Vice-President for Policy & Research
Cristina Fernandez focuses on integrating policymakers into startup ecosystems through Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) initiatives operating in 175 countries, creating platforms to channel the voice of entrepreneurs and to exchange ideas with other nations’ policymakers in order to identify the best ways to unleash entrepreneurship. Cristina liaises closely with the members of the Startup Nations network and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN), and is Program Director for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). In every initiative, she seeks to integrate the best research in the field to better guide policymaking and programs for entrepreneurs. Prior to joining the leadership team at GEN, Cristina was a Research Analyst at the Kauffman Foundation, Operations Manager for a Millennium Challenge Corporation project in Paraguay, and Operations Director at a cosmetic imports company in Brazil. She was also a consultant for an international patent and trademark law firm that helps foreign entrepreneurs enter the growing Paraguayan market. Cristina was trained as an economist and political scientist at the University of Kansas and received a Master’s in International Trade and Investment Policy from the George Washington University School of International Affairs. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and has working knowledge of French and German.