Claudia Valladares

Claudia Valladares

Co-founder & Director

Claudia is a social entrepreneur passionate to make a difference in our world. She is co-founder and director of the Impact Hub Caracas. She has more than fourteen (14) years of experience in the financial sector in LatinAmerica (Citi NY, Citi Venezuela, Banesco), the last eight (8) years have been dedicated to microfinance in Venezuela (Banca Comunitaria Banesco) and she has more than 20 years of developing programs and intitiatives within the public, private and third sector (NGOs) in favoring the low income families and the less fortunate segments of our society.

She was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2010” in Venezuela by Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum and Fundación Venezuela Sin Límites, as well as “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur in Venezuela” in 2011 by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum; “World Young Leader” of the BMW Foundation since 2011; she was nominated among the Top 100 most Successful Managers in Venezuela by Gerente Magazine in 2012 and 2008, among other awards.

She has a Systems Engineer degree from Universidad Metropolitana, an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, a Master of Finanzas from IESA and she is currently studying the Creative Leadership Program at THNK The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership. She has completed executive courses in Microfinance, Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, INCAE and INSEAD Business School. Claudia also loves to play tennis, cooking, art, singing and music.

If you ask her what is the impact that she would like to create in the world, she will answer without hesitation: to defeat poverty!