Sean McKaughan


Avina Foundation

Sean McKaughan is Chairman of the Board of Fundación Avina, one of the largest private foundations in Latin America. He has 20 years of experience in the field of sustainable development and has authored two books on the topic. Prior to being named Chairman, he acted as Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2012, and as Chief Operational Officer in 2006.

During his time at Avina, Mr. McKaughan has been a champion and global advocate for inclusive business, efforts to combat deforestation, social innovation networks, and the promotion of sustainability in Latin America and throughout the world. As Avina's Chief Executive, he led institutional change, long-term strategy and structural redesign. He was also one of the main architects of Avina's programs in Brazil from 1998 to 2005.

Sean holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas. Before beginning his work with Avina, he collaborated with institutions such as Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade.

Mr. McKaughan is married with two children. He and his family have lived in Rio de Janeiro since 2001.