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By the end of the campaign, two people from each region will win the most votes and will secure a place on the #UPGSustainability #JourneyToHurricane. And your VOICE matters: who would you be happy to vote for? Please scroll down and learn more.
1st – 1420 votes
2nd – 1310 votes
3rd – 1276 votes
* Please note that each Voter casts 2 votes: 1 woman and 1 man. And so the total number of votes is twice the total number of Voters.
Cristhian Ortiz is a Psychologist and Social Innovator. He is CEO & Founder of LASE, a social enterprise that provides English classes with climate change awareness to children and adolescents in Latin America. The project has impacted more than 4000 children in 16 countries. Cristhian is Global Competitiveness Leader 2021 of Georgetown University Latin America Leadership Program and he has been chosen as one of the 50 global leaders of the future in Future 50 by PMI 2021. Currently, Cristhian is Young Leader of the Americas Initiative 2022.
I am Gretta , UPG’s sustainability leader based in Peru. I am an environmental engineer with a huge heart and motivation for wanting to change not only my country but the world.
Hi, I’m Mariantonelia and I’m from Caracas Venezuela. For more than 4 years I have been involved in social causes that seek the empowerment of young people through the creation and strengthening of capacities so that they take a predominant role in the process of social transformation, so I have focused my work on SDG 10 reduction of inequalities because I believe that it is possible to create a more inclusive world, where we all have the opportunity to be and do, and fully develop our capacities
Nathan is a young social entrepreneur and an activist from Manaus, Amazonas – it’s a city in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. – He is the founder and CEO at New Fluent Language School, an English school that promotes free access to language courses to low income students. He strongly believes that education is the key to change the world. He’s been coordinating an NGO that works to promote well-being and reduce inequality among children. Nathan is a Youth Ambassador from Brazil in The USA and he worked on an educational project in Germany. He was a speaker at the International Youth Summit in Lahore, Pakistan and delegate at South American Business Forum in Argentina. “No matter where we come from, we can all do great things.”
I am Nelly Julieta Cetera, I am 22 years old and come from Argentina. I am currently studying International Affairs and participate as a volunteer in different youth networks. I am currently working at an International NGO focused on education. The SDGs that interest me the most are SDG 1 (zero poverty), SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).
Pablo is a journalist and a law graduate. He lives in the south of Brazil, in Florianópolis and his goal is to use communication to impact other people’s lives. He works as a journalist in the Sustainable Economic Development department of Santa Catarina and he writes articles for an online tourism magazine. Pablo, who was born in Brasilia, created a project to encourage sustainable tourism, the Global Green Traveller. The long-term goal is to create a teaching platform about sustainable tourism in Brazil, awarding certificates to companies and professionals in the field. The journalist has worked as a volunteer at sporting events such as Ironman and Guga Kuerten Week and has written articles for local newspapers and an international magazine based in London. “The union of countries is very important, we are all one planet that needs to be preserved, the environment and culture, creating jobs and opportunities for all. Visiting the island is an opportunity to develop my project and make new friends, an exchange of experience”.
Activist, creator, engineer: Sabrina, a Brazilian favela woman, founded Ruma to impact 700+ youth lives by promoting sustainability & tech ed in Northeast region – Brazil’s poorest – protecting its uniques culture, knowledge, & biodiversity (SDG 4, 5, 10, 17). Her mission: end discrimination & xenophobia against her region and qualify their minority young leaders to awaken global citizenship.