Two out of the three Roger Kaufman Awards 2018 for oustanding social impact will go to Argentinean talent and organizations.
The US Embassy in Buenos Aires will host on March 21st, 2018 at 3 pm the ceremony bestowing the Roger Kaufman Awards to Diego Fernandez, Secretary of Social and Urban Integration of the City of Buenos Aires for the Barrio 31 program and Fernando Bach and Pablo Medivil and in the categories government and social startups respectively.
Silvio Gonzalez, US Embassy Public Affairs Counselor, Marcelo Elizondo, for ISPI Argentina and Mariano Bernardez, as Chair of the Roger Award Committee of ISPI international will present the Awards and the Awardees will present their projects and results, with the coordination of Naydeen Gonzalez-de Jesus, PhD., Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer.
THE AWARDEES AND THEIR OUTSTANDING SOCIAL IMPACT PROJECTS
Diego Fernandez is Secretary of Social and Urban Integration of the City of Buenos Aires, in charge since 2015 of the transformation of the former Villas 31 and 31bis into the new Barrio 31 neighborhood.
serial entrepreneur, Diego joined the city of Buenos Aires government in the Ministry of Education for several years before being appointed to coordinate and lead the transformation of Villa 31 and 31bis into a new neighborhood, Barrio 31.
Diego is PhD candidate in Systemic Innovation at ITBA - Buenos Aires Institute of Technology and is currently writing a book on Barrio 31 experience
BARRIO 31 - BUENOS AIRES
Fernando is CEO and co-founder of Elementos Argentinos. This is his story:
“During late 2005, and after several years of travelling and living in different places working as a hotel manager, I was ready for a personal life change and looking to start a new activity with a stronger social and creative sense. The idea of working with high quality, handmade textiles for the home came naturally. I’m from Tucuman, and in Tafí del Valle, during those long summers and cold winters in the Calchaquí valleys, the rugs, blankets, saddlebags, “peleros” and “pullos” were a part of our daily life. At Elementos Argentinos we seek to offer products that combine the art of both yarn and handweaving with contemporary designs, as a way to unite the past with the present”.
Pablo is designer and co-founder of Elementos Argentinos. This is his story:
“I majored in Design and worked for over 10 years in advertising, journalism and television. I started to visit northwestern Argentina regularly, and I was constantly amazed by its colors and textures. The diversity, but most importantly the people, drew my inspiration for the development of this project, which allows me to combine my passion for designing decorative objects with a personal desire to be part of a sustainable company”.
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