Speakers

Catalina Arango
Organization: Blackstone’s Technology and Innovation Group


Catalina Arango is a Vice President within Blackstone’s Technology and Innovations group with over 10 years of experience in product management, AI, operations and financial services. She’s worked across various Fortune 500 companies and startups and is passionate about the transformative power of AI. Catalina graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in Economics. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with her husband and two sons on the beach.


Luis Suarez
Organization: H.I.G. Capital LLC


Luis is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the fields of forensic technology, information systems, and business administration. He is the Chief Technology Officer at H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm, where he joined in May 2005. Before joining H.I.G Capital., he was a principal at Forensic Technology Group, a company that provided expert witness and litigation support services, from 1998 to 2005. He also has a background in the corporate sector, having worked for United Technologies and Ryder System, Inc., two Fortune 500 companies, in the early stages of his career. He holds a BA degree in Computer Sciences and Economics from Duke University, a MS degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami, and a MBA degree from the University of Miami. He is a Digital Directo Network boardroom Qualified Technology Expert (QTE). Luis is currently serving on the South Florida Goodwill board of directors.


Venkat Vedam
Organization: Manulife Investment Management


Venkat Vedam is a seasoned technology leader, bringing over two decades of experience to the forefront of AI in investment management. His career encompasses a broad spectrum of roles, from hands-on software development to leading large-scale data science projects and fostering innovation within organizations. Venkat's current focus includes delivering AI solutions that enhance investment strategies and streamline operational processes. His approach involves a blend of deep technical knowledge, strategic leadership, and a commitment to exploring the myriad ways technology can drive efficiency and innovation in the financial sector. His role is not just about leading teams but also about creating a culture of continuous innovation and technological exploration.


Miguel Zablah
Organization: Leste Group


Miguel Zablah is the Director and Head of Investor Relations at Leste Group, a global alternative investment manager based in Miami. He has close to 20 years of experience in alternative investments. Prior to joining Leste Group, he was the Vice President of Investor Relations at I Squared Capital and the Head of Investor Services at H.I.G. Capital. He also held positions at J.P. Morgan across multiple offices including New York, Boston, and Australia. Miguel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Florida International University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.