Mexico Talent Forum Speakers 2016 - Mexico Business Events (mbe)

Mexico Talent Forum Speakers 2016

Laura Obregón Bermúdez
Laura Obregón Bermúdez
Director General of Technicon

Obregón leads Technicon, a human capital service company with over 30 years of experience in hiring, payroll and personnel selection operating all over Mexico. She is also the President of the Mexican Association of Human Capital Companies, an association which aims to push forward the social and economic development of third party employers while ensuring dignified work for employees, during the 2015-2016 period. Obregón has a Bachelor in Law from the Panamerican University and has postgraduate studies in Intellectual and Industrial Property Law and Civil Law also from Panamerican University. 

Claudia Raunich
Claudia Raunich
VP HR LAC & HRBP LAC HNICS

Raunich joined American Express in 1991 as a call center representative. Her dedication to customer service positioned her as a Training Coordinator in Human Resources. She was later appointed to leadership positions in Argentina, US and Europe. In 2009, she assumed the role of Market HR head for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Panama and Puerto Rico. In 2012, she moved to Mexico as VP HR LAC and HR Business Partner LAC GNICS, taking on HR responsibilities for the entire region. Raunich graduated with honors from Universidad del Salvador and holds two post-graduate intensive programs in Organizational Psychology and in Global Human Resources.

Silvia Mendieta Sandoval
Silvia Mendieta Sandoval
Operation Director Human Resources at Audi México

Silvia Mendieta Sandoval has over 20 years of experience in human resources with a strong focus in the launching of automotive plants. Her successful projects include German, Japanese and French automotive plants and her achievements include the successful start of five different companies. Mendieta is now in charge of the successful launch of a plant for Audi México, a premier automotive company which is investing US$1,300 million in the construction of this manufacturing plant. Mendieta has a Bachelors in Administration and a Masters in Engineering.

Gabriel Aparicio
Gabriel Aparicio
Country Manager Kelly Services Mexico

Aparicio has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing domestic and global solutions in the logistics sector. He has been Country Manager for Kelly Services since 2015, his vision for talent management needs across key industries in Mexico and the challenges the companies face everyday in the talent market and workforce supply chain has taken Gabriel to rethink and develop special tailor made solutions for business partners and new players in the market. Prior to Kelly he was the Country Manager for Mexico, leading the Supply Chain Solutions function for Mexico in UPS, the worldwide logistics company leader.

Guido van der Zwet
Guido van der Zwet
General Manager Americas of iPS – Powerful People

Van der Zwet has worked for iPS – Powerful People since 2013. iPS – Powerful People is an international recruitment and crewing agency mainly focused on the energy sector and has been present for over 10 years in Mexico. Before joining iPS – Powerful People, van der Zwet worked in various commercial jobs being responsible for business development in Mexico and Latin America. He was born the Netherlands and has lived in Mexico since 2006, van der Zwet holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Amsterdam Business School.

Juan Casillas
Juan Casillas
Managing Director at ManattJones

Casillas provides consulting services to international corporations regarding their activities in Mexico as well as to Mexican businesses on their operations and initiatives overseas. Prior to joining ManattJones in 2003, Casillas was the General Manager of STR, a software development company. In 2000 he founded Colegioweb, an internet company dedicated to providing extranet services to schools and medium-size companies and organizations. From 1993 to 1999 he was the Assistant General Director of a hologram manufacturing company in Mexico. He also served at Andersen Consulting in the Chicago office and at Servicios de Fomento Industrial, a Mexican consulting firm.

Julieta Cuellar
Julieta Cuellar
Talent Management Leader at Cummins Latin America

Cuellar has almost 25 years of experience in all HR areas serving automotive companies, such as Delco, Valeo and currently Cummins Engine Company. She was HR Manager in 2 different Cummins branches and the last 4 years she has held corporate positions as Functional Excellence Leader for Mexcio & Central America leading the harmonization and implementation of corporate HR practices in new Cummins business’s. Since the beginning of this year she took the role as Talent Management Manager for Latin America. Cuellar has a bachelor’s in Industrial Relations and a Master’s degree in Business.

Alfredo Arzola
Alfredo Arzola
Director of the Automotive Cluster of Guanajuato Civil Association

In his current position, Arzola integrates and coordinates the needs and development opportunities for the automotive sector. For five years he developed the local supply chain and industrial policy in Guanajuato. For two years he led the Promotion and Attraction of Foreign Investment department at the Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development for the state in the Asian and US markets. He also has six years’ experience in international promotion and global sales. Arzola has a Bachelor’s in Foreign Trade and Customs as well as a postgraduate degree in High Management from Iberoamericana University campus Leon and a specialization in Financial Administration from Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM) campus Leon.

Victor Maldonado
Victor Maldonado
Head of Human Resources Committee at the Energy Cluster at the State of Coahuila

Apart from his current position, Maldonado has published studies regarding income distribution, gender equality and economic development. He also held a professorship at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) and the Polytechnic National Institute (IPN) in Mexico City. Most of his career has been developed in the public sector. Maldonado holds a Bachelor’s degree from the National Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), a Masters degree in Demographics from El Colegio de México, postgraduate studies in Economics and University Development from Cambridge University as well as an MsC in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Mayte Barba
Mayte Barba
Professor and Researcher of Psychology at the Technological Institute of Monterrey

Barba is a fulltime member of the Business Department faculty at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, campus Cuernavaca, and belongs to the Research Chair for Managerial Competencies as well as part of the Research Network for Competencies in Latin America. She also does independent consultancies and her clients have included Baxter, Glaxo Welcome, Ericsson, Nestlé, IBM and Sigma Alimentos. Barba also has an international consultancy certification from Radical Collaboration and The Human Element. She holds a Bachelor’s in Organizational Psychology from the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM), a Masters in Psychology and a PhD in Research in Psychology from the Iberoamericana University.

Christopher Ávila
Christopher Ávila
Deputy Director of Government Affairs at Grupo Bal

Before joining Grupo Bal in 2015, Ávila served as Undersecretary of Mines and Industrial Parks with the Government of the State of Zacatecas. From 2005-2009 he worked as an attorney at Santos-Elizondo-Cantú-Rivera-González-de la Garza-Mendoza firm in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Ávila started his career in law at the prestigious Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cía where he specialized in corporate governance, M&As and the incorporation of legal entities in Mexico. He has a B.A. in law from ITESM, a Masters in Tax Law and postgraduate studies from the New York University of Law.

Jan Frowijn
Jan Frowijn
Director of Business Collaboration Sector Mexico & Central America at Rosen

In his 15+ year career with the ROSEN Group, Frowijn has been a member of senior management in The Netherlands, USA and now Mexico. In his current role as Director for Business Collaboration he provides leadership to ROSEN Mexico. In the USA he held the function of Regional Finance Manager for North America, including also Mexico and Central America. There he was also involved in due diligence and acquisitions. In the Netherlands, he was responsible for the company’s Financial operations and Accounting. He has a bachelor’s in Business Economics from the Saxion Hogeschool and a MBA from TSM Business School in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Iván Sandrea
Iván Sandrea
Founding Member and CEO at Sierra Oil and Gas

With more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Sandrea has been active in Mexico for a decade. Prior to Sierra, he served as co-head of the global oil and gas emerging markets practice for EY, President of Energy Intelligence Group, Vice President of Upstream Strategy and Business Development at Statoil, Board Member of Pan Andean Resources, Officer at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Investment Banker at Merrill Lynch and Exploration/Operations Geologist at BP. Sandrea holds a BSc in Geology from Baylor University and an MSc and MBA from Edinburgh University.

Beatriz Rivas Leal
Beatriz Rivas Leal
Sr. Director of Corporate Affairs at Great Place to Work® Institute México

Rivas has 12 years of experience in corporate communications, focusing on design, construction and implementation of strategies that integrate the brand and its products. She has worked at several important brands in Latin America, including companies focused on mass consumption, insurance and employee benefits. Rivas has five years in consulting and has trained over 1,500 media spokespersons. She has worked as Communications and Brand Manager for Sodexo, Public Relations Manager at Nestlé, Head of Marketing and Communications at Zurich Internal Communications and Organizational Climate and RSC Manager for Atento. She has taught at several universities in Venezuela, including Andrés Bello Catholic University, Metropolitan University and Simón Bolívar University.

Federico Sada
Federico Sada
Director General at INSAR

Sada founded INSAR in 2000 and now includes 115 collaborators on several vertical and mixed projects with over MX$8 billion, such as Residencial Dinastía, Levant Dinastía Residencial, Levant Dinastía Oficinas, Parc Santa María, Lanttan Valle Alto de Monterrey, Torre de la Loma, Avanta Gardens in San Pedro Garza García, Levant Diamante, Avanta Querétaro, Levant Boca in Veracruz and Levant Campestre in Tijuana, among others. He has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute in Mexico as Most Trusted CEO. Sada is an industrial engineer from ITESM and has a Masters in Finance from the EGADE Business School.

Guido van der Zwet
Guido van der Zwet
General Manager America of IPS Powerful People

Guido van der Zwet has been General Manager Americas for iPS – Powerful People since 2013. iPS – Powerful People is an international recruitment and crewing agency, mainly focused on the energy sector. It entered Mexico in 2007 and now has offices in Mexico City and Ciudad del Carmen. Van der Zwet has been in Mexico since 2006 in several commercial positions, creating business opportunities in the country and throughout Latin America. He is also co-founder of the Dutch Energy Association, a nonprofit organization that supports Dutch energy companies in Mexico and Mexican energy companies in the Netherlands.