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About YABT
Young Americas Business Trust

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the Organization of American States (OAS) to promote social and economic development of young people around the world. While building entrepreneurial capacity and creating opportunities for future business leaders, the YABT community advances the global goals and strengthens youth-led initiatives for sustainable development.

YABT has four focus areas to support youth ventures, especially those working on poverty reduction, employment, climate change, peace and democracy.

Leadership: Connecting young entrepreneurs and national associations in a regional network, with opportunities to form a new generation of responsible business leaders.

Training: Emphasizing practical experience to generate an entrepreneurial spirit and foster innovation in young people, while motivating them and leading them through a “real life” business experience.

Technology: Utilizing the potential of internet to provide information and to form networks of learning, business opportunities and virtual communities.

Resources and Alliances: Working through international alliances and national chapters that provide technical and financial support to develop young entrepreneurs programs for the new generation of businessmen and businesswomen.

YABT programs have a positive impact on all aspects of young people’s lives. Since its creation, it has bolstered more than 40,000 young people in 75 countries through programs and activities that permit young people to be productive members of their communities, opening a space so that they can act as partners contributing to the development of their countries and the region.

Meet our team:

  • Luis Viguria
    Chief Executive Officer

    Luis Viguria was born and raised in Peru and graduated in Social Sciences with a minor in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and graduated from the Global Master of Arts Program in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. He arrived to YABT more than 10 years ago, and he found in the organization not only his workplace but also his daily motivation to give the best out of him every day.

  • Valerie Lorena
    Executive Director

    Valerie is responsible for design, implementation and expansion of hemipheric and subregional programs on youth entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation involving multiple sectors and international stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining YABT in 2005, Lorena worked for the International Affairs Department of Universidad UCO in Queretaro, Mexico where she was in charge of students’ mobility and institutional agreements. Lorena has a background on international business and holds a Trilateral-MBA from the following universities Western Illinois University in the U.S., Université de Moncton in Canada and Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in Mexico

  • Ignacio Garza
    I.T. Manager

    Ignacio is a Software Development Engineer from TEC Milenio University. He has more than 5 years of experience in business development for young entrepreneurs and SMEs creation in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Currently, Ignacio serves as IT Manager for YABT.

  • Edgar Maestre
    Latin America Program Manager

    Edgar is Business Administrator with emphasis in Marketing from Latin University. He currently serves as Program Manager for Latin America YABT. He has international experience in managing programs and initiatives in the field of youth entrepreneurship and leadership, cooperation and institutional relationships.

  • Akarda Ventour
    Program Manager for the Caribbean

    Akarda is the Program Manager for the Caribbean for the YABT. Her focus is in youth development with special interest in the areas of entrepreneurship and poverty reduction among Caribbean youths. She is from Grenada and received her BSc. in Management from the St George's University, Grenada.

  • Beatriz Calvo

    Beatriz Calvo has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Graphic Design from the University of Costa Rica. Beatriz provides graphical support for the promotional materials of YABT and has also developed graphics for academic campaigns and art expositions. She also teaches young entrepreneurs about graphic designs and how to design logos for their businesses through the YABT BOOT Camp.

  • Ariadna Rincón

    Ariadna has a Masters in Political Affairs and Public Policy, with specialization studies at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She has served in governmental instances such as the local legislature, the Mexican Senate, the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom; as well as in her native state of San Luis Potosi in the Secretary of Ecology of Government of the State. Ariadna practices as an active member of civil organizations, which promote empowerment and and better conditions for young people. She is chief columnist of the section Young Agenda of the Sun of San Luis of Organización Editorial Mexicana.

  • Bridget Feldmann

    Bridget Feldmann was born and raised in Washington D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Policy from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine). Outside of academics, she focused on grant research and writing for nonprofit organizations, and taught corrective literacy in a juvenile incarceration center. Her thesis was completed in Chile, where she studied for a year investigating the subject of human rights abuses. Recently returned from Spain, she hopes to contribute to the work of YABT in supporting economic growth in the Americas.

  • Hector Mejía

    Born in Mexico. Hector is a graduate of the degree in Financial Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey. With experience in the areas of finance, customer service, innovation and strategy, he was able to collaborate with transnational companies, medians and SMEs. He comes to YABT to contribute to the business development of America’s youth.

  • Helena Gougeon

    Born in Paraguay, she studied philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Helan has a master’s degree in Cultural and Religious Mediation. She is currently Intern-Program Officer at YABT in Panama City.

  • Javier Colocho

    Javier Colocho born in El Salvador, studies Aviation Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He has experience in ground control organizations thanks to an internship on the International Airport of El Salvador. Javier is YABT's BOOT Camp coordinator, in charge of scheduling the sessions and coordinate with the speakers.

  • Stephanie Limón

    Born in Mexico, Stephanie graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Valley of Mexico with a degree in Nanotechnology Engineering. Through her last year she has been in Innovation and Development in the Private Industry. Her main motivation in YABT is to give the highest quality and efficiency to the area of Technology in order to generate great network of learning.

  • Valerie Hernandez

    Valerie is currently studying for a degree in Engineering in Business Management at the National Technological Institute of Mexico in Calaya. She also has experience in the development of leadership, entrepreneurship and altruistic activities, as part of the Vice-Coordinator of Region 5 before a youth group called Vision Lider. Thanks to the support of of the Government of the State of Guanajuato she manages to receive the scholarship of “Governors Program Fall 2017” attending YABT.

  • Viridiana Alvarez

    Viridiana Alvarez, holds a bachelor’s in International Business and Winner of the Invitation to Youth Young International Organization by IMJUVE. Currently is intern at YABT and in charge of organizing the workshops NexLinks and Business Labs. She has experience in international companies and also in leadership and who has been volunteering since 15 years where she has developed this ability.

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