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Valeria Budinich

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Founder and CEO of Full Economic Citizenship
Valeria is a social entrepreneur who has worked for 25 years in the creation and expansion of new businesses with social impact in 22 countries worldwide. At Ashoka in 2003, Valeria founded the Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative, a global initiative enabling large commercial alliances between social entrepreneurs and private companies to deliver products and services to small producers and low-income families through the articulation of Hybrid Value Chains (HVC™). Ashoka’s FEC work is focused on housing, healthcare, and agriculture. Prior to Ashoka, Valeria was the Chief Operating Officer at Appropriate Technology International, a founding Vice-President for Latin America at Endeavor, and a Vice President for New Initiatives at BDA, a California-based consulting firm specializing in business process redesign and technology innovations for private sector clients worldwide. She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of Lemelson Foundation & Leapfrog Investments. She was brought up in Chile and Central America and trained as an industrial engineer.