is a social entrepreneur who for two decades has been involved in systemic change and implementation of public policies to strengthen democracy, rule of law, transparency, civil society participation and overall human and economic development.
is currently leading the Rural Innovation and Farming Program at Ashoka
Ashoka's theory of change is that large-scale solutions to improve the lives of rural inhabitants and farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and India require a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Through identifying and investing in the boldest and most innovative actors of our time, Ashoka
seeks to empower social entrepreneurs addressing poverty issues in the above mentioned areas.
She also launched AshokaHub, an online curated platform for Ashoka's community of innovators and entrepreneurs working across the globe to resolve the most intractable social problems and currently is the lead evangelist for the site.
Previously, she headed Ashoka's Venture and Fellowship program from 2007 to 2011; she was responsible for overseeing the selection process of Leading Social Entrepreneurs to the Ashoka Fellowship and engaging them in its global community of innovators.
Before coming to Ashoka she worked for the Pan American Development Foundation as Senior Civil Society Adviser.
She was a member of Transparency International for almost 20 years and served on its international Board; she also founded and was the Executive Director of CLD, then Ecuador's TI chapter, for fifteen years.
She is also a founding member of Participacion Ciudadana Ecuador and Transparencia Ecuador.
was appointed, by the Secretary General of the United Nations
and the Secretary of UNESCO
, as a Council member of the United Nations University
based in Tokyo, for which she
served from 1995 until 2001.