Innovation and Leadership


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.

Last year, we invited Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, to speak about urban transportation design. He filled the auditorium and inspired many of our students.

We are open to ideas from government, business, health, the arts, sports, human rights, education, etc. The initial event in the series will be planned for Spring 2017.