Samantha Ricciardi, Managing Director, BlackRock’s Country Head of Mexico and member of BlackRock's Global Operating Committee and Latin America & Iberia Regional Executive Committee. Prior to assuming her current role in February 2013, Ms. Ricciardi became Head of Sales in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in April 2012, responsible for both distribution and management of the Retail, iShares, and Institutional relationships in the region. Ms. Ricciardi joined BlackRock in October 2010 as Head of Retail and Institutional Sales for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Lastly, Ms. Ricciardi received a MSc degree in management from the London School of Economics in 1998 and a BA degree in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 1997. At BlackRock, she also serves as the Head of BlackRock’s Woman’s Initiative Network (WIN) in Latin America and Iberia as well as a member of the global WIN steering committee.