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Elisa Madriñán & Felipe Sardi // Co-founders, La Palma y el Tucán
Elisa and Felipe co-founded La Palma y el Tucán in 2012, with the goal of redefining coffee farming by treating specialty coffee as a holistic, interconnected system and by challenging deeply rooted practices that focus on mass production and cost minimization. Their ‘Neighbors & Crops’ program is revitalizing an entire region by working closely with 200 coffee-growing families within a 10km radius of their farm. Through a combination of innovative practices, a unique business model that revolves around the needs of small farmers, high quality standards, and both monetary and non-monetary incentives, the program has turned these small farmers into active players in the growing specialty coffee movement.
Jim Powers // CEO, Parce Rum
Jim launched Parce Rum, a premium spirit that has won international awards and accolades, in 2012 with his two brothers. Today Parce Rum is a recognized brand in the US and in countries across Latin America, Europe and Asia.
For the past 25 years Jim has also been the owner of Minty Fresh Records, a music label that engages people through music. A&R signings include gold and platinum selling artists and Grammy nominated albums.
Adri Senior // President, Corporación Colombia Internacional
Adri is the President and CEO of CCI, an organization dedicated to re-establish and grow agrarian production in Colombia. In 2005 she introduced an innovative model named MACS, which has improved the lives of over 1.8 million small farmers and their families. Ms. Senior has been recognized by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture, the Congress of Colombia, Colciencias, and a number of international organizations.
Laura Adiwasito // CEO, Out of the Blu
Born in Colombia and half Indonesian, Laura is a global citizen who has lived for almost half of her life in Europe. She is currently CEO at Out of the Blu, a creative and strategic communications agency with offices in Bogotá and Washington D.C, that focuses on projects with social, economic and public impact.
Nini Diaz // Business Operations Manager at Rappi
Nini is responsible for turning data analysis into business insight at Rappi, a company founded in 2015 with the mission of connecting users with more than 50,000 products and services quickly and efficiently through technology. Valued at over $1bn and having secured $300m in funding to date, Rappi has become one of the fastest growing companies in Latin America, experiencing 20% monthly growth in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
Prior to joining Rappi Nini worked at Natura, a Brazilian cosmetics brand that uses sustainably sourced plants from the Amazon. From here, she travelled extensively doing social work before settling back in Bogotá. Nini holds a dual degree in Business Management and Economics from Universidad de los Andes.
Javier Guillot // Public Innovation Leader
Javier leads the Public Innovation Team (EiP) at the National Planning Department (DNP) of Colombia. The EiP aims to enable experimentation as a mindset to generate public value and strengthen the government’s capacity to tackle complex challenges. He has consulted to UNICEF, World Bank, and NGOs in Colombia, Brazil and Uganda.
Sergio Adiwasito // Local entrepreneurship expert
Sergio has ample experience designing and executing startup financing programs, conducting research for investment banking, as a strategic consultant. Currently he serves as Project Manager in Colombia for MassChallenge, a global non-profit startup accelerator and competition with a focus on high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs.