Gisela Sanchez is recognized as a Distinguished Entrepreneur by the Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurship

She is the only Latin American in this edition of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center’s Milestone Makers program, a non-profit organization that works to build a better path for entrepreneurs around the world.


The Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurship honored female entrepreneurs working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Among these, Costa Rican Gisela Sanchez, president of the social company Nutrivida, stood out. She is the only Latin American on this edition of the program Landmark makers From the Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurship.

Her appointment is due to her career as a social entrepreneur and to her proposal, together with her husband Federico Rivera, to launch a new project: Human, a complete nutritional solution for children, adults and the elderly.

“The two basic elements that a person needs to live a healthy and happy life are excellent nutrition and love. Nutrition, which includes all the micronutrients that the body and brain need and love, is the key to enlightenment of the soul and complete happiness,” Sanchez stated. Nutritional solutions for humans are designed based on the latest findings in health and well-being sciences. And longevity.

Gisela trained at Enkai Business School and was involved in designing the competitiveness strategy for the region. He promoted the social enterprise Nutrivida, which seeks to eliminate undernutrition in Central America and Haiti.

“Professionally, I think I’ve been able to grow thanks to my training as an engineer. I love to innovate and suggest new ways of doing things and I’m very stubborn when it comes to achieving ambitious goals,” she told Strategy & Business.

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Sanchez is the Regional Director of Strategy and Corporate Relations at Bahrain Airport Company. Before joining this entity, she worked at FIFCO and as a consultant to governments, companies and NGOs in the areas of competitiveness and sustainability.

Besides Gisela, there were 11 other entrepreneurs with this designation: five from the United States, one from Canada and Europe and three from Africa.

Launched in 2016, the Milestone Makers program selects a small group of entrepreneurs to receive one-on-one business mentoring, training and resources, all for free. The goal is to help entrepreneurs create, achieve and celebrate important business growth milestones. Participants are paired with coaches and mentors who are leaders in their field and are given access to customized resources that meet each founder’s needs.

Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Education Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center serves entrepreneurs around the world through events, education and mentorship.

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