Latin America Advisory Board
Jimmy is building the world’s most sustainable modern town in the jungles of Panama, Kalu Yala. Raised in real estate finance and educated in marketing, Jimmy has since come to spend his time working to change higher ed and incubate startups off-the-grid.
Panama – Founder of Kalu Yala
Rafi is the Co-Founder of Dekel Group and CEO of Selina Hostels, and has over fifteen years of experience in international real estate development. The Dekel Group is making places for today’s lifestyles and tomorrow’s generation, and Selina is re-imagining the modern day hostel by converging co-work and co-play spaces for digital nomads. Selina’s core values and philosophies are in tune with HATCH’s mission, but converging co-working, sustainability, wellness, education, community, music, art, entrepreneurship, and the Selina Gives Back Academy. Selina is only a year old, and is quickly growing from 2 locations to nearly 20 by the end of 2017, and over 90 locations within the next 4 years.
Mariate is currently Managing Director of Twitter for Spanish Latam markets. Before joining Twitter, she was CEO of J Walter Thompson Company in Mexico, thru the acquisition of Clarus a company she founded in 2008 to disrupt and advance the digital marketing industry in Mexico. She started in the digital industry 17 years ago, when she ran ProdigyMSN, the digital division of Microsoft. Mariate has been a major contributor to the development of the digital marketing industry in Mexico As a recognized industry leader, she is continuously invited to speaking events and teaches in numerous forums. Her work and contributions to the industry have been recognized by many business and trade publications. She was recognized as one of the 14 “Women to Watch in Mexico” by Ad Age magazine and as one of the “30 top entrepreneurs” in Mexico by Forbes in 2015, as well as named one of the Top 50 most influential people in Technology in Latam by HITEC in 2011. Her passion for entrepreneurship has taken her to focus on fostering the start-up scene in Latin America, thru active mentorship and participation in Endeavor, Wayra and Start Up Mexico. As a woman leader, she is an advocate for empowering women and gender equality in society, where is a part of the Mexican delegation for the Women´s Forum for Economy and Society and participates in various organizations for women empowerment.
Founding partner of López, Villanueva & Heurtematte – Lovill LatamLex, where she heads the real estate law department and provides legal advice to local and international companies developing real estate projects in Panama. Patricia is passionate about New Urbanism, and is a founding member of the Council of New Urbanism Panama.
She also seats on the board of Vital Voices Panama where she overlooks the female entrepreneur Mentorship Program. She is also a licensed real estate broker and translator. Mom to Vicky and Gaby.
Panama – Co-Founder LOVILL-LATAMLEX
Elizabeth holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Latin American Studies from GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY and a Juris Doctor from NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW, Chicago, Illinois. She is a partner and head of the corporate law group at LOVILL LATAMLEX, Attorneys at Law. She serves in private corporate boards and is active in the nonprofit sector promoting the arts, education, empowerment of women and reproductive health. Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) Class X and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Panama – Managing Partner at Latamlex
Sergio Fernandez de Cordoba
Sergio is one of the youngest initiators of public-private partnerships to drive business and social change. Launching from much of his work at Fuel, Sergio single-handedly forged a variety of private-public partnerships with political and business leaders in cities across the US as well as major global cities.
NYC – Private Sector Advisory Group, SDG-FUND at United Nations, UNDP, Sustainable Development Fund, PVLIC
Jaime de Saint Malo
In 2003, Jaime founded Net People International, the Latin American leader in the commercialization and development of Mobile App services.
Co-founder of EDIFYCA, a leading development company that creates communities to transform the quality of life of their residents/users, through cultural, social and economic activities.
Currently, Jaime is President of the Congress of New Urbanism of Panama, an NGO dedicated to the lobbying of positive changes in Panama’s cities, through legislation, urban planning and sustainable development.
He is a 2-time Ironman and 17-time Ironman 70.3 finisher.
Panama – Edifyca, Urbanismo Sostenible en Panamá
Johnny Bosche is the founder of Conecta, a voice services provider for Call Centers, and Co-founder of Chargello, a mobile-device charging platform to be used at venues across industries. Passionate about the interdisciplinary romance between technology and philanthropy, and also develops platforms geared towards social impact. Fervently believes it is possible to change the world with an idea, and that there is no better execution than one driven by human warmth. TEDx’er, kiter, story teller.
Nicaragua – Founder & CEO Hyper Telecom
Pituka Ortega-Heilbron is not only the director of the International Film Festival of Panama, she is first and foremost, a producer and director of both fiction and non-fiction features. She was co-founder of a non profit organization, called CIMAS (Centro de Imagen y Sonido/ Center of Image and Sound) that fostered a filmmaking movement that would tell Panamanian stories. Their belief was that each country needed to create, record and store its own images and see itself on the screen. Then, and only then, the process of a nation’s self knowledge and auto analysis could begin to unfold. In 1994 she co scripted and co produced the fiction/documentary short: India Dormida, which told the story of the perils of a little boy who wanted to make films in a country like Panama. The film won the Video Award from the Institute of National Culture (INAC). In 1998 she directed her first fiction short, El Mandado, which made it to many international film festivals, then The Fists of a Nation (2006), which received many international awards, and in 2009 was listed as one of the most important 50 films in the last 40 years of Ibero American filmmaking history. She co-directed the awards-winning “Panama Canal Stories, which was featured at Cannes International Film Festival, and in 2016 she directed “La Ruta.” Ms. Ortega Heilbron has written many articles about social, cultural and women’s issues and continues to be an invaluable ambassador for Panama and the Arts.
Roberto Saint-Malo has over 17 years of experience in leadership roles in direct equity investment and company-building efforts. The 19 investments he has sourced, structured, managed and exited during this time period, have returned capital many times over. One was Eyesquad, an earlier opto-electronics venture developed by the Corephotonics team which was acquired by Tessera in 2007. He recently formed BetaAngels SA to invest in compelling early-stage ventures, via a particularly investor and entrepreneur-friendly model. Corephotonics is BetaAngels\’ first investment. Prior, Roberto founded Spain VC firm Adara in 2002, where he remains a General Partner and served as Managing Partner until 2010. Earlier he worked at McKinsey & Co. and in retailing, as CEO of a 35-store supermarket operation in central Spain. A YPO/WPO member since 1992, Roberto received an MBA degree from Harvard University and a BA in Computer Sciences from Dartmouth College (Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors). He is a citizen of Panama and Spain, a proud father of 3, and does his best to maintain his golf handicap in the single-digit range.
Heather is a Partner at Deloitte and serves as the US Technology Sector Leader for Deloitte. Heather is known as a highly visible leader, passionate about helping emerging companies expand boundaries while maintaining crucial elements of company culture. Heather is an energetic supporter of a non-profit, Cancer Commons, an organization dedicated to uniting patients, oncologists, and scientists in creating a rapid learning platform for the delivery of personalized cancer care. Heather is a frequent public speaker and a strong supporter of the arts.
San Francisco – Head of Tech Sector for Deloitte