Speakers

  • Lianabel Oliver

    Founder and CEO OBALearn BIO
  • Taras Oleksyk

    University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Associate Professor of Biology, Director of Caribbean Genome Center BIO
  • Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

    Executive Director CienciaPR; Director Yale Ciencia Initiative, Yale University & Ciencia Puerto Rico BIO
  • Yaihara Fortis Santiago

    Director of Science Alliance The New York Academy of Sciences BIO
  • Miguel Angel Cotto Morales

    Founder and Developer of Revuelo BIO
  • Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

    Vice-Director, CienciaPR; Community Engagement and Outreach Manager, iBiology & UCSF BIO
  • Wanda Liz Díaz Merced

    Chair Astrosense ( Multimodal Inclussion) Office of Astronomy for Development BIO
  • Ignacio Pino

    Presidente/ CEO CDi Laboratories. Inc BIO
  • Greetchen Díaz

    Coordinator, Grants Program and Outreach at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust BIO
  • Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos

    Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Yale University BIO
  • David L. Gulley

    Director, Technology Transfer Office of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust BIO
  • Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

    Co-Founder and Lead Project Designer of ZeroDamage BIO
  • Ricardo Alexander Gómez

    President, New Wave Health Ventures BIO
  • Luis Ramos

    PRRTC Site Leader & Engineering Director Honeywell Aerospace BIO
  • Gregory J. Quirk

    Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry UPR School of Medicine BIO
  • Rodolfo J. Romañach

    Professor of Chemistry UPR-Mayaguez BIO
  • Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

    Associate Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe - School of Medicine BIO
  • Roy A. Armstrong

    Founder and President Remote Sensing Consultants BIO
  • Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

    Managing Member Ferraiuoli LLC BIO
  • Duamed Colón-Carrión

    President & CEO
    Agro Tropical, Inc.
    BIO
  • Nerma Albertorio Barnés

    Executive Director
    Startup.pr
    BIO
  • Amaury Blondet

    Managing Director
    The BloC-O Group
    BIO
  • Giovanni Collazo

    Founder of Gasolina Móvil BIO
  • Sheilla Torres-Nieves

    Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    Sunne Cleantech Lab
    BIO
  • José Lebrón

    Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
    Sunne Cleantech Lab
    BIO
  • Vivian Vargas/ Stefan Maganto

    Founders of Burea BIO
  • Javier de Jesús

    Neeuko, Univerisdad del Sagrado Corazón BIO
  • Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa

    Associate Professor
    University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
    BIO
  • Marie Custodio

    Outreach Manager
    Parallel18
    BIO
  • Lucas Arzola

    COO
    Parallel18
    BIO
  • Pedro J. Resto Irizarry

    Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez BIO
  • Benjamin Bolaños Rosero

    Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico - School of Medicine BIO
  • José Vega Torres

    Director, Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez BIO
  • Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández

    Co-Founders Momentum Creative Labs BIO
  • Charles Smart

    Sr Manager, Security Risk & Compliance Assurance
    GM Security Technologies
    BIO
  • Paul T. Hargen

    Director and General Manager
    Graphics Supplies Operations
    HP
    BIO
  • Francisco Córdova

    Director of Arecibo Observatory, SRI International BIO
  • Lourdes De Cárdenas

    Vice President of Operations, Consumables and Reprocessing, Stryker Global Manufacturing BIO
  • Alfredo Casta

    Founder and Chairman of Cascade Technologies, INC BIO
  • Antonio L. Negrón Zayas

    President, D2M Solutions BIO
  • Christopher Reim

    Managing Partner CDVCA
    Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, LP
    BIO
  • Kelvin Rosa Madera

    Spark up BIO
  • Kerwin Tesdell

    President of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance BIO
  • Emmanuel F. Oquendo-Rosao

    Mechanical Engineering Student
    Idea Platform
    BIO
  • Lucy Crespo

    CEO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Reasearch Trust BIO
  • Iván Ríos Mena

    COO of Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Reasearch Trust BIO
  • Ada Monzón

    Meteorologist, Founder Ecoexploratorium BIO
  • Eliud Hernandez

    Co-Founder MetaBloq BIO
  • Eduardo Inclán

    Co-Founder and Managing Principal of McLarty Bluhaus Capital Partners BIO
  • César A. Montilla, Jr.

    President & CEO of The Spectrum Group BIO
  • Myrna Rivera

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consultiva Internacional Inc. BIO
  • Julián Diaz

    Trust In-House Lawyer and Administrator BIO
  • Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D.

    Researcher, IBS Caribe Inc/Universidad de Puerto Rico - Mayaguez BIO
  • Suheily J. López Belén

Lianabel Oliver

Lianabel Oliver, MBA, CPA, CMA, CGMA is the founder, CEO, and Chief Learning Officer of OBALearn. She is a recognized expert in strategic planning, cost management, and financial accounting with extensive industry experience in these areas. She has training thousands of employees in Puerto Rico and abroad for over 23 years. Ms. Oliver holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology and Administrative Sciences from Yale University, where she graduated.


Taras Oleksyk

Dr. Oleksyk is currently an Associate Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. His research focuses on genetic diversity of humans and vertebrates, identifying footprints of recent genome evolution, and island biodiversity in the Caribbean. Dr. Oleksyk has arrived to Puerto Rico in 2009 from the NIH, and has been recognized for organizing ongoing community support behind conservation genomics of endangered species in Puerto Rico. He founded the Caribbean Genome Center, a research and education facility engaging minority students in genomics and bioinformatics, and built an extensive undergraduate program at the UPRM by sampling and describing genetic diversity across the island.


Giovanna Guerrero-Medina

Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina is Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Director of the Yale Ciencia Initiative. Under her leadership, CienciaPR has become one of the largest networked communities of Hispanic scientists in the world, has secured over 2 million in federal and foundation grants, and in 2015 received recognition as a Bright Spot in Hispanic science education by the White House. She has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Yaihara Fortis Santiago

Yaihara is the director of the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences. Yaihara develops and implements innovative workshops and courses that provide scientists with skills critical for all careers. Dr. Fortis obtained her bachelors’ from the University of Puerto Rico and her PhD in neuroscience from Brandeis University. In 2014, she completed the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation.


Miguel Angel Cotto Morales

Miguel Angel Cotto Morales is the founder of Revuelo.tech, a research and product development of drone technology focusing on the prosumer, tech toys and racing drone market segments. We empathize with the customer and translate needs and desires into tangible solutions. He is launching a web based app that brings to the drone racers the opportunity of customize their own racing drone. Miguel is engaged with the education about flying safety, regulations and the drone maker’s community.


Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer

Dr.Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer is Vice-Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and Community Engagement and Outreach Manager for iBiology and UCSF. A scientist-turned-communicator, she leverages online technologies to engage scientists with education, outreach and communication to make science and scientists accessible to all. Mónica has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón.


Wanda Liz Díaz Merced

Wanda Liz Díaz Merced is the chair of Astrosense, which is the first evidence based global initiative pursuing the leveling of the Physics and Astronomy playing field. She targets professional, higher education, school and outreach levels at once. Wanda is also co-chairing the American Astronomical Society Working Group on Disability and Accesibility (WGAD) and the Multimodal Access Project at the National Society of Black Physicists.


Ignacio Pino

Ignacio Pino is a true representation of the quest for the American dream. Puerto Rican, born to Cuban emigrants. Blessed with an insatiable appetite for knowledge in life-sciences, nacho (his nickname) became a veterinarian and practiced for 10 years before deciding to become a biotechnology entrepreneur after family losses to cancer, the need to do something about it and to contribute to his family's and Puerto Rico's well being. Ignacio has literally plowed the way for biotechnology entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico. He has developed a world- class biotechnology company focused on human protein research and discovery, CDI Laboratories, Inc.


Greetchen Díaz

Greetchen Díaz is the grants program and outreach initiatives coordinator at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. She volunteers at CienciaPR, a non-profit organization that promotes science careers among Puerto Rican and Hispanics, where she founded “Borinqueña,” a bilingual blog for women in science and technology. Greetchen coordinates “Semillas de Triunfo,” a STEM Ambassador Program for middle school girls. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a PhD in molecular, cellular and developmental Biology from Ohio State University. Greetchen is a board member of the Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists.


Daniel Alfonso Colón-Ramos

Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Yale University and a Trustee of the Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Daniel completed his A.B. in biology at Harvard University and his PhD in molecular genetics from Duke University School of Medicine. His lab uses the nematode C. elegans to understand the developmental events that direct neural connectivity in vivo and that determine how neural circuits form, how they influence behavior, and how they are changed during learning.

His work has been recognized by a Sloan Research Fellowship, and several NIH and foundation awards. Dr. Colón-Ramos has also worked to expand access to scientific knowledge, experiences and careers among communities or populations traditionally underrepresented in science. In 2006 he founded Ciencia Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization that promotes scientific research and education in the Puerto Rican archipelago and among Hispanics in the US and in Latin America. He received the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science in 2011 in recognition for his outreach and research work.


David L. Gulley

Dr. Gulley is founding director of the TTO, created to enhance the island’s innovation ecosystem in cooperation with universities, researchers, businesses, government, and external partners. His career includes 25 years of leading innovation-based economic development for the University of Illinois system. From 2012-2015 he led the establishment of 21 tech transfer offices in Chile. Gulley is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).


Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Wilfredo Méndez, M.ARCH,B.Env.Design is co-founder of the startup company ZeroDamage and the founding-director of Biotectonica Research & Design Studio in the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He is a TEDx speaker that has spoke at international symposiums in UK on bio-inspired building's technology and structural resilience. In 2014, he was named one of the "Puerto Rico's 30 Outstanding Youths" by the Unesco Puerto Rican Association.


Ricardo Alexander Gómez

Ricardo Alexander Gómez is the inventor of the D-HELP medical device, used in more than one million surgeries worldwide, and founder of New Wave Surgical, one of America’s fastest growing private companies and the No. 1 fastest growing surgical device company per INC magazine. Ricardo recently returned to Puerto Rico, where he is starting a medical device incubator. He attended Cornell Medical School, University of Massachusetts and Florida International University. He is the father of two girls.


Luis Ramos

Luis Ramos is the Director of Engineering for Honeywell Aerospace P.R. and is also the Puerto Rico Research & Technology Center (PRR&TC) site leader. Luis provides leadership to the Engineering and Technology organization at Honeywell’s Aguadilla and Moca sites. Luis is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the strategic direction of the organization. Through his work with private companies, academia and government, Luis seeks to promote and advance the Aerospace Industry in PR.


Gregory J. Quirk

Gregory Quirk, Ph.D., is a Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry and Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico. For the past 19 years, his laboratory in PR has been investigating the neural mechanisms of fear, specifically how to reduce excessive fear and avoidance. Using novel techniques such as optogenetics and CRISPR gene editing, he has discovered circuits that turn fear on or off. Quirk's work is funded by NIH and NSF and he is a NIH MERIT Awardee.


Rodolfo J. Romañach

Professor Romañach leads the research efforts of the Engineering Research Center for Structure Organic Particulate Systems in Puerto Rico. He worked in Puerto Rico's pharmaceutical industry for over 12 years before joining the Chemistry Department in 1999. His research is focused on analyzing chemical and pharmaceutical processes as they occur (process analytical technology). This information is then used to improve the quality and reduce costs of manufacturing.


Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

Dr. Martínez completed an AD–Natural Sciences, UPR-Bayamon, a BS–Biology, UPR-Cayey, a MS–Animal Science, UPR-Mayaguez, and a PhD–Nutritional Genomics, MSU. She worked as Associate Director of the Genomics Core-UPR and completed two postdocs, in molecular and cellular cognition and in cancer biology. As Associate Professor of the Biochemistry-UCC her research focuses on molecular understanding of etiology and progression of disease, and on development of therapeutics using natural products


Roy A. Armstrong

Dr. Roy A. Armstrong is the founder and president of Remote Sensing Consultants, a new startup company that specializes in satellite image analysis and remote sensing. Dr. Armstrong is also professor and researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He has been conducting basic and applied research in ocean-color remote sensing and water optics for the last 35 years.


Eugenio J. Torres-Oyola

Eugenio is the Managing Partner of the firm and Chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property and technology. Eugenio is an active promoter of high impact entrepreneurship and angel investing in Puerto Rico. He has collaborated for many years with Grupo Guayacán and other non-profit entities in furthering entrepreneurship on the Island.


Duamed Colón-Carrión

Duamed is the Founder and CEO of Agro Tropical (AT) a startup company that applies research and innovation to develop products, high quality seeds, and sustainable agriculture commercial scale production systems. AT is a stakeholder of Cover Crops in PR's agricultural community and collaborates with NGO's, Universities, Farmers and USDA on Sustainable Agriculture Technology Transfer efforts.  AT is I-Corps alumni, 2016 Guayacán EnterPRize Grand Winner, and 2016 PR Science & Technology Awardee.


Nerma Albertorio Barnés

Organizations Management from the University of the Sacred Heart, Professional Certification in European Communications by Foro Europeo, Babson SEE Fellow,certified instructor for Ice House Entrepreneurship Program and only Startup Weekend facilitator in Puerto Rico. Founder and President of the Board of Centro para Emprendedores and 100Ventures.


Amaury Blondet

For the past ten years Amaury has worked in the TV and advertising industry with a focus on digital media. He is currently the Managing Director of The BloC-O Group, an innovation consulting firm that specializes in strategies, operations, creative development, media experiences and branded content solutions for the entertainment industry. In addition, he is the founder and executive director of Planeta Feliz, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create a happy and sustainable world.


Giovanni Collazo

Software developer, designer and entrepreneur from San Juan, Puerto Rico. On 2012, co-founded Blimp a mobile and web development studio, on 2015 co-founded Alias Payments and launched Gasolina Móvil a digital wallet mobile app to allow customer to pay for gas from their phones. We serve more than 65% of the Puerto Rico gas station industry, allowing customers to pay for gas using their smartphones.


Sheilla Torres-Nieves, Ph.D.

Sheilla holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and masters and doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She is an expert in the field of thermal-fluid sciences; her work has been published in peer-reviewed fluid mechanics journals and she has presented her research findings in over 30 national and international conferences.

Dr. Torres-Nieves is a fellow of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship. After finishing her doctoral studies, she worked as Senior Engineer at Pratt and Whitney in Middletown, CT for 3 years. While at Pratt, Sheilla supported advanced commercial and military engine programs, performing airfoil design, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, and data validation for compression systems, and led a team to the successful completion of experimentation conducted at NASA Glenn Research Center. Sheilla is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.


José Lebrón

José, an expert in the research and development of renewable energy technologies, is the inventor of Sunne Cleantech Lab's first product, the patent-pending Sunne Heater. While completing his doctoral studies, he participated and won the "Change the World Challenge" business idea competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has contributed multiples scientific publications focusing on furthering the understanding of renewable technologies.

Moreover, José has experience in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal writing, successfully leading Sunne Cleantech Lab to receiving a SBIR Phase 0 by the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, he has over 4 years of experience in the aerodynamic design of aircraft engines, furthering his understanding of commercial product development. Dr. Lebrón holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.


Vivian Vargas/ Stefan Maganto

With BUREA shoppers get cashback for buying specific products, while brands get shopping behaviour insights to optimize efforts and predict purchase behaviour.


Javier de Jesús

Architect and urbanist with over 18 years of academic and professional experience with a penchant for innovative ecosystems, Javier combines his private and public sector knowledge in order to excecute strategies which positively impact the socio-economic projects that ask for his guidance. He is distinguished at implementing methodologies to obtain and attract funding from private investments, federal and state levels for educational institutions and other non-profit organizations.


Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa

Obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2008. His research expertise is in theoretical soft matter and fluid mechanics. In 2011 he obtained the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of the Research Academy for Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows, PI of two grants with NSF, and Co-PI of the program Pathways to Innovation, which focuses on institutional change to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


Marie Custodio

Mrs. Custodio is the Outreach Manager for Parallel18. Previously, she was a journalist at Puerto Rico’s main newspaper, El Nuevo Día, for 9 years, covering Business, Technology and Innovation news. Ms. Custodio is also a Founders Institute graduate, where she gained an insiders’ perspective on the local startup community that she now applies to her outreach efforts in Puerto Rico, Latin America and U.S. ecosystems. Mrs. Custodio has a B.A. in Information and Journalism from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.


Lucas Arzola

Lucas Arzola join Parallel18 as director of operations. Previously, he was the founding director of the Engineering Student Startup Center at University of California-Davis, an on-campus makerspace and student startup incubator. Arzola holds an adjunct professor appointment at UC Davis, teaching a course on creativity and entrepreneurship to undergraduate engineers and scientists, and has been a founder of biotech startup Inserogen and education company Betabox Labs. Arzola has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with emphasis in Biotechnology from UC Davis and a B.Sc. in Industrial Biotechnology from UPRM.


Pedro J. Resto Irizarry

Dr. Resto obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UPRM in 2005. He did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison doing a M.S. in Materials Science, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and a post-doc in Biochemistry. His current research centers on the development of point-of-care biosensors for agriculture, animal health and environmental health. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Program at UPRM.


Benjamin Bolaños Rosero

Benjamin Bolaños is the founder and Director of the San Juan Station for the report of pollens and fungal spores in San Juan, PR in 2005. This is the only Station located in a tropical area of the world. This pioneer work in tropical allergies have allowed him to discover unique characteristic of the outdoor pollens and fungal spores in Puerto Rico. We are working on the development kits of tropical allergens reagents for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergies in PR.


José Vega Torres

Dr. Vega Torres is the director of the Business & Economic Development Center of the School of Business Administration at UPRM. He is the editor and co author of How to Establish a Small Business in Puerto Rico and co chair of the National Forum on Entrepreneurship Education held annually at UPRM. He teaches courses in marketing and entrepreneurship and is a key player in the New Venture Design Experience faculty team.


Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández

Mark Gómez & Victor Hernández are both co-founders of Momentum Creative Labs. Both Victor and Mark collaborate on the development of their main product and brand: Gardien Alert System. Mark is an Electrical Engineer from the UPRM (Colegio) & Victor is an Electrical Engineer from Interamerican University. Mark has 9 years of experience working with companies such as GE, NASA, & HP while Victor has 6 years working with HP. Prior to HP, Victor was a proffesional baseball player.


Charles Smart

Mr. Smart is the current GM Security Technology Senior Manager, Security Risk & Compliance Assurance and IT Security Manager for the WIC Program. Among his duties, Charles currently focus on working with customers and partners in the areas of Security Consulting Services, PCI Audits & Mentoring, and Forensic services. He is responsible on keeping GMST IT Infrastructure updated to the latest compliance and regulations.


Paul T. Hargen

Paul Hargen is the Director and General Manager of HP’s Graphics Supplies Operations. He is responsible for worldwide operations of HP graphics inks and supplies. In this capacity, he manages manufacturing centers in Puerto Rico, Israel and India in support of HP’s large format printing businesses.

Prior to this role, Paul was HP’s Latin America Controller responsible for all financial activities within this geography. This responsibility included product line profit and loss management, financial compliance and corporate functions.

Paul joined HP in 1981 as a Financial Analyst after receiving his MBA in Finance from the Johnson School at Cornell University. Since this time, he has taken on assignments of increasing responsibility in a variety of functional areas including: Finance, Supply Chain, Operations, R&D, Business Development and Information Technology..


Francisco Córdova

Francisco Córdova is the Director of the Arecibo Observatory with responsibility for the operations and strategic direction of the site. He joined SRI International and the Arecibo Observatory Team in June of 2016. His current focus is on improving operations at the site by implementing project management and lean initiatives as well as developing a long term sustainable strategy for the Observatory. Prior this role, he served as the Senior Manager for Composite Materials for The Boeing Company.


Lourdes De Cárdenas

Previous Stryker Experience:

· VP of Operations LATAM
· Director of Strategic Planning, International Operations
· Global Core Competency Lead for Injection Molding, Stryker
· Director of Advanced Operations for Endoscopy & Instruments, Stryker Puerto Rico

Previous Work Experience:

· Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs, Patheon
· Plant Manager, Eli Lilly
· Regional Director Technical Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Education:

· Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry, Purdue University
· BS in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Personal Information:

· Hobbies: Tennis, Scuba Diving, World Travel, History, Teaching


Alfredo Casta

Founder and Chairman of Cascade Technologies, Inc. (CTi), Alfredo Casta led the organization to become one of Inc. 5000 magazine’s fastest growing companies for eight years. Currently, CTi is ranked #3498 on the Inc. 5000 list. Mr. Casta combined his technical expertise, solid management skills and an unrelenting mission focus to accomplish results in the service of the American public. Under the tenants of Think – Build – Measure, CTi delivers IT Governance services, Technical Solutions, Agile Development, and IT Organization Analysis including Cyber Security expertise to key cabinet agencies such as Labor, GSA, US Army, DHS, Justice, and Financial Regulatory Agencies.


Antonio L. Negrón Zayas

Antonio is an aerospace geek with more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industries. In 2012, he launched D2M Solutions, an aerospace manufacturing and R&D startup. Previously, he brought to the island engineering services aerospace company Florida Turbine Technologies, where he served as general manager for 10 years. Antonio’s area of expertise is computer aided design, manufacturing and engineering—CAD/CAM/CAE. He has co-authored two design patents, with others pending.


Christopher Reim

Mr. Reim manages Community Development Venture Capital Alliance's $47 million Innovate NY Fund for New York State. He also manages the Puerto Rico Fund for Growth, L.P., a $45 million economically targeted fund for entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico. He has managed a family office venture capital fund and a $2 billion private equity fund. Mr. Reim is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University (SIPA), and is on the Faculty of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation-Corps.


Kelvin Rosa Madera

Kelvin Rosa Madera is a bachelor student at the University of Sacred Heart in Santurce, majoring in entrepreneurship, with a minor in scenic projection. He is the co-founder of Spark Up, an entrepreneur association that provides a space for education, creativity and innovation to the students at the University and the community. He is a natural born, charismatic leader and actor who has participated in productions displayed at the Francisco Arriví Theater, Tapia Theater, Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce, and Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas. As a student, Kelvin has sought to unite his passion for the arts and business. By doing so, he exposes students to the different applications of their studies. Laying the foundation for a new entrepreneurial culture within the campus, where students are exposed to the innovative trends that are occurring in the world, and how it can be translated to our local setting.


Kerwin Tesdell

Kerwin Tesdell is President of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity in underinvested areas of the US and the world. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), teaching at the Stern School of Business and the School of Law. Mr. Tesdell holds an economics degree from Harvard College and JD and MBA degrees from NYU.


Emmanuel F. Oquendo-Rosa

Emmanuel Oquendo is a mechanical engineering student from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He is the founder of Idea Platform, a student organization that administers the first makerspace in the university and has the mission of developing innovation leaders and entrepreneurs. In addition to, Emmanuel has worked as software developer at innovative organizations such as the MIT Media Lab, Yiftee, and various tech startups of the country.


Lucy Crespo

Ms. Crespo is the CEO of the Trust. For over 30 years she held several positions in Hewlett-Packard PR, the latest as general manager of the Business Enterprise division. She developed, implemented and managed activities such as product launches, research and development, manufacturing, customer services, re-engineering processes, business planning and delivery service. She provided support to the operations of the supply chain in Europe and Mexico and managed the Latin-American operation Unix. Under her leadership, HP-PR received the Presidential Award for Quality HP.

Crespo was the first woman president of the PRMA, winner of the Hector Jiménez Juarbe prize and has been recognized by various institutions, including the Chamber of Commerce, SME, AIHE, ASQ and Illustrious College. She served on advisory roles under the administrations of former PR governors. She has BS-IE from the UPR-Mayaguez and is member of their Honor Society and studied Executive Development in Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Iván Ríos

Mr. Ríos is the Chief Operating Officer of the Trust. Previously he was its Acting Director, reorganizing its administrative and operational structure while leading the launch of several flagship programs such as: Research Grants Program, Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation, and the Center for Tropical Biodiversity and Bioprospecting, among others. He also served as Under Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce, in charge of projects such as the Port of the Americas in Ponce and entrepreneurship initiatives. As a lawyer, he has represented startups and businesses in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and civil litigation matters.

He is actively involved in technology, entrepreneurship, and legal initiatives in Puerto Rico, as a judge and advisor in Startup Weekend, as one of the founding organizers of TEDxSanJuan, and as former President of the Corporate Law Commission of the Puerto Rico College of Lawyers. Ríos Mena is the author of the blog “Ideas Peligrosas”, published in Puerto Rico’s main newspaper El Nuevo Día. He completed a BBA in Management from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, and his Juris Doctor from the UPR.


Ada Monzón

Ada Monzón is the first female Puerto Rican meteorologist, an expert on hurricanes and tropical meteorology, and has the unique distinction of Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in PR. She is also the Founder and President of the Board of Directors of the EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico. She produced the first-educational exhibition EcoExploratorio at Oceánica, in Plaza Las Americas and the mobile display Planeta Digital. She established the Univision Caribbean Meteorological Center, and has more than half a million followers on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She has a Bachelor in Mathematics with concentration in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and Master of Meteorology from the Florida State University.


Eliud Hernandez

Eliud Hernandez, Ph.D. is a cofounder and part of a team who established MetaBloq. Dr. Hernandez is a medicinal chemist and Associate Professor of the UPR School of Pharmacy who has +15 years of experience in drug design and synthesis. Dr. Hernandez is well trained in computer-based drug design, organic synthesis and methodology, and instrumental analysis. He holds two approved patents related to the discovery and biological characterization of EHop-016.


Eduardo Inclán

Mr. Inclán is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal of McLarty Bluhaus Capital Partners, L.P., a Puerto Rico focused Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) fund. Mr. Inclán also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Atlas U.S. Tactical Income Fund, a Puerto Rico-based mutual fund. Before joining Bluhaus Capital, Mr. Inclán was head of Santander Securities’ investment banking group since 2005, a generalist team focusing primarily on Puerto Rico investment companies, corporate finance, municipal finance, structured products, and financial advisory. Mr. Inclán received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A from Columbia Business School.


César A. Montilla, Jr.

César A. Montilla, Jr. is the president & CEO of The Spectrum Group. Former Managing Director of Eurobank Investment Management. Past President and Chief Investment Officer, Ascender Management Services Inc. Formerly Chairman and CEO of Clark Melvin Securities Corporation. Formerly Managing Director of Kidder Peabody, head of the South Atlantic Region’s total business. Formerly Chairman of The Securities Corporation of P.R., an Affiliate of First Boston Corporation and the first Puerto Rican broker dealer. Educated at Cheshire Academy, Cornell University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Florida and the NY Institute of Finance.


Myrna Rivera

Myrna Rivera, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consultiva Internacional Inc., is a 30+ year veteran in the field of investment management consulting. A Certified Investment Management Analyst ("CIMA"), Ms. Rivera is a recognized pioneer in the industry, and has positioned Consultiva as one of the top ten women-owned Registered Investment Advisors in the United States. Consultiva is a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and the UN Global Compact. Ms. Rivera is an undergraduate of the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters Graduate from Lehman College of the City University of New York, both honors majors in Mathematics.


Julián Diaz

Mr. Díaz is the Trust In-House Lawyer and Administrator. Managing contract processes and infrastructure to address all audit requirements. He is also the point of contact for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer until the Office is established. Julian will also serve as the Council of Trustees Secretary. Before attending the UPR School of Law, he majored in Political Science. He published within the school’s Law Review and was a TA to Dean Prof. Vivian Neptune, where he performed academic research concerning Evidence Law as well as Labor and Employment Law. Later, he started working as an associate attorney in Arizmendi & Sanfilippo dealing with Labor and Employment civil litigation. Furthermore, he graduated from the GWU Law School with an LL.M. in Intellectual Property. He worked at O’Neill & Borges LLC’s Litigation Department, concentrating in civil litigation. He served as an Internal Revenue advisor at the PR Department of the Treasury.


Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D.

Carlos Pinzón-De la Rosa, Ph.D, is a Researcher in IBS Caribe and Principal Investigator in an SBIR Phase I Proposal, granted by NSF for the development of in house technology for sampling in pharma and food applications. Carlos is helping to diversify the commercial activity in IBS Caribe by the development of In-House local technology with global commercialization potential. Carlos holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the UPRM and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad del Atlantico - Colombia.


Suheily J. López Belén

Suheily J. López Belén, naturally from Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, is the Meteorologist and Resident Scientist of the WIPR’s Scientific Communications Laboratory (LCC, for its acronym in Spanish), the first TV magazine dedicated on the diffusion of topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (S.T.E.M.). Her college education includes a BA in Biology with a second concentration in Meteorology, both obtained at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2013. During her college career she served as secretary (2010-2011) and president (2012-2013) of the Meteorological Society of Puerto Rico, AMS Local Chapter of the UPRM, awarded as the “Local Chapter of the Year” and selected as one of the “Honor Roll” chapters.

Suheily has four professional research studies conducted alongside the National Weather Service offices. The first two studies was related to severe weather in U.S. including the Supper Tornado Outbreak of April 2011, where more than 300 tornadoes struck the nation and Alabama was the most affected. Her third research was related to the elaboration of a catalog of significant weather event for Texas that promotes the NWS’s project: Weather Ready Nation. Suheily, was the second UPRM student to complete a research study in the National Weather Service, Southern Region Headquarters, Fort Worth, Texas. These researches were presented in the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meetings. Her last research was held at the NWS San Juan office, related to severe weather in PR, working with meteorological parameters that improve the forecasts on future severe weather events for the Island.

To achieve pursue her meteorology career at the communication media it was important to acquire different communication techniques. She started participating on a locution class at the Sacred Heart University, also achieved a volunteer practice in the Puerto Rico Telemundo’s station. She participated on workshops parts of the Diction and Projection Laboratory, developed by the coach Miguel Ramos. Additionally, Suheily learned communication techniques with the mentorship of Millie Gil, journalist and project manager at the Scientific Communication Laboratory.
As a meteorologist, sharing the weather report and science topics with the audience, it has not been her only task. She has contributed in the professional development of Meteorology Program students who participate in the LCC and are training in how to communicate scientific content front of the cameras. Suheily collaborates with the Meteorology Program, which certified her, resulting in an extremely rewarding experience. Recently, the Meteorological Society of Puerto Rico, named her as it honorary member.