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

Co-Founder and 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.

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.

Claudia Durán

Claudia Durán

Board Member

Claudia Duran is the Managing Director of Endeavor Miami, whose mission is to select, mentor and accelerate the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs in South Florida. Endeavor Miami currently supports 24 companies. Duran is an experienced business leader with a demonstrated history of strategic business development in the for-profit and non-profit industries across the Americas. Claudia is a visionary professional with a wealth of experience in various financial, corporate, entrepreneurial, and non-profit organizations. She holds an MBA from the prestigious Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and a Bachelors degree in Finance from Penn State University. Claudia is a multi-lingual and multi-cultural global citizen, who is part of the growing community of South Florida, making her home in metropolitan Miami.

Andrés García Montoya

Andrés García Montoya

Technology for Social Good

Andrés was invited to join to our Advisory Board due to the potential of his
high-impact technology mindtalks.ai to serve the Miami community. mindstalk.ai
provides relevant insights into the minds of targeted groups by posing a series of
intentional questions. This technology has already been used by major organizations to gather and group the inputs of millions of individuals around the world. We firmly believe this technology would be a great asset to Miami social development issues by using its capabilities to listen and understand different problems facing the community. By utilizing mindstalk.ai, we can find better solutions aligned with our sustainable development goals.

Andrés has filed two patents and is a passionate entrepreneur by excellence.

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

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.

Liuba Abreu

Liuba Abreu

SIM SDG 16 Ambassador & Community Manager

Liuba Abreu is a Venezuelan lawyer focused on the defense and promotion of human rights, especially the rights of migrant and refugee people. She has worked and been a volunteer and spokesperson in various Non-Governmental Organizations dedicated to the protection of human rights, humanitarian assistance and access to justice, such as Amnesty International, HIAS, and UNCHR. She is the Founder and Director of Across Humanity, an online initiative dedicated to the promotion of the human rights of migrants and refugees in the world. For this project, Liuba focuses on communicating and connecting through social networks, organizations, and people working in the area of human rights and sustainable development to promote activities that have a social impact.

 Arzu Tekir

Arzu Tekir

Board Member

Arzu Tekir is a business strategist working with the leaders of the cities and organizations to create a positive change. She has eighteen years of work experience in strategic planning, business development, strategic partnership development, and record of raising millions of funding dollars for large-scale public and private sector projects.

She is the Founder & CEO of URBANITE VENTURE helping urban tech companies transform cities. To companies solving urban problems, Urbanite Venture is the independent advisor and business partner that brings new market opportunities, better relations with the city administrations, effective communication plan and capital. 

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