Juan Carlos Zapata
Executive Director of FUNDESA
Juan Carlos Zapata is the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA). He has more than 20 years of experience in leading economic and social development public policy programs, focused on increasing productivity and generating prosperity through inclusive economic growth. He is part of the board of directors of Invest Guatemala, Pronacom and participates in various working groups of the private sector and is participating in the Nearshoring Task Force of the Atlantic Council.
Mr. Zapata holds a Master´s degree in Public Management and Leadership from the School of Government of Guatemala, where he graduated with honors. He studied a Postgraduate Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University Center Cesar Ritz in Brig, Switzerland, and has a B.A. in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance, from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City. He also has postgraduate studies from INCAE, as well as a higher diploma from the Energy & Infrastructure Analysis Center. He has also worked in the hospitality industry in the United States at the Sheraton Key West and was the owner of a restaurant in La Antigua Guatemala.
He has worked as consultant for The Caribbean Council, a London based think tank, and with projects financed by IDB, with firms like Turasist and others in Central America. He is the person in charge of leading the team that organizes each year the National Development Forum (ENADE), an event that gathers more than 3,000 people a year, to present elements that are key for the development of Guatemala.
He is a well-known columnist for the Prensa Libre newspaper and has written op-eds for elPeriódico, RepublicaGT and Crónica Magazine. He has also published articles for America’s Quarterly magazine, as well as Insight Crime, and is part of the Advisory Committee of Estrategia & Negocios Magazine. As a volunteer, he is part of the steering committee of AgTech, a program that works as an incubator for entrepreneurships focused on innovation in agriculture. Zapata was recognized by Forbes Central America as one of the 100 people you should know in Central America.

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