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Breaking the Cash Ceiling: Digital Payment Systems in Mexico

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Breaking the Cash Ceiling: Digital Payment Systems in Mexico

The Mexican payment ecosystem is in the midst of a paradox: while its regulatory framework encompasses one of the most developed fintech laws in the region, the majority of the country's payments continue to rely heavily on cash. However, the horizon for growth is extensive as the fintech law was just approved in March 2018 and the local market already counts as many as 441 startups. The biggest winners will be those that can most effectively meet the banking needs of the country's 120 million population—and in particular, the large segment of financially under-served people—and those that can create the most scalable solutions. This panel unites leaders of the companies that are bringing innovations to digital payment systems as well as those that have developed successful e-commerce platforms, particularly during the pandemic.


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Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales
General Manager
PROSA

Alejandro Morales Bustamante is an industrial engineer and has a master's in finance. He also holds various specialties in leadership from Wharton and Kellogg School of Management. Since 2018, he has been the General Manager of Prosa, one of the biggest electronic payment systems of Latin America. He founded the innovation arm of the company, which focuses on helping financial and non-financial institutions to incorporate open banking and strengthen their digital platforms.

David Geisen
David Geisen
General Director
Mercado Libre

As the new General Director of Mercado Libre, David Geisen leads the business in Mexico and leads the company's plans to continue promoting e-commerce in the country. Geisen, an entrepreneur and investor in online commerce, has extensive experience in the industry, both in the national and international markets, where he has also shared his experience as a mentor of several entrepreneurship projects. He is co-founder of the Mexican Online Sales Association (AMVO) and Hotsale, the largest online sales initiative in Mexico. Currently, he serves as a board member and represents the interests of e-tailers. He is also founder of two Mexican startups: ClickOnero and Dafiti. He has a master of science, a bachelor of science, and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Applied Sciences.

Adolfo Babatz
Adolfo Babatz
Founder and CEO
Clip

Adolfo Babatz is the founder and CEO of Clip, the leading solution in Mexico for SMBs to accept digital payments. The company currently has more than 400 employees in different offices located in Salt Lake City, California, Utah, Guadalajara, and Mexico City. Before Clip, he was responsible for customer engagement and new product development for PayPal Latin America. Before moving into the engagement team, he led the team that opened PayPal in Mexico. Right before PayPal, he studied an MBA at MIT, where he specialized in entrepreneurship and economics of information. Previously, he worked as an advisor to the executive vice president of Grupo Desc, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Mexico and, shortly thereafter, was part of the founding team of The Carlyle Group Mexico, where he worked as an analyst.

Federico Gomez Schumacher
Federico Gomez Schumacher
General Manager for Brazil and Mexico
PayPal

Federico Gomez Schumacher is the General Manager for Brazil and Mexico at PayPal. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the PayPal business in these markets, leading a team that is working to grow the business while continuing to prioritize innovation. Previously, he served as General Manager for Hispanic Latin America. In this role, he was responsible for the growth, profitability, and positioning of the company as a leader in payment services in Mexico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. During this time, he worked on different projects that facilitated the rapid expansion of PayPal in these markets. He has a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Alejandra Gómez
Moderator: Alejandra Gómez
Country Director Mexico
The Business Year

Alejandra Gómez is an internationalist with a background in business analysis and publishing for both print and digital media. As Country Director in Mexico for The Business Year, a media platform based in London that promotes investment in emerging markets, she regularly interviews high-level executives and public-sector authorities. In 2017, she was selected to join the Emerging Leaders Fellowship as one of 20 international world change agents that participated in the San Francisco Program and was given the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 2011. She studied a double major in international relations and business administration and is currently a CFA candidate.

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Thursday, June 11

Morning

11:00 AM TO
11:05 AM

Welcome remarks

11:05 AM TO
11:45 AM

Open discussion

Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales
General Manager, PROSA
Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales
General Manager
PROSA

Alejandro Morales Bustamante is an industrial engineer and has a master's in finance. He also holds various specialties in leadership from Wharton and Kellogg School of Management. Since 2018, he has been the General Manager of Prosa, one of the biggest electronic payment systems of Latin America. He founded the innovation arm of the company, which focuses on helping financial and non-financial institutions to incorporate open banking and strengthen their digital platforms.

David Geisen
David Geisen
General Director, Mercado Libre
David Geisen
David Geisen
General Director
Mercado Libre

As the new General Director of Mercado Libre, David Geisen leads the business in Mexico and leads the company's plans to continue promoting e-commerce in the country. Geisen, an entrepreneur and investor in online commerce, has extensive experience in the industry, both in the national and international markets, where he has also shared his experience as a mentor of several entrepreneurship projects. He is co-founder of the Mexican Online Sales Association (AMVO) and Hotsale, the largest online sales initiative in Mexico. Currently, he serves as a board member and represents the interests of e-tailers. He is also founder of two Mexican startups: ClickOnero and Dafiti. He has a master of science, a bachelor of science, and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Applied Sciences.

Federico Gomez Schumacher
Federico Gomez Schumacher
General Manager for Brazil and Mexico, PayPal
Federico Gomez Schumacher
Federico Gomez Schumacher
General Manager for Brazil and Mexico
PayPal

Federico Gomez Schumacher is the General Manager for Brazil and Mexico at PayPal. In this role, he is responsible for the development of the PayPal business in these markets, leading a team that is working to grow the business while continuing to prioritize innovation. Previously, he served as General Manager for Hispanic Latin America. In this role, he was responsible for the growth, profitability, and positioning of the company as a leader in payment services in Mexico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. During this time, he worked on different projects that facilitated the rapid expansion of PayPal in these markets. He has a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Adolfo Babatz
Adolfo Babatz
Founder and CEO, Clip
Adolfo Babatz
Adolfo Babatz
Founder and CEO
Clip

Adolfo Babatz is the founder and CEO of Clip, the leading solution in Mexico for SMBs to accept digital payments. The company currently has more than 400 employees in different offices located in Salt Lake City, California, Utah, Guadalajara, and Mexico City. Before Clip, he was responsible for customer engagement and new product development for PayPal Latin America. Before moving into the engagement team, he led the team that opened PayPal in Mexico. Right before PayPal, he studied an MBA at MIT, where he specialized in entrepreneurship and economics of information. Previously, he worked as an advisor to the executive vice president of Grupo Desc, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Mexico and, shortly thereafter, was part of the founding team of The Carlyle Group Mexico, where he worked as an analyst.

Alejandra Gómez
Moderator: Alejandra Gómez
Country Director Mexico, The Business Year
Alejandra Gómez
Alejandra Gómez
Country Director Mexico
The Business Year

Alejandra Gómez is an internationalist with a background in business analysis and publishing for both print and digital media. As Country Director in Mexico for The Business Year, a media platform based in London that promotes investment in emerging markets, she regularly interviews high-level executives and public-sector authorities. In 2017, she was selected to join the Emerging Leaders Fellowship as one of 20 international world change agents that participated in the San Francisco Program and was given the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 2011. She studied a double major in international relations and business administration and is currently a CFA candidate.

11:45 AM TO
11:55 AM

Q&A session

11:55 AM TO
12:00 PM

Closing remarks

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