Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Maria Contreras-Sweet was sworn in as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and as a member of President Obama’s cabinet on April 7, 2014. The SBA is charged with supporting America’s 28 million small businesses, which create a majority of US jobs and employ half of our nation’s private-sector workforce. The Agency oversees the world’s largest seed fund and the largest middle market fund of funds, as well as a $120 billion loan portfolio. It also directs the world’s largest business counseling network and one-quarter of the federal procurement activity to small business. As a business leader, California state cabinet official and entrepreneur, her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations, have earned her international acclaim. Her drive to bring SBA into the digital age, and expand into broader domestic and global markets has yielded record results in lending and contracting for small businesses. She started three businesses, including a community bank in downtown Los Angeles, focused on small and mid-size businesses where she served as its executive chairwoman for seven years.
Mr. Mariano Mayer, Argentina National Secretary of Entrepreneurs and SMEs
Mariano Mayer serves as National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, which belongs to the Minister of Production and was previously appointed as the Head of the General Direction of Entrepreneurship of Buenos Aires City. Since 2000 he has actively participated, as a lawyer, in start-ups, investment and sale of new companies, and has advised both entrepreneurs as well as funds. He also teaches in several institutions dedicated to promote the entrepreneur activity in Argentina. In September 2013 he was appointed as the Head of the General Direction of Entrepreneurship of Buenos Aires City, which belongs to the Undersecretary of Creative Economy, both established as part of the new “Innovation Plan” for the City. In December 2015 he was appointed as the National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, which belongs to the Minister of Production.
Anabel González is Senior Director of the World Bank Group Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness
In this capacity, she leads a team of 500 people to design and implement the World Bank Group’s global and country agenda in the areas of trade, investment climate, competitiveness,innovation and entrepreneurship. Anabel served as Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade from 2010 to 2014. During her tenure, she led Costa Rica’s efforts to join the OECD, negotiated, approved, and implemented six major free trade agreements, and implemented investment climate enhancement policies that contributed to attracting over 140 new investment projects. Anabel is the current Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness.