Keynote Speakers

Patrick Hyndman (Canada)

Patrick Hyndman is the Director of International Partnerships (Science and Innovation Sector) at the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation. Until 2017, he was representing Quebec in the United States in the last 8 years as Director of Public Affairs, first in Boston and then in New York City. In that capacity, he oversaw relations between Quebec and the Northeast of the U.S. states notably in the fields of government relations and academic affairs. He worked in promoting partnerships between various Quebec and American institutions, including universities and research centers. Previously he also worked in the fields of immigration and diversity, as well as in the internationalization of Canadian universities.

M. Hyndman earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Laval University in Quebec, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Administrative European Studies from the College of Europe in Belgium.

Dr. Luis Felipe Maldaner (Brazil)

Director of UNITEC and CEO of the São Leopoldo Tech Park – Tecnosinos, with a degree in Business Administration from the Universidade Feevale (1991) – Novo Hamburgo / Brazil; Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Vale of Rio dos Sinos (2005) – São Leopoldo / Brazil and PhD in Latin American Studies from the Hankok University of Foreign Studies (2012) – Seoul, South Korea. He has experience in the Administration, with an emphasis on the National Innovation System, acting mainly in the following areas: innovation, development, technology, industrial policy and strategy, foreign trade, and internationalization.

Dr. Luc Dancause (Canada)

Luc Dancause is passionate about knowledge transfer and social innovation. Founding Member of Sapiens Conseils in Quebec, Canada, and Consultant in Management and Knowledge Transfer. He is a Historian at Laval University with a Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Sociology from McGill University and a Doctorate (Ph.D) in Urban Studies from the University of Quebec in Montreal – UQAM. He has more than 17 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting in this field. He has offered a large number of conferences and workshops on this subject both in Quebec and in Latin America (Colombia, Mexico, Panama) demonstrating great ability in making complex content accessible. Luc Dancause led the organizing committee of the Canadian Forum on Knowledge Mobilization that took place in Montreal in 2015 – the principal event in Canada for professional development in this field.

Luc Dancause has provided management advice and knowledge transfer to numerous companies such as the Kheops International Research Consortium (CIUSSS) in Montreal, the Robert-Sauvé Research Institute on Occupational Health and Safety (IRSST), the Reference Center for Agriculture and Quebec Agri-Food (CRAAQ), The Research Initiation Center and Sustainable Development Aid – (CIRADD), among others.

Dr. Eysel Adolfo Chong (Panama)

Graduate in Industrial Technology, with a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), and Master’s degree in Formulation and Evaluation of Projects (MBA). Specialist in the fields of Impact Evaluation and sustainable effectiveness, among others. He is currently Manager of Knowledge Management at the City of Knowledge Foundation (FCDS). With more than 20 years of experience as a consultant for business development and management and as a university professor, he has led and coordinated projects related to business development and entrepreneurship services in addition to the design, coordination, knowledge management and innovation processes that improve productivity and competitiveness in the SME sector.

Dr. Jorge Rojas (Chile)

Dr. Jorge Rojas is an Advisor to the Vice-Presidency for Research at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, supporting internationalization efforts as well as in charge of the Office for Postdoctoral Research. He is also a Justice at the Patent and Trademark Appeal Court in Chile, a Fellow Researcher at the UC Davis Center for Sciences and Innovation Studies, and a mentor at the UC Davis Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and PUC´s Innovation Center.

His research and professional work focuses on university research processes, international intellectual property and technology transfer, as well as internationalization of research and graduate programs at higher education institutions. He has been Program Director for the Chile – UC Davis Partnership, Director for Latin America International Law programs at the School of Law at University of California, Davis. He has worked on intellectual property issues for UC Davis, public agencies, universities and the private sector in Latin America and Europe and has published on technology and intellectual property issues. Dr. Rojas is a member or the Steering Committee of the Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Network of Vice-Presidents of Research and Innovation, a consultant for OAS, the Interamerican Development Bank, and several governments and public agencies and higher education institutions across the world.

Dr. Rojas is a lawyer and a native of Chile. He holds degrees in Accounting from the University of Concepcion and in Law from the University of Chile. He earned a Master’s Degree (LLM) from the UC Davis Law School in 2003 and a doctoral degree (JSD) from the UC Berkeley Law School in 2008. He was a civil servant in Chile from 1991 to 1998, focusing on agreements of international cooperation and higher education. From 1998 to 2002, he was a lawyer for Fundacion Chile. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000 and currently holds an appointment as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chile.

Dr. Luis Alberto Gutiérrez Díaz de León (Mexico)

PhD in Computational Sciences from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, and current General Coordinator of Information Technologies at the University of Guadalajara. Chairman of the Network Development Committee of the University Corporation for Internet Development (CUDI), member of the Mexican Academy of Information Technology (AMIAC) and the Academy of Engineering of Mexico (AI). Adviser of the Jalisco Institute of Information Technologies (IJALTI). Advisor in technology projects for the nation, and founding member of the technology committee of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), as well as the Network of ICT Directors of Latin American Higher Education Institutions (RediTIC)..

José Lorenzo García-Baltasar García-Calvo (Spain)

José Lorenzo García-Baltasar García-Calvo holds a degree in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid. He has been working in the field of international cooperation for development for over twenty years. He has been working since 2001 in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), and has served as General Coordinator of Spanish Cooperation in China (2001-2006), in Egypt (2006-2010), and in Argentina (2011-2014). Since April 1, 2014 he has held the position of Director at Spanish Cooperation’s Training Center in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). In this position, he has been supporting the implementation of a plan for realizing the transfer, exchange, and management of knowledge between the Spanish Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (called the Intercoop Plan). Aiming to promote compliance with the 2030 Agenda, this plan is a purely regional effort that the AECID offers to improve knowledge management.

Dra. María Guadalupe Macedo Espinosa (Canada))

Ph.D. in food science and technology at Université Laval (Québec, Canada). Guadalupe Macedo has an interest in innovation management (GI) and intellectual property management (IP), particularly in a context of open innovation. Since 2008 she has been part of the team at the Office of Engagement and Support for Innovation (SePSI) of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Québec, Canada, where she accompanies and supports the UQAM professors/researchers in all stages necessary to carry out R & D projects in liaison with industry, government, and / or other economic or social development organizations. She is also responsible for research valorization activities such as the transfer of technology and knowledge, as well as the management of intellectual property.

Guadalupe has solid experience in company-university relationships, creation of innovation-supporting ecosystems, scientific and commercial technology evaluation at various universities, managing intellectual and industrial property, editing, negotiating, and managing research contracts and licenses. She has also been responsible for the implementation of initiatives and projects that help create a culture of innovation and accelerate the economic growth of sectors such as life sciences, agro-food, environmental sciences, and biotechnology.

Guadalupe graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry of the UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico) as a Chemist, Pharmacist, and Biologist with a focus in food technology. Subsequently, she completed a master’s and doctoral degree in the field of ​​food science and technology at the Université Laval (Quebec, Canada) and also obtained an MBA from HEC Montréal, as well as a diploma of higher studies in Management of innovation of the ETS in Montréal , Canada).

Dra. Andrea Valéria Steil (Brazil)

Psychologist with a Master’s in Administration and PhD in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She was a visiting researcher at the University of South Florida (USF / USA) from 1993 to 1995.

Coordinates the Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Studies in Knowledge, Learning, and Organizational Memory (KLOM) and the Laboratory of Learning, Knowledge, and Management in Organizations and Work (LABPOT). She teaches in postgraduate programs in Engineering and Knowledge Management and Psychology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. She has a close relationship with the market of knowledge-intensive organizations, acting in collaboration with this sector to further the progress of organizational development projects.

Her work has led to broad scientific and technological output in the areas of organizational learning in innovative contexts and innovation habitats, organizational knowledge, behavioral intentions of professionals who use technology, and retention of talents in knowledge-intensive organizations. Before joining the academic and scientific area, she worked for 10 years in non-profit organizations, working in both technical and  managerial positions.

Juan Fernando Pacheco Duarte (Colombia)

Industrial Engineer from the University of the Andes, Specialist in Social Management from UNIMINUTO, and Master in Planning and Administration of Regional Development from the University of the Andes.

He is currently the Manager of the Social Innovation Science Park at the Minuto de Dios University Corporation. He has also held other positions such as Dean of the Cundinamarca campus, Academic Vice Rector of the main campus, and Dean of the Engineering Faculty at UNIMINUTO, among others.

He is a consultant for UNICEF in Integral Action against Antipersonnel Landmines and co-founder of the Engineers without Borders Colombia group, made up of students and professors from UNIMINUTO and the University of the Andes.

Dr. Luis Carlos Arraut Camargo (Colombia)

Luis Carlos Arraut Camargo is currently the Director of the El Patio Laboratory of Creativity and Innovation and Director of the Master in Management of Innovation Program at the Technological University of Bolívar in Colombia.

He holds a PhD in Business Studies from the University of Mondragón in Spain and is full-time professor at the Technological University of Bolívar. He has been an evaluator of innovation projects in Colombia (COLCIENCIAS), in Panama (Senacyt) and Peru (CONCYTEC-CIENCIACTIVA). He is a visiting professor at various universities in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America, including the TEC of Monterrey (Mexico), the Technology Institute of Sonora (Mexico), Universidad Minuto de Dios (Colombia), Universidad Latina de Panamá, among others.

His research based in entrepreneurship and innovation have allowed him not only to have academic articles on the subject published, but also have earned him recognition three separate times as the creator of the most important innovation project from the Technological University of Bolívar (2009-2015-2016). His research at the Laboratory of Creativity and Innovation has also been recognized as the most important academic innovation project in Bolívar in 2016 and, his work has earned the Entrepreneurship Center and the Innovation Laboratory as a center of excellence of the Next Link Network by the Young Business Americas Trust of the OAS in the year 2015.

In the development of business activities, he is the creator of Startup INNOVARRAUT, which provides assistance in improving innovation culture and assistance in implementing the educational-business innovation model called CREINNOVA. He is also a member of the Association of SMEs in Colombia and is part of the Board of Directors of that association in Cartagena, Colombia.

Dr. Maritza Rengifo Millan (Colombia)

Ph.D in Administration, Management, and Assurance of Higher Education of the University of Montréal-Canada. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad del Valle-Colombia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Foreign Trade and International Economics from the University of Barcelona-Spain.

Consultant and Advisor in multiple industrial, commercial, solidarity service, and health sector companies. She currently directs all Postgraduate students in the Accounting and Finance Department of Universidad del Valle. Former Director of the Public Accounting Program, former Academic Vice Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Universidad del Valle. Academic peer of the National Council in Higher Education in Colombia (CONACES). Frequent guest at conferences in Central America, Latin America and Latin America for a  variety of different academic and business events.

Her teaching, research, and national and international presentations focus on: Assurance, Management, and Innovation of knowledge in Higher Education.

Lic. Mónica Hermosillo Herrera (Mexico)

Graduated from the Management Improvement Program at IPADE (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa), holds a Master’s Degree in Technological Innovation Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Marketing, both from the Universidad Panamericana Guadalajara Campus.

She is the Director of Spark UP, an incubator and business accelerator for companies of the Pan-American University Guadalajara Campus, where she has opened new programs that support entrepreneurs such as business accelerators, a fab lab for prototype development, training programs, and a methodology transfer system for the CDMX Campus and Aguascalientes Campus. She collaborated in the Commercial area with CEPii, a business accelerator for IPADE and UP companies,  has helped to achieve notable results in the 30+ companies she has worked with, and has collaborated in the development of business plans in countries such as Spain and the United States.

She specializes in Commerce, Market Research, Strategic Planning, Entrepreneurship, and approval of business ideas.

Mgtr. Jerry Jesse Lynch Solis (Perú)

CEO of Watson Agency (Peru) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation and Development – CIDE at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. International Diploma in Neuromarketing applied to business at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia – UPCH. Master Certified in Business and Leadership Management by Regent University.

Founder of Watson Agency (Digital Transformation Agency) and PURPLE Innovation Consultant (Makerspace), in charge of creative campaigns and digital transformation processes for prestigious companies in Latin America such as: Peugeot Peru, Manpower Group, SURA Peru, among others.

He currently serves as professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru – PUCP in the Center for Innovation and Business Development, and as professor in the Postgraduate and continuing education unit of the Universidad Científica del Sur (Peru).