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Ulises Villanueva

Ulises Villanueva


self-taught | Earth


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Introduction to Python

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Introduction to SQL


Introduction to Python


Intermediate Python

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INCAE Corporate Governance

DataCamp Course Completion

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My Work Experience

Where I've interned and worked during my career.

AFD Paraguay | Feb 2022 - Apr 2023

Principal Manager

- Plan, develop, implement and direct the organization’s operational and performance. - Act as a strategic partner by developing and implementing the company’s plans and programs. - Analyze and make recommendation on the impact of long range growth initiatives, planning, and introduction of new strategies and regulatory actions. - Develop credibility and authority for the finance leadership team by providing accurate analysis of budgets, reports and financial trends and operational procedures in order to assist the BOD and senior executive team. - Create, improve, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organization that will improve operational and financial effectiveness of the company. - Communicate effectively and establish credibility throughout the organization and with the Board of Directors as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges. - Provide expert financial guidance and advice to others within executive leadership. - Improve the planning and budgeting process on a continual basis by educating departments and key members of corporate leadership. - Provide strategic input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organization; specifically relating to the evaluation of potential mergers, acquisitions or partnerships. - Work with finance team to develop a solid cash flow projection and reporting mechanism, which includes setting a minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs. - Act as a strategic advisor and consultant offering expert advice on contracts, negotiations or business deals that the corporation may enter into. - Evaluate company’s financial, operational, and sales and marketing structures to plan for continual improvements and a continual increase of operating efficiencies. - Mentor and interact with members of staff at all levels to foster growth and encourage development among senior executive team and all members of staff.
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Banco Davivienda | Dec 2016 - Feb 2022


My main responsibilities are, - Ensure that the Governance, Risk, Compliance and Control Frameworks are operating effectively. - Ensure that these frameworks are maintained and updated as approved by the Board. - Making operative the risk controls required by the Frameworks to remain within agreed risk appetite. - Compiling, assessing and reporting risk information to the CEO and the Board. - Developing, managing and refining qualitative and quantitative risk reporting which meets the needs of the Board, in order to support effective decision making. - Working closely with the Senior Managers, and others executive and non- executive committee members, senior managers across the business and representatives of the shareholder moulding a high achieving, well controlled organisation which can achieve growth targets safely. - Formulating and articulating a coherent risk appetite and infrastructure, including operating and financial models and hiring plans. - Continuously developing, enhancing and embedding the risk framework for managing risks across the institution, ensuring that processes are fit for purpose. - Establishing and maintaining corporate governance systems and committee structures and reviewing and confirming processes effectiveness. - Embedding a positive culture of confident and informed risk taking through training, communication and promotion of the agreed risk framework. - Partnering effectively with third parties, regulatory bodies and others, as appropriate and serving as a role model for high personal and corporate ethical values and standards of integrity. - Providing essential input as a member of senior management and the executive committee and credibly challenging the management of current issues and the development and implementation of strategy.

Grupo Internacional de Finanzas - Interfisa Banco | Nov 2014 - Apr 2016


As a part of my responsibility I havee been involved in the following activities, - Oversee the day to day operations of the business. - Develop, in collaboration with the Senior Management an annual operating plan that supports long term operations strategy; - Assist the CEO in overseeing the business achievement and maintenance of a satisfactory competitive position within the industry; - Keep the CEO fully informed in a timely manner of the conduct of the day to day activities. - With respect to operational matters, ensure communications, resolution of issues and project development; - Ensure the development of health and safety practices for the business and oversee compliance with those practices; - As requested by the Board, attend meetings of the Board and its committees and present the information necessary or relevant to the Board or Committees for discharging my duties; - Foster a corporate culture that promotes ethical practices, customer focus and service and encourages individual integrity;

Banco GNB Paraguay S.A. | Dec 2013 - Nov 2014

Operations Manager

My responsibility as Operations Manager have involved IT management, Procurements, Service Delivery, Corporate Real Estate Management and Logic & Physical Security.

HSBC Bank Paraguay S.A. | Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

Chief Operating Officer

My responsibility as COO have involved IT management, Procurements, Service Delivery, Corporate Real Estate Management and Logic & Physical Security. I have been responsible for HSBC to manage the process to hangover the business in Paraguay for rebranding the whole local and regional systems and processes, managing a complex environment in terms of connectivity among Mexico, Colombia and Paraguay.

HSBC Bank Costa Rica S.A. | Jan 2010 - Jan 2012

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Costa Rica I have been working at the Finance area in Costa Rica as part of a Secondment programme which main role have been to be the Head of Planning and Management Information System, deputizing the CFO, taking care on budgets, competitors and business performance. I membership a team to build the Strategic Plan for the Medium Term Outlook, focused to accomplish Group Financial indicators, as well as the selling process of HSBC Bank Costa Rica where I was part of the team to bespoke the selling package information to the bidders.

HSBC Bank Paraguay S.A. | Jan 2009 - Jan 2010

Team Leader Transformation Programme


HSBC Bank Paraguay S.A. | Jan 2006 - Jan 2009

Head of Planning and Management Information System

I have created a Financial Planner that incorporates market parameters to forecast the business results, and back testing it with and excellence performance. I implemented a business intelligence tools to be exploit as a centre of management information, as well as a Transfer Pricing methodology with the Interest Rate Risk sensitiveness, in addition to the Liquidity Stress scenarios.

HSBC Bank Paraguay S.A. | Jan 2004 - Jan 2006

Head of Treasury Finance and Market Risk

I have behavioralysed some products incorporating the Value at Risk Calculation. I use to involve for preparing market analysis within a committee like Assets and Liability Committee. I was an active member building the Strategic Plan for Paraguay before my international assignments.

Lloyds TSB Bank | Jan 2001 - Jan 2004

Team Leader Group Efficiency Programme

The Group Efficency Programme has been of extreme importance for the business, interacting with colleagues and suppliers of different countries, travelling several times to Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Mexico, being responsible for a team which main responsibility was to implement a new operational model. These projects specified in time and cost, with positive results, were achieved all targets.

Lloyds TSB Bank | Jan 2000 - Jan 2001

Head of Legal & Compliance

I have implemented an Enterprise Wide Risk Management framework through a new methodology, with a proper communication plan on time. Full review of processes making it easier, cheaper and faster, as well as a successful implementation of AML software solution. I performed a Compliance Conference with aprox. 300 attendances from different public and private entities. But, the main challenge within this role has been to introduce a new legal contract framework with customers.

Lloyds TSB Bank | Jan 1999 - Jan 2000

Head of Risk Control

I was promoted to this area which mission was to be the last level of Control in Credit limits and disbursements. Managing customers files as the whole process of Guarantees. I took part of an implementation team for a new core system. Also, automatization to make provisions, taking into consideration hard and soft criteria on customers. Excellence knowledge analyzing customers and portfolio behaviors.

Lloyds TSB Bank | Jan 1995 - Jan 1995

Executive Trade Finance Dept

Extensive knowledge on Import and Export products. I have been involved managing Bills of clients, FX, International Checks, and Correspondents banks reconciliations; due to my experience and merit I became to be the team leader in this sector.

My Education

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Global Executive MBA Global 2014, ManagementINCAE Business School | 2014
Post-Grade in Finance, FinanceUniversidad Americana Asunción Paraguay | 1997
Licentiate degree, ManagementUniversidad Catolica de Asunción | 1995
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), ManagementEscuela Nacional de Comercio Nro 2 | 1990

About Me

Ulises Villanueva

Senior Executive with broad and extensive experience, hard-working person with international management experience in multinationals and tri-lingual skills, to work and understand diverse cultures. Keen to be part of this new journey to me !

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