Join this unique dialogue with our guests speakers and BayBrazil board members & advisors



Alexandre Villela

Managing Director

Qualcomm Ventures

Alex is leading deals in LatAm and Digital Enterprise, Networking, Datacenter related deals in the U.S. Before that, he worked for Intel Capital and led several equity investments in Latin America, in a variety of sectors (Cloud Services, Healthcare IT, Big Data Analytics, FinTech)


Amit garg


Samsung NEXT Ventures

Amit focuses on software especially Internet/consumer technologies, investing $250K to $3M in seed, series A or B, and helping them partner with Samsung to grow and make a meaningful difference in people's lives. Amit’s primary focus is Digital Health, secondary is Emerging Markets.


Anderson Thees

Managing Director & Co-founder


Anderson Thees is Managing Director and co-founder of Redpoint, an early stage venture capital firm focused on the Internet.Its partners include funds from Silicon Valley, as well as a global network of sister funds in China, Russia, Germany and Japan.



Managing Director

Silicon Valley Bank

Andy is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank’s Global Gateway, which assists innovation companies in the emerging markets with their US and intl. market expansion. Andy also leads SVB Global PE Services.

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Professor, UC Berkeley

Fellow at New America

Ann M. Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Barack Obama in 2013.  After her appointment received the unanimous consent of the United States Senate, Ms. Ravel joined the Commission on October 25, 2013. Currently, she is a Professor at UC Berkeley Law School and is also a Fellow at New America.



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Antoine colaco


Valor Capital Group

Prior to joining Valor, Antoine was at Google for 9 years serving in a wide range of capacities. He was most recently COO of Global Partnerships, supporting all of Google’s partnerships. Previously, he established Google’s India presence and was the COO for APAC and LATAM regions.


Alana Rizzo


Albright Stonebridge Group

Alana provides clients with in-depth political analysis and supports in developing and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies in Brazil and across Latin America. Before joining ASG, Alana spent over a decade as an investigative journalist at several of Brazil’s leading media outlets.


Arnaldo tavares

Director, AI ISV Partnerships


Arnaldo is developing Intel's Artificial Intelligence software ecosystem. Prior to it, he was developing and implementing strategy for Machine Learning to key Enterprise verticals at NVIDIA for over 7 years.

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Asheesh Birla

SVP Product


An industry expert on blockchain and cryptocurrency, Asheesh first joined Ripple in 2013 to lead the development of their product suite. He started his career as an entrepreneur 15 years ago in Silicon Valley, founded a content management company that he later sold to Thomson-Reuters.



VP Worldwide ISV &

Tech Alliances ServiceNow

Avanish is an India-born, Brazil-raised, US-educated senior tech executive. Before ServiceNow, he was VP at insidesales, CPO at Demandbase and held leadership positions at Oracle, McKinsey and Salesforce.


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Research Scientist in Machine


Toyota Research Institute

At Toyota Eder is working on Deep Learning for driving autonomous vehicles. His previous work include contributions to the popular Deep Learning library Keras and to the FaceID group at Apple. He is originally from São Luís, Maranhão.



Eduardo Henrique

Co-Founder, Head of Business Dev.


Eduardo is responsible for leading Movile's global expansion and also communications including PR, relations with strategic partners like Apple, Google, Facebook. He was also one of the creators of PlayKids, the world’s top grossing educational entertainment platform for kids



Enrique ortegón

General Manager

Salesforce Latin America

In his role Enrique is responsible for all of Salesforce's commercial activities in the Latin American market.  He directly oversees sales, business development, solution engineering, enablement and go-to market strategy for the region.


Flavio pripas

Managing Director


 Nominated as one of the "Most Creative People in Business 2012" by FastCompany, Flavio is leading CUBO, a transformational project to foster entrepreneurship in Brazil, sponsored by Itau Bank and RedPoint eVentures. 


Founder & CEO

 Adavium Medical

Fred is an accomplished health care industry expert leading the largest Brazilian medical equipment/diagnostics company. He is also Board Member at BayBrazil & VP at Venrock, the VC arm of Rockefeller family.


harald batista

Board Member


A serial entrepreneur and investor, Harald is currently assisting several Silicon Valley startups. He is also founder of Aura Enterprises and Ilumina Tech, designing a new approach to education based on skills in high demand, best teachers, and mentoring.


Hernan Kazah

Co-Founder & Managing Partner 

Kaszek Ventures


Before Kaszek Ventures, he cofounded MercadoLibre (Nasdaq: MELI), Latin American largest commerce and payments online platform, where he worked for 12 years, as COO and later as CFO. He sits on the board of Kekanto, GetNinja among others.

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Lucas Mendes Teixeira

Head of Brazil   



In just over a year in the WeWork’s leadership, Lucas launched three spaces in Sao Paulo and one in Rio de Janeiro. By the end of the year, WeWork may have 15 locations in the country. Prior to WeWork, Lucas was at Banco Itau, where he co-founded Cubo.


MArcello torres

Manager Sales Dev North America




Marcello manages a team of Sales "High Potential" Executives, covering all USA and Canada for SMB and Enterprise accounts. He was awarded Best Sales Manager in LinkedIn Americas (2018) - Demand Excellence.


Founder & CEO   




Margarise founded BayBrazil in 2010 to build the Brazilian-American tech hub in Silicon Valley and nurture entrepreneurial ecosystems. Before that she worked 7 years as TV broadcast journalist in Brazil. 

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MAuro Goncalves Filho

Director, Product Mgt & Strategy

Loon, Alphabet


Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters. Mauro shapes business models to enable the mission to connect people everywhere by inventing and integrating audacious technologies.


nandu ramani

Engineering Director


Nandu focuses on Safety, Insurance, Risk, Identity, Knowledge & Decision platform. He is also building Uber's knowledge graph. Prior to Uber, he was Engineering Director at Google and has led teams in the US, India and Europe.


Nicolas Szekasy

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kaszek Ventures


Kaszek Ventures is Latin America’s largest VC firm with US$ 182 million investment in 52 companies, most of them in Brazil. Nicolás currently sits on the board of Nubank, Creditas, GuiaBolso, Grupo ZAP, among others.

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Raphael de cunto


Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Raphael is partner in the Palo Alto and São Paulo offices of Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Brazil’s leading law firm. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in the tech industry negotiating M&A and financing transactions.



Founder & CEO


Ron serves as the visionary behind Playphone (aquired by GungHo, Softbank Group).  He was the co-founder of the Brazilian Video Game Association and Chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF). He's also a BayBrazil Board Member. 


Shawn Carolan

Consumer VC

Menlo Ventures


Shawn focuses on IT investments in the consumer sector—with particular interest in major technological shifts that improve daily lives. Examples include current investments in Roku and Uber, as well as Siri, which sold to Apple in 2013.

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Chairman of the Board


Vicente is a data, AI, engineering expert and BayBrazil teammate from our early days.  He’s held leadership positions at Uber, as Head of Fraud Data Science; LinkedIn, as Director of Engineering; and VeriSign (now Symantec), as Director of Product Mgt.