Future of tech, media topic of Miami Finance Forum event

Manny Medina is founder of Medina Capital and eMerge Americas.
Manny Medina is founder of Medina Capital and eMerge Americas. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Technology entrepreneur Manny Medina, managing partner of Medina Capital and founder of the eMerge Americas technology conference, will be the keynote speaker next week at the Miami Finance Forum’s signature half-day event, “Mapping Miami’s Financial Future: An Insight Into South Florida’s Hottest Emerging Sectors.”

Medina will present the morning keynote address, “Why Miami is the Technology Capital of Latin America,” at the forum’s event at the Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Ave., on Feb. 4. Two panel discussions providing insights on opportunities and trends in technology, media and the financial sector, networking, lunch and a closing speech by Matt Haggman, Miami program director of the Knight Foundation, will follow.

A panel discussion on “Is Miami the Next Technology Investing Hub?” will include Ranjini Chandirakanthan, a director at Cassel Saltpeter & Co.; Melissa Krinzman, co-founder of Krillion Ventures; Brad Harrison, founder and managing partner of Scout Ventures; Celine Armstrong, managing director of investment banking for S&P Capital IQ; and Nabyl Charania, co-founder and CEO of Rokk3r Labs. A second panel, titled “Winning Media Content Mangement Strategies,” will feature Alexandra Villoch, publisher of the Miami Herald; Peter Blacker, executive vice president at Telemundo; Nathaniel Perez, global head of social for SapientNitro; Victor Kong, president of Cisneros Interactive; and Derek Bond, president of ImaginaUS.

Early registration is $145 for Miami Finance Forum members and $195 for non-members. To register, visit