Who we are

We are a collective of people with diverse experiences, knowledge, and strengths, all working from different sectors to support civil society organizations in Latin America in becoming stronger and more resilient.

Sitting at the table of La Sobremesa is

the team

Anca Matioc

Founder and Director of La Sobremesa

Hello! I am Anca, founder and director of La Sobremesa. I have been working with and accompanying civil society organizations and networks in Latin America and the global south for over a decade, as a designer and facilitator of change processes. In my experience, I saw - and I see - a lack of spaces for reflection and learning, and for thinking and rethinking realistic solutions from civil society. I support organizations to design their strategies and to rethink and strengthen their institutions, structures and teams. I really enjoy supporting people who focus on improving the realities of their countries. Before La Sobremesa, I was the Matchbox coordinator for The Engine Room in Latin America and then at a Global level, where I accompanied dozens of organizations to be more strategic with the use of technology and data. Prior to that, I worked for Ciudadanía Inteligente in Chile, where I co-founded and led the Developing Latin America project, one of the first networks around open data in the region, to seek solutions to social problems. I co-founded the AbreLatAm regional de-conference, a space to discuss and innovate in the opening of data and governments. I have a master’s degree in Development Practice from SIPA at Columbia University. I was born in Romania, I grew up in the United States, and within the last ten years I have worked from Chile and now Mexico for all of Latin America.

Beatriz Irarrázaval

Project leader

Hello! I am Beatriz, a Chilean passionate about helping solve the problems in our region. I have more than 12 years of experience in civil society, public sector and research. I have worked in the design and implementation of projects and programs related to public innovation, social impact, education, democracy and transparency. I deeply believe in evidence-based solutions, and in action and collaboration between international, regional and local actors. For this reason, I have focused on accompanying organizations in their processes of reflection, learning and impact evaluation, as well as in the design of strategies and institutional plans. Before La Sobremesa I worked as director of sustainability at Ciudadanía Inteligente, and as project manager at ImpactaLatam, a project that brought together 15 civil society organizations working on democracy, governance and human rights to co-create an impact assessment methodology suited to their own needs and capacities. I have also worked as a researcher in various studies related to citizen participation in Chile and Latin America, and have provided advice on institutional strengthening and impact assessment in dialogue processes in conflict zones. I have a degree in History from the Catholic University of Chile, and I have a Master’s degree in International Public Policy (UCL) and Science and Innovation Management (U. de Valencia).

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