Disruption in Finance

Software and mobile technology is increasingly being used by small companies to challenge the business models of traditional financial institutions. So-called "fintech" is one of the most interesting trends impacting finance and the broader economy today. Experts will discuss what the digital revolution means for the many players in banking and finance and what to expect from fintech startups in the coming years, with a special focus on Latin America.

Panelists:

Dubie Cunningham

VP Enterprise Innovation and Digital Banking, Scotiabank

 

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Bernardo Bonjean

Founder & CEO, Avante

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José Renato Hopf

Founder & CEO, Getnet
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Edgar Perez

Author, The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street

Sabrina T. Howell

Assistant Professor of Finance, NYU Stern
(Moderator)


A Conversation with Linda Rottenberg

The Founder and CEO of the cutting-edge non-profit supporting high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide will talk about getting started and entrepreneurship today both globally and in Latin America.

Linda Rottenberg

Founder & CEO, Endeavor

Diego Saez-Gil

Co-Founder & Chairman, Bluesmart
(Host)


Entrepreneurship in Latin America

Historically, Latin American startups have struggled with funding, but that has been changing. Rising entrepreneurs from the region will explore the challenges and opportunities for starting, growing and managing a venture in Latin America. 

Panelists:

Sebastian Gomez

Co-Founder & COO, Reservamos

 

Flavio Pripas

Managing Director, Cubo

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Heberto Taracena

Founder & Managing Partner, Capital Invent

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João Ricardo Mendes

Co-Founder & CEO, Hotel Urbano

James Stranko

CMO, McKinsey Growth Tech
(Moderator)


Macroeconomics

In most of Latin America, weak economic conditions and political instability were part of the past years’ landscape. Governments in the continent are now moving forward with policy reforms, which are focused on macroeconomic adjustment and improvements to the business environment. Leading practitioners and scholars will discuss what to expect in the years to come.

Panelists:

   

Renato Grandmont

Chief Investment Officer for Latin America, UBS

            

Manuel Jose Balbontin

Founding Partner and Senior Investment Strategist, Compass Group LLC

Dirk Willer

Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets Strategy, Citi Research

Alonso Martinez

Senior Lecturer, Columbia Business School
(Moderator)

 


A Conversation with Jose Fernandez

Uncertainty will remain high for some time at both global and national levels, and organizations must be able to cope with the potential for unforeseen events that can have drastic impacts. Gibson Dunn Partner and former Assistant Secretary under President Obama will talk about overcoming unexpected challenges the public and private sectors.

Panelists:

  

Jose Fernandez

Partner, Gibson Dunn; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs under President Obama

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Ryan Tooney

Senior Managing Director, Strategic Communications and Head of Crisis and Issues Specialty Management, FTI Consulting (Host)