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Rodrigo Baggio

Rodrigo Baggio is the founder and president of the CDI (Center for 
Digital Inclusion), a global NGO headquartered in Brazil that seeks to 
empower people to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship and 
create change makers through the use of information and 
communication technology. CDI, pioneer in digital inclusion in Latin 
America, supports 842 CDI Community Centers in 15 countries in 
Latin America and Europe, and in 20 years it has impacted more than 
1,64 million people. Currently, Baggio lives in San Francisco, United 
States, where he leads new projects for the development of the field 
of social entrepreneurship and technology, in partnership with global 
organizations such as Ashoka, where he had previously worked as 
Senior VP.
Winner of the Entrepreneur for the World Award in 2014 (World 
Entrepreneurship Forum) Rodrigo Baggio also has won more than 60 
awards from organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, Time, Fortune, 
CNN and the World Economic Forum. Baggio has been named one of 
the hundred "Young Global Leaders" (World Economic Forum), 
considered one of the 50 Latin American leaders who will make a 
difference in the third millennium (Time Magazine) and one of the 10 
personalities in the world chosen as "Principal Voices" in the 
economic development field (CNN, Time and Fortune) along with the 
Nobel Prize Muhammad Yunus and the professor and economist 
Jeffrey Sachs.
Before CDI, Rodrigo Baggio worked as Artificial Intelligence Specialist 
for Accenture and managed IBM's “Reinventing Education” programs. 
He envisioned the use of computers to promote social inclusion and 
launched initiatives such as the first computer donation campaign in 
Brazil. In 1995, he founded the first Information Technology and 
Citizens Rights schools in one of Rio de Janeiro's slums. He holds the 
honorary title of Doctor in Humane Letters from the School of 
Computer Science of DePaul University.

About CDI:
CDI is a social organization focused on digital empowerment which 
seeks to qualify the young so they can become autonomous, aware, 
and connected, able to reprogram the system in which they live, 
through the use of technology. With 842 spaces of digital training, 
CDI Network is present in 15 countries and 16 Brazilian states, and 
has impacted more than de 1.64 million of lives until today. This 
global network is coordinated and monitored by 24 regional and 
international offices, including the most remote places in Brazil and 
Latin America.