Virgilio Barco



Executive Director, Social Investment Bank
Bogotá, Colombia

Virgilio is the Executive Director of the Social Investment Bank and Co-Founder and President of the Board of Colombia Diversa.

Virgilio’s career spans the private, public and nonprofit sector. He worked in the M&A team at Citibank Spain, was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Brazil and was Vice President at FondElec, a private equity firm located in Stamford, CT. He headed the Privatization Unit at the Colombian Ministry of Finance, he was an advisor in local economic development to the Bogota Planning Department and he was Executive Director of Invest in Bogota, a public-private investment promotion agency for Greater Bogota. He has been an independent consultant in capacity building and strategic fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as a consultant to the IFC in investment climate issues in India.

Virgilio holds a BA in Government from Harvard College, an MS in Management from MIT and an MA in Economics from NYU.


The Social Investment Bank (Banca de Inversión Social)
The Social Investment Bank is a non-profit organization based in Colombia that acts as a bridge between donors, impact investors, traditional sources of social funding and social enterprises and projects.
We believe there is a significant opportunity to reduce poverty and improve the environment though the promotion of inclusive businesses. However, complex problems require complex and scalable solutions – and that is where we step in:
• We help traditional donors who are venturing into impact investing for the first time.
• We support impact investors in identifying and scaling up opportunities.
• We collaborate with companies that would like to grow their inclusive businesses and implement triple bottom line strategies.
• We help social enterprises get to scale.
• We work with social entrepreneurs and their companies to ready them to receive impact investing resources.
We use a host of financial solutions, capital market concepts and investment banking techniques to work with all of the above, increasing the flow of resources, scaling up successful social initiatives and optimizing social impact

Colombia Diversa

Colombia Diversa is the leading LGBT rights group in Colombia. We document the human rights situation of LGBT people in Colombia, pursue legal and legislative strategies to advance rights, work with the media to ensure adequate coverage of LGBT rights and contribute to strengthening the LGBT human rights community in Colombia. As a result of our actions, Colombia has extended full rights to same sex couples, including property, social security and immigration rights. In 2010, Colombia Diversa was awarded IGLHRC’s Felipa da Souza Award in recognition for its work.