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Lucia Gallardo

Lucia Gallardo

Founder and CEO Emerge


Lucia is a Honduran serial entrepreneur building socially impactful emerging technology solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems as Founder & CEO of Emerge. Emerge’s solutions facilitate a more efficient, more humane, and more transparent movement of people, goods, data and resources around the world.

For its work, Emerge has been nominated for the 2018 Global SDG Awards and Newsweek’s 2019 Blockchain Impact Awards. Lucia is also pioneering a progressive platform ecology model for impact projects as the Managing Partner of Penta Network's Impact Ecosystem.

Projects incubated within this ecosystem include Amazon conservation efforts via indigenous asset ownership, witness and evidence protection during war crime investigations, the commercialization of urban green spaces, and more.

Prior to starting Emerge and joining Penta, Lucia co-founded Dona un Libro, Cambia una Mente, an education-focused non-profit and 2016 recipient of President Obama’s Young Leaders of the Americas Fellowship. The organization builds libraries in needy schools and communities across Honduras, provides scholarships to teachers for ESL programs, develops original children’s content, and provides story-telling and reading workshops for parents and families.

Lucia has past experience in both the public and private sectors, ranging from immigration and trade relations on diplomatic missions to AI-enabled mobile tech and early-stage investments. Lucia is a 2017 Venture for Canada Fellow, a 2018 RBC Future Launch Fellow, a 2018 Money 20/20 Rise Up Fellow, and a certified UN SDG Advocate.

Most recently, she was nominated for MIT Technology Review's Latin American Innovators under 35 and the Royal Bank of Canada's 2019 Women of Influence.

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