Samuel Azout is a member of Elion's Advisory Board, and is the Founder and Chairman of Fundacion Futbol con Corazon, a non-governmental organization dedicated to creating safe and peaceful neighborhoods in Colombia by improving life opportunities for children and young adults in underprivileged areas. Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Samuel held the CEO position at Carulla Vivero S.A., the second largest retailer in Colombia, for 10 years, until he led its sale to Grupo Exito. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Almacenes Exito, Bavaria SabMiller, Aerorepublica, Fundacion Colombia and Fundacion Pies Descalzos. He also belongs to the Ashoka Support Network (ASN). In addition, Samuel was the Chairman of the Board of Fundacion Carulla, the largest non-governmental organization in Colombia in the field of early childhood learning.
Samuel served as Senior Advisor for Social Prosperity to the President of Colombia and as Director of the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (ANSPE).
Samuel earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.