Nisum Chile Co-founder and Advisory Board Member Monica Retamal Receives Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award

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Kodea Foundation, led by Monica Retamal, is recognized for its extraordinary work in elevating women’s and children’s education, empowering them for the digital economy



This recognition is not only for Kodea, but also for the entire Chilean social organization ecosystem driving positive change in the education and health of children and women

Monica Retamal, co-founder of Nisum Chile and current Nisum Chile Advisory Board member, and Founder and Executive Director of Kodea Foundation, has received the prestigious Juscelino Kubitschek Visionaries Award presented by the Inter-American Development Bank. The award recognizes the work of NGOs working to improve the quality of life in Latin American and Caribbean countries through innovative and effective ways.

Kodea Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to influence, inspire, educate, and facilitate access of people – especially women – to high quality IT opportunities, fostering social inclusion and gender parity in technology. Kodea Foundation was awarded first place for its efforts in technological inclusion and digital empowerment, and it was selected among 300 organizations from 24 countries which are developing transformative projects in the fields of citizen participation, social inclusion, and equal societies.

“We are the youngest organization to receive it in the history of the award and the first winning Chilean NGO. This recognition is not only for Kodea, but also for the entire Chilean social organization ecosystem driving positive change in the education and health of children and women,” says Retamal. “We have more than 234,500 organizations - private, autonomous, voluntary, and nonprofit entities - that provide assistance to many families that the State cannot reach. Together, we are driven to achieve a prosperous and equitable Chile.”

The idea for Kodea Foundation was incubated at Nisum Chile, the LATAM headquarters for Nisum, a global leader in digital commerce based in Silicon Valley. Kodea was created using seed funding support from Nisum, and it still operates today out of the global company’s Santiago office. Nisum Chile’s general manager, Martin Lewit, is also a co-founder, board member, and treasurer at Kodea. Nisum supported the Women Programmers program by providing employment opportunities to graduates of the project, and several Nisum collaborators have donated their time for various initiatives. Nisum is committed to continue supporting Kodea in order to contribute to Chile's local development.

About Kodea
Kodea fosters the generation of talent for the digital world by enabling a more inclusive technology development and education through the promotion of computer science. Its purpose is to empower Chileans to actively participate in the digital world, becoming a change agent in this new era in Latin America. Kodea Foundation drives projects that seek to enlighten public policies fundamentally in education and human capital. Among its projects and programs include the Hour of Code, the School Digital Talent Award "Los Creadores Prize," Women Programmers, Connected Entrepreneurs, and Digital Talent for Chile.

About Nisum
Nisum is a leading global digital commerce firm headquartered in California, with services spanning digital strategy and transformation, insights and analytics, blockchain, business agility, and custom software development. Founded in 2000 with the customer-centric motto "Building Success Together®," Nisum has grown to over 1,400 professionals across the United States, Chile, India, and Pakistan.

A preferred advisor to leading Fortune 500 brands, Nisum enables clients to achieve direct business growth by building the advanced technology that B2C and B2B clients need to reach end customers in today’s world, with immersive and seamless experiences across digital and physical channels. Whether you’re a hot start-up or a major global brand, Nisum’s approach is the same: forge the most powerful connection possible between people, processes, and technology in order to achieve unparalleled success with fast time-to-market, scalable and cloud-based solutions. At the intersection of business and technology, Nisum’s combination of deep expertise, acceleration models, and global execution capabilities results in integrated solutions that deliver real and measurable growth.

About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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