Meet the
LEAP Team


LEAP is a global team of thinkers, operators, and practitioners across a broad spectrum of related disciplines with a special commitment to turning ideas into functional, reliable products and services.

Roman Leal
MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER LEAP PARTNERS I

Pablo Perez III
GENERAL PARTNER LEAP PARTNERS I

Daniel Coppel
DIRECTOR OF LEAP INNOVATION LABS

Celestino
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER LEAP INNOVATION LABS

Adbeel Guzmán
HEAD, ENGINEERING

Cesar Sanvicente
DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING

Ismael Paredes
HEAD, MOBILE

Ligia Montejo
DIRECTOR, MOBILE

Any Matus
HEAD, WEB DEVELOPMENT

Ignacio Hirata
HEAD, QA

Alejo Gastélum
HEAD, DESIGN

Fernanda Guzmán
DIRECTOR, DESIGN

Roman Leal
MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER LEAP PARTNERS I

Roman Leal

CEO / MANAGING PARTNER

Serial entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience in product, operations and strategy in social networking, education and financial technology sectors. Prior to LEAP, Roman was a Co-Founder and CEO of QueSee, a social learning platform for Latinos.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Roman served a variety of roles in Financial Technology and Financial Services, most recently at PayPal and Goldman Sachs. At PayPal, Roman co-led the next-gen financial services, digital currencies and P2P strategies, where he collaborated on market strategy, business development and product. At Goldman, Roman covered the Financial Technology sector and he was one of the founding members of the Emerging Technology Research and Payment Processing Around the World platforms, where he advised several technology startups on market and product strategy across multiple industries and countries. Roman has a degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He speaks Spanish and English fluently.

Pablo Perez III
GENERAL PARTNER LEAP PARTNERS I

Pablo Perez III

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND PARTNER

Pablo Perez III serves as a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of LEAP Global Partners. At LEAP Global Partners, Pablo is responsible for the operations LEAP Global Partners, as well as the management of LEAP Partners I portfolio companies.

Pablo is a serial entrepreneur, with over 10 years of experience in product, operations and strategy in social networking, education and financial technology sectors. Pablo has founded companies such as Drink Me Magazine (sold to private investor), Kibin.Com (funded by 500 Start-Ups), BriefMine (Legal Tech), LAM Network (one of the largest Latino networks in the US). He has also advised in the development of other startups such as Tipitom, Inviti, Dos, Comodin, Konketi, & WholeBody IQ. Previously, he also worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as a management consultant at Tiburon Strategic Advisors, where he was quoted in various media sources such as Wall Street Journal, Board IQ, Investment News, and the Financial Time’s Fund Fire on subjects related to strategy, financial products, & technology. Pablo has a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the Claremont Colleges. He speaks English, Spanish, & Tagalog.

Daniel Coppel
DIRECTOR OF LEAP INNOVATION LABS

Daniel Coppel

HEAD OF ENTERPRISE INNOVATION

An avid technology and entertainment entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Dub5 a Mexican-Canadian technology start up and DroneLab Mexico a drone solutions startup. Daniel has a keen eye for up and coming technologies and has a vast network that he puts to good use to create new ventures and business opportunities. Having graduated from one of the top universities in Mexico, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey where he studied business creation and development which has as a main focus in developing the skill set needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Complementing his education with courses in entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, at Stanford, Suffolk University, Draper University VCx, and a series of courses in family business, communication strategy and finance in Spain, US, and Mexico.



With a love for entertainment Daniel founded an independent music label “Electric Emerald” that manages and produces bands like “The Mud Howlers” which have won best independent rock album and song at the Independent Music Awards in NY, and Funded “Parque La Ruina” cultural hot spot in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora that is transforming the cultural landscape of the city and was nominated as 5th most influential business in the state, after one year of opening. Daniel is fluent in English, Spanish and French

Celestino
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER LEAP INNOVATION LABS

Celestino Garza

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Celestino propels business expansion through understanding how technological innovation and consumer behavior combine. Celestino has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and leadership within the banking and financial services industries. He began his career at Banamex (now CitiBanamex) where he collaborated on key projects in the international division from an IT perspective. He then co-founded and helped grow former Transnetwork (CTO and employee #2), a top 3 remittance gateway; where he was involved with every aspect of the business and strategy aside from having final responsibility over technology and operations.

Celestino also has vast regulatory compliance experience. He adds value to the business by leveraging technology to more quickly, efficiently, and effectively accomplish its overall objectives. Celestino’s experience includes IT Governance and Service Delivery, Project Management, Business Systems Analysis, Software Development Life Cycle.

Experience:

  • Director of IT at Transnetwork Corporation (Leader in Remittances Worldwide).
  • IT Officer at CitiBanamex (Top Mexican bank acquired by Global Banking Giant).

Adbeel Guzmán
HEAD, ENGINEERING

Adbeel Guzman

HEAD OF ENGINEERING

Adbeel has worked as a full-stack developer for more than 10 years. He was involved with creating more than 10 web- applications. He has been developing web applications based on Ruby on Rails framework and iOS development with Swift. Adbeel has a strong understanding of Full-stack Web development, REST API design and development, Test Driven Development (TDD, NO-SQL architecture design, and the Scrum method of Agile software development.

Experience:

  • Lead Developer at Professional Diversity Network (Latino focused company that later when IPO).
  • Lead Developer at Que Pasa Corporation (One of the first Latino focused companies that went IPO).

Cesar Sanvicente
DIRECTOR, ENGINEERING

Cesar Sanvicente

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

Cesar has worked as a full-stack developer for more than 10 years. Cesar has experience with Systems and Servers Administration, server security, C++ programming, cluster programming, J2EE & java development for web based system, custom PHP programming, front end development, large databases management in MySQL and Master/Slave replication, CMS systems installation and configuration such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, native apps development using react native, & Linux based management in Cloud computing based systems.

Experience:

  • CTO at Mobile Corporation (one of the largest mobile communities in the world).
  • CTO at Sitesearch Corporation (user generated content media and social bookmarking startup).
  • Tech Director/CTO Mexico at Quepasa.com Corporation (one of the first Latino focused companies that went IPO).

Ismael Paredes
HEAD, MOBILE

Ismael Paredes

HEAD OF MOBILE DEVELOPMENT

Highly qualified software development professional with almost 10 years of experience in software design, development and integration. Ismael has advanced knowledge of mobile development (iOS and Android), knowledge in Firebase platform and C # programming, PHP with frameworks. Knowledge of the complete lifecycle of the software design process, including the definition of requirements, design, testing and maintenance. Architectural design and the Scrum method of agile software development.

Experience:

  • Head of development at Universidad Modelo Merida

Ligia Montejo
DIRECTOR, MOBILE

Ligia Montejo

DIRECTOR OF MOBILE DEVELOPMENT

Highly-skilled software development professional bringing almost 10 years in software design, development and integration. Ligia has advanced knowledge of mobile development (iOS and Android programming) with extensive experience in the full life cycle of the software design process including requirements definition, design, testing and maintenance. Also Experienced in executing tasks based in agile methodology based projects.

Experience:

  • Chief Technology Officer at Apium Sapi de CV Senior Mobile Developer at Cloud Company.

Any Matus
HEAD, WEB DEVELOPMENT

Any Matus

HEAD OF WEB DEVELOPMENT

Any has worked as a full-stack developer for over ten year. At the first years she was focus on DB department, but at same time created desktop and web-applications. She was part of the tech team that built the Emergency Call system that is currently being used in Sonora. She is also involved in creating cartographic web applications. She has built web applications based on VB.net, C#, PHP with mySQL and SQLServer. But the last five years had been developing web applications based on Ruby & Rails, with mongoDB as a database motor, and applying Scrum / Jira as Agile methodology.

Experience:

  • Full-stack ruby web developer at Professional Diversity Network
  • DBA at Que Pasa Corporation
  • Full-stack developer at SEDESSON
  • DBA and full-stack developer at C4 Sonora

Ignacio Hirata
HEAD, QA

Ignacio Hirata

HEAD OF QA

Ignacio Hirata has 6 years of experience as a web page tester. He worked at Professional Diversity Network, starting when the company was mainly iHispano through its subsequent growth to several diversity job sites. Prior to this, he worked as a mathematics professor at the Universidad de Sonora and Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo. Ignacio has experience in using Scrum methods on stories, testing them until quality requirements were met and they were accepted. He also deep experience in manual testing, smoke testing, compatibility testing, acceptance testing, & Selenium.

Experience:

  • QA at Professional Diversity Network
  • Professor of Mathematics at Universidad de Sonora

Alejo Gastélum
HEAD, DESIGN

Alejo Gastélum

HEAD OF DESIGN

Alejo is a UI/UX designer with 10 years of experience building solid products and engaging experiences. Using a multi- platform design stack (Adobe CC + Sketch + Invision), Alejo has created different wireframes, mockups and prototypes to convey the stakeholder’s vision into a hi fidelity representation of the final product. Alejo has a strong background in motion design and wide experience in photo and video shooting. He has also been involved in web syndicated publishing and advertising campaigns.

Experience:

  • UI/UX Designer at Novotorium
  • Graphic Designer at Evolve Media LLC Commercial Producer at TV Azteca Hermosillo
  • Graphic Designer at Mutuo

Fernanda Guzmán
DIRECTOR, DESIGN

Fernanda Guzman

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Fernanda has worked as Advertising Designer for more than 10 years. She was involved with creating advertising strategies for Telcel and EL IMPARCIAL. Currently, working at LEAP Global Innovation as UI Designer, using tools as Sketch, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, InVision, Avocode.

Experience:

  • Head of Advertising Design at EL IMPARCIAL, the largest newspaper in Sonora.
  • Senior Graphic Designer and Account Executive of Telcel at Herrera Publicidad, advertising agency.

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