Mexico Infrastructure and Sustainability Summit Preliminary Speakers 2017
Salomon Amkie has been Vice President of the Energy Banking Team in Mexico City and Head of the Power and Utilities team in Citibanamex since 2015. He joined Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division in July 2011 in the New York office, and has worked on numerous advisory, fixed-income and equity transactions in both the US and Mexico, always focused in the Power, Utilities and Alternative Energy industry. Prior to joining Citi, he was an Associate Director at Scotiabank, Mexico City, covering Real Estate and Infrastructure clients.
Robina 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 Iberoamerican University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s from ITAM in Finance.
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.
Federico Patiño is currently the Director General of GACM, in charge of financing, building and operating NAICM, which is the largest infrastructure project in Latin America and the most ambitious work of the Mexican government in the last decades. From 2013 to September 2015, he served as Finance Director of the GACM, successfully implementing a US$3 billion credit facility in the form of a revolving credit line, the largest credit history ever for an infrastructure project in Latin America. Prior to joining GACM, he worked in government dependencies like Banobras, Fonadin, Bancomext and NAFIN. He was responsible for the creation of the Mexican Capital Investment Corporation (CMIC), which is a private equity fund created in mid-2006 by Bancomext, which invests in private or risk capital funds with the main objective of investing in Mexican companies.
Revitaliza Consultores is one of the most experienced companies in certifications and sustainable consultancy for high performance buildings in Latin America, with offices in Mexico City. Alicia Silva has more than 20 years of experience in business and the building industry. With more than 20 certifications and participating in more than 60 projects in countries such as Mexico, Peru, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela, Silva has participated in the certification of iconic projects such as Torre Mayor, Torre Manacar, Antiguo Palacio and now participates in the NAICM. In 2015 she was awarded the prize for the 20 Women Changing the World Sustainability Outlook by GB & D magazine and USGBC. She is one of the main advocates of LEED Certification in Mexico and Latin America.
Sergio Forte has worked more than 10 years in the Mexican federal government and has broad experience in the private sector as well. At Bancomext, he helped develop “Proyectos México” (Mexico Projects Hub), a national infrastructure investment hub with more than 500 infrastructure projects and 75 investment vehicles along different sectors and from a wide array of government agencies. He is now promoting this project at Banobras. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive experience in stock markets, banking and financing of investment projects. Prior to his current position, Mr. Forte was Executive Director of Banca Mifel, FONADIN, and IPAB, as well as Deputy CEO at Bancomext.
Juan Bernardo Garcia is a partner in the firm's Monterrey office, having joined in 1994. He has over two decades experience in real estate and infrastructure as well as transactional matters. García chairs the firm's Real Estate Practice Group in Latin America as well as the Real Estate & Infrastructure Practice Group in Mexico. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner in real estate law by Chambers & Partners Latin America since 2009. García focuses his practice on real estate and development law, construction law, infrastructure and major projects. These include the planning and development of industrial, commercial and residential subdivisions and projects; zoning, title searches, permitting and government incentives, project financing, mortgages and real estate trusts. He also works on matters concerning industrial, commercial and residential leases; transfer agreements, easements, national waters law, mining law and agrarian law. His infrastructure practice includes the relevant aspects of infrastructure concessions and permitting, such as in telecommunications, energy, railroads, natural gas and mining.
Prior to joining Pulso Inmobiliario in 2007, Enrique Villanueva worked for four years as a Project Manager in the International Projects division of ICA Construction, and for four years as a Business Manager at GICSA. He has 18 years of experience in real estate development. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Universidad de las Américas in the city of Puebla in 1997, later going on to receive a Master’s Degree in Urban Development in 2005. In 2015 he completed a Ph.D. at the Universidad Anahuac’s Mexico City campus.
Before joining the Ministry of Energy, Santiago Creuheras held various positions in the government administration, among them Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Sectoral Coordinator of the Ministry of Energy, Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Deputy Director General of Internal and External Policy of the Office of the President of Mexico, and Director General of Training of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. He also served as Coordinator of the Professional Electoral Service at the Federal Electoral Institute and held various positions in the state government of Puebla. He has also participated as a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Universidad Iberoamericana, the University of the Americas-Puebla, and the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey. He is a former President of the International Energy Efficiency Co-operation Alliance (IPEEC).
Irma Wilde has worked at Siemens for over a decade, filling various positions within the company’s different divisions. She first joined Siemens Healthcare in 2006 as Ultrasound Modality Manager for Mexico and Central America and worked her way up to become Business Development and Strategy Manager for Infrastructure and Cities. She briefly returned to the Siemens Healthcare Division from 2013 to 2014 before assuming her current position. Under her watch, in 2014, Siemens Healthcare Mexico received the global awards for best country in radiology as well as recognition as the best country in Ultrasound. As Corporate Strategy Director, she is responsible for generating corporate strategies and synergies that lead to increased productivity and efficiency within the organization. Together with his team she evaluates markets and the competition to be able to identify areas with business potential not previously explored. Also, it develops and implements new sales tools to strengthen the approach of Siemens with its customers.
Ramón Aguirre has a long history of work in the water and sanitation sectors. He began his professional career in 1977 at the then Ministry of Agriculture and Hydraulic Resources where he participated directly in the projects of water supply to the cities of Monterrey, Chihuahua and Juarez. In 1987 he joined the Ministry of Urban Development and Ecology as Construction Director and later in 1991 was appointed Director General of Urban Infrastructure. From 1992 to 1998 he participated in the Government of the State of Veracruz as Director General of the State Water and Sanitation Commission. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, in addition to developing various consulting activities for the operators.
As Managing Director of investment management, Eduardo Orozco is responsible for leading Latin America investment activities for Greystar, including pipeline generation, fundraising activity, and the development of the region's investments team. Eduardo joined Greystar in 2015, and has been active in the multifamily industry since 2009. During his tenure with Greystar, he has been responsible for deal-sourcing and managing relationships with key partners in Mexico, Chile, and other countries, and has also participated in capital-raising activities. Prior to Greystar, Eduardo worked for the Black Creek Group as part of its Mexico investments team. Before that, he was with a large family office in Dallas conducting investments in real estate assets.
Iñaki Echeverria is a member of the Council of Experts of the Sustainable Urban Development Advisory Council (CONDUSE) and a member of the Architects’ Association of Mexico City. He is a professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Universidad Iberoamericana and Aedes Network Campus Berlin. His work has been published and exhibited at the Venice, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart, Lisbon, Turin, Durban, Shanghai, Beijing, Philadelphia, New York and Mexico Biannual Conferences. His firm, founded in 2008, has been awarded high profile commissions, both public and private, such as the 35,000ha Ecological Park of Lake Texcoco, the Atlacomulco Park, the Papalote Verde Museum in Monterrey and the architectural image of shops for Liverpool.
Alfonso Velez is the Director General and Founder of innovative urban mobility firm AutoTraffic, seeking to respond to one of the greatest challenges of modern cities: the generation of alternatives that improve mobility. Along with co-Founder Jaime Ferrer, he also published the book Mobility 3.0, which deals with the AutoTraffic methodology. The authors believe that urban planning and management should move towards a new city design that is more "walkable", intelligent and generally friendly to all users of road space. He is a mechanic engineer who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Javier Arce has a long history in the hotel industry, having begun in 1993 as Development Director for Mexican Grupo Posadas. He co-founded Hoteles City Express in May 2002 and has since overseen the business development of the chain. He is in charge of all aspects from the search for land, to the delivery of a turnkey hotel to the operator. Among other activities, he oversees the development of projects in terms of architecture, structure, facilities and concepts. He coordinates to obtain permits, licenses and rights at federal, state and municipal level, and liaises between the various contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. He also promotes the franchise and the growth of the brands: City Express, City Express Plus, City Express Suites, City Express Junior and City Center, in Mexico as well as in Central and South America.
Luis Prados joined Clear Channel Mexico in September 2016 as Director General. Clear Channel is one of the largest outdoor media advertising companies in the world, with more than 675,000 sites in 40 countries across 5 continents. Prados has extensive experience in the media and advertising industry, having served as General Manager of the Zenith Optimedia agency, part of Grupo Publicis. Clear Channel also oversees the public bicycle systems in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puebla and Cancun. Before entering advertising, Prados worked as a consultant for top-level companies such as Televisa, Sportsworld and Mapfre, and was Founding Partner of LP&A Consulting in 2013.
Before his current position, Jacobo García served as Specialist of the OECD Regulatory Policy Division in Paris, France. In this position he coordinated publications such as the Guide to Improve the Regulatory Quality of State and Municipal Procedures and Promote Competitiveness in Mexico. In addition, he coordinated studies on policies for regulatory improvement in Colombia and Chile. Over the course of his professional career he has held the positions of Chief Advisor to the Governor of Coahuila Advisor to the Minister of Public Function, among other positions. In the academic field he has been professor of International Economics at the Autonomous University of Coahuila and Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo, as well as of Entrepreneurs Development in ITESM. He has participated in economic research projects in Asia Pacific and South America and in courses of various institutions such as the World Bank Institute, El Colegio de México and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Marcelino Madrigal has more than 15 years of experience in operation, technical and economic planning of electric energy systems and markets within academia, public sector and development banking. Before becoming Commissioner at CRE, he served as Coordinator of Advisors in the Undersecretariat of Electricity and previously as Director of Regulatory Development and Deputy General Manager in the Electrical Restructuring Unit in CRE. In the field of Development Banking he worked as a senior specialist in the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC for almost ten years and in more than fifteen countries advising government bodies and companies on issues related to investment projects, as well as aspects of policy and regulation, market planning and operation and the integration of renewable energy. He has published more than 40 technical articles and has been an active member of IEEE since 1996.
Before joining COCONAL, Hector Ovalle worked at ICA for 25 years. He participated in the board of directors of Empresas ICA for six years from 2003 to 2008, and he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of COCONAL. He has worked for the company for 19 years. In May 1996, he became a founding member of the Polytechnic Foundation and he participated in the Board of Directors of the College of Civil Engineers of Mexico in the periods 2000-2002 and 2010-2012. During the latter period, he was Vice President and Director General of the 26th National Congress of Civil Engineering. He has given conferences in national and international forums, across Mexico and Central America, on topics related to the construction, investment, administration and operation of infrastructure, municipal services and the environment.
Guillermo is Director of the PA office in Mexico. He is a specialist with more than three years of experience in the Mexican energy industry, leading projects in tariffs, energy regulation and financial analysis of investments. He was previously Strategy and Management Director of a multinational consulting company where he developed projects for important clients in the Mexican government and the private sector. He has specialized in the planning and evaluation of investments in energy and transport infrastructure. In Mexico, he has evaluated combined cycle, cogeneration, wind and solar projects as well as gas pipelines for CFE. He has also provided specialized advice to companies and management boards to clients such as GACM and COFECE.
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm and creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab works across diverse areas, ranging from urban creativity, to mobility and governance. In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations. Gómez-Mont is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been recognized internationally for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, as well as the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others. She is also a TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director’s Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow and a World Cities Summit Young Leader. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people in the world by Fast Company magazine.
Javier Lomelín began his career in the real estate sector in 1986, in the Lomelín Real Estate Corporation, one of the largest and most prestigious firms in Mexico. In 1993 Colliers Mexico started operations under the direction of Lomelín, who since then has played a prominent role in the establishment and consolidation of Colliers International in Mexico and its expansion through Latin America. Currently, Lomelín has more than 25 years of experience in real estate and serves as CEO of Colliers International in Latin America, and as General Director of Colliers Lomelín. Under his leadership, Colliers International has today with more than 1,000 employees in 27 offices, in eight Latin American countries.
At Thor Urbana, Jimmy Arakanji oversees the sourcing, leasing, management and repositioning of the company’s assets. Previously as part of Thor Equities, he initiated and led the company's expansion into Mexico in 2006 with broad responsibility for the sourcing, execution and management of several prime retail real estate acquisitions and developments around Mexico City's most affluent neighborhoods. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Boston University and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. Arakanji is a member of several industry associations such as the ICSC and the ULI, among others.
Roberto Martínez is a specialist in public policies and competitiveness. Prior to his appointment at the OECD, he worked extensively in the Mexican public sector, in the Federal Institute of Telecommunications, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. He has extensive experience in the private sector, having worked at Intel Corp as well as serving as regional president of the National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technologies (CANIETI). He has worked as a consultant for UNDP, the World Bank, USAID and has also collaborated in the preparation of the WEF’s Global Report of Information Technologies. He holds a Bachelor's degree from El Colegio de México and a Master's degree from the London School of Economics and from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mario Maldonado is a trained journalist. He has specialized in business, economics and finance at institutions in Mexico and abroad. He has been a reporter, editor and contributor to different media such as Milenio, El Financiero-Bloomberg, Azteca Opinion, the BBC and the magazines Alto Nivel and Expansión. He is currently a columnist for El Universal newspaper and Fortune en Español magazine. In addition, he collaborates with MVS Radio and Foro TV.
Roberto Calvet has broad experience within the infrastructure and construction industries. After having begun his career at ICA, he went on to work at Promotora Mexicana de Infraestructura as Construction Director. He became Director General of Rocal Project Management in 2000, and Director General Mexico of CH2M Hill, before returning to ICA as Construction Director. After working as Director General of Advance Mexico for one year, Calvet joined AECOM in June 2016 as Director General Mexico. Under his tenure, AECOM was one of the companies to be awarded the NAICM contract for the technical and administrative supervision of the terminal building.
Luis Rubio has broad experience representing domestic and international corporations, trade associations, and the Mexican government on complex corporate matters, M&A, divestitures, joint ventures, international contracts, and international trade proceedings. He pioneered the practice of dispute resolution in Mexico under Chapter XIX of NAFTA and was a member of the team that negotiated NAFTA on behalf of the Mexican government, particularly as it relates to foreign investment. He also advises major industrial, mobile telephone, and satellite operators in Mexico. He has represented foreign public companies in Mexico and Mexican subsidiaries in the structuring, implementation, and roll-out of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policies and procedures and has provided legal counsel for issues related to voting agreements, anti-money laundering, extraterritorial application of foreign laws in Mexico (antidote laws), investment in regulated entities, e-commerce, and personal data protection.
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.
Before his current position, Juan Manuel Valle served as Executive Director of AMEXCID, a decentralized agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of guiding, coordinating, arranging and implementing the Mexican policy of international cooperation for the development, in accordance with national priorities for sustainable human development. Previously, he was Head of the Banking, Securities and Savings Unit in the Ministry of Finance, covering topics such as inclusion and financial education, protection of users of financial services. Likewise, he coordinated from the Secretariat the work on stability of the financial system. He has been a representative of Mexico and a member of several international organizations such as the Global Association for Financial Inclusion of the G20 and the Working Group on Protection of Users of Financial Services of the OECD.
Jorge Gálvez currently serves as Director of Product Specialists and Cloud Solutions at Oracle Mexico, and has extensive sales experience in the local and Latin American markets. Part of the product specialist team at Oracle since 2004, he is the leader in systems and technology initiatives such as Database, Middleware, Idm, Data Integration and Big Data, as well as engineering in Mexico. He joined Oracle in November 2004, as part of the team of product specialists. In 2008, he became a Senior Specialist for one year after serving as Solution Architect, while in 2010 he took on the position of Director of Product Specialists. He has extensive experience in solutions for the Public Sector and Telecommunications, as well as analytics and data processing projects.
Eduardo Andrade was appointed to implement and develop Sacyr in Mexico. Previously he was Vice President for Latin America of Iberdrola. Additionally, he serves as President of the México Necesitas Ingenieros Foundation. Previously, he served as Development Director of Business of Techint México, as well as President of the Mexican Energy Association and as President of the Mexican chapter of the World Energy Council.
Agustín Sarasola began his profesional career in 1989, as Sales Executive and Sales Manager at Sun Microsystems. In 1995, the company to become Sales Manager of Silicon Graphics and subsequently worked at Digital for one year, again in sales. He worked in Europe, in Munich and Madrid for 12 years in Compaq and Montejava, before returning to Mexico and becoming General Manager of OHL Desarrollos. During his tenure, he was in charge of developing the luxury Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen.
José Zozaya has been President and Executive Representative of Kansas City Southern of Mexico since 2006. Prior to that he was General Director of Investigations in Federal Competition Commission and Legal Director of Mobile Oil of Mexico in 1993 and 1997 respectively. Also, in 2000, he participated as coordinator of the merger of Exxon with Mobile Oil in Mexico. In 2010, he was elected President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico from 2010 to 2012 and became the first Mexican to occupy that position. As of April 2013, he assumed the position as President of the Mexican Association of Railroads. In November 2014, he was elected President of the Mexican Transportation Council.
Diana Muñozcano began her professional career as an analyst in a financial structuring consultancy in the energy, infrastructure, and tourism sectors, participating in several projects, such as Puerto Mahahual, on the Costa Maya. In 2006, she became Director of New Business at Grupo Indi. During the first years under her management, projects such as Nueva Italia-Apatzingán were developed, strategically contributing to the group's growth. In 2011, she was appointed Vice President of New Business and Infrastructure. To date she has contributed to the achievement of more public and private investment projects such as the Mexibus concessions and the Urbana Oriente toll road.
Marco Priego is Director of Urban Mobility at WRI Mexico, leading WRI Cities’ strategy of for the development of public urban mobility policies that are reflected in public transport, bicycle and pedestrian projects. He leads the development of disruptive mobility projects that help accelerate the transformation of mobility in cities toward more sustainable means. Marco has been a professor, project designer and transport, traffic and road design engineering consultant. He has been Manager of Mobility and Road Safety for 3M Mexico, Road Safety Manager and coordinator of public transport projects at CTS Mexico, Coordinator of Infrastructure Projects in the State of Chihuahua and Assistant Professor at the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.
Martha Garcíarivas is a pharmaceutical chemist-biologist that has played various roles in the Mexican government. She was a federal deputy in the LIV Legislature, where she served as secretary of the Ecology Commission. Later she was a federal delegate of SEMARNAP in the State of Mexico, prior to its restructuring to become SEMARNAT. She was Minister of Ecology of the same entity, and until September 14, she served as coordinator of Delegations in SEMARNAT.
Joseph Woodard is the Senior Contracts Manager for the New Mexico City Airport (NAICM), where he participates in the development of contracts and ensure the compliance of the Mexican Federal Public Works Law. He has extensive experience in the management of construction projects, both locally and internationally having worked in various countries including Abu Dhabi, as well as serving as Project Manager in the construction of various projects such as educational facilities.
Judith Maas has worked in Foreign Affairs and politics for almost 15 years, prior to which she worked as a journalist. In 2003, she was appointed Deputy Spokesperson for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, at The Hague and subsequently became Second Secretary for Political Affairs at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Madrid before moving on to Paris. In 2009, she worked in Afghanistan as Development Advisor before assuming the position of Head of Security and Rule of Law Cluster at the Embassy in Kampala. After the Ebola outbreak in 2014, she returned to The Hague to become Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force and subsequently Head of West Africa Unit, Sub Sahara Africa Department.
Carlos Mendez joined ICA in 1975, participating in different positions in Civil Construction, International Operation, Concessions and Infrastructure Operation, retiring in 2015 as Executive Vice President. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ICA from 2013 to 2015. He belongs to the Alumni Society of the Faculty of Engineering, was a Director of the Mexican Association of Roads (AMC) and an ICA representative in the International Road Federation. From 2005-2006, he served as Vice President of Representation, Management and Institutional Relations of the CMIC Mexico City delegation and is currently Vice President of CMIC, involved in emblematic projects such as NAICM and the ZEEs.