Mexico Talent Forum 2018 Preliminary Speakers
Michelle Ferrari joined Great Place To Work Mexico in 2002 and has since worked in several managerial positions. She was appointed CEO in 2016. Ferrari has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive director. She is striving to achieve a global cultural transformation. At the moment, Ferrari is innovating the world of organizational culture, with Mexico leading the implementation of a set of platforms, methodologies and management models developed by Great Place To Work.
Jaime Cardoso has over 25 years of experience in the information and communication technology industry. He is Marketing Director for Latin America at Kronos, a leader in workforce management, providing solutions to improve workforce productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. Cardoso is a Cybernetics Engineer from La Salle University, with a Master’s in management from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He also holds a postgraduate degree in high sales direction from the Virtual Educa International Association (ASIVE).
Paola Carranco founded TalentLab in 2013. Previously, she was Human Resources Director at Unilever Mexico and worked in several countries such as Brazil and England. Carranco also chairs INcluye, a group of organizations committed to fostering diversity and inclusion within companies. Carranco has a Bachelor’s in industrial relations with a Major in change management. She has been a professor at ITAM since 2011 and has participated as a speaker in various national and international forums and conferences, including The Global Summit of Women 2017 in Japan.
Gustavo Linares is the Director General of Human Resources at the United Nations Development Program in Mexico. He has more than 10 years of experience in human resources and training in a wide range of private and public institutions in the United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Spain, the US and Mexico. He has a Bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Houston and majored in human resources at the Emirates Academy in Dubai. Linares also holds a Master’s in international finance from the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France.
Diana Salinas has over 20 years of experience in recruitment, training and development of human resources. She has also worked in organizational culture, internal corporate communications and labor management. As Director of Human Capital at Grupo Posadas, Salinas strives to consolidate the company’s multidisciplinary work groups to make it one of the best places to work in Mexico. She holds a Bachelor’s in psychology with a major in human resources management from the Iberoamerican University.
Jonathan Reyes is the Head of Recruitment for Latin America at Uber. He has more than 10 years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition. He has worked in several countries as an expert in talent acquisition and mobility for companies like IBM, Logica and the Commonwealth Bank. Reyes brings a diverse view of what finding and developing talent means to an organization. He has a Bachelor's with a major in psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney and a Bachelor of Business in human resources from the University of Technology Sydney.
Miriam Dávila joined the WeWork team in 2017 with the mission to lead the training, strategic communications and organizational development areas. Dávila specializes in human capital development and innovative strategies for talent management in business. She has participated in the redesign of WeWork’s growth strategies through human talent. Davila has more than 10 years of experience managing human resources. She studied a BA in pedagogy at Anáhuac University and a Masters in innovation in business strategies at the Center for Advanced Design Studies of Monterrey.
Marta Román is the Academic Director of Collective Academy, an innovative learning platform committed to developing the next generation of Mexican leaders. Román has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as part of the faculty and research staff of the Madrid Autonomous University (UAM). Prior to Collective Academy, Román founded BFluency, a consultancy in the design, creation and development of high performance teams. She has a Bachelor’s in psychology and Master’s degrees in behavioral sciences methodology and sports psychology from UAM.
Juan Manuel Romero is President of the Mexican Association of Applied Research and Innovation and Technology Coordinator at UNAM, where he is also a Professor of postgraduate studies. Prior to UNAM, he worked in the public sector at the Bank of Mexico, the Ministry of Energy and as Deputy Director of the Foreign Trade National Bank. Romero was also in the private sector with PEMEX and the Battelle Memorial Institute, among other institutions, developing programs in several countries, including Spain, Venezuela, Argentina and the US. He has a Bachelor’s in business from UNAM and an MBA from ITESM.
Katia Villafuerte has more than 10 years of experience working as a private psychologist and coach and more than eight years consulting as a human resources coach. She has worked with national and transnational companies such as Diageo, IBM, Unilever, Adidas, Liverpool, Santander and Bosch. For over 10 years, Villafuerte was Director of the B.A in Organizational Psychology and B.A in Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship at ITESM campus Santa Fe, where she is a professor in the Management and Leadership Department. Villafuerte holds a Master’s in psychology from the Universidad de Las Americas and a Maters in positive leadership from Tec Milenio University.
Norma Muñóz has worked at UNAQ since 2008, having held positions such as Professor and Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate programs. She is the university’s current Academic Secretary. Muñóz is a communications and electronics engineer and has a Master of Science and Technology in the automation and control module and a major in inter-institutional science and technology. Prior to UNAQ, she worked at several educational institutions, including the National Methodology Center.
Ramón Escobar is the Country Manager of Easy Mexico, running a multidisciplinary team across five cities. He strives to achieve the company’s growth goals, evaluating and developing business opportunities for different sectors and expanding its alliances and commercial relationships. Escobar has collaborated in public and private projects in Chile, Brazil and the US. He is a member of 500 Startups, Orange Fab and Grow.co. Escobar has a Bachelor’s in commercial engineering from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and an MBA from Santiago de Chile University.
Zinia Padilla has been Director of Culture and Change Management at ITESM since 2014. She has more than 16 years of experience instilling a shared and enthusiastic commitment to improve society from the talent development field. Her work at ITESM focuses on enabling the right capabilities for new projects and initiatives aimed at transforming the employee experience. Prior to ITESM, she worked as Human Resources Manager for American Standard and for other well-known companies such as Whirlpool and Deloitte. Padilla has an Honors Bachelor’s in organizational psychology and an MBA from ITESM.
Mariana Monge is the COO of Generation Mexico, a nongovernmental organization founded by McKinsey & Company in 2015 that strives to solve the problem of youth unemployment through innovative educational programs. In its three years of operation, Generation has developed more than 20 training programs worldwide and graduated 19,000 young people in five countries. Monge has more than five years of experience as a McKinsey & Company Consultant. She has a Master’s in finance from the IE Business School and a Bachelor’s in finance and economics from the University of Miami.
Sergio Masse is Partner and COO of China Campus Network (CCN) Latin America, a university consortium composed by 28 leading Chinese universities fostering global talent. Masse also Co-Founded Beacon Group in 2013, a company promoting international academic cooperation for young students and professionals. He has extensive experience in multinational consulting and project management. Prior to CCN, he worked as a logistics consultant for Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and P&G, among others. Masse is an Industrial Engineer graduated from the Ibero-American University.
Jaime Morfín has extensive experience combining information technologies with human capital management. Morfín has two Master’s degrees from Texas University, knowledge that he has used to innovate in web development, e-marketing and cybersecurity. He has also developed management tools to improve human resources, consulting for companies and organizations such as The Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), PEMEX, General Motors and Liverpool.
Alberto Mondelli has more than 20 years of experience consulting on human capital and talent management for various multinational companies in Latin America. He has worked with Hay Group, Mercer and KPMG, among others. At Willis Towers Watson, Mondelli develops services and solutions for the management of international workforces at global companies. He specializes in human resources compensation, benefits and pension programs. Mondelli studied industrial engineering at Zulia University and an advanced management program at IESA, both in Venezuela.
Roberto Miramontes is the Director of Operations at Easy Mexico, which is committed to developing the next generation of talented entrepreneurs. Miramontes has more than 10 years of experience in retail, collaborating with multinationals such as TYCO Security, FEMSA Commerce, OXXO, Walmart-Sam’s Club and Lala Group. Miramontes has a Bachelor’s in communication and an MBA. He is passionate about creating high-performance and objective-driven teams.
Guido van der Zwet has been General Manager Americas for iPS Powerful People since 2013. The company offers personnel solutions, such as payroll, permanent staffing and project management, mainly focused on the energy sector. The company entered Mexico in 2007 and now has offices in Mexico City and Ciudad del Carmen. Van der Zwet has been in Mexico since 2006, working 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 that supports Dutch energy companies in Mexico and Mexican energy companies in the Netherlands.
Gabriel Aparicio has been the Country Manager for Kelly Services since 2015, striving to rethink the challenges that companies face in the talent market and the workforce supply chain. His work focuses on developing tailor-made solutions for each business partner to connect companies with the right talent they need. Aparicio has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing domestic and global innovative solutions and strategies for the logistics industry. Prior to Kelly Services, he was Country Manager Mexico at UPS, the leading worldwide logistics company.
Patricio Bichara is CEO of Collective Academy, an innovative education platform forging the next generation of leaders in Mexico’s business, technology and innovation ecosystem. Before co-founding Collective Academy, Bichara was part of the Polymath Ventures team in Colombia, launching companies for Latin America’s emerging middle class, and a member of IGNIA’s investment team, the larges venture capital fund in Mexico. He began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company Mexico and The Bridgespan Group. Bichara holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech and ITESM.
João Nunes has more than 14 years of experience working in the Page Group across different countries, including Portugal, Brazil and Mexico. As a Member of the Board of Michael Page Mexico, Nunes has experience recruiting profiles from middle to top management for several industries in different countries. He manages the Mexico City and Central America Offices, specializing in human resources, IT, supply chain and procurement, finance, sales and marketing and retail, among others. Before joining the Page Group, he worked at Heidrick & Struggles.
Jan Frowijn joined Rosen Group Europe in 2000 as Finance Manager. In 2006, he was transferred to Rosen USA's Houston office and in 2014 came to Mexico to take up the role of Managing Director. He is now Director of Business Collaboration, as part of the sub-region’s management team composed of Mexico and Central America. Frowijn has a Bachelor’s in business and managerial economics from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences, an MBA from TSM Business School, a Postgraduate Certificate in pipeline integrity management from Northumbria University and holds a Coaching Certification from Coach Academy International.
Javier García is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the creation of working spaces and virtual offices. He is the Director General of IOS Offices, ranked as the fifth-best company to work at in Mexico by Great Place to Work in 2016. García has led his company’s growth from 1,200m2 to 70,000m2, with offices in 35 prestigious buildings across the country. He is a mechanical engineer, graduated from ITESM. Prior to co-founding IOS Offices, he was Director General of HQ Business Centers in Monterrey.
Oscar Harada is a corporate entrepreneur who strives to transform the Latin American region through the use of disruptive technologies for connecting people and improving productivity. He is a recruitment consultant at LinkedIn and develops strategic plans for talent attraction and the implementation of cloud technologies in recruitment and training processes. Harada has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies, such as 3M, PwC and Intel as well as startups from Silicon Valley. Harada studied engineering in electronics and communications at ITESM and holds an MBA from the University of Miami.