A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the early 1930s to build a new life in Mexico, Julio Frenk catalyzed his deep gratitude for the kindness of strangers into a lifelong mission to improve the health, education, and well-being of people around the world.
Dr. Frenk became the sixth president of the University of Miami in August of 2015. He also holds academic appointments as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and as Professor of Health Sector Management and Policy at the Business School.
Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was the dean for nearly seven years of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Julio Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.
He was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. He also served as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization and as senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among other leadership positions.
Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary degrees from ten universities.
His scholarly production, which includes over 170 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, has been cited around 19,000 times. In addition, he has written three best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.
He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. He serves on the boards of the United Nations Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has received numerous recognitions, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health, the Bouchet Medal for Outstanding Leadership presented by Yale University for promoting diversity in graduate education, and the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.
In 2017, he was elected as a member of El Colegio Nacional, one of the most prestigious groups of intellectuals, artists, writers, and scientists of Mexico.
Julio Frenk was born in Mexico City in December 1953. He is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social sector economist, and has four children.
In summary, Dr. Julio Frenk has an extensive professional record spanning three decades and a career that has included leadership positions in all relevant aspects of public health and higher education: research, teaching, analysis of public policies, institution-building, international cooperation, and national public service. He has also been involved in various initiatives to reform higher education.
Adriana Moreno-Zarate is an experienced Yoga and Meditation teacher. She holds several certifications from different schools and traditions of Yoga as well as a certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She holds certifications on Restorative and Yoga Nidra as well as Reiki . She integrates mindfulness into her yoga classes which are vigorous, yet profoundly restful, safe and exceptionally restorative. Further, Adriana is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She has also been trained to offer Trauma-informed Mindfulness.
She studies and researches the effectiveness of Mindfulness practices as tools to disengage from automatic addictive behaviors. She is particularly interested in mindful eating and guides her students to recreate a healthier relationship with food using mindfulness.
Victor first discovered yoga after a debilitating cancer surgery at the age of 20 and credits his recovery, in part, to the cumulative benefits of a quality yoga practice. A true native Floridian, Victor moved to Miami in 2006 to continue his career as a Park Biologist and Wildland Firefighter. He has been a practitioner for almost two decades and in 2015 he received his 200hr teaching certification from Skanda Yoga Studio, where he currently teaches. Victor believes strongly in sharing the practice of yoga with others and has created a nature inspired, outdoor yoga class in his local community of Schenley Park.
Victor will be leading a Skanda Yoga class that is a breath-inspired, alignment-based, power-style of practice. While practicing Skanda Yoga, please keep in mind that the execution of the pose is merely a tool to enhance meditation and introspection. It is not about what we can do externally that matters, but it is the inner state of being that matters most. Celebrate life and live fully. Enjoy the practice.
Arianne Traverso is the creator of Bizzy Yogi, an international yoga retreat leader, the new head of the Yoga Expo, and a lover of life, travel and all things yoga!
Arianne brings over a decade of international yoga teaching to her students whether they be yoga practitioners or yoga teachers looking for their next phase in business.
A wildly passionate entrepreneur, Ari infuses her love for yoga and business to bring you heart and soul into your life. There is nothing more exciting to her than finding passion and being free to travel and work anywhere. Her passion, Bizzy Yogi, is an online platform for creative gypsy souls like her find their voice and their business so that they can create more light in the world because as you know, all the change starts within. People know her as a mover, a quick-thinking solution based yogini. She’s inspired constantly to make work feel fun through her light hearted approach, silliness, effort, passion, and dedication. With her experience in the Yoga industry building programs, trainings, retreats, & more, the Yoga Expo and you are in for a treat! Expect a dynamic fabulous yoga class focused on alignment and presence with breath and yogic philosophy.
“KNOWING WE CAN SERVE AS HEALERS, GIVERS, AND GAME CHANGERS, IS MY LEGACY TO YOU & THE WORLD.”
Jose Murguido, AIA, ALEP, NCARB is a firm Partner and Vice President of Zyscovich Architects, responsible for leading the firm’s Education Studio as well as the Institutional and Governmental practice groups. He is a recognized leader in educational facility planning and design and has been the Principal-in-Charge of over 450 educational facility planning and design projects in his 37 years of experience. His designs are recognized internationally for their innovation and cutting-edge ideas, and he has an innate understanding of how to integrate teaching modalities into the design of a building to create a facility that not only achieves the educational goals of the institution but presents opportunities for new ones. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, with an MBA with a Specialization in Real Estate Development from Florida International University, Jose is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner, a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association, and the Association for Learning Environments.
Jose is particularly sensitive to the importance of architecture that understands the significance of innovative learning environments and how this relates to the 7 Cs for the 21st century learner. His motivation is to create flexible learning environments that will morph as learning theories evolve so that the graduates of the future are prepared to invent the answers of tomorrow. He has designed a number of award-winning, 21st century learning facilities that integrate 21st century technology with high-performance green design strategies to address educational and operational issues that foster academic achievement, social development, and environmental responsibility.
Jose’s approach to educational facility planning and design is highly integrated with the administration, teachers and other key stakeholders. His process also involves a study of the curriculum and the delivery of the learning theory to determine the appropriate environment, furniture and the instructional aides. While his designs focus on flexibility, operational efficiency and compatibility with school objectives, Jose also possesses a strong understanding of educational evaluation metrics and various international and state requirements, and his designs incorporate these considerations. Jose’s specialized experience includes the creation of educational programs, educational specifications and educational facility master plans for a variety of teaching institutions and includes sustainable design, educational prototype development, the survey and analysis of existing facilities, determining appropriate locations of future buildings, analyzing current and future space needs, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. He continually studies the evolution of pedagogy and is committed to preparing students for the future. He has also developed a program to inform educators and administrators on how to leverage 21st century design features to achieve the most innovative and successful results.
Jorge is an Attorney-at-Law who focused his practice in the HR function, he studied at Escuela Libre de Derecho, the most prestigious law school in México. He graduated with honors and received an award for being the best of his class. He obtained a Master of Laws degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in Business and Public Policy at Wharton Business School. He also obtained an MBA degree at IPADE Business School, in which he was ranked top ten of his class; he also participated in an International Exchange program at CEIBS (Chinese Europe International Business School) in Shanghai, China. More recently, he participated in a program called “Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executives” at Stanford University, and in a program called “Advanced Finance for Senior Executives” at Harvard Business School.
From the professional perspective, he served as Partner in the labor department of Baker & McKenzie, the largest law firm in the world, in which he worked for 11 years and earned several distinctions (i.e. one of the youngest partners of the firm at 29 years of age). As partner of the firm he was responsible to coordinate the LATAM Labor Practice Group.
He also served as Regional Director of Human Resources at Allergan, a pharmaceutical company owner of Botox patent, with operations in more than 80 countries. Under this capacity, he was responsible of all HR matters in Latin America, in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile and Mexico.
He served during almost five years as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Cinépolis. He was responsible of all HR and Labor matters worldwide (i.e. Mexico, Brazil, USA, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Spain, India, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Central America), serving more than 38,500 employees, leading a team of more than 500 HR professionals. Jorge’s strategy had three components: Talent, Leadership & Culture. He transformed the conventional learning platforms with a L&D project called “Harvard ACT”, in association with Harvard Business School, he also implemented two cultural transformation projects called “Amazing Service” and “We are all Cinepolites” in association with Disney Institute. In the 2015 International Convention of the company, he obtained the “Best Director Award”.
In March 2017 Jorge joined THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY / ESPN to serve as Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness HR Sr Director, a position based in NYC. Under this capacity, Jorge was responsible for all Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness matters globally, to help the company creating an inclusive and diverse environment in which everyone contributes with their potential. He was also responsible to lead the Wellness team of the company, and to re-design the Wellness strategy, focusing on three main attributes: Presence (Mindfulness), Activity & Good Eating.
He is co-founder of Wharton-Penn Club México, he is member of the 2014-2017 Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning Partners’ Advisory Council, and more recently, he integrated the World Economic Forum Mexico Gender Parity Taskforce. He is professor in three of the most prestigious Universities in México: IPADE Business School, Escuela Libre de Derecho and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas).
In 2015, Jorge received the “HR Executive of the Year” award by AMEDIRH, the most prestigious HR Association in Mexico part of the World Federation of People Management Associations. Jorge also founded “Éntrale” an association to hire people with disabilities, leading the 49 HR VPs of the Mexican Business Council (“Consejo Mexicano de Negocios”). In 2017, Jorge was awarded by Harvard Business Publishing with the gold medal of the “Brandon Hall Award” in the category “Excellence in Leadership Development”. In 2018, he was invited by Harvard Business Publishing to participate as invited professor and facilitator in the HBP International programs.
During his professional career he participated in several forums, seminars, symposiums, as SPEAKER, in more than 100 events all over the world. In 2016, IPADE wrote a case about his achievements in Cinepolis, and the creation of the “TLC Factor” Concept. This case was shared with more than 1,500 participants of MEDE, MEDEX, AD1 and AD2 programs. This year TEDx invited him to participate in his first TED Talk, with the Topic: “In which fear did you discover you were courageous”.
In 2019, he became Co-founder of Delivering Happiness Mexico, and his goal is to help other companies in Mexico and Latin America to reinvent the concept of work, and allow human flourishing.