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Varelie is an innovation ecosystem builder and leads the Government of Aruba’s national innovation strategy in her role as the country’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer. She is a member of the Aruba UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 committee. Varelie has lead numerous innovation initiatives. An island native, Varelie co-founded a non-profit initiative; ATECH Foundation with a mission to develop the startup and technology ecosystem in Aruba and the Caribbean.
She was named a global change-maker by the World Bank Youth Steering Committee for her unique approach to leadership and inspiring both entrepreneurs and policy makers to drive change. Varelie is an accomplished keynote speaker and sought after thought-leader on the innovation economy. She has spoken at TEDx, TEDx Women, United Nations, The World Bank, Legacy, SXSW, Columbia University, and has been featured in Forbes, Coinbase, MasterCard Biz, Tech.Co, Inc.com, and other major international publications.