Trained as a social anthropologist at Cambridge University, Cristina Vollmer de Burelli is a tri-lingual social entrepreneur and the mother of five children. As Executive Director of Alliance for the Family since 2002, she has guided the production of content, teacher training, evaluation instruments, marketing, translations and adaptations for Africa and the UK for the K-12 character education curriculum Alive to the World (Aprendiendo a Querer). She is directing the production of content for digital media and the internet: online teacher-training courses, and a bilingual values education gateway Infoval.org which was launched in 2009.
In addition to her work at AFF, Cristina Burelli has been a board member of the National Fatherhood Initiative (www.fatherhood.org) since 2003. Because of her belief in the importance of music as a way out of poverty and a powerful way of transforming lives of underprivileged youth in the Americas, she has been involved with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (www.yoa.org) where she has been a board member since 2007, a member of its Executive Board since 2010.
Before moving to the US in 2000, Cristina Burelli was living in her native country Venezuela where she was a trustee of several boards including the Alberto Vollmer Foundation, Provive, The British School, and El Museo de los Niños, one of the largest and most admired children’s museums in Latin America.
She has spoken on topics close to her heart such as the challenges and urgent needs for educating in democratic values and empowering the young by inspiring noble purpose through character and entrepreneurship.