Ivan Velez joined Smile Train in October 2020 as a Program Manager for South America. Iván is from Medellín, Colombia and lived in the US for many years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management, and has several years of experience in the educational and governmental sector in Colombia, most recently working as the Academic Director for Winston Salem Languages, Nationwide Language School in Medellin. Ivan finds purpose in serving the community, and thus has led several initiatives working with vulnerable communities where poverty and youth violence are common.
As a Program Manager for South America, Ivan works closely with our partners in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.