Our founder Johana Bahamón

Johana Bahamón

Creator of second opportunities. Advocate for the rights of the prison population of Colombia. Actress, entrepreneur, founder and Executive Director of the Fundación Acción Interna, appointed as “Goodwill Ambassador” by the Ministry of Justice and law, to promote the rehabilitation and humanization of the penitentiary system (2014).

Johana studied Business Administration at CESA (Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración). In 2000, she began her acting career. She complemented her studies with courses and workshops in Bogotá with Victoria Hernández, in La Habana, Cuba with the Cuban master Humberto Rodríguez, and studied Performance in New York at the New York Film Academy. After participating in 15 productions and being her last starring role in the series “3 milagros”, in 2012 she created a theater group at the seclusion of women “El Buen Pastor” in Bogota, which boost her connection to the prison sector. In 2013, she founded “Fundación Acción Interna.”

Organizer of the first TEDx in a Latin American prison (TEDx Buen Pastor ‘ How to turn mistakes into opportunities). Member of the Dignity Prison Committee, part of the Ministry of Justice and Law (2013). She has participated as speaker at important international events such as the Borders (European Prison Film -2013) in Marseille, and at the Women´s Forum for Society and Economy in Sao Paulo and in Deauville (2014) and also at the True North Woman in Guanajuato (2015).

Member of the Top 30 Leaders of Colombia 2014, prize awarded by “Revista Semana” , Telefónica and “La Fundación de Liderazgo y Democracia” (Foundation of Leadership and Democracy;”) a recognition to public leaders who have taken steps to make positive changes in the Colombian society during the period 2013-2014.  In 2015, Johana was highlighted in “Mujeres que le aportan a Colombia” (“Women who give to Colombia”) “Revista Semana.”

In 2017, she was appointed as “Ambassador of Reconciliation” by the OEI and “Reconciliacion Colombia”, and winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the year EY Colombia 2017.