Global Ambassador to Portugal & Spain
Natalia Olson-Urtecho is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working with international, regional and local entities in Latin America, Central Europe, Asia and the U.S. She is an expert in smart cities, finance, blockchain, public policy, international diplomacy, commercialization of technologies, environmental planning, sustainable building, zoning, land use, mobility, public engagement and infrastructure development. Currently she serves as Chief Operations Officer of the RadicalxChange Foundation and Co-Founder of the Disruptive Factory. Prior to her current roles she was appointed by President Obama as the SBA Regional Administrator managing yearly 35 billion dollars in government contracts and 8 billion in loans for SMEs. She was responsible for delivery and management of small business programs, development initiatives and financial assistance. Olson-Urtecho oversaw 180 SBA offices; SCORE chapters; Business Development Centers; Women and Veteran Centers and other resources. Natalia was appointed to Philadelphia’s Planning Commission and served as the Vice Chair of the Zoning Code Commission. She was appointed to the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board to advise Congress and the White House on competitiveness and innovation. She has been honored with numerous prestigious awards such as Woman of Distinction for her work in sustainable infrastructure & the green economy.