Mexico Business Forum 2018 Preliminary Speakers
José-Oriol Bosch has more than 30 years of experience in the financial markets. He started his professional career at Inverlat Casa de Bolsa, and later worked for Citibank México. In 1992, he joined J.P. Morgan, assuming various roles in Mexico and New York, until his arrival at Grupo BMV. In January 2015, Bosch became Chief Executive Officer of the Mexican Stock Exchange, which encompasses the Stock Exchange, the Mexican Derivatives Market, the Central Securities Depository, the central counterparty clearing for equities and derivatives, an OTC broker and an operational valuation and market references firm.
Manuel Nieblas started working at Deloitte in October 1992 and has been an audit partner since June 2005. In 2013, Nieblas was named Partner and Manufacturing Industry Leader in Mexico. During his tenure at Deloitte, he has worked with the manufacturing, automotive, consumer products and cement industries. Nieblas has participated in several national and international forums analyzing the main topics of the automotive and manufacturing industries. Nieblas is also a member of the Board of Deloitte Mexico. He has a degree in accounting from UNAM and a post-graduate degree from IPADE.
Alfredo González is Latin America North Head for Enterprise and the Public Sector at Nokia. Previously at Nokia, González was Head of Telefonica Latin America North Team and Business Solutions Head of Sales for Telefonica Global Account. Before joining Nokia, González held a variety of managerial positions at A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard and Sopra Steria. He has a Master’s in telecommunications engineering from Madrid’s Polytechnic University and an MBA from the IESE Business School at Navarra University.
Ivan Pelayo has over 20 years of professional experience within Siemens. In Mexico, he has hold several leadership positions within the company, including Automation, Controls and most recently, Sales Direction for Mexico in the industrial sector. In 2016 he was named Executive Vice-President of the Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives Divisions. Pelayo is an Industrial and Systems Engineer and holds an MBA by the European School of Business and Management in Berlin.
Elias Massri has over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, commerce and other services. He was President of the Board and General Management at Buenhogar, a retail chain and international wholesale store. Massri is also a founding member of the Importers of Domestic Appliances National Association (ANIAD), founding member of Intelisis, a firm dedicated to consultancy and IT implementation, and founder of Punto Azul, which groups several businesses in metalworking and other services. Since 2006, Massri has been running automotive company Giant Motors Latin America.
Luis Alonso Aguirre has 18 years of experience in the exporting sector and in addition to being President of Index Nacional he is also Vice President of Logistics and Government Relations at Sanmina Mexico, a technology company that specializes in end-to-end design, manufacturing and logistics solutions for OEMs in the telecom, computing, medical, industrial, aerospace, automotive and defense industries. He holds a degree in international trade from the University of Guadalajara, a Master’s in international business from ITESO and a postgraduate degree in upper business management from IPADE.
Pablo Azcárraga has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Chairman of the Board of Grupo Posadas, he is in charge of the executive decisions regarding the company’s strategic plan. He also oversees the policy of communication and information for shareholders and leads the Committee for Investment Evaluation. Under his leadership, Grupo Posadas has grown to be a leader in the hotel industry with 162 hotels and over 25,000 rooms. Azcárraga is also President of CNET, which groups 90 percent of privately-owned companies invested in the tourism sector. Azcárraga holds an accounting degree from Anahuac University and postgraduate degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University.
Gerardo Vera has been Director General of Carlson Wagonlit Travel for Mexico and Central America since 2016. He oversees the corporate travel (BT), events and conventions (M&E), energy, natural and marine resources (ERM) and consultancy divisions, with an approximate value of US$300 million in sales and more than 250 collaborators located in different parts of Mexico and Costa Rica. Gerardo also has more than 20 years of experience in strategic, commercial, technological and business consultancy at Microsoft, Gartner and Accenture.
Juan Carlos Anaya holds a degree in business administration and a postgraduate degree in industrial administration and is a specialist in logistics, storage, transport and commercialization of agricultural products. He has worked alongside international and governmental institutions, such as SAGARPA, ASERCA, World Bank, Interamerican Development Bank and the National Agricultural Council, on different projects intended to boost the agricultural sector. As Director General of GCMA, he has helped to position the company as a reference in terms of information management and data analysis for the main national and international agriculture markets.
Javier Valdés has over 26 years of experience in the agribusiness sector, both national and international. He has worked in Brazil, leading Syngenta’s herbicide portfolio for Latin America and in 2011 became leader of Syngenta’s corn portfolio for Syngenta Latin America North. Between 2012 and 2018, Valdés was Director General of Syngenta Mexico. During his tenure as the country’s Director General, Valdés focused his efforts on the implementation of the company’s strategic agenda and furthering the country’s alimentary security by helping farmers increase their crops’ productivity. He holds a degree in Agronomical Engineering from Chapingo University and a Master’s from ITESM.
Claudia Jañez has over 20 years of experience at global companies in the areas of business, government affairs and legal. Previously, she was President at DuPont Mexico, Central America & Caribbean and Legal Director of Government Affairs for the same region. Jañez is an Executive Board Member of the Executive Council of Global Companies and American Chamber of Commerce. She has an MBA from the Pan American Institute of Senior Business Management (IPADE), a certification for lawyers from Harvard Law School, a special international commerce degree from Pan American University (UP) and an Honor’s Bachelor of Law from La Salle University.
Luis Musi has a long experience in the food and investment sector. He has been Director of Institutional Relations at Sigma Alimentos since 2003. He is also Vice President of the Mexican Investment Council, which promotes foreign investment in Mexico. Musi has held several positions in the insurance, textiles, cellulose and paper sectors. He holds a degree in business management from the Iberoamerican University, a Master’s from Michigan University and post-graduate degrees from Stanford University and IPADE.
Diego Martínez holds a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) at Campus Monterrey. He worked for eight years in the sugar industry in Mexico as CEO of ED & F Man and has worked for multinational companies such as Black & Decker Chile, Coca Cola Chile and Forestal Arauco in positions that included marketing, account and product management and sales management. Since 2012, Martínez has been CEO of Hortifrut Mexico and in 2016 he became Chairman of the Executive Board of Aneberries. Martínez is a member of the Mexican Council of PMA (Produce Marketing Association).
Ramón Paz has worked for more than 20 years in the production and export of fresh fruits, particularly avocados and mangos. He has been CEO of several exporting companies. In 2000, he was elected to a two-year term as Vice Chairman of APEAM, the association of avocado producers and packer-exporters of Avocados From Mexico. Currently, he is an avocado farmer; strategic adviser to APEAM; Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Alliance of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters for the Advancement of Social Responsibility in Mexico; and President of “Paz Mendoza y Asociados” and “Sistemas Fruticolas,” companies dedicated to consulting on agribusiness and fruit exports.
Javier Salinas has a significant background in the sports arena. Between 2014 and 2017, Salinas was Sports Director at Grupo Expansión. Prior to that, he was Marketing and Commercial Director of Mexico’s soccer Liga MX. Other positions as Marketing Director include Federación Mexicana de Futbol, Grupo Salinas Deportes and Monarcas Morelia. He holds a Bachelor’s in communication sciences and a Master’s in business management. Salinas also has a postgraduate degree in sports sponsorships.
Vicente Fenoll is CEO of kubo.financiero, a peer-2- peer lending platform he launched in 2012. Before kubo.financiero, Fenoll founded FinComún, ProDesarrollo and AMSOFIPO. Fenoll is a member of several entrepreneurship networks and in 2004, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Endeavor. In 2012, was selected as part of Wayra Entrepreneurs’ second generation and in 2014 was named Entrepreneur of High Social Impact by Ashoka. Fenoll has a wide background in the financial sector, being a member of the Credit Bureau, Bansefi and Cemefi. He holds an accounting degree from ITAM, an MBA from IPADE and Master’s in directive coaching from IESE.
Gabriel Casillas, Managing Director, Investor Relations Officer and Chief Economist at Banorte-Ixe bank, has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and specializes in monetary theory, econometrics and information economics. Prior to Banorte, Casillas held positions at J.P.Morgan as Chief Mexico Economist and at UBS Investment Bank as Chief Economist for Mexico and Chile. He also worked at the Central Bank of Mexico in the economic research department as well as the central banking operations division. He is a member of the “Future Leaders” group of the IIF and Chairman of the Committee of Economic Studies of the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives (IMEF).
Alejandro Valenzuela has broad experience in both the private and public sectors. For over 13 years, he worked in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). In the private sector, he was Director General of Grupo Financiero Banorte for seven years and as of January 2015, he has been Director General of Banco Azteca. Valenzuela has a Master’s in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has a Ph.D. in administration and evaluation of projects from the Paris Dauphine University. Valenzuela has also been a lecturer at several universities in Mexico.
Germán Montoya is Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs, a Miami-based venture that partners entrepreneurs with strategists, creatives and engineers to design, build and launch exponential organizations through a system called “co-building.” Montoya is in charge of setting, communicating and executing the direction of Rokk3r Labs and its portfolio companies. Previously, Montoya was part of the DDB family and led Cyclelogic’s strategic and commercial efforts. He spent over a decade as consultant for Accenture. Montoya is an economist, with a degree from Cornell University and a fellowship from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Luz Adriana Ramírez has been Director General of Visa Mexico since 2013. With over 20 years of experience in the financial sector, Ramírez oversees Visa’s operations in the country and the company’s relations with other financial institutions and key players. Prior to Visa, Ramírez worked for 17 years at General Electric in the industrial, corporate and financial areas. She also acted as leader of the GE Women’s Network for Latin America. Ramírez is also Vice President of the Executive Board of Global Companies and is on the committee of the Mexican Association of Executive Women. She holds both a degree in chemical engineering and an MBA.
César Maillard is a partner at Maillard, Cerbón, Canudas, Argumedo & Asociados. He has an MBA from IPADE and a law degree from Iberoamerican University. Maillard has worked at the law firm for over nine years. The boutique employment law firm has around 180 partners attending over 1,400 companies in the country that range from retail to the energy sectors. Maillard specializes in litigation and employment law.
Ezequiel Sabor has held several positions in both the public and private sector. In the public sector, he has been Adviser to the Ministry of Finance, Chief Adviser of Taxation and Land Registry, Chief of Cabinet and General Director of Assets Management and General Director of Consignments of the Government of Buenos Aires. He was Deputy Minister of Labor, Industry and Trade of the Government of Buenos Aires and in 2015 he was designated Minister of Labor at the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security. In February 2018, he was appointed Ambassador of Argentina to Mexico.
Margriet Leemhuis has worked in the Foreign Affairs Service since 1989. Her first placement was in Santiago de Chile and in 1991 she served as Second Secretary to Minister Hans van den Broek. In 1995, she became part of the Dutch Permanent Representation to the OECD. Other placements include Head of the Press and Cultural Affairs Department in Pretoria, South Africa; Deputy Chief in Bratislava; Head of the Unity International Culture Policy as well as Ambassador of International Cultural Cooperation and Deputy Chief in London. In 2016, Leemhuis was appointed Ambassador to Mexico and was also accredited to Belize.
Mutkesh Pardeshi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991. He has served as Ambassador of India in Mexico on two occasions, from 1993-1995 and 2016 until now. Pardeshi has worked in diplomatic positions that include Minister/Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of India in Jakarta, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Secretary of B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, with missions in Mexico City, Bogota and Kathmandu.
Duncan Taylor, CBE, is the appointed Ambassador to Mexico. Between 2010 and 2013, Taylor was Governor in Grand Cayman. In 1982, he began his service with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and since has taken a number of diplomatic positions, including British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Deputy Consul-General and Deputy Head of Post in New York. In 2002, Taylor was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work helping families of British victims after the 9-11 attacks. As Ambassador, Taylor is responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations and consular services.
Luis Pablo Beauregard is a Mexican journalist with over 15 years of experience in national and international media. He has worked in several mediums, including television, radio, print and digital. Between 2009 and 2013, he worked at Televisa as Reporter and Chief of Information. He was also a reporter at MVS and a Coordinator at Televisión Azteca. Beauregard has been an Editor at El País since 2013. He has a degree in communication from Iberoamerican University and a Master’s in journalism from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Diego Bassante has 10 years of experience in governmental relationships and strategic negotiations. He manages the execution of Facebook’s relationships with governments, politicians and influential people in Latin America. Bassante is particularly focused on connecting political leaders with citizens and voters. He led Facebook’s multifunctional team that worked on the presidential elections in Argentina in 2015, Peru in 2016, Ecuador and Chile in 2017. Before joining Facebook, Bassante worked in Ecuador’s Embassy in Washington where he implemented different projects intended for commercial promotion and marketing campaigns.
María Ximena Céspedes is the CEO of Metrics, which focuses on digital transformation through the use of AI. For the current electoral process, Metrics is performing digital analyses of the impact of social media. Céspedes has wide experience in digital marketing and social media. She was Director General of ERAsocial and coordinated postgraduate degrees in community marketing at Iberoamerican University and the College of Higher Management Studies (CESA) in Colombia. Céspedes has a law degree from Rosario University and a postgraduate degree in finance from the Pontifica Universidad Javeriana, both in Colombia.
Carlos Rodríguez is Bloomberg News Mexico City Bureau Chief. He joined Bloomberg in 2006 as a Latin America reporter for Bloomberg Television in New York and became a correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico in 2009. Rodríguez has interviewed influential leaders in the Americas, from President Barack Obama and Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, to former Latin American heads of state Felipe Calderón, Vicente Fox, Álvaro Uribe and Óscar Arias. Rodríguez holds a B.A. in Journalism from Roosevelt University.
Francisco Gil Díaz graduated from the Technological and Autonomous Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. His professional career began at Banxico in 1965, where he became Director of the Economy Research Department and member of the Board of Governors when the bank became autonomous in 1994. His professional career has combined academia with government service and two stints in the private sector, the first as President and CEO of AVANTEL and the second as President of Telefónica México. In 2014, he became President of the Board of Avanzia.