Our history

Board of Directors

Bernardo Quintero Balcazar

Bernardo Quintero Balcazar: BA in Mechanical Engineering and MA in Industrial Administration from Universidad del Valle. He has held important positions as President of Grupo Empresarial Carvajal, Corporación Financiera del Valle (today Corficolombiana), Avianca, and Riopaila-Castilla. He has extensive experience and a recognized trajectory in the Colombian business and financial sector and as a member of boards of directors of non-commercial companies and entities.

Gaia de Dominicis

Chair of the Board of Directors

BA Political Science and Economics from Wellesley College (Boston) and candidate for a Master’s degree in Education at Columbia University (New York). From 2006 to 2013 she served as founder and Executive Director of Endeavor in Colombia, where she positioned Endeavor as a leader in the High Impact Entrepreneurship sector.

Prior to joining Endeavor, Gaia worked at the JPMorgan Bank in New York for 12 years, where she started out as a financial analyst in the Latin M&A department. After working in M&A transaction execution, she joined the cClient mManagement team for the Andean Region where she was responsible for the Investment Banking business for Colombia, building and managing businesses for corporate and government clients.

She has been the executive director of Yunus Social Business Colombia since December 2018, and is a member of the board of directors at Fundación Luker.

Jorge Alberto Linares Alarcón

BA in Economics from Universidad Javeriana, with a specialization in finance from Universidad EAFIT-CESA. He has served as Vice President of Capital Management of Fundación Grupo Social, Financial Vice President of Banco Caja Social and Financial Manager of Fundación Social. He has been part of several boards of directors and investment and audit committees, as well as professor of financial prospecting in the specialization in finance at Universidad del Rosario and chair of financial management for the MA in Economics at Universidad Javeriana.

Luz Stella Gardeazábal de Nicholls

BA Law from Universidad de San Buenaventura. With experience in the financial sector in companies like Corporación de Ahorro y Vivienda Ahorramás and Corporación de Ahorro y Vivienda Granahorrar. She served on the Board of Directors of the Instituto de Ciegos y Sordos and Fundación de Quemados del Valle. She was one of the founders of Fundación WWB Colombia in 1980.

Margarita Rosa Garrido Otoya

Ph.D. in History from Oxford University, England, with an undergraduate degree from Universidad del Valle. Her academic career has revolved around Universidad del Valle, Universidad de los Andes, and Universidad Externado de Colombia, and at other national and foreign universities as a guest lecturer.

She has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters, especially on colonial and republican political culture. She was General Director of Colciencias from 2000 to 2003, as well as of the Luis Angel Arango Library from 2008 to 2013. She has been a member of advisory boards of cultural entities, competition juries, program evaluation commissions, editorial committees of academic journals, and advisory teams for the production of school textbooks and historical programs for television.

Ramiro Guerrero Carvajal

BA Economics from Universidad de los Andes, MA Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Maryland, and MA Economic Policy from CERDI-Université d’Auvergne in France. He earned his PhD degree at King’s College London, and has served as research director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) at Harvard University in Boston, deputy minister of social protection in Colombia, researcher at Fedesarrollo, and finance editor of Semana magazine. He was the founder and director of PROESA – Center for Studies in Social Protection and Health Economics – at Icesi University. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Economics and Finance also at Icesi.

Team work

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Daniela Konietzko Calero

President of Fundación WWB Colombia

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Esneyder Cortes

Planning and Strategy Director

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Johana Urrutia Muñoz

Programs Director

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Juan Carlos Giraldo Montoya

Legal Director

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Juan Pablo Echeverry

Director of Investments and Treasury

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Liliana Vanegas Cardona

Financial and Administrative Director

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Victoria Eugenia Molina López

Director of Communications, Marketing and User Services

Awards granted to the Foundation

Pacto Empresarial por la Equidad 2019

Accreditation as an institution that promotes gender equality and endorses the Pacto – Alcaldía de Santiago de Cali

Premios Portafolio 2018

Category: contribution to the community. Recognition of the effort and commitment to the comprehensive empowerment of women entrepreneurs in situations of socioeconomic vulnerability in Valle del Cauca.

Human Rights Leader Award 2018

Awarded by the Canadian Embassy in Colombia, for the promotion of gender equality, economic empowerment, and the rights of women, adolescents, and girls.

Favorecer a la vivencia de los derechos de las mujeres, las niñas y la Equidad de Género 2017 Award granted by Cali City Hall and the Secretariat of Gender Equity.

Reconocimiento Alcaldía de Cali y Secretaría de Equidad de Género.

Premios Portafolio 2015

Nomination “Contribution to the community”.

Impúlsate 2015

Commendation for contributing to the economic development of the municipality of Yumbo.

Premios Colombia en Línea 2014

Nomination for Best Social Inclusion Content.

MIX Market and IDB acknowledge the Foundation, 2014

Ranked among the top 10 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in terms of portfolio quality, as well as among the top 10 most efficient MFIs in the average balance per loan over USD 500 category.

Award for Excellence in Microfinance in Latin America and “Support for Microenterprises” prize 2003

Awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

“First collateralized loan obligation backed by microfinance institution loans” award, 2004

Awarded by BlueOrchard Finance S.A. with OPIC.

Mejor gestión de apoyo a los empresarios colombianos 2005 -2006

Microenterprise category awarded by Bancoldex.

La Cruz de Plata de la Orden Nacional 2005

Presidencia de la República de Colombia

La Cruz de Bronce Concejo de Santiago de Cali 2005

As an exemplary effort before Cali’s public because of its permanent work to benefit low-income microentrepreneurs.

Premio Carlos Lleras Restrepo 1999- 1998

Category of best financial intermediary for microenterprises, category for nation Foundations and NGOs.

Management reports

Where are we?

Fundación WWB

Carrera 63A # 5-28, Barrio Cau00f1avaralejo. Cali, Colombia

Where are we?

Address
Carrera 63A # 5-28, Barrio Cañaveralejo.
Cali, Colombia

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Reference points
Between the Pampalinda and Refugio stations.

Telephon number
(572) 387 68 60 – Op: 1

Work with us

Our team is made up of people who inspire us!

Share your talent, energy and dedication to create positive change in the lives of women and men entrepreneurs. In return, we offer you our experience, opportunities, and support so that you can grow.