Matias Ballon

EMERGE - Class 01

Matias Ballon
Executive Director
My pronouns are: he/him/his
I am based in: Lima
THNK connection: THNKer , EMERGE - Class 01

I have been working for more than 10 years at Alto Peru, a social enterprise that I started with a friend while I was studying psychology. Our purpose is to encourage people to recognize the power they have to change their lives and their community. We work with girls, boys, and young people at social risk, using sport as a hook to promote mental health, develop social skills, and build citizenship.

At Alto Peru, I am lucky to use my passions (surfing and sports in general) to generate impact in my community, in a sustainable way, and with a team of friends from whom I learn every day. To achieve this I specialized in social innovation and community development.

I worked for a time as a consultant developing wellness projects in the agricultural sector, employability and social skills with inmates, designing and producing the social innovation festival of Peru, among others.

Currently, I also work in higher education, promoting initiatives for social innovation, development, well-being, and flourishing.