Mexico Aerospace Forum 2019
Luis Lizcano has over 25 years of experience in industrial development at both public and private institutions. He was in charge of FDI attraction for the State of Chihuahua, where he had the opportunity to design and implement the Aerospace Industry Development Strategy to attract companies like Cessna, Honeywell Aerospace, Beechcraft and Bell Helicopter. He has a background in economic development, automotive, aerospace and industrial real estate. Lizcano holds a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Carlos Robles started at Bombardier as Director of Operations in 2011, after working for 12 years in several leadership positions at Volkswagen Mexico. Later, he became General Manager of Bombardier and was responsible for the design and execution of the company’s production strategies in Mexico’s manufacturing centers. In 2017, Robles was named Vice President of Bombardier. He is also President of FEMIA and Counselor at the Popular Autonomous University of Puebla (UPAEP).
Antonio Velázquez has significant experience in technological administration, informatics, development of technology transfer programs in multicultural environments and academic research. Prior to becoming Director General of the Queretaro Aerocluster, he was its General Coordinator. Velázquez also worked as Technical Secretary to the Dean at the Queretaro Aeronautic University (UNAQ) and Chief of State Informatics at CONALEP Queretaro. He has a Bachelor’s in informatics, and a Master’s in administration and in design and innovation.
Claire Barnouin has over 15 years of experience in binational and regional economic development and specializes in the management of clusters and industrial associations. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Monterrey Aerocluster and specializing in the aeronautics industry, she coordinated the Technical Secretariat of the Mexico-US Foundation for Science (FUMEC). Barnouin holds a BA in international studies from the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLY) and a Master’s in international relations from the Avignon University.
René Espinosa has over 13 years of experience in the industry, mainly in chemical processing and surface finishing for metal and aluminum parts. Involved in two successful startups in Mexico, he is now in charge of Metal Finishing Co. (MFCO)’s operation in Chihuahua, positioning the company as Mexico’s largest aerospace process shop with more approvals from major OEMs than any other company in the country. Espinosa has participated in diverse initiatives related to education, supply chain and certifications.
Marco Antonio del Prete is the Minister of Sustainable Development of Queretaro for the 2015-2021 period. Before becoming Minister, del Prete was Director of Tourism Promotion at the Ministry of Tourism, Commercial Director of the Queretaro Intercontinental Airport and Minister of Sustainable Development at the Queretaro Municipality. He has a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering and a Master’s in administration with a specialization in e-commerce, both from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Luis Muñoz has worked at PwC for over 19 years. He has taken positions of increasing responsibility in the company over the years, including Manager, International Tax Senior Associate in Spain, Senior Manager, Director of the Latin American Centre of Excellence in Spain and finally International Tax Partner. He has broad experience in international, corporate and income tax. Muñoz has a Bachelor’s in law from the Panamerican University and a Master’s in taxation law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Gunther Barajas has been Vice President of Dassault Systemes de México since 2015. He is also a Counselor at the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry (FEMIA), President of the Automotive Cluster of the State of Mexico and Co-president of the Innovation Subcommittee at the Mexico-France Council of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Barajas has a Bachelor’s in economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, a diploma in business logistics and another in direction and administration from the same institution.
Benjamín Mejía has significant experience in aviation safety from his work as Director of Air Safety, Quality Assurance and Security and Operations Director at Mexicana de Aviación. He was also President of the National Committee of Air Safety and Vice President of the National Chamber of Air Transport (CANAERO). Mejía is a licensed pilot and has a Master’s in strategic planning from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, a Master’s in logistics planning from Anáhuac University and a Master’s in safety from the University of Southern California (USC).
Major Gen. Rodolfo Rodríguez has served 45 years in the Mexican Air Force. While a military pilot, Rodríguez studied a Bachelor’s in military administration and a Master’s in military administration for national defense and security at Mexico’s Army and Air Force University. He also holds a Master’s in strategic studies from the Alabama War College and has studied several courses in countries such as China and the US. As President of FAMEX, Rodríguez is in charge of organizing Mexico's aerospace industry’s largest event.
Cuitlahuac Gutierrez has led IATA’s Mexican chapter since 2016. He has over 15 years of experience in the aviation industry thanks to his work at several airlines including Mexicana de Aviación and Grupo Aeroméxico. After that he became Vice President of Operations at SkyTeam, which brings together 20 of the most important airlines in the world. He has a Master’s in international business from La Salle University and the ICN Business School of Nancy, France.
Ricardo Dueñas has significant experience in the airport and infrastructure sectors. He was Finance Corporate Director at Grupo Aeroportuario de la Ciudad de México (GACM) from 2015 to 2018 and consulted for the Ministry of Communications and Transportation on several infrastructure projects. He has a Bachelor’s in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Felipe Bonifatti was named Sales Director of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean at Lufthansa Group in January 2019 after 27 years working for the airline. Previously, he occupied several management positions, including Director General for Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Before coming to Mexico, Bonifatti directed sales for Central America and the Caribbean from Panama. He has a law degree from the National University of Mar de Plata and a Master’s in international relations from Belgrano University.
Guilhem Mallet has over 15 years of experience at Air France-KLM. He has significant management experience working with the airline in Brazil, Cuba, Morroco and France. Mallet has experience in the airline, travel and tourism sectors and has a background in revenue management, sales, marketing, pricing and alliances. He has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the São Paulo University and a Master’s in engineering from Universidade Federal do Paraná and from Université de Technologie de Compiègne.
José Alejandro Ochoa is the Mayor of Colon, Queretaro, a municipality with a strong industrial sector that is deeply interested in the growth of Queretaro’s aerospace industry. He has participated in numerous initiatives with the industry and academia to strengthen the state’s education programs, industrial capabilities and economy. Ochoa has significant experience in resource management and is constantly searching for solutions that promote sustainable growth of the municipality.
Jorge Gutiérrez is a specialist in electronic engineering and automation. He has 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 worked for almost a decade at Queretaro Technological University before taking part in the conception, design and construction of UNAQ. He has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the Queretaro Technical Institute and a Master’s from Queretaro Autonomous University.
Alberto Robles has significant engineering experience thanks to his 12-plus years working in the aerospace industry. He has worked for over 11 years at GE Aviation, where he gained experience in management, vertical integration and strategic alliances. He became LATAM Strategic Supply Chain Leader of GE Infrastructure Queretaro in February 2018 and is in charge of developing the company’s aerospace supply chain in the country. Robles has a Bachelor’s in mechatronics engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
Juan Alberto Porras leads the Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), a business organization that aims to develop sustainable business projects and initiatives across the country. Porras has significant experience leading business organizations from his work as President, Treasurer and Secretary of CAREINTRA. Porras has a Bachelor’s in law from Universidad Univer, a specialization in penal law from the same institution and a certification in plastics and polymer engineering technology from the CIQA.
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 Deputy Minister 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. He was also Director of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sergio Silva was appointed by Minister of Economy Graciela Márquez Colín to lead the Ministry's Economic Intelligence Unit, which will absorb some of ProMéxico’s functions including FDI attraction and promotion of Mexican companies and products. Silva has a Bachelor’s in economics from CIDE and a Ph.D. in economic history from Harvard University. He was in charge of the Mexico and Central America Program at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and is an associate professor at ITAM.