Leonor Diaz Alcantara is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO, and mentor. Currently serving as CEO of the Montessori Group, Leonor uses her extensive knowledge to develop high-impact programs to support children, families, and teachers and inspire new policies in the educational sector. Leonor brings to the role decades of experience in both private and NGO sectors, focusing on mobilizing resources for a broad range of initiatives.
Leonor’s career spans working with the UK NGO National Playing Fields Association, where she was responsible for organizing 5 Royal events a year (Prince Philip was the President and Her Majesty The Queen was the Patron of the charity) to becoming the first CEO of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. At the Trust she worked with the BBC on the first Galapagos series with Sir David Attenborough and transformed the organization into the voice of Galapagos in the UK.
During her time as CEO at the medical research institute, RAFT, Leonor created a life sciences company, Smart Matrix Ltd, and was its CEO for five years when both organizations won several international awards.
Leonor has sat on numerous boards and currently, she is a part of the Advisory Board of Global Thinkers Forum; the Steering Committee of Karanga – The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills; the Advisory Board of award-winning social enterprise, Venner, and as the representative of the Montessori Group as a Partner of the Global Responsible Leadership Institute.
Leonor has personally won 6 international awards for leadership. In April 2021, the Global Forum for Education and Learning named Leonor one of the Top 100 Visionaries in Education. In August 2022, The Victory Magazine named her one of the Top Ten Influential Women Leaders of the Year 2021.