An active and enthusiastic social entrepreneur with a undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering and a masters degree in Photovoltaics with research experience and training in more than ten different countries. The motivation to become a change maker stems from being a student volunteer for many years in a renewable energy program in Nicaragua. The skills in engineering and the passion to create a social impact as a leader, were the main drivers to start a non profit organization in 2006. A recipient of many social entrepreneurship awards, is a strong believer that passionate engineering ideas can help tackle many of the world's needs.
Besides Bright New Ideas and the Solar Lantern Project, Mario has been devoted to an education work with under-served and excellent students in Nicaragua, which consists of international scholarships and training in order to help them become a new generation of scientists. So far, since 2008, a total number of 15 students from Nicaragua have achieved an undergraduate experience abroad in the fields of science, technology and mathematics. The incubation project will follow with a graduate school opportunity towards the way of PhD.
"The development of a low-cost solar lighting solution to disadvantaged households in rural Nicaragua through a responsible and sustainable approach"