INTRO

Institutional video

CLUBS: Communities of Challenge Explorers

Press reports about our 1st cohort's Certification event

  • Certificados 100 niños programadores

  • UCAB capacita en informática a 100 niños de Fe y Alegría

About Us

Progracademy is an initiative of Asociación Proyecto Avanza, a nonprofit organization incorporated in Spain (2014) and Venezuela (2016), focused on providing innovative educacional solutions for at-risk children and youth

Mission

Asociación Proyecto Avanza aims to offer educational solutions to children and youth at risk of exclusion, through innovative, effective, efficient, self-sustainable learning models with a high degree of replicability, and leveraging technological advances and new educational methodologies

Values

Growth: We believe that every human being has a huge potential for growth in their cognitive and non-cognitive competencies. Thanks to the ample and growing scientific evidence in neuroplasticity, we believe that the development of those competencies depends on hard, sustained and well oriented work. This applies to children and adults, students and teachers, employees and customers, organizations and communities.

Equity: We believe that giving opportunities and resources to everyone, according to their needs, will allow individuals, groups, organizations, and countries to exploit their growth potential. We not only seek to ""give everyone shoes,"" but ""give them shoes of their size."" This leads to social peace and productivity at the macro level: in a world where economies are increasingly dependent on their populations' capacities, educational inequality leads more than ever before to violence and socio-economic deterioration. But also at the micro level: according to scientific evidence, human groups such as classrooms or companies are more productive when they are more equitable.

Challenge: We believe that "we do not rise to the level of our expectations, but we fall to the level of our training". For work to be conducive to growth, there must be a systematic exposure to challenges that take us out of our comfort zones, which consequently will be constantly expanding. Timely and high-quality feedback about the performance on these challenges is an integral and indispensable part of them..

Board of Directors

FRANCISCO JAVIER PERAZA CELIS

PRESIDENT - AVANZA SPAIN

Javier is a consultant with extensive international experience in public administration, NGOs, and the industrial sector. Javier has worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. and Bain & Co. and has also been an executive of the multinational Cemex and Petróleos de Venezuela. On the educational side, Javier led Avanza, a program aimed at the academic reintegration of youth that did not finish their compulsory secondary education. Javier studied his undergraduate in Economics at UCAB, and his Masters of Economics at Yale and Public Administration at Harvard.

EDGAR CONTRERAS

PRESIDENT – AVANZA VENEZUELA

Edgar is a teacher with extensive experience that includes the rectory of the Jesus Obrero Institute (2011-2015). He is Professor at the Experimental Pedagogical University Liberator and Teacher - Researcher at the Center for Reflection and Educational Planning (CERPE). He coordinates the Technical Schools Commission of the Venezuelan Association of Catholic Education. His undergraduate studies were at the Central University of Venezuela (Education, major in Educational Technology) and post-graduate studies at the UCAB (Educational Research). Currently, he is doing a doctorate in Educational Sciences at the UNESR.

DAVID DÍAZ VILLAR

SECRETARY – AVANZA SPAIN

David is a young lawyer who has focused his professional experience in corporate counseling especially in corporate finance and capital markets, while actively participating in several projects of nonprofit organizations, including the project ""Sponsoring Talent"" from the Princess of Girona Foundation and the Legal Workshop for advising the Minimum Income Insertion Platform (RMI - Madrid). David studied law at the the Autonomous University of Madrid (where he was also student representative to the council bodies), and Master of Business Law at the same university.

JOSÉ MARÍA DE VIANA

SECRETARY – AVANZA VENEZUELA

José María is a Civil Engineer with extensive managerial and teaching experience. He has been president of Hidrocapital (1992-1997), Movilnet (2004-2007), CASETEL (2011-2013) and CONAPRI (2012-2014). He was also General Manager of Public Telecommunications in CANTV (1999-2004). In addition, he was Director of Hydraulic Resources Planning in the Ministry of the Environment (1981-1983), Consultant in the German technical corporation GTZ and Adviser of the Presidency in the Digitel Corporation. In the teaching area, José María has been teaching at the UCAB since 1977 and is a visiting professor at UNIMET and IESA.

RAQUEL GUITERREZ KUIKMAN

TREASURER – AVANZA SPAIN

Raquel is a professional dedicated to non-profit organizations. She serves as the Director of The Fundraising Company, where her mission is to help NGOs grow by broadening their membership and donor bases, as well as enhancing their fundraising capabilities. He has also worked in the editorial world where he has performed various operational, commercial and managerial functions, working for 14 years for the Anglo-Dutch holding RELX (formerly Reed Elsevier). Raquel has a degree in Psychology from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. She also graduated in International Business Studies from the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, and M.B.A. by the Echelon Institute in Amsterdam.

IRAMA VALLÉS DE SIMCIKOVA

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION – AVANZA VENEZUELA

Irama has developed his professional experience in strategic management and administration in the pharmaceutical, financial and industrial sectors. He has been the manager of Fixed Assets control of the Federal Bank; Strategic Planning Consultant in the Investment Fund of Venezuela (1999-2001); Foreign Trade Manager and Consultant at Pfizer Venezuela (1996-1998); Logistics Manager of Ciba-Geigy (1987-1996) and Corporate Planning Manager in Interalumina (1980-1986). Irama has studied higher administration in the IESA (1979).

Advisory Board

ARMANDO SÁNCHEZ

Experience in commercial management and organizational development in Fortune 500 companies in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He has been a professor at the post-graduate level of administration of educational institutions of the Universidad de la Sabana (Bogotá) and an innovative entrepreneur in the area of education 0-6 years (Madrid). Undergraduate studies at UCAB, Andrés Bello Catholic University, Caracas (economics), and post-graduate studies at Columbia University, New York (business administration and educational administration).

ISABEL PÉREZ MENDOZA

Experience in commercial management and international business development at Cargill and Limited Brands. He has collaborated for many years on multiple projects of the Empresas Polar Foundation. Studies at the Metropolitan University of Caracas (Business Administration) and post-graduate studies at the Columbia University of New York (Business Administration and Educational Administration).

LUIS VICENTE LEÓN

An economist at Andrés Bello Catholic University, Caracas. Master in Business Engineering, Simón Bolívar University, Caracas. His specializations include: Analysis of Industries, School of Industrial Organization (Madrid, 1994); Industrial Economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (1995); Management of Marketing Communications and Consumer Behavior, Manchester Business School (Manchester, England, 2000); and International Trade and Special Zones, Ministry of Commerce of Taiwan. He is currently a professor of Analysis of Political Environment at IESA and of Industrial Economics at UCAB. Since 1994 he has been Chairman of Datanalisis and Managing Partner of Tendencias Digitales. He was President of CAVEDIV (Caracas). He is an international lecturer for several companies and institutions. He is a board member of the following organizations: Corporación Grupo Químico, Gold's Gym; Digital Trends and Member of the Foundational Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic University.

GERMÁN TORO ARÉVALO

"Architect and Civil Engineer with a Master in Business Administration from the School of Business Management (ESADE, Madrid). Co-founder of Industrias Corpañal C.A. and president of its Board of Directors. In 2009 he assumed the chairmanship of the committee of the Social Alliance, the corporate social responsibility body of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry - VenAmCham. President of VenAmCham for the period 2017-2018.

Contact Us

Our Email address: info@progracademy.org