Victor Padilla-Taylor is the Director of Mentor, Advisor, and Partner Networks at Tsai CITY, where he works to build a support network for students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation at Yale University. He was the 2021 recipient of the Linda Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service, conferred by Yale’s President Salovey to staff who have demonstrated their commitment to innovative thinking and the educational and research missions of the university.
Previously, he was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, where he brought together key decision-makers and experts from business and society to work in collaborative activities addressing the most crucial global issues, such as the provision of humanitarian aid and access to transportation in rural areas. At the Forum, he also received training at INSEAD, London Business School, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and THNK School of Creative Leadership on key leadership and organizational areas, such as design thinking, negotiation and influence, organizational behavior, systems thinking, understanding and mapping of global contexts and trends, managing teams for results, and public speaking.
Prior to joining the Forum, he held strategic positions for more than 10 years at trading firms in Latin America to optimize their worldwide operations and business development in a diverse range of industry verticals such as chemicals, agriculture and transportation.
Victor is a Master of Advanced Management graduate from Yale University. He holds an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and a Chemical and Industrial Engineering degree from his adopted country Guatemala, where he was captain for the Men's National Basketball Team. He has dabbled as a musician, a drama director, and blogger to bridge barriers between people from diverse backgrounds. A new resident to New Haven with his wife Maria and four children, he enjoys welcoming international students and scholars to Yale.