For over 25 years, Jorge Duran has worked with the governments and private sector of the Americas in the design and implementation of technology driven development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Duran has served at the Organization of American States as Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Senior Manager for Municipal Development and Capacity Building and currently as Chief of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation. He has been responsible for projects such as telecenters for development; micro business promotion through ICTs; teacher training via satellite; rural schools based telecenters; on-line training; computers for teacher colleges; municipal development in e-government and cadastre; scientific journalism and university curricular improvement, as well as for establishing many successful alliances with the private sector.
Previously, Mr. Duran was Director of Regional Cooperation and then Vice-President of International Affairs at the Latin American Institute of Educational Communication (ILCE) in Mexico City. Other positions include Advisor in Science and Technology Policy for the Presidency of Mexico and Special Assistant to the Mexican Ambassador at the U.N.
Mr. Duran has also been an Associate Professor at the Tecnológico of Monterrey and the Universidad Iberoamericana where he designed and taught courses in Latin America’s Political Economy and History. Mr. Duran has Masters’ Degrees, in International Affairs and Science and Technology Policy, from The George Washington University and double B.A. in Psychology and Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington DC, where he currently resides.
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