OUR LEADERSHIP

OUR LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ronaldo Stern | Co-Chair of the Board 

Tara Kenney | Co-Chair of the Board & TCK Global Advisors, CEO

Luanne Zurlo | Educando, Founder

Steve Shindler | Educando, Director

Cecilia Bilesio | TenarisTamsa

Mary Bourque | Glovista Investments, LLC, Managing Director of Sector Research

Denise Damiani | Denise Damiani Consulting, Director

Mark Denham | Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP, Partner

Mimi Lichtenstein | Brownell Travel, Partner

Arturo López Martín | Cinepolis, Chief Investment Officer

Lisandro Miguens | JPMorgan, Head of Latin America Debt Capital Markets

Rosemary Schettini | Faculdade do Educador (Feduc), Director

Katherine Shea Westra | HSBC Securities USA, Director

Jane Winslow | Merrill Lynch, Retired

Susana Coppel | Fundación Coppel, President

Andrea Weichert | Ernst & Young, Former Partner

Valeria Gonzalez | Fundación Comunitaria Oaxaca A.C, President of the Board

Eduardo Deschamps | FURB – Universidade de Blumenau, University Professor

EMERITUS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL

Matt Dearth | Founder, TRQ Advisors

Claudio X González Guajardo | President, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción

Carlos Labarthe | CEO, Compartamos

Marcos Magalhães | President, Instituto de Corresponsibilidade pela Educação

Stefano Natella | Research Director, Guggenheim Partners

OUR TEAM

Marisa Cesar | Country Director Brazil, Global Director STEM and siSTEMa Educando and Fundraising

Marisa joined Educando in 2022. More than 30 years of experience in the areas of Business Management, Sustainability, People, Diversity & Inclusion, Crisis Management and Communication. She has experienced as CEO from NGO – Grupo Mulheres do Brazil, Director of Institutional Relations and Advocacy from CEBDS, Director of Marketing, Communication, and Institutional Relations South America for ABB (Asea Brown Boveri), additionally Director of Institute ABB, Ombudsperson and Crisis Management. Previously, she worked in Communication area for Natura, Saint Gobain Group and Accor Group (hotels). Participated as a member of 1º. Scientific Committee for Research and Innovation – specialist in Gender and Sanitation in Brazil Green Financial Program (UK Embassy Prosperity Fund).  Currently she is Board Member for Plan International, Director of Instituto Mulheres do Brasil, Member of IBGC (Instituto Brasileiro de Governança Corporativa) and WCD(Women Corporate Directors). She holds a specialized in Business Administration for Senior Executives from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland with Post graduated in Marketing from ESPM – Escola Superior de Propaganda & Marketing- São Paulo, Brazil, Bachelor ‘s in Public Relation from Fundação Casper Libero, São Paulo – Brazil.  

Victor Llantada | Country Director Mexico, Global Finance & Administration

Victor joined Educando in August 2021. Prior to joining, Victor spent more than 27 years in the banking sector, beginning his career in the Treasury department with Citibanamex and moving to Finance where he held several positions in areas like FP&A, and Accounting and Taxes. Victor joined BlackRock in 2018 as Finance Director after Citi’s acquisition of the Asset Management business in Mexico. Victor holds a BE in Computer Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and holds an MBA from Tulane University.

MEXICO

Consuelo Murillo | Director of ICAES Educando and Director of LISTO MAE

Consuelo joined Educando in 2012 after having graduated from the LISTO program. For over 10 years, Consuelo Murillo served in the Mexican elementary, secondary, and higher education fields in various capacities. She conducted research in innovation for the improvement of educational quality, sustainable, and environmental education. Consuelo co-authored the textbook entitled, Education for Sustainable Development, which is used in various graduate degree curricula. Consuelo holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and PhD in Education with emphasis in Constructivism and New Technologies.    

Maricruz Bourillon | Coordinator of Educational Technology and Communications, LISTO 

Maricruz joined Educando in 2017 and has over nive years of experience in Learning Management Systems (LMS) platform management and development for online learning.  Maricruz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy from Panamerican University with a Specialization in Education Innovation.

Bertha Gonzalez | Quality Coordinator, LISTO

Bertha joined the team in 2022 and she has been working in the education sector in Mexico for 15 years. She has implemented different innovations in the language area. She was a teacher leader for 10 years
in the area of education in elementary school, high school, college and postgraduation. In the same time, she worked for 20 years as Business Administrator in different  business lines. She has degree in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and Master
in Education at Tecmilenio.

Adi Marcela Lara Trenti | Administrative and Logistics Coordinator, LISTO

Adi Lara recently joined Educando after 7 years of teaching experience at a prestigious national university. Before joining Educando, Adi Lara worked for 11 years in Spain and London where she improved her language skills and opened her horizons to new ways of working and thinking. Adi Lara is a passionate educator, reason why she studied her masters degree in Education from TecMilenio University. Her most outstanding skill is working with all types of clients, always reaching win-win resolution to problems. Her Bachelor’s degree is in International Business from the Marista University of San Luis Potosí

Donovan Almazán |  Academic Coordinator, LISTO

Donovan recently joined Educando as Academic Coordinator for LISTO program in Mexico. He has a bachelor and master’s degree in education with over 18 years of experience in face-to-face and online teaching, and as general director of private institutions. He collaborated in the Continuing Education of directors and teachers in public institutions as IIIEPE and COSDAC. Instructional designer for postgraduate courses and in institutions such as Universidad Tecmilenio and the International Case Center of Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Eduardo Flores | Senior Development Manager, siSTEMa Educando

Eduardo joined Educando in 2017 as Educando’s Manager of the STEM in Mexico program.  During much of his career, he focused on the areas of science, education, technology, development, and innovation. Eduardo is adept at developing high-level relationships to promote public and private development, including the procurement of funds and strategic development work.  Eduardo worked to establish Research Centers in Mexico and Latin America and has been a researcher himself at numerous universities in Mexico, having worked with both municipal and state governments to promote systemic change in the education sector.  Eduardo holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Audits with a specialization in Natural Resource and Waste Management from Centro Panamericano de Estudios Superiores and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes and has completed the following Diploma Specializations: “Design and Project Management for Internationalization of Local Areas” from the Instituto Matías Romero y el Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora, “Project Management from Local to Global” from Tecnológico de Monterrey and “Public Policies and Democratic Government” from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Luiz Roberto Perez | Quality Coordinator, siSTEMa Educando

Luiz is a Biologist with specialty in Evolutionary Biology and Genetics from the University of Sciences and Arts of Chiapas and he has dedicated to education for more than 4 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Higher Secondary Education with an emphasis on contextualized and experiential learning from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. He is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology with emphasis on innovative media for education from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. His educational work has focused on the community level where he has worked with indigenous communities and in areas with difficult access to digital information. He has focused on generating educational content with cultural relevance and based on the local context. In turn, he has worked with educational platforms (LMS) from their instructional design, the creation of interactive educational content and the assembly on Internet servers.

Diana Vales | Senior Finance & Operations Manager

Diana joined Educando in 2017 after previously having worked for fifteen years at the Hospital Español, with her last years acting as a Financial Administrator in the Oncology Unit. Diana graduated in 2011 with a Degree in Finance from the EBC School of Banking and Commerce in Mexico City. 

Karen Antonio | Accounting Coordinator

Karen Antonio joined Educando in 2017.  She had previous work experience in Administration and Finance from the Chartered Accountant Association and from two accounting firms and completed additional courses on Mexican financial reporting standards. Karen graduated as a Public Accountant from the National Polytechnic Institute.

BRAZIL

Leonardo Kozak Michelon | Coordinator / Trainer, STEM

Leonardo Kozak Michelon joined Educando in 2014 to develop educational activities and act as an instructor. Today he serves as Coordinator of the STEM Brazil program. He has experience in research and development applied to social technologies, environment and wastewater treatment. Leonardo holds a degree in Environmental Chemistry Technology from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná and postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and Social Business from the FAE Business School and a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná.

Igor da Silva Deggerone | STEM Brasil Trainer

Igor joined Educando in 2018 with the task of developing educational activities and as an instructional trainer. He has experience in electrical installations and residential automation that use microprocessor systems. Igor is an Electrical Engineer with a degree from the State University of Londrina.

Romelly Rojas | siSTEMa Educando Trainer

Romelly joined Educando in 2021. She holds a PhD in chemistry from Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil with a specialization in physical chemistry and has experience at several industrial companies and in education. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to her PhD focusing on nanopolymer systems for drug transport in the treatment of diseases such as Leishmaniasis. Previously, she worked designing training plans for different industries, in addition to being a trainer and creator of courses on quality, customer service, food safety and handling, polymers, among others. In the first years of her professional life, she dedicated herself to high school and higher education, then worked in laboratories as an ISO 9001 certified quality coordinator, in addition to coordinating the research and development area. She holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the UCV, with works in computational chemistry.

Marília Gessa | Development Director

Marília Gessa joined Educando in 2014 after having worked as a teacher for 8 years and as an editor for 5 years. Marília conducted Social and Educational Programs in several of São Paulo impoverished communities since 2006. Marília speaks Portuguese, French, and English and has both a Bachelors’sand a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and is a Brown University fellow.

Izabela Desgualdo | Finance & Operations Manager

Izabela joined Educando in 2016. Her professional experience includes seven years as a Financial Coordinator in several travel-related businesses. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism from Unibero and has completed a specialization course in Management and Entrepreneurship at Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) in São Paulo.

Maria Cecília Jurado | Data & Administrative Manager 

Maria Cecília joined the Educando team in 2017, bringing solid experience as an Executive Secretary in large multinational companies such as Eurofarma Laboratórios, Goodyear, Telecomunicações Intraco, and Sperry Vickers. Cecilia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from São Marcos University.