Mexico Aerospace Forum Preliminary Speakers 2017
Rodolfo Neri Vela was the first Mexican astronaut as part of NASA’s 61-B mission, which put in orbit the second Mexican satellite, Morelos II. He collaborated on the design of ESA’s International Space Station. For over 30 years, he worked as an engineering professor and researcher at UNAM. Neri has been awarded several honors by the Mexican Congress and the Mexico City Legislature and is in the Space Hall of Fame. He holds a Master’s degree in telecommunication systems from the University of Essex and a Ph.D. in applied electromagnetism from the University of Birmingham.
Sarabia has over 36 years of experience working in the public sector. He has collaborated in several government agencies and state-owned companies such as CFE, Fonatur and COABASTO and occupied various positions in the government of Mexico City and State of Mexico including backup legislator in the 1995-1997 Mexico City Legislature. Sarabia worked as the General Director of AICM before being named the General Director of ASA in 2014 by President Enrique Peña Nieto. His current responsibilities include the administration, operation and delivery of airport, complimentary and commercial services of the airport network and aviation fuels stations of ASA.
Francisco Mendieta was the second substitute astronaut for NASA-SCT’s STS 61-B mission that launched the Morelos II satellite. Mendieta also worked on the Solidaridad Satellite System in coordination with ESA for the Experimental Mexican Microsatellite SATEX 1 project. Recognition for his work includes the Emilio Rosenblueth Award from the National Academy of Engineering (ANI). He has a Master’s and Ph.D. in engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ESTN) of France.
Roberto Corral is an international executive and leader in multilingual business strategy with comprehensive experience in many areas, including leadership under crisis, company reorganization, optimization of manufacturing operations, coaching skills, subject editor and speaker. Among his specialties are Six Sigma certified Black and Green Belt, redesign and revision of operations. Corral became General Manager of Innocentro in December 2014 and Advisory Board Member at EMMAC in September 2016.
Vásquez has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He began working for Mexicana de Aviación, later on he became the Commercial Director of TAESA and afterwards the General Director of Cancún Sky Tours. In June 2009, Vásquez became the Commercial Director of Flymex. During his career, Vásquez has been responsible for the generation of the business model of three commercial airlines, Vuelamex, Avolar and TAR Aerolíneas, and their launch into the market. Vásquez has a Bachelors in Economics from ITAM and post-graduate studies in Airline Administration from IATA-Geneva.
Rosales has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering services, and has dealt with world-class aviation companies. Rosales is responsible for increasing management in industrial engineering, business development, strategic planning and finance departments, and maintaining high service standards. Rosales has a Mechanical Engineering BA from IPN and an MA in Business Administration and Higher Management from the Iberoamerican University, as well as certificates in Management Development, Business Acumen and Leadership from the University of Michigan.
Miguel Cardona has worked at several airlines, including American Airlines, Mexicana de Aviación and Aeroméxico. He is the Commercial Director in Mexico of Avianca and he is also a university professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He specializes in commercial aviation and travel agencies. At Avianca, he designs and executes strategies to position the airline in the Mexican market while continually analyzing the competition and emerging market opportunities. Cardona holds a Bachelor’s in business management from Tecnológico de Monterrey and a Master’s in administration from Baja California Autonomous University.
Losada has significant experience in the aerospace industry. Before entering TechOps, he was Senior Engineering Section Manager at GE Aviation where he led the Propulsion Engineering department and Field Service for over 600 GE aircraft engines. Previous to that, Losada worked at Eaton Corporation, Aviation Repair Technologies, Assurance Power Systems and Aerotechnologies. He also served in the US Marine Corps. Losada has an Executive Master's of Business Administration from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami.
Carlos Robles started as Director of Operations at Bombardier in 2011 after working for 12 years in several leadership positions at Volkswagen Mexico. Later, he became General Manager at Bombardier and was responsible for the design and execution of the company’s productive strategies for Bombardier Mexico’s manufacturing centers. In 2017, Robles was named Vice President of Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services Mexico. In this position, he oversees all manufacturing operations in Mexico. Robles also is the President of FEMIA and a counselor with the aerospace engineering program at the Popular Autonomous University of Puebla (UPAEP).
Victor Hidalgo has over 28 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He began his career working in different operations, such as quality, engineering and production, but has spent the last 20 years working in the accounting and finance divisions of manufacturing companies. Hidalgo has worked for companies such as Westinghouse, Aerotech, TRW Automotive and Sony. He is the current Director of Finance of Gulfstream Aerospace in Mexicali. Hidalgo has a degree in industrial engineering from Durango Technological Institute (ITD), an MBA from Texas Christian University and a Master’s in corporate finance from CETYS University.
Ramírez has a broad experience in manufacturing for several different sectors as he has worked in this industry since 1984. In 1999, he created Tecnología, Procesos y Maquinados, SA de CV (TECMAQ) with the goal of providing machining services to many different markets. Nowadays, Ramírez is the Director General of TECMAQ. Ramírez is a member of the Consulting Council of the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT) Mexico and is part of several civil associations, including Monterrey Aerocluster of which he has been President since February 2016.
Espinosa has more than 13 years of experience in the industry, mainly in chemical processing and surface finishing for metal and aluminum parts. Involved in two successful company starts up in Mexico, he is currently in charge of Metal Finishing Co. (MFCO)’s operation in Chihuahua Mexico, positioning the company as Mexico’s largest aerospace process shop with more approvals for major OEMs than any other company in the country. Espinosa was named President of Chihuahua Aerospace Cluster, highlighting his participation in diverse initiatives such as education, supply chain and certifications.
Juan Carlos Corral has worked in the aerospace sector for over 33 years, during which time he acquired significant experience in maintenance, business development and aircraft and engine leasing. Corral is the President and Chairman of the Board of Aeroclúster Querétaro and Director General of ITP Mexico. He is responsible for the management of three ITP companies – ITR, ITP I+F and ITAM – and is a council member at different universities and CONACYT´s research centers. He has a Master’s in aeronautical engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, studied a Management Development Program (PDD) at IESE Business School and served as Captain of the Spanish Air Force’s Aeronautical Engineers Corp.
Luiz Azúa has over 24 years of experience in assembly and manufacturing and has worked for Bell Helicopter for over six years. Textron International Mexico/Bell Helicopter Mexico assembles cabins, subassemblies and electrical harnesses for the Bell 429 and 407, as well as subassemblies and electrical harnesses for the Bell 412, 206L4 and 505. Azúa has a Bachelor’s in electronics engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua, and his experience includes areas such as quality, engineering lab, maintenance, product engineering, new product launch, advance manufacturing and operations. Azúa is member of the Board of Directors for FEMIA and INDEX Chihuahua.
Francisco Bautista is a Partner at E&Y leading Global Trade & Investment, Incentives with over 13 years of experience in Business and Corporate Development in Mexico and Asia. He has participated in projects with Chrysler, Holcim, Grupo Bimbo, Dupont, Visteon, PMI, Henkel, Goodyear and Jaguar Land Rover. He is responsible for confirming nine new investment projects into Mexico, valued at over US$2.5 billion. Bautista has degrees in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Anahuac and in business administration from Geneva International University.
With over 15 years of experience in the height access and aerospace industries, Moreno has acquired expertise in the operation of height access systems and all the safety elements involved. He helped to define the standards for Work at Heights in Mexico. As the Director General and Co-founder of EnTEC, Moreno has taken part in the development of heliport projects that both cater to clients’ needs and comply with the local aeronautical regulation. He has also designed functional access solutions to clean and maintain buildings, which complement their aesthetics.
Miguel Peláez has 28 years of experience in air traffic control. He has developed expertise in several areas, including airfield navigation, air traffic control in airdromes, approximation navigation and terminal and route radar. Peláez has worked as Supervisor and Chief of the Mexico Control Center. He worked as Assistant Regional Manager of Air Traffic Services of the Center, Regional Manager of the South East and in the Sub-Directorate of Air Traffic and the Sub-Directorate of Operations. He later assumed charge of General Direction of Navigation Services in the Mexican Airspace (SENEAM) and was later appointed Director General of DGAC.
Ernesto Niembro has worked for the federal government for 31 years in many different positions, including administrator of the airports of Veracruz, Campeche, Tehuacan and Puebla. He was also Operations Manager and Maintenance Manager for Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) and Port Director in Puerto Madero, Chiapas, where he was responsible for the Coordination of Ports and the Merchant Navy. He has been Subdirector of Operations and Services for ASA since 2013. Niembro studied architecture at UV and International Commerce at IPN.
Yousefh Pineda has broad experience in managing and engineering flight operations and programming and controlling maintenance operations. He worked for Magnicharters, Líneas Aéreas Allegro and Aeroméxico for several years before founding CRAMEX Aviation in 2003, which he now leads as Director General. CRAMEX specializes in consulting and support services for heliports, training aeronautical personnel and managing aerial taxis. Pineda studied aeronautical engineering at ESIME Ticoman.
Carlos Aguilar has worked as Airport Administrator at AIQ since 2013, where he is responsible for operations and services, SMS, AVSEC, SSEI and other projects, such as the 50 percent expansion of the airport’s terminal building, hangars and parking lot. He played a pivotal role in the increase of passenger and cargo operations at the airport. Aguilar was also Commercial and Financial Director of AIQ between November 2004 and November 2005. Aguilar has worked as a Technical Secretary in engineering and construction for SEDESU Queretaro.
Prior to his current role, as Minister for Asia, Fragozo oversaw a dozen of ProMéxico’s Asia and Middle East representative offices in China, Korea, Japan, India, Singapore, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. His previous roles abroad include Trade and Investment Commissioner in Taiwan and in Germany, in this country he promoted European investment for Mexico. Fragozo began his career in finance and corporate banking within Mexico’s most salient banks. He was educated has an MSc in International Securities Investment from University of Reading, England.
Daniel Parfait is a career diplomat. He was French Ambassador to Mexico from 2008 to 2012 and to Colombia from 2000 to 2004. He held several responsibilities within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Sub-secretary of the Americas and the Caribbean between 2004 and 2008. Previously, he had occupied diplomatic positions in Peru, Germany and the US, where he was in charge of relations with the US Congress. Finally, he was also Director of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Ricardo Iñurria has broad experience in the aerospace and automotive industries. Iñurria works as the Director of Operations and Projects at human resources company Out Helping in Queretaro. This company covers more than 100 cities in Mexico and works in 15 industries. Between 1996 and 2008, Iñurria oversaw EATON’s manufacturing facility in Queretaro and later occupied the position of
Managing Director at Aernnova Aerospace. Since the arrival of key aerospace companies such as Bombardier, Aernnova, ITR and Safran to Queretaro, Out Helping has helped these companies find workers for quality, manufacturing and logistics processes.
Jorge Gutiérrez is a specialist in electronic engineering and automation. He has a Bachelor’s in engineering from Queretaro Technical Institute and a Master’s from Queretaro Autonomous University, four years of experience as a researcher and professor and over a decade working in academic administration. Gutiérrez is an expert in engineering education and fully aware of the needs of the aerospace industry in Queretaro and Mexico. He worked for almost a decade at Queretaro Technological University before taking part in the conception, design and construction of UNAQ, which he now leads as Rector and President.
Francisco Navarro has been Director General of Airbus Helicopters México and the company’s plant in Queretaro since 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in different sales, marketing and client support positions within the Airbus group. Navarro served as Vice President of Support and Services at Airbus Helicopters Spain, Vice President of Market Development of Airbus Military and as Managing Director of Sabadell Helicopters Service Center. He has held several roles within the Military Transport Aircraft Division.
Esau Magallanes is the President of the National Chamber of Transformation Industries (CANACINTRA) in Queretaro. During his involvement in the organization he has led several efforts to promote and strengthen local companies in the state, including those in the automotive and aerospace industries. He also participates in several work committees, including one that focuses on the generation of local kindergartens. CANACINTRA is a public and autonomous nonprofit institution. Its goal is to represent and support all companies in Mexico.