Arango Arias, Manuel - from Mexico
Country of meeting: in the year 1978
He studied economics at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Together with his brothers Jerónimo and Plácido, he inaugurated the concept of department stores in Mexico. He is a founding member of Grupo CIFRA, one of the largest consortiums in that country. Associated with Walmart Supercenter, the conglomerate of supermarkets, department stores and restaurants. He presides over an important real estate company, construction company of residential complexes and office centers in Mexico.
The leadership place that Arango Arias occupies in the Mexican commerce sector is underpinned by the interest shown for many years in social and environmental problems. He is founder and president of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, the Mexican Foundation for Environmental Education and the Xochitla Foundation. He chairs the Water Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Mexico, and is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Mexican Red Cross and the Governing Board of Transparencia Mexicana. In 1971, he made the documentary "Centinelas del Silencio" (Sentinels of Silence), which obtained two Oscars.
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