Mexico Business Forum 2017 Speakers
In 2000, Ildefonso Guajardo was appointed Federal Deputy to the LVIII Legislature. At the end of his term as Deputy, he acted as Head of the Executive Office of the Governor of Nuevo Leon. In 2006, he was elected Deputy to the Congress of Nuevo Leon and in 2009, he was elected Federal Deputy to the LXI Legislature for the second time. He served as President of the Economy Commission and was a member of the Ministry of Finance. In 2012, President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto appointed him Minister of Economy.
David Madero has more than 20 years’ experience in the federal government and has been Director General of CENAGAS since August 2014. Madero has held managerial and analyst positions in the Management Service and Property Disposal Department (SAE), Banobras, Ministry of Energy, Banxico and at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. He holds an Economics degree from Autonomous Technology Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Master’s and Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Craig Breese began his career with Honeywell in 2007 as Vice President Americas for Environmental Solutions & Systems and then as President of the Honeywell Consumer Products. Craig assumed his current role as President of Honeywell Mexico and Central South America in 2015. Breese has also been a member of the US-Mexico Energy Business Council since June 2016 and was recently appointed Vice President of AMCHAM Mexico for the period 2017-2020.
Aparicio has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing domestic and global solutions in the logistics sector. His vision for talent management needs across key industries in Mexico and the challenges that companies face daily in the talent market and workforce supply chain led Aparicio to rethink and develop tailor-made solutions for business partners and new players in the market. Prior to joining Kelly, Aparicio was the Country Manager for Mexico at worldwide logistics leader UPS, steering the Supply Chain Solutions function.
Reynaldo Vizcarra is National Administrator Partner at Baker & McKenzie. Vizcarra specializes in the general corporative area, mergers and acquisitions as well as preparation, supervision and contract implementation. He also participates in investment and infrastructure projects for the tourism and retail sector. Vizcarra has actively participated in privatization processes for several sectors, including ports, airports, insurers and telecommunications. Currently, he coordinates the compliance division and provides counseling for corporate compliance.
Gerardo Gutiérrez has an Economics degree from the Institute of Technology and Higher Education of Monterrey. From 2009-12 he was President of the Mexican Confederation of Business Owners and from 2012-15 he served as President of the Business Coordinating Council. Gutiérrez was the business sector’s designated negotiator for the 11 structural reforms approved during the present administration. In July 2016 he was appointed Head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones.
Radek Jelinek started as Manager of International Projects at Daimler Benz Stuttgart, moving later to the position of Senior Associate Vice President. Jelinek later moved to Argentina as Senior Manager for Strategic Planning and Controlling of Daimler Chrysler. In 2002, he became President and CEO of Daimler Chrysler de Venezuela, before being appointed Managing Director of Chrysler Germany in 2006. He returned to Daimler as CEO of Mercedes-Benz Milano and then President and Director General of Mercedes-Benz México
Pablo Coballasi is co-founder and Director Partner of PC Capital Partners, one of Mexico’s leading investment and private equity firms. Before PC Capital, Coballasi was Vice President of FondElec Group, one of the first private equity funds to invest in emerging markets, where he collaborated on the management of over US$600 million of investments in Mexico, Brazil and other countries in Latin America. He has also acted as consultant for Deloitte Consulting/Braxton Associates in the US, Argentina, Mexico and Costa Rica, among others.
Graduated in Economics from the Iberoamerica University, Gerardo Salazar has a Master’s in Economics and Administration from ITAM and a Doctorate in Social Sciences from the Iberoamerica University. He joined Grupo Financiero Interacciones (GFI) in May 2002, occupying the position of Corporate Director of Risk Management. In August 2004, he was appointed Director General of Banco Interacciones, a position he holds to date. Prior to joining GFI, he was Director of Corporate Banking for Bancomer and BBVA Bancomer.
Javier Arce has 22 years of experience in the tourism sector and co-founded Hoteles City Express in 2002. He is responsible for business development and City Express’ sustainability program, through which the company has obtained several sustainability certifications from different international organizations, including the World Bank. He has overseen the development of more than 120 hotels in Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia, from the project stage until its delivery to the operator.
Rebeca Pizano holds a degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in International Relations and has concluded graduate studies in Banking and Credit at autonomous Technology Institute of Mexico. She also took part in the High Business Direction Program at the PanAmerican Institute for High Business Direction. Before her
post as Associate Director General of Corporate Banking she held several positions at the National Financing entity, including Associate Director General for Development.
Leonardo Beltrán became Deputy Minister of Planning and Energy Transition in December 2012 after working as Director General of Information and Energy Studies and Director of International Negotiations for the Ministry of Energy. He has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations. He has a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics from ITAM.
María Elena Giner is the General Manager of the Commission of Ecological Border Cooperation (COCEF). Her 30 years of experience have focused on water, wastewater and solid-waste management. Giner took on her current position in COCEF in 2010 and has worked in several divisions within COCEF since it was founded in 1998. Her greatest achievements include modernizing and perfecting the organization in line with the changing needs of the region, and the federal administration’s targets.
Guillermo García Alcocer was appointed as President Commissioner of Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission in May 2016. He was previously Head of Public Policy on Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons at the MInistry of Energy, in charge of contractual and technical aspects of the tenders for Exploration and Extraction of Hydrocarbons under Mexico’s new energy framework. García got his Bachelor in Economics at ITAM and studied several post graduate courses at Oxford, Harvard and George Washington Universities, as well as at ITAM.
David Enriquez is the Energy Partner at Goodrich, Riquelme. His areas of expertise include oil and gas, maritime and infrastructure. Between 2000 and 2012, Enriquez was Senior Fellow Member at CONACYT and he has been Mexico’s representative on maritime affairs before seven international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. He holds a Ph.D. from Pan American University and is a law lecturer as well as author of several books.
With more than 15 years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of labor market solutions in Mexico and Latin America, Jorge Barragán currently serves as the International Youth Foundation’s Country Director in Mexico, where he leads the foundation’s youth employability efforts. In addition, he has served as Director of the National Public Employment Service, where he led the creation of the Mexican Labor Observatory as well as the most recent iterations of the online employment portal.
As Managing Partner at Maillard, Cerbón, Canudas, Argumedo y Asociados, Cesar Maillard participates in the collective bargaining area, litigation, public relations and labor and employment counseling. In 2013, Maillard was appointed an Endeavor Mentor, providing support and counseling to entrepreneurs. He was also appointed by the Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers as Vice President of the Commission of Employment and Social Welfare.
Joost Draaisma is Senior Country Economist of Mexico for The World Bank, where he analyzes macroeconomic policies, public finances and economic growth. Draaisma has helped design and implement programs for the financial and institutional strengthening of several states. He has also been adviser on the creation of programs for financial rehabilitation and restructuring of state public debt. Draaisma has a Master’s in Economics with specialization in Development Economics and International Economic Relations from Erasmus University Rotterdam.