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Lucia Gallardo is an award-winning Honduran serial experimenter.
Founder & CEO of Emerge, an experimental technologies lab working at the convergence of sustainable development and social impact, exponential and distributed technologies, and re-imagined socio-economics.
Emerge's portfolio includes projects in digital identity, impact NFTs, supply chain traceability, loyalty programs, environmentally progressive mining, and more. Emerge has been nominated for the 2018 Global SDG Awards and Newsweek’s 2019 Blockchain Impact Awards.
Co-Founder of The Æternals, a regenerative, NFT-based financial instrument that connects its underlying value to a collector’s proof-of-impact toward rainforest protection.
Co-Founder of Dona un Libro, Cambia una Mente, a non-profit organisation that designs and implements original education content and programs for corporate social responsibility departments.
In her spare time, Lucía sits on the Boards of Rainforest Partnership, a non-profit organisation promoting the protection of the world’s tropical rainforests; the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance, a regional organisation promoting the adoption of decentralised technologies across the region; and WE Global Studio, an innovation studio supporting the world’s female entrepreneurs.
Lucia has past experience in both the public and private sectors, ranging from immigration and trade relations on diplomatic missions to AI-enabled mobile tech and early-stage investments.
She is a 2017 Venture for Canada Fellow, a 2018 RBC Future Launch Fellow, a 2018 Money 20/20 Rise Up Fellow, and a certified UN SDG Advocate. She was listed as a Royal Bank of Canada's 2019 Women of Influence, and as one of the MIT Technology Review’s Innovators under 35 in 2020.
Lucía has been nominated for Royal Bank of Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Future of Good’s Founders to Watch, and the Cartier Science and Technology Pioneer Award.
Lucía can be contacted for public speaking. She has spoken at Money 2020, the World Economic Forum Sustainable Impact Meetings, Consensus, the North American Bitcoin Conference, and more. She has also delivered keynotes for Bloomberg, Coinbase, and technology universities around the world.