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Isabel Guerrero

Co-founder and Executive Director, Imago Global Grassroots


Isabel Guerrero brings thirty years of experience in international development to her role as co-founder and Executive Director of IMAGO Global Grassroots. She has spent the last four years building IMAGO, a nonprofit that works with grassroots organizations, social entrepreneurs and governments around the world to scale up innovations from the Base of the Pyramid.

In addition to being the ED of IMAGO, Isabel is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Leadership Center at Sloan and teaches “Scaling Up for Development Impact “ at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Isabel also teaches scaling up with the HKS executive education program for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation.

Isabel worked at the World Bank for most of her professional life, including as VP for South Asia where she managed a 39 billion dollar portfolio between 2008 and 2013. Before that she was a Country Director for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

Through this work Isabel met some amazing organizations that believed the poor should be the leaders of change within their communities. These organizations were also effective in tackling challenges that neither governments nor donors could. Witnessing this disconnect between donor dollars and innovative solutions to the challenges of poverty has been the driving force motivating IMAGO’s work.

Isabel received her MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and trained as a psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society. Isabel sits on the Board of the UN University and the Precensing Institute at MIT. She is also a frequent guest at CNN Dinero.