The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a nonprofit corporation, that works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote social and economic development among young people in the western hemisphere and around the world. YABT executes a wide range of activities focused on entrepreneurship, of which TIC Americas constitutes its flagship program.
Luis Viguria was born and raised in Peru and graduated in Social Sciences with a minor in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and graduated from the Global Master of Arts Program in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. He arrived to YABT more than 10 years ago, and he found in the organization not only his workplace but also his daily motivation to give the best out of him every day.
Valerie is responsible for design, implementation and expansion of hemipheric and subregional programs on youth entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation involving multiple sectors and international stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining YABT in 2005, Lorena worked for the International Affairs Department of Universidad UCO in Queretaro, Mexico where she was in charge of students’ mobility and institutional agreements. Lorena has a background on international business and holds a Trilateral-MBA from the following universities Western Illinois University in the U.S., Université de Moncton in Canada and Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in Mexico
Fernanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a focus on consulting from LaSalle University in Pachuca, Hidalgo. For the past 3 years, She worked in managing fiscal accounts for a variety of private and public firms. Currently, Fernanda manages the finance and administration of YABT.
Ignacio is a Software Development Engineer from TEC Milenio University. He has more than 5 years of experience in business development for young entrepreneurs and SMEs creation in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Currently, Ignacio serves as IT Manager for YABT.
Edgar is Business Administrator with emphasis in Marketing from Latin University. He currently serves as Program Manager for Latin America YABT. He has international experience in managing programs and initiatives in the field of youth entrepreneurship and leadership, cooperation and institutional relationships.
Akarda is the Program Manager for the Caribbean for the YABT. Her focus is in youth development with special interest in the areas of entrepreneurship and poverty reduction among Caribbean youths. She is from Grenada and received her BSc. in Management from the St George's University, Grenada.
José has a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Buenos Aires where he also worked as assistant professor for Advanced Statistics for two years. His previous experience includes working as a consultant for the Embassy of El Salvador in Argentina, investment banking and pension fund management.
Lorena is from Agentina, Shi is a Specialist in Public Polcy and earned a Bachelor in Social Communication. Her entire professional career was developed in the framework of the promotion, protection of human rights and working with vulnerable groups. She is founder of Comparlante, social entrepreneurship focused on people with disabilities. Lorena is YABT's Communications Officer.
Teresa is from Mexico. She is a Master in Cultural Engineering and earned a Bachelor in Communications. As a social entrepreneur she founded two organizations and worked with diverse marginalized communities that include indigenous, gypsies, and addicts. With experience in Mexico, Spain, India, and the USA, she is now working as a Program Officer at YABT.
Beatriz Calvo has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica. Beatriz provides graphical support for the promotional materials of YABT and has also developed graphics for academic campaigns and art expositions. She also teaches young entrepreneurs about graphic designs and how to design logos for their businesses through the YABT BOOT Camp.
Beatriz La Grotta es panameña de nacimiento, cursando último semestre de la Licenciatura en Gestión Administrativa en la Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá. Posee experiencia en áreas administrativas y contables en compañías panameñas. Como joven líder, ha participado en encuentros y talleres de liderazgo. En YABT colabora en los programas de capacidades y habilidades empresariales en la región. Ella considera que la oportunidad de ser parte del equipo le brinda la oportunidad no solo de crecer profesionalmente, sino también personalmente.
Paola López es venezolana de nacimiento y graduada en Relaciones Internacionales por la Universidad de las Américas Puebla, México. Se encuentra apoyando principalmente lo relacionado al Foro de Jóvenes de las Américas, y mantiene fiel interés en temas que buscan mejoras en términos sociales y de oportunidades para jóvenes, encontrando en YABT la posibilidad de ampliar sus canales de acción.
Yrangela es licenciada en Estudios Liberales de la Universidad Metropolitana de la Ciudad de Caracas, Venezuela. Cuenta con un Diplomado en Historia Contemporánea de Venezuela de la Fundación Rómulo Betancourt, y se desempeñó por más de un año como Gerente del Departamento de Atención al Cliente en Econométrica I.E. Actualmente, se encuentra realizando una pasantía profesional en el Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) en la Ciudad de Panamá.