Alice Quintão Soares

Lourdes, Brazil

My name is Alice and I work in projects related to social innovation and social business, aiming to bring some change to the way things are done. I am deeply driven by the causes I believe in and I am very aware about my part in making it all happen. The WYSE Program has worked in my life as a vehicle of transformation, being a source of inspiration and motivation. I have learned during WYSE that leadership is not about being on the top, but about knowing how to transform a group of individuals with no previous connection into a team that believes in its own power and will.

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Daniela Gonçalves Ferreira

Brazil

My name is Daniela, I am a student of International Relations and I took part in the International Leadership Program of WYSE Italy in July 2015. 

WYSE is a life changer; I believe everyone should have the chance to pass through this amazing experience, you will not find some participant of WYSE that disagrees with that! The family I gained in Italy is beautiful, but I feel that not only them, but every participant of WYSE belongs to this family and I can feel their support net for me every day when I need the strength that I don´t have on my own.

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Elena Galofre

Bogota, Colombia

I believe there is a greater purpose in life and it is our mission to find it and fulfil it, I also believe in the good in people. I have been working in the corporate world for 7 years now and have always felt there was something missing. I have been working to "find myself" for some time now and figure out where to go next.

WYSE helped me to understand who I am and helped me find the courage I needed to follow my path and pursue my dreams. It is and will always be an important tool for me as it helped me to understand life, the world and that I am not alone. I wish to help other people gain knowledge through WYSE as it is something I carry dear to my heart. I believe the skills learned through WYSE can help people become better and together, make a better world.

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Lea Veras

Sao Carlos, Brazil

I am a person who fights for the causes I believe in. I am pragmatic whilst being flexible, energetic, and full of ideas and positivity. I genuinely like to interact with people – and learn from them. I am also a computational chemist and a non-formal education researcher whose work focus on helping others to become better communicators. I am passionate about WYSE because it strengthened my leadership skills. In particular, WYSE helped me to be in touch with other leaders and facilitated the paths that I needed to achieve my personal and professional goals: to use my knowledge and commitment to develop meaningful work with tangible social impact.

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Mirna Castro Folco

Brazil

Mirna is a coach and group facilitator focused on sustainable development of people, institutions and territories. She has worked for eight years in NGOs and Government on education for conscious consumption, sustainability and citizenship.

Mirna graduated in Economics by Universidade de São Paulo, specialized in Marketing in Australia. Concluded Germinar Programme – Facilitators Leadership Development by Ecosocial Instituteand International + Advanced Leadership Programme of WYSE International in Italy, and has worked as volunteer in WYSE Brazil since 2011.

Mirna is a member of Art of Hosting, Comunidade SER entrepreneurs and a student of Nonviolent Communication.

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Mirta Aguirre

Argentina

I am passionate about traveling and discovering new cultures, that is why I hold a degree in International Relations and speak many foreign languages. I will soon start a master's degree in Europe.

I am a consultant in educational debate and work in projects related to education, development and international cooperation. I have experience in these fields both in my country (Argentina) and abroad (the Dominican Republic, Haiti and France).

Wyse ILP allowed me to gain clarity on what my goals for life are and to connect with incredible motivated people, some with whom I currently collaborate in joint projects. 

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Pedro Mattosinhos

Brazil

Pedro Mattosinhos is a young Brazilian that is doing his masters degree in Economics and has a deep interest in reducing suffering in the world. He is involved in national and international projects concerning youth political participation, food security and social economics. He dreams to be able to turn his wishes for the world into reality by becoming the first Brazilian Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

“I am honored to be able to help young leaders who want to know more about the fantastic WYSE program. I want to put all of my efforts into the pursuit of a better world, together with the incredible leaders that have already passed through WYSE and with those who wish to do it in the future.” 

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Rafael de Melo Silveira

Sao Paulo, Brazil

I am passionate about life and all the great wonders that are out there in the world. I own a funeral home and I believe that even in my job there is joy, it all depends on the perspective you take. I try every day to comfort my customer’s families and to diminish their pain and grief through the human connection. I truly believe that connecting with people helps me understand a bit more about the world and about myself. WYSE gave me both, connection with people from all over the world, and a better understanding of myself.

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