AscendingMind 6th. Edition
Isabel Herbruger de Monroy
She is 41 years old. She has a degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance from UFM and an MBA with a specialization in Strategic Marketing.
President of Fundecan, (Fundación de Amigos Contra el Cáncer), an organization that directs its support to women suffering breast cancer with very limited resources.
In her professional life, she is dedicated to the fight against Cancer. She is a member of the Integra Cancer Institute, the first Cancer Center in Guatemala and Central America that provides a comprehensive service and treatment for all types of Cancer.
Member of the Advisory Committee of the company Welwaze, in the USA, which this year will be launching the first disposable product for the early detection of Breast Cancer.
Doctor in Biomedical Engineering / Degree in Biochemistry /Elite athlete in ultra-long distance tests / Professional firefighter / entrepreneur and mother of 3 children.
She has written three books: "Extreme Adventure Races", "Non Stop", "Non Stop, Life as a challenge", "Esport amb seny" and "The limit is your health".
Principal investigator of the SUMMIT Sport Data Lab® project, where she has finished her doctoral thesis on the study of Health in Ultra Marathons and its limits (www.projectesummit.com) and investigates elite and non-elite athletes at a biochemical level, physiological, cardiac, immune, renal, genetic and muscular. She collaborates with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital and the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona. She is part of two patents in progress, one on genetics: "Predictive model of the physical state of an athlete through its gene expression profile" and another on hydration and muscle activation measures. Member of the GSAB (Global Scientific Advisory Council) of the multinational company Mannatech.
María Isabel Grajeda
She is 27 years old, has been nominated as Illustrious Guatemalan 2020. Graduated as Business administrator with experience in finance.
Creator of the Abuelitos Heladeros project, which the purpose to protect the health and life of a group of grandparents ice cream itinerant vendors whose sales were affected as a result of the pandemic.
With the project, it has been possible to provide them with food, financial support, a stove, an ecofilter, new beds to take home and stay there without having to go out to work.
They have been receiving weekly financial support, food delivery for them and their families, medical care and respective treatments.
Additionally, the infrastructure of the warehouse where they work was improved so that they have a comfortable and dignified place to rest after their long hours.
Ice creams are being sold on social networks with their commissions for them, to make the project self-sustaining. In addition, donations received from people who continue joining to the project as an act of love for others.
Guatemalan, communicator, content producer and also passionate about marketing. Her sense of humor and charisma add a touch of joy to the projects she directs and participates.
She has more than 13 years of career in arts, radio, television and production. She has had the opportunity to work with the most important brands in the country, leaders in their markets; being their ambassador in front of and behind the cameras.
She is an entrepreneurial spirit by nature, injects positivism and a lot of passion every day to her audience on networks and television. Worth mentioning that motherhood has been very good for her and this set of experiences positions her as an accessible and multifaceted television presenter with whom the audience feels very comfortable sharing Tips, information and lifestyle.
Maria Marta Biener
Mother and grandmother, Guatemalan businesswoman, formed and believer in social and moral values, passionate about life and her family.
She graduated Cum Laude with honors in Psychology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a business owner and director in family businesses of different types. Recently she has studied Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, as well as a studies in Mindfulness
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Leadership Strategist, Author, Speaker, CEO of The Pontefract Group.
Dan is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.
He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and he has garnered more than20 industry awards over his 25-year career.
His third book, OPEN TO THINK won the 2019 get Abstract International Book of the Year and the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal winner in the Leadership category.
Previously as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of over $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, allaward-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Prior to TELUS he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT.
Dan and his wife, Denise, have three children (aka goats) and live in Victoria, Canada.
Ignacio -Nacho- Villoch
Innovation, Talent and Sustainability Consultant | Entrepreneur Mentor | Speaker and facilitator
Ignacio –Nacho- Villoch is a recognized content generator on Innovation, Talent and Digital Transformation in which he has worked professionally for more than 15 years. In his more than 25 years of professional experience, he has lived and worked on 4 continents from Singapore to Paraguay, passing through Miami, New York and Portugal in business development management positions in the financial industry.
Author of commercial novels such as "La Aventura de Diana. Emprendiendo contra viento y marea" and " El Desafio de Yago: En Busca de las fuentes del talento", he actively participates as a mentor, inspirer, advisor and promoter in various communities and entrepreneurship projects such as MET Community, Héroes Club, or the SEK laboratory in which he helps entrepreneurs to generate impact through their purpose in life, working their IKIGAI. Invited professor in innovation, creativity, sustainability and digital transformation programs of the main business schools, inspiring and facilitator in institutional and corporate events. Awarded the Top Social Executive Award of Spain and Portugal by Linkedin in 2016, and recently Positive Change Ambassador for his commitment to the SDGs and the 2030 agenda. Currently, Villoch manages the creation of Fintech ecosystems where he promotes the digital transformation of the financial industry through open innovation dynamics.
Known in the RRSS as @CapitanCook, he is the father of 3 daughters and mobilizes for various social causes associated with the 2030 agenda.
Leadership and Entrepreneurship Specialist
He grew up in a poor family in Santo Domingo los Ocotes. Looking for better academic opportunities, he obtained a scholarship at the American School of Guatemala, later he looked for opportunities to have a higher education, By his effort, he achieved to be part of the scholarship program "Impulso al Talento Académico" (ITA) by Francisco Marroquín University; The fact of belonging to that house of studies opened many academic, professional and labor doors for him.
In 2011, he graduated from the Master of Business Administration at INCAE Business School. He is currently working at a company where he can develop the formation of leadership and entrepreneurship cultures in educational centers, changing traditional paradigms of education and helping to prepare children and young people with the skills the 21st century requires.
Dr. Ty Frederickson
Coach in leadership / University Professor
He has twenty years of secondary classroom experience, eleven years have been working in international education in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He is a former Literature and Theory of Knowledge instructor for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
He has spent the last seventeen years developing social justice, service learning, and leadership development programs for secondary and post-secondary students, educators, and administrators.
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Professional Coach / Speaker
For more than 15 years he has been accompanying people as a Professional Coach. He is considered a dynamic person, and internationally known for being a charismatic and far-reaching speaker due to the diversity in his subjects and the way he presents them, captivating audiences of all ages. As a Business and Professional Coach, he has the particularity of working with those who do not have coaching experience, training and empowering their skills until they become certified Coaches who want to take their practices beyond their comfort zones, from the basic to the practical , diversifying their radius of action and expanding their circle of influences.
Mauricio Peña Riveros
Social Communicator / Journalist
Graduated from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Executive MBA from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid. Candidate for a Doctor of Business Administration, DBA at ADEN University. CEO / Founder of BRANDERS Senior Communication Consultant. He has participated in the Board of Directors "Al Verde Vivo" Foundation, Environmental NGO. Active member of the Colombian Society of Business Consultants, co-author of the book "Advanced business management, from analysis to value proposition". Happy man in permanent transformation. Happy husband of Marisol and proud father of Simón and Salvador.
Verónica de León Regil
Social communicator / Host and television presenter
Social communicator, host and television presenter with more than 15 years of experience. She obtained beauty titles such as Señorita Quetzaltenango, Miss Mundo Latino and Reina Nacional. Her dynamism, sympathy and professionalism had made her one of the best-known figures on Guatemalan television. She is extremely versatile, so we can see her in front of a newscast and also at a morning magazine. Animal lover, mother of Achilles, the most famous English Bulldog in the social networks of Guatemala. After 4 years of fighting infertility, she is currently mother of twins. Actually she is Host in Viva la Noticia and Viva la Mañana.
Jimena Fernández Cortina
Economist / Consultant / Expert in leadership issues
Graduated in Economics with Cum Laude honors from Harvard University, and Master in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. She has international experience in the United States, France, Hong Kong and Mexico working at private and public sectors in consulting, education, technology services and finance. She is an advisor to the Harvard Foundation in Mexico, an organization that supports Mexicans who have been accepted to graduate programs at the University with scholarships and credits. Throughout his career she has led initiatives for the preservation of the Environment and projects for Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency. Within her outstanding experience, she is a mentor of Communities of Social Entrepreneurs (CREA), advising women entrepreneurs on financial issues, marketing and digital strategy, and leads leadership circles for the empowerment of women.
Executive / Certified High Performance Coach / Mindfulness Expert
Born in Venezuela, from the city of Caracas, Andres has been living in Guatemala for several years. In 2012, he came to Guate for a job opportunity at Tigo, a company that he proudly represents and for which he is more than grateful. He currently holds an executive position in the marketing area of that company. Andrés is passionate about personal transformation, he is a Certified Coach by the High Performance Institute, in Phoenix, Arizona in 2019; he is an expert in meditation topics, which he considers - without any doubt - a key tool for success and happiness in life.
Francisco Estupiñán Barrantes
Lawyer / Specialist in Public Management
Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, with a Specialization in Conduction and Management of Public Institutions from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral de Argentina, and graduate studies in International Relations from FLACSO; selected and awarded a scholarship by the European Community for the Course for Senior Responsible for the Administration of Justice in Belgium; graduated from the Special Course on Federal Investigations of the USA, in Georgia, USA, and Course on International Law at George Washington University, USA. He was legal advisor for 10 years to the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, worked with US federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA and Secret Service.
Ana Lucía Bobadilla
Coach of Integral Development
She has more than 10 years of experience in leadership and management roles in the area of Customer Experience, Quality Control, Operations, Research and Development of Internal Solutions, Coaching and Cultural Sustainability. She has a Master Coach certification issued by the Canadian company Switch Gear and a certification as an Ontological Coach by the Argentine coaching school Axon Training, endorsed by the ICF. She is currently part of the Urban Health program on Radio Infinita, Speaker on different personal development topics, Consultant and Leadership Coach, Life Coach with a podcast that reaches more than 30 countries. She has different programs for personal and professional growth and self-discovery.
Entrepreneur / Innovative / Computer Science Engineer
Computer Science Engineer with Master's studies in Marketing and Finance that consolidated her over 19 years of experience in large multinationals, leading high performance teams in Latin America. She continued her training with university degrees in International Management, Strategic Management, Relational Market Management and Master Trainer of Neurosales. In her search for the key to transcend and shine, she became an International Personal and Professional Image Advisor. In 2015 she consolidates as a businesswoman and in 2017 she turns her life upside down and REINVENTS herself focused on who she is from her values and talents and who she wants to become from her essence to discover her new life purpose, which is to Transform and Discover the Greater Potential of People and Businesses. She is the founder and CEO of FIIC Factor Innovación Influencia y Comunicación.
Born in Guatemala. She is a biologist, an entrepreneur and founder of the Wakami system, social enterprise for the production and export of handmade fashion accessories. She is also a mother and a firm believer that collective dreams are unstoppable. Her life’s work has been to find ways to link people who are stuck in cycles of poverty to markets that can create cycles of prosperity.
Ingrid del Carmen Leal Sarti
Facilitator of personal and business transformation processes
She graduated as a clinical psychologist at the Francisco Marroquin University. She completed an MBA Entrepreneurship with Swiss Management Center University, among other international studies in Mexico, Argentina and Madrid. Internationally certified also as Meta-Coach & Trainer of Trainer, Systemic Constellator, Advanced Integrative Therapy and Behavior Disorders and Emotional Education. She has participated as a speaker and training facilitator on Human and Organizational Development issues. Additional, she has experience in the private clinic as a psychotherapist applying various models.
They are a group of 4 Guatemalan marimba sisters who are dedicated to showing a different facet of the national instrument, the marimba, making interpretations of current melodies and adaptations of different genres and musical styles, this with the goal of reaching new generations, showing the versatility of the instrument as well as of the marimbistas. They consider important to preserve the marimba as part of our roots because it is an instrument that our ancestors inherited from us, however with the passage of time, music evolves and with it musical instruments including the marimba. Little by little they are opening a new path towards the future of such a valuable instrument for us. The group’s name arises from the union of their surnames "Vargas Jordán", as they consider that family is the most important thing in their lives. The number 4 in place of the "A" emphasizes their union as sisters. They are: Cindy, Kari, Giselle and Milly (in chronological order)
She is 17 years old, her story is a great example of the power of the mind and the rediscovery of identity through adversity.
She was always a goal-oriented person since she was little, and defined herself mainly with "successes"; without them she considered that she was nothing. At 15, she began to control her life through diets and change her body, turning this situation into an obsession that led her to suffer from anorexia and depression, thus losing her true purpose in life. These adversities changed her life completely, she opened her eyes and began to redefine her priorities, rebuild her pillars and rediscover the best version of herself. Since then, she made the decision to fight for her life, live a conscious and extraordinary life, inform about mental illness and help to wake up in this society.
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Elite Athlete / Olympic Medalist
He is a Guatemalan athlete born in the village Chiyuc de San Cristóbal, Alta Verapaz. He is a son of farmers. Barrondo is a professional racewalker. In the 2012 Summer Olympics Erick Barrondo came in second place in the 20 km race. He is the first and only athlete who has won an olympic medal for Guatemala. At the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara in 2011, Barrondo won a gold medal after finishing in first place for the 20 km race. Erick Barrondo set the youth world record in 2010 for a 10 km race.
Radio and TV host / Video blogger / Actress / Broadcaster / Lecturer / businesswoman / Founder and Director of "Iniciativa T"
With over 20 years of career, she is considered one of the 10 most influential women in Guatemala and one of the most recognized people in her country. Under the concept of "Vivir a Colores", Tuti shares ideas and tools that help her audience to take advantage of the positive things that already exist in their lives, so that they can live fuller and happier. Currently, they generate transformative content on various digital and traditional media platforms. The innovative vision that it proposes through Living Colors has reached different countries in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia through conferences, workshops, interviews and collaborations.
Director/ Producer / Writer
Guatemalan. He was born in Guatemala, in a mostly Mayan community, on the shores of Lake Atitlán. His professional beginnings were in advertising, working at Ogilvy & Mather. He moved to Paris to continue his studies in Film Direction at the CLCF (Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français). He continued his studies as a screenwriter in Rome, at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía. He returned to France and worked as a teacher at the Sorbonne University in Paris and as a fashion visual creator for the Dior house. In 2015 he returned to Guatemala and founded his own production company: La Casa De Producción. He produced his short films and his first film, Ixcanul, with which he established himself as director by winning a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and more than 60 awards at international festivals.
Carlos de Santiago
Author / Consultant / Coach and speaker / leadership and change management expert
Sales and marketing director, consultant, coach and speaker in leadership and change management. Active collaborator for the Guatemalan Managers Association (agg.org.gt) and the Guatemalan Industrial Chamber (cig.industriaguate.com). Certified coach in leadership at The John Maxwell Team (johnmaxwellteam.com), expert professional certification in change management at the Human Change Management Institute (hucmi.com) and international certified coach in PNL at the Human Coaching Network (hcnworld.com), engineer with more than 20 years of experience in different corporate management and leadership positions. Author of the recently published book in February 2020 "Gerente del Cambio" (The Change Manager).
International Speaker and Founder of Happiness Play. (Technology of Happiness - Autocoaching) He is considered in Spain and Latin America as a pioneering international speaker in communication and personal and professional growth. He is an Engineer and has a Master’s degree from ESADE Business School and has collaborated numerous times on TV, radio and press. He has developed the world's first technology, Happiness-Play (based on the Autocoaching Methodology), which allows you to work on your happiness. Author of three personal growth books, dozens of articles and a blog-book.
Ashley “la gringa” Williams
Social Activist / CEO Serigrafia de la Gringa
I am an "out of the box" thinker. I face challenges of every kind with hope, faith, strength and perseverance. I have overcome significant personal obstacles that continue to shape who I am and my vision for the future. My passion is to provide education and job opportunities to those who would otherwise have none. My goal is to create sustainable change from prison for communities caught in the cycle of violence. I moved to Guatemala when I was only 18 to start this job. I have lived in Guatemala City for 14 years and built a business focusing on labor rehabilitation for people in prison, “Serigrafía de la Gringa”, which provides education, life training, business skills, and jobs for those behind bars. My job is my heart beating outside of my body. I am currently in my fifth year of Law studies in Guatemala.
Patricia León Agusti
Expert on Education and Social Development
Patricia León Agustí founded the Annex School San Francisco de Asís and for 11 years she was the Director of Colegio Rochester, both institutions in Bogotá, Colombia. She has worked with student populations of different socioeconomic levels and has been an elementary, high school and teachers teacher. She has worked intensively in the curricular reform movement directed towards Teaching for Understanding, both in Colombia and in other Latin American countries and Spain. For four years she worked with the Ministry of Education in Colombia on a professional development program for teachers on Teaching for Understanding for the Construction of Citizenship. She is the Executive Director of the Center for Social and Educational Development (FUNDACIES) in Bogotá, Colombia.
Dr. Víctor Hugo Tomás
Expert on executive transformation
Lawyer by profession from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina. Doctor of Business Administration from the SBS in Switzerland. His personal challenge is to improve people's lives and take them to the next level. He is a fan of the state of permanent self-training. He has completed master's degrees in business and companies in Argentina, Madrid, Barcelona and Switzerland. He studied in the United States at Harvard University, San Diego State University, Yale University, and George Washington University. Certified as a Professional Executive Coach by the Association for Coaching (AC) of the United Kingdom.
He was Director and Regional Manager of several companies since its inception. He trains executives of companies in more than 10 countries. International speaker. Creator of the “Matriz de Gestión Laboral” and “Matriz 7 de Negociación”. . He is co-author of the books “Líderes de Alto Impacto” and “Habilidades para el Nuevo Management”. He is the author of the books “Las Yerbas del Liderazgo”, and “El Negociador Experto” and the last one that has just come out is “El Factor Estúpido Gerencial”. He is permanently reinvented.
Singer / Composer / Entrepreneur
Stephanie Zelaya was named as one of the 50 young leaders in Latinamerica and one of the most influential women in her country, Guatemala. She was the first latin woman invited to sing at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards gala in Los Angeles, CA. She was also invited to be part of the renowned program, The Four on Fox USA (Directed by P. Diddy, Fergie, DJ Khaled y Meghan Trainor). She has also opened concerts for artists like Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Alejandro Fernández, Reik, Sin Bandera and Camila. Her music has been in the TOP 5 national ranking in Guatemala, in the Hot Ranking of HTV and she has been invited to participate in other prestigious programs (like TEDx Guatemala, Showbiz of CNN, Univisión,etc.) She is known for her hit songs, "Bastaba Una Mirada”, “Tómame" and “Ring Ring." She is currently working on a second album in Miami and Los Angeles.
Researcher / Writer / Academic / International lecturer
Pioneer in applying advances in neuroscience to development and intelligence in organizations and people: neuroleadership, neuromanagement, neuromarketing, neurolearning, emotional self-leadership and brain training. Also, he developed a brain training method for senior executives, professionals, and advanced students that is applied in various countries around the world. During his career he obtained important recognitions in countries where he has been a professor and today he gives conferences, courses and workshops.
11-year-old student, fan of culinary art. She has been reflecting during this time, so she wants to share herr perspective during the pandemic.
Michael Bungay Stainer
Leadership and Coaching Expert / Writer / Lecturer
Michael Bungay Stanier is at the forefront of shaping how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership behavior and competency. His book The Coaching Habit is the best-selling coaching book of this century, with over 700,000 copies sold and 1,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”. Michael was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and has been named a Global Coaching Guru since 2014. He was a Rhodes Scholar.
Paralympic Tennis Player / Computer engineer
In a car accident, Julio Rueda suffered a cervical neck injury that left him paralyzed. As a way to cope with his injury Julio started tennis on a wheelchair. He had always been a very athletic person, and this helped him find a sport after his injury. Tennis changed his life for good. In 2017, he was ranked 24 in the world. He won an ITF 3 tournament for the first time in the history of Guatemala. This year he was going to compete in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but due to the pandemic they were postponed until 2021. In 2019 he was champion of singles and doubles at the XXII Chile Open
Sabrina de la Hoz
Actress / Professional Photographer and Graphic Designer
At the beginning of her career she worked in advertising and then completely dedicated her time to photography. She has participated in individual and group expositions and important auctions such as Juannio and Rozas Botrán. Her acting career began with "Temblores" by director Jayro Bustamante. For her role in Temblores, she was part of the shortlist of actresses selected for the Platinum Awards 2020. Her second role was in “La Llorona”, also directed by Jayro Bustamante, which won first prize in the Giornate degli Autori at the Venice Film Festival.
Fitness / Nutrition / Life Coach / Digital Entrepreneur
Miguel, Business Administrator at UFM, has focused his professional life on private initiative job positions, as well as launching his own projects. In 2015, attending his personal call and so, dedicate himself to create holistic transformations in other people's lives. So, he founded his company Thrive! Coaching, pioneer in education and online coaching area. His philosophy is based on his faith, on his own experience and resilience accumulated through the years. The online education industry requires a lot of creativity and innovation, so it is an ongoing challenge for Miguel to stay up-to-date and develop new tools for comprehensive wellness.
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Speaker / Business trainer/ Radio host
Logotherapist, existential analyst, speaker, business trainer and radio host. She is one of the most listened female voices in the country. She has shared her knowledge throughout Latin America with patients, businessmen, organizations and audiences through mass media. She debuts as an author in 2020, presenting the book "Despierta", an invitation to fearlessly live our humanity and make our existence a legitimate experience.
Leader of Banking / Innovator
General and Country Manager of BAC Credomatic Guatemala since 2017. Previously he served as COO for BAC banking operations in the region, as well as Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for Central America and Panama of BAC Credomatic. Eric joined the organization in 2000 as Commercial Manager in BAC San José, Costa Rica and from 2003 to 2009 he was Manager for Corporate, Business and SME Banking. Previously, he served as Regional Financial Manager for one of the largest supermarket chains in the region with presence in Central America and the Caribbean. Economist and MBA from INCAE.
Entrepreneur / Top Real Estate Agent
Claudia is a real estate agent with Keller Williams International Realty’s (KWRI) Legacy Group in Spokane, Washington and Operating Principal (OP) at the Coral Gables-Coconut Grove office. She arrived in the U.S. from Colombia in 2003, alone and not speaking a word of English. Within five years, she built a successful Team in Spokane, closing million dolar transactions in 2018. She moved to the Miami area in 2013 and became the new Operating Partner for the Coral Gables and Coconut Grove Market Center.
Juan Carlos Leal
Consultant / Entrepreneur / Trainer
Industrial Engineer, and MBA from the Francisco Marroquín University, in process for the certification The John Maxwell Team USA.
Founding Partner and General Manager of CENDETH. - Center for the Development of Human Talent, a company focused on business training and consulting. He is also a consultant in Quality Management and Continuous Improvement, Financial and Commercial Strategies, Productive Leadership and Culture of Customer Service, for the Business sector, SMEs and Public Administration.
Previously, he worked at Excel Automotive for 15 years, during that time he was Operations Manager and General Manager of the Spare Parts and Accessories area.
Mountain climber / Speaker / Team Coach
Due to her perseverance, Andrea Cardona on May 23, 2010 became the first Guatemalan and Central American woman to reach the Everest Peak and place our flag at such an important summit. In order to do that, she had to train for two years and climb 13 mountains before going to Everest. In 2012, Andrea became the first person in Latin America to ski at both poles, and climb the highest mountain on each continent (Explores GrandSlam).
Education Expert / General Director at CAG
She has served in leadership positions in international, private and independent schools for over 28 years. Her expertise is centered on strategic planning, organizational development and nonprofit organizations leadership. Her work lies within the philosophy of advancing organizations through the change of paradigms in order to achieve learning environments that are all about the ‘child’. Patricia Marshall is the General Director at the American School of Guatemala.
Lawyer and notary / Mmultidimensional Coaching / Thanatological
Graduated from Disney Institute in quality service, customer loyalty, leadership and organizational creativity. Founding member of the AGH, Association of Human Resources Managers, from which he was president for 2 periods. Founding member of the Guatemalan Coaching Association and Advisor to the Board of Directors. University professor at various universities in the country and full member of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Social and Sports Club.
Creative / Innovative / Entrepreneur
She is the Co-founder and Creative Director of The New Denim Project, a sustainable design laboratory and supra-recycled textile factory. It Collects textile waste from jeans manufacturers, and regenerates this material to create new fabrics, transforming them into products under a circular economy model. The manufacturing process is chemical free and uses minimal water and energy. Eco-industrial techniques reduce the consumption of new products, minimize the waste of virgin raw materials, and reuse discarded textiles and fibers to extend their useful life, creating ethical, clean and high-end products.
Entrepreneur / University Professor
Entrepreneur, passionate, university professor of the FAILURE class in the careers Entrepreneurship, Administration and Engineering at the UFM. Founder of Green Rush, space in the middle of nature focused on promoting environmental awareness.
Digital Content Creator / Innovative
Barbara Sacché, originally from San Andrés Xecul, Totonicapán. She is currently living in Huehuetenango. Business Administration student. She once said: “From each experience, regardless of whether it is negative or positive, the most important thing is to learn and overcome”.
Karla Ruiz Cofiño
Digital Strategist / Specialist in Social Networks
She has dedicated to help people understand how to use technology to connect with the world and use their influence to improve it! Within all of her activities, her passion is educating parents about citizenship and digital well-being.
Social communicator / Co-founder of Radio Infinit
In the development of my career as a communicator, I noticed the potential that has the communication to transform thinking and impact lives in soul, body and spirit.
It is from this arena that I was born with the passion to share, as far as my own improvement, that it´s a gift for others.
Luis Adolfo García Córdova
Educational Project Manager / University Professor
Luis Adolfo García Córdova was born in Salamá, Baja Verapaz. During his childhood, he lost his parents. He devoted himself to many occupations to subsist, living alone from an early age without stopping studying.
After high school, he earned scholarships and graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master's in Public Management and Leadership. During the bachelor degree he studied courses in economics and administration outside the country.
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Luis Von Ahn
Guatemalan, worldwide recognized for his contributions in Crowdsourcing, creator of CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA and Duolingo language learning platform. He has also been recognized as one of the brightest minds today.
Global expert in Entrepreneurship
Global expert in entrepreneurship, transformation, personal and organizational change management. With broad experience as a consultant and certified coach. Founder of Universidad Corporativa Digital, Escolaris, Emprende U and Fábrica de Sueños. Director at The RBL Group of the United States, the company founded and directed by Dave Ulrich.
Juan Carlos Sagastume
Sportsman / Businessman / Speaker
Guatemalan, born in Petén, is an extreme athlete with more than thirty years of experience. He is the first Latin American to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat. Among many other achievements, is the first person in the world to cross the Uyuni salt without stopping.
Producer / Director / Writer
From 2005 to 2019, he had the opportunity to direct and produce more than 1,000 audiovisual projects for world-renowned brands, artists and organizations. Winner of the Netflix award for his movie "12 segundos" as the best Independent Production. Two of his movies are globally distributed by Netflix and FOX.
Climbing / Motivational Speaker
Guatemalan mountaineer, the first in Central America to climb the highest peak on the planet, Mount Everest. He is the only male mountaineer in the region that reached the Seven Summits, which includes the highest mountains on the seven continents. Also known as an excellent motivational speaker and conference man.
Successful Guatemalan businesswoman, founder of CAVIDA association, which finances studies for low-income youth, former Director of FUNDESA and member of the Mergers & Acquisitions board of directors. She was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Emilio Méndez Bonetto
Futurist / Disruptor / Creator
Director of Saúl E. Méndez, co-founder of GuateÁmala and first president of Fundación Proyecto de Vida. Emilio has a degree in Tailoring and Design from the London College of Fashion. Since 1994 he has directed the reinvention of the Saúl E. Méndez brand. He has also directed social, urban and commercial initiatives such as: Despertemos Guatemala, 4 Grados Norte and Saúl Farmers Market. As a writer, he published the book “Totalmente ON”, an autobiography that reveals some secrets of the brand's evolution
Educational Leader / Non-Profit Specialist
Trae is Executive Director/Head of School of Safe Passage, an educational and outreach organization serving the communities surrounding Guatemala City’s garbage dump. With over 30 years in education and work serving at-risk communities, he has also founded an international sustainability firm and led strategic planning, financial management and organizational reform initiatives for non-profits in the US and Latin America.
Writer / Speaker
Born in Guatemala, recognized for his successful book "En la silla de Morfeo" and his talks "Everything changes in nothing", "Things can always be worse", "Allowed to fall ... mandatory to get up", "Family # 1", among others. Awarded as illustrious Guatemalan in 2016.
Luis Pedro Peralta
Entrepeneur / Creative
Entrepeneur and creative; at the age of 19 when he was in university, he decided to start a company with a friend, his project was a cart of "shucos" (hot dogs). He is currently partner of 17 restaurants, 2 bars and an advertising agency. He is a professor of the Bachelor's Degree in Nutritional Gastronomy and Entrepreneurship
He is currently the director of Executive Education at the Design Thinking school with organizations at Standford University. In this role, he advises professionals and organizations on how to incorporate design thinking tools and cultivate an innovative organizational culture. He also teaches advanced courses of the same methodology focused on creating an impact in the real world.
Juan Pablo Romero
Community Leader / Entrepreneur / Visionary
Guatemalan teacher, at the age of 23, turned part of his family house into a community center. He began tutoring and mentoring to children group. Currently this program offers free classes, tutoring, food and medical care at low cost. His organization “Los Patojos” has helped more than 1,000 children. In 2014 he was nominated and part of the Top Ten of CNN HEROES for children and youth community and rights.
Juan Antonio Mazariegos
Lawyer / Businessman
Founder and Partner of the law firm Alegalis. It has been recognized as "Leading Individual" by the international ranking Chambers & Partners (2015; 2017) based on the positive response of the market. He is also a founder, partner and director of companies in various industries such as commerce, real estate, financial and pharmaceutical businesses.
Dr. Nancy Sandoval Paiz
Infectologist / Physician and surgeon
Physician and Surgeon graduated from USAC. Specialty in Internal Medicine Roosevelt´s Hospital. International Master in Tropical Parasitic Diseases from University of Valencia, Spain. Master in Infectious Diseases from del Mar´s Hospital, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Current president of the Guatemalan Association of Infectious Diseases and Infectologist of the Roosevelt´s Hospital
Daniela de La Fuente
Entrepreneur in the beauty world, she works as director in Talkin Heads salon, which provides work for almost 200 people, impacting the lives of several families in the country. Creator of new concepts in beauty and personal care business.
Dean of Students CAG
He has 28 years of experience in teaching at secondary and university levels. Specialized in Mathematics and Physical Sciences, he has also been in educational administration. Satisfied for the opportunity to support young people to find meaning in their lives.
Radio and Television Host / Motivational Writer
International radio host on radio programs broadcast in Central America and Argentina. Television host, writer on motivational issues for magazines, theater and film actress, municipal firefighter for more than 17 years, creator of libraries in different parts of Chiquimula.
Dr. Roxanna Ruiz Cabarrús
Physician and Surgeon / Psychiatris
President for two consecutive periods of the APsG Psychiatric Association of Guatemala and President of the board of directors of the Central American and Caribbean Association ACCAP.
Honorary Member for: Excellence in Service of the World Psychiatric Association WPA, Coordinator of Human Behavior and Psychiatry of the UFM School of Medicine, Founder of the Wellbeing and Resilience program of the School of Medicine. University teaching since 2000, Wife and Mother.
Marathon Runner / Speaker
Ultramarathon runner and extreme adventurer on diverse continents of the planet. Founder of
"Amigos de la aldea", a social enterprise that facilitates access to solar energy solutions
in rural communities with the purpose of improving the quality of life through
of practical and accessible solutions.
Carlos López Ayerdi
Professional Photographer / Speaker
Professional photographer, nowadays considered the driving force behind documentary wedding photography in Guatemala. He has made different photographic exhibitions in recent years, most related to Guatemalan culture.
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