Mexico Infrastructure Forum Speakers 2016
Throughout his career, Gerardo has played leading roles at various institutions, such as INFONAVIT, CFE, IMSS and ASA. He has developed large national and state projects, carried out legal reforms, and conducted successful negotiations with unions and as the Minister of Communications for the State of Mexico, he coordinated the construction of important infrastructure projects such as the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense, the Viaducto Elevado Bicentenario and the Toluca International Airport. In 2004, he received the Intragob Prize, given by President Peña Nieto, and participated in the opening of the National Airport System to private capital.
Alex is responsible for SITA’s commercial operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, assuring the consolidation and sustainable growth of the accounts in the communications, infrastructure, government, aircraft and cargo sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Electronic Engineering from the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. He has led a vast number of projects, providing technological design support and developing technology master plans for airports, passenger and baggage systems, and the integration of new airport terminals in the region.
Luis has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate transactions and investments. He is currently representing projects from Fibra Danhos, Fibra Uno, FibraMex, ZKC, and Grupo Sordo Madaleno among others. He is a co-founder of Coldwell Banker Commercial Mexico. He graduated from Iberoamericana University with a degree in Law and certifications in marketing and sales. He has ample experience in the office sector working with developers including national and international corporates.
Gabriela Huerta is a Mexican Journalist writing for Funds Society. An International Business graduate with an MBA, she has a true passion for the Latin American Asset Management marketplace. Previously she worked as an Analyst and Presenter at El Financiero, Bloomberg TV Mexico. Before joining Bloomberg, she was a Consultant and Correspondent for Funds Society, and prior to that she was Correspondent for the Mexican Market for Funds Americas.
Gonzalo has over 30 years of experience developing and operating real estate. He is the Founder and Chairman of MexFund, a real estate fund established in 2007, which was then acquired by Fibra Uno in 2011. He also is Chairman of Fenix Capital Group, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, with more than 7,000 properties and 14,000 real estate assets under management. He is the former CEO of GICSA, and graduated from the Iberoamericana University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s from ITAM in Finance.
Javier began his career as the director of operations in CB -Commercial Mexico, leading operations in Monterrey. He later began working at Jones Lang LaSalle where he was responsible for all operations in Northern Mexico, carrying out activities in capital markets, valuation, project management and became Vice President. He is President of the Urban Land Institute in Mexico and has worked with the American Chamber of Commerce, Latin Markets, and several associations.
Torres Landa has been a partner at Hogan Lovells BSTL since 1995, specializing in civil, merchant, and corporate law. He has vast experience in project finance, foreign investment, real estate, mitigation, environmental and telecommunications topics. He has a Bachelor’s degree in law from UNAM and a Master’s from Harvard Law. Juan is also well known for assisting foreign investors enter the Mexican market, facilitating the development, expansion, and consolidation processes.
Pablo Flores has been part of Maersk Line since 2006, with experience working in the Shanghai and Copenhagen offices in Group Procurement as Category Manager. He has occupied roles in Operations, Sales, Pricing and Commercial Planning before his current role as Trade and Marketing. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telematics from ITAM. Prior to working at Maersk Line, he worked at Banco de México (Banxico) as a systems analyst. He specializes in supply chain, transportation, infrastructure and international trade.
Gabriel Ballesteros, Coordinator of the Urban Expansion Initiative in Mexico, has a Master's in Architecture and New Urbanism and a Master's in Public Administration. He is a founding partner of Ballesteros Mureddu, developing his professional legal practice in the fields of litigation, consulting, and lobbying on urban and environmental issues, assessing both the real estate development industry and the public sector. He is also a founding member of Forópolis Mexico and is currently the President of the Queretaro chapter.
As Director General, Ortiz focuses on the energy, water and transportation sectors, carrying out the planning, execution, and exit strategies. He was previously the leader of the acquisitions and finance, as well as the Financial Director for Punta Mita Propiedades. Ortiz has a Bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego and a Master's from Darden Business School.
Mauricio Ceballos has more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction of large scale projects. Throughout his career at FR-EE, he supervised the construction and design of some of Mexico’s most emblematic projects, such as the Museo Soumaya and the Cabos Convention Center. At the moment, Ceballos is participating in the construction of the largest infrastructure project in the country, NAICM.
Edmundo Gamas is responsible for the strategy and operation of IMEXDI, the first horizontal organization in Mexico devoted to the development of the country’s infrastructure. He directs major projects, such as drafting a model General Infrastructure Law, consulting for the Senate on the reform of Mexico’s federal Public Works Law, and analyzing how to detonate and accelerate PPP infrastructure projects. Previously, he was an independent consultant to many Fortune 500 companies for matters regarding project evaluation and finance, as well as in financial and economic analysis.
Gustavo Arballo has more than 35 years of experience working in Mexico’s construction sector. He has been part of CMIC since 2008, assuming positions such as Vice President, Treasurer, and President. He is also the Director General of Maquiobras, which focuses on the construction and development of infrastructure in Jalisco. He graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a degree in Public Accounting, and has actively participated in CONCAMIN and FUSCOJAL. Arballo has also been a national counselor for INFONAVIT, NAFIN and CFE.
As Representative of Mexico City’s Legislative Assembly, Laura Ballesteros changed the transportation regulation in the city to promote the new Mobility Law alongside Mexico City’s Governor Miguel Àngel Mancera. She later endorsed the regulation of network transportation companies like Uber and Cabify, making Mexico City the first city in Latin America to regulate these services. Ballesteros now holds the position of Undersecretary of Planning at the Ministry of Mobility for Mexico City (SEMOVI), implementing the Mobility Law for non-motorized mobility, road safety and integrated transportation services.
Alberto de la Parra's practice focuses on the infrastructure industry, including the energy, oil and gas, toll roads, aviation and airport sectors. His areas of practice include project structuring, project finance, restructuring and mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience representing clients in structuring energy generation projects in Mexico and projects related to the transportation sector. In the transportation sector his most recent experience has been assisting the entity entrusted with the construction of NAICM on a financing project worth US$1 billion. Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, he was General Counsel of Grupo México.
Gabriela Crespo coordinates the areas of Commissioning and Energy Modeling at Revitaliza Consultores. She is currently the project leader in the Commissioning of NAICM, one of the most important projects of the decade. She also creates strategies to maximize the energy efficiency of buildings and the quality of interior environments and she advises companies on the fulfillment of LEED certification requirements. She is currently coordinating the various LEED certification projects. Crespo studied architecture and has two certifications from the US Green Building Council.
Adriana Lobo was previously the Director of CTS EMBARQ México, an NGO that focuses on catalyzing sustainable solutions in Mexican cities. She has collaborated in various transport consulting firms in Brazil and Mexico and has more than ten years of experience in managing urban and regional project planning. Lobo graduated from the Escola Politécnica de la Universidad de Sao Paulo with a degree in Civil Engineering and she has an MBA from ITAM.
Sergio Forte graduated from ITAM with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Sergio has vast experience working in the stock market and banking sectors, focusing on corporate business and financing investment projects. He has played directorial roles in the National Infrastructure Fund (FONADIN) and in the Institute for the Protection of Bank Savings (IPAB). He was also Deputy Director General of Business Promotion at Bancomext and Banca Mifel.
Ricardo Dueñas has successfully secured 3 billion dollars in financing for NAICM and has previously worked as an advisor in infrastructure projects at the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT). He joined JP Morgan in 2007 in London where he remained for four years working in the Emerging Markets Division. Previously he worked at a hedge fund in New York responsible for investment opportunities in Latin America. He began his career at the Central Bank of Mexico performing economic research. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA form Harvard Kennedy School.
Federico Patiño is in charge of financing, constructing and operating NAICM, the largest infrastructure in Latin America. He has previously worked in Bancomext as Deputy Director General of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. He is a founder of the Corporación Mexicana de Inversiones de Capital (CMIC) and integrated the airport groups into the Mexican Stock Exchange. In 2008, he was commissioned to create the National Infrastructure Fund (FONADIN) and was later assigned the position of Director of Investment banking at BANOBRAS. He became part of GACM in 2015 as the Director of Finance.
Before forming part of SCT, Yuriria Mascott was Director General of the Mexican Postal Service at Correos de México for 11 years, where she increased coverage from 93.8 percent to 95.3 percent of the population and reduced transport times from 3.4 days to 2.8 days. She also worked in CFE as Supply Manager for a several years and carried out the first Reverse Carbon Auction in Mexico. She graduated from the Universidad Panamericana with a Law Degree and obtained her Master’s in Administration of Public Sector Resource Management while at CFE in coordination with the Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila.
Brenda Salas is the Industry Analyst and Journalist for Mexico Infrastructure and Urban Sustainability Review, the leading infrastructure publication in Mexico. Her role involves the development of in-depth industry knowledge, which is necessary to interview the infrastructure leaders in Mexico. Salas graduated from ITESM with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in international business. In 2013, she studied at the Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Rodrigo Ariza has more than 27 years of experience within the engineering and construction industries. He has gained vast experience in the management of programs, projects, and construction, particularly in transportation and infrastructure works. He has worked in the construction of airports, including terminals, lobbies, cargo handling facilities, walkways, taxiways and platforms, as well as roads and bridges for more than 18 years. He has collaborated in the Expansion Program of the South Terminal of the Miami International Airport. Ariza is a United States Registered Civil Engineer, Project Management Professional, Certified General Contractor and Accredited LEED Professional.
Ernesto González has over 15 years' experience as an energy executive in operating companies and has executed project financing and investments with an aggregate value of over $8 billion. Prior to joining MIRA, he was a founding member and Executive Vice President of Business Development of ContourGlobal based in New York where he was responsible for the development of greenfield power projects and the acquisition of operating power plants. During his tenure at ContourGlobal, the company expanded to assets exceeding $3.5 billion with 36 power plants in 21 countries with an installed capacity of nearly 4GW and over 1,500 employees. González received a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.