Felipe Medina leads the Transforming Philanthropy Initiative. This initiative creates a community of strategic philanthropists to facilitate collaboration and exchanges of best practices and lessons learned with the objective of increasing volume of effective social investments in Latin America. Felipe has been studying best practices and mistakes of philanthropy in the United States and Europe to help jump-start philanthropy in the region. He also has been researching how to create a culture of strategic philanthropy in Latin America.
Felipe is a member of the Steering Group of the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Aspen Institute Colombia Initiative. He serves in the Advisory Board of StanfordCenter on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Felipe is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enseña por Colombia and a member of the Global Advisory Council of Acumen and Teach for All. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of L’Atelier, a Reggio Emilia inspired pre-school that he founded with his wife Simonetta. L’Atelier is working with several organizations to establish Reggio Emilia inspired early education centers.
Felipe began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1990, managing assets for Latin American clients. Between 2000 and 2003, he was the regional director for Latin America’s private wealth management. Currently, Felipe manages relationships with some of the most influential families and individuals in the region. He is a member of the Private Wealth Philanthropy Advisory Committee and the Top Advisors Council of Goldman Sachs. Medina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.