Institute of Design Hosts Adaptive Growth in Mexico City Panel

The Institute of Design will hold a panel titled “Adaptive Growth in Mexico City” on Tuesday, February 28 from 6–8 p.m. CST at Centro (455 Avenida Constituyentes, Ciudad de México, CDMX 11820, Mexico).

During a period of growth within a context of political upheaval and border contestation, Mexico City plays a critical role in defining the new economy. How are key stakeholders in Mexico City’s new ecosystem driving growth to reflect Mexican identity, consumer interests, and partnerships?

Join venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and designers for a discussion on adaptive growth in Latin America, a panel focused on innovation and strategic design in the ecology of financial products and services in Mexico City. Panelists will explore how relevant innovations or investments in Mexico City have been adapted to fit the local context and could inform other cities within the “network” of Latin America and business globally.

The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception.

RSVP here.

About Institute of Design and the Strategy World Tour

Institute of Design, a graduate-only design school based in Chicago, is on a research mission to discover how design is adapting to address emerging fields across the globe. The goal of the Strategy World Tour is to facilitate high level strategic discussion with business and thought leaders over a curated journey into the future. We want to understand the changing nature of industries and ways of living and working, and the role that design can play within that.


Federico Antoni, managing partner of ALLVP

Federico is within the most notable figures and relevant early capital investors in Mexico’s ecosystem. He gained extensive experience at launching businesses in South America and exploiting the e-commerce space. He had senior management positions in large and complex organizations.

Federico leverages his extensive international experience in strategic marketing, branding, international development, retail and e-commerce to be an engaged investor. Before founding ALLVP, he held marketing positions in companies such as Submarino, Televisa and L’Oréal and was CEO at Edoardos. In 2011, he co-founded Fondeadora, the largest crowdfunding platform in Latam and Numa México, Mexican leading seed accelerator program.

Federico holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Paris Dauphine and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Since 2014, he is a Lecturer at the Stanford MBA and professor at ITAM. Federico is board member of AMEXCAP and President of AFICO, the Mexican Association of Crowdfunding Platforms. He was recently name co-President of the Entrepreneurship division of COMFEI, the Franco-Mexican Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Luis Arnal, CEO of INSITUM

Luis Arnal (M.Des. 1998) is President and Founder of INSITUM, the leading innovation consulting firm in Latin America and is currently responsible for the global growth of the Company. INSITUM helps the biggest companies in the world create an innovation culture by envisioning new products, developing new services, designing better customer experiences, and crafting better strategies. INSITUM has more than 100 employees and offices in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and United States.

Vicente Fenoll, founder and CEO of kubo.financiero

Vicente Fenoll is founder and CEO of kubo.financiero (2012), a p2p lending platform in Mexico with social impact that is seeking to boost the development of the country through loans between people. Considered a pioneer in the microfinance sector in Mexico, he founded FinComun in 1994 with the objective of providing financial services to people with limited resources, this company became one of the largest private institutions in Mexico in this sector. He was selected by Ashoka in April 2004 as an Endeavor Entrepreneur and in 2015 as a Social Entrepreneur. He actively participates in the design of regulation and public policies around the financial sector.

Vicente is a public accountant for the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. He also holds a Master’s degree in business management from IPADE and a specialization in directing coaching from the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra.

Fernando Lelo de Larrea, managing partner of ALLVP

As a relevant player in Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Fernando became one of the most important and active early stage investors. He has ample experience in operational and financial aspects of private equity, project finance and management of businesses in growth.​

Fernando co-founded ALLVP in 2012 and since than has invested in companies from service centered sectors in healthcare, financial services, mobility and e-commerce. He is board member of Voy al Doc, Médica Santa Carmen, SaludFácil, Gaudena, Click, Uhma. Additionally, he co-founded NUMA México (formerly Venture Institute), the leading startup accelerator and entrepreneurship platform, and Fondeadora, LATAM´s pioneer crowdfunding platform.

After his tenure of COO and CFO, he headed Umbral Capital, an investment vehicle of private capital for housing projects, where he was responsible for the operation of a MXN $500 million fund. He continued as chairman of the board. Previous to Umbral Capital, Fernando was deputy director of the Division of Energy and Project Finance in Protego Asesores, a specialized investment banking firm in Mexico.

He holds an MBA from Stanford GSB, an MA in Economics from London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from ITAM.

Carlos López-Moctezuma, head of new digital businesses and financial inclusion at BBVA Bancomer

Carlos López-Moctezuma is the head of new digital businesses for BBVA Bancomer and global gead of financial inclusion at the BBVA Group. Since November 2012 Carlos has been responsible for the development of the global strategy for reaching the lowest income population within the provision of financial services. Starting in January 2016, he is also head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit where he is responsible of connecting with startups, developers, and entrepreneurs to find disruptive technologies in the fintech ecosystem. In addition, Carlos coordinates agile teams developing low-cost digital solutions for the bank.

Carlos is member of the Steering Committee at the Smart Campaign, a global non for profit initiative for consumer protection in microfinance.

Before taking up his position at BBVA, Carlos López-Moctezuma spent six years working for the National Banking and Securities Commission of México (CNBV) developing the regulatory framework for financial inclusion and he was member of the National Council for Financial Inclusion. Previously, he worked at Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal in the financial planning department for the Ministry of Finance in the Public Credit Unit, for Seattle Northwest Securities Corporation, and for América Móvil.

López-Moctezuma holds a MBA with specialization in finance and strategy from the Yale University School of Management. Additionally, he received a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where he also teaches courses on fintech and open innovation, finance, and behavioral economics.

Moderated by Denis Weil, dean designate of Institute of Design

Denis Weil is a proven design leader with a passion for advancing the practice of design to create new solutions and approaches to entrenched problems, through both practice and teaching. For over a dozen years, he has driven design and innovation in leadership positions at organizations like McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, and IDEO. Most recently, he has applied his design leadership to driving innovation in the social and public sector serving as a design advisor to a range of social and civic organizations including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Year Up, Mercy Corps, and Sanergy.

Weil was named a “master of design” by Fast Company. In the article “Making Over McDonald’s” (Fast Company, 2010), Tim Brown, president and chief executive officer of IDEO, called Weil an “experience engineer” engaged directly with large-scale experimentation. This has focused especially on his customer and community base – a “living network” where ideas emerge from global partners—owner-operators, suppliers, outside design firms, customers —and are relentlessly filtered and tested. He has led teams in comprehensive product design, resulting in significant patents such as dynamic fit diapers, which has been patented worldwide and part of Pampers design for over 25 years.

A native of Switzerland, Weil received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETH) including the Master Thesis Exchange Program with ETH and Imperial College London. In addition to his master’s degree in design planning from Institute of Design, Weil was a 2015 Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow (nonprofit/public leadership) at Harvard University and guest professor at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem).