OUR STORY
Why did we launch this initiative?
We created Somos21 to address a visible gap in the Australia Latin America relations landscape.

We noticed that while there were many programs in place to support Australian and Latin American students, and various bilateral and multilateral business councils promoting business and networking opportunities for executive level professionals, there were very few initiatives to promote positive experiences and connections between Australia and Latin America in the young professional demographic. 

And so we created Somos21, to leverage the passion and drive of our young professionals to establish cross-regional networks that will lay the foundations for stronger relations between Australia and Latin America in the coming decades.
Why Somos21?
We wanted a name that would capture the idea of unity and collaboration across Australia and Latin America within all sectors, industries and professions.
A network of professionals from 20 Latin American countries and Australia: together, Somos21. 
And who exactly are "we"?
Co-Founders
Somos21 launched in Sydney in March 2015 as Somos21 Sydney, with a dream team of young professionals from varied professions and backgrounds, all with one shared vision to drive greater engagement between our two great regions.
Recognising that the impact we wanted to achieve would require a broader presence across Australia and Latin America, we started developing new chapters across capital cities in Australia in 2015 and in Latin America from 2016. 
We formerly established ourselves as a Company Limited by Guarantee in May 2016. Our Constitution is available below.
Download Somos21 Constitution
Directors
In accordance with the Constitution we nominated three formal directors to oversee the operations of our various chapters.
  1. Kate Bennett
    Kate Bennett
    Sustainable Development | Australia
  2. Andres Arroyo
    Andres Arroyo
    Contracts and Procurement | Uruguay
  3. Monica Arce Garcia
    Monica Arce Garcia
    Branding and Strategy | Australia, El Salvador
Advisory Board
Recognising the need for high-level strategic advisory and guidance, we were fortunate to gain the support of the following advisors who provide a wealth of knowledge about the Australia Latin America relations landscape across various sectors.
  1. Adrienne Bonwick
    Adrienne Bonwick
    International Trade | Mexico
  2. Flavia de Souza
    Flavia de Souza
    Legal Advisory | Australia, Brazil
  3. Rob Grant
    Rob Grant
    Energy, Infrastructure | Australia, Brazil, Chile
  4. Tim Handley
    Tim Handley
    Digital Commerce | Australia, Mexico, Brazil
  5. Jasmine Sliger
    Jasmine Sliger
    Leadership and Culture | Australia, Colombia
  6. Dan Sullivan
    Dan Sullivan
    International Trade | Australia, Peru, Chile
  7. Anna Trahair
    Anna Trahair
    International Development | Australia
THE CHAMPIONS!!!
Somos21 would not be what it is today without the energy, passion and drive of our young professional leadership teams across our various Chapters and Committees. The enthusiasm and motivation of every one of our team members to foster greater relations and opportunities between Australia and Latin America is truly inspirational. 

Too many gorgeous faces for one screen, so please use the buttons provided to scroll through and meet everyone.
  1. Leonardo Baca Storni
    Leonardo Baca Storni
    PM Infrastructure | Argentina | SYDNEY
  2. Gabrielle Hall
    Gabrielle Hall
    International Trade | Australia | SYDNEY
  3. Lachlan Page
    Lachlan Page
    International Education | Australia | SYDNEY
  4. Yolima Perez
    Yolima Perez
    International Education | Colombia | SYDNEY
  5. Eric Robledo
    Eric Robledo
    Communications | Chile | SYDNEY
  6. Gemma Kingsford-Smith
    Gemma Kingsford-Smith
    International Trade | Australia | SYDNEY
  7. Lucas Calleja
    Lucas Calleja
    International Business | Australia| PERTH
  8. Monique Morgan
    Monique Morgan
    Company Secretary | Australia | SYDNEY
  9. Paola Lasso
    Paola Lasso
    Corporate Relations | Colombia | MELBOURNE
  10. Alejandro Duque
    Alejandro Duque
    Risk Management | Colombia | MELBOURNE
  11. Tracy Collier
    Tracy Collier
    Social Impact | Australia | SOCIAL IMPACT
  12. Mauricio Cardona
    Mauricio Cardona
    Management Consultant | Colombia | MELBOURNE
  13. Kate McKenzie
    Kate McKenzie
    Education Development | Australia | PERTH
  14. Christian Navarro
    Christian Navarro
    Lawyer| Chile | PERTH
  15. Alfredo Taullard
    Alfredo Taullard
    Lawyer | Uruguay | MONTEVIDEO
  16. Thaila Veronezi
    Thaila Veronezi
    Urban Planning | Brazil | SAO PAULO
  17. Sophie Marshall
    Sophie Marshall
    International Trade| Australia | SOCIAL IMPACT
  18. Andrea Palacios
    Andrea Palacios
    International Education| Colombia | BOGOTA
  19. Nicole McLean
    Nicole McLean
    Anti-corruption | Australia | RIO DE JANEIRO
  20. Pablo Lopez
    Pablo Lopez
    Environmental Management Mexico | MEXICO CITY
  21. Ale Castellanos
    Ale Castellanos
    Environmental Management Mexico | MEXICO CITY
  22. Maria Belen Ferrari
    Maria Belen Ferrari
    Environmental Policy | Argentina | BUENOS AIRES
  23. Savio Meireles
    Savio Meireles
    Translator and Educator | Brazil | FORTALEZA
  24. Cristobal Bou Munizaga
    Cristobal Bou Munizaga
    Finance Masters | Chile | SANTIAGO
  25. Juan Pablo Castro
    Juan Pablo Castro
    Digital Designer | Chile DIGITAL | SYDNEY
  26. Luciana Facciano
    Luciana Facciano
    Lawyer | Argentina | BUENOS AIRES
  27. Edgar Castellanos
    Edgar Castellanos
    Renewable Energy | Colombia | CANBERRA
  28. Suzanne Ballard
    Suzanne Ballard
    Sustainability | France | SOCIAL IMPACT | SYDNEY
  29. Sindy Moreno Torres
    Sindy Moreno Torres
    Economist | Colombia MELBOURNE
  30. Mauricio de Rutte
    Mauricio de Rutte
    Business Management | Peru | LIMA
  31. Claudio Pavez Correa
    Claudio Pavez Correa
    IT Project Management | Chile | DIGITAL
  32. Kennedy
    Kennedy
    Software Engineer | Brazil | DIGITAL
There are always many projects and activities to get involved with, so if you're passionate about driving greater engagement and positive relations between Australia and Latin America, come join the team!

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