Valeria Budinich is a social entrepreneur, author and organizational strategist specializing in high-impact business/social entrepreneurship. As a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka, she founded “Full Economic Citizenship”, a global initiative that has enabled over 50 hybrid business models in housing, small farmer agriculture and other industries. In 2012, she received the Harvard/McKinsey M-Prize for management innovation for her pioneering work in enabling Hybrid Value Chains & Systems. In its new phase, this work is focused on spreading a new vision of leadership and innovative organizational models based on open and fluid team of teams of changemakers collaborating across industries for the good of all.
Prior to Ashoka, Valeria focused on stimulating the creation of new businesses, first with Appropriate Technology International in the USA and then with endeavor and “The Entrepreneurship Club” in Latin America. She serves in the Advisory Boards of the Lemelson Foundation and Leapfrog Investments. She is the author, alongside Oliver Kayser of Hystra, of “Scaling Up Business Solutions to Social Problems” (Palgrave, 2015).