Hello, I am a civil society leader and social entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the social sector, digital development and international cooperation. For six years, I worked with the World Bank managing web related projects that promote collaboration and knowledge sharing, at the Development Gateway and as part of the Intranet team. I co-founded MAKAIA and have led it since its inception. I have transformed an idea into an organization that has served thousands of nonprofits and social projects in Latin America. In 2017 I transitioned to the role of Chief Strategy Officer with the goal of designing the long-term sustainability plan for MAKAIA. 

I have a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MBA, a specialization in International Cooperation for Development, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. I have lived in Costa Rica, France, USA, and Colombia.


Catalina Escobar


MAKAIA‘s mission is to strengthen capacities for social development through technology, innovation, and international cooperation. MAKAIA means “to build” or “to do”, in Miskito (indigenous language from Honduras). Its name represents the objective of MAKAIA: to build partnerships and relations oriented to social and economic development.