As BeInCrypto has reported many times, the crypto and blockchain community has not stopped growing in Latin America with very good results. At the end of 2019, we summarize the 10 most influential personalities of 2019 in the Spanish-speaking world in sectors related to cryptomonies or blockchain.
Alberto Toribio
His roots begin in 2013 when he co-founded a company, called Coinffeine, which uses Bitcoin and advises companies such as banks in Spain.
His career has been stellar and he has managed to become an advisor to the Bank of Spain. His incorporation in Bankia, one of the largest banks in Spain, has been perceived as the bank has leaned towards blockchain individually as in international projects
Nuria Avalos
He is a relevant person in the corporate blockchain sector. In many occasions the blockchain projects are startup with very good intentions, but with little reach. Nuria works for blockchain to be implemented in the corporate field in an advantageous position.
She is currently an ambassador for blockchain and digital experimentation at Repsol, a Spanish multinational company in the oil and energy sector. Additionally, she is part of Alastria, a well-known alliance of large companies in Spain with the aim of the evolution and development of blockchain.
Thanks to its influence within the Repsol organization, it would not be a surprise to find that in 2020 Repsol will launch a blockchain, as other Spanish companies have already done.
Luiz Sacco
He is the director of Ripple Brazil and the main responsible for Ripple's expansion in Latin America. Ripple has partnered with Banco Santander to expand the crypto-currency industry and shape the future model of banking.
His years of experience in the financial world support this. In addition, he has diverse contacts in the corporate world, having worked with IBM or American Express among many others. The crypto community is very lucky to have a figure at these corporate levels, who believes in its potential and puts it into practice.
The Brazilian works in the high sphere and thanks to this situation Latin America will be very benefited, that is why we have chosen him as one of the most notorious characters in the blockchain and crypto world of the Spanish speaking world.
Eneko Knorr
It has been recognized as investor of the year in 2018 by the Spanish Association of Business Angels Networks (AEBAN). In Spain he is well known for his position as an angel investor, discovering and financially supporting several valuable projects among the marabout of blockchain projects. He can be seen occasionally at various events related to investment and blockchain.
Founder of Angelclub, a venture capital fund for startups, and Onyze, a crypto asset custody company. He has a lot of experience and a long way in creating valuable companies such as Hostalia, the fifth hosting company in Spain and sold to Telefonica, Ticketbis, bought by Ebay, Habitissimo (bought by Homeserve) and Petcoach (bought by Petco). His resume leaves no doubt that technology is his fifth element.
Obviously, it will have had bumps in the road, but everything it touches deserves attention. The crypto community as well as the Spanish speaking community can be happy to have this entrepreneur immersed in the crypto and blockchain space.
Currently, he is fully immersed in the world of cryptomonies, since in 2017 he founded Pheidon, a mutual fund with emphasis on Bitcoin and other cryptomonies.
Cristina Carrascosa
2019 has been a year in which governments have started to run for the resurgence of cryptomonies. Regulation of Bitcoin seems imminent, though no one is quite sure what will happen.
Therefore, law enforcement professionals will be needed to clarify or protect the user of cryptomonies. This new sector is transgressive and in full evolution, a difficult job for a lawyer.
Cristina Carrascosa is a lawyer specialized in tax issues. She has seen the next step of technology and has specialized in providing legal advice and solutions to projects dedicated to cryptomonies as new technologies.
Since she discovered Bitcoin, she has not stopped learning about the sector and works for several countries in Spain as well as in Europe.
Amir Taaki
A very well known personality in crypto space. He's been active as a developer for several years. He seeks by any means the protection of privacy as well as anonymity. He was that kind of developer who claimed to be a cryptanalyst, the market has changed a lot but even people like Amir are very needed by the industry.
Amir has been chosen for his efforts over several years and for creating an academy in Spain to train developers in privacy protection. This academy is located in Barcelona, the city of his residence and where he met Vitalik Buterin for the foundation of the well-known Ethereum. As he says:
"It's a vehicle to develop them as leaders, to develop their technical and social skills, and to be able to effectively organize other human beings and coordinate them closely"
Takki has always wanted the academy to focus on creating free technology for the common good.
Catalina Castro
Although Bitcoin has been around since 2008, it can be said that the vast majority of people still don't really know what it means or what it is. Therefore, education is still essential in the field of cryptomontages.
Catalina Castro has earned this position because of her online courses, which include blockchain, cryptomontage and of course Bitcoin. With her YouTube channel, Tech with Catalina, she has managed to explain simply the complex workings of Bitcoin.
She is part of the team from the University of Nicosa, Cyprus. This university has a great prestige when dealing with cryptomontages seriously, having for example Andreas M. Antonopoulos as part of its courses. To rub shoulders with such important people from the cryptospace should be a real honour.
Ray Youseff
If Bitcoin is not adopted there can be a thousand fundamental reasons and a community supporting the digital asset that would be useless, without adoption the price would plummet.
Ray Youseff, the CEO of Paxful, is strongly committed to the adoption of Bitcoin. In September, his company decided to implement 20 new ATM machines in Colombia. These machines will be present in Bogota as Medellin. In addition, he aims to continue expanding his ATMs in Peru.
This kind of measures can help Latin America in the adoption of Bitcoin, a great continent where cryptomachines seem to have great success.
Virgilio Lizardo Jr.
2019 has been a complex year for Bitcoin miners. China is one of the countries where miners are most concentrated. It has been a long time since this industry became professional and there are now actors with a lot of power. Although there are several power struggles and because it is a somewhat murky industry, we must admit that without the miners, there would be no Bitcoin.
Virgilio Lizardo Jr. is a Dominican, born in Panama and raised in the United States. Since 2008, when he heard about Bitcoin, he emigrated to another country in search of new opportunities. He found a niche in the market as an international business consultant for companies in China dedicated to the design of chips for ASIC miners.
He is currently the Vice President of International Affairs for the Gate.io exchange, well known in China and South Korea. He also continues to run his own Panda exchange, active in Colombia, Panama and Spain among other countries.
Nicolas Maduro
This character for better or worse has to be on this list. Thanks to him we have met the first state that is actively trying to create a banking infrastructure with its own cryptomoney, Petro. Many presidents would have said no to a project related to crypto, just because of ignorance or because of the bad connotations it has in the domes of power.
Many Venezuelans are queuing up in various positions to be able to use it. Many of these forced users do not know that they are dealing with a crypto currency. If they learn how to use this cryptomoneda, you could say that it is relatively easy for them to learn about Bitcoin or other cryptomonedas. This would make it easier to adopt Bitcoin or other cryptomontages. Venezuela already has a culture that uses cryptomonedas, but there is still a lot of potential.
 

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