Economist, entrepreneur and politician. At the age of 20 he founded the San Ignacio de Loyola pre-university preparation academy and since then he has had a remarkable development in the education sector that has led him to lead schools, technical institutes and universities in Peru and abroad.
Currently, only the University San Ignacio de Loyola, founded in 1996, has more than 35 professional careers organized in eight faculties and about 23 thousand students.
In the private sector he has pioneered fast food in Peru. In the public sector, he has been Peru’s first vice president and minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, a portfolio from which he promoted the Free Trade Agreement with the United States.
In 2000, he received the Award for Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship, awarded by the Micro Enterprise Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
In 2010, he was awarded the Priyadarshini Academy Award of the Global Awards for his long career as a promoter of entrepreneurial culture, an effective instrument for combating poverty, exclusion and inequality.
He is the author of several books, including: The art of entrepreneurship, with six editions in Spanish and translated into English and Chinese; Peru, country of entrepreneurs and State Management. His autobiographical book Forward was published by Editorial Planeta as: Always go ahead, the Peru we all want.
At the USIL Educational Corporation we are proud of the achievements made in the more than 50 years of institutional life. We are entrepreneurs who form entrepreneurs for a world in constant evolution and innovation, and we are always one step ahead.
We started in 1968 when we opened the San Ignacio de Loyola Academy, an institution of pre-university education, necessary at that time. The experience gained allowed us to close the first technological institute in the country. We grew up in academia and in 1996 we were ready to inaugurate the San Ignacio University of Loyola.
In all those years, we were always innovating, creating new training areas such as Coloring Dreams, San Ignacio de Recalde School, the School of Chefs, the Institute of Entrepreneurs, and the Graduate School, all created with global quality and competitiveness standards.
And then we open ourselves up to the world. In Paraguay, we inaugurated San Ignacio de Loyola School and San Ignacio de Loyola University; in Miami, United States, San Ignacio University; and in Beijing, China, the Peruvian Center for Latin American Studies BISU.
In the midst of the world’s digital transformation, we developed the USIL Digital Learning Factory, a content production and generation laboratory. and Finance and Investment Lab, the Bloomberg-powered platform for learning finance and online investments.
Adapted to the new technological experience of remote teaching-learning, we created USIL Onlife, the first 100% virtual educational platform in Peru. And USIL Venture, the incubator and accelerator of the USIL Educational Corporation, which fosters innovation, technology and sustainability in order to create global startups.
All this consolidates us as the first Peruvian educational corporation to export a quality teaching model, with 270 international strategic alliances that form highly competitive professionals to be entrepreneurial leaders of the country and the world.