Alberto Cavallo, Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at MIT
Alberto Cavallo's research focuses on the micro-level behavior of prices and its implications for macroeconomic models and policies. His empirical work is based on the use of daily data collected from hundreds of online retailers around the world. He co-founded the Billion Prices Project at MIT, an academic initiative that pioneered the use of online data to conduct research on high-frequency price dynamics and inflation measurement. He is also a co-founder of Dineromail, the first online-payments company in Latin America, and PriceStats, the leading global provider of inflation statistics. Alberto received a B.S. fron Universidad de San Andres in Argentina in 2000, an MBA from MIT Sloan in 2005 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010. He is married and has a son.
Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Grupo Cisneros
Adriana Cisneros is the CEO and Vice Chairman of Cisneros, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, ecommerce, real estate development, organizations in the world. As a third-generation leader at Cisneros, Adriana is focused on developing new lines of business, establishing global strategic alliances, generating content across all multimedia platforms and extending the company’s international reach. In her previous role as Director of Strategy, she made her mark by leading the company’s digital initiatives, establishing RedMas and Adsmovil as leading online and mobile ad networks in the Americas.
Adriana is the CEO of Tropicalia, a luxury real estate development in the Dominican Republic and is also President of the Fundación Cisneros, a non-profit organization founded by the family that strives to improve education in Latin America and foster global awareness of the region´s heritage and its contribution to world culture. Adriana is the founding chair of Endeavor Miami and a member of the Executive Committee and Director of the International Emmy’s. At MoMA she is on the board of PS1 and the Latin American and Caribbean Acquisition Fund (LACF). She is also on the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Georgetown University Latin American Board. She serves as a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Henrique de Campos Meirelles, Chairman of J&F
Henrique Meirelles is Chairman of J&F, the holding company of JBS, Swift, Pilgrim’s Pride, Eldorado Brasil, Flora and Banco Original among others. He is also the non-executive Chairman of Brazil’s Olympic Committee, which is overseeing the preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Mr. Meirelles is also Chairman of Lazard Americas, Senior Advisor of Kohlberg Kravis and Robert, member of the Council of Lloyd’s of London and a Director of Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras.
He was President of Central Bank of Brazil from Jan 2003 to Jan 2011, and before that he was President of Bank Boston Corporation. Additionally, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Caroll School of Management at Boston College and a Trustee of the New England Conservatory.
Henrique Meirelles is also the head of Associacao Vida o Centro, a NGO he founded in the 90’s for the revitalization of the downtown area in Sao Paulo. In 200, he was elected as Congressman in Brazil.
Juan Enriquez, Managing Director at Excel Venture Management
Juan Enriquez is an experienced business leader, author, and academic, recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the economic and political impacts of life sciences. He is a Managing Director in Excel Venture Management, a venture capital firm that invests in companies that apply transformative life science technologies to solve problems in healthcare, agriculture, chemicals, textiles, energy, robotics, big data, and beyond.
He founded the Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project and Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm, where he remains as Chairman and CEO. He co-founded Synthetic Genomics, Inc., a synthetic biology company focused on developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global energy, medicine, clean water, and food challenges. During his time at Harvard, he wrote various articles and case studies, won a McKinsey Prize, and published the best-selling “As the Future Catches You”, an analysis of the impact of genomics on business and society. His most recent publication is an eBook co-authored with Dr. Steve Gullans, “Homo Evolutis: A Short Tour of our New Species”, which describes a world where humans increasingly shape their environment, themselves, and other species.
A native of Mexico Mr. Enriquez developed the Santa Fe area of Mexico City and oversaw the development and construction of Papalote Children’s Museum, The National Auditorium, the National Zoo, and many other urban development projects. He also served on the Peace Commission that negotiated the Zapatista cease fire. Mr. Enriquez serves on a number of boards including Cabot Corporation, Synthetic Genomics, Shape Up, the President’s Council of the National Academy of Sciences, The Chairman’s International Council of the America’s Society, the Visiting Committee of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, and he chairs the Genetics Advisory Council of Harvard Medical School.
Fernando Fischmann, Founder and President of Crystal Lagoons
Fernando Fischmann is an innovator, scientist and real estate entrepreneur. He is the creator of Crystal Lagoons’ technology, with applications on recreational projects, industrial variants for closed circuit cooling, desalination and mining. Fernando is a biochemist from the University of Chile and his technology is used in over 300 projects in 60 countries from Argentina and Mexico to the United States and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, Crystal Lagoons received the Keys to Miami in 2014, the 2013 Diario Financiero’s “Best International Expansion” award and the 2012 Chilean College of Engineers’s “Company of the Year” National Award.
In 2007, he won the AVONNI prize, Chile´s premier Innovation award. In the same line, Diario Financiero named Fischmann “Businessman of the Year” in 2013. Ernst & Young and El Mercurio named him Chile’s most important entrepreneur. Fischmann is the only Chilean businessman named Best Innovator, Best Entrepreneur and Best Businessman. Fernando also represents Chile in international meetings, participates in international innovation organizations and is a speaker on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Andy Freire, Founding Partner at Quasar Ventures
Andy Freire is an entrepreneur both in the business and social sectors. After starting his career at Procter & Gamble, Andy co-founded Officenet (bought by Staples in 2004), a company that revolutionized the distribution of office supplies in Latin America. Andy also co-founded Axialent, a consulting and corporate training firm, Restorando.com, an online restaurant booking platform in Latin America and Quasar Ventures, a company builder for tech companies in Latin America. Additionally, Andy participated as investor and/or as board member in multiple startups including Wanako (online gaming sold to Vivendi), Coffice (coffee service sold to Lavazza), Reed Argentina (trade-fairs), Restorando (online restaurant booking), The Mind Company (services off-shoring), Estrella limited (oilfield services company publicly traded in Toronto as EEN.V) and Parque Austral (real estate).
Andy has collaborated regularly as “expert entrepreneur” with CNN en Español, Telefe Noticias and Perros de la Calle in Radio Metro 95.1. His awards include “Global Leader for Tomorrow” in 2000 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), “Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2001 by Endeavor Foundation, and “World Young Business Achiever” in 2002. Andy was also named in 2008 one of the 100 “Young Global Leaders of the World” by the WEF in Davos, Switzerland. His book “Passion for Entrepreneurship – From Idea to Crude Reality” was published in Spanish and Portuguese becoming a best seller in several countries in Latin America.
Carlos Gatto, Head of IT at B2W Digital
Carlos Gatto is head of IT at B2W Digital, the largest e-commerce player in Latin America. He’s currently responsible for business development within the company and for evaluating new markets and acquisitions. Carlos joined the company startup in 1999 and is in charge of more than 500 IT engineers, being part of the main executive’s team of the company
His latest achievements include the acquisition of Ideais, Tarkena and Uniconsult, references in the Technology market in Brazil. He is graduated in Technology by the Anhembi Morumbi University, in São Paulo.
Mahesh C. Khemlani, Ex Vice Minister of Finance - Panama
Mahesh is the former Vice Minister of Finance at the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Panama where he successfully led the institution’s efforts to establish the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Prior to this role, Mr. Khemlani was the Head of Public Credit where he was involved in negotiating the financing component of an ambitious $15 billion infrastructure investment program. Mr. Khemlani was an instrumental member of the high level team responsible for the attainment of the Investment Grade credit rating for the Republic of Panama by all three major rating agencies in 2010 and for a subsequent upgrade and improvements in outlook during 2011 and 2012.
Prior to this role, Mr. Khemlani was Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Optynex Telecom. Before joining Optynex, Mr. Khemlani was a member of the Technology Investment Banking Group at CIBC World Markets. Mr. Khemlani was also a Financial Analyst at Standard & Poor´s Portfolio Management Data Group.
Mr. Khemlani holds a B.S. in Finance and International Business from Ithaca College, an MBA from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez of Chile and is currently a Mid-Career Master in Public Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Eduardo Moreira, Founding Partner at Banco Brazil Plural
Eduardo is a founding partner and member of the executive committee of Banco Brazil Plural. The Bank is currently a group with more than 500 employees, 6 offices and more than 12 billion of assets under management. Prior to Brazil Plural, he was responsible for the global Repo desk (Repurchase Agreements) of the Swiss bank UBS, managing assets in excess of $ 20 billion. He also was a partner at Banco Pactual, where he was responsible for the treasury department of the Latin America region.
Eduardo has a bachelor’s degree in civil industrial engineering from PUC -Rio, and is a graduate in economics from the University of California, where he was touted as the best economics student of the last 15 years. Eduardo is author of the bestseller "Encantadores de Vidas" (Live enchanters), a book that hit the top spot on all bestseller lists in Brazil. In this book he describes the methods of Monty Roberts, the biggest horse tamer in the world, and Nuno Cobra, trainer to some of the greatest athletes of our era. As a result of his extraordinary efforts to eliminate violence in taming and training of horses, Eduardo became the first Brazilian to be decorated by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in June 2012.
Irwin John Perret-Gentil, CEO of Pering and Chairman of Soiltech
Mr. Perret has been responsible for the Construction of many projects in the Real Estate; Housing, Infrastructure, Hotel and Geotechnical sectors. He is the CEO of Pering and the Chairman of Soiltech, both companies of the Pering Group. He has been a member of the board directors of several Construction, Financial and Insurance companies. He also is the former President of the Interamerican Construction Federation; the Venezuelan Construction Chamber and the Venezuelan Construction Exporters Association.
Currently, is a trustee at the Universidad Metropolitana Foundation; The Low Income Housing Foundation; the Construction Chamber Foundation; the Venezuelan Executives Association and of Mapfre de Venezuela, Insurance Company. He is an invited Professor, in Real Estate related topics, at the “Universidad Central de Venezuela”, “Universidad Metropolitana” and the “Universidad Catolica Andres Bello” in Caracas; as well as Speaker in Construction and Real Estate events.
Luis Fernando Samper, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at Colombian Coffee Growers Federation
Mr. Samper is currently the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the Federation, and is responsible for all brand and technology protection as well as development of brand, sustainability and technology based ventures for the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC). His role includes the development of Intellectual Property based strategies for marketing and protecting Colombian coffee and Juan Valdez ® trademark applications.
He has participated in international forums organized by WIPO, the European Union, the International Coffee Organization and other government sponsored gatherings, as well as coffee industry meetings around the world. He has served as President of OriGIn, an NGO established for the promotion and protection of Geographical Indications.
Woods Staton, CEO and Chairman of Arcos Dorados
Woods Staton is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO), the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee. Arcos Dorados employs more than 95,000 people across 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, operating more than 2000 restaurants, with revenues of more than US$4 billion.
Born in Medellín, Colombia, Mr Staton’s business life has always been involved with consumer goods in Latin America. His grandfather founded Panamco, which became one of the largest Coca-Cola’s bottlers in the world with operations in seven Latin American countries. After many years in the family business Woods branched out starting his own entrepreneurial career as McDonald’s joint venture partner opening the first McDonalds restaurant in Argentina. Later he became President of the South Latin America Division of McDonald’s Corporation. In 2007, McDonald’s Corporation sold its operations in Latin America to a consortium of investors that Woods put together and the company was named Arcos Dorados. In April of 2011 the Private Equity investors sold their positions in a successful IPO on the NYSE
Mr. Staton is Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities Latin America, dedicated to supporting families of children fighting pediatric cancer. He is co-founder of Endeavor Argentina, promoting entrepreneurship as well as a founding partner of Ashoka Argentina, a global organization committed to investing in innovative solutions through social entrepreneurship in order to help solve tough problems. His current strong interest is encouraging youth employment and skills training.
Marcos Troyjo, Co-founder and director of BRICLab
Marcos Troyjo is co-founder and director of BRICLab at Columbia University, a special forum on Brazil, Russia, India and China, where he teaches international affairs.
He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil´s biggest circulation newspaper, and a regular commentator for global media outlets such as CNN en Español, Latin Business Chronicle and Financial Times.
Professor Troyjo is also the president and founder of the Center for Business Diplomacy, a global advisory firm. He holds a PhD in sociology of international relations from the University of São Paulo with postdoctoral studies at Columbia. He is a lecturer at Ibmec in Brazil and a Visiting Professor at the Russian Presidential Academy (Ranepa).
He authors books on economic development and global affairs, including Trading Nation (listed by Americas Quarterly one of the hemisphere´s best books in 2007). His new book, The Coming of Reglobalization, will appear May 2014.
Margarita Zavala, Former First Lady of Mexico
Margarita Zavala is the former First Lady of Mexico (2006-2012). During her time as a First Lady she was the head of the National Strategy for a New Life, focused on drug and alcohol addictions prevention. She also worked constantly on a migration program for unaccompanied migrant children and teenagers, where she emphasized the need of greater coordination between different national and international entities. Previously, she served as a Local Delegate for the Assembly of Representatives of Mexico City and a Federal Delegate of the Mexican Congress.
Margarita obtained a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, and since 1990 she has alternated her political activities with work at various law firms. As part of her political activities, she has been a national adviser for the PAN (Political Party) since 1991, where she has hold different positions such as General Counsel and Ministry of the Women Development Policy.
She is a true advocate for gender equity and has participated in several forums and conferences designed to strengthened it, including the World Conference on Women celebrated in Beijing in 1995. She is one of the founding members of the National Women’s Institute in Mexico, and is currently a researcher at the Law School of Harvard University.