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Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Giovanna started her career in the private sector, and through her passion about learning of the transformation of architecture into a social, cultural and economical tool, she got involved in public sector management. She realized the importance of participating as an urban designer and architect, giving managerial advice to political leaders and communities. After working for 3 years at the Municipal Institute for Housing and Habitat of the City Council of Sucre Municipality, Venezuela, she has started a foundation to promote the integration of squatter settlements into the city proper, getting architects, teachers, communities, foundations, private corporations and even other municipalities involved, inviting them to be a part of a team that works towards building a culture of citizenship and a system of safe public spaces; and ultimately, to reduce violence and instill faith in the future. Giovanna works as an advisor and lecturer with a number of academies via educational programs and internships, and guides aspiring graduates interested in participating in urban management programs in shanty towns. The founder and director of Uno a Uno Consultores, a company that works in urban proposals as well as architecture and industrial design with a team of professionals located in different countries, she is currently doing research on how to take advantage of local watercourses, viewed as a space for urban and economical regeneration. Following political unrest in her home state, Giovanna has supported the SOS Venezuela (#soscampaign) and #imyourvoice campaigns, which have spread throughout Miami and beyond to raise awareness about state violence. As a Global Shaper, Giovanna mentors and spreads the message of leadership to young people.

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