December 3 SLS Brickell Miami, FL

Explore, Engage, and Strategize for Success in LATAM

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8:00 am

Breakfast / Registration Open

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

  • Jodie Kelley, CEO, ETA

9:10 am

State of Payments in LATAM

This panel will discuss the current state of payments in LATAM, specifically Brazil and Mexico.

  • Gabriel Mejia, President of Merchant Acquiring for Latin America, Global Payments
  • Alberto Velarde, Vice President, Strategy and Market Development LAC, Mastercard
  • Ana Vasconcellos, Head of Payments Acceptance LAC, Visa (M)

9:45 am

Payments and Policy — Brazil

Policymakers in Brazil are focused on the payments industry. This panel will explore the present and future political and policy landscapes that shape payments.

  • Silvia Constain, Head of Government Engagement LAC, Visa
  • Angelo Jose Mont Alverne Duarte, Head of Department, Department of Competition and Financial Market Structure, Central Bank of Brazil

10:10 am

Digitalization of Payments in the LATAM Region

The panel will cover radical change in consumer experience powered by the digitization of payments in Brazil and Mexico. How did they go from cash to digital payments in under a decade for both online and POS commerce.  It will focus on how the overall payments experience has changed for the consumer and the merchant (for both online and offline commerce). It will also touch upon similarities and difference unique to Brazil and Mexico.

  • Abhishek Banerjee (AB), Chief Payments Officer and co-founder, PayAmigo
  • Kim Hangoc, VP of Digital Partnerships, Mastercard
  • Rodrigo Rodas, Managing Partner, IDC Ventures (M)

10:35 am

Networking Break

10:45 am

Crypto Adoption in LATAM

Cryptocurrencies have emerged as a considerable force in the global financial landscape, offering individuals and businesses an alternative means of conducting transactions. In recent years, the adoption of cryptocurrencies in Mexico and Brazil has gained significant traction. This session will focus on insights on the current legalities, politics, logistics, and the ways in which the citizens of Mexico and Brazil are embracing and utilizing cryptocurrencies.

  • Eric Brown, CEO, BlockWyre
  • Bart Kohler, (CPP), Chief Revenue Officer, Paynuity
  • Andres Nieto, International Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright US MX, S.C. (M)

11:25 am

Overview of Policy Framework in LATAM

This panel will explore how policymakers are thinking about the latest payments developments including CBDC, Open Finance, Instant Payments, BNPL, and more.

  • Thais Garcez Lima De Mendonca, Head of LatAm Regulatory, Stripe
  • Ludmila Volochen, Regional Director – LATAM, FDATA Global
  • Daniel R. Kahan, Partner, King & Spalding (M)

12:00 pm


With billions in business payments still being made by check, this panel will explore how payments industry can modernize B2B.

  • Juan Garrido, SVP - Product Executive, Bank of America
  • Jose Luis Gonzales – Head of Visa Commercial Solutions, Visa
  • Alejandro Macias, VP Latin America Initiatives, Boost Payment Solutions
  • Daniel R. Kahan, Partner, King & Spalding (M)

12:25 pm

Networking Lunch

1:25 pm

Deep Dive on Payments

This session will focus on how Drex is being received by the private sector as well as what’s next for tokenization and cross-border payments.

  • Diego Perez, President, ABFintechs
  • Thomaz Teixeira, CEO, Co-Founder, nTokens

1:50 pm

Fighting Fraud

LATAM presents unique challenges relative to fraud in payments. This panel will explore the unique characteristics of fraud and how the payments industry is addressing them.

  • Diego Becker, Director, International Growth, Chargeback Gurus
  • Mario Rivero, Global Payment Risk Investigations, Visa
  • Andres Rojas, VP Customer Success Americas, FeatureSpace
  • Ivette Rodriguez, Director Ecosystem Security & Integrity Risk, Visa (M)

2:20 pm

Payments and Policy — Mexico

Policymakers in Mexico are focused on the payments industry. This panel will explore the present and future political and policy landscapes that shape payments.

  • Silvia Constain, Head of Government Engagement LAC, Visa
  • Moreno González Othón Martino, Director of Policy and Studies of Payment Systems and Market Infrastructures, Central Bank of Mexico

2:40 pm

Networking Break

2:50 pm

Tap on Mobile / Tap to Phone

Tap on Mobile (TOM) or Tap to Phone is the newest form of taking contactless or NFC payments, by leveraging COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) devices such as mobile devices. Join this session to learn about TOM and what it means to merchants of all sizes and its developments in LATAM.

  • Mauricio Idarraga, Gerente de Preventas de Soluciones PPaaS, Ingenico
  • Gabriela Loayza, Executive Relationship Manager - Integrated Payments, Discover Global Network
  • Guida Sousa, VP, Acceptance and Digital Products LAC, Mastercard
  • Daniel Villar, Senior Director Acceptance Solutions, Visa
  • Fernanda Grillo, Director - International Markets, Discover Global Network (M)

3:30 pm

AI in Payments

Ai is changing how the payments industry fights fraud, helps customers, increases compliance, and reduces friction. This panel will discuss the implications for AI in LATAM.

  • Ricardo Ramirez, Senior Director Visa Consulting and Analytics, Visa
  • Andres Rojas, VP Customer Success Americas, FeatureSpace
  • Eduardo Sanchez, SVP, Cyber and Intelligence LAC, Mastercard
  • Belisario Contreras, Senior Director, Global Security and Technology Strategy, Venable (M)

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Jodie Kelley, CEO, ETA

4:10 pm

Networking Reception

Cancellations & Refunds

TRANSACT Tech — LATAM attendees agree to follow health guidelines issued by the local authorities and by the venue operators.

Cancellations are allowed until December 3, 2023, at 11:59pm ET. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made after December 3, 2023, 11:59 pm. All cancellations are subject to $25 cancellation fees. No-shows are non-refundable.

Substitutions can be made until December 6, 2023. Substitution requests should be made in writing to with the subject "TRANSACT Tech – LATAM Registration Substitution". No on-site substitutions will be allowed.

In the unlikely event of program cancellation, ETA will refund 100 percent of registration fees paid. ETA assumes no liability for any penalty fees on airline tickets, deposits for hotel accommodations, or any other fees, charges, penalties or other incidental costs that a registrant might incur as a consequence of a program cancellation.

Event Photography Policy

By attending the Event, you acknowledge that photographs and/or videos of you may be taken by our conference staff and/or photographers at any time. Furthermore, you grant ETA permission to use photographs and/or video of your likeness in any type of media, including websites and print publications, without compensation or reward.


Americans with Disabilities Act / Special Dietary Needs

Attendees with special needs for facilities, visual or audio aids, or dietary requirements are asked to email so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

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ETA CPP CE Credits

The ETA CPP™ certification program sets the standard for professional performance in the payments industry and is a symbol of excellence. It signifies that an individual has demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in today’s complex electronic payments environment.

This event is approved for up to six (6) ETA CPP™ Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit is earned at the rate of one credit per 50 minutes of electronic transactions industry-related session time, including questions and answers, excluding lunches and breaks.