Hugo Kantis
Director, Entrepreneurship Development Program (PRODEM)
Founder and Director of Prodem/ Latam
PhD (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona). Director of Prodem, a think tank combining research and technical assistance to the governments and other organizations of the ecosystem in LATAM. In 2016 he received the Start Up Nations Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking. Dr. Kantis has contributed to narrowing the knowledge and talent gaps to foster high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystems in the Latin American region. Specifically, he has led a multi-pronged effort to shift the policy mindset of a whole continent from a focus on microenterprises towards the more ambitious aim of promoting dynamic entrepreneurship from a systemic perspective. His achievements elevated the concept of evidence-based policymaking, as well as encouraged regular regional knowledge exchange to more effectively support entrepreneurs.