• Laura Paonessa

    Public Entrepreneur. Open Innovation catalyst.

    I'm Laura from Argentina, now living in Washington DC working at the Inter-American Development Bank.


    I consider myself a catalyst. I love to connect and accelerate ideas, citizens, and Governments through open innovation, collaboration, and technology. I also enjoy to slow down, meditate and take care of my plants. _/\_


    Since I graduated, I’ve worked at NGOs, startups, and government. I have shown a strong commitment to public service. I’ve proudly worked for four different Ministries -Education, Economic Development, Environment, and Modernization- with an entrepreneurial mindset.


    From my Buenos Aires Querido to Washington DC, I had the chance to discuss and design scalable strategies with leading experts in many cities. My role is to be the strategic translator between the expert or the technician and the public official.



    UNLEASH is a global innovation lab that brings together people from all over the world to transform 1,000 personal insights into hundreds of ideas, and build lasting global networks around the Sustainable Development Goals.

    My idea

    My project idea is to develop a Network of Innovation Labs that will provide the connections, best practices, and methodologies required to engage in highly innovative initiatives across Latin America.


  • Accelerate

    Open innovation, technology, public policies

  • Slowly

    Thoughts, ideas, and ruminations.

    Ingredientes para un #JuevesNoApurado

    Frente a un incendio, uno puede elegir salir corriendo y a los gritos o bajar las escaleras sin desesperar. Yo elijo no desesperar. Read more.


    Siempre me gustó aprender. Me genera adrenalina descubrir algo nuevo, explorarlo con asombro. Estar atenta a cada detalle, a cada nueva respuesta. Hace un tiempo descubrí que eso se llama Shoshin. Read more


    Hace un mes empecé yoga. La idea es ser más flexible, conectarme conmigo y expandirme fuera de mis círculos cotidianos. Allá fuimos Eve, Flor y yo, indagando primero lugares, opciones, precios; las tres armadas para empezar un pase libre por un mes. Read more

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