Ana María Molina


Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AEI)

Partnership opportunities

“I consider myself a social entrepreneur committed to leave behind a meaningful footprint in the world. With a communications and business background and a proven successful corporate career, I am keen to develop projects aiming at those in need and witness how their lives improve significantly. 

As an independent consultant at AEI, I designed and inclusive program targeting vulnerable small scale farmers from Ecuador’s indigenous communities. That is how SE PUEDE was born, as a grower private led initiative to provide growers OPPORTUNITIES to be sustainable. SE PUEDE overall goal i s to improve their quality of life, helping them to produce with high quality standards to reach local & international markets. 

The visit to Americas Competitiveness Exchange will enhance my knowledge on the most successful best practices that I could bring back home to share with our entrepreneurs. Going to Lousiana to observe and to learn will hopefully  b another milestone in my path to succeed for the sake of Ecuadorian farmers. “

Mainly a wide ray of networking with potent non-traditional exporters such as superfoods, banana, shrimp, roses, amazonian produce and fish,  all produced with highest quality standards and sustainability. We are committed to take more Ecuador to the world. My country key competitive advantages offer the perfect environment to foreign investors: dollarized economy, 12-hour brightness, a probusiness government, strategic geographic location, to name only few conditions to attract foreign investments and conduct long-term sustainable business.  

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Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.