This year we received a statement that will be inscribed in the history of our organization as a new milestone: the international recognition of the work of Catalina Escobar Bravo with the Community Service Award of South By Southwest 2018.
Catalina Escobar is the co-founder of MAKAIA and for 11 years has served as Executive Director of our organization, guiding in this way the broad growth and recognition we have achieved in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 2017, she leads the Strategy Department, with the aim of designing the long-term vision of the organization and directing its efforts and work with a global perspective that begins to bear fruit as important as this recognition of SXSW and other alliances and relationships that will undoubtedly have an impact on the social and economic development of the region, the main objectives of MAKAIA’s work.
MAKAIA was also key in this individual recognition of SXSW, where Catalina’s leadership was highlighted by saying that “since its creation 11 years ago, it transformed an idea into an organization that has served hundreds of non-profit organizations. of profit and social projects in Latin America (…)” and presenting MAKAIA as “(…) a non-profit organization that promotes capacities for social development through cooperation, technology and innovation. The work of MAKAIA is implemented on two pillars, technology for social change and international cooperation and alliances. MAKAIA has reached more than 25,000 people and 3,600 organizations abroad.”
Defined by herself as a civil society leader and entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience, Catalina Escobar has shown her strong commitment to the social sector. Before creating MAKAIA she lived in Costa Rica, France and the United States and worked for six years as part of the Intranet team of the Development Gateway of the World Bank, managing web-related projects that promote collaboration and knowledge sharing. She is a Mechanical Engineer and an has an MBA, as well as a specialist in International Cooperation for Development and a certified Manager for Nonprofit Organizations. In 2006, she proposed herself to create MAKAIA and by the hand of two other entrepreneurs; Camilo Mondragón and María Claudia Camacho, found a way to make it, by conciding in their desire to contribute to the development of the country, taking advantage of their knowledge, experience and contact networks.
Although, SXSW defines the objective of the Community Service Awards as celebrations of the spirit of its creative community and an opportunity to honor outstanding organizations and individuals selected for their level of impact and clarity of mission, in MAKAIA we want to express our profound joy, pride and satisfaction to see validated the effort, dedication, audacity, vision and determination with which Catalina has guided and guided us for more than a decade.
We also wish to express our deep gratitude for her management of our organization, and on behalf of all the people and organizations that have benefited from the work of MAKAIA. Expressing how honored we feel as their collaborators, we recognized her as a person whose transformative work and perspective they will continue to nourish and inspire us in the years to come.
Update: Applications for the Community Service Awards SXSW 2019 are open until September 7, 2018. If you know an initiative or prominent leader in your social work, you can see more information on this link.