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Senior Manager and Community Engagement
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Palo Alto, California,94301
Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, its mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs... more.
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Venezuela Office and Senior Civil Society Adviser
Advisory Board Member
The Founder Institute
Member On the Board
United Nations Development Programme
Member of the Council Or Board
Doctoral Law Degree with High Honors
Catholic University of Ecuador
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Valeria Merino joined the Skoll Awards and Community team in 2015 and as Senior Manager for Community Engagement is responsible for the support of the Community of Skoll Awardees.
Valeria has more than 20 years of experience in the social sector and had the privilege to work in many areas of social change. Early in her career, she spear-headed successful national justice reform and worked on strengthening democracy in Ecuador. She has held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations, founded and led for 16 years the Latin American Center for Development, and co-founded Citizen's Participation Ecuador (Participación Ciudadana) and Transparencia Ecuador. Simultaneously, she was part of the leadership that grew Transparency International into a global anti-corruption movement, and, later for six years as Ashoka's VP, she led the Venture/Fellowship Program, identifying and supporting worldwide social entrepreneurs with innovative system changing ideas. Valeria was appointed in 1995 by the Secretary General of the U.N. and the Director-General of UNESCO as a Member of the Council or Board of the United Nations University and was later designated Vice-Chair of the Council. She earned a Doctoral Law Degree with High Honors from the Catholic University of Ecuador and also a Master in Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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Lance Croffoot-Suede, Partner, Linklaters; Alan Fowler, Co-founder, International NGO Training and Research Centre; Beris Gwynne, Director, World Vision International; Valeria Merino, Vice President, Ashoka; Peter van Veen, Managing Director, Training & Advisory, Transparency International UK
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Valeria Merino CEO Sangay Group Valeria Merino Valeria Merino is a social entrepreneur who for more than two decades has been involved in the development and implementation of public policies related to strengthening of democracy, rule of law, transparency, civil society participation, and social entrepreneurship. Valeria is currently the CEO of Sangay Group an international team of entrepreneurs and experts that provides advice and support to progressive corporations, social enterprises, and citizen sector organizations that care about social change, innovation, and issues that matter to the world. She worked for Ashoka from 2007 until July 2012. She was a leadership group member and VP for a number of areas and programs. She led the creation and launching of AshokaHub, was director of the Rural Innovation and Farming Program, and also headed Ashoka's Venture, Fellowship, and Integration Program. This last program is responsible for selecting Leading Social Entrepreneurs to the Ashoka Fellowship and engaging them in a global community of innovators. She also worked for the Pan American Development Foundation as senior civil society adviser. She was a member of the global general assembly of Transparency International and served on its board in two occasions. In Ecuador, she founded and was CEO of the Latin American Center for Development (CLD) and also a founding member of Participacion Ciudadana. She was vice chair of the Council of the United Nations University based in Tokyo. top↑
Valeria Merino is a social entrepreneur who for over two decades has been involved in the development and implementation of public policies, at the national and global levels, in areas related to strengthening of democracy, rule of law, transparency, civil society participation and social entrepreneurship. She worked for Ashoka from 2007 until July 2012, based in Washington, DC. She was a Leadership Group Member and VP for a number of areas and programs. She lead the creation and launching of AshokaHub, was Director of the Rural Innovation and Farming Program and also headed Ashoka's Venture, Fellowship and Integration programs. This last program is responsible for selecting Leading Social Entrepreneurs to the Ashoka Fellowship and engaging them in a global community of innovators. She also worked for the Pan American Development Foundation as Director of their Venezuela Office and Senior Civil Society Adviser. She was a member of the global general assembly of Transparency International for over a decade and served on its Board in two occasions. In Ecuador, she founded and was CEO of the Latin American Center for Development (CLD), which worked in the intersection of rule of law and human and economic development. She was also a founding member of Participacion Ciudadana and Transparencia Ecuador. She was appointed as a member of the Council of the United Nations University based in Tokyo, Japan, and was Vice-Chair of the Council.