2021 Fintech Innovation Challenge's Female Founder Award Jury

Angélica Fuentes

Founder, Muvop

Angélica Fuentes is a Latin American businesswoman and impact investor, who has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of Mexico’s most powerful women, and by Refinery 29 as one of the 11 most influential women working for gender parity. Equity, women empowerment, education and ESG investments have always been a priority in all her endeavors. Angelica’s entire career has been fueled by a strong and enduring commitment to the cause of women.

Angélica was appointed CEO of Grupo Imperial in 1992 at the age of 29. She quickly positioned the company as a top player in Northern Mexico’s energy sector. She served as President of the Mexican Natural Gas Association from 1996 to 2000, and as President of the Business Energy Network of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Agreement (APEC) from 2002 to 2004. From 2007 to 2015, she served as CEO of Grupo Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas. Under her leadership, the company became one of the top 100 corporations in Mexico.

In 2014, she founded the Angélica Fuentes Foundation dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Latin America.In 2019, she founded Muvop, a microfinance institution that targets those who lack access to credits and provides an e-learning platform focused on personal empowerment and financial education. Angélica is an active investor at Banqu, a software technology company on a mission to connect the world’s poorest to the global economy through a secure, portable digital identity that maintains transaction history through a proprietary blockchain-based platform.

Throughout her career, Ms. Fuentes has sustained a strong commitment to organizations supporting the cause of women and gender equality. She participated in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Parity Programme, and led the Mexican Gender Parity Taskforce. She has participated in the Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council of UN Women, and became a Global Advocate for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign. She co-chairs the PVBLIC LATAM regional platform; is member of the Latin American Program Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Global Dignity’s International Council of Advisors, and the Board of Directors of the National Museum of the American Latino.

Her work in this field has been recognized by numerous honors and awards. In 2015, UN Women gave her the WEP ́s CEO Leadership Award; she was the first female CEO to receive this award for championing gender equality in the private sector. In 2016, PVBLIC Foundation, Ismael Cala Foundation, and the United Nations gave her the award for Latin Woman Empowerment. In 2017, she received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from The Maestro Cares Foundation. In 2019, she received Reflejo Award from MIA-Co growing for her work in the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment in Mexico.