WAVES: MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

WAVES is where today’s key players meet to envision all the changes, challenges and opportunities brought by the Digital Era. The event has been conceived as a unique experience that will bring together the experience of governments and corporations, the disruptive vision of new young generations and the knowledge of academic scholars from one of the most prestigious academic institutions worldwide, the MIT. All together, these will reveal, present and discuss the way in which the Digital Era is transforming the world and is triggering some of the greatest changes ever witnessed in society.

WAVES will be a turning point in the way we, as human beings, perceive our ability to join forces, work together and take advantage of the possibilities brought by this era. The event aims at bringing these players closer together as they enjoy change and make great things happen.  An experience with an inherently optimistic message by which every organization and individual can discover the limitless possibilities of transformation, innovation and development that are yet to be explored in the 21st century.

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DAY OF UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES
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OF THE WORLD'S MOST RECOGNIZED MIT EXPERTS
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OF THE MOST DISRUPTIVE DIGITAL NATIVES
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CORPORATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
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CORPORATE EXECUTIVE ATTENDEES
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DAY OF UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES
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OF THE WORLD'S MOST RECOGNIZED MIT EXPERTS
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OF THE MOST DISRUPTIVE DIGITAL NATIVES
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CORPORATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
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CORPORATE EXECUTIVE ATTENDEES

MIT EXPERTS

KARL F. KOSTER

Executive Director of Corporate Relations/ILP

DEBORAH SOULE

Research Associate, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

DIGITAL NATIVES

PABLO M. VIDARTE

CEO at Arkyne Technologies and co-founder of Bioo

JAVIER AGÜERA

Vice-President of Business Development at Snips

LUCÍA SÁNCHEZ

CEO of Unicorn Gamers and Spain's youngest CEO

PABLO SANTAEUFEMIA

Co-founder and CEO of Bridge for Billions

VIVIAN GRAUBARD

Advisor to the White House's Chief Technology Officer

CORPORATIONS & GOVERNMENTS

LUIS CUETO ÁLVAREZ

General Coordinator of Madrid's City Hall

PABLO GONZÁLEZ

Founder of Pangea

VICENTE JOSÉ MONTES GAN

Director of the Foundation Rafael del Pino

JUAN PEDRO MORENO

President and CEO of Accenture Spain, Portugal and Israel

SOPHIE BLUM

Vice President, Marketing - Europe & IMEA at P&G

VICTOR MATARRANZ

Vice President and Senior Executive of Banco Santander

RAUL GRIJALBA

Executive Chairman of ManpowerGroup in Spain

JOSE LUIS SAIZ

Managing Director and Executive General Director in Calidad Pascual

JUAN LOPEZ CARRETERO

Head of Digital M&A at BBVA

JUAN GARRIGOSA

Chief Innovation Officer at Endesa Energy

MÓNICA GÁLVEZ

Editorial Director of Custom media

MIT EXPERTS

KARL F. KOSTER

Executive Director of Corporate Relations/ILP

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Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.

DEBORAH SOULE

Research Associate, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

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Deborah Soule is a researcher at the IDE who brings an interdisciplinary approach to research about organizations and technologies. Deborah’s research centers on the design, practice, and management of collaborative innovation in organizations, with particular attention to the roles of technology, diverse knowledge, and dispersed settings. She is also passionate about translating IDE research into helping youth discover their potential for success in a digital economy. She co-authored the book, Corporate Information Strategy and Management (8th Ed), and has written extensively for management practitioners about organizational learning, innovation, and collaboration themes. Deborah earned her doctorate at Harvard Business School, her MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, and a bachelor of science from Rhodes University in South Africa.

DIGITAL NATIVES

PABLO M. VIDARTE

CEO at Arkyne Technologies and co-founder of Bioo

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Pablo is an inventor and developer of Bioo, and a project leader at Arkyne for the generation of electricity through plants’ photosynthesis. His fields of work revolve around Business Organization, Engineering and Electronics. Pablo’s developments include geolocation hardware, evolving artificial intelligence software and systems generating hydrogen for fuel in rivers for clean fuel applications. He has received great recognition: Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe at the age of 20; Parque Científico de Madrid Award; Most Disruptive Company by Google Inc; South America Infrastructure & Energy Award; seven awards of international recognition in London, Austria, Bucarest, Barcelona, Paris and Madrid, among others.

JAVIER AGÜERA

Vice-President of Business Development at Snips

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Javier underwent his first business adventure during his student years, at 16 years old. In 2009, he co-founded Geeksphone, the first European company to create a smartphone incorporating Google’s Android. Since then, Agüera has become a true entrepreneur, contributing to the creation of four other startups, among which is the communication platform Neupic. Today, Javier is the Vice-President of the Business Development department at Snips, company dedicated to the implementation of artificial intelligence in all devices. Among the recognitions he has received lie the MIT’s Techonlogy Review magazine’s distinction of Innovator Under 35 and the 2012 Business Award by the Princesa de Girona Foundation. In addition, Javier is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and was distinguished by Forbes in its 2016’s 30 under 30.

LUCÍA SÁNCHEZ

CEO of Unicorn Gamers and Spain's youngest CEO

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Lucia is considered Spain’s youngest CEO. This teen found her passion in coding and decided to explore it by creating her own online games. She achieved it thanks to websites which offer free online courses, such as the Khan Academy for math, science, economics and finance and CodeCademy, oriented exclusively to learning to programme interactively. Once she created several games, she decided to take a step further and create her own online game, Unicorn Gamer. Lucia’s free app, Crazy Block, has had thousands of downloads in a few months, adding to the hundreds it has had on Apple’s App Store. She is an example of how age is not a barrier to achieve one’s dreams and how passion can determine how far one can go to achieve them.

PABLO SANTAEUFEMIA

Co-founder and CEO of Bridge for Billions

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Pablo Santaeufemia is co-founder and CEO of Bridge for Billions, an online incubator for early-stage entrepreneurs​. A native of Madrid, Spain, Pablo holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and two master’s in Mechanical Engineering and Technology Innovation Management from Carnegie Mellon University. An engineer by trade and an entrepreneur by nature, Pablo’s desire to democratize access to entrepreneurial resources has been the driving force behind the development of Bridge for Billions. This year Pablo’s work was recognized in Forbes’ 30Under30 list.

VIVIAN GRAUBARD

Advisor to the White House's Chief Technology Officer

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Vivian graduated in Information Technology and Business Administration from the American University, Washington D.C. Subsequently, as an adviser to the Technology Director, she joined the Department of Technological Affairs of the White House, created by Obama with the goal of improving the government through technology. Today, Vivian is dedicated to the administration of programs for data protection and fighting human trafficking. She is also one of the founding members of the United States Digital Service, a new and innovative digital and technological department of the White House. Vivian believes technology should be employed to incorporate all aspects of our lives, including the legislative one.

CORPORATIONS / GOVERNMENTS

LUIS CUETO ÁLVAREZ

General Coordinator of Madrid's City Hall

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Mr. Luis Cueto is the General Coordinator of Madrid City Hall with Mrs. Manuela Carmena. He graduated in Law by the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and began his professional career as General sub-director of Planning and Management of Human Resources of Social Security in the Employ Ministry. Before that, he was the General Sub-Director of Human Resources in the Justice Ministry. Also he worked in different positions in the Cervantes Institute. Afterwards, he was Head of Cabinet of the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, in addition to being the General Director of the EOI Business School. He has also been an Advisory Vocalist of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. In addition to all these charges, he has carried out many different teaching tasks.

PABLO GONZÁLEZ

Founder of Pangea

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Pablo González Ruiz de La Torre is, with just over 22 years of age, the founder of Pangea, the first global platform that seeks to awake, empower and connect the massive and diverse talent of today’s young generation. He cooperates with a number of international first-level institutions who vouch to promote entrepreneurship and innovation like the IE Business School, Spains Startup, Singularity University or the Transforma España Foundation, among many others. His role as a trainer and speaker hand in hand with many companies, corporations and educational projects is specially relevant, sharing his view and passion for the amazing era we live in. He is also the co-author of the book Pangea: 7 youths who are changing the world.

VICENTE JOSÉ MONTES GAN

Director of the Foundation Rafael del Pino

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Vicente José Montes Gan, Director of the Foundation Rafael del Pino, Patron of AMREF Flying Doctors, Founder and President of Liberdom and member of the Editorial Boards of ICE and of the blog Ceteris Paribus. He is a member of the Superior Body of Commercial Technics and Economists of the State and received a Bachelor of Economic Science and Business from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Doctorate for the Faculty of Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). He received the Official Cross from the Oder of Isabella the Catholic, Leão de Oro of the Republic of Angola and the Essay Award from the Casa Africa. Furthermore, he is an author of 30 publications in economy books and specialized academic magazines.

JUAN PEDRO MORENO

President and CEO of Accenture Spain, Portugal and Israel

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Juan Pedro Moreno holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an Extraordinary Degree Award. Between 2012 and 2015 he was responsible for Accenture’s Banking world, a position that he combined with that of Client Account Lead of one of the most important financial services entities in the world (2006-2016). He began his career at Accenture in 1989, after 25 years he has the privilege of being President and CEO of Accenture Spain, Portugal and Israel. It pursues the challenge of building a new Accenture, consulting from a completely different perspective, leading the digital world and integrating technology and strategy with a single goal: driving innovation to improve the way the world lives and works.

SOPHIE BLUM

Vice President, Marketing - Europe & IMEA at P&G

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An executive with Procter & Gamble for the past 25 years. In her current role as Vice President of Marketing Sophie is leading the Digital transformation of P&G to make it a world leading successful organization in the new economy. Passionate and inspired by Innovation and recognized within P&G as an Innovation thought leader, Sophie challenges boundaries and has successfully led the establishment of Innovation hubs within P&G, being the Founder of P&G Israel House of Innovation. Sophie is also a lecturer in several universities, specializing in Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership, and takes active part in several innovation committees and Start up accelerator programs. Being passionate about building a better future through education to future generation, Sophie is the Chairperson of the Board of a Swiss non-profit organization supporting child development.

VICTOR MATARRANZ

Vice President and Senior Executive of Banco Santander

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Victor Matarranz is Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Group Strategy and of the Executive Chairman’s Office at Banco Santander, also Head of Santander Digital. Nowadays, he is in charge of articulating the Group’s overall strategy, working together with the leadership team of 10 markets in which Santander operates in Europe and America. Prior to that, he was the Director of Strategy and Chief of Staff to the CEO in Santander UK, where he spent more than 2 years shaping the Strategy of the bank and leading the innovation group. Before joining Santander in early 2012, Victor was a partner at McKinsey&Company, working in retail banking in Spain, Portugal, UK, US, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. He led the retail distribution and multichannel initiatives in Europe. Victor holds a Telecommunications Engineer degree by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a MBA from London Business School.

RAUL GRIJALBA

Executive Chairman of ManpowerGroup in Spain

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Raúl Grijalba Pérez-Alfaro is Executive Chairman of ManpowerGroup in Spain and President of the Human Age Institute. He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Zaragoza, with a specialization in International Commerce from the University of Trento in Italy and a Master’s degree in International Marketing from the Bordeaux European School of Commerce. At the age of 43, he was named CEO of ManpowerGroup in Spain, after 15 years at the company. His leadership has driven the company to become ManpowerGroup as the first company in Spain capable of Giving an integral solution to the talent cycle of any organization. Raúl Grijalba is also President of the biggest initiative on talent in Spain: Human Age Institute. A space of reference, driven by ManpowerGroup, where to debate, investigate and deepen in the field of talent. This non-profit initiative was born to: empower the impact of talent in society; unite people who make their reason for being; foster creative and innovative talent and contribute to companies being more humanistic, placing talent as the engine of transformation of organizations. This project has more than 400 companies involved and has become the largest joint experience of return to society for the country’s youth employability.

JOSE LUIS SAIZ

Managing Director and Executive General Director in Calidad Pascual

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José Luis Saiz is Managing Director and Executive General Director in Calidad Pascual. He holds a Master in Marketing and Sales Management by ESIC. In 2016, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Calidad Pascual to assume the management of the operations of the food company and materialize his new Strategic Plan 2020. The new Chief Executive Officer-CEO joined Calidad Pascual after 4 years as General Manager of Mondelez Iberia. During his years at the head of Mondelez Spain successfully completed the integration of the teams of Kraft Foods and Cadbury. In addition, the company became the largest consumer retail company in the country, based on innovation, point-of-sale excellence and talent development. Saiz has extensive experience in the commercial and sales area, in the retail and consumer channels (impulse, vending and convenience) and is part of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB).

JUAN LÓPEZ CARRETERO

Head of Digital M&A at BBVA

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Juan Lopez Carretero leads the Digital M&A group at BBVA since 2014. BBVA invests in and acquires fintech startups to incorporate and improve new business models for the bank. New business models is one of the six strategic priorities for the entire BBVA Group. Juan joined BBVA in Corporate & Investment Banking in 2007. Before that he spent three years at Societe Generale in Madrid and ten years at Lehman Brothers in the New York and London offices. He combines a career in international M&A and corporate financings with an interest in applied technology. He has a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Chicago Booth where he was tought by three nobel prize-winners.

JUAN GARRIGOSA

Chief Innovation Officer at Endesa Energy

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Juan Garrigosa has his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Executive MBA from the Instituto Empresa. Currently, he is the Chief Innovation Officer at Endesa Energy. Throughout his career, he has worked in the fields of innovation, technology, efficient energy, and telecommunications; not only in Endesa but also in other companies such as Lucent Technologies and Telefónica. He participates and has participated in diverse partnerships, both international (IV, V, VI, VII FP EU, H2020) and national (CDTI). Now, he also helps coach and mentor startups in various initiatives. Additionally, he has been a speaker in different events, as well as a lecturer in both university and Master’s courses.

MÓNICA GÁLVEZ

Editorial Director of Custom media

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Monica Gálvez is the Editorial Director of Custom media and coordinates the editorial line of different specialized directors within the company, so much offline as online, such as Teams&Talent or Talent Street, as well as social networks and events of small and grand scale. Further, she directs the generation and management of branded content that Custom media performs for their client companies so much in traditional journalism form as in the world of digital graphic design, of more innovative storytelling and audiovisual. She has made some hundreds of magazines for Presidents, CEOs and other business directors and has collaborated on projects for various specialized books about people management.

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