Montevideo, Uruguay – The Global Business Angels Network (GBAN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Isabelle Chaquiriand to its board of directors. Chaquiriand, an award-winning entrepreneur and leader in Uruguay’s business and investing communities, assumed the role on July 1. She joins top angel investors from Africa, North America, Asia and Europe to advance GBAN’s mission of providing a global, inclusive and supportive community to early-stage investors.
Chaquiriand is the president of Xcala, the Latin America Association of Angel Investors, Dean of the Business School at the Catholic University of Uruguay and Executive Director of ATMA, a leading packaging design company. She is also a Senator at the World Business Angels Forum.
“GBAN is strengthening cross-border opportunities and connectivity for investors around the globe,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and board director at GBAN. “With Chaquiriand on our team, we are well-positioned to advance new opportunities for investors and in turn, expand access to capital for entrepreneurs across Latin America.”
“It is a great honor to join the GBAN board and with my presence foster Latin American representation in this organization, which has a great significance in economic development,” said Chaquiriand. “Entrepreneurship, and angel investing in particular, is more global than ever. We need global perspectives and GBAN plays an important role in this challenge. I am pleased to help serve that purpose.”
Chaquiriand is one of Uruguay’s top 100 business leaders (#22 overall) according to Merco, the Corporate Reputation Business Monitor. In 2016 she was recognized as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and was named Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
The GBAN Board of Directors is as follows:
- Isabelle Chaquiriand, president of Xcala, based in Uruguay.
- Peter Cowley, president of the European Business Angels Network, based in the UK.
- Tomi Davis, president and co-founder of the African Business Angels Network (ABAN), based in Mauritius.
- Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, based in the United States.
- Padmaja Ruparel, co-founder and president of the Indian Angel Network, based in India.
- Linda Smith, former chair of the Angel Capital Association, based in the United States
The GBAN annual meeting will be held November 14-17 at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). GEC 2021 is anticipated to be one of the first live global gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions since the onset of the pandemic. GBAN delegates will examine the new global landscape through an investor lens.
For more information on GBAN, visit www.gban.co.