Team

Meet our leadership team

Our management team is formed by serial entrepreneurs with proven track record in building successful businesses and leading global events



  • Ray Iglesias

    Ray Iglesias

    Co-Chairman

    Ray Iglesias is a Co-Chairman of Brexit & Global Expansion Summit. He is also the CEO of Ubiquity Global Services. He has deep leadership experience, having previously held key roles in several successful startup organizations. Ray most recently served as the chief financial officer for TxVia, Inc.

    At TxVia, Ray raised more than $55M in funding from top-tier investors including Oak Investment Partners and Bain Capital before helping to close the sale of TxVia to Google in 2012. He previously co-founded Prepaid Media (2005) and Clarity Payment Solutions (2000), which was sold to S&P 500-listed corporation Total Systems, Inc. in 2004. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Law, Ray previously worked as an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf.

  • Fernando Faria

    Fernando Faria

    Founder & Managing Director

    Before starting Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, Fernando spent 6 years as Marketing Director with the GSMA, where he was the overall responsible person for the conference programme of over 30 large scale events across the globe. This included Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the largest technology event in the world with 96,000 attendees, including 5,000 CEOs, and 2,000+ exhibitors from over 200 countries.

    Fernando was also the founder of innovaBRICS & Beyond an invitation-only, investment-driven conference with 300+ senior level attendees, organising multiple annual events from 2012 to 2014 alongside sponsoring organisations like Deloitte, Hogan Lovells, Waggener Edstrom and the South African government.

  • Frankie Brewer

    Frankie Brewer

    Event Director

    Frankie serves as Event Director for Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, bringing over 9 years of experience in the events industry. Frankie has a history of managing and developing market leading conferences which offer the right balance of unique networking opportunities, top quality speakers, engaging formats and highly valuable content.

    Prior to Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, Frankie was responsible for developing the content and conference programmes for the GSMA, including Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest technology event with 96,000 attendees, including 5,000 CEOs, and 2,000+ exhibitors from over 200 countries.

    Previously, Frankie spent 7 years with Informa where she was Head of Content and Partnerships for Broadband World Forum Series, managing the content and messaging of the business, building key relationships and developing the strategic direction of the event series.

  • Xenophon (Fonda) Dimopoulos

    Xenophon (Fonda) Dimopoulos

    VP of Business Development

    Fonda Dimopoulos serves as VP of Business Development for Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, bringing several years of deep experience in the events industry. Fonda has worked in various key roles on groundbreaking events such as Money2020, the world’s largest event for innovations in payments and financial services, and Shoptalk, the leading event for nextgen commerce.

    Prior to working in the events industry, Fonda worked in various management positions at Clarity Payment Solutions (2000), a Fintech startup, which was eventually acquired S&P; 500-listed corporation Total Systems, Inc.

    A graduate of New York Law School and the University of Connecticut, Fonda also practiced corporate law prior to his career in the FinTech and events industry.

  • Chris Gentle

    Chris Gentle

    Board Advisor

    Chris has nearly 30 years international experience in research and strategy consulting working at board level in 25 countries around the world.

    He spent 17 years in Big 4 firms working for financial services clients. He also founded and ran research and influencing teams at two of the Firms KPMG and Deloitte where he was Managing Partner, Research.

    Chris is currently MD of Torridon Advisory, a consulting and advisory business. He is also on the advisory board of Trajectory and Qual.CO.

    He has advised both the World Trade Organisation and United Nations on trade and economic issues. He works at the highest levels of influencing including the Prime Minister, President European Commission, Secretary General United Nations and WEF in Davos.

    Chris teaches finance, strategy and business at Hult International Business School

  • Holly Roberts

    Holly Roberts

    Head of Digital

    Holly serves as Head of Digital for Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, bringing over 8 years of experience in digital media. Holly has created premium digital and content marketing projects across a variety of industries including mobile, television, news media, retail and eCommerce.

    Prior to Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, Holly was responsible for social media and blog content for the GSMA, who produce Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest technology event, along with Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series.

    Previously, Holly worked for New Zealand’s largest independent broadcaster where she produced integrated digital content to drive social media engagement and audience interaction for their television shows and events.

  • Irina Dihanova

    Irina Dihanova

    Content and Marketing Manager

    Irina serves as Content and Marketing Manager at the Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, responsible for communications, partnerships and marketing content.

    Irina has over 5 years of experience in event planning. Prior to joining the Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, Irina was the President of King’s College London Politics Society, where she has organised debates and discussions with senior political figures and supervised the production of the quarterly journal Dialogue.

    Irina has a background in managing a small private business, working with the European Commission and helping develop a local development strategy for SMEs for Bulgaria’s Southeastern region.

    She holds a BA in International Relations from King’s College London.

  • Ahila Puvitharan

    Ahila Puvitharan

    Business Development Manager

    Ahila graduated from Durham University and soon after completed an MA in International Conflict Studies at King’s College London.

    During her time at King's College London she achieved a Kings's Leadership Award and completed an apprenticeship at a leading security firm.

    Since January 2016 Ahila has served as the Business Development Manager at the Brexit & Global Expansion Summit, and is responsible for overseeing the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

  • Cheryl Slipski

    Board Member

    Cheryl Slipski is Ubiquity’s executive vice president and general counsel. Cheryl is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs worldwide, and also leads Ubiquity’s risk management services business unit. Cheryl has more than a decade of experience in financial services, and has broad expertise in the legal, regulatory and compliance aspects of the payments industry.

    Prior to joining Ubiquity, Cheryl worked for Google and served in the business development division of the company’s payments organization. Previously, she was executive vice president and general counsel of TxVia, a payments technology company acquired by Google in early 2012. Cheryl was a partner in the private practice of law before going in-house with TxVia, with the law firm of Woodcock, Washburn. Cheryl is an active participant in industry organizations and events, and a frequent speaker on emerging payments.