Lindsay Daniela Litowitz

co-founder, House of Ayni

Daniela designs experiences that help humans live more connected, impactful lives. She's spent her professional life building ventures focused on social innovation in the United States, Middle East and South America and previously served as Social Enterprise Special Advisor at Columbia University.

She was the Director of Global Partnerships at University of Pennsylvania's Center for Social Impact Strategy, Director of Strategy at Jerusalem Venture Partners and Founder of the travel social enterprise, Terranga. She received her Masters in International Affairs and Social Enterprise from Columbia University in New York, founded TEDx events in Jerusalem, at the United Nations and Columbia University and recently led research and strategy at Longpath.org. She was named an Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator and Penn Social Impact Fellow. Daniela is a certified 500hr yoga teacher, having completed Shakti Initiation in women's leadership in Bali and 200hr certification at Kripalu in the United States.

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Virginia Alonso Navarro

co-founder, House of Ayni

Virginia is an illustrator and engineer, a curious mind, and an adventurer. Coming from peace tech sector in the Middle East and Africa, now moving into visual storytelling and creative self-expression to increase awareness and empathy to one another. Virginia served as data literacy consultant in the conflict resolution and peace-building field for five years, working in Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Tunisia. She was a founding member of AKTEK, a technology company specialized in data analysis for peace-building, and since leaving the team in 2017 she writes and illustrates books that explain complex concepts in simple terms. Her work has been published by The Independent and she's working with organizations such as USAID, UNDP and MIT. After two years on the road, she’s now based out of a farmhouse in the Spanish countryside, where she organizes creative expression workshops to encourage people of all ages to tell meaningful stories through the lenses of creativity and imagination.

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Ximena Romero

Director of Production & Public Relations, House of Ayni

Ximena is a photographer, creative producer and public relations specialist. She has been a personal manager of internationally renowned musicians and actors, community manager for different agencies, festivals and brands. She created an independent label called Tribu Records, with the intention of awakening consciousness and healing through music. Tribu is now a production company specialized in booking and experience design, all with a holistic and healing touch. In her personal work, she has studied various practices focused on the awakening of consciousness.

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Juan Blas Barbed Isusi

Facilitator, House of Ayni

Ever since Juan can remember he imagined himself suit up working in Investment Banking. After tough years dealing with the stock market, Juan lived a transformative experience in Silicon Valley that made him realize he needed to listen to his heart and follow his true passion: serving others. This is why he joined KIVA.org in 2012, a crowdfunding platform that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Supporting Kiva´s strategy as Senior Portfolio Manager made him believe in the power of empathy, social entreprises and technology to bring sustainable change to the world. After serving with Kiva in 4 different continents and working hand in hand with social enterprises in those ecosystems, Juan is back home in the Basque Country to prioritize the people he loves and deepening into areas he is passionate about: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Empathy, Technology, Community Building and Impact Investment.

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Gabylu Lara

facilitator, House of Ayni

Director, writer and DOP. Gabylu majored in Communication Media at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, she studied Directing Actors at the EICTV in Cuba and thanks to the support of the Arts and Culture Fund in Mexico (FONCA), she completed a Master Degree on Film Direction in FAMU in Prague.

As a documentary filmmaker, she has worked with UNDP with a documentary called “Indigenous Identity and Democracy in Mexico” which had a successful exhibition at the UN headquarters in New York.

Recently she finished her first fiction feature as a Director called “American Curious” which will premier commercially in Mexico in 2018. She is also working on a documentary about ancient wisdom around the world where she’s doing the camera work as well.