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

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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.

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Ana Marina de Castro

Ana Marina de Castro

NEXUS-Co Chair

Ana Marina de Castro is a specialist in democracy, policy and advocacy. Her family comes from the healthcare sector but she had no contact with that – she went into the area of public policy, her passion. Over the past 10 years, Ana Marina has worked to advance political change in Brazil, launching projects from scratch in the face of uncertainties and challenging government crises. She conducted policy research and advocacy efforts on issues

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including electoral reform, competitiveness, basic education, public security, and social security reform. She was awarded a Commendation by the US Governor of Oklahoma. She believes in the connection between individual interest and orientation to the collective. And that each of us can do something about it for the common good. Her goal is to give light and make a difference to issues that move her soul.

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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

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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.

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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,

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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!

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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

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