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    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. 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 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.

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