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The following are the speakers for the last edition:
Dr. Adolfo M. García specializes in the neuroscience of language. He serves as Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience (INCyT-INECO), Assistant Researcher at CONICET and Adjunct Professor of Neurolinguistics at the National University of Cuyo. His work has been distinguished with awards from the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States, the Ibero-American Neuroeducation Society, and the Argentine Association of Behavioral Science.
Dr. Agustin Ibanez has an outstanding track record in the field of cognitive neuroscience, mexperimental psychology and research in neuropsychiatry with more than 130 publications ISI. Director of INCYT. Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Translational and member of CONICET, has received prestigious international awards and has established international collaborations with centers of excellence. Ad hoc reviewer and contributor to more than 30 refereed journals.
Ailson holds a Full-time academic position at Royal Holloway School of Management, University of London. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Andrews University, an MA in Business and Culture Studies from City University, London, and a Postgraduate Certificate from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil. He has extensive management and business experience, having been worked in a variety of industrial and commercial sectors in Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK.
Priest since 1991. He served in many parish communities, and now he is member of the Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Church of Buenos Aires. He is dedicated to study Islam and the relationship between christians and muslims. He studied Arabian and Islamology during a year in Egypt, and volunteered in faith communities in Mozambique, Lebanon and Palestine.
Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization's pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. Coauthor of the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and she provided significant contributions to the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Countering Violent Extremism Working Group recommendations. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.
Diego Luzuriaga is the Director of ITBA's Postgraduate School. He is also the director of the Master's program on Strategic and Technological Management at ITBA and the Escuela de Organización Industrial in Spain. Diego also co-founded Equitas Ventures, the first investment fund for sustainable projects in Argentina. He was co-founder and director of BtoBen, a network of Latin American e-commerce companies. He worked for Hermes Management Consulting, McKinsey & Company, Coca- Cola and Siemens. He holds an electronic engineer degree from ITBA and a master’s degree in Management of Technology from Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Félix Peña is the Director of the Institute of International Trade at the ICBC Foundation; 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.
He is an anthropologist and PhD in Anthropology (UBA). Professor (Universidad Nacional del Oeste). Academic Director of the Degree on Islamic Culture (Instituto Islam para la Paz - Universidad Nacional de San Martin –). He is experienced in field research on Social Anthropology of Religion. Thesis and publications related to Islam in Argentina and Latin America.
Fernando Johann is an engineer in materials from the Sabato Institute (CNEA-UNSAM). Founded Zeitlos SA, producer of diamonds and Plasmad SA producer of advanced composite materials business. Scenic consultant in communication and innovation. He is been a teacher since 2008 on matters related to innovation and technology-based ventures and entrepreneurship in ITBA, Technical University Federico Santa María (Chile) and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
Holds Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Haifa University, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a Board member of Women Against Violence and Dirasat. Until 2009, she directed the Development Unit at the National Committee for Arab Local Councils. Recently, she was awarded the prize of “Good Governance in Israel".
Imanol Martinez is the current president of AIESEC in Argentina, and he will focus the round table together with Florencia Pittaro, Business Developer Director, on the topic of young empowerment and leadership, analyzing the simple opportunities accessible to all but that might be unknown. AIESEC is the largest network for young people in the world, and it generates a positive impact in society through international exchanges in startups, NGOs and firms. It provides young people with global experiences, generating a real impact, so that when they return they become the leaders the world needs.
Jason Beech teaches Comparative Education and Sociology of Education in the School of Education, Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires. He is a researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (CONICET), and Associate Editor of Education Policy Analysis Archives. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne (2015).
Socialab Argentina is an organization that aims to generate positive social impact to a global scale through the search and early support to innovative and sustainable social startups. He is also working with Singularity University as an advisor on global challenges and high impact entrepreneurship.
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.
Master in Public Health (Universidad Pompeu Fabra). He worked for 10 years in the medical-humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders (MSF) in different countries of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In Latin America, he worked in diagnostic and treatment of HIV/AIDS in communities without health access, prevention of vertical transmission of HIV/AIDS and with Chagas disease. In Asia and Africa, he worked with health projects in refugee camps, nutrition in emergencies, epidemiology outbreak control, design of epidemiology surveillance systems and medical coordination.
Journalist and lawyer, specialized in access to information, open data and transparency. Chequeado is the first organization dedicated to fact checking in Latin America. Law professor of Derecho a la Información (Right to information) at UBA and writes in the newspaper La Nación, where she investigated corruption, civil rights and justice. She was Director of Communication of the think tank CIPPEC. For her work she received various awards, 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.
Lucas J.J. Malaisi is President of Fundación Educación Emocional Argentina. He is a graduate in Psychology (Universidad Católica de Cuyo), and has performed postgraduate courses in gestalt psychotherapy, psychological evaluation and NeuroBioEmotion. He has published many books about Social Emotional Learning, and was a keynote speaker at TEDxMendoza 2012. He is the author and fervent promoter of a bill of Social Emotional Learning in Argentina.
Marcela has a doctoral degree in Computer Sciences from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, specializing in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Her recent focus is on Humanoid robotics: she studies robot behaviour, the history of their evolution and their social behaviors (HRI). She writes in academic magazines and delivers courses and seminaries. She has 15 years of experience working in businesses such as IBM, Deloitte and Techint, carrying out consulting projects in Artificial Intelligence applied to the industry. She is nowadays working as a researcher in AI at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.
Marcos Peña was designated on December 10th 2015 as Chief of Staff of the Argentine Republic by President Mauricio Macri. He graduated in Political and Governmental Studies from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, acted as Legislator for the City of Buenos Aires (2003-2007) and was Secretary General for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (2007-2015).
She works with social entrepreneurship and impact investment to a global level. Paula is Co-Founder and Director of the five companies of Njambre, the first impact holding of South America. She was Director of Integration for Latin America in Ashoka, and Regional Director for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. She created the Social Businesses Iniciative in Ashoka. In the Ministerio de Desarrollo Social she developed projects in the North of Argentina.
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 and the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities, Sam has delivered lectures in over 70 countries including Oxford, Yale, Cambridge, LSE, and Brown. He serves as Professor at the School of Public Policy at the RANEPA and as the President of the Preparing Global Leaders Foundation.
Santiago is an IT graduate from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata, and is nowadays Director at FluxIT S.A. and at Bitgenia S.A., businesses that specialize in Big Data and Biotecnology, respectively. His challenge is to continue the innovation and growth processes at FluxIT so as to reach international projection, and at Bitgenia he is aiming at positioning the firm as the leader of the region in genomic analysis.
She received her ordination from the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, having completed her studies at the Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. Graduated in Hebrew Language and Bible at Mijlelet Shazar. Bachelor of Communication Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She is currently Rabbi in the Bet El community. She was declared Outstanding Personality of the City of Buenos Aires in the field of Human Rights.