Trade and Investment Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Ms. Mejia coordinates the operational agenda of the Trade and Investment Unit for the Andean Region. She leads several regional and national programs including Outsource2Colombia, a loan program for Colombia that aims at supporting the country in its efforts to seize the opportunities created by the global expansion in the trade of services, and TradeinAction, an initiative to support women-owned businesses to take advantage of the opportunities of international trade.
Ms. Mejia was admitted to the Colombia bar in 2008 and prior to joining the IDB she practiced international trade law. In 2012 Ms. Mejia graduated from New York University Law School. She has a special interest in outsourcing, entrepreneurship, and SMEs internationalization.
Jennifer is a venture capitalist focused on early-stage and seed investment in Massachusetts’ high technology companies for MassVentures. Her most recent investments are focused on enterprise, big data, and the intersection of biology and IT. Previously, she was a member of the Golden Seeds angel investor network, where she analyzed early stage investment opportunities, and worked with entrepreneurs in designing more effective business strategies.
She has also provided start-up mentoring for entrepreneurs through Springboard and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. She is the founder of the Reed College Start-Up Lab and has served as a first round judge for the MIT $100K and Mass Challenge business plan competitions. She recently served as Entrepreneurship Lead for the MIT Accelerating Information Technology Innovation program sponsored by Google in Cali, Colombia, where she lead 30 young entrepreneurs in a six week lean start-up program to form ten new mobile technology companies, and connect them to mentors and angel and venture investors in the region.
Previously, Jennifer served as Corporate Vice President of Investor Relations at Cadence Design Systems and spent 10 years building an investment research practice in early search, e-commerce, mobile, Internet software applications, video game and technical software as a Senior Vice President and Senior Equity Research analyst with Black & Company through its acquisition by Wells Fargo Securities.
She is a black belt in the Indonesian Martial Art of Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen and holds the title Mas Goeroe. Jennifer earned an MBA from MIT Sloan and a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College.
Alejandro Burato has an Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Belgrano in Argentina. In 2005, he earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA.
Since 2011, Mr. Burato has been an active advisor in finance and strategic planning for companies in the technology, internet, asset management, and media & entertainment sectors. His responsibilities have ranged from business strategy definition and financial planning and modeling to fundraising, due diligence assessment, and acquisitions (Mergers and Acquisitions).
In 2014, Mr. Burato co-founded FAV Network, a multi-channel network focused on the production and affiliation of virtual, audiovisual content throughout Latin America and the United States with a focus on native Spanish and Portuguese-speaking creators.
In 2010, Mr. Burato co-founded Enzyme Venture Capital with Daniel Nofal, an investment firm focused on early-stage opportunities in the technology, Internet, and entertainment sectors. Between 2010 and 2013, from Buenos Aires, the firm invested in 14 Latin American opportunities on a regional and global scale. The company has already two exit portfolios and continues to manage the remaining investments.
Following business school, Mr. Burato joined Copernico Capital Partners, where he managed all quantitative analysis and risk management of investment portfolios. Additionally, he led an effort to invest in the entertainment industry within the company.
While at business school, Mr. Burato worked at Outlaw Productions, a Hollywood-based production company, where he raised $240 million in capital and equity for a motion picture production. He also worked for Empyrean Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based hedge fund, implementing capital structure arbitrage models.
From early 2000 to late 2002, Mr. Burato worked in several management consulting engagements in Latin America (Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Santiago de Chile) for McKinsey & Company and also in Los Angeles, CA in the entertainment, telecommunications and technology industries. Prior, he worked in software analysis, development, and design for Accenture.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Tokai Ventures/Tokai Consulting
In 2014, Gabriel Rozman founded Tokai Ventures and Tokai Consulting, an investment fund and consulting firm in areas related to technology, outsourcing, and BPS. He is currently the CEO of both companies.
Until June 2014, Rozman was the Executive Vice-President of the Global Delivery Network for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a company that he had been a part of since 2001. Since January 2008 and prior to this role, Gabriel served as Executive Vice-President of Emerging Markets, where he was in charge of the company’s operations in Latin America, the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Eastern Europe. As part of TCS’ Executive Leadership team, he was responsible for leading the company’s operations in these areas and now leads over 20 Centers outside of India.
Before joining TCS, he served as the International Consulting Director and as a regional partner at Ernst & Young. He also served as the Executive Director of a leading software company in Mexico.
Gabriel has many years of experience in the consulting and information technology industry, with a distinguished career spread across multiple continents. He is a member of the Americas Council and serves on several boards including Uruguayan American Chamber of Commerce; Advisory Board of D. Rockefeller Foundation for Latin America; Latin American Advisory Board for Harvard Business School; Advisory Board for IAE Business School in Argentina. Gabriel is also on the Global Advisory Board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurship in developing countries, and he serves as the President of Endeavor Uruguay. He also serves on the Global board of ACCION, a leading microfinance non-government organization. Additionally, he is an investor in several entrepreneurial projects.
Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from California State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
President and Founder
Nearshore America’s “Top 50 Power Ranking of Most Influential Executives” describes Ann Harts as “a thorough and reliable advisor whose site selection and negotiating expertise make her one of the region’s most knowledgeable partners. Ann is savvy, aggressive, gets things done and gets answers for her clients”. As President/Founder of HartsGroup, Ann blends experience in real estate, finance and community economic development and is fluent in domestic and international site selection, public incentive advisory and real estate transaction management. She has spearheaded the corporate real estate activities for a $2billion annual revenue contact center company with a global portfolio of 150+ locations in 30+ countries.
Ann provides strategy and services on corporate site selection, public incentive advisory to global companies, as well as Community Screening Studies for M&A transactions. She has recently completed projects in Brazil, Honduras, United States, and China.
Ann is a contributing writer and expert for several publications to include most recently Nearshore Americas, who named her in the top 20 of the “Top 50 Power Ranking of Most Influential Executives” in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She is an award-winning speaker on site location and economic development, having received CoreNet's Luminary Award and was recently the keynote speaker at Nicaragua and Mauritius’ recent foreign investment conferences. Ann sits on the boards of the Nearshore Executive Alliance as well as Twin Valley Communications and ISG Technologies.
Ann began work in the field of corporate site selection in community and regional economics. During her career in this arena, she led a regional private/public economic development organization, and co-mobilized a community's passing of a one-half cent sales tax, specifically for economic development incentives. These and other achievements caused Ann to be named “Outstanding New Developer of the Year” by her peers by the International Economic Development Council.
Javier Peña Capobianco
Latin American Association of Service Exporters (ALES)
Javier Peña Capobianco has been the mentor and promoter for the creation of the Latin American Association of Service Exporters, an international organization that gathers 31 public and private institutions from 16 countries of the region. Currently, he is the General Secretary of the Association.
In addition, he is the Head of International Trade at the National Chamber of Commerce and Services of Uruguay, Professor of International Trade in Services at the Catholic University of Uruguay, and consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank.
He is the co-author of several publications related to globalization of services, including: Uruguay in the Global Trade Market, (IDB 2012), Business Plan: Paraguay’s Service Exports (IDB, 2011), and Best Practices Manual for Service Exports (2010).
He has participated as a speaker in over 20 international conferences in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey, Paraguay, El Salvador and Uruguay.
Finally, Javier has been recognized as one of the most influential executives in the outsourcing sector (The Most Influential Executives in Nearshore Outsourcing 2012). In 2007, he obtained the Best Practice Promotion Services award given by the World Trade Organization and United Nations Trade and Development Conference. (ITC-WTO/UNCTAD)