Diego Ontaneda Benavides is the co-founder and CEO of Latin American Leadership Academy (LALA), a new non-profit institution that seeks to promote sustainable economic development and strengthen democratic governance in Latin America by developing a new generation of leaders. Diego’s passion for social and economic development took him from McKinsey & Company in San Francisco to African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg. At ALA, he was inspired by the vast potential he saw in empowering the region’s most promising young leaders to solve their own communities’ biggest problems. After running two pilots in Latin America with co-founder David Baptista, he and David founded LALA in 2018.
Diego is a 2018 Echoing Green Fellow, a Straubel Foundation 2018 Impact Leader, and received the Stanford GSB Miller Social Change Leadership Award. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Economy from Williams College, and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Diego is originally from Lima, Peru, and is now based in Medellín, Colombia.