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

24 members

Alejandro Arias Díaz

Joined 20 Jun 2020

Maria del Pilar Aristizabal Pineda

Joined 7 Dec 2019

Paola Carmona Castañeda

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Juan David

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Angelica Maria Delgadillo

Joined 27 Sep 2018

Cesar Franco Rodriguez

Joined 25 Jan 2024


Sebastian Gonzalez Rivera

Joined 20 Oct 2017

Andrea Grisales

Joined 18 Feb 2014

Jessica Gutierrez Galeano

Joined 23 Jun 2020

Daniela Ibarra Chaves

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Manuela López Osorio

Joined 26 Jan 2024

paola andrea ocampo muñoz

Joined 20 Jun 2020

Jhonathan Orozco Tamayo

Joined 15 Dec 2014

Paula Sofia Ospina Tovar

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Alejandra Maria Restrepo Franco

Joined 22 May 2019

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

Yeiny Paola Triana Orozco

Joined 24 Jun 2020

Steven Trujillo

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Dahianna Uribe

Joined 25 Jan 2024

Juan Sebastian Valencia Ortiz

Joined 25 Jun 2020

Jefferson Vieda Cruz

Joined 8 Apr 2022


Camila Villegas Giraldo

Joined 30 May 2019

Interested in joining? Apply today to join our hub.