Mariana Costa Checa is co-founder and CEO of Laboratoria, a social enterprise that gives young women from low-income backgrounds in Latin America a career in technology. She and her team are building a leading force of female tech talent from Latin America in order to turn the tech sector into a powerful source of social transformation. She is a firm believer in the idea that social entrepreneurship is the way to bring together the best of two worlds.
Recently, Costa Checa had the honor of sharing a panel with President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. Furthermore, MIT named her one of the most innovative people in Peru under the age of 35.
Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Costa Checa worked for organizations such as TechnoServe and the Organization of American States on social development projects in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international relations from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University in New York.