meet the wonderful people that built yanapana

President, Education team director and


Diego Núñez (he/him)

Diego Núñez just graduated as a Materials engineer from the University of British Columbia. Orginally, from Ibarra, Ecuador, where Diego has gained most of his volunteering experience.


Prior going to UBC, He has worked in different social activities including helping the eldery living in nursing homes, organizing activities for a youth group, and assisting and working with limited income communities in the Ecuadorian Coast.

During his time at UBC, Diego and his friends participated in the World’s Challenge Challenge competition with a project focused on tackling the malnutrition issue of Ecuador, which now is on of the pillars for YANAPANA.


Diego describes himself as an enthusiatic and carismatic person who is always open to new ideas for the benefit of others, especially for those in most need.


Vice president, External Relations team director AND founder

Abigail Ayala (no preferred pronouns) graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2020 with a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance.


Born in Quito, Ecuador, she has had extensive volunteer and leadership experience since elementary school. 


Her volunteer experience ranges from working with kids, adults, and seniors in hospitals and schools, to  psychiatrics and special centers for people with different abilities. 

During her time at UBC she has been in different student leader positions such as an executive member in the Ecuadorian Student Association.

In 2018, she created her own community project with a local non-profitable organization in Vancouver, Canada. Her project was fully funded by UBC CCEL. The project consisted in teaching music to kids with special needs at Seaquam secondary school.


Abigail is starting her Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology. She hopes her future studies will inform her more about the cultures where Yanapana Project are working wi