expert PANELS


Chair: Mariana Albano, Aaron Stolear (HBS '17)


Prof. Joseph B. Lassiter, Senior Fellow, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management


Carlos Valencia,  Principal at Southern Cross Group Bogota Office                               

  • Former CEO of Estrella Internacional Energy Services (2014 - 2015).
  • VP at Refinancia, specialty servicer focused on servicing and acquiring NPLs.
  • Mr. Valencia is an Engineer from Ecuela de Ingenieria de Antioquía Colombia and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.
  • Southern Cross Group (SCG) is a Latin American Private Equity Fund with over US$2.5 bn Assets under Management and has actively invested throughout the region. SCG has recently raised Fund V with over US$1 bn in commitments.

Miguel Galuccio, CEO of Argentina's state owned YPF (2012 - 2015) 

  • President and responsible for the creation and operation of "Schlumberger Production Management" and led companies and work teams in the United States, Middle East, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia and China.
  • General Manager of Schlumberger Mexico and Central America. During his tenure Mr. Galuccio led Schlumberger to become Pemex's(Mexico's state owned company) strategic partner.

Francisco Barnes Regueiro, Executive director at Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environmental Policy and Research

  • Executive coordinator of Mexico City's Megalopolis Environmental Commision
  • Served as President of Mexico's Environmental Agency
  • Former Partner of McKinsey & Co.

Raymundo Sanchez, Partner at A.T. Kearney, Mexico City Office

  • Corporate Strategic Planning Senior Manager at Cemex (2006 - 2008)
  • Mr. Sanchez is a Chemical Engineer from ITESM Tecnológico de Monterrey and holds an MBA from IESE


Chair: Carolina Manrique & Marcela López (HBS '17)


Roberto Charvel, Harvard Business School Professor and HBS '01

  • Associate Professor of Private Equity and Entrepeneurship at IPADE (2009 - 2014)        
  • CEO at Vander Capital Partners
  • Mr. Charvel is co-teaching with Sid Yog, Senior Lecturer at HBS, a course on real estate in emerging markets started by Prof. Nicolas Retsinas  


Marcos Mulcahy, Partner at Southern Cross Group

  • Partner at Southern Cross Group, one of Latin America’s largest regional PE that has actively invested in the region since inception in 1998
  • Worked extensively in the Private Equity arena and has recently led the acquisition of EVEN Telecom, a Mexico based IT services
  • Led IPO of two of Southern Cross Group portfolio companies: Planigrupo and Javer, largest Mexican homebuilder
  • Board Member of Grupo Expansion, a media company formerly owned by Time Warner, Javer, and Planigrupo
  • Mr. Mulcahy earned a BS in Economics from Universidad Catolica Argentina Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires

Dionisio Garza, Managing Director at Topaz Inversiones, HBS '08

  • Co-founded Topaz Invesments in 2011 as a regional Latin American Private Equity fund focused in Education
  • Former Vice President of Universidad Regiomontana, a higher education institution in Monterrey, Mexico  
  • Worked in Strategic Planning and as a Program Manager at Nemak, Mexican company that specializes in the production of high complex aluminum components for the automotive industry
  • Mr. Garza earned a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford and has an MBA from Harvard Business School

Juan Franck, Associate Director at Temasek, HBS '12

  • Associate Director at Temasek, investment company based in Singapore with a net portfolio value of $242BN
  • Board Observer of Virgin Mobile Latin America and CASA Exploration, a privately held oil and gas company focused on material exploration and early development projects in Latin America
  • Mr. Franck holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires and an MBA from Harvard Business School


Jamie Rice, Managing Director and Equity Portfolio Manager at Wellington Management

  • Jamie is the portfolio manager of the Emerging Markets Capital Appreciation approach as well as the Latin American Equity Portfolio and a long/short version of that portfolio. Supported by Wellington Management’s extensive independent fundamental research resources, Jamie draws on the insights of the firm’s global industry analysts, equity research analysts, macroanalysts, and Emerging Markets Debt team. Before joining the Growth Opportunities team, Jamie worked as an equity research analyst covering Latin America for the Emerging Markets team.
  • Prior to joining Wellington Management in 2004, Jamie worked as a principal with Zero Stage Capital, a venture capital firm (1999 – 2004). He was also a Latin American Equity Research Analyst with SG Cowen Securities Corp., Inc. (1997 – 1999) and Oppenheimer and Co., Inc. (1995 – 1997). He spent two years in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America (1993 – 1995).
  • Jamie received his AB in English literature and language, with honors, from Harvard College (1992) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.




Chair: Carolina Manrique & Marcela López (HBS '17)


Roberto Charvel, Harvard Business School Professor and HBS '01  

  • Associate Professor of Private Equity and Entrepeneurship at IPADE (2009 - 2014)        
  • CEO at Vander Capital Partners
  • Mr. Charvel is co-teaching with Sid Yog, Senior Lecturer at HBS, a course on real estate in emerging markets started by Prof. Nicolas Retsinas                    


Erik Seiersen, Managing Director Mexico at Diageo, HBS '96

  • General Manager of Brink's Mexico (2011 - 2013)
  • General Manager, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean of Cadbury (2008 - 2011)
  • Independent Board Member of Central America Beverage Corporation, largest independent Pepsi bottler and distributor in Latin America outside of Mexico

Gastón Bottazzini, CEO of Falabella Financial Services, HBS '97

  • CEO at Falabella Financiero
  • Partner at McKinsey & Co (1997 - 2008)

Carlos Orozco, CEO at Grupo Vilaseca (2015 - Present), Ecuador

  • Managing Partner at Novaurum AG (2013 – Present), Switzerland
  • New Business Development Director, Dow Europe, Middle East & Africa at Dow Chemical (2011 – 2013), Switzerland
  • Global Strategy, Marketing & New Business Development Director, Dow Specialty Materials at Dow Chemical (2009 – 2011), Switzerland
  • General Manager and Global Business Director, Dow Health & Wellness Business at Dow Chemical (2008 – 2009), Switzerland


Chair: Carolina Manrique & Marcela López (HBS '17)

Moderator:  Marcela López & Carolina Manrique


Mayela Rincón, CFO at BioPappel

  • Ms. Rincon has been CFOand Director at BioPappel, Mexican Public company, since 1982
  • Served as Member of the Board of Directors of BBVA Bancomer
  • Collaborated with universities and philanthropic institutions

Olga Botero, Partner and Managing Director of C&S Customer and Strategy

  • Member of the Board of Directors of EVERTEC, leading full-service transaction processing business in Latin America providing a broad range of merchant acquiring, payment processing and business solutions services. 
  • Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Intralinks, a technology platform provides secure, compliant, virtual data rooms with lifetime content control
  • Former CIO of Bancolombia (2006 – 2011)
  • Ms. Botero earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from Iowa State University

Ines Temple, President of LHH - DBM Peru and LHH Chile

  • President of the Board of CARE Peru, the leading non - profit organization fighting poverty focused on young girls
  • Author of the national best-seller “Usted S.A. Empleabilidad y Marketing Personal,” published in 2010 and now in its 12th edition. Usted S.A. was the 2nd in overall sales in Peru in 2012 and in 2014
  • Ms. Temple earned a BS in Business Administration from New York and an MBA from Adolfo Ibañez School of Managemen


Gabriela Alarcón, Director of Urban and Health Policy at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), a think tank based in Mexico City.

  • Member of the Editorial Advisory board of Revista R, a magazine published by widely known Mexican newspaper Reforma
  • Member of Mexico’s National Housing Council and of Pemex’s Citizen Participation Group on Sustainability Practices
  • Former advisor to the Undersecretary of Mexico’s Ministry of Finance and to the CEO of Nacional Financiera, Mexican developing banking institution
  • Ms. Alarcon earned a Bachelor degree in Economics from ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) and has a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University


entrepreneurship and venture capital - re-inventing latin america

Chair: David Dana, HBS´17



Deborah Dana, Managing Partner at Soldiers Field Angels, HBS '08

  • Co-Founder and CEO at Kiwilimon
  • Marketing and Sales Director at Interlingua
  • Marketing Manager at Procter & Gamble

Hernan Fernandez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Angel Ventures Mexico

  • Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Founder and Managing Director at Mexi-Link
  • Corporative Lawyer at PriceWaterhouseCoopers


Matias Recchia, Co-founder and CEO at IguanaFix

  • President and COO at Vostu
  • Engagement Manager at McKinsey
  • Corporate Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble

Facundo Martin Diaz, Co-founder and CEO at VRTIFY

  • Co-Founder Alchemia VR
  • Co-Founder Playboard TV
  • Co-Founder Safety Pool International
  • Co-Founder Alchemia Games
  • Co-Founder DotionLab
  • Director at Accenture


Luis Tejado, Founder and President at Blue Drop, HBS '97

  • CEO at Proteak
  • COO at Grupo Editorial Expansion
  • CFO at Grupo Editorial Expansion
  • CEO at
  • Consultant at Boston Consulting Group
  • Finance Manager at Procter & Gamble