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"An excellent conference, well organized and with very good attendance."
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Managing Director

Below are just a selection of the industry experts confirmed on the line-up for this year's event. Take a look at the full speaker list to date for the leading pan-Latin American private equity and venture capital conference

Just Some Of The 100+ Speakers Who Participated 2014!

Just Some Of The 100+ Speakers Who Participated 2014!

Luiz Carlos Mendonca de Barros Founding Partner and Strategist THE QUEST INVESTIMENTOS

Mr. Mendonça de Barros began his professional career in 1967 at Investbanco. In 1972, he established Patente, a brokerage house with a seat on the São Paulo Stock Exchange. In 1983, Mr. Mendonça de Barros established Planibanc, an Investment Bank and brokerage firm, in association with Bankers Trust and four of the largest Brazilian industrial groups. From 1985 to 1987, he served as Director and Member of the Board of the Central Bank of Brazil. In 1993 he founded Banco Matrix, a very successful Investment Bank and Asset Management Company. In 1995, Mr. Mendonça de Barros was nominated President of BNDES, responsible for the a privatization process, including the privatization of CVRD.

Antonio Bonchristiano Co-Chairman & Co-CEO GP INVESTIMENTOS

Mr. Bonchristiano holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.  He joined GP Investimentos S.A. in 1993 and has been a partner thereof since 1995. He is Co-chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of GP Investments, Brazil´s leading private equity firm.  He serves as a member of the board of directors of San Antonio Internacional Ltd. and Lupatech S.A.  He has served as a member of the board of directors of several portfolio companies, including Estácio Participações, BHG-Brazil Hospitality Group, BRProperties, ALL, Gafisa and Submarino. He was also previously a chief financial officer of SuperMar Supermercados and founder and chief executive officer of Submarino.

Fernando Borges Managing Director THE CARLYLE GROUP

Fernando Borges is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Carlyle South America Buyout group focused on private equity investment opportunities in South America. Mr. Borges joined Carlyle in 2007 and has been involved in Carlyle's investments in current portfolio companies in Brazil, mainly in CVC Operadora e Agência de Viagens S.A., one of the leading travel services companies in Latin America; and Qualicorp S.A. (BVSP:QUAL3), the largest healthcare benefit administrator in Brazil. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Borges was a Managing Director at AIG Capital Partners and CEO of AIG Capital Investments do Brasil, being responsible for managing AIG's private equity activities in Brazil.

Gabriel Casillas Chief Economist GRUPO FINANCIERO BANORTE

Gabriel Casillas (Managing Director) is currently Chief Economist and Head of Research at Banorte-Ixe bank, based in Mexico City. Dr. Casillas previously worked at J.P.Morgan as Chief Mexico Economist, as well as at UBS Investment Bank as Chief Economist for México and Chile. He also worked at the Central Bank of Mexico in the economic research department as well as in central banking operations division. On the academic arena, Dr. Casillas has taught courses at ITAM, Monterrey Tech, Endicott College, and Universidad Anáhuac.

Peter Cornelius Partner, Economics & Strategy ALPINVEST

Peter is responsible for analyzing the economic and financial environment for private equity markets and examining the implications for AlpInvest Partners’ strategic asset allocation. Bringing over 20 years of experience, he joined the firm in 2005 from Royal Dutch Shell, where he was Group Chief Economist. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Director of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Program. Prior to that, he was head of international economic research at Deutsche Bank and a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund.

Emilio Dauvin Director Private Equity SEB

Emilio is a Director and member of the Investment Committee at SEB PE, the major global PE investor in Scandinavia. SEB is a leading bank in Northern Europe that forms the foundation of the ongoing Wallenberg dynasty. The family has significant interests in corporations such as ABB, Atlas Copco, Electrolux and Ericsson through Investor AB. SEB Investment Management has more than EUR 130 bn in AuM. SEB PE invests across primaries, secondaries and direct investments. Emilio previously worked for McKinsey & Company. 

Yann de Vries Managing Director REDPOINT E.VENTURES

Yann is a Managing Director and co-founder of Redpoint e.ventures (RPeV), the first Silicon Valley fund dedicated to Brazil. RPeV is an early-stage venture capital fund focused on Consumer Internet, Mobile, Cloud and New Media. Backed by experienced Silicon Valley sponsors Redpoint Ventures and e.ventures, RPeV leverages its global platform to identify winning companies and create strong synergies with its local portfolio. Yann has 18 years of experience in the high-tech industry.

Patrice Etlin Managing Partner ADVENT INTERNATIONAL

Patrice Etlin joined Advent International in 1997 and started the firm’s investment activities in Brazil. As one of Advent’s 13 global Managing Partners, he helps oversee the firm’s strategic direction and investment activities, with a particular focus on Latin America. Patrice has 19 years of private equity experience and has led, co-led or participated in 13 Advent investments. Before joining Advent, he was a partner at International Venture Partners in São Paulo and previously, he was a general representative for Brazil at Matra Marconi Space. Patrice is also the Chairman of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA).

Paul Fletcher Senior Partner ACTIS

Paul Fletcher is Senior Partner of Actis, the pan-emerging markets private equity firm with US$5 billion funds under management. Paul began his career as a trader with Cargill, based in Minneapolis; he then moved to London with Banker’s Trust. In the early 1990s Paul transitioned over to corporate finance with a role at Citibank in Tokyo. It was while at Citibank that Paul fostered his interest in emerging markets, relocating to Nairobi to lead Citi’s East African operations, before becoming Head of Emerging Markets Strategic Planning.  He moved to CDC in 2000 and oversaw the spin off which created Actis in 2004: he has led Actis since then.

Carlos Héneiné Partner QUILVEST

Carlos Héneiné is co-head of Quilvest Private Equity in Emerging Markets. As such he jointly manages the team at Quilvest that oversees Private Equity Investments in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, as well as Middle East and Africa. Quilvest is the financial holding and family office of a Franco-Argentine industrial family, which was formed in 1917. Today Quilvest manages some $25bn across all asset classes and was a pioneer in Private Equity, investing in the asset class since 1972.

Ralph Keitel Senior Investment Officer IFC

Since joining IFC in early 2006, Ralph Keitel has been responsible as regional lead for IFC’s private equity fund activities in Eastern Europe/Russia (2006-2008), Africa (2008-2011) and, since 2011, Latin America. Prior to joining IFC, Ralph was with Caisse de Dépot et Placement de Québec (CDP) in Montréal. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the World Bank Group’s private sector arm. IFC’s private equity funds department has invested more than US$ 3 billion in over 180 emerging markets private equity funds.

David Koh Global Head DB PRIVATE MARKETS

David Koh is the Global Head of DB Private Markets, where he is responsible for overseeing primary and direct investments in private equity, private debt and real assets.  Over the course of 17 years, Mr. Koh has developed extensive relationships globally with investment managers in venture capital, private equity, credit, distressed and real asset strategies, as well as having sourced, diligenced, executed and monitored fund and direct investments on behalf of family offices, foundations, endowments and pension plans in North America, Europe and Asia.  In addition, he has been involved in over 46 transactions totaling $35 billion as a principal investor and/or advisor to private and institutional clients.

Jay L Koh Partner & Managing Director SIGULER GUFF

Jay L. Koh serves as a member of the Firm’s senior management team and sits on the Investment Committees for all of Siguler Guff’s multi-manager funds. With over 19 years of experience at top-tier institutions in the public and private sectors, Mr. Koh brings a broad range of industry expertise and deep knowledge of various investment products and strategies to Siguler Guff. Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2012, Mr. Koh was the Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist at OPIC.

Rodrigo Lowndes Managing Director SOUTHERN CROSS GROUP

Rodrigo Lowndes joined Southern Cross in 2009 and is currently one of its partners responsible for investments in Brazil. Prior to that, Lowndes was president and head of investment banking for Morgan Stanley in Brazil. Lowndes has also worked for Banco Garantia and Vale do Rio Doce in his earlier career.

Christopher Meyn Partner GÁVEA INVESTIMENTOS

Joined Gávea Investimentos in January 2006 and is the Partner responsible for the day-to-day management of the Gávea Investment Funds (Private Equity) Group. Previously, Christopher served as a Managing Director and Investment Committee member for Latinvest Asset Management and its US-based parent, Globalvest Management Company, one of the largest independent asset managers with a focus on value investing in Latin American equities. At Globalvest, Christopher was responsible for the firms’ private equity and venture capital initiatives in Latin America.

Fabio Mazzeo Chairman METRUS

The Economist Fábio Mazzeo is a specialist in Social Security, retirement plans and health care. For 16 years he has been the President of Metrus - Instituto de Seguridade Social. He is a former Regional Southwest Director and Financial Director of Associação Brasileira das Entidades Fechadas de Previdência Complementar (ABRAPP) – the most important Brazilian closed pension fund organization. Since 2009 has been part of the Board of Councilors of União Nacional das Instituições de Autogestão em Saúde (UNIDAS) – Brazilian closed health care institutions organization.

Spencer Miller Managing Director OPTRUST PRIVATE MARKETS GROUP

Spencer is a Managing Director with OPTrust Private Markets Group and is responsible for the group’s European and Emerging Markets private equity program (including fund investments and principal investments) and the London office, and is a member of the Private Markets Group investment committee. The Private Markets Group has a global mandate to invest $5.5 billion of OPTrust’s assets in private equity and infrastructure. Prior to joining OPTrust in 2006, Spencer was previously Head of AXA Private Equity’s London office.


Silvio Renato Rangel Silveira is the CEO of the Fundação ITAIPU Brasil de Previdência Complementar - FIBRA, pension fund with US$ 1,2 billion in assets, sponsored by ITAIPU Binacional. He is member of the Board of ABRAPP – Brazilian Association of Closed Entities for Complementary Pension Funds; member of the National Technical Committee of Investments of ABRAPP; and the president of PREVIPAR - Association of Pension Funds of Paraná. He is author of the book “Social Security in the  Risk Society: the challenge of solidarity with sustainability”.

Alexandre Saigh Managing Partner & Head of Private Equity PÁTRIA INVESTIMENTOS

Mr. Saigh was one of the Founders of Pátria in 2001 developing and leading the efforts for Pátria to become a leading alternative investment firm in Brazil. Mr. Saigh joined Patrimônio (Pátria’s predecessor company) in 1994, as a Managing Partner responsible for private equity business. Between 1994 and 1997, while developing Patrimônio’s private equity business, Mr. Saigh was CEO and CFO of Drogasil, Pátria’s first private equity investment. Prior to joining Patrimônio, Mr. Saigh worked at JPMorgan Investment Bank from 1989 to 1994, as a Vice President for its private equity, corporate finance and M&A divisions.

Cipriano Santisteban Partner LINZOR CAPITAL

Prior to his current role, Mr. Santisteban was one of the founding partners of Palmfund Management LLC, leading its investment efforts in Mexico. Prior to Palmfund, he partnered with an experienced management team and financial sponsors in order to acquire and manage companies, thus building Grupo Convermex. In the late nineties, Mr. Santisteban worked as Principal at Promecap, a Mexican company that at the time managed MSIF, a sister fund of Soros Private Equity Fund Management.

Mario Spinola Managing Partner VICTORIA CAPITAL PARTNERS

In 1996, Mr. Spinola joined Banco Garantia after working in private equity and mergers & acquisitions with International Venture Partners and Capitaltec Consultoria Econômica for 4 years.  During his 10 year tenure with Banco Garantia and Credit Suisse, Mr. Spinola was responsible for one of the first private equity funds raised in Brazil. In 2006 Mr. Spinola co-founded DLJ South American Partners, the predecessor of Victoria Capital Partners.


Mr Stucke is a Senior Managing Director for Guggenheim Partners and the Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Investment Advisors. Mr Stucke also serves as Chair of Guggenheim Investment Advisors’ Investment Committee and is associated with Guggenheim Investor Services and Guggenheim Advisors. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2006, Mr Stucke was an Executive Director on Portable Alpha Team at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, where he opened and managed the firm’s London-based European Alternatives research office.

Kaarina Suikkonen Head of Private Equity FERI TRUST

Kaarina Suikkonen heads the 2 billion private equity program at FERI Trust, a German asset management house with €21 billion AuM. FERI private equity invests in buyout, growth, real estate and non listed infrastructure funds. Prior to FERI, Kaarina worked on alternative investment selection at CalSTRS and as a transaction attorney.

Mauricio da Rocha Wanderley CIO VALIA

Maurício da Rocha Wanderley CIO of the Fundação Vale do Rio Doce de Seguridade Social-VALIA (CVRD’S Pension Fund) with U$ 8.9  billion in assets under management.

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(updated 31 August 2014)

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