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Francisco Abad

Francisco Abad

Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director of the Corporation for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation |  Professor of Applied Entrepreneurship and Bootcamp for the Masters in Entrepreneurship of the “Universidad de las Américas” - Ecuador.

GCL 2019 Ecuador


Non Profit


International Development, Public Speaking, Public Policy, Social Entrepreneurship, International Relations, Policy Analysis, Impact Evaluation, Group Dynamics, Research, Political Science, Critical Thinking, Fundraising, Microsoft Office, Leadership Development, Project Management, Marker Research, Social Media, Intercultural Skills, Strategic Planning, Problem Identification, Drawing of Conclusions, Negotiation

Achievements Or Awards

  • SENESCYT Excellence Scholar (Ecuadorian government)
  • StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow
  • Best Political Science Student at ETBU 2012
  • Dean's List with Honors every semester (2009 - 2012)
  • Winner of the Who is Who in American Colleges and Universities 2012 award
  • OpportunityGrants" USA Dept. of State Scholarship Recipient for undergraduate study 2008
  • Delegate of Ecuador to the CENIT International Congress 2008
  • Member of the U.S. Department of State Alumni Network since selection in the Top 15 Young
  • Ecuadorian Leaders - Young Ambassadors 2007
  • Interview with WQ Radio for World Change Makers Awards 2022
  • Interview with Ingeniería 4G about Future Jobs 2022
  • Interview with TV Show Telerama about CODEIS 2022
  • Interview with TV Show Telerama about World Change Makers Awards and seed capital 2022
  • Interview with radio channel Sonorama about World Change Makers Homecoming 2022
  • Interview with TV Show Televisión Manabita about World Change Makers Homecoming 2022

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Founder and Executive Director of the Corporation for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation |  Professor of Applied Entrepreneurship and Bootcamp for the Masters in Entrepreneurship of the “Universidad de las Américas” - Ecuador.


  • Lifting weights
  • Play video games
  • Business analysis focused on entrainment content 
  • Play Drums
  • Basketball
  • Hiking/Trekking

Job Experience

  • Executive Director | Corporation for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation CODEIS (Quito, Ecuador) | November 2017 - Now
    • Legal representative of NGOs operating national and international programs such as World Change Makers, Hult Prize, Net Impact, and Circle of Intrapreneurs, development of local programs such as World Change Makers, CODEIS Labs Incubator and CODEIS Labs Think Tank, Codeis Leadership, etc.
    • Management of the tolerance and citizen participation campaign Desamarrate, a Codeis Leadership initiative funded by IRI.
  • Teacher of Master of Commerce with mention in Entrepreneurship | Universidad de las Américas UDLA (Quito, Ecuador) | April 2019 - Now
    • Teaching of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp chair focused on practical development from scratch of an idea in an intensive way.
    • Topics taught: Problem Identification with Human Centered Design, Innovation with Jobs to be Done and Value Proposition Design, Innovation and Business Model Generation, Basic Financial Modeling, Pitch and Persuasion, and Teamwork.
  • Regional Director Latin America | The Circle of Intrapreneurs (London, UK) | August 2018 - Now
    • Representing the largest community of social intrapreneurs in the world.
    • Opening of 15 chapters throughout Latin America.
  • Chapter Lead | Net Impact (Global) | December 2018 - Now
    • Director of Net Impact's professional chapter in Ecuador. In charge of engaging professionals in the global network to support them in developing a career with social impact.
    • Promote Net Impact in the country's universities.
  • National Director Ecuador and Regional Director Andean Region | Hult Prize Foundation (Global) | September 2016 - August 2019
    • Hult Prize is the largest movement of students united to improve the world through entrepreneurship. Each year $1 million dollars in seed capital is awarded to the best university social entrepreneurship. In Ecuador, more than 45,000 people have been reached and more than $50,000 in capital has been awarded.
    • I was able to send 47 teams to 11 cities in 2018, as well as take the first Ecuadorian team to the Hult Prize global accelerator at Ashridge Castle in the United Kingdom.
    • Also, Quito hosted the Regional Finals for the first time in South America, becoming the South American capital of social innovation.
  • Professor of Entrepreneurship | Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Quito, Ecuador) | January 2017 - December 2018
    • Chair of entrepreneurship focused on social entrepreneurship with pillars of business model design using the Business Model Canvas, Design Thinking, and application of entrepreneurship to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • Independent Consultant | Quito, Ecuador | September 2016 - Now
    • Consultant in: Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Monitoring and Evaluation, Business Development, Intrapreneurship, and sustainable transformation.
    • Clients: CONQUITO, Grupo FARO, IMPAQTO, AEI, Waykana Guayusa, Poliestudios, Handeyes, Sais 3D/Maquinas EC, Funda-ción Ciudadanía y Desarrollo, Fundación Fidal, Kiwanis International, International Republican Institute (IRI), Oxford Policy Management, Nairobits Trust.
  • Manager | Bienvenidos immigration services PLLC | January 2012 - August 2014
    • Advised clients on the legalization of immigration status and documents
    • Managed office systems, finances, and procedures for professional immigration services and assisted with legal analysis and research.

Higher Education

  • Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.) | January 2019 - April 2019 | Global Competitiveness Leadership Program (full scholarship) 
    • Top 10 projects to showcase with Georgetown investors
    • Relevant Subjects:  Personal Leadership, Adaptive Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Creative Leadership, Negotiation, Supply Chain Management, Peer Coaching, Business Model Innovation, Open Government, Change Management, Global Competitiveness, Public-Private Partnerships, Blockchain, Big Data, Text Mining, Open Innovation, Emerging Market Innovation, Venture Capital, Storytelling, Pitching.
  • London School of Economics (London, UK) | September 2014 - July 2016 | Master of Public Administration (MPA) in International Development-Merit
    • Relevant Subjects: Business Model Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid; Development Economics; Public Economics for Public Policy; Quantitative Approaches to Public Policy; Democracy and Development in Latin America; Micro and Macro Economics for Public Policy; Political Science and Public Policy; Socio-Environmental Cost Benefit Analysis, Economic Policy, and Development Management. 
  • East Texas Baptist University (Texas, United States) | January 2009 - May 2012 | B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Leadership and double major in International Studies (Concentration in World History)
    • GPA: 3.87/4.0/ Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Political Science 


World Change Makers Homecoming

Through the "World Change Makers" Methodology created by Codeis, the "World Change Makers Homecoming Program" supported by IDB Lab, seeks to empower entrepreneurs in a situation of human mobility and the host community, to generate a positive social impact in their communities, through a comprehensive process of capacity building, knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and social innovation.​


Corporation for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

We seek to create better companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in Latin America, to develop and transform the region sustainably, through productivity and global responsibility.​

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