VPColombia 2019-05-03T12:48:46+00:00


This high-level capacity-building and networking event will engage leading individuals from the Colombian business sector and a select few international attendees in “Venture Peacebuilding,” or how to contribute to systemic peace through building a sound business environment.

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This intensive 4-day workshop will offer practical tools for business men/women and companies that wish to enter or expand into territories affected by the armed conflict in Colombia, helping to answer the questions:

  • How do I achieve profitable alliances for my company in territories affected by the armed conflict?
  • How do I build peace into business plans? Why does peace protect my bottom line?
  • How do I improve my company’s relations with diverse stakeholders?
  • How do I manage difficult conversations through dialogue?
  • How do I take advantage of innovative finance instruments to help grow my company?

The content is divided into three learning objectives: Dialogue, Decision-Making, and Cooperation. By focusing on these specific topics, the workshop will provide leaders the opportunity to develop the skills and networks to contribute to the necessary structural transformations Colombia needs to consolidate peace.

Each participant will receive individualized coaching to develop a “project,” which can take the form of a business plan, a business expansion, a community organizing strategy, or other activities that promote a sound business environment as a primary pillar for systemic sustainable peace.

Continued one-on-one coaching for one year following the workshop is included with participation.

The content will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to/from English when necessary.


John Hewko
General Secretary,
Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation

Luz Patricia Gonzalez
Vice President, Public Private Articulation, Bogotá Chamber of Commerce

Jean Claude Bessudo
Aviatur Group

Michelle Breslauer
Senior Manager, Peace and Govrenance, UN Global Compact

Luc Lapointe
CEO & Founder,
The Blended Capital Lab

Sybil Caballero
Director of Venture and Fellowship, Ashoka

Dr. Craig Zelizer
Peace & Collaborative Development Network

Teryn Wolfe 
CEO, Measurement Matters; Founder, E2E Foundation

Daniela Camargo
Focal Point and Coordinator of HHRR and Governance, UN Global Compact

Juan Fernando Lucio
National Director, Paso Colombia

Ángela del Pilar Santamaría
Professor, Universidad del Rosario

Segio Figueredo
Executive Director, Choco4Peace

Gustavo Bernal Torres
Executive Director, TerraBlanca Impact Capital

Carola Mandelbaum
Chief Executive Officer, Creative Learning

Alejandro Vizcaíno
Commercial / Partnership Director,

Sergio Zúñiga
Latin America Regional Manager,
Villiage Capital

Diana Dajer
Chief Executive Officer, Policéntrico

Julián Ballesteros Riveros
Co-Founder and Associate, Value4Chain


Dates:  May 15-18, 2019
Location:  Hotel Parque 97

Fees for International Attendees:  $3,500
A limited number of spots are available for international attendees, impact investors, and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about business opportunities in Colombia and networking with dozens of carefully-selected Colombian business leaders looking to expand operations in transitioning regions. Fees include registration, conference materials, 3 nights lodging at Hotel Parque 97, meals, and coffee. 

Scholarships: Full funding for participation, lodging, food, and travel is available for 50 exceptional Colombian business and community leaders working in regions transitioning from conflict to peace.

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