Mario Chamorro is a passionate ed-tech expert with a strong entrepreneurial drive based in Silicon Valley. He is currently the Head of Latin America for Coursera where he is responsible to bring the best education to more than 11 million learners in the region.
Before Coursera, Mario served as a VP of Marketing for SOMA messenger, where he secured 10 million downloads within 30 days of launching the app. It became the fastest growing messaging app in internet history.
Mario is also the founder of Make it Happy and Vaca Bacana, social ventures dedicated to the prioritization of sustainable happiness in our work, our communities, and our governments. His family, wife, and friends call him “Happy Man” and media calls him the “Happiness Ambassador."
Mario grew up next to an active volcano in Pasto, Colombia. In 2004 he left his country, moved to Boston, and learned English while waiting tables, parking cars, and teaching salsa lessons. A few years of hard work and good faith resulted in a Master’s degree from Columbia University. He has held several positions on Wall Street, worked as a consultant in Boston, and organized anti-corruption programs for the Colombian government.
Today, Mario is considered an international ambassador for happiness who has spread smiles across three continents and swapped stories with politicians, former guerrilla combatants, and countless community leaders. His work has touched millions of lives in the private and public sectors. Mario has presented at TEDx events internationally, given a talk at Google Headquarters, spoken before a U.N. panel on happiness, built workshops for socially conscious corporations, coordinated major grassroots activations in the streets of cities worldwide, and mobilized student groups and universities around the globe.
As of today, Mario's initiatives have touched the lives of +25 million people and have generated 80 million media impressions in 33 countries.