Felipe Spath

Owner - Manager, La Juanita Finca Verde
Guatavita, Colombia

About Felipe


Felipe Spath Botero
(57 - 3) 10 213 5793

Anthropologist, graduate from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia. Experience directing companies, implementing economically sustainable projects, working with communities, building business units, training, performing audits, opening national and international markets, trademark positioning, product positioning, negotiation, conflict resolution, product creation, managing gastronomy industry, accompaniment of agricultural processes among other. Interested in working with sustainable development in rural communities.


Interested in building and studying social networks, local development, inclusive economic development, communal work and traditional knowledge, I have been travelling the last two and half years through different Asian countries. During this time I have lived among different local traditional cultures, learning healing techniques, spiritual practices, agricultural models, in constant contact with elder teachers.

After having worked in the private sector for eight years, I again inclined toward the search of well being holistic models, process I had started at university. In this way I want to integrate my professional knowledge, with the various elements gathered during this last years, dedicating my talents to the generation of balanced sustainable life models, in projects aimed at communities.


La Juanita Finca Verde September 2011 -

We started an eco tourism project at a rural location in Colombia. It involves projects amongst the rural communities of this areas. We have an itinerary cinema which travels around rural areas, screening inspirational movies which address sustainability matters; we work with children living in rural areas to generate personal development dynamics; we document elders from the region, and spread their message to the younger generations; and we work the land, trying to regenerate traditional agricultural models and spread them throughout this region.

Archie's Colombia S.A. January 2004 – June 2008


International Operations Director January 2007 – June 2008
National Operations Director November 2005 – January 2007
Bogotá Director October 2004 – November 2005
Delivery Director January 2004 – October 2004
Restaurant Manager Archie's USA August 2003 – January 2004

Consolidate Archie's trademark in Ecuador and United States, managing the operation of the companies in both countries, establishing and implementing a growth plan for the companies.
Supervising the direction of the companies in each country, integrating operation units with the other areas of the head office.
Operations and logistics management for a network of over 50 different business units, designing and implementing food transport systems.
Legal supervision of the companies, with support of legal outsourcing partner.
Generation and implementation of growth plan, building and operating different business units in Colombian, Ecuadorian and United States cities.
Projection and accomplishment of financial budgets.
Design, implementation and management of audit systems. Created an audit internal methodology to assure the standardization of processes and products within the company, specially the ones concerning food management.
Assist strategic external suppliers in their organic certification process.
Design and supervision of a work plan to obtain HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), and BPM (Good Manufacture Practices) certifications.
Assist small suppliers in their process to obtain BPM certification, guaranteeing excellence in all the supplier network.

Colegio San Carlos September 2002 – June 2003
Anthropology Teacher


Design and implement an anthropology course for tenth and eleven grades in high school. Introduced and worked the concept of cultural relativism through a practical methodology involving assisted investigations and documentary production.

Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
August 2000 - September 2004

Electrical Engineering
Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá, Colombia
August 1996 – August 2000

High School Diploma
Colegio San Carlos, Bogotá, Colombia
September 1986 – July 1996


English, Spanish

TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Hospitality Management, Social Work Networking, Yoga & Meditation, Food - growing, making, eating, Business Management, tourism & travel

An idea worth spreading

We want to irradiate transformation towards a better wold, starting at a local level in Guatavita, Colombia, and eventually spreading to more distant places. We have a farm - life project, a place for people to come, share, and transform. We provide eco - ethno responsible tourism, and engage guests into local social dynamics. We host a rural itinerary cinema, an amazingly strong channel to spread ideas, as TED's, and spark actions which generate change. We host projections at rural schools, and generate discussion and exchange spaces, documenting as well local knowledge.

Basically, we think conjugating balance (health, food, relationships, emotions..) with creativity can really make a difference and start processes towards a better world.

I'm passionate about

Traveling, eating consciously, practicing yoga and meditation, interacting with people, observing, working with communities, sustainability, sharing, finding balance personally and in our world

Talk to me about

Sustainability, art, culture, food, travel, grassroots movements, inspirational ideas which can make this a better world, organic agriculture, permaculture, spirituality, fairtrade, innovation.

People don't know I'm good at

Connecting people, ideas and cultures towards generating transformation.

My TED story

I started watching TED a few years ago, completely loved it. Then I included TED talks into a curriculum I was designing for a Buddhism and sustainability course. A friend organized TED x Ceiba, an independent event at Bogota, Colombia, and through him I got to know and be fascinated much more about TED.

I organized TEDxGuatavita with a group of Colombian enthusiasts interested in rural transformation. The main theme was Hay Campo en el Campo, which translates "there is space, opportunities at rural areas" It was an amazing experience. Many projects started after this TEDx event, and we are starting a platform Campo Abierto, to reduce the gap between ideas and actions. We have also hosted TEDxGlobal, and TEDxYouth day live stream events, which have grown our TEDx rural community.

Favorite talks