Isabel Pesce Mattos

Isabel Pesce Mattos

Entrepreneur (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Isabel Pesce Mattos

Bel Pesce is the founder of FazINOVA, an innovation and entrepreneurship school in Brazil. Born and raised in São Paulo, Bel studied at MIT, where she got Majors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Management Science, and Minors in Economics and Mathematics. During college, she worked at Microsoft, Google and Deutsche Bank, in addition to starting several projects.

Over the past few years, she has tackled a variety of needs ranging from better cell phone coverage in Africa to more effective task management tools. In her most recent jobs, Bel helped make high quality video available across a wide range of devices at Ooyala and helped users turn their smartphones into digital wallets at Lemon Wallet.

Bel strongly advocates that anything is possible if you put your heart and mind into your dreams. She is the author of the e-book “The Girl From Silicon Valley: how entrepreneurship can change lives” (“A Menina do Vale”), which was downloaded over a million times in under 3 months. The printed version of the book, published in August 2012, went straight to the top of the bestsellers lists in Brazil.

In 2012, Bel was named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, was named one of “100 Most Influential People in Brazil” and her book was named “Best Book of the Year”. She is also a TED Fellow, a Sandboxer and part of DWEN.