The icon of philanthropy in Colombia
Catalina Escobar is a Colombian woman, who graduated in 1993 from Clark University (USA) with a degree in Business Administration, studies she combined with other academic programs in Europe and also Japan at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. In 1997 she completed an M.B.A. at the INALDE in Bogotá. She began in the banking and private fields, when in 2001 she created what would become her passion and greatest project of her life: The Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, after living two tragic and painful experiences in the year 2000.
Her active participation in this field has made Catalina a well-recognized entrepreneur with a great social sense and spirit, as well as an example of leadership among the Colombian society. She has been recognized by different Colombian financial and business magazines as one of the most Successful Young Leaders (Revista Dinero, 2003), also acknowledged as one of the most important Colombian Social Innovators (Revista Poder, 2008), as well as one of the Main Leaders in Colombia in the year 2011 (Revista Gerente).
The Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, awarded her with the National Merit Order Award in 2011. In 2012 she was part of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women´s Partnership, and she became a Top 10 CNN Heroes 2012. In 2013, Women eNews awarded her as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in the U.S. During the month of August 2013, she became one of the Top 10 of The Best Colombian Leaders by Revista Semana. In November 2013, she received Poder Business Award from Poder magazine. Currently Escobar is an Ashoka Fellow.
She has been invited several times to different conferences in Spain with Comunidad de Madrid, LatinFinance in New York, DLD Women in Munich, Georgetown University, Aspen Ideas Festival as well as different conferences in Colombia.