Fundación Comunidad, A.C.
Jennifer Arias has a master’s in Education in the area of educational development and from the National Pedagogic University in Cuernavaca, Morelos and is an education interventionist. She has participated in research and intervention projects, nationally and internationally, with a focus on community development, cooperative learning and community and cultural actions. Her areas of interest are participatory diagnosis, territory, cooperative learning and community and cultural actions.
Fundación Comunitaria Malinalco, A.C.
Caroline Auvinet finished her bachelor’s with a degree in international relations with special mention, and her master’s in business administration (MBA), with special honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She has been a professor of “Social Entrepreneurship” and the Academic Coordinator of “Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship” at ITAM, she has been a member in the selection panels of new leaders and social entrepreneurs for Ashoka and Posible, an adviser in activities of blind scientific arbitration in topics of social entrepreneurship, a lecturer at New York University (NYU) for the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, in ITAM at the Conference of Strategic Management in Latin America and in the Academic Conference of Global Social Business Summit (GSBS), organized by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus. She has also been an independent consultant and researcher in social entrepreneurship. Her research revolves around the history of social entrepreneurship in Mexico and the role of catalytic innovation in social enterprises.
Director of Centro de Formación Kaltaixpetaniloyan
Unión de Cooperativas TOSEPAN
Aldegundo González is a member of Pueblo Maseual. He collaborates with the Centro de Formación Kaltaixpetaniloyan (the house where the spirit opens). He is also the legal representative of Yeknemilis A.C (an organization responsible of technical accompaniment and assistance to the nine regional cooperatives of the Tosepan Cooperative Union). González is an active member of the Tosepan Foundation, he works on different projects that the foundation looks after. He has imparted his experience with Modelo Organizative of Tosepan in different forums and events with peasant organizations, organized groups and universities in the country and internationally. He has worked as an external advisor for the Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Rural (CESDER, Center for the Studies of Rural Development), he is member of the executive body of COTIC (Consejo de Ordenamiento Ecológico Territorial de Cuetzalan) and collaborates with the Consejo Maseual Altepetajpianij. Some of his published work includes: La enseñanza-la recuperación del Euskera, IV (2012), in collaboration with Alberto Barandiaran. Neh nixokoyo:tsi:n (Yo soy el más pequeño), coauthored with Lizbeth Georgina Sánchez Ortiz (SEP, Libros del Rincón, 2016).
Cooperación Comunitaria México A.C
Isadora Hastings has a master’s in architecture from the Autonomous University of Mexico City and at the Polytechnic University in Madrid. She has developed projects of habitat social production in rural and indigenous communities with the Cooperación Comunitaria México A.C. Since 2003 she has done research on self-produced progressive housing processes, in both urban and rural zones, and the impact of social relations in the social production of housing and habitat. With a proven and replicated model of reconstruction Cooperación Comunitaria was recognized in 2015 with the Razón de Ser award, in the category of Sustainable Habitat, and in 2017 with the Latin American Prize for Social Habitat Production awarded by Urbamonde (Switzerland), The Building and Social Housing Foundation (United Kingdom), HIC AL and FUCVAM. As well as the Green Star Award 2017, granted by the Environment and Humanitarian Emergency Office of the United Nations and the Green Cross International organization.
Melel Xojobal A.C
Jennifer Haza has a degree in communication sciences from the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. Since 2003 she has worked with Melel Xojobal A.C (which means “True Light” in the tsotsil language) and since 2012 is the general director of the organization, which is located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, since February 1997. She is a specialist in indigenous children workers rights. She has 13 years of experience as a defender of the rights of indigenous children and teenagers.
Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa A.C
Nataniel Hernández is a lawyer, defender of human rights and director of Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa, A.C. (Human Rights Center Digna Ochoa), an organization that works primarily in the isthmus-coast region of Chiapas. His work focuses on the accompaniment of communities in resistance, promotion, formation and defense of human rights, and legal and defense advising.
Centro Operacional de Vivienda y Poblamiento AC (COPEVI)
Alejandro Luévano is a popular and municipalist educator, and has worked with Centro Operacional de Vivienda y Poblamiento AC (COPEVI) since 1995. He has participated in civil organizations since 1984 and the building of various national and international networks. He has experience in the subjects of citizenship, participatory democracy, democratic governance, municipalism, strategic planning, local development planning, participatory budgeting, local power building, local development and popular education. For 20 years he was the director of social and political organizations in the Zona Metropolitana in Mexico City. Since 1986 Luévano has been the promoter of the articulation of democratic local governments and advisor to various municipal governments and political delegations. He is part of Autonomous Support Team (Equipo de Apoyo a las Autonomías) in Chiapas and part of the CONAI advisory team in the Dialogues of San Andrés. He has had various experiences within the public sector: he was a federal representative in the LV Legislature (1991-1994), general subdelegate in the Delegation Gustavo A. Madero in the Federal District (2000), advisor of the Commission of Citizenship Participation of the ALDF (2001-2003); and worked with the Popular Government of Iztapalapa as participatory budgeting coordinator and of the Priority Programs.
Josefina Mac Gregor
Suma Urbana, A.C.
Since 2000, Josefina Mac Gregor works in the areas of participatory citizenship. She was vice president of Patronato San Ángel, A.C. (2005 to 2013) and is the president of the Union of Settlers of San Ángel, San Ángel Inn and Tlacopac (since 2015), associations dedicated to historical heritage, of tangible and intangible monuments. She collaborates with Suma Urbana, A.C., a civil association that offers advice and workshops to encourage citizenship participation in the areas of urban development, regulations, land uses, transparency and the environment. She carries out legal analysis and bills to demonstrate their repercussions to civil society, enabling them to participate. She is a part of Obra Chueca, an organization dedicated to the identification of land use and construction violations in Mexico City. Mac Gregor is also a part of Ciudadanía 19s, groups dedicated to various forms of support related to the reconstruction of the earthquake from September 19.
Fundación Comunitaria Oaxaca
Luis Ruiz is a sociologist by training, and has extensive experience in the social sector, participating in various organization and institutions, among them, the Mexican Institute of Youth (Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud) and the National Center of Social Communication A.C. (Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social A.C.) with different projects that promote community development through initiatives such as community radio, youth leadership development and the sustainable use of natural resources. Ruiz founded and directed “Radio Calenda, The voice of the Valley (La voz del Valle)” as a social communication strategy in the San Antonino Castillo de Velasco, Oaxaca, and also the Center for the Development of Oaxaca, a civil association focused in supporting initiatives that help in state development. Currently he chairs over the board of directors of the Oaxacan Fund for the Conservation of Nature (Consejo Directivo del Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza), and since 2010 he is the General Director of the Oaxaca Community Foundation A.C. (Fundación Comunitaria Oaxaca A.C.), which pushes for social participation to better the quality of life in the Oaxacan community.
Mónica Tapia is a graduate of the College of Mexico, University of Oxford, and the London School of Economics, she specializes in social politics and development. She has experience as a public official in federal and local government, and is an author of publications about state-society relations, public policy, civil society and social investment. She is the director of Ruta Civia, an organization dedicated in supporting initiatives, civic networks and leadership for social and political transformation. Tapia is an activist co-founder of campaigns and coalitions such as CIUDADania19s, #Verificado19s, #CdMxSinCorrupción, ObraChueca.com, #AlcaldiasAbiertas, #Corruptour, TúConstituyente, #wikibanqueta and the Frente Amplio against the Supervía. She is the co-founder of civil society organizations such as Alternativas y Capacidades, Synergos México, the Citizenship Coalition for Education (Coalición Ciudadana por la Educación) and Fondos a la Vista.
Armando Tovar is a biologist, graduated from the Facultad de Estudios Superiores, Zaragoza campus, from the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He obtained his master’s degree from the Postgraduate Course in Marine Sciences and Limnology (Posgrado de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología), focusing on the study of aquatic systems, particularly in the Xochimilco wetland. His academic trajectory has taken him to identify wetlands as ecosystems highly sensitive to disturbance and whose ecosystem services are fundamental for the development and wellbeing of the communities. Thanks to this, he has had the conviction to work towards their conservation and restoration. During the last ten years, he has worked in the public and private sectors, whose goals have been to conserve and recover the lake area of Xochimilco and Tláhuac.
The Hunger Project-México
Lorena Vázquez graduated with a degree in administrative computing systems from the Tecnológico de Monterrey with specialized studies in democracy and social development, gender and politics, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international cooperation and development. Vázquez has 22 years of professional experience participating in both the social and private sectors. For 15 years she has been the national director of THe Hunger Project Mexico. During this time, her efforts have been focused in changing the paradigm of hunger and poverty, promoting a sustainable integral development model with a gender perspective, promoting local participatory democracy, advocating on public policy and building favorable environments for the participation of civil society in Mexico and around the world. In the private sector she worked in the area of technology information as a consultant for the financial sector in Mexico and the United States for seven years.