Wenceslao Casares

Wenceslao Casares

ARGENTINA

CEO of Lemon

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Latin America

Wenceslao Casares is CEO of Lemon.

He founded Lemon Bank, a Brazilian retail bank for the poor, in June 2002. Lemon Bank became the largest microfinance institution in Brazil and was acquired by Banco do Brasil in 2009.

He is also the founder of Wanako Games, a US-based developer of console video games that seeks to leverage the creativity of Latin American talent. The company won the "Game of the Year" award for Xbox Live in 2006 and was acquired by Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI).

In 1997, Wenceslao Casares founded Patagon, an online brokerage. As the company expanded throughout Latin America, he lived in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and New York City. The company also expanded into online banking in Spain and Germany. Patagon was the first Latin American online broker and online bank. It was sold to Spanish bank Santander (NYSE: STD).

In 1994 Wenceslao Casares launched Internet Argentina S.A., the first internet service provider of the country. He then sold that company in order to establish Patagon.

Wenceslao Casares was born in 1974 in a sheep ranch in Patagonia, Argentina. At age 17 he spent a year in Washington, Pennsylvania as a member of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. He then attended the University of San Andres, Argentina's top business school; however, he interrupted his studies in order to start Patagon.

In 1998 he was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur; an international non-profit organization committed to identifying, supporting and promoting the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in emerging markets. He is an elected member of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLT), and attends Davos since 2001. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization and has completed the Harvard Business School's Owners and Presidents Management Program.

As part of his philanthropic and non-for-profit activities, he served on the board of the Viva Trust and currently serves on the Board of Endeavor. He has also established the Fundacion Sintesis with the goal of inspiring the next generation of social and political leaders in Latin America.

Wenceslao Casares lives with his wife and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.