Conchita Galdón is Puentes Global’s CEO and the manager of Area 31, the space for entrepreneurship and innovation at IE Business School. She is also professor of entrepreneurship and Innovation.
At 18, Conchita travelled to El Alto, Bolivia to help develop a child-education project. During the following four years, she combined her studies at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with the founding of Villanueva Solidaria Foundation. After graduating with a B.S. in Economics, and interning at the United Nations, Conchita started work at Banco Santander where she was responsible for conducting analyses and forecasts of Latin America’s main economies, primarily Mexico, Brazil, and Chile.
Conchita holds a Masters in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Over the summer of her first year at Harvard, Conchita worked in Liberia providing assistance to the Ministry of Finance. There, she worked with the Government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nobel Peace Price 2011. Back in Cambridge, she wrote her thesis “It’s possible to have it all… Using migration as a tool for development”.
Since 2010 Conchita has combined her job as CEO of the social venture Puentes Global with several positions at IE Business School, where she has worked as Deputy director of the Center for Diversity.