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Top 10 Women in Tech

By Sofía Hanna | Mon, 03/08/2021 - 18:22

In Mexico, only nine out of 100 tech startups are led by women. Even though the numbers seem low, many of the country’s leading technology companies have women in senior leadership positions. Up next are the Top 10 women in the tech business that have helped the sector evolve and move forward in Mexico and other parts of the world. 


  • María Teresa Arnal is the Head of Latam for Stripe, a position that she took up after three years as Managing Director of Google Mexico. She is originally from Caracas, Venezuela and has a Bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) in Caracas and an MBA from Columbia Business School New York, according to Lideres Mexicanos. Before directing Google Mexico, Arnal directed Twitter’s operations in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.
  • Gloria Canales was a fundamental part of Amazon’s launch in Mexico. After the company successfully arrived in the country, she managed the Books, Video Games, Music and Video areas. Today she manages the fashion area, which she also launched.
  • Françoise Lavertu is currently the director of Tesla in Mexico. Before that, she was in charge of Communications at Palacio de Hierro. She has also worked at L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton and Walmart, according to El Universal. 
  • Anasofía Sánchez Juárez was the second person Facebook hired in Mexico, joining the company as Business Director more than four years ago. According to El Universal, she also worked for Google for six years, being responsible for the commercial launch of YouTube in Mexico. She is currently Country Manager Mexico at Waze.
  • Vera Makarov is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Apli. This online on-demand contracting platform was chosen as the best startup in Mexico in 2016 by Seedstars and IBM Smart camp and the best startup in Latin America in the New Venture Competition of Harvard Business School.
  • Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Founder of AI Sustainability Center, spent 20 years working in a large multinational environment. She also released her book, “Sustainability Leadership, a Swedish Approach to Changing Your Company, Your Industry, and the World,” which is one of the leading books used to understand how a business can be sustainable, according to Analytics Insights. 
  • Susan Gatehouse, Founder and CEO of Axea Solutions, developed a solution to partner with hospitals, clinics and health systems to provide them with expertise and solutions in the healthcare sector. This company was recently named “One of the Top 10 RCM Solution Providers for 2019,” by Healthcare Tech Magazine, as reported by Analytics Insights
  • Jennifer Lauretta, Chief Technology Innovation Officer at 360 Health Tech, designs Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things innovative capabilities, user experience, services and products. “The company promotes the well-being and good health of humankind through the use of tech and innovation, enhancing health infrastructure and the industry to serve the aged population to live more harmoniously in future communities and sustainable cities,” reported Analytics Insights. 
  • Thushara Wijewardena, Co-Founder and CEO of Aventude, dedicated to offering strategies and technological solutions to companies and startups. “Aventude’s expertise is in handling business problems using technology in the end–to–end spectrum,” according to Analytics Insights. 
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO and Founder of the dating app Bumble, just became the youngest female billionaire in the world after the app’s debut on the stock market on Thursday, according to Forbes. 
The data used in this article was sourced from:  
El Universal, Forbes, Lideres Mexicanos, Analystics Insight,
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Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst