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LAURENCE GOLBORNE

Mr. Golborne has longstanding professional experience in the private sector. Currently he develops entrepreneurial activities and he is also member of the board of directors of several companies like Ripley Corporation (Department Store) and Metalúrgica Arrigoni S.A. (heavy steel structures).

He also has acted as a board member en other companies like Alsacia (integrated public transportation) and integrated the Advisory Board at the Havas Media Group for Chile, Peru and Bolivia and Grupo Progreso in Central America.

Formerly he was the CEO of Cencosud, a large multiformat retail company, where he led the expansion of this conglomerate from a local retailer into a regional powerhouse operating in five South American countries. Previously, during 10 years, he was CFO of Gener, one of the three most important Chilean electric generation companies.

Among his activities, he acted as director on the board of ICARE, a private nonprofit institution that encourages business excellence in Chile.

With regards to his public service background, Mr. Golborne assumed the Ministry of Mines on March 2010. In January 2011 he took on the additional responsibility of Energy Minister and on July 2011 he was appointed as Minister of Public Works. All of this, under the Government of President Sebastián Piñera.

As Minister of Mining he oversaw the 2010 Atacama mining accident rescue operations of the 33 miners, and his successful handling of the crisis catapulted him into the international spotlight.

Mr. Golborne graduated from the Instituto Nacional high school in Santiago (public school) and he received his Industrial Civil Engineering degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Afterwards he underwent business studies at Stanford Universities in the United States of America.

Mr. Golborne was born in Santiago, he is married and is father of six children

 

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres is a world authority on global climate change and was the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC from 2010-2016. She directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, before culminating in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.

Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub national governments, corporations and activists financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.

In addition to her remarkable diplomatic achievements over 20 years, she served as Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years.

 

HECTOR GOMEZ ANG

Hector Gomez Ang heads Brazil’s operations for IFC, based in São Paulo. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. With an investment portfolio of $4.2 billion in Brazil, IFC has also been involved as advisor in some of the largest and most innovative concession, privatization, and PPP transactions in the country.

Hector joined IFC in 2007. He has a 20-year experience in investment banking and global business, having worked for AIG, Citigroup, and Mexico’s Grupo Alfa. He started his career as an oilfield engineer with Schlumberger.

Hector holds an MBA and a degree in Chemical and Systems Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey.

 

GERARDO ROCHA O`KELAR

Gerardo Rocha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

He joined A.T. Kearney in 2009 and has co-led the growth of the Hispano America office from 17 consultants in Mexico in 2009 to 80+ consultants in Mexico and Colombia today, working in a variety of sectors, namely Energy, Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods/Retail and Telecom.

Starting in 1987, Gerardo had a 15-year career at McKinsey & Co. where he became a Partner, working in the Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Argentina offices, co-leading the worldwide development of the Firm’s Business Technology Office (BTO) which was the fastest growing office in the Firm, and leading the establishment and development of its Mercosur unit.

He also founded a private equity and M&A advisory firm in Buenos Aires in 2002, with particular focus in consumer goods and agribusiness companies in Argentina.

Throughout his career, Gerardo participated in or led the development of different technology start-ups in Mexico City, Houston, Silicon Valley and Buenos Aires.

Gerardo is a Mexican national, married to Lucía Aguilar and father of four children.  He is a passionate soccer player.

 

Eduardo Marson

Since October 2016, Eduardo Marson Ferreira is the CEO of Ezute Foundation, a private not-for profit organization offering to Brazilian public and private entities answers to some the country`s greatest challenges in defense and security, health, public programs management and environment, through the intensive use of systems engineering, complex programs management and advanced technology. Ezute is currently involved in several critical programs like the future nuclear submarine, Navy missiles, public healthcare systems and the management of the 2016 Olympic Complex construction.

Prior to the current position, he served almost 14 years in the Airbus Group, first as CEO of EADS Brazil (renamed Airbus Group Brazil in 2015) and later as CEO of Helibras, local manufacturing subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters.

Brazilian national, he studied at the University of São Paulo (FFLCH), major in Political Science, and completed several extension courses in International Marketing and Sales at renowned institutions like Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia, besides the recently completed course for Board Members of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance.

Mr. Marson Ferreira has served in several Boards as chairman and member. He is decorated by the Brazilian MoD, Navy, Army, Air Force, States of Minas Gerais and São Paulo and was elected “Man of the Year 2015” by the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

 

Alejandro Garcia

Alejandro oversees Fitch's ratings and research of financial institutions (FIG) throughout Latin America, currently heading the FIG group, covering roughly 450 financial institutions rated by Fitch in the region.

During his 18-year tenure at the agency, he has overseen bank ratings in a number of Latin American countries, most recently managing the local analytical groups covering financial institutions in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.  In addition, his responsibilities have included coverage of ratings of non-bank entities, such as securities firms, insurance companies, clearing houses, asset managers, and mutual and pension funds. 

Alejandro holds a BA in Economics from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and has been a CFA charter holder since 2008. 

 

Andres Pardo

Andrés Pardo-Amézquita is currently an Executive Managing Director and Head of Macroeconomic Research and Strategy at Corficolombiana, the investment banking arm of Grupo Aval (the largest financial conglomerate in Colombia). Previously, he was a Researcher in the Division of Monetary Affairs and Foreign Reserves at Banco de la República, Colombia’s Central Bank (2009). He was an Emerging Markets Economist and Sovereign Credit Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Bank in New York (2006-2009) and a Debt Markets Associate and Analyst in the Emerging Markets Debt Trading Group at Merrill Lynch in New York and London (2000-2004). 

Mr. Pardo is a weekly op-ed contributor to Colombia’s leading financial newspaper, Portafolio. He appears frequently in other leading local and international news publications (Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, Reuters, Financial Times), as well as in television and radio broadcasts (CNN, Bloomberg TV, and the leading local radio and TV stations such as Caracol and RCN, among others); and he is a regular speaker in various economic and financial conferences nationwide. Mr. Pardo was named one of 100 most successful and influential managers in Colombia in 2012 by “Gerente” business magazine. Most recently, his team earned 5 nominations and 3 awards (among 6 categories) on the 2016 Colombia Stock Exchange and Portafolio’s survey of Colombia’s best economic research teams. 

Mr. Pardo has a deep knowledge of the following topics: financial and economic crisis in emerging markets, sovereign credit analysis in emerging markets, fundamental macroeconomic analysis in emerging markets, quantitative and fundamental financial market analysis (included in frequent markets reports), analysis of the private pension system in Colombia, and analysis of foreign reserve management by central banks, among others. 

Mr. Pardo earned his Master’s Honors Degree in Business Administration (emphasis in economics and analytical finance) from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and from the London School of Economics (LSE). He also took several graduate and doctoral courses in economics and finance at these schools. 

 

 Clemente Del Valle

As President of Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), a majority government-owned infrastructure-development bank, Mr. del Valle is responsible for transforming the institution into a catalyst for infrastructure financing in Colombia. 

Worked for the World Bank from 1997 as Lead expert of Debt Management and public markets development. He also worked as Global Manager of ESMID, a technical assistance program for capital markets development, and as a Lead expert on capital markets; both positions as part of the World Bank in Washington D.C. between 2006 and 2012. 

Mr. del Valle worked also as Chairman of the Colombian Securities Regulator in 2002. Between 1989 and 1994 he held prominent positions in Colombia such as: General Director of Public Credit of the Ministry of Finance; Managing Director of capital markets of Corporación Financiera del Valle, a local leading Investment Bank; and General Director of Foreign Trade and Deputy Vice minister at the Ministry of Industry and Trade. 

Mr. del Valle has also worked as a member of the Board of Directors for numerous public and private sector companies. He also worked for the Ministry of Economic Development and the National Planning Department. 

Mr. del Valle earned a M.Sc. in Economics with emphasis in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and from Los Andes University in 1989 and 1984, respectively. He received his B.Sc. Degree in Economics from Los Andes University in 1982. 

 

Federico A. Servideo

Federico is a senior partner at PwC and the leader of the Consulting practice in Brazil, having more than 30 years of experience within the firm working in Argentina, USA and Brazil in several industries (industrial products, communication, agribusiness, utilities) and practices (assurance, capital markets, risk assurance, risk consulting, management consulting).

For more than 10 years, from 1984 to 1996, he was heavily involved in academia, serving as a professor of Auditing at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Catolica Argentina, and Universidad El Salvador.

Federico graduated from the Universidad de Buenos Aires with an Accounting Degree. He has an MBA in from the Universidade de São Paulo, and has attended an Advance Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.  

Since 2010, he was member of the Executive Team of the Chamber of Commerce Argentina - Brazil in São Paulo and in November 2015 he was elected as CEO. In this capacity, he is focused in the development and implementation of a new agenda of integration of both countries, addressing, in addition of the commercial and business topics others associated to cultural, social and tourism aspects. 

Federico was born in Buenos Aires, he is married and is father of two children.

 

Germán Ríos

Germán Ríos is Corporate Director of Strategic Affairs, at CAF development bank of Latin America. He has taught macroeconomics, fiscal policy, cost-benefit analysis and microeconomics in several universities in Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States.

Previously, he was the Andres Bello Fellow at the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford. He served as Director of Public Investment at the Ministry of Planning of Venezuela, and as a Country Analyst in the Brazil Department at the World Bank. Mr. Ríos has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America.

Mr. Ríos received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master of Arts in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Business Administration from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), and a Master of Philosophy in Economics from George Washington University. He was part of the Venezuelan research team in the project “Understanding Reforms” sponsored by the Global Development Network, published by Palgrave, and is co-author of the textbook “Macroeconomics and Oil”, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall, among other publications.