Under the motto "Provoke jew-th" CIF is the first forum of expression, leadership and entrepreneurship, created by Colegio Hebreo Monte Sinai and aimed for the Mexican Jewish Community.
It is an experience in which participants will get in touch with national and international figures, leaders in diverse disciplines, such as:
CIF seeks for the audience to question themselves. Transform the status quo and inspire creativity and curiosity; besides breaking the established paradigms of knowledge.
Born in Mexico, Rosario Marin arrived to the city of Huntington Park, California, when she was 14 years old.
She began her public service while working and being a housewife, upon graduation she joined the banking world and subsequently in corporate and non-profit organizations, Marin served for 22 years in the public service of the United States in the three different levels: local, state and federal. In 2001, was appointed by President George W. Bush as Treasurer of the United States becoming the first immigrant to achieve that position. During her tenure, she was in charge of the Financial Education Program of the Department of Treasury, focusing on the 10 million Americans who don´t have a bank account.
In 2004 she was launched as a candidate for the Senate of the United States, thus becoming the first Latina in California in search for that post.
She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker at the international level, and at the beginning of 2007, she launched her autobiography entitled: "A Leader Between Two Worlds: Lessons of the First Mexican Treasurer of the United States", which details her extraordinary journey.
She has been married to Alvaro Marín for 33 years and mother to three children: Eric, who has Down Syndrome, Carmen, and Alex.
Esteban was born on February 16th, 1995, since the age of 4 he showed exceptional artistic qualities, and mounted his first two exhibitions with his own creations.
He painted his first mural at the age of 13 and was called from Finland to paint the "Blue Wall" within Lansi Suomen Opisto.
In the field of science he was the winner of the XXXV National Science Fair, being the youngest contestant, Currently he combines studies with his passion for painting, without neglecting his social work, which he does in collaboration with several foundations and institutions of international repute by using art as a tool to help those in need.
He has raised funds by donating a percentage of his sales to the construction of the first Refuge against Trafficking in Persons and supported the mural project at the "Casa Del Adolescente".
When Benjamin was just an architecture student he was assigned the architectural Project for a 19,000m2 industrial complex in the state of Hidalgo under the direction of Engineer Castillo.
He graduated with an Honorable Mention and was invited by his teachers to give class in the Universidad Iberoamericana, where he has been a teacher, taught graduate courses, participated in the coordination of the construction cycle, and has been invited by the Architect Francisco Serrano to coordinate the "Catedra blanca cemex" since 2003 in the university.
His university education and his early understanding of the behavior of structures and construction processes, have earned him important international recognitions.
The projects developed by Benjamin include: offices, industrial, residential, commercial, health, education, and public work. The most emblematic buildings are: Forest Tower, Tower Veranda, IT Center Tizayuca Hidalgo, Torre Tres Picos and Torre Reforma.
Daniel is the co-founder of SOLBEN (Solutions Bioenergy), a company whose mechanism is based on a press that extracts oil plants to produce diesel fuel.
He received the National Youth Award in 2012, and in 2013, was named Innovator of the Year by the MIT Technology Review. In 2014, the company installed more than 18 biodiesel plants nationwide, operating in 13 states of Mexico, and other countries.
In 2015 he was named by Forbes magazine's list "30 Under 30" as one of the largest global entrepreneurs influence under 30 years.
SOLBEN technology is now used in over 80% of the biodiesel market in Mexico, with an installed production capacity of more than 10 million liters per year.
Francisco Gil-White is an anthropologist and historian who studies racism, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, the history of the Jewish people, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, his Master's thesis in Social Science from the University of Chicago won the Earl & Esther Johnson Prize.
His Ph.D., from UCLA, is in evolutionary and socio cultural anthropology, in which he presents a new theory to explain the origins of racism, this theory has been amply commented and cited in fields as diverse as political science and child psychology. He has previously taught at the University Of Pennsylvania Psychology Department, and at Universidad Del Medio Ambiente. He currently teaches the political history of the West and "Antisemitism" at ITAM.
He collaborated in the publication of "El Último Sobreviviente", which contains the testimony of the late Shie Gilbert, Mexico's most important Holocaust witness. Francisco directs the Foundation for the Analysis of Conflict, Ethnic and Social (FACES) and edits the webpage for Historical and Investigative Research (HIR), focused on geopolitical research and analysis.
He is the author of "The Collapse of the West: The Next Holocaust and its Consequences".
CEO and co-founder of BLITAB, the world's first tablet for blind and visually impaired people. BLITAB Technology is one of Austria's most successful social start-up companies, which won 10 international social innovation awards and more than 20 sustainable recognitions within 6 months.
Kristina loves to work on products that can change people's lives. She graduated two times with honors from the Technical University of Sofia and has more than 7 years of hands-on experience as an industrial engineer and supply chain expert.
Her intuitive vision and passion to develop creative accessible devices for people with disabilities made her invent the award winning device BLITAB that enables people with sight loss to be part of the social high-tech era we are living today.
Slavi is the co-founder, and CTO of BLITAB Technology Ltd., the company that created the world's first tactile tablet for Braille reading, and writing. His enterprise's target is to reach over 20 million people within the next five years.
His passion for social entrepreneurship was born out of his commitment to serving people from a young age.
Slavi has an MSC in Business Informatics and Nanotechnologies from the University of Sofia, and was honored three times as National laureate in Mathematics. With more than 7 years of experience in the Internet of Things and Software architecture, he is mainly focused on developing innovative IT products.
A pioneer in the genre of Stand-Up Comedy in Mexico, Sofia Niño de Rivera has performed in several stages around the world including New York, Los Angeles, and Costa Rica, as well as parts of the Mexican Republic.
She earned second place in the "Ladies of Laughter" competition in New York and represented Mexico in the "Cabo Comedy Fest." She was also a speaker in TEDx and the City of Ideas, and her routine has aired on Comedy Central.
She has participated in several conventions and events for companies like: Allen, HSBC, HoneyWell, Adidas, Herdez, Jose Cuervo, Schering Plough and VolksWagen. And she has campaigned on the Internet for Lamisil and Febreze.
She currently presents her shows in theaters in the city, Stand-Up Comedy workshops, and will participate in the first sitcom to Netflix in Mexico.
Jordi was born on May 7th, 1986 in Ensenada, B.C. At the age of four he moved to Tijuana where he grew up under the influence of technological California. At the age of 13 years he repaired all kinds of electronics, including laptops and installing small networks in homes of friends and relatives.
He spent most of his childhood playing with Legos, disarming toys and arming his own robots. Since he was a child, he always dreamed of becoming an aviator pilot because of his great fascination for aircrafts.
At the age of 21, Jordi began the development of a stabilizer system for his remote control helicopter, which he named ArduPilot in honor of the Arduino development platform.
In 2009 he founded together with his partner Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics Inc, the most important and influential company in the world in aerial robotics. Currently, 3D Robotics has more than 350 employees, located in the cities of Tijuana, San Diego, Berkeley and Austin, generating sales of more than $3 million per month.
He was born on April 1, 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; he began studying piano at the age of 10 and later took lessons in harmony and composition, singing, guitar, and badalion.
He participated in the "Tango Blues" project and at the age of 21 was invited to join the "Tangozon" group in the city of Merida, Yucatan. He has worked and shared stage with Ricardo Montaner, Emanuel, Paulina Rubio, Lila Deneken, among others.
After recording several independent productions, he signed his first recording contract with Martin Murano, "Factory of Tangos" with which the duo was shortlisted for the Latin Grammy as Best Tango Album in 2010. At the age of 31, he was invited to sing with the "Mexican Tango Orchestra" to perform a series of concerts in Mexico City and record the second album by the WTO, which was presented at the "Sala Nezahualcóyotl" in the UNAM.
Today Paul Ahmad is recording his next album and runs his own production (PA productions) and recording studio with Demian Cantilo, while posing with his bandolion, his company of musicians, and dancers, fusing Latin American tango rhythms.
Tamara was born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 13. At 19, she suffered a car accident that left her paralyzed, and unfortunately killed her boyfriend. Since surviving a near death experience, Tamara chose to dedicate her life to share her message of hope, and above all, motivate people to believe in themselves.
She retook her studies at California State University Stanislaus, where she majored with honors in Communication Studies.
Tamara has been a guest speaker at numerous events and she has been featured on many TV shows, nationally as well as internationally.
Her participation on the show Nuestra Belleza Latina, impacted a large number of viewers, as she was the first model in a wheelchair to ever make it on the famous beauty pageant.
She is also the first Latina model in a wheelchair to participate in a fashion show in the Fashion Week in New York. The famous "LATINA" magazine recognized her as one of the "most inspiring Latinas" and she was also voted as "the most inspiring Latina in 2014" by the American Latino Awards.
Since 2011, Tamara has represented Ekso Bionics in multiple platforms. Her story has reached millions of people with her determination to succeed as she has faced several life challenges.
Adina is an entrepreneur, consultant, journalist, and lecturer in personal finance. With more than 12 years of experience, she has written more than 3,000 articles on personal finance and money management. Adina has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master's Degree in Finance from Universidad Anahuac, as well as studies in corporate valuation, behavioral economics, human resources, and family businesses from NYU, Cornell and Harvard. In the past 6 years she has published 4 books, all focused on converting personal finances into an accessible, understandable, and everyday life topic. She currently has a weekly column in the Excelsior newspaper called "Sorcerer's Apprentice" focused on the money and entrepreneurs, at the same time that runs her own business CHK Consulting.
Ann Makosinski is a 17-year-old student and innovator. She started participating in Science Fairs when she was in Sixth Grade and worked on projects that focused on harvesting surplus energy. Recently, her friend in the Philippines failed school due to lack of reliable electricity and light at night to study. Ann's solution to her need for light was the "Hollow Flashlight," a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand.
Through this project, Ann was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the fifteen finalists in the 2013 Google Science Fair, where she won the 15 to 16-year-old age category. In December 2013, Ann was named one of TIME Magazine's "30 Under 30: World Changers." She has been featured in documentaries on all the major news networks such as NBC, CBC, ABC, CBS, Mashable, and ARTE.
Ann continues to innovate and loves inspiring others through talking about her work. She is also a film art lover, with her favorite movies being "Pelle the Conqueror" and "City Lights." Her other interests include piano, dance, and opera.
Arturo Brizio graduated in Law at the UNAM, he's an expert in Employment Law and has exercised as a litigant in firms of his property.
He was a professional referee that was affiliated with the Mexican Soccer Federation for 22 years, and represented Mexico in the main tournaments organized by FIFA. He attended the Soccer World Cup in USA in 1994 and France in 1998. He was a referee in Mexico for more than 350 games in the first division, and conducted 10 finals of the Mexican championship.
In 1994 Arturo was considered the best referee of the world, and this earned him the beeping of the opening game of the World Cup between Germany and Bolivia. He holds the record for most players expelled in the history of the World Cup with 7 players in 6 matches and has been considered the best mexican whistler of the past 25 years by the Institute of History and Statistics of football, and number 32 internationally.
He currently serves as a commentator on the program "La Jugada" of Televisa, as well as on the radio broadcast "sports" with Toño de Valdes. He also collaborates with a weekly column in various newspapers throughout the country. He has devoted the last 15 years giving conferences on team work, values, leadership, and communication.
He started his first company at the age of fourteen and has since co-founded 3 technology startups including a wearable technology company, a biotech company, and an accelerator. His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including WIRED magazine, The Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNET, and Business Insider.
His wearable technology company, Blanc Watches, raised over $100k in crowdfunding and private equity before he exited and shifted his focus to Scarlett, a neuroscience startup providing users with immersive virtual reality experiences. His most recent project is Leangap, a tech accelerator designed exclusively for high school students.
Eddy has strong views against the United States education system, and delivered a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet expressing his thoughts. Hearing his talk, an audience member invited him to speak at the world's largest consumer electronics exhibition. Since these two events, Eddy has been passionate about spreading the truth about education and youth entrepreneurship. In fact, he took an unconventional path during his senior year of high school, and decided to drop out to pursue his entrepreneurial interests full-time. In his spare time, Eddy loves mentoring startups and thinking of ideas to improve interaction in leading online education platforms such as Harvard and MIT's edx.
"My international career is important, I´m not just doing it for myself, but for my country. Every time I dance on an international stage, I'm dancing for Mexico, to give back a little of what has given me."
He began studying classical ballet at the age of eight with his father, the teacher Hector Hernandez. He held a scholarship from CONACULTA in Mexico, for The Rock School for Dance Education and the American Ballet Theatre in the United States.
From 2008 to 2012, he was part of the San Francisco Ballet. In August 2012, Isaac joined the National Ballet in Amsterdam and is currently its principal dancer.
With only 24 years, Isaac has gained national and international recognition for his outstanding performances and achievements. He is a well-known brilliant performer and an international dance prodigy. He won the National Youth Award, three Grand Prix excellence awards and the Gold Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson Mississippi.
He has been offered many scholarships from various highly renowned institutions such as the Superior Institute of Art in Bordeaux, France, the National School of Cuba, Havana, the American Ballet Theatre, ABT, in New York, USA, among others.
Glenda graduated in journalism from the University of Costa Rica and earned a master's degree in Communication from Florida International University in Miami.
She began her career on Channel 17 San Jose, working on the first English language news program in Costa Rica. Then she joined Channel 7, and in 1997 worked as a correspondent for CBS Television news. For 15 years she was an anchor on "CNN en Español" and "Actualidad en Vivo".
Umaña participated in the presentation of the live coverage of news of international importance, such as the death of Pope John Paul II, the political crisis in Bolivia and Ecuador, the tragedy of the tsunami in Asia, the rescue of FARC hostages in Colombia, the arrest of Saddam Hussein and the war in Iraq, and the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11.
She has interviewed key Latin American leaders such as Hugo Chavez and former Mexican President Vicente Fox. She also was in charge of conducting the Presidential Forum in Chile and Guatemala.
Umaña has received several honors for her work in broadcasting, including an Award for Best Television Report from the Central American Journalists Association. She was selected as Marshal of the Festival of Lights, held annually in San Jose.
Jurgita is a Lithuanian born ballet dancer, who began her training in the National Ballet Academy in Vilnius Lithuania and later trained at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater of Munich, Germany.
Jurgita danced with the Royal Ballet of Sweden until 2010. After performing the role of Kitri as a guest artist in Amsterdam, artistic director Ted Brandsen was so impressed he offered her a contract with the Dutch National Ballet. In 2011, she received the Dutch Zwaan award for her role of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
She has won several international prizes, including the first place in the famous Grasse Ballet Competition in France and recently she received the prestigious "Alexandra Radius" Prize from the hands of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
Jurgita is constantly invited to different ballet galas in several countries around the world and has already danced in all of the five continents.