Andy Freire

Director

Andy Freire is an entrepeneur both at the social and business level. He was until July 2018 a legislator for the city of Buenos Aires. From December 2015 until he assumed his legislative seat two years later, the argentine politician and entrepreneur held the position of Minister of Modernisation, Innovation and Technology as well as President of the Tourism Unit of the City of Buenos Aires. There, his mission was to design and implement policies to transform and modernize the city through projects aimed to the innovative development of strategic assets, to create employment and social inclusion. Regarding his career, in 1997 he co-founded and led Officenet (acquiered by Staples in 2004), a company that revolutionized the industry of distribution (retail) of office supplies in Latin America. Later, he co-founded Axialent, a global consulting firm that helps senior companies to align their organizational culture with their core values. His latest venture, before his jump to the civil service, was to co-found Quasar, a “Company Builder” that builds tech start ups in Latam. Andy co-founded Trocafone.com , Restorando.com and Get Sirena among other technological developments. Recognized as "Global Leader for Tomorrow" in 2002 by the World Economic Forum World, and "Latin American Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2001 by the Endeavor Foundation, Andy was also awarded as one of the two finalists in the “World Young Business Achiever Award" held in the Philippines in 2002. He was also distinguished in 2008 as "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Andy holds a degree in Economics from the University of San Andrés and has a OPM from Harvard Business School. He is the author of the books “Pasión por emprender” (Aguilar, 2004), “50 claves para emprendedores” (Aguilar, 2006), “5%” (Aguilar, 2013), “Libre, la filosofía de vida emprendedora” (Aguilar 2014) and “Argentina Emprendedora” (Aguilar, 2015).