NEXUS Latin America (LATAM)

History of NEXUS in Latin America (LATAM)

NEXUS LATAM was one of the early chapters of NEXUS, hosting its inaugural NEXUS Summit in Brazil in 2013. The initial impetus for NEXUS Brazil was to provide an environment for leaders of the new generation of large Brazilian business families and social entrepreneurs to be able to come together and learn from one another. Since then the network has grown to more include more of the Latin American region and gone on to host two more Forums in Miami in 2016 and 17.

 

Mission

Today, NEXUS LATAM’s mission is to provide an environment for leaders of the new generation of large Latin American business families and social entrepreneurs from across the continent to be able to come together, deepen personal connections, learn from and inspire each other and grow together as changemakers.

As income inequality deepens throughout the world, NEXUS LATAM must create a bridge between the communities of the world economic elite and social entrepreneurs in order to facilitate dialogue, education and problem solving in a collaborative way in order to ignite the brightest minds and most promising business and philanthropic initiatives who are catalyzing solutions.

By Inspiring younger generations about the importance and forms of philanthropy and social investment on a global scale; we can strengthen the new set of Latin leaders in the international and intersectoral fields.

Goals and Actions

NEXUS LATAM’s goals are to:
 

  • Discuss and reflect on this moment of change throughout the continent and on the legacy, our generation wants to leave
  • Create and strengthen links throughout the continent in order to learn from each other’s experiences
  • Articulate and strengthen existing initiatives or to generate new ways of doing things
  • Deepen in the reflection on the stage of philanthropy and social investment in LATAM and possible new paths for better results

Previous Summits:

  • NEXUS Latin America Summit 2018
  • NEXUS Latin American and Caribbean Forum 2017: https://www.nexusglobal.org/australia2016/
  • NEXUS Latin American Forum 2016: https://www.nexusglobal.org/summits/australia/
  • NEXUS Brazil Youth Summit 2013: https://www.nexusglobal.org/summits/australia/#2013

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM 

Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter

Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter

NEXUS Latin America Regional Director

Michelle Arévalo-Carpenter earned her law degree from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She is a social entrepreneur and human rights lawyer. Michelle founded the Ecuador offices of Asylum Access, a rights initiative for refugees in developing countries now reaching more than 9,000 refugees in Asia, Africa and Latin America. As a consultant, she has focused on paths to scaling impact for grassroots organizations, including an association of families of disappeared children in El Salvador, and communities

1 1

at risk of development-induced displacement in Thailand, Cambodia and India. She is the former General Manager of TECHO Ecuador and served as the Latin America lead for HURIDOCS, a human rights and technology NGO. Currently, Michelle is the CEO of IMPAQTO, the first social innovation lab and coworking space in Ecuador.

1 1

Álison Klener

Álison Klener

NEXUS Brazil Outreach Ambassador

Álison is a Social Entrepreneur since his childhood. He accumulated experience in the more than 16 organizations that acted in Brazil (AIESEC, Global Shapers, Global NEXUS, Ceiling). He fought prejudice against Gypsies in Europe, where he went through 10 countries. Álison founded the educational lever, a Social Business that intersects education, technology and self-knowledge for low-income youngsters. This initiative was

1 1

recognized by the Nobel Peace Prize Prof. Muhammed Yunus as one of the projects that can change education in the world. He worked with social innovation in the government in the Amazon, also working in social projects with riparian, indigenous and former detainees, bringing a new perspective to the Amazon. Álison represented Brazil in the delegation of the World Summit of Nobel peace laureates, event promoted by the Cumbre World Peace, to oversee the peace process of the Colombian people with the FARC. He is part of the Paulista movement of security in traffic of the São Paulo government, to reach the UN goal of 50% reduction in the number of deaths by traffic accidents in the state. He represented the Brazilian delegation at the UN, in the 2017 NEXUS Global Summit, speaking for a new social economy that guarantees a more sustainable, inclusive and collaborative society. Álison is currently a public policy consultant in the government to reduce social inequalities in Brazil.

1 1

Talita Montiel

Talita Montiel

NEXUS Latin America Advisor & Chair Emeritus

Talita Montiel is a consultant to social development projects with a special focus on innovation, technology, and building networks. Her latest projects are related to corporate social responsibility and highly networked individuals embracing social causes. Previously, she worked at the Telefonica Foundation as a senior project analyst, where her responsibilities included coordinating a network focused on children and public policies, forming partnerships, and bridging non-profits with local government through

1 1

new technologies. Earlier in her career, Talita worked at the Global Youth Action Network, strengthening youth leadership by building collaborative networks around international events. Previously, through Instituto Fonte, she studied planning, management, and evaluation techniques of social projects. Her experience as a learning-process-facilitator for the third sector in Brazil was developed through participation in many diverse groups from an early age. Talita majored in History at the University of Sao Paulo.

1 1

Duda Alcântara

Duda Alcântara

NEXUS Brazil Outreach Ambassador

Activist, entrepreneur, architect and urban planner. Coming from a family that has been on the real estate and construction business for more than four decades, Duda understands how the housing business works and how it could be a little better. Her greatest desire is to develop social transformation through urban planning and affordable housing for those who need the most. Having such goal in mind, she got involved with politics,

1 1

especially youth movements for change in the Brazilian political system, where Duda is having the chance to feel up close the strength of Democracy and to confirm something she has always known deep inside of her: we are the power for change and transformation, it’s up to us to do something… the time is now!

1 1

What We’re Up To

Summits

In September 2018 NEXUS LATAM hosted its 4th Summit bringing together exceptional young social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and impact investors from Latin America to discuss regional challenges of today and the most innovative approaches to solving them.

Salons

We regular Salons that are meant to bring together leaders of the new generation of the great business families of the world and of talented young social entrepreneurs, who work in the most diverse areas, such as human rights, environmental protection, education, poverty alleviation, etc. Brazil is our region’s most active chapter with a vibrant network in Mexico and many other country chapters taking shape

Pitch Night

At the 2017 LAC Forum in Miami, NEXUS LATAM launched the first in a series of pilots around (opt-in) NEXUS Pitch Events. The evening pitch competition featured 4 accomplished social entrepreneurs who were using business to solve large-scale regional challenges in the region

Delegations to NEXUS Global

NEXUS LATAM is proud to send yearly Delegations to our NEXUS Global Summit in New York to participate in NEXUS Global’s flagship event and network with NEXUS members from around the world

Contact Us

Interested in joining or sponsoring the NEXUS LATAM network? Are you an exceptional young social entrepreneur, philanthropist or impact investor from Latin and South America? Interested in doing good and shaping the future of the region? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Get in Touch

8 + 8 =

X