At Give To Colombia, fundraising meets business efficiency. Keeping in line with this model, most of our board members are business executives at top multinationals. This means they understand the concept of return of investment, and help us apply this to our model.
Board of Directors
Maria Camila Leiva
Carlos Manuel Parra
Angela Maria Tafur
Felipe Medina- Chairman
Felipe began his career in Goldman Sachs in 1990, managing assets for Latin American clients. Between 2000 and 2003, he was Regional Director for Latin America Private Wealth Management. Currently, Felipe manages relationships with some of the most influential families and individuals in the Region. He spends 25% of his time analyzing the social investment field in Latin America, focusing on projects that generate sustainable development in the region. Felipe leads the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative and sits in the board of several organizations that operate in the region
Robert Eichfeld- Vice Chairman
During a 33 year career with Citigroup, Bob managed many of Citibank's business, country and regional activities while posted in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the Caribbean followed by Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, India and again in Saudi Arabia. Since 2000 he has continued to use the business and cultural awareness skills that arise from having lived in or traveled to over 100 countries. He advised a de-novo venture capital fund in Dubai. He helped set up a new Islamic bank in Bahrain. He joined the board of the leading investment bank in the Middle East, Cairo based EFG-Hermes where he serves on the Bank's audit committee. EFG specializes in brokerage and research, private equity, corporate finance and asset management across the Arab world. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1966 with a degree in Economics, from Thunderbird in 1967 with a graduate degree in International Business, and from Harvard's Executive Program for Management Development in 1985.
Geoffrey Randall- Secretary
Geoffrey Randall is a partner in Shutts & Bowen LLP, a Miami, Florida-based law firm, where he specializes in banking and international commercial law. Geoffrey graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and also holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish from the University of Michigan.
Maria Camila Leiva- Treasurer
Executive Vice President of MFZ Management Corporation (formerly known as Miami Free Zone Corporation). Maria Camila is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and over the course of her career has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations. She has also received prestigious awards in recognition of her professional achievement, including the Omni International Business award and the Outstanding Woman Business Owner 93 award. Maria Camila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation and Civilization from the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and a Special Degree in Conference Interpretation and Translation from Georgetown University.
Rodrigo Arboleda is a partner in The Globis Group, a firm which offers business development know-how to companies working within the Ibero-American market. In the past, Rodrigo has worked as a consultant, and he continues to do so with select Latin American and US companies. Rodrigo is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he still maintains close ties as a Board Member of the 2B1 Foundation and as a recent visiting scholar.
Gabriela is the founder of United for Colombia, a non-profit organization that provides medical and rehabilitative assistance to Colombian victims of the war against drugs and terrorism. Gabriela previously served on various boards of directors in the private sector, including the World Trade Center Association in New York and Bellsouth, Colombia, and as Ambassador at Large for Trade to the Andean countries; represented Venezuela in several trade-related positions; Gabriela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cum Laude.
Carlos Manuel Parra
Dr. Parra is Clinical Professor of Operations Management at the Florida International University. He has seven years of experience in designing and executing corporate sustainability and business development strategies as well as in overseeing the continuous improvement of processes and metrics in the financial and manufacturing industries. As Head of Community Development for Citi in Latin America, he developed a regional strategy – executed it in 19 countries – and oversaw a 32 percent budget increase. He also instituted an ecosystem build-up approach to engage with business units in advancing microfinance, sustainable supply chain finance and mobile banking solutions in the region. As KAIZEN leader for Komatsu Latin America Corp., he was in charge of promoting, monitoring and assessing continuous improvement processes internally and throughout the distributor network. Dr. Parra developed Key Performance Indicators that facilitated forecasting/planning decisions for reducing costs, enhancing delivery times and increasing profits. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Engineering of the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida (USA).
Special Advisor to the Board of Directors
Juan Carlos Ortiz (Marketing & Strategy)
Eduardo Arboleda Staton | Antonio José Ardila | Gustavo Arenas | Orlando Ayala | Eduardo Barco | Moises Eilemberg | Carlos Fonseca | General Douglas Fraser | Juan Carlos Franco | Josh Gilinski | Eric Newman | Andres Otero | Maria Soledad Saieh | James Stewart | Rodrigo Villar