About ChileMass

Our team

Fernanda Soza

Executive Director

Lawyer admitted to Bar in Massachusetts (June 2017) and in Chile (2002), with more than 12 years of experience in providing legal counseling and litigation services to individuals, companies, and NGO’s.

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Fernanda is a lawyer admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts (2017) and in Chile (2002) with more than 15 years of experience in providing legal counseling and litigation services to individuals, companies, and NGOs. After moving to the U.S. IN 2013, she graduated from the LL.M. Program at Boston College Law School in 2015, receiving the Leadership Award. She worked as an intern-law clerk at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2015-2016) and organized a judicial agreement between the Massachusetts Judicial Court and the Supreme Court of Chile. Then, she held a position as visiting scholar at Boston College Law School, where she was awarded a grant to do research, organize an international conference, and translate a book on social justices in Latin America.

She also worked at Boston College at the Office of Global Engagement in charge of initiatives with Ibero America. Fernanda is now ChileMass’ Executive Director and, as such, responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization.

Ximena Ramos

Operations Lead

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Ximena is originally from Chile with extensive experience in universities (Universidad Católica, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Universidad de Los Andes), dedicated to the admission and coordination of continuing education and postgraduate activities. She maintains a direct relationship with the academic body and students. She studied Executive Assistant and Business Administration at Duoc UC.

Javier Estay

Digital Ecosystem Program Manager

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Javier is originally from Chile with extensive experience in innovation and entrepreneurship in universities (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Universidad de la Frontera). He is dedicated to develop and improve mechanisms, models and processes for spin off and start up generation. He studied Forest engineering and has a Master degree in Business Administration at Frontera University.

He focuses on identifying and dimensioning problems for innovative solutions to real industry problems. He developed commercial and marketing strategies to increase collaborations with clients – Business Maintain coordination and cooperation with entities, public and private, to support innovation projects.

Fernanda Awad

Program Manager

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With a background in biochemistry, Fernanda is focused on innovative technologies, and I’m interested in promoting relevant collaborations that can impact positively Chilean innovation industries.

She focused her research on cardiovascular diseases contributing to new treatment developments. Fernanda has volunteered as a Spanish teacher in India and Nepal, where she realized her true vocation related to the social role of teaching and helping students grow as integral people to reach their full potential.

She has worked as an educator Meanwhile, after pursuing a professional degree in Education developing strategies for applying sciences toward creative collaborative work, which were later applied in schools with excellent results.
In Boston, she pursued a graduate program- in technological learning- at Harvard Extension expanding her interdisciplinary approach to contribute with new perspectives.

Beatriz Valdivia

Program Manager

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Beatriz graduated from Boston College with an International Studies Major and Film in 2018. She worked for the Chilean public sector in the Ministry of Work and Welfare where she was a co-creator of a national public policy called “Adulto Digital” based around the elderly population, as well as being in charge of overseeing and administering two main programs. During her undergraduate studies, Beatriz extensively volunteered around the city of Boston in homeless shelters for Latin families.

Nicolás Vicencio

Intern

Nicolás has a Bachelor of Arts in History (2018) and now candidate for Public Policy Master. Both degrees in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Yuly Fuentes

President to the Board

Yuly Fuentes is often described as a catalyst of creative ideas. She is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Descience, Research on the Runway a community that connects the world of Science and Design. Neuroscientist and Postdoctoral trained in the MIT Sloan School at the Technology Innovation & entrepreneurship group.

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She graduated with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA. She is energetically involved in fostering the innovation ecosystem as the head of the Chile-MA Alliance in Massachusetts.

She is an active member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST) and received a Volunteer Giving back award. During my time as a Ph.D. student, she pioneered the co-organization of the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas”, held in Santiago, Chile. So far, this initiative has successfully trained eighty Latin-American students.

She was trained as a biochemist at University of Concepcion in my native Chile, she is constantly in the search of the opportunity to support young talent. We can talk about Fashion, Energy, Biotechnology, Mining, Education and everything that makes technology a better human.

Brittany McDonough

Secretary to the Board

Brittany McDonough is the Director of Global Partnerships at MassChallenge. At MassChallenge, Brittany oversees strategic partnerships with international governments and institutions to support MassChallenge achieve its mission of catalyzing a global startup renaissance. Her work focuses on MassChallenge expansion abroad and the Bridge to MassChallenge program which supports economic growth, vitality and development of international innovation ecosystems.

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Prior to joining MassChallenge, Brittany served in the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) under both Governor Deval L. Patrick and Governor Charles D. Baker. At MOITI, Brittany oversaw Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and export promotion on behalf of the Commonwealth in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Brittany graduated from Suffolk University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and currently serves on the young alumni board. Brittany is a 2014 Emerge Massachusetts graduate and was part of the short list for the inaugural Civic category in BostinInno’s 2015 50 on Fire awards, recognizing the most influential and change making Bostonians. Brittany remains engaged in the Boston community through various boards including Friends of the Public Garden, the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle (S&TDC) and the UN Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB).

Ramón Salinas

Treasurer of the Board

Ramón combines the practical hands-on experience of an entrepreneur with the intellectual curiosity of an academic to make innovation come to life. He believes that consumer empathy plus high doses of creativity are the building blocks for delivering valuable products, services, and experiences.

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His professional experiences include co-founding a magazine publishing house and serving as the CEO of an award-winning advertising agency. Recently, he worked with companies from more than 20 industries — including Goodyear, ExxonMobil, Abbott, Cotton, and Converse—helping them identify and shape new growth opportunities.

Ramón holds a master’s degree in humanities from UDD and an MBA from Babson College.

Warren Adams

Board Member

Warren Adams is a Boston-based entrepreneur and angel investor with a long history of connections to Chile.  A pioneer in the field of social networking, Warren founded PlanetAll, which Amazon acquired in 1998. Upon leaving Amazon, Warren turned his professional attention to advising and investing in start-ups, including Tiaxa, a prominent fintech start-up based in Santiago.

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In 2007, Warrenfounded Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company that invested in, protected, and monetized ecologically valuable ecosystems in Chilean Patagonia.  Patagonia Sur also launched several non-profit entities including Tierra Austral, Chile’s first land trust; MERI, a blue whale research institute; and Reforestemos Patagonia, a public-private campaign to plant a million native-species trees in Torres del Paine and other national parks.

As a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2015 and 2016, Warren developed the concept of the Two Degrees Innovation Lab, which supports family offices, foundations, funds, and entrepreneurs who are working on innovative solutions to climate change and related issues.  Warren is also a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group, the Launchpad Venture Group, and a board member of Vineyard Power, which collaborates with Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the United State.

Warren received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Marcelo Larraguibel

Board Member

With more than 25 years of experience in senior management consultancy, Marcelo founded Virtus Partners in 2007. Previously, he was Director of McKinsey & Company, a firm where he worked for 18 years, in his offices in Madrid, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, and Santiago, being an active member of the practice of Organization worldwide.

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He has worked in a wide variety of industries such as banking, retail, telecommunications, air transport, media, and entertainment, among others, covering various strategic, organizational and operational aspects. Marcelo has a great experience leading the development and implementation of high impact change processes: organizational transformations, deep cultural changes, changes in corporate governance and re-definition of business models.

Before joining McKinsey & Company, he worked for two years at Forestal Mininco S.A., a subsidiary of CMPC, and for more than a year for Citibank N.A., both in Santiago and in New York.

He holds a degree in Industrial Civil Engineering from the University of Chile and a Master of Science in Management degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Additionally, Marcelo is a member of the MIT Sloan School of Management Board and Council Member of the MIT office in Latin America.

How we work

ChileMass is a Massachusetts-based non-profit platform that catalyzes collaboration between Chile and the Commonwealth in the areas of Energy, Technology, Education and Venture Capital. We operate within a matchmaking model. We are actively mapping organizations that have complementary collaborative potential and invite them to develop projects that are mutually beneficial to both geographies.

Where we can make a difference

Energy

We are actively identifying collaborative renewable energy projects from sustainable sources like wind, solar, and geothermal power with little or no pollution or global warming emissions.

Technology

We are excited to help develop –through collaboration- R&D that is not at mass market commercial adoption stage yet, in the areas of Robotics, Data Science, Machine Intelligence, and Digital Manufacturing.

Education

We are constantly looking for opportunities to amplify and enrich each geography’s educational ecosystem through creative and innovative collaborations.

Venture Capital

We strongly believe that venture capital is an important pillar for any innovation ecosystem. We focus on fomenting the best practices of the venture capital world to be shared from one geography to the other.

How we work

ChileMass operates by identifying high potential actors, projects, organizations (etc) who could collaborate with a counterpart from the complementary geography and create a mutually beneficial endeavor. If you feel that your project fits within our collaborative model, we’d be interested in hearing all about it. Apply now!

We identify the potential actors from the Chilean and Commonwealth ecosystem that show promise but have been stagnant in their development from lack of support from ecosystem.

We encourage the organizations to go through our application process to better identify the organization’s needs and identify success criteria for actors to be able to successfully cross over to the new geography.

ChileMass requires participants to bind into collaboration through a Letter of Intent consolidating our mutual efforts, but also establish a traceable indicator throughout the collaboration’s development.

We will then prepare a project around the Matching efforts. This involves a deep analysis of all the mechanisms and levers that need to be activated for the success of creating the meeting of the two actors.

We work individually with each actor in preparing expectations, communication and business plans to best foresee a successful match between the two actors.

We facilitate the initial meeting between the two actors, creating a guided objective-driven meeting with the focus on creating a match agreement.

ChileMass Partners

ChileMass was born from the agreement between Massachusetts and Chile to create a collaborative relationship. The non-profit organization counts with the support of both governments through their international liaisons office, for example, MOITI, Chilean Embassy in the US and Corfo.

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