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Shaping the future

MIT Harvard club colombia summit & Beyond leadership awards 2024

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A lively conference attended by distinguished speakers and 150 MIT and Harvard alumni from all industries and professions. Awards were given to exceptional Colombians who made significant contributions to the country’s progress.


Distinguished speakers included Juan Manuel Santos (Nobel Prize 2016), Daniel Dennett (Famous philosopher), Alberto Ospinal (founder of Colciencias) among others.

Academic Panels

We will have the participation of a select panel of experts discussing the Colombia of the future. Ask your questions for the speakers here.

Networking Sessions

You will have the opportunity to connect with excellent professionals from all areas of knowledge. Guided networking strategies specially designed for the event



We recognize to those who build the future of Colombia. In the categories of Innovation, Sustainability, Social Impact, Peace and Reconciliation and Diversity and Inclusion. If you know or are a leader in these fields

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Shaping the future 2024

This exclusive gathering will take place on June 8, 2024, in Bogota, Colombia, featuring dynamic academic panels, engaging networking sessions, and captivating entertainment. Connect and hear from inspiring leaders in philosophy, business, science, art, education, and more.

This event will be the perfect opportunity for all interested audiences to unite and celebrate the remarkable achievements of individuals making a significant impact on society. Don't miss out on this thrilling event, we can't wait to welcome you!

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Keynote Speech

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Economic Reactivation 2.0

Guided Networking Session #1

Energy Transition

Mergers and Acquisitions Trends in Latin America, the United States, and Colombia.





Artificial intelligence and the new realities of education

Peace and Security in Colombia: cHALLENGES AND Perspectives

coffee break

start-ups y desarrollo económico

beyond leadership awards

Retelling of the event

Closing speech

cocktail and music night

Schedule event

April 15, 2023


Shaping the future 2024

Carlos Fernando Galán

Alcalde de Bogotá

Sergio Diaz Granados

Presidente CAF - Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina y el Caribe

Mauricio Cardenas

Director Columbia University MPA program. Ex-Ministro de Hacienda y Minas

Nubia Carolina Córdoba

Gobernadora del Chocó

Felipe Bayón

Experto Líder en Oil & Gas y Energia


Directora General de JPMorgan Chase & Co

María Victoria Llórente

Directora Fundación Ideas para La Paz

Neil Woodyer

CEO Aris Mining

Claudia Restrepo

Rectora Universidad EAFIT

Adriana Suarez

Managing Director, Matterscale Ventures

Alexandra Hernández

Presidenta Asociación Energías Renovables

Giovanni Stella

Country Manager Google


Presidente de Bancoldex


Fundador y COO QUIPU

Guillermo jaime calderón

CEO Hacku

Nohora mercado caruso

Ex Vice Transformación Digital

José Vélez

Fundador Bold

Carlos Ardila

Socio Latham & Watkins

Darío Laguado


Tatiana Uribe

Head CIB Itau Colombia

Felipe Arias

Presentador RCN

Camila Salamanca

Managing Director, Endeavor

Carlos Alarcon

Consultor experto en IA

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Beyond Leadership Awards

Networking Lunch

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Metropolitan Club

Diagonal 76 #2-68 Bogotá, Colombia


Booking: +57 3058173241

Our Agenda of 2023



invited speakers

Shaping the future 2023

Juan Manuel Santos

Nobel Peace Prize 2016, Colombia Expresident

Camilo Enciso

President MIT Harvard Association, HKS2019

Luis Gilberto Murillo

Colombia Ambassador to the U.S


Philosoher and Cognitive Scientist

de Greiff

Board Member of Ecopetrol, Former Minister of Justice

María Bibiana Botero

ProAntioquia President


President EAN University

Juan Felipe Bedoya

CEO Porsche Colombia


ACEMI President


Former Minister of Health

Alberto Ospina Taborda

Founder Colciencias MIT 1958

Ana Margarita Albir

ADL Digital Lab, Grupo Aval, MIT2004


Harvard, MIT, Vicepresident EAFIT

Aura Cifuentes

Agata. Public Innovation and Digital Government


HKS, Former Minister of Environment

Jesús Abad Colorado


Mauricio Lizcano

Chief of Staff of the Presidency, HKS, 2020, MIT, 2021

Ana Duque

CEO Shell Colombia & Caribbean

Alberto Madero

Dean Law School Uni. Norte, HLS, 2015

José Ugaz

Former Head Transparency International

Harold diaz

CEO & Co founder Ressolve

Federico Gómez

Cambio Magazine

Catherine juvinao

House Representative

Tatiana Andia

Professor Uniandes

Mabel Lara

Peace Negotiator with ELN

Juan Ricardo Ortega

CEO Grupo de Energía de Bogotá & Former Head of DIAN

Santiago Amador

President of Colombia EdTech, MPA Hvd

Daniela Cadena

Dir. Business Development Chiper

Paloma Valencia

Senator of the Republic

Gustavo Morales Cobo


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The "Economic Reactivation 2.0" panel is presented in a context of significant economic challenges for Colombia, marked mainly by inflation that has closed at 9.8% in 2023, projecting a decrease towards 4% in 2024. Despite the trend On the downside, the slowdown of the economy has been slower than expected, with direct effects on the increase in fuel and food prices, evidencing the need to adopt measures to consolidate the reduction in inflation and stimulate economic growth.

The Colombian economy, in addition, faces a low growth scenario, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusting its growth projections for the country to only 1.0% for the year 2023, a marked slowdown from 7, 5% observed in 2022. This situation places Colombia among the lowest growing economies in the region, underscoring the importance of revitalizing the construction, mining, transportation, accommodation, food, manufacturing activities and commerce sectors, to achieve a sustained recovery.

Faced with these challenges, the dialogue in the panel must focus on strategies that boost investment levels and investor confidence, encourage job creation, and improve productivity and economic growth in Colombia. Discussing monetary policies that balance the need to control inflation without stifling growth, economic diversification strategies, and strengthening the regulatory framework to increase competitiveness and attract foreign investment, will be essential to shape a path towards robust and sustainable economic reactivation in Colombia.


This focuses on how Colombia embarks on a journey towards an economy less dependent on fossil fuels, promoting renewable energies such as green hydrogen, and wind and solar energy, among others. This change not only responds to the global climate emergency but also to the need to diversify the country's energy matrix to guarantee long-term sustainability.

The country has seen an increase in projects focused on renewable energy, clean energy solutions and energy efficiency, as well as investments in the development of renewable energy, grid modernization and more efficient energy solutions. These efforts are aligned with the five fundamental axes for the energy transition detailed by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Mines and Energy: greater investments in clean energy, progressive substitution of the demand for fossil fuels, greater energy efficiency, review of regulation, and reindustrialization of the Colombian economy.

The country's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is highlighted. With an energy capacity of 1,365 MW through solar and wind solutions and more projects on the way, Colombia is moving towards a more sustainable energy future. The National Government has outlined this ambition in CONPES 4075, establishing four pillars for the energy transition policy, which include security and reliability in energy supply, knowledge and innovation, economic development, and an energy system that contributes to reducing emissions. of GHG. However, regulatory and tariff challenges persist.

Likewise, sustainable mining in Colombia plays a fundamental role in the energy transition towards a more sustainable model and less dependent on fossil fuels. With the reorientation towards the extraction of strategic minerals such as gold and also copper, lithium, and cobalt, necessary for clean technologies, Colombia seeks not only to meet its CO₂ emissions reduction goals but also to diversify its economy. Companies and government policies are focused on taking advantage of the country's natural resources and human capital to advance towards renewable energy, while promoting responsible mining practices that minimize environmental impacts and promote local economic development.

This panel will present a unique opportunity to discuss how technology, appropriate regulation and optimal public policies can accelerate Colombia's energy transition, highlighting both the challenges and promises of this essential shift towards a sustainable energy and mining future. The path to energy transition in Colombia by 2050 will be a journey full of challenges and opportunities, requiring unprecedented collaboration between government, industry, and communities. To achieve a sustainable and resilient future, it is essential to adopt innovations, promote responsible mining practices, and support the development of renewable energy. Through this dialogue, we seek to transform challenges into milestones towards a greener and more prosperous nation.

Artificial intelligence and the future of education

The panel is situated in a context where artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the educational landscape in Colombia, offering both significant opportunities and challenges. AI in education ranges from personalized learning tools to educational data analytics, transforming teaching and learning by tailoring content to the individual needs of each student. However, there are also challenges such as equitable access to technology, data privacy and the need for human interaction.

The Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) highlights AI as an engine of change in science, innovation and technology, highlighting its ability to overcome previously insurmountable barriers and promoting its use in education. to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The OEI emphasizes the importance of developing digital competencies in AI in both students and teachers.

On the other hand, the current panorama shows how education, both virtual and in-person, is being transformed by AI. Tools like ChatGPT are revolutionizing the way students approach their assignments and studies, offering vast potential for personalized learning. This presents a challenge for educational institutions, which must adapt to these technologies to avoid being replaced. In this sense, AI is not only seen as a challenge, but also as an opportunity to transform the educational approach, promoting more individualized learning based on the ability of educators to integrate these technologies into their pedagogical practices.

This panel seeks to explore how Colombia can leverage AI to improve education, addressing equity and privacy challenges, while promoting a pedagogical approach that takes advantage of the advantages of personalization and access to information offered by AI technologies. The discussion will also focus on the ethical, social and privacy implications of AI in education, seeking strategies to incorporate these technologies effectively and ethically into the Colombian educational system.

Additionally, AI is marking a significant change in the employment landscape and in preparing workers for the industries of the future. The growing adoption of AI is not only transforming the types of jobs available but also the skills needed to participate in the modern economy. While AI may eliminate some jobs, it will also create many new ones, emphasizing the need for constant training and relearning to stay relevant in the job market. In this context, companies and workers are expected to adapt to the changes, focusing on more strategic and creative tasks, where AI acts as a complement rather than a substitute.

In Colombia, the growth in the implementation of AI in the business sector is evident, with an increasing increase in the number of companies using AI. Companies are using AI to optimize processes, reduce costs and improve user experience. Government and the private sector face the challenge of ensuring that the workforce has the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with emerging technologies such as AI.

Intersectoral collaboration is key to achieving collective approaches that maximize the benefits of AI, fill knowledge and talent gaps, and promote economic and social development. For Colombia and the region to fully take advantage of the opportunities offered by AI, continued investment in training and education is essential. This not only involves developing technical skills in AI and technology, but also fostering critical thinking, creativity and interpersonal skills that will complement AI capabilities and ensure the workforce can adapt to changes in the work environment.

Startups and economic development

The panel on startups is presented as an essential platform to explore the vibrant role of entrepreneurship in the economic development of the country. The fundamental idea of ​​this is to show that entrepreneurship is not simply a way for innovation and business creation; but it is a fundamental engine for economic growth and job creation. In Colombia, a country that has faced significant challenges but shows remarkable resilience and resilience, startups represent a vital force in driving the economy. These startups not only bring innovative solutions to the market, but also stimulate competition, encourage economic diversification and attract foreign investment, all crucial elements for sustainable economic development.

Beyond economics, the panel will emphasize the role of startups in finding creative solutions to social and environmental challenges and how they can reduce income or gender inequality, and protect the environment. In this sense, entrepreneurship becomes a powerful tool to promote more inclusive and sustainable development. Notable examples include agritech initiatives that seek to improve the efficiency and sustainability of Colombian agriculture, or startups focused on educational technology that seek to close the gap in access to quality education for underserved communities.

A central debate in the field of entrepreneurship is whether it is possible to simultaneously pursue the maximization of income and profits and play an active role in the economic development of the country.

This panel will address how startups, through innovative and sustainable business models, can generate profitability while contributing positively to society and the environment. Additionally, the growing interest of venture capital funds in companies that not only seek financial success, but also have a positive social and environmental impact, reflecting a shift towards impact investing will be discussed.

Finally, in the current economic context, which is more challenging for companies and startups, the question arises whether social and environmental impact becomes a secondary priority for entrepreneurs. This critical topic will be discussed in depth, examining how, despite the difficulties, many startups continue to prioritize their commitment to sustainable development, seeing it not as a burden, but as an integral part of their long-term strategy to achieve success and business resilience.

The startup panel at the "Shaping the Future" conference promises to be a deep and enriching exploration of how entrepreneurship can be a catalyst for economic, social and environmental development in Colombia. Through discussions ranging from profitability to social impact, this panel will not only shed light on the challenges and opportunities startups face in the current economic climate, but will also highlight their indispensable role in building a more prosperous future. and sustainable for Colombia.