Daily Archives: December 12, 2011

Two Bolivians among the 100 latinos most influential in the USA, 2011

Los Tiempos reported today about two exceptional Bolivians that are among the 100 most influential latinos in the USA, 2011, by “Poder” magazine edited in Miami by Televisa.

Kudos for both of them!! The first picture of both is from today’s El Deber edition. The single ones below from the websites below.


Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs (since June 2009).

Maria Otero was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs on August 10, 2009. She oversees and coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of global issues, including democracy, human rights, and labor; environment, oceans, health and science; population, refugees, and migration; and monitoring and combating trafficking in persons. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Otero thought she was going to be a literature professor. But a politically minded brother and turmoil in Latin America changed her mind.  “I really wanted to bury myself in the bubble of the humanities,” Otero said in a 2004 Newsweekinterview. “I really wanted to spend my time on something I cared about even more.”(1)

Though she was almost halfway through an English Ph.D., Otero decided that she would focus on addressing poverty around the world. “I wanted to focus on helping women empower themselves through work so they can be leaders in their own lives,” she said in 2004.(1)

The Bolivian born activist became one of the leading experts on microfinance, or helping entrepreneurs in poor countries start their own businesses by giving small loans. She was eventually named President of ACCION, the largest organization in the world that provides this level of finance. She will continue to focus on development and poverty issues as the State Department’s undersecretary for democracy and global affairs.

Ms. Otero is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was appointed by Newsweek as one of the United States’ 20 most influential women in October 2005 and was one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s ‘Elite Women of 2007.’ Notre Dame University honored her with the Distinguished Service in Latin America Award, and she has also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Ms. Otero holds an M.A. in literature from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington, DC, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Dartmouth College. From 1997 to 2009, she also served as an adjunct professor at SAIS.



Marcelo Claure, founder, chairman, president and CEO of Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar Corp., a global leader in customized distribution and supply chain solutions in the wireless industry with $4.8 billion in gross revenues. Under Marcelo’s direction, Brightstar has experienced unprecedented growth, creating an organization in 50 countries on six continents in only 11 years. Marcelo is the recipient of numerous regional, national and international awards for his leadership and business acumen. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by both USA Today/Ernst & Young and Hispanic Business Magazine, CEO of the Year by LISTA and was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was also recently named to the list of the 50 most powerful businessmen by PODER. Brightstar was recognized as the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States for the past several years, the number one company in terms of revenue growth by Inc. Magazine and in the Top 10 Businesses of the Past 10 Years by BNamericas Magazine. Recently, Forbes Magazine featured Brightstar as #108 on its list of largest private companies in the United States. Brightstar was appointed a Founding Member of the Community of Global Growth Companies by the World Economic Forum, an exclusive list of 142 companies recognized for being visionary and fast-growing businesses that have exceptional executive leadership and are redefining their respective industries.

Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and finance from Bentley College in Massachusetts and received an honorary doctorate degree of commercial science from Bentley College. He was also selected to participate in Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s prestigious Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century program. Recently, he was the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from the Universidad Tecnica Privada de Santa Cruz (UTEPSA).