Entrepreneur | Podcast Host | Technology Advisor
Santiago has worked for more than 96 companies in 1.375 projects in 4 countries. Some of the partners have successfully worked for include: Movii, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, IDB, IFC (World Bank), Presidency of Colombia, South Cooperation Task Force, Latin American Drug Policy Platform, Angelica Fuentes and Henrique Capriles (Venezuela Opposition). He was chosen as one of the 40 under 40 by Revista Dinero, for his work and impact as an entrepreneur in Colombia. In his career, he has obtained several recognitions, including, best agency, Gold Prize in PR, Grand Prix of Public Goods and the Grand Prize integrated marketing. Covelli has also led different efforts for the construction of the peace process in his country.
He was also honored with the possibility of building the strategic communication platform for Pope Francis in his visit to Colombia and was appointed as Senior Advisor for the Vice Minister of Digital Economy. On a side note, Santiago built the first 3D game in Colombia for iPhone. He's also a frequent speaker in recognized events and universities. He also gave a lecture at the United Nations.
He's a specialist in technology and the exponential age (ExO), an expert in corporate digital activism and a traveling. Biking is his passion, and observing the world is his natural hobby.
Growth Strategist | Happiness Activist | Entrepreneur
Mario is a growth strategist, ed-tech evangelist, and happiness activist based in Mountain View, CA. He is currently Coursera's Head of Latin America and responsible to bring the best education to more than 7 million learners in the region.
In the past, Mario served as a VP of Marketing for SOMA messenger, where he secured 10 million downloads within 30 days of launching the app. It became the fastest growing messaging app in internet history. In 2009, Mario founded MakeitHappy and other social ventures dedicated to the prioritization of sustainable happiness in individuals and organizations.
Mario has been a speaker on happiness at 10 TEDx events internationally; gave a few talks at Google Headquarters; spoke before a United Nations panel and collaborated in the creation of the International Day of Happiness. He has also lectured at MIT, Harvard, Columbia, and Yale among others. Mario has a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and another master's degree in Public Administration from Externado University in Colombia.