Head of International Intervention, Jacobs Foundation
Fabio Segura is Head of International Programs at Jacobs Foundation, where he is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operative direction of international programs in 7 countries, including the management of the foundation’s largest program to date: Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC), a CHF 50 million commitment to improve quality of education in Côte D’Ivoire.
Previously he served as Senior Investment Manager at LGT Venture Philanthropy, where he was responsible to establish and grow the organization’s investments and operations in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2008 to 2015.
From 2004 to 2007, he served as a Project Manager for the Center for Sustainability at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). During this time, he developed the center’s regional strategy for Latin America, leading a research team in a 5 year project into the multifaceted nature of sustainability in the region to successfully impact public policy.
Prior to his work in sustainability, Mr. Segura served as a peace and development worker in Colombia. He has assisted local governments in vulnerable regions of the country in the design and delivery of peacebuilding initiatives, while simultaneously working directly with numerous at-risk grassroots communities. He has also served as consultant for the United Nations, including UNODC, UNEP, UNICEF, and FAO.
Fabio Segura is Honoree of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World “TOYP” (Japan, 2008) and a recipient of the Colombian Ministry of Education’s Andres Bello Award for academic excellence.
He is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Programs on Strategic Management and Financial Stewardship of Non Profit Organizations. He further holds a professional degree in Government and International Relations from the Externado de Colombia University.
TOPIC OF HIS SPEECH: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
The cost of illiteracy to the global economy is estimated at USD 1.2 trillion. It is well documented that people without basic literacy and numeracy skills get trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited opportunities for employment or income generation. This can result in economic dependencies, poor health and other consequences on quality of life. Further, illiteracy directly impacts the bottomline of businesses, including costs related to poorly educated workers and suppliers as well as limitations imposed by an illiterate customer base. There is a business case to be made for quality education in cocoa communities and for companies, governments and foundations to capture the value of quality education investments.