Diego Rubio is the Director of the Fourth Sector Project and a Professor of the Practice at the IE School of International Relations and Government. Prior to that, Diego worked as Lecturer and Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics of the University of Oxford and as advisor to a number of organizations, including the United Nations, the European Commission, and the Spanish Government. Diego holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and has been visiting scholar at Paris-IV Sorbonne and Columbia University.
Heerad Sabeti is one of the world’s leading experts in the Fourth Sector. He is the Head of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Sector Development Initiative, and the CEO of The Fourth Sector Group. As a serial entrepreneur and systems thinker, Heerad is devoted to pursuing systemic solutions to complex social, environmental and economic challenges. For over 25 years, he has been a driving force behind numerous national and international initiatives aimed at accelerating the fourth sector’s development. He co-founded The B Team, a platform of global business leaders and experts dedicated to the vision of a world in which the purpose of business is to drive social, environmental and economic benefit. He has served as an advisor to governments, foundations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, corporations and NGOs on cross-sector partnerships, sustainable economic development, and leveraging entrepreneurship and innovation to address societal challenges.
Alejandro Pacheco is the Strategic Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and a World Fellow at Yale University. Previously, he served as Project Manager for the Government of Haiti’s flagship early recovery and reconstruction program, as a Private Sector Specialist for UNDP El Salvador and Belize, and Country Adviser for Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Venezuela for UNDP. Alejandro has an long experience in working with the private sector in Latin America, and has supported the creation and implementation of public policies in developing countries with impact on thousands of micro, small and medium sized enterprises. Originally from Spain, he’s lived in more than ten countries on four continents and speaks five languages. Alejandro has a business degree from the University of Madrid and Masters or Specialist degrees in Finance (Universidad Carlos III) and Humanitarian Aid (Universidad de Comillas).
Rebeca Grynspan is the Ibero-American Secretary General, the Chair of the Ibero-American Fourth Sector Project, and the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Sector Development Initiative. Prior to that, she was Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Vice-President of Costa Rica, and Deputy Secretary General of the UN and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. As a recognized leader in promoting human development, she has greatly helped to focus the attention of the world and Latin America on critical issues such as the reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equity, South-South cooperation as tool for development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, among others. In 2017 she was recognized as one of the more influential leaders in Latin America by Forbes.
Sérgio Lazzarini is Professor at the Brazilian Insper Institute of Education and Research and a leading expert on Impact Investment in Latin America . He has authored a number of books and papers on business strategies in emerging markets and the ways to improve the relations between private companies and the public sector. Sergio has been a consultant to several firms and organizations such as OECD, IDB and World Bank, and his research was cited or interviewed by prestigious news sources such as The Economist, New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, and BBC. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Ana Sáenz de Miera
Ana Sáenz de Miera is the director of Ashoka Spain, the co-director of Ashoka Europe, and the responsible for coordinating Ashoka’s activities in Latin America. She has been working in social entrepreneurship for more than a decade, connecting people and finding support to advance the development of a global and innovative sector that allows social enterprises to thrive and act as changemakers in society.
Sebastián Gatica is an Adjunct Professor in Innovation at the Universidad Católica de Chile and an expert in Social Enterprises and Social Innovation. He has worked as a consultant to a number of local and international organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Chilean Fourth Sector Enterprise Commission which was launched by Chilean Economic Minister. He holds an MSc and a PhD from University College of London.
Ms. Leire Pajín in the Director of International Development at ISGLobal, and an Associate Professor at the Universities Carlos III and Complutense of Madrid. Prior to that, she was Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality in Spain, Policy Advisor to theUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Secretary of State for International Cooperation & the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). Leire holds a BA in Sociology and a Master in Business Management, with a specialization in corporate social responsibility and the SDGs in the private sector.
Javier Solana is a Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Glasgow and an expert in the intersection between Law, Philosophy and Economics. His research is focused in understanding the role that Law can play in shaping finance and in promoting sustainable economic development. Javier holds a BA in Business Administration and law degrees from Carlos III University of Madrid (LLB, MPhil), Harvard (LLM), and Oxford (DPhil). Previously, he worked as a Legal Intern at the World Bank in Washington.
Raúl Oliván is the Founder of Zaragoza Activa, one of the leading hubs of social and civic innovation in Ibero-America, with more than 400 enterprises and 3.000 events in its portfolio. Raul is an expert in social entrepreneurship, circular economy and public policy, and has worked extensively with Latin America. He publish regularly in El País and other media outlets, and currently works as the General Director of Participación, Transparencia, Cooperación y Voluntariado at the Aragón Government (Spain). Raúl holds degrees in Social Services, Public Relations and Marketing.
Rachida Justo is Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School. Her research, which focuses on social entrepreneurship and women entrepreneurs, has been published in several books and book chapters as well as Top-tier international journals. She has also received several awards such as the “Best Women’s Entrepreneurship Paper Award” from the Academy of Management, and the “Outstanding Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation” from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Rachida is currently the Academic Director of BBVA Momentum, an accelerator of social enterprises that operates in 5 countries. Previously, she served as a member of GECES, an Expert Group of the European Commission on Social Entrepreneurship and has produced several policy reports for the OECD and the Spanish ministry of diversity.
Federico Seineldin is the co-founder and director of Njambre holding, one of the leading hubs of innovation in South America that in the last years has co-created and scaled social and environmental impact innovation companies impact such as Arbusta, MamaGrande, Teqxac and Umana. Federico was one of the first promoters of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement in Argentina, and throughout his life he has co-founded several enterprises, social movements and organizations. Federico was recognized as a global entrepreneur by Endeavor Foundation and Avina Foundation.
Leonardo Quattrucci is the Policy Assistant to the Head of the European Political Strategy Centre and an expert on social entrepreneurship and civil innovation. In 2016, he was nominated by Forbes Magazine among the 30 Under 30 ‘top young leaders’ in European policy. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford.
Rocío Arango is a Social Intrapreneur, and one of the leaders of RutaN, a pioneering unit of the Administration of Medellín that coordinates the innovation programs and social entrepreneurship projects of the city. Rocío has been working for more than ten years in generating strategies and implementing solutions to deal with the greatest social and environmental challenges of our time. She holds an MBA in Project Management and a BA in Political Science.
Pablo Pascale is the Head of SEGIB’s Civic Innovation Project and a leading expert in social entrepreneurship in Latin America, with more than ten years of experience and several awards. He has created and run a number of Innovation Labs in the region, boosting citizen-driven solutions and open technologies to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Before joining SEGIB, Pablo worked as consultant for several international organizations, and as researcher on creativity and innovation in organizational settings. He holds s PhD in Social Phycology from the University of Salamanca.
Raquel Chanto is an advisor to the Ibero-American Secretary-General. Previously, she has worked as advisor to the President of Costa Rica, Chief of Staff to the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, and political analyst at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Luz Solano Flórez coordinates the relation with the partners and social enterprises of the region. She is a third year law student from at IE University in Madrid, Spain who comes from Bucaramanga, Colombia. Prior to pursuing her studies in Spain, Luz resided in Saudi Arabia and studied at Choate Rosemary Hall in the United States.
Sabela González is a Journalist gratuated from Santiago de Compostela`s University (USC). She worked on a social-political searching during her last university year in Turkey, and she has worked in Münster city, Germany, at youth4Media International Network as Journalist and video reporter for a year. Besides that, Sabela has taken part in several international projects as trainer, working on Journalism, Photography and Audiovsual communication. Currently, Sabela is undertaking a Master e in Governance and Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).
Sonsoles Díaz Castaño
Sonsoles Díaz Castaño coordinates the relation with the partners and social enterprises of the region. She is a last-year student in International Relations at IE University. She has focused her training on the knowledge of cultures and the economic structure of different countries, especially in relation to Spain and Latin-America. Enthusiastic in collaborating to create a new ecosystem that adjusts to the 2030 Agenda Sustainable and Development Goals.
María Ropero is a political scientist graduated from the University of Girona, specialized in International Law by Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest. She understands the Latin American context due to growing up in Brasil and working on an investigation about social economies in Mapuches territories in “Observatorio Ciudadano” in Chile. Currently María is undertaking a Master in Governance and Human Rights at the Autonoma University of Madrid.
Macarena Soto is a journalist, photographer and video producer with an extensive experience in Latin America. She works with Agencia Efe and several newspapers and magazines from both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a BA in journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Luis Fernando Pizarro
Luis Fernando Pizarro coordinates all the legal aspects of the initiative and the relation with certain B-corps of the region. Before joining the project, he worked on the design and development of CSR assessment methodologies, as well as on the preparation of strategic social responsibility maps for companies of different sizes and business lines in Latin America. Luis Fernando Pizarro holds a Law Degree from the University of Chile, and a Master in Law and International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid, and now he is undertaking a Master in Governance and Human Rights at the Autonoma University of Madrid.
Vivian Rodrigues Madeira da Costa is a Brazilian jurist graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro, was a civil servant of the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro and has extensive experience in private law and social institutions. She was a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a student at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan), she is co-author of the book “Institutional Theory and Contemporary Constitutionalism” and currently is undertaking a Master e in Governance and Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Ignacio Conde-Garzón is a writer and translator. He supports the content production of the project. Spanish-born, he has lived in the USA, the UK, France, and Germany. He holds a BA in Modern Languages, Culture and Communication from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and is currently completing his Masters in National and Transnational Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster.