David Santiago Cano Salazar

Country representing





  • San Buenaventura University
  • 4,1
  • Master's degree in social responsibility and sustainability

Current organisation


Current role

General Manager

Skills and Expertise

Community management
Social work
Strategic planning

Areas of interest

Human Rights
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

As a social worker and activist in overcoming poverty, Agenda for Development and youth; I am passionate about working to close the social gaps that exist in Colombia and Latin America. My biggest inspiration is the action that is achieved by volunteering in social causes and the power to connect different realities (like the informal settlement, where all the rights of those who live in this places, are constantly violated). We can work together with those who live in this conditions. I believe in the social transformation through the actions regardless of the differences of sex, religion, creeds or origin; and I believe faithfully that we are the generation that is responding to the big problems of the world, because we are mobilize by the causes that are even bigger than ourselves. My inspiration is in those who know different realities and work to overcome them. I believe in our youth, the youth that know's the power to make this world a better place to live.


Committed to overcoming poverty and linking volunteers across the country; from TECHO, we have achieved more than 25,000 people with a better place to live; we have work in more than 100 informal settlements in the country. For more than 10 years we have generated confidence to articulate improvement projects in communities that TECHO is present. Around 700 community leaders have been trained with our methodology and have generated projects for their communities, working with more than 50,000 young volunteers have been linked to carry out more than 5,000 homes in the most forgotten places in Colombia. Together we have achieved 20 infrastructure project, such as streets, bridges, parks, and others. Finally, we have linked more than 500 companies and social organizations, who have believed in our work to overcome poverty, and in the power of youth leadership.