Socialatom works with technology brands in the US looking to enter Latin America such as Netflix, Evernote, Rackspace, HotelTonight and Google, as well as tech startups that want to enter the US market or operate at a regional level.
Andres then went on to co-found Coderise which is a non-profit that teaches kids in emerging countries aged how to code. Since Andres has been investing in Latin American technology companies with a global focus, with the support of Socialatom Group. At the same time Socialatom Ventures was formed as a service agency of investment portfolios for entrepreneurs as well as advising governments on public policy related to tech entrepreneurship and helping run government or institution backed programs that support entrepreneurship all over Latin America.
Andres also loves travel, adventure sports, dancing salsa and ethnomusicology. He served as VP of Risk and Acquisition of Relations of PayU Latam in where he was in charge of the maintenance and deepening of the integral relationship with more than 40 means of payment in Latin America, put into production of 9 means of payment new in the region and responsible for the management of corporate risks before the parent company. He also worked as Operations Manager of CredibanCo where he was responsible for the operational implementation of projects, stories as a new processor of cards and EMV.
Before that, he was head of mobile banking at Bankinter. Andres has also worked as a consultant to mobile operators in Europe and Mexico. Polo ha ocupado diversos cargos, comenzando por Gerente de Contenidos Web. El Sr. Polo es titular de una patente de EE. Fue director de estrategia y desarrollo de negocio en G. He has more than eighteen years of experience in the field of financial mathematics. Andrew is the Head of North American Banking for TransferWise, a new kind of financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally.
At TransferWise, he leads financial partnerships by closely studying existing banking infrastructures and unearthing solutions that better match or exceed customer expectations. Prior to TransferWise, he served as Director of International and Payments at Kickstarter, where he was instrumental in turning a nascent North American idea into an international phenomenon, launching the crowdfunding platform in 17 new markets. Angel is currently Founding Partner at Lanta Digital Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in innovative start-ups. Angel is an experienced executive, investor and entrepreneur.
He has broad experience building startup projects over more than 15 years in international environments both in Asia and the US. Angel is a shareholder in Fractus, a European Telecoms start-up implementing a patent licensing program. He founded Elevation Ventures some years ago, a capital company to manage investments in small companies.
He acts as board member in some companies and keeps his entrepreneurship spirit alive by investing in start-up projects. He also mentors in several startups initiatives such Wayra, SeedCamp or Startbootcamp. He started as Development Director for mobile apps. In founds MoneyMenttor. Based on that experience, he decides to found albo. With more than 10 years of experience in the IT world she is focused in digital co-creation. As a certified coach her work has always been involved in the start-up ecosystem helping different companies develop their businesses. Anna Irrera is a journalist at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she writes about financial technology and market structure.
She joined Dow Jones in as an online reporter for Financial News. She holds M. Between journalism and law school, Anna worked at the Italian national publication ItaliaOggi, covering law and taxes. Anna is fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese. Over the last five years, he has led studies on the impact of the financial crisis on the banking sector and the path back to profitability.
He worked for various companies of different sectors telecom, technology, media and public sector in Europe, Asia and Latin America. While in that team, Antonio combined venture investment projects with corporate strategy projects. Antonio joined Seaya Ventures on March More than three years in the consulting industry gave him exposure to different industries such as Corporate Finance, Telecommunications, IT and retail.
Antonio is making things happen in the Digital and Fintech Ecosystem. Regular speaker in conferences and publisher of articles on press. Antonio holds a degree in computer engineering by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and also has an MBA with honors from IE Business School and Kellogg School of Management specialized in strategic management, entrepreneurship and finance.
Ariana has over 15 years experience working towards sustainable socio-economic development. Her passion to eradicate poverty and promote social mobility has led her to work in Latin America, Africa and Europe for international organizations, government agencies and the private sector, and to become an impact entrepreneur of both business and non-profit initiatives.
She was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum in As Fiinlab's Chief Innovation Officer, she brings development expertise, strategic foresight and insights into the needs and pains of the people at the base of the pyramid to create client-centered innovative financial solutions. 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.
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. 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. He is a French native. He studied finance in school and started his career in finance, Mergers and Acquisitions stint, brokerage in the arbitrage department, financial advising and international taxation in the mid- 90s.
Early on he decided to follow his bliss Joseph Campbell "Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived". He would go and have 15 different careers in 20 countries. He constantly reinvented himself. In after working in the tech field for a couple of years, winning a few hackathons, working as an Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph.
He has since helped individuals in 30 countries through his event standupforpassion. He started founded happy hacking days in both France and Aruba, a hackathon that aimed at creating start up in the field of happiness. He has done 2 TedX on happiness and purpose in Aruba and Maastricht. His first book is due to be published in France on April 10 on 36 ways to reinvent yourself. He will do his third TeDx on April 14 and is a founding member of Happy Tech in France, an organization geared to gather tech start up around happiness. Arnoldo J.
In this position, Mr. Reyes leads the development of partnerships with leading digital brands such as Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal. Additionally, Mr. Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Before Abra, Mr. At PayPal, Mr. Reyes began his career within the investment banking division of Barclays Capital where he focused on originating, structuring, and executing transactions in the Financial Institutions, Telecom, and Media sectors.
Reyes has vast international experience, having lived or worked in Latin America, the U. He obtained his M. Law and economics student. Arthur has been working for banks, law firms and startup for 10 years. Artie started working in HR in Computers, software and technology were hobbies at a young age. She switched careers in to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in the banking industry. In those days companies suffered from a noticeable gap between business and ICT departments. As a young female professional in ICT, Artie enjoyed making an effort towards closing this gap and taking the bridging role.
She advanced her career in as an ICT manager with a Dutch investment bank. From she broadened her outlook and experience by working in sales, advisory and management consulting roles. From devotion and expertise through to concept and implementation. Knab is a full service payments, savings and investments new generation bank. This project, named Bank of Tomorrow, was implemented in September She holds the position of CIO and is also a board member of Knab for business processes, testing, operations and IT management.
It is her deep-rooted belief that results are achieved through people, people management, a great place to work, engaged employees and a culture of high performance. She places great importance on diversity in thinking and believes that if leaders focus on this it will encourage the company talent to work more effectively and add greater value to customers. Starting in , Barry became one of the first and most active investors in the bitcoin space, providing seed funding for Coinbase, Ripple, BitPay, and a number of other companies who have gone on to define the industry.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Nowadays, she works with new products and arrivals to markets, as an executive at the business development team of Caser's great accounts department. She is very interested in diverse technology approaches specially Fintech and Insurtech both in the corporate area and in the entrepreneurial and customer centric area. Katz obtuvo su B. After setting up the European operation for a West-Coast start-up or dotcom as they were known in those days which successfully exited, Rooney became a freelance writer for UK newspapers and magazines, writing for the Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian amongst others.
He is the author of four books and was voted Tech Journalist of the Year in by his peers. Benjamin is a Founder of GuiaBolso, a fintech startup that developed Brazil's leading personal finance platform, with over 3. In line with its mission of transforming the financial well-being of Brazilian consumers, GuiaBolso developed unique technology to aggregate and organize all of users' financial information to help them make better decisions and choose more appropriate products. A key piece of this strategy has been the scaling up of an credit marketplace to match consumers with directed offers from banking partners online and in real-time.
In the CNBV previously, he served as Vice President of Regulatory Policy supervising the departments of regulatory development, economic studies, international affairs and financial inclusion. During this period, he was responsible for the implementation of the Financial Reform and the process of updating and evaluating the Mexican provisions for the adoption of Basel III.
Leader for the development of the National Policy of Financial Inclusion. A staunch defender of the power of marketing and communication as a medium for social change, Blanca holds a degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid and an MBA in International Management. She also has more than four years of experience in various fields of communication. It was at this last experience that she became passionate for the entrepreneur ecosystem and for the potential that this kind of startups have for driving change and improving society.
He coordinates and runs the business strategy linked to technology for both companies. He has lead more than 20 implementation projects in Management and Risk Information Systems for Banking and Insurance. In the banking innovation arena he is an active participant in Afi benchmarking services for online banking and the Afi Innovation Center. Bradley C. Harrison is an entrepreneur and seasoned business development executive with a passion for technology, media, entertainment and lifestyle.
Brad has a great deal of experience launching new ventures. During this experience, Brad worked at the earliest stages with many dynamic companies including Endeca Technologies. Prior to launching his business career, Brad served in the United States Army for five years, earning both Airborne and Ranger qualifications and retired as Captain. In this position, he is responsible for business development and implementation of e-commerce initiatives in the region, including Visa Checkout, a service that helps consumers to pay, and merchants to accept payments online, easily and simple.
Peralta leads the practice of e-commerce and works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. The program responsibilities include leading the implementation of Visa Checkout in the region, continue laying the foundations of electronic commerce in the region through collaboration with issuers, support management risk programs of issuers and merchants, enable businesses and risk management programs, raise awareness to consumers and advocacy. Prior to his current position, Mr. Peralta was Associate Vice President of Consumer Products, responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy of money transfers in the region, including the launch of Visa Giro, a solution of remittances by using card.
Brayan Peralta has over 15 years experience in the finance and credit industry. Some of his work experience includes the Nielsen Company market research, digital media , Time Warner new venture creation , and Playtex marketing, new products , as well as smaller companies Social Media, Digital Media, Data Mining. Brian is currently an Adviser to a number of early stage co's. MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry.
We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, London, Mexico City, Geneva and Jerusalem and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact -- driving growth and creating value the world over. Caribou Honig enjoys pursuing harebrained ideas and supporting the creation of new businesses. He is also cofounder of the HR Transform conference focused on the impact of technology on the workplace, and insurAPI.
He previously cofounded QED Investors, a boutique venture capital firm focused on data-driven companies. Caribou and his wife live in Richmond, Virginia with their two children and two occasionally annoying dogs. Carina has spent most of her career in banking with special focus in direct banking. Carina is a believer of the profound changes that are completely reshaping the financial services industries due to the irruption of new technologies but specially to the new attitude and behavior of the consumers that obliges to rethink business and build customer centric companies.
She is currently Board Member of Abanca and Reparalia and an investor in digital and fintech startups. Innovation strategist, developing and deploying cutting-edge solutions to transform organizations and create sustainable competitive advantage. Dynamic leader, building and motivating cross-cultural teams to deliver top performances.
Proven track record transforming traditional market approaches into ground-breaking concepts through digital and a flair for banking innovation. Extensive banking industry experience within international contexts, with broad understanding of current trends and their impact on business environments. His recent work focus has been on disruptive and innovative consumer mobility products in fintech to financial institutions in mobile banking, payments, offers, loyalty and commerce as well as a vertical agnostic MBaaS software platform to enterprise customers for B2C and B2B mobile app development.
At Mercado Pago, he leads the team in Mexico and is in charge of accelerating growth and consolidating the company as the most secure and reliable alternative to carry out online payments, mobile and prepaid card transactions. Before joining Mercado Pago, he served as Director of large companies such as PayPal, where he lead the marketing and sales strategy in Mexico for this segment, and created the firs division focused on SMEs in Latin America. Similarily, he was Product Director of Incomm, where he played a key role in developing the sector of prepaid cards in Mexico.
Driven by a continual desire to learn, evolve and build things, she moved to Mexico in convinced that Latin America and emerging markets are the breeding grounds for authentic, impactful innovation that comes out of organic need and great ambitions. Christine has worked on a variety of projects related to transformation, growth and strategy execution over 15 years and across three continents within various oneworld airlines, a Swiss bank, Big 4 consulting firm and early-stage HR Tech and Consumer Tech companies.
She has been recognized for her commercial expertise as well as talent for preparing gluten-free desserts and Thanksgiving turkeys. Christine has a B. Christine has a demonstrated record accelerating innovative enterprises and supporting courageous entrepreneurs that have a profound impact in Latin America. As a Partner at IGNIA, Mexico's largest venture capital firm, Christine invests in companies that are reinventing the way to do business with the emerging middle class in Latin America in high impact sectors such as financial services, employment, e-commerce and marketplaces.
Christine was recognized as one of the top female investors in Latin American by the Latin American Venture Capital Association and as one of the 30 people to most impact Mexico's development by Expansion magazine in Cian currently works as independent consultant. He is member of the advisory board of FInn Ventures and also works as advisor for several international Fintech startups regarding their strategy, business model and fund raising. He previously organized Fintech events both in Spain and abroad, including MoneyConf, the biggest and most international Fintech event in Spain.
Claudia is Innovation Manager in UniCredit with more then 14 years of banking and management consulting experience. She is passionately working in different projects to enable internal collaborative innovation as well as to boost interactions with fintech startup ecosystem. She has co-founded and managed UniCredit Fintech Accelerator program, the initiative aimed at creating industrial collaboration with selected fintech startups.
He founded his first company being 18 years old: a recognized agency of tech events in Chile. After finishing Civil Industrial Engineering at the University of Chile, he decided that his great strength was to support and encourage others to be an entrepreneur. His next adventure was being part of the innovation and entrepreneurship departament of Telefonica Chile, founding the coworking Center Movistar Innova. In he assumed the leadership of Wayra Chile, the startup accelerator of Telefonica Group under the Head of Acceleration functions. Claudio has more than 20 years of experience.
Similarly, he has led projects Finance Shared Services and Transformation in major multinational, regional and local clients. Coni Riveros es one of the foremost advocates of business innovation in Mexico. NUMA has launched more than businesses into the Mexican market, created the first free co-working in Mexico City, and is the first free technical training space for Facebook in the world, with more than 3, people impacted within the first year of operation.
Coni also leads the Community of Corporate Innovation Directors of Mexico, which is dedicated to bringing together corporations and startups for technological innovation. She has more than 20 years of leadership in Human Resources, and Quality and Compliance in international companies in the health, auditing, and telecommunications industries. Additionally, Coni is a guest professor in Talent Development in the Maters program at the University of Buenos Aires and the Catholic University of Argentina, and has taught entrepreneurship for the post-graduate diploma program for high-impact companies at ITAM Mexico.
She is a career coach certified by Gallup, holds a masters in Business Organization from the University of Buenos Aires, and a journalism degree from the Catholic University of Argentina, where she graduated with honors. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Mexico since Constancio is a recognized entrepreneur and venture investor for the Internet sector in both Latin America and the US markets.
He started his career while still in college as co-founder of Patagon, the first on-line stock broker of Latin America. Patagon was subsequently merged with Santander-owned Open Bank in Spain. Concurrently with that transaction Constancio became venture investor and Chairman of Bumeran. After a bidding war between Starmedia Capital, Monster.
Constancio then became President of Vistelmar, a diversified company in the agriculture and real estate industries operating in Argentina. Weemba was the third venture where Constancio got involved, in this case as President. The company provides a social-oriented lead generation platform for the lending industry. Constancio gets involved as well with startup mentoring and angel investing, most notably with Futbol Sites, the largest soccer oriented digital advertising network of Latin America. Management of finance technologies and innovation strategies, Bancolombia.
Her work focuses on promoting the culture of innovation inside and outside the organization, connecting the development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean with innovative solutions involving the most creative minds in the world. Works directly with Demand Solutions a platform for global innovators focused on inspiring innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, because she firmly believes in innovation and creativity as a development tool to improve lives. After studying Systems Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, Cristina has always gravitated to problem solving in areas of high impact throughout her career.
After working in Asia, Africa, and Europe in a range of fields from investment banking, economic development in the non-profit sector to coding software for some of the fastest-growing technology companies, Cristina settled on tackling payments in Latin America where together with her two partners she founded an online payments platform called Conekta. In her current role at Conekta, Cristina manages the company's growth, helping thousands of merchants transact online in markets such as Mexico where ecommerce has tremendous potential despite many challenges such the large unbanked sector and the emergence of new payment technologies.
Cristobal Perdomo is an experienced Internet investor, entrepreneur and executive focused on Latin America. Previously, Mr. Perdomo began his career as a lawyer focused on international financial transactions in the energy sector. The line of credit is integrated with a mobile wallet resulting in cashless collection for FMCG distributors.
Dan worked for 12 years in New York in financial services as a strategic management consultant in various fortune firms. Dan started his career as a FX trader in Citibank in Venezuela. Dan has spent the last 20 years of his career with one foot in the United States and one foot in Latin America, his primary skill-set is to help companies in Latin America, large and small, take advantage of the opportunity and challenge of digital transformation.
A few of the specific challenges that he has direct experience solving are leading the transformational process to incorporate digital into the key functions of an existing operation and launching new operations in markets in Latin America Specifically Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Central America and the Caribbean. Daniel W. Underlying each area is a keen interest in consumer behavior, innovation, and technology-enabled strategy. 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.
Marketing Technologist, Systems Engineer, with 16 years of experience in leadership of technology teams, software development and processes of technological innovation and digital market. Postgraduate university professor of information systems and digital marketing. Passionate about generating impact in the business through technology and the digital market, managing programs that impact business results through process innovation and the business model.
With extensive experience in the management of digital transformation programs in the financial sector and mass consumption. Daniel has been with Axon for more than one year, having previously worked at CitiGroup for over 6 years managing and selling financing, supply chain and liquidity products.
He recently graduated from Harvard Business School. Daniel was an early employee at Quantcast, a tech startup in Silicon Valley that has close to 1, employees today. His dream is to grow the Bitcoin ecosystem in Mexico and LatAm. Previously, she was Fund Manager and member of the Committee of Investments of Redwood Ventures, the first early-stage venture capital firm based in Guadalajara. She accounts for more than 9 years of experience working in the private equity and entrepreneurial ecosystem. She has analyzed over investment opportunities, executed more than 10 investments and accompanied more than 50 entrepreneurs in several different sectors across Latin America and the United States.
Additionally, she is an angel investor for several Mexican startups. Dario is a seasoned Internet and e-Commerce top executive with international experience opening and operating different companies in Mexico.
At present, he is the head of the eCommerce Division at El Palacio de Hierro, the biggest aspirational and luxury department store in Latin America. His role is to lead and develop the eCommerce strategy of the company. Before El Palacio, he created skinizate. Dario is a mentor at Endeavor, a non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world and a Fellow at Victoria , a non-profit that supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico.
Native from Argentina, Dario is married, love dogs, running, travel and wine. David G. Birch is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital money and digital identity. Dave is a Director of Consult Hyperion, the technical and strategic consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in , he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America.
He has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies and contributed to publications ranging from the Parliamentary IT Review to Prospect. He wrote a Guardian column for many years. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B. Sc Hons. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese as a native, having lived throughout the United States, Brazil and Mexico since an early age. David leads the commercial, business development and marketing activities for the Open Data Institute.
His 20 years in data-driven insight and marketing have seen him work with many leading brands in multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world such as Experian, Callcredit and Telefonica, David also ran his own boutique data insight business, Thinkdata, for 5 years before its acquisition by Bertelsmann. He also loves to challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of doing stuff. The Open Data Institute has been instrumental in developing Open Banking in the UK, working with HM Treasury and setting up the Open Banking Working Group in September to explore how an open data infrastructure could help the UK government achieve its objectives of increased competition and consumer choice.
The ODI continues to advise on the development and implementation of open banking in countries including Australia, New Zealand and Japan. David is responsible for leading the finance and legal departments as well as all investor outreach and engagement, including relationships with banks, credit funds and equity investors.
Demetrio leads Banregio BanregioLABS, an experimental laboratory, part of Banregio that aims at identifying and capitalizing new growth opportunities. Demetrio is an active mentor of the Mexican Fintech community and has developed strong relations with startups trying to work in the financial system in Mexico. Demetrio was part of the founding team of Banregio in and since then he has had the priviledge of working in diverse areas of the bank including IT, commercial, new channels, product design, and now Innovation.
He is a regular speaker at Fintech and innovation conferences in different countries. Prior to founding CardFlight, he was the Founder and CEO of LocalBonus, a credit card-linked loyalty network which rewarded consumers for purchases they make at local businesses. Earlier, Derek was an Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman where he led C-level strategy projects for some of the leading global payment networks and retail banks. Diego has responsibility for driving performance and maintaining partnerships within our Latin American markets.
Diego has previous experience working as a project manager and consultant in Latin America and the U. Diego has 16 years of experience in software implementation, planning, coordinating and leading systems projects. He is a specialist in the analysis and design of electronic payment solutions contactless, EMV, Mifare and chip and transactional processes.
He has worked on various IT projects analyzing business cases, project feasibility, building teams and managing suppliers with frequent regional travel. Diego complements his expertise with the application of the Lean Startup methodology for the construction and validation of projects. He is a coach and a content advisor on Lean Startup methodology in entrepreneurial training programs for the government of Buenos Aires City.
His work includes topics such as fintech, regulation, capital markets, financial inclusion, productive financing, among others. In the past, he was Superintendent of Market Risk and Integrity in the Colombian financial regulator. He was professor of financial microeconomics and financial risk at the Universidad del Rosario and the Universidad de Los Andes, in Colombia.
He is the author of academic documents on financial regulation. 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 He also collaborates as an Endeavor mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico.
He invests in high growth Latin American companies innovating in technology and business models. He also collaborates as Endeavor and Wayra mentor and participates in the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Colombia and Mexico. He writes a blog on entrepreneurship and venture capital at serebrisky. Before joining Oliver Wyman in , Dieter developed his professional career as a consultant for twelve years, within different leading international consulting firms. He led the launch of a retail network and a children computer education franchise for three years. He participates in the Board or as advisor to several start ups in the games, business intelligence, e-publishing and e-training sectors.
Dieter has lead different assignments in the sales and distribution areas of FIs and co-written industry reports on banking, clients and customer experience. Dominic Pym is an Australian businessman and technologist.
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He's been involved in software, web and mobile development for over 15 years from start-ups to global enterprises in Australia, the UK, the USA and throughout Asia. Dom has a passion for financial services, and has co-founded and invested in several FinTech start-ups over the past decade, most recently Ferocia where an extraordinary technology team has been assembled and they've partnered with a major Australian bank to re-imagine Internet Banking.
Dominik holds a Ph. Edgar has extensive experience in solutions for the financial services industry. Eduardo is a founding partner of Nazca Ventures. He has spent 10 years specialising in and is now responsable for sourcing and selecting investment opportunities in businesses with high growth potential.
Eduardo acquired solid experience in the development of new business opportunities, operation management, investments in seed capital and intellectual property issues. Before joining Finnovista, Eduardo served as Manager of the Wayra Academy in Mexico City, a global startup accelerator and seed capital fund looking to promote entrepreneurship in Europe and Latin America. Elena's greatest motivation is to impact the world in a positive way and generate chains of collaboration that promote entrepreneurship and transform economies.
She immediately graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the UNAM was involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, collaborating for 3 years in Wayra Mexico working as Operations Manager where he supported more than 40 technology startups, managing acceleration services and linking startups with the public sector and private, in addition to acquiring experience in venture capital, operations management and entrepreneurship events.
She currently works as Operations and Administration Coordinator in Startupbootcamp Fintech, impulsing the Fintech sector in the region, as well as studying a Master in Business and Technology at Collective Academy. 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.
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 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. Emilio is also part of the team in charge of identifying and partnerring with creators of new business ideas within the broader Santander Innovation team, and help them partner with entrepreneurs and take their ideas to market.
Emilio joined Santander Group in , serving for seven years as a member of the Group Corporate Development team, outlining the strategy of the Group and contributing to its expansion through various acquisitions. Emilio was a bank equity research analyst before joining the Santander UK strategy team in He then became part of the team responsible for developing and launching Santander InnoVentures in , contributing his deep knowledge of Santander Group, expert understanding of the banking industry and the wider fintech ecosystem.
An intrapreneur and blogger www. He acts as a mentor or judge for several programs for entrepreneurs and startups and as such he analyzes over hundred projects every year. After having lived in countries like the UK and Cuba, and getting to know the most flourishing startup ecosystems, he really believes that Spain offers outstanding conditions for becoming a global hub for fin-tech startups. Previous to BBVA he used to work for a big-5 consulting company as a strategy director for telecom companies, providing c-level insights and recommendations to technology companies.
During his role at BBVA Enrique has developed several key payments strategies and related solutions, also helping to implement them in different countries. Gentera is a listed holding company on the Mexican Stock Exchange, integrated by six subsidiaries focused on offering financial inclusion services. Part of this experience was the development of the first version of Ticketmaster.
Eric holds a B. He holds a B. Abra enables free cross border and domestic money transfers and payments between any two smartphones or an Abra user any online merchant in the world instantaneously and for free. Abra is the only full interoperable non-card based mobile money application in existence. Eric is a Fintech and Emerging Markets veteran who has spent the last ten years working across Latin America, Asia and Europe prior to returning to his home country, the US.
Eric is an advisor to the Peruvian based eCommerce company, Magnolia and the California based advanced banking analytics company CuNexus. Before becoming fully focused on Fintech, Eric spent numerous years working in international development with the the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the US government and the Spanish government. He created the LeanStrategy methodology. Esteban is the founder and Managing Partner of Velum Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. He has extensive experience in managing venture capital investment focused on Colombian technological enterprises.
He founded and financed his own tech firm, focused on analytics in Fabiola has over a decade of experience working with private sector companies, governments and NGOs in Latin America and the US developing strategy to drive growth and innovation, with a customer-centric lens. Prior to joining Dalberg, Fabiola was one of the leaders of the consumer goods and retail practice at A. She has also conducted studies in international development at New York University. He is Managing Partner since Fabrice began his professional career at Banco Santander, where he occupied several positions in Mexico and New York.
Federico is a pioneer in the venture capital industry in Mexico. He has overseen 25 investments to-date across four sectors: FinTech, Digital Consumer, Healthcare, and Smart Cities, such as Cornershop, recently purchased by Walmart Internationa and Alkanza, investment advisor that provides online, automated portfolio management through most major brokers in the US and Latin America. Experiences that allow him to add a great value to startups.
Renowned for translating data into actionable strategies that elevate business performance, market share and customer profitability. Innovative leader with more than 20 years of experience with demonstrable results and often above the target in complex environments. Able to establish the strategic vision and lead its execution.
Published in renowned journals such as Forbes and international scientific journals, guest lecturer at several international forums. His professional exposure extends to clients in over 18 countries on 4 continents. He holds a degree in Accountancy and a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and currently resides in Sao Paulo. Muhammad Yunus en el desarrollo de instituciones de micro-finanzas y negocios sociales en Colombia, Alemania y Bangladesh.
He is also a Foundum. Previously he worked in sales and marketing at global companies like Xerox Spain, Regus Business Centers and xing. Fermin is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Finnovista, where he has pioneered a fintech innovation platform driven by a smart collaborative network, that manifest itself through startup competitions, acceleration programs, fintech evens and corporate-sponsored open innovation programs in Europe, US and Latin America. Before Finnovista, Fermin was part of the leadership team that launched an impact startup accelerator and an M-euro impact investment fund in Spain, where he managed startup investments in fintech, mobile, enterprise software and semiconductors.
Fermin has also worked as management consultant and technology researcher in early mobile technologies in Europe. Fermin holds a M. Fermin Ezquer-Matallana is a Managing Partner with Think Creative, a multidisciplinary business accelerator that develops innovative product, service, and brand extensions to sustainably increase top-line growth. Additionally, he serves as Chief Strategist for Imagemme, a branding and packaging design agency and sister-company to Think Creative.
Specialized in business model innovation, Fermin has led client engagements across industries throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. These projects include: creating a business model for millennials at BBVA; working with Robin Hood Foundation to help nonprofits in NYC develop sustainable business models; facilitating the idea-to-business model transformation process at Petronas Malaysia; and many more. Fermin is also advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer at Grupo Gentera, the leader in financial services to the base of the pyramid in Latin America with a mission to eradicate financial exclusion.
Fermin is also an experienced academic. Academic in innovation and entrepreneurship Finis Terrae University. Master in Innovation Catholic University of Chile. Entrepreneur focused on interaction, usability and data science in the Fintech space. Fernando leads Aplazame in the areas of product, risk, compliance and finance. Previously he cofounded and led Ibercheck. In the past, he was senior consultant at Monitor Group, serving the financial, industrial and energy clients on three continents over 4 years. He joined Self Bank in September after having been in charge of Bank 2.
Prior to that he was the director of digital business for Caja Navarra, which he joined in in charge of innovation technology and where he led the initiatives which converted CAN into an online model in the use of social networks in the finance sector. During this time he was involved in the investment board of Eurecan, the support unit for entrepreneurs at Caja Navarra which invested in projects like Abiquo, Spamina, Just in Mind, Rockola, Bubok and DaD.
Fernando is a recognized sales leader with an extensive and rich international startup and corporate innovation experience. During the last decade Fernando spearheaded several startups to end up hired by Telefonica Global Services where he currently leads a LATAM regional sales team and serves as a Columbia Business School certified mentor for Endeavor global acceleration program. Fernando has over 15 years of experience developing web-based tools for the financial industry in the US.
He is an active mentor and angel investor. Fundador de ComparaMejor. Flavio has a B. At Latinia, he is the leading manager of the expansion actions in addition to bearing overall responsible for business. He was co-author of the Lactovisoy nutritional formula for scholars children's. He was cofounder of the Venezuelan Association for the Advancement of Science. Manuel Palacio Fajardo Mijagual , — Angostura , Venezuelan lawyer, physician, chemist, diplomatic and politician. Graduated at the University of Santa Fe Vice royalty of New Granada when the independence movement exploded in , was practicing its profession as physician in Guanare.
The province of Barinas elected him as his deputy to the first Constituent Congress of Venezuela, and as such signed on July 5, the absolute independence from Spanish rule. The patriotic government of Cartagena de Indias commissioned him with Pedro Gual as diplomats to seek foreign support for the Spanish-American independence cause. They arrived in Washington in December and although they meet with the president James Madison this indicated that the United States could not take part in the war by the No Aggression Agreement signed with Spain under Neutrality Act During his stay in Europe he studied chemistry and perfected his medical knowledge.
Back in Venezuela was elected deputy is witness of exception of the installation of the Congress of Angostura the February 15, A few days later the Liberator Simon Bolivar appointed him as Secretary of State of Colombia but he is seriously ill and does not assume the charge because he died on May 8, In London he published several articles on natural sciences.
His remains were buried in the National Pantheon on August 21, He completed studies at the Central University of Venezuela, gained the title of Odontologist in He was notable for his educational contributions to this university, as well as other educational institutions such as Los Dos Caminos College, the Sucre College, National Pedagogical Institute and the Lyceum Fermin Toro. He worked with the first procedures of color photography in the National Photographic Laboratory. In he arrived in Venezuela as a researcher at the Chemistry Laboratory at the El Valle Experimental Station and later was nominated director of the Research Service of the Ministry of Agriculture.
He was also founder of the Venezuelan Society of Chemistry in where it publishes, an important number of articles of scientific diffusion in magazines and newspapers of national coverage. Bonazzi founded the studies in Geochemistry in Venezuela; throughout his career opened lines of research that still persist in the Institute of Earth Sciences, the former Institute of Chemistry that he directed since and which formed a considerable number of professionals in that area. Austrian-Venezuelan Chemist.
He arrived in Venezuela in in the group of foreign scientist under contract to develop the agriculture in this country. He was a founding member of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra , created in , played first solo violist ad-honorem until He died in Caracas on September 13, Gioconda Cunto de San Blas born in Caracas in She is the author of more than publications in specialized international journals, author of three books on pathogenic fungi, published by Caister Academic Press, Norfolk, UK, between and In she was elected as the first woman president of the Academy of Sciences of Venezuela.
The following year, he participated in the preliminary studies for the construction of a major railroad between Caracas and Valencia with extension to San Carlos. He was responsible for the construction of the railroad from Caracas to Valencia. He also built the highway from Caracas to El Junquito. The trip provided geographical positions and a collection of plants and archaeological objects found today in United States and Germany.
As a geographer he identified the levels of the Lake of Valencia , its tributaries river and determined all the heights of the Range of the Coast.
He lived with the Orinoco basin indigenous people and wrote books on their customs and dialects. As a botanist he classified many plants in Venezuela, donated rare specimen samples to the Smithsonian Institution , and wrote a book on the Palms of Venezuela the Palms of the Flora Venezuelana — Caracas He was awarded with the Robert E. In , he received a special recognition from the World Cultural Council. In emigrated to Ecuador after the occupation of his country by Adolf Hitler troops. Four months after his entry, Roubicek raised the board of directors the need to change the formula of the beer as it detected that the consumer wanted a product more refreshing and so adapt it to the Venezuelan palate and our tropical climate.
So he managed to reformulate the Polar beer  adapting it to the consumer's taste, printing it an unrivaled body and flavor. This led her quickly to occupy the first place in the preference of Venezuelans. In created the process to produce the corn flake for Polar Group in order to substitute the import of this raw material.
Counting by then with three brewing plants in operation and being the corn flakes one of the main ingredients of the beer formula, the company decided to build its own corn processing plant in Turmero, Aragua state. This decision would be a decisive step in the later development of the food business the precooked maize flour Harina P. Roubicek told: "Juan had the idea of making a flour to make arepas with the corn flakes that we used in the beer industry.
I met with some manufacturers of arepas — in areperas — that existed in the country and they considered our project to be very complicated. I thought that if we changed the grinding and the humidity of the "Corn Flakes", we could get a precooked flour that would not give so much work to the housewife. I called a Remavenca technician to prepare a sample and we got what we wanted. A visionary like few formed in civil engineering, exerted for many years the teaching and the investigation in the Central University of Venezuela and the University of Zulia.
His practice was based on a careful observation of nature, its surprising structures and designs. He tried to make engineering proposals lighter and fresh, optimizing resources and reducing environmental impact. As a result of these deep convictions, he founded the Social Ecological Movement for the XXI Century at the end of the sixties, with strong environmental principles.
In , he prepared a challenging work of promotion, titled On tops, domes and flights that tried to break with some paradigms of the modernity. First, it criticizes our reliance on fire-based technology, on combustion, by proposing the use of alternative energies. He criticizes that humans have been inspired by fish and birds to design aircraft, helicopters and submarines since its principle is linear, which in its opinion has the result of waste of energy and fuel. Thanks to a study that for a long time made on the spores, shells of turtles and other natural domes, proposes the construction of an airship based on the way of moving of these beings.
His airship model consisted of a large central dome surrounded by a ring of aerodynamic rotating domes that would allow it to travel in the air and even in the water, to which is added an engine that applies the laws of electromagnetism. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in and later revalidated his title at the Universidad del Zulia.
In ended his year career in the oil industry as a member of PDVSA board which was, at the time, one of the biggest oil companies in the world. Alexander von Humboldt mentions a meeting with this man in cite: We found in Calabozo, in the heart of the plains, an electric machine of large disks, electrophores, batteries, electrometers, a material almost as complete as that of our physicists in Europe.
All these objects had not been purchased in the United States; Were the work of a man who had never seen any instrument, which no one could consult, who did not know the phenomena of electricity more than by reading the Treaty of Sigaud de Lafond Joseph Aignan Sigaud de Lafond and the Memoirs of Franklin Benjamin Franklin. Journey to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent. In participated with the Spanish scientist Francisco Javier Balmis in the vaccination against smallpox in Venezuela. Del Pozo was a partisan of the Spanish colonial government and for this reason he received no support from the new independist government established in He died forgotten in Siegert began to sell it in and established a distillery for the purpose in The medal is still depicted on the oversized label, along with reverse which shows Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in profile.
The exact formula is a closely guarded secret , with only one person knowing the whole recipe, passed hereditarily. Luis Zambrano Bailadores, — Tovar, was a Venezuelan self-taught inventor and popular technologist. He left formal education after the fourth year of primary school, but soon began to develop an interest in mechanics, enjoying discovering for himself the speed ratios produced by connecting oranges of different diameters and rotating them by means of jets of water.
These gadgets lead him to consider new challenges and discover of physical principles in practical ways. In his Valle Nuevo workshop, near Bailadores, he empirically and intuitively learned enough about water turbines to generate electricity and mechanics to allow him to create about 50 inventions, some of which were commissions, such as a strawberry-peeling machine and a sieve for categorising garlic, and numerous improvements to various different machines, despite having lost his right hand to a saw in an accident in In November , the University of Los Andes awarded him the title of Doctor Honoris Causa "for his useful creative work", the first time that this award had been given to a country man.
Luis Caballero Mejias Caracas, — Caracas, was a Venezuelan engineer who invented the Precooked maize flour for the arepas in the s. The traditional preparation of arepa flour is very labor-intensive, requiring the pounding of maize in a large mortar, boiling and grinding. Caballero used the profits from his patent to finance a Technical Schools system.
The precooked flour was later mass-produced and sold in larger quantities. The product rapidly gained acceptance among housewives because of the tremendous saving in domestic labor and its high quality. Harina P. In the United States he was proposed to be nominated for the Nobel Prize. He rejected the nomination because he would have had to embrace American citizenship, which he refused, wanting to maintain his Venezuelan nationality. Rafael Reif born in Maracaibo, August 21, Venezuelan American electrical engineer, inventor and academic administrator.
Descendent of Czech Jews ancestor on July 2, was elected president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , succeeding Susan Hockfield the first woman in charge. Reif received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Carabobo , Valencia, Venezuela in He went to the United States for graduate school, earning his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in He then spent a year as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford.
His research centered on three-dimensional integrated circuit technologies and on environmentally benign microelectronics fabrication. An early champion of MIT 's engagement in micro- and nanotechnologies , Dr. Reif is the inventor or co-inventor on 13 patents, has edited or co-edited five books and has supervised 38 doctoral theses.
Ignacio Layrisse born in Caracas, Graduated as chemist at Simon Bolivar University. Engaged by INTEVEP in led the first investigative sketches referring to heavy oil emulsion-surfactant technology that conducted to the Orimulsion trade mark in Finally, that same year, the first commercial scale cargo was exported to the Chubuelectric power plant in Japan. The Orimulsion developed by Venezuelans scientist represents one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century. In was chief executive officer of Monclova Pirineos Gas, S. A responsible for the technical activities from the planning phase to construction for the company that was awarded the PEMEX multi services contract of the Pirineo Block.
Manuel Rendon born in San Cristobal , Venezuelan chemical engineer graduated at Simon Bolivar University who invented the first published formulation for the degradation of fossil-based high-density plastics. The additive can be selectively programmed to cause the plastic to begin disintegrating at a predetermined time. Gabriel A. Rincon-Mora born in Caracas in is a Venezuelan-American electrical engineer , scientist, professor, inventor, and author  who was elevated to the grade of Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE in  and to the grade of Fellow by the Institution of Engineering and Technology IET in for his contributions to energy-harvesting and power-conditioning integrated circuits ICs.
Phil Allen. He has written several books, chapters of others, and over other publications. His work has generated 38 patents. He has designed over 26 commercial power-chip designs and delivered over 95 presentations worldwide. He has worked on voltage references, low-dropout regulators, switching dc—dc converters, and energy-harvesting microsystems.
Juan Manuel Cajigal y Odoardo Barcelona , — Yaguaraparo , was a Venezuelan mathematician, engineer and statesman. Orphaned at age 7, he was raised in Spain by his cousin-once-removed, Field Marshal Juan Manuel Cajigal , former captain general of Venezuela and Cuba. He returned to Venezuela that year. He served on National Congress twice, once in as representative of Caracas, and in as senator of Barcelona Province.
Fancisco J. Duarte Maracaibo — Caracas Engineer and mathematician. He obtained in , the title of bachellor and surveyor in Puerto Cabello. Graduated in in the Central University of Venezuela as civil engineer, later served as professor of geometry — and infinitesimal calculus — He studied mathematics at the University of Paris He also served for many years as border director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs — , a position that allowed him to participate in the delimitation of Venezuelan borders with neighboring countries, particularly Brazil.
He chaired the College of Engineers — and the Academy of Physical, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences — and — of which he had been a founding member Throughout his life he maintained a permanent correspondence with scientists from around the world on problems inherent to his specialty and has been considered as one of the most outstanding mathematicians of his time. Graduated as professor of mathematics in the Pedagogical Institute , he worked there uninterruptedly for 16 years between and In the Central University of Venezuela founded the Faculty of Sciences in and was in charge of the school of mathematics.
He was a founding member of the Teachers' Association of Venezuela, where he held the presidency of the organization on two occasions, from to and from to Ignacio Irribarren born in Caracas in Graduated in Mathematics at the University of Oxford during the s. He began his professorial career more than forty years ago in the Faculty of Engineering of the Central University of Venezuela, where he won the Chair of Mathematical Analysis by Competition. Retired from USB since Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford Rector of the Metropolitan University — He held the Presidency of the Academy for the periods: — and — Pedro Berrizbeitia born in Caracas on December 11, Berrizbeitia's works cover a wide range of mathematical topics, from algebra to graph theories, but his most compelling contributions are those dealing with the additive theory of numbers and the theory of proofs of primality.
He has published 17 scientific articles in prestigious international journals in the field of Mathematics and two monographs on proofs of primality and number theory. He has been a visiting professor at universities in the United States and Spain and has been a guest lecturer on ten occasions, by universities and research centers in those countries, in addition to Uruguay and Chile, and has also given twelve invited conferences at various events in Venezuela.
Graduated as a medical doctor at Universidad Central de Venezuela , in Caracas. The Venezuelan government awarded him a grant to continue his studies in Europe. He sought priesthood in two occasions, but his fragile physical conditions would ultimately prevent him from achieving that status. He studied at the Monastery of Lucca in Italy for ten months in He is currently in the process of beatification and subsequent canonization, after which in the Pope John Paul II solemnly declared his heroic virtues, for which he was granted the title of Venerable.
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Graduate in medicine at the University of Barcelona in gained a doctorate at the University of Madrid in with a thesis on anaerobic life. He worked as an assistant professor of physiology in Barcelona in under Ramon Coll i Pujol , and in obtained the chair in the University of Seville. In he presided over the executive committee of the First Congress of Hygiene of Catalonia and in resigned to the chair to return to Barcelona to dedicate itself to the investigation. In was named professor of physiology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona, of which in happened to be full professor.
From then until he went into exile he devoted himself to medicine. He created a physiological research center in the Barcelona Municipal Laboratory, led by Ramon Turro i Darder, who was his friend and considered himself a disciple. From his experiments with animals he made various discoveries about reflexes, physical stimuli, and their influence on respiration.
In he went to direct the Institute of Physiology of the Commonwealth , where he created a school of certain international prestige. In he founded the Catalan Society of Biology, was president of the Barcelona Royal Academy of Medicine between and and was director of the publication Treballs de la Societat de Biologia — , where he published most of his works. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War , in he was exiled with his family to Paris and from there to Caracas , after receiving an invitation from the Venezuelan government to work as professor of physiology in the faculty of medicine of the Central University of Venezuela in He also directed the Institute of Experimental Medicine, where he formed a school of physiology like that of Barcelona.
From he worked as a professor of biochemistry and, since , as professor of biology and biochemistry at the National Pedagogical Institute of Caracas. In nationalizated as Venezuelan Pi Sunier wrote in Caracas ten books and two novels, apart from the essays and monographs collected in scientific journals and in cultural publications, which is an inventory of great value that earned him the Kalinga Prize , granted by UNESCO in Francisco De Venanzi Caracas, March 12, — Caracas, September 12, was a Venezuelan doctor, scientist and academic descendant of Italian immigrants.
He became a professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the Central University of Venezuela, first in physiology , then in pathology and later in pathophysiology. Like other professors, he resigned in in protest at decree of the military junta , which ended the autonomy of the university. He was elected Rector from January 7, , a post he held until He founded several important initiatives for local science progress, remaining active until his later years, despite the slowly progressing disability which undermined his physical health.
Marcel Roche Caracas , August 15, — Miami, May 3, was a physician, researcher and scientific leader. Graduated in medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School , in Baltimore in , he specialized in endocrinology and nuclear medicine. Before returning to Venezuela in , he carried out biomedical research for some time at the New York Institute of Public Health. In Venezuela, Dr. Roche started several pioneering works as an Assistant Professor of the Central University of Venezuela on goitre , hookworm infections and nutritional deficiencies and anaemias , especially among the poor and aboriginal people.
He was founder and director of the Venezuelan National Council of Scientific Investigation and the magazine Intersciencia , as well as being involved in the publishing of several other scientific periodicals. Roche was also a pioneer in the area of public understanding of science and a pioneer in the production of TV programs and documentary films on many science subjects. He was very active in promoting science to the public and participated in many national and international organizations promoting science. He has published more than papers on results of clinical, physiological, pharmacological and psychiatric research carried out by his team and is today a reviewer for several American and European scientific journals.
He has addressed national and international scientific congresses on Gastroenterology, physiology, pharmacology, psychosomatic, psychiatry, and psychoneuroendocrinology. In Dr. Lechin has been nominated for the Nobel Prize of Medicine based on the new treatment of bronchial asthma and myasthenia gravis developed and published by his research group. Vargas was imprisoned by the Spanish in for revolutionary activities. Upon his release in , he travelled to Scotland for medical training in the University of Edinburgh. He was one of the earliest eye surgeons in Puerto Rico after his arrival there in In Vargas receives from the President Paez office, an oil sample found in Pedernales , located in the Canton of the Lower Orinoco.
He submits it to various physical-chemical analyzes involved the fractional distillation and wrote a much more complete report than the " Silliman Report " which was written 16 years later and which nevertheless appears in texts, as the first scientific report on oil. His final paragraph confirms the wisdom of Vargas: "this finding is more precious and worthy of congratulation than that of the mines of silver and gold.
In , his ashes were brought to Caracas and buried in the National Pantheon on April 27 of that same year. Luis Razetti Caracas , September 10, — May 14, was a surgeon who supported and managed a number of advances in the progress of Venezuelan medicine. He is considered the driving-force in the "Renaissance of the Venezuelan medicine", concerning education, research centers and medical practices in Venezuela.
One of the two schools of Medicine of the Central University of Venezuela bears his name. Razetti gained his Doctorate in Medicine from the Central University of Venezuela August 4, , to a month to turn 22 years old. Among his most notable contributions may mention, in chronological order as follows:. In he re-entered the university to study medicine and before graduating he worked as a clinical monitor.
He considered diagnosis an art that had to be accomplished not only through clinical history, but through long, sustained, conversation with the patient about their health problems and living conditions. Beginning in , he worked on the study, analysis and evaluation of definitive treatment for surgical diseases.
In Venezuela he did a series of interventions including pasacro nerve resection in the treatment of pelvic neuralgia , resection of the rectum with contra natura permanent anum, , ovarian homografts , the new technique of lymphatic blockade in infectious processes, carried out with electrosurgery linked with sulfonamide therapy , the radical cure of rectal prolapse with fascia lata aponeurosis of the thigh ligation of the femoral artery by gangrene and embolectomy by phlebitis.
He also contributed to improving the treatment of Banti syndrome abnormal growth of the spleen and portal hypertension usually caused by liver cirrhosis. He spent part of his last years on cancer research. The hospital belonging to the National Institute of Social Security, located to the west of Caracas , bears his name. He received his medical degree from Central University of Venezuela and has been in practice for more than 20 years from prestigious hospitals of Venezuela and Mexico, he is a pioneer in robotic surgery for complex urinary fistulae in females and males, benign prostate enlargement and inguinal lymph node dissection for cancer.
He has helped develop the novel concepts of single-port belly-button and natural orifice surgery. His experience with advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery exceeds 2, personal cases, making him amongst the most experienced in the world. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific papers, three textbooks and 28 chapters in major urology books. He also serves on the editorial board of three urologic journals.
In recognition of his work, Dr. Sotelo has been invited as international guest-lecturer in more than 35 universities in 19 countries. His unique skills and large personal experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery are well known. He is a passionate teacher, having taught his techniques and best practices in 19 countries as an invited guest.
To date, he has trained over 64 post-graduate fellows from 14 countries in the art and science of minimally invasive urology. It is because of these seminal achievements that Dr. His passion for surgical innovation, advancing the field and worldwide teaching coincides with, and further strengthens, the philosophy at the USC Institute of Urology.
Julian Chela-Flores born June 13, in Caracas. Astrobiologist and physicist known for his contributions to the field of planetary habitability. His field of research is astrobiology , in other words the science of the origin, evolution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe, especially life on Europa , the Jovian satellite. Humberto Campins born in Barquisimeto, is an international expert on asteroids and comets. He attended the University of Kansas where he earned a bachelor's degree in astronomy.
He went onto the University of Arizona where he earned a PhD in planetary sciences. He conducts research at observatories around the world, including Arizona, Chile, France, Hawaii, Spain and the Vatican. In he discovered water ice and organic molecules on the asteroid 24 Themis and later on 65 Cybele adding weight to the growing theory that Earth's water may have come from asteroids. He has earned several prestigious awards including a Fulbright and the Don Quijote Award. The asteroid, Campins , was named after him.
Gustavo Bruzual born in Caracas, August 2, His thesis versed on Spectral Evolution of Galaxies. His research is centered on evolutionary population synthesis and modeling the spectral evolution of galaxies. His work in collaboration with S. Charlot IAP, France has become a landmark in the field. Their three papers together have received over citations.
The Bruzual and Charlot models have proven very useful in deriving the physical properties of galaxies of different types observed in large galaxy surveys like the SDSS, allowing to characterize galaxies at various redshifts as belonging to the red sequence or the blue cloud, and providing an estimate of the stellar mass and its growth rate, in these systems. Currently G. Bruzual is working on improving different aspects of stellar population synthesis, like the treatment of TP-AGB and WR stars in spectral evolution models.
Earning her diploma in high energy physics in , she was accepted into a doctoral program at Tufts University outside of Boston , Massachusetts  and completed her PhD in Luis Herrera Cometta born December 20, is a Venezuelan relativity physicist , whose research focuses on the study of anisotropy ,  the extended thermodynamics, exact and semi numeric solutions, axial symmetric solutions, alternative approaches to detect gravitational radiation using gyroscopes and recently about the relevance of super energy and super Poynting in General Relativity.
He is considered an authority in anisotropic effects on gravitational collapse; he is a pioneer in the heritage of symmetries within General Relativity and in the application of Extended Thermodynamics for Astrophysical scenarios. Herrera is known for semi numerical approaches to self gravitating objects,  later interpreted as the Post-Quasistatic-Approximation, with a wide applications spectrum in Relativistic Astrophysics and basically in the spherical context. Recently he won a Honorific Mention for his essay on the meaning of general covariance and the relevance of observers in general relativity.
Ernst settled in Venezuela in , where he taught at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He became the most important scientist in the country during the second half of the 19th century and was a key figure in the creation of the Museum of Natural Science and the National Library of Venezuela , where he also served as its director. He also did work in geography, geology, language, anthropology, physics, paleontology and archeology. He is regarded as the founder of the Venezuelan positivist school and marked influence on generations of scientists in Venezuela.
He asserted, in his books and writings on the subject, that perceived limits on intelligence are false and are primarily tied to upbringing and social conditioning. He argued that through careful environmental stimulation, especially in the early stages of child development, intelligence can be developed indefinitely and exponentially throughout life.
Venezuelan physician, naturalist, historian, linguist and philologist. This eminent scientist overcome his poverty and, in , managed to graduate of doctor in the Central University of Venezuela.
He then began a professional career that would lead him to practice medicine and philanthropy in all regions of Venezuela. He conducts studies on folklore, ethnography, zoology, botany and linguistics. Lisandro Alvarado produced a copious printed work that includes twenty-four books and numerous essays. Among the first are "Ideas on the evolution of Spanish in Venezuela", "Glossary of indigenous voices", "Phonetic alterations of Spanish in Venezuela", "Neurosis of famous men", "History of the Federal Revolution in Venezuela" and "Crimes politicians of our history.
He was a fervent disciple of the positivism sponsored in Venezuela by Dr. Adolf Ernst , he belonged to the Academies of Medicine, History and Language and was a corresponding member of numerous foreign scientific corporations. The National Academy of History holds in custody an unpublished collection of his manuscripts. Social scientist specializing in the learning of Organizational Change. Professional musician of the conservatory of Valencia Its main contribution to education and the productive world is to maintain a line of research in social sciences, from to the present, aimed at decoding change in organizations as social cells, resulting in their theory of learning organizational change — and then the Work Education System SET — that would put theory into action, thus proposing a systemic option to approach organizational change.
Aldemaro Romero Jr.
While an undergraduate student in Biology at the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain, Romero volunteered at the Museum of Zoology later renamed as Museum of Natural Sciences where he created the Hydrobiology Section and led a group of other undergraduates to work on aquatic organisms reorganizing some of the collections and re-identifying some of the mislabeled specimens.
He is known for his approaches of combining field, laboratory and archival studies from different disciplines. He moved to Caracas with his family in , settling in a modest neighborhood in the south of the capital. He studied there but did not complete studies because the family economic pressure forced him to perform various jobs until , when started in print journalism.
A self-taught scientist, from to he directed the science page of the Sunday newspaper " El Nacional " where from until his death he wrote the daily column La Ciencia Amena. He considered the popularization of science as a tool to achieve technological self-determination and culture of countries. She was a Venezuelan radiophonic host and editor of environmentally oriented books and magazines.
In she became the first female science journalist to win the Kalinga Prize of Unesco. Manuel Blum born in Caracas , April 26, Venezuelan computer scientist who received the Turing Award in "In recognition of his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking". In the 60s he developed an axiomatic complexity theory which was independent of concrete machine models. Even though the theory is not based on any machine model it yields concrete results like the compression theorem , the gap theorem , the honesty theorem and the Blum speedup theorem.
Cristina Amon born in Caracas, She became the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in This led to her creation of a multi-stage concurrent thermal design methodology based on hierarchical model refinement, which combines CFD, non-deterministic experiments and Bayesian statistics. Her research has advanced the scientific foundation of heat transfer enhancement by flow destabilization and hemodynamics mass transport in biological systems including aortic aneurysms and intravenous blood oxygenators.