OUR Mission

Our mission is to promote sustainable economic development and strengthen democratic governance in Latin America by developing and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.

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our mission

Our mission is to promote sustainable economic development and strengthen democratic governance in Latin America by developing and connecting a new generation of principled and socially innovative leaders.

Latin america suffers due to the lack of quality leaders...

In government, in business, and in civil society, many of our leaders have turned out to be corrupt, ill-prepared, and ill-informed. It is no surprise that most countries score a “failing grade” in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index and the World Economic Forum states we have the world’s most unequal income distribution. Our people suffer, and we lose trust and hope in our institutions.

...and the root cause is the broken pipeline.

As education, opportunities and power accrue to a minority, they grow disconnected from the masses and are unlikely to change the status quo they benefit from. And as the majority of Latin Americans go through our dismal education system (we are positioned at the bottom of the PISA international ranking!), every year we lose countless potential leaders who could transform the region.

LALA identifies young leaders from across the continent with demonstrated leadership potential, a passion for Latin America, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a track record of community service. LALA continues to empower these leaders by connecting them to The Ecosystem: a network of changemakers composed by academy alumni, bootcamp alumni, national hub members, corporate and educational partners. Through our EduLab, we lead the change of higher education in Latin America by sharing the best evidence-based education practices and contributing to the development of more leaders across the region.

 

We believe that empowering Latin America's most promising young leaders to create the change they want to see is the most scalable and sustainable way to transform the region.

lala aims to solve this problem.

OUR values

LALA is a movement that is united by our common sense of purpose and our values. These values, which we share with African Leadership Academy, will be the standard we all live up to.

integrity

We are people of our word, with the courage to do what is right

curiosity

We challenge the status quo and take the initiative to pursue new ideas

humility

We are thankful for opportunities and are aware of our limitations

cOMPASSION

We empathize with and care for those around us.

Diversity

We respect all people and believe that difference should be celebrated

Excellence

We set high standards for our own achievement and celebrate the achievements of others

My name is Diego Ontaneda Benavides, Co-Founder and CEO of Latin American Leadership Academy. Let me tell you how we got here, and where we’re going.​ 

FROM OUR CEO

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