Board & Management
Pamela Ríos /Secretary of the Board of Directors
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
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
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
Richard Aitkenhead is an Economist graduated from the Rafael Landivar University of Guatemala, and holds and MPA degree from Harvard University, USA. …more
Gabriel Baracatt (EX-OFFICIO)
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),
Sean McKaughan / Chairman
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.
Carlos March / Director of Strategic Communication
Carlos March is an Argentinean journalist. He was the Director of Fundación Poder Ciudadano from 2000 to 2005, promoting citizen participation in democracy, beyond voting. …more
Director of Strategic Alliances
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
Director of Social Innovation
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
Director of Human Development
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
Chief Financial Officer
Lorena is a National Public Accountant with a degree from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. In 2005 she completed a Postgraduate Degree in Management Development with a Specialization in Finances at Universidad Católica Potifícia Argentina. She began her professional career in 1996 as an intern at the CEAM Research Laboratory, assessing projects for new business units.
Valdemar de Oliveira
Impact Business Director
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.
Chief Executive Director
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.