Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, Senior Advisor to the Director, MIT Media Lab, & Co-Director of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL
Gary Gensler is Professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, Senior Advisor to the Director, MIT Media Lab, & Co-Director of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL. Gensler served as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2009-2014), leading the Obama Administration’s post-crisis reform efforts of the $400 trillion over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps market. In recognition, he was a recipient of the 2014 Tamar Frankel Fiduciary Prize. He currently is chairman of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission.
He previously had been senior advisor to US Senator Paul Sarbanes in writing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002); was Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, (1999-2001), and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1997-1999). In recognition for his service, Gensler was awarded Treasury’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award. He was a United States Presidential Elector for Maryland in 2004. Gensler has worked on various political campaigns, most recently as CFO for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.
Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Urban Planning, MIT
Prof. Jason Jackson is the Ford Career Development Assistant Professor in Political Economy and Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Jackson’s research focuses on the relationship between states and markets. It seeks to understand the historical origins and evolution of the institutional arrangements through which states and markets are constituted from the late 19th century to the present. His work is particularly focused on the role of economic ideas and moral beliefs in shaping market institutions. It assesses the implications of political struggles between business, government and societal actors for market structure and resulting competitive and distributional outcomes. Jackson is also a member of the Task Force on Work of the Future at MIT.
Pedro Javier López Martínez
Partner, Head of Digital Technology at everis Brasil; Head of Digital Experience at everis Americas
Pedro Javier López is the Head of Digital Technology in everis Brasil and Head of Digital Experience in everis Americas. López has been leading the global Digital Experience practice of everis in the last six years, with a focus on innovating in enterprise processes using technologies like Pervasive Computing, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cognitive Computing or Marketing Automation. His work seeks to help enterprises identify and bring to life differential experiences for customers, partners and employees. He has taken a leading role in the creation of digital products such as eVA, everis Virtual Agent, which is used by millions of people throughout the world every day. He is a Computer Science Engineer from the Complutense University of Madrid and has strong international experience in Digital Channels.
Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science, MIT
Melissa Nobles is the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and Professor of Political Science at MIT. Under Dean Nobles' leadership the School's mission is focused in three areas:
Research and Innovation — to meet the world's greatest challenges
Teaching Critical Skills — a foundation for success in all endeavors
International Education — educating leaders and global citizens
In the MIT News announcement of Dean Nobles's appointment, President L. Rafael Reif wrote: “To tackle our global challenges — from water and food scarcity and climate change to digital learning, innovation, and human health — we need ambitious new answers from science and engineering. But because these challenges are rooted in culture, economics, and politics, meaningful solutions must reflect the wisdom of these domains, too. Professor Nobles offers us a vision of the humanities, arts, and social sciences as the human stage on which our scientific and technical solutions have purpose and meaning. We are fortunate that she will bring to the deanship such an expansive worldview.”
Nobles is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in History. She received her MA and PhD in Political Science from Yale University. Nobles has held fellowships at Boston University's Institute for Race and Social Division and Harvard University's Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study. She has served on the editorial boards of Polity, American Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Politics journals. Nobles has also been involved in faculty governance at MIT and beyond, serving as the Associate Chair of the MIT Faculty from 2007–2009 and Vice-President of the American Political Science Association, 2013-14.
MIT Sloan Latin America Office Advisory Council Representative
Gustavo Pierini is President and Founder of Gradus Management Consultants, headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. Gradus was established in 1996 to assist the owners of GP Investments—the largest private equity fund in Brazil at the time—in the turnaround of acquired companies and the efficiency improvement programs of portfolio companies. During this collaboration period of more than 15 years, Gradus developed proprietary methodologies to improve productivity that are now implemented in more than 120 companies, both in Brazil and abroad.
Lately, these original methodologies garnered extensive press coverage given the significant impact they had on the portfolio of 3G Capital (e.g., Anheuser-Busch InBev SABMiller, Burger King, Heinz and Kraft), which is the investment company founded by the former owners of GP Investments.
Pierini received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees summa cum laude in Naval, Mechanical and Systems Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires. After earning a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Scholarship on the basis of unusual academic achievements and professional promise, he joined McKinsey & Co., where he became a partner. He worked at the firm’s Boston, Lisbon, Madrid and São Paulo offices.
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management; Professor of Applied Economics, MIT Sloan
Prof. Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a professor of applied economics at MIT Sloan. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and a visiting professor at IESA. Rigobon is a Venezuelan economist whose areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. He focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as contagion. Currently he studies properties of international pricing practices, trying to produce alternative measures of inflation. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project, and a co-founder of PriceStats.
Head of Products, Marketing and Business Intelligence, Alelo
André Turquetto is the Head of Products, Marketing and Business Intelligence of Alelo, a company focused on benefits, corporate expense and incentives management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economy from Unicamp and MBA from University of Toronto, and has over 25 years of international experience in financial and consumer industries, including Latin and North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Research Affiliate, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Ezequiel Zylberberg is a Research Affiliate at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center (IPC), where he conducts research on industrial policy, global value chains, and technology strategy in emerging markets. His research has been published in The Handbook on Global Value Chains (Edward Elgar, 2019), Innovation in Brazil: Advancing Development in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2019), Brazilian Manufacturing in International Perspective: a Global Value Chain Analysis of Brazil's Aerospace, Medical Devices, and Electronics Industries (Elsevier, 2013), as well as in academic journals.
Zylberberg currently leads several strategic initiatives at Akron Biotechnology, a company that develops and manufactures biologics and biomaterials for the production of cell and gene therapies as well as engineered tissues. Prior to his time at MIT and Akron, Zylberberg consulted on economic development projects in Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, Russia, and the U.S. among other countries. He earned his DPhil in Management Studies from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, his MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his BA in Anthropology, Religious Studies, and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida.
Gijs van Delft
Sr. Managing Director, PageGroup Brazil
Gijs van Delft was born in the Netherlands, but has a Brazilian heart. Since 2003, he has been living and working in São Paulo. Currently, he is the Sr. Managing Director for PageGroup in Brazil. Before entering the corporate world, he played professional soccer at PSV in the Netherlands. For the last 16 years, he has been combining his corporate career with his family (three sons) and with his life as an athlete, running marathons and doing triathlon (Ironman).
A graduate of International Management from the Business School of Amsterdam, van Delft started his career at Page in the year 2000 as a Recruitment Consultant in Amsterdam. He has held different leadership roles at PageGroup over the last 19 years.
He came to Brazil in 2003 with the challenge to boost the company’s growth process in Brazil and Latin America. Between 2009 and 2014, he was responsible for the significant growth of Page Personnel in Brazil, launching three new offices and brands such as Page Interim, Page PCD, and Page Outsourcing.
Since January 2014, van Delft has been fully responsible for PageGroup’s operations in Brazil.