Our community

The people who move us

Recrear’s ecosystem is composed of all the people that make up our community. Our strategic decisions are taken in collaboration with our board and core team. We invite advisers, programme participants, and collaborators to take part in our strategic decision making whenever our decisions would affect them directly, or when further skills/knowledge are needed.

Our Governance principles

We cultivate a regenerative culture within the organization. We care, value and listen to each other. We recognize each other’s contributions and emotions.

We cultivate a learning culture. We allow time for providing feedback, digesting our organizational learning, speaking our thoughts and transforming tensions.

We are transparent in how and what decisions are taken. There is clarity about who can make what kind of decisions based on the level of involvement and skills; and what kind of responsibilities are linked to it. 

Decisions should be made by those affected by them, those implementing them, and those with the required skills/knowledge

The decision-making model shall maximize the agency of Recrear’s members.  This includes time for input, ability to take decisions within one’s role, possibility to take risks/learn from them, and the possibility to change the level of involvement.

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Our core team


Gioel Gioacchino

Director of Research


Fiammetta Wegner

Director of Strategy and Learning


Kirsten Williams

Director of Community Engagement

Team members

Liv Kaya Aabye

Communicator and creative mind


Maria Gabriela Biscardi

Coach and psychologist


César Duarte

Visual and web designer


Carla Bajonero


Visioning team

This is the team that re-visioned Recrear!
You can read more about our re-visioning process here:


Laura Tashjian

Is a seeker, activist, artist, birth worker and sister to all women.


Emilia Gonzalez

Is a young researcher exploring wellbeing through movement, creativity, nature, fermentation and community-building. She is based in Montreal.


Carolina Neu

Is a Colombian anthropologist living in London, UK.


Jennifer Catalano

Facilitates collaborative processes for social change. She dreams, plays, co-creates and reflects with fellow humans around the world.


Khuyen is a coach, writer and organizational consultant based in Vietnam.


María José “Mache” Treviño

Mache is a nature lover, an adventure seeker and deeply interested in disability issues, peace-building, experiential education and social change.

Board Members

These are our new Board Members!


Hasan Abo-Shally

Hasan is an impact-driven multidisciplinary passionate about technology, design, media and social-innovation. He sold his first application while in high school, worked for several tech startups and founded two social initiatives (hasoub.org & ibtekar.org). Hasan’s work was featured on global forums such as TEDx, OneYoungWorld, Al-Jazeera, Stanford AMENDS and others. In 2017 he was recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. Hasan holds a B.A. in interactive communications and a masters in business administration from the Technion. Today Hasan works as a product manager at Microsoft, leads multiple social initiatives, advises several startups and nonprofits and experiments with social impact effectiveness and efficiency.


Emilia Gonzalez

Emilia Gonzales was born in Colombia and currently calls Montreal her home. She is passionate about connecting with young people, listening to their stories and co-creating projects that have the potential to transform our society as well as the individuals involved. Her work explores youth resilience and participation through a Children's Rights framework. She is currently completing a MSc in the Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry at McGill University. She has collaborated in youth-focused and youth-led research and community work with universities, public service organizations, local and international NGOs, and international and interdisciplinary research-community partnerships. For over two years, Emilia has accompanied Recrear through several processes and projects, including conducting the organization's internal review.


Christian Cito Cirhigiri

Founder of Peacemaker 360, a communication nonprofit dedicated to connecting young peacebuilders worldwide through storytelling, Christian Cito Cirhigiri is a Congolese peace journalist, activist and researcher with 10 years’ experience supporting youth participation in peacebuilding processes in eastern Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Colombia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya and a master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in the US. Christian is passionate about peacebuilding communications and the role of social media fostering knowledge and experience sharing among peacebuilding professionals around the world.

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Maria Alejandra Escalante

Maria Alejandra Escalante is a queer feminist from Colombia currently working at FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund leading the advocacy work on climate and environmental justice. She has a masters in Rural Territorial Development, is a Human Ecologist by profession, and her research focuses on the intersection between ecologies, sovereignties of the body-territory and participatory funding models. She loves dancing salsa, especially in queer and liberating spaces.

Liam O’Doherty

As Director of Digital Youth Engagement Programmes with TakingITGlobal, Liam O’Doherty designs and implements initiatives to inspire, inform and involve young people in making a difference in their communities. With a background in sustainable development, communications and theatrical improvisation, he has extensive experience advancing youth rights, gender equality and climate change initiatives through a range of contexts, from grassroots mobilizations to international policy processes. In 2015 he was recognized as a 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader by Corporate Knights and as a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Intercultural Fellow. He has led several international youth delegations to the United Nations conferences, from COP15 to COP21 and is currently advising the UNFPA on youth engagement strategies for the Post2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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