Omar Duque was recently named the President of The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC).
HITEC is the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in information technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and information technology-centric world.
For the past 11 years, Duque was the President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). He is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship and the role they play in building community and in creating a better world.
Under his leadership IHCC developed initiatives to connect more Latinos to the innovation economy. IHCC has partnered with 1871 Chicago to develop a first-of-its-kind incubator program for Latinx tech startups. Since launching in late 2016, 39 Latinx founders have completed the program. Cohort companies have raised millions of dollars in early stage capital, secured contracts with Fortune 100 firms and gone on to notable accelerators including Techstars. He is the co-founder of the Latinx Founders Collective, an initiative to build a community of more than 100 venture-funded Latinx startups by 2020.
Duque is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He worked as a reporter for the Albuquerque Tribune, one of the last afternoon daily newspapers in the country. Duque is a board member for Loyola University Health System and Delta Dental of Illinois. Duque and his wife Clarisol live in Chicago’s South Side with their two young children. He is an avid runner and loves to cook.