Benjamín Sywulka is head of innovation and new business for CMI, one of the largest corporations in Central America, where he is leading the development of the company’s innovation system and helping take to market breakthrough solutions across many industries. Prior to CMI, Ben headed up the country of Guatemala’s innovation strategy as Director of the Private Competitiveness Council, working closely with the organized private sector, the public sector and academia to strengthen the country’s economy through innovation. Prior to that, Ben was a consultant in Boston and IXL Center, one of the world’s leading boutique business innovation firms. There he worked with Fortune 500 companies, taught innovation at MBA-level programs, and developed innovation software to run innovation processes at scale globally. Prior to working in innovation, Ben specialized in Technology and International Development, running a non-profit for 6 years focused on rural technology development in Guatemala, and doing ICT for development consulting in several Latin American countries, focused on rural connectivity, rural technology businesses to create employment, and open-source software solutions for SMEs and government modernization. Ben has a B.S. In Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, an MBA From Hult International Business School, and a Masters in Finance from Hult as well. Ben is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Central American Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
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