Mexico Infrastructure & Sustainability Summit 2018 - Preliminary Speakers
Jorge Wolpert has held various positions both in the public and private sectors. He began his career at Pleca as Sales Director and went on to work for Gorshein-Fasja Arquitectos, Wort Constructores, ASA and the World Bank. He joined the public sector as Coordinator of Integral Energy Services for Small Rural Communities at the Ministry of Energy. He was then Deputy Director of Sustainability at CONAVI and Director General of Urban, Ground Development and Housing at SEDATU, before returning to CONAVI to take the position of Director General
Eduardo Ramírez is founder of construction company CONSEER in Tampico, Tamaulipas. Before taking up his position at CMIC, he was the Minister of the Business Institutions Counsel of the South of Tamaulipas, part of the IMSS Consulting Council, and the President of the Water Operator Organism of Tampico and Madero in Tamaulipas. Ramírez has been affiliated with CMIC for 28 years as an active participant in the chamber. He graduated from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon as a Civil Engineer.
Leopoldo Zambonino has more than 19 years’ experience working in the transport sector and has worked in the Mexican industry for eight years. He is a specialist in design, supervision, technical assistance and management of infrastructure and installations for Motor Sports. Zambonino’s experience centers around the management of road contracts and he has participated in asset management contracts under the Special Purpose Companies (SPE) scheme. Prior to MEXTYPSA, he worked for Ayesa and TYPSA in Spain.
Luis de la Peña is Financial Director of ROADIS, a fully-owned subsidiary of PSP Investments, one of the largest Canadian pension investment managers. It acts as the global platform for PSP to invest and manage toll roads and railway infrastructure projects. Previously, de la Peña cofounded Financiera Nova and served as CEO from 2015 to 2017. He has extensive experience in debt and capital markets, having been Vice President of Debt Capital Markets at JP Morgan, Vice President of Debt Capital Markets at BBVA and Director of Structured Finance at Fitch Ratings.
Felipe Duarte was Undersecretary of Transport at the Ministry of Communications and Transport from 2006 to 2012. Duarte was also Undersecretary of Competitivity and Normality at the Ministry of Economy and was part of the Economic Cabinet of the President during that time. He has worked as a consultant to the President for public policies and was a consultant at McKinsey and Co. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Administration and Public Accounting.
Enrique Alonso has 18 years of experience in the management of construction projects. He has participated in large infrastructure projects, managing contracts for civil works and buildings, technical and economic supervision of the development of contracts, business development and customer relations, and management of concession contracts. He joined Sacyr in 2001. Other positions he has held at SACYR include Director of Northwest Zone (Civil Works and Building) and Railway Works in Spain, and Delegate of Railway Works
Ignacio Garcia de Presno has over 20 years of professional experience delivering advice to companies in the infrastructure sector as head of the evaluation and design of financing for projects, actively participating in their analysis, feasibility and structuring. Previously, he founded and collaborated on different infrastructure consulting teams and worked for organizations in the public and private sectors, providing advisory services related to the construction of roads, ports, airports, railways and public transportation, among others.
Javier Valencia is the Vice President and Co-Founder of the Mexican Institute of Sustainable Smart Cities (IMCISS). He is also Expansion Director of Grupo ITD and Vice President of IMEI. Valencia graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana and has a certificate in facilities management and smart buildings. He was previously the Commercial Director of ITD and the Director of Real Estate Management at WTC in Mexico City.
Juan Manuel Ramírez has more then 10 years of upper level management expertise. As Operations Director of LOMA Desarrollos, he is responsible for the development of commercial real estate projects as well as marketing and sales for all commercial and mixed-use projects. Previously, he spent over two years at Orange Investments as Business Unit Manager. Other Directorate positions include Director General of Parque Industrial Centenario in Coahuila, Director General of Inmobiliaria Tunera and Regional Director of Grupo Procsa for San Luis Potosi.
Mauricio Ceballos is Partner at Fernando Romero Enterprise and has been the Executive Director and Director of many important projects at FR-EE. He has more than 20 years of experience in design and construction of large-scale developments. During his work at FR-EE, he supervised the design and construction of the Soumaya Museum and Cabos Convention Center among others. Currently he is leading the biggest infrastructure project of Mexico: The New Mexico International Airport (NAIM).
Carlos del Río is responsible for the firm’s corporate social responsibility and pro bono program. His practice focuses on M&A, private equity and real estate. As a partner of the firm’s real estate groups, Del Río has and continues to represent pension funds, private equity funds and other investors in their real estate investments, including acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, development and management of their assets in Mexico. Most recently, he advised Terrafina in the acquisition of a portfolio of 10 industrial properties in Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon.
Edgar Anaya’s professional practice focuses on domestic and international tax planning and consulting, with wide experience representing individuals and companies in strategic entrepreneurial, transactional and corporate planning, legal and tax matters, including the planning of business structures and transactions, M&A, restructuring and litigation issues. Before founding Anaya Abogados, Anaya was Tax Manager at Arthur Andersen (Ruiz Urquiza), Mexico City, and at JA Garrigues, Madrid. He was also an associate attorney at Santamarina & Steta.
Alberto Marín is an experienced Technical Director with a long history of working in the vertical transportation industry. He has worked at Schindler Mexico since January 2018, and was previously a vertical transportation consultant. After starting his professional career at Cementi Rossi as a Quality Control Engineer, he moved to Thyssenkrupp in 1995 and began climbing its ranks. Having held the positions of Regional Field Engineer, Regional Technical Manager, Director of Field Operations and Regional Technical Director, his experience in the company totaled over 20 years.
John Donoghue has been involved in digital infrastructure deployment such as fiber, wireless towers, small cells and colocation facilities for over 35 years. Donoghue is the Co-Founder of National Fiber Networks (US) and the Founder/CEO of DarkNet Communications. DarkNet Communications is the first successful Build Out of the first wireless PCS Networks in the US including Sprint, T Mobile, Cox and AT&T. National Fiber Networks Mexico is the first Dark Fiber Network in Mexico deploying metropolitan, middle and long-haul fiber networks for mobile backhauls, enterprises,
carriers, government and educational networks.
Baltazar Rodríguez is a strategic technology consultant with more than 29 years of experience enabling the transformation of various institutions through the use of information technologies. Over the years, he has worked on projects for telecommunications, banking and government entities. Rodríguez also served as CTO at SAT and as a consultant for transformation projects in Mexico's health sector, such as the Advanced Electronic Signature and the Electronic Invoice.
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.
Jorge Martínez is a Founding Partner and Director General of Mexico’s parking lot and parking-meter companies COPEMSA and COPEMSA Parquímetros, as well as the Director General of Mexico’s first all-electric light-vehicle OEM Zacua. He has held several public sector positions, including General Deputy Assistant and Chief of Staff in the planning, institutional development, coordination of territorial neighborhoods, borough projects and collegiate mechanisms in Mexico City’s Cuauhtemoc municipality.
Adriana Lobo was previously the Director of CTS EMBARQ México, an NGO that focuses on catalyzing sustainable solutions in Mexican cities. She has collaborated with various transport consulting firms in Brazil and Mexico and has more than 10 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.
Eduardo Orozco has been involved in the Mexican, US and Chilean housing sector for more than 10 years. He is currently the founder and director of MDL, a housing developer focused on improving the residential offer in Mexico through human-centered design and the use of advanced Construction technologies. Orozco was previously the Country Manager of Greystar Mexico where he structured investment in rental housing projects with a value of over US$250 billion. He was also responsible for delivering the first rental housing development in Guadalajara and the expansion of
Greystar into Chile, raising more than US$70 million. Prior to that Orozco worked in MIRA Companies and Black Creek Group.
Mariana Orozco is the Director General of CityEs! Since 2007, first as an activist, then as a consultant, researcher and technical adviser and more recently as a public servant, she has collaborated in different initiatives to promote the public policy of urban mobility at a national level and in Mexican cities from a human rights, climate change and road safety perspective. At the Institute of Policies for Transport and Development (ITDP), she was founder of the Public Policy Coordination. Orozco has also held a number of positions at SEDATU.
Maximiliano Zurita worked at ICA for 24 years in the transport division prior to joining CAF. He participated in the construction of lines 3, 4 and 7 of the Mexico City Metro system and worked in various areas in the manufacturing of bearing systems for the Collective Transport System managed by Constructora Nacional de Ferrocarril. Zurita has been the Director General of CAF Mexico since 2001 and oversaw the construction of the Suburban Train in Mexico City. He graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana as a Civil Engineer.
Mauricio Cobo was Minister of Mobility of the Municipality of Queretaro from 2015-2018. Throughout the years, Cobo played various roles within the Municipality of Queretaro government, including Transport Director and Director of the Municipality Studies Center and IMPLAN. He has a Bachelor’s from ITESM in Economics, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration and in Urban Planning from the University of South California in Los Angeles.
Roberto Olivares graduated from IPN with a Civil Engineering degree and then pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the National Institute of PublIc Administration (INAP). Since 1991 he has been professionally linked to the water and sanitation subsector. Olivares is the former Director General of the National Association of Water and Sanitation Companies of Mexico (ANEAS), Director General of the Association of Potable Water and Sanitation Regulatory Entities of the Americas (ADERASA), Coordinator of the Water Forum of the Americas (FAM), Technical Secretary of the Water Operators Partnerships (WOP) Mexico Program, Coordinator of the Promoter Group of the Latin American Association of Water and Sanitation (WINGS) and Governor of the World Water Council (WWC).
Yolanda Padilla is currently the Regional Manager Mexico & Central America at Fluence. Prior to working in Fluence, she was the Central America Regional Manager at RWL Water and was worked in Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies Mexico as a manager for various divisions. Padilla graduated from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) as a Chemical Engineer.
Sergio Ramírez graduated as a civil engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and holds a Master's 39 degree in Construction Management Engineering from the University of Michigan. Ramirez leads Acciona Infraestructuras, which oversees the construction, concessions and water sector services. Ramírez has extensive experience
in both the public and private sectors and great knowledge of the Mexican market. Previously he was the Water and Energy Projects Director at IDEAL. Ramírez has participated in the development of the largest WWTP, Atotonilco in the state of Hidalgo. He also served in the Ministry of Energy and Banobras.
Federico Casares has a professional trajectory of more than 35 years in the areas of engineering and projects, environmental consulting, innovation and competitiveness, commercialization and business development in the industrial and municipal sectors. He has worked as Business Development and Institutional Affairs Director Mexico of Veolia since August 2016. Previously, he held a variety of executive positions in Latin America, including Director of Projects for the Dominican Republic for Biwater International.
Jack Levy founded Grupo VEQ in 2003 at the age of 27. He was one of the pioneers of high rises in Guadalajara, having developing the three tallest buildings in the city in 2001, one of them 42 stories high. After founding Grupo VEQ, he led it from developing a small 25-apartment complex building in 2003 to developing close to 1,000 residential units in 2018. Levy has been working for the past five years in developing programs that strengthen his team personally and professionally. He is also a philanthropist, with investments in different schools to fund the development of new educational programs.
Othón Pérez is currently Business Development Director at FOA Consulting. Before working at FOA Consulting, he served as Director of Federal Ports at the Ministry of Communications and Transportation. He also served as Deputy General Manager of Public-Private Partnerships in the Treasury Investment Unit, where he promoted several projects under this scheme such as hospitals and highways. Pérez has also served as Country Manager of CH2M HILL and Country Manager of HILL INTERNATIONAL. He participated in the project management of the New Mexico City Airport, the Atotonilco Wastewater Treatment Plant and other similar projects.