Trinidad Peralta Zaldivar
My job today is to harness the worlds of culture, creativity and volunteerism to infuse innovative thinking into the full spectrum of the work of the Inter-American Development Bank. I seek out path-breaking creators and entrepreneurs who are disrupting sectors that are vital to development, and generating spaces and situations for where they can exchange knowledge, find inspiration and explore partnerships with IDB specialists. In my life before moving to the US, my professional career was a balance between academia and the private sector. At age of 25 I founded and managed my own company with the vision and goals for bringing culture closer to the people and to the activities of private companies. There I produced and published books on history and art, corporate, educational and cultural institution histories, art exhibits, and script writing. Searching for excellence in this area, and along with this activity, I graduated with a PhD in History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Universitè Paris 1, Pantheon Sorbonne. I then started a career as a university professor and researcher. This helped enrich both worlds with their respective ethics, languages and professional requirements, as well as expanding my professional networks. During those years, I built a network of friends and peers in the cultural field in Latin American and European countries and had the opportunity to travel extensively. Moving to the US and starting working at international organizations opened tremendous possibilities for my career. I joined the Organization of the American States (OAS) where I led OAS Museum fundraising and development efforts, reaching out to the local community, new partners and donors with a successful donations and grant awarding record. I also worked in the redefinition of the museum´s mission and vision. Then I moved briefly to the World Bank to work in their Change Management Process before joining the IDB.