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  • José Zozaya

    President and executive representative
    Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM)

    José Zozaya has a degree in law from Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana and has pursued advanced studies in corporate and antitrust law at ITAM. He also participated in the Global Leadership Executive Program at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and took part in the Management Program for Lawyers at Yale University. He currently serves as CEO and chief representative of Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM). Prior to joining the KCSM management team, he was government relations and legal director for ExxonMobil Mexico.

  • Daniela Brandazza

    Senior director analytical manager public finance ratings
    Standard & Poor's

    Daniela Brandazza holds a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University and a Master’s in International Political Economy from Argentina’s Universidad de Belgrano, as well as adegree in Latin American Studies and a Master’s in Public Affairs from University of Texas at Austin. She currently heads the S&P team that rates Latin American local and regional governments, and is also member of the S&P Global Criteria Committee. Previously she worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank,and as international relations advisor for the Argentine government’s chief of staff.

  • Víctor Pavón Villamayor

    Former CEO of CANAERO, New CEO of Oxford Competition Economics
    CANAERO/Oxford Competition Economics

    Víctor Pavón-Villamayor has a doctorate in Economy from the University of Oxford and previously worked at the Brussels-based Law & Economics Consulting Group (LECG) and at Mexican telecom regulator Cofetel. Besides being general director of Canaero, he is executive president of Oxford Competition Economics, a consulting firm focused on economic antitrust regulation, and president of the Committee for Competition in Network Industries at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Mexico).

  • Capitán Benjamín Mejía Ortiz

    Second vice president

    BenjamínMejía Ortiz has a Master’s in System, Safety and Security from the University of Southern California, as well as supply chain and strategic planning studies. Besides headingoperational safety atInterjet, he is the vice president of Mexico’s air transport chamber (Canaero). He has also headedsafety and operations at Mexicana de Aviación, and was risk VP at London-based insurer Marsh.

  • César Barrios Pacheco

    Independent professional
    Investment Programs and Projects

    César Barrios is a geographer and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Universidad Austral de Chile and a diploma in PPP management from Tecnológico de Monterrey university in Mexico. He has workedas a consultant on regional market research and urban and regional planningin Chile and Mexico. He previously held positions in Chile’s ministry of planning, Mexico’s Puebla state finance department and the Mexican development agency of southeastern state governments (FIDESUR).

  • José Julio Martínez Hernández

    Asociación Mexicana de Infraestructura Portuaria, Marítima y Costera - AMIP

    José Julio Martínez is an engineer and architect from Mexico’s Instituto Politécnico Nacional and has a Master’s in coastal engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). Previous positions include coordinator of nautical projects at Mexico’s tourism promotion fund (Fonatur), construction and maintenance manager at Fonatur Los Cabos, and CEO at Marinas JMH S.A.

  • Guillermo Moreno Anaya

    Executive president - CEO
    Desarrollo de Ingeniería Civil y Tecnología S.A de C.V - DICTEC

    Guillermo Moreno is a civil engineer from Mexico’s Universidad La Salle and has postgraduate studies in administration and finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was founding president of Mexico’s technical audit institute (IMAT) and member of the Mexican construction chamber (CMIC), national chamber of consultancies (CNEC) and association of civil engineers (CICM).

  • Luis Zárate Rocha

    Cámara Mexicana de la Industria de la Construcción - CMIC

    Luis Zárate is a civil engineer from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and has taken continuing education management courses at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Besides being executive VP of EmpresasICA, he is a professor at UNAM’s engineering school and heads Mexico’s construction chamber (CMIC), where he was previously an adviser and institutional relations VP.

  • Naoll Mary

    Concessions America manager - Mexico international development director
    FCC Aqualia

    Naoll Mary is a water and environment engineer with a degree in international finance, and is responsible for Latin America at FCC Aqualia, the water unit of Spanish construction group FCC. He has over 20 years of experience in water programs across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working with multilateral and government agencies such as the WB, IDB, EU and the UN to develop an integrated water management approach. He is a director of the board and executive committee member of two water aqueduct concessions in Querétaro and San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and responsible for business development in Latin America.

  • Santiago Varela Ullastres

    Concessions general director
    Isolux Infrastructure

    Santiago Varela Ullastres holds a degree in Economics and Business Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master’s in Power Business from Icade and the Spanish Institute for Energy. With over 18 years of experience in implementing and carrying out infrastructure concessions projects, he served as managing director of Cointer, the concessions division of Azvi Group, and worked in the concessions unit and business development department at Grupo Ferrovial.

  • Ricardo Díaz de León

    Infrastructure & mining coordinator

    Ricardo Díaz de León, who holds a Master’s in business corporate law, works with the infrastructure and mining sector at the ProMéxico public trust, which is part of the economy ministry. During his career in the public and private sectors, he has guided, advised and coordinated several infrastructure development projects. His work seeks to promote opportunities arising from the country’s national infrastructure plan, mainly through public private partnerships.

  • Juan Carlos Villa

    Regional manager Latin America
    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Juan Carlos Villa holds a Master’s degree in transport studies from UK’s Cranfield University and has experience in research, consulting and engineering projects in the US, Europe, Mexico and other Latin American countries. For the last 13 years, he has performed research activities at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and currently is managing TTI’s office in Mexico City.

  • Jonathan Davis Arzac

    Macquarie Mexico Infrastructure Fund  

    Jonathan Davis holds an economics degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex (UK).  Having worked in the public and private sectors as well as with multilateral agencies, he currently serves as chairman of Macquarie Mexico Infrastructure Fund. He is also president of consultancy firm Davar Consultores S.C. Previous positions include strategic planning VP for ING Latin America, executive director for Mexico and the Dominican Republic at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and president of Mexico’s banking regulator CNBV.

  • Raúl Murrieta Cummings

    Infrastructure undersecretary
    Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes - SCT

    Raul Murrieta Cummings holds an economics degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and has an MBA from the same institution. He currently serves as undersecretary of infrastructure in Mexico’s ministry of communications and transport (SCT). He has held several positions within the Mexico state government, and took an active part in developing the first generation of projects under the public private partnership model and driving the second generation of PPP projects.

  • José San Martín Romero

    General director
    Instituto Mexicano del Transporte - IMT

    José San Martín Romero is an industrial and systems engineer who graduated from the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico. Healso holds a Master’s degree in engineering in the field of operations research and systems planning from Canada’s University of Toronto and a Master’s in development and project planning from Bradford University in England.  Since May 2013 he serves as general director of the Mexican transport institute (IMT), an agency reporting to the ministry of communications and transport (SCT). He began his career in the private sector, as head of programming and construction projects control at GrupoAlfa’s steel division.

  • Antonio Martínez Salinas

    Country manager Mexico
    International Air Transport Association (IATA)

    Antonio Martínez Salinas holds a law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from California’s Santa Clara University, as well as an airline management postgraduate degree from Stanford University and a postgraduate diploma in competition and strategy from Harvard Business School. With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, he currently serves as director of IATA in Mexico. His previous experience includes management positions in different divisions of Aerovías de México and Mexicana de Aviación, and Mexico airport operation manager for Continental Airlines.

  • Roberto Olivares

    General director
    Asociación Nacional de Empresas de Agua y Saneamiento (Aneas)

    Roberto Olivares holds a degree in civil engineering from ESIA-IPN, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública (INAP) and has done postgraduate studies in social communication, public finance and human resource management, in addition to master programs, diplomas and courses related to the water sector. Linked to the water and sanitation subsector since 1991, he currently serves as general director of Mexico’s national association of water utilities Aneas and heads the Mexico Chapter of the International Water Association (IWA). At international level, he serves as governor of the World Water Council (WWC) and as ambassador of the International Water Association (IWA FELLOW), among other positions.

  • Iván Rosas Álvarez

    Sacyr Construcción S.A.U

    Iván Rosas holds a degree in Economics with a major in Business Administration from Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) and a postgraduate diploma in Business Sciences majoring in Accounting and Information from the same university. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Taxation from Universidad de Sevilla and attended a Public Accounting course sponsored by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. He currently serves as CFO and head of administration for the Mexican division of Spanish company Sacyr Construcción S.A. and is a member of the boards at Consorcio Viaducto GDL S.A.P.I.DE C.V. and Consorcio Túnel Guadalajara S.A.P.I. DE C.V. His previous work experience includes similar positions in the various branches of the parent company in Spain.

  • Rodrigo Navas

    Senior investment officer
    Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

    Rodrigo Navas currently serves as senior investment officer at the Debt Investment Division of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. With over 15 years experience in Latin America’s banking and financial sector, Navas has held a number of positions originating and structuring projects in Costa Rica’slocal bankingsector as well as in the Central American region. He has also been involved in the private financing process of various infrastructure projects, mainly in renewable energy and tourism.

  • Iker de Luisa Plazas

    General director
    Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles A.C. (AMF)

    Iker de Luisa Plazas holds a business administration degree from Mexico’s ITAM, a global logistics diplomafrom the University of California and a development administration doctorate degree from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is currently a private consultant specializing in rail freight and passenger projects, and general director of the Mexican railroad association. His career includes collaboration on railway project development in several Mexican cities, in addition to private consulting with public and private entities.

  • Thais Kirschner

    Senior VP and COO LatAm
    Liberty Mutual Surety

    Thais Kirschner holds a B.A. in finance and accounting from Fundação Getulio Vargas, and a Master Associate Certificate in project management from George Washington University. She currently serves as Senior VP of Liberty Mutual Surety and as Field Operations Manager, Latin America, where she is responsible for managing all aspects of surety field operations with the challenge of expanding business in the region. Prior to joining Liberty Seguros in Brazil in 1997, Thais held several senior management positions at financial companies such as The Republic National Bank of New York, HBO Brasil, Midland Holding, Vera Cruz Insurance and Pension, and Promon Engineering.

  • Othón Pérez Martínez

    Ex investment unit associate general director (SHCP), New infrastructure director

    Othón Pérez is an industrial engineer graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana, he holds an MBA from IPADE business school and he is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute. He currently serves as director of infrastructure at service company CH2M HILL, where he is responsible for business development in the transport and water sectors. Previous positions include deputy general director at the Investment Unit of Mexico finance ministry SHCP, where he specialized in PPP projects, and general director of port development and management at the country’s ministry of transport and communication SCT, where he was responsible for managing 16 integral port authorities known as federal APIs.

  • Fernando Gamboa

    General director of public works and ports administration
    Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transporte de México (SCT)

    Fernando Gamboa Rosas has a bachelor degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico; He studied also “Social and Urban Development” at the University of SUSSEX in the United Kingdom. He is currently General Director of Promotion and Port ´Management in the General Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine in the Minister of Communications and Transportation; He has been Chief Executive Officer at Pro Mexico, General-Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Consul of Mexico in California, Deputy Secretary General of the CEN of the PRI and National Political Adviser.

  • Ángel Macías Garza

    General director for MG Infraestructura, and communications and transport executive VP for CMIC
    MG Infraestructura S.A. de C.V. / CMIC

    Ángel Macías Garza holds a degree in construction engineering, as well as post-graduate diplomas in Management of Construction Companies and Asphalt & Concrete (Paving) from Mexico’s ITESM. He currently serves as general director of MG Infrastructure S.A. de C.V., a company he founded in 2004 and that has built more than 600 kilometers of roads and several bridges in Mexico. In 1991 he incorporated the ANGEL MACIAS GARZA infrastructure company, of which he is a founding partner and general director.

  • Bernardo Uribe

    Projects & acquisitions director
    ICTSI Américas

    Bernardo Uribe holds a degree in international trade from Universidad Anáhuac Mexico Sur, and a master’s degree in corporate finance from Universitad de Barcelona. He currently serves as projects & acquisitions director at ICTSI Americas. His previous work experience includes similar management positions in companies such as Interfactura, SAPI de CV and Banco Azteca.

  • Dr. Bernardo Lisker

    International director
    MITRE - Centre for Advanced Aviation Systems Development

    Dr. Bernardo Lisker holds a degree in electrical engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universidad Anáhuac, as well as a Master’s Degree in Science (MS) and a doctorate (PhD) in flight transportation from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He currently serves as an international director at the MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development, where his responsibilities include transfer of technology to nations working with MITRE in advanced technical fields. Dr. Lisker has contributed to many U.S. Federal Aviation Administration research and development projects and at international level he has been involved with projects in more than 25 countries. In the airport field, he currently leads studies for the future airport of Mexico City.

  • David Diaz

    Senior specialist in development of infrastructure projects
    North American Development Bank (NADB)

    David Ruiz holds a degree in economics from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes and master’s degrees in economics from Colegio de México and finance from the University of Warwick (UK). He currently serves as senior specialist in project development at the  North American Development Bank (NADB), with special focus in finance structuring for infrastructure projects with the private, public-private and public sectors in Mexico and the US. Before joining the NADB he worked at Mexico’s ministry of finance SHC, in the areas of Debt/ Public Credit and Financial Planning and at Banco de México.

  • David González

    Director & head of infrastructure

    David González holds an MPA from Columbia University, New York, and a B.A. from the UANL in Mexico.  He has a long working experience in the Americas, where he has advised, structured and/or financed transactions worth over US$20 billion (aggregate) in countries such as USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Panama, Argentina, among other countries. He currently serves as head of infrastructure for the Project Finance Latin America Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) in New York. Prior to joining SMBC, David worked as executive director for WestLB’ Infrastructure Americas Group in New York and as vice president for BBVA’s Americas Project Finance Team in New York. Prior to that, David worked at Dexia New York’s Latin America Department and Standard & Poor’s Project Finance Latin America Team.

  • Baroness Jane Bonham Carter de Yarnbury

    Commercial envoy to Mexico assigned by the Prime Minister

    With studies at the University College of London (UCL), Baroness Jane Bonham Carter de Yarnbury is vice-coordinator of the Liberal Democrat Peers and co-president for the Parliamentary Committee for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. She was producer at the BBC, where she worked in TV programmes such as Panorama and Newsnight, as well as Program Editor for Channel 4. She was member of the Committee on Communications and Campaigns of the Liberal Democrats Party from 1998 to 2006. In 2004, she received the Life Peer from the House of Lords and she became a spokesperson of his Party in the area of Promotion of Arts and Audiovisual Content. Last year, she was assigned by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, as a Commercial Envoy to Mexico, position that she currently holds.

  • Justin Powell

    Associate principal

    Justin Powell is an associate principal at international infrastructure consultancy Arup, focusing on airport and aviation transaction advice. He has expertise in airport business and financial planning, traffic forecasting and corporate aviation development. He has participated in many airport public-private partnership (PPP) concessions worldwide, including those in Australia (Perth and Canberra), Brazil (Brasilia, Guarulhos and Viracopos), the Dominican Republic (Aerodom), Mexico (ASUR and OMA), the United Kingdom (Manchester Airports Group) and North America (LaGuardia and Toronto Billy Bishop). He has worked on a range of business planning and forecast consulting projects for airport sponsors worldwide, including the airports serving Bogota, Buenos Aires, Denver, Hong Kong, Houston, Incheon, London Gatwick, Mexico City, Panama and Sydney.

  • Liliana Pereira

    Head of Mexico Office
    Steer, Davies & Gleave

    Liliana Pereira is a civil engineer specialized in evaluation and project development, with transportation studies in Sweden, as well as studies in strategy and leadership at London Business School and Harvard. She has worked 14 years within the transport industry, including the fields of research, government and consulting, and took part in the transportation planning group of the TransMilenio System in Bogota, Colombia. She joined Steer, Davies & Gleave in 2008, where she is a company associate as well as operations leader in Mexico, including leadership of transport and infrastructure projects in Chile, Colombia and Mexico. She has worked in projects related to Airports in Colombia and Mexico.

  • Tina Millan

    Vice President - Head of Aviation USA
    Turner & Towsend

    Tina Millan is vice president and head of aviation USA at Turner & Towsend, an independent professional services company specializing in program management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
    With 87 offices in 36 countries we draw on our extensive global and industry experience to manage risk while maximizing value and performance during the construction and operation of our clients’ assets.

  • Peter Fowler

    Chief Executive Officer
    Westminster Group

    With over 40 years experience operating within the security industry, Peter Fowler is extensively travelled and has a long history of running successful security companies. He has been Chief Executive Officer of the Westminster Group of companies since leading a management buy-out of the business in 1996. In 2000 Peter reorganized the business in order to focus on international security and defense and, since that time, he has developed Westminster into a global business with representation in over 50 countries.

  • José de Jesús Benítez

    Director of water and ports concession

    Jesús Benítez holds a BS in civil engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and has taken continuing education management courses at the Instituto Panamericano de Alta de Dirección de Empresa (IPADE) and the business school of Tecnológico de Monterrey (EGADE). He currently serves as director of water and ports concessions for ICA.

  • Alejandro Couttolenc Villar

    Comercial manager
    API Veracruz

    Alejandro Villar Couttolenc serves as commercial manager in Veracruz port authority (API Veracruz) since 2008, and is a member of the operations, works and procurement committees at Veracruz port in Mexico and the executive secretary of the technical committee of development of this administration. During 2012-2013 he headed the Latin American delegation of ports of the American Association of Port Authorities.

  • Mauricio Garza Kalifa

    General director
    Interpuerto Monterrey

    Mauricio Garza Kalifa holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey as well as a postgraduate diploma in Finance from the same university. It also holds a diploma in Senior Management from Ipade Business School, Monte Real, and has pursued postgraduate courses in Kellogg Business School of Management. He currently serves as general director at Desarrollo Logistik S.A. de C.V., where he previously held the positions of general director for Jalisco’s Logistics Center Project and director of administration, finance and strategic planning. His previous work experience includes positions at the following companies – Inmobiliaria Logistik Vynmsa S.A. de C.V., Logistik Servicios Multimodales S.A de C.V., Empaques Garzakal S.A. de C.V. and Cervecería Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma S.A. de C.V.

  • Tomás Sánchez

    Autodesk México

    Tomás Sánchez holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN, UPIICSA) and a post-graduate diploma in marketing from Universidad Iberoamericana and a diploma in senior management from IPADE business school. He also holds a master’s degree in management engineering from Instituto de Estudios Universitarios (IEU). He is the founder of Autodesk Mexico (1992) and has 20 years of experience in developing the Computer Aided Design (CAD) market in Autodesk Mexico and Latin America. He currently serves as development manager for the architecture, engineering and construction and Building Information Modeling (BIM) markets for Mexico and Latin America.

  • Leonardo Arana de la Garza

    Deputy general director, corporate banking

    Leonardo Arana de la Garza holds a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and an MBA from the University of Leuven in Belgium. He currently serves as deputy general director of corporate banking at Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior S.N.C. (Bancomext). His previous work experience includes other management positions at HSBC México, Grupo Financiero Interacciones, Citibank N.A., Bancomer S.A. and Bank of America.