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ACE Network

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OAS Member States

Antigua & Barbuda

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Sandra JosephPermanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development5Link


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


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


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


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Luis Guillermo Pou MuntChairman of the Committee on Economic and Tax issues, Confederation of Private Businessmen of Bolivia *General Manager, Business Group Pou Munt.3,5,7,9


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


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Eric BoscoExecutive Business Development, Mitacs Canada12Link
Ridha Ben MradCEO, Mitacs Canada10Link
Robert FaulderExecutive Director (Acting), National Research Council (NRC) Canada10Link
Michael CurryExecutive Director, National Reserach Council of Canada (NRC) Ontario Region9Link
Erin LynchSenior Director, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)9Link
Patrick HyndmanDirector of Canadian and International Partnerships, Quebec Ministry of the Economy, Science and Innovation9Link
Kelly GillisAssociate Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada7Link
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
Lissa Bridget MatyasDirector of International Partnerships, Mitacs Canada5Link
Mitch DaviesAssistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Innovation, Science and Economic Development5Link
Mark Warren LehmanExecutive Director, Strategic Policy Innovation (Ontario) Innovation, Science and Economic Development5Link
William George MantelAssistant Deputy Minister, Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation5Link
Doug KinseyExecutive Director (Pacific Region), Industry Canada3Link
Hélène JoncasSenior Manager, National Research Council (IRAP)3Link
David RobillardPresident of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, Canadian Chamber of Commerce2Link
Daniella FisherPublic Affairs/Policy and Economic Relations Officer, Consulate General of Canada3
Elizabeth FortoulEconomic Analyst, Embassy of Canada in Mexico2Link
Fernando BañosTrade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada in Mexico2Link
Saraluz ElechiguerraDirector, CME Mexico Division2Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Johanna ReyesExecutive Director, Women Entrepreneurs Corporation12Link
Javier CuetoManager, Imagine Lab Chile11Link
Gonzalo LarenasExecutive Director, Clyc.me11Link
Nancy PérezDirector of Innovation, University of Development *Senior Director for Transformation in Engineering and Construction, National Copper Corporatin (CODELCO)10Link
Carlos Ladrix OsesDirector of Strategic Programs, National Economic Development Agency (CORFO)6Link
Carolina RojasDirector of the Department of Management and Finances, University Diego Portales4Link
Luis Alberto Vladimir Guerra QuezadaProfessor, Autonomous University of Chile and Technological University of Chile4Link
Sofia Del SanteCommunity & Networks Director, *Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ProChile Start-Up ChileLink


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Sergio RodríguezSenior FDI Economic Development Executive, ProColombia13Link
Carlos Méndez*Vice President, iNNpulsa Colombia *General Manager, ClarkeModet Colombia12Link
Teresa SantofimioExecutive Director, Productivity Center of Tolima12Link
Juan Carlos Garavito*General Manager, iNNpulsa Colombia9Link
Juan Camilo VelezProject Management Office Director, iNNpulsa Colombia11Link
Juliana CarmonaDirector of the Research Center on Software and Related Services, Colombian Federation of Software and information Technology Industries (FEDESOFT)11Link
Erasmo Muñoz HeraldoSecretary of Economic Development, Marinilla City, Antioquia11Link
Johanna SalgadoCoordinator on Entrepreneurship, Rosario University *Caribbean Director, Women Economic Forum (WEF)11Link
America CastiblancoVicepresident of Acceleration and Entrepreneurship, iNNpulsa Colombia10Link
Victoria IbañezExecutive Director, AmCham Barranquilla3, 10Link
Leonor HidalgoR&D Manager, Ruta N9Link
Camilo Fernández de SotoPresident, Business Dialogue, IDB (ACE 9) *President, Colombia Productiva9
Marcela RuedaDeputy Director, Connect Bogota Region Colombia7, 9
Juan Camilo QuinteroProject Management Office Director, iNNpulsa Colombia8Link
Alejandro LópezPresident, Medellin Startup City8
Ana Maria MuñozFounder and Director, 1/4 Tech Lab8
Liliana PinillaManager of the Office of Transfer of Results of Strategic Research, Chamber of Commerce of Bucaramanga8Link
Fernando Sierra*Co-Founder & General Partner, INVICTUS CAPITAL7, 8
Marco LlinásVice President, Chamber of Commerce of Bogota7Link
Isabela EcheverryDirector of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chamber of Commerce of Cali7Link
Ximena DuqueDirector of Competitiveness, Colombian Federation of Software and IT Industry (FEDESOFT)6Link
Beatriz Daza ArizaDirector of Business Development, Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla6Link
Fernando José EstupiñanDeputy Secretary of the District Bureau of Economic Development, Government of Bogota6
Jorge A. HernándezDirector of the Innovation Center (INNOVANDES), Universidad de los Andes6Link
Santiago Acosta-MayaManaging Director of Development and Innovation, Medellin Public Enterprises (EPM) *CEO, Reflejarse6
Daniel Quintero*General Manager, iNNpulsa Colombia (2016) *Mayor of Medellin5Link
Juan Carlos AlvarezStrategic Advisor, iNNpulsa Colombia5Link
Alvaro AmayaGeneral Manager, Colombian Sugarcane Research Center (Cenicana)5Link
Jerónimo Silva ValenzuelaCEO, Bogota's ICT Incubator & Accelerator (BICTIA)4Link
Aydée Patricia GuerreroUniversity Professor/Researcher, Universidad del Valle4Link
Edwin Geovany Carvajal VallejoGeneral Manager, Regional Commission on Competitiveness Department of Nariño4Link
Iván GutierrezExecutive Director, Network of I&DT Centers of the Colombian Agricultural Sector (CENIRED)3Link
Maria Eugenia LloredaDirector, Investment Promotion Agency (INVESTPACIFIC)3Link
Edgar MaestreLatin America Program Officer, Young Americas Business Trust2Link
Rosario CórdobaPresident, Private Competitiveness Council1Link
Juan Felipe QuinteroSecretary General/ Research Associate, Private Competitiveness Council1Link

Costa Rica

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Andrew CrawfordTrade Commissioner of Costa Rica based in Houston, Texas, Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica (PROCOMER)13Link
Gabriela León SeguraDirector of SMEs, Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce12Link
Ariana TristánDirector, Chamber of Industry10Link
Liz BrenesVice-Dean of R&D, Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)10Link
Velia Helena GovaereExecutive Director, Competitiveness Promotion Council, *Coordinator of the Observatory of Foreign Trade, Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED)1, 10Link
Vanessa GibsonHead of Investment Climate, Costa Rica Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)9Link
Luis Alonso JiménezManaging Director of the Agency for Entrepreneurship Management, University of Costa Rica6, 7Link
Carlos Miguel PeñaFounder Director, Costa Rica Emprende Foundation5
Carlos MoraVice Minister, Ministry of Economy Industry and Commerce3, 5Link
Cindy Medaglia MongeEconomic Analysts, External Commerce Development Agency (PROCOMER)4Link
José C. QuirceDirector of Trade Office, Washington, D.C.1Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
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
Esther M. ThomasPermanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Enterprise and Small Business Development5Link

Dominican Republic

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Sandra Marina GonzálezExecutive Director of Investment Climate and Competitiveness, Ministry of Economy and Planning *Director of Planning and Development, Superintendence of Securities5, 12Link
Laura del CastilloTechnical Director, National Council of Private Enterprise11Link
Tomás Domingo GuzmánDirector of Innovation and Productive Development & Vice Ministry of National Competitiveness Management, Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development6, 7, 8Link
Welington Omar SanchezDirector, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SME Center UCATEBA University7Link
Tamara VásquezCoordinator of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Areas, National Competitiveness Council1, 2, 3Link
Angel Alfonso WillmoreDirector of Innovation, Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship, Iberoamerican University1Link


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 Productivity7Link
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
Andrea Pérez CastroGeneral Manager, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador9Link
Lissette Cristalina CanalesBusiness Faculty Dean, Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador8Link
Luis Alonso Martinez PerdomoDirector of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Francisco Gavidia University1, 3Link
Yax CanossaInnovation and Quality National Director, Ministry of Economy3Link


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


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Vivian MoralesCommercial Counselor, Consulate of Guatemala* President, Grupo Polytec13Link
Andrea VelásquezChief of Competitiveness, National Competitiveness Program (PRONACOM)12Link
José Ramón Lam*Vice Minister of Economy11Link
Fernando LópezPresident, Latin American Industrial Association (AILA)6, 8, 9, 10
Lorena QuiñónezEntrepreneur and Director, La Fábrica and QUILO S.A8, 10
Juan Carlos PaizPresident, Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA)7, 8, 9Link
Lucia María Del Rosario BarredaGeneral Manager, Promoter of Tourism Development (PRODETUR)8, 9Link
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
Rosa Amarilis Dubón MazariegosCoordinator of the Unit for Intellectual Property and Outreach, University of San Carlos de Guatemala4Link
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
Hugo Figueroa MarroquínDirector of Technology and Innovation, National Science Council1Link
Jaime Roberto Díaz PalaciosExecutive Director, National Competitiveness Program (PRONACOM)1Link
Vera Domínguez CalderónAnalyst Coordinator of the Competitiveness and Access Division, Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT)1Link


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


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
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
Rock AndréChief Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Haiti (CEDEL)8Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Marlon Antonio BrevéAcademic President, Central American Technological University (UNITEC)5, 13Link
Maria Teresa MorazánCo-founder and Director, Impact Hub Tegucigalpa8Link
Ana Margarita MaierDean of Business and Social Sciences, Tech University of Honduras (UNITEC)7Link
Ricardo IriasCo-Founder and CEO, Sube3, 7Link
Desiree TejadaDean of Engineering and Architecture, Central America Technological University (UNITEC)6Link
Anael Espinal VarelaPresident, National Committee4
Ana Lourdes Laffite LiconaVice-Chancellor, Central American Technological University (UNITEC) San Pedro Sula1Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Hazel O’ConnorExecutive Director, Morris Entrepreneurship Centre of the Northern Caribbean University13Link
Donald O. CharlesManaging Director, WoCap Fund13Link
Pauline NelsonCommunication Manager, Jamaica Venture Capital Program, Development Bank of Jamaica12Link
Carlinton BurrellCEO, Caribbean Climate Innovation Center11Link
Oral ShawPrincipal Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries10, 11Link
Patricia LewinSenior Technology Officer, National Commission on Science and Technology10
Althea Janice West-MyersManager of Business Services, Jamaica Business Development Corporation, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries7, 10Link
Delaine P. MorganManager, Export and Market Development, Jamaica Trade and Investment Agency (JAMPRO), Ministry of Economy, Government of Jamaica6, 8Link
Michelle Ann ChongPresident & CEO, Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA) & Honey Bun (1982) Limited Corporation6Link
Reginald K. NugentSenior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce3Link
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


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
José Alonso Huerta CruzCEO, Council of Science, Technology and Innovation in Hidalgo State (CITNOVA)1, 8, 9, 10, 13Link
Liliana Araceli ReyesDirector of Venture Capital, National Entrepreneurship Institute, Secretariat of Economy1, 7, 8, 13Link
Carolina Agurto SalazarPartner and Director of Innovation, Idea Foundation12, 13Link
Enrique Perret ErhardDirector General for North America, ProMexico (años)7, 13Link
Cynthia LópezInvestment Promoter & SIAAM Director, Sonora State Government13Link
Jorge GorozpeEnergy Promotion Director, Nuevo León State Government13Link
Dr. Saiph SavageDirector Civic Innovation Lab, Northeastern University & UNAM13Link
Sofía Ramirez AguilarExecutive Director, Mexico Cómo Vamos13Link
Eugenio José Reyes GuzmánDirector, World Trade Center, Monterrey5, 7, 8, 11Link
Carlos MartínezDirector, TechBA Colombia, The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)11Link
Sergio OrtizEntrepreneurship Academic Director, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education11Link
Iván Torres MenchacaPresident, Chamber of Commerce Federation, State of Jalisco3, 4, 10Link
Alfredo Saldaña AlvarezChief of Office, National Conference of Governors (CONAGO )10Link
Ignacio CalderonAdvisor on Entrepreneurship, City of Aguascalientes10
Itzel Villa*General Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing, Mexico’s National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM) Ministry of Economy8, 9Link
Lilia Marcela ArechavalaCEO, The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)6, 7Link
Adriana E. Eguia AlanizCEO, Tijuana EDC7Link
Ian Paul OteroCEO & Finance Director of the Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN), Red Bean S.C.7Link
Sara Rocio Abarca LopezDeputy Director of Planning, Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI)6Link
Miguel Angel SanabriaVice President, National Council of Software Clusters6Link
Adriana TortajadaManaging Director of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing, National Entrepreneurship Institute (INADEM)3, 5Link
José Guadalupe Octavio Cabrera-LazariniDean of Manufacturing Engineering Department, Universidad Politecnica de Queretaro3, 5Link
Mildreed  LeinesHead of Hidalgo Business Network (EMPRERED), Ministry of Economy, Governmnet of Hidalgo3, 5Link
Ricardo LudlowGeneral Director, Hidalgo Institute of Competitiveness1, 5Link
Liliana CedilloGeneral Director, Competitiveness and Innovation Center, State of Aguascalientes1, 5Link
Claire Marie SégoleneTechnical Secretariat Coordinator, The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)5Link
Michel Marfil RiveroGeneral Manager, R+D+I Hub Technology and Knowledge Transfer Office4
Rafael Carmona DávilaCTO & Bussines Developmen, GreenMomentum2, 3Link
Guillermo FernándezPresident and CEO, The George E. Brown U.S. Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC)1, 3Link
Paloma Saldaña Sánchez*Coordinator of MUSEIC, National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM), Ministry of Economy3Link
Santiago SaviñonCEO, PingStamp2
Adrian Carabias*MUSEIC Coordinator, National Institution of Entrepreneruship (INADEM)2Link
Alberto SarachoPresident and CEO, Idea Foundation1Link
Miguel Odilón Chávez LomelíDirector of Innovation, National Council of Sciente and Technolofy (CONACYT)1, 2Link
Javier JiletaManaging Director, Scientika2Link
José MartínezIT@Baja2
Teresa de León ZamoraDirector of Technology Commercialization, National Council of Sciente and Technolofy (CONACYT)2Link
Raymundo Flores GuitiérrezManaging Director - Arizona State Trade and Export Promomtion Program2Link
Robin Enrique ReyesManaging Partner, MITA Institute/ MITA FundDevelopment2
Agustín VelázquezManaging Partner, AvahLegal2Link
Elias RiosManaging Partner, AvahLegal2Link
Alejandro PohlsSocio, Orozco & Pöhls Abogados, SC2
Armando GonzálezCEO, Peeksil2
Francisco VillaseñorCEO, Carbon Diversion Latin America2
Daniel MoskaDean, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education1Link
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
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
Carmen Irene HilleprandtPresident, Chamber of Commerce and Services of Nicaragua12Link
Julio C. MontealegreFounder & Chief Executive Officer, Esentium11Link
René González-MejíaExecutive Director, Development Institute of Nicaragua (INDE)7Link
Jalima GómezExport Supply Manager, PRONicaragua1link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Cindy Celine BuffartEconomic and Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Panamá in the United States13Link
Ernesto LeónChief Executive Officer, Edupan International12Link
Miguel Angel Esbrí*Executive Secretary of Competitiveness and Logistics, Ministry of Presidency5, 6, 7, 9Link
Rodrigo González PanizaVice President of Innovation, Transformation and Experience, Banesco9Link
Clara ChacónExecutive Manager of Innovation Culture, Banesco9Link
Javier A. Arias-RealDirector, Panama National Metrology Institute (CENAMEP AIP)9Link
Zoila Yadira Guerra de CastilloDirector of the knowledge Transfer, Management Technological University3Link
Hilario EspinosaSpecial Project Coordinator, Secretariat of Competitiveness and Logistics1Link
Elida AlcedoGeneral Coordinator, Competitiveness and Trade Promotion Program1


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Maria Paola FerrarioChief Operations Officer - Challenger7, 8, 10, 13Link
Leticia BordónGeneral Director of Productivity, Innovation and Digital Economy, Ministry of Information, Technology and Communications13Link
Cinthia FacciutoPresident, Fintech Paraguayan Chamber12Link
María Liz PalaciosDirector of Technical Cabinet - Viceministry of Basic Education8, 10Link
Oscar Stark*Vice Minister of Commerce - Ministry of Industry and Commerce9Link
Karen L. CoronelPresident - GROW SRL *Business Manager, Manpower Group Paraguay7Link
Leticia RomeroGeneral Director - ICT in Education and Digital Inclusion, National Secretariat of Information and Communication Technologies (SENATICs), Government of Paraguay6Link
Nora Angélica MedinaCoordinator of Business Development Technological Park Itaipu (PTI)4Link
Gricelda CañeteItaipu Technological Park3Link


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Jorge Alfredo HuarachiResearcher and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Catholic University of Saint Toribean of Mogrovej3, 5, 8, 10Link
Omar Azanedo*Manager, American Chamber of Commerce of Peru (AMCHAM PERU)10Link
Jhosep Guzmán Del RíoCo-founder and CEO - WAPOSAT S.A.C.9Link
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
José Forero LoraDirector - Fablab, ESAN University4Link
Alejandro Martin Bernaola CabreraGeneral Director of Innovation - Ministry of Production2Link
Enrique Javier AldaveDirector General - Innovation, Technology Transfer and SME’s Services, Ministry of Production1Link

St. Lucia

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


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

The Bahamas

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Edison Leroy SumnerPresident and Honorary Consul - Sumner Strategic Partners5, 11Link
Davinia BlairExecutive Director, Small Business Development Centre Bahamas10
Jeffrey L. Lloyd*Minister of Education9Link
Sharon L. PoitierDeputy Director of Education, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology9Link
Karen Eleanor St. CyrSenior Lead Policy Advisor and Coordinator of Regional and International Projects - Ministry of Education7Link
Jerome Kennedy Fitzgerald*Minister of Education, Science & Technology6Link
Matt SweetingSecretary/Director, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce3Link
Barry MalcolmPresident, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce1Link

Trinidad and Tobago

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

United States

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Nicole Griensewic MickelsonExecutive Director - Region Nine Development Commission10, 11, 12, 13Link
Ben PingreeDirector - Tallahassee-Leon County Place10,11,13Link
Cynthia CarrilloVice President of Innovation - Greater Sacramento Economic Council ,br>*Vice President of Economic Development Greater Seattle Partners11, 13Link
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
Ashley StaggVice President of External Operations and Senior Project Manager, nocci DMC | ACE Louisiana13Link
Gillian StaggVice President of Internal Operations and Senior Operations Manager, nocci DMC | ACE Louisiana13Link
Mike AmmannPresident/CEO - San Joaquin Partnership9, 12Link
Alan PruittExecutive Director, Western Arizona Economic Development District, Inc.12Link
Govind KannanVice President for LandGrant Affairs and Economic Development, Fort Valley State University12Link
Lynne HenkielDirector - Innovation Ecosystems, Georgia Institute of Technology12Link
Lucas ArzolaChief Operations Officer, Parallel1812Link
Mark WallerCommissioner El Paso County, Colorado12
Michael Paul GaySenior Vice President - Madison Region Economic Partnerships4, 6, 7, 11Link
Kristi PollardChief Executive Officer - Jefferson County Economic Development Corp11Link
Mayda VelascoDirector / UNESCO Chair Pofessor - COFI & Northwestern University11Link
Monica NovoaDirector, Latin American Initiatives, Economic Development Lab - Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology11Link
Kris KhalilPresident - New Orleans BioInnovation Center11Link
Javier A. Rivera-AquinoDeputy Secretary - P.R. Department of Economic Development10Link
Mary CroninManaging Director - Smith Dawson & Andrews on behalf of the County of Kaua'i10Link
Libby SzaboCounty Commissioner - Jefferson County Government10Link
Timothy Edward KelleyPresident/CEO - Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation6, 9Link
John SternlichtCEO - Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County9Link
Glenda HumistonVice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources University of California9Link
Willie LoganChief Execituve Officer - Opa locka Community Development Corporation9Link
Denisse M. RodriguezDirector and Executive Advisor to the CEO - Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust9Link
Judith SheftAssociate Vice President Technology & Enterprise Development - New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)9Link
L. Kevin JohnsDirector Economic Development Austin-City of Austin8Link
Erika Maria MedinaChief Business Development Officer, Department of Economic Development and Commerce, Puerto Rico8Link
Gabriel D. YoutseyChief Innovation Officer - University of California8Link
Sebastian VidalExecutive Director - Parallel 18, Puerto Rico8Link
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
Paul F. JadinPresident / CEO - Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP)4, 6Link
Kevin O'SheaVice President - International Trade Arizona Commerce Authority6Link
Lesley VargheseMayor's Chief of Staff - City of Austin, Texas6Link
Carol PalacioEconomic Development Coordinator - Orange County Government6Link
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
Joe KrierCouncilman,6
Victor GarzaDirector, Existing Business, Talent and Entrepreneurship - Greater San Marcos Partnership6Link
Lisa Simone HerrExecutive Director - The 7 Rivers Alliance4, 5Link
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
David Jonathan CobinManager, Strategic Engagement - Arizona Commerce Authority4Link
David Michael DrennonVice President, Strategic Initiatives - Arizona Commerce Authority4Link
Mayor Ed Braddy*Mayor - Gainesville, Florida3Link
Mayor Darrell Hinnant*Mayor - Kannapolis, North Carolina3Link
Kristin Elizabeth DozierLeon Country Commissioner, District 5 Florida3Link
Daniel Christopher St. LouisDirector - Manufacturing Solutions Center Connover, North Carolina3Link
Patrick SchaeferExecutive Director - Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness3Link
Thomas Devon LaneyPresident & Chief Executive Officer - Innovation Depot, Inc.3Link
Roque Vela*City Councilman Laredo, Texas3Link
Raul RodriguezBarocioProfessor, Chairman of the Board - UIW San Antonio, U.S.- Mexico Foundation2Link
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
Carlos Mariano MarinChair - Tropical Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization1Link
Mark Joseph Kroll*Dean - School of Business, University of Texas at Brownsville1Link


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


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


NameTitleACE Edition
Constantinos Petrides*Deputy Minister to the President5
Elena Damianou*Head of the Office of the Deputy Minister Constantinos Petrides, Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus5


NameTitleACE Edition
Liisa Oviir*Minister of Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications5


NameTitleACE Edition
Irakli KashibadzeChairman, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency5


NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Ole Johann JanssenDeputy Director General, Innovation and Technology Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13Link
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
Adelheid AdamDeputy Head of International Business Development Fraunhofer9Link
Nikolai ZieglerPolicy Officer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy7, 8Link


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


NameTitleACE Edition
Alisa KolesnikovaCEO - QiHouse2

South Korea

NameTitleACE EditionWebsite
Sunhak ChoCounselor for Science, Technology and Innovation - Embassy of Korea in Washington, D.C, Government of South Korea5, 6Link
Keonyeong Jeong*Deputy Director - Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Government of South Korea5, 6
Chang Kyung Kim*Acting President - National Research Foundation, Government of South Korea6
Jeong Il Kim*Director - Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy5
MunKee Choi*Professor - Management Science, KAIST / Former Minister of Science, ICT, and Future Planning5


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 Kigdom

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

International Organizations, NGOs and Multinational Companies

-International Organizations

Caribbean Development Bank

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Kevin HopeEconomist, Caribbean Development Bank13Caribbean Development BankLink
Lisa Michelle HardingCoordinator of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development at the Technical Cooperation Division, Caribbean Development Bank8Caribbean Developent BankLink

Development Bank of Latin América (CAF)

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Moira Paz-EstenssoroRector Representative in Mexico2Development Bank of Latin América (CAF)Link

European Commission

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Ulla EngelmannHead of Unit, European Commission (EC)9European CommissionLink

European Parliament

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Marijn VerheesHead of Office, Cabinet of Lambert van Nistelrooij MEP11European ParliamentLink
Lambert Van NistelrooijMember of European Parliament11European ParliamentLink

Inter American Development Bank (IDB)

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Valarie PilgrimCoordinator, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility11Inter American Development Bank (IDB)Link
Sylvia DohnertExecutive Director & Private Sector Lead Specialist, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility9Inter American Development Bank (IDB)Link

Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Marlon P. MarieTechnical Specialist of ICT & Innovation11Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)Link
Kwesi RobertsBusiness Development Officer10Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)Link


NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Coordinator of Urban Economy and Finance Branch - UN-HABITAT10UN-HABITATLink


Pan American Development Fundation

NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Madeline St. JohnProgram Associate, Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF)13Pan American Development FundationLink
Alicia Del PardoNew Business Manager, Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF)13Pan American Development FundationLink
Luisa VillegasSenior Director, Program Innovation12Pan American Development FundationLink
Laura AragónNew Business Manager10Pan American Development FundationLink
Lance LeverenzSenior Director of Business Development8Pan American Development FundationLink

-Multinational Companies


NameTitleACE EditionOrganization or CompanyWebsite
Christian Gómez, JrSenior Manager for Latin American Global Government Affairs - Walmart9WalmartLink
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