Latin America

Manizales Hub

 Inspiring + Boosting + Connecting


Manizales hub is a community of 20 global shapers from diverse disciplines (health, entrepreneurship, human rights, culture and art, technology, tourism), with the local objective of providing spaces to contribute to the process of peacebuilding in Colombia by fostering collaboration and the co-creation.

Manizales is an intermediate city (430k population) in the heart of Colombia (The coffee region) characterized by its beautiful landscapes, strong academia and thriving young people. We want to connect with the global space by executing local projects addressing global challenges but also by raising our voice to the world on the relevance of small non-capital cities.


Juan Pablo Salazar founded the Hub in 2014 and our current curator is Camila Villegas. Since then, we have executed projects to highlight the young leaders of the city, commit local politicians on fostering education in the region, strengthening resilience in vulnerable networks through parks of colours and promote local discussion around the main issues in the city.

Since 2016, we hold a local opinion piece on Tuesdays every two weeks in the largest newspaper in the region “La Patria” to express our ideas as the young voice of the city.


We have proudly represented Manizales in World Economic Forum events on Latin America (2015, 2016, 2018), Annual Meeting of the New Champions (2018) in Shape LATAM (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Shape Europe (2018) and Vatican meeting on social exclusion (2015). In 2015, we hosted the second national Colombian shapers retreat, Shaping CO.


Get more information at @globalshapersmanizales

19 members

Alejandro Arias Díaz

Joined 20 Jun 2020

Maria del Pilar Aristizabal Pineda

Joined 7 Dec 2019

Angelica Maria Delgadillo

Joined 27 Sep 2018

Melissa Gil

Joined 23 Aug 2018

Ana Belén Giraldo Álvarez

Joined 23 Jun 2020


Sebastian Gonzalez Rivera

Joined 20 Oct 2017

Jessica Gutierrez Galeano

Joined 23 Jun 2020

paola andrea ocampo muñoz

Joined 20 Jun 2020

Sebastián Patiño Giraldo

Joined 30 Jun 2020

Alejandra Maria Restrepo Franco

Joined 22 May 2019

Jenny Paola Ríos Hernández

Joined 24 Jun 2020

Juan David Salazar Espitia

Joined 22 May 2019

Juan Manuel Salazar Gómez

Joined 25 Jun 2020

Impact Officer

Santiago Andrés Sánchez Duque

Joined 23 Jun 2020

Juana María Toro Galvis

Joined 23 Jun 2020

Yeiny Paola Triana Orozco

Joined 24 Jun 2020

Juan Sebastian Valencia Ortiz

Joined 25 Jun 2020


Camila Villegas-Giraldo

Joined 30 May 2019

Manuela Zapata

Joined 24 Jun 2020

Interested in joining? Apply today to join our hub.