Ignacio AbiaOlympus Corporation of the AmericasPennsylvania, USA
Ignacio is the President and CEO of Olympus Corporation of America, the company responsible for managing, through its 5,000+ employees, all Olympus activities in the North and South America regions. This includes manufacturing as well as the sales and service activities of its various business divisions: Medical Systems Group, Imaging Group and Scientific and Industrial Group.
Ignacio is a telecommunications engineer, with an MBA from EAE and a PADE from IESE. He resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons. Before working in the US, he worked in Hamburg and Barcelona. He is also member of the Board of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York City and founding partner of the private equity company EDAP2007.
Oscar AguerILUMNOMiami, USA
Óscar is Vice President at ILUMNO, with headquarters in Miami, Florida. Before this, he was CEO of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), combining business management experience with over 20 years of experience as a university lecturer in Economics and Business Strategy. Previously, Dr. Aguer served as CEO at GECSA, a leading European consulting firm that specializes in online education for global companies. He also served as CEO at THR, and previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Fernando Aleu PascualQueen Sofía Spanish InsituteDenver, USA
Fernando is a doctor of medicine and Associate Professor within the NYU Neurology Department. He is also founder of Puig of Barcelona in New York, former President of the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in New York, President of the Fragrance Foundation in NY, and Chairman Emeritus of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in NY.
Craig AndrusPrincipal Power IncNew York, USA
Based in New York, Craig is a director at Increscent Capital, a strategic consulting and investment firm, as well as Princip at Times Square Strategies LLC. He is also director of Principal Power Inc., the innovative wind-energy company responsible for the development of the world’s first offshore semi-submersible deep-water turbine, currently spinning off the coast of Portugal. Prior to his non-executive board position Craig was the Chief Business Development Officer for Principle Power.
Previously, Craig was a Managing Director at JPMorgan where he co-headed the Global Leverage Fund group in New York and Tokyo. He also held various senior positions at Banque Paribas Capital Markets in New York, London and Paris.
Ignasi BrufauNovartis PharmaceuticalsBasel, Switzerland
Ignasi is the Business Excellence Program Manager for Countries Affiliates at Novartis. He has more than 10 years of experience in Pharma Supply Chain based in different European countries.
Alejandro CanoOaktree Capital ManagementLondon, UK
Alejandro Cano holds a BSc/ MSc in telecom engineering and a BSc in mathematics from Barcelona Tech (CFIS) and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He joined Oaktree in 2012, where he is the Senior Vice President. Before, he worked at Hellman & Friedman, LLC for over two years. He also has over two years of experience in the Investment Banking TMT team at Goldman Sachs and two years as Senior Fellow at McKinsey & Company.
Lluis CantarellFroneri LdtPully, Switzerland
Lluis is a Chairman at Fronier Ldt (UK) and the former Vice President and EMENA Zone Director for Nestlé Health Sciences SA, a Nestlé company that aims to look for opportunities to find synergies between food and pharmaceuticals. He is also Former President and CEO of Nestlé Health Science SA. With a long career in senior executive positions within Nestlé, Lluis Cantarell has been in charge of the Swiss company’s operations in America and Europe and he is on the boards of a number of companies linked to the nutrition and health sectors.
Fernando CarroBertelsmann / ArvatoGütersloh, Germany
Fernando was born in Barcelona in 1964. He is the CEO of Arvato, Member of the Global Executive Committee of Bertelsmann and President of Bertelsmann Spain.
After training as an industrial clerk at BASF Española, he studied industrial engineering in Karlsruhe. During this time, he was involved in the student organization AIESEC in Venezuela and Germany. From 1990 to 1991, Fernando was Chairman of the Board of AIESEC Germany and afterwards was AIESEC's International President for two years. Between 1982 and 1993 he also worked as a freelance sports journalist for newspapers in Spain, Austria, and Germany.
In 1993, he joined Bertelsmann. One year later, he became Managing Director of Etrasa in Madrid (part of Bertelsmann's Professional Information unit), then in 1998 became Managing Director of Heinrich Vogel Verlag in Munich. In 1999 he was appointed to the Divisional Board of Bertelsmann Springer before moving to Barcelona two years later as Managing Director of the Círculo de Lectores book club. In 2006 he became a DirectGroup Bertelsmann board member and took over responsibility of the German and Iberian divisions. Finally, in 2008 he assumed the position of Chairman and CEO of Direct Group Bertelsmann.
Since 2005, Fernando has also been a member of the Fundación Bertelsmann Board of Trustees in Spain.
Andreu CasadellàTomTom Telematics MexicoMexico City, Mexico
Andreu is a partner and General Manager of TomTom Telematics Mexico. He has wide experience as an entrepreneur with innovative companies in the fields of e-commerce and mobile marketing such as LetsBonus and Fancybox. He is member of Antai Business Angels and a partner of Wallapop, Chic Place, and El Codi, among others companies.
Juan Carlos CasasGamo USA CorpMiami, USA
Juan Carlos founded Gamo USA Corporation in 1994 and BSA Optics Inc. in 1997 as a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Industrias El Gamo. He is based in Miami and is actively involved in the sporting goods industry.
Josep CatllàSanofiParis, France
He started working in the European Commission as consultant within the External Affairs Directorate General. After that he was in charge of the Communication department for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and, finally he worked at the Cabinet of the President of the EU Committee of the Regions (Pasqual Maragall 1996 - 1998).
In 1998 he went back to Spain as the Director of Communication at Forum de las Culturas Barcelona-2004. In 2001 he joined Weber Shandwick, the world’s leading PR agency, where he served as CEO for Weber Shandwick Brussels, chairing its European Public Affairs Practice, and afterwards as CEO for Weber Shandwick Spain & Portugal until mid-2010.
He then joined Sanofi as Director of Corporate Relations and Communication for Spain and Portugal. In March 2014 he was appointed VP Communication for Europe, coordinating the communication and patient advocacy strategies for the European Region. He currently serves as Global Head of Public Affairs for the Group.
Greg ClarkThe Business of Cities Ltd.London, UK
Greg is Global Advisor and Chairman of The Business of Cities Ltd., a globally traded small firm that provides advice to global cities, global firms, and global institutions on city development and investment trends. He also acts as a Global Fellow at Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and Chairman of the OECD Local Development Forum. He lives in London and visits Barcelona whenever he can. He chairs 10-20 global summits and gatherings each year on globalization and urban investment issues.
Maria CocoUnited NationsNew York, USA
Consultant at the United Nations in New York. She obtained her degree in Law at Esade and worked for several years as a criminal lawyer in Barcelona. In 2014 she moved to the US to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at NYU and an internship at the UN. After, she worked as a Risk and Forensic Analyst at Interpublic Group of Companies.
Ignacio Corbera DaleGarriguesLondon, UK
Ignacio is a partner of the Corporate and M&A Department of Garrigues. He earned his degree from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1988. He was admitted to the Barcelona Bar Association and joined Garrigues in 1990. He additionally obtained a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Belgium. Up until February 2011 he was a partner of a Barcelona corporate/commercial law practice. In February 2011, he was appointed managing partner of the London office (practicing only Spanish law), from which he coordinates his clients from the Barcelona office and engagements arising in the London market.
Among other fields, he specializes in M&A, corporate law and commercial contracts, especially with respect to advising international investors with interests in Spain. He has notably participated in transactions (sale and purchase of shares and assets, joint ventures, collaboration and specialization agreements, restructuring, etc.) with an international component, with particular emphasis on English-speaking countries, Italy and Latin America.
Marta CuatrecasasÁreasLos Angeles, USAMarta Cuatrecasas, MBA from IESE Business School and Journalist graduate from University Ramon Llull. Has worked as an editor at La Vanguardia, then director of Oerreeme, a marketing and advertising firm, and is now the General Manager in Áreas for 14 restaurants in Los Angeles Airport.
Aris De JuanClear Channel OutdoorMiami, USA
Aris is the President of Clear Channel Outdoor in Latin America, an international marketing & advertising company. He started working there in 2004 as Chief Financial Officer before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer for Spain. Previously, Aris worked at BMG Music before entering Walt Disney Company Iberia as Chief Financial Officer in Spain and Portugal.
Aris is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Spain-USA Chamber of Commerce of New York. He graduated with a degree in Law from the Complutense University in Madrid.
Joan DedeuChina ConsultantsHong Kong, China
Joan started China Consultants and has tremendous experience and knowledge of large companies and what it takes for them to grow. He has helped many major companies strengthen their Asian presence. Since 1979 he has been a resident first in the Middle East then the Far East, having spent the last 24 years in Hong Kong. He is a member of many institutions that bridge the gap between China and Europe. He also is a professor of logistics at CEIBS, founder of the Samranch Foundation, and founder or member of various business associations in Hong Kong.
Manuel DelgadoCairn CapitalLondon, UK
Manuel is responsible for business development and sales, and has been with Cairn Capital since January 2005. Prior to joining, he spent over eight years at JPMorgan where he managed the Iberian fixed income and credit distribution business. Prior to that, he was in charge of debt capital markets for Iberia, as well as running its syndicate business. Manuel has held several senior positions at Citibank, Banesto, and BBVA in the capital markets areas.
Michael DeMarcoK&L GatesBoston, USA
Michael is a partner of K&L Gates, whose concentration practice is civil litigation and white collar crime. He is a trial lawyer and has tried many cases in civil and criminal courts. Recently, Mr. DeMarco acted as lead counsel for the Republic of Ecuador and their Central Bank in a British Commonwealth Court. He also tried to a successful verdict a commercial case in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, as well as a commercial dispute concerning the planning and development of the Armenian Genocide Museum in Washington, DC. Mr. DeMarco is currently advising the Kingdom of Spain concerning the ongoing litigation arising out of the Prestige oil spill off the coast of Spain, resulting in over 4 billion dollars in clean-up costs.
Mr. DeMarco has been included in "Best Lawyers in America" for over ten consecutive years, including the 2014 issue where he was recognized in the following areas of practice: Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Litigation. He has also been listed in Law and Dragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" and "500 Leading Litigators in America." Additionally, he has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business."
Alfonso DiezAlliance Renault NissanParis, France
Alfonso Diez is director of Human Resources at Nissan for Africa, the Middle East, and India. He is also Vice President of MC Mutual.
Elisa Dot BachNestléVevey, Switzerland
Elisa has 20 years of experience in the coffee sector and in brand building, marketing and communication strategy. She started her career in 1989 at Nestlé España (Esplugues), being responsible of new products and Bonka roasted coffee’s business. She moved to Nestlé HQ in Vevey (Switzerland) in 1997, working for the Coffee Strategic Business Unit, in charge of the Ready to Drink coffee expansion in Japan and Southeast Asia, and in 2000 she focalized and developed the Brand Building of Nescafé Out of Home business.
Between 2006 and 2007, she joined the Nespresso HQ in Switzerland and then in Sydney, where she developed an expansion strategy for Nespresso OOH in Australia. Back in Vevey, in 2009 she was designated Corporate HR Communication Manager and after a sabbatical leave of absence between 2013 and 2014 for travelling and volunteering, she became the Business Manager of Nescafé Super Premium & Mixes in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Her current position is NESCAFE EMENA Business Manager.
Ferran EscayolaGarriguesNew York City, USA
Ferran has led the New York office of Garrigues since 2010 and has been co-head of the Firm’s US Desk since 2009. His legal practice is focused on representing public and private companies, multinationals, investment banks, private equity and hedge funds, private banking (family office clients), and industrial companies on M&A, private equity, acquisition finance, joint-ventures, strategic alliances, and general commercial and contract law, with a particular emphasis on cross-border transactions.
Currently, he advises on matters regarding US and Latin American investments in Spain and Spanish investments in Latin America. He was educated at both Howard and Harvard Law Schools. In 2005 he was second in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. He is regularly recognized by several international publications such as Chambers & Partners or Best Lawyers.
Anna FabraLos Angeles, USA
She is a cultural manager and fundraiser with more than 10 years of experience in development and evaluation of cultural programs, communications strategy, membership events and crowd-funding campaigns. She worked in Barcelona for Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Members Program from 2005 to 2016.
Previous experience includes works of project coordinator with CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) or A Bao A Qu (a cultural association awarded with the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2015 in the category of Visual Arts), and an internship with Magnum Photos (photographers agency) in Paris.
She iscurrently based between Los Angeles and Barcelona freelancing as an independent consultant.
She has two Postgraduates Degrees in Fundraising (UB) and Cultural Management (UPF), an MA in Aesthetics and Theory of Contemporary Art (UAB) and a BA in Art History (UB).
Alfred FenollosaNestlé S.A.Lutry, Switzerland
Alfred is a Senior Vice President at Nestlé Ltd in charge of Technical and Production operations in Zone Asia, Oceania and Africa. He is a former Vice President Head of Operations for Nestlé Nutrition worldwide.
Alfred has had a long career in manufacturing within the Nestlé Group which includes several senior technical management positions in Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Portugal.
His background is Agricultural Engineer from Universitat Politecnica de Madrid. Past experience dealing with raw materials supply worldwide and assisting operational companies to implement best practices made him to participate in several environmental committees mainly linked to water availability and plastic pollution.
Carles FerrerNauta CapitalLondon, UK
Carles Ferrer leads business investment programs and vertical security for Nauta. Carles currently lives in London. He also has broad experience in venture capital, having actively managed diferent capital risk funds since the year 2000. His areas of interest include security, SaaS, marketing, social analytics and intelligence. He has a degree in Business Administration from the Univerisity of Barcelona, with a post-graduate in International Management from Harvard College and an MBA from the SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). He is part of the council of leading companies in disruptive technology such as Scytl, Brandwatch, Agnitio, Abiquo, getapp, iJento, and Basekit.
Vicenç FerrerBioVentures InvestorsNew York City, USA
Vicenç is Partner at BioVentures Investors. He was also the founder of Leebow Partners, helping Spanish startups to expand into the U.S. market by providing them access to clients and investors. He is a seasoned professional with hands-on experience in the fields of management and investment for both Spanish SMEs and multinationals. He is passionate about innovation and loves promoting groundbreaking solutions with high impact on businesses and society that trigger paradigm shifts. Vicenç holds a BBA & MBA from ESADE Business School.
James FiegerGlassIGBoston, USA
James has over 25 years experience as a high-tech executive, managing sales, marketing, professional services, and operations in small to large companies and spanning the globe from Latin America, to Asia, to Europe and the US. Among the companies he led global field operations were: Lotus Development (IBM), 3Com Corporation, AT&T Unified Communications, and Unica Corporation (IBM). James was Chairman of Eisenworld Corporation, in Ft. Lauderdale (acquired by Microsoft in 2006) and also co-founded Technology Coast Partners, which was acquired by Epicor Corporation in 2011. James graduated with a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida and graduated with Highest Honors and Valedictorian from the California State University at Chico with a B.A. in International Relations. James is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, with an understanding of spoken French and Catalan.
Xavier FreixesTyrus Capital SAMMonaco
Xavier Freixes started his career in 1995 as a practising lawyer at the law firm Cuatrecasas in Barcelona, of which he became a partner in March 2005. He moved to London in 2007 to become a senior Mergers and Acquisitions specialist at Deephaven Capital Management International Ltd. He is currently Founding partner, General Counsel and Chief Executive Officer of Tyrus Capital SAM in Monaco. He serves on the Supervisory Board and is chairman of the Audit Committee of Atradius N.V. and on the Supervisory Board of Atradius Credit Insurance N.V.
Former positions include: General Counsel of the Barcelona Stock Exchange and external consultant at the Department de Justícia of the Generalitat de Catalunya, lecturer, amongst other, at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra and at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He has a degree in Law from Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona and a Master degree in Corporate Law from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Xavier FrigolaMayo Clinic Bussiness AcceleratorRochester, USA
Xavier manages the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, Mayo Clinic’s biotechnology incubator in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, where he manages start-ups in the healthcare sector (medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare IT).
Prior to that, Xavier was part of Mayo Clinic Ventures, the patents, licensing, and start-up arm of Mayo Clinic. His background includes several years of clinical research (PhD in Immunology from University of Barcelona) and an MBA from University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management.
Lluís Gómez FernandezSmart City Expo World CongressNew York, EUA
Internacional Director Smart City ExpoWorld Congress, the premiere international event convening the world’s leading experts on smart cities. Business leaders, municipalities, innovative thinkers and key decision makers from all around the world gather to share insights, results and strategies for tackling the challenges facing cities globally. SCEWC showcases the latest thinking on Technology, IoT, Smart Society, Governance, Energy, Sustainability, Mobility, Resilience, Urban Planning and Security. The 2015 edition brought together over 14,000 professional attendees, 485 exhibiting companies and 570 cities from 90 countries.
As former Director of Strategic Sectors at the City Council of Barcelona (2006-2011), he collaborated in the design, promotion and implementation of the strategic plan for sustainable mobility and smart city initiatives in the city of Barcelona.
His professional expertise in the smart cities arena includes designing and promoting private-public partnerships, fostering industrial transformation and implementing economic development initiatives.
Fernando Gil de BernabéCisco SystemsSingapore
Fernando Gil de Bernabé is the Managing Director of Cisco Systems for Strategy and Operations in Asia (US$3.5B). His team is responsible for identifying business growth, running sales operations, defining strategy and innovating go-to-market to better serve Cisco customers in the region. He is based in Singapore and is a member of the Senior Executive Team, of the India Advisory Board, and of Cisco’s Ethics Committee. He moved to Asia in 2008 as one of China 3.0 executives in Shanghai, a team selected by Cisco’s CEO to develop strategy and investments in China. He started at Cisco in 1999 in London. Prior to Cisco, he was a partner in the TMT practice at Arthur D. Little in Silicon Valley, and before that he worked in two software startups in Barcelona. He has also served in the Board of Directors of eLong in Beijing until 2015.
He holds a MBA and MoT from Haas at U.C. Berkeley, an Executive Program from Singularity University in Silicon Valley, and a Telecom Engineer degree from the Polytechnic University at Barcelona (UPC), Spain.
Jose Maria Gimenez ArnauNovartis Pharmaceuticals AGBasel, Switzerland
Jose Maria was born in Barcelona in November 1962. He is a physician specializing in Occupational Medicine with a degree from the University of Barcelona and a degree in Pharmaceutical Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Jose Maria has 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry within several companies, with different medical, clinical, and commercial development responsibilities at the local (Spain) and global levels.
Today, Jose Maria is Vp Global Program Head within Global Development in Novartis Pharmaceuticals AG, based in Basel, Switzerland, primarily working in dermatologic and respiratory immune mediated diseases. Jose Maria holds also Business Development Program for Executives (PDD) degree from the IESE Business School (University of Navarra). Jose Maria has actively participated in the Spanish Association of Pharmaceutical Medicine (AMIFE) where he was Vice President of the board from 2005 to 2007 and President from 2007 to 2009.
Manel GrauSmart Rooms CompanyBogota, Colombia
Manel is Cofounder at Smartrooms Company.
Vicente Guallart FurióGuallart ArchitectsMoscow, Russia
Owner of Guallart Architects.
Ignasi GuardansK&L GatesBrussels, Belgium
Ignasi is a partner in the Brussels office of K&L Gates, one of the world’s largest integrated law firms. He advises companies and trade organizations in several matters related to EU policy and EU regulation. He is particularly involved in issues related to the areas of TMT (Telecoms, Media and Technology), as well as international trade. After some years of academic and legal practice in Barcelona, his hometown, Ignasi was involved for almost 25 years in public policy and governmental affairs in different ways, in Spain and with the European Union (both in Parliament and in Government). He holds a PhD from the Universidad de Navarra.
Roberto HayerReber LawZurich, SwitzerlandRoberto is a partner at REBER law firm in Zurich and certified to practice law in Switzerland and in Spain. After finishing his law studies in Basel and Madrid, he worked for large international law firms both in Spain and Switzerland. Roberto has broad experience in cross-border legal work with a particular focus on cross-border transactions and business relations between Switzerland, Spain and Latin America, in particular in the areas of M&A, corporate, IP/IT/Telecoms and Arbitration. Roberto served for almost 20 years as Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee of the Official Swiss-Spanish Chamber of Commerce. He is a lecturer within the Masters Program in International Advocacy of ISDE Madrid and speaker at congresses and seminars dealing with international law and Swiss business law. Roberto also holds positions in the boards of BBVA (Suiza) SA bank, Zurich; Telefónica International Wholesale Services S.L. II, Madrid, Zurich branch, and he is managing partner of YINGKE REBER GmbH, the Swiss member of YINGKE Law Firm, the second largest domestic law firm in People’s Republic of China.
Carlos Homedes CarballoNike Inc.Buenos Aires, ArgentinaCEO of Nike of the Southern Cone in Buenos Aires. He has been working for Nike for the past 22 years in Spain, US, Holland and Brazil, and before his current role he was the General Manager and Vice President for Nike Soccer at Emerging Markets, based in Portland (Oregon), and General Manager for Nike Iberia based in Barcelona. Prior to Nike he worked for the Professional Basketball League (ACB) and the Japanese adverstising agency Dentsu Inc.Carlos is a native of Barcelona and graduate in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, where he attended on a tennis scholarship. He also has a Master in Marketing Management from ESADE and a PADE from IESE.
Barbara JägerBJ Retail ConsultingBerlin, Germany
Barbara is founder and owner of BJ Retail Consulting in Berlin. Ms. Jäger has a solid professional background in consumer and shopper marketing, customer innovation, and B2C e-commerce in FMCG (Fast-moving consumer goods) multinational companies. She is an expert in retail innovation, scouting, and analysis.
Erik JohanssonRas Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (Government of the United Arab Emirates)Dubai, UAE
Mr. Johansson is Director of Strategy, Development and Investor Relations of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (Government of the United Arab Emirates).
Previously he was an expert in Global & Management and Senior Advisor Strategy for the Government of Qatar in the area of tourism, entertainment and sports, where led the initiative of the Government of Qatar to invest in tourism and hotels and create projects in the hospitality industry, entertainment and events.
He has over 15 years of work experience in Government, Global Strategy and Management Consulting and has previously held management positions at Booz & Company, Europraxis and UN World Tourism Organization. He has developed a global mindset and acquired extensive sector expertise after working in over 30 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Latin America and residing in Singapore, Qatar, Spain and Andorra.
Juan María JuradoIBM GTS Middle East and AfricaDubai, UAE
Juan María Jurado is Vice President and Client Management Executive at IBM GTS Middle East of Africa.
Christopher KlisowskiKWI GlobalLuxembourg
Christopher is partner of KWI Global and Capitis Partners, with offices in Barcelona, London, Luxembourg, and Hong Kong. KWI Global is a Management Services company providing global compliancy for companies doing business worldwide. Capitis Partners is a Outsourcing Recruitment consultancy specializing in the I.T., Pharmaceutical and Oil and Gas sectors. Other business developed by Christopher to date is Designer Online, a business-to-business portal focused on the designer furniture sector. New projects in the pipeline are Credito365 and the Pink Elephant Foundation.
Christopher has previous experience in the Telecommunications industry where he worked as a consultant for some of the largest players in this sector. Also, Christopher currently serves on several International Standards committees. He has held other roles including Interim Program Manager at the European Parliament and Design lead for the Euro Fighter aircraft. Christopher studied in London and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Esther LanaspaLanaspa ConseilMontreal, Canada
Esther held several management positions, primarily in the banking (VISA Spain, BNP) and telco industry (Videndi group), then in Public sector (Prime Minister, Culture Ministry).
She specialized in steering large transformation programs, mostly in connection with digital issues.
She recently decided to launch her own business activity and supported the French Numa accelerator to step into Barcelona.
Living in Canada, she is now contributing to the project that aimed at creating an accelerator dedicated to the Tourism Industry located in Montreal.
She is also member of the board of the Foundation of College International Marie de France.
Misha is CEO of ZeptoLab, one of top mobile game developers in the world, best known for Cut the Rope series and its star Om Nom. Before ZeptoLab he built a number of businesses in Russia and abroad: a biggest coalition loyalty & payment program in Russia; Zagruzka.com – leading content and b2b telecommunication services provider and others.
In early 2000's Misha founded and lead Reaxion - mobile game developer and publisher for feature phones. He also invests in start ups and is active member of entrepreneurial community.
Bartomeu MaríNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) of the Republic of KoreaSeoul, Republic of Korea
Bartomeu Marí (Ibiza, Spain, 1966) is since December 2015, Director of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) of the Republic of Korea. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Sciences of Education by the Universitat de Barcelona (1989). He served as Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA) 2008-2015; as Chief Curator at MACBA 2004-2008; as Director of TABAKALERA in Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country) 2002-2003; Director of Witte de With, Rotterdam (The Netherlands) 1996–2002; Curator at IVAM, Valencia (1994-1996) and as Curator of Exhibitions at the Fondation pour l’Architecture in Brussels (Belgium) 1989-1993. He serves as President of CIMAM, the International Committee of Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary art (an affiliated organization to ICOM) for the period 2014-2016. He curated, among other international exhibitions, the 2002 Taipei Biennial (with Chia-chi Jason Wang) and the Spanish Pavilion of the 2005 Venice Biennale.
Pedro Martín GimenoQuantum Capital PartnersMunich, Germany
Pedro Martín Gimeno is the Director of Operations of Southern Europe in the company Quantum Capital Partners.
Previously he was Vice President of Faurecia Emission Control Technologies for Europe. He was also Vice President of Valeo Lighting, one of the largest component companies in the automotive industry with more than 11,000 employees worldwide.
Gustavo MartínezWPPMiami, USA
Gustavo is the Global Client Advisor of WPP.
Previously Gustavo was the Global President of JWT Worldwide. In March 2011, Gustavo joined McCann Worldgroup Europe as President, and, at the end of 2012, he took on the additional responsibility of the Asia/Pacific region. Gustavo started working in advertising in 1992, in S&S and McCann Erickson Spain. In 2000, he was hired by Ogilvy as President for Argentina, then acted as Regional Director of Multinational clients. In 2006 he was appointed Regional COO based out of Mexico City, then in New York. His career began in Henkel Iberica and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a PHD in Economics from the Universidad de Barcelona.
Ana MasAna Mas ProjectsSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Ana Mas Salse is the founder and the current director of the gallery Ana Mas Projects, based since 2015 in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) and in San Juan (Puerto Rico).
The career of Ana Mas as a gallery directorstarted in 2003 with the creation, in Barcelona as well, of masArt Gallery. The artistic proposal that Mas laid out during her first years made her assert herself as a gallery owner and start new projects. In 2012 Mas decided to amplify her artistic proposal, in association with Rocío Santa Cruz, to create a new gallery, +R maserre, a project that reunited tow different visions and complements giving an important combination of artists from both Catalan and Spanish artistic scenes.
In 2015, Mas initiated a new project: Ana Mas Projects, keeping her gallery in Barcelona and opening a new one in San Juan (Puerto Rico), which aims to establish a dialogue between artists from the local scene and artists from the other side of the Atlantic.
Ana Mas is also the second Vice-President of the association Art Barcelona (Abe Arte Barcelona).
Fede MembrilleraDelta PartnersDubai, UAE
Federico Membrillera is the managing partner at Delta Partners and director of Corporate Finance. He has more than 19 years of experience in telecommunications services, working in investment banking (M&A), corporate finance, and strategic management consulting. Since 2006 he works exclusively in the Middle East and Africa.
Juan MoreraCrystal Amber AdvisersLondon, UK
Juan has been an equity analyst at Crystal Amber since 2010 and previously was an investment consultant at Towers Watson. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Juan is a CFA charterholder.
Gema OlivarPrice Waterhouse CoopersZurich, Switzerland
Gema is the leading partner of the Legal Services of Price Waterhouse Coopers in Switzerland. She is an attorney-at-law, admitted to the Barcelona Bar. She has practiced law in different jurisdictions for more than two decades and specializes in advising multinational clients in international contract law and intellectual property. Prior to that, Gema worked in major law firms in several European countries and has academic experience as an associate lecturer at the University of Barcelona and as guest lecturer at other relevant institutions across Europe.
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Gema has gained significant cross-border expertise in multi-jurisdictional constellations and leads cross-border teams made of lawyers practicing law in jurisdictions around the globe. Gema is fluent and has working capability in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Joshua McKinstry ParishStanford, USA
Mac study an MBA in Stanford, California.
Previously he was Director of Operations of Crowdcube Spain.
Hugo PerisLoop TherapeuticsSan Francisco, USAHugo serves as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Laboratorios SALVAT, a privately-held Spanish pharmaceutical company of which he is part of the 4th generation. After spending five years with the Chinese start-up Luqa Pharmaceuticals, in 2014 Mr. Peris spun out an R&D asset from Laboratorios SALVAT to start Loop Therapeutics, a US ophthalmic pharmaceutical company focused on the prevention of apoptosis. Hugo has recently spun out a second company, Spiral Therapeutics, to continue to develop Loop’s technology in the hearing loss space. Hugo has a degree in International Business and holds a Master’s degree in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona.
Pol Pla i ConesaAppleBelmont, USA
Pol Pla is Lead Prototype Engineer at Apple. With a hybrid background in arts, design, and technology his work focuses on interaction design for technological innovation. He graduated with a degree in Multimedia Engineering from Ramon Llull University in Barcelona and holds a masters in Cognitive Science and Interactive Media from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, as well as a masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He cofounded Multitouch Barcelona, an interactive artist collective that explores natural interaction between people and technology, and acted as the Creative Director for Empirical, a startup that raised $1 million in seed funding developing new ways for people to communicate through technology.
Ignasi PuigSCPFMiami, USA
Ignasi Puig is the CEO and Partner of SCPF based in Miami. SCPF is one of Spain's leading advertising agencies, led by Toni Segarra.
Eduardo RabassaSeeliger & CondeMiami, USA
Eduardo is a managing partner at Amrop Seeliger y Conde in the US, where he has lived for more than 13 years. With ample experience in marketing and business development with multinationals like Grundig, Agrolimen, Cirsa and Renta Corporación, now he is a director at Amrop Seeliger y Conde in the United States, with headquarters in Miami and additional offices in Houston. He is also member of the Council of the Miami Symphony Orchestra (www.themiso.org), US Chamber of Commerce of Spain (uschamber.com) and Global Health Care (www.globalhealthcare.es).
Xavier RabellAreasMiami, USA
Xavier has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of sales management, acquisitions, and business expansion into new markets. In 2006 he founded Areas USA, where as CEO he developed the company into a more than $250 million business. Areas USA currently has operations in 10 international airports nationwide and 10 service plazas, along with two major US turnpikes.
Sergio RaventosEvent Planning KnowledgeGold Coast, Australia
Sergio is the Cluster Project Manager - Venue Delivery and Overlay at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of EP Knowledge, a firm specialized in major sport event planning. Over his 12 years of experience working in different locations around the world, he held senior manager positions at 3 Olympic Games, 2 FIFA World Cups, the America´s Cup Sailing competition and several world championships.
In 2013-2014 Sergio worked with UK Trade & Investment leading a High Value Opportunities programme in Brazil, leading on the creation of transfer of knowledge opportunities from London 2012 to Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He currently holds a senior manager position at the delivery team of the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 Organizing Committee.
Sergio is also and entrepreneur and is continuously supporting the creation & development of mass participation event companies in Barcelona.
Carlos RecoderJulius BaerZug, Switzerland
Carlos is Head Western Europe at Julius Baer at Julius Baer.
He was previously Managing Director at Credit Suisse and heads the market area of Western Europe in the Private Banking & Wealth Management division. He first joined Credit Suisse in 1996, where he spent the following ten years in the Onshore Private Banking unit holding several managerial positions in Relationship Management and leading the Investment Consulting and Product teams in Spain. At the beginning of 2008, he moved to Switzerland to take the role of Market Group Head of Spain & Portugal where he was responsible for developing the Spanish and Portuguese franchises and establishing international platforms in London, Luxembourg, and Singapore.
In June 2012 Carlos became responsible for the Private Banking Business of Spain and Portugal for Credit Suisse, where he further developed international locations in the area and opened the first Credit Suisse branch in Portugal. In January 2014, Carlos took on the additional responsibility of the France and Belgium markets and further expanded the market area scope in January 2015 utilizing his current role as head of the market area of Western Europe which covers Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Luxembourg.
Carlos Recoder was born in 1970 and is a Spanish citizen. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from Universitat de Barcelona and a degree from the Management Development program of IESE Business School.
Alexis RoigGlobal TaixueShangai, China
Alexis is a serial entrepreneur and expert on higher education, internationalization, and innovation strategy. Mr. Roig is the Founder and General Manager of GlobalTaixue, a leading company focused on developing projects and partnerships between Chinese and international universities, science and technology research institutions, and innovative companies.
He advises startups, government agencies, and innovation centers on internationalization, entrepreneurship, and innovation policies in Asia. He shares his expertise as a regular speaker at several universities, business schools, and international business associations, and as a contributor to various specialized publications.
Mr. Roig is also professor of Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship, and Business Internationalization at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), a member of the Industrial Policy and Technology Innovation Committee of the Catalonia Engineering Association, Director for China of the China Europe Technology Council, and President of the Catalan Institute of China.
He holds a Masters in Computer Science Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTECH (UPC), and an MBA from Ecole de Management de Normandie (EMN).
Ismael RoigArcher Daniels MidlandChicago, USA
Ismael Roig is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A at Archer Daniels Midland. Archer Daniels Midland is a leading multinational focused on agricultural products for food and industrial applications.
He joined ADM in 2004. Previously, Mr. Roig served as the Controller at General Motors do Brasil in São Paulo. He joined GM's Corporate Treasury in 1993 and held several positions, which included assignments in New York, Singapore, and Brussels. Ismael also served as an Independent Director of Gruma. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Reading, UK, and a Masters of Science degree in engineering from the Cranfield Institute of Technology, also in the UK. Mr. Roig additionally holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Ramon Ros ParelladaGivenchy, LVMH GroupParis, France
Ramon is Managing Director of Givenchy (LVMH Group). Ramon has worked for more than 20 years with large retail companies in Britain, Spain, Italy, and now Asia, developing brands, managing operations, and opening more than 400 luxury, contemporary fashion, and jewelry stores around the world. He is an economist and psychologist with a postgraduate degree from IESE.
Fabrizio RoselliniLeopard SALuxembourg
Fabrizio is the General Manager of Leopard S.A., a brand of nature power drinks. Prior to this position, he worked with Lavazza for 22 years in different areas, from Sales to marketing, and in different countries, such as Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland. He also launched the business of Lavazza in Spain from scratch. He has extensive experience in marketing and sales of consumer products, especially in the Food & Beverage sector in the Spanish and several other European markets. He graduated with a degree in economics from Bocconi University in Milian and completed an Advanced Management Program from IESE.
Juan RoviraSamson & SurreyMiami, USA
Juan Rovira is founder and Chief Operating officer of Samson & Surrey, an investment fund in craft spirits.
Juan Rovira was vice president and CMO of Bacardi North America, and was responsible in the liderage of all marketing activities of Bacardi in the United States and Canada. He joined Bacardi in 1998 and has since held several international positions, including Director of Marketing, Director of Bacardi global brand of Spain, and Martini Bacardi global brand in London.
He has a degree in Business Administration and a Master of ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He attended the International Management Program at Leonard N. Stern School of Business in New York City. Currently he resides in Miami with his wife and two children.
Xavier Ruiz SenaSantander Bank, N.A.Boston, USA
Xavier is Executive Vice President and Director Corporate Development at Santander Bank, N.A. in Boston.
He was Executive Vice-President of Comptroller, CEO of Private Banking, Corporate and Retail Marketing at Credit Andorra, and also worked as a Senior Associate at McKinsey in Madrid.
Mauro SchnaidmanJafra CosmeticsWestlake Village, USA
Mauro is CEO of Jafra Cosmetics Worldwide, an American leading cosmetics company present in more than 20 countries with headquarters in Westlake, California. He is a seasoned Brazilian executive with more than 25 years of experience within top-notch companies in different markets across the globe. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Maua University in São Paulo and has worked in several senior management positions for Unilever, Pepsico, Revlon, and America Online. He also was founder of MS Partners, a company focused on consulting and M&A projects for JP Morgan Partners. Most recently, he was the President of Sara Lee for Southern Europe, when he was a resident of Barcelona for 5 years, a city which he is highly passionate about.
He is also member of the Barcelona and Los Angeles chapters of the Young President Organization, and lives in Santa Monica, California with his family.
Ignacio SerratNikePortland, USA
Ignacio Serrat is the responsable of Sales Nike Emerging Markets at Nike INC in Portland Oregón, USA.
Ignacio has worked for the worldwide leading sporting goods company for 12 years in different countries (Spain, Holland & Italy) and functions. The last six years he has held senior leadership positions in the company in Europe. He spent two years as the Latin American licensing director of Time Inc., based in New York, and previously obtained an important financial and accounting background by spending four years as an auditor.
Rosa SugrañesRosa Gres, Indra and Sabadell United BankMiami, USA
Rosa was founder and Chairman of the Board of Iberia Tiles, and sold her business in 2013. She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Business Administration. A native of Barcelona, she now resides in Key Biscayne, Florida, splitting her time between Spain and Florida. She currently serves on three business boards - Sabadell United Bank in Miami, Rosa Gres Group of Barcelona, and INDRA Systems of Madrid. She is also a member of cultural affairs at the Council of Miami-Dade county.
Salvador Tomás LoeffelDOW Europe GMBHHorgen, Switzerland
Salvador has worked for DOW Chemical Company since 1988 in different areas and places, and is now the Sourcing Director Specialty and Electronic Materials.
Jordi VallsSuez - MexicoMexico City, Mexico
Jordi is CEO of Suez in Mexico. Before, he was the CEO of Aguas Andinas. Aguas Andinas is a water company which provides water services and wastewater collection and treatment to more than 6 million people in Greater Santiago (Chile). At the same time, the Aguas Group has ESSAL (Empresa de Servicios Sanitarios de los Lagos) in Puerto Montt which provides water services to 1 million people. Before holding this position, he was Manager for Agbar UK, President of the Port of Barcelona, Minister of Industry of the Government of Catalonia, and Mayor of Manresa. He graduated with degrees in Law and PADE from IESE.
Cristina VenturaLane Craforwd Joyce GroupHong Kong, China
Cristina has been working with luxury retail brands for the past 20 years and is currently the Chief Catalyst Officer at Lane Craforwd Joyce Group. Previously, Cristina worked for Apple, expanding their operations in Hong Kong and China, was Regional Retail Director at Prada Group, was Operations Director for Gucci Europe and Middle East, and worked in business development, marketing, and operations for Louis Vuitton Fashion Group.
She has a degree in Communication Science from Ramon Lull University, and additionally studied within Harvard Business School, the Stanford Executive Program, the Young Managers Program at Insead in Singapore and Paris, and the Senior Executive Program at Tsinghua and CEIBS. She is currently teaching MBA and Masters classes in Boston, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and China.
She has been selected as honorary Ambassador of “Invest in Catalonia” by the Catalan Government with the goal to foster foreign investment and commercial development.
Xavier VerdaguerInnovalleySan Francisco, USA
Xavier is based in San Francisco. He is a serial entrepreneur and a one-off innovator. In Barcelona, he created several successful companies and now, from San Francisco, he runs several businesses: a smart textile technology company, an app development company, and another company that promotes entrepreneurship opportunities in Silicon Valley, under the Imagine brand.
Gabriel ZalmanMattel InternationalLos Angeles, USA
Gabriel is the Executive Vice President of Mattel, Inc. He is in charge of the Digital Business and Consumer Insights, New Business Ventures Program and Inventor Relations / Innovation. The Global Group Enterprise also contains a unified consumption products team.
Gabriel is a Venezuelan Executive with a wide global career; Proven track record with a run of success in general in Latin America, the USA and Europe, where Mr. Zalman has to experience in strategy, marketing and sales.