Combining technology with knowledge transfer

Our online platform allows high potential students in Latin America to connect with young professionals around the world and to receive coaching, advice on career paths, values and motivation to face challenges in the best way possible.

By combining technology with knowledge transfer, Mentoring International, also strengthens English language knowledge, as well as life skills, values, leadership and entrepreneurship among youth, opening future job opportunities.

Our Mission

Create a new generation of committed agents of change that actively foster development in their home countries.

Our Vision

Inspire and support underprivileged youth through mentoring to define and achieve their personal, academic and professional goals.

Our Values

 

Respect

Empathy

Commitment

Our team

Maria Luisa Hayem

Maria Luisa Hayem

Director

María Luisa has eleven years of work experience in the international development field, including in trade and financial inclusion. She has worked in France, Switzerland, India and the US. María Luisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN) in El Salvador and a  Master’s Degree in Development Economics and International Business Relations from The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She also holds a Diploma on French studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France

Gerardo Arias

Gerardo Arias

Program Coordinator, Panama

Gerardo Arias started his professional career at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as an Operations Analyst for the Panama Country Office, and currently works as a Treasury and Risk Senior Analyst in the Washington D.C. office. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Finance from the Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering  from the University of Louisville, KY. He is part of Georgetown University´s Global Competitiveness Leadership network.

Florencia Cabral

Florencia Cabral

Mentor Relations Coordinator

Florencia has worked on technology and innovation projects at the Inter-American Development Bank headquarters in Washington, DC for the past four years. She is currently a consultant focusing on the promotion of digital government and cybersecurity initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Florencia is Uruguayan; she has studied in France, England and the United States, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with a concentration in Psychology. She has a passion for promoting education and professional development for all young people in Latin America, and for using technology to make people’s lives better.

René Guillermo Navarrete

René Guillermo Navarrete

IT Coordinator

René Guillermo Navarrete is an IT Freelance Consultant with previous experience at IADB, Rulesware, UCA, Equifax and UNICEF; and currently the system administrator of Mentoring International’s web based platform. He is an enthusiast on everything tech related, front-end and back-end development, cloud platforms, education platforms, mobile development, machine learning, A.I., quantum mechanics and good music. René holds a BSCS degree and enrolled on a MSCS degree program.

Andrea Pérez Castro

Andrea Pérez Castro

Partnerships Coordinator

Andrea is a Project Manager focused on strategy, process improvement and social development. Over the past four years, she has specialized on strategies for entrepreneurship and social innovation, sustainable business modeling and impact investing, serving as Senior Advisor at Yunus Social Business (YSB). Andrea has worked at the IADB and at Tindall Corporation and has been a Professor on New Business and Creativity at Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios (ESEN) in El Salvador. She holds an MBA from Georgetown University, International Management studies from Oxford University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Paulina Lainez

Paulina Lainez

Social Media Coordinator

Paulina is currently a senior at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently the social media manager and editor of the Mentoring International blog. She has previously worked at UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) at the communications department where she researched target audiences for better social media engagement.

Our Board of Directors

Gabriela Colocho

Gabriela Colocho

President

Gabriela Colocho Call  Gabriela started her career in finance at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP as a Financial Analyst, where she continue working as Senior Data Architecture Analyst. Gabriela graduated in 2006 magna cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans and a master’s degree on business administration from John Hopkins University

Jessica Olivan

Jessica Olivan

Secretary

Jessica is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Pro Mujer, a development organization that provides financial, health, and education services to low-income women in Latin America. She is a founding Member and Advisor of SheWorks!, a Special Advisor for Value for Women, and a Senior Consultant on International Development, Gender Equality and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Prior to this, she worked 12 years at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group in Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development and Cooperation from La Sorbonne University in Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she was awarded the highest distinction equivalent to the Suma Cum Laude.

Ana Patricia Alfaro

Ana Patricia Alfaro

Treasurer

Ana Alfaro is currently Accounting  Manager at Symmetry Electronics Corporation, where she has contributed to the improvement and  streamline of processes in the areas of reporting and inventory accounting.  She holds a MBA degree from Purdue University and a bachelor degree in International Business  from California State University Northridge. Throughout her career she has completed internships  in Switzerland, Germany and India.

Yadira Soto

Yadira Soto

Member

Ms. Yadira Soto is a Senior Policy Officer for the Deputy Secretary General of the OAS where she has worked on projects related to education, youth development and empowerment. Previous to this position, she was a senior political advisor for the former Assistant Secretary General, where she worked on issues of security, youth, conflict and peacebuilding. From 1998-2004, she was the Coordinator of the Office for Conflict Prevention and Resolution of the Department of Political and Democratic Affairs (DAPDA) of the Organization of the American States. Currently she is the Chair for the Young Americas Business Trust, which seeks to help young people create employment for themselves through specialized business training and entrepreneurship opportunities. She holds a MA in Conflict Management in Public Policy (1995) and a BA in Latin American Studies (1988) from George Mason University, as well as graduate diplomas in peacebuilding from American University and Eastern Mennonite University.

Claudia Hasbun Campos

Claudia Hasbun Campos

Member

Claudia Hasbun Campos is a graduate magna cum laude in International Relations from Grand Valley State University. Additionally, she is a graduate in International Economics from Krakow University of Economics. Currently, Claudia is a law student at Georgetown University.

Our Advisory Committee

Aminta Pérez-Gold

Aminta Pérez-Gold

Aminta is an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience managing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for development initiatives in the Latin American and the Caribbean Region. She holds a B. S. in Computer Science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and an M. A. in Marketing from the Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela.

Cesar Buenadicha

Cesar Buenadicha

César is a senior Specialist’s at the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. In his work at the MIF, he has led different programs on social innovation, social entrepreneurship, micro-franchising, educational loans, and local economic development in several countries in the Latin American region.  Cesar has professional degrees in both Law and Economics from the University of Comillas (ICADE E-3), Spain and a PhD in Economics from UNED, Spain.

Maricela Calderón

Maricela Calderón

Maricela has over 7 years of professional experience in strategic consultancy, sustainable business model, social innovation as well as knowledge management. She is currently a Knowledge Project Manager in The Boston Consulting group, where she manages initiatives and innovations related to the creation, sharing and management of internal knowledge. She has a bachelor degree in Business & Economics of the ESEN University in El Salvador and a Master in International Business of the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France.