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Irina Lachowski

Chief Executive Officer, RenovaBR, Brazil

Irina Bullara is Chief Executive Officer of RenovaBR, an initiative founded by a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs looking to empower and qualify ordinary citizens that wanted to participate in Brazilian politics. Under her leadership, RenovaBR has transformed itself into one of the main political organizations in the country. Each election thousands of Brazilians subscribe to RenovaBR’s to learn about democracy, leadership, public finance, law and marketing. It has graduated more than 3,000 participants from all parties and ideologies, with RenovaBR students being among the most promising politicians in the country. Prior to starting RenovaBR, Bullara was the woman behind the largest private educational learning system (Anglo).

Juan Pablo Larenas

Executive Director, B Lab, Chile

Current Executive Director of B Lab Global, the organization behind the B Corporation movement. Co-founder of Sistema B. Co-founder of Late! (, a B Corp that donates 100% of its profits to social causes. Co Founder and Chairman of festival. Ashoka fellow since 2014 and YGL since 2018. Commercial engineer from Universidad de Chile and master in Development Management from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.

Eduardo Leite

Governor-elect of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Leading a state of 11 million inhabitants, Eduardo Figueiredo Cavalheiro Leite's main focus as governor has been to improve health, education and infrastructure in his region. His work has been instrumental to Pelotas' first urgent care unit, a maternity programme credited with reducing infant mortality, and a nationally recognized disease prevention programme.

Ronaldo Lemos

Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Technology & Society (ITS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

LLM, Harvard. Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab, Oxford and Princeton University. Member of Facebook´s independent Oversight Board. Twenty years of work experience in technology and policy in the private and public sectors. Visiting Professor, Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs (SIPA). Member of the Board, Mozilla Foundation. Founder, Institute for Technology & Society of Rio. Partner with PNM Law, a leading law firm specialized in tech in Brazil. Co-created Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights Law (2014). Co-created Brazil’s National IoT Plan (2018). Writes weekly for Brazil’s main newspaper (Folha de S. Paulo) and hosts a weekly show on national TV about technology. Winner of Prix Ars Electronica's Golden Nica (2007). Winner of the Sichuan TV Festival Gold Panda (2019) for the documentary "Expresso Futuro" covering technology and innovation in China.

Martin Lousteau

Senator for the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina State, Argentina

Studies in Economics, Universidad de San Andres; MSc in Economics, London School of Economics. Currently, representative (Buenos Aires) to the National Congress. Formerly, Argentine Ambassador to the US; Minister of Economy and Production, Argentina; 2003-04, Adviser to the Governor of the Banco Central de la Republica Argentina; 2005, Minister of Production, Buenos Aires; 2005-07, President, Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires; 2005-07, President, Grupo Bapro.

Mariana Luz

Chief Executive Officer, Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, Brazil

Mariana Luz is CEO at Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation. Prior to that, Mariana held the position of President of Embraer Foundation in the US and Embraer Institute in Brazil, as well as Head of Government Affairs, Sustainability and CSR at Embraer. She also worked as a Professor of International Relations at different private universities in Brazil and, between 2003 and 2011, she acted as Institutional Director at the Brazilian Center for International Relations, a major foreign policy think tank in Brazil. In 2015, she was appointed by the World Economic Forum a Young Global Leader; in 2014 she was appointed a Young Leader for the US and Italy International Program; and in 2011 she was part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), promoted by the US Department of State. In the past decade, Mariana has integrated boards of directors of various businesses associations and non-profit organizations in Brazil, US and Europe. Her education background is international relations, with a MBA on international diplomacy and Masters of Art on History.

Alejandro Malgor

Founder, Xinca, Argentina

Social entrepreneur from Argentina. Pioneer in a new way of doing business.
He co-created Xinca, an eco-friendly footwear company that employs socially vulnerable people.

Gabriel Marcolongo

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,, Argentina

Motivated by his visually impaired father, Gabriel left his successful corporate career to addressing employment biases against 85 million disabled people in Latin America. He founded, a certified B Corporation with more than 220,000 registered users and 600 companies as clients including Accenture, IBM, Walmart, Disney, McKinsey, and PWC. Through his work, +2500 people with disabilities found a job.
Gabriel also serves on the board of several NGOs and is a consultant on employment policies for people with disabilities with Development Agencies in Latin America.
Gabriel is a passionate traveler, who visited +80 countries on all continents. Gabriel also crossed the Andes mountains running 120km in a 3-day ultramarathon.

Luiza Mattos

Partner; Head of Healthcare South America, Bain & Company, Brazil

Luiza is a Partner with Bain & Company in São Paulo. As the Leader of the Healthcare practice in South America, she is passionate about developing strategies to deliver quality healthcare solutions under rationalized costs, being a catalyst for a more sustainable system. She has deep expertise in payers, primary care and hospital providers, as well as healthcare ecosystems, authoring points-of-view on how to advance the Brazilian healthcare system. She supports clients to develop deep understanding of their customer’s journeys, in order to deliver unique customer experiences, based on omnichannel approaches, state-of-the art technology and robust metrics. She is an enthusiast of transformations using Agile and Human-Centric co-creation approaches, as Design Thinking. As Womxn @ Bain Champion in South America, she dedicates time to promoting gender parity and developing young female leadership, within Bain as well as in the corporate world, by building studies on how to promote more women in leadership positions. Luiza holds a Master in Management focused on Information Businesses (Coppead Management School, Brazi), and a MBA with major in Finance, Operations and Marketing (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA). She graduated in Electronic & Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Maickel Melamed

Chief Executive Officer, DAR Consulting, Venezuela

Economist, Gestalt Psychotherapist and adventure-based Consultant. Ten years as a lecturer, facilitator and workshop speaker for organizations in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica and the United States. At birth, doctors said he would not live, then walk, then speak; currently, professional speaker, mountain climber, marathoner; has also practiced extreme sports such as paragliding, skydiving and scuba diving.

Lorenzo A. Mendoza

Chief Executive Officer, Empresas Polar, Venezuela

Degree in Industrial Engineering and MBA, Sloan School of Management, MIT. 1987-88, with Citicorp/Citibank. 1988-90, with J. Henry Schroder Wagg&Co. Currently, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Empresas Polar, the largest private company in Venezuela. Also leads Fundación Empresas Polar. Director: Grupo GEPP; Grupo TELEVISA; MIT Sloan Board; Latin American Board, Georgetown University; Dean’s Council, Harvard Kennedy School; Group of Fifty, Latin America Business Council (CEAL); Board of Trustees, Universidad Metropolitana. Young Global Leader and Member of the Foundation Board, Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. Recipient of awards, including: Leadership and Courage Award, Poder CNN, US (2010); Latin America Industrialist of the Year, World Business Forum, Ecuador (2010); CEO of the Year, America Economia, Chile; Social Responsibility CEO of the Year, Latin Trade Bravo Business Award, US.

Denis B. Minev

Chief Executive Officer, Bemol e Fogas, Brazil

Denis Minev is CEO of Bemol, a top retailer in northern Brazil. He is also a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, an NGO that promotes development and conservation in poor communities of the Brazilian Amazon. In 2012, he was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Between 2007 and 2009, Minev served as State Secretary for Planning and Economic Development of Amazonas and was previously an analyst at Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School.