YPO Names Rodrigo Baggio the 2020 Global Impact Award Winner

19 March 2020 – Today, YPO, the global leadership community of more than 29,000 chief executives in 130 countries, announced Rodrigo Baggio, Founder and President of Recode, is the recipient of the organization’s 2020 Global Impact Award.

The YPO Global Impact Award is YPO’s highest honor to members that recognizes their impact outside of YPO, celebrating chief executive impact that is both sustainable and scalable. An honoree was selected from each of our 14 regions with Rodrigo being the honoree for Latin America.

“Rodrigo is an outstanding leader who has had amazing impact on the lives of millions of young people. He is an inspiration to his fellow YPO members and our global community,” says Pascal Gerken, Chair of the YPO Global Impact Award program and 2018-2019 YPO Chairman.

Rodrigo created Recode 25 years ago to fight the digital divide. Recode creates and disseminates entrepreneurship training and the use of digital tools to support facilitators in low income communities and its youth to reprogram their realities.

Over the past 25 years, Recode has established a presence in nine countries with 1,150 centers of digital empowerment, in collaboration with more than 2,500 educators and impacting 1.7 million young individuals (14 to 29 years old) worldwide.

“I am so humbled to be recognized for our efforts throughout Latin America with this award,” says Rodrigo. “We firmly believe that it is essential to humanize the fourth industrial revolution, bringing ethics and values ​​to the world of exponential technologies. Recode’s digital empowerment centers work in this direction by training young people in technology, entrepreneurship and socio-emotional skills, contributing to the construction of a better society.”

View a video about Rodrigo Baggio and Recode.

The 14 regional YPO Global Impact Award honorees are:

Jamin Arvig (Mid-America U.S.), Founder and CEO, Tier1 Water
Rodrigo Baggio (Latin America)
, Founder and President, Recode
Yann Borgstedt (Europe), Founder, The Womanity Foundation
Jim Estill (Canada), CEO, Danby Appliances and ShipperBee
Alia Eyres (Southeast Asia), CEO, Mother’s Choice
Willy Foote (Northeastern U.S.), Founder and CEO, Root Capital
Simon Griffiths (Australia/NZ), Co-Founder and CEO, Who Gives a Crap
Sunil Lalvani (Middle East/North Africa), CEO and Founder, Project Maji
Roberto Milk (Pacific U.S.), Co-Founder and CEO, NOVICA
Cody Nath (Western U.S.), CEO, Refined Technologies (RTI)
Patricia Nzolantima (Africa), Founder and CEO, Bizzoly Holdings
GK Prasad (South Asia)
, CEO, Dr. Reddy’s
Buddy Teaster (Southeast U.S. and Caribbean), CEO, Soles4Souls
Teresa Yang (North Asia), Vice Chairman, Esquel

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Angela Mers is the global PR and Media Manager at YPO and has worked for the organization since 2007. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.