Checking in with our epA 2019 winners – a blog series: Livox
In this 11-part blog series, we will be checking in with our empowering people. Award (epA) 2019 winners to see what they’ve been up to since our most recent award ceremony in Cairo last July. Check out what’s new with Livox!
Below is an interview with Carlos Pereira, CEO of Livox.
Secondly, people with disabilities are the biggest minority on earth and they are the group with the highest risk of social exclusion. So, something that started as a personal story is now helping thousands of people with disabilities across the globe. If we are being really honest about building a more equitable and inclusive society, people with disabilities must not be left behind.
Siemens Stiftung: After your participation in the award ceremony and the empowering people. Workshop, that focused on story telling for social entrepreneurs and peer coaching, have you made any changes to the way you operate? If so, what changes?
Carlos: One of the things that helped me was to work towards accountability by engaging all the actors that depend on our solution. This is very important because our solution becomes more successful when more actors (like parents, caregivers, school managers, etc.) are working on it.
Siemens Stiftung: What has been your biggest success, personally or professionally, since then?
Carlos: Recently we did an amazing job in Kentucky, USA and this work was so good that it enabled us to enter another market – Florida. In Brazil, right before the pandemic, we also reached a new milestone with more than 9,000,000 words spoken by non-verbal people with disabilities just in the last year. Personally, I was happy to be a part of the financial training workshops in Colombia coordinated by the empowering people. Network. This was really an eye-opener for me since I previously had no background in finance.
That is less than 0.25% of the total submissions … submissions which, in turn, can support a population of 1 billion people! We plan to solidify our presence in Latin America and the Middle East in the future.
Siemens Stiftung: With your membership, in what way(s) do you hope to benefit from epN? And if applicable, how have you already gained from your connection to the ecosystem?
Carlos: I love the hands-on approach of the epN, especially the workshops. Like I mentioned before, I just loved the workshop on finances in Colombia. It really helped me to understand the financial needs of my company and what I need to do to accomplish some of these goals.
Siemens Stiftung: Thank you, Carlos! The work you and your team do day in and day out really has an impact on the lives of so many. Good luck with your expansion efforts in the US!