ACE Network

Movers and shakers working together to boost economic development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. That is the #ACXchange!

The ACE Networks is a vibrant and dynamic community of top decision-makers from the public, private, and academic sectors from the Americas and beyond. To join the ACE Network apply to upcoming semiannual in-person editions of the program to be selected through a competitive process.

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Antigua & Barbuda

NameTitleACE EditionsWebsite
Sandra JosephPermanent Secretary - Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development5Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Guillermo AcostaUndersecretary of Federal and Sectorial Articulation - Ministry of the Production (2018)
*Current Title: Secretary of Economy and Finances - Municipality of Cordoba
1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12Link
Mariano OrtegaDirector - National Institute of Industrial Technology (2019)
*Current Title: Executive Director - Asociation for Social Business Development (ADSE)
7, 12Link
Virginia ÁvilaDeputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs - Government of Tucuman9, 10, 12Link
María Eugenia SuárezDeputy Manager - National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI)12Link
Juan NascimbeneSenior Advisor - Undersecretary of Foreign Trade of Argentina - Ministry of the Production and Labor7Link
Donatela OrsiDirector of Productive Ecosystems - Minitry of Production and Labor8Link
Tomás RoldánRegional Executive - National Institute of Industrial Technology8Link
Facundo López RaggiMinister of Production and Industry - Government Neuquen Province9Link
Jorge AguadoSecretary of Planning and Policies - Ministry of Science, Technology, and Producitve Innovation9Link
Romina Eliana GayáDirector - Monitorng Technological and Productive Services - Ministry of the Production and Labor7, 8Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Kim TudorCEO - National Initiative For Service Excellence (NISE) Inc.10Link
Charles CyrusActing Director - National Council for Science and Technology3Link
Anne Patricia ReidCEO - Barbados Private Sector Association1Link
Sonja TrotmanCEO - Barbados Investment and Development Corporation7Link
Fern LewisDirector - Barbados Investment and Development Corporation11Link
Shawn TudorCEO - Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation6, 8Link
Anderson CumberbatchChief Business Development Adviser - Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Commerce10Link
Graham ClarkeExecutive Director - Barbados Coalition of Service Industries10Link
Richard HarrisSenior Business Development Officer - Ministry of Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Commerce11Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Michael SinghAdvisor on Policy and Performance - Office of the Prime Minister1, 3, 10Link
Joy Elizabeth GodfreyOwner/Managing Director - CilGlobalIP7Link
Duane BelisleCEO - Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce9Link
Lejia Melanie Gideon*General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation Division - Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Link
Shahera Diane McKoyManager - Business Facilitation Unit - Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)8Link
Nilda RiverolManager SBDC Belize - Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)3, 5Link
Diana B. HernándezExport Business Manager - Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)12Link


NameTitleACE EditionsWebsite
Luis Guillermo Pou MuntChairman of the Committee on Economic and Tax issues - Confederation of Private Businessmen of Bolivia (2016)
*Current Title: General Manager - Business Group Pou Munt.
3, 5, 7, 9Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Andryelle PedrosaInstitutional Relations Specialist - Brazilian Agency of Industrial Development (ABDI)2Link
Marcelo Ortega JúdiceManager of Innovation and Design - APEX2Link
Jorge AlmeidaPresident - Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation (Embrapii)5Link
Carlos E. PereiraOperations Director - Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation (Embrapii)9Link
Marcondes Moreira De AraujoScience & Technology Liason - Federal Agency of Brazil’s Mid-West (SUDECO)7Link
Andre GodoyDirector - Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP)9Link
Newton HamatsuSuperintendent of Innovation - Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP)9, 10Link
Jackline ConcaDeputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services9Link
Celio VazPresident - Orbital Engenharia S.A.10, 11Link
Priscila dos SantosManager of Public Policy - Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services6Link
Marli Elizabeth RitterDirector - Office of Technology Transfer - Pontifical Catholic University5Link
Lidia Henrique do NascimentoBusiness Training Unit - SEBRAE2Link
Olivia Mara Ribeiro CastroBusiness Training Unit - SEBRAE2Link
Fernando Nobre CavalcanteFounder and CEO - Latin-American Innovation and Entrepreneurship Observatory4
Ademar Seabra da Cruz JuniorDeputy Consul General - Consulate General of Brazil in Toronto - Government of Brazil6Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Doug KinseyExecutive Director (Pacific Region) - Industry Canada3Link
Hélène JoncasSenior Manager - National Research Council (IRAP)3Link
Eric HogeterpInnovation - Science and Economic Development5Link
Gerald EdwardAssistant Deputy Minister - Western Economic Diversification5Link
Jennifer MillerDirector - Emerging Technologies, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Innovation, Science and Economic Development5Link
Ridha Ben MradCEO - Mitacs Canada10Link
Lissa Bridget MatyasDirector of International Partnerships - Mitacs Canada5Link
Eric BoscoExecutive Business Development - Mitacs Canada12Link
Kelly GillisAssociate Deputy Minister - Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada7Link
Mitch DaviesAssistant Deputy Minister - Strategic Policy Innovation - Science and Economic Development5Link
Mark Warren LehmanExecutive Director - Strategic Policy Innovation (Ontario) Innovation, Science and Economic Development5Link
Erin LynchSenior Director - Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)9Link
William George MantelAssistant Deputy Minister - Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation5Link
Robert FaulderExecutive Director (Acting) - National Research Council (NRC) Canada10Link
Michael CurryExecutive Director - National Reserach Council of Canada (NRC) Ontario Region9Link
Patrick HyndmanDirector of Canadian and International Partnerships - Quebec Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation9Link
David RobillardPresident of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City - Canadian Chamber of Commerce2Link
Elizabeth FortoulEconomic Analyst - Embassy of Canada in Mexico2Link
Fernando BañosTrade Commissioner - Embassy of Canada in Mexico2Link
Saraluz ElechiguerraDirector - CME Mexico Division2Link
Daniella FisherPublic Affairs/Policy and Economic Relations Officer - Consulate General of Canada3Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Carlos Ladrix OsesDirector of Strategic Programs - National Economic Development Agency (CORFO)6Link
Nancy PérezDirector of Innovation - University of Development (2018)
*Current Title: Senior Director for Transformation in Engineering and Construction - National Copper Corporatin (CODELCO)
Javier CuetoManager - Imagine Lab Chile11Link
Gonzalo LarenasExecutive Director - Clyc.me11Link
Johanna ReyesExecutive Director - Women Entrepreneurs Corporation12Link
Carolina RojasDirector of the Department of Management and Finances - University Diego Portales4Link
Sofia Del SanteCommunity & Networks Director - Start-Up Chile (2017)
*Current Title: Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship - ProChile
Luis Alberto Vladimir Guerra QuezadaProfessor - Autonomous University of Chile and Technological University of Chile4Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Sergio RodríguezSenior FDI Economic Development Executive - ProColombia13Link
Carlos Méndez*Vice President - iNNpulsa Colombia12Link
Juliana CarmonaDirector of the Research Center on Software and Related Services - Colombian Federation of Software and information Technology Industries (FEDESOFT)11Link
Daniel Quintero*General Manager - iNNpulsa Colombia (2016)
*Current Title: Mayor of Medellin
Juan Carlos Garavito*General Manager - iNNpulsa Colombia (2018)
*Current Title: General Manager - ClarkeModet Colombia
America CastiblancoVice President of Acceleration and Entrepreneurship - iNNpulsa Colombia10Link
Juan Camilo VelezProject Management Office Director - iNNpulsa Colombia11Link
Juan Camilo QuinteroProject Management Office Director - iNNpulsa Colombia8Link
Juan Carlos AlvarezStrategic Advisor - iNNpulsa Colombia5Link
Jerónimo Silva ValenzuelaCEO - Bogota's ICT Incubator & Accelerator (BICTIA)4Link
Rosario CórdobaPresident - Private Competitiveness Council1Link
Juan Felipe QuinteroSecretary General/ Research Associate - Private Competitiveness Council1Link
Leonor HidalgoR&D Manager - Ruta N9Link
Camilo Fernández de SotoPresident - Business Dialogue - IDB (2018)
*Current Title: President - Colombia Productiva
Ximena DuqueDirector of Competitiveness - Colombian Federation of Software and IT Industry (FEDESOFT)6Link
Johanna SalgadoCoordinator on Entrepreneurship - Rosario University (2019)
*Current Title: Caribbean Director - Women Economic Forum (WEF)
Beatriz Daza ArizaDirector of Business Development - Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla6Link
Fernando José EstupiñanDeputy Secretary of the District Bureau of Economic Development - Government of Bogota6Link
Jorge A. HernándezDirector of the Innovation Center (INNOVANDES) - Universidad de los Andes6Link
Isabela EcheverryDirector of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Chamber of Commerce of Cali7Link
Marco LlinásVice President - Chamber of Commerce of Bogota7Link
Alejandro LópezPresident - Medellin Startup City8Link
Ana Maria MuñozFounder and Director - 1/4 Tech Lab8Link
Liliana PinillaManager of the Office of Transfer of Results of Strategic Research - Chamber of Commerce of Bucaramanga8Link
Victoria IbañezExecutive Director - AmCham Barranquilla3, 10Link
Santiago Acosta-MayaManaging Director of Development and Innovation - Medellin Public Enterprises (EPM) (2016)
*Current Title: CEO - Reflejarse
Fernando Sierra*Co-Founder & General Partner - INVICTUS CAPITAL7, 8Link
Marcela RuedaDeputy Director - Connect Bogota Region Colombia7, 9Link
Teresa SantofimioExecutive Director - Productivity Center of Tolima12Link
Edgar MaestreLatin America Program Officer - Young Americas Business Trust2Link
Iván GutierrezExecutive Director - Network of I&DT Centers of the Colombian Agricultural Sector (CENIRED)3
Maria Eugenia LloredaDirector - Investment Promotion Agency (INVESTPACIFIC)3Link
Aydée Patricia GuerreroUniversity Professor/Researcher - Universidad del Valle4Link
Edwin Geovany Carvajal VallejoGeneral Manager - Regional Commission on Competitiveness Department of Nariño4Link
Alvaro AmayaGeneral Manager - Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (Cenicana)5Link

Costa Rica

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Carlos MoraVice Minister - Ministry of Economy Industry and Commerce3, 5Link
Gabriela León SeguraDirector of SMEs - Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce12Link
Cindy Medaglia MongeEconomic Analysts - External Commerce Development Agency (PROCOMER)4Link
Carlos Miguel PeñaFounder Director - Costa Rica Emprende Foundation5
Vanessa GibsonHead of Investment Climate - Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)9Link
Ariana TristánDirector - Chamber of Industry10Link
Liz BrenesVice-Dean of R&D - Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)10Link
Velia Helena GovaereExecutive Director - Competitiveness Promotion Council (2014)
*Current Title: Coordinator of the Observatory of Foreign Trade - Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)
1, 10Link
Luis Alonso JiménezManaging Director of the Agency for Entrepreneurship Management - University of Costa Rica6, 7Link
José C. QuirceDirector of Trade Office - Washington - D.C.1Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Esther M. ThomasPermanent Secretary - Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development5Link
Danny JosephRural Business Enterprise Officer - Ministry Of Commerce. Enterprise, and Small Business Development11Link
Roselyn Victoria PaulMinister of Commerce - Enterprise and Small Business Development3, 6, 7Link

Dominican Republic

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Angel Alfonso WillmoreDirector of Innovation - Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship - Iberoamerican University1Link
Sandra Marina GonzálezExecutive Director of Investment Climate and Competitiveness - Ministry of Economy and Planning (2016)
*Current Title: Director of Planning and Development - Superintendence of Securities
5, 12Link
Welington Omar SanchezDirector - Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - SME Center UCATEBA University7Link
Laura del CastilloTechnical Director - National Council of Private Enterprise11Link
Tamara VásquezCoordinator of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Areas - National Competitiveness Council1, 2, 3Link
Tomás Domingo GuzmánDirector of Innovation and Productive Development & Vice Ministry of National Competitiveness Management - Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development6, 78Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Amb. Carlos JátivaAmbassador, Permanent Representative,Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the Organization of American States13Link
Edwin Andrés CórdovaPresident - Ecuadorian School of Textils Engineers1Link
Sergio FloresPresident - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)1Link
Florípes del Rocío Samaniego ErazoDirector of Research Center - Polythecnical College of Chimborazo4Link
Mauricio Alejandro VillavicencioAdvisor - Ministry of Education6Link
Sheyla Carmen RiveraFounder and CEO - Yacaré Technology (Information Technology Company)6Link
Santiago León*Minister of Industries and Productivity (2017)7Link
Soraya Alejandra BorjaProject Specialist for Strategic Projects of the Productive an Tax Advisory Council - Ministry of Industry and Competitiveness8Link
José CabascangoTrade Commissioner - Trade office of Ecuador in Los Angeles - Ministry of Production - Foreign Trade - Investments and Fisheries13Link
Patricio AlarcónPresident - Quito Chamber of Commerce10Link
Valeria RodríguezExports Promotion Director - Corporation for the Promotion of Exports and Investment (CORPEI)13Link
Dr. María GrandaCEO - ZEDE del Litoral13Link
Roberto García VResearch and Graduate Program Coordinator - Santiago de Guayaquil Catholic University11Link
Villie MorochoDirector of Innovation and Technology - University of Cuenca11Link
Maria Walevska VillavicencioCEO - Consultora R Quality3, 9
Javier MeléndezManager - Krugerlabs12Link
Natalia AlmeidaDeputy Director - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alliance12Link

El Salvador

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Yax CanossaInnovation and Quality National Director - Ministry of Economy3Link
Lissette Cristalina CanalesBusiness Faculty Dean - Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador8Link
Andrea Pérez CastroGeneral Manager - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador9Link
Luis Alonso Martinez PerdomoDirector of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Francisco Gavidia University1, 3Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Khesha Mary MitchellVice President of Business Development - Grenada Industrial Development Corporation6Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Juan Carlos PaizPresident - Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA)7, 8, 9Link
Fernando LópezPresident - Latin American Industrial Association (AILA) (2018)
*Current Title: President - Grupo Polytec
6, 8, 9, 10Link
Vivian MoralesCommercial Counselor - Consulate of Guatemala13Link
Hugo Figueroa MarroquínDirector of Technology and Innovation - National Science Council1Link
Jaime Roberto Díaz PalaciosExecutive Director - National Competitiveness Program (PRONACOM)1Link
Andrea VelásquezChief of Competitiveness - National Competitiveness Program (PRONACOM)12Link
Vera Domínguez CalderónAnalyst Coordinator of the Competitiveness and Access Division - Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT)1Link
Irvin Rolando Calderón MottaHead of basic and applied research of the Department R & D projects and programs - Science and Technology National Secretariat (SENACYT)3Link
Karim Mercedes OrozcoChief of Supply and Technological Demand Innovation - Science and Technology National Secretariat (SENACYT)3Link
Rosa Amarilis Dubón MazariegosCoordinator of the Unit for Intellectual Property and Outreach - University of San Carlos de Guatemala4Link
Claudia Liseth VásquezNational Representative of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Guatemala - Vice Ministry of Development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises - Ministry of Economy7Link
José Ramón Lam*Vice Minister of Economy11Link
Lorena QuiñónezEntrepreneur and Director - La Fábrica and QUILO S.A8.10
Lucia María Del Rosario BarredaGeneral Manager - Promoter of Tourism Development (PRODETUR)8, 9Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Christina Samanta SamarooSenior Officer of Research & Marketing of the Small Business Bureau - Ministry of Tourism, Industry & Commerce3Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Rock AndréChief Executive Director - Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Haiti (CEDEL)8Link
Clifford Réginald NauEconomic Advisor - Office of the President General Manager - Alpha Haiti National Incubator9, 12Link
Jeff D. PierreExecutive - Ministry of Economy and Finance10Link
Fabiola AntoineExecutive on Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF)7, 8, 9Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Marlon Antonio BrevéAcademic President - Central American Technological University (UNITEC)5, 13Link
Ana Lourdes Laffite LiconaDean of Engineering and Architecture - Central America Technological University (UNITEC)6Link
Ana Margarita MaierDean of Business and Social Sciences - Tech University of Honduras (UNITEC)7Link
Maria Teresa MorazánCo-founder and Director - Impact Hub Tegucigalpa8Link
Ricardo IriasCo-Founder and CEO - Sube3, 7Link
Desiree TejadaDean of Engineering and Architecture - Central America Technological University (UNITEC)6Link
Anael Espinal VarelaPresident - National Committee4


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Audrey Elaine RichardsProject Manager - Jamaica Venture Capital Program1Link
Claudine Keisha TraceyGeneral Manager - Strategic Services Division of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ)1Link
Julian RobinsonMinister of State - Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM)1Link
Reginald K. NugentSenior Policy Advisor - Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce3Link
Michelle Ann ChongPresident & CEO - Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA) & Honey Bun (1982) Limited Corporation6Link
Patricia LewinSenior Technology Officer - National Commission on Science and Technology10Link
Carlinton BurrellCEO - Caribbean Climate Innovation Center11Link
Oral ShawPrincipal Director - Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries10, 11Link
Hazel O’ConnorExecutive Director - Morris Entrepreneurship Centre of the Northern Caribbean University13Link
Donald O. CharlesManaging Director - WoCap Fund13Link
Delaine P. MorganManager - Export and Market Development - Jamaica Trade and Investment Agency (JAMPRO) - Ministry of Economy , Government of Jamaica6, 8Link
Althea Janice West-MyersManager of Business Services - Jamaica Business Development Corporation, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries7, 8Link
Pauline NelsonCommunication Manager - Jamaica Venture Capital Program, Development Bank of Jamaica12Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
José Alonso Huerta CruzCEO - Council of Science - Technology and Innovation in Hidalgo State (CITNOVA)1, 8, 9, 10, 13Link
Alfredo Saldaña AlvarezChief of Office - National Conference of Governors (CONAGO )10Link
Liliana Araceli ReyesDirector of Venture Capital - National Entrepreneurship Institute - Secretariat of Economy (2017)
*Current Title: General Manager - AMEXCAP
1, 7, 8, 13Link
Miguel Odilón Chávez LomelíDirector of Innovation - National Council of Sciente and Technolofy (CONACYT)1, 2Link
Teresa de León ZamoraDirector of Technology Commercialization - National Council of Sciente and Technolofy (CONACYT)2Link
Adrian Carabias*MUSEIC Coordinator - National Institution of Entrepreneruship (INADEM)2Link
Paloma Saldaña Sánchez*Coordinator of MUSEIC - National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM), Ministry of Economy3Link
Itzel Villa*General Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing - Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM) Ministry of Economy8, 9Link
Adriana TortajadaManaging Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing - National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM)3, 5Link
Enrique Perret ErhardDirector General for North America - ProMexico (2017)
*Current Title: Director - U.S.-Mexico Foundation
7, 13Link
Alberto SarachoPresident and CEO - Idea Foundation1Link
Carolina Agurto SalazarPartner and Director of Innovation - Idea Foundation12, 13Link
Javier JiletaManaging Director - Scientika2Link
José MartínezIT@Baja2Link
Raymundo Flores GuitiérrezManaging Director - Arizona State Trade and Export Promomtion Program2Link
Robin Enrique ReyesManaging Partner - MITA Institute/ MITA FundDevelopment2Link
Santiago SaviñonCEO - PingStamp2
José Guadalupe Octavio Cabrera-LazariniDean of Manufacturing Engineering Department - Universidad Politecnica de Queretaro3, 5Link
Michel Marfil RiveroGeneral Manager - R+D+I Hub Technology and Knowledge Transfer Office4
Lilia Marcela ArechavalaCEO - The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)6, 7Link
Guillermo FernándezPresident and CEO - The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)1, 3Link
Claire Marie SégoleneTechnical Secretariat Coordinator - The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)5Link
Carlos MartínezDirector - TechBA Colombia - The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)11Link
Miguel Angel SanabriaVice President - National Council of Software Clusters6
Sara Rocio Abarca LopezDeputy Director of Planning - Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI)6Link
Adriana E. Eguia AlanizCEO - Tijuana EDC7Link
Ian Paul OteroCEO & Finance Director of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN) - Red Bean S.C.7Link
Ignacio CalderonAdvisor on Entrepreneurship - City of Aguascalientes10Link
Daniel MoskaDean - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education1Link
Sergio OrtizEntrepreneurship Academic Director - Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education11Link
Liliana CedilloGeneral Director - Competitiveness and Innovation Center, State of Aguascalientes1, 5
Ricardo LudlowGeneral Director - Hidalgo Institute of Competitiveness1, 5
Rafael Carmona DávilaCTO & Bussines Developmen - GreenMomentum2, 3Link
Iván Torres MenchacaPresident - Chamber of Commerce Federation, State of Jalisco3, 4, 10Link
Mildreed LeinesHead of Hidalgo Business Network (EMPRERED) - Ministry of Economy, Governmnet of Hidalgo3, 5
Eugenio José Reyes GuzmánDirector - World Trade Center - Monterrey5, 7, 8, 11Link
Cynthia LópezInvestment Promoter & SIAAM Director - Sonora State Government13Link
Dr. Saiph SavageDirector Civic Innovation Lab - Northeastern University & UNAM13Link
Jorge GorozpeEnergy Promotion Director - Nuevo León State Government13Link
Sofía Ramirez AguilarExecutive Director - Mexico Cómo Vamos13Link
Alejandro Eugenio FernándezSecretary of Economy and Employment Development - City of Matamoros - State of Tamaulipas1Link
Carlos IglesiasFounder and CEO - NeteMedical1Link
Luis Armando BravoPROBIONICS1Link
Mariano GamboaGeneral Coordinator of IT and Communication Services - CINVESTAV1Link
Agustín VelázquezManaging Partner - AvahLegal2Link
Elias RiosManaging Partner - AvahLegal2Link
Alejandro PohlsSocio - Orozco & Pöhls Abogados - SC2Link
Armando GonzálezCEO - Peeksil2
Francisco VillaseñorCEO - Carbon Diversion Latin America2Link
Ruy CervantesCoordinator of Innovation Culture Programs - Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, State of Jalisco1Link
Daniel RochaScience Specialist - U.S. Embassy in Mexico City1Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Jalima GómezExport Supply Manager - PRONicaragua1Link
René González-MejíaExecutive Director - Development Institute of Nicaragua (INDE)7Link
Julio C. MontealegreFounder and CEO - Esentium11Link
Carmen Irene HilleprandtPresident - Chamber of Commerce and Services of Nicaragua12Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Hilario EspinosaSpecial Project Coordinator - Secretariat of Competitiveness and Logistics1Link
Javier A. Arias-RealDirector - Panama National Metrology Institute (CENAMEP AIP)9Link
Elida AlcedoGeneral Coordinator - Competitiveness and Trade Promotion Program1Link
Zoila Yadira Guerra de CastilloDirector of the knowledge Transfer - Management Technological University3Link
Rodrigo González PanizaVice President of Innovation - Transformation and Experience - Banesco9Link
Clara ChacónExecutive Manager of Innovation Culture - Banesco9Link
Miguel Angel Esbrí*Executive Secretary of Competitiveness and Logistics - Ministry of Presidency5, 6, 7, 9Link
Ernesto LeónCEO - Edupan International12Link
Cindy Celine BuffartEconomic and Commercial Attaché - Embassy of Panamá in the United States13Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
María Liz PalaciosDirector of Technical Cabinet - Vice Ministry of Basic Education8, 10Link
Cinthia FacciutoPresident - Fintech Paraguayan Chamber12Link
Karen L. CoronelPresident - GROW SRL (2017)
*Current Title: Business Manager - Manpower Group Paraguay
Oscar Stark*Vice Minister of Commerce - Ministry of Industry and Commerce9Link
Maria Paola FerrarioChief Operations Officer - Challenger7, 8, 10, 13Link
Gricelda CañeteItaipu Technological Park3Link
Nora Angélica MedinaCoordinator of Business Development Technological Park Itaipu (PTI)4Link
Leticia RomeroGeneral Director - ICT in Education and Digital Inclusion - National Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies (SENATICs) - Government of Paraguay6Link
Leticia BordónGeneral Director of Productivity, Innovation and Digital Economy - Ministry of Information - Technology and Communications13Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Enrique Javier AldaveDirector General - Innovation - Technology Transfer and SME’s Services, Ministry of Production1Link
Alejandro Martin Bernaola CabreraGeneral Director of Innovation - Ministry of Production2Link
José Forero LoraDirector - Fablab, ESAN University4Link
Karin Ursula FassbenderDeputy Director of Innovation and Technology Transfer - National Council of Science - Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC), Government of Peru6Link
Renato Alonso PoireSenior Analyst - Internationalization Strategic Line - National Competitiveness Council - Ministry of Economy and Finance, Government of Peru6Link
Jhosep Guzmán Del RíoCo-founder and CEO - WAPOSAT S.A.C.9Link
Omar Azanedo*Manager - American Chamber of Commerce of Peru (AMCHAM PERU)10Link
Jorge Alfredo HuarachiResearcher and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Catholic University of Saint Toribean of Mogrovej3, 5, 8, 10Link

St. Lucia

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Emma HippolyteMinister of Commerce - Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs5Link
Gale Tracy Christiane RigobertMinister of Education - Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development6Link
Jacqueline Caroline EmmanuelHead of Competitive Business Unit - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission7, 8Link
Barbara InnocentSmall Business Development Centre (SBDC) Director / Ministry of Commerce - Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs5Link
Fiona Leigh HinksonExecutive Director - National Competitiveness and Productivity Council5, 11Link
Lennel G. MalzaireDirector of Innovation - Government of Saint Lucia12Link
Denell FloriusEntrepreneur - EcoCarib Inc.10Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Reina Tamara A. RavelesPermanent Secretary - Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism5Link
Susan BansropansinghProgram Manager - Suriname Business Climate and Innovation Program9
Amit ChandansinghProgram Manager Innovation Fund - Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism11Link

The Bahamas

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Davinia BlairExecutive Director - Small Business Development Centre Bahamas10Link
Barry MalcolmPresident - Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce1Link
Matt SweetingSecretary/Director - The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce3Link
Jerome Kennedy Fitzgerald*Minister of Education - Science & Technology6Link
Karen Eleanor St. CyrSenior Lead Policy Advisor and Coordinator of Regional and International Projects - Ministry of Education7Link
Jeffrey L. Lloyd*Minister of Education9Link
Sharon L. PoitierDeputy Director of Education - Ministry of Education, Science and Technology9Link
Edison Leroy SumnerPresident and Honorary Consul - Sumner Strategic Partners5, 11Link

Trinidad and Tobago

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Ramnarais Rikhiraj PermanandMinistry Executive Director - Economic Development Board/Council for Competitiveness and Innovation - Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development1Link
Indera Sagewan - AlliExecutive Director - Caribbean Competitiveness Forum8
Desmond DougallManaging Director - GISCAD Limited9Link
Graham KingLecturer/Global Director - University of the West Indies (UWI) / Global Leadership Interlink9Link
Tricia BecklesStrategic Business Development Manager - Tobago House of Assembly - Division of Finance and the Economy11, 12Link
Shellyanne WilsonProfessor/Lecturer - University of West Indies10Link
Meera RamesarDirector - Ministry of Planning and Development11Link
Shawn De FreitasCo-Founder / CEO - Dingole LTD10Link
Ancel BhagwandeenEntrepreneur - ProtoFABTT11Link
Navin BoodhaiManager of the Engineering Institute - The University of the West Indies11Link
Carla Mc KnightIncubator Manager -National Integrated Business Incubator System (IBIS)6, 7Link
Phil EdwardsCEO - Tobago Information Technology Limited12Link

United States of America

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Carol PalacioEconomic Development Coordinator - Orange County Government6Link
Kevin O'SheaVice President - International Trade Arizona Commerce Authority6Link
Lesley VargheseMayor's Chief of Staff - City of Austin - Texas6Link
Lindsay VolpeManager - Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality6Link
Renee KellyAssistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development - University of Maine6Link
Skadi TirpakEconomic Development Manager - City of San Antonio - Texas6Link
Victor GarzaDirector - Existing Business - Talent and Entrepreneurship - Greater San Marcos Partnership6Link
Cristina L. ParedesDeputy Director - Tallahassee – Leon County Office of Economic Vitality7Link
Manuel A.J. LaboySecretary - Department of Economic Development and Commerce / Executive Director - Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company7Link
Patricia (Trish) KellyManaging Director - Valley Vision - Sacramento7Link
Erika Maria MedinaChief Business Development Officer - Department of Economic Development and Commerce - Puerto Rico8Link
Gabriel D. YoutseyChief Innovation Officer - University of California8Link
L. Kevin JohnsDirector Economic Development Austin - City of Austin8Link
Sebastian Vidal0Executive Director - Parallel 18 - Puerto Rico8Link
Mike AmmannPresident/CEO - San Joaquin Partnership9, 12Link
Michael Paul GaySenior Vice President - Madison Region Economic Partnerships4, 6, 7, 11Link
Timothy Edward KelleyPresident/CEO - Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation6, 9Link
Carlos Mariano MarinChair - Tropical Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization1
Mark Joseph Kroll*Dean - School of Business - University of Texas at Brownsville1Link
Blas Perez HenriquezDirector - Center for Environmental Public Policy; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy at University of California - Berkeley2Link
Brian ShermanSenior Vice President - Business Development for the Arizona Commerce Authority2Link
Dan FranklinMEP Executive Director - Arizona Commerce Authority2Link
Harold MorrisFounder and CEO - HYDROUS Engagement Systems2Link
James AhlersGeneral Counsel - Molera Alvarez LLC2Link
Kelly ReeserDirector of Entrepreneurial Development - FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance2Link
Maria Eugenia Calderon-PorterVice President - Texas A&M International University2Link
Raul RodriguezBarocioProfessor - Chairman of the Board - UIW San Antonio - U.S.- Mexico Foundation2Link
Daniel Christopher St. LouisDirector - Manufacturing Solutions Center Connover - North Carolina3Link
Kristin Elizabeth DozierLeon Country Commissioner - District 5 Florida3Link
Mayor Darrell Hinnant*Mayor - Kannapolis - North Carolina3Link
Mayor Ed Braddy*Mayor - Gainesville - Florida3Link
Patrick SchaeferExecutive Director - Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness3Link
Roque Vela*City Councilman Laredo - Texas3Link
Thomas Devon LaneyPresident and CEO - Innovation Depot, Inc.3Link
David Jonathan CobinManager - Strategic Engagement - Arizona Commerce Authority4Link
David Michael DrennonVice President - Strategic Initiatives - Arizona Commerce Authority4Link
Paul F. JadinPresident / CEO - Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)4, 6Link
Patrick CharlesExecutive Director - Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness University of Texas at El Paso5Link
Tristan J. FiedlerVice President - Federal Government Relations Florida Tech Office of Research5Link
Denisse M. RodriguezDirector and Executive Advisor to the CEO - Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust9Link
Glenda HumistonVice President - Agriculture and Natural Resources University of California9Link
John SternlichtCEO - Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County9Link
Judith SheftAssociate Vice President Technology & Enterprise Development - New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)9Link
Willie LoganCEO - Opa locka Community Development Corporation9Link
Javier A. Rivera-AquinoDeputy Secretary - P.R. Department of Economic Development10Link
Libby SzaboCounty Commissioner - Jefferson County Government10Link
Mary CroninManaging Director - Smith Dawson & Andrews on behalf of the County of Kaua'i10Link
Cynthia CarrilloVice President of Innovation - Greater Sacramento Economic Council
*Vice President of Economic Development - Greater Seattle Partners
11, 13Link
Kristi PollardCEO - Jefferson County Economic Development Corp11Link
Kris KhalilPresident - New Orleans BioInnovation Center11Link
Mayda VelascoDirector / UNESCO Chair Pofessor - COFI & Northwestern University11Link
Monica NovoaDirector - Latin American Initiatives - Economic Development Lab - Enterprise Innovation Institute - Georgia Institute of Technology11Link
Ben PingreeDirector - Tallahassee-Leon County Place10, 11, 13Link
Nicole Griensewic MickelsonExecutive Director - Region Nine Development Commission10, 11, 12, 13Link
Lisa Simone HerrExecutive Director - The 7 Rivers Alliance4, 5Link
Alan PruittExecutive Director - Western Arizona Economic Development District - Inc.12Link
Lynne HenkielDirector - Innovation Ecosystems - Georgia Institute of Technology12Link
Govind KannanVice President for LandGrant Affairs and Economic Development - Fort Valley State University12Link
Lucas ArzolaChief Operations Officer - Parallel1812Link
Mark WallerCommissioner El Paso County - Colorado12Link
Jeanette R. WeilandVice President of Bio - Innovation, & Special Projects - New Orleans Business Alliance13Link
Andreica MaldonadoDirector – Research Grants Program - Puerto Rico Science - Technology - and Research Trust13Link
Gillian StaggVice President of Internal Operations and Senior Operations Manager - nocci DMC | ACE Louisiana13Link
Ashley StaggVice President of External Operations and Senior Project Manager - nocci DMC | ACE Louisiana13Link
Joe KrierCouncilman - San Antonio City, Texas6Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Daniel Yavuz KefeliDirector of the Division on Industrial Policies - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay4Link
Carmen Sánchez BalcarceManager - Promotion of Entrepreneurship - Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining - Government of Uruguay6Link
Sara Beatriz GoldbergManager of Operations - National Agency for Research and Innovation - ANII6Link
Maria Magdalena GiuriaDirector Ithaka Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation-Catholic University of Uruguay7, 8, 10Link
Luis Miguel Silveira ArgenzioSenior Researcher - Competitiveness Institute of the Catholic University of Uruguay4Link
Catherine KraussDirector of the Center of Competitiveness - Universidad Católica del Uruguay3, 5Link
Juan Eduardo Cros RamosDirector - Center for Knowledge and Experiences International Consulting Firm PricewaterhouseCoopers4Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Dunia de BarnolaExecutive Director - Venezuela Competitiva National Center for Competitiveness3


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Constantinos Petrides*Deputy Minister to the President5Link
Elena Damianou*Head of the Office of the Deputy Minister Constantinos Petrides - Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus5Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Liisa Oviir*Minister of Entrepreneurship - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications5Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Irakli KashibadzeChairman - Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency5Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Adelheid AdamDeputy Head of International Business Development Fraunhofer9Link
Ole Johann JanssenDeputy Director General - Innovation and Technology Policy - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13Link
Nikolai ZieglerPolicy Officer - Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy7, 8Link
Dr. Stefan FranzkeCEO - Berlin Partner for Business and Technology13Link
Jana LiebeManaging Director - Thuringian Renewable Energies Network (ThEEN) e.V.13Link
Dr. Bastian AlmEconomic Counselor - German Embassy13Link
Paula SchnipperingCoordinator International Cooperation - AiF Projekt GmbH13Link
Romero DeutschExpert for National and International Innovation and Technology Policy - Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany13Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Rina FeinsteinDirector - P-Ecosys2
Nissan AmdurTrade Officer - Embassy of Israel in Toronto - Government of Israel6Link
Alan Uriel HofmanDirector of Latin America Desk - Israel Innovation Authority8Link
Les AbelsonNorth American Manager - Israel Innovation Authority10Link
Israel ShamayExecutive Director of Americas Operations - Israel Innovation Authority6, 7Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Alisa KolesnikovaCEO - QiHouse2

South Korea

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Jeong Il Kim*Director - Ministry of Trade - Industry and Energy5Link
MunKee Choi*Professor - Management Science - KAIST / Former Minister of Science, ICT, and Future Planning5Link
Chang Kyung Kim*Acting President - National Research Foundation - Government of South Korea6Link
Keonyeong Jeong*Deputy Director - Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning - Government of South Korea5, 6Link
Sunhak ChoCounselor for Science, Technology and Innovation - Embassy of Korea in Washington - D.C - Government of South Korea5, 6Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Rafael GómezSales Representative - Structuralia11Link
Rosario ParadinasEconomic Counselor - Spanish Embasy in Puerto Rico11Link
Francisco Sánchez QuintanaDelegate to the South Cone - Center for Industrial Technology Development – CDTI - Spanish Embassy in Chile11Link

United Kingdom

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Tony Curzon PriceEconomic Advisor to the Secretary of State - Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy10Link
Matt GraingerDeputy Director - Department for International Trade10Link
Caroline WedmoreHead of Strategy - Department for International Trade11Link

International Organizations and Multinational Companies

NameInternational Organizations and Multinational CompaniesTitleACE EditionWebsite
Moira Paz-EstenssoroDevelopment Bank of Latin América (CAF)Rector Representative in Mexico2Link
Lisa Michelle HardingCaribbean Developent BankCoordinator of Micro - Small and Medium Enterprise Development at the Technical Cooperation Division - Caribbean Development Bank8Link
Ulla EngelmannEuropean CommissionHead of Unit - European Commission (EC)9Link
Marijn VerheesEuropean ParliamentHead of Office - Cabinet of Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP11Link
Lambert Van NistelrooijEuropean ParliamentMember of European Parliament (2019)
*Current Title: Senior European Commission Expert - VanNistelrooijRegional
Sylvia DohnertInter American Development Bank (IDB)Executive Director & Private Sector Lead Specialist - Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility9Link
Valarie PilgrimInter American Development Bank (IDB)Coordinator - Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility11Link
Kwesi RobertsOrganisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)Business Development Officer10Link
Marlon P. MarieOrganisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)Technical Specialist of ICT & Innovation11Link
Alicia Del PardoPan American Development FundationNew Business Manager - Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF)13Link
Lance LeverenzPan American Development FundationSenior Director of Business Development8Link
Laura AragónPan American Development FundationNew Business Manager10Link
Luisa VillegasPan American Development FundationSenior Director - Program Innovation12Link
Madeline St. JohnPan American Development FundationProgram Associate - Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF)13Link
Marco KamiyaUN-HABITATCoordinator of Urban Economy and Finance Branch - UN-HABITAT10Link
Christian Gómez - JrWalmartSenior Manager for Latin American Global Government Affairs - Walmart9Link

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