Innovation and Leadership


Former president of the World Wildlife Fund Yolanda Kakabadse has lunch with Duke students in Environental Hall.

The Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies has invited alumni, parents and friends to help identify innovative leaders from Latin America and/or the Caribbean who have made a profound impact in their communities. Based on their nominations, we will invite one or two innovators per year to reside at Duke for 2-3 days, participate in classes, meet with students and offer a public lecture.

In 2016, we invited Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, to speak about urban transportation design. He filled the auditorium and inspired many of our students. In the fall of 2018, Yolanda Kakabadse, former president of the World Wildlife Fund, inspired students with her optimism that advances in technology would help the world find creative solutions to global problems.

We are open to ideas from government, business, health, the arts, sports, human rights, education, etc.