President and CEO – Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)
Omar Duque is the President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). IHCC helps entrepreneurs start, manage and grow their companies and is one of the largest, most active and most innovative groups promoting Hispanic entrepreneurship in the country.
Omar is passionate about entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurship plays in building community and in helping create a better world. He helped found the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and ENTERpreneur – a summer youth entrepreneurship program for Chicago-area high-school students. Under his leadership IHCC is leading an initiative to connect more Hispanics to the innovation economy and is launching a first-of-it’s kind incubator for Hispanic tech and tech-enabled start-ups in partnership with 1871.
Duque is a member of the board of directors of Loyola University Medical System and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University where he serves as the Secretary of the Board as well as Chairman of the University’s finance committee. In 2011, Duque was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency as the 2011 Minority Business Advocate of the Year.
Duque is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Clarisol, and two young children.