Ignacio Peña

Faculty

Global Grand Challenges - Food and Prosperity

Ignacio Peña is a strategist, an innovator, an advisor and an international speaker. He founded Surfing Tsunamis, a catalyst of abundance, inclusion and regeneration based on the power of transformational innovation. Recent initiatives range from designing a 35 acre innovation park in the heart of a mega-city and proposing a global Inclusion Moonshot to G20 leaders, to supporting senior leaders to reinvent global organizations and helping highly disruptive entrepreneurs to launch their startups. Ignacio catalyzed the first major Singularity University event in Latin America, co-founded a leading angel investor fund in Argentina, with a portfolio of over 20 disruptive global startups, and created the first MOOC focused on technology entrepreneurship in Latin America. 

Previously, Ignacio worked for over 15 years as strategic consultant for leading corporations, governments, NGOs and associations. He was Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group based in Brazil and at Booz & Co. He executed over 100 projects in more than a dozen sectors, was involved in M&A transactions worth over US$5B and has deep experience in strategy, innovation, corporate development and large-scale transformations. 

Ignacio is Lecturer at the Wharton School and was selected Bold Innovator at XPRIZE in 2016, when he designed a global prize to make nutritious food ultra-affordable everywhere. He published articles in a range of international media, including the Huffington Post and the Financial Times. He holds an MSc in Economics from UCA, an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise

  • Global Grand Challenges
  • Future of Food
  • Innovation Ecosystem Development