Denys is an international strategy executive with over +17 of experience developing and implementing strategies to drive business growth that she is now pivoting into the non-profit sector to make the world a better place. Her career began as a policy analyst in one of Caracas’ city governments (Alcaldia de Chacao), where she supported the development of local public policies. After completing her masters’ degrees in Venezuela and the US respectively, she joined Deloitte Consulting in 2006, where she focused on designing and implementing strategies to drive business transformation and revenue growth for multiple clients across industries with global operations.
In 2013 Denys joined Viacom (Paramount) where she became the Head of Strategy and Operations for all Latam markets. In this role, she ran strategy, marketing, and business intelligence, supporting all business lines and brands including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, while managing 4 teams of +100 people across Miami, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Bogota. In 2020, Denys ventured into the philanthropy world and started advising Venezuelan NGOs in developing strategies to increase their fundraising capacity and operational efficiency.
Denys holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University, a Master of Finance from IESA (Caracas) and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago with honors. She currently lives in France, enjoys hiking, yoga and international travel.
Gabriela has focused her professional career on advancing social, financial, and economic development. She started at the Central Bank of Venezuela supporting the investment strategy for the country’s international reserves. After moving to the United States, Gabriela spent several years in the financial services industry managing institutional clients in Latin America for Barclays Global Investors and BlackRock, which allowed her to open markets and launch financial products in untapped geographies.
More recently, she has been building multi-sector partnerships aimed at closing the opportunity divide while leading national alliances at Year Up, one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the United States. Through this platform, Gabriela has built dozens of partnerships generating millions of dollars and connecting hundreds of low-income young adults to the economic mainstream in the United States.
Gabriela holds a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas) and a Master of Public Policy & MBA from University of Michigan. Her past consulting work includes the Inter-American Development Bank, Ashoka and CARE. Gabriela lives in San Francisco, California with her husband and two kids. She enjoys a good workout, yoga, reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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