I pursue a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the role of information, communication and knowledge in human development, be it from a social, economic, psychological or political perspective. I am particularly interested in role of the data revolution in complex social systems. I share the gained insights through publications and hands-on technical assistance (mainly in developing countries). I hold doctorates in Communication, and in Economics and Social Sciences and a faculty position at the University of California.
My academic research has been published in the world's leading peer-reviewed academic Journals in:
I also published my findings in recognized peer-reviewed Journals in communication, political science, and public policy, among others. I’m happy to see that other scholars find my results interesting, as they have been citing them hundreds of times. I’ve written five books (three with academic presses), have designed and teach courses on digital innovation for international development, and on complex social systems and social network analysis, have served on juries of public grants assignments, and acted as a guest editor in academic journals.
On the applied side, I have personally provided hands-on technical assistance to Heads of States, government experts, legislators, diplomats, private sector companies, and civil society organizations in over 20 countries. Before entering academia, I held a permanent appointment as Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations Secretariat. I had the opportunity to coordinate research and technical cooperation projects involving over 10 in-house professionals and over 200 consultants for the United Nations and raised over US$24 million in grants to execute these projects. Policy makers from the highest levels have officially recognized the impact of these projects in public declarations. For example, during my decade at the UN, I spearheaded the creation and successful execution of the Latin American and Caribbean Action Plan for the Information Society (eLAC), an inter-governmental policy agenda which is already in its third successful generation (eLAC2007, eLAC2010, and eLAC2015). I also helped to design measurement indicators that have been officially adopted by the United Nations statistical system for permanent collection worldwide.
I speak five languages, have published in three of them, travelled to over 70 countries, and accumulated over ten years of research and working experience in four continents. My work has been featured in Scientific American, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Sueddeutsche, Die Welt, Correio Braziliense, La Repubblica, El Mercurio, El Pais, among others.
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