Manuel Lorenzo selected as fellow in the Central America Leadership Initiative

The Director of the City of Knowledge Business Accelerator, Manuel Lorenzo, was selected as a fellow in the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI).

The objective of CALI is to identify and train successful entrepreneur leaders of Central America so that they will take advantage of their skills and therefore affect their environment by addressing social, economic and environmental problems. This initiative covers six countries in the region: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Director Lorenzo will become part of the eighth generation of CALI and must attend four workshops of 5-6 days during a period of 18 months. The first is called «The Leadership Challenge» and will take place by the end of November in San Ramon, Costa Rica.

The second one called «The Aspen Seminar» will be held in Antigua, Guatemala, in March 2013, and the third «Leading in an Era of Globalization» will be between October 2013 and February 2014 in one of several places in the world to choose. The last «The Promise of Leadership», will be held in June 2014 in a place still to be determined.

«Being selected as a CALI fellow is primarily an honor, but it also represents a strong commitment to society,» said Manuel Lorenzo.

The CALI fellows are part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN), a community of about 1,500 fellows from 45 countries.

Their members are men and women who are leaders in business, government and civil society, and are elected through an extensive nomination and selection process.

To enter the program, fellows must be between 30 and 45 years old, and participate in one of 12 leadership initiatives inspired by the Henry Crown Fellowship in India, Africa, Central America, the Middle East and the United States, among others.

One of the most important requirements is that each member takes on a personal leadership project aimed at giving back to their community, country or region.

Manuel Lorenzo is the Director of the Panama Business Accelerator at the City of Knowledge Foundation, and CEO of the Venture Club, the first and only network of angel investors in Panama. He is the National Coordinator of the Dynamic Entrepreneurship Support Project in Panama, of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been a business consultant, investment banker, businessman, and university professor, besides a guest lecturer for the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program of the Latin American Board of Georgetown University. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from INCAE in 1996, and the title of Computer Systems Engineer at the Monterrey Tech in 1991. Manuel Lorenzo was born and lives in Panama City with his wife and two children.

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