Connectamericas Project Manager, Interamerican Development Bank

Francisco is the Business Development Lead at, a social network for businesses in the Americas led by the Inter-American Development Bank that currently hosts 48,000 businesspeople from 90 countries, and has generated, in its first year and a half, more than US$110 million in closed deals and US$2.3 billion in expected deals. Being part of the Core ConnectAmericas Team since the inception of the project, Francisco has been involved in the conceptualization, design, development, and promotion of the platform. As Business Development Lead, Francisco oversees the team in charge of securing and implementing partnerships with corporate sponsors (such as Google, DHL,, VISA and Maersk), as well as local partners (which include chambers of commerce, trade and investment promotion organizations, government agencies and other business support organizations). Francisco also oversees Made in the Americas, a ConnectAmericas┬┤ Program designed to help SMEs enter into the supply chains of large corporations and governments. Prior to joining IDB, Francisco was a Manager at Castalia Strategic Advisors where he advised governments and private clients on economic, financial, and regulatory matters related to transport, logistics, water and sanitation, and energy in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Francisco holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Political Science from Swarthmore College.

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