Is an industrial civil engineer from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University. Bitran has been Minister of Public Works (MOP), President of the National Innovation Council (CNIC), General Manager of Corfo and Director of Fundación Chile. He has a broad experience in innovation, regulation, finances and private investment for infrastructure policies, were also highlights his work as adviser for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has also worked as an academic in the Faculty of Engineering of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, in Chile. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Corfo, the Chilean Economic Development Agency.
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. In 1997 he founded and for a decade served as CEO/Chairman of CustomerSat(now part of Confirmit), a leading provider in enterprise feedback management. A pioneer in online marketing research, in 1992 he founded and for five years served as CEO/Chairman of Decisive Technology (now part of Google), publisher of the first desktop and client-server software for online surveys. Earlier he worked for or consulted to GE, HP, Xerox, GRiD Systems, Pyramid Technologies, NetFrame, Ventura Software, and Network Appliance. John also serves as President of the MIT Alumni Association.
President of ASECH, industrial designer and one of the great driving forces in the Chilean entrepreneurial scene. Co-founder of MEDULAR, KAUEL, STGO Makerspace and iF, Alejandra is also counselor of Comunidad Mujer, the Mustakis Foundation, Icare circle of innovation, UDD and Inacap. Alejandra is also director of the business incubator Universidad Federico Santa María 3IE, ViveChile VTR Foundation, Universidad Diego Portales, Socialab, Desafío Levantemos Chile and Fundación Vivir más Feliz. Alejandra has been selected as one of the “100 mujeres líderes” (100 women leaders) of the journal El Mercurio in the years 2008-2009-2013-2016, and one of the “Jóvenes con Exito” (Successful Youth) from the journal Diario Financiero in 2012. During 2015 she received the Energía de Mujer Enersis prize (Women Energy Enersis prize) in the category of innovation and entrepreneurship, the prize Espíritu Emprendedor 2015 (2015 Entrepreneur Spirit) and prize of Emprendedor del año (Best Entrepreneur in the year) by INNOVO USACH.
Alejandro “Ale” Resnik is an Argentine-born American serial entrepreneur who founded his first startup at the age of 18. He sold Global Vitamins LTD, a 75-person e-commerce company, in 2011 to attend MIT, where he graduated with an MBA from MIT Sloan in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track. He is the CEO and co-founder of Beepi, a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling automobiles. Beepi is the fourth company founded by Resnik; in 2014, Resnik was named a Top Innovator Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review.
Luis Perez-Breva, PhD is an expert in the process of technology innovation and an entrepreneur. Currently he co-directs the MIT Innovation Teams Program, MIT’s flagship hands-on innovation program joint between the Schools of Engineering and Management. He is also the co-lead of the Innovation Pillar of the MIT Skoltech Initiative, and collaborates with MIT’s innovation initiatives in Portugal, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. He has taught the process of technology innovation to professionals and students from all disciplines starting from pretty much anything: real-world problems, engineering problem sets, and research breakthroughs.
Dr. Perez-Breva holds degrees in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Business, and Artificial Intelligence from Spain, France, and the US.
Maureen Berho received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Chile. She’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Niebla Games, an independent video game development company based in Valparaíso, Chile; and Member of the Board of Directors of the Chilean Trade Association of Video Game Development Companies, VG Chile. Niebla Games’ projects have been supported by multiple public and private institutions, such as the Chilean Corporation of Productive Promotion (CORFO) and the National Council of Arts and Culture of Chile (CNCA). She was elected by the local newspaper El Mercurio as one of the 100 Young Leaders of 2016, and awarded the InspiraTEC Prize (2016) for inspiring women in technology by the Chilean Ministry of Economy.
Carol Z. Perez, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate July 14, 2016 as U.S. Ambassador to Chile.
She served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State, from 2015-2016. Ambassador Perez also served in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2013 to 2015 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2011 to 2013. Prior assignments include U.S. Consul General in Milan, Italy, from 2009 to 2011 and in Barcelona, Spain from 2001 to 2003. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1987, Ms. Perez has held positions in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management, the Executive Secretariat, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and at posts in Italy and Spain. She speaks Spanish and Italian.
Ms. Perez received a B.A. from Hiram College in Political Science and an M.A. in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University. She is married to Al Perez. They have three children.