MAKAIA means “to build” or “to do”, in Miskito (indigenous language from Honduras). Its name represents the objective of MAKAIA: to build partnerships and relations oriented to social and economic development.

MAKAIA was born on 3 June 2006, from the vision of its three founders Catalina Escobar, Camilo Mondragón and Maria Claudia Camacho. Three Colombians who, after studying and working abroad, decided to establish an organization with the aim of contributing to the development of the country, by taking advantage of their knowledge, experience and networks.

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We strengthen capacities for social development through technology, innovation and international cooperation.


Every person and organization has the information and knowledge to transform themselves and their communities.


  • Social Conscience
  • Diversity
  • Vanguard / Innovation
  • Self-management and pro-activity
  • Excellence
Social Conscience

Our programs and projects will always reflect and meet the needs and empowerment of communities by supporting them through self-sustaining actions for social transformation.


We are tolerant and we promote different ways of thinking, believing, acting and feeling including cultural, physical and sexual. The first step for social inclusion is acceptance and respect for diversity.

Vanguard / Innovation

We maintain a curious attitude, we are open and willing to gain new knowledge. No idea is as crazy as it seems. We are always one step ahead because we are willing to learn to go outside-the-box.

Self-management and pro-activity

We foster the participation within an environment of tolerance among collaborators, the fulfillment of the tasks assumed and we stimulate the development of their intellectual capacities under pro-activity.


We are committed to the highest quality in the fulfilment of our activities, exceeding the expectation of the customers, consciously and efficiently.

Government Structure

Our organizational structure ensures transparency and good governance. In addition to our operational team, we have management and control bodies such as the Assembly of Founders, the Board of Directors and its advisors.

Assembly of Founders

Catalina Escobar

Camilo Mondragón

María Claudia Camacho

Members of the Executive Board

María Claudia Camacho
Chief, Labor and Employment Section at Dpt.Human Development, Education and Employment, Organization of American States

Clara Inés Restrepo
Independent Consultant

María Carolina Uribe
Partner at UH Abogados

Claudia Frank
Technology Consultant

Carlos Vásquez
VP – Chief Data Officer

Rafael Arango Fonnegra
Independent Consultant

Miguel Jaramillo
Director of Administrative Engineering at EIA

Revisoría fiscal
Professional Organization of Public Accountants – ABAKO`S

Our Team

Catalina Escobar

Co Founder and Strategy Director

Carlos González

Executive Director

Ana Isabel Restrepo

Projects Director

Catalina Restrepo Mejía

Director Corporate Solutions

Olga Devia Gallego

Administrative and Financial Director

María Isabel Arias Franco

Administrative and Accounting Assistant

Anyela Quintero

Experience Manager

Ana Maria Acosta Aguirre

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Project Coordinator

Valentina Agudelo Marín

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Administrative Professional

Mateo Andrey Soto

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Employability Professional

Carolina Agudelo

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Experience Leader

Yarima Pélaez Vargas

Content Manager

Whitney Jhoana Stevenson Seña

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Technical Mentor

Marcela López

Commercial Manager

Jorge Hernán Llano Ríos

TIC Solutions Coordinator

Juan David Hurtado

Nodo Ká Coordinator

Sandra Lucía Tovar Arenas

Marketing Professional

María Alejandra Cardona Aizpurua

RedColaborar Community Leader

Juan José González Pérez

RedColaborar Coordinator

José José Castillo

Impact Solutions Advisor

Kevyn Paternina

Professional in Validations and Customer Service

Luis Angel Ramírez David

Finance Professional

Lina Marcela Galvis Hernández

Human Management

Paola Ximena Díaz

Administrative and Accounting Assistant

Ingrid Espitia

Senior Coordination

Juan Pablo Márquez Ramírez

Project Leader Techsoup Europe

Teresa Vélez Pinto

RedColaborar Content Manager

Diego Castillo

Volunteer Coordination

Juan Felipe Castaño

Technological Surveillance Professional

David Javier Giraldo Infante

Content Professional

María Camila Galvis

Regional Program Manager TechSoup LATAM

Erika Hernández

Administrative Support

Juan Camilo Rueda Marín

Web Content Manager

Maira Fernanda Orozco Cardona

Administrative Support

Diana Calderón

Technical Leader Contigo Conectados

María Alejandra Jaramillo

Regional Operations Lead TechSoup LATAM

Dagoberto Ramírez Serna

Technical Lead TechSoup LATAM

Laura Ruiz Rodríguez

Marketing Lead TechSoup LATAM

Geraldine Layos Alvarez

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Commercial Assessor

Andrella Estrada Marínez

Human Resources Management Trainee

Luisa María Lafaurie Nuno

Communications Trainee

Diego Fernando Rodríguez David

Bootcamp MAKAIA – Training Leader

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