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Daniel Buchbinder - Co-funder & General Director
danielDaniel spent many years in the consumer goods industry as a marketing executive for a leading global health and beauty company. Daniel has more than ten years of experience in marketing and strategy in the private sector, as well as extensive experience in the public and civil sector. Since his arrival in Guatemala in 2010, Daniel has played a key role in growing businesses and launching social ventures throughout Central America and Mexico. Daniel received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), a master's degree in environmental geography from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a master's in environmental technology with a specialization in business and environment from Imperial College London funded by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT). Daniel is motivated by a desire to challenge the status quo and support the multitude of possibilities for generating change that arise when people feel truly empowered.

Márilis Quiñones - Executive Assistant
20170726_113022Márilis has built her professional career in communications. She previously worked on the communications team for one of the most important international cooperation organizations in the world, where she directly supported the resident coordinator and led the development of a new website. She also worked as a press officer and events manager for the business office of a Latin American embassy. Márilis is part of the management team at Alterna, where she assists the director with corporate relations. She holds a degree in information and communication from the University of Monpellier.

Lesbia Gómez - Administration Manager
20170817_095709Lesbia has experience working in private and governmental organizations. She has worked in administration and finance for micro and small companies, in the audit unit of a governmental organization, and in the audit unit of one of the largest microfinance institutions in Latin America. At Alterna she is the administrative manager and leads all financial and administrative processes. Lesbia holds a bachelor's degree in public accounting and auditing and a master's in finance, both from the Rafael Landívar University of Guatemala.

Ana Gabriela Chinchilla - Business Development Manager
20170726_113207Prior to joining Alterna, Ana Gabriela spent five years in the financial sector and the Ministry of Economy, working on projects that strengthened MIPYMES in Guatemala. She has also worked as a researcher and data analyst for organizations in Guatemala and France, as well as a lecturer in the Faculties of Economics and International Relations at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. As the manager of Business Development at Alterna, Ana Gabriela is responsible for developing and managing alliances to address new challenges and socio-economic needs. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Montpellier and a master's degree in quantitative economics from the University of Lyon in France.

Brooke Latham - Strategic Partnerships and FLII CA&C Coordinator
20170726_112946Brooke joined Alterna in June 2016 as a fellow. Her interest in social entrepreneurship began by working for a social enterprise in Uganda in 2015. Prior to Alterna, she worked with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship in the Silicon Valley. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds a degree in Political Science and Islamic Studies. Brooke manages Alterna's mentorship program, opportunities for entrepreneurs and is the coordinator of the Latin American Impact Investing Forum for Central America and the Caribbean (FLII CA&C).

Javier Rossi - Pipeline Manager
20170726_112703Javier has built his career in both the food and shipping industries. He has vast experience as a buyer for an international food chain, and also managed logistics and finances for one of the largest shipping companies in the world. At Alterna, Javier conducts economic research in the area of business development to drive the implementation of innovative and impactful initiatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in econometrics from the University of Lyon Lumière II and holds a master's degree in quantitative economics, transport and logistics from the University of Montpellier I.

Sabrina Vega - Programs Officer
20170726_113115Sabrina has developed her career at international nonprofit organizations. In Nicaragua, she worked as the director of training and volunteering for TECHO – Nicaragua. She specializes in applied research related to informal settlements, planning, logistics, and coordination. As director for TECHO – Guatemala, she managed the first informal settlement census carried out by the organization. She previously participated in research teams studying the social and territorial risks of settlements, and has taught architecture. At Alterna, Sabrina serves as a program officer for the coordination and execution of certain programs within the organization. She has a degree in architecture.

Mária Rosal - Inclusion Phase Coordinator
20170726_113002Maria has always worked in the third sector. Her prior professional experience includes consulting and volunteer work with various NGOs in both Spain and Guatemala. She also worked as a consultant at Momentum Project, a social entrepreneurship program coordinated jointly by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, ESADE, and PwC. At Alterna, Maria coordinates cultivation efforts for early-stage entrepreneurs. She has a bachelor’s in business administration and management from ESADE, and holds a master's in marketing from the same university.

Juan Manuel Ventura - Cultivation Officer
20170726_112921Juan Manuel has a degree in english and international commerce from the Universidad Mesoamericana, and has completed technical coursework at ESI Business School in the management of SMEs. He previously worked as an advisor for internal management and the creation of sustainable business plans at the organization ASOVID, with the objective of obtaining investment for young entrepreneurs through the program 'yo también soy empresario.’ Juan Manuel joined Alterna as a fellow in 2015, supporting processes related to information gathering, event development, and cultivation workshops. He is currently a member of the Alterna Cultivation team.

Inès Mazas - Platform Manager
20170726_113133Inès brings to Alterna many years of experience working in community empowerment and social enterprises in Central America. She served as the Guatemala Country Manager for Community Empowerment Solutions, where she worked as a strategic and financial consultant for organizations such as Hystra and Accenture. Inès has developed a deep understanding of social enterprise strategy, program execution and evaluation, contextualized organizational capacity building, best practices in technical assistance, human resources expertise, and social impact measurement. At Alterna, Inès focuses on developing services and resources for growth (i.e. mentoring, investing, ecosystem activation events). She also oversees the monitoring and evaluation activities of Alterna, the human talent strategy, and incorporates industry-leading aspects of social innovation. Inès holds a master's in business administration and management from ESSEC Business School and a degree in public policy and development from Paris Descartes University.

Zinder García - Operations Manager
20170817_095610Zinder has worked for several private organizations in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, with a focus on projects related to business administration, art, and culture. In recent years, she has developed her expertise in organizing and managing events designed to foster greater connections and opportunities for social entrepreneurs. Zinder graduated from the Universidad Rafael Landivar with a bachelor’s in business administration. She was a member of the Scout Association of Guatemala for more than 10 years, and has participated in the Scout program and served as a facilitator on the training team for the Western region. Her professional interests have led her to become involved with projects with a social mission that contribute to sustainable development and wellbeing, which is why she joined the Alterna team.

Fabricio Gálvez - Communication and Social Media Coordinator
20170726_113414Fabricio has professional expertise in the consumer goods sector. He previously worked as a regional communications analyst for a multinational corporation, supporting activties in corporate sustainability and marketing throughout Central America. At Alterna, Fabricio serves as a communication and marketing coordinator. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing with an emphasis in advertising from the Rafael Landívar University of Guatemala, and has completed a series of courses on strategic management, culture, identity, and corporate values at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain.

María Renee Mazariegos - Graphic Designer
20170817_095628María Renee studied graphic design and advertising at the Universidad Mesoamerica in Quetzaltenango. Since 2015 she has worked as a graphic designer within Alterna’s marketing and communication team. Maria Renee develops graphics and communication materials related to Alterna’s work in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
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