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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

    General Director

    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.

  • Cesar 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)
  • Iván Rosas

    Finance and Corporate Development Director
    Sacyr México
  • 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.