GUEST SPEAKERS

 
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PETER NORVIG

Director of Research

Google

Previously Peter was head of Google's core search algorithms group, and of NASA Ames's  Computational Sciences Division, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, the leading textbook in the field, and co-teacher of an AI class that signed up 160,000 students, helping to kick off the current round of massive open online classes.

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Saurabh Gupta

Managing Partner

DST Global

Saurabh is currently an observer on the Boards of Brex, Dada, Rappi, Swiggy, and Udaan and led DST’s investment in Airbnb.
The VC firm DST focuses on late stage technology investments globally. DST has invested in leading global technology companies including Facebook, Twitter, Alibaba, Didi, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Airbnb and Spotify. In Latin America, DST invested in Nubank and Rappi.

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Hans Tung

Managing Partner

GGV Capital

Hans  led GGV’s investment in Musical.ly (acquired by Toutiao) and serves on the boards of Wish, Poshmark, GrubMarket, Lively and Yellow, among others.

He has invested in mobile social communication companies sucha as Slack, Lime, Bustle, Peloton, and is actively involved in GGV portfolio companies Airbnb, Flipboard, DraftKings and Yodo1.

 
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Michele Levy

Co-Founder & CEO

Costa Brasil

 Ilhabela Holdings

Ilhabela Holdings is the company behind the successful growth of the Melissa Shoes brand in the US, up from relative obscurity into the leading brand in its category in the United States. Michele is also leading Costa Brazil, a sustainable beauty line founded by Brazilian Francisco Costa, former Calvin Klein Creative Director.

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Shu nyatta

Partner

SoftBank

Shu is co-leading SoftBank’s new $5B Latin America-focused technology growth fund. Before this new role, Shu was a founding member of SoftBank Group’s Silicon Valley investment team, and subsequently the SoftBank Vision Fund. He has made investments spanning a variety of sectors including fintech, mobility, robotics and autonomous driving, in the US, Europe, India, China and Latin America.

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Julie Ruvolo

Director of Venture Capital

 LAVCA

Julie manages venture investor relationships in Latin America and globally. In this role, she oversees venture/tech-related programs, facilitates LAVCA’s early stage investor meetings, and oversees LAVCA’s tech content. Julie is also a founding member of the Latin America Tech Growth Coalition, which unifies top tech companies with a common goal of advancing high growth startups in the LatAm region.

 
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fabricio bloisi

Founder & CEO

Movile



Fabricio Bloisi turned Movile from a startup in a garage in Brazil into a global player in mobile marketplaces with more than 350 million mobile customers worldwide. He majored in Computer Science at University of Campinas and concluded a MBA at Getulio Vargas Foundation . He has also concluded the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford

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RALF GERMER

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

 PagBrasil

Ralf is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at PagBrasil. His fields of expertise are business management, international business development, marketing and online sales, as well as payment processing. Prior to PagBrasil, he was Vice President of Product Marketing Europe at Actebis and later founded 4M Iberoamérica.

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Edson Rigonatti

Founding Partner


Astella Investimentos

Edson has been engaged in the Brazilian entrepreneurial scene for over 10 years. Prior to founding VC firm Astella, Edson was a Partner at Cicerone Capital, VP of Sales at Lucent Technologies, and COO with Lojas Veper. He serves as a director on several Boards and is an active Endeavor Mentor. Edson holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

 
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edu lyra

Founder

 Instituto Gerando Falcões

Growing up in a favela in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Edu founded Gerando Falcões, an organization that offers educational and training for 1,200+ families. He has being named one of 15 young Brazilians to change the world, by the World Economic Forum, and one of the 30 most influential youths under 30 in Brazil, by Forbes.

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geena mckeel

Global Head of Partnerships

 Google for Startups

Genna manages a global team that scales Google’s support for startups across 50+ partners in 30 countries. She team partners with accelerators, tech hubs to catalyze startup communities and accelerate startup growth. Before Google, Genna received her MBA from London Business School, spent 5 years in various positions at the U.S. Department of State, including as a member of Secretary Rice’s advance team.

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Saeed Amidi

Co-Founder & CEO

 Plug and Play


A serial entrepreneur, Saeed’s current passion is helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. Besides his leading role at Plug and Play, he is General Partner in Amidzad. The fund holds investments in over 1,000 tech companies, such as PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc.

 
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ekaterina skorobogatova

VP Growth

TheVentureCity

 

Ekaterina joined Facebook in 2010 to run growth in Russia. She also ran growth at WhatsApp Inc. after the company got acquired by Facebook. Now at TheVentureCity, early stage venture fund and accelerator founded by another Facebook alumni, she is investing in and accelerating early stage startups in Europe and in Latin America.

alexandre villela

Managing Director

 Qualcomm Ventures

Alex is leading deals in LatAm and Digital Enterprise, Networking, Datacenter, 5G 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)

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Steve polsky

Founder & CEO

Juvo

 

Steve founded Juvo with the mission to establish financial identities for the billions of people worldwide who are creditworthy yet financially excluded. Juvo currently provides services in 27 countries across Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2018 Steve was recognized as a Tech Pioneer by the WEF.

 
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chris tsakalakis

CEO

Vivino

Chris leads Vivino, the world's largest online wine marketplace and most downloaded wine app. Prior to joining Vivino, Chris was the President of StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace. During his 8-year tenure, the StubHub team grew ticket sales from $400 million to $3.2 billion, increased operating profit 15 times and expanded StubHub outside the U.S. He leads the team from Vivino’s headquarters in San Francisco.

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ekechi nwokah

Founder & CEO

Mines



Dr. Nwokah leads Mines, a Credit-as-a-Service platform that enables institutions in emerging markets to offer digital credit products to their customers. He was a visiting professor at Purdue University before leaving academia to join SGI and NASA, where he built supercomputers for space shuttle design including COLUMBIA, the fastest supercomputer in the world in 2004. He is an expert in cloud systems and security, having spent several years at Amazon AWS.

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Bruno Faviero

Co-Founder & COO

Synapse Technology

Using AI to automate security checkpoints at airports, Synapse works with the likes of TSA, the US Air Force, Osaka Airport in Japan, and other airports around the world. Bruno is also an active angel investor and a founding partner at pre-seed fund Graduate Fund. Previously he was managing partner at Dorm Room Fund Boston.

 
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josé berenguer

Country Officer for Brazil

JP Morgan

José joined J.P. Morgan in April 2013 to lead the largest business location in Latin America for J.P. Morgan, employing more than 1,000 people. Previously he worked in Gavea, Santander and other banks. Currently Jose also serves as Board member of the Brazilian Banking Federation (FEBRABAN);  the Brazilian Futures and Stock Exchange (B3).

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raphael de cunto

Partner

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.

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Manoel lemos

Managing Partner

Redpoint e.ventures

Before joining the Redpoint eventure’s partnership, Manoel was the Chief Digital Officer of Abril Media, the second largest media conglomerate in Brazil. He is also the founder/chief-maker of Fazedores.com, the first portal dedicated to the Brazilian Maker Movement community.


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Anderson Thees

Managing Director & Co-founder

Redpoint e.ventures

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ANDY TSAO

Managing Director

Silicon Valley Bank

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AVANISH SAHAI

Global VP, ISV & Tech. Alliances

ServiceNow

 
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bibiana leite

Head of Content Partnerships

Youtube

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Daniela jorge

Global VP, Design & Research

Paypal

FRED ASLAN

Founder & CEO

 Adavium Medical

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harald batista

Co-Founder

Ilumina Tech

MARGARISE CORREA

Founder & CEO   

BayBrazil



 

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nelson mattos

Independent Consultant, Former VP

of Product & Engineering, Google

 

RON CZERNY

Founder & CEO

PlayPhone

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Stephen Ciesinski

President

SRI International

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VICENTE SILVEIRA

Chairman of the Board

BayBrazil