Gabriela Frias, Moderadora
Gabriela Frias is a Mexican journalist with over two decades of experience. Frias currently anchors Portafolio Global, a daily business program that seeks to open the doors to understanding global business news and economic trends that are shaping our world, including the fourth industrial revolution and all the innovations that are transforming the way we learn, work and live.
Frias was for more than 13 years, the International and Latin American presenter of financial news on CNN, interviewing world leaders, reporting on the global financial issues, traveling to high-level events, such as the G-20 in Mexico and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is recognized as a leader in business journalism in Latin America.
Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson
Arun is President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson. He joined Ericsson in 1995 and has held various senior positions in the company, including Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Network Products from April 2016 to March 2017, Head of Business Unit Radio from 2014 to 2016, and Head of Region South East Asia and Oceania from 2010 to 2014. He was also responsible for establishing the world's first managed capacity operation with the operator Bharti Airtel in India. Arun holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, both from India.
Germán Darío Arias Pimienta
Former Executive Director, Commission For Communications Regulation Of Colombia
Germán joined the team of the Ministry of Communications of Colombia in August 2003, where he contributed in several regulatory challenges: opening the long distance market, interconnection between operators, additional spectrum allocation for mobile operators to meet the growing demand for the service, and the liberation of frequency bands for the use of wireless access technologies, such as Wi-Fi. He also served as Manager of the ICT and Agro Initiative in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, from where he structured a project aimed at improving the farmers’ quality of life and increasing productivity. Germán is an Economist, holds a Masters Diploma in IT Management, and a specialization in International Business Management, all from Mexico and Colombia.
Jorge F. Negrete
President, Digital & Policy Law
Jorge is one of the most prominent analysts in the telecommunications sector in Latin America. His academic and professional activity is centered around Communication legislation, Telecommunications, Information Technology and Cultural Policy. He is President of Digital Policy & Law, one of the most influential consulting firms in Mexico and Latin America, in the area of public policy and regulation of Telecommunications and Information Technology. He currently sits on the Advisor’s Board of the Federal Telecommunications Institute and is Executive Secretary of the Regional Telecommunications Congress organized yearly by AHCIET, GSMA and CAF. He is the former Secretary General of the Mexican Association of the Right to Information A.C. and also former Coordinator of the Cultural Policy Program of the Mexican Academy for Law, Education and Culture A.C.Development and Information Technology; as well as the Radio, Television and Cinematography Commission of the Senate of the Republic of Mexico. He holds a Law Degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Salma Jalife Villalón
Salma was named Subsecretary of Communications and Technological Development within the Bureau of Communications and Transportation (SCT) in Mexico in 2018. In 1990, she designed and implemented one of the largest private telecommunications networks in Latin America for the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). From 2003 to 2006, she was a commissioner in the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL) in charge of the Engineering and Technology area, where she directed regulatory proposals on spectrum planning and administration, technical numbering and signaling plans, standardization, terminal approval, and voice over IP, among other matters. Prior to her appointment at the SCT, she served as Coordinator of International Affairs at the University Corporation for Internet Development, A.C. and in the National Research and Education Network of Mexico (NREM). Salma is a member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering, the Mexican Academy of Informatics, and the Mexican Network of Supercomputing. She holds a Masters’ degree in Science specialized in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.