Now in its 18th year, the MIT Latin American Conference (MITLAC) is the oldest Latin American Conference among U.S. business schools. Entirely led by MIT Sloan students, the conference aims to promote greater involvement of the international community in the development of Latin America, to increase the awareness of investment opportunities in the region, and to inspire future leaders to become ethical, innovative change makers in Latin America.

Each year, over 300 people, among them students, business leaders, politicians, and academics come from different parts of the world to attend the conference that discusses issues such as entrepreneurship, finance, sustainability, politics, and private equity. Recent conferences have explored the region’s notable growth with distinguished speakers such as Alvaro Uribe, Carlos Brito, Roberto Setúbal, and Nicholas Negroponte.

The conference is brought to you by the MIT Sloan Latin Business Club.




The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences is built on the site of MIT's legendary Building 20, a "temporary" timber-framed building constructed during World War II that served as a breeding ground for many of the great ideas that were born at MIT. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the Stata Center is meant to carry on Building 20's innovative and serendipitous spirit, and to foster interaction and collaboration across many disciplines.

The building is home to the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. Its striking design—featuring tilting towers, many-angled walls and whimsical shapes—challenges much of the conventional wisdom of laboratory and campus building.

When the building opened in 2004, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Robert Campbell wrote in the Boston Globe that the building is "a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention."

Source: MIT Facilities Website

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BY TAXI — Taxi fare from the airport is about $25-$35. During non-rush hours, the taxi ride will take about 15 minutes. During rush hour, the ride could take 30 minutes.

BY SUBWAY (“The T”) — From any terminal at Logan airport, take the Silver Line. At South Station, transfer to the Red Line towards Alewife. Get off at Kendall/MIT Station. The ride will take about 45 minutes. More details

BY CAR — Leaving the airport, take the Sumner Tunnel to 93 North. Exit right off of 93 at the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit. When the ramp splits, bear right following signs to Storrow Drive. Exit left at the Kendall Square exit. At the traffic light, go right onto the Longfellow Bridge. Follow Main Street (Main flows into Broadway) and take a left at the second set of lights (Ames Street). Take another left at Amherst Street. The Tang Center will be on your right. More details


SUBWAY (“The T”) — By train, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT Station. At the Kendall/MIT stop, you will surface on Main Street in Kendall Square. Landmarks include the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop. Facing Main Street, with the Marriott Hotel and the MIT Coop to your back, proceed forward. Amherst street is parallel to Main Street. More details

BUS — The CT2 (Cross Town) stops at the Kendall Square T Station. The #1 or Dudley/Harvard Station bus stops at the main MIT entrance on Massachusetts Avenue and provides transportation to Central Square and Harvard Square. More details




The MIT Latin American Conference (MITLAC) is the oldest Latin American Conference among U.S. business schools. Led by MIT Sloan students, the conference aims to promote greater involvement of the international community in the development of Latin America, to increase the awareness of investment opportunities in the region, and to inspire future leaders to become ethical, innovative change makers.

Each year, over 300 students, business leaders, politicians, and academics from across the globe attend the conference to discuss the Latin American perspective on entrepreneurship, finance, sustainability, technology, politics, and investment. 

Recent conferences have explored the region’s notable growth with distinguished speakers such as Alvaro Uribe, Carlos Brito, Roberto Setúbal, and Nicholas Negroponte.

The conference is brought to you by the MIT Sloan Latin Business Club.




Daniel Bento

Daniel is a Brazilian executive, expert in e-commerce/e-business, online travel, and information distribution services and platforms.

After launching new businesses in Latin America, such as Viaja Brasil, the first Brazilian online travel agency, and starting in Brazil, Daniel headed the e-business area of the largest middle market bank in the country. He was also CEO of Braspag, the largest payment gateway in Latin America.  Most recently, he has become shareholder of R2TECH Systems, an online financial service company, and Chairman at the Board of W7BZ, a private equity fund focused on e-businesses. He has also founded ABCOMM - Brazilian Association of Electronic Commerce.

Outside of work, Daniel enjoys gemology and ocean fishing.

Dina Buchbinder

Dina is a social entrepreneur that has introduced an innovative, action-oriented education model called Deportes para Compartir/Sports for Sharing to education systems that have long struggled with passivity and rigidity. Sports for Sharing empowers teachers from a variety of school settings to foster social and environmental awareness while also teaching values, such as empathy, teamwork, and fair play.

Since its inception in 2007, Sports for Sharing has reached more than 400,000 children, teachers, and families in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, and Argentina. Dina is an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the board of directors of the International Youth Foundation. She is a Vital Voices Lead Fellow, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Currently she is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in Urban Planning at MIT.

Dina loves ice cream and surfing.

Jorge Nazer

Jorge Nazer is founder and Chairman of Grupo ALTO, an award-winning Chilean company that provides theft and fraud prevention and asset loss mitigation services in retail and other industries, with operations in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Spain.

A renowned entrepreneur, Nazer has himself received numerous recognitions throughout his career, the most recent of which being the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014. He cofounded both the Chilean and the Latin American Associations of Entrepreneurs, which together encompass more than 50,000 members in the Region. He is also a member of Endeavor Chile’s Board of Directors.

In 2010, he was appointed as National Director of Public Safety by the Chilean government, leading the development of the National Crime Prevention Plan based on its success in reducing crime rates in the retail sector through ALTO.







Javier Irigoyen R.

Javier is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan, focusing on innovation, business strategy, and product management. Javier is one of the Directors of the MIT Chile Club, helping to foster connections between Chile and the MIT community. Prior to Sloan, Javier worked for 4 years the startup world, leading the development of an innovative payments system, and by doing retail planning for Falabella, the largest retailer in Latin America. This past summer, Javier interned at in Seattle, WA. After Sloan he will join Amazon as a Senior Product Manager.

Javier graduated summa cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2009, with a double major in industrial engineering and computer sciences. He is a passionate techie, traveler, foodie, and runner.


Tobias Breme

Tobias has 6 years experience in strategic and management consulting. Prior to starting his MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2013, he served as an Engagement Manager at The Mind Co., an innovative Latin American consulting firm that supports Fortune 500 companies around the world building strategies at every level in their organization. Based in Buenos Aires and with extensive world travel, Tobias led senior teams of consultants in M&A, competitive strategy, benchmarking, and complex pricing efforts in the consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and energy industries. After his MBA, Tobias will be joining the Shell’s International Upstream M&A team in The Netherlands. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of San Andres in Argentina and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Panels and Topics




MIT Latin American Conference
Saturday, March 7th 2015 | MIT Stata Center (Cambridge, MA)


Registration & welcome breakfast


Opening Remarks


Keynote 1 - "Pros and Cons of Investing in LatAm"

  • Martín Varsavsky - Serial Entrepreneur


[Panel discussion] Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Latin America: High Opportunities, but Low Success Rates

  • Jorge Nazer - Founder and CEO of ALTO Seguridad
  • Daniel Bento - Chairman at the Board of W7BZ
  • Fernando Moncayo Castillo - Founder of IDX Innovación Corporativa
  • José Ronaldo Pizani - Director of Innovation for B2W Digital
  • Moderator: Christina Chase - Program Manager at the MIT Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship
10:10 Morning Coffee Break


Keynote 2 - "Launching and Growing Startups In Latin America: Perspectives and Traps"

  • Daniel Bento - Chairman at the Board of W7BZ


Keynote 3 - "The Latin American Oil Industry After the Boom: A New Liberalization Cycle?"

  • Francisco Monaldi - Visiting Professor of Energy Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 


[Panel discussion] Energy opportunities: conventional and non-conventional potentials in the region

  • Luisa Palacios - Senior Manager Director, Head of LatAm in energy research for Medley Global Advisors
  • Jordy Herrera - Former Mexican Secretary of Energy
  • Luis Giusti - Petroleum Engineer, Senior Adviser for the Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Moderator: Francisco Monaldi - Visiting Professor of Energy Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School


Networking lunch


Keynote 4 on Doing Politics and Business in Latin America

  • Jamil Mahuad - Former President of Ecuador


[Panel discussion] Latin American Opportunities and Political Impact on Business

  • Rafael Moreno Valle - Governor of Puebla, Mexico
  • Antonio Ruiz Galindo - Chairman and General Director of Grupo IGS
  • Camilo Kejner - Managing Partner at Angel Ventures México
  • Moderator: Marco Muñoz - Director of Global Office Initiatives at MIT


Afternoon Coffee break


Keynote 5 - "A New Latin America, An Old Growth Problem"

  • Augusto de La Torre - Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean Region at The World Bank


[Panel discussion] Business Innovations & Social Impact in Latin America - Tools and Models that Are Changing LatAm's Social Reality

  • Dina Buchbinder - Social Entrepreneur, founder of Deportes Para Compartir
  • Salvador Achondo - Social Entrepreneur, founder of AlGramo
  • Celia Deitz - Regional Director, USA
  • Moderator: Tavneet Suri - Associate Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management


Closing Keynote

  • Roberto Rigobón - Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management


Closing Remarks



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MITLAC Startup Competition


The MIT Sloan Latin Startup Competition promotes entreprenuership in Latin America by providing a platform for entrepreneurs to present their ideas and early stage startups to top entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, and policy makers from the region.

The competition is held at the MIT Latin American Business Conference, and provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with top executives from Latin America, potential investors, MIT faculty, and students.

Why participate?

  • Present your ideas to successful and seasoned professionals and receive feedback
  • Network with world class entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners
  • Receive personalized feedback from the judges
  • Get media exposure for your Startup
  • Over $5,000 in cash prizes! 


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