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Mexico Leads AQ's List of Top 5 Latin American Inventors

AQ profiles five Latin Americans who have come up with solutions to problems from air pollution to safety risks for black filmmakers.
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From Alfonso Cuarón to Yalitza Aparicio, Mexican talent is the talk of the town, but celebrities aren’t the only ones making international waves.

In the latest edition of AQ’s Top 5, we profile five Latin American inventors who turned their ideas for addressing local challenges into products with global appeal. Two Mexican scientists lead our list.

Just 27 years old, Carlos Monroy created a system that uses microalgae to help Mexicans breathe cleaner air. Microbiologist Gabriela Léon used her experience as a mother of a sick child to develop a line of hygienic products that have been used around the world to fight viruses like Ebola. Both have ambitions for even greater impact.

Our list also includes Peruvian Priska Díaz, another mother whose mission to help her child was a springboard for a successful business; Brazilian Hugo Lima, whose inventions help his fellow black filmmakers overcome a unique set of challenges; and Argentine Eduardo Fernández, a toy-maker using his expertise to prepare the next generation of Argentine inventor.

Together, the list celebrates the region’s big ideas – and offers suggestions on how to make Latin America an easier place for inventors to prosper.

AQ Top 5 Latin American Inventors: Hugo Lima

A filmmaker documenting Brazil’s black culture.

AQ Top 5 Latin American Inventors: Gabriela León

A Mexican engineer fighting the spread of viruses.

AQ Top 5 Latin American Inventors: Priska Díaz

A mother and designer improving bottle-feeding for babies.

AQ Top 5 Latin American Inventors: Eduardo Fernández

An Argentine consultant spreading his love of invention.

AQ Top 5 Latin American Inventors: Carlos Monroy

A 27-year-old biologist helping Mexicans breathe better.
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