Hear from the world's leading creative minds, and the region's most promising entrepreneurs, as they present their ideas on how to improve lives at Demand Solutions.

Demand Solutions will cover:

  • Creative Cities
  • 3D Printing
  • Wearable Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Video Games
  • Gender Equality
  • Orange Economy


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Vania Masías Founder and President of D1
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Ismael Cala Communicator, bestselling author and international speaker on issues of personal development and leadership
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Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn Founders of Favela Painting
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Mariana Costa Founder Laboratoria
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Daniel Antonio Monroy Gomez Creador de Mayan Pitz
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Jose Manuel Moller CEO of Algramo
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Camilo Anabalón CEO BabyBe
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Enrique Avogadro Deputy Secretary of Creative Economy for the Municipal Government of Buenos Aires
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Antonia del Solar Communicator
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Nicolás Pimentel Co-Founder and Innovation Director of +Castro
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Brayan Salazar Social Innovator
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Gabriel Mayr Founder of URECE Esporte e Cultura
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Chef Maria José Jordán
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Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura Owner of Maido Restaurant
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Mundano Graffiti artist + activist
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Marcelo Wilkorwsky Fundador de Oincs
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Viviana Caro Representative of the IDB in Peru
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Pablo Larguía Founder of Red Innova
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Jaime Sotomayor Co-founder of Arcturus Biocloud
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Beno Juárez President of Fab Lab Peru
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Mariela Ninna Noriega General Director of Cultural Industries and Arts

Born in Lima, Peru, Vania is a dancer and entrepreneur who graduated from Universidad del Pacifico. She was the lead Ballerina in the Peruvian National Ballet for seven years where she portrayed many main roles.
Vania was also the first ballerina in the National Ballet of Ireland and was recruited by Cirque Du Soleil. She decides to go back to Peru and put together a cultural association under the name of D1 where she is now the director. With D1 Vania has put on different staging performances such as Mezcla, Coreografika, Tulima, Chasca, Mas mezclados, among many others.
With this association she has won the prize Esteban Campodonico Figallo in 2012 for her community work and three other prizes for creative entrepreneurship and for the innovative methodology used in D1. She was also named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 and has participated in TEDx Puerto Madero and TEDx Lima.

Twitter: @vaniamasias

Cesar Loo was born in Lima in 1975, scientist, researcher, businessman and entrepreneur. Founder of BioFab which is dedicated to the research and development of tissues, cartilage and non-compact organs using 3D technology from mesenchymal, Ips and hematopoietic stem cells extracted from the third molar or fat.

Twitter: @BioFabCesarLoo

Ismael Cala is a Radio and TV presenter and producer, journalist, motivational author and speaker. He hosts the show Cala on CNN en Español, a prime-time intimate conversation with the world most powerful and relevant personalities: politicians, writers, philosophers, artists, celebrities, athletes and scientists.
Cala is a regular contributor on Univision’s “Despierta America”; writes a syndicated column for more than 30 publications in Latin America and the U.S. and directs “Cala 3.0” a digital magazine and successful application for iPad, iPhone, Android and PC and is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers throughout the continent.
He is the author of the best sellers “El poder de escuchar” (2013) and “Un buen hijo de P” (2014). Cala was born in Santiago of Cuba in 1969 and has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Universidad de Oriente, Cuba. He graduated with honors from the School of Communications of the University of York in Toronto and has a diploma in Seneca in Television Production.

Twitter: @cala
Facebook: IsmaelCala

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn have a passion for urban transformation.
Both grew up steeped in architectural theory and both have fathers or uncles who are noted urban planners in Holland. Yet this Dutch artist duo-who operate under the moniker Haas&Hahn-affect change not through books and discourse, but through exploring other cultures on the ground, whether it be in the streets of North Philadelphia, favelas of Rio de Janeiro or shantytowns in Haiti.
Working in underserved communities, they mobilize locals to reinvent their own neighborhood through extraordinary art projects of massive scale. Their work in Brazil spawned sister projects worldwide and in 2011 the duo moved to North Philadelphia to revitalize a downtrodden commercial strip by mobilizing local youth to paint the facades of buildings a rainbow of riotous color.
They have been invited to present their work at many occasions, ranging from a show at the United Nations Head Quarters to a recent talk for TED Global. As they work on a multitude of projects, they travel to paint and explore communities worldwide. A successful crowdfunding campaign enabled their recent return to Rio to continue their dream: to organize community members to paint an entire favela hill.

Twitter: @favelapainting
Facebook: favelapainting

Mariana began Laboratoria a year ago with the idea of providing opportunities for young women within the growing technological sector. Since then she has developed a social entrepreneurship program that trains young women who have no access to higher education to become web developers and connects them with different companies that are in need of their talent. The process has not been easy it has been full of challenges, learning experiences that have continuously contributed with the impact of the program. Previously, Mariana had a different initiative called Ayu, which is a software developing and digital innovation workshop in Lima. Mariana studied International Relations at London School of Economics and Public Administration at Columbia University in New York. She also worked for organizations such as the OAS, TechnoServe and the Earth Institute in social development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and Kenya. She strongly believes that social entrepreneurship is the path to unite the best of both worlds.

Twitter: @mcostach - @laboratoriaLA
Facebook: laboratoriaLA

Graphic designer, with knowledge in gaming and digital advertisement. He is from Guatemala and has collaborated for over 10 years in several digital projects. Two years ago he came up with the idea of designing a game called “Mayan Pitz”, meant to preserve cultural heritage that is being lost in Guatemala.
Once this project was completed, Monroy realized that there is great potential in the use of entertainment to promote culture and education and transmit messages via games in a creative way. So far the project has reached some 18,000 people around the world. The company continues to work to improve it and reach even more people.

Twitter: @dmonroygt

Jose Manuel Moller is a commercial engineer from the Catholic University of Chile. He has been developing and collecting information about a problem that is attacking Algramo. He was a member of the advising committee of the Public Policy center of the Catholic University. He worked at Un Techo for Chile. Among other things, José Manuel is a fellow of Ashoka which is the biggest network of leading social entrepreneurs ( On June of 2014 he was selected as a TED Fellow.

Twitter: @jmmoller

Camilo Anabalón is an industrial engineer from the University of Chile and has a Masters in Academic Innovation of state of the art from Stuttgart, Germany.
Creator of Babybe, an emotional prosthesis that connects premature babies with their mother through a bionic mattress which replicates in real time the heartbeats, respiration and voice of the mother. Babybe, has received an international recognition when it was named one of the finalists in the Intel Make it Wearable Challenge 2014, it has the potential to reduce premature babies stay in the incubators.
Through Babybe, Camilo explores the interaction between technology and the Human being, its emotions and its health, opening new perspectives for the enrichment of humans lives through an artificial medium of the interpersonal relations.
Camilo Anabalon is not only the CEO of Babybe but is also a professor at the University of Chile where he teaches Bionics in the School of Design.

Twitter: @kanabalon

He is the Subsecretary of Creative Economy for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Enrique is also responsible for the Metropolitan Center for Design. The Subsecretariat of Creative Economy develops programs that support entrepreneurs, creative industries, science and technology in the City of Buenos Aires. He has a Bachelors in International Studies, Maters in Administration and Public Policy and is currently coursing a Masters in Content Development. He regularly participates in conferences and international events. He has also been a judge in prestigious international awards of design.

Twitter: @eavogadro
Facebook: eavogadro2

Antonia was born in Lima, Peru in 1977 and grew up to become a great communicator with professional experience in TV and in both printed and digital media. She has been a reporter for Plus TV since 2010 and up to now she conducts the program Oh Diosas.
She has great expertise as an interviewer and her set has been visited by several figures from the artistic, cultural, political, health and fashion world. Currently she is also the host of the show La Mirada de Antonia with Media Networks. A year ago she created the platform El Espejo a blog and Facebook page that covers trending topics of the modern woman and that now has over 30,000 followers.

Twitter: @antoenelespejo

Nicolas entered the publicity field when he was very young. Many years later, in 2001 he was one of the founders of the publicity agency BBDO Argentina. In 2007 he started working as the Integrated Communications Director for the agency and along with his team they were able to place themselves among the Top 100 innovators for the British editorial Cream and also named one of the Top 7 agencies in the world according to WonReport 2009.
On June 2010 along with Pedro Saleh, Nicolas founded +Castro the first innovation house in the region. +Castro has been recognized as one of the top 3 agencies in the world according to Advertising Age the Small Agency Awards 2014.
In 2012 Nicolas was framed as one of the eight “most creative of the world that you must meet”.
He has been invited to speak at the Cannes Festival in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Along with Mondalez Latin America they created an innovation incubator by the name of Fly Garage and currently works in projects of international outreach for brands such as Danone, Puma, Pepsi, Disney, and Google among others.

Twitter: @nicopimentel

Brayan Salazar is originally from Choluteca, Honduras and even though he has not obtained a university degree yet, his inventiveness drove him to create a product based on wind energy to charge mobile phones in areas with no access to electricity.
MIT Technology Review selected this project making Bryan one of the best social innovators in Central America and later on awarding him as the innovator of the year.
Currently Brayan is pursuing his degree in Engineering and Computer Systems.

Gabriel Mayr is a Physical Education teacher from Rio de Janeiro, and started to be involved with Paralympic sports in 2001 at his first year of university. Gabriel mastered in Adapted Physical Education.
Gabriel worked for the English five-a-side national team for one year as assistant coach, as well as volunteering at the Royal National College for the Blind.
After one year in England, he headed back to Brazil to become one of the founders of Urece Sports and Culture for the Blind.
At Urece, his work was recognized by the UN, the CSR program of FIFA and task forces from UNICEF. Gabriel's role at Urece also played a part in establishing the Sports for Social Change and Streetfootball World networks. Gabriel was awarded young social entrepreneur in 2013 from the Rio de Janeiro Commercial association and has also been inducted into the Shell LiveWire.

Twitter: @gmayr
Facebook: Urece

Being only 25 years old, Maria Jose Jordan is the head chef of pastry at one of Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s restaurants. Previously she gained professional experience in different restaurants in North America where she lived for 3 years. At the age of 20 she embarked on a trip to Canada where she worked with Peruvian chef Mario Navarrete Jr. and at the same time she would practice her skills with one of the best pastry chefs in Canada Patrice Demers. A year later she decides to continue with her discovery trip and moves to New York, where she began her professional career. She started off as an intern in 2 renowned restaurants, however, her career kicked off when she began working at WD-50. This was the first restaurant of Chef Wylie Dufrense, which closed to the public last year, after 11 years. She moves back to Lima and worked as a pastry assistant in Astrid&Gastón and afterwards in Pan de la Chola. This year she became part of the team of ámaZ and achieved second place in the international Young Chef San Pellegrino 2015 for one of her signature pastries.

Micha, as everybody calls him, was born in Lima and since his childhood was very passionate about cooking. In September of 1998 he finished school and was admitted in Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI – USA) where he studied the careers of Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Management.
After graduating, he decides to go to Osaka (Japan) to specialize in Japanese cuisine, where he worked in restaurants such as “Seto Sushi” and “Imo to Daikon”. Maido belongs to the list of 50 best restaurants in the world, winning the 44th place at the “The World's 50 Best”.
In the same month he travels to Milan, as mentor, accompanying the Peruvian chef Maria Jose Jordana at the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 event, obtaining the 3rd place among the best young chefs in the world.

Twitter: @mitsuharu_maido

Mundano is a Brazilian street artist and activist whose work makes people stop and think about the issues swirling around them everyday. In 2007, he began using his graffiti skills to paint "carroças," the wooden and metal carts used by the trash collectors throughout Brazil who haul off junk and recyclables. He painted 287 carroças and in the process made these invisible superheroes visible—not only in the streets, but also in the media. The effort led to "Pimp My Carroça," which made this initiative do-it-yourself, crowdfunded and global. It has brought in 355 trash collectors in cities around the world, teaming them up with 305 street artists and 1066 volunteers. It is quickly becoming a movement.

Twitter: @mundano_sp
Facebook: Mundano.sp

Marcelo Wilkorwsky has advanced studies in Finance, Digital Marketing and Foreign Trade in universities in Spain and Uruguay.
In 2011 Marcelo created a Twitter account with a simple mission: to work as a crossroads where people working together could stay up to date on what was happening out in Montevideo, in real time.
In a matter of days the account went viral. Major news media quickly showed interest, which fueled the user community’s growth and helped the account consolidate itself as a go-to place for information on traffic and transit.
Having demonstrated the usefulness of digital platforms to meet the need to travel more safely and without surprises, the next step was to create a mobile application that would resolve problems related to mobility and public safety around the world and this led to the birth of Oincs.
Oincs is a platform designed to look after users and make them aware of what is happening out on the street. It works with the cooperation of the user community itself, which shares and updates information in real time to the benefit of all.
Less than two years after its launch, Oincs has more than 110,000 registered users, making it the most frequently downloaded app in Uruguay. It reached the top three of the App Store in 11 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has won many distinctions and awards.

Twitter: @djwilko12 - @oincs - @chanchosUY
Facebook: Oincs

Viviana Caro is the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Peru since mid-May 2015. From 2010 to 2015 she was the Minister of Development Planning in Bolivia. She has been involved in the Bolivian government for many years. For over 10 years she was part of the Unity of Social and Economic Analysis (UDAPE) this entity is in charge of providing assistance to the executive branch. Caro has also been an avid researcher at CEDLA the Center for Agrarian Development and she also worked at the Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE) in Peru from 1990 to 1992.
She studied Economics at the Catholic University of Lima, Peru and received a Master’s Degree in Agrarian Economy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Pablo Larguía was selected by Singularity University to study exponential technologies like artificial intelligence, Nano-technology, robotics, 3D printing, nano-satellites and drones.
He is the founder and CEO of Red Innova, a company that creates business opportunities and digital innovation by connecting entrepreneurs and developers with investors and big enterprises.
Red Innova hosts conferences, training workshops and consultancy to different enterprices in New York, Sao Paulo, Madrid and Buenos Aires. It has partnerships with Google, Telefonica, Facebook Microsoft and BBVA. Through, over 2,000,000 people have connected to the innovative world.

Twitter: @Laredinnova
Facebook: Laredinnova

Jaime is a Peruvian entrepreneur and recipient of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 Awards Peru. He has studied at Singularity University and Universidad de Lima. At this moment, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of Arcturus BioCloud, a San Francisco-based startup that has created a Platform as a Service for rapid prototyping microorganisms using genetic engineering. The company’s mission is to enable people to do biotech in the cloud from anywhere in the world.

Twitter: @arcturusbio
Facebook: Sotomayorjaime

Beno Juárez grew up in the Peruvian Amazon. When he was 9 years old he moved with his family to Lima due to terrorism. The juxtaposition between the freedom experienced in the Amazons and the challenges of the city, made him explore the fusion between innovation and inclusion. Today, as the director of Fab Lab Peru he works towards achieving technological democratization through regional projects just like the first Floating Fab Lab of the world. Beno along with his team, have created a Fab Lab that will navigate through the Amazon River seeking to integrate new technologies of digital fabrication with the cultural diversity of the Amazons.


Economist specialized on sustainable development and project management, has been leading the Peruvian inception in the creative economy since 2010 at the Ministry of Culture, where she performs as General Director of Cultural Industries and Arts.



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