LALP News, Winter 2020
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From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

This New Year marks a new decade, at least according to most, but for LALP 2020 marks more than that. This year, we make 14 years of our Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL), 7 years of our Innovation and Leadership in Government Program (ILG), 5 years of custom programs, and more than a decade of impact in the region. And all of this couldn't have been possible without our incredible network of faculty, alumni, partners, and supporters, and for that, I want to sincerely thank all of you who make our programs a reality.

But 2020 also begins with much uncertainty about the future of the Latin American region, so we must continue to empower, educate, and connect the leaders of the region to design and implement positive and long-lasting solutions to the region's most pressing challenges. Hence, the relevance of our programs that leverage an extraordinary level of academic excellence spanning Georgetown schools and campuses to contribute to competitiveness, progress, and integral development of the Americas.

To mark the New Year, this week we proudly welcome to campus the 14th cohort of our GCL program. 19 men and 19 women spanning 19 countries who will be working on their GCL projects to create a multiplier effect in the region upon their return to their countries. We hope you will follow their progress on twitter, and join us the week of March 30th for the GCL Project Presentations and Program Graduation.

With my best wishes for this New Year to mark the beginning of a great new era for Latin America and Georgetown University!
Ricardo Ernst, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Latin America Leadership Program 
Managing Director, Latin American Board 
GCL 2020: January 27- April 2, 2020
On Monday, January 27th, LALP opened the 14th edition of its Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL). This year, 38 emerging leaders will participate in this 10-week program which aims to empower emerging leaders to become strong agents of change in Latin America.
GCL 2020 projects include initiatives on citizen participation, public policy evaluation, early childhood, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, gender equality, AI, education, access to justice, rural areas, media, food sustainability, environment, employment, arts & culture, and many more. Follow us on twitter and join us for the program culmination activities the week of March 30, 2020 at Georgetown University:

- FINAL PITCH SHOWCASE - April 1, 2020
- GCL 2020 GRADUATION - April 2, 2020

Nominations Open for the
GCL Impact Award 2020
The GCL Impact Award recognizes Global Competitiveness Leadership Program alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting the multiplier effect of the GCL mission in the Latin American region. GCL alumni can submit their nominations by February 14, 2020.
GCL 2010 Alumna New Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru
In October 2019, the President of the Republic of Peru, Mr. Martin Vizcarra, appointed María Antonieta Alva, an economist, and Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (GCL) alumna, as the new Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru, replacing Carlos Oliva. 
GCL 2009 is the New Secretary for Anticorruption in Ecuador
On January 17, 2020, the President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, appointed GCL 2009 alumn José Javier de la Gasca López as the new Secretary for Anticorruption. In his new role, José will be responsible for designing new public policies to stop and denounce corruption, and for promoting collaboration between government entities that investigate and prosecute these cases.
Measuring Gender Equality
in the Workplace
In 2019, BBC featured two GCL2014 alumni, Mia Perdomo from Colombia and Andrea de la Piedra from Peru, for their GCL project Aequales as one of the "101 Ways Work is Changing Today." Founded five years ago during the GCL program, Aequales launched the first-ever gender equality ranking system for companies in Latin America to promote gender equality in the workplace. 
GCL 2019 Project Awarded the Global Youth Empowerment Grant
The Corporation for Development of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CODEIS), a social enterprise founded and led by Ecuadorian GCL 2019 alum Francisco Abad, was awarded the Global Youth Empowerment Grant and recognized with the first place of the “Quito Sostenible y Responsable 2019" Prize.
Sharing ILG Experiences
in Paraguay
ILG 2019 alumni Deninson Mendoza (Colombia) and Agustin Pesce (Argentina) joined Edgar Colman, Daniel Escauriza and other ILG 2019 alumni in Paraguay to share their experiences on financing and entrepreneurship assistance at the First National Summit of Entrepreneurs.
Strengthening the Public Sector with Fundacion Botin
From October 27-31, 2019, as part of its custom program offerings, LALP organized a 4-day workshop to open the 10th edition of Fundacion Botin's Program on Strengthening the Public Sector in Latin America, a program that took place over six weeks spanning the U.S., Colombia, and Spain and that welcomed 32 Latin American young leaders.
Honoring Samuel Lewis,
Latin American Board Chairman
On October 22, 2019, Georgetown University's President John J. DeGioia and Latin American Board (LAB) members gathered at the Riggs Library to celebrate and honor the dedication and leadership of Mr. Samuel Lewis Navarro, LAB Chairman 2015-2019, and to welcome new LAB Chairman Manuel Balbontin.
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