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

Ana María Torres Soto
Senior Operations Officer at IFC – International Finance Corporation

César Cortés
Chief of technology of internacional operations at BD Guidance Corporation

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 Arroyave López

Financial and Administrative Director
Commercial Director

Nataly Solano

Project Coordinator

Yésica Natalia Gómez

Academia Geek Coordinator

Carolina Quintero Zamora

International Cooperation and Partnerships Professional

Federico Gutierrez

ICT Appropriation Professional

Ivan Mauricio Ortiz

Projects Support Professional

Julián Andrés Burgos

Projects Support Professional

María Camila Galvis

Project Manager

Angela Moncaleano Esquivel

Marketing Professional

Narayana Salamanca Osorio

Employability professional

Paula Cristina García

Administrative Assistant

Diana Cristina González


José José Castillo

Impact Solutions Advisor

Alexandra Triviño Vásquez

Marketing Support Professional

Luis Angel Ramírez David

Finance professional

Paola Ximena Díaz

Administrative and Accountant Assistant

Astrid Insignares

Content Manager

Elisa Madrigal Múnera

Solutions Development Leader

Anyela Quintero Guzmán

Project Assistant

Juliana Ossa

Proyect Leader

Jerri Alejandro López

ICT Technical Leader

Juan Pablo Lozano Villanueva

Social Leader

Tatiana María Tapias

Administrative and Logistics Assistant

Atalía Ruíz Madera

Project Coordinator

Sandra Lucía Tovar Arenas

Marketing Professional

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