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The Babson Latin American Forum is a platform that connects Babson with our global community while building strong networks that transcend time and distance.

This year, the forum will be about entre/intrapreneurship in its purest essence. We are bringing titans that will teach us how to break the patterns of the routine and boost innovation.
Violy Mccausland
Founder and CEO of Violy and Co.
Women leadership in investment banking

Ms. Violy McCausland-Seve is a Partner of The Americas Group. Ms. McCausland-Seve serves as the Chief Executive Officer of VMS Associates, LLC. She also serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Violy & Company. Ms. McCausland-Seve has been providing strategic and financial advisory services and completing value-enhancing transactions for over 25 years. She serves as the President of the World Bank and a Partner at James D. Wolfensohn Inc. Ms. McCausland-Seve is recognized as one of the most successful bankers on Wall Street focused on Ibero-American markets, with extensive hands-on client and deal experience. She has pioneered many advisory services for Ibero-American companies including restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, and raising large amounts of capitalOver her career, Ms. McCausland-Seve led more than US$50 billion in successful transactions including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, spin-offs, public and private capital raisings, restructurings, privatizations and project financings.

She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Decorative Concepts. Prior to establishing Violy & Company, she was Founder and Partner at Violy, Byorum & Partners Holdings, LLC for six years, focusing entirely on Latin American M&A deals and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to VB&P, she served at James D. Wolfensohn. Her success was acclaimed in 1995 by Global Finance who named her its Latin American Superstar. Prior to Ms. McCausland-Seve worked at J.P. Morgan, where she rose to Managing Director leading Latin American Restructuring Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Latin American Credit Analysis. She serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at The Americas Group. She served as a Member of Advisory Board at Stuart Lammert & Co. Ms. McCausland-Seve serves as a Board Member of The City Center, The New York Latin Media & Entertainment Committee, Casita Maria, the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as Director of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce’s Northeast Chapter.

Ms. McCausland-Seve Founded the Millennium board for Colombia’s President, which has continued under the current administration of President Uribe. She has been awarded a Fulbright amongst other honors.

Pedro Heilbron
CEO of Copa Holding
Corporate Success

Pedro Heilbron is CEO of Copa Holdings and of Copa Airlines, which offers service to 59 destinations in 28 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from its hub at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama.

Heilbron joined Copa Airlines in 1988. Under his leadership, Copa established the “Hub of the Americas,” one of the most successful and efficient hubs in Latin America. Heilbron also spearheaded Copa’s partnership and strategic alliance with Continental Airlines in 1998.

Other achievements during Heilbron’s term of office include the acquisition in April 2005 of Aero República, the second-largest airline in Colombia, and Copa Holdings’ IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in December 2005. Latin Trade Magazine awarded Heilbron a Bravo Award for CEO of the Year in November 2006. He was named Executive of the Year by the Panamanian Association of Corporate Executives (APEDE) in July 2008. The APEDE award is given to corporate executives who have distinguished themselves in their professional duties, their social responsibility and their personal lives. In July 2009, Heilbron accepted the Airline Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the internationally renowned magazine, Airline Business. The award is one of the two top recognitions presented every year by the magazine.

Heilbron is past president of the Latin American Airline Association (ALTA) and a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Heilbron graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Heilbron is married with three children

Jose Cil
President Burger King
Trends in healthy / Trends in the fast food industry

Mr. Jose E. Cil, also known as Jos, has been the President of Burger King(R) Brand at Restaurant Brands International Inc., a General Partner of Restaurant Brands International Limited Partnership since December 15, 2014. Mr. Cil served as an Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East & Africa at Burger King Worldwide, Inc. since June 2012 until December 15, 2014. He served as Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East & Africa at Burger King Holdings, Inc. since November 2010. He served as the President of an Operating Unit of Burger King Corporation. He began his career with BKC in 2000, as a Senior Attorney and quickly assumed positions of increasing responsibility within the Global Operations function. From September 2008 to January 2010, he served as Vice President of Company Operations of Burger King and from September 2005 to September 2008, he served as Division Vice President, Mediterranean and NW Europe Divisions, EMEA. He has been with Burger King since 2000. He also served as Vice President and Regional General Manager for Wal-Mart Stores in Florida from February 2010 to November 2010. He has been a Director of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. since January 28, 2015.

David Bojanini
President and CEO of Grupo SURA
Corporate Innovation at grand scale

Mr. David Emilio Bojanini García serves as the President of Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana S.A. (SURA) and has been its Chief Executive Officer since October 2006. Mr. Grupo SURA is one of Latin America’s largest Investment firms. Under his leadership, Grupo SURA was awarded Colombia’s best managed company in 2015 by Euromoney!

In addition, Mr. Bojanini has served as Chief Executive Officer of the pension and severance fund, Protección S.A., and General Manager of Suramericana de Seguros SA. He serves as the Chairman at Bancolombia S.A. He has been a Non- Independent Director at Bancolombia S.A. since March 1, 2007 and Grupo Nutresa SA since 2005. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Grupo Argos S.A. He served as a Director of Almacenes Exito S.A. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Mr. Bojanini García also attended the Chief Executive Officers' Management Program at the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

President of Unifin Financiera
From Idea to IPO

Rordrigo Lebois (Growing into a Corporate Leader): Mr. Rodrigo Lebois Mateos is the Founding Shareholder of Unifin Financiera, S.A.B. de C.V., S.O.F.O.M. E.N.R. and serves as its Chairman. Prior to the creation of Unifin in 1993, Mr. Lebois Mateos held several positions with car dealers, including as General Manager and member of the board of directors of Grupo Ford Satélite. He also served as President of the National Association of Nissan Car Dealers (ANDANAC), and a board member of Sistema de Crédito Automotriz, S.A. de C.V. (SICREA) and Arrendadora Nimex. He is the President of Fundación Unifin, A.C. and Chairman of the board of Unifin Corporativo, S.A. de C.V., Unifin Credit, S.A. de C.V., Unifin Autos, S.A. de C.V., and Aralpa Capital, S.A. de C.V. He also has been Director of Unifin Financiera, S.A.B. de C.V., S.O.F.O.M. E.N.R. since 1993. He serves as a Director of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A.B. de C.V. Mr. Lebois completed studies in business administration from Universidad Anahuac and has completed several executive programs.

Jay Rao

Bismarck Lepe
Founder and CEO of Wizeline

Bismarck Lepe is the founder and CEO of Wizeline, a venture capital-backed company specializing in artificial intelligence-powered business applications, machine learning and software development services. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wizeline now has nearly 200 employees, three-quarters of whom are located at the company’s Guadalajara, Mexico office campus — the company’s largest. Wizeline in early October 2016 announced the opening of its third office location in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. By the end of 2017, Wizeline expects to have over 600 employees.

Prior to founding Wizeline, Lepe co-founded and led Ooyala, a video technology and analytics company that was acquired by Telstra in 2014 for $420 million. Like Wizeline, Ooyala has software engineering operations based in Guadalajara. Lepe has also invested in or advised on numerous companies that are active across Silicon Valley and Mexico, including Kueski, Bright, Revver, Codefights, Soccerly, Reserbus and many more.

Beyond his role as founder and CEO at Wizeline, Lepe recently announced the launch of Wizefund, a $5M evergreen fund focused on investing in technology startups started by Wizeline employees. Announced in early 2016, Wizefund co-invests with Silicon Valley investors and funds, and also helps support programs such as StartupGDL to educate founders on the basics of starting a company.

Jose Medina Mora

In 1985 he left his career as a financial and systems manager in Hewlett Packard Guadalajara to start CompuSoluciones. He had the vision to found a company that would provide excellent service to the customers, professional and personal development to the employees; that would comply its fiscal obligations and be a profitable business.

Awards received:
• 2007 Expansion magazine named him one of the 100 most important business people in Mexico.
• 2011 he was named by E&Y as The Entrepreneur of the Year in IT services in Mexico.
• 2012 he was recognized for his business trajectory by Endeavor. Awards received by the company:
• 2010-2015 CompuSoluciones received a recognition from Deloitte, ITESM and Banamex as one of the best medium size companies in Mexico.
• Social Responsible Company.
• CompuSoluciones received in 2013 the National Quality Award.

He has a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Iberoamericana University and two Master Degrees from Stanford University one in Engineering and one in Management. He also holds an Engineer Degree from Stanford University. He took a High Management AD-2 Diploma at IPADE in Mexico and a Management Seminar at the Insead in Fontainebleau, France.

Pedro Martin
Global Advisory Board

Adalberto Flores
Founder and CEO of Kueski

Adalberto is the Co-Founder & CEO of Kueski. Before Kueski, Adalberto started, grew and managed all operations of Ooyala Mexico, the largest International division of Ooyala, Inc. Adalberto has been a TEDx speaker and was awarded Endeavor Mexico Entrepreneur of the Year (2016) and Mexico’s University Student of the Year for Finance by Ernst & Young and CNN-Expansion (2007). He was also awarded the top prize at the Intel Entrepreneurship Challenge in Mexico (2009), the top prize in the E100 Mexico West Entrepreneurship Recognition (2012) and named the most outstanding Industrial & Systems Engineer alumni from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Guadalajara (2012).

Adalberto can speak, read and write Chinese-Mandarin, Portuguese, English, and Spanish. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Systems Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM).

Javier Gutierrez
Founder of MASTTRO

Alicia Ortiz
Co-founder – PMO / Kubo Financiero

Alicia Oritiz has been a part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for more than 7 years. She has a Business Management degree. She began her professional career at Endeavor México during four years she focused on supporting the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs in different industries: retail, finance & technology, services and consulting through advisory board meetings, strategic roadmaps, mentoring, funding and connections with different entrepreneurial ecosystem networks in Mexico and around the world.

At Endeavor she met Vicente Fenoll (kubo’s CEO-Founder) kubo.financiero was just an idea. Nowadays, after being part of the creation and growth of kubo.financiero - 2014, she is in charge of creating new operation areas like a contact center, marketing, communication, UXUI, culture and at the same time develops different projects including raising capital rounds and help the people grow as an employees but most has a person. Her passion is kubo’s team. She hepls to grow the team form 10 people to more than 70 employees in 2017, that will help to generate more employment and social impact in Mexico.

In her free time she gives personal mentoring to teens and young people and organizes different social activities.

“Make things happen”

Jose Brousset
President of Junior Achievement Americas

Catalina Escobar
President and Founder, Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation

Catalina Escobar is a Colombian businesswoman and international speaker. She is president and founder of The Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, that is determined to breaking the cycles of poverty by improving the quality of life of children and teenage mothers. She was nominated a Top 10 CNN Heroes in 2012 and was awarded by the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, with National Merit Order Award in the year 2011.

She has been recognized as the Social Entrepreneur of the year (2015) by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation and has been awarded the 2015 World of Children Humanitarian award. In 2013, Women eNews awarded her as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in the U.S. She also became Top 10 Best Colombian Leaders by Revista Semana, Telefonica and Liderazgo y Democracia Foundation.

Recently she obtained the Lewis Institute Award at Babson and also the Honorary Doctorate Degree, from Clark University.

Leonardo Martellotto
President JA Americas

Leonardo (Leo) Martellotto is the President of JA Americas, the largest NGO in the region dedicated to addressing the fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by inspiring and equipping them to own their future to succeed in a global economy. JA Americas reaches more than 1.2 million students across 31 countries each year in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Leonardo leads this network and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of an organization with more than 45,000 volunteers and 5,000 businesses and partners across the region. A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Leonardo began his career with Junior Achievement as an intern at the Cordoba chapter and quickly rose to become its Executive Director. During his four years leading JA Cordoba, the program rapidly expanded to reach over 75,000 students in 60 locations and recruited 35,000 volunteers from more than 200 sponsors.

Leonardo graduated from the National University of Cordoba and is currently attending the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development. He has been featured on CNN en Espanol with Ismael Cala and he has participated as panelist during the "Eliminating the Skills Gap" session at the 2015 World Economic Forum Latin America.

Edmundo Vallejo
Professor at IPADE Business School - Former CEO GE Latam

Matt Allen
Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project

Grupo Proeza
Faculty Director for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship, and Academic Director for the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) Project

Grupo Proeza is a mexican family owned company established in 1956. It is now a 3rd generation family business that operates in the automotive industry, agriculture, technology, health and real estate. It currently has presence in more than 16 countries around the world. Grupo Proeza consists of 5 business areas those being:

1. Metalsa: With 60 years of experience, Metalsa provides the automotive and commercial vehicles industry with metallic structures for heavy trucks, buses, light trucks and passenger cars. Being a global company, Metalsa has its operation and technology centers strategically located worldwide.

2. Citrofrut: With over 50 years in the Market Citrofrut is dedicated to provide the freshness of citrus and tropical fruits in each of its products. This company is an expert in the citrus processing industry and has achieved complete integration in its supply chain, including nurseries, groves, and processing plants. It has the national leadership in the citrus processing industry and international recognition due to export of over 90% of our production to different types of companies involved in the manufacturing of beverages, foods, flavors and scents around the world.

3. Astrum: The leader of technology and high communication in the Mexican market. Its mission is to provide services and solutions of high competitive worth, making use of informational technologies, mobile and fixed communications, action mechanisms to improve control, security and high efficiency people management, and strategic active 4. Zánitas: Hospital that covers main services requested by medical patients such as specialized consultation, laboratory services, x-ray, surgical services, maternity, hospitalization, and 24-hour emergency rooms, among others.

5. Areya: Focused on Real Estate development, particularly in the housing segment, specialized in enabling land portions with basic services (water, drainage, electricity, public lighting, and communication)

Ricardo Obregon
Chairman at Productos Ramos

Ricardo Obregón Trujillo earned a business administration degree at the Medellin Escuela de Administración y Finanzas, and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Economic Development at London University. He spent a year on a doctorate on Latin American Economic Development in a Research Field and also earned his MBA at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, 7 year later he earned a Global MBA from University of Tulane.

He held many positions in the Bavaria Company, culminating in his appointment as CEO from 2001 through 2006. During this time, he successfully led the merger of Bavaria with SABMiller for a value of around US$7.800 million, after effectively taking the company from a 55% capacity utilization rate to an 85%. This became the largest M&A deal performed by a Colombian company in history. He was also CEO of the assembly company, SOFASA S.A. a joint venture between the Santo Domingo Family, Renault, and Toyota. In addition, he has been member of the board of Valorem SA the holding group of the Santo Domingo family.

Further, he served as President of Procafecol S.A., subsidiary of the “Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia” in charge of creating and expanding the Juan Valdez brand and coffee shops across the world.

From 2008 to 2012 he served as President of Grupo Carvajal one of the largest family business in Colombia. He became the first President to be a non-family member, which demonstrates his expertise in transforming family companies into world-class enterprises. During this time, he successfully prepared Carvajal Empaques for its first IPO.

He was President and Chairman of Grupo Orbis from 2015-2017, one of the largest industrial conglomerates of Colombia.

Today, he serves as Chairman for Productos Ramos, a Colombian food company. He is also in charge of the overall results of the company.

Bios and more info at
Sorenson Theatre
8:00 AM
Start Conference
8:20 AM - 8:30 AM
President Kerry Healey
8:35 AM - 9:20 AM
Social Impact Panel
9:25 AM - 10:05 AM
Violy McCausland - Women Leadership in Banking
10:00 AM
Snack / Coffee break
10:20 AM - 11:10 AM
FinTech Panel
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
José Cil – The Food Revolution
60 Min
Lunch at Pepsico
1:00 PM - 1:40 PM
David Bojanini – Innovation in the Corporate World
1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
Pedro Heilbron – Corporate Success
15 min
Snack / Coffee break
2:40 PM - 3:20 PM
Family Business Panel
3:25 PM - 4:10 pm
Entrepreneurship Panel
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Rodrigo Lebois – From Idea to IPO
5:00 PM
End Conference
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