Board & Management
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.
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),
Richard Aitkenhead is an Economist graduated from the Rafael Landivar University of Guatemala, and holds and MPA degree from Harvard University, USA. …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
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
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
Gabriel Baracatt / 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.
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 Financial Officer
I live in Córdoba, Argentina. I’m an accountant and hold a graduate degree in Management, with a specialization in Finance. In 2005, I joined the Finance direction team at Fundación Avina.
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
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 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 Strategic Communication
I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A professional journalist, I headed the Poder Ciudadano foundation from 2000 to 2005, year in which I joined Avina. I am the Strategic Communications Director. I wrote a book (“Dignidad para todos”).