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Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an explorer, National Geographic Fellow, award-winning journalist and producer, and New York Times bestselling author. He discovered the five places in the world – dubbed blue zones hotspots – where people live the longest, healthiest lives. His articles about these places in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic are two of the most popular for both publications. 

Buettner now works in partnership with municipal governments, large employers, and health insurance companies to implement Blue Zones Projects in communities, workplaces, and universities. Blue Zones Projects are well-being initiatives that apply lessons from the Blue Zones to entire communities by focusing on changes to the local environment, public policy, and social networks. The program has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date. 

In his new book The Blue Zones Secrets for Living Longer, Buettner returns to Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula; and Loma Linda, California to check in on the super-agers living in the blue zones and interprets the not-so-secret sauce of purpose, faith, community, down-time, natural movement, and plant-based eating that has powered as many as 10 additional years of healthy living in these regions. And Buettner reveals an all-new Blue Zone—the first man-made Blue Zone yet explored.  

Buettner also holds three Guinness World Records in distance cycling.


Jason Averbook

Jason is a Senior Partner and Global Leader of Digital HR Strategy at Leapgen, Mercer. He is a leading figure in Mercer's global Generative AI strategy and services, and an accomplished author.

Sofia Belmar

SVP Regional Head of Distribution Excellence and Product Development, MetLife

With a 32 years career in the insurance industry, Sofía Belmar is currently SVP Regional Head of Distribution Excellence and Product Development for the markets of Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia. Sofia previously served as the Country Manager of MetLife Mexico from 2015 to June 2021. She started her career at MetLife in 2010 as Vice President of Marketing; she has also served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Distribution with the responsibility of promoting the diversification and growth of the Company towards new market segments, including Private and alternative channels. Sofia holds a position within the Board of Directors of MetLife Mexico, MetLife Mexico Pensions, MetLife Mas and Fundación MetLife Mexico.

From May 2020 to April 2022, she was President of the Mexican Insurance Industry Association (AMIS) -the first woman to hold the leadership of this organization in its 80-year history-. From this position, she participated in the Executive Commission of the Mexican Business Coordinating Council (CCE). Formerly, she was a professor at the Department of Sciences and Economics of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). 


Kate Bravery

As Global Advisory Solutions and Insight Leader, Kate supports Mercer’s thought leadership, knowledge management, and sales and leads on innovations for the HR buyer.

She authors Mercer’s Global Talent Trends study and partners with the World Economic Forum to define Good Work standards.


Alejandro Dominguez

Total Rewards & Performance Leader, South America, Schneider Electric

Alejandro is Total Rewards & Performance Leader for South America at Schneider Electric.

Alejandro began his career at Unisys, as leader of the HR Shared Services Center for Latin American Spanish-speaking countries. He then joined the Finance function as Finance Analysis Manager — where he gained M&A experience by leading the acquisition of a +50M USD business while ensuring both business profitability and an attractive compensation and benefits package for employees — before returning to HR to head up the Rewards function for Latin America.

He took up his current role at Schneider Electric in 2022, helping to transform the Total Rewards & Performance function at the company and bringing in new ideas and solutions such as the implementation of a Flexible Benefits Scheme aligned to corporate wellness pillars.


Rosa María Espinosa


Head of International Benefits and IEB Captive Leader, Amazon

For the past 20 years Rosa María has been enhancing the Employee Value Proposition and improving employee engagement for Amazon, Walmart Mexico and Centroamerica and American Express LACC. Currently she is responsible for delivering all Benefits for more than 500K Amazon employees and their families across 62 countries and designing a meaningful Benefits strategy focused on Health & Wellbeing, Financial Wellness and Time Away to drive Amazon to be Earth’s Best Employer.

In addition, she is responsible for managing the International Employee Benefits Captive for more than 60 countries, containing more than 240 plans, in partnership with Risk Management, Local Benefits Teams, Global Captive consultants and underwriters. Previously, she collaborated at Coca-Cola de México, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Procter & Gamble.


Wendy Liu


CEO Zurich Integrated Benefits & Int. Life, Zurich Insurance Ltd

Wendy Liu is the CEO of Zurich Integrated Benefits and International Life. Zurich Integrated Benefits brings together businesses within the Zurich Group that provide employee benefits to companies ranging from SMEs to mid and large corporates, both domestic and multinational and Zurich International Life includes Zurich’s Isle of Man balance sheet with its various overseas branches for International Life businesses. Wendy joined Zurich Group in 2011 and held various positions in the company, including Global Head of Corporate Life & Pensions, Head of Zurich Global Employee Benefits Solutions or Global Partnership Director. Before joining Zurich, Wendy was with Willis Towers Watson for 10 years, specializing in international benefits consulting and benefits financing solutions.


Carlos Andres Rubio Maya

Consulting Leader LAC, MMB

Carlos has 20 years of experience in consulting on benefits and human talent risks, as part of which he has created action plans based on data and information analysis, as well as short- and medium-term strategies. In his current role he is Regional Consulting Leader in Employee Benefits in LAC, developing consulting projects focused on compensation & benefits, employee value experience and benefits redesign in multinational and Multilatinas companies.

Daniel Nadborny

President, Mercer Chile

Prior to taking up his current role as President of Mercer Chile in 2019, Daniel was the Multinational Client Group Leader LATAM, where he led a team of senior client managers and M&A professionals and was responsible for the sales and delivery of transaction-related projects for corporate and financial buyers. Daniel has extensive experience in the healthcare sector has worked with many of the region’s leading private- and public-sector companies.


Martin Stier

Senior Vice President, Recruiting, Diversity and Culture and Chief Diversity Officer, HP Inc.

With over 25 years of experience, Martin is a seasoned human resources executive. He is currently SVP, Recruiting, Diversity and Culture and Chief Diversity Officer at HP Inc. He leads a global team of Diversity, Inclusion and Culture professionals that connects with over 55,000 employees and a global recruiting and onboarding team that partners with hiring managers to recruit and onboard almost 10,000 new hires per year. His team develops strategies, programs, training and external partnerships, and works very closely with HP’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) all over the world to create an inclusive workplace, promote employee engagement, increase representation of under-represented groups, and evolve the HP Way Culture.

Prior to HP, Martin worked at DHL and at The Clorox Company and performed a variety of HR roles, including talent management, total rewards and M&A.


Javier Tabakman

Partner, Latin America Career Leader, Mercer

Javier is a partner with Mercer and the Career Business Leader for Latin America, responsible for all information and consulting business within the region. He advises large multinational and national enterprises in rewards, talent strategy and transformation. Before joining Mercer, Javier acted as CHRO for Pampa Energia, the largest energy group in Argentina, with assets in oil and gas, electricity and construction. He developed his career in several HR managerial positions with Citibank, Reckitt Benckiser and Roland Berger & Partners.


Christopher Tauber

Partner, Mercer

Chris is a partner and has over 30 years of investment consulting experience and advises several of Mercer’s largest investment clients. He has worked with many types of investment mandates, including corporate, healthcare, multi-employer and public Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans, and Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) — in both advisory and OCIO roles. Chris also serves as Mercer’s US Investment Client Team Leader, focusing on senior team capacity, client pursuit teams and consultant career development across the US Investments business. 

Prior to joining Mercer in 2007, Chris worked at Jeffrey Slocum & Associates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and R.V. Kuhns & Associates in Portland, Oregon, where he served endowment/foundations, public funds, healthcare systems, defined benefit/contribution, Taft-Hartley and insurance clients. 


Alexander Ugaz

 Transformation Leader Latin America & Career Leader, Mercer Mexico

Alexander is a partner at Mercer and Leader of both the Transformation business for Latin America and the Career business in Mexico. He advises clients throughout the region on how to support new strategies through people, as well as on topics related to the future of work, including its redesign, sustainability and flexible schemes.

Alexander has been with Mercer since 2017, and has more than 20 years of professional experience overall, 13 of which have been spent working in strategy and operations consulting and strategic planning, as well as M&A transactions. He has also spent eight years working on the corporate side, collaborating with companies such as Citibank, Edegel (Enel Group), Telecom Italia and SAP, and has coordinated multifunctional and multicultural teams in various industries, including consumer goods, financial services and energy.


Darren Ware

SVP, Government Engagement, LAC, Mastercard


Darren leads the Government Engagement team for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, he engages with local and national public sector leaders to increase Mastercard’s relevance and collaborate with governments on their digital transformation efforts, financial inclusion and modernization of public finance management.

He has worked across Latin America and the Caribbean for over 20 years, always in technology with a focus on national digital agendas, financial inclusion and public-sector strategy and business development. Before joining Mastercard, Darren was at Cisco Systems for 14 years in a variety of roles across global, Emerging Markets and Latin America teams. He worked both in strategy and business development roles, including building a City Diagnostics model to benchmark Emerging Markets city efforts against global best practices, and drove Country Digital Acceleration efforts with key national governments in Latin America.


Ricardo de Almeida

Mercer Marsh Benefits Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Leader

Ricardo has more than 20 years of experience in the health & benefits insurance industry. He has led numerous executive, commercial and technical teams and worked with large Latin American and global organizations.
Currently, Ricardo is responsible for the development, enhancement and the execution of MMB strategy regionally. He leads a team of more than 2,000 employee benefits, health and digital experts in the region, striving to enhance MMB clients’ EVP and financial performance while improving their people’s lives and well-being. 


Adriana González

President Colombia, Central America & the Caribbean, Mercer

With more than 15 years at Mercer and more than 20 years of overall work experience, Adriana has extensive expertise in organizational and HR strategies. Since 2017, she has led the strategic execution of Mercer's business in Colombia, Central America and the Caribbean. With the multicultural and diverse dynamic of the region, Andriana is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to actively contribute to the development of the future of work and organizations in Latin America.

Before joining Mercer, Adriana worked for a local boutique consulting firm specializing in strategy and executive compensation and at Oracle as a strategic consulting analyst for the northern Latin America.


André Maxnuk

Senior Partner and Mexico CEO for Marsh McLennan               

André is a senior partner and Mexico CEO for Marsh McLennan. He is responsible for positioning the company´s lines of business — Mercer, Marsh, Oliver Wyman and Guy Carpenter — in the market, by bringing strong points of view on current business issues, offering a broad range of solutions and serving as a business partner for clients. In addition, André also leads Mercer’s business for Latin America and the Caribbean region.

André has over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry in Latin America and the US. He developed the first part of his career serving global and local clients in various industries and segments, managing diverse and multi-cultural teams, managing senior relationships and driving commercial efforts. Over time, he transitioned to a number of leadership roles in Brazil, Mexico and Latin America, commonly tasked with launching new lines of business, turning around financial performance and accelerating growth. Most recently, André led Mercer Latin America’s recovery from business impacts of the global COVID pandemic by supporting new and safer ways of working for colleagues, implementing several operational improvements, and accelerating growth priorities — ultimately delivering double-digit revenue and margin growth.


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