Claudia Valladares

South America, Venezuela Ambassador

Claudia is a social entrepreneur passionate about making a difference in the world. She has been Co-founder & Director of Impact Hub Caracas since October 2013, member of the Board of the Global Impact Hub Association from 2015-2018, and Membership Committee since Aug 2018; Global Partnerships Lead 2018, and was part of the Global Strategy Team 2015 & 2017. She has been a coach in the formation of new Impact Hubs, especially in Africa & Latin America, and a senior consultant for numerous corporate clients promoting innovation and intrapreneurship, using Design Thinking, innovation tools and creative leadership.

She also has more than 14 years of experience in the financial sector in Latin America and New York, including 8 years dedicated to microfinance in Venezuela co-founding Banca Comunitaria Banesco.

She was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” and “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in Venezuela” in 2011 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship & the World Economic Forum; “Responsible Leader” of the BMW Foundation since 2011 among others.

She holds a Systems Engineer degree from Universidad Metropolitana, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Finance from IESA, and postgraduate studies on Creative Leadership at THNK School of Creative Leadership, Amsterdam. She has completed executive courses in Microfinance, Social Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Social Responsibility at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, INCAE, and INSEAD Business School.

Claudia also loves to play tennis, cooking, art, painting, traveling, singing & music. Her major impact goal is to defeat poverty!