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Javier Medina Project Coordinator - Open Network for Prospective and Innovation - CYTED

Updated: Oct 20, 2021


Javier Medina is currently a tenured professor at the Faculty of Administration Sciences (1993-2021) and Director of the Master's Degree in Foresight and Innovation at the University of the Valley and a corresponding member of the Colombian Academy of Economic Sciences. He is also Coordinator of the "Open Network for Prospective and Innovation" (2017-2022) in the Ibero-American Programme on Science and Technology for Development (CYTED) and a professor in Prospective and Planning for Development courses at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILPES) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) since 1996. He is a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in technological foresight and competitive intelligence in Honduras and El Salvador.


He was Vice-rector for Research (2016-2017), Director and founder of the Institute of Prospective, Innovation and Knowledge Management (2007-2012), co-manager of the Doctorate in Administration (2007-2009), Director of the Office of Planning and Development Institutional (2004) at the University of the Valley and Senior Researcher in Minciencias. In addition, he was Head of the National Program for Technological and Industrial Foresight (2003-2007) of Colciencias now known as Minciencias. Senior Researcher recognized by MinCiencias, he is working on a Design and execution of an Agrifood Prospective study in CYTED - Organization of American States (OEA) - Science and Technology Commission - Minciencias - Colombia.


He has participated as a lecturer and researcher in 155 events organized by various universities in Latin America and Europe, international organizations and academic networks. He has led more than 50 foresight programs, projects and exercises since 1989, in scientific and technological, educational, cultural, territorial and corporate foresight. Author and co-author of 140 publications including books, articles in indexed journals, institutional texts and research projects. Main author of the books “El Gran Giro de América Latina. Hacia una región democrática, sostenible, próspera e incluyente” (University of the Valley, 2021; with Sergio Bitar and Jorge Máttar); “Abriendo caminos en la Prospectiva de América Latina y el Caribe” (University of the Valley, University of Santiago, Chile, 2020), "Prospectiva y Política Pública para el Cambio Estructural en América Latina y el Caribe" (ECLAC, 2014; with Steven Becerra and Paola Castaño); "Manual de Prospectiva y Decisión Estratégica: bases teóricas e instrumentos para América Latina y el Caribe" (ILPES, ECLAC, 2006); “Shared vision of the future” (University of the Valley, 2003); and “Visión compartida de futuro” (University of the Valley, 2003); y “Desafíos de la transformación productiva y educativa hacia una sociedad y una economía de conocimiento” (Autonomous University of the West, 2014; with Isabel Velasco). He is a Psychologist and Master in Business Administration from the University of the Valley, Cali and has a Doctorate in Social Sciences from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome (2001).

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