Board of Directors
Ana Bolena EscobarFundación WWB Colombia research director
BA in Economics and International Business from Universidad Icesi, MA in Global Public Policy from the University of Potsdam, Germany. She also has a PhD in Business Management from Universidad de Valencia, Spain. She has more than 9 years of experience in Education, both in higher education and in the design and implementation of Public Policies in Basic, Secondary, and High School Education. She has also published articles on teacher training and incentives.
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.
Ten years of teaching experience on undergraduate and graduate programs in legal theory and sociology, and gender studies. Her publications focus on the philosophy of law, the care economy, and social policy. She is currently an associate professor at Universidad Icesi and Director of the Observatory for Women’s Equity – OEM.
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