2023 Latin America Summit Speakers

Session Speakers


Mônica Atchabahian

Co-founder and director of Green Kitchen, founded in 2005. It's a sustainability program for restaurants. The program offers an objective roadmap for self-certification in sustainable practices for food services.

Mônica is an experienced nutritionist in foodservice operations with hundreds of projects, such as functional programs, menu development, staff dimension and selection, training, and other food service operations activities. The works performed are hospitals, hotels, commercial restaurants, restaurants in companies, schools, and several commercial food establishments.

Léa Gejer

Léa Gejer is an architect and urban planner passionate about circular economy, circular design, and Cradle to Cradle. As a pioneer in Brazil, she has worked in important national and international partnerships for the arouse of a circular economy in the region. In 2013, she founded Flock, a circular design, architecture, and urban planning office, where, in partnership with EPEA GmbH, she worked towards the implementation of Cradle to Cradle design in companies and products. Besides, Léa has leaded projects for urban regeneration, while designed and built the first circular building - Casa Circular - in South America. In parallel, she co-founded Ideia Circular in 2015, an online education and communication platform for circular economy in Portuguese, which aims at raising public awareness for the transition to a circular economy, while exploring its adaptation to the Brazilian and South American scenario.

Her work has been recognized with a ‘highly commended’ award for Circular Economy Leadership (The Circulars 2019 - World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders). Furthermore, she was part of the Leadership Group for Circular Economy at Solve - MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 2019-2020.

Ken Gronbach

Kenneth W. Gronbach is predicting that the United States and the Americas, because of their superior demographics over any other continent, will excel culturally and economically in the post corona era. Ken is president of KGC Direct, LLC and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common-sense demography, based on over twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and the world. His company does high value customized demographic research. You will find that Ken’s steadfast position, that the United States is the best nation on earth and his firm belief that the country’s best days are ahead, season his spirited presentations with an unmistakable pro-American enthusiasm. Ken is a best-selling author whose books include: 

- The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm

- Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing

- Decades of Differences: Making it Work is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce

- Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead

José Aurélio Claro Lopes, FCSI

Co-founder and director of PRECX, founded in 1973 and specializing in foodservice design. Aurélio is a nutritionist specializing in projects and operations of professional kitchens. He has completed over 1200 foodservice projects for industries, hospitals, schools, clubs, commercial restaurants, and food stores.

He co-founded the Green Kitchen sustainability program for restaurants created in 2005. Co-founder of Cozinha 365, a program that provides dozens of systems with solutions for food preparation, and co-author of the book "Sustainable Restaurants" adopted by the University of São Paulo, USP, for the nutrition course of that renowned institution. Precx has received several awards for his projects from the Brazilian Institute of Architecture, IAB.

Emmanuel Viana De Melo, FCSI

Emmanuel is a product design specialist. He has worked in this industry since 1974, designing hundreds of equipment for foodservice manufacturers in Brazil and Mexico. Emmanuel is an FCSI professional member with a post-graduate degree in Strategic Design, an MBA, and a degree in Product Design. He received more than 20 design awards in Brazil and abroad. Among them are the Museu da Casa Brasileira Award, Red Dot Award in Germany, and What's Hot! What's Cool! in the USA. Emmanuel is the author of the book 14 Design Tools for Foodservice Innovation, released in 2023 by ATOMStudios in São Paulo.

He is co-founder and partner of StudioIno - Architectural and Foodservice Design Studio, Hub Foodservice - Collaborative Kitchens, and Hub Cloud Kitchen, all in São Paulo, Brazil.