5 & 6, 2017

Speakers Fintech Americas 2017

César Cernuda


President, Microsoft Latin America and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Miami, FL

César Cernuda


President, Microsoft Latin America and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Miami, FL
As President of Microsoft Latin America and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, César Cernuda oversees a business, which includes 35 offices in 18 countries with more than 2,500 employees and 80,000 business partners. He is responsible for all of Microsoft’s products, services and support offerings across Latin America and accelerating the company’s current transformation to being the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. A key area of focus for Cernuda is to enable Microsoft’s customers in Latin America to accelerate their business growth, as they embark on their own journey of digital transformation.

Prior to his current role, Cernuda was the President of Microsoft Asia Pacific. In this role, he led the company’s commercial and consumer products, and service and support offerings to meet Asia Pacific’s aggressive consumption of cloud, mobile, big data and social technologies. His key task was to guide Microsoft’s current transformation from a primarily on premise software business to a mobile-first, cloud-first company.

Latin America is familiar territory for Cernuda, since he previously was Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Services for Microsoft in the region. In this role, he was responsible for managing the overall business in the region. He drove commercial and consumer marketing strategies, in addition to services and business processes to support Microsoft’s business units and partners. Under his tenure, the Microsoft Latin America Area Headquarters won the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in 2011 as a result of use of a flexible and effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. In 2012, Cernuda was invited to the Microsoft Executive Bench, a distinct honor given to a select number of top Microsoft executives.

He also served as the Worldwide Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions Sales and Field Operations. He oversaw the Microsoft ERP & CRM business worldwide. He was a member of the executive leadership team Worldwide Dynamics division and worked directly with the product teams to ensure subsidiaries were supported to meet their goals and drive customer satisfaction. He was also the highest-level executive responsible for sales performance.

Before taking that position, Cernuda was Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions International, taking care of sales and marketing business worldwide, except North America. He was responsible for sales, presales, channel, marketing, product, support and services. During this time, he was a member of the Microsoft International executive board.

Cernuda was also General Manager for Microsoft Business Solutions Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He also held several positions at EMEA headquarters, including as Director of Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partner group. In this role, he worked on the merger between the former Navision A/S and Microsoft Corp. and led the licensing compliance management. He joined Microsoft Spain in 1997, where he led the SMEs group for Spain launching bCentral, an online Web services portal. This was awarded as best product of the year in Spain and best internal worldwide initiative at Microsoft.

As President of Microsoft Latin America and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, César Cernuda oversees a business, which includes 35 offices in 18 countries with more than 2,500 employees and 80,000 business partners. He is responsible for all of Microsoft’s products, services and support offerings across Latin America and accelerating the company’s current transformation to being the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. A key area of focus for Cernuda is to enable Microsoft’s customers in Latin America to accelerate their business growth, as they embark on their own journey of digital transformation.

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Gilberto Caldart


President, Latin America and Caribbean
Miami, FL

Gilberto Caldart


President, Latin America and Caribbean
Miami, FL
Gilberto Caldart is president of Mastercard’s Latin America and Caribbean region since 2013. As president, Gilberto is leading efforts that place the company at the forefront of the payments industry in the region, by using technology to transform the way people, governments and businesses buy and pay for things.

Gilberto is a member of the Mastercard Management Committee, and a member of the Junior Achievement Americas Board of Directors.

Prior to his current role, Gilberto was president of Mastercard’s GeoSouth Division, where he managed the company’s operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil – a top global market for Mastercard. He served as a board member of the Brazilian Credit Card Association (ABECS) during this time.

Before joining Mastercard, Gilberto spent 26 years at Citigroup in various leadership positions in Brazil and New York. Most notably, he led Citi Brazil’s Retail Banking division, Consumer Finance and Cards business for over six years. During his time at Citigroup, Gilberto was on the boards of Credicard and Redecard, where he played a critical role in the restructuring of the Credicard Group in Brazil. He was also a member of the Redecard Board of Directors, where he was involved in the company’s IPO transformation.

Gilberto is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He also has an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Gilberto Caldart is president of Mastercard’s Latin America and Caribbean region since 2013. As president, Gilberto is leading efforts that place the company at the forefront of the payments industry in the region, by using technology to transform the way people, governments and businesses buy and pay for things.

Gilberto is a member of the Mastercard Management Committee, and a member of the Junior Achievement Americas Board of Directors.

Prior to his current role, Gilberto was president of Mastercard’s GeoSouth Division, where he managed the company’s operations in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, etc.

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Dave Dadoun

Assistant General Counsel
Greater Seattle Area, WA
Dave Dadoun is an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft. He is focused on leading the company global strategy on enabling regulatory compliance for financial institutions and in other regulated sectors in involving cloud computing. Working with engineering teams, regulatory affairs, sales organizations and legal teams worldwide, he has helped craft a unique compliance program exclusively for financial institutions to help meet the appropriate level of supervision, and ongoing monitoring needed for banks and financial services regulators from a risk assurance perspective.

He also serves as a leader on broader Trusted Cloud initiatives, including regulatory, compliance and legal frameworks, for Microsoft to remain a thought leader and innovator in this new cloud paradigm. Prior to his current role, he served as general counsel for Microsoft’s Small Midmarket Solutions and Partner organization, and from 2001-2010 served as competition counsel, working on the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust case and follow-on European Commission case. During that time, he was appointed to serve as the compliance officer under a federally mandated consent decree from 2002-2006, and then led antitrust counseling and defended the company in numerous competition investigations in Europe, residing in Paris, France from 2006-2010.

Kevin Boyd

Director, Digital Sales, Service and Adoption
Whitby ON, Canada
Scotiabank Enterprise Digital Banking
In this role Kevin Boyd is responsible for developing strategies, initiative roadmaps, tactical execution plans and overall direction of the Digital Banking channels. He is accountable for channel adoption and usage, revenue generation, business development, innovation, operational efficiencies, and performance. He leads critical strategic initiatives and agile project teams by partnering with technology, regions, countries and other business lines, to design and implement tactics that meet Scotiabank’s strategic objectives. He is a subject-matter-expert in digital sales, integration, operations, marketing, and performance management and has a strong understanding of emerging digital technologies across global markets. Kevin is part of an executive team that has achieved two 2017 Global Finance awards (Best Digital Bank and Mobile App in LATAM) and Retail Banker International, Best Digital Strategy award in 2016.

Before joining Scotiabank in 2015, Kevin was instrumental in driving Digital Banking, Innovation, and Omni-channel strategies at TD Bank and RBC Royal Bank for over two decades. These initiatives focused on building primary relationships and creating customer centric sales, service, payment, and transaction capabilities to drive revenue and cost reduction through Digital Channels.

Kevin is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative high performing individual; with exceptional leadership skills and a strong track record of driving change and delivering results. He is focus on creating digital strategies, leading change and identifying innovations in the Financial Services Industry.

Kevin has worked in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fabricio Ikeda

Latin America & Caribbean Fraud, Security & Compliance
Miami, FL
Specialist in fraud prevention and financial crimes in Latin America and the Caribbean at FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation). With more than 12 years of experience in the financial industry and a MBA in investment and risk, he participated in several implementations of payment solutions in Latin America, North America and Europe through his knowledge, concepts and best practices of the market. He worked at Unibanco, Itaú and Hipercard. And at FICO, he helped several multinational companies look for strategic and financial results.

Carlos López-Moctezuma

Head of New Digital Businesses
Mexico City, Mexico
BBVA Bancomer
Carlos López-Moctezuma is Head of New Digital Businesses for BBVA Bancomer. His responsibilities include the interaction with the ecosystem of entrepreneurs, startups and developers in Mexico, and he is also responsible for the global strategy to supply the lowest income population with financial products.

Carlos holds a MBA with specialization in finance and strategy from the Yale University School of Management. Additionally, he received a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where he also teaches courses of Fintech & Open Innovation, Finance and Behavioral Economics.

Joan Aristei

Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Regulatory Legal
San Francisco, CA
Joan Aristei is Chief Compliance Officer and head of Regulatory Legal for Oportun, a company that uses advanced data analytics and technology to provide responsible, affordable loans that help people with little or no credit history establish credit and build a better future. Prior to joining Oportun in May 2014, Aristei was a director at Citi Private Bank, where she served as head of Banking and Lending Product Compliance. Earlier, she was Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance officer for JP Morgan Chase & Company’s auto finance and student lending division. Aristei received a B.A. in Chemistry and in French Literature from the University of California, San Diego, an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.

David Cass

Chief Information Security Officer Cloud & SaaS Operations & Global Partner Cloud Security Services
New York, NY
Mr. Cass is the CISO & Global Partner of Cloud Security Services. He has global responsibility for all aspects of cloud security practices, processes, and policies across the IBM Cloud & Security Services Unit. Mr. Cass serves as a regulatory SME and an Executive Steering committee member for IBM’s International Banking Customers. David is an active contributor to the FS-ISAC on Cloud Compliance and Security for financial services firms, and works closely with U.S., and International Regulators.

Previously Mr. Cass served as the SVP & Chief Information Security Officer for Elsevier. Where he lead an organization of experienced legal, risk and security professionals that provided data protection, privacy, security, and risk management guidance on a global basis for Elsevier. He also served as the HIPAA officer for Elsevier. David has over 4.5 years of experience running a regulated FTSE 100 enterprise in the cloud.

David has extensive experience in IT security, risk assessment, risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, developing security policies and procedures. He has played a key role in leading and building corporate risk & governance and information security organizations in the financial sector. As the Senior Director of Information Security Risk and Governance for Freddie Mac, David rebuilt the risk and governance function and developed a team to provide risk assessments, methodologies, tools, services, and training to improve the organization’s capabilities and maturity. Prior to that he was Vice President of Risk Management for JPMorgan Chase, and was responsible for providing an accurate assessment of the current risk management state, contributing to the future direction of risk management, continuity and disaster recovery capabilities for the organization.

David has a MSE from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from MIT. He is also a frequent speaker at high profile industry conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors for a public corporation. In addition, David is a member of the editorial board for The Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare.

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Greg Larkin

New York, NY
Bowery 315
Greg Larkin is an award-winning expert on enterprise product innovation and the inventor of the Product Organization Fit framework. He has launched over twenty products with Google, PWC, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs and across the Fortune 500. He embarked on this path 12 years ago when he was the earliest voice on Wall St. to forecast the credit crisis with his investment research startup, Innovest. His first book, Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship, And the Wisdom to Know The Difference is due out this December.

Éder Gonzaga do Nascimento

Head of Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Platform
São Paulo, Brazil
Éder Gonzaga is the Head Customer Experience, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Platform at Next, Bradesco Digital Bank. He graduated from USP - FIA and post-graduate at FGV. He has been working at Bradesco for the last 20 years. Banco Bradesco is the second major private Bank in Brazil. The Bank offers a range of banking and financial products and services locally and abroad to individuals, large, mid-sized and small companies, and local and international corporations and institutions.

Driss Temsamani

Region Head of Digital Channels and Enterprise Banking Services
Miami, FL
Driss Temsamani is Region Head of Digital Channels and Enterprise Banking Services for Citi. He is also a member of Citigroup Treasury & Trade Solutions Latin America Executive Committee and responsible for Citi Latin America Data Innovation Agenda.

In his current role Driss is responsible for a full range of digital and mobile enabled banking platforms for cash management, liquidity investment services, working capital solutions, commercial cards and trade to enable multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations to operate in the most connected and efficient manner across 22 countries in Latin America and more than 70 countries around the world.

Driss started with Citi as Senior Business Interface for the Corporate and Consumer Bank. He then became CIO and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning for Citigroup e-Business Latin America. Before assuming his current role, Driss held several positions with Citi including Head of Business Management, Regional Market Management Head, and Business Intelligence, Analytics Region Head.

Driss is a member of the US State Department Global Entrepreneurship Program, The American Marketing Association, The International Institute of Finance, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, The Corporate Strategy Board and The Aspen Institute Partners for New Beginning.

Kevin Fox

Miami, FL
Kevin Fox is EVP at NovoPayment, a leading enabler of digital financial and transactional services for the Americas, where he leads the development of company’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) delivery model and heads the firm’s Advisory practice. He spearheads client engagements designed to transform their payments processes with particular emphasis on mass disbursement and collection initiatives.

Kevin is responsible for the company’s business development efforts and strategic alliances. In addition, he serves as a subject matter expert in the area of digital payments for the banking and financial services, travel and transportation, and the retail industries with a focus on the Americas.

Mr. Fox has more than 25 years of experience designing and executing successful growth strategies for global technology, payments and professional services companies and is a graduate of Florida State University with Bachelor degrees in Finance and Business Administration.

Christine Ramirez Pallesen

Vice President and Partner
Miami, FL
Dale Carnegie Training Southeast
As Partner and Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training Southeast Florida, Christine Ramirez Pallesen drives results for the Southeast Florida Market. She is a sought after speaker and coach in the areas of Sales, Leadership, Innovation, Succession Planning, and the Multi-Generational Workforce. Christine Chaired the inaugural Global Dale Carnegie Day of Giving on October 19, 2016, was recently recognized as one of Fort Lauderdale’s Most Powerful Women, and is actively involved with the Global Dale Carnegie re-branding and Global Trainer Quality Board.

She previously served on the University of Central Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Board of the United Way of Broward County Women’s Leadership Council, and was an “Outstanding Women” Honoree for the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. A University of Central Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Organization and Interpersonal Communication, Christine’s studies also included Leadership Studies and Non-profit anagement. Christine worked for the UCF department of Leadership Studies for three years developing and delivering leadership program to college students before joining the Dale Carnegie team in 2008.

Matt Van Buskirk

Co-Founder and CEO
Boston, MA
Hummingbird Regtech/Colibrí Regtech
Matt Van Buskirk is Co-Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Regtech. Hummingbird aims to give superpowers to the people fighting financial crime. It’s service is designed to enhance anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing investigations by reducing cumbersome paperwork, providing insightful analytics, and enabling collaboration for compliance professionals and law enforcement agents.

Hummingbird is on a mission to turn the tables against criminals who pollute our financial system. Modern criminals are sophisticated, tech-savvy, and agile. The tools used to fight financial crimes should be, too.

Prior to launching Hummingbird, Matt was the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Circle.com, an international consumer payments startup leveraging blockchain technology, a consultant with Treliant Risk Advisors, a Washington D.C. based management consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry, and a regulator with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Thrift Supervision. His speaking credentials include the American Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference, the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Fintech Festival, CFSI's EMERGE Conference, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security's annual AML conference.

Manuel Silva

London, UK
Santander InnoVentures
Manuel is a Partner at Santander InnoVentures and oversees the investment team and sourcing and execution of new investments.

Before joining Santander in 2015, Manuel was the founding member of BBVA Ventures out of San Francisco, which he started after spending 5 years at BBVA in Corporate Development and Innovation functions.

Manuel holds a B.A. in Business Administration from CUNEF (Madrid), an MPhil in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Sciences Po (Paris) and has conducted doctoral level research on Chinese Economics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Manuel lives in London but spends substantial time in San Francisco and Latin America.

Kevin Greenfield

Director for Bank Information Technology
Washington, D.C.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Kevin Greenfield is the Director for Bank Information Technology for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Operational Risk Policy Division. In this role, he manages the team responsible for developing, communicating, and interpreting policies for the OCC’s supervision of technology operations at financial institutions. Kevin represents the OCC on several interagency groups, including the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFIEC) Information Technology Subcommittee, that are focused on coordination and development of information technology risk management supervisory guidance for topics such as information security, resiliency, technology operations, corporate governance, and independent risk management.

Prior to being named Director for Bank Information Technology in 2014, Mr. Greenfield spent the prior 14 years with the OCC’s Large Bank Supervision group where he gained experience examining large and complex technology operations at several of the largest U.S. financial institutions. In this role, Kevin held various technology supervision roles at large financial institutions based in Pittsburgh, Charlotte and New York City. 

Mr. Greenfield is a graduate of the University of Dayton and holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) professional certification.

Michael Schlein

President & CEO
New York, NY
Michael Schlein is the President and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit committed to creating a financially inclusive world, with a pioneering legacy in microfinance and fintech impact investing. Accion catalyzes financial service providers to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions at scale for the three billion people who are left out of – or poorly served by – the financial sector. For more than 50 years, Accion has helped tens of millions of people through its work with more than 90 partners in 40 countries.

In addition, Accion provides early and seed stage venture capital to new companies that promote disruptive innovation in financial services at the base of the pyramid. Also, Accion created and supports the Center for Financial Inclusion, an outward-focused think tank dedicated to tackling industry-wide challenges. For example, the Smart Campaign is the first global consumer protection campaign focused on those living in poverty.

Mr. Schlein brings nearly 30 years of extensive international banking, management and public service experience to his role as President and CEO of Accion. As President of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, Mr. Schlein managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Before that, he ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding and human resources for Citigroup. He served as Chief of Staff at the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. He began his career in investment banking.

In 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Mr. Schlein to serve as the Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, which encourages economic growth throughout New York’s five boroughs and facilitates investments that build capacity, generate prosperity, and catalyze the economic vibrancy of city life as a whole.

Mr. Schlein has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Eric Crabtree

Vice President and Global Head, Financial Services
Seattle, WA
Eric Crabtree is the global leader for Financial Services. In his current role, Eric is building a cohesive strategy for the financial services vertical, by leveraging the extensive domain expertise across the Unisys portfolio and ensuring that solutions and services are delivered in a way that enable our clients to meet their strategic goals and objectives.

He brings more than 20 years of global experience in developing and delivering multi-channel financial services solutions that drive growth and improve client experience. Eric most recently served as a managing director of omni-channel banking at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was responsible for developing a target operating model, delivering a consistent customer experience and driving the adoption of digital assets into 1300 branches across the United Kingdom, benefiting 16.5 million customers.

Eric has also served as the Director of Strategic Transformation for Barclays Customer Network, where he was responsible for ensuring Barclays 14+ million UK customers received a seamless experience across the branch network, telephony contact centers and digital/mobile banking channels. Earlier in his career, he held several executive leadership positions at Barclays Bank and Washington Mutual, where he played significant leadership roles in multiple mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and post-acquisition integration work. He also founded a financial services advisory and consulting firm.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University.

Matt Broch

Director of Solutions, Latin America & Caribbean
Miami, FL
Pegasystems Inc.
With over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Matt brings a unique perspective to Pega’s operations in Latin America, coupling a strong technical resume with a passion for business process and customer experience improvement. After 15 years designing and developing applications in a variety of technologies and for many different industries, Matt joined Pega and led successful implementations at some of the largest financial institutions in North America. From that point forward, he has been instrumental in leading Pega’s expansion into the Latin American market and currently is directly responsible for managing Pega’s technical sales teams across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Samuel G. Kramer

Chicago, IL
Baker McKenzie
Sam Kramer is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office and is a lead partner in the firm's Global FinTech Core Team. His practice focuses on complex technology licensing, outsourcing, commercial contracting, and supply chain agreements. He is frequently involved in customer side outsourcing transactions and large scale IT procurement and services projects. He has extensive experience in IT and outsourcing transactions for financial institutions.

Sam regularly writes publications and articles relevant to financial institutions and technology sectors. Some of his works include "Emerging Regulatory Framework Of FinTech In The U.S." and "Outsourcing to the Cloud for Financial Institutions". He also speaks extensively to financial institutions, industry groups and legal practitioners on multi-country outsourcing, international software licensing, and supply chain integration. Some of his presentations include "Under the Hood of the Blockchain", "Understanding Blockchain - FinTech and the Future of E-Commerce", and "Cloud Contracting - Global Terms & Trends", among others.

Sam is recognized in Chambers Global in the field of outsourcing, and in Chambers USA in the fields of Technology law and Outsourcing. He is also recognized in The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in technology outsourcing, and in Who’s Who Legal in the fields of TMT, information technology, Internet, e-commerce and data protection.
Sam is an adjunct faculty member at The John Marshall Law School where he has taught Cyberspace Law in the Information Technology LLM Program.

Bruno Bertini

Director Latin America Marketing
Miami, FL
Bruno has more than 10 years of experience in highly challenging environments with technology,innovations, sales and most important of all: CUSTOMERS.

Loves diversity, challenging multi language workplaces and exponential growth opportunities.

Enrique O'Reilly

Regional Director, Americas
Miami, FL
Mr. Enrique O'Reilly has been TEMENOS Regional Director, Americas since 2003. Mr. O'Reilly previously served as Head of Sales in TEMENOS London, United Kingdom from 1993.

Prior to joining the company, he founded Potentia, Cavanova and Predisoft in Costa Rica and represented Finantix in the USA, a supplier of front-end component-based solutions for CRM, Brand Automation and Wealth Management. Mr. O'Reilly started his career in the United Kingdom working for FCS-EPS and Thorn EMI Computer Software in various professional service roles selling Decision Support and Executive Information Systems. Mr. O'Reilly is an Engineer by profession with a Masters in Business Administration and more than 20 years of experience in the financial software industry. During his tenure, he has led more than 40 core banking implementations globally and enabled the adoption of multi-channel technologies across Latin America.

Daniel Kennedy

VP of Digital Bank
Santiago, Chile
Daniel currently serves as the Vice President for Digital Banking at Scotiabank Chile. He has been with Scotiabank since 2004, and has held increasingly senior roles in the organization, including Mergers and Integrations (in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Chile and Puerto Rico) as well as running different areas of the retail banking business. Previously, Daniel was the Director of Customer Experience for Scotiabank Chile, where he oversaw the sales and service disciplines throughout the network, client satisfaction and digital innovation and transformation.

Daniel earned an International MBA from York University and has lived in Pakistan, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the United States, Canada and Chile.

Daniel Cohen

Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments
Miami, FL
Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean/Mastercard América Latina y el Caribe
Daniel Cohen is Senior Vice President, Emerging Payments for MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and commercialization of innovative payment solutions that can be used at the check-out counter, via the web, mobile phone, tablet, and beyond.

Previously, Mr. Cohen headed MasterCard’s operations in Israel as Country Manager. He was responsible for opening MasterCard’s first office in the country and expanding the company’s local payments footprint. During his time as Country Manager, he led the commercialization of breakthrough innovative payment solutions in the electronic and mobile commerce space.

Mr. Cohen began his career at MasterCard in 2007, leading prepaid card program initiatives across the globe out of the company’s headquarters in Purchase, New York. Prior to joining MasterCard, he was a Strategy Consultant for BTS where he managed corporate strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. He is currently based in Miami and speaks English, Hebrew and Spanish fluently.

German Pugliese-Bassi

Co-Founder and CMO
Miami, FL
German is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Technisys, a Miami-based Banking Technology Company offering state-of-the-art omnichannel digital banking solutions. In 1995, he was part of the team of digital visionaries that saw the potential of the internet to transform banking into a nimble, technology-driven industry.

Today, he is a highly sought after entrepreneur, innovator and trendsetter who has been leading the digital evolution of banks in Latin America. He has been featured in top financial publications, as well as a guest speaker at Penn's Wharton School of Business, Columbia University and MIT.

Among its clients, Technisys counts renowned names such as Banco Itau, Banco Estatdo de Chile, Grupo Santander, Citibank, HSBC, ABN AMRO, and Banco Original.

Lalo Steinmann

Cloud Lead Latin America Enterprise Clients
Miami, FL
Lalo Steinmann has been in Microsoft for more than 14 years. He is responsible for public cloud strategy for large organizations in Latin America. He has held different roles in the public sector, covering positions for Latin America and headquarter teams. He is a speaker for Microsoft appearing at world-wide events speaking about new technology and business trends.

He has had a great career as a director and architect for his own software company working with large software projects. In this position he managed the implementation of tickets applications for Boca and River, the two well-known soccer teams in Argentina.

Wanderley Baccala

Jales Area, Brazil
Banco Original
Wanderley is the CIO, Head of Innovation, Digital Channels and Products at Banco Original, Brazil’s first 100% digital bank that is leading the disruption of the financial services industry. With over 20 years of experience in banking, Wanderley has led several disruptive projects in digital IT transformation and technology architecture programs. Previously, he worked for BankBoston and Banco Itaú as a senior leader in their technology teams.

Wanderley holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as well as a post-graduate degree from FGV.

Nadeen Matthews

Chief Digital & Marketing Officer
Kingston, Jamaica
National Commercial Bank of Jamaica
Nadeen currently serves as the Chief Digital and Marketing Officer for the NCB Group and the CEO of the NCB Foundation. Nadeen is Jamaica’s first Chief Digital Officer and leads NCB’s shift to leveraging digital technology to improve the customers’ experiences, increase efficiency and agility and create new revenue models, propelling the organization to the leading position in Jamaica and a top ten position in the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean.

As a results-oriented, creative Strategy and Marketing executive, the Wharton School graduate has served as Assistant Vice-President at JPMorgan Chase and Senior Associate at the international management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. Nadeen was recently selected as the sole representative of the English and Spanish-speaking Caribbean in the 2017 World Economic Forum’s cohort of Young Global Leaders (YGL). Nadeen is also Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the hit business reality TV program NCB Capital Quest, which features small and medium enterprises competing for the opportunity to access an equity investment of up to $50M.

Javier Chavez Ruiz

Head of Innovation
Mexico City, Mexico
Banco Santander
Javier has served as Executive Director of Innovation since June 2016. Prior to joining the Santander Group, he was the Vice President and Mexico Country Manager for Yellowpepper, a Payment Fintech with presence all over Latin America. Previously, he was Managing Diretor of Business Synergies Initiatives at Grupo BAL, one of the three largest business groups in Mexico. Javier collaborated with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) as Dean of the Business School. He has vast consulting experience with both Mckinsey and A.T. Kearney.

Javier holds a PhD in Business Economics from Anderson School of Management at UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Actuarial Sciences from Universidad Anahuac. He received The National Actuarial Sciences Award from the President of Mexico. He also published a book with Oxford University Press in collaboration with Mr. Helmut Maucher, CEO and President of the Board of Nestle Worldwide (2002). The book was distributed all over Latin America and Spain.

Joe Dewey

Partner and Deputy Chair of the Technology and Telecommunication Industry Sector Group
Miami, FL
Holland and Knight
Joe Dewey has practiced in the areas of finance and real estate for over eighteen years. Mr. Dewey regularly represents commercial banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions in commercial lending transactions, including construction and permanent real estate financing, healthcare real estate finance and asset based lending, such as receivable, inventory, equipment and working capital facilities. He has substantial experience in capital market transactions, including syndicated and other co-lending arrangements, representing both lead lenders and participants. Mr. Dewey has written and lectured on numerous finance topics and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami School of Law.

Mr. Dewey is also an experienced computer coder with experience integrating several blockchain protocols (including Ethereum, Bitcoin and Hyperledger) into transactional practices, including the development of smart contracts and other innovative concepts.

Mr. Dewey speaks and writes extensively about smart contracts and blockchain technology more generally and is the co-author of The Blockchain: A Guide for Legal and Business Professionals, published by Thomson Reuters early this fall.

Ray Ruga

Founder of Fintech Americas
Miami, FL
Fintech Americas
Ray Ruga is a media technology entrepreneur and the Founder of Fintech Americas, a 2-day Banking Transformation Conference, as well as CEO and co-founder of the CVOX Group, a Miami-based strategy, PR, communications & marketing firm specializing in finance and technology in the US and Latin America.

He has over 24 years of diverse domestic and international corporate, government and political experience advising C-Suite leaders at the highest level, including two Fortune 10 companies, The White House, The Pentagon, a U.S. development agency and five presidential campaigns.

Claudio Fiorillo

Managing Partner of Financial Services Industry
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Claudio Fiorillo is the Managing Partner of Financial Services Industry for Deloitte where he leads the Financial Services Practice for Argentina and Latin America Countries. Also, he leads Banking Sector for the same region.

Claudio has more than 23 years of experience in the consultancy industry and is responsible for leading transformational and innovative projects for local as well as top regional banks throughout Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic among others.

As part of his experience he had lead projects in Strategy Planning, Customer Strategy, Transformational Finance, Shared Services, Core Banking Systems Implementation, Evaluation and Design of Risk Management Processes and Digital Banking and M&A.

He participates in different conferences and events about the Financial Services and Banking Sector as speaker talking about Fintech & Banking Transformation Model and also wrote points of view about Digital Banking.

Alex Milne

Head of Insurance, Capital Markets & Trade
London, United Kingdom
Department for International Trade
Alex joined DIT (then UKTI) in 2014 to lead on the international promotion elements of a joint industry and government initiative called the insurance growth action plan (IGAP). He currently is responsible for setting and driving DIT strategy related to insurance and capital markets globally including in the US, China, India and Latin America.

Previously Alex was at Lloyd’s of London focusing on regulation and market access issues. His main interests in the insurance space include city resiliency, regulatory reform, using technology to quantify and tackle new and emerging risks, and helping to apply insurance and financing solutions to societal problems.

Magdalena Ramada

Senior Economist, Research & Intellectual Capital
Miami, FL
Willis Towers Watson
Senior Economist at Willis Towers Watson’s Research and Innovation Center with 20 years of experience in R&D and international consulting. Magda holds a PhD in Quantitative Economics and Finance and was the firm’s Head of Research and Analytical Services. She currently focuses on strategic consulting for the Insurance Industry, especially around emerging markets, #insurtech and blockchain/distributed ledger technologies.

Her main areas of expertise include technology and innovation, MNC internationalization strategies, emerging markets, global governance, macroeconomic and sociopolitical risks. Magdalena has 15 years of teaching experience at European and Latin American universities. She has presented at various international conferences and summits and has several publications in her areas of expertise. She also executed many research projects for multilateral organizations on microinsurance, financial inclusion and innovation.

Nicolay Estrella

Product Manager
Miami, Florida
Nicolay has more than 20 years in the financial services sector, where he has been involved in all phases of financial software projects, including development and management and implementing best practices in the industry.

He has extensive experience in the Latin American financial services sector and has been very involved in the sales process. In addition, he leads Cobiscorp's products consulting (including technological roadmap) to existing clients and prospects, in many different countries across the region, from Argentina to Mexico.

Nicolay is not only an expert in Cobiscorp's product portfolio, but he is also an expert in customer experience (CX) platforms such as Internet banking, mobile banking, electronic tellers and other channels. He has worked closely with technology consultants and others to help Cobiscorp to stay on the cutting edge in the areas of digital banking and similar trends.

As Product Manager, he successfully completed software implementation projects in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.

Mariano Castaños Zemboraín

Global Commercial Director
Madrid, Spain
Mariano has an extensive and successful professional career in the CRM/BPO sector with focus on sales and marketing. His career at Atento spans over ten years and different leadership positions including Director of Sales, Marketing, New Products and Strategy for Atento Argentina, Telefonica Account Director for Atento Spain, Country Director for Atento Spain and Director of the EMEA Region. He joined Atento's Executive Committee in 2012 and served as Atento's Director for the EMEA Region until his appointment as Commercial Director with global scope in 2014. Before joining our company, Mariano held managerial positions in sales and strategic alliances within the Clarin Group (DataMarkets and PRIMA). Prior to this, he developed his career within the legal services sector in Argentina.

Mariano holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Catolica Argentina, a Master's degree in Company Law from Austral University, and a PDD (Management Development Program) from IESE in Spain.

Mónica Rentería Gangotena

Sales Director SLATAM
Quito, Ecuador
Mónica Renteria G, is COBIS's Commercial Director for the South Latam region since 2014. In this role, she leads the COBIS Digital Transformation business strategy for VIP clients in Latin America, focusing on providing solutions and consulting for financial services, helping transform the way customers operate and trade with banking. She has more than 15 years of experience building innovative Core Banking and Channels solutions for the financial sector, in positions such as Marketing Manager and Channels, Commercial Manager and Account Managere in MACOSA S.A.

Previously, she participated in commercial teams at IBM Global Services as Service Engagement and at Xerox Business Services as Outsourcing Manager; where she started her first projects of digitization of processes and documents, especially for the financial sector. Additionally, she has participated in consulting projects for both the Private and Government sectors, managing projects for technological modernization and implementation of ERP, GIS, CRM and other solutions.

Mónica obtained a Master's degree in Mathematics and a Master's in Sociology and she has taken courses and certifications such as SAFE, Challenger Sale and PMP.

David Prodger

British Consul General
Miami, Florida
Consulado Británico General de Miami
David Prodger took up his appointment as British Consul General in Miami in August 2014.

David has served in a number of roles, both in the UK and overseas, within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since joining in 1999. Prior to this he worked in the private sector as a land surveyor, project manager and business development manager.

His previous post was as Deputy Head of Security Policy in FCO London where his prime responsibility was leading UK European security policy. This included: overseeing UK policy towards NATO including in preparation for the 2014 UK-hosted NATO Summit in Wales; leading the UK’s EU common security and defence policy; overseeing bilateral security policy relations between the UK and other European countries; and relations between the UK and the EU and NATO Allies, as well as other partners; conventional arms control in Europe policy; and UK space policy.

David has also served as Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General at the British Embassy in Brussels, where he also led the political and public diplomacy team. Before that he was Head of the Commercial Team at the British Embassy in Buenos Aires where his main responsibilities were to promote UK exports and work closely with British investors during and after the 2002 economic crisis. He has also held other posts in the FCO covering the Middle East and Latin America.

Prior to joining the FCO, David was a Chartered Surveyor, working with the UK’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, on projects to assist international land reform in Central and Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. He has also worked as a computer analyst in market research and in the upstream oil exploration and production business with BP and others across a range of locations from Papua New Guinea, the Persian Gulf, the North Sea and Colombia.

David is married to Tiffany and has three children.

Peter Gross

Director of Labs
Greater Atlanta, GA
Peter Gross is Director of Labs for MicroEnsure, the world's leading microinsurance company, with more than 55 million registered customers in 15 countries. More than 85% of MicroEnsure’s customers were previously uninsured.

Peter joined MicroEnsure in Ghana in 2010, where he built an innovative business model that doubled the number of Ghanaians covered by life insurance. From 2012-2015, as Regional Director for Africa, Peter and his team expanded the company’s footprint from 4 to 10 countries. Now based in the USA, Peter heads MicroEnsure Labs, an innovation incubator that builds and develops new concepts that hold high potential for the wider industry.

A frequent speaker on financial technology and social enterprise, he holds degrees from Oxford University, Emory University, and Davidson College.

Mallesh Murugesan

Co-Founder & CEO
Miami, FL
Mallesh Murugesan, CEO & CO-Founder of chirrp.ai, is an innovative leader with passion for technology, Artificial Intelligence and design. His 15 years of technology experience includes developing and executing strategic IT initiatives, and leading service innovation for clients. Under his leadership, his firm has been working on several advanced technologies including cognitive computing, Business Intelligence and collaborative solutions. His latest creation, Chirrp.ai is a multi channel chatbot platform that is powered by cognitive technology. He has a patent pending on his intent identification methodology in a cognitive conversation.

Mallesh has an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park (Robert H Smith School of Business) and a Masters in Information Systems from George Mason University.

Eric Gaspoz

Senior Business Consultant
Geneva, Switzerland
Eric Gaspoz manage Business projects in Private Banking area in Switzerland and International environment.

Communicative and solution oriented, he has helped organizations and individuals reach their objectives for a number of years. He has done this in areas ranging from industry, banking and commerce to the humanitarian sectors. His empathy and being able to communicate with people at all levels are key to him, finding tailored solutions focusing on the needs of the business and the humans in the business.

He has 26 years of Private Banking and Business Banking consulting experience in the areas of Front Office, Midle Office, Wealth & Porfolio Management. He has a computer science engineering degree & a Certification in Management and Leadership (TMS, DC,..), Project Management Certifications & training (IPMA/VZPM, PMP, Hermes, PSM), Business Analysis certifications and training (IIBA, CBS, CCA-SA 3.0) Triple A+ Bronze WealthSuites Certification.

José Frank Almeyda Pastor

Americas Regional Director
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
José Frank Almeyda Pastor is Americas Regional Director for the American Continent of ITSS Global, a technology company based in Geneva and dedicated to the professional services of integration, application development and software for the financial sector. His banking career began in 1999, at Citibank, where he held several executive positions. Among them, Vice President of Quality and Services and Vice President of Operations and Technology.

In 2005, he moved to the position of Vice President of Operations and Technology of Asociacion Popular de Ahorros y Prestamos (APAP) where he led a major process of operational and technological transformation with the replacement of the banking core platform, digital channels, technological infrastructure, physical and logical security and transactional operations of the institution, among other relevant projects.

He also actively participated in corporate social investment programs as a mentor to APAP's "Dale un Chance" program. He is a partner of two e-commerce companies. One dedicated to the digital consumption of sports and another to the sale of articles of mass consumption. He has been a university professor and Founding Director of the Industrial Engineering School of the Universidad Iberoamericana, UNIBE in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

He is a member of the Technology Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic and Chairman of the Technology Committee of a major media and publicity group in the country.

José Frank Almeyda Pastor is Industrial Engineer of the Polytechnic Institute "José Antonio Echeverría" of Havana, Cuba. Holds a Masters in Strategic Management from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. He is a graduate of Barna Management School's Senior Management Program. He holds a master's degree in Digital Business from ISDI in Madrid and has attended various specialized programs in the areas of information technology management in various countries including the prestigious Harvard Business School.

Luis Miguel Vásquez

Corporate Manager of Information Technology
Lima, Perú
Luis Miguel Vásquez studied systems engineering at the University of Lima with a MBA at Centrum Católica. He has more than 19 years of experience as a professional in Information Technology, leading the transformational strategic projects of the banking and logistics sector, during last years Luis Miguel has held a position as Corporate IT Management of different economic groups. Currently, he is Corporate Manager Inteligo Group which is formed by Inteligo Bank (inversion banking) and Inteligo SAB (brokerage firm), he has led strategic projects such as the migration of the banking core to Inteligo Bank , automated and digitized the internal processes and developed the flexible architecture to support the digital transformation of the Financial Group.

Daniel Febres-Cordero

Co-Founder and CEO
Guayaquil, Ecuador
CapitalPro Technology Inc.
Daniel Febres-Cordero is a Fintech entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of CapitalPro Technology Inc. a digital wealth management platform that allows financial institutions to grow their business by automating client onboarding, portfolio creation and management of new investor accounts.

Daniel was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to Los Angeles on a full-time scholarship to attend the University of Southern California, from where he holds a degree in Business Administration and Digital Entrepreneurship.

Daniel started CapitalPro with the goal of democratizing investment and promoting financial inclusion in Latin America by making wealth advisory affordable to a larger segment of the population.

Jeronimo Piña

Research Manager Software and Cloud Solutions Latin America
Juarez, Mexico
Jeronimo Piña serves as Software and Cloud Solutions Research Manager for IDC Latin America. Prior to this, he has worked for 14 years as an Analyst and Market Intelligence Manager for national and international companies in various IT areas such as networks, servers, storage, enterprise software and IT services.

In addition to his vast experience in Market Intelligence and Strategic Planning, he worked for 8 years as Marketing Manager for companies such as SAP Latin America and J.D.Edwards in Mexico, where he managed the positioning and demand generation strategies and plans for training and consulting services of business applications such as ERP, CRM, SCM, and more.

Jeronimo Piña has a degree in Computer Science from Unidad Profesional Interdisciplinaria de Ingeniería, Ciencias Sociales y Administrativas (UPIICSA) IPN, Mexico and has diplomas in areas of specialization in Strategic Marketing, Market Research and Social Media, from Universidad de las Americas, ITAM and Universidad Iberomaericana, respectively, in Mexico.

David Cardoso

Vice President
São Paulo, Brazil
Atento Digital
David Cardoso is Atento Digital Global Director. David joined Atento after seven years as Sodexo's Executive Vice President of IT, Operations and Service Delivery. Prior to his role in Sodexo, Mr. Cardoso held the position of Information Technology and Infrastructure Director at Atento from 2001 to 2009. Prior to him joining Atento in 2001, Mr. Cardoso held leadership roles in Cargill, EDS and Banco do Investimentos Garantia SA. Throughout the years, he has developed a successful career in the IT, technology transformation and outsourcing services in Brazil and internationally. Mr. Cardoso holds a Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration from Gama Filho University, Rio de Janeiro, an MBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil and have completed executive training at ESADE Business School and Columbia University.

Icelsa Diaz

Channels Director
Dominican Republic
Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos
Icelsa is the Digital and Customs Engagement Strategist at Asociación Popular de Ahorros y Préstamos (APAP). She has over 18 years of experience in financial services, insurance, telecommunications and manufacturing for local and multinational enterprises.

She is the leader of channels and business transformation initiatives in APAP that seek to optimize consumer experience, payments, accessibility, commerce, and everyday financial services decision-making. She is also responsible for new digital products and is the cross-functional team leader focused on mobile, online, ATMs, Call Center, Social Media and Conversational banking solutions, delivering revenue growth while managing the risk/reward equation and improving customer loyalty. She was the creator of the First Chat and Videoconferencing channel for financial services in the Dominican Republic and the first App for financial services customers focused on Financial Wellness and personal finance management.

Icelsa holds an Industrial Engineer Degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, and Master of Business Administration from Université du Québec a Montréal.

Charles Gaddy

Director of Global Sales & Alliances
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Melissa Data
Charles Gaddy is the Director of Global Sales & Alliances at Melissa, focused on global data quality with 20+ years of experience in Information Technology, Product Management, Global Sales, and Sales Support.  Charles' work at MelissaI focuses on international sales, growth, and product strategy for the global product suite. Charles' past positions include VP of Product Management, Senior Alliance Manager, Senior Sales Engineer, and Director of Information Technology. He has specific virtual expertise in fin-tech, insurance, direct marketing technology, and software data quality market sectors.

Oscar Torres

Managing Director
Bogota, Colombia
Oscar Torres is Managing Director for Lenddo Americas, the leader global organization in use and processing of alternative data like social networks, email and phone data to serve people around the world to access financial services in a digital space. Actually, he is on charge of the market development in the region. He was leader of different business units for more than 20 years in Latin America in companies like SAP, IBM and Microsoft, focused on inclusion of disruption technologies in the latin american market.