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How can resignation turn into motivation? Read this article about Trini Saona, her experiences in the embassy in Mexico, and the Chilean Alfredo Zolezzi Foundation. Trini relies in the transformative potential of social innovation being an effective response to rapidly changing scenarios and growing uncertainty. She wants to face the challenges of the 21st century in a more comprehensive way by mobilizing connections in the social, political, and economic sphere. Trini admires this multilateral kind of cooperation. Therefore, she appreciates the Global Diplomacy Lab as a platform of exchange and social innovation that strives to forward diversity and goes beyond traditional diplomacy.

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Trinidad Saona

Trini Saona is a journalist and diplomat of the Foreign Service of Chile, currently specialising in innovation diplomacy by actively working at the Alfredo Zolezzi Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up by Chilean innovator Alfredo Zolezzi, whose proprietary innovation model aims to connect advanced science and technology with emerging social and environmental challenges.

Between 2013 and 2015, she served at the Chilean Embassy in Mexico, where she was responsible for economic affairs, the Pacific Alliance and the Ibero-American Conference. Prior to that, she worked in the office of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, studying issues involved in landlocked countries and access to the sea for two years.

She speaks Spanish, English and French. She tries to spend as much time as possible hiking the Andes along with her Nikon D810. To stay in shape she loves to train, jog and swim in the capital of Santiago.

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