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2nd AFI 360° Conference Track on Smart Cities and the Future Internet

May 23–25, 2017 | Toluca, Mexico

Mario J Vargas


Mario Vargas currently serve as Services Lead in Microsoft Corp- Mexico.

Before Microsoft between 2013-2015  Mario co- found MeetingPulse and Waspe, 2 Latin American startup’s based in Miami , FL and Monterrey, NL Mexico and serve as Board member of several system integrators in Latam.

Previously Mario spent 15 years in Cisco Systems in Several positions.

During his tenure at Cisco, Mario Vargas served as  Director of Sales for Cisco Latin America, leading the Large Opportunities Team and Cloud and Manage Services Organizations . As part of the expansion plan of Cisco in Latin America with the big opportunities in countries like Brazil and Mexico, Mario  lead the investment projects in transformational areas like Cloud Computing and Smart and Connected Communities, S+CC.

Before, Mario was Director of Sales Services for the Public Sector in Emerging Markets (Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe). In this position he was responsible for defining positioning and promotion strategies of Cisco services in those regions including leading a Join Venture in Bangalore India with Satyam.

Previously he served as Services Territory Manager for Mexico and CANSAC regions (Central America, Caribbean, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador), operating out of Miami and Mexico. In this role he was responsible for sales, business plan and the various functional groups of services in these countries. 

Before relocating to Miami, Mario was Territory Manager of the Southern Region based in Buenos Aires, region that used to include Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia as well CANSAC region.  Mario joined Cisco in 1998 as Account Manager for the Telecommunications Sector in Venezuela.  

Prior to Cisco, Mario was a Sales  VP for IMPSAT (Now Level3)  in Venezuela between 1995 and 1997 and Commercial Director of Cygnus Integradores de Sistemas C.A., between 1990 and 1995. 

Mario is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and  studied Systems Analysis at ORT Technological Institute of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1988), attended the Executive Program Strategic Marketing at IESA, Caracas, Venezuela (1992) and the Executive Development Program (EDP) at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2006).

Mario is married with Susana and have 2 boys son’s. Marco (31) , Daniel (24) and Grand Son Matias (1)


Faustino Aranda


Cloud Solutions Executive, Chief Cloud Solutions Architect, Huawei Technologies

Develop Cloud business and sales by providing solutions and architectures to help customers achieve their goals.

•         Technical Cloud strategy definition.

•         Speaker in different industry events.

•         On-boarding of new customers to the Cloud platform.

•         Designed architectures to help customers with the transition from traditional IT to Cloud.

•         Developed Hybrid Cloud architectures for large accounts.

•         Designed Cloud scale applications architectures for customers launching cloud based services.


Monica Acosta


+20 years experience in Telecommunications Environment. Major in Computer Engineer and two Master Degree. Working with different SP in develop Technology Strategy. Now leverage Cloud, Orchestration and IoT.

Know how to deal in stressful situations and like challenges to look for the best groups and networking. Provides advices and contacts when it is need it.

Have always in mind that personal and professional growth is moving out the comfort zone.

Like to have a integral activities that promote health and mental wellness. Learn different languages. Doing exercise, reading books or going to the movies or museums. Love outdoors activities: Triathlon, route cycling and running (Already did a marathon! And it was a great personal experience).  Enjoy to participate with my husband in all my activities and he always cheer me up.

Know about new people and interact with new interests to keep me always in networking from different areas.

Like travel around the world with my husband (when we can) to know about new cultures, habits and way of living.


Heriberto Garcia


Telecom & Electronic Eng by Unitec Mexico

Sales engineer experience on Service Providers market with customers like Telmex, Izzi, Telefonica, Telcel, Maxcom and many more, previous to Cisco have been working for Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei & Alvarion. Network Programmability and Cisco DevNet proctor for Partners & Cisco community.