Welcome Message from the Latin America Region Team

2023 - 2024 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee

Welcome Message from the Latin America Region Team

By Susana Lau

IEEE Entrepreneurship is excited to announce the Latin America Region Team, composed of experienced professionals who will bring their unique expertise to support IEEE members in Latin America. Each member of the team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help drive IEEE’s mission to advance technology for humanity and promote entrepreneurship in our region:

The Latin America Region Team includes:

Susana Lau is a consultant in information technology with more than ten years of experience. Founder and Director of EtyaLab, a company focused on agile software development. She is also a consultant in e-commerce and entrepreneurship. She currently serves as president of the IEEE Panama Section (2023-2024) and volunteers at IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE). As an advocate of women in STEM and entrepreneurship, Susana has been a mentor in several educational events and supports universities as a speaker in panels and conferences. Lau co-founded a non-profit Fundación CREEA, to execute social programs in education and entrepreneurship. She is a board member of a company in the insurance and banking industry. Susana Lau is a Telecommunications Engineer. She holds a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, through a Fulbright fellowship. Susana is a 2023-2024 Vice Chair – Products & the Latin America Region Team Lead on the 2024 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee and was an Affinity Groups: WiE Liaison on the 2021 IEEE Entrepreneurship Steering Committee.

Constanza Nieto is a seasoned entrepreneur, founder, CEO, investor, business executive, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in innovation and global expansion for private and public corporations and government institutions in Latin America and the USA. She co-founded Globaltech Bridge in 2005, a Silicon Valley organization that supports innovation and global expansion of Latin American and US companies. As CEO and consultant at Globaltech, Constanza has successfully assisted governments, investors, and entrepreneurs in evaluating, selecting, and supporting companies in plans for innovation and global expansion. She has also worked on numerous programs and initiatives related to innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer, including supporting women entrepreneurs, designing and implementing corporate innovation programs, and judging, mentoring, and investing in startups. Before her current work, she founded BBVA Horizonte in Colombia, AFP Prevision in Bolivia, and AFP Prevision in El Salvador.

Roxana Saint-Nom is a telecommunications electrical engineer. She has had a 25-year academic career at ITBA, a prestigious Argentinian University, and eight years in industry as a consultant and project manager, focusing on developing technological products involving software, AI, and hardware. Roxana is an IEEE volunteer and has held several leadership positions at the Argentina Section, Women in Engineering, and Signal Processing Society. She was recently elected as the IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice-President of Education (2023-2025) and currently chairs the IEEE Region 9 Industry Engagement Committee (2021-2023). Roxana’s field for post-graduate studies is Speech Signal Processing.

Juan Galindo is an electronics engineer whose passion lies in the transformative power of technology in society, the economy, and the environment. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Information Systems, focusing on hardware, simulation, and machine learning systems. Juan is also the founder of Vita Tecnologia, a startup dedicated to democratizing diagnosis, particularly for women in remote areas. As an IEEE volunteer since 2007, Juan is an active member of the IEEE Industry Engagement Committee for Latin America.

Nélida Gómez is co-founder and R&D (deep tech) coordinator of Wisy.ai, a high-tech company in Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the IEEE Panama Section and Wisy.ai. With a background in science and business, she has 30 years of experience along the knowledge exchange chain, from generation to commercialization. She is an international speaker, mentor, and advisor to startups and entrepreneurs; she volunteers for the CREEA Foundation in social innovation and citizen participation programs, WIE in STEM programs, and is an advisor to Escala Latam, a platform that connects the actors of the innovation system. She has been a Fulbright, DAAD, and Australian scholar. She is passionate about human transformation, to which she contributes through her activism in entrepreneurship, gender equality, and peaceful coexistence.

Thiago Ribeiro de Alencar is from Santos (Brazil). He holds various IEEE positions, including IEEE Region 9 Students & Young Professionals Liaison and the IEEE Region 9 HAC/SIGHT Chair. Alencar is looking forward to working without borders together with the team to engage, inspire, recognize, and motivate the next generation of young entrepreneurs and innovators across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Latin America Region Team will work to support IEEE members in the region by providing access to resources, networking opportunities, and webinars focused on technology transfer, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Latin America Region Team will work to advance technology for humanity and support our members in the region. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming programs and events, and don’t forget to subscribe to the IEEE Entrepreneurship Newsletter to stay connected!