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  • Scott Gamble

    Alliance Data

    Scott Gamble

    Vice President, Digital Solutions

    Scott Gamble, VP Digital Solutions, is accountable for all Alliance Data Retail Services’ consumer-facing digital initiatives in the areas of web, mobile, e-commerce, social, and email. Scott and his team are responsible for the development and execution of the Alliance Data mobile strategy, which has led to multiple industry-first products in the areas of mobile marketing, payments, and service.

    Prior to his current role, Scott has worked in Strategic Development, New Entity Creation, and e‐commerce during his 15 years with Alliance Data. He has more than 20 years of experience in the retail payments industry, including management roles at GE Capital and SPS Payment Systems.

    A frequent speaker and lecturer on the topic of mobile and financial services, Scott led the development of the first mobile payment proof of concept in the retail petroleum industry in 2000, and the nationwide launch of the first retail mobile account acquisition capability in 2009 and the first retail mobile payments product in 2012.

  • Richard Kramer

    Arete Research

    Richard Kramer

    Managing Director

    After four years as the #1 rated technology analyst in Europe, Richard left his role as head of technology research at Goldman Sachs in January 2000 to form the first - and still only - independent technology research group in Europe. Unlike other analysts, Arete has no conflicts of interest preventing their telling the truth about technology. After the scandals surrounding deceptive and poor quality analysis, Arete found an increasing demand for its independent views on telecoms, software, semis and services. Richard has an industry background, having worked for Nortel and at a prestigious Columbia University economics think tank before six years in the City of London.

  • Harald Batista


    Harald Batista

    Board Member

    Harald Batista is a member of the prominent Batista family in Brazil that includes Eliezer Batista, the founder of Vale do Rio Doce Company (now Vale) and Eike Batista, the founder of EBX Group and consistently ranked in Forbes among the top Billionaires in the world.

  • Filipe Roup Rosa


    Filipe Roup Rosa

    Business Development Director

    Filipe began working at MEF LATAM as General Manager. He helped MEF with achieving strong results such as launching MEF LatAM (2009), build a strong Brazil brand equity and base of committed members. He now offers support as a Special Advisor continuing to support MEF LatAM in strategy setting & undertaking new projects.

    He has worked for more than 12 years in Mobile Value Added Services, and has been a Partner at Result since 2008, working as a consultant and interim manager of several leading Global mobile companies as they enter the Brazilian market. Currently he works as Business Development Director for Boku helping to grow Direct-to-Bill mobile payments.

    Filipe started his professional career at TMN (Portuguese Mobile Carrier), and in 2002 he moved to Brazil to drive the Business Development efforts at VIVO (Top5 carrier in the world). He then jump started his entrepreneurial spirit by founding and becoming CEO of Mobile Fun, one of the TOP MVAS companies in Brazil, which he later sold in 2006 to Itouch-Movilisto (currently part of the Buongiorno group).

  • Daniel Cohen


    Daniel Cohen

    SVP North America

    Daniel Cohen leads the North American operations of Buongiorno, recently acquired by NTT Docomo. Buongiorno develops and manages paid apps and services that help consumers get greater enjoyment from their mobile devices, and is leading the charge towards the development and implementation of HTML5 apps and services across the world.

    Daniel joined Dada Entertainment (a joint venture between Dada of Italy and Sony Music, which was acquired by Buongiorno in 2011) in 2007 and has held a series of key commercial roles within the business, particularly focused on Business Development, Content Acquisiton and International expansion. Prior to that, Daniel held a number of key roles at Paris-based mobile music pioneer Musiwave, which was ultimately acquired by Microsoft in 2008.

    Daniel is a qualified English barrister, and hold a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol.

  • Dustin Young


    Dustin Young


    Dustin Young is the chief operating officer of CARDFREE, a new company based in San Francisco that offers merchants a one-stop solution to mobilize and enhance the customer experience for maximum ROI.

    Before joining CARDFREE, Young spent seven years leading product innovation at InComm, the leading provider of prepaid and stored-value products. He focused on delivering new transaction models with specific emphasis on mobile commerce and alternative methods to enable payments.

    Earlier in his career, Dustin co-founded and sold a software company that enabled the sale and activation of cable and Internet services via merchants’ POS infrastructure.

    After earning his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Young managed products in the U.S. and Latin America for Kellogg Company. Young received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Economics from Trinity University.

  • Sharon Knitter

    Sharon Knitter

    Senior Director of Mobile

    Sharon Knitter joined the team in 2006 and is now the site’s Senior Director of Mobile. In this role, Knitter develops the strategic direction for’s regarding its mobile site and mobile apps to better serve car shoppers on the go. She also assists with the development of advertising products for manufacturers and dealers to help them reach this growing segment. Knitter will continue to monitor the growing mobile space to help identify opportunities for growth on multi-media platforms and lead the third-party mobile automotive space.

    Before her role as Senior Director of Mobile Strategy, Knitter served as the Senior Director of Consumer Products at In this position, she implemented the strategic management and development of the site’s consumer automotive buying and selling channels on the web. She also led the site’s mobile initiative and successfully made the first third-party automotive site with an optimized mobile presence. Prior to, Knitter worked at the Tribune Co., where she began in 1987 as a research manager and later worked as both the manager of advertising development and director of recruitment strategy.

    Knitter is the co-chair of the IAB mobile committee and previously served as the president of the Newspaper Association of America’s Research Federation. Additionally, she was elected the Oak Brook Park District Commissioner.

    Knitter lives in Oakbrook with her husband Richard.

  • Alejandro Leyva


    Alejandro Leyva

    SVP, Digital Banking Implementation Head for Latin America

    Alejandro has over fourteen-years of experience in the digital industry, having spent the last eleven at Citibank Latin America in different e-business roles. He currently holds a leadership role overseeing the digital strategy implementation across Latin America, including all Internet, Mobile and Tablet initiatives.

    Alejandro previously worked at Universo Online (Brazilian online service provider) and Ernst & Young. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Heidi A. Liebenguth

    Crone Consulting LLC

    Heidi A. Liebenguth

    Consulting Partner & Research Director

    Heidi A. Liebenguth is Consulting Partner and Research Director at Crone Consulting, LLC, helping financial institutions, billers, merchants, payment networks, processors, start-ups and investors transform payments from a cost of business to revenue-producing new lines of business.

    Heidi has direct and recent experience assisting multi-bank holding companies and major payment networks define and implement their mobile banking, mobile payment and customer self service strategies. She has executed RFPs and performed exhaustive due diligence research on over 60 different companies offering various forms of mobile financial and retailing services, payments and mobile self-marketing. Recently, she has been conducting extensive market validation meetings with major retailers, financial institutions, data processors and technology providers.

    Heidi is a subject matter expert on all facets of customer self-service, self-marketing and loyalty. She has conducted extensive research on Internet Bill Presentment & Payment, online banking, emerging/alternative payments and other data processing services provided to financial institutions.

    Prior to joining Crone Consulting, Heidi led her own firm providing advertising, public relations and communications strategy for business, non-profits and education. Her specialties include preparing research reports, independent articles, whitepapers, advertising and public relations campaigns.

  • Richard K. Crone

    Crone Consulting LLC

    Richard K. Crone

    CEO & Founder

    Richard K. Crone leads Crone Consulting LLC, helping retailers, billers, financial institutions, payment networks, processors, start-ups and investors transform payments from a cost of business to revenue-producing new lines of business.

    In his 32-year career in financial services, he has focused on harnessing the technological innovations that have shaped the industry, from the introductions of ATMs, home banking, Internet commerce, and Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment, to today’s Mobile banking and payment developments.

    Mr. Crone has helped define the mobile commerce strategy for leading retailers, financial institutions, wireless carriers, payment processors, large recurring billers, card issuers, device manufacturers and technology start-ups. Crone Consulting, LLC has performed due diligence on many of the largest M&A deals and tier-one venture-backed investments in online “alternative payments” and the mobile commerce arena.

    Deep knowledge of this emerging market is due to Crone Consulting, LLC’s ongoing, extensive primary research of more than 100+ different mobile financial service options deployed both domestically and abroad. Additionally, Crone Consulting closely monitors another 40+ companies concentrating in the so called “alternative payments” space.

  • Catalina Lou

    EA Mobile

    Catalina Lou

    Senior Director, Sales and Marketing EMEA and LATAM, EA Mobile

    With more than 12 years in the content industry, Catalina is responsible for maximizing revenues for EA Mobile’s entire product portfolio for EMEA and LATAM region.

    Catalina has played an influential role within the European mobile gaming industry for many years.  Before joining EA Mobile, Catalina was Senior Director Sales EMEA for Glu Mobile, where she was part of the global management team. Prior to this, she was VP of Sales Europe of iFone Ltd, where she drove the acquisition of key licenses including Tetris, Hasbro and Sega and owned global relationships with major operator groups. She has also held the position as European Sales Manager at Alice Systems in Stockholm.

    Catalina has a MA in International Economics and was awarded an MBA by Stockholm University. 

  • MB Christie

    MB Christie

    Online Product Management Director

    MB Christie is Online Product Management Director for, the definitive home for business intelligence on the web.  She assumed this position in January 2007.

    Christie manages the online product team that handles all of the Financial Times’ digital media; including the core website, interactive markets data features, blogs, and search. In this capacity she has been instrumental in transforming the Financial Times from a traditional newspaper publisher into a web-centric business.

    Previous to her work at the FT, Christie was Head of Product Development at the UK’s largest property website. Prior to that, she was Product Development Director for QXL Ricardo PLC, a leading online auction website in Europe. In 1991, Christie founded Resources, the first phone directory published in post-communist Czechoslovakia. She remained President of the company through 1999.

    She obtained her BSc from the London School of Economics, where she studied in Economics, Economic History and Political Thought. Christie has also studied English Literature at the Connecticut College.

  • Manas Mohapatra


    Manas Mohapatra

    Director of Mobile Policy

    Manas Mohapatra is the Director of Mobile Policy for the FTC’s Mobile Technology Unit, where he focuses on consumer protection issues related to mobile technology. Previously, Manas served in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he focused on privacy and security issues raised by new technologies, such as social networking, facial recognition, and peer-to-peer file sharing software. Manas brought enforcement actions in multiple cases involving allegations of unfair or deceptive privacy and security practices, including the FTC’s settlements with Facebook and MySpace. He also served on detail as an attorney-advisor to FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez, advising on consumer protection issues. Prior to joining the FTC, he was a litigation associate at Goodwin Procter, and a judicial law clerk for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico. Before law school, Manas worked as a senior web developer for Nickelodeon Online and as a database programmer for a distance education software company. He received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his JD from Northwestern.

  • Paulo Batimarchi


    Paulo Batimarchi

    Regional Coordinator

    Paulo has a law degree from the Mackenzie University, and specialised in copyright and tech Law, he also has a web-marketing and MBA from Universidade de São Paulo, and is a teacher for intellectual property and risk management at Senac University.

    With more than 12 years experience within the intellectual property and new technologies arenas he now works as the Regional Coordinator for internet anti piracy within the Latin America music industry (IFPI Latin America).

    Previously Paulo worked on the coordination of leading cases for the music industry and along with strategic partners to develop a healthy internet environment.

  • Gary Schwartz

    Impact Mobile Inc.

    Gary Schwartz

    President & CEO

    Over the past ten years, Gary has played a leadership role in the mobile industry, founding Impact Mobile in 2002 and running the first cross-carrier short code campaign in North America.

    In 2006, Gary founded the mobile committee for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) ( and has worked to publish literature such as the Mobile Buyer's Guide helping extend the digital buy into mobile (for which he received an IAB award for industry excellence in 2009). In this role, Gary helped establish a joint task force between the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the IAB with the aid of the Media Rating Council (MRC) to develop global, auditable mobile measurement standards.

    In 2010, Gary was elected as the Chair of MEF North America. Gary is the recipient of the Asia and Japan Foundation Fellowship as well as the Macromedia People Choice Award and Dodge Foundation award for innovation. Gary is the author of an upcoming book call Click2K’Ching: The Mobile Shopper & The Impulse Economy. 

  • Sanjaya Krishna


    Sanjaya Krishna

    Advisory Principal & US Digital Services Leader

    Sanjaya Krishna is the US Digital leader within the Advisory Practice at KPMG LLP. In this role he helps companies in all industries navigate the increased opportunities and challenges afforded by digital, social and mobile technologies. Areas of focus include the creation, management, distribution, and transaction of digital/mobile content, social media governance, online/mobile advertising, mobile payments and mobile commerce.

  • Steve Love


    Steve Love


    Steve leads Development, Operations, Customer Service, Messaging and Carrier Relations at mBlox. During his tenure he has led the effort to refocus the company on Mobile Engagement, and has enabled the delivery of the first new product releases in several years through significant improvements in development and operation.

    Prior to mBlox, Steve served in senior financial and operational roles at several public technology companies including Informatica, a data warehouse developer, and Portal Software, a developer of customer management and billing software. Steve began his career with Ernst & Young in Palo Alto, California.

    He earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees in accounting from the University of Southern California.


  • Andrew Bud


    Andrew Bud

    Chairman, MEF & Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

    Andrew Bud is the Founder, Chief Strategy Officer and Board member of mBlox. He co-founded the business in 2000, was CEO until 2003 and Executive Chairman until 2010. Last year mBlox processed 4.4 billion application-to-person transactions globally and recently launched its Entrust mobile payments product.

    Andrew is the Global Chair of MEF. He has served as Chair since 2008, having been an elected member of the Board since 2001.

    He also serves as a non-executive director of several companies and initiatives. From 2005-2008 he was a Board director of PhonepayPlus, the agency of UK regulator Ofcom.

    During the 1990’s, Andrew was Head of Mobile at Olivetti in Italy and was one of the founders of Omnitel ProntoItalia (now Vodafone Italia).

    Andrew is a Fellow of the IET and a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

  • David Gilarranz

    Millicom International Cellular

    David Gilarranz

    Global Head of Entertainment & Digital Enablement

    David Gilarranz is a successful executive and entrepreneur regarded as a leading expert in mobile entertainment, applications, digital, and social media, with several startups including CycleLogic (USA) sold to Starmedia Networks in 1999, Juya Mobile Media (Mexico) sold to Comarex in 2005, and most recently Vida Mobile, a startup focused in the development of advanced social instant messaging applications recently sold to a Global Mobile Solutions Provider.

    David is currently Global Head of Entertainment and Digital Enablement for Millicom International Cellular, a Mobile and Cable service provider with operations in 14 emerging markets in LATAM and Africa. Under his leadership the company, branded as Tigo, recently launched the first Unlimited Music Plan for smartphone users in LATAM. He also lead the development of Tigo’s new “Digital Ecosystem”, an environment that allows Tigo Users 360 degree access to self care, ecommerce, and Value Added Services via USSD, SMS, Mobile Internet, Mobile Apps and WEB user interfaces.

  • Kolja Reiss

    mopay Inc.

    Kolja Reiss

    Managing Director

    Kolja Reiss, an industry veteran with 14 years of telecommunications experience, is currently the Managing Director for mopay Inc. and is responsible for overseeing business development and operations for mopay in the North American market.

    Prior to heading up the Palo Alto mopay office, Kolja led the offices of MindMatics USA in New York and Los Angeles as Director of Client Operations, where he helped establish the organization as a market leader in the interactive television industry. Before working with MindMatics, Kolja founded a successful telecommunications retail company which he sold within five years.

    Kolja holds a Master's Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Paderborn in Germany. He is married and speaks English and German fluently.

  • Fabricio Bloisi


    Fabricio Bloisi

    Founder & CEO

    Fabrício is the Founder and CEO of Movile, a pioneer mobile entertainment company in Brazil. Movile has its Head-Quarter in Brazil and operations in 10 countries in Latin America, with more than 200 employees. Fabrício guided the company through strong growth in Latin America, including consolidating the market through M&A. Fabrício believes that Mobile services will be bigger than Internet services, especially in emerging markets, therefore Movile´s vision is to connect 100 Million persons in Latin America to the Internet through their mobile phones. Movile has South African media group Naspers as its major shareholder since 2008.

    Fabricio Majored in Computer Science at the State University of Campinas. He presently acts as Chairman of Unicamp Ventures, and participates in mobile associations for developing the mobile market, including MEF.

  • Rick Fant


    Rick Fant

    VP Apps & Marketplace

    Rick Fant is the VP and GM of Apps and the Firefox Marketplace, where he leads the development of the ecosystem and commerce platform, the tools and infrastructure supporting developers, and the Marketplace for discovery and distribution to end-users. Rick joined from Vodafone in the UK where he was the Program Director for the combination of Internet services and bespoke handsets marketed as Vodafone 360. Prior to Vodafone, Rick had a long career at Microsoft, starting in application development and deployment, expanding to server product development and marketing, and managing product teams in the delivery of mobile applications and services. Rick gained an extensive background in software development and organization management with Tandem computers and US West communications.

  • Arturo Galván


    Arturo Galván


    Arturo Galván has spent his entire career establishing and cultivating the online industry in Latin America. For these efforts, the Wall Street Journal named him “Apostle of the Internet” for the region in 2000 and Bill Gates twice awarded him the Microsoft Award of Excellence (95-96).

    Arturo was the CTO & VP of Business Development for leading newspaper group Grupo Reforma for 16 years. In 1988, he co-founded Infosel, the first online service company in the Spanish-speaking world, and launched the popular Infosel Financiero financial information service in 1990. In 1995, the company launched Mexico’s first Internet portal and became the first Internet access provider in Mexico. In 1999, Grupo Telefónica acquired Infosel as part of its online network in Latin America, Terra Networks, and Arturo was named President of Terra Mexico, representing the company in its IPO that year.

    In 2002, Arturo launched Naranya, a Mobile Media Group focused to the Latin American markets and providing innovative services around the convergence of mobile & interactive technology, entertainment and marketing.

  • Brad Singer


    Brad Singer

    Executive Vice President

    Brad Singer has over 20 years of business and senior management experience, with expertise in payments, digital media and ecommerce markets. 

    Currently, as Executive Vice President at PayOne leads all commercial operations at PayOne including sales, marketing, client services, new product, and business development initiatives, including strategic relationships with network operators.

    Previously, Singer served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Product Management and Content Licensing at NewsEdge, an early pioneer in content syndication, which achieved annual revenue growth rates of 40%, consistent profitability, and a successful IPO during his 8-year tenure.

    While at NewsEdge (acquired by Thomson), Singer also served as General Manager of the business, one of the first successful online premium services. Most recently, Singer was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at TeleKnowledge, a billing and commerce infrastructure company. Singer has also held senior positions at General Electric and Citibank in Latin America.


  • Ron Czerny

    Play Phone Inc.

    Ron Czerny

    Founder & CEO

    Ron is a veteran entrepreneur who has been at the forefront of games, mobile and social networking for over 18 years. Ron currently serves as the visionary and driving force behind PlayPhone's corporate strategy. Ron’s vast experience in the games industry has allowed him to help establish PlayPhone's dominance in the mobile social games industry and position the company to compete and thrive on a global scale.

    In 2000, Ron founded Atrativa, a online platform and games company with operations based mainly in North and South America. As chief executive officer, Ron led Atrativa to its current status as the premier Web games provider, powering several major ISPs including Earthlink, UOL (South America's largest ISP), Yahoo!® Brazil, AOL® Brazil, MSN® Brazil, Ibest (Telecom Brazil), Terra Networks (North and South America) and many others. RealNetworks, Inc. acquired Atrativa in 2006.

    Ron also played a key role in Latin America's video game industry between 1992 and 1999 as the co-founder of the Brazilian Video Game Association and Head of Capcom's video game distribution and strategy in the region.

    Ron is currently the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) for Latin America and a Board Member of MEF Global.

    Ron holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration

  • Jonny Comparelli


    Jonny Comparelli

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Jonathan Comparelli is the founder & CEO at In April 2010, a soon to be 19 year old University of Toronto student had an idea that would make QR codes and other advertising tokens engaging and relevant.

    With no direct or practical hands-on business experience, Jonathan turned to his family and friends for guidance, knowledge and assistance and by July 2011 had created the business plan, outlined the research & development strategy, filed for patent protection of his ideas and secured a $500,000 investment to get things rolling.

    Today, at just 21 years old, Jonathan is one of the youngest CEOs in Canada with a staff of 14, offices, advertisers, users and the day-to-day pressures that face all CEOs. Since it’s launch, Qriket has grown to over 70,000 users with over 1.2 million scans per month and has generated more then $600,000 in revenue in 2012.

  • Bernhard Hafenscher

    Red Bull Media House

    Bernhard Hafenscher

    Head of Digital Sales & Business Development

    After graduating from the Vienna Business School (Austria) Bernhard Hafenscher worked for T-Systems (Deutsche Telekom) and Oracle Corporation in various marketing, business development and sales functions related to digital media. He then became VP of Sales and Marketing at medianet, a subsidiary to one of Austria’s largest publishing groups. The company operated a digital content syndication bureau selling to OTT and mobile service operators in the German Speaking Territories.

    In 2000 Bernhard formed hmc focussing on bridging the gap between technology, content and commerce. hmc developed projects as a contractor to leading technology vendors like Sun Microsystems, Panasonic, Alcatel, Cisco, HP or Siemens as well as platform owners like the Vodafone, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and Telekom Austria.

    Bernhard Hafenscher joined Red Bull Media House in 2008 as a Head of Business Development. By now he runs a team with global responsibility for digital sales, home entertainment, brand partnerships and business development.

  • Alex Vieux

    Red Herring

    Alex Vieux

    Chairman & Publisher

    Alex Serge Vieux is chairman and publisher of Red Herring and CEO of Herring International. His contributions to the IT industry span more than 20 years and include co-founding two banking software companies, CATS and Renaissance Software, as well as DASAR, a European incubator and conference company.

    Repeatedly named by Time magazine as one of the top 25 people shaping a Digital Europe, Mr. Vieux has been elected to the Board of Directors of several public and private companies, including Tandem Computers (until the company’s merger with Compaq), Computer Associates, Commerce One, BVRP, CheckPoint Software, Daum Communications, Kyriba, and Qualys. 

    From 1997 to 1999, he served as President of the Infotech Commission for the French Republic, under the auspice of the Minister of Economics and Finance. Mr. Vieux served as a Special Advisor to the French Minister of Industry, Finance and Economics from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Vieux started his career at Andersen Consulting, implementing information systems from December 1982 to September 1985.

    Mr. Vieux is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and the business school HEC Paris. He also holds a law degree from the Université de Paris and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. 

  • Domingo Mendez


    Domingo Mendez

    VP Latin America

    Mr Domingo Mendez is Vice President for LATAM (including Spain and Portugal) for REPORO LTD, the World's Largest & Most Lucrative Mobile Adult Ad Network. He specialized in Strategic Management, International Sales, Mobile Marketing / Business Strategy by tailoring mobile product campaigns across the globe. Domingo has been in charge of the LATAM region for Reporo, mobile ad space, Wap Mobile content, as Publishers / Advertiser mobile traffic. He has an excellent expertise in Latam countries, penetrating the market for Reporo under 2 years, where now Latam represents 25% of Reporo's daily revenue.

    Domingo has also helped monetised Latam publishers content as never done before in these territories by delivering a high number of Latam campaigns across the world. Working closely with advertisers and ensuring high revenue stream.

    Prior joining REPORO Domingo worked as Inside Customer Service Manager in LEBARA MOBILE UK, The more profitable international low cost/pre pay mobile company in Europe, playing a lead role in a project to facilitate the strategic development of Lebara Mobile for new businesses and product positioning, designing and implementing a loyalty scheme for distributors and wholesalers.

    Prior to Lebara Mobile, Domingo worked for PROCTER and GAMBLE UK, as Account Manager for P&G prestige products across the UK, Pro actively representing and positioning P&G luxury brands to UK biggest retailers, representing 12% on the entire region, applying innovative tactics to drive high accuracy on the sales cycle and leading activities to achieve significant revenue growth brand-by-brand.


  • David Hewitt


    David Hewitt

    Vice President

    With over eight years in mobile and thirteen years of tenure, David serves as the Global Mobile Practice Lead for SapientNitro where the mobile team has recently received the highest client scores across all criteria among all of the agencies for the 2012 Forrester Wave US Digital Agencies — Mobile Marketing Strategy and Execution Report.

    David has spearheaded the design of mobile applications and prototypes for emerging devices and services. Under his leadership, SapientNitro has designed and/or developed over a dozen mobile applications in the last two years — three of which have placed in the top 25 list in Apple’s App Store, including myTSA and AutoTrader UK. He is a founder and co-lead of SapientNitro’s Mobile Center of Excellence, a full service team dedicated to designing and developing mobile and digital merchandising experiences across mobile web, Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and Google’s Android mobile platform.

    His most recent areas of focus have been mobile and in-store retail experiences, digital wallets, second-screen, and global mobile strategy. For the last five years he has been driving mobile strategy, applications, and mobile web and campaigns with top brands like AT&T, AutoTrader UK, BB&T, CitiBank, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, DirecTV, Home Depot, LG, Motorola, Nascar, Nike, Samsung, Sony, Sprint, and Staples.

  • Todd Daubert

    SNR Denton

    Todd Daubert


    Todd Daubert is a partner in SNR Denton’s Washington, DC, office with nearly two decades of experience advising companies with respect to mobile and technology issues. Leveraging his dual backgrounds in engineering and the law, Todd helps his clients successfully overcome complicated legal, business and technological challenges by implementing creative solutions.

    Todd has extensive experience advising companies that are developing, integrating or deploying new technologies in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. Todd has helped numerous companies develop and implement privacy policies, and advised them regarding the handling and use of end user data, and obligations in the case of breach, as well as compliance with applicable regulations.
    After graduating with honors from Duke Law School, Todd served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also studied and worked in Berlin, Konstanz and Bonn, Germany, as the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Federal Chancellor Fellowship.

  • Mike Cooley


    Mike Cooley

    Vice President, New Ventures

    Mike Cooley, Vice President of New Ventures, is responsible for identifying and monetizing new products and services that will achieve maximum financial results for the enterprise, and partnering cross-functionally with other organizations to commercialize and take these new products to market.

    Cooley has sixteen years of experience in the wireless industry and joined Sprint Nextel in 2003. Prior to his 8 year tenure with Sprint Nextel, Mike was co-founder and COO at, which was one of the first wireless online retailers in the United States and powered portals such as Yahoo, MSN and Priceline. His career includes management positions at Deloitte Consulting and Motorola.

    Mike was awarded his MBA from the University of Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University. Mike and his family reside in Reston Virginia.

  • Marcelo Ballona


    Marcelo Ballona

    Founder & CEO

    Marcelo is an entrepreneur with an extensive track record in technology, venture capital and e-commerce.

    He was the founder of and was able to merge it with to create B2W and took it public on an IPO, from a seed of 600k to 5.5Billon, up to now the biggest IPO in technology in Brazil's history. His experience became the subject of business case studies at Harvard, Berkley and MIT.

    Later he joined several boards and media groups as CEO, such as Diarios Associados and  Investnews. He has invested in many companies in emerging countries like Brazil, India, and México and is currently the Founder & CEO of Synergic, a business development company focused on technology.                      

  • Beatriz A. Jimenez Nunez

    Terra Networks Latam

    Beatriz A. Jimenez Nunez

    Regional Director Mobile Content

    Over 15 years of experience in the digital industry in Latam, in different positions related to Digital Marketing, Digital Products, Digital Advertising and since 2007 with special focus on mobile business.

    Responsible for monetization strategy on mobile for all operations of Terra globally.

    Head of Mobile Marketing Strategy: SMS Marketing, Mobile Advertising, Applications for brands and advertisers, managing the advertising strategy. Management with 40 operators in LATAM to sell Value Added Services in Mobile.

    Committee Chair IAB Mobile Marketing in Mexico.

    Board member of the Mobile Marketing Association

  • Jerome Samson

    The Nielsen Company

    Jerome Samson

    VP, Business Development and Strategy

    Jerome Samson has over 20 years of business and senior management experience in consumer and media research, business strategy, and information technology initiatives.

    As Vice-President of Business Development and Strategy at the Nielsen Company, Jerome identifies and incubates new business opportunities for Nielsen. He has been instrumental in Nielsen's digital measurement developments over the years, as well as product placement, advertising effectiveness and social TV projects.

    Jerome started his career as a software engineer in artificial intelligence and facial recognition, and holds a number of patents in the fields of data analysis and media measurement. He studied in France (Master's of Science) and in the US at Carnegie Mellon University (MBA).

  • Ricardo Carvalho


    Ricardo Carvalho

    Co-owner, co-founder and Managing Partner

    Ricardo is a co-founder and Managing Partner of TIMWE, a global provider of mobile monetization solutions, with operations in more than 75 markets in five continents, managed through 25 offices. Having launched TIMWE operations in LATAM in 2003, Ricardo continues to head TIMWE’s business in the region.

    Prior to TIMWE, Ricardo was an entrepreneur and an advisor in the digital and technology arenas for 12 years. Before 2000, Ricardo owned and managed the sports web portal, which he co-founded in 1996, and sold to Portugal Telecom in 2000. Between 2000 and 2003, Ricardo was strategic advisor to leading mobile marketing and entertainment firms. Between 2000 and 2001, Ricardo was a Board Advisor of the leading Portuguese media group Cofina, specializing in Media, Internet and CRM fields.

  • Richard Qui


    Richard Qui

    VP Business Development and Mobile

    Richard is VP, Business Development and Mobile at TRUSTe, and is responsible for identifying, developing and executing on new business opportunities in areas of online privacy, mobile media, online advertising and data management at TRUSTe. An expert in mobile, digital media and advertising, Richard has extensive experience in launching new products, developing new markets and building successful business. Most recently, Richard was EVP of Business Development at 4INFO and a key figure in shaping 4INFO's growth from a messaging powerhouse to a diversified mobile advertising, technology and media company, and instrumental in driving its platform strategy and the direction of mobile publishing and advertising.

    Prior to 4INFO, Richard was VP of Worldwide Business Development at FanBox, a mobile data and billing company that pioneered mobile social community. Prior to that, Richard was AVP of business and client development for BeVocal, where he was responsible for key customer and strategic partnerships with telecommunications carriers, cable operators and media businesses. Prior to BeVocal, Richard has also spearheaded business development and sales at Yodlee. Earlier, Richard was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Richard holds a MBA from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Engineering from the Vanderbilt University.

  • Scott Kveton

    Urban Airship

    Scott Kveton

    Co-founder and CEO

    Scott Kveton is the co-founder and CEO of Urban Airship, which helps the world's top brands do great things in mobile. Widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure, Kveton speaks frequently on app monetization, user engagement and mobile developer ecosystems. He was recognized as one of the Top 10 Mobile Movers for 2012 by VentureBeat, and recently received the Individual Achievement Award from the 19th annual OEN Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards.

    Prior to starting Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University, which was instrumental in helping several open source projects grow into mainstream usage, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Linux Kernel and Drupal.

  • Gustavo Jimenez


    Gustavo Jimenez

    Vice President & GM, Integrated Systems, Latin America & Caribbean Region

    Gustavo Jimenez has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and payment industry. He joined VeriFone 15 years ago and has held various key positions in Marketing and Business Development. Prior to VeriFone, Mr. Jimenez played an instrumental role at various mobile startup companies. As the Vice President and General Manager for POINT Services Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC), Gustavo Jimenez is responsible for the strategic development of the services organization and its business operation in the region.

    He holds a B.S in Engineering from the University of Florida and a M.B.A. from Nova University.

    Mr. Jimenez is fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Jorge Salum


    Jorge Salum

    Regional Sales Manager

    Jorge Salum is the Regional Sales Manager at Wanda, the mobile money Joint Venture between Telefonica and MasterCard covering twelve Latin American markets. Prior to that, Jorge held a similar role at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for nearly 10 years in a variety of sales-related roles.

    Jorge earned a BSBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Miami.

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