About us

Social Impact Movement (SIM) values the power of relationships and provides a space for collaboration and dialogue among all stakeholders in Miami

 

Our Team

Together the SIM team has been creating every day moments for linking local individuals, businesses and government to the Sustainable Global Goals.

Claudia Akel

Claudia Akel

CEO and Founder

SDGs Advocate, Social Entrepreneur, Changemaker. As a #TeamHuman defender, she has dedicated her life to inspiring people and organizations, creating environments for individuals to dialogue, participate, learn, and take action on local initiatives. Creator of the SDGsInMiami, a multi-stakeholder collaborative project gathering partners surrounding the UN Global Goals at local levels in Miami. Partner at the startup Match4Action, a purpose-driven Benefit Corporation based in San Francisco, CA, matching good people to good causes using machine learning and A.I. Born in Brazil, Claudia is a life-long learner. She speaks fluently Portuguese, English, Spanish, and Italian.

Scarlett Lanzas

Scarlett Lanzas

Board President

Scarlett Lanzas is an experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working with organizations focused on international development and humanitarian assistance, US nonprofits, public and private sector organizations. She specializes in nonprofit incorporation and management, resource development, organizational governance, compliance and corporate social responsibility. She also works on strategic design and the development of investment products and services related to impact investing.

Cindy Makita

Cindy Makita

SIM SDG 5 Ambassador

Cindy Makita was born and raised in South Africa, with a Congolese heritage, and moved to Miami, Florida in 2014 to attend Florida International University. In 2018 she graduated Magna Cum Laude, as a Worlds Ahead Graduate and as an Honors student. She focus her talent on creating key strategic relationships between Miami leaders, enterprises, citizens, and government to advance Miami’s progress towards achieving the 5th Sustainable DevelopmentGoal for Gender Equality: Empowering Women and Girls.

Julia Wilkinson

Julia Wilkinson

Board Member

Julia Wilkinson is an impact investor and consultant, with over a decade experience living in Latin America. As founder and & CEO of Imvest she is committed to building a sustainable future through social entrepreneurship and impact investing. Her clients include funds, family offices, and social entrepreneurs that aim to integrate impact into their models and investments. Creative and empathetic, she thinks outside the box. Julia also brings to the table a decade of experience in capital markets. For 6 years she worked in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs on a team with $1.5B in AUM, and 4 years in venture capital & private equity investing in emerging markets. Julia is board chair of Finance for Good Brazil, a nonprofit that supports Brazil’s social finance ecosystem, and is a partner of Social Venture Partners Miami. MPA Columbia SIPA BA University of Pennsylvania Trilingual in English, Portuguese, and Spanish

Erick Gavin

Erick Gavin

Board Member

Erick Gavin is a recent graduate from the University of Miami School of Law and Ironhack Miami for User Experience Design. Throughout his time in law school he invested a lot of time into the Miami Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem, expanding understanding of more modern professions that deal with problem solving in a unique way. Design has allowed him to use multiple disciplines to address problems with a process that emphasizes iteration in approach and a strong principle of collaboration.

Andrés García Montoya

Andrés García Montoya

Technology for Social Good

Social Impact Movement

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