Directory

Our team works in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. It is made up of a board of directors that guides the strategic work of the Foundation, a team of people who contribute with their talents and abilities, and a council of young people who have participated in our programs.

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Directory

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

President

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel

Oscar is Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Ciencia Joven Foundation. He is a professional specialized in public affairs, sustainability, and the management / leadership of philanthropic and corporate foundations with a focus on technology, science, conservation, and innovation, with experiences in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. +10 years of experience in philanthropy, development of global alliances, fundraising, grant making and project management.

Alejandra Bonati

Director

Alejandra Bonati

Journalist from Andrés Bello University. Alejandra started at Google in 2011, in her role as Communications and Public Affairs Manager for the local office, she oversees the company's communications strategy in Chile. She currently boosts projects that promote the incorporation of inclusive actions, leading the Incluchannel project, Google's YouTube channel created collaboratively with people with disabilities to break down barriers and stimulate cultural changes on the subject. Alejandra has been part of the Ciencia Joven Directory since 2018.

Marjorie Parra Lepe

Director

Marjorie Parra Lepe

Marjorie is the director and co-founder of Ciencia Joven. She has a master's degree in university teaching, a diploma in biostatistics and educational management, and worked as a BioBecas intern. She is a professor and graduate in Biology. She worked in schools and high schools in the Valparaíso region, in the classroom, management and science academies, leading scientific teams and promoting scientific research spaces. She is also a university professor, focused on biology in careers of health, education, and psychology. Marjorie co-founded Ciencia Joven with the interest of promoting the formation of young leaders in STEM areas in Latin America. She obtained the EduCiencias Abate Molina Award.

Ariel Contreras

Director

Ariel Contreras

Master’s in Strategic Design, Designer specialized in Products. He has a strong background in design thinking and planning, project management and administration, and product development. He is a professional capable of leading, designing, supervising, and efficiently managing processes, products, and services, especially designing experiences and implementing digital projects focused on the consumer. He is Data Product Manager at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Ariel has been part of the Ciencia Joven Board since 2011.

Andrea Obaid

Director

Andrea Obaid

Andrea Obaid is a journalist and has a degree in Social Communication from the Diego Portales University of Chile and a Master's in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication from the Pompeu Fabra University, in Barcelona, Spain. She is director of Neurona Group, member of the Chilean Association of Scientific Journalists (Achipec), member of the World Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ). She is currently a trend columnist for CARAS magazine. Andrea has been part of the Ciencia Joven Directory since 2014.

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Eduardo Guzmán Lazón

Director Chile

Eduardo Guzmán Lazón

He is an agronomist, master in Natural Resources. He arrived to the Foundation in 2011 and has served as the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp coordinator, director of programs and operations, executive director and, currently, as director in Chile. He stands out for being very organized and a good leader.

Elizabeth Haug

Director Argentina and Uruguay

Elizabeth Haug

She is a forestry engineer. She came to the foundation in 2018 and has served as a tutor and assistant for the Ciencia Joven Academies program and, currently, as Director in Argentina and Uruguay. She is known for being organized and responsible.

Oscar Pizarro Acosta

Management and Finance Director

Oscar Pizarro Acosta

He is an administration engineer with a major in finance. He came to the foundation in 2016 and has served as Chief Financial Officer and currently Chief Financial Officer. He stands out for being faithful and encouraging.

Tania Libertad

Communications Manager

Tania Libertad

She is a publicist, communicator with a gender perspective and a diploma in communication and Human Rights. She came to the foundation in 2020 and has worked as head of Communications. She is known for being cool and very engaged.

Pamela Fuentes Fuentes

Chile Program Coordinator

Pamela Fuentes Fuentes

She is a marine biologist. She came to the foundation in 2012 and has worked as a tutor for the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp, coordinator of the Nuestro Oceano scientific camps and Bayer Kimlu, tutor of the Ciencia Joven Academies, Coordinator of the Ciencia Joven Academies and, currently, as head of the Ciencia Joven Academies programs. She stands out for being decisive and guiding.

Jorge Mancilla Valdés

Program Coordinator

Jorge Mancilla Valdés

He is a civil engineer in biotechnology. He came to the foundation in 2020 and has worked as coordinator of the Ciencia Joven Academies and the Ciencia Joven at Home Academy. He is recognized for being adaptable and committed.

Laura Blengini

Ciencia Joven Academies Coordinator

Laura Blengini

She has a BS in Biological Sciences, MS in Biotechnology, and Technology Linker. She came to the foundation in 2020 and has worked as coordinator of the Ciencia Joven Academies. She is known to be very friendly and engaged.

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Young Advisory Council

Chile

Chile

Naomi Estay Casanova

Advisor

Naomi Estay Casanova

In 2013, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Bastián Bezama Palacios

Advisor

Bastián Bezama Palacios

In 2018 and 2019, he was part of the Ciencia Joven Academies.

Fernanda Acuña Mardones

Advisor

Fernanda Acuña Mardones

In 2020, she was part of Ciencia Joven at Home Academies.

Brit Muñoz Segovia

Advisor

Brit Muñoz Segovia

In 2020, she was part of Ciencia Joven at Home Academies.

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Argentina

Argentina

Estefania Perez Reparaz

Advisor

Estefania Perez Reparaz

In 2018, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

María Clara Miserendino

Advisor

María Clara Miserendino

In 2017, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Yamila Alejandra Avalos

Advisor

Yamila Alejandra Avalos

In 2018 and 2019, she was part of the Ciencia Joven Academies.

Jerónimo Batista Buche

Advisor

Jerónimo Batista Buche

In 2016, he was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Lichu Elías Acuña

Advisor

Lichu Elías Acuña

In 2020, he was part of Ciencia Joven at Home Academies.

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Uruguay

Uruguay

María Eugenia Russi Lagarreta

Advisor

María Eugenia Russi Lagarreta

In 2015, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Martina Fernández Reyes

Advisor

Martina Fernández Reyes

In 2018, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Franco Acuña Acevedo

Advisor

Franco Acuña Acevedo

In 2019, he was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Santiago Cocco Lacordelle

Advisor

Santiago Cocco Lacordelle

In 2020, he was part of Ciencia Joven at Home Academies.

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Paraguay

Paraguay

María José Mendoza Recalde

Advisor

María José Mendoza Recalde

In 2020, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Ana Cáceres Avalos

Advisor

Ana Cáceres Avalos

In 2020, she was part of the Bayer Kimlu Science Camp.

Alejandro Rolón Quiñónez

Advisor

Alejandro Rolón Quiñónez

In 2020, he was part of Ciencia Joven at Home Academies.

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Contact

At Ciencia Joven Foundation we work remotely and together from different parts of Latin America to change STEM education. Therefore, if you want to contact us, you can send us an email or a direct message in our social media accounts, or through the form available below.