Luisa Gallo is a passionate Colombian woman who truly believe in the impact of cooperative work to change realities and build a more peaceful world. She studied law at Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá and continued her studies with a master degree in Italy and is now a proud alumni of the Harvard-Ca’Foscari summer program. She loves international cooperation and cross-cultural management. Luisa was an AIESEC leader and had a great experience leading teams and getting involve in social development issues in Latin America. She worked representing her country at the United Nations in New York where she contributed in the inclusion of the youth perspective in the Agenda 2030. Something that Luisa is really passionate about is her country: Colombia. She had the honor to be part of the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed by the Colombian Government and the FARC, working for the Government she had the opportunity to lead international cooperation projects to support the peace process in rural and urban areas.

Nowadays she is working at the International Cooperative Alliance as a project manager for the Americas of Coops4DEV and she is promoting Pioneros a think tank that creates new leaderships to contributed to Colombia’s development and promotes innovative strategies to assure a sustainable peace in the country, she volunteer at Global Peace Chain  advocating for peace issues as a country director in Colombia. 

The GYF was a really inspiring event for me and for cooperators around the world, the event went really good ,the energy from all the youth and the desire of all of us to work together was incredible. As part of the organizing team I felt the GYF was a dream come true, working together with amazing colleagues from around the world was fantastic, we really work like a global team in a multicultural environment that challenges you and inspire you every day. Thanks a lot for this amazing experience I hope we can replicate the GYF all over the world, the coop movement needs more event like this and youth needs more experience like this to connect, dream and create together.