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Each year, we seek for the people who, because of their education, work or projects, can provide an interesting point of view to the discussion and the learning we want to allow through the conference.
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The following are the speakers for the last edition:
His research delves into the how and why of being human. Ranging from chasing monkeys in jungles and cities, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe. As a published author, his current research includes creativity and community in human evolution, multi-species relationships, race and sexuality.
Dr. Alejandro Nieponice is currently the director of the Esophageal Institute at Hospital Universitario Fundación Favaloro in Buenos Aires. He became the first surgeon worldwide to treat successfully a patient with reflux after a sleeve gastrectomy. His main goal is to foster clinical translation of novel tissue engineering and minimally invasive approaches.
57th President as well as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the ISSS. Member of the Editorial Boards of multiple international publications. Recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award. Author of over seventy-five journal, book, and encyclopedia publications.
Alexis Caporale (1989), graduated in Energy Management from UTN, is the Director of Energy at the Baikal Institute. He is a professor of the Chair of Entrepreneurship of the University of Buenos Aires (EmprendING). He is also part of the founding team of Palatinum, a technology company with different lines of business for the Enterprise segment as well as the Trimaker brand, a leading 3D printing company in Latin America. He is a member of the International Society of Innovative Young Sandbox. He was the Argentine representative in the Energy & Climate Change Commission of the G8 Youth Summit (London, 2013). He was chosen as one of the 100 most innovative young people in the world by the Forum of Open Innovation co-organized in Moscow by Russia and China in 2014 and in 2015 in Silicon Valley.
Dedicated to data visualization, interface design, animation and visual communication. He leads the project of visualization of public offices www.cargografias.org, and participates in Hacks Hackers Buenos Aires and Economía Feminista. Seeks to apply visual communication in causes with social impact through data visualization and digital activism. A lover of traditional graphic design, he taught at UBA and UNDAV.
She is a fiction writer and holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She directs and teaches at the NYU program in Buenos Aires. Her current research explores Asian-Latin American cultural expressions and comparative analysis with Asian-North American perspectives. She was a finalist for the Rómulos Gallegos Prize.
Dan Phillips is a designer/builder working in Texas, who builds recycled housing from free, salvage and recycled materials. He is now concentrating on using one social problem to solve another, with his low-income housing initiative: The Phoenix Commotion. He was a keynote speaker at the 9th International Convention on Architecture in Budapest and at the 14th International Architect Encounter in Canova, Italy; among others.
Graduated from Instituto tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Demian is the Project leader at OpenZeppelin, as well as one of the founders of Smart Contract Solutions. Him, along with the co-founder, pioneered the first non-financial blockchain application and the first implementation of Bitcoin's payment channel protocol. Their work has been featured in major publications including Forbes, Business Insider and Techcrunch.
Diego Fernandez is the Secretary of Urban and Social Integration of the City of Buenos Aires, leading the urbanization project of the Villa 31. He was also the Cabinet Chief of the Ministry of Education and is the Co-creator and Director of Generación 2025, a civic and social organization that seeks to be a bridge between the private and the public sector.
He directs his own consulting firm specialized in strategy and M&A. He worked at Hermes Management Consulting, McKinsey & Company, Coca-Cola and Siemens. He is an electronic engineer from ITBA and has a Master in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management (MIT).
He graduated from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia with a major in anthropology, holds a PhD in anthropology from the National University of San Martin in Argentina and an MBA from Colombia's National University. He is currently the coordinator in institutional strengthening at the diversity policies department of the national human rights secretary in Argentina.
His laboratory explores the genetics of sexual development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of gonad development and on the genetic determinants of brain sexual differentiation, including sexual orientation and gender identity. He has received numerous awards, notably from the National Institute of Health of the United States.
He is a National Public Accountant from the UBA, with postgraduate studies in Virgina University, USA, and has solid knowledge and experience in strategic planning and team leadership. Having taken his first steps in CALSA Argentina, in his professional trajectory he has worked in Quilmes Industrial-División Bebidas as Administration and Finance Manager for Chile, General Manager for Bolivia and Director of the beer and beverage business for Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In the present, he is the President of ABMauri Latin America and Chief Operating Officer of CALSA Argentina.
Director of the Master in International Trade Relations at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and Professor at the Bicentennial Program EPOCA (Escuela de Posgrado Ciudad Argentina) - Salvador’s University (USAL); Member of the Executive Committee of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). Member of the Evian Group Brains Trust.
Psychology Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center. Internationally known expert in cognition and learning, narrative, applying psychological science to education. Author of dozens of publications. Co-editor of Development of the Mediated Mind. Fellow at Princeton University, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Education Research Association.
Jonatan Ol Beun teaches Applied Innovation in Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and ITBA Graduate School, he also serves as the Chief of Staff of the National Department of Public Innovation at the Ministry of Modernization of Argentina. He has a specialization in User Experience Design and in creativity and innovation.
José Luis Roces is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Buenos Aires , and has a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences from the Oxford Center for Management Sciences Throughout his career he had different management positions such as Argentina’s HR Director at Grupo Santander, Industrial Engineering Manager in Techint Tubes Division. He has long experience as a consultant in business management. University professor and Member of the Academic Council at ITBA.
Journalist and lawyer, specialized in access to information, open data and transparency. Law professor at UBA and writer for La Nación, where she investigated corruption, civil rights and justice. Awarded in 2015 the Gabriel García Márquez of the FNPI in the category of Innovation for Chequeado and the expansion of fact checking in the region.
He has 20+ years in the digital media industry. Before Google, he worked at Terra Networks, where he served as Country Manager for Argentina and then led mobile and business development globally. In the early days of the commercial web in Latin America, he served as Managing Editor at El Sitio. Studied Foreign Literature at UBA and has taught at IICS, FLACSO, UDESA and MIND on digital journalism and media transformation.
Melina is a Marketing Manager for Google Cloud, one of the fastest growing businesses for Google and the IT industry. Currently based in Brazil, she has worked with the Latin American market and has also had the chance to work in the United States. She founded an organization for adult literacy in Buenos Aires while she was a student (and SABF participant!). Melina is also a great advocate for diversity and inclusion inside and outside of Google and is currently part of the Women@Google and Afrogooglers committees in Brazil, and has worked with NGOs that promote gender and race equality. You can talk to Melina about: intrapreneurship, stakeholder management, project management, diversity & inclusion, education and human resources.
Master and specialist in Education, UdeSA. Degree in Sociology oriented in Education, UBA. Coordinator of projects of the education program of the CIPPEC Foundation, where she leads the initiative of Comunidades de Aprendizaje in Argentina. Co-author of the book "Inspiraciones Alcanzables: 15 políticas educativas destacadas en América Latina". She worked as a researcher on educational issues for different institutions and teachers. Organizer of TEDxRíodelaPlata. Comunidades de Aprendizaje is a proposal of social and cultural transformation that arises in the school. Based on the commitment and participation of the members of the school community, common goals are established to improve learning, educational justice and social cohesion in order to overcome social inequalities.
Rick has held senior marketing and sales responsibilities across a wide range of business categories, both domestic and international. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Marketing Association. Rick worked at Midas International and Northwest Airlines. He serves on the advisory boards of Bluewater Marketing and the Lipman Hearne Agency. He is active with arts and charitable organizations.
Rob Britton has had a hybrid career. 30 years of professional experience near the complex and competitive US airline industry (including 22 years at American Airlines). He has been an annual guest lecturer on marketing, strategy, and leadership topics at dozens of schools worldwide, including Kellogg, Wharton, and London Business School for nearly as long. His presentations are based on broad experience all across a large enterprise, including marketing, planning, operations, and IT. Rob is especially fluent in crisis management, having been part of the team that helped to rebuild the American Airlines brand after the September 11, 2001 attacks, where two AA planes were hijacked and used as weapons.
He has a B.A., MA and PhD in Government at Georgetown and a M.T.S. at Harvard. Named one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, a Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities, and winner of the OZY Educator Award as one of the six most outstanding American educators. Sam has delivered lectures in over 85 countries including at Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, LSE, and Brown. He also serves as the President of the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation. Senior adviser to high ranking officials around the globe and current Director and academic designer of the first english language program on Global Governance and Leadership in the Russian Federation.
Graduated with a major in communication sciences, she works as Communication Manager at civil association Canales. At Canales, cross-discipline and bilingual teams work together to get quality and accessible education for the deaf community. They were the creators of projects such as Videolibros enSeñas, an online platform to give deaf children the possibility of enjoying books in an accessible language.
Experienced lawyer, HR consultant, teacher and systemic psychologist with an holistic vision that integrates a profound knowledge of human nature, group dynamics and organizations. PhD Candidate in Systemic Innovation at ITBA. Susan thrives to offer her clients and students a stimulating, empathetic vision. Her main goal is to accompany them in discovering, creating and following their own vital pathways with sensitivity and consciousness.
Cultural change and professional development consultant with more than 15 years of experience in global and multicultural projects. Professor of transformational leadership, collaboration and innovation management at ITBA Graduate School. Interested in people, their mindset and practices to accomplish their goals. Leads educational projects in Salta, Port-au-Prince and Gonaïves.