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Private Equity and Venture Capital: Betting on Innovation in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 12, 2013
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As a new generation of Latin American entrepreneurs, consumers, and innovators come of age, what opportunities are created for private equity and venture capital investors? Join Americas Society/Council of the Americas for its fifth annual private equity and venture capital panel in partnership with the Latin American Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Leading fund managers will share firsthand stories of recent ventures and their strategies for building innovative Latin American companies going forward.

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, AS/COA

Speakers:

  • Mariano Amartino, Director for Latin America, Wayra
  • Pedro Sirotsky Melzer, Managing Director, eBricks Digital Early Stage
  • Tom Speechley, Partner, The Abraaj Group
  • Benjamin White, Founder, 21212 Digital Accelerator
  • Cate Ambrose, President and Executive Director, LAVCA (Moderator)

Prior registration is required.
Registration Fee: $25.00 for Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) members, $50.00 for AS, COA and LAVCA members; $70.00 for non-members.

Event Information: Mercedes Laxague | mlaxague@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8382
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | mvieira@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mariano Amartino

Director for Latin America, Wayra

Mariano Amartino is director for Latin America at Wayra. He has over 12 years of experience working with internet companies and has a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, focusing on new media. In 2013, Amartino joined Wayra, Telefónica's global start-up accelerator, as the head of Latin America, where he manages a portfolio of more than 150 companies across seven countries. He is also a consultant, entrepreneur, and blogger at uberbin.net, one of the first Spanish language blogs, where he covers online communities, the internet, and new media topics.

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Cate Ambrose

President and Executive Director, Latin American Venture Capital Association

Cate Ambrose is president and executive director of the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). She speaks and writes regularly on a range of topics related to public policy and private investment in Latin America and is a regular commentator on CNN En Español. Ambrose is also a special advisor to the board of the Mexican Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AMEXCAP).

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her appointment, Segal was a partner at Chase Capital Partners/J.P. Morgan Partners focusing on private equity in Latin America and pioneering early stage venture capital investing in the region.

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Pedro Sirotsky Melzer

Managing Director, eBricks Early Stage

After three years as World Wide Revenue Manager at Apple Online Store in the Bay Area, Mr. Melzer launched and managed Warehouse Investimentos, a Brazilian tech venture capital firm. Previously, he was a serial entrepreneur in the south of Brazil where he started and exited a few ventures in the retail space. Mr. Melzer holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

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Tom Speechley

Partner, The Abraaj Group

Tom Speechley is a partner at The Abraaj Group. He has worked in the private equity industry for almost 20 years. He joined The Abraaj Group in 2006, where he has been responsible for several investments across a number of sectors and growth markets and has spent several years as a member of the Firm’s main board of directors, executive committee, and investment committee. In 2013, he moved to New York to establish the firm’s presence in North America, where he leads the firm’s institutional investor program.

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Benjamin White

Founder, 21212 Digital Accelerator

Benjamin White is the founder, an entrepreneur, and an angel investor of 21212 Digital Accelerator. He is also currently a partner of 77 Ventures and serves on the advisory board member for RecordSetter, a website and media company dedicated to tracking and celebrating human achievement. He previously worked as the chief creative officer at Sling Media and as vice president of Digital Media at MTV Networks. He was also the founder of Complex Media, founder and president of Platform Network, and co-founder and partner of Tagworks.

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