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Alumni Profile

Salvador Paiz, MBA ’00

President, Fundacion Sergio Paiz Andrade

Salvador Paiz

  • Provides classroom computers and teacher training in Guatemala
  • Co-founder of Guatemala Visible, a public education project examining Guatemala’s political nomination process
  • Board member of Walmart Mexico and Central America

Salvador Paiz speaks with certainty. He is message oriented, a must for a leader drawing attention and money to non-profit organizations.

But when he first arrived at MIT Sloan, Paiz was “nervous and uncomfortable about speaking in public.” He credits a public speaking class with giving him his confidence.

Recently, Paiz gave a speech in Guatemala to a crowd of 3,400, including top politicians. He gives motivational speeches to any of the 30,000 employees of Walmart in Central America, where he was an executive and still sits on the board.

“It’s an important skill that I’m now very grateful to have acquired,” he said.

Like his father, Sergio Paiz Andrade, SF ’86, who was killed in a 2002 plane crash, Paiz has proven an adept businessman with Guatemala’s best interests in mind.

As president of Fundación Sergio Paiz Andrade (FunSEPA), Paiz—with his family and with corporate support—has put more than 11,000 computers in 700 Guatemalan schools in six years. The foundation has trained more than 45,000 teachers to use technology in the classroom.

As a co-founder of Guatemala Visible, he helps direct a nationwide government transparency movement, illuminating judicial nominations once marred by political corruption and fraud.

Paiz also sits on the board of Walmart Mexico and Central America. He uses contacts and influence to find funding for FunSEPA and to recruit support for Guatemala Visible.

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