SPEAKERS



Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez

Deputy Finance Minister, SHCP

Subsecretario de Hacienda y Crédito Público y encargado de la Subsecretaría de Ingresos. En su carrera profesional ha ocupado posiciones en el Banco Mundial, la banca privada, el Gobierno de la Ciudad de México y la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público.

En el Banco Mundial formó parte y encabezó diversas iniciativas orientadas a mejorar el desempeño del sector público en varios países de América Latina y el Caribe. En su última posición en ese organismo financiero internacional fue responsable de la Unidad de Governanza para el sudeste asiático.

En la banca privada trabajó en el Grupo Financiero Ixe en la división de banca de inversión. Previamente, se desempeñó como Secretario de Finanzas del Gobierno del Distrito Federal, área donde también fungió como Director General de Administración Financiera. En la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público ocupó posiciones tanto en la Dirección General de Asuntos Hacendarios Internacionales como en la Dirección General de Planeación Hacendaria.

En el ámbito académico ha impartido los cursos de microeconomía, macroeconomía y política monetaria en El Colegio de México y la Universidad de Nueva York, instituciones donde completó sus estudios de maestría y doctorado en economía, respectivamente.



Kennet Smith

Former Chief Negotiator of NAFTA

Kenneth Smith Ramos is a Partner at AGON, a Mexican Consulting firm that specializes in competition, regulatory affairs, and international trade. Ken focuses on helping international clients to identify trade and investment opportunities derived from the new generation of FTAs that Mexico has negotiated, such as CPTPP, the MX-EU FTA, and the NAFTA/USMCA. Ken also advises clients who face trade barriers and assists them in developing strategies to obtain or expand access into key international markets, including Mexico.

Prior to joining AGON, Ken served as Mexico´s Chief Negotiator for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that led to the signing of the USMCA.

Mr. Smith Ramos brings a wealth of experience with his long running career in the Mexican Government and expertise in international trade negotiations. Mr. Smith Ramos began his professional career working for Mexico’s NAFTA negotiating team, and has since been an integral part of Mexico's negotiating team representing several government agencies.

As the Representative of Mexico’s Ministry of Economy in the Embassy of Mexico (2013-2017), he led efforts to promote Mexico’s trade interests in the United States and served as the Ministry’s liaison with US private and public sector stakeholders, NGOs and think tanks.

Mr. Smith Ramos’ broad negotiation experience is the product of nearly three decades of public service. Mr. Smith Ramos was Coordinator General for International Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA), where he was responsible for agricultural trade negotiations and international cooperation. He also served as Director General for International Affairs in the Federal Competition Commission, and was Director General for North America in the Ministry of Economy.

Mr. Smith Ramos holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Master’s degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).



Bernardo González Rosas

President, The Mexican Association of Pension Fund Managers (AMAFORE)

Bernardo Gonzalez is President of The Mexican Association of Pension Fund Managers (AMAFORE) since january 2019. Bernardo Gonzalez is an expert in the Mexican financial sector with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked for different multilateral organization such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program. Also he is a Senior Adviser to the Financial Integrity Network.

Bernardo has held senior positions in development banks, were he has been in charge of their financial inclusion strategies and products. As Assistant Secretary for Development Banks at the Ministry of Finance he coordinated the public policy for Mexico’s state banks and chaired their boards of directors and credit committees.

For more than 6 years he has been a financial sector regulator. First as vice president for Regulatory Policy at the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV), later as Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings at the Ministry of Finance, and finally as Chairman of CNBV, the most important regulatory and supervisory entity in the financial sector. During these years, Bernardo Gonzalez participated in the design of the 2014 Financial Reform and was instrumental in its implementation. As Assistant Secretary for Banking, Securities and Savings he lead the team to renegotiate the financial services chapter of NAFTA. In that capacity also, Bernardo was responsible for the design, coordination and approval process in congress of Mexico´s Fintech law, the first law of its kind. He was also responsible for the design of the National Policy for Financial Inclusion and the National Strategy for Financial Literacy.

Bernardo Gonzalez is highly recognized in the Mexican Financial Sector and abroad due to his wide knowledge in subjects such as digital transformation of financial institutions, Fintech, cybersecurity, and financial inclusion.

Bernardo Gonzalez has represented Mexico in standard setting bodies and multilateral organizations such as the G20 Financial Stability Board (FSB), the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the Basel Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, and others.

Bernardo has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with specialization in Finance from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a Master’s of Science degree from McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He has taught Public Finance at ITAM and at Universidad Ibero Americana.



Carlos Mendoza

Chairman, AMEXCAP

Presidente de la Asociación Mexicana de Capital Privado (AMEXCAP), es también Socio Fundador y “Managing Partner” en la empresa de Capital Privado Discovery Americas desde el año 2004. El Sr. Mendoza es fundador y Presidente del Consejo de Administración de H+, empresa de hospitales, fundador de la línea aérea Volaris, donde fungió como Co-Líder de Proyecto de 2004 a 2006 (una empresa del Fondo Discovery Americas I).

Antes de unirse a Discovery Americas, fue fundador y socio de Quántica (Una firma de consultoría financiera y de capital privado), Director Ejecutivo de Banca de Inversión de Multivalores Grupo Financiero, Director General de Sinca Multiva y Director General de Banco Interacciones. También fue Coordinador de Asesores del Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes, Director General de Crédito Público de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público, y ocupó diversos cargos en Nacional Financiera, incluyendo el de Director General Adjunto Financiero y Director de Banca de Inversión, en donde administró las carteras de acciones, bonos extranjeros, renta fija y fondos de capital privado para la promoción y apoyo al Mercado Intermedio, carteras con valor de más de 10,000 millones de dólares.

El Sr. Mendoza ha participado en los Consejos de Administración de diversas compañías, incluyendo Volaris, Traxión, H+, AMCO Educación, Iké Asistencia, Transportes Lipu, Médica Sur, Grupo Desc, Aeroméxico, Mexicana, Minera Autlán, Petróleos Mexicanos International, BANOBRAS, BANCOMEXT, Nacional Financiera, Patronato del Ahorro Nacional (ahora BANSEFI), Aseguradora Hidalgo y Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA). También fue miembro de la Junta de Gobierno de la Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores, así como de la Comisión Nacional de Seguros y Fianzas.

Fue miembro de los Comités de Privatización de Satélites. Aeropuertos, Ferrocarriles y del de Rescate Carretero. Ha sido profesor de Finanzas Corporativas y Finanzas Internacionales en la Universidad Anáhuac y profesor de derivados en el Instituto del Mercado de Valores, el Sr. Mendoza se graduó con honores como Actuario de la Universidad Anáhuac, cuenta con un MBA y un Certificado de Administración Pública de la Universidad de Stanford, habiendo sido “Fulbright Scholar” y “ITT Scholar”.



Cate Ambrose

President & Executive Director The Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America

Cate Ambrose is President and Executive Director of the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA), a non-profit membership organization comprised of over 180 firms that control assets in excess of US$65b directed at capitalizing and growing Latin American businesses. She speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America, and is a regular commentator on CNN En Español, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and a guest lecturer at The Wharton School. Cate is also a member of the Board of Directors for Youth INC, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of New York City’s youth. Prior to joining LAVCA, Cate was Chief of Advocacy for the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, a United Nations initiative co-chaired by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Until 2005, Cate was Executive Director of Programs at The Economist. Cate began her career as a journalist in Spain. She holds an MPA in International Economic Policy from Columbia University, and received her BA in Latin American studies from St. Lawrence University and the University of Madrid.



Felipe Vilá

Managing Director, Fondo de Fondos

In January 2009 he was appointed Managing Director of the Corporación Mexicana de Inversiones. Dr. Vilá has over 20 years of experience in project finance, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations and capital markets. Prior to joining Fund of Funds he was Managing Director of Investment Banking and CEO in HSBC Casa de Bolsa (Mexico). Worked in HSBC (Bital) from 1993 to 2008. Previously held positions: Director of Proyectos de Inversión, Fonlyser, Banca Serfin. Managing Director, Economic Analysis, Presidency of the Republic, among others. During his career, Dr. Vilá has been a member (patrimonial or independent) of Boards of Management in more than 18 companies. He studied a BA in Economics (1971, Honorable Mention), an MBA (1972) in the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, and earned his PhD in Economics (1983) from the University of Texas at Austin.



Gabriel Lozano

Chief Economist for Mexico and Central America JP Morgan

Gabriel Lozano is the Chief Mexico Economist and he is based in Mexico City. He joined J.P. Morgan in the summer of 2012, after working for Banco Santander, where he had been the senior economist for Mexico since March 2011 after three years of working as the chief strategist and economist of the Mexico division of Santander Asset Management. Previously, Gabriel worked at various groups of Banco de Mexico, including the Operations Department that manages the bank’s assets and the Department of Market Analysis that carries out market research. Gabriel also served as the Chairman’s advisor in the Committee on the Global Financial System from the Bank of International Settlements in 2007. Gabriel obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. The J.P. Morgan research team in Mexico has been consistently in the Top ranks of the Institutional Investors survey and gained top positions in the 2013 Bloomberg, 2015 Reuters and 2018 Focus Economics surveys as top forecasters.



Gerardo Rojas

Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG in Mexico and Central America

He has more than 20 years of experience in transactions, advising various organizations in investment operations in Mexico and other countries. Gerardo has supported companies in various sectors, including financial services, energy, infrastructure, consumer goods, education and health. As Head of Deal Advisory, Gerardo is in charge of a team of high performance professionals which provide advice on strategy, buying, sale, association, restructuring and integration



Gerardo Ruiz

Founder & Managing Partner, Advance Real Estate

Mr. Ruiz has over 20 years of experience at companies including Hines, Carlyle and LaSalle Investment. He has invested in and managed real estate funds representing over USD$2 billion in several sectors (industrial, residential for sale, office, retail centers and hotels).  He is a co-founder of Advances Real Estate, an industrial real estate developer, and  is a principal in the Company, leading the capital markets team. Currently, Advance has a portfolio of industrial assets with AUM of ~$1 billion.  Mr. Ruiz received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Anáhuac and his MBA from University of Michigan (Ross).



Jerónimo Gerard

President, Grupo MRP

Jerónimo Gerard, is currently President of Grupo MRP, the platform focused on the development of vehicles for the management of capital investments in assets, that generate long-term flows. Founder of the investment fund for Institutional Infrastructure (I2) that manages capital for $ 13,000 million MXP, of which he was president from its inception until its sale to BlackRock at the end of 2015. With the platform of MRP, he has invested around 25,000 million MXP in real estate developments throughout the Mexican Republic. From 2000 to 2006 he worked with Telefónica, S.A. as Vice President of Finance of Telefónica Móviles México, the second largest cell phone operator company in Mexico. With an investment of more than $6,000 million USD, Mr. Gerard was responsible for acquisitions for Telefónica in Mexico, its integration with existing operations of daily administration and finance activities. Prior to Telefónica México, Mr. Gerard served as CEO of Telefónica B2B, being responsible for the restructuring of operations in the United States, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Prior to Telefónica, Mr. Gerard was responsible for private investment funds in Mexico, for The Latin America Enterprise Fund.

Mr. Gerard instrumented and managed investment companies dedicated to Mexico. He executed transactions in the soft drink, distribution, telecommunications and funeral services industries. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Gerard worked for Goldman Sachs & Co. in N.Y. in mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking. Among the most notorious operations in which he participated are: the acquisition of Cifra (the largest supermarket chain in Mexico) by Wallmart and the exchange offer UMS $ 1.75 billion of Brady Bonds (Brady Bond Exchange, Goldman Sachs - Best Transaction of the Year 1996). Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gerard was an advisor to the Undersecretary of Revenue during the 1988-1994 Administration of the Government of México and was responsible for the privatization process of the general deposit warehouses at a national level.

Mr. Gerard is a member of the board of directors of several leading Mexican companies in the automotive, construction, finance and telecommunications sectors. He is also Vice President of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Mexico and was a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Mr. Gerard earned his Bachelor of Economics degree with honors from ITAM and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Jesse Fahy

Manager, Venture Capital Data, Preqin

Jesse Fahy is the Manager of Venture Capital Data at Preqin, where he leads a team responsible for collecting and disseminating detailed data on fund managers, fund performance, limited partners, fundraising, deals and exits, service providers, and fund terms and conditions. Jesse’s research and analysis on the venture capital space is consistently referenced by leading financial press such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Prior to this role Jesse was one of the founding members of the Hedge Fund Performance Team



Joel Virgen

Chief Economist Colombia & Mexico, BNP Paribas

Doctor in economics specialized in macroeconomics, politics and market analysis.

Mr. Joel Virgen has extensive working experience as an economic analyst in the banking sector, government and academia. He had been part of the economic research teams of two leading financial institutions in Mexico. These previous responsibilities allowed Mr. Virgen to specialized in the analysis and forecasting of productive activities, monetary policy and local FX and FI markets. Prior to his experience in the banking sector, he served in the division of econometric studies of the Mexican Statistics Institute (INEGI) as Deputy-director of the Department of Seasonal Adjustment.

In parallel, he has worked as a professor, teaching financial econometrics and macroeconometrics at BA and Master’s levels at the Instituto Teconológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a reputed private university in Mexico, and as an assistant professor in experimental economics and microeconomics at the University of York (UK). He had been awarded by both institutions for his teaching excellence.

Mr. Virgen is also a columnist in the specialized Mexican newspaper “El Financiero” and has a weekly contribution to Bloomberg TV in Mexico.

Joel Virgen Rojano earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of York (England) along with his Master degree in Econometrics and Economics. He also has a BA in Economics from the Instituto tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) (Mexico City).



Jorge Dickens

Managing Partner, ACON Investments

Jorge Dickens is a Managing Partner of ACON Investments, a private equity investment firm with more than $5 billion in capital managed, 20 years of experience, and operations in Latin America, the United States and Europe. Since 2008, he is responsible for ACON’s investment activities in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico. Prior to joining ACON, he was Vice President at Darby Overseas Investments, where he was responsible for investing and monitoring mezzanine funds in Latin America. Prior to that, he worked with Banco Santander, where he advised clients in corporate finance and cross-border M&A assignments. Mr. Dickens currently serves on the board of Grupo Vizion, Waldo’s, Citla Energy and Grupo GMI. He also serves on the board of AMEXCAP, the Mexican association of private equity funds.

Mr. Dickens received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a Masters in Economics from Universidad Anahuac (Mexico City). He is a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States.



Jorge Medoza

Genreal Director Banobras

Jorge Medoza / Genreal Director Banobras



Jorge Suárez Vélez

Columnist, Reforma

Jorge Suárez Vélez has been Managing Director at Allen & Company Investment Advisors since May of 2015. He was founding partner of SP Family Office, LLC from 2009 to 2015, CEO of ING Private Wealth Management, LLC from 2004 to 2009. Previously, he worked for other Swiss, Japanese and Mexican financial institutions.

Since 1998, he has been a weekly guest at CNN en español, commenting on economic topics. In July of 2017 he became a weekly Op-Ed columnist for Reforma/El Norte/Mural in Mexico, writing about politics and economics. He previously wrote a similar column for El Financiero newspaper in Mexico (local partner of Bloomberg), from 2013 to 2017.

In 2011, Random House published his book La Próxima Gran Caída de la Economía Mundial (The Coming Downturn of the World Economy), and in 2013 Ahora o Nunca, La Gran Oportunidad de México Para Crecer (Now or Never, The Great Opportunity for Mexico to Grow). Both books remained on the best-seller list for months.

He has been speaker at events of the Council of Foreign Relations, the Council of the Americas, Aspen Institute, Milken Institute Global Conference, Columbia University, Penn University, Pace University, FIU, and dozens of conferences throughout the Americas.

An economist from the ITAM university in Mexico City, he completed graduate programs at the IMD at Lausanne, Switzerland in 2003 and 2007. He taught at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City between 1984 and 1988.

From 2005 to 2016 he served on the board of trustees of the Lycée Français de New York; since 2011 on the board of Qualitas of Life Foundation, since 2016 on the board of México ¿Cómo Vamos? in Mexico City, and on the advisory board of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center. He co-presides over APEM (Asociación de Profesionistas y Empresarios de México en Nueva York Foundation), which he co-founded in 2012.



José María Zertuche

Managing Director and CIO, BlackRock México

Managing Director and CIO, BlackRock México



Joseph Borda

Manager of Investor Data, Americas

Joseph Borda is the Manager of Investor Data at Preqin, the alternatives assets industry’s leading source of data, insights and solutions for professionals around the globe. Joseph is responsible for the Americas Investor dataset, including implementation and future advancements of Preqin’s product offerings. He is a CAIA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Syracuse University.



Liliana Reyes Castrejón

CEO, AMEXCAP

Liliana es la Directora General de AMEXCAP a partir de abril de 2018, antes de esto fue Directora de Capital Emprendedor en el Instituto Nacional de Emprendedor, cuenta con más de 15 años de experiencia en la banca de desarrollo en áreas de evaluación de proyectos, asistencia técnica y diseño, desarrollo y administración de proyectos con fondeo de organismos financieros internacionales.

También ha trabajado como consultora independiente para organismos multilaterales como el FOMIN y el Banco Mundial para proyectos de desarrollo económico local, cambio climático y proyectos de transporte sustentable.

Es egresada de la carrera de Relaciones Internacionales por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y cuenta con una maestría en Desarrollo Económico Local de la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) en Londres, Inglaterra y con un máster en Cooperación Internacional y Gestión de Proyectos del Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset en Madrid, España. Asimismo, cuenta con un Diploma en Capital Privado de la Escuela de Negocios IPADE.



Martín Escobari

Managing Director and Head of Latin America, New York and Sao Paolo, General Atlantic

Martín Escobari is a Managing Director and Head of General Atlantic’s business in Latin America. Martín is Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and serves on the Management Committee. Before joining General Atlantic in 2012, Martín was a Managing Director at Advent International where he focused on the financial services sector. Prior to that, he was Co-Founder and CFO of Submarino.com, a leading Brazilian online retailer that went public on the Bovespa and was sold to Lojas Americanas in 2006. Martin started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. Currently Martin sits on Arco, Grupo Axo, Pague Menos, Sanfer and XP Investmentos as a Board Member. He also donates his time as a Mentor to Endeavor, is an Advisory Group Member to The Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, and is a Board Member for Primeira Chance.

Martin Graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, as well as Harvard Business School where he received his M.B.A.



Miguel Olea

Managing Partner Colony Latam Partner

Miguel Olea / Managing Partner Colony Latam Partner



Mónica Pascua Purón

Research Director, AMEXCAP

Monica has been Research Director from AMEXCAP since July 2018. She has dedicated more than 10 years to investigate and analyse economic and demographic data, as well as designing and creating distribution models for national financial resources for local governments. She has also worked as an independent advisor in the field of developing methods for creating indicators and information gathering; and in the Ministry of Finance, developing mathematical and financial models for forecasting and simulating different schemes for financing projects.

Monica has graduated in Actuary from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, she has a Diploma in Finance from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, did a post-graduate course in Economics from The University of Warwick in the UK, a Master degree in Demographics from El Colegio de México and a Phd in Population Studies from El Colegio de México.



Rafael de Haro

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, VARIV Capital

Rafael is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at VARIV Capital. Founded in 2012, VARIV is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies doing business in Latin America. He currently serves as Board Member of AMEXCAP (the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) where he is an Advisor in the VC Committee. Rafael is also Co-Founder of Lifedots, a New York-based mobile software company. Before VARIV and Lifedots, Rafael was an investment-banking associate in the M&A Group at JPMorgan in their London office and an associate attorney at the New York law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Rafael studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, specialized in international law at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris, has an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business in New York and specializations in private equity and venture capital from Harvard Business School.



Raúl Gallegos

Managing Director Asset Management, Credit Suisse México

In May 2016, Raúl Gallegos joined the Asset Management group at Credit Suisse to develop and lead and new Real Estate lending platform through the launch of a specialized fund (CBFI) focused on issuing loans for income producing properties. The target asset classes for this vehicle include office buildings, retail centers, industrial properties and hotels. MMREIT was successfully closed in 3Q17 with $6,333 million pesos raised which provide capacity of up to $18,000 million pesos of AUMs with leverage. It is currently executing its first investments.

Prior to this, Mr. Gallegos was the President and CEO for GE in Mexico since July 2013, where he was focused on business development and growth in the country through the various industrial and financial business units. He represented the company as a whole which has 11,000 employees, 17 manufacturing plants, 5 service centers and the largest engineering center in Mexico with 1800 specialized engineers.

Raúl began his career with GE in 1997 in Stamford, Connecticut with the Latin America group of GE Capital Structured Finance, where he worked on debt and equity transactions for infrastructure projects in Energy, Telecom and the Transportation industries.

In 1999, he returned to México to join the GE Capital Real Estate business, where he first worked as a Relationship Manager and originator, and then as the leader of the Debt Business. During 7 years, he was focused on consolidating and growing their loan portfolio, achieving a level of specialization unique in the industry, and a completely integrated platform that became the market leader with over $4 billion dollars in assets. From 2006 to 2013, he served as General Manager of GE Real Estate in México, where he was responsible for both the debt and equity businesses which totaled more than $5 billion dollars in assets, including managing Intramerica Real Estate Group, one of the principal owners and operators of industrial properties in México with a portfolio of more than 200 buildings and 17 million square feet. In December 2012, GE Capital Real Estate sold this platform to Macquarie to create what is now Fibra Macquarie.

Raúl is a Civil Engineer from Universidad Anáhuac and he has an MBA from Columbia University in New York. He started his professional career at Industrias Gar-Vel, one of the most important mechanical contractors in México, where he participated and led some of the most important construction projects in the country.



Rodrigo Fonseca

Founding Partner, EMX Capital

Rodrigo Fonseca is a founding partner at EMX Capital. Formed in 2009, EMX Capital is a leading Mexican private equity firm (www.emxcapital.com). EMX Capital manages several vehicles that make majority investments in mid-sized Mexican companies with attractive growth potential. Mr. Fonseca has 15 years of experience in private equity and more than 25 years in the international financial sector. Within EMX Capital, and previously at The Carlyle Group, Mr. Fonseca has been responsible for investments in sectors such as education, direct sales, transportation and pharmaceutical, among others. Currently, Mr. Fonseca is board member in Farmapiel, ILSP and KDM, portfolio companies of EMX Capital.

Previously, Mr. Fonseca was an investment-banking director at Merrill Lynch in NY and Mexico City and was a Vice President at GE Capital. He began his career as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Mr., Fonseca has an MBA with concentration in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in industrial engineering from Universidad Anáhuac.



Rogelio Jiménez Pons Gómez

General Director, Fonatur

Born in Mexico City in 1950. He is an architecture graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His professional experience has led him to specialize in urban development and planning, as well as regional development and strengthening of the tourist sector in the Mexican southeast region, mainly the states of Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, and Quintana Roo.

With a vast professional career, he has worked for the public and private sectors in comprehensive project development, architecture, and construction. He has lectured about tourism, sustainability, urban planning and economic reactivation at numerous universities.

He has been awarded First Prize of Urbanism during the II Biennale Mondiale de L’architecture INTERARCH ‘83, organized by the International Union of Architects, for the urban development project Tabasco 2000, held in the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco.

He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Fonatur, a government agency responsible for the Tren Maya project.



Scott McDonough

Managing Director and Founding Partner, Alta Growth Capital

He has been Managing Director at Allen & Company Investment Advisors since May of 2015. He was founding partner of SP Family Office, LLC from 2009 to 2015, CEO of ING Private Wealth Management, LLC from 2004 to 2009. Previously, he worked for other Swiss, Japanese and Mexican financial institutions.