The structure of SUMMA’s gobernance is made up of two entities: the Board of Directors and the Educational Policy Advisory Committee. Under their guidance is the Executive Direction of SUMMA based in Santiago, Chile.
The Board of Directors is formed by the Education Division Chief of the IDB (who presides), the Manager of Education of the Chile Foundation, and 7 members from the academic realm, public and civilian society with recognized international experience. This board has the task of setting objectives for SUMMA and approving work proposals presented by the Executive Board.
Chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank
Emiliana Vegas is the Chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she leads a team of 30-40 professionals working in the Bank’s lending operations and analytical activities to support education systems throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Between September 2001 and August 2012, Dr. Vegas worked at The World Bank in Washington, DC, where she held various positions in the Human Development Network, her latest being Lead Economist and Human Development Sector Leader for Central America, and Lead Economist in the Education Unit of the Human Development Department. She has managed lending operations and applied research on regional and global education policy issues, including early childhood development, teacher policies and school finance systems and is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and institutional reports. Emilana Vegas has a doctorate in education from Harvard University with a concentration in economics of education, a master’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.
Head of Center for Innovation in Human Capital at Fundación Chile
Hernán Araneda is the Manager of the Center for Innovation in Education at Fundación Chile. This position involves addressing school system programs at the country level, based on strategic focuses around Effectiveness School, Leadership and Management and Information and Communication Technology. Before taking this position Ana Maria worked in Fundación Chile as Director of ICT and Education at Fundación Chile. Along with that she was director of ´Portal Educarchile´, an initiative of the Ministry of Education and the Center for Innovation in Education at Fundación Chile. Previously, Ana Maria worked in a Brasilian NGO, named CDI (Committee for the Democratization of Information), in its office in Chile, as Development Director and then as National Director in Ecuador. During the past eight years she has specialized in the areas of social development programs associated with the use of Information and Communication Technology, social inclusion and overcoming poverty through technologies and social entrepreneurship. Ana Maria is a social communicator and holds a Master degree in Anthropology and Social Development. She has studies in the United States, Ecuador and Chile.
Division Chief of the Competitiveness and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank
José Miguel Benavente is the Division Chief of the Competitiveness and Innovation Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. Before joining IDB in 2014, he was the Director of the Productivity Center at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile) and a professor at Universidad de Chile for over 15 years. In these institutions he taught and researched on a variety of topics such as economic development, innovation, productivity, R&D, SMEs and startups, and applied microeconometrics, among others. He has authored around one hundred national and international journal articles and books on these topics. He has also been a columnist for magazines and newspapers, journal editor, consultant for major international organizations, government advisor and vice president of the National Innovation Council of Chile. José Miguel holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, completed his Masters in Economics at Universidad de Chile, and both a Masters and PhD in Economics at Oxford University.
Director of the Lemann Creative Learning Program at the MIT Media Lab
Leo Burd is Director of the Lemann Creative Learning Program at the MIT Media Lab, an initiative that helps Brazilian public schools, afterschool centers, and families engage in learning practices that are more hands-on and centered on students’ interests and ideas. Projects that he worked on in education include Scratch and App Inventor. In the civic media realm, he created the VoIP Drupal open source toolkit and applications of it for neighborhood communication, local tourism, open governance, and community engagement. He is particularly interested about initiatives that empower children in underserved regions. To that end, he helped start the Young Activists Network, the Department of Play and, more recently, the Duct Tape Network. Outside of MIT, he worked for groups such as the World Bank, Microsoft, and the Brazilian government. He also coordinated a non-profit organization that built “computer and citizenship” schools in Sao Paulo slums, and was a key contributor to several international initiatives that use digital tools to improve quality of life. He currently directs Terravoz and do strategic consulting. BSc in Computer Science from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), MSc from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) on the design of software for educational activities, and a PhD from the MIT Media Lab on the development of technological initiatives for social empowerment.
Head of the Centre of Comparative Policies in Education at Diego Portales University
Cristián Cox (Sociologist, Ph.D. University of London, 1984) is head of the Centre of Comparative Policies in Education (CPCE) at Diego Portales University (UDP), in Santiago, Chile. Previously, he was Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Catholic University of Chile and head of the Curriculum and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education of his country (1998-2006), from where he led the design and implementation of the curriculum reform of Chile’s schooling system in the late Nineties. Since 2010 he has been leading the technical secretariat of UNESCO-OREALC’s Teachers Regional Strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked as a consultant on educational policies for OECD, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank and he is currently a member of International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)’s Project Advisory Committee for its International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS-2016). He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford and Leiden universities and has published vastly on educational policies, curriculum, teacher education and citizenship education.
Ibero-American Secretary General
Rebeca Grynspan is the Secretary General of the Ibero American Conference an international multilateral institution which brings together the 19 Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of Latin America plus Spain, Andorra and Portugal.
She was unanimously elected in an Extraordinary Meeting of 22 Foreign Ministers held on February 24, 2014 in Mexico City and took office as Ibero-American Secretary General on April 1, 2014.
She held the post of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since February 2010. As a recognized leader in promoting human development, she has greatly helped to focus the attention of the world and Latin America on critical issues such as the reduction of inequality and poverty, gender equity, South-South cooperation as tool for development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, among others. Previously, from 2006 to 2010, she was Deputy Secretary General of the UN and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Grynspan is a member of Global Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development at the World Economic Forum.
She has contributed to key UN initiatives such as the Millennium Project on Poverty and Economic Development, and the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development. She was also delegate to the United Nations Commission for the Reconstruction of Haiti, a group composed of representatives of the Haitian government, the U.S. President Bill Clinton and other relevant international members.
In June 2014 Rebeca Grynspan was elected Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development, an influential policy research organization working at the interface between development and the environment.
In 2014 and 2015 she was recognized as one of the 50 leading intellectuals of Latin America.
Furthermore, in recognition of her professional achievements, the University of Extremadura conferred an honorary doctorate on her.
Chief Executive of Nesta
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta, and has been in post since 2011. Under his leadership Nesta has moved out of the public sector to become a charity (in 2012), launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with foundations, governments and companies in the UK and internationally. From 2004-2011 he was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects. Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office under Tony Blair. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio.He is an adviser to many governments around the world. From 2013-16, under Mayor Boris Johnson, he was co-chair of the London Enterprise Panel committee responsible for science and technology in London. He has been a board member of many organisations including the Work Foundation, Big Society Capital, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly, the Design Council, Atomium Culture, and Involve. He is a co-founder and current board member of organisations including the global Social Innovation Exchange, Studio Schools Trust, Uprising and Action for Happiness. He has been a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. From 2015-2018 Geoff is a senior visiting scholar at Harvard University, in the Ash Center at the Kennedy School. From 2016 Geoff is co-chair of a new World Economic Forum group looking at innovation and entrepreneurship in the fourth industrial revolution. He is also member of the board of the French government’s French Digital Agency; a member of an Academy of Medical Science’s review of public health; the Scottish Government’s CAN-DO panel; chair of an international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul and member of an advisory committee in the Prime Minister’s office in UAE.
Director of the Public Policies Masters Program and Professor at the Institute of Public Policies, Universidad Diego Portales
Director of the Public Policies Masters Program and Professor at the Institute of Public Policies, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Professor of the Institute of Public Policy. She was an advisor to the Ministry of Education in 2014, a member of the Pension Committee and part of the board of the Foundation for the Overcoming of Poverty (Fundación para la Superación de la Pobreza). In 2013 she worked on the Education and Poverty Commission of Michelle Bachelet´s command. In 2007 she joined the Labor and Equity Commission headed by the chilean economist Patricio Meller.
Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University
Miguel Urquiola is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University, where he also chairs the Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Fellow at the Bureau for Research in Development Economics (BREAD). Urquiola’s research is on the Economics of Education, with a focus on understanding how schools and universities compete, and how they form reputation for quality. It also covers how parents and students select educational providers, and the consequences that such choices have on sorting and labor market outcomes. His past appointments include: Vice Dean at the School of International and Public Affairs (Columbia), Co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources, Visiting Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, Assistant Professor of Economics at Cornell, Young Professional at the World Bank, and Assistant Professor at the Bolivian Catholic University.
The Educational Policy Advisory Committee is made up by representatives from the Education Ministries and National Agencies or Institutes of Educational Evaluation of the member countries of SUMMA, and is responsible of overseeing the impact, relevance and political legitimacy of SUMMAs’ work agenda.