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Luis Fernando Sierra Suárez
Vice president of business development

Ingeniero Electrónico de la Universidad Javeriana y MBA de Carnegie Mellon University, con amplia experiencia en roles de planeación estratégica, desarrollo de negocios, y gerencia de tecnologías de la información. Entre otro cargos se ha desempeñado como Consultor en McKinsey & Company, Director en Telefónica Latinoamérica, y Asesor del Ministerio TIC.

Desde 2012 se desempeña como Vicepresidente en Credibanco, liderando el desarrollo de negocios y soluciones en los diversos mercados estratégicos de la compañía, e impulsando la transformación continua que posiciona a la compañía como líder en soluciones de medios de pago y de experiencia de consumo en el entorno digital.

Antonio Celia
Visiting professor
London School of Economics - LSE

Colombian born Antonio Celia is former CEO of Promigas, one of the major energy companies in Latin America, position he held for 25 years. As such, he was involved very actively in the creation of think tanks closely related to the social sector, specially in public education. He acted for several years as chairman of the Private Competitiviness Council, Empresarios por la Educacion (Businessmen pro Education) and the world famous singer Shakiras´s Fundacion Pies Descalzos, which fosters education.

He was a key supporter of the peace process in Colombia, taking part in several conversations. He was one of business men and academics who created Consejo Privado para una Paz Sostenible (Sustainable Peace Private Council) with the objective of helping and following up the implementation of the peace agreements. In 2009 he was awarded the Portafolio prize as the best business leader of the year. In 2012 the journal El colombiano awarded Mr Celia the distinction El colombiano ejemplar.

Currently, mister Celia is a member of the board of directors of Fundacion Ideas por la Paz (Peace Ideas Foundation), Nutresa, Fedesarrollo and Vice chairman of the Superior Council of Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla). For his distinguished career and his services he was awarded la Orden de Boyaca, the maximum distinction conferred by Colombia to its citizens. He is a Visiting Professor in practice at London School of Economics since September 2018.

Paul Collier
International Growth Center

Collier is one of the leading global experts on developing markets and financial opportunities in underdeveloped countries. He is the director of the Oxford University The Center for the Study of African Economies. He is also currently the advisor of the IMF’s Strategy and Policy department and the World Bank’s Africa Region, where he previously acted as the director of the Development Research Group.

Collier is a consultant for companies and organizations that work with emerging markets, since he has effectively demonstrated the value and virtue of combining compassion with intelligent investment strategies. He also writes a monthly column for The Independent, and his observations regularly appear on the New York Times, the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. His highest selling book, “The Bottom Billion” has been compared to “The End of Poverty” by Jeffrey Sachs and “The White Man’s Burden” by William Easterly because of its reach and impact.

He is also the author of "Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places." His most recent book, titled “The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature" was published in May, 2010.

Ulrike Wahl
Representative of the Latin America Region Office
The Siemens Stiftung Foundation.

Wahl is a journalist and has an MBA from the Inalde Business School. She has worked for over 35 years in several Latin American countries. She has performed a large part of his career in the field of communications and corporate issues in the private and public sectors and for non-profit organizations.

She has worked for the International Siemens Stiftung Foundation in Germany since 2009. Wahl is currently the director of Siemens Stiftung’s Latin America Region Office located in Santiago, Chile. From this Office, she promotes projects, platforms and networks, as well as collective impact revolving around STEAM education for the sustainable social development of STEAM fields in the region. She is part of governing boards and work tables for regional development.

Jeffrey Sachs
Center for Sustainable Development Columbia University

Global authority on sustainable development and economics, widely recognized for his strategies to address the complex challenges of humanity, such as the debt crisis, hyperinflation, controlling AIDS, malarias and other diseases, and climate change. He is currently the director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and supported of the Sustainable Development Goals, assigned to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

He is also head of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he is the head professor of Sustainable Development. He has been recognized twice by Time Magazine among the 100 most influential leaders in the world, winner of the Blue Planet Prize in 2015 - the global flagship award in terms of environmental leadership. A recent survey performed by The Economist highlighted Sachs among the three most influential economists alive today. Sachs also wrote several books, including the best sellers: “The End of Poverty” and “The Price of Civilization.”


Fay Hodza
Monash University

Dr. Fay Hodza is Zimbabwean-born academic, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his doctoral degree in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) under the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship from 2008 to 2012. He also holds a Masters degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe. Currently, Dr. Hodza is a Chief Lecturer (equivalence of Associate Professor) of Development Studies and the Academic Cluster Manager of Political, Social and Political Studies disciplines at IIE MSA in South Africa. Dr. Hodza is a transformative development educator, researcher and social change advocate. He has spent the last 15 years of his career creating and expanding learning opportunities and spaces for young people in human and community development in Southern Africa.

His work has opened opportunities for people who misuse and abuse drugs to be active and productive citizens in urban communities in South Africa. He believes that one marker of an inclusive city in the developing world is how it treats its citizens who have unconventional living habits and lifestyles such as those who misuse or abuse drugs. Inclusive cities are known for allowing and creating opportunities for former and current risky drug users to exercise their agency, capabilities and functionings. Hence, his presentation will be titled, “Building inclusive cities: Why private businesses should invest in the inclusion of risky drug users in cities?”

Dr. Hodza has written academic and thought leadership articles on drug abuse and drug policy reform, leadership, gender and sexuality issues, and story-telling for development. He has taught at universities in several countries including South Africa, the United States of America and Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he has worked extensively with national and international NGOs including Oxfam GB, Save the Children, Practical Action, and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). His work in these organisations included providing leadership in monitoring and evaluation of development projects, training in community based development, livelihoods and agricultural recovery, establishing banana value chains, HIV and nutrition programmes, community home based care for HIV infected and affected households, orphans and vulnerable children projects, and gender and HIV mainstreaming policy development.


Joan Clos
Former Under-Secretary-General
United Nations’ UN Habitat

(Barcelona, 1949)
Joan Clos was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and executive director of UN-Habitat (2010-2017), the United Nations program responsible for promoting sustainable, resilient and prosperous cities. During his leadership, he led the creation of the New Urban Agenda and was appointed as Secretary-General of the Habitat III Conference. Born in Barcelona, he is a medical doctor with an outstanding career in public services and diplomacy. He graduated in Medicine from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and subsequently specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. He entered the municipal Government of Barcelona as Public Health Director in 1979. He was elected twice as mayor of Barcelona, from 1997 until 2006, after having been Councilor of the city (between 1983 and 1987) and deputy mayor of finances and budget, playing a key role in preparing for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Clos received several awards during his time as mayor, including a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona and the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award in 2002 for promoting global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations. Before joining the United Nations, between 2006 and 2008, Joan Clos was Spain’s Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade and, from 2008 to 2010, he was the Spanish ambassador in Turkey and Azerbaijan. In 2016, he received the Jane Jacobs medal from the Rockefeller Foundation in recognition of his leadership promoting the New Urban Agenda.

Stephen Lake
CEO de Common
Good partners

Stephen Lake is an expert in helping organisations, Governments and entrepreneurial start-up companies to solve important problems through innovation & the use of advanced technologies. Stephen is the CEO of Common Good Partners which helps organisations to solve important social & environmental problems through innovative circular economy and waste to worth business & technology solutions. Stephen is also a Board Director of world leading government agencies & innovative venture capital backed companies and acts as a mentor to & coach to entrepreneurs in many countries around the world.

Stephen is currently a Board Director of Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency, which recently announced Astigan a world leading high altitude unmanned plane with state of the art sensors that can fly for three months without landing, which will enable continuous environmental monitoring, better land management and accurate up to date mapping. Stephen is also a Board Director of CMS an innovative venture capital backed company that helps organisations that own large fleets of vehicles to significantly reduce traffic accidents and automatically detect accidents within two seconds. Stephen also advises the UK Parliament on Digital Strategy, acts as a pro-bono Board Director of Investing for Good ( a company helping to grow the impact investing market for important sociall causes) and in the past three months has coached entrepreneurs from a wide range fo countries including Mexico, Malaysia, India & China.


Cristina Lescano
El Ceibo

Cristina Lescano is an entrepreneur, and founder and coordinator of the El Ceibo cooperative, a cooperative of urban recyclers that contributes to taking care of the environment, whose fundamental pillar is social inclusion. She is also one of the organizers of the first group of women that was formed to solved common problems and change the conditions around them. In 2009, she was candidate to the Congress of Argentina. One of her campaign’s themes was fighting corruption in the country.

Tomás Iriondo
General manager

Software engineer (UPV/EHU) with a Master’s in Marketing and Business Administration - MBA (University of Deusto) and a PhD in Collaborative Innovation (Mondragon University). He wrote the doctoral dissertation: Model Cluster Excellence. Iriondo has been public administration contributor in reflection groups (Industrial Revolution, Creative Industry, Environment Development 4.0), a speaker at universities and Professional Education Centers for specialization, postgraduate and doctoral courses. He has work experience in collaborative innovation in business groups, has promoted partnerships between businesses and been an activist for the digital transformation of people and organizations. He has performed for over 27 years as cluster manager at GAIA - Association of Knowledge and Applied Technologies Industries. EUSKADI.

Author of the sectoral strategic plan, “El camino hacia Smart Industry, Smart Territory y Smart Society” (The Path Towards Smart Industry, Smart Territory and Smart Society).

Luz Helena Hanauer
Director of research
Zanele Mbeki Development Trust (ZMDT)

She is an attorney graduated from Universidad Externado de Colombia. She got a Master’s in International Law from the University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), where she received the Hodgson Law scholarship, and a PhD in International Economic Law from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg (South Africa), where she has been researcher and instructor. She is a founding member of the African International Economic Law Network (AfIELN).

She has publications on issues in the Global South, foreign trade and the WTO multilateral trading system in English and Spanish. As a translator, she has participated in various legal projects in the fields of criminal law, philosophy of law, constitutional law and administrative law.

Her work experience has been focused on international commercial law, industrial development, governance, the sustainability of foreign trade and transforming the productive sectors. In South Africa, she has performed as International Trade Manager at Mohlaleng Health Pty (Ltd) and is currently the head of Research at Zanele Mbeki Development Trust (ZMDT), a non-governmental organization with dialogue, mediation, sustainability and education programs in the fields of equity, gender equality, peace and security and history focused on an inclusive and sustainable ecosystem of values.

Alfonso Vegara
President - founder

He is an architect, economist and sociologist. Vegara is a doctor of Urban and Regional Planning. He has been professor of Urbanism at Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid and University of Navarra. He was visiting scholar for the University of Pennsylvania and advisor to the Department of Urban Planning of ETH Zürich Polytechnic.

He is a member of the jury of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize and is currently the president of the European Urban and Regional Planning Awards.

For approximately the last fifteen years, Vegara has been advisor to the Government of Singapore, in addition to several cities in the world, such as: Yokohama, Mexico City, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Sao Paulo, Casablanca, Moscow and Medellín. Alfonso Vegara is the founder and honorary president of Fundación Metrópoli, an international center of excellence dedicated to research, design, and innovation in cities around the world. Fundación Metrópoli has an alliance with Microsoft in order to work in different cities of the world at the intersection between Territory and Technology. In 2016 he finished directing the project “Caribe & Santanderes Diamond in Colombia,” which has been awarded by the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona for the “Innovative Idea Award of 2015,” as well as the prestigious 2017 award, “Global Award for Exellence” by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

Alfonso Vegara’s work approach is to promote the strategic value of cities and future opportunities in a complex and interrelated world. His ideas, philosophy and city projects are presented in his books, “Territorios Inteligentes” and, more recently, “Supercities. The Intelligence of Territory.” This last publication received the Gerd Albers Award as the best book of 2016 granted by the International Society of City and Regional Planners.


Virgilio Barco
Director of Latin America

Virgilio joined Acumen as Director of Latin America in September 2013. He is responsible for all Latin America related investments, operations and business development activities.
Before joining Acumen, he was the Executive Director of the non-profit Social Investment Bank (Banca de Inversión Social), which has helped lead the development of the impact investing space in Colombia. Prior to that, he was the Founding Director of Invest in Bogota, a public-private partnership that promotes foreign direct investment to the Greater Bogota region. In 2009, Invest in Bogota was ranked as the top non-OECD investment promotion agency in the world by the IFC. Virgilio also headed the privatization unit at the Colombian Ministry of Finance and was an advisor on local economic development for the Bogota Planning Department. He has worked in private equity with FondElec Group, as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Brazil and as a financial analyst at Citibank Spain. He holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard College, an M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an M.A. in Economics from NYU.

Moisés Naím
Efecto Naím

Naím is one of the most read columnists in Ibero-America and author of more than ten books on international politics and economics. He is highly respected by the great opinion leaders of Ibero-America and the world, and is recognized for his special ability to identify economic, social and political trends that are changing the world. He is currently senior associate in the division of International Economics of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC and head analyst for the “El País” newspaper in Spain. He is also one of the A-List columnists of the Financial Times, and his weekly columns area reproduced by the leading newspapers in Latin America and Europe. He directs and hosts “Efecto Naím,” a weekly television program on international issues that is aired in the United States and Latin America through NTN24. In 2011, Naím was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award for Outstanding Professional Career.

He has published several works on international economics, globalization, economic development and geopolitics. His book, “Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy” has been published in 18 different languages and was selected by The Washington Post as one of the best books of the year. A documentary based on Illicit, produced by National Geographic, won an Emmy award in 2010. In his most recent book, “The End of Power,” he analyzes the main political, economic and corporate changes and the forces that are affecting people’s daily lives.

Moisés Naím is president of the Population Action International (PAI) organization and Group of Fifty (G-50), and is a member of the International Crisis Group (ICG) and National Endowment for Democracy’s Board of Directors

Uri Levine

Uri Levine is currently one of the most prolific business owners and as active investor in technology companies. Due to his extensive and tested experience, Uri is capable of presenting engaging speeches to young business owners and companies, and giving them the recipe for success. His greatest business successes are apps focused on fighting inefficiency in daily life and making people’s lives easier.

With Waze, he addressed the issue of traffic jams and, with FeeX, he has focused on hidden fees in financial services. “Waze always had a disruptive focus. We wanted maps like there had never been before, and you need a lot of funds to break the market.” In thirty years of business activities, Uri Levine has focused on high-tech businesses, and half of them have been start-ups.

That is how he has experienced failure, success and mega-success, such as by creating and developing Waze, an app that Google purchased for more than one billion dollars. Levine currently shares his business activities with investing in start-ups. He participates in innovative projects, such as Moovit, Engie and Fairfly.

Claudio Orrego
Mayor of Peñalolén/ governor of Metropolitana Santiago/ minister of Vivienda Chile

Claudio Orrego Larraín was born on December 20, 1966. He went to high school at Saint George's College and attended university at the School of Law of Pontificia Universidad Católica, where he graduated in political science and as an attorney. Subsequently, in 1995, he got a Master’s in Public Policies from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He is the son of a prominent Christian democratic leader and member of parliament, who passed away in 1982. Orrego inherited a strong social and public service vocation from him.

He was elected as president of the Student Federation of Universidad Católica (FEUC in the Spanish original) and has participated in the movement against Sebastián Acevedo’s torture since the late 1980s, peacefully joining the fight for democracy. In 1996, he spearheaded the State Modernization Commission, from where he drove IT development in state management and the creation of the “Chilecompra” website. In the private sector, Orrego participated as Sonda’s vice-president. He withdrew from the position in 2004 to resume is passion: public service. This year, he was candidate for Mayor of Peñalolén, and was elected with a historical 47% of the vote.


Anthony F. Pipa (Tony Pipa)
Senior fellow
Global Economy and Development de Brookings Institute

Tony Pipa is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where he studies place-based policies to improve social progress in the United States and globally, including through use of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. He is also considering the future of U.S. multilateral aid and the applicability of lessons from international development to improving rural development in the U.S.

Tony has over 25 years of executive experience in the philanthropic and public sectors addressing poverty and advancing inclusive economic development. During the Obama administration, he served as chief strategy officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and held multiple senior policy positions at the Agency. He served as U.S. special coordinator for the Post-2015 Agenda at the Department of State, leading the U.S. delegation at the U.N. to negotiate and adopt the SDGs. Prior to his government service, he directed the NGO Leaders Forum at Harvard University and was the founding CEO of the Warner Foundation, a family foundation in North Carolina focused on improving economic opportunity and race relations. He helped launch Foundation for Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and has played a principal role in the start-up of several philanthropic ventures focused on addressing poverty and improving distressed communities.

He serves on the board of directors of StriveTogether and the Advisory Council of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on local implementation of the SDGs, the effectiveness of place-based policies, multilateral aid, philanthropic effectiveness, financial innovations, and policies to strengthen resilience and prosperity. He attended Stanford University, was graduated from Duke University, and earned a Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Nicola Borregaard
EBPO Chile

She holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Natural Resources from the University of Cambridge and has contributed to sustainability management and policy issues in Chile and Latin America for 25 years. In Chile, she was a member of various presidential commissions, among which the Presidential Commission on Energy and Presidential Commission on Urban Development stand out.

Ernesto Zedillo

The Ex-president of Mexico (1994 - 2000) and director of Yale University’s Center for the Study of Globalization, Professor of International Economics and Politics and Professor Adjunct of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 2002.

Zedillo has received honorary doctoral degrees from Yale University, Harvard University, University of Miami, University of Massachusetts, the University of Ghana and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has also received innumerable acknowledgments, including the “Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award” Medal - accompanied by distinguished individuals such as Nelson Mandela and Gro Harlem Brundtland.

He is recognized for being one of Latin America’s most brilliant economists and is currently the president of the Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health, Co-Chair of the Inter-American Dialogue, Chairman of the Board of the Natural Resource Governance Institute and member of the board of directors of important companies. He is also a member of Group of Thirty, The Elders (an organization founded by president Nelson Mandela in 2006 to promote peacefully solving national and international conflicts).

He is a member of the High-level Panel of the Electoral Integrity Initiative (chaired by Kofi Annan), the High-Level Board of Experts on the Future of Global Trade Governance, the Global Commission on Drug Policy and is also a Selection Committee Member of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

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The Forum will reward Carbon footprint


To compensate for the carbon footprint produced by the realization of the Forum, 1,000 trees will be planted in the Canoas metropolitan park, located in Soacha, where 7 hectares of forest have been planted since 2016, which contribute to improving the surroundings of Bogotá Region.



The Ágora Bogotá Forum it is a place to show the leadership of business sector to the sustainable change in Bogotá. It is a place of conversation and thoughts around the city projects by important local and international leaders. 

  1. Sustainable and inclusive cities
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  3. Local governance

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