Jacinto Solivellas de Oleza, partner and senior board advisor at the strategic financial investment firm, Olesis Management, previously served in the Private Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch International in London. He is fluent in English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French. Evincing a deep interest in philanthropy, Jacinto Solivellas de Oleza founded a non-profit called Harmony in Liberty.
Harmony in Liberty was established to provide health and education services and employment opportunities to the people of a variety of regions, including Northern Tanzania, Northern Zambia, and Myanmar. It also supports programs designed to bolster the self-sufficiency of the indigenous population of Papua New Guinea, and to ultimately reduce the effects of entrenched poverty.
The indigenous people of Papua New Guinea are the descendants of the nation’s ancient inhabitants going back approximately 50,000 years. Today, about one third of the country’s five million residents inhabit the highlands. More than 800 languages are spoken in the country, but most of the residents of Papua New Guinea understand the main language, Tok Pisin. Some of the traditional cultural practices still in effect include various complex ceremonies associated with marriage, death, initiation, and other rites of passage.