Building a Connected Quantum Community in Latin America

Adolfo del Campo 
Full professor of Theoretical Physics – University of Luxembourg

Adolfo del Campo is a Full Professor of Theoretical Physics and Director of the Quantum Theory Group at the University of Luxembourg. He is widely recognized for his contributions to quantum science and technology, describing nonequilibrium quantum phenomena and their control. He has made seminal contributions to the fields of shortcuts to adiabaticity, quantum speed limits, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum critical phenomena. Del Campo was a postdoc at Imperial College and Ulm University, and a distinguished J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Before joining U. of Luxembourg, he worked as an Associate Professor at The University of Massachusetts Boston and a Distinguished Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Donostia International Physics Center. 

Alfred U’Ren
Research scientist – Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Dr. Alfred U’Ren received his B.Sc. in physics from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico city) in 1997 and his Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester in 2004. He was research scientist at Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE in Ensenada, Mexico) from 2004 to 2008. He was appointed professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico city in 2008, where he is currently a tenured full professor and department head at one of five departments at Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares. He is a member at the highest level (III) of the National System of Researchers (Mexico), Senior Member of the Optical Society of America, and he received the Research Prize from the Mexican Academy of Sciences (awarded yearly to the most distinguished scientist under the age of 40). He is a past president of the Quantum Information Division of the Mexican Physical Society, was General co-chair of the OSA Frontiers in Optics 2014 conference organized in Tucson, AZ, and is currently topical editor for Journal of the Optical Society of America B. He leads the Quantum Optics Laboratory at Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares; his research areas have focused on the design, implementation, and application of photon pair sources based on spontaneous parametric processes. He has authored >90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, and book chapters.

André M. König
CEO – Global Quantum Intelligence

André is a published author, speaker and expert on DeepTech with 25 years of Fortune 500, investing and startup experience. He is the CEO of Global Quantum Intelligence, the premier market & business intelligence provider in Quantum Tech, and Chairman of OneQuantum, the leading Quantum Tech community globally with 15K+ members. He studied Quantum Computing at MIT (certificates) and holds a MBA in Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as well as a Masters in Business from ICN School of Management. He speaks English, German, French and poor Italian, has competed in national sailing championships and pursues special forces combat training.

Andrea Cadarso
Head of Quantitative & Business Solutions USA & Mexico – BBVA

Andrea Cadarso works at the Corporate & Investment Banking division at BBVA, where she leads the team Quantitative & Business Solutions Mexico & USA in Global Markets.

Andrea completed her PhD in Mathematics at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish National Research Council, focusing on entanglement, correlations and mathematical techniques to understand quantum many body systems. She is interested in applying quantum-inspired techniques and quantum algorithms to solve financial problems.

Andrea Delgado
Distinguished Staff Fellow – Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Andrea Delgado joined ORNL as a Distinguished Staff Fellow in 2020 and is currently an R&D Associate in the Physics Division. Her background is in experimental high-energy physics with solid research and development (R&D) focus on analyzing big data produced by large-scale particle physics experiments. Dr. Delgado earned her Ph.D. (2020) from Texas A&M University. Her dissertation focused on proving/disproving the existence of a particle not contained in the standard model of particle physics through the analysis of data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland. Before ORNL, she worked as a graduate research assistant at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as part of the US-CMS Collaboration under the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Dr. Delgado was also the recipient of the National GEM Consortium Fellowship.

At ORNL, Dr. Delgado’s interdisciplinary research is focused on the intersection of quantum computing and particle physics. Her work combines a scientific interest in extending our knowledge of the fundamental blocks of the universe and how they interact with each other and building better tools to analyze the data from quantum sensing experiments for dark matter detection, as well as quantum machine learning applications with a particular interest in quantum generative models. Dr. Delgado is committed to diversity and inclusion in the STEM field and has served as a chair of the Women in Physical Sciences employee resource group. She is also the PI of a DOE RENEW award to fund a traineeship program to diversify the pipeline for the next generation of high-energy physicists. Dr. Delgado is currently a member of the American Physical Society and has served as the Early Career Executive Committee member at the Nuclear Physics Unit from 2022-2023.

Angel Cabeza
Director for Innovation and Digital – IAG Cargo

Angel is the Director for Innovation and Digital in IAGCargo, the logistics company within International Airlines Group, which includes IBERIA, British Airways, AerLingus, Vueling and Level. In this role he is always looking for innovative ideas and ways of working, creativity and collaboration opportunities.  Angel is married, has one daughter and is passionate about football and reading, in particular history books and comics. 

Carla Andrea Hermann
Profesora Asistente – Universidad de Chile

Carla Hermann Avigliano is a distinguished Chilean physicist specialized in quantum optics, both experimental and theoretical. She has academic and research roles at the University of Chile and at the Millennium Institute for Research in Optics, MIRO. In 2017, she was awarded the L’Oréal for Women in Science Chile prize in the postdoctoral category, for the first time in quantum optics in her country. Carla completed her doctorate in Paris at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel, in the group led by Nobel laureate Serge Haroche, and continued her postdoctoral studies at the Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland, USA. Her current research focuses on the generation of intense non-Gaussian quantum light and the generation of two-mode squeezed light for applications in quantum metrology. She leads several scientific projects and participates in numerous science outreach projects, directing the radio program “Let’s get Physical” on TXSPlus. Recently, she was recognized by Forbes Chile as one of the 30 most powerful women in the country.

Carlos Argüelles
Professor – Harvard University

Prof. Carlos Argüelles was born in Lima, Peru and did his undergraduate and master’s degrees in physics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru where he worked on theoretical aspects of neutrino physics. He finished his PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the IceCube experiment and then became a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. Since 2020 he became a professor in the physics department at Harvard University. Carlos has won several awards and recognitions for his work in neutrino physics such as the IUPAP Young Astrophysicist Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, TUMI award, Science News 10 under 40, among others.

Celso J. Villas-Boas
leader of the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Group – UFSCar

Researcher with more than 25 years of experience in the area of Quantum Information (quantum computing and quantum communication) and Quantum Optics, leader of the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Group at UFSCar, with tens of papers on both quantum algorithms and architectures for quantum computers and proofs of concept, published in highly prestigious international peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Villas-Boas is a special guest at Forums on Quantum Computing/Quantum Information, including Universities in Brazil and abroad, the Brazilian Army, and the Brazilian Ministry of International Relations, in addition to the main international scientific conferences/workshops. He was the head of the Physics Department at UFSCar and Coordinator of the Graduate Course in Physics/UFSCar.  He has supervisioned more than 50 researchers, including masters, Ph-D’s and post-doctors, and undergraduate students. In recent years, Prof. Villas-Boas has worked intensely in structuring projects for the application of Quantum Mechanics, organizing teams and collaborations in Brazil and around the world, with several results recognized at an international level, with collaboration with prestigious European centers (in Germany, Austria, and Sweden, among others) and in Asia (China).

Clarice D. Aiello
Assistant Professor – UCLA

Dr. Clarice D. Aiello is a quantum engineer interested in how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale. She is an expert on nanosensors harnessing room-temperature quantum effects in noisy environments. Born and raised in sunny Brazil, Clarice received her B.S. in Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique; her M.Phil. in Physics from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College; and her Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering. She also held postdoctoral appointments in Bioengineering at Stanford, and in Chemistry at Berkeley. Two months before the pandemic, she joined UCLA, where she leads the Quantum Biology Tech (QuBiT) Lab.

Daniel Muñoz
Higher Scientist – National Physical Laboratory – NPL

Daniel Muñoz is an electronic engineer and received in 2020 his Ph.D. in Photonic and Optoelectronic Systems from the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace ISAE-SUPAERO, France. His doctoral research was focused on microwave signal and optical frequency combs generation using VCSEL-based optoelectronic systems for satellite applications. Then, he was attached to ISAE-SUPAERO as a postdoctoral fellow for modelling and emulating the effects of atmospheric turbulence on the free space propagation of an optical beam.

Daniel joined National Physical Laboratory in October 2021 as a Higher Scientist in the Quantum Information Processing group. His current work includes the characterization of QKD systems – prototype and fully-commercial systems – and their components such as single photon detectors at telecommunications wavelengths. He coordinates the measurement activities of collaborative projects related to fibre QKD systems.     

Daniel Volz
CEO – Kipu Quantum

Daniel is co-founder and CEO of Kipu Quantum GmbH, a quantum computing startup with the mission to shorten the waiting time for industrial quantum advantage for end users by leveraging application- and hardware-specific algorithms. Before, he gathered one-of-kind insights into the industrial user’s perspective on and needs for quantum computing solutions. Daniel served as a project lead with BASF SE, the world’s largest chemical producer & chemical research company, working on the strategic impact of quantum computing and other corporate development related topics. Beyond chemicals, during his time as a senior consultant in McKinsey’s Frankfurt office, he built up McKinsey’s quantum computing capabilities and consulted clients in verticals such as chemicals, pharma, oil & gas, banking, automotive and electronics. Daniel holds a PhD in chemistry from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology & the Karlsruhe School of Optics and photonics.

Denise Ruffner
Co-Founder – DiviQ, Co-Founder – Stealth, Amara Hill Consulting

Denise leads a consulting practice, Amara Hill Consulting, helping hi-tech and quantum companies emerge from stealth mode and launch their product(s). She was previously Chief Business Officer at Atom Computing, at IonQ and at Cambridge Quantum Computing. Recognized for innovation, sales leadership and strategic planning, Denise held a variety of leadership roles at IBM, including being part of the IBM Systems Quantum Computing team. Denise is a co-founder of the new organization, Diversity in Quantum (diviQ..org), a rapidly growing organization dedicated to highlighting and creating a community for women, LGBTQ and people of color in the quantum field. Denise has a Master’s in Neurobiology and Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from UC Irvine.

Eduardo Duzzioni
Associate professor and Co-Founder – Pysics Department of the Federal University of Santa Catarina and Quanby Computação Quântica

Dr. Duzzioni earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 2001, followed by a Master’s degree in Physics from the same institution in 2003. He furthered his academic journey by completing his PhD at the Federal University of São Carlos in 2007 and pursuing post-doctoral research at the Federal University of ABC from 2007 to 2008. His extensive expertise lies in the field of Quantum Physics. His research has predominantly centered around quantum optics, quantum computing, and quantum information. Currently, Dr. Duzzioni holds the position of Associate Professor within the Department of Physics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. He served as the sub-coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Physics from 2015 to 2021. In addition to his academic pursuits, he is also a co-founder of the startup, Quanby Computação Quântica. Recently, Dr. Duzzioni has contributed significantly to the implementation of a quantum initiative in Brazil.

Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas
Member of the Board of Governors – IEEE Computer Society

Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from ICMC, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), in 2004, conducting collaborative projects and studies at Carnegie Mellon University (USA) in 2001 and Technischen Universitat Berlin (Germany) in 2002. He is the founder and a member of the Peruvian Computing Society, where he served as President for eight years. From 2009 to 2016, Prof. Cuadros-Vargas held the position of Executive Secretary of the Latin American Computing Center (CLEI). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society (2020-2023). Notably, he was the sole Latin American member on the Steering Committee of ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curricula (CC2020). Also, he held the same position for ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curricula for Computer Science (CS2013).

Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas had a distinguished tenure as the Director of the Computer Science program and Dean for 16 years in Peru (2005-2020). He has provided advisory services to the Minister of Education and served as a direct advisor to the President of the Republic of Peru (2016-2018). Additionally, he serves as an international accreditation evaluator. Professor Cuadros has been invited as a speaker at numerous international events held in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, China, India, Spain, and other countries.

Federico Hernán Holik
Adjoint Researcher – Instituto de Física La Plata – CONICET

Dr. Federico Holik is a Research Fellow of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Argentina. His research focuses on the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum information theory, the interpretation of quantum probabilities, and the study of the logical, algebraic and geometrical aspects of the quantum formalism.

Felipe Aedo-Huenulao
Tech Evangelist & Business Development

“Soy un apasionado de la innovación y las tecnologías disruptivas con una sólida experiencia en sectores tan diversos como el minero, bancario y la web 3. A lo largo de mi carrera, he liderado proyectos que han impulsado avances significativos en estas industrias, siempre con un enfoque en generar un impacto positivo en el mundo social y de los negocios.

Mi viaje profesional me ha llevado a explorar las posibilidades de las tecnologías emergentes como blockchain y la descentralización en el ámbito de la web 3, y en los últimos años investigando sobre IA y computación cuántica donde he estado involucrado en la creación de soluciones innovadoras y escalables.

Mi pasión por las oportunidades de negocio que generan un impacto significativo me ha llevado a buscar constantemente formas de hacer que las nuevas tecnologías beneficien a la sociedad en su conjunto. Estoy emocionado de compartir mis experiencias y conocimientos en este evento y de aprender de otros innovadores que comparten la misma visión de un futuro más prometedor.”

Fernanda das Graças Correa
– Ministerio de Defensa (Brasil)

Coordinadora-General en el Departamento de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (DECTI) de la Secretaría de Productos de Defensa (SEPROD) del Ministerio de Defensa (Brasil). Postdoctorado en Modelamiento de Sistemas Complejos (USP) y postdoctorado en Ciencias Militares (ECEME). Doctorado en Ciencia Política en el área de Estudios Estratégicos (UFF), diplomada en el Curso de Estudios Superiores en Política y Estrategia y en el Curso Superior de Defensa (ESG), maestría en Historia Comparada con énfasis en Relaciones Internacionales, Seguridad y Defensa Nacional/ Pro-Defensa (UFRJ), especialista lato senso en Historia Militar Brasileña (IGHMB/UNIRIO) y licenciada en Historia (UGF).

Fernando Gomes de Oliveira
CIO – Intellinet Intelligent Connectivity

A pioneer in digital transformation and technological innovation, Fernando Gomes de Oliveira is a reference in 5G/6G networks and Artificial Intelligence. He is the CIO of Intellinet Intelligent Connectivity and Chief Growth Officer for the Digilab and RoboYell groups. Dedicated to areas such as 5G and 6G networks, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and Smart Cities, Fernando has been the driving force behind several innovative initiatives in Brazil’s leading innovation ecosystems. Actively involved in committees of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence (I2AI), he coordinates the AIoT & Robotics Committee, reinforcing his commitment to constant innovation. His leadership in the Game Changers innovators community of StartSe places him at the forefront of digital transformation.

As an Angel Investor at Poli Angels, he not only provides financial support but also mentors the new generation of disruptive companies redefining traditional industries. His prominent role as a Counselor for the Latin American Organization for Cooperation in Smart Cities (OLA-CCI) and, especially, as the leader of the 5G Working Group of the Santa Catarina Technology Association (ACATE) highlights his influence and dedication in boosting innovation and technological development in the national scenario. Recently, Fernando started studying quantum technologies, with a special focus on cybersecurity. He has been actively participating in discussion groups and the Quantum Information Technology Study Commission – ABNT/CE-021:003.514. This mirror commission is responsible for monitoring the work of ISO/IEC JTC 1/WG 14 Quantum Information Technology, being an active participant in international technical discussions and responsible for sending Brazilian contributions to ongoing projects. In addition to his professional contributions, Fernando is a passionate speaker on the digital world, innovation, disruptive technologies, people, Web3, Blockchain, media and entertainment, Artificial Intelligence, 5G/6G, IoT, and Smart Cities.

Fernando Rojas Iñiguez
Investigador Titular/Director CNYN – Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología (CNYN), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México -UNAM

El Dr. Fernando Rojas Iñiguez, obtuvo su Doctorado en Física Teórica por la Universidad de Manchester, Inglaterra, en 1996; Maestría en Ciencias de CICESE-UNAM, con especialidad en Física de Materiales en 1990, y una Maestría en Ciencias de la Computación, en la Universidad de Manchester en 1998. El Dr. Rojas es Físico, egresado de la Facultad de Ciencias, de la Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, recibiéndose en 1988 con Premio al Mérito Escolar. Es investigador Titular de tiempo completo (definitivo) en el Departamento de Física del Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia (CNyN). Su campo de investigación es la física de procesamiento de información, correlaciones y computación cuántica, por medio del estudio de fenómenos dinámicos cuánticos en sistemas cerrados y abiertos en la nano-escala incluyendo propiedades de carga, espín, fotónicos, sistemas biológicos, aislantes  topológicos ( fases geométrica) y en diferentes clases de nanoestructuras. El énfasis de su tema de investigación está en la caracterización de las correlaciones no clásicas (entrelazamiento y discordia) y su relación con observables físicas y la funcionalidad del sistema. A la fecha, su trabajo ha producido 34 artículos en revistas indizas, con una participación importante de trabajos de estudiantes de posgrado. Ha graduado  4  estudiantes de doctorados, 16 de maestría y 3 de licenciatura.  Actualmente participa en un proyecto de fases Geométricas y correlaciones cuánticas en sistemas compuestos.

Francisco Albarrán-Arriagada
Assistant Professor – Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH)

Obtuve mi Licenciatura en Física aplicada en la Universidad de Santiago de Chile en 2014. En 2018 obtengo el grado de Doctor en Ciencias mención Física en la misma universidad bajo la tutela de Dr. Juan Carlos Retamal, con un trabajo de tesis sobre el modelo cuántico de Rabi y sus utilidades en información cuántica. En 2019 comienzo mi Postdoc en la universidad de Shanghai, China, en el grupo de Dr. Enrique Solano, durante mi estancia de tres años desarrollé investigación en protocolos de información cuántica, machine learning y sistemas memristores en diferentes plataformas como circuitos superconductores, puntos cuánticos, circuitos fotónicos y sistemas ópticos. Durante el último tiempo he centrado mi investigación en el desarrollo de protocolos para información cuántica mejorados con control cuántico. 

Gonzalo García-Belenguer Cuchi
Director – HUB de Ciberseguridad del Tecnológico de Monterrey

Dr. Gonzalo García-Belenguer funge como vicepresidente de la Red Ciberlac y es el Director del HUB de Ciberseguridad del Tecnológico de Monterrey. Después de trabajar en empresas españolas como Telefónica e iHacklabs, donde colaboró en el desarrollo comercial a nivel mundial. Antes de eso, estuvo a cargo de las iniciativas de capacitación para el programa de seguridad cibernética de la Organización de los Estados Americanos, en toda la región, durante los últimos cinco años. En este cargo, diseñó e implementó planes de capacitación para la región y colaboró estrechamente con INTERPOL en el desarrollo de capacidades técnicas en la región.

Guillermo Romero Huenchuñir
Associate Professor – Universidad de Santiago de Chile

I received my Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile in 2009. From 2010 to 2015 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain. I am an Associate Professor in the Physics Department of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile and a researcher at the Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA). My research interests focus on superconducting circuits and circuit quantum electrodynamics, quantum many-body systems, driven-dissipative quantum systems, light-matter interaction in low-dimensional systems, and quantum simulations.

Gustavo Cancelo
Senior Engineer – Fermilab

Gustavo Cancelo has made contributions to signal processing, nonlinear control theory, data acquisition systems, neural networks, FPGA design and hardware implementation of digital and analog systems. Gustavo has prolific experience in detectors for high energy physics and cosmology, mathematical modeling, simulations, and electronics. He has led international collaborations and projects in detectors for cosmology and accelerators for high energy physics. Since 2010 he has led projects for cosmology detectors using CCDs for dark matter and MKIDs (superconducting microwave kinetic inductance detectors) for dark energy. Gustavo has given conference presentations and invited lectures at most US National Laboratories and Universities in Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil. I am a member of the Engineering Policy Committee at Fermilab; he is a reviewer of the US Department of Energy for grants and projects, and an expert in superconducting detectors and electronics for cosmology.

Javier Mancilla Montero
LATAM Leader in Quantum Computing and QML – coreDevX

Especialista en computación cuántica y machine learning con una trayectoria de más de 15 años en el sector. Doctorado en Computación Cuántica y Máster en Gestión de Datos e Innovación. Certificado por instituciones como BIMTECH, MIT xPro, KAIST, IBM y la Universidad de San Petersburgo en tecnologías cuánticas. Ha liderado y colaborado en más de 35 proyectos vinculados a machine learning, y ha supervisado el desarrollo y ejecución de más de 5 prototipos de aplicaciones de software cuántico especialmente en el ámbito financiero. Co-autor del libro “Financial Modeling using Quantum Computing” y Quantum Linkedin Top Voice el año 2022 y 2023. Actualmente es Latam Leader en Quantum Computing y QML en coreDevX.

Javier Solano
Profesor Principal – la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNI

Miembro de la Asamblea Universitaria y de la Comisión de Reforma del Estatuto de la UNI. Doctorado en CBPF-Brasil (1998).  Postdocs, trabajos y pasantías en el extranjero (entre 1-2 años c/u): en CINVESTAV – México, UNIFEI – Brasil, CBPF – Brasil, CERN – Suiza, FERMILAB – EEUU. Investigador RENACYT nivel Distinguido (+120 publicaciones indexadas (+80 con filiación UNI desde 2006), +20 tesistas desde 2007). Participación en varios proyectos nacionales e internacionales. Ex-director de FONDECYT-CONCYTEC. Miembro de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias. Coordinador responsable de comisiones de creación de la Maestría en Ciencia de la Computación, de la creación, y de la acreditación, de la Escuela de Ciencia de la Computación de la UNI.

Jean Phillip Bernier
CEO – Spin Quantum Tech

Emprendedor por convicción, apasionado de las tecnologías disruptivas y ciencia exactas, aplicándolas a resolver necesidades y oportunidades en los modelos de negocio. Actualmente con 22 años de experiencia en soluciones de inteligencia artificial y más de 9 años investigando algoritmos de computación cuántica. Actualmente CEO de AnniQ y Spin Quantum Tech.

Juan Carlos Loredo
Senior Scientist – University of Vienna

Juan completed his PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Andrew White, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Then carried out 3 years of postdoctoral work at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N) in Paris, France, holding a Marie-Curie fellowship. For the past 3 years he has been building a new Christian Doppler Laboratory for quantum photonics using quantum dots at the University of Vienna, where he now holds a Senior Scientist position.

José Jorge Christen Gracia
Outreach ManagerQURECA

Obtuvo el título de Ingeniería en Computación en la Universisdad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM, donde se graduó Cum Laude, realizó sus estudios de Maestría en Ingeniería Electrónica en el Instituto Internacional de Eindhoven, en Holanda. Durante su trabajo de Maestría tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar con el Profesor Theo Van Kessel inventor del Compact Disc Player (CD). Es graduado del MIT xpro en Quantum Computing y Quantum Communication, asi como de Large-Scale Universal Quantum Computation, y en Quantum Computing for Cybersecurity, Chemestry and Optimization. Estudió Administración Internacional en el Instituto Autónomo de México, ITAM, con lo que empezó una carrera de comercialización, especializándose en la región Latinoamericana.

Jorge Christen ha laborado en diversas Instituciones como el Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM, Philips, IBM, Xerox, Microsoft y Filenet, actualmente proporciona servicios de consultoría para USA, la UE y Latinoamérica de manera independiente con su empresa Iuxta Corporation y trabaja dentro de QURECA empresa dedicada a servicios dentro del cómputo cuántico. Cuenta con más de treinta y cinco años de experiencia en la industria de Computación donde ha desarrollado e integrado proyectos internacionales de HW, SW. Actualmente es especialista en la enseñanza del Cómputo Cuántico. Jorge se ha dedicado a la educación y la docencia por más de 35 años y ha desarrollado la metodología ENSAR (Experience Name, Speak, Apply and Repeat) que sirve para la enseñanza de contenidos que no requieren conocimiento previo ni mente abstracta. Ha aplicado su metodología al computo cuántico desarrollando la Qureka Box! utilizada para la introducción al cómputo cuántico. Jorge ha teniendo cátedras en universidades como la Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM, el posgrado de Ingeniería de la UNAM, el Tec. de Monterrey y la UDEM, en donde es actualmente profesor en el Departamento de Ingeniería. Jorge forma parte del Patronato de La Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, y también forma parte del patronato del Centro Cultural Rosa de los Vientos en San Nicolás de los Garza.

Kristen Pudenz 
Director of Advanced Research Programs – Atom Computing

Kristen Pudenz is Director of Advanced Research Programs at Atom Computing, focusing on external collaborative research to accomplish shared scientific goals. Previously she was Corporate Lead for Quantum at Lockheed Martin, setting the vision and advocating for quantum programs across the corporation. Kristen received her electrical engineering Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where she pioneered Quantum Annealing Correction, a novel and highly practical error correction technique. 

Leandro Stefanazzi
Senior EngineerFermilab

Leandro Stefanazzi is an Electronic Engineer graduated from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahia Blanca, Argentina. In 2008 he received his Master’s degree in Systems Control and in 2013 his PhD in Engineering, both from the Universidad Nacional del Sur. He currently works on digital signal processing and digital design, radio frequency, and low noise. From 2018 to the present he works at Fermilab, National Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy, where he develops control and reading systems for Qubits in collaboration with various research organizations.

Maria Karolina Freitas Assuncao
Assistente – Departamento de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação – DECTI, Ministério da Defesa Brasília/DF

Maria Karolina Freitas Assunção es asistente en el Departamento de Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (DECTI) de la Secretaria de Produtos de Defesa (SEPROD) del Ministério da Defesa (MD) y colabora con la Dra. Fernanda en la propuesta de creación del ecosistema cuántico de Defensa y en las actividades del DECTI relacionadas con la prospección tecnológica y la gestión del conocimiento. Es licenciada en Derecho por el Centro Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB), institución en la que se especializa en Derecho y Relaciones Gubernamentales. Además, cuenta con una especialización lato sensu en Derecho Militar por laEscola Mineira de Direito (EMD).

Mateo Laguna G.
Solutions Architect Associate | Public Sector | – Amazon Web Services

Soy Mateo Laguna, egresado de Física e Ingeniería de Sistemas y Computación de la Universidad de Los Andes. Desde hace más de 2 años trabajo como arquitecto de soluciones para AWS apoyando instituciones del sector público a diseñar soluciones con tecnologías en la nube. También hago parte del equipo de entusiastas de computación cuántica dentro de AWS.

Mauro Andreassa
Professor and DirectorInstituto Mauá de Tecnologia and Big Learning Ltda.

Graduate in Physics from PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo). Degree in business administration from the Alvarez Penteado School of Commerce with emphasis in marketing and from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at USP.
Associate Professor of Graduation at the Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia from 1999 to 2020 in general management theory, the automotive industry, physics, and special processes. Postgraduate Professor at SENAI, Fatec-SP and Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia in Lean Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence Applied to Industry 4.0, Quality and Reliability, Supply Sourcing, and Collaborative Systems for Industry 4.0.
44 years in the automotive industry, reaching the position of Senior Manager for Supply Chain Development in South America – Ford Motor Company, having worked in laboratories, product and vehicle engineering, finance, manufacturing, maintenance, quality, and parts marketing.
Professor of undergraduate courses on topics such as quantum computing, the physics of failure, technical instrumental English and modern physics topics. Quality Consulting and Career Mentoring. Experiences as Instructor at Sindipeças and Automotive Quality Institute (IQA).
Counselor of SAE Brazil (Society of Mobility Engineers) in mobility education. Coordination of Judges for Engineering for Formula 1 in Schools – STEM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Data Prophet mapper of artificial intelligence application for prescriptive manufacturing. Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Curator of content for the communication agency Informa Markets.
Big Learning’s founder and co-founder of L2M Innova Training and Advisory.

Mika Prunnila
Chief Research OfficerSemiQon

Mika Prunnila is a co-founder and chief research officer of SemiQon company and professor in VTT’s Microelectronics and Quantum Technologies research area. His research has covered various aspects of micro/nano/quantum devices from physics to applications. He has authored/co-authored 90+ peer reviewed journal papers and has patents/patent applications in ~18 patent families. He has been involved in preparation and execution of several collaborative national and international research projects. For example, currently he is coordinating 21 partner Quantum Flagship project Qu-Pilot funded by the European Commission and 12 partner industrial quantum technology ecosystem project QuTI funded by Business Finland. Mika Prunnila received his PhD from Aalto University in 2007 (Helsinki University of Technology at that time).

Rodolfo Bonnin
Platform Engineer

Ingeniero en Sistemas de la UTN Argentina y candidato a Magister en Computación por la Universidad Nacional de San Luis, Rodolfo es un especialista en Machine Learning, Compieenza sus trabajos en el Machine Learning en 2008. Compieenza su trabajo en Quantum computing en 2019, explorando la solución de problemas de Ecommerce mediante Quantum Machine Learning. Luego desde 2022 se dedica a optimizar la ejecución de problemas paralelos e iterativos en una variedad computadoras cuánticas desde Quantum South. Rodolfo ha participado como orador sobre la tematica en Pydata Los Angeles, Quantum.Tech London y Quantum Latino.

Rodrigo Acosta
Quantum Software Developer; R&D

Rodrigo Acosta, graduado como Ingeniero en Telemática por parte de la Universidad de Montevideo. Estudiante de Maestría en Investigación Aplicada a la Ingeniería en la Universidad de Montevideo con foco en la aplicación de Machine Learning para el desarrollo de gemelos digitales de procesos industriales. Actualmente trabaja como investigador y desarrollador en la startup Quantum South, que ofrece soluciones basadas en computación cuántica para carga aérea y marítima.

Romina Yalovetzky
Senior Associate Quantum ResearcherJPMorgan Chase & Co

Romina Yalovetzky is a senior associate researcher in the Global Technology Applied Research team in New York. Her main focus of research is the development of quantum algorithms for Finance, particularly for optimization and machine learning tasks. She has been named JPMorgan Chase Prolific inventor on February 2023. Romina received with honors her licenciatura degree in Physics, researching topics in computational physics, from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2019.

Samurai Brito
Head of Quantum TechnologiesITAU

Samuraí Brito is a Quantum Technologies researcher and is interested in Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Quantum Internet, Quantum Random Number Generators, Post-quantum Cryptography, Quantum Key Distribution and more.  She has a PhD in physics, working on Statistical Mechanics and Complex Networks. In the past years she acted as a postdoc researcher in quantum information theory. Since 2021, she joined the Emerging Technologies Team at Itaú. She is also interested in creating educational material to disseminate knowledge of the quantum world to everyone, regardless of academic background.

Santiago Núñez-Corrales
Quantum Lead and Research Scientist – National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

El Dr. Santiago Núñez-Corrales es investigador del National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, donde desarrolla física estadística y métodos computacionales para revelar aspectos que gobiernan sistemas estocásticos multiescala complejos, o sistemas abiertos heterogéneos fuertemente acoplados, cuya descripción involucra una amplia gama de interacciones a múltiples escalas y cuya acción está dictada por la termodinámica irreversible. Recientemente, se ha enfocado en el desarrollo de teoría y práctica en computación cuántica para simular dispositivos de hardware y construir lenguajes de programación capaces de facilitar la adopción más amplia de estas tecnologías. Adicionalmente, el Dr. Núñez-Corrales aplica métodos de termodinámica de sistemas abiertos para entender la evolución de la inteligencia artificial más allá del aprendizaje mecánico con el fin de evaluar su contexto de riesgo global.

Steve Suarez
CEO – HorizonX Consulting

Steve Suarez, founder and CEO of HorizonX Consulting in the fintech sector, boasts a distinguished career marked by innovation and transformative leadership. With prior experience as Global Head of Innovation at HSBC, Steve’s fervor for cutting-edge solutions led to the creation of HorizonX Consulting. His dynamic leadership is reshaping how businesses approach innovation, offering strategic insights and growth-oriented methodologies. Over three decades, Steve has excelled in consulting, telecommunications, and finance, leading complex strategic initiatives, fostering organizational change, and managing diverse teams. He advises senior executives, holds non-executive board roles, and speaks at top tech conferences, exemplifying his commitment to advancing innovation. As an MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School alumnus, he embodies a lifelong dedication to excellence.

Vanessa Hernández Mateos
Mexico Senior Solutions Architect for Public Sector and Quantum Enthusiast – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Vanessa has more than 18 years of experience in customer facing technical roles, starting as a Service Management Specialist, and then developing a career as Cloud Solutions Architect, currently attending public sector accounts at AWS Mexico. She worked previously for the IBM Cloud unit, participating in the deployment of strategic initiatives with customers from Banking, Retail, Telco, among others. She received the “Best of IBM” award in 2016 for contributing to the success of her customers in Mobile Enterprise Strategy Projects.  She participates actively with communities that promote the development of technical roles and the inclusion of more women in STEM disciplines, and she is currently part of the Communications and Marketing as well as the Communities Committees of the Women@Amazon LATAM initiative. Vanessa has two master degrees at ITESM, one Master in Business Administration (2013) and a Master in Computer Sciences (2009) and she graduated with honors from the Computer Systems Engineering program (2003). One of her focus areas in recent years is Quantum Computing, which led her to participate as a Quantum Ambassador and Enthusiast at both IBM and AWS. She enjoys running and traveling, and tries to combine both hobbies by running at emblematic spots in the places she visits.

Araceli Venegas-Gomez
Founder and CEO – QURECA

Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez spent several years working for Airbus in Germany and France as an aerospace engineer, before falling in love with quantum mechanics. She then decided to follow her passion for physics, and moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in quantum simulation at the University of Strathclyde. Following discussions with the different quantum stakeholders she had over the last years, Araceli identified the need to bridge the gap between businesses and academia, as well as to raise the quantum awareness to the general public. Continuing her work on outreach advocating quantum technologies, she was named the “quantum ambassador”, after winning the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting fellowship in 2019. Araceli founded her own company called QURECA (Quantum Resources and Careers) to create a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, and to generate global opportunities with quantum technologies. QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck: the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.

Enrique Solano
Founder and Chief Vision Officer – Kipu Quantum

Prof. Enrique Solano obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Physics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú. He got his PhD in Physics at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was a researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany, and Ludwig-Maximilia University, Munich, Germany. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Physics at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru. In 2008, after several years of international research experience, he accepted the prestigious position of Ikerbasque Professor at University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Since then, he is director of the international center Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies (QUTIS). In 2018, he accepted the position of Distinguished Professor of Physics at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, where he is director of the international center “Quantum Artificial Intelligence for Science and Technology (QuArtist)”. During 2019, he was Chief Scientific Officer in Quantum Technologies at the AI company DeepBlue Technology based in Shanghai, China. During 2020, Prof. Solano was CEO of IQM Germany, where his vision on innovative Co-Design Quantum Computers was used. Since 2021, Prof. Solano is founder and CEO of Kipu Quantum, Munich, Germany, for designing and productizing Multiplatform Modular Co-Design Quantum Computers with the mission of Useful Quantum Computers Now. Prof. Solano is an influential world-class leader and visionary in interdisciplinary fields related to quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies, where his unique perspectives in arts, science, technology, and entrepreneurship flourish.

Martin Machin
Co-Founder – Quantum-South

Martin is Co-Founder of Quantum-South. He is a Computer Science Engineer from the University of the Republic (Uruguay) with more than 30 years of international professional experience in the information technology, financial services, telecommunications, retail and dairy industry services sectors. He completed an MBA at IEEM at the University of Montevideo (Uruguay) and the Delivering Information Services program at Harvard Business School (Boston, MA). He is a mentor, investor and advisor to companies in information and emerging technologies, including ZirconTech in blockchain and Naxon Labs in neurotechnology; and develops business for Championsys. He was a director of Pyxis where he promoted international business and in the financial services sector. Previously, he was Head of the Global Delivery Center of Tata Consultancy Services in Montevideo and Director of the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance Area of the operation. He also worked at IBM, Conaprole, and Banco Comercial which was later acquired by Scotiabank.

Rafael Sotelo
Co-Founder – Quantum-South
Director ICT Department – Universidad de Montevideo

Rafael Sotelo is PhD from University of Vigo, Electrical Engineer (Universidad de la República) and MBA (Universidad de Montevideo). He is Director of Research at the School of Engineering, Universidad de Montevideo, and professor at Universidad de la República. He worked for more than 20 years at Broadcast, Telecommunications and IT companies. Consultant for the Ministry of Industry (2011-2020) and Laboratorio Tecnológico de Uruguay (2018-2020). Member of the National Research System, Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of Uruguay ANIU and Senior Member of the IEEE. He currently is Regional Director (Latin America) of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society and member of the Board of Governors. He is also an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (2016-18 and 2019-21). Rafael is co-founder of the start-up Quantum-South. His research areas are: Quantum Computing, Video Experience Quality, Industrial and social applications of artificial intelligence and technology.