Fellows - Karla Ruiz

Karla Ruiz

Digital Strategist & Social Media Specialist, Tech Entrepreneur, Speaker, Social Activist & Woman Advocate. Dedicated to help people connect with the world and use their influence to improve it!


  • Founder of the Program DIGITAL AWARENESS
  • Co-Founder & Technology Evangelist of the Digital Agency MILKnCOOKIES
  • Social Media Consultant for the GLOBAL AMBASSADORS PROGRAM of Vital Voices & Bank of America
  • Founding Curator at GLOBAL SHAPERS GUATEMALA an initiative of the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM  
  • Regional Leader for WED Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
  • Fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Honors and Awards:

Karla has been invited on behalf of the President Barack Obama and the White House to be Speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at Stanford University; Invited by the Aspen Institute to be part of the CENTRAL AMERICA LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE – CALI FELLOWSHIP 2016; she was chosen as 1 of the 5 women around the world to receive the Vital Voices GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARD 2015; Recognized as 1 OF THE 10 INNOVATORS IN LATIN AMERICA 2014 by the Inter-American Development Bank; Chosen as 1 of the 22 women around the world to participate in the GLOBAL WOMEN’S MENTORING PROGRAM 2014 organized by Fortune Most Powerful Women, U.S. State Department and Vital Voices.  Chosen as  1 of the 60 specialist of the  WORLD SUMMIT AWARD Jury in 2014, 2015 and 2016,  Recognized as VISIONARY OF THE YEAR 2014 by the leading Guatemalan brand Saúl E. Mendez; Awarded as OUTSTANDING PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR IN 2014 by Universidad del Itsmo in Guatemala; Declared WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2013 by Look Magazine; Chosen as FOUNDING CURATOR of Global Shapers Guatemala by the World Economic Forum. Karla has been invited as SPEAKER for TEDx Guatemala and Costa Rica. Her company MILKnCOOKIES was declared 1 of the 8 WSIS + 10 GLOBAL CHAMPIONS by the World Summit Award in UNESCO  and awarded as one of the Top 5 leaders in E-Entertainment by the World Summit Award, both are awards for “building knowledge societies for peace and sustainable development”.

Karla Ruiz Cofiño connects people through technology. The Guatemalan entrepreneur helps individuals and companies navigate, contribute and participate in an increasingly borderless world. Karla believes that having a digital presence is about more than just business. “Technology is reshaping the world,” says Karla. “I am convinced that rather than asking ‘What is technology doing to us?’, the right question is ‘What can we do with it?’”

As the pace of change accelerates, Karla believes that our ability to connect becomes all the more significant. By sharing information, experiences and wisdom, people around the world are building what Karla calls ‘collective intelligence.’ She is on a mission to harness this global pool of knowledge to positively impact our world in big and small ways. Karla equips people with the digital skills and knowledge they need to become active contributors to online communities.

Karla sees a future of interconnected global citizens who are keenly aware of the power they have and how to use it. She envisions a community of changemakers who connect through technology to improve the world.

For more information visit www.KarlaRuiz.com.

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