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B2W Digital is the leader in e-commerce in Brazil. Resulting from the merger between Americanas.com and Submarino in 2006, the Company operates through a digital platform, with business that present a huge synergy and a unique business model, multichannel, multibrand and multibusiness. 

B2W has a portfolio with the brands Americanas.com, Submarino, Shoptime, B2W Viagens, Ingresso.com, Submarino Finance, BLOCKBUSTER® Online and SouBarato, that offer more than 35 categories of products and services through the internet, telesales, catalogs, TV and kiosks distribution channels.

 

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DIRECTIONS

How to get to the Stata Center, MIT 


FROM LOGAN AIRPORT

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


VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

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


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Fireside Chat

  • Abilio Diniz, Owner & Former CEO at Grupo Pão de Açúcar, together with
  • Prof. Richard Locke – the Class of 1922 Professor of Political Science and Management, Head of MIT Political Science Department. 

Panel I: Lessons learned from Latin America, a Macroeconomic perspective

During the last decade Latin-America has been part of a deep socio-economic change. This panel will try to understand the policies and reasons behind this change and the next steps countries will need to take in the midst of a volatile environment.

Moderator: Roberto Rigobon - Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management, Applied Economics Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Alejandro Werner, Director for Western Hemisphere at the IMF
  • Guillermo Perry, Chief Economist of the Latin America and Caribbean Region at the World Bank
  • Francisco Monaldi, Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 

Panel II: Emerging social classes in Latin America, a change in the way of doing business

Over the last years political and economic reforms led to the development of a strong middle class in Latin America. In this panel, CEOs of different companies will explore how consumer needs have changed as social classes’ shifts evolved, and how these changes have affected the ways of doing business.

Moderator: Marcos Troyjo, Director BRICLab Columbia University

Confirmed panelists:

  • John Hyland, COO at Assured Labor
  • Edward Jardine, Former VP Procter & Gamble - Venezuela & Andean Region, and President at Venamcham (Venezuelan American Commerce and Industry Chamber)
  • Augusto Arellano Ostoa, Director of Real Estate Group at Evercore Partners Inc. 

Panel III: Multilatinas, from Latin-America to the world

Competing in the global market is harder every day. CEOs of successful Latin- American companies will share their experiences on how to expand in the global market. CEOs will share their insights on which are the hardest challenges that Latin- American companies face when competing in global markets, and which are the key drivers that made this companies unique in their industries.

Moderator: Juan Francisco Jimenez, Principal at Bain & Company (Mexico City office)

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Panel IV: Entrepreneurs, what do we need to have more of them?

The big companies of today were once a small startup in a garage. This panel will explore the role of entrepreneurship in Latin-America, and the main challenges that an entrepreneur faces when starting a company in Latin America. It will also touch upon the role governments must play as a facilitator of startups in the region, and the availability of the resources needed to become a successful company.

Moderator: Alberto Cavallo – Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management  

Confirmed panelists:

 

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  • Cesar Hidalgo "The Fiction Of Non-Fiction", ABC Carreer Development Professor at The Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Last conference's speakers were:

Keynotes

Roger Agnelli

José Miguel Insulza

Michel Temer

Panel 1. What the World Can Learn from Past Latin American Crises

Pedro Aspe

Rodrigo Botero

Roberto Rigobon

Miguel Rodriguez

Panel 2. Building Bridges Between Latin America and Other Emerging Markets

Marcos Tryjo

Gabriel Chalita

Christian Deseglise

Ann Lee

Panel 3. Entrepreneurship: Started in Latin America, For the World

Fernando Fabre

Martin Umaran

Andrés Barreto

Marios

Panel 4. View From the Top: Translating a Latin American Business to a Global Market

Rodrigo Rubio

Mario

Mauro Kern

Other Featured Speakers

David Schmittlein

Richard Locke

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When

  • Team registration and payment Friday, February 7th, 2014
  • Executive Summary submission Monday, February 24th, 2014
  • Presentation submission Monday, February 24th, 2014
  • Competition Friday March 7th, 2014

Where

MIT Sloan campus in Cambridge, MA

Prizes

+ $5,000 distributed among 1st, 2nd and 3rd place


Attend as a listener

Not participating but interested in the competition? Join us on Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Admission if free! just confirm your attendance here


Requirements

  • Only invited schools can participate (check with your school's Latin American club or Entrepreneurship club)
  • Only one team per school can participate. If more than one team in your school is interested, the Latin American club or Entrepreneurship club of your school should chose one participating team
  • Startups are required to target Latin America as their addressable market
  • The business idea should be early stage and cannot have external funding by the time of the competition
  • All teams must pay the entry fee and complete all the submissions before their due dates

Submission details

Team registration and payment (due Feb 7th)

  • Pay here, select Startup Competition (1 ticket per team)
  • Fill out the team registration form found in the Competition Registration tab

Executive Summary (due Feb 24th)

Send to Antonio Osio (aosiot@mit.edu) a one page description of the business including at least the following:

  • Team
  • Business idea
  • Target market
  • Market size

Presentation (due Feb 24th)

Send to Antonio Osio (aosiot@mit.edu) the presentation deck that your team will use to present to the judges. The presentation should not exceed 15 slides

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Judging Criteria

All the presentations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Feasibility
  • Impact
  • Profit model
  • Market size
  • Go to market strategy
  • Team
  • Timing of the presentation

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8:30 Registration

9:00

Opening by Organizing Committee (10 min)

9:10

Keynote remarks (25 min)

9:30

Team #s 1 – 3 Presentations and Q&A (45 min)

10:15

Break (15 min)

10:30

Team #s 4 – 6 Presentations and Q&A (45 min)

11:30

Lunch Break (90 min)

13:00

Team #s 7 –9 Presentations and Q&A (45 min)

13:45

Break (15 min)

14:00

Judge Assessment (45 min)

14:45

Deliberations & Judge Feedback (60 min)

15:45

Closing Remarks (15 min)

16:00

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Welcome to the 2° MIT Sloan Latin American Startup Competitionan event for entrepreneurs who want to create a business in Latin America. This competition is open to top MBAs by invitation only. People from any nationality can participate as long as their venture is focused on any country from Mexico to Argentina.

 

Our Mission

We strive to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Latin America, and inspire future innovative and ethical change makers

 

Why Participate?

  • Network with world class entrepreneurs, investors and potential partners
  • Receive guidance by successful and seasoned profesionals
  • Gain media exposure and content rich feedback
  • Obtain a discounted access to the MIT Sloan Latin American Conference (Saturday March 8th)

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Now in its 17th year, the MIT Latin American Conference 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. In this year’s conference, we hope to offer a forum for discussion of Latin America’s influential leadership in business and policy beyond the borders of the continent.

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

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8:00

Breakfast & Registration

9:00

Keynote Speaker

   Henrique Meirelles - Chairman of J&F

10:00

Doing Business in Latin America

   Adriana Cisneros - CEO of Grupo Cisneros

   Woods Staton - CEO of Arcos Dorados

   Luis F. Samper - Chief Communications Officer at Colombian Coffee Growers Federation

11:15 Break

11:30

Entrepreneurship: The Story of my Venture

   Andy Freire - Founding Partner at Quasar Ventures

   Fernando Fischmann- Founder/President of Crystal Lagoons

   Eduardo Moreira - Founding Partner at Banco Brazil Plural

13:00 Lunch Break

14:15

Keynote Speaker

   Margarita Zavala - Former First Lady of Mexico

14:30

Online Retail in Latin America

     Carlos Gatto - Head of IT at B2W

15:00

Business Frontiers in Latin America

   Benjamin Hill - Head of Performance Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of  Finance Mexico

   Irwin John Perret-Gentil - CEO of Pering and Chairman of Soiltech   

   Mahesh Khemlani - Former Vice Minister of Finance of Panama

16:15 Break

16:30

Keynote Speaker

   Juan Enriquez - Managing Director at Excel Venture Management

17:15

   Final Closing Remarks

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Doing Business in Latin America

With its rapid economic growth and an expanding middle class, Latin America is now a growth opportunity for all types of companies. As attractive as it is, Latin America is also a land of political and economic extremes, which creates a challenging environment for businesses. Therefore, to build on this growth and take advantage of the millions of upwardly mobile consumers, local and international companies need to proactively understand the challenges and idiosyncrasies of how business is done in Latin America. The Doing Business in Latin America panel seeks to explore the unique aspects of business in Latin America, including regional and international expansion, government and public institution negotiations, macroeconomic uncertainties, and potential future growth drivers. Our panelists for Doing Business in Latin America are:

  • Adriana Cisneros: CEO of Grupo Cisneros
  • Luis Fernando Samper: Chief Communications and Marketing Officer at Colombian Coffee Growers Federation
  • Woods Staton: CEO of Arcos Dorados

 


Entrepreneurship: The Story of my Venture

Being an entrepreneur is about much more than making money. It requires having the courage to develop new ventures, delivering value to customers and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. Successful entrepreneurs show passion for their endeavors, believe in what they are doing, and have the guts to pull the startup trigger. The Story of my Venture features three brilliant Latin American entrepreneurs sharing their thrilling moments, passions and reasons behind becoming entrepreneurs. This non-panel format session takes a close look at the speakers’ opportunities in Latin American, the competitive landscape, the availability of funding, and the particular challenges faced when launching their ventures. Our speakers for Entrepreneurship: The Story of my Venture are:

  • Fernando Fischmann: Founder and President of Crystal Lagoons
  • Andy Freire: Founding Partner ar Quasar Ventures
  • Eduardo Moreira: Founding Partner at Banco Brazil Plural

 


Business Frontiers in Latin America

In this panel we will explore the interaction occurring in the frontier of public and private sectors from two different perspectives. First from the public sector point of view, including the collaboration with industries, introduction of proper reforms, long term polices, Public/Private partnerships, and dealing with unions etc. Secondly, from the private sector perspective including the negotiation with governments in different regions, matching business and public interests, and public policies from the private sector point of view.

  • Benjamin Hill: Head of Performance Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Finance Mexico
  • Mahesh Khemlani: Former Vice Minister of Finance of Panama
  • Irwin John Perret-Gentil: CEO of Pering and Chairman of Soiltech

 

 

 

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Latin America's Macroeconomic Perspective

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.

 


The Future of Science and its Business Impact

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.

 


Online retail in Latin America

Carlos Gatto, Head of IT at B2W

This part of the conference will focus on the current state and the future of Latin America's online retail, with a special attention to B2W, the largest player in the region.  Presented by Carlos Gatto who has a special insight into the subject as head of IT at B2W Digital, the largest e-commerce player in Latin America.

Carlos is responsible for business development within the company and for evaluating new markets and acquisitions. His latest achievements include the acquisition of Ideais, Tarkena and Uniconsult, references in the Technology market in Brazil. He 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. He graduated in Technology at the Anhembi Morumbi University, in São Paulo.

 


International Women's Day Commemoration

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.

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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.

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