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Victoria is an Electronics, Telecommunication, and Electrical Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously. Thanks to Chipsafer in 2012 she was the winner of the International Telecommunication Union Young Innovators Competition and in 2013 she won the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 2014 the Inter-American Development Bank selected Chipsafer as the Most Innovative Startup of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the MIT Technology Review selected Victoria as the Innovator of the Year - Argentina & Uruguay. In 2015 Chipsafer got second prize in Chivas Regal Global Competition The Venture and the BBC selected Victoria as one of the 30 female entrepreneurs under 30.
Her biggest passion has always been space. She attended International Space University, where she co-designed a medical experiment for astronauts that won the Barcelona ZeroG Challenge, and the next year she served as the Space Engineering Department Teaching Associate. From 2014 till 2016 she was Chair of Space Generation Advisory Council, a global NGO in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. From 2015 till 2017 she was part of the Board of the Space Foundation. In 2016 the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) awarded her the Young Space Leader Award and she served as Special Advisor to the IAF President from 2016 to 2018
Carlos Alvarado Quesada
Forty-eighth President of Costa Rica. Formerly Minister of Labour and social security during the presidency of Solís Rivera. At age 38 on the date of inauguration, became the youngest serving Costa Rican president since 1914.
Nathalia Arcuri is a Brazilian entrepreneur, journalist, finance specialist, philanthropist and founder of the world's largest financial entertainment platform, Me Poupe!. Making it easier for people to understand difficult concepts involving finances and investments, her company helps over 21 million people each month to improve their financial life. Nathalia believes that education is the first step for true financial freedom and her mission is to make people free through democratic access to quality knowledge.
Nathalia disrupted the Brazilian financial market by bringing the concept of entertainment to the service of financial education. Her work at the forefront of Education has earned her several awards over the past 4 years. Me Poupe! democratized access to personal finance content, introduced complex concepts in a simple and fun way and among its platforms has the largest YouTube channel in the world, with more than 5.5 million engaged subscribers.
She is an author, a student of behavioral economics with a specialization in choice architecture.
Spare me! 10 steps to never run out of money in your pocket. 2018
+500 thousand units sold
Practical Guide Mee Save! 33 days to change your financial life.
+30 thousand units sold
Former CEO of Grupo Solid, market leader of Paints and Coatings in Central America with headcount of 1,500 employees and above US$ 100 million in turnover. Currently became board member of Grupo Solid, also in charge of M&A and expansion.
Yara was appointed as one of the most powerful woman in Central America by Forbes Magazine in 2016, and as one of five more admired women in Central America by the business magazine Estrategia y Negocios, for three consecutive years (2008, 2009 and 2010). Honored as Distinguished Professional of the year by INCAE Business School in 2013.
Member of the Central America Leadership Initiative – CALI / Aspen Global Network. President and Mentor of Vital Voices´ Guatemalan Chapter. Board Member of the Guatemalan Board of INCAE Business School. Has served as Industrial Engineering Director in Universidad Rafael Landivar. Electoral Coordinator and Delegate for the last four Guatemalan presidential elections.
Yara has an MBA from INCAE, an Industrial Engineer degree from Universidad Rafael Landivar and additional education in Harvard Kennedy School and in Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Skilled in entrepreneurship, developing leadership networks and distinguishing key economic signals from the political noise.
Martin Aspillaga is Managing Director and Founder of Salkantay Partners. He is a PE and VC professional investor. Prior, he worked at Enfoca Investments, Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company and as a Peruvian bank regulator. He is a teacher, mentor and instructor and has published poetry, short stories and articles. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico.
Bernardo is a vibrant young entrepreneur with a strong sense of purpose in a local industry dominated by large traditional real estate developers. In a country of more than 6 million senior citizens, Bernardo has undertaken the task of designing and building projects that can provide high-quality residences, care and wellness programs for the elderly and has shown signs of always being on the cusp of innovation for social integration in urbanism.
Rodrigo Baggio is the President and Founder of Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Previously, Rodrigo founded Informática para Todos, Brazil’s first campaign for donated computers in 1995 and opened the first Information Technology and Citizens Rights School (ITCRS) in Dona Marta, a slum in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, Rodrigo established CDI, the first non-profit organization to fight the digital divide in Latin America. Rodrigo is recognized as one the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and Time magazine named Rodrigo as one of the leaders of Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium, selecting him for their Local Heroes campaign. Rodrigo was selected by CNN, Time and Fortune as one of the principal voices in economic development and received a certificate of recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative.
Salvador is currently a Managing Partner at IDC Group, leading the group’s Asset Management and Capital Markets business. IDC has over 26 years of history, evolving from a boutique financial advisory firm in Central America, to become an international investment management platform. Previously, he had a 17-year career with the Pantaleon Group, a leading sugar, ethanol and renewable energy producer in Latin America. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from MIT (1997), and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (2002). He has been appointed by the Supreme Electoral Court of Guatemala for to lead an Electoral Board multiple times (2003-2015). He is an Aspen Institute Fellow as part of their Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI). He has also been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a member, and past VP, of the Board of Trustees of Fundacion para el Desarrollo de Guatemala (FUNDESA), the main private sector development and policy think-tank in Guatemala. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Grupo Educativo del Valle, a leading private education group.
Cristina Bitar is Executive Director of Azerta, a strategic communications company in Chile and Member of the Board of Un Techo Para Chile, an NGO dedicated to building housing for families in extreme poverty. She was also the Founder and Executive Director of Independientes en Red, a political movement that was created to promote new leadership and political renovation. From 1996 to 2008, Bitar was Executive Director and Founding Partner of Hill & Knowlton Captiva. Prior, she worked as Adviser to the Minister Finance of Chile and Head of the APEC Division at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile. She also led the presidential campaign of Joaquin Lavin in 2005. Bitar is a Member of the Board of Comunidad Mujer, a local leaders association for women, and Member of the Board of Provida, the largest pension fund in Chile. She has a BA in Economics and Sociology from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Universidad de Chile and Tulane University.
Alejandro is an entrepreneur, economist and innovation manager. He has worked in strategic consulting and investment banking. He is the CEO and co-founder of Enertiva, a leading company with the purpose of making solar energy easy and possible for companies in Latin America (SDG #7).
Bachelor's degree; graduate studies, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, US. 2003, began political career running for City Council for the Recreate for Growth party (Recrear); later, Vice-President for the Buenos Aires District. In office, organized and led efforts to improve the Argentine education system. 2005-09, represented the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires; represented the PRO, a centre-right political bloc. With PRO, also allied with political blocs Commitment to Change and Recrear. Eisenhower Fellow, Multi-Nation Program (2006). In December 2015, appointed Minister of Education of Argentina by President Mauricio Macri. Elected National Senator in 2017, representing Buenos Aires Province (Cambiemos).