MEET OUR TEAM

The Children Change Colombia team is based in the UK and Colombia

See our organisational chart to find out more about our team.

Ángela Carreño ​​​

Executive Director​​

Originally from Bogotá, Ángela has worked for 14 years in the international development sector across the three continents of the Global South. She has been the Executive Director of CCC since 2020. She has also worked for the UN, Plan International, Penny Appeal and the Colombian government, as well as on research projects with IDEAs India and the Council of Latin American Social Studies (CLACSO). After working in numerous countries around the world, she is thrilled that her work is now helping the children of her homeland. Ángela has a Master’s in International Affairs, and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Communication and Political Sciences. As well as her native Spanish, she is fluent in English, French and Portuguese.

Email: angela.carreno@childrenchangecolombia.org

Liliana Rodríguez​​

MEAL Officer​

Liliana is an engineer with more than 8 years of experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social investment projects especially with indigenous communities. She has extensive experience in complex contexts and multidisciplinary and inter-ethnic working groups.

In her role as MEAL officer at Children Change Colombia, she works hand in hand with our partners in Colombia to make things happen and contribute to building a country where all children have a safe space to develop and build their own dreams. 

liliana.rodriguez@childrenchangecolombia.org

Victoria Armfield

Finance Manager

Victoria joined Children Change Colombia in July 2020 with over 10 years’ experience in financial management roles within the Not For Profit sector. She holds a degree in Mathematics, an accounting qualification with the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting and a broad range of skills in charity and project management. Victoria is passionate about supporting causes based on international humanitarian development, and for this reason, she chose a career in which she can contribute to these areas. Some of the organisations she has worked for are: Child Rescue Nepal, Minority Rights Group International and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. Victoria hopes to help improve the lives of Colombian children and adolescents, as well as being able to immerse herself in the vibrant culture and language of a country like Colombia.

Email: victoria.armfield@childrenchangecolombia.org

Rebecca Schlesinger

Fundraising and Communications Coordinator​

Rebecca joined Children Change Colombia in 2019. After working with disadvantaged children as a teaching assistant and volunteering as an English teacher in a refugee centre, she knew she wanted to work in a role that supports the marginalised and tackles inequalities. She spent 3 years in Madrid working as an English teacher where she developed a love of Spanish. With this in mind, she co-founded an online English learning platform teaching ESL to students all over the world. She joined CCC so that she could use these skills for something she feels passionate about, which is promoting children’s rights and fighting social injustices.

Email: rebecca@childrenchangecolombia.org 

Carol Betancourt​

Fundraising Coordinator

Carol is a professional in International Relations with a wide interest in International Development, cooperation and social transformation focused on the SDG specifically those oriented to no poverty, reduced inequalities and gender equality. Issues like child protection, social justice and human rights have been at the center of her professional experience as she has worked in both NGO’s and private entities dedicated to support children and the youth in Colombia, France and Turkey. Carol has a masters in International Development, Innovation, Participation and Sustainability. She’s certified in Project Management and speak Spanish, English and French.

Email: carol.betancourt@childrenchangecolombia.org

Wilson Herazo

Psychologist

Originally from Santa Marta, Wilson is a psychologist who has worked on social intervention projects, supporting children, young people and adults. The initiatives seek to empower people in their territories, thus generating an impact within their land. He is in charge of providing clinical, social and community support, and has worked in the Secretariat Diocesan of Social Pastoral. As Coordinator of the “Young Peace Builders” project in Taganga, he developed his profession as a clinical psychologist in two IPS in the city supporting children and young people with special cognitive needs. In addition, he coordinated the project “Life Centers for the Elderly” where he was a psychologist and in charge of health personnel. In 2023, he joined the CCC team to support the project “Education for Change and Innovation in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta” with the motivation of supporting and serving his territory.

Johanna Marín Carvajal

English Teacher

Johanna completed her Undergraduate studies in Plastic and Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London (United Kingdom) and an Interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Theatre and Live Arts at the National University of Colombia. She is dedicated to artistic creation and cultural management, research into the visual and somatic arts, with an emphasis on the holistic integration of the Being. She is a bilingual teacher and workshop leader, art-therapist, and hatha and kundalini yoga instructor. Emotional bio-healer and reiki teacher. Based on her own interdisciplinary and holistic pedagogy, she teaches tools for well-being, personal and creative development through her classes, workshops, talks, therapies and retreats. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience in both university and school art, music and theatre programs as well as in free courses for children, youth and adults. She is the Founder of the Santosha-Yoga-Art-Therapies project, with which she develops Cultural and Holistic Management ventures.

Carolina Takegami

Coordinator of pedagogical processes

Carolina has over 10 years of experience in alternative education, working as a science and mathematics teacher combined with art and exploration in primary and secondaries schools in Magdalena. She has participated in the execution of projects with ethnic minorities in peripheral and highly vulnerable territories in Colombia, on issues related to agroecology, management and work in the transformation of raw materials in the departments of Nariño, Putumayo and Caquetá. Carolina is passionate about educational changes and is committed to comprehensive education in the formation of happy and healthy children and young people who are empowered to contribute to the improvement of society and the environment.

Lucie Prior

Language Volunteer Coordinator

For the past 14 years, Lucie has worked in education all around the world (Italy,  Australia, Thailand and Costa Rica…). Most recently she has worked in an international language school as academic and pedagogic coordinator in Colombia and has now settled back in London where she is currently working as a Head of language department. She is currently supporting the bilingualism activities of CCC education projects. Lucie has a BA Hons in Literature and cultures and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Modern Foreign Languages. She is passionate about Culture, Literature and travels.

” Nothing is worth more than laughter.” from Frida Kahlo is her mantra to live by.

Juan José Rodriguez

Media Volunteer

Juan José was born in Bogota, Colombia. He just finished high school and is doing a cultural exchange to England to improve his English and get to know a new country. Juan José is starting a new cycle in his life and wants to share time with new people and gain additional experience, which can help him in the future at work. Juan wants to work in IT and is devoting part of his time to supporting the development of social networks at Children Change Colombia from a fresh and jovial perspective.

​Louisa Ryder​

Outreach Intern​

Louisa is currently studying her Masters in International Conflict Studies at KingsCollege London and writing her thesis on child soldier reintegration in Colombia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester. She then worked for the Prison Service in the UK to promote proper rehabilitation for young people in the system and improve the service overall. She has volunteered and worked with multiple charities and organisations, in particular, teaching English in disadvantaged schools in South East Asia and volunteering with homelessness charities in the UK. Louisa is currently learning Spanish and hopes to continue supporting the non-profit sector with the aim to work in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors throughout Latin America. 

outreach@childrenchangecolombia.org

Solomon Hayes

Fundraising Intern

Solomon is a recent graduate from the University of Sheffield. He studied a BA in Politics and an MA in International Development. He has always been passionate about working within the charity sector. He has volunteered for the Development Education Centre of South Yorkshire, running their social media pages. He has experience in working within Latin America, taking part in a field trip to Peru to understand misogyny within education. He also participated in an internship with the International Land Coalition, as part of his studies for his MA. Here, he worked with members and gender experts to understand women’s land rights in Latin America. 

Email: fundraising@childrenchangecolombia.org

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