Alejandro Ramírez, Cirque du Soleil and National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, to receive prestigious Inter-American Dialogue Award. Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, will deliver keynote remarks.

November 11, 2019
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Washington, DC – On November 12th at a gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, the Inter-American Dialogue will present awards to leaders from across the Americas. The Dialogue is pleased to honor Alejandro Ramírez, CEO of Cinépolis, with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Civic Engagement; Cirque du Soleil, with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Corporate Citizenship; and the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Social Equity. Mia Amor Mottley, PM of Barbados, will deliver keynote remarks. Marta Lucía Ramírez, vice president of Colombia, and Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for All, will present the awards.  

The Leadership for the Americas Award is given to individuals or organizations who have dedicated life-long service to the Dialogue’s mission – advancing democratic governance, social equity and prosperity in our hemisphere.

Alejandro Ramírez, recipient of the Award for Civic Engagement, is one of the most respected young corporate leaders in Mexico today. Through his commitment to improve the health and education of Mexicans, Ramírez has become an example for rising entrepreneurs in the region. 

“Alejandro’s leadership towards ensuring access to quality education and health to all Mexicans is an inspiration,” said Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For All. “His support of corporate social responsibility demonstrates that it is possible for companies to succeed while being fully committed to their corporate values.”

The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, recipient of the Award for Social Equity, has effectively promoted the economic and social welfare of Colombian coffee growers. For more than 90 years, the FNC has brought social progress to more than 540,000 coffee growing families in 54 percent of Colombia’s territory.

“As a former member of the National Committee of Coffee Growers, I can attest to the fundamental role the FNC plays. Coffee has been the essence of the social fabric of rural Colombia,” said Marta Lucía Ramírez, vice president of Colombia. “The more than five hundred thousand coffee growing families are an example to all Colombians. The Federation has been the key for coffee to flourish in our country.”

Cirque du Soleil, recipient of the Award for Corporate Citizenship, has worked for decades with at-risk youth in Latin America. Using circus arts to build critical skills such as self-esteem, creativity and resilience, they have impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished group of honorees at our annual awards gala,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue. “It is inspiring to see organizations and individuals working to foster prosperity and social equity across the Americas.”

Notes to Editors
The Inter-American Dialogue engages our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere.

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