Speakers The thought leaders guiding our sessions

Jorge Arteaga

Jorge Arteaga

CEO of Lácteos Ticoy, Mexico

Born and raised in Aguascalientes, Jorge Arteaga was exposed to the food industry early on. In 2006, when La Huerta sought an internal source of high quality cheese, Jorge founded Lacteos Ticoy, S.A. de C.V., focusing on the production of artisanal cheeses. However, at the same time he began a journey into the world of competitive auto racing. Jorge moved up through the ranks of the racing world, first in Mexico and then in the U.S.
Jorge left racing and returned to focus on his other passion, Ticoy, in 2013. Using the existing capacity to produce dairy products, Jorge was able to launch his own brand Holistik, creating a line of frozen fruit bars. He also began drawing up plans for a new state-of-the-art plant, which was completed in March 2015 and increased the productive capacity of the business sevenfold.
Holistik’s line of frozen fruit bars are made with natural ingredients and a unique blend of flavors. The frozen fruit bars are sweetened with organic agave syrup and are approximately 20 calories per piece, also the frozen fruits bars are free of gluten, artificial colors and flavors, and GMOs.
Consumers worldwide are increasingly seeking foods that go back to basics, and this is exactly what Holistik offers.

Felipe Atuesta

Felipe Atuesta

Owner and Operations Manager, CH5, Colombia

Felipe, works for Doble A Engineering, a family-owned company with almost 40 years experience in road infrastructure projects in Colombia. Within the organization he has been in charge of various management roles, focusing initially, in the operations units of the company and currently serving as a role as manager who is responsible for the operational aspects, special projects, human resources, purchasing, administration and systems. He´s been directly linked to the commercial strategic redirection of Double A, where he worked to strengthen the business strategy, providing a different approach and looking for business opportunities with new institutional and private clients. To date, this strategy makes for 80% of the company's sales in those segments. In addition, Felipe, was previously linked to the company Cemex Colombia, working in management positions for the Vice Operations Direction and Concrete and Aggregates, the latter being part of the Directors Committee of the multinational in Colombia.
On the other hand, Felipe is a founding partner of CH5 SAS, a company that seeks to provide an alternative distraction, in the middle and lower strata, giving the community a parallel option for entertainment and dispersion to children, youth and adults, through the practice of football. Thus CH5 SAS has been consolidated in different intermediate cities of Colombia, with the vision of having adequate space for sport and having a social approach as a roadmap in the development of their activities.
Felipe is a Business Management Major of the Universidad de la Sabana and has a Masters in Corporate Finance & Investment Banking at the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles (IEB) of Madrid.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Founder Virgin Group, UK

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel & transportation, financial services, leisure & entertainment and health & wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs more than 60,000 people, operating in over 50 countries. Global branded revenues of £15bn ($24bn) in 2012. Sir Richard has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon journeys and kitesurfing across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as “the greatest adventure of all.” He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn. He maintains a daily blog on http://virgin.com with more than 21 million followers across five social networks.

Sir Richard was awarded a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship. He lives on Necker Island with his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam.

Alfredo Capote Sánchez

Alfredo Capote Sánchez

President of E+E Mexico City Chapter and Professor of Technology Management, Information Systems and Corporate Business Innovation and Strategy at EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Alfredo A Capote holds a BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, an Executive MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Diploma on International Business from Columbia University and a Diploma on Business Strategy and Innovation from MIT.
Also is a Certified Finance Professional holder from IMEF and IMCP Mexican National Professional Associations.
Mr. Capote has a long professional career of more than 49 years including 34 years in IBM México and IBM Corporation, in which he served as General Manager Corporate accounts in Latin America, VP Strategic Initiatives in the same Division and President and General Manager of IBM Mexico for more than 10 Years.
He is an active member of the Executive Consulting Committee of the National Federation of Private Businesses (COPARMEX), Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Finance Executives (IMEF), Board Member and Former President of FUNDES Mexico (Foundation for Sustainable Development) and serves on Different Boards of Services and Technology related corporations in Mexico and the US.

Jorge Arteaga

CEO of Lácteos Ticoy, Mexico

Born and raised in Aguascalientes, Jorge Arteaga was exposed to the food industry early on. In 2006, when La Huerta sought an internal source of high quality cheese, Jorge founded Lacteos Ticoy, S.A. de C.V., focusing on the production of artisanal cheeses. However, at the same time he began a journey into the world of competitive auto racing. Jorge moved up through the ranks of the racing world, first in Mexico and then in the U.S.
Jorge left racing and returned to focus on his other passion, Ticoy, in 2013. Using the existing capacity to produce dairy products, Jorge was able to launch his own brand Holistik, creating a line of frozen fruit bars. He also began drawing up plans for a new state-of-the-art plant, which was completed in March 2015 and increased the productive capacity of the business sevenfold.
Holistik’s line of frozen fruit bars are made with natural ingredients and a unique blend of flavors. The frozen fruit bars are sweetened with organic agave syrup and are approximately 20 calories per piece, also the frozen fruits bars are free of gluten, artificial colors and flavors, and GMOs.
Consumers worldwide are increasingly seeking foods that go back to basics, and this is exactly what Holistik offers.

Felipe Atuesta

Owner and Operations Manager, CH5, Colombia

Felipe, works for Doble A Engineering, a family-owned company with almost 40 years experience in road infrastructure projects in Colombia. Within the organization he has been in charge of various management roles, focusing initially, in the operations units of the company and currently serving as a role as manager who is responsible for the operational aspects, special projects, human resources, purchasing, administration and systems. He´s been directly linked to the commercial strategic redirection of Double A, where he worked to strengthen the business strategy, providing a different approach and looking for business opportunities with new institutional and private clients. To date, this strategy makes for 80% of the company's sales in those segments. In addition, Felipe, was previously linked to the company Cemex Colombia, working in management positions for the Vice Operations Direction and Concrete and Aggregates, the latter being part of the Directors Committee of the multinational in Colombia.
On the other hand, Felipe is a founding partner of CH5 SAS, a company that seeks to provide an alternative distraction, in the middle and lower strata, giving the community a parallel option for entertainment and dispersion to children, youth and adults, through the practice of football. Thus CH5 SAS has been consolidated in different intermediate cities of Colombia, with the vision of having adequate space for sport and having a social approach as a roadmap in the development of their activities.
Felipe is a Business Management Major of the Universidad de la Sabana and has a Masters in Corporate Finance & Investment Banking at the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles (IEB) of Madrid.

Richard Branson

Founder Virgin Group, UK

Sir Richard Branson is Founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world's most recognised and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel & transportation, financial services, leisure & entertainment and health & wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs more than 60,000 people, operating in over 50 countries. Global branded revenues of £15bn ($24bn) in 2012. Sir Richard has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon journeys and kitesurfing across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as “the greatest adventure of all.” He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn. He maintains a daily blog on http://virgin.com with more than 21 million followers across five social networks.

Sir Richard was awarded a knighthood for services to entrepreneurship. He lives on Necker Island with his wife Joan, and has two children, Holly and Sam.

Alfredo Capote Sánchez

President of E+E Mexico City Chapter and Professor of Technology Management, Information Systems and Corporate Business Innovation and Strategy at EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Alfredo A Capote holds a BS and MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey, an Executive MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Diploma on International Business from Columbia University and a Diploma on Business Strategy and Innovation from MIT.
Also is a Certified Finance Professional holder from IMEF and IMCP Mexican National Professional Associations.
Mr. Capote has a long professional career of more than 49 years including 34 years in IBM México and IBM Corporation, in which he served as General Manager Corporate accounts in Latin America, VP Strategic Initiatives in the same Division and President and General Manager of IBM Mexico for more than 10 Years.
He is an active member of the Executive Consulting Committee of the National Federation of Private Businesses (COPARMEX), Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Finance Executives (IMEF), Board Member and Former President of FUNDES Mexico (Foundation for Sustainable Development) and serves on Different Boards of Services and Technology related corporations in Mexico and the US.

Luis Felipe Cisneros

Luis Felipe Cisneros

Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal, Canada

Luis Martinez is the Director of the Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale | HEC Montréal. Luis Cisneros is a professor of Family Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at HEC Montreal. Luis is member of the International Business Families Centre McGill – HEC Montreal and he is also member of Rogers—J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship. He also teaches in the MBA program at the Monterrey Tech (Universidad Virtual ITESM, Mexico). In addition, he was the director of the Entrepreneurship program at the ITESM campus Querétaro and the Director of MBA program at the campus San Luis Potosí. His interests of research are related to the management of SMEs, entrepreneurship, family business management and the contradictions inherent in management. He is co-editing three books and he has written several chapters, articles and study cases about entrepreneurship and small family business management.

José Germán Coppel Luken

José Germán Coppel Luken

Director, Coppel S.A. De C.V., Mexico

José Germán Coppel Luken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is member of the Board of Management and Chairman of the Family Council for Grupo Coppel. Since 1994 he has been the President of “Desarrolladora Misión Veintiuno” and has developed a residential project, “Las Riberas del Pitic”, in the real state sector in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Since1994, he has been an active member of the Board of Advisors of Tec de Monterrey Sonora Norte Campus, and Advisor for Tec Salud since 2012.
He is the Founder President of “A Mas” (advanced education), San José School, as well as a shareholder and member of the board of advisors of Cima Hospital and former President from 2001 to 2008.
In response to his work over the last 12 years as an advisor and promoter of social projects related to security and shelter in Hermosillo, and the whole state of Sonora, Pope John Paul II awarded him the Order of Saint Gregory Magnus.

Susana Coppel García

Susana Coppel García

President of Coppel Comunidad (Coppel Group), Mexico

Susana has a Business Administration Bachelor's degree from ITESM Monterrey campus, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University.
Since 2005 she has been a Board Member of Coppel Group's board of directors and Family Counsel Coordinator. Susana Coppel García is President of Coppel Comunidad the group's corporate social responsibility arm, as well as an organizational development consultant.

John A. Davis

John A. Davis

Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, USA

Professor John Davis teaches leadership in the Owner/President Management program and is the faculty chair of the executive program Families in Business: From Generation to Generation. He has also taught in the Key Executives program and other executive programs at HBS. He is founder and chairman of Cambridge Advisors of Family Enterprise, the co-creator of the Three-Circle Model, and the co-author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles in Family Business. He has advised families in business on many issues for over 30 years. Professor Davis earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1982. His theories and observations have been cited by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, the Economist, Fortune, Business Week, Exame, Family Business Magazine, and several other publications.

Luis Felipe Cisneros

Associate Professor, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal, Canada

Luis Martinez is the Director of the Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale | HEC Montréal. Luis Cisneros is a professor of Family Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at HEC Montreal. Luis is member of the International Business Families Centre McGill – HEC Montreal and he is also member of Rogers—J.-A.-Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship. He also teaches in the MBA program at the Monterrey Tech (Universidad Virtual ITESM, Mexico). In addition, he was the director of the Entrepreneurship program at the ITESM campus Querétaro and the Director of MBA program at the campus San Luis Potosí. His interests of research are related to the management of SMEs, entrepreneurship, family business management and the contradictions inherent in management. He is co-editing three books and he has written several chapters, articles and study cases about entrepreneurship and small family business management.

José Germán Coppel Luken

Director, Coppel S.A. De C.V., Mexico

José Germán Coppel Luken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is member of the Board of Management and Chairman of the Family Council for Grupo Coppel. Since 1994 he has been the President of “Desarrolladora Misión Veintiuno” and has developed a residential project, “Las Riberas del Pitic”, in the real state sector in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Since1994, he has been an active member of the Board of Advisors of Tec de Monterrey Sonora Norte Campus, and Advisor for Tec Salud since 2012.
He is the Founder President of “A Mas” (advanced education), San José School, as well as a shareholder and member of the board of advisors of Cima Hospital and former President from 2001 to 2008.
In response to his work over the last 12 years as an advisor and promoter of social projects related to security and shelter in Hermosillo, and the whole state of Sonora, Pope John Paul II awarded him the Order of Saint Gregory Magnus.

Susana Coppel García

President of Coppel Comunidad (Coppel Group), Mexico

Susana has a Business Administration Bachelor's degree from ITESM Monterrey campus, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University.
Since 2005 she has been a Board Member of Coppel Group's board of directors and Family Counsel Coordinator. Susana Coppel García is President of Coppel Comunidad the group's corporate social responsibility arm, as well as an organizational development consultant.

John A. Davis

Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise, USA

Professor John Davis teaches leadership in the Owner/President Management program and is the faculty chair of the executive program Families in Business: From Generation to Generation. He has also taught in the Key Executives program and other executive programs at HBS. He is founder and chairman of Cambridge Advisors of Family Enterprise, the co-creator of the Three-Circle Model, and the co-author of Generation to Generation: Life Cycles in Family Business. He has advised families in business on many issues for over 30 years. Professor Davis earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1982. His theories and observations have been cited by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, the Economist, Fortune, Business Week, Exame, Family Business Magazine, and several other publications.

Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-founders of Business Families Foundation and Co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Philippe founded Telemedia in 1968 and the company soon grew to become a leader in the media communications industry in Canada. Involved in publishing, radio, TV, satellite broadcasting and cellular telephones. However, it was through their work together going beyond the quantitative and purely business aspects of their company that the de Gaspé Beaubiens came to appreciate the importance of transmitting the right values, establishing a “soul” to their company and managing their employees to develop an ownership mentality. Telemedia was named one of the best 100 Canadian employers for three consecutive years, and Nan B and Philippe continued to grow the business before eventually turning over control of the company to their three children.

Rogelio De los Santos

Rogelio De los Santos

Managing Partner at Dalus Capital, Chairman of the Board of the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute, Mexico

Rogelio De los Santos is a founder-&-funder of early-stage companies also recognized for being an active bridge builder and dealmaker.
De los Santos is a Managing Partner at Dalus Capital & Alta Ventures; chairs the Boards of MFM Financial and the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute and is a Director in Wanderu, Nuve, Energryn and Inmobly. He serves on the Boards of Tec de Monterrey, Endeavor Monterrey and Auria Capital.
In 2013 he founded and is currently the President of INCmty, LatAm's entrepreneurship festival.
De los Santos earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, a master degree in Business Leadership from Duxx, and an honorary degree from Babson College.

Alberto Fernández

Alberto Fernández

CEO Epix and President ONG Hagámoslo Bien, Mexico

Alberto Fernández Martínez is the Founder and Partner of Sherpa, Paralelo Estándares Globales en Construcción, Epix Beverages, Restaurants Santa Cruz and Call Centers Beliveo. Previously, he was also the Founder and General Director of Hispanic Teleservices Corporation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for VIAKEM, Impulsa, Coparmex Nuevo León, Caintra, Unidos, 3 Museos (History Museum, MUNE, Palacio), Rufino Tamayo Museum, University of Monterrey, and the Institute of Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera at TEC de Monterrey. Alberto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Notre Dame University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He is the former president of Coparmex Nuevo León and the current president of the Program Hagámoslo Bien.

José Antonio Fernández Garza Lagüera

José Antonio Fernández Garza Lagüera

Managing Director for Coca-Cola FEMSA's Central America Division, Mexico

José Antonio Fernández is the managing director for Coca-Cola FEMSA’s Central America division. Prior to his work at FEMSA, José Antonio co-founded and ran Vestige Capital, a search fund seeking to acquire and operate small and medium-sized companies in Mexico. While at Vestige, he co-led the acquisition of BOMI Group, a logistic provider for the Mexican healthcare industry. José Antonio is co-founder and a member of the board of Conex, an infrastructure provider for telecom carriers in Mexico, as well as Vertical Homes, a real estate developer. He was the founding chairman of the board of the Entrepreneurship Institute in Monterrey Tech. He received his MBA from Stanford University. He currently lives in Costa Rica with his wife Veronica, and their three children.

Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien

Co-founders of Business Families Foundation and Co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

As the founders and funders of the Business Families Foundation (BFF) and co-chairs of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, Nan-b and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien devote their time and energy to the advancement of family enterprise. Philippe founded Telemedia in 1968 and the company soon grew to become a leader in the media communications industry in Canada. Involved in publishing, radio, TV, satellite broadcasting and cellular telephones. However, it was through their work together going beyond the quantitative and purely business aspects of their company that the de Gaspé Beaubiens came to appreciate the importance of transmitting the right values, establishing a “soul” to their company and managing their employees to develop an ownership mentality. Telemedia was named one of the best 100 Canadian employers for three consecutive years, and Nan B and Philippe continued to grow the business before eventually turning over control of the company to their three children.

Rogelio De los Santos

Managing Partner at Dalus Capital, Chairman of the Board of the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute, Mexico

Rogelio De los Santos is a founder-&-funder of early-stage companies also recognized for being an active bridge builder and dealmaker.
De los Santos is a Managing Partner at Dalus Capital & Alta Ventures; chairs the Boards of MFM Financial and the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute and is a Director in Wanderu, Nuve, Energryn and Inmobly. He serves on the Boards of Tec de Monterrey, Endeavor Monterrey and Auria Capital.
In 2013 he founded and is currently the President of INCmty, LatAm's entrepreneurship festival.
De los Santos earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, a master degree in Business Leadership from Duxx, and an honorary degree from Babson College.

Alberto Fernández

CEO Epix and President ONG Hagámoslo Bien, Mexico

Alberto Fernández Martínez is the Founder and Partner of Sherpa, Paralelo Estándares Globales en Construcción, Epix Beverages, Restaurants Santa Cruz and Call Centers Beliveo. Previously, he was also the Founder and General Director of Hispanic Teleservices Corporation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for VIAKEM, Impulsa, Coparmex Nuevo León, Caintra, Unidos, 3 Museos (History Museum, MUNE, Palacio), Rufino Tamayo Museum, University of Monterrey, and the Institute of Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera at TEC de Monterrey. Alberto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Notre Dame University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He is the former president of Coparmex Nuevo León and the current president of the Program Hagámoslo Bien.

José Antonio Fernández Garza Lagüera

Managing Director for Coca-Cola FEMSA's Central America Division, Mexico

José Antonio Fernández is the managing director for Coca-Cola FEMSA’s Central America division. Prior to his work at FEMSA, José Antonio co-founded and ran Vestige Capital, a search fund seeking to acquire and operate small and medium-sized companies in Mexico. While at Vestige, he co-led the acquisition of BOMI Group, a logistic provider for the Mexican healthcare industry. José Antonio is co-founder and a member of the board of Conex, an infrastructure provider for telecom carriers in Mexico, as well as Vertical Homes, a real estate developer. He was the founding chairman of the board of the Entrepreneurship Institute in Monterrey Tech. He received his MBA from Stanford University. He currently lives in Costa Rica with his wife Veronica, and their three children.

Rodrigo Fernández

Rodrigo Fernández

General Director of Sigma Alimentos, Mexico

Rodrigo is the General Director of Sigma Alimentos México, Company with 2.5 billions of dollars in annual sales and with more than 26 thousand employees in the country.

He began his professional career 1988 with Sigma Alimentos, where he has occupy different positions in Strategic Planning, Sales, New ventures, Marketing and being his previous positions CFO and CMO at Sigma Group.

Rodrigo has a Bachelor degree in Economics by the University of Virginia (UVa) and a Master Degree in Business Administration by The Wharton School.

He is member of the Board of Administration of Alpek, Sorteos Tec, Viakem, and member of the North Regional Council of CI Bank.

He is also the Vice-president of the Chamber of Manufacturing Industries of Nuevo Leon (CAINTRA) and Councilor at the Mexican Council of the Consumer Products Industry (ConMéxico).

Bárbara Braniff Garza Lagüera

Bárbara Braniff Garza Lagüera

Co-Founder of Punto i Coma

Barbara is a co-founder of Punto i Coma, a concept store in Mexico City which she runs since 2008. She has been a member of the advisory board of Coca Cola FEMSA since 2011. Barbara has an undergraduate degree in Finance as well as a MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Paulina Garza

Paulina Garza

Director of Femsa and Coca Cola FEMSA, Chairs her Family Council and Board

Paulina Garza serves as a Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA. She leads her Family Council and Board, and participates in the administration and investment committee in the family office. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey). Currently, she lives in Vancouver, Canada with her family.

Alberto Gimeno

Alberto Gimeno

Associate Professor for Family Business, ESADE Business School, Spain

In addition to forming part of ESADEs Faculty, Alberto Gimeno is one of the founding partners of Family Business Knowledge (FBK), an applied research company in the field of the family business. FBK develops both management tools for the family business and studies on groups of family businesses. He likewise acts as consultant to business families. On completing his degree, he created his own company (Tecnologías del Medio Ambiente, SL). He has also been General Manager of United Port Services, SA, and of Productos Frit Ravich, SL. He is the co-author of a theoretical model (the structural risk model), used both by business families and by consultants and consultancy companies specialized in this field, in various countries of the world. His research is focused on the application of the theory of complexity to family business management, with the aim of creating analytical models of this management.

Rodrigo Fernández

General Director of Sigma Alimentos, Mexico

Rodrigo is the General Director of Sigma Alimentos México, Company with 2.5 billions of dollars in annual sales and with more than 26 thousand employees in the country.

He began his professional career 1988 with Sigma Alimentos, where he has occupy different positions in Strategic Planning, Sales, New ventures, Marketing and being his previous positions CFO and CMO at Sigma Group.

Rodrigo has a Bachelor degree in Economics by the University of Virginia (UVa) and a Master Degree in Business Administration by The Wharton School.

He is member of the Board of Administration of Alpek, Sorteos Tec, Viakem, and member of the North Regional Council of CI Bank.

He is also the Vice-president of the Chamber of Manufacturing Industries of Nuevo Leon (CAINTRA) and Councilor at the Mexican Council of the Consumer Products Industry (ConMéxico).

Bárbara Braniff Garza Lagüera

Co-Founder of Punto i Coma

Barbara is a co-founder of Punto i Coma, a concept store in Mexico City which she runs since 2008. She has been a member of the advisory board of Coca Cola FEMSA since 2011. Barbara has an undergraduate degree in Finance as well as a MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Paulina Garza

Director of Femsa and Coca Cola FEMSA, Chairs her Family Council and Board

Paulina Garza serves as a Director of FEMSA and Coca Cola FEMSA. She leads her Family Council and Board, and participates in the administration and investment committee in the family office. She holds a Business Administration degree from ITESM (Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey). Currently, she lives in Vancouver, Canada with her family.

Alberto Gimeno

Associate Professor for Family Business, ESADE Business School, Spain

In addition to forming part of ESADEs Faculty, Alberto Gimeno is one of the founding partners of Family Business Knowledge (FBK), an applied research company in the field of the family business. FBK develops both management tools for the family business and studies on groups of family businesses. He likewise acts as consultant to business families. On completing his degree, he created his own company (Tecnologías del Medio Ambiente, SL). He has also been General Manager of United Port Services, SA, and of Productos Frit Ravich, SL. He is the co-author of a theoretical model (the structural risk model), used both by business families and by consultants and consultancy companies specialized in this field, in various countries of the world. His research is focused on the application of the theory of complexity to family business management, with the aim of creating analytical models of this management.

Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Author & Innovation Expert, Canada

Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, award-winning author and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website.
Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank and today, over 300 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his unique expertise to find better ideas faster.
Before his dot-com success, Jeremy studied innovation at Stanford, completed an MBA from Queen's University, became a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated as a Chancellor Scholar from The University of Calgary, where he was later awarded Graduate of the Decade.

Guillaume Hervé

Guillaume Hervé

Author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success, Canada

Guillaume Hervé is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success. Mr. Hervé is an international business executive and serial intrapreneur with an extensive innovation and business growth background who has launched several new business ventures in the form of corporate startups, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. His broad experience spans several sectors, including aviation, defense and security, software, healthcare, and government. He is Chairman of the Board of the medical technology accelerator CTS Health, a mentor and coach to technology startup entrepreneurs, a business lecturer and is a frequent blogger on leadership and intrapreneurial issues. He is the president of G3point0 Consulting, a company he founded to help business leaders succeed with growth strategies and intrapreneurship.

Verónica Maldonado

Verónica Maldonado

Executive Director GEM (Grupo Económico Maldonado) Family Office, Venezuela

Verónica has more than ten years of experience in the family office and family business arena since becoming the Executive Director of GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family office, which has offices in Caracas and Miami. Prior to that she worked in non-family companies based in Tokyo and Connecticut. She has extensive experience in cultural and corporate structures in the US, Japan and Venezuela and speaks English, Japanese and Spanish. She is the president of La Compañia Humana Foundation,which supports education and environmental awareness.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chair, Loram 99 Corporation, Canada

Margaret-Jean Mannix is Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation with responsibilities for the strategic planning of the family office and the family council. With ongoing involvement in her own family business since 1995, she has gained valuable experience managing teams and adapting to cultures around the world when exploring opportunities for growth. Outside the family business she has also held positions at Global Private Banking and The Royal Bank of Canada as well as continued her ongoing education at Loyola University’s Next Generation Leadership Institute.

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter, New York Times Bestselling Author & Innovation Expert, Canada

Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, award-winning author and the founder of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 most popular trend website.
Prior to Trend Hunter, Jeremy grew a $1 billion portfolio for a bank and today, over 300 brands, billionaires and CEOs rely on his unique expertise to find better ideas faster.
Before his dot-com success, Jeremy studied innovation at Stanford, completed an MBA from Queen's University, became a Chartered Financial Analyst, and graduated as a Chancellor Scholar from The University of Calgary, where he was later awarded Graduate of the Decade.

Guillaume Hervé

Author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success, Canada

Guillaume Hervé is the author of Winning at Intrapreneurship: 12 Labors to Overcome Corporate Culture and Achieve Startup Success. Mr. Hervé is an international business executive and serial intrapreneur with an extensive innovation and business growth background who has launched several new business ventures in the form of corporate startups, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. His broad experience spans several sectors, including aviation, defense and security, software, healthcare, and government. He is Chairman of the Board of the medical technology accelerator CTS Health, a mentor and coach to technology startup entrepreneurs, a business lecturer and is a frequent blogger on leadership and intrapreneurial issues. He is the president of G3point0 Consulting, a company he founded to help business leaders succeed with growth strategies and intrapreneurship.

Verónica Maldonado

Executive Director GEM (Grupo Económico Maldonado) Family Office, Venezuela

Verónica has more than ten years of experience in the family office and family business arena since becoming the Executive Director of GEM (Grupo Economico Maldonado) Family office, which has offices in Caracas and Miami. Prior to that she worked in non-family companies based in Tokyo and Connecticut. She has extensive experience in cultural and corporate structures in the US, Japan and Venezuela and speaks English, Japanese and Spanish. She is the president of La Compañia Humana Foundation,which supports education and environmental awareness.

Margaret-Jean Mannix

Chair, Loram 99 Corporation, Canada

Margaret-Jean Mannix is Chairman of Loram 99 Corporation with responsibilities for the strategic planning of the family office and the family council. With ongoing involvement in her own family business since 1995, she has gained valuable experience managing teams and adapting to cultures around the world when exploring opportunities for growth. Outside the family business she has also held positions at Global Private Banking and The Royal Bank of Canada as well as continued her ongoing education at Loyola University’s Next Generation Leadership Institute.

Ronald N. Mannix

Ronald N. Mannix

Founder, Coril Group, Canada

1973, BCom, UofA; Honorary LLD. Order of Canada, AOE, Founder, Chairman and Shareholder, Coril Holdings Ltd., a diversified third generation family business which is involved in global investments, railroad and energy equipment design, manufacturing and services, real estate ownership, investment and services, and healthcare related activities. Former Director: Bank of Montreal; Canfor Corporation; Loram Corporation; Manalta Coal; Pembina Corporation; The Coal Association of Canada; numerous family organizations. Member and former director: Canadian Council of Chief Executives; North American Business Forum. Philanthropically, has been involved with seven different foundations; Today is active as Founder, Patron and Director, National Music Centre; Founder, Patron, Vice-Chairman and Director, Norlien Foundation and Director of the Business Families Foundation. Interests include: travelling, hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, tennis and walking.

Nathalie Marcoux

Nathalie Marcoux

Vice President Finance Capinabel inc., Board Member of Transcontinental inc., VP of the Board of Anges Quebec, Canada

Ms. Nathalie Marcoux, CPA CA, is vice-president finance at Capinabel inc, a private holding company, since 2001. She is a member of the board of TC Transcontinental inc and president of the advisory board of HEC’s Remi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track.
Ms. Marcoux sits on the advisory board of Tandem Launch and is a member of Anges Québec, a network of angel investors, and is president of the advisory board of the HEC’s Carmelle and Remi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management.
Ms. Marcoux has been a judge for C2MTL’s 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs, Startup Fest, E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Fondation Montreal inc. Ms. Marcoux holds a B.A. from McGill University and a B.Com from HEC Montreal.

Samuel Klein Marcuschamer

Samuel Klein Marcuschamer

Planning Director, JAVER Corporation, Mexico

Samuel Klein Marcuschamer is currently JAVER´s Planning Director and has been working in the company since 2006, carrying out the company´s strategic, financial and operational planning, as well as land acquisitions. He is also in command of current commercial-retail projects, and institutional relations with the Federal Government, primarily National Housing Agencies. He has been at the company for the past 10 years, starting out as in the Business Analysis Department.
Alongside his responsibilities at JAVER Corporation, Samuel Klein is currently a Board Member at Pabellón M, a commercial and business complex embracing various business areas including an Auditorium, a 5-star Hotel, a Convention Center, a Shopping Center and an Office Tower.
Samuel Klein has a Master´s Degree in Business Administration, graduating from IPADE Business School in 2012, ranking 1st in his graduating class. He also has a Bachelor´s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Systems Engineering, earning an Honorable Mention for Overall Excellence in 2007.
He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Alzheimer’s Association in Monterrey, member of the Board of Advisors and Treasurer of TEDI, A.C., a School for children with down syndrome, as well as participating as a Counselor and Advisor of the Board of CANADEVI, the National Industry Development and Promotion of Housing Chamber.

Daniel Moska Arreola

Daniel Moska Arreola

Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera, Mexico

Daniel Moska has a Bachelor degree in Public Accounting and a Master degree in Administrative Science from Tecnológico de Monterrey. A Master degree and PhD. in Finance from Tulane University.
He was Administrative Manager of Fortacer and Chief of Administrative Information of Gamesa at Monterrey’s factory.
He was president of the Institute of Public Accountants at Nuevo León.
Member of INADEM Advisory Board and of the National Productivity Committee.
Director of Campus Santa Fe and of the School of Business at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Campus Guadalajara, Mexico City and Santa Fe.
Currently serves as Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera at Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Ronald N. Mannix

Founder, Coril Group, Canada

1973, BCom, UofA; Honorary LLD. Order of Canada, AOE, Founder, Chairman and Shareholder, Coril Holdings Ltd., a diversified third generation family business which is involved in global investments, railroad and energy equipment design, manufacturing and services, real estate ownership, investment and services, and healthcare related activities. Former Director: Bank of Montreal; Canfor Corporation; Loram Corporation; Manalta Coal; Pembina Corporation; The Coal Association of Canada; numerous family organizations. Member and former director: Canadian Council of Chief Executives; North American Business Forum. Philanthropically, has been involved with seven different foundations; Today is active as Founder, Patron and Director, National Music Centre; Founder, Patron, Vice-Chairman and Director, Norlien Foundation and Director of the Business Families Foundation. Interests include: travelling, hunting, fishing, skiing, golf, tennis and walking.

Nathalie Marcoux

Vice President Finance Capinabel inc., Board Member of Transcontinental inc., VP of the Board of Anges Quebec, Canada

Ms. Nathalie Marcoux, CPA CA, is vice-president finance at Capinabel inc, a private holding company, since 2001. She is a member of the board of TC Transcontinental inc and president of the advisory board of HEC’s Remi Marcoux Entrepreneurial Track.
Ms. Marcoux sits on the advisory board of Tandem Launch and is a member of Anges Québec, a network of angel investors, and is president of the advisory board of the HEC’s Carmelle and Remi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management.
Ms. Marcoux has been a judge for C2MTL’s 25 Emerging Entrepreneurs, Startup Fest, E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Fondation Montreal inc. Ms. Marcoux holds a B.A. from McGill University and a B.Com from HEC Montreal.

Samuel Klein Marcuschamer

Planning Director, JAVER Corporation, Mexico

Samuel Klein Marcuschamer is currently JAVER´s Planning Director and has been working in the company since 2006, carrying out the company´s strategic, financial and operational planning, as well as land acquisitions. He is also in command of current commercial-retail projects, and institutional relations with the Federal Government, primarily National Housing Agencies. He has been at the company for the past 10 years, starting out as in the Business Analysis Department.
Alongside his responsibilities at JAVER Corporation, Samuel Klein is currently a Board Member at Pabellón M, a commercial and business complex embracing various business areas including an Auditorium, a 5-star Hotel, a Convention Center, a Shopping Center and an Office Tower.
Samuel Klein has a Master´s Degree in Business Administration, graduating from IPADE Business School in 2012, ranking 1st in his graduating class. He also has a Bachelor´s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Systems Engineering, earning an Honorable Mention for Overall Excellence in 2007.
He is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Alzheimer’s Association in Monterrey, member of the Board of Advisors and Treasurer of TEDI, A.C., a School for children with down syndrome, as well as participating as a Counselor and Advisor of the Board of CANADEVI, the National Industry Development and Promotion of Housing Chamber.

Daniel Moska Arreola

Director, Institute for Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera, Mexico

Daniel Moska has a Bachelor degree in Public Accounting and a Master degree in Administrative Science from Tecnológico de Monterrey. A Master degree and PhD. in Finance from Tulane University.
He was Administrative Manager of Fortacer and Chief of Administrative Information of Gamesa at Monterrey’s factory.
He was president of the Institute of Public Accountants at Nuevo León.
Member of INADEM Advisory Board and of the National Productivity Committee.
Director of Campus Santa Fe and of the School of Business at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Campus Guadalajara, Mexico City and Santa Fe.
Currently serves as Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship Eugenio Garza Lagüera at Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Denise Paré-Julien

Denise Paré-Julien

Director of the Deschênes|Molson|Lesage Family Business Centre HEC Montreal, Canada

Denise Paré-Julien is the Director of the Deschênes | Molson | Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal where she is pursuing her passion to promote the field of family business and the importance of educating family members and the professionals who advise them. Her goal is to empower business families and give them the hope, encouragement and support to better understand their issues and face their challenges.

A graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal and HEC Montréal. She was a manager for many years in a leading financial institution in Québec. She also maintains a small and affluent client base of privately own firms for which she acts a trusted business family advisor and a personal coach.

Mme Paré Julien is also a trained ontological coach, her main focus is to empower her clients to develop their full potential and explore new possibilities.

Alejandro Ramírez

Alejandro Ramírez

Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis, Mexico

BA in Economics, Harvard University; MSc in Development Economics, University of Oxford; MBA, Harvard Business School. Formerly: with World Bank; United Nations Development Programme; Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Technical Secretary, Social Cabinet, Government of Mexico. Chairman, Morelia International Film Festival. President, Cinepolis Foundation. Vice-Chair, Mexicanos Primero. Member: Global Advisory Council, Harvard; Board of Dean's Advisors, Harvard School of Public Health. Member of the Board: BBVA Bancomer; Arcos Dorados; Chedraui; Mexico Competitiveness Institute; Filmaid. Author of articles on economic and social issues. Co-Author: Poverty, Human Development and Indigenous People in Latin America. 2012, Chair of the B20, the G20's Business Summit.

Andrés Rico

Andrés Rico

Founder and Managing Partner, NORTEM, Colombia

NORTEM is a leading consulting firm based in Colombia, with operations in 12 countries. With close to 20 years of management consulting experience, innovating and developing management tools and applications Andrés has turned his focus to developing knowledge and big data driven tools in order to predict performance outcomes derived from decision making both in privately and tightly held firms, as well as public companies. As a leader of entrepreneurial development efforts, he has worked closely with worldwide promoters like the IADB, USAID, JPMorgan Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation amongst others in setting up functional ecosystems for developing successful SGB’s (Small Growing Businesses), having supported in the creation of over 2,000 SME’s and SGB’s in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Andrés is the founder and an honorary member of the Family Business Network Colombia; former VP of Talent for Mercer Latin America; Regional Director (Latam) for TechnoServe; and a Consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Andrés holds a Civil Engineering degree from WPI, and an MBA from the University of New South Wales. He is a certified consultant for Lominger and has completed the course ‘Helping Leaders Succeed’ from Oliver Wyman (2013) and ‘Making Effective Corporate Boards’ at Harvard Business School (2012).

Fernando Sandoval

Fernando Sandoval

Director of the Family Business Centre Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, Mexico

Fernando Sandoval holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He has been a professor at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the EGADE Business School for more than 10 years in subjects such as Business Strategy, Leadership and Human Capital Management, and Business Succession Family Business, among others. Currently, he is Director of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Center Families Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico.

Denise Paré-Julien

Director of the Deschênes|Molson|Lesage Family Business Centre HEC Montreal, Canada

Denise Paré-Julien is the Director of the Deschênes | Molson | Lesage Family Business Centre at HEC Montréal where she is pursuing her passion to promote the field of family business and the importance of educating family members and the professionals who advise them. Her goal is to empower business families and give them the hope, encouragement and support to better understand their issues and face their challenges.

A graduate of Université du Québec à Montréal and HEC Montréal. She was a manager for many years in a leading financial institution in Québec. She also maintains a small and affluent client base of privately own firms for which she acts a trusted business family advisor and a personal coach.

Mme Paré Julien is also a trained ontological coach, her main focus is to empower her clients to develop their full potential and explore new possibilities.

Alejandro Ramírez

Chief Executive Officer, Cinépolis, Mexico

BA in Economics, Harvard University; MSc in Development Economics, University of Oxford; MBA, Harvard Business School. Formerly: with World Bank; United Nations Development Programme; Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Technical Secretary, Social Cabinet, Government of Mexico. Chairman, Morelia International Film Festival. President, Cinepolis Foundation. Vice-Chair, Mexicanos Primero. Member: Global Advisory Council, Harvard; Board of Dean's Advisors, Harvard School of Public Health. Member of the Board: BBVA Bancomer; Arcos Dorados; Chedraui; Mexico Competitiveness Institute; Filmaid. Author of articles on economic and social issues. Co-Author: Poverty, Human Development and Indigenous People in Latin America. 2012, Chair of the B20, the G20's Business Summit.

Andrés Rico

Founder and Managing Partner, NORTEM, Colombia

NORTEM is a leading consulting firm based in Colombia, with operations in 12 countries. With close to 20 years of management consulting experience, innovating and developing management tools and applications Andrés has turned his focus to developing knowledge and big data driven tools in order to predict performance outcomes derived from decision making both in privately and tightly held firms, as well as public companies. As a leader of entrepreneurial development efforts, he has worked closely with worldwide promoters like the IADB, USAID, JPMorgan Foundation, Coca Cola Foundation amongst others in setting up functional ecosystems for developing successful SGB’s (Small Growing Businesses), having supported in the creation of over 2,000 SME’s and SGB’s in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Andrés is the founder and an honorary member of the Family Business Network Colombia; former VP of Talent for Mercer Latin America; Regional Director (Latam) for TechnoServe; and a Consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Andrés holds a Civil Engineering degree from WPI, and an MBA from the University of New South Wales. He is a certified consultant for Lominger and has completed the course ‘Helping Leaders Succeed’ from Oliver Wyman (2013) and ‘Making Effective Corporate Boards’ at Harvard Business School (2012).

Fernando Sandoval

Director of the Family Business Centre Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, Mexico

Fernando Sandoval holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He has been a professor at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the EGADE Business School for more than 10 years in subjects such as Business Strategy, Leadership and Human Capital Management, and Business Succession Family Business, among others. Currently, he is Director of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Center Families Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico.

Joaquín Vargas Mier y Teran

Joaquín Vargas Mier y Teran

CEO of CMR, board member of CMR Foundation, Mexico

An Industrial Engineer graduated with honors at the Iberoamericana University. Joaquín has an outstanding track record in the area of Strategic Planning and Business.
He worked in big companies like Pfizer in New York being part of Global Strategic Planning and for more than two years as Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company Inc in Mexico. He was part of the Promotional Marketing Coordination in Posadas Group creating and implementing marketing strategies in the hotel chain.
He is currently CEO of CMR, enterprise group with more than 132 units and a successful trajectory, being now in charge of facilitating and coordinating the implementation of initiatives and projects throughout the organization.

Peter Vogel

Peter Vogel

Associate Partner, Cambridge Family Enterprise Group, Director Custom Programs at the Executive School of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Dr. Peter Vogel is a technology entrepreneur, business advisor and trainer. His entrepreneurial ventures focus on scalable solutions for some of the great demographic challenges of our times. His advisory work focuses on helping companies transform their business models as well as regional governments in creating innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. In the context of family enterprises his areas of expertise include succession planning, talent management, business strategy, innovation management, transformation in the digital age as well as investment opportunities. He has worked with BFF as advisor on "Next Generation" and "Intrapreneurship" for the past three years. He is think-tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and a Global Economic Symposium Fellow. He is a frequent speaker at events such as TEDx, the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, the St. Gallen Symposium, among others. Peter is the author of 'Generation Jobless?'

Alexandra Zapata Hojel

Alexandra Zapata Hojel

Senior Researcher, Instituto Mexicano para la Competividad, Mexico

Alexandra is a researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). A non-profit non-partisan think tank in Mexico. She leads the education projects within IMCO including the open data platform MejoraTuEscuela.org as well as the #3de3 anticorruption initiative.
Alexandra is a member of the Executive’s Advisory Board on Open Data, Editorial Board of the Reforma Newspaper and founding member of Más Ciudadanía. She has worked on political strategy projects in Mexico and in the US for The Aspen Institute and Transparent Democracy.
Alexandra obtained her B.A in Public Policy from Stanford University, USA and M.A. Social Responsibility from Anahuac University in Mexico City.

J. Arturo Zapata-Guizar

J. Arturo Zapata-Guizar

Executive President Corporación Zapata SA de CV, Mexico

Arturo serves as Executive President of Corporación Zapata SA de CV Chairman of the Board of Ariza de México SA de CV, of Autocosmos.com Inc., of Kromtek, Inc., of V4B SA de CV., and Más Ciudadanía A.C. Member of the Exec Committee of Impulsa/ JA México, of Cemefi, of Proyecto Niño, YPO Intercontinental and the National Committee of Coparmex. Assistant Professor of Strategic Management of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the ITESM.

Joaquín Vargas Mier y Teran

CEO of CMR, board member of CMR Foundation, Mexico

An Industrial Engineer graduated with honors at the Iberoamericana University. Joaquín has an outstanding track record in the area of Strategic Planning and Business.
He worked in big companies like Pfizer in New York being part of Global Strategic Planning and for more than two years as Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company Inc in Mexico. He was part of the Promotional Marketing Coordination in Posadas Group creating and implementing marketing strategies in the hotel chain.
He is currently CEO of CMR, enterprise group with more than 132 units and a successful trajectory, being now in charge of facilitating and coordinating the implementation of initiatives and projects throughout the organization.

Peter Vogel

Associate Partner, Cambridge Family Enterprise Group, Director Custom Programs at the Executive School of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Dr. Peter Vogel is a technology entrepreneur, business advisor and trainer. His entrepreneurial ventures focus on scalable solutions for some of the great demographic challenges of our times. His advisory work focuses on helping companies transform their business models as well as regional governments in creating innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. In the context of family enterprises his areas of expertise include succession planning, talent management, business strategy, innovation management, transformation in the digital age as well as investment opportunities. He has worked with BFF as advisor on "Next Generation" and "Intrapreneurship" for the past three years. He is think-tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community and a Global Economic Symposium Fellow. He is a frequent speaker at events such as TEDx, the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, the St. Gallen Symposium, among others. Peter is the author of 'Generation Jobless?'

Alexandra Zapata Hojel

Senior Researcher, Instituto Mexicano para la Competividad, Mexico

Alexandra is a researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). A non-profit non-partisan think tank in Mexico. She leads the education projects within IMCO including the open data platform MejoraTuEscuela.org as well as the #3de3 anticorruption initiative.
Alexandra is a member of the Executive’s Advisory Board on Open Data, Editorial Board of the Reforma Newspaper and founding member of Más Ciudadanía. She has worked on political strategy projects in Mexico and in the US for The Aspen Institute and Transparent Democracy.
Alexandra obtained her B.A in Public Policy from Stanford University, USA and M.A. Social Responsibility from Anahuac University in Mexico City.

J. Arturo Zapata-Guizar

Executive President Corporación Zapata SA de CV, Mexico

Arturo serves as Executive President of Corporación Zapata SA de CV Chairman of the Board of Ariza de México SA de CV, of Autocosmos.com Inc., of Kromtek, Inc., of V4B SA de CV., and Más Ciudadanía A.C. Member of the Exec Committee of Impulsa/ JA México, of Cemefi, of Proyecto Niño, YPO Intercontinental and the National Committee of Coparmex. Assistant Professor of Strategic Management of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the ITESM.