Gina Diez Barroso de Franklin
Gina Diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years. In 1990 she created and launched Grupo Diarq, a holding company with eight subsidiaries currently employing over 600 people. One of the most prestigious real estate development and design firms in Latin America, DIARQ has completed over 850 residential and hospitality projects to date.
In 2004, Mrs. Diez Barroso founded CENTRO; the first university in Mexico City specialized in creative studies with a strong emphasis in business and entrepreneurship. CENTRO currently offers seven undergraduate degrees and six master’s programs, as well as a broad range of graduate studies and continuing education courses in related disciplines. In just 12 years since opening, the university has grown rapidly to its present student enrollment of 2,500 and is recognized as Mexico’s best university in its field.
Mrs. Diez Barroso has given lectures in business schools in the United States, Latin America and Europe.
In 1992, she founded Fundacion Diarq, a non-profit organization that works towards eradicating domestic violence and preventing bullying in schools. In 2004, she founded Fundacion Pro-Educacion Centro, a non-profit organization granting merit-based scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in creative studies.
In 2016, Mrs. Diez Barroso founded Dalia Empower, an initiative created to empower women under a unique educational methodology, enabling their hard and soft skills. DALIA is the first international integrated platform with a global network.
Mrs. Diez Barroso sits on several international boards, is the only Mexican belonging to C200 (200 Women Business Leaders of the World) and represents Mexico in W20, the women initiative from G20.