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Our people are our best resource

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Our team

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Eduardo Donoso

Chairman

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Eduardo is Director of Donoso and Sons Pty Ltd, and is originally from Chile. He has over 25 years’ experience as an engineer, working within the heavy engineering, mining, defence and maintenance service industries both in Australia and abroad.

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He is also highly skilled in management, manufacturing, procurement, and construction. He has extensive volunteer experience, including involvement with the Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula Board, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster, and the Advisory Committee to the Industry Capability Network of SA. Through LASSA, Eduardo’s goal is to foster, promote and maintain Latin America’s cultural values to enrich the broader South Australian community through increased cultural diversity.

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Valeria Alonso

Vice-Chairperson

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Valeria is Managing Director and founder of El Ritmo South American Dance Academy. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Australia. A passionate leader and advocate in the arts, entrepreneurial, and education industries, she has worked in the education and dance sectors for over 15 years.

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Valeria won the COALAR (Council on Australia Latin America Relations) Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award in 2019, and continues to develop new and innovative cultural projects for the Latin community. She is also Vice President of the Spanish Teachers’ Association of South Australia and a member of the Ausdance SA Education Committee. Valeria has worked in education and career development with Torrens University, CPA Australia, Kaplan Business School, and the University of South Australia.

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Michael Blake

Director

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Michael works in agribusiness at South Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA). He grew up in Patagonia, Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and French.

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Michael has been a member of the Australia-Latin America Business Council since its inception. He worked for over 25 years with Elders (a leading Australian agribusiness) and French multinational Chargeurs, operating international trade activities, mainly in the agricultural commodities area. His agribusiness experience is in market access, development and intelligence, as well as extension, innovation and transfer of technology in the livestock industries. He travels regularly to Latin America, freely giving of his knowledge to the agribusiness sector.

Michael is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Bachelor of Animal Science, and has lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, and Europe.

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Luis Gardeazabal

Director

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text 0=””]Luis is originally from Colombia and is currently working as Manager of Student Support and Retention for the University of South Australia Students’ Association. He has over 12 years of work experience in tertiary education student support, having worked in different roles across different countries and organisations such as the Organisation of American States in Washington D.C., Macquarie University, and the University of New South Wales.[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” shape=”square” color=”white” c_align=”center” c_icon=”” active_section=”0″ no_fill=”true” collapsible_all=”true” css=”.vc_custom_1614268967876{margin-left: -15px !important;background-position: 0 0 !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;}”][vc_tta_section title=”Read more” tab_id=”1614270488549-184695ac-2738″][vc_column_text 0=””]

He also has a background in Australian immigration, as he studied a Graduate Certificate of Australian Migration Law and Practice at Australian National University and worked in the field for over 5 years. His work at the University of South Australia Students’ Association has included creating and developing the internationally recognised Advocacy Internship Program, presenting the program at several conferences in Australia and Spain, and implementing the successful financial counselling service for students.

He loves to play sports, including indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, tennis and surfing.

 

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Glauce Raymundo

Director

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Glauce Raymundo is Brazilian and arrived in Adelaide in 2015. As a psychologist and Yoga instructor, with over 15 years of experience in Brazil, Glauce has been offering free workshops on mental health, mindfulness and meditation for Portuguese speakers in Adelaide, as well as engaging with the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia in a range of activities, on behalf of the Brazilian community. 

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In 2017, she decided to pursue a Master Degree in Business Administration and Public Health, being invited to teach for Torrens University`s Public Health and Community Services programs. In 2019, having completed her post-graduate qualification, Glauce set up her own counselling practice in Adelaide, while also working as a family educator and counsellor, for the Department of Social Services in South Australia. Over the past year, Glauce remained offering free online workshops on mental health and wellbeing for Portuguese speakers, as well as liaising with a variety of stakeholders on behalf of the Brazilian community in Adelaide. Being passionate about mental health and wellbeing, sustainability and collective effort, Glauce is looking forward to joining LASSA, on behalf of the Latin American community in South Australia.

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Etty Garabelly 

Wellbeing & Liaison officer / Acting CEO

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Etty is originally from Uruguay and Peru and has been working in the wellbeing sector for the past seven years. She is passionate about working with and empowering communities through education and emotional support.

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Etty also has a lot of experience in working with children and fostering their mental health, she has offered wellbeing workshops for parents, early childhood educators and the elderly here in Australia and in Peru. Currently, Etty works as a Community Educator and Caseworker at Relationships Australia and as a Project Officer at the Australian Refugee Association.

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Marielba Bortone

Marketing

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Marielba moved to Adelaide from Caracas in 2011. Since November 2017, she has owned and directed her own events company, Sparkling Productions. She has a Bachelor of Marketing and Advertising, and her experience includes work in project management, radio, event hosting and production assistance. Marielba is passionate about creating world-class events, and has over a decade of experience in the sector, both in Australia and overseas.

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She is a strong communicator, skilled in developing relationships across this diverse cultural community. In addition to her extensive work with LASSA, Marielba’s commitment to the community has also seen her volunteer with Radio Adelaide, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and the Multicultural Youth Music and Culture Festival, amongst others.

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Steve Van der Henst

Event Specialist

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Steve is a Guatemalan entrepreneur, with more than 12 years’ experience in the events industry. Founder of one of the production companies in Guatemala awarded by the German government for being one of the best ventures of the year. Among his clients were the US, Italy and Spain Embassy, American Chamber of Commerce, and helped found the Guatemalan Trade Union for Event Professionals.

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Passionate about community service, he dedicated more than 8 years of his life as a volunteer firefighter, rescuer, and paramedic in his home country. Just arriving in Australia, he was a volunteer in ADRA, helping in the creation of 2 shelters for SA Bushfire Disaster Relief, and in the distribution of water pumps to people heavily affected by bushfires, as well as helping in the distribution and logistics of LASSA’s Food Relief program.

He is currently working in the Scuba Diving Industry, discovering the wonders of South Australia’s underwater world.

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Marianne Blanck

Marketing – Design

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Marianne has more than 6 years of experience in Digital Marketing and brand creation, working with different companies in social media strategy and analytics. In the last years, she has been able to develop her professional skills, working in digital transformation projects for clients in Central America, Mexico, and Europe.

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Passionate about technology, she is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Business Analytics and working for one of Australia’s biggest suppliers of fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP) solutions.

She grew up in Guatemala and loves travelling around the world and learning about cultures, which inspired her to live 6 months in South Korea and now Australia.

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Alvaro Sanchez

Finance

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Alvaro is a professional in economics, accounting and finance with a quantitative. He is currently working at Carlo Cantini Chartered Accountant as Accountant and Tax Accountant. 

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He specialises in BAS preparation, financial statements preparation, lodgement of Income tax returns for individuals, companies and trusts, bookkeeping for clients in a range of small and medium companies across different industries.

Along with this, I am a like-minded professional who enjoys attending networking events and meets professionals from other areas to share entrepreneurship ideas. Besides, I  like going to the gym in my free time and go out to share time with my co-workers and friends.

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Leandro Lozada

IT Specialist

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IT professional with 19+ years’ experience in developing software applications in industries such as finance, government, telecommunications and retails. An expert in all phases of the software development life cycle (SDLC) using Agile (SCRUM) and Rational Unified Process (RUP) methodologies, and including programming, maintaining, debugging, testing, troubleshooting and updating of existing applications.

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Javier Echegaray

Public Officer

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Javier is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He works as a Policy Officer at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet of South Australia since 2018. Javier has experience both in the private and public sector, including Policy officer with +2 years’ experience in the South Australian Public Sector (ongoing). 

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Areas of expertise include whole-of-government policy, international policy and achieving government priorities. Teaching assistant of Financial Analysis in the Public Sector, Carnegie Mellon University (ongoing) +5 years’ experience in civil litigation, commercial and family law (Argentina). 

Javier holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Buenos Aires and  Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Sergio Sarmiento

Project Officer

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Sergio is originally from Colombia. He holds a master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a bachelor’s degree in International Trade. He started his career in the supply chain and logistics working for large manufacturing companies such as Belcorp and Anheuser-Busch InBev and the freight forwarder Panalpina. 

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Sergio has worked in various public and private organizations for over 20 years. After finishing his master’s studies at the University of Adelaide, Sergio moved to Colombia in 2012 to work for the Innovation Agency and then with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Over the last seven years, he developed programs to support startups and small and medium-sized companies – SMEs on their way to innovation and transformation.

Sergio returned to Australia in 2020 and joined LASSA as a volunteer. He currently works as a business improvement officer at JC Energy, a fast-growing company in the renewable energy sector in South Australia.

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Lizeth Rodriguez Portal

Digital Media

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Lizeth is a Peruvian lawyer with experience in the solution of construction disputes through arbitration. Her passion for the law made her the author of the book “The Dispute Resolution Boards in Peruvian State Contracting”. Also, she has been recognized in National and International Arbitration competitions (MOOT) for her legal and public speaking skills.  

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In addition to her work in the legal profession, Lizeth is a Portrait Photographer. She is passionate about capturing spontaneous and real moments. Lizeth considers her camera as a bridge to connect with wonderful people. She is the founder of Liz Photography Adelaide. 

In her spare time, Lizeth enjoys hiking, boardgames, photography and volunteering.

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César Díaz

Web Designer / UX/UI Specialist

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Cesar is a UX/UI Designer, Web Designer and Graphic Designer with over five years’ experience in website content development, branding and web interface design in various small and mid-sized companies throughout the digital area. he has collaborated with Marketing and Production Managers and Company Executives to create user-friendly content and target specific audiences to increase website traffic and promote company brands. 

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Glauce Raymundo. 

Director

Glauce Raymundo is Brazilian and arrived in Adelaide in 2015. As a psychologist and Yoga instructor, with over 15 years of experience in Brazil, Glauce has been offering free workshops on mental health, mindfulness and meditation for Portuguese speakers in Adelaide, as well as engaging with the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia in a range of activities, on behalf of the Brazilian community. In 2017, she decided to pursue a Master Degree in Business Administration and Public Health, being invited to teach for Torrens University`s Public Health and Community Services programs. In 2019, having completed her post-graduate qualification, Glauce set up her own counselling practice in Adelaide, while also working as a family educator and counsellor, for the Department of Social Services in South Australia. Over the past year, Glauce remained offering free online workshops on mental health and wellbeing for Portuguese speakers, as well as liaising with a variety of stakeholders on behalf of the Brazilian community in Adelaide. Being passionate about mental health and wellbeing, sustainability and collective effort, Glauce is looking forward to joining LASSA, on behalf of the Latin American community in South Australia.