Latin America Advisory Board

Elias Cattan

Elias is Founder and Director of Taller13 Arquitectura Regenerativa, dedicated to understanding living systems within nature and cities. He designs furniture, interiors, buildings and urban planning to scale, integrating the patterns of community life and the systems in which they operate. (CO-CURATION)

Sharon Fastlich

President of Pro-Bosque Trust of Chapultepec Park and President of “Do it now” Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Comunications from the University of San Diego, California. Currently, she is the President of Pro-Bosque Trust of Chapultepec Park and President of “Do it now” (Hazlo ahora in Spanish), a foundation that works to promote a high-quality life for children and people with disabilities. Additionally, she is a member of the Patronage of the Nacional Anthropology Museum. As a passionate person about arts she has been actively participating in various philanthropic initiatives involved with the promotion of Mexican artistic expressions such as painting and photography. Besides, she was an associate editor of Pink magazine and cofounder and coeditor of the Pink magazine of Mexico City.

Mariate Arnal

Mariate’s love for technology is part of what drove her to become CEO for Google Mexico. She sees how technology is changing our world at a rapid pace, and when we use it correctly, it can help us build a better world, and it can help us be better people. If we want to take full advantage of the opportunities that technology provides, only we can make that choice, she says. “You have to follow your passion, be curious, open yourself up to new possibilities, and don’t think you have to live by other people’s rules or expectations.” 

Pili Montilla

EMMY Award-winning TV host & producer. Taste-maker, actor, Music lover. Pili has interviewed renowned celebrities, including Sandra Bullock, Ricky Martin, Gwen Stefani, Daddy Yankee, Calle 13, Sofia Vergara and Shakira. Additionally, she has worked as entertainment correspondent and producer for Univision’s highest-rated show, Primer Impacto, and segment producer for the national, syndicated show American Latino. She worked at Univision News/ABC Newsand LATV before producing Té Para Trés. Té Para Tres con Pili Montilla is a three-time Emmy-nominated music show co-produced by Vida Lexus that takes you into the lives of the most talented, hard-working, up-and-coming, alternative Latino musicians today. The show is directed by two-time Emmy-winning director Juan Agustín Márquez, who has also partnered up with Pili Montilla to create a new production company, Té Para Tres Studios.

Waldemar Franco

Waldemar Franco Sol is the founder and Pre of Rodavento Hotels, a Mexican based hospitality company that operates and develops boutique lifestyle hotels. Trained as an architect, Waldemar’s companies developed as a natural progression from his beginnings designing and organizing adventure travel trips for his friends and eventual clients. The experiences attained form traveling to unusual destinations, combined with a strong focus on design has placed RODAVENTO HOTELS as serious contenders in the small boutique hotel scene in Mexico. His company has achieved a number of international awards.

Adriana Rivera

Adri is VP of Operations and Culture Mexico for Hotels Rodavento. Hotel Rodavento was awarded “Best Boutique Hotel in Mexico 2018″ by Travel Awards and Travel & Leisure. Adri’s 15 year contribution to the company has been crucial for its growth. Adri strives to continue to discover the magic of life, and is passionate about people, different perspectives and the power of collaboration & co-creation. 

Paola Desentis

Paola is a promoter of ground-breaking ideas and projects related in de institutional and public relation strategies, among the private, public and social sector. 

Erik Wallsten

Erik Wallsten is a Managing Partner at New Ventures, Latin Americas’s foremost impact investment and business acceleration platform. He is also a Founder of Adobe Capital, one of Latin America’s leading impact investment asset managers. Through these initiatives he has assumed a catalyzing role in the growth of impact investing in Latin America.  

Luis Sosa

Luis is co-founder and Creative Director of More Starch, a boutique creative studio that’s worked with NGOs, Festivals, and Museums on everything from branding to content curation. 

Alexander Eaton

Alex is a farmer, storyteller and the CEO and co-founder of Sistema.bio, the largest supplier of biogas technology, training and financing on earth. His company works to empower smallholder farmers around the world to address climate change, food security, and poverty.