About us

iupana shows you the future of finance in Latin America and the Caribbean through news, analysis, opinion and podcasts. We bring you exclusive, insightful information on how your financial services peers, competitors and clients in Latin America and the Caribbean are transforming themselves with technology.

From direct, one-on-one interviews with leaders in banking technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, we offer in-depth coverage of:

How Latin American financial institutions are leveraging new IT capabilities, and how their digital strategies are evolving
Growth of fintech startups, including the market opportunities they uncover and the views of their backers
What regulatory responses mean for tech strategies at LatAm financial institutions
Our team
Katie Llanos-Small
Editor and Founder

Katie Llanos-Small is editor and founder of iupana. Before launching the platform, she spent a decade covering banking and finance in emerging markets globally, including as bank finance editor at Global Capital and editor in chief of LatinFinance. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed corporate, financial and political leaders from all over the world, including two sitting Presidents. 

The experience gave her a deep understanding of how banking systems work and the financial dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also showed her an opportunity: In Latin America, tech advances were changing not just banking, but society as a whole – and the revolution was scarcely being covered. Katie launched iupana in early 2018 to address the need for deeper, more specialized reporting and analysis of how tech is transforming financial services and banking in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Reach her directly at kls@iupana.com or follow her on Twitter.

Teresa Aguilar
Advisor

Teresa provides strategic advice and guidance to iupana management. As a Commercial Director with close to 20 years of experience developing markets in the financial services industry, Teresa provides the insightful feedback and expertise necessary for the development and expansion of new products. Her professional experience has taken her to almost every country in Latin America and around the globe including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She is bicultural, and trilingual and holds a summa cum laude International Business degree from Mercer University’s Stetson’s School of Business & Economics.

Roberta Prescott
Brazil correspondent

Roberta covers Brazilian financial technology news from São Paulo for iupana. She has been a journalist since 1998 and has specialized in information technology for more than a decade. She was formerly editor in chief and executive editor at Information Week and CRN in Brazil, where she managed the editorial teams that produced magazines and websites, as well as overseeing events for CIOs. Subsequently, she held the position of editor-in-chief for Latin America at US-based RCR Wireless News. Roberta has won multiple journalism awards and holds a Masters in Journalism from IICS at the Universidad de Navarra in Brazil, and an MBA from the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

Eyanir Chinea
Mexico Correspondent

Eyanir covers banking technology news from Mexico for iupana. She is an economics and finance journalist with over a decade of experience. After reporting for a newspaper and briefly working in PR, she consolidated her career as a Reuters correspondent in Caracas, Venezuela, where she saw and reported for eight years how the oil rich country descended into unprecedented humanitarian and political crises.

At this new stage in her career from Mexico City, she covers the news of the growing and competitive fintech sector for iupana, while studying marketing in a program with the Complutense University of Madrid and gets her MBA, in luxury company management.

Nina Rancel
Translator

Nina is iupana’s languages specialist, translating coverage into Spanish and editing the Spanish-language content. She is a TV, theater and film actress and comedian with two decades of experience in NYC and in her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. She’s been in critically acclaimed movies like Tamara and The Worst Guy in the World, dozens of plays and two Comedy Central specials for Comedy Central Stand Up Colombia Edition. She starred in the short film Normal, about the Venezuelan crisis, for which she won the Best Actress in a Short Film Award in the Alicante Film Festival 2016. She loves reading and writing in Spanish and English, and says her love of books and well-told stories is what made her become an actress.

What’s in a name?

Fintech may be a new term, but tools for accounting and finance have been evolving for millennia. And there is much to be learned from history. A yupana is a type of abacus that was used in the Inca empire. This counting table consisted of a series of boxes which held seeds or pebbles, and inspired our logo.