Latin America ● Colombia

Manizales Hub



Inspiring + Boosting + Connecting

Manizales hub is a community of 21 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 peace building in Colombia by fostering collaboration and the co-creation.

Manizales is an intermediate city (350k 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. 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 colors 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.

18 members


Andrea Grisales

Project Leader

@ University of Caldas

Cristian Andrés Aristizabal

Director and Photographer

@ Latin Fotofest

Juliana Bravo Castaño

Industrial Engineer

Manuela Castaño Tobón

Audiovisual Producer

@ Caldas University

Angelica Maria Delgadillo

photographer, videographer

Jorge Alejandro Garcia Ramirez

MSc Student in Health Policy, Planning and Financing

@ London School of Economics and Political Science

Melissa Gil


Eduardo Gomez Restrepo

Project Manager Director and Public Relations

@ BIOS Colombia's Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology




Director Programas Técnicos y Tecnológicos en Turismo

Jhonathan Orozco Tamayo

Lawyer and Researcher

@ Nauffal & Lawyers

Diana Carolina Quintero Giraldo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Juan David Salazar Espitia

MSc(c) in Environmental Engineering. Chemical Engineer. Environment...

Laura Andrea Soto Ortiz

Visual Designer. / Management

Sebastian Gonzalez Rivera

Student of Electronic Engineering

Oriana Ocampo Giraldo

Psychosocial Assistant

Alejandra Maria Restrepo Franco


Camila Villegas Giraldo


Interested in joining? Apply today to join our hub.