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Felipe Medina

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Felipe Medina leads the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to create a community of strategic philanthropists and to facilitate collaboration and exchanges of best practices and lessons learned with the final objective of increasing the volume of effective social investments. Mr. Medina spends twenty five percent of his time analyzing and researching philanthropy and social investment trends. He is particularly interested in studying projects that generate sustainable development in Latin America.  Mr. Medina is studying the obstacles that exist to create a culture of philanthropy in Latin America and the motivations for US based philanthropists to get involved in international philanthropy.

Mr. Medina is in the Board of Directors of Give to Colombia, Enseña por Colombia, and LASPAU. He is in the Board of Advisors of Lumni and LeapFrog Investments. He is part of the Steering Group of the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Philanthropy Center at the Adolfo Ibañez University.  Mr. Medina is a member of the Global Advisory Council of Acumen, Teach for All, Ashoka Support Network and of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of L’Atelier, a Reggio Emilia inspired pre-school that he founded with his wife Simonetta. L’Atelier is working with several organizations to establish Reggio Emilia inspired early education centers.

Mr. Medina began his career in Goldman Sachs in 1990, managing assets for Latin American clients and formed the largest team in the region. Between 2000 and 2003, he was Regional Director for Latin America Private Wealth Management. Currently, Mr. Medina manages relationships with some of the most influential families and individuals in the Region. He is a member of the Private Wealth Philanthropy Advisory Committee of Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Medina has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics and Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.