Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama
Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Since the start of 2019, the Latin America team have hosted:
- 10 events in 9 cities
- 23 meetups in 7 cities
- 6 digital events/meetups
- 1 volunteer activity
April 15 - OYW Digital Event - Powered by Central America
April 22 - OYW Digital Event - Powered by Central America
Meet the Team
Managing Ambassador, LATAM
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Maria Villela is a catalyzer of young leadership and social innovation. Her passion for driving change led her to support One Young World as Central America Coordinating Ambassador for two terms. As a Managing Ambassador of Latin America, Maria now supports events, social media campaigns, and engagement activities all throughout the five OYW Latin American sub-regions. Her purpose is to inspire young people to take action and start working for a better world. Maria has an English Major and a degree in Translation and currently works as a Learning Experience Designer.
Selva Montealegre Mendoza
Coordinating Ambassador, Central America
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Selva has represented Mexico in international programs such as the Program for the Strengthening of Public Service in Latin America and One Young World in its 2018 edition. She has also participated in lectures on public function, leadership and innovation at Harvard University, Brown University, Clemson University, among others. Selva currently develops as a People Continuity Manager at AB InBev, where she designs diversity and inclusion initiatives and talent development programs for 14 countries in Latin America. At the same time, she actively participates in organisations such as the Mexican Network for Public Service, Mujeres Tlawanáh and the Women Ambassador Forum where she advocates for the empowerment of women in politics and the business sector; civic participation and government transparency.
Marc Alain Boucicault
Coordinating Ambassador, Caribbean
Location: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Marc Alain (MAB) is an ecosystem builder. He is the founder of Banj, the first and biggest entrepreneurship hub of Port-au-Prince. He brought Facebook and Google to Haiti to work with developers and to support entrepreneurship in a nation still seen as a destination mostly for humanitarian work. He is also co-founder of Groupe ECHO Haiti, a grassroots organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, the biggest international platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti.
Suelen Nina Kanashiro
Coordinating Ambassador, Brazil
Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil
Suelen believes in an equal society, with an economy based on creativity and collaboration. She believes that together, through the One Young World community, we can innovate business models, socio-economic relations and build a better world. With experience in the corporate world and volunteering abroad, Suelen has worked in the areas of public relations and sustainability, managing projects of diversity, women empowerment, and fight against poverty. By understanding how serious these issues are, she has decided to redirect my career to the defence of human rights and humanitarian crises. Suelen is now the operational coordinator of Refugio 343, a humanitarian organization that aims to alleviate the biggest humanitarian crisis in Latin America by accelerating the internalization of Venezuelan families that seek refuge in Brazil.
Jason Pareja Jauregui
Coordinating Ambassador, South America
Location: Lima, Peru
Engineer with relevant experience leading strategic projects in multinational Technology, Telecommunications and Financial Services companies. Studies in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Digital Business Strategy at Stanford University, WHU Otto Beisheim and MIT Sloan respectively. Passionate about technology as a catalyst for positive social change in less favored communities. Founder and Director of “Vive Tu Futuro”, a mentoring program which aims at connecting high-level professionals with low-income school students to offer them advice on career opportunities and life plans. This initiative has widened the life perspectives of +5,000 high school students from +20 public schools who live in risky and vulnerable situations, guiding them to make better decisions about their professional future and to be committed to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Peruvian Delegate at the United Nations Youth Assembly.
Lucero Muñoz Gómez
Coordinating Ambassador, Colombia
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
I have focused most of my interests in social projects, volunteering in two non-profit organizations that work with vulnerable population:
1. Somos Capazes : teaching children how to build peace by ludic games.
2. Fundación Catalina Muñoz: building prefabricated houses to people how has critical habitat living situation in the country.
Currently, I'm working as the Social Director of the Catalina Muñoz Foundation, integrating projects with vulnerable families, volunteers, and the sustainable development goals.