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PeaceStartup Ambassador for the United Arab Emirates
PeaceStartup Ambassador for the United States of America
Brenda Hali earned a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Trade from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico and has six years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. During these years, she had the opportunity to serve and work in marketing, sales, product development, internal communications, social project management, and organized international conferences and summits across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S.
Brenda has developed strong multi-cultural teamwork, project management, volunteers management, facilitation, startups development consulting, and mentoring skills. Brenda feels ownership over Education and Peace in Latin America. She believes that positive youth leadership and social entrepreneurship can make a difference in her region.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for the United Kingdom
Lorenzo Lozano is a business developer and an EQ devotee. He has been working in the interior design industry for the past 20 years. Something that started by accident in Malaga, Spain, became the main focus of his professional life. His background is business from the Universidad de Malaga, a degree that he never finished because of the need to work.
The beginning of his career started from the very bottom, but step-by-step he learnt the ropes of the industry and started to manage teams and the business in different areas, working in sales and marketing. When he worked for a British company in Spain this opened his mind to the international market and in 2004 he moved to England and started a successful business furnishing properties in Spain but based in UK using local suppliers.
Going bankrupt after the recession he had the opportunity to work with different companies developing their business. He has always been open to new challenges and adventures therefore he specialised in the high-end market, a extremely competitive industry where working with the avant-garde in fields like marketing, sales and finance gave him the know-how to grow business in areas with no or very little business. His strongest attribute is the ability to put people together from different backgrounds to create an efficient team for the purpose of the challenge in hands.
Currently he is developing his EQ to become a coach to work with business and families to improve their interpersonal relationship and make the future better for all.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Kenya
Muthoni is the Founder and CEO of Mastermind Africa Alliance, a consultancy that engages corporations and relevant stakeholders in designing, implementing and monitoring innovative projects and business models that create employment and economic opportunities for youth and women in Kenya. A lawyer by profession, she is also involved in offering legal advisory and technical expertise to investors, corporations and institutions interested in conducting business with social and environmental impact in Kenya.
Owing to her contribution to women’s empowerment, she was selected as a Fellow of the Vital Voices Global Partnership (VV Lead) an initiative of Hilary Clinton, which recognizes women leaders who provide unusual and sustainable solutions to problems that impede the progress of women and was also awarded the 2015 Washington Mandela Fellowship, a flagship program for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. Muthoni is also part of the World Economic Forum through Global Shapers Community, which brings together young people making a difference in the world they live in.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Switzerland
Being a graduate of International Business and Cultural studies of the University of Passau, I have mainly worked on change processes and sustainability-related projects in businesses and not-for-profit organisations. While managing part of the Business & Peace portfolio of a private foundation in Switzerland I had the honour to support the first PeaceStartup event and see this outstanding team in action.
Prior to coming to Switzerland I managed restructuring processes in Germany, administered recovery projects in Pakistan and promoted conflict-sensitive and responsible business practices in Nepal. It was in Kathmandu where I discovered my passion for social entrepreneurship and for supporting young changemakers. The irresistible energy in this startup-community led me to then co-found Hidden Journeys Nepal (which offers educational tours) and FACTS Nepal (which provides market research services).
Recently, I finished a one-year training on Systemic Coaching and Change Management and I am now dedicating myself to learning more about peace, innovation and transformation.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Palestine
I am a management and finance specialist, working as business and entrepreneurship instructor for more than 15 years.
I’m facilitator and organizer of Startup Weekend, a member of the WSA Palestine judgment panel, and entrepreneurship trainer certified by Cisco. I am also Founder of Beacon Business -Marketing Agency- and Co-Founder of 1plus1. I have a solid background in NGOs referring to my experience with PNINA and other ones. Moreover, I have intensive work ability in different administrative and accounting functions. I was in charge of managing all financial and administrative matters throughout my occupational life, also I am working as a Technical Instructor at UNRWA. I am also a fundraising consultant.
In the past, I was a Team Leader of the ICT Team Start program with Mercy Corps, and teacher in the Accounting Department at the University College of Applied Science (UCAS). I have worked as well as a marketer and accountant at many other NGOs.
I have received my certificate of Arabic Certified Public Accountants (ACPA) and I hold a Master Degree in Finance and Accounting.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for the United States of America
Sif Thorgeirsson, a national of Iceland and USA, is an experienced business and human rights professional as well as a US-trained lawyer. Since September 2016, she has been working as an independent consultant to a number of NGOs on business and human rights matters. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2016, Sif was at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre where she managed the Centre’s Corporate Legal Accountability Project. Before joining the Resource Centre, she was a Researcher at Yale Law School on international human rights issues (including business & human rights). She was an associate at Troutman Sanders law firm in Washington, DC for five years, where her practice focused on project development and finance in the energy sector, international law and corporate law.
Sif received her law degree from George Washington University Law School. While studying law, Sif worked as a research assistant to international law Professor Ralph Steinhardt, working on subjects including human rights and corporate responsibility. Sif attended the Oxford University Summer Programme in International Human Rights Law.
She received her BA in History and Political Science from McGill University in Canada. Sif is fluent in English & Icelandic, with good Spanish & French.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Argentina
I am a Colombian Lawyer, minor in City and Architecture from Universidad de los Andes specialized in urban land policies and urban economy. I have experience as a legal advisor in urban and planning law, and public and private real state projects. As a trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method and materials, I worked since 2015 with startups and entrepreneurs, using Agile and Lean methodologies.
PeaceStartup Ambassador for Colombia
I am co-founder and mentor at TolimaEmprende, ParqueSoftTolima and Emprende Latinoamerica. I am entrepreneur, first classified in national competitions of business plans such as Destapa futuro Bavaria, Ibagué emprededora, ventures and Fondo emprender.
I own patents in industrial design, utility models and inventions. International Facilitator in StartUp Weekend, and Jury member at Corporación Ventures and Alcaldia de Ibagué.