Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby is currently Chairman and CEO, for One Laptop per Child Association. Born in Medellin, Colombia, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965 and was elected president of the Colombian Society of Architects in Medellín in 1975. He has worked with Nicholas Negroponte since 1982 on projects oriented towards bringing digital age technologies to educational systems in developing nations.
Arboleda practiced architecture in Colombia for 15 years and was involved in a wide variety of business enterprises both in his native Colombia and in the US where he moved in 1977. For more than 40 years he has been involved in areas of Marketing, Logistics, Business Development, International Operations, Government and Private Sector initiatives in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Media Lab of MIT where he worked on the Digital Nations Consortium project and on the Education for Peace initiative (E4P). He has been a Board of Trustees member at Save the Children Foundation (1995-01), the 2B1 Foundation in Boston and the Give to Colombia Foundation in Miami (2004-Present).
At the helm since May 2009 of One Laptop Per Child Association, the operating arm of the OLPC project, he has structured a Miami based marketing, sales and service organization that has delivered more than 2 million laptops to more than 35 countries and 21 languages worldwide.
He is married for 43 years to his wife, Cecilia, a professional photographer. Together they have a son, Pedro who lives in Boston. He has family in Colombia, Jordan and Washington DC.