Icons & Legends

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back”.

We refer to Abraham Lincoln´s phrase to acknowledge the contribution of those who traced the first furrow of innovation in Latin America – a part of Innovadores de América´s DNA. You cannot advance without acknowledging those who were the first to set the course. More than noblesse, commitment and gratefulness oblige. These are the 2016 Icons & Legends honored by Innovadores de America.

Dra. Susana López Charretón

She was born on June 19, 1957, in Mexico City and presently resides in Cuernavaca, Morelos. She holds several degrees and a PhD in...

José Antonio Abreu

He was born in Valera, Venezuela on May 7, 1939. He holds the titles of Performing Professor, Composer and Orchestra Director. He studied music...

Dra. Julieta Norma Fierro

She was born in Mexico City on February 24, 1948; she is an astronomer and science promoter. She created a television series called “Beyond...

Dra. María Otero

Dr. María Otero was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and is a leading voice in microfinancing, women´s issues, and alleviation of poverty. She has...

Dr. Franklin Chang

Until he retired in July 2005, Franklin Chang-Diaz was an astronaut and physicist born in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 1950, becoming an American...



Icons & Legends

Dr. Jacinto Convit

The medical profession is not one to devote oneself merely to producing money, to enjoy life. Who embraces it must be convinced that you are a public servant, and in one of the most important fields of society, which is health.” The first written reference to Hansen illness (Leprosy) dates back to 600 years before Christ, being known by ancient civilizations. The Mycobacterium leprae bacterium was not discovered until 1874 by the Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen, reason why in the scientific world the disease is known by his last name. If it is not treated, it can cause progressive and permanent lesions in the skin, nerves, extremities and eyes. Its world eradication was achieved,...