6 to 7 pm ET

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Cuban Entrepreneurship in 2020: A Conversation with Marta Deus, Lauren Fajardo, and Liber Puente

AS/COA will host a conversation with Cuban entrepreneurs who will share their innovative approaches to running a business in Cuba.

6 to 7 pm ET

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Join AS/COA's Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) and the Cuba Working Group (CWG) for a conversation with three Cuban entrepreneurs joining live from Havana to discuss their experiences running private businesses in Cuba. Entrepreneurship is always challenging, but 2020 has brought new obstacles for these pioneers, from COVID-19 to a nearly total pause in tourism to the island. Join us for a discussion on their strategies for innovation and adaptation in fashion, tech, and mobile delivery. 


  • Marta Deus, Co-Founder of Mandao
  • Lauren Fajardo, Co-Founder of Dador
  • Liber Puente, Founder & CEO of TostoneT
  • Lee Ann Evans, Director, Individual Membership and Head of Cuba Working Group, AS/COA (co-moderator)
  • Brett Perlmutter, Head of Google Cuba (co-moderator)

Hear more about the three entrepreneurs' stories on the 90 Miles Podcast.

To register, please email: cwg@as-coa.org

This event is open to AS, COA, YPA, and CWG members only.

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Marta Deus
CEO, Mandao

Marta Deus is the CEO of Mandao, Cuba's first delivery company, which has revolutionized the market with over 150,000 app users across several cities including Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Artemisa, and Holguin. Prior to Mandao, she founded Deus Expertos...

Lauren Fajardo
Co-founder, Dador

Lauren Fajardo is a Cuban fashion designer. A graduate of the Institute of Design in Havana, her work encompasses a variety of international projects including films, stage performances and commercial shoots as fashion designer, costume designer, stylist and producer. She is the...

Liber Puente Baró
Founder, TostoneT

Liber Puente Baró is a Cuban engineer who graduated from the Technical University of Havana (CUJAE) in 2000. He gathered international experience working as a diplomat officer at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 12 years while he conducted international academic studies...

Lee Ann Evans
Director, Individual Membership and Head of Cuba Working Group, AS/COA

Lee Ann Evans is director of individual membership at AS/COA and head of the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. She draws on years of experience in the region, having most recently been vicepresident of Corporate Development for an energy infrastructure company, where she focused on...

Brett Perlmutter
Head of Google Cuba

Brett Perlmutter founded and leads Google’s efforts in Cuba. In that capacity, Perlmutter was the principal negotiator of the first ever internet-related deal between the U.S. and Cuba which placed infrastructure in Havana to make uncensored platforms like YouTube available for...

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