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Licda. Betty Lobos Bollat was born and raised in a family of entrepreneurs. Her parents owned and ran the Lobos Bollat & Co. beer distribution company during 50 years. They provided distribution services for the Gallo beer all over Guatemala. She started working in Lobos Bollat & Co. since she was very young and became the General Manager of the company in 1970 until 2005, the year that the organization was sold. She has been working all her life along with the most prominent entrepreneurs of Guatemala because of her work experience at the board of the Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (CACIF) of Guatemala, and the Federation of Private Entities of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (FEDEPRICAP). She describes herself as “a classical liberal, passionate about issues related to the ethics of freedom, entrepreneurship, market economics, and individual liberty”
She started the Bastiat Society of Guatemala in 2021 and has always facilitated seminars and workshops devoted to spreading free-market principles among the local business community, young professionals and college students.
Betty is a founder and board member of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for the Americas, Virginia. Member of the “David Hume” Ethics Committee at Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), Guatemala, since 2019. Member of the Board of Directors of the Universidad de Occidente, Guatemala, since 2014. She is a candidate to the PhD in Political Science and Sociology, from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain. She earned an M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Management and History, from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM), Guatemala in 1980, and a College Degree in Philosophy and Literature, from the Universidad Rafael Landívar (URL), Guatemala in1975.