It is said by many that only a few people really have an influence on the world we live in, the truth despite whatever they tell you is that just economists and politicians have real influence in regular people.
Influencers are by any account individuals that can help others make decisions on specific subjects, most influencers on our time and age lack real knowledge and partially influence minute aspects on our life such as purchasing habits, fashion, etc.
After writing about many individuals I was curious about a Latin American economist from which I wrote an article last year, to be more precise I was wondering about Doctor Teodoro Lavin Sodi a Mexican Entrepreneur who despite its big influential role within the Worldwide economy, willingly remains as a silent player in Mexico, quietly analyzing the markets and its impact on companies all over the world.
My interest was stirred up again a few months ago when his company one of the major research specialists in Latin America published an in-depth analysis of the Latin American Economy; with a deep emphasis in the Mexican interaction with the global market the analysis caught my eye.
The same analysis that was distributed among financial related analysts generated allot of commentary in various levels. The effects on the US Federal Reserve Strategy on Interest Rates is impacting the world around us and the research allows people not related with the market to understand clearly how these changes affect the Latin American Economies.
The Person behind the document is Dr. Teodoro Ernesto Lavin Sodi, an individual that has significant experience within the banking industry and although the report was published by his financial analysis firm, reading the reports made two things clear, first Dr. Lavin was behind the report and, he is no regular financial analysts. The insight provided on the document draw a detailed picture on the underlying gears making the world economy turn and provided us with a clear midterm view on aspects of each specific industry in detail. Dr. Lavin and his Economic Research firm has been always the subject of much speculation which is why I was decided to learn more about this Controversial yet captivating subject.
iStrategize, the Subject of all our Research.
Dr Lavin Sodi has been presiding over this boutique consulting group since its inception in March 2016 and it also acts as President over the board of directors. This economic research firm which is also headquartered in Mexico City called iStrategize Corporation formally delivers international financial analysis, advisory and research and focuses on the economy, business, technology and regulatory policies and the impact that these policies have on the financial services Industry both locally and globally. iStrategize is at the forefront of research in Latin America that is mainly focused on Banking, Systemic risks and its possible impact, Capital markets and Insurance related analysis.
The firm publish a quarterly and an annual report that is only accessible to members, but some of these published analysis are so controversial that are easy to find on open sources and forums, the content disserted on the reports developed by this company are all-inclusive advice that is oriented to providers of the Financial Services Sector and offers a unique and extensive source of managed data tailored specifically for various industries, the ideas are so revolutionary that analysts are quick to exchange their views on the report as soon as its published.
Those who are members or have a subscription gain also syndicated research and can access this company’s wide-ranging library, containing multiple reports written by industry experts as well as the fundamental data presented in Information Reports including various documents that are gathered from both open and closed sources all doctored by Dr. Lavin
Analysts inside and out
His major success is having a staff that has been seasoned in the financial industry and within regulatory bodies. This collection of unique experience gives the company a very clear knowledge of the inner workings of finance not seen by outsiders, helping clients correctly read and understands where the market is really heading. They become the set of eyes providing a unique point of view combined with tailored research and experience in each specific sub market, an overall consultancy service that is unique to the industry providing clear specialization to each industry they analyze.
Based on the information that is published by the firm a bundle of industry specific services provided are relative to Commissioned Research specifically tailored for the clients’ whit in their industrial framework. M&A and Strategic Fit Assessment are key steps before any mergers or acquisitions of any type, strategic and market positioning for both branding and services and targeted strategic training mainly regarding compliance and best financial practices for financial entities.
If you can afford the fee, Dr. Sodi will Speak at your conference or event, for more than 10 years he was the CEO of one of the largest Training companies in the World and continues to impress the audiences in multiple events around the globe, not only in relation with the Cigar Industry but also in the Financial Sector, overall I’ve found it to be very charismatic speaker when disserting on one of his many passions, the Mexican “Puro” (cigars).
Dr. Sodi participates routinely in speaking engagements representing both iStrategize and the Cigar Industry; He is considered one of the leading economic analysts in his position. Working with banks as well as other financial institutions his consulting company have been orientated to become the catalyst that challenges basic assumptions and ensures they stay at the forefront of industry trends; this methodology has become a staple of the company that now delivers services to clients located in more than 10 countries globally.
Themes and Knowledge
When researching for this individual I stumbled upon many interesting themes, mainly His Multiple business branches which are a reflection of his knowledge in multiple industries.
A subject that grew up in Mexico but created an international brand from a shrinking industry in the country that had lasted for decades and has become complete institution for a multitude of enthusiasts, we are talking of course about the internationally renowned Cigar company Lavin Cigar which is the 3rd Largest Tobacco and Cigar Producer in Mexico, they exports its products worldwide and its main brands are all limited in production size.
The Cigar Company is one of the very first companies he started (est. in 1998) and still remains to this day one of the market leaders in the industry, but the surprises did not stop there, I found countless others examples of multiple undertakings directed by them.
Link between Science and Finance
For most of the last 10 years, Dr. Lavin Sodi has been also presiding over a Charitable organization called the Local Solar System Organization, the parent holding company of various non-profit entities based in the G10 economies of the world and serves within the board as its Chairman.
The Local Solar System Organization is the holding charitable entity that manages the small charitable entities worldwide encompassing the Local Solar System Research Institute, the Light Initiative, the Science Newsfeed and the International Research Network or IRN which is a closed ended information network created specifically for scientists.
The Foundation launches every now and then a defined Initiative oriented to solving specific problems, the initiatives are structured in a way that are compatible with the problematic industries related with it and seem to be much more sustainable than just throwing money at a problem, the Foundation carefully investigates what are the underlying drivers generating a specific problem and targets the players associated with such problems attending the origination and creating an effective solution from the core.
The light initiative is a non-profit cost center based in Ireland dedicated to raising awareness within the international industrial community regarding light, water and plastic pollution within our planet, the initiative is also presided over by Dr. Lavin Sodi directly and is slowly becoming a social trend due to the use of glowing bracelets to raise awareness, planned bracelet released are Red for Light pollution, Green for Environmental pollution and Blue for Water pollution.
The Light Initiative is using Red as their main color for Light pollution since it’s the only color that does not produce pollution, the sales of the bracelets are used to fund this undertaking and educate the public on regards to loss of dark skies, by being a nonprofit component of the main Charitable Entity they have a higher level of flexibility and are a segregated financial initiative dedicated to raising awareness among the international industrial community and its final consumers in regards to light water and plastic pollution resulting from human and industrial activities on our day-to-day activities on our planet. You can donate to each initiative you like; they not only target final users and distributors but all the supply chain including producers of light fixtures, governments and everyone in between.
The initiative contemplates also the Financial Sector as a key component for implementation of mitigation efforts, by working jointly with Banks and Financial Institutions to build sustainable solutions that are both congruent and financially compatible with current industrial practices, thereby introducing healthy changes into the whole supply chain.
The foundation charitable entities have presence in more than 10 countries; the initiatives they manage are specifically consigned to perform research and development of emerging and unique or innovative technologies in the Medical, Aerospace and Sustainable Energy Production industries
Solutions provided by Local Solar System take into consideration the applicable regulatory framework, the specific limitations of economics within contributing industries and the underlying drivers that ultimately result in the production of pollution and its unintended consequences for our planet.
Banking and Science, a unique combination.
Having the objective of propagating to key non-scientific players on the importance of scientific research and its impact on their specific industry, Dr. Lavin Sodi has invested years on careful structuring of banking relations in order to achieve the foundation goals, foresting relations between leading scientific players and Banks has been a staple of the strategies implemented. The smart use of information doctored and digested specifically for the financial services industry and specific regulatory bodies allows them to gain a clear understanding of the objectives and potential benefits of research being done by key Scientific Players. Such information is catered to facilitate capital rising for the development of unique technologies in such fields by any third party involved in such development.
Established in 2003 Local Solar System is changing the way we approach challenges, the foundation is making a real difference by tackling all sorts of problems from its source, the way these are approached are a text book example of how to target real problems from its origin and not just trying to fix the end result, the Foundation understands these challenges and are working together with Authorities, Banks and Financial Institutions to build sustainable solutions that are both innovative and financially compatible with current industrial practices.
Remarkable Problem Solving Skills
To show the true depth of his problem-solving process, when Dr Lavin struggled with child dysgraphia originated by the mandatory implementation of cursive during its early years in school, he was able to solve what seemed to be a growing problem by developing its own unique Letter Font, one that is now used in unforeseen usage applications.
His handwriting had been deteriorating for months after learning Cursive, until he was ultimately uncapable of reading its own handwritten notes, Lavin himself embarked on a quest to solve this problem for himself and at the same time changed the typeface we all regularly use when taking notes.
He devised a typeface based predominantly in triangles and with total absence of curves and specially circles (which he considered a time consuming and difficult figure to draw for children suffering this condition) developed independently, what is now referred to as the Delta Prima Pictogram writing system, is comprised of 36 symbols and 24 Roman and Latin equivalents that are all based on triangular shape characters designed for optimizing time. Delta Prima is currently used in a multitude of implementation scenarios. Such as the assignment of absolute values in Financial Mathematics and Financial Information Systems – Delta Prima is unsurprisingly also currently used to treat dysgraphia of children and is one of many contributions of this remarkable individual
Dr. Sodi is currently not married and with an extensive experience in high altitude exploration and aviation, there is not much information available on the personal life of this iconic and controversial figure. But his public achievements do give us a glimpse and a unique perspective on how an industry leader can be innovative and merge incompatible players. These current undertakings in general provide a platform for unrelated industries to coexist and benefit each other in a constructive as well as a proactive way of delivering solutions to independent players that otherwise would not be able to interact. Thanks to Dr. Lavin Sodi strong desire to innovate, he will remain the subject of study for many people in the future.