THE GROUND BREAKERS: RECOGNITION OF 25 INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE HELPED TRANSFORM LATIN AMERICA OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS.

 
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They are rule-breakers, non-conformists, curious, and never give up when things aren't working out. They are always trying to go the extra mile. They overcome challenges by leaping over barriers that others never dare to cross or even imagine can be surmounted.

Each one of them leaves a footprint in their field. Some, in education or science, others in business or public affairs. They have transcended, not by words but by deeds, when they tried new ways and put forward their ideas even when the world was against them. With all that passion and hard workt hey have made their contribution toward transforming and improving Latin America.

Today, Latin TVade's editorial board honors these 25 disruptive leaders who opened up unimaginable paths in our region. We will celebrate their achievements at a dinner in their honor on October 15 at the JW Marriot Brickell Hotel in Miami.

Below you will find a brief summary of the 25 people who were selected by Latin Trade to commemorate its 25 years.

TECHNOLOGY

BRIAN ACTON AND JAN KOUM

Creators of WhatsApp, the application that radically transformed how people communicatie in Latin America, where it is used by 60% of the population. In Brazil it has more than 95% of the market and about 70% in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

OSCAR SALAZAR

Mexican engineer. One of three founders of the Uber platform that transformed mobility across the world, creating thousands of jobs.

* MARCOS GALPERIN

Founder of Mercado Libre in 1999, the first of the 19 Latin American unicorns. The Argentine e-commerce company is a symbol of Latin America's transition to technology.

FREDERICO FLEURY CURADO Engineer. Converted Embraer into the world's third largest aircraft manufacturer. The company is particularly strong in the regional jets market

SOCIAL

JOSE MARCIO CAMARGO

Economist Created the conditional transfer mechanisms that lifted millions of Latin Americans out of pouerty. The system, tuhich links subsidies to obligations such as attending school or undertaking medical controls, helped the generation that grew up during the 1990s.

* GASTON ACURIO

Leader of the gastronomic revolution in Peru. Taking advantage of the treasure troue of biodiversity of 60 microclimates and 25,000 types of food he put ceviche and causas on the map of global cuisine. The gastronomic cluster generates $500 million annually in revenues from tourism, and has changed the culture and promoted social inclusion.

CORPORATE

PEDRO HEILBRON AND ENRIQUE CUETO...

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