Strachan Chair of
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Strachan Chair for Philanthropy and Social Investment seeks to inspire future leaders to exercise responsible leadership

Summary

The Strachan Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment seeks to inspire future leaders to exercise responsible leadership, research and produce educational materials on how to do effective philanthropy and social investment. In January 2013, a group of investors led by philanthropist Harry W. Strachan created an endowment fund to finance a research program focused on social investment and philanthropy in Central America.

Our work

In January 2013 a group of investors led by philanthropist Harry W. Strachan created an endowment fund for the purpose of financing a research program focused on social investment and philanthropy in Central America, thus the Strachan Chair for Philanthropy and Social Investment was born.

Our founder, Harry W. Strachan
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Professor Strachan has had a close relationship with INCAE. He began his academic career at the Managua Campus in 1970 as an assistant professor. Later, he was appointed Academic Director from 1972 to 1976, when he began his studies at Harvard Business School. In 1981 he returned to INCAE as Rector, and helped implement the strategy to build the second campus in Costa Rica. Since then, he has been part of the Board of Directors, as well as professor of the PAG, seminars and MBA courses.

D. in International Finance, a J.D. in Corporate Law from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Wheaton College of Illinois. He has specialized in international finance. He is the author of the book "The Role of Family Business Group in Economic Development", and has published over fifty business cases and notes on banking, finance, international business and strategy.

Impact Manager Podcast
INCAE Strachan Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment Podcast Impact Manager

In the Impact Manager Podcast, leaders share the challenges of making social investment in the region and how to overcome them.

This program is hosted by Prof. Andrea Prado and produced by researcher J. Ignacio Sánchez for the Strachan Chair of INCAE Business School.

New episodes on the first Wednesday of each month.

Teaching

We promote the formation of socially responsible leaders through the innovative methodology of teaching live cases.

The live cases allow for the creation of a learning space attached to the reality of business, in which the analysis of problems for decision making and the construction of arguments and alternatives for action are promoted. They are carried out in a two to three hour session, in which a leader is invited to participate and present a real problem or situation that he/she has or has had to face in his/her organization, so that students can ask questions and thus develop their recommendations for decision making. Live cases are ideal for working on decision-making, strategy, organizational change, leadership, marketing and communication. In addition, they are intended to motivate and persuade MBA students to make a social contribution from the beginning of their careers.

Documents and research

We conduct research with the purpose of generating knowledge related to philanthropy, social investment and social enterprises.

Annual work reports
Our team
Andrea_Prado_INCAE
Andrea Prado
Ph.D NewYork University and Strachan Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment.
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Andrea Prado
Ph.D NewYork University and Strachan Chair in Philanthropy and Social Investment.
Contact
andrea.prado@incae.edu
Networks
https://cr.linkedin.com/in/andrea-prado-483b9835
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Academic Background
  • B.A. - Economics, University of Costa Rica, 1997.
  • M.S. - International Economics, University of Essex
  • Ph.D. - Business Administration, Stern School of Business, New York University
Teaching at INCAE

Teaching areas

  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Courses

  • Creating Value from Values
  • Sustainable Development & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Organizational Change and HR

Programs

  • Executive MBA
  • MBA

Executive Programs

biography

Andrea M. Prado is an associate professor of management and organizations at INCAE Business School. She is director of the Strachan Chair of Philanthropy and Social Investment. Her research explores the role of companies in promoting sustainable development in the countries where they operate, particularly through their corporate social responsibility strategies and the delivery of products and services to low-income populations.

She also studies the impact and dynamics of industry self-regulation (i.e., the adoption of voluntary certification programs) to promote environmental and labor practices in emerging economies. She has published her research in prestigious academic journals, books and book chapters and has received multiple international awards.

Prof. Prado has led multiple executive programs in Health Management and Global Health at INCAE. She was the Academic Director of the Central America Healthcare Initiative (CAHI) from its inception in 2012 to 2019. CAHI seeks to catalyze access to quality healthcare services for low-income populations through innovative solutions and improved management capabilities in the region through a scholarship program delivered by INCAE.

Prado received a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Stern School of Business, New York University, an M.A. in International Economics from the University of Essex, UK and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Costa Rica. He received a Fulbright scholarship for his doctoral studies and a Chevening scholarship for his master's studies.

More information at: https://www.andreamprado.com/

Publications

Articles

Research work

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Jose Ignacio Sanchez
Researcher for the Strachan Chair of Philanthropy and Social Investment at INCAE Business School.
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Jose Ignacio Sanchez
Researcher for the Strachan Chair of Philanthropy and Social Investment at INCAE Business School.
Contact
ignacio.sanchez@incae.edu
Academic Background
  • B.S. - Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, with emphasis in Agri-environment, Universidade de Costa Rica 2020
  • B.A - Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Costa Rica 2019
biography

Jose Ignacio Sánchez is a researcher and project coordinator for the Strachan Chair of Philanthropy and Social Investment at INCAE Business School. His areas of work explore the bioeconomy, sustainable development, regenerative business and food loss and waste.

Previously, Ignacio has worked as a professor for the School of Agricultural Economics at the University of Costa Rica, and as a researcher for the Center for Research in Economics and Agribusiness Development at the University of Costa Rica.

Publications

Articles:

Sánchez, J. (2021). Costa Rican legislation and its relation to the modern bioeconomy.
modern bioeconomy. Revista e-Agronegocios, 7(2). https://revistas.
tec.ac.cr/index.php/eagronegocios/article/view/5637

Montero-Vega, M. and Sánchez-Gómez, J.I. (2022) 'Approaching agricultural supply chain
performance and strategic sustainable development', Int. J. Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.128-122.
Operations Resilience, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.128-149.

Montero, M., García, M., Sánchez, J. & Mejía, K. (2022) What determines dairy household food waste?. A case study from the Costa Rican dairy industry. Anales Científicos. 83(2), 149-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.21704/ac.v83i2.1848

Montero-Vega, M., Barquero, M., & Sánchez-Gómez, J. I. (2022). Food loss and waste behaviors of three sectors in Costa Rica | RIVAR. Revista Iberoamericana de Viticultura, Agroindustria y Ruralidad, 9(26) . https://www.revistas.usach.cl/ojs/index.php/rivar/article/view/5589. https://www.revistas.usach.cl/ojs/index.php/rivar/article/view/5589.

Book chapters:

Sanchez-Gómez, J. I., & Montero-Vega, M. (2021). Bioeconomic approach to livestock productivity. In Progress in Economic Research (Vol. 47, pp. 217-236). NOVA Science Publishers, Inc. https://novapublishers.com/shop/progress-in-economics-research-volume-47/. https://novapublishers.com/shop/progress-in-economics-research-volume-47/

Advisory Committee
Harry_Strachan
Harry W. Strachan
Former rector of INCAE, partner at Bain & Company, founding member of Inversiones Mesoamerica and founder of the Strachan Foundation.
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Harry_Strachan
Harry W. Strachan
Former rector of INCAE, partner at Bain & Company, founding member of Inversiones Mesoamerica and founder of the Strachan Foundation.
Dania Baltodano
Dania Baltodano
CEO of CISA Exportadora and founder of "Operation Smile".
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Dania Baltodano
Dania Baltodano
CEO of CISA Exportadora and founder of "Operation Smile".
Arturo_Sagrera
Arturo Sagrera
Vice President of Operations at Hilasal Group, Chairman of the Board of ADOC, Director of FUNDEMAS, Director of ¡Supérate!" and founder of "Proyecto País" program.
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Arturo_Sagrera
Arturo Sagrera
Vice President of Operations at Hilasal Group, Chairman of the Board of ADOC, Director of FUNDEMAS, Director of ¡Supérate!" and founder of "Proyecto País" program.
Sabrina_Bacal
Sabrina Bacal
Producer of "Héroes por Panamá" and CALI fellow
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Sabrina_Bacal
Sabrina Bacal
Producer of "Héroes por Panamá" and CALI fellow
Program donors