Social Innovators in Latin America: A Disruptive Force for Change

February 12, 2015 - 5:30 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
Social Innovators in Latin America:
A Disruptive Force for Change

Alberto Beeck
Founder, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation,
Georgetown University

Wifredo Fernandez
Director, CREATE Incubator at Miami Dade College;
Cofounder, The LAB Miami

Susana García-Robles
Principal Investment Officer, Multilateral Investment Fund
Inter-American Development Bank

Gabriel Zinny
Nonresident Senior Social Impact Fellow, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council; Managing Director, Blue Star Strategies LLC; Founder,

Additional Speakers:
Peter Schechter
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center,
Atlantic Council

Jason Marczak
Deputy Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center,
Atlantic Council

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An emerging class of social entrepreneurs and social impact investors across Latin America are driving innovation, growth, and poverty alleviation. These pioneers have brought about huge quality-of-life changes for millions of citizens through innovations ranging from pay-as-you-go solar power to new farming practices. Today, the private sector provides governments with new and innovative policies to reduce poverty and enfranchise millions.

Join the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and The Huffington Post for an interactive event taking stock of Latin America's social enterprise sector. How can the policy community in both the United States and Latin America serve as a catalyst to grow entrepreneurial models that tackle the region's biggest challenges?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wine & Cheese Reception and Registration: 5:00 p.m.

Discussion: 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  

Light appetizers and wine will be served.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 

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Alberto Beeck (@GUimpact) is one of the foremost leaders in social impact investing. In addition to founding Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, he is Chairman of Lumni Inc. (a human capital development organization), Director of Virgin Hotels, and former President of Peruvian cement company Cementos Pacasmayo.

Wifredo Fernandez (@thelabmiami), or Wifi to his friends and colleagues, is a social entrepreneur and professor based in Miami. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Research and Transformative Entrepreneurship (CREATE) at Miami Dade College, a venture incubator and accelerator for students, as well as the Cofounder of The LAB Miami, a 10,000 square foot campus for creative entrepreneurs.

Susana García-Robles (@RoblesSusanaro) Since 1999, Susana García-Robles has created and guided the seed and venture capital investments of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) in Latin America and the Caribbean. She serves on many boards of directors and investment committees of seed and venture capital funds, and also serves as advisor to different governments.

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny (@gzinny), the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s Nonresident Senior Social Impact Fellow, is Managing Director at Blue Star Strategies LLC in Washington, DC and also an enterpreneur who founded, an online learning platform in Latin America.