About Us

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Our Values

 Trustworthy, reliable & accurate expertise

High impact, sustainable development solutions

Innovative & Bold

Locally engaged

Transparent & Ethical

Professional & Efficient

Meaningful partnerships

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Our Vision

To be the industry leader and trailblazer for the philanthropy sector in Latin America. To have a proven track record of creating high impact and meaningful outcomes.

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Our Mission

To connect major donors with outstanding causes in Latin America, in order to implement impactful and sustainable philanthropic programs.


Our Staff

Harriette Rothwell

Harriette Rothwell 

Founder & Director

Harriette has 12 years experience in project and donor management for the non-profit sector in many Latin American countries.

Harriette has an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics where she won the Loch Exhibition Prize for Achievement.

Harriette oversees operations and the talented team at Pionero in order to ensure its vision and mission become a tangiable reality.

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Isabela Lyrio

NPO Services & Operations Manager

Isabela has a BSc in Political Science and Sociology with a regional focus in Latin America from George Washington University in Washington DC.  

Isabela has worked with international NGOs, Think Tanks and Diplomatic Missions, which taught her the complexities and nuances of international development.

Isabela works with our partner NPOs conducting interviews and assisting in the implementation of our consultancy services.

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Emma Bourke

Donor Relations Manager

Emma has experience in the corporate world working as a commercial lawyer for a global law firm, as well as working for a non-profit organisation in Beijing, China. She has expertise in client services and a unique understanding of both corporate needs and non-profit operations.

Emma holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (with Credit) from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is dedicated to facilitating a connection between those in need with those who want to help, and creating meaningful and lasting relationships.