Co-founder and Executive Director of Fundación 99, a non-profit entity that believes that the best way to achieve sustainable social development is to reduce inequality.
Gonzalo Plaza is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Fundación 99, a non-profit entity that believes that the best way to achieve sustainable social development is to reduce inequality, strengthen social cohesion and assume responsibility collaboratively. Gonzalo worked as a Director of Pedagogical and School Transformation at SUMMA, an educational innovation center for Latam and the Caribbean. He was the Program Manager of Puentes Educativos, the Chilean implementation of the global BridgeIT program, founded by Pearson Foundation and Nokia in 2002, that provides teacher professional development and content through mobile devices in ten countries. Since the launch of Puentes Educativos ten years ago, Gonzalo and his team have implemented the program in 800+ schools, reaching approximately twenty-five hundred teachers and twenty thousand students, and have garnered the support of the Ministry of Education and private partners (USD $5MM). Puentes Educativos is already in three different countries: Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Prior to Puentes Educativos, Gonzalo was in charge of oversee the LatAm projects of Pearson Foundation. Also, Gonzalo worked at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC in the monitoring and evaluation division. He has also worked for various public entities and international organizations in Chile, including the Ministry of Education, the Superintendent of Pensions, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the World Bank. In 2012, the World Economic Forum selected Gonzalo as one of 16 young global leaders to be named a Global Shaper. During 2013/2014 he was the Curator of Santiago´s Hub. He holds a BA in economics and a Master in Public Policy from the University of Chile.