Nelson Bechara

Nelson Bechara - Moderator

Director: Value Creation, Actis

Cathy Burns

Cathy Burns

CEO, Produce Marketing Association

She started as a part-time service clerk. She’s since been named a Top Woman in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, a Supermarket News’ Power 50, Mass Market Retailer’s Most Influential Women in Mass Market Retailing and The Packer’s Produce Marketer of the Year. Cathy works tirelessly to help PMA members more effectively engage with each other and consumers. Prior to PMA, Cathy was the president of Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s, and remains an active board member for a variety of nonprofits in children’s health, the food industry and female leadership development. Cathy enjoys cycling, surfing and photographic adventures with her husband and daughters.

Gonzalo Fernandez Castro, Managing Director, Private Equity Americas

Gonzalo Fernandez Castro

Managing Director, Private Equity Americas

Gonzalo Fernandez Castro is Head of the Latin American Private Equity team and is Head of Partners Group´s São Paulo office. He is a member of the Private Equity Directs Investment Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors at  Enova Foods, Hortifruti Natural da Terra and Centauro. He has been with Partners Group since 2012 and 22 years of industry experience. Previously, he was a member of the Global Executive Board. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked at Lumix Capital, Adecco, Jacob Holdings, LID Group and Mckinsey. He holds an MBA from Harvad Business School in Massachusetts, USA and an industrial engineering degree from Bueno Aires Institute of Technology, Argentina.
Patrick Ledoux, Partner, Actis

Patrick Ledoux

Partner, Actis

Patrick joined Actis in 2007 as Head of Latin America. He is Partner of the Financial Services Fund and Chairman of REMCO (Remuneration Committee).  He has been responsible for investment in Financial Services and Consumer. He is currently Board member of CSD (retail), It’sSeg (Insurance broker), Genesis (Test, Inspection and Certification focused on Agribusiness) and CNA (Education). Patrick joined Actis from a local PE fund –TMG - where he was a Partner since 1999. From 1990 to 1998, Patrick was an IB Director at Crédit Lyonnais, Chase and BankBoston. Patrick holds a degree in Economy and Business Administration from the University of Liège in Belgium.
Priscila Rodrigues, Partner, Crescera Investimentos

Priscila Rodrigues

Partner, Crescera Investimentos

Priscila Rodrigues is an executive committee member of Crescera Investimentos responsible for the Consumer, Retail and Services platform. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with emphasis in Private Equity and Real Estate and holds a degree in Administration of Resources from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (EAESP-FGV). Prior to joining Crescer in 2011, Priscila worked for Plural Capital in the private equity team, Houlihan Lokey in restructuring and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York with private equity operations in the US market, as well as having been a Partner of Pacific Investimentos. Priscila participates in the Investment and Financial Committees of Estapar, the  Rede Oba and Hospital Assistance. Priscila is part of the Public Policy Council of LAVCA and the Latin American Council of EMPEA.
Jose Luiz Tejon Megido

Professor José Luiz Tejon Megido

Professor, Tejon Communication & Action International Ltda

As a journalist, publicist, author, international lecturer and commentator on Radio Jovem Pan, José Luiz Tejon Megido has a strong presence in the media, education and business world. Highly successful in sales, management, marketing and leadership, José is the Academic Coordinator of several programs at well-known educational institutions. Tejon holds a Master's degree in Art and Culture from Mackenzie University and a Dr © in Pedagogy from the University of Empresa, Uruguay.