Juan Manuel researches and promotes ICT for Social Change projects in Latin America. He is the CEO and co-founder of SocialTIC, a non-profit that enables changemakers through the strategic use of ICTs. Juan Manuel has managed, trained and advised NGOs, Governments and multinational organizations on the use of ICTs for transparency, accountability, advocacy, citizen participation, open data, digital security and privacy, open culture and digital citizenship throughout Latin America. With SocialTIC, he has co-promoted the open data, open government and open parliament processes in Mexico as well as the Latin-American data user communities of School of Data, AbreLatam and Desarrollando América Latina. He was ICFJ Knight Fellow 2014-2015 focused on enabling ICT and data- driven journalism in Mexico and Central America.

Juan Manuel has a M.C. degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from The University of Manchester and a B.S. degree In Industrial and Systems Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Estado de México. He has 15 years of experience in civil society sector in Mexico participating in development, education, environmental and ICT4D projects. For the private sector he served as consultant for Accenture for corporate strategy, operations and business intelligence.