Board & Management


  • Sean McKaughan / Chairman

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    Sean McKaughan has 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and has authored two books on the topic. Mr. McKaughan has been with Avina since 1998 and prior to his current role as chairman of Fundación Avina’s board of directors, he was the leader of Avina’s executive team for seven years.
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  • Gabriel Baracatt (EX-OFFICIO)

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    Prior to Mr. Baracatt’s appointment as Avina’s chief executive officer, he served as chief operating officer and director of social innovation. He has been working on issues of sustainable development in Bolivia since 1990, founding Environmental Protection of Tarija (PROMETA),
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  • Brizio Biondi-Morra

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    Brizio Biondi-Morra holds a PhD in Business Administration from Harvard University, and a PhD in Economics from Bocconi University, Italy. He was Avina’s President from 2003 to December 31, 2012.  …more ver mas

  • Anamaria Schindler

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    Anamaria Schindler has a wealth of experience in social entrepreneurship in Latin America with particular focus on human rights. Since 2006, she has served as co-president of Ashoka, a global non-profit organization focused on social entrepreneurship and a key partner …more ver mas

  • Pamela Ríos /Secretary of the Board of Directors

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    Pamela Ríos is a social worker with MBA studies, training in a range of group facilitation techniques, and fair trade expertise. She has worked as a human resources consultant, both for private companies and independently, …more ver mas

  • Gabriel Baracatt / Chief Executive Director

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    Prior to Mr. Baracatt’s appointment as Avina’s chief executive officer, he served as chief operating officer and director of social innovation. He has been working on issues of sustainable development in Bolivia since 1990, founding Environmental Protection of Tarija (PROMETA), today a well-known non-governmental Bolivian conservation organization.
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  • Valdemar de Oliveira

    Impact Business Director

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    Valdemar Oliveira Neto “Maneto” is Impact Business Director at Avina. Prior to joining the foundation, Maneto was founder and executive director of Ethos Institute, a pioneering association that promotes corporate social responsibility in Brazil.

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  • Carlos V. Oxenford

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Carlos Oxenford has been Avina’s chief financial officer since 2006, serving previously as administrator for Avina Buenos Aires and as service center manager, overseeing ten operating units in six Latin American countries. …more ver mas

  • Márcia Pregnolatto

    Director of Human Development

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    Márcia Pregnolatto has been director of human development at Avina since 2008, focusing on restructuring and optimizing the foundation’s human capital management systems. In the past, she participated in the creation of Save the Children U.K. in Brazil, and has been a member of the board of directors of Business Action for Citizenship, …more ver mas

  • Guayana Páez Acosta

    Director of Avina Americas

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    I live in the United States, in the San Francisco Bay area, California. A native of Venezuela, I’m a sociologist with a degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela) and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University of London (United Kingdom). …more ver mas

  • Guillermo Scallan

    Director of Social Innovation

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    Guillermo Scallan currently serves as Director of Social Innovation at Fundación Avina. Prior to this assignment, he was founder and Executive Director of Cultiva, a non-governmental organization contributing to the decontamination of Santiago, Chile, through reforesting with native trees —a project …more ver mas

  • Marcus Fuchs

    Director of Strategic Communication

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    Brazilian Marcus Fuchs earned a degree in pedagogy from Unisinos University and FUNEC, and he has also completed specialized social pedagogy studies in Germany.  He began working with Avina in April 2007 as a representative for southeastern Brazil, Brasilia, and the state of Goiás.   …more ver mas