The Executive Direction will lead and implement SUMMA’s strategic plan. It proposes and supports strategies and work plans that allow the accomplishment of the institutional mission, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Board of Directors.
Director of SUMMA
Javier González is an economist specializing in education, inequality, social mobility, innovation and social development. He is Director of SUMMA and Affiliate Professor at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge, where he teaches Institutional Economics and Political Economy of Development. He is also a researcher at the Millennium Science Initiative in Social Sciences “Higher Education in Chile”, housed at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and financed by the Ministry of Economy of Chile. He is also a member of the Think 20 research groups associated with the G20, a member of UNESCO’s Advisory Board for the Global Education Monitoring Report and co-editor of the Monitoring Report for UNESCO’s Educación en el Mundo (Education in the World) (2020) for Latin America with a focus on Inclusion.
He has been a consultant for UNESCO, the World Bank and the IDB, Advisor on Education and Innovation Policies of the Ministry of Finance of Chile, Executive Secretary of the Council of Ministers for the Formation of Advanced Human Capital, Director of Studies of the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile, and researcher of the Ministry of Education of Chile, where he served in various positions of design and implementation of education policies. In his different functions, he contributed, among others, to the design of the Preferential School Subsidy Law, to the development of the Chile Scholarship Program, to the promotion of educational research centers (CEPPE and CIAE) and to the design of the Law of Tax Incentives for Private Investment in R+D.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Chile, President of the Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development, delegate of the Working Group on Innovation Policy of the OECD, research associate at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and academic at the Institute of Economics, at the Universidad Católica de Chile.
His most recent publications include: González, J. (2019). ‘The Political Economy of Inequality in Chile: Historical Institutions, Taxation and Elite Power’. En Anand, Comim, Fennell and Weiss (eds), The Oxford Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies. Oxford University Press (in press); González, J. (2017). ‘Putting Social Rights at Risk: Assessing the Impact of Education Market Reforms in Chile’. En B.S. Ndimande & C. Lubienski (Eds.) Privatization and the Education of Marginalized Children: Policies, Impacts and Global lessons. Routledge.
He holds a PhD and MPhil in Economic and Social Development from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Vice director of SUMMA
Rafael Carrasco is vice director of SUMMA. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Agency for the Quality of Education of the Government of Chile. He worked for eight years in the Ministry of Education in various positions, such as Head of Development of the National System for Measuring the Quality of Education and then as Head of the Technical Team of the Minister and Deputy Minister in charge of the design and development of various educational policies, most prominently the law on additional financing for the most vulnerable students in the country. He has been a lecturer at Stanford University and Alberto Hurtado University. He was part of the National Commission 2014 for the reform of the National Accountability System. He was also a co-founder of the NGO São Paulo, which provides free preschool education to low-income children.
Civil industrial engineer with a master’s degree in Economics from the Universidad de Chile. Master’s degree in International Comparative Education and PhD. in Education from Stanford University.
Director of Innovative Education Policies and Practices
Dante Castillo is director of Innovative Education Policies and Practices. He has worked in social research both in the public and private sectors. This has been made for the University of Chile on matters of education, labor markets and citizenship. He has also been a researcher on higher education policies at the University of Cambridge. He has conducted market research and also investigation on matters related to information and communication technologies and innovation processes.
He is a sociologist from the University of Chile, holds a master’s degree in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a diploma in Marketing from the University Adolfo Ibáñez.
Director of Strategic Development and Network Management
Director of Strategic Development and Network Management of SUMMA. Much of his professional career was carried out in the NGO TECHO, where he worked in various positions mainly related to the business management and management of community projects, strategic institutional development and fundraising. Highlights his experience as CEO and implementer of TECHO-Guatemala, as well as his last years in the institution, in which he was in charge of the Social Management for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was a volunteer professor at INFOCAP in a training course for women entrepreneurs, as part of the entrepreneurship program.
He is business administrator with a degree in Economics from Universidad de Chile and a master in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Director of Pedagogical and School Transformation
Gonzalo Plaza is director of Pedagogical and School Transformation at SUMMA. For ten years he served as executive director of Puentes Educativos, an innovation program in rural schools that develops 21st century skills through teacher training, pedagogical support, educational resources and mobile technology in Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He was director of Projects in Latin America for the Pearson Foundation and Research Fellow in the Office of Evaluation and Supervision of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Mr. Plaza worked as a researcher for the Ministry of Education of Chile and has been a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Bank. He was elected as one of 16 young leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2012.
Gonzalo Plaza is an economist and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chile.
Director of Communication
Leonardo Báez es director de Comunicaciones de SUMMA.
Periodista profesional, licenciado en comunicación social, diplomado en comunicación estratégica y también en comunicación de organizaciones de la sociedad civil. Actualmente, maestrando en Comunicación Política por la Universidad Austral (Argentina), donde realiza investigación sobre estrategias de comunicación para la incidencia política en organizaciones de la sociedad civil en América Latina y el Caribe.
Cuenta con más de 14 años de experiencia en gestión de comunicación de organizaciones de la sociedad civil con impacto en América Latina y a nivel global. Ha liderado estrategias comunicativas de organizaciones internacionales tales como TECHO Global, campaña regional sobre Captura del Estado en Oxfam América Latina, Instituto Argentino de Responsabilidad Social Empresaria (IARSE), AIESEC Chile, entre otros.
Además, cuenta con experiencia como docente a nivel universitario en Universidad Siglo 21 y en el Colegio Universitario de Periodismo de Córdoba, Argentina. Ha dictado talleres y seminarios sobre comunicación de organizaciones sociales y periodismo de soluciones en diversas universidades de América Latina.
Participa de colectivos de profesionales de la comunicación. Actualmente, presidente de la Comisión de Directores(as) de Comunicación Organizaciones Sociales del Consejo Profesional de Relaciones Públicas de Argentina, Miembro de Infociudadana y parte de la Comisión Directiva de la asociación civil Comunia.
Researcher and Project Manager in Education
Valentina Covarrubias is a researcher and project manager in Education, in the area of Innovative Policies and Practices of SUMMA. She has participated in the elaboration of the Map of Educational Innovations of SUMMA. She has also collaborated in research on public policies in childhood and gender, and served as a Spanish teacher for immigrant communities.
She is a sociologist with studies in Language and Communication pedagogy from Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
Coordinator of Research and Innovation Networks
Felipe Prado is coordinator of Research and Innovation Networks at SUMMA, leading the creation and management of platform CO+INCIDE. Founding partner of Swarmob-Aprendizajes con Impacto. He has worked as educational innovation consultant at Grupo Educativo, developing the Microsoft Education’s Latin-American Mentor Schools Network. In national level, he worked on the implementation of Fontan Relational Education System, promoting innovative organizational and pedagogical transformations in public establishments. He also worked on cognitive sciences research at Psychophysiology and Interaction, Language and Phenomenology laboratories.
Felipe Prado is a psychologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, specialized in Educative Psychology.
Researcher of Educational Policy
Ismael Tabilo is a researcher of Educational Policy of SUMMA. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Center for Social Research (CIS) of TECHO-Chile in education, residential satisfaction and geography of opportunities; in the Social Observatory of the Alberto Hurtado University, and in the Social Management consultancy on issues of sustainability and evaluation of social programs. He has researched topics with a biographical approach and life course, social entrepreneurship and innovation systems.
He is a sociologist from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado, holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences, mention of Sociology from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of Paris (EHESS), and a diploma in Quantitative Methodologies, Design of Surveys and Data Analysis from the Universidad Alberto Hurtado Social Observatory (OSUAH).
Daniela Zenteno is the Pedagogical Coordinator of SUMMA. She has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of educational improvement programs in schools and high schools that carry out their work in highly complex conditions. Working with the Ministry of Education, she participated in the design and implementation of the programs Liceo Para Todos and Liceos Prioritarios, advising management teams and teachers in the formulation and implementation of institutional educational projects, improvement plans and pedagogical innovations, coordinating actors and programs at the community and regional levels, and as a technical counterpart in the work with universities. She led the technical coordination of the Mejor Liceo Técnico program of Fundación Chile’s Center for Innovation in Education.
Ms. Zenteno is a French teacher and holds a degree in Education from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a Master’s degree in Educational Policy.
Researcher in Educational Policy
Canela Bodenhofer is a researcher in Educational Policy at SUMMA. She has researched the experiences of actors in educational communities in the face of the visibilization of transgender students. She has also collaborated with the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH) in studies on prison conditions in Chile. Ms. Bodenhofer is a sociologist from the University of Chile and is part of the Núcleo Sentipensante de Metodologías Participativas of the same university.
Administration and Finance Coordinator
Alejandra Iofrida is SUMMA’s Administration and Finance Coordinator. She has more than 6 years of experience in planning, control and management of public and private organizations in Venezuela and Chile. She is a Certified Public Accountant from the Universidad de Oriente de Venezuela, with a degree in International Accounting from the Universidad de Chile and studies in Management Control at the same university.
Raúl Chacón-Zuloaga is senior fellow of SUMMA. With 20 years of experience in the educational field, he focuses his work on the development and improvement of the Chilean system, through research and evaluations of different policies and initiatives. He has been leading and collaborating with the in the processes of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of educational policies in Chile, especially in the installation of the National Education Quality Assurance System during the last years.
He has also participated in relevant regional and international initiatives, such as the Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment the Quality of Education (LLECE – UNESCO) and the School Resources Review (OECD), as part of the Group of National Experts. From 2015 to 2018, he is been lecturer at the Master of Educational Policies, at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile. Sociologist from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, he holds a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.