SPEAKERS

GENE TOWLE
Partner Director, Softec
He is a master in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has served as director of Marketing for Apple of Mexico (1984-1987) and since 1987, he is a managing partner of Softec, a company dedicated to real estate research, administrator and operator of the largest housing database in Mexico.

Founder of several companies in the real estate and high tech sectors, including Sand Inmuebles, Vivesi, Hipotecaria Su Casita and Fiera México. In addition, he is a professor of Real Estate Marketing at the MDI (Masterof Real Estate Development) and the Diploma in Real Estate of ITAM, since 1992 and advisor in companies such as ARTHA CAPITAL, WRI México, TIERRA Y ARMONIA, FINLABOR, FIBRA HD, ION Hipotecaria, PROVIVE, VERTEX, VEX and Rancho la Puerta.

DR. CARLOS ELIZONDOMAYER-SERRA
He has a master degree and Ph.D in political science from Oxford University, United Kingdom. From 1991 to 1995 he was a professor and researcher at CIDE and from 1995, general director of the same institution, until his appointment as ambassador of Mexico to the OECD in 2004.In 2007, he returned to CIDE as a professor and researcher. As of 2016 he is a researcher at the School of Government and Public Transformation, at Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Mexico City. He has published several books, the last one is Los de Adelante corren mucho… Desigualdad, privilegios y democracia, and he has a column published on Sundays on the Reforma newspaper, in addition, he conducts Primer círculo, a tv program every Monday on ADN 40, along with Federico Reyes Heroles. In September 2014, he was appointed independent director of Pemex, a position he resigned on April 30th, 2019.

JOSE CARLOS AZCÁRRAGA
CEO, Grupo Posadas
He is an Industrial Engineer with a MBA from J.L. Kellogg School, Northwestern University. Prior to Grupo Posadas, he worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City.

José Carlos began his career with in Grupo Posadas in 1994 leading various areas including: Real Estate Division, Vacation Properties and Hotel Marketing.

José Carlos is a member of the Board of Directors of: Grupo Posadas, ARDA (American Resort Development Association), CNET (National Tourism Business Council), President of the Communication Council (Voice of Companies) and Consultative President of Citibanamex. He was recently elected for a period of three years as Chairman of the Communication Council (Voz de las Empresas).

IÑIGO MARISCAL
CEO, Grupo Marhnos
Iñigo is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana, with an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.
He developed Marhnos Habitat, a company focused on the development of buildings and housing complexes in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico.
He is currently Co General Director of Marhnos, a company dedicated to developing infrastructure and real estate projects, promoting the personal and professional growth of its employees.

ALEX METTA COHEN
Founder, MIGDAL Arquitectos
He studied Architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana from 1992 to 1996, obtaining his professional degree and mention for academic excellence with the thesis "The Workshop, a method, a space".

From 1993 to 1995 he carried out several commercial, residential and office projects and in 1995, he joined MIGDAL Arquitectos S.C., becoming in 1998 a partner of the company.
Since 2001 he is a member of CANADEVI (National Chamber of Housing Developers) and in April 2012 he takes over the Presidency of CANADEVI Valle de México, becoming 2013 Head of the Work Commission of the CFE of CANADEVI Nacional.
He is also aspecialist in Social Housing, highlighting issues related to urban reorganization and sustainable architecture.

JORGE GÓMEZ  
CEO, OUEST Desarrollos
Mexican business man with experience in evaluation,d evelopment and generation of projects in the real estate sector for more than 15 years, he has undertaken important projects together with internationally recognized firms such as Sanaa (Sejima + Nishizawa and Associates), Herzog& de Meuron and SOM (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill).

His career includes a wide variety of residential, tourism and urbanization and infrastructure projects, mainly in the States ofJalisco and Nayarit (Punta de Mita).He is currently developing "La Perla District"; World class mixed use project, located on the grounds of the Old Kodak Plant in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area.

ESBEN NEANDER KRISTENSEN
Director, GEHL People
As Director of Gehl, Esben has worked with a wide range of public and private clients, focusing on strategy, large-scale urban design and master planning frameworks. It is driven by curiosity to understand and encourage goodand welcoming places, districts and cities. His work is based on a pragmatic and idealistic approach, linking the Gehl analytical toolbox to design at all scales with a strong focus on people. Esben has been responsible for numerous projects in Europe, Latin America, North America and Australia, with more than 10 years of work experience covering urban design, strategy, architecture and interior design.

SERGIO LEAL
CEO, Inmobiliaria Vinte
He is an advisor to Banamex, Canadevi Nacional, Coparmex, an assemblyman at Infonavit, Endeavor, a member of the Association of Real Estate Developers(ADI) and advisor to the New Angel Found, a fund focused on housing innovation.
In 2001, he founded Vinte, the largest public housing company in Mexico and the most innovative company in the housing sector and the most diversified, which provides a heritage of value and quality of life to Mexican families, which he directs as President of the Board of Directors with over 23 years of experience in the housing industry.

ALICIA SALGADO
Financal Analyst
Recognized for her knowledge of economic, financial and corporate issues, Alicia Salgado joins NRM Comunicaciones in 2004.
She is the driver of the Financial Approach, and together with her daily “Current Account” column in Dinero / Excélsior, she is recognized as one of the most timely, profound, direct and analytical journalists in Mexican economic journalism.
Recently she was certified by the Council of International Private Enterprise, Global Economic Media for the quality and breadth of her academic and professional curriculum.
She has a degree in International Relations with the Gabino Barreda Medal, Master in Economics, Specialist in Public Finance, Corporate Finance, Stock Market Finance, Bank Accounting, Macroeconomic Policies, National Accounts System, Programmatic Structure of Public Expenditure, Market and Business Globalization and Operations International Financial

JORGE MARGAIN,
Managing Director Mexico, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Jorge Margain is responsible for implementing investment and asset management strategies in the Mexican market according to the annual business plan and the strategic plan of Ivanhoé Cambridge. He works closely with the Growth Markets team and internal and external shareholders to increase the knowledge of the Company, its notoriety in Mexico and supervise the development of strategic partnerships for the region.

He has extensive experience in the industry and in the management of real estate funds in Mexico. Before joining Ivanhoé Cambridge in 2017, he worked at PGIM Real Estate (Prudential), a private real estate capital firm as Head of Transactions for Mexico. In addition, he was Senior Director at Tishman Speyer and worked for other real estate development and investment companies, Tresalia Capital, Apollo Real Estate and AMB Property Corporation (Prologis).

He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a degree in economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

JAIME FASJA
CEO, Thor Urbana
He is responsible for the evaluation of new opportunities, acquisition, development and construction of Thor Urbana's projects. In just six years, he has managed to position the company as one of the most active and important real estate developers in the country.

Thor Urbana currently has a portfolio in operation and development of more than one million three hundred thousand square meters representing 16 projects in Mexico and abroad, and has a total investment of more than $ 1.5 billion. Previously, as Director of Acquisitions and Development of New Projects in GFA, Mr. Fasja participated in the construction and financing of more than 700 thousand square meters of real estate in Mexico. He has a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Masterin Business (MBA) from Columbia Business School in New York.

ANTONIO DEL VALLE PEROCHENA
President, Mexican Business Council
Del Valle Perochena graduated in Business Administration from the University of Anahuac and has a postgraduate degree in Senior Management from the IPADE Business School, and in Literature from the Universidad Iberoamericana.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Kaluz, a diversified business conglomerate in the industrial, construction materials and financial services sector, composed of Mexichem,  Ve Por Más (Bx +) bank and Elementia cements.
He is also a member of the Trusts of the Salvador Zubirán National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition, of the San Ildefonso Museum, of the El Peñón Foundation, AC and is president of the Probosque de Chapultepec Trust.

MANUELA CARMENA
EX Mayor of Madrid
Manuela Carmena is a labor lawyer, emeritus judge and Spanish politician, was mayor of Madrid from2015 to 2019. Previously, she served as a member of the General Council of the Judiciary between 1996 and 2001.
Manuela Carmena is committed to her own recipe in the management of change through five fundamental steps that she poses, not without irony: to propose change, implement it and overcome the confrontation, observe its functioning and finally witness how others attribute success.

In 2015, he obtained the mayor's office of Madrid and during his tenure he managed to reduce the municipality's debt by 54%, carried out a reform of the children's school system and implemented brave and finally recognized environmental measures in the city, with Central Madrid as the insignia of a Ambitious mobility project.
Manuela Carmena has a law degree from the University of Valencia. In 2008 she was awarded the Manuel de Irujo Prize.

ENRIQUE ALFARO RAMÍREZ
Governor of Jalisco State
He was born in Guadalajara on June 20, 1973. Civil Engineer by ITESO and Master in Urban Studies by the College of Mexico.
During his professional career he was a local deputy in the LVIII Legislature of the Jalisco Congress, where he chaired the first Metropolitan Affairs Commission.
In the period from 2010 to 2011 he was municipal president of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga and in 2015 he was elected municipal president of Guadalajara, for the period 2015 - 2018.

ARTURO HERRERA
Secretary of Finance and Public Credit
In his professional career he has held positions in the World Bank, private banks, the Government of Mexico City and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.
At the World Bank he led several initiatives to improve public sector performance in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and was responsible for the Governance Unit for South east Asia. He worked in private banking on Investment Banking issues and previously served as Secretary of Finance of the Governmentof the Federal District, where he also served as General Director of Financial Administration.
He has taught courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics at El Colegio de México, and monetary policy at the University of New York.

MARTIN WERNER
Founder, DD3 Capital Partners
Before founding DD3 Capital Partners, he worked at Goldman Sachs for 16 years (2000 - 2016), becoming Managing Director in 2000 and Partner in 2006.
He was Co-Head of the Investment Banking Division for Latin America and Country Head of the Mexico office. Prior to his time at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Werner served in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit as General Director of Public Credit from 1995 to 1997, and as Assistant Secretary from 1997 to 1999. Among his numerous activities, he was in charge of the restructuring of Mexico's public debt after the financial crisis of 1994and 1995.He has a degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

RAÚL GALLEGOS
Managing Director Asset Management Credit Suisse Mexico
Since May 2016, Raul Gallegos leads within Credit Suisse, a new real estate financing platform through a CKD focused on granting mortgage loans to income generating projects in the offices, shopping centers, industrial buildings and hotels sector. Priorto this, Ing. Gallegos, was President and CEO of GE Mexico, and from 2006 to 2013, served as General Director of GE Real Estate Mexico, where he was responsible for both debt and venture capital operations, for more than $ 5 billion.
Raul is a Civil Engineer, graduated from Anahuac University and has an MBA from Columbia University in New York.

RAUL MARTÍNEZ-OSTOS
CEO, Barclays México
He is Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Director at Barclays Mexico since 2012. He directs the investment and market banking activities, as well as the regulatory affairs of the institution. He has a history of more than 20 years in the Mexican financial sector, both public and private. He worked for 9 years at Deutsche Bank, where he had various responsibilities ending as Head of Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean based in New York.
He began his career as an Economist in the General Director ate of Economic Research of the Bank of Mexico. Subsequently, he was a Financial Analyst for Emerging Market Investments at Farallon Capital Management LLC.
He has a degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and graduated from Yale University in the United States with two master's degrees. He has taught courses at ITAM and Yale where he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Business School.

CLAUDIA SHEINBAUM
Head of Government of Mexico City
She has held many positions in public administration, such as the Secretary of the Environment of the Federal District and Head of Delegation in Tlalpan. She was awarded the Jesus Silva Herzog Prize in Development Problems version and won the prestigious Young Researcher Award from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in technological innovation. She is currently Head of Government of Mexico City.

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